Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Modern, Efficient, Automated Approach to Customer Service.

The icemaker has stopped working on our two-year-old refrigerator-freezer. (We had to replace our old fridge because it repeatedly broke down.) From past experience, I can tell you exactly what happens next.   

*  I will call Sears Appliance Repair.

* I will be put on hold and listen to Sears commercials for several minutes.

* A woman will come on the line -- she is in South Carolina -- and will schedule an appointment for a repair man to come to the house. 

* The appointment will be in 10 days.

* The repairman will determine that (a) the icemaker has stopped working on our refrigerator-freezer, and (b) a new part will have to be ordered.

* The new part will arrive in 10 days.

* I will call Sears Repair, speak to another lady in South Carolina, who will schedule another appointment with another repairman.

* The appointment will be in 10 days.

* On the appointed day, the repairman will arrive at 3:40, install the new part, and depart at 3:55.

* The charges will be $250 for the new part and $197 for labor. Plus tax.

* Five weeks later, a puddle will appear on the kitchen floor. The gasket on the freezer door has come off.   Again.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The GOP: Paying the Price for Ignoring the Lessons of History

Back when things were starting to go bad during the Vietnam War, an unfortunate Army officer was being interviewed about the latest operation and uttered the infamous words: "We had to burn the village in order to save it."  An old friend of mine points out -- astutely -- that today's Republican Party has taken on the same strategy. And the GOP, just like that village, is going up in flames.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Walmart Pay Scale: What's Wrong with This Picture?

Walmart’s CEO, Mike Duke, says the company's employees “are a great source of pride and personal inspiration to me.”

According to Ibis World, an international market research firm, the average Walmart employee is paid $8.81 per hour. Evidently, it doesn't take a helluva lot to inspire Mike.

Anyway, assuming they’re working a 40-hour week, that pay rate projects to a bit more than $18, 300 a year. Of course, as we well know, a great many Walmart employees are held to working part time and, as a result, they are ineligible for benefits such as health insurance.

By the way, in 2010, Mike Duke was paid $18.7 million. Now that's what I call inspiring!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Tea Party Contestant in Spelling Bee

I never get enough of these! Fortunately, there is an almost unlimited supply.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

He Got the Living Crap Beat Out of Him … and He Still Has No Idea Why.

In a call to some of his biggest donors, Mitt Romney says the reason he lost was that President Obama gave a lot of “stuff” to African Americans, Latinos and single women.

I guess he’s talking about the 47 percent of the country who are the deadbeat bums and moochers.

We should probably feel sorry for the guy. But, clearly, he’s just too clueless to be president.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

One Final Glimpse Into the Romney Way of Doing Business.

Over the years, I’ve been on the inside of quite a few major political campaigns. For months you live, eat, breathe and sleep it … and then, sometimes, you lose. Often it happens in the split second you get a look at the first printout of returns. It’s crushing. It’s just awful.

And so I was amazed to read that on election night, after President Obama had been declared the winner, a number of top Romney aides discovered that their campaign credit cards had already been cancelled when they tried to pay for the cabs that took them back to their Boston hotels.

“Fiscally conservative”, one staffer ruefully commented to a TV reporter.

What a shabby way to treat the people who have fought and bled for you.


Monday, October 29, 2012

How's THIS for a Record of Public Service!

And, of course, they still have the gall to attack Obama for a lack of accomplishment. It's astonishing that anyone swallows their B.S.


Friday, October 12, 2012

How Do We Know Who Won the VP Debate?

Democrats are up beat and excited. Republicans are complaining that Joltin' Joe Biden was rude to poor ol' Paul Ryan. Awwww! But that pretty much answers the question, doesn't it!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Does anyone -- seriously and in their heart of hearts -- actually believe this theory works in practice?


Monday, October 8, 2012

Say what you will about this awful campaign ...

you have to admit it's providing a wealth of wonderful material!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Might As Well Laugh About This, Eh?

For the record, Romney was (once again) wrong. Federal tax dollars do NOT go to PBS. Rather, they go to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and, from there, to individual member stations such as our own KHET here in Hawaii.

And to put this non-issue into perspective, those federal dollars are less than 1/100th of one percent of the federal budget. And this is how Romney is going to tackle the federal deficit?


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Coal Miners ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to Appear in Romney TV Ad

A new TV commercial for Mitt Romney is on the air. It features coal miners and Himself, claiming that President Obama is killing the coal industry, presumably with all those pesky regulations.

Someone in the media thought to ask the mine owner, Murray Energy, if the miners were all there voluntarily.

“Attendance at the Romney event was mandatory,” said Rob Moore, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, “but no one was forced to attend.”

OK … good. Glad we cleared that up.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Fifty Year Summary of the U.S. Economy

Gee ... And all this time I thought the Republicans were supposed to be the ones with all the answers when it comes to prosperity, the economy, the deficit, etc ...


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Just the Latest Outrage from the GOP. More to Come, of Course.

Labor Day is, apparently, no longer observed in order to recognize and honor working men and women ... the people who build the cars and dig the holes and do the paperwork and fetch the coffee for the boss ... in other words, the people who labor.

Labor Day -- at least according to that arrogant twit, Eric Cantor -- is now being celebrated to honor the entrepreneurs who hire the people who build the cars and dig the holes.

There seems to be no limit to the arrogance of the Republican leadership.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Speaks with Forked Tongue, Again and Again and ...

What the hell has politics come to in this country, anyway? Paul Ryan gets up in front of God and the whole nation, looks us in the eye, and says things that are demonstrably and completely untrue!

      -- Obama is to blame for a automobile plant closing ... when the plant was ordered closed before Obama took office.

      -- Obama is to blame for not implementing the deficit reduction plan ... when Ryan was a member of the commission that produced the plan ... and voted against it!

Why aren't serious, patriotic, legitimate Republicans rising up in protest over these cynical, arrogant hypocrites that are now leading their party? What a disgrace!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Thinking about Walmart over morning coffee

… or, better yet, over a stiff drink at any other time of day.

Walmart is the third largest single employer in the entire world, behind the U.S. Department of Defense and the Chinese Army.

For every job Walmart creates, about 1.5 jobs are lost elsewhere in the U.S. economy. That’s because when a Walmart store opens or expands, Mom and Pop stores within a 15 mile radius go out of business.

Every year, the U.S. government pays out about $1.5 billion in food stamps and other benefits to underpaid Walmart employees.

Each of the six Walmart heirs earns about $450 million dollars a year from their piece of that smiley-face-pie. The total net worth of those six individuals is about the same as the bottom 30% of all Americans.

Have a nice day. Y'all come on back now, heah?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Two-Thirds of Republicans Are (Willfully?) Misinformed.

According to a recent poll developed by a government professor at Dartmouth and conducted by YouGov, 63 percent of Republicans believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction prior to the start of the Iraq War. Of course, it is now accepted as absolute fact that that was not the case. The only argument left is whether or not Bush and Cheney knew that before the war began.

And, as the TV pitchman says, “But wait! There’s more!”

As if that’s not discouraging enough, the poll also reports that 64 percent of Republicans actually think Barack Obama was not born in this country.

How can you expect to hold serious, rational conversations with people like that?