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A friend of mine on facebook posted a link to an article from Business Insider which I thought might provide some talking points in favor of a more equatable solution to the income gap.The article leads off with a picture of Henry Ford and explains

Henry Ford voluntarily paid his teammates twice the market rate. This was not just great for the team. It was a brilliant business decision.
Ford understood there was no point in building cars that his own employees couldn't afford.Imagine the loyalty that must of inspired for a whole generation of workers.Ford despised unions but when you double pay over nite who cares?This policy also allowed him to halt turnover and retain the best workers.

Some stuff on income inequality below the squiggly thing.

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Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 05:40 PM PST

How to deal with Westboro.

by MasterfullyInept

Since the Westboro Baptists were in Hollywood for the Oscars they thought they'd head to Santa Monica High school to have another protest on their way out of town.No doubt hoping for some sort of incident they could sue some body over.But the school was ready.As this video from the Huffington Post shows. Hats off to the students and faculty of SMHS for sending Westboro home dragging their tails between their legs.Sorry I don't know how to embed the video.I suggest you read the story as well.

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Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:36 PM PST

It's an epidemic

by MasterfullyInept

I've been wondering all day whether or not write about what occured at my doorstep last night.Today's  shooting convinced me to pass it along.
First a little background.I reside in a transitional living facility for homeless veterans in Joliet Illinois.There are six of us living on the second floor,the first floor being dedicated to caring for disabled from the neighborhood during the day.I was watching the old movie Witness for the Prosecution when I heard one of the fellows run out of his room and snatch up the phone to call 911."someones been hit by a car I think" he told the operator.He then went downstairs (I have severe emphysema, so I avoid the stairs whenever possible and the last thing the first responders need is another lookie loo standing around.)Moments later housemate returned to tell us that in fact a man had been shot twice on our doorstep.I never heard a thing.The police told my housemate they suspected the gun used had suppressor on it.No word on the condition of the wounded man.
This follows a fatal shooting of two people last month a few blocks away.We do hear gunfire in this neighborhood frequently and my family is loathe to come and visit me due to concern for their safety.
I know that we will never be able to ban guns outright, but this anecdotal evidence tells more must be done.

Update, The young man shot on my doorstep died today he was seventeen years old.

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Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 09:18 PM PST

Bye bye 2011 RANT

by MasterfullyInept

When W. was elected I was staying in Canada, North Vancouver British Columbia to be exact.I must tell you they were having some good laughs at our expense up there in the great white north.I on the other hand was distraught.It seemed to me that W hadn't the acumen or the backbone to be the leader of the free world.I'd say that time proved me right.But the thing that bothered me most was that Alice through the looking glass feeling.What fucking universe am I in?I felt all alone.I mean totally isolated.Like my whole generation had vanished.I know if you remember the sixties you weren't really there, those were my formative years.I was just a kid.But I remember the spirit of the music.The togetherness we all felt.War for no good reason was bad.America was so ripe with promise that your chest puffed out with pride.Yes the WWII generation thought we were nuts, but we knew that standing in opposition to wrong and injustice was every bit as patriotic as obliterating the Nazi's and the Japanese Imperialists.More below the squiggle.

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    It all started about a month ago, with the simplest thing.I couldn't trim the fingernails on my right hand.I hadn't the strength or control.Then I thought about it a little more and realized I had been dropping things from my left hand a lot lately.I let this go for about a week, because getting to the hospital is a costly exercise for me.If I have your kind attention there is much more to tell after the pretty squiggle.

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Well done!Our very own Ministry of Truth has made the media page over at Huffpo.There is quite a bit of positive feedback.Not much of a diary I know but I thought Kossacks would be interested.

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Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 11:50 AM PDT

Tilting at windmills

by MasterfullyInept

Well I just contacted the White House to express my frustration.I'm not the most eloquent guy, but I can't stand the damn capitulation  antics anymore.Talking here and at the Huffington post get me nowhere.I'm fed up and want to just forget the whole business.Hell I'd leave the country if I could.It left me the day Reagan was sworn in if you know what I mean.I know giving up and or leaving is what the radical right wing nuts want me to do, but hell I don't have what it takes to back a doomed cause for ever.Anyway the emails appears below the fold.

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Mon May 09, 2011 at 07:14 PM PDT

Torture

by MasterfullyInept

I'm reasonably certain this has been discussed here before but I need to get my two cents in.I am livid, incensed and just plain angry.There was Dick Cheney talking to the serious people in the village we call Washington this weekend on TV.What was he saying?
The gist of it is this:

“These are not torture. These are techniques that we know work. That debate is over. It worked. It got the intelligence. It wasn’t torture. It was legal.
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Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 05:23 PM PDT

Breaking news!

by MasterfullyInept

God speaks!OK calm down He's been speaking to Michelle Bachman that stalwart of the tea partyers from Minnesota.You may be wondering how it is that I have become privy to this information.Elementary I deduced it from a couple of internet sources.First our friends at TPM last summer posted and article HereThe money quote is:

"If I felt that's what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it," she answered. "When I have sensed that the Lord is calling me to do something, I've said yes to it. But I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. That's really my standard.

"If I am called to serve in that realm I would serve," she concluded, "but if I am not called, I wouldn't do it."

So today there's a story from New York News & Features Daily Intel Column

And the money quote:

"I'm in for 2012 in that I want to be a part of the conversation in making sure that President Obama only serves one term, not two, because I want to make sure that we get someone who's going to be making the country work again. That's what I'm in for," Bachmann said.

So praise the Lord and pass the ballot, Obama's a shoo in.

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 07:07 AM PST

Illinois Kossacks!

by MasterfullyInept

Ever since the story about replacing the President elect that appeared on

front page (I can't find it) I've been pondering who should be selected.

There are several good candidates and some not so good ones. I personally

have made my choice and let the Governor know about it.I'm hoping you will

join me in pressuring him to make the right choice.

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Who should be appointed to fill Senator Obama's seat?

41%26 votes
25%16 votes
1%1 votes
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7%5 votes
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| 63 votes | Vote | Results

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Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 01:21 AM PST

At the Speedway

by MasterfullyInept

I had to work tonight.I missed a lot of work this summer and into the fall because of illness.I need the money as I have used all my sick days and vacation during my illness.I got in my car a 10PM and heard ABC news project victory for President elect Obama (How sweet it is to type those words)I called a friend in Oregon who had called me about 30 minutes before to tell me "He's going to do it!".We talked a few minutes and shared our joy and relief that the election was over and that America would move forward in the coming days.After I hung up I still had twenty minutes or so to go.Then Senator McCain's concession speech was on the radio.I kept looking around at stoplights wanting to share the joy but no one else seemed to be listening.I needed to stop at the Speedway gas station for some smokes.When I walked in the door there were two young black girls behind the counter."Have you heard?"I said.In return I got big beautiful smiles."Oh yes' one girl said as the other rushed out to get a ride home."But let me tell you what just happened to me"she said.

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