raise the voting age

We need to raise the voting age.

The voting age in the U.S. was lowered from 21 to 18, by Constitutional amendment, in 1971.

Voting at age 18 in America is a stupid idea. Young adults do not have any real world experience yet, they do not yet have a developed sense of right and wrong. They are not capable of voting in the best interests of themselves or their country. It's not their fault, it's normal human development. Unfortunately, today, younger people are getting stupider. They have the attention span of a goldfish. Many have dropped out of reality and tuned in to fantasy. They have a strong sense of despair, and entitlement. They want everything to be unrealistically fair and equal and free. This is not a workable basis for voting and electing people.

We need to raise the voting age.

Voting is a very important right. It has long term consequences. For everyone. Allowing young and/or stupid people to vote is not a smart idea. Just look at what happened to America. Over the past 50 years, with few exceptions, idiots and liars were voted for and elected to office time and time again. This is the fault of voters. Stupid voters. And now millennials are the largest voting bloc. People don't have a truly adequate amount of life experience until they are at least 40 years old. They tend to not know their ass from their elbow until they are in their 50's or 60's. They do not acquire real wisdom until they are mature, very mature, i.e. old. Allowing young people under the age of 50 to vote is a bad idea. As a result, we need to raise the voting age.

For the safety and security and continuation of the United States of America, I hereby call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to raise the voting age, to age 65.

Yes, this is satire. If you don't know what satire is, look it up.

missing the point

Donald Trump is running for President in 2016.

Donald Trump is a successful businessman, a political outsider, a fighter, and an immature child-man who sometimes speaks before he thinks. He is not a politician. He doesn't care. And he makes lots of faux pas. He often goes too far. The media covers Trump extensively, especially when he says something inappropriate. And endless TV debates ensue as to whether Trump is a qualified or suitable candidate. That is not the point. The point is that the 2016 Presidential race is not about Donald Trump at all, or about how qualified or unqualified he is. The 2016 Presidential race about how lousy - and out of touch - all politicians in America are. Including the other politically correct Presidential candidates, of both parties. Supporting Donald Trump is a rebellion. A revolution. Americans are disgusted with their politically motivated elected officials. It's not so much that Americans with a brain in their head want Donald Trump as President, it's that they don't want another unaccountable lying political asshole to be running the country, running it further into the ground.

Enough is enough! Here's a message to all elected politicians in America. In the words of Donald Trump:

hero and traitor

An American computer professional worked for the CIA and the NSA and leaked classified data to the media revealing that the NSA was secretly collecting the private and personal communications of millions of ordinary U.S. residents. The American's name was Edward Snowden. Snowden was considered a whistleblower and hero by some and a traitor by others. He is both. He did reveal classified government info. That makes him a traitor. He did reveal a huge secret government plot that spied on innocent ordinary American citizens. That makes him a patriot and a hero. Edward Snowden is both a hero and a traitor.

What's my solution to the dilemma of him being a hero-traitor? The U.S. should convict him of treason then immediately pardon him and give him a medal.

In the meantime, Edward Snowden fled to Russia to avoid being extradited to the U.S.

During the winter months in Russia he is, like his name, snowed in.

micro aggressions?

is my white cup considered offensive?

from ucop.edu (University of California, Office of the President)

"Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (from Diversity in the Classroom, UCLA Diversity & Faculty Development, 2014). The first step in addressing microaggressions is to recognize when a microaggression has occurred and what message it may be sending. The context of the relationship and situation is critical. Below are common themes to which microaggressions attach."

"Where are you from or where were you born?”

“You speak English very well.”

“What are you? You’re so interesting looking!”

A person asking an Asian American or Latino American to teach them words in their native language.

Continuing to mispronounce the names of students after students have corrected the person time and time again.

Not willing to listen closely and learn the pronunciation of a non-English based name.

“When I look at you, I don’t see color.”

“There is only one race, the human race.”

“America is a melting pot.”

“I don’t believe in race.”

Denying the experiences of students by questioning the credibility /validity of their stories.

"I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”

“America is the land of opportunity.”

Who raised these kids? What kind of real-world values are parents teaching their kids??? Where did young adults and college students get the idea that they should be entitled to be free from stress, free from winning and losing, and have free college tuition, free rent, free food and maybe free pot?

Here we are. Here we are in millennial America. Millennial America on campus. God help us. Oh, wait, "God help us" would be a microaggression - it might offend atheists, scientists, pagans, witches, zombies, devil worshippers, et al. Oops, sorry, I have to regret saying it and wash my mouth out with soap.

And to add insult to injury, my own college, the college I graduated from years ago, keeps asking me to donate money to them. To support all this extreme liberal educational bullshit. Now, THAT's offensive - to ME!

Dear American baby boomers:

We no longer live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. After 239 years (1776-2015) the America of our founders and forefathers is dead. The world's shining beacon of hope and freedom and opportunity is gone. Welcome to the new America. It makes me want to cry. Or puke.

as time goes by

Yesterday felt like Sunday. Today feels like Monday. But it's only Friday. A new year will be upon us soon. The old year flew by, in the blink of an eye. Where, in fact, did the last decade go?

I know time goes by ... but where does it go?

suicide squirrel

from MyNewsLA

"A wayward squirrel made contact with a circuit breaker and triggered a power outage that affected 9,900 customers in the Marina del Rey and Westchester communities (Los Angeles areas), utility officials said Thursday.

The outage was reported at 3:28 p.m. when a distribution station near Los Angeles International Airport lost power, said Albert Rodriguez, a spokesman with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Utility crews dispatched to the scene found that a squirrel had made its way onto a circuit breaker, he said."

This was not just a wayward squirrel. This was a suicide squirrel, a terrorist squirrel, sent to disable our electrical grid.

No, not really :)

shame on your dick

LA may send ‘Dear John’ letters to hooker cruisers.

"Men who cruise streets where prostitutes beckon may soon get letters from the city of Los Angeles in their home mailboxes, under a proposal from the city council.

But privacy advocates blasted the proposal to use automated license plate readers to generate the letters, which would be aimed at shaming “Johns” by alerting their wives, mothers or girlfriends as they open the mail, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Thursday."

Really? The City of Los Angeles wants to send "Shame on Your Dick" letters to men who drive or stop their car in a neighborhood that has hookers?

They want to send "Shame On Your Dick" letters that may be opened by mothers, wives or girlfriends?

THIS is a priority for the City Council in the second largest city in America? Really? And voters elected these idiots?

Instead of shaming guys who can't get laid, maybe the Los Angeles City Council should be concentrating on the critical problems facing residents, problems like high poverty, no new job creation, unaffordable housing, lousy schools, violent crime, and mind numbing traffic congestion. Shame on YOU.

Panda Express sucks

I live in L.A. and wanted to order a bunch of Chinese food for a holiday celebration. I went to the Panda Express website. On the Panda Express web site they have online ordering. Great idea. You can order online and then go pick it up. No waiting. My mouth was watering already!

Online, using my computer, I chose a store near me. I chose to order as a Guest rather than register et al. The Start Your Order began with a choice of date and a choice of time. I wanted to order for today at a pickup time of 3 hours later. OK, that seems reasonable. Apparently it isn't. It would not let me choose a date (today) or a time from the drop down menu. I kept clicking on today's date and a time and nothing happened. I could not order online! And, to add insult to injury, after I spent 10 minutes filling out a Contact Us complaint form to tell them about the problem I could not send the form! Same issue, I clicked on Send, nothing happened. I even tried ordering online via 2 different browsers: Chrome and Internet Explorer. Same result: nothing. AND, to make matters even worse, they don't even list an email address anywhere so I could not send an email to Panda Express to inform them of these technical online ordering glitches on their website.

So it looks like I will have to get my Panda Express food the old fashioned way: drive to the store, order my food when I get there, and wait while they put my order together.

Panda Express. I like their food. I hate their website.

Phuc Dat Bich

Phuc Dat Bich

From The Huffington Post

"Phuc Dat Bich" is not a 12-year-old's poorly spelled insult.

He's a 23-year-old Vietnamese-Australian who asserts he had his Facebook profile shut down multiple times over accusations he was using a fake name.

Bich works at the National Australia Bank. To prove his namesake to the world, he shared an image of his passport online. Originally posted in January, the photo surged in popularity online this week, with more than 128,000 likes and 68,000 shares on Facebook as of Friday.

"I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it. I've been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive. Is it because I'm Asian? Is it?" Bich posted.

With a name like Phuc Dat Bich he should quit his job at the bank and become a rapper. He'd make millions!

leading from behind

Starting in 2008, America has been leading from behind. As a result, in 2015, the world, and America, is far worse off.

Leading from behind. This is what leading from behind looks like in reality

bioterrorism scare

The Government Accountability Office has concluded in a report expected to be released in Washington, D.C., on Monday that the nation’s main defense against biological terrorism — a $1 billion network of air samplers in cities across the country — cannot be counted on to detect an attack.

The BioWatch system, introduced with fanfare by President George W. Bush in 2003, has exasperated public health officials with numerous false alarms, stemming from its inability to distinguish between harmless germs and the lethal pathogens that terrorists would be likely to unleash in an attack, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees BioWatch, has repeatedly touted the system’s effectiveness while seeking to upgrade it with new technology.

The U.S. government spent $1 billion of taxpayer money on an anti-terrorism air sampling system that doesn't work??? A billion dollar system that can't tell the difference between harmless germs and bio-weapons of mass destruction? And this system, which cost $1 billion, is guarding Americans from bio terrorism? Really?

And liberals in America want the government to spend MORE money, have MORE power, do MORE, control MORE of our lives?

The 21st century Crusades

Welcome to the 21st century Crusades

From History.com

The first of the Crusades began in 1095, when armies of Christians from Western Europe responded to Pope Urban II’s plea to go to war against Muslim forces in the Holy Land.

The modern Crusades became a world wide crisis on September 11, 2001, when jihadist Muslims crashed airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, destroying the American landmark and killing 3,000 people. The United States woke up to the fact that radical Islam was here and was deadly. Unfortunately, senior government officials in America got bogged down in political correctness, especially with the election of U.S. President Barack Obama, in 2008, and did not meet the threat in a matter which solved the problem. America did not fight the 21st century Crusades to win it, they were unwilling, or unable, to see that we are in a modern day "death-to-the-infidels" Crusade. From 2008, The Muslim terrorists were emboldened and grew rapidly, spreading terror across the globe. Yet the leader of the free world, America, and other world leaders, refused to learn from history - the history of the Crusades and the history of how we had to stop World War II (the nuclear bomb).

Wake up, America! This is the 21st century Crusades. Radical Islam is on the move, committed to taking over YOUR life and YOUR world. It's a Jihad. The handwriting is on the wall - and it's in Arabic. It's the 21st century Crusades. Wake up America. The War on Terror is on. And America has to WIN it!

Minimum Wage Enforcement

couldn't afford to pay its workers $15/hr?

from MyNewsLA.com

"The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create an office to help enforce Los Angeles County’s new minimum wage and prevent “wage theft.”

Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended setting up the program to investigate claims of wage theft.

“This is a big historic step for us,” Solis told her colleagues. “It sends a strong message to employers, especially those that don’t play by the rules.”

The vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Michael Antonovich dissenting. He said it was the state’s job to enforce wage theft and he’d rather see the $408,000 needed to set up the new office spent on social service programs."

Another government office? At a set up cost of $400,000? OK, I will support creating a new government office to enforce the $15 minimum wage regulations in Los Angeles - as long as the city government workers in that office are paid no more than the minimum wage.

Syrian refugees in liberal America

We don't know but we're
gonnna let him in anyway

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have had to flee their country to escape starvation or death. These refugees have relocated in various countries, mostly in Europe. The United States, under President Obama, has also vowed to take in tens of thousands of these refugees.

The problem is that these refugees cannot be properly investigated and vetted to make sure they are not entering Americas as ISIS terrorists masquerading as refugees. Common sense says that, of course ISIS would try to include some of their terrorists in the flood of emergency asylum refugee immigrants coming to the U.S. The U.S. government would be remiss in admitting tens of thousands of Syrians, possibly/probably including dozens or hundreds of death-dealing terrorists, without being able to properly investigate, vet and refuse entry.

The U.S. government's FIRST priority is to protect American citizens, at home and abroad. Allowing tens of thousands of refugees from terrorist controlled countries into America - without doing a complete background check - is just plain stupid. And dangerous. Yet, Obama and the liberals deny this and stand ready, willing and able to subject American citizens to potential government imported terrorists.

From jihadwatch.org:

"Under grilling from GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, head of the Senate subcommittee on immigration, the Homeland Security official in charge of vetting Syrian and other foreign Muslim refugees confessed that no police or intelligence databases exist to check the backgrounds of incoming refugees against criminal and terrorist records.

“Does Syria have any?” Sessions asked. “The government does not, no sir,” answered Matthew Emrich, associate director for fraud detection and national security at DHS’ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."

And what is Obama's stance? "Refugees who end up in the United States are the most vetted, scrutinized, thoroughly investigated individuals that ever arrive on American shores," Obama said." Oops, is Obama lying AGAIN? The Benghazi attack was caused by a video. NOT. "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor". NOT.

Here is my simple solution to this complicated and dangerous refugee situation ...

Those who believe that ANY/ALL of the thousands of Syrian refugees should be allowed into the United States - without complete and proper background checks - should volunteer to house a minimum of 5 Syrian refugees in their own home here in America. Including Syrian refugees who may be terrorists.

Would any American who wants us to allow Syrian refugees to come here without complete and proper background checks, but will not house them in their home, be a "not in my backyard" hypocrite? Yes!

dirty filthy shoes

from CNN.com

If you walk through your house with your shoes on, you may be dragging in all kinds of nasty germs and chemicals from the great outdoors.

The bottoms of your shoes spread many unhealthy agents, from pollen and pesticides on the lawn to salmonella in bird poop. In fact, as many as nine different kinds of pathogens can thrive on shoes, according to a University of Arizona study.

Microbes can survive and even multiply because of nutrient-rich soil and other deposits left on the soles.

Ugh. I am not a germophobe but maybe I'll start taking off my shoes before I enter my residence. Or burn them.

Immigration Solution

How To Solve The Illegal Immigration Problem Simply, Quickly, Inexpensively, And Maybe Even Without Offending Anyone

by Andrew Lawrence

The U.S. has an immigration problem. A big immigration problem. What is the problem? Too many people come here from other countries, without permission and without proper documents, and stay. At last count, there were some 11 million undocumented/illegal “guests” living in the United States. Guests who never leave, who never go home.

What caused the problem? Who's to blame? The U.S. government, for allowing foreigners to enter America illegally and/or overstay their visa time limit. No other country does this. It is against U.S. federal law to enter the U.S. without permission or proper documents or to overstay a legal visit. Yet, the federal government has allowed millions of people to do so.

So, how do we fix it? Here’s how to fix it, quickly and inexpensively and maybe even without offending anyone.

1. The federal government sets up a program I will call “The Guest Worker Program” (GWP). It is a federal database to which “guests” from other countries, if they want to work here in the U.S., will have to sign up and register for. The database shall, for each guest worker, contain their name, valid current address, photograph, and fingerprints. Each guest worker shall pay an annual registration fee of perhaps $50-$100 to help cover the costs of the GWP. Registrants shall be known as "guest workers". If a guest worker is found to have committed a felonious crime, they shall be jailed and/or deported. The program will also retroactively include the existing 11 million plus undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S.

2. U.S. employers, ALL employers in the U.S., can only hire workers from other countries to work here in the U.S. who are registered in the GWP database. Fines will be imposed on any U.S. employer who hires a non-U.S. citizen to work in the U.S. who is not registered in the database. First offense will be $10,000 per non-registered worker. Second offense will carry a fine of $25,000 per non-registered worker. Third offense will carry a fine of $100,000 per non-registered foreign worker AND a mandatory 1 year in jail. Onsite workplace verification and investigation could be handled by ICE, the Border Patrol or National Guard.

3. The federal government shall make the above the law of the land and shall inform any/all businesses or organizations in the U.S. that this is now enforceable federal law.

4. The federal government shall hire or transfer up to 1,000 federal judges for the program, or as many as needed. The sole purpose of these judges is to enforce the Guest Work Program and to fine and incarcerate those employers who violate the program and enforce the registration violations of Guest Workers.

Thus, establishing and enforcing the Guest Worker Program solves the undocumented/illegal immigration problem. How? No foreign person will come to the United States to work without registering in the GWP database when they get here. Why? Because if they do not register as a Guest Worker they will not be able to work legally, and few if any U.S. employers will hire them, for fear of the large fines and/or imprisonment.

And, in addition, via the Guest Worker Program, the U.S. will also know who is here in our country, where they live, and how to find them if so desired.

Plus, if U.S. employers need/wish to hire “cheap labor” they may do so from the GWP. Guest Workers will not be entitled to have all of the rights of American citizens, because they will not be American citizens, they will be foreign "guests".

The program is self-regulating. If U.S. employers want to fill 5 million lower wage jobs, and the GWP has 5 million guest workers, everyone in the database can potentially be hired – legally. If there are 5 million available low wage jobs, and the database has 10 million guest workers in it, 5 million will not find work. Without work they may have to voluntarily return to their own country. In addition, if the demand for guest workers is 5 million and there are already enough legal guest workers in the database, foreigners will not come to the U.S. in search of work – because there won’t be any work – for them. That eliminates the need for more border patrol guards, and other increases in U.S. border security.

Let’s treat undocumented/illegal immigrants like guests! Literally. And, like guests, we have the right to ask them to leave our home if we wish.

The Guest Worker Program. It entitles foreigners to come to America to work – legally. No more hordes of undocumented/illegal immigrants, the United States will thus only house a self-limiting number of legal and wanted guest workers. The program is self-regulating. And, because the stigma of being here in the U.S. illegally will be a thing of the past, documented guest workers will be welcomed, and properly regulated. And, like every other nation in the world, under the program, U.S. borders shall be secure.

How To solve the illegal immigration problem quickly, inexpensively, and maybe even without offending anyone? The Guest Worker Program. Documented legal guests ... not undocumented/illegal border crossers from other countries or visitors who overstay their visas.

The Guest Worker Program is simple, efficient and effective.

OK, Washington, let's get to work! Let's have a Guest Worker Program and SOLVE the illegal immigration problem in America!

I devised this program in 2014, well before the 2016 Presidential Election. I hereby offer it to any party, any candidate, any president, intelligent enough, and with guts enough, to implement it.

And for you voters, feel free to send a link to this program to any/all of your members of Congress.

new words

Among the new words added to Dictionary.com in 2015:

"Mx.: Defined as a title of respect prefixed to someone's surname. It does not indicate a gender and may be used by a person with any or no specific gender identity, according to Dictionary.com."

Huh? That's really dumb. Mx? It looks more like the abbreviation for Mexico to me. Or roman numerals. M=1000, X=10. That equals 1010. Instead of Mx how about we respectfully refer to people as 1010 + their name. Yeah, why don't you just call me 1010 Stu Pitt.

Free the orcas

from MyNewsLA

A federal law to phase out killer whales in captivity is the aim of a Burbank congressman ...

Rep. Adam Schiff said at a Friday press conference that he would introduce the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act, which would end Shamu shows with this generation.

“Specifically, it would prohibit the breeding, the taking (wild capture) and the import or export of orcas for the purposes of public display,” said his office ..."

Really? This is what our elected Congressmen, our representatives to Washington, do all day, save the orcas? Though it's a wonderful and humane thing to save animals (and mammals) I think there may be other more crucial issues facing our nation and it's taxpaying citizens. Issues like the economy, poverty, the loss of U.S. status around the world, crime, terrorism and, last but not least, out-of-touch politicians who do not address and fix the REAL problems of we, the people.

new death penalty

from the Los Angeles Times

California unveiled a new method for executing condemned prisoners Friday, proposing a single-drug lethal injection protocol that could restart capital punishment after a 10-year hiatus.

More than 30 states and the federal government use lethal injection as their primary method of carrying out executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a group that has been critical of the way capital punishment has been administered. Eight states have used a single-drug method for executions, while six others have announced plans to do so.

The proposed California regulation estimates the cost of a single execution to be just under $187,000, with more than $97,000 of that expected to go to crowd control outside San Quentin State Prison, where executions take place.

Each execution costs $187,000? Of taxpayer money? For EACH execution? Really? China puts the condemned person in front of a firing squad, shoots them dead, and then sends the bill for the bullets to the family of the executed person. Cost = 0. How about hanging? Maybe we could bring back hanging. Hanging worked in the Old West. The person got caught committing a death-penalty crime and they took him out and hung him. Hanging is time and cost effective - all you need is a jury, a rope and a tree.

Or we could continue to spend $90,000 a year to keep each condemned person on death row until the state kills them, decades later, at an additional cost of $187,000. Hmm.

driving while holding it

I see everyone driving and holding their cell phone in their hand. Not necessarily using the phone or texting, just holding it in their hand. In other words they are always driving with only one hand on the wheel.

Driving with one hand can be dangerous. If you are holding your cell phone you have only one hand to steer the car. If you have to make a sudden turn, or a sharp turn, you may suddenly need two hands. Two hands on the wheel. If you need to make a sharp turn, will you drop your cell phone and grab the wheel with the other hand? Maybe. If you do, your phone can fall on the floor and interfere with your brakes or accelerator. BOOM!

If you are holding your cell phone in your hand while driving you are "driving dangerous", you are not in full control of your vehicle. BOOM!

And, if you drive with your cell phone on your lap it can slip off and, when you go to grab it, BOOM!

If you are driving you are steering thousands of pounds of moving metal. That being the case, please be alert and in control and don't go BOOM!

Driving is dangerous enough. While driving with your stupid cell phone in your hand I don't want you to kill someone, kill yourself or worse, me. Don't hold your cell phone in your hand while driving. Put it away. Leave it in your pocket or purse. Your life may depend on it.

winter in los angeles

Ben Affleck - ready for winter in L.A.

I'm Stu Pitt and I'm COLD. At my Los Angeles residence, it was 48 degrees at 8 AM today, November 4. I went out to empty the trash, it was c-o-l-d outside! L.A. is supposed to be WARM, not cold. In warm and sunny L.A., when it's under 50 degrees, we're not used to it and it feels like it's freezing.

I have now taken out my winter jackets and will have to start wearing them. With long underwear and sweaters underneath. I will have to switch from air conditioning to heat, both in my residence and in my car. Today I'm thinking soup for lunch!

Suddenly, it's winter in Los Angeles. Boom! Suddenly, it's cold. I don't like it. I like 80 degrees or more. And sunny. That's why I moved here, decades ago, from the East Coast!

Luckily, it's usually 72 degrees in L.A. on January 1st, New Year's Day.

transgenders in the shower

CHICAGO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday found that a Chicago suburban high school district discriminated against a transgender student and gave the school a month to provide full access to girls' locker rooms or lose federal funding.

The student, who has not been named, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought a complaint on her behalf, applauded the findings, while the school district called them "serious overreach."

After an investigation stemming from a 2013 complaint by the ACLU, and months of negotiations, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights found Township High School District 211 was violating federal non-discrimination rules.

The district says transgender students may use their gender-identified locker room if they change and shower privately. The government said a separate changing place was discriminatory because it subjected the student to stigma and different treatment.

So, as I understand it, the federal government is demanding that school districts must allow horny high school students with a penis to shower - naked - with other students who have a vagina and breasts?

And this is somehow a good idea???

new trend in job interviews

You just interviewed, and now you have 24 hours to give a yes or no.

By Laura McMullen, jobs.aol.com

"Pat yourself on the back, because you just nailed the interview. It was a long, exhausting day that left you with a lot to think about, but now you're just focused on rewarding yourself with a glass of wine and a Netflix binge.

Except – wait – what's this? Your interview finished minutes ago, and these guys are offering you the job! Oh, by the way, they need to know if you'll accept within 24 hours.

These on-the-spot job offers are becoming increasingly common, says Ryan Sutton, a district president for the specialized staffing firm Robert Half. "Companies, rightfully so, are afraid they might not have the opportunity to get a candidate back in for one more step," he says.

Some companies have had an opening for months and are eager to pounce when they finally find a good fit. Others are giving you only, say, 24 hours to decide in an effort to avoid the counter-offer, Sutton says, or to prevent you from considering your pipeline of competing opportunities. "They're almost trying to catch the emotion of the job search, versus the intelligence of a job search and making sure it's a good fit," Sutton says."

Hey, this is not new. It happened to me, way back in 1969, on my first job interview in ruthlessly competitive New York. The company needed to hire some good new people ASAP. The interviewer assessed me, told me about the job, asked me a probing trick question (which I answered correctly) then excused himself, checked with his boss and came back and told me, "You can start TODAY".

I thought about it, not for 24 hours but for 24 seconds, said "Yes", and started the job 24 minutes later.

And if you want to read a great book about how to get a job I can recommend one. It's called: How To Get A Job

why ban the box is stupid

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday will announce a series of measures designed to reduce obstacles facing former prisoners reintegrating into society, including an executive action directing federal employers to delay asking questions about a job applicant's criminal history until later in the application process.

Many states, cities and private employers have already taken steps to "ban the box," which refers to the checkbox on employment applications asking if the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime.

Civil rights activists have urged Obama to propose the measure, noting that such questions can limit the ability for people with a criminal record to gain employment and get their lives back on track after prison. Advocates argue that those formerly in prison should be allowed to prove their qualifications for a job instead of being eliminated early in the process due to their criminal background.

Another liberal good idea that won't work and, in reality, will make matters worse - worse for the very people they want to help - convicted felons.

Here's the real deal:

A convicted felon applies for a decent job in the private sector. According to the ban the box federal executive action (Obama's pen and phone) the job candidate will not asked or will not have to reveal whether they have been convicted of a crime. The applicant is therefore not eliminated for being a convict and perhaps proceeds to the next stage of the employment process. Assuming the ex-convict is qualified for the job, he/she continues through the employment hiring process.

Well into the hiring process, the private sector employer THEN does a background check (yes, they will do that) and finds out that the candidate has a criminal record. At that stage the candidate is then disqualified and will not be hired, will not get the job.

The real-world effect of "ban the box" is that the convicted-felon-job-applicant is given false hope, will not get the job anyway because their criminal record will come to light anyway, and both the ex-felon and the prospective employer have wasted their time by extending the employment process. In fact, thanks to ban the box, the ex-con is likely to become even MORE frustrated and upset when trying to get a job in the private sector. Ban the box is, once again, another good idea from liberals, another good idea from liberals that doesn't work in the private sector, in the real world, where most of the jobs are.

The scariest words in the English language: "Hi, we're from the government and we're here to help."

fill er up

from newsmax.com

"The Department of Defense poured $43 million into an "ill-conceived" project to build a gas station in Afghanistan — "an outrageous waste" of taxpayers' money and 140 times more than it should have cost, according to a government watchdog.

Even more troubling, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report was the Defense Department couldn't even explain why the compressed natural gas filling station was so expensive. "In comparison, [the inspector general] found that a CNG station in neighboring Pakistan costs no more than $500,000 to construct.

Really? A $43 million gas station? In Afghanistan? And we, the American taxpayers, paid for it? And nobody in the government knows anything about it? WTF???????

Hey, Washington, D.C., what the _____ are you doing?

toilet to tap

urine - California's new water

California has had a severe drought for 4 years. There is not enough water from natural sources.

from msn news

"Now comes "toilet-to-tap" water, a concept, which involves treating sewage water for human consumption. Toilet to tap had until now failed to gain traction in the water-starved West Coast state largely due to the "yuck factor"

The idea, for many, may be too hard to swallow.

Few could stomach the idea that water coming out of a tap -- however purified -- was being flushed down a toilet just hours before.

But as California's historic drought drags on, experts and politicians are taking a serious look at "toilet to tap" options to guarantee long-term water supply."

Yes, this stuff is actually true. My response? Yeah, I'm gonna trust the government to turn toilet water into drinkable water. Why not, they do everything else so well. Not. Hey, maybe Californians can just start drinking their own urine, direct from their genitals, and eliminate the middleman. Or maybe Coke and Pepsi could start bottling and selling it. Diet Coke Urine? Pepsi Pee?

Who knows, drinking urine could be the next big trend in trendy California. Oh, wait a minute, I live there, let's NOT do it.