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I have a high profile job which often places me in truly bizarre situations.  As a result, I have a decent following in social media.  I try to keep it light, fun, and interesting, but on very rare occasions, I speak my mind.  Throughout this election season, I've kept my politics away from facebook.  Inspired by fellow Kossacks leaving it all on the road, I sent out a post tonight which has generated a near-record response from my network.

Let's step over the mess that the little orange dog left there on the kitchen floor, and I'll tell you more.

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Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM PDT

Mitty the Moocher

by barflyer

Barflyer, to Empty Chair...

"You really wanna talk about personal responsibility?  You want to talk about freeloading?  Are you certain that's where you want to have a conversation?"

Chair:  Inanimate, silent, thinking 'oh great, another a**hole.'

"I submit to you, Chair Mitt, that you've got this all backward.  You've spent your entire life freeloading off of the very people you so disdain..."

[I know, dear reader, that everyone else has already said this.  But I was foaming at the mouth thinking about Mitt's 47% remarks this morning when I was in the shower (and it wasn't from sampling the girlfriend's mango-scented soap this time.  Stuff smells way better than it tastes.)  I have to write this, I must.  Follow me, please, to the rest of my Chair Rant, but be careful, that damned little orange dog left a mess right there on the screen, step over it carefully please...]

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Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 01:09 PM PST

I am so sorry.

by barflyer

After nearly six months of unemployment, one of my first duties at my new job is to implement layoffs.  Throwing any of these hardworking people into a job market unlike any we've ever seen is unconscionable, but the rationale for having to do it is even worse.  "everyone else is cutting back, we'll look weak and badly run if we don't do the same."

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Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 02:26 PM PST

Advice for the Soon To Be Unemployed

by barflyer

Several times daily, we find ourselves reading diaries from fellow Kossacks who have joined the ranks of the unemployed.  I've been there for five months, and have compiled a collection of good advice passed on to me by others, and things I've learned the hard way...

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My last unemployment lasted...

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As we close in on what could be one of the gloomiest holiday seasons since the Great Depression, I've been thinking back to what Christmases were like for our forefathers.  The song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a product of a similarly unsettled era, and it's interesting to see how through the years, its meaning has been twisted around to meet the demands of our times...

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Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 10:54 AM PST

It Can't Be Happening Here.

by barflyer

I go to a very comfortable, mainstream Lutheran Church in a small town.  I'm an anomoly there, one of the 3% of the congregation under 60.  It's everything you would expect in a small Lutheran church--modest, unassuming but friendly people, mostly upper middle class, with a few token upper class members.  We do bake sales, bazaars, and deliver cookies to senior centers.  You really ahven't lived until you've heard a crowd of 60 blue hairs singing Jamaican Hymns of praise--the Pastor and God both have healthy senses of humor.  We have mission work overseas and at home, but always removed from our congregation, i.e., never on behalf of anyone in our church.  We all appear to be in good shape.  That's why I felt a cold, cold chill run down my spine this morning when I read our service bulletin.

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Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 09:52 AM PST

exploiting the unemployed

by barflyer

For wealthy executives and society's bottom feeders (yes, there is some overlap there) masssive layoffs present a wonderful opportunity.  And what better target audience than the ranks of desperate and insecure unemployed?  They're practically begging to be exploited--after all, they were dumb enough to lose their jobs, exhaust their trust funds, and improperly deployed their golden parachutes.  

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Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:56 PM PST

A Dumb Guy's Economic Stimulus

by barflyer

So, we have more supply than demand.  I have one idea how we can increase demand...

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This concept is...

45%11 votes
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Conversation with Allie and Daddy on the couch in St Helens, Oregon, November 5, 2008...  Images of last night's celebrations are on the laptop on the coffee table.

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