The pint-sized giant of the entertainment industry has passed away at the age of 93. Best known for…
Known for his roles in "Independence Day" and "Homeland", he established the "Suit" character role,…
Harold Ramis dead at 69 of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis
Harold Ramis, the man behind numerous blockbuster films such as Ghostbusters and Groundhog’s Day,…
He was 85.
Well, Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away. Rest in peace.
Jay Rockerfeller isn’t running for his seat next year. Time to really enjoy his fortune, I guess.
Kony is back in the news, poaching elephants. This time it will be “Pachy 2013″.
The Prez is itching to sign the UN arms control treaty. I’m sure there are other things itching, like trigger fingers.
And the Manning- Wikileaks trial begins. Let the circus begin.
I saw this, and thought of y’all.
Try to have a good Monday. I don’t ask for “great”, because I know better
Not exactly shocking but still welcome news.
The Paul Ryan pick has predictably made the left a bit more nuts.
Its fun to watch them still in shotgun mode. Screaming everything and hoping something sticks.
SPIKE LEE: OBAMA WILL DO WHATEVER HE WANTS IN SECOND TERM -- as if he hasn’t already?
Well, here at Hookers & Booze we’ve reached our 12800th comment.
The honor goes to DaninVan who said:
The last two…how well planned was THAT!!
Planned well enough to hit our next milestone I reckon. Next stop 25600.
6400th Comment -- mrmacs
3200th Comment -- hilljohnny
1600th Comment -- Nicole
800th Comment -- TheDudeAbides
400th Comment -- WAMK
200th Comment -- GWK
100th Comment -- LC Aggie Sith
Next stop is obviously #25,600.
Santorum racked up wins in all three contests. He won 40%-35% in Colorado’s caucuses and that was his least convincing win. He was 45% to Ron Paul’s 27% in Minnesota and 55% to Romney’s anaemic 25% in Missouri.
I have to admit that I’d written this guy off as an also-ran way back from the beginning.
My question is: Is this about Santorum or is this about middle America being a bit pissed about what the east coast is trying to saddle them with?
Now, its easy to point out that a win here and there doesn’t mean anything, but knocking down three states shows that you can win. People don’t want to vote for a loser. This is part of Romney’s advantage. We’ve been told for so long that he’s the only winner of the bunch. Maybe a night like this will help change that opinion.
The protesters suggested pulling fire alarms in the hotel where the conference will take place, screaming “fire” during conference activities, “glitter-bombing” participants, cutting electrical power, and barricading entrances to the hotel, according to the source, who requested anonymity.
“Speakers will be physically assaulted, not just verbally confronted,” the source told Scribe in an email. Two Occupiers, who the source also identified as members of the New Black Panther Party, “said they would be disappointed if they didn’t get arrested and planned to ‘make it count.’”
So how long do we put up with the blatant criminal activity from these fucking losers? Either they’re going to continue to escalate until they seriously injure or kill someone or they’re going to rush the wrong stage somewhere and get shot dead. And before you say, “Fine, fuck ‘em”, you know what the headlines would look like.
Few have lived in a world in which a handful of corporations don’t run the food system. The food industry has made our world theirs. Instant meals and ready calories are as much a part of the fabric of late capitalist life as the culture in which they’re acceptable. Excising corporations from an economy that has come to depend on their products addresses the problem of added toxins in food. But it does little to change the circumstance that renders those foods a caloric raft for the poor, nor does it address deeper injustices within the food system spawned by corporate power.
Even the Food NazisTM are motivated by a hate of capitalism. Here’s the thing: You can still walk into a grocery store and buy fresh fruits and vegetables and uncooked meat. I know, I was surprised too. To listen to the Food NazisTM, the only thing you’d find in a grocery store is aisle after aisle of Twinkies.
First I want to apologize for not being around much. I’m going to tell you about that.
I’m sure you remember the car crash I got into last summer. Well, that really led to some changes. My knee still doesn’t work right which pretty much takes me out of my previous career.
While I was laid up on the sofa after the crash, I put in an application with a web-hosting company. I’ve never worked in the IT field and in fact have never worked in an office building. With no relevant work history and no certifications or documentation proving I know my stuff, I didn’t expect much.
Well, the next morning I got a call asking me when would be a good time to come in for an interview. Hey, I thought, maybe I’ll get a chance to explain how I know what I know. Well, it turned out that the “interview” was a hands-on test. They simply sat me down in front of a terminal and gave me a list of tasks to perform. It wasn’t much of a difficulty.
When I was done, I was asked the basic questions: If you were hired, when could you start? What shift would you be comfortable working? and then …. How much would you expect to be paid?
Fuck. The money question.
Fortunately, I currently had a job so I simply told them how much I was making at my current job and that they would have to get damned close to that to get me to leave it. It was still too early to know that my knee was not going to get much better. I’d have been much more nervous about the whole thing if I’d known I was not going to be able to go back to my previous job.
So that’s how it ended. They said I’d hear something by the end of the week.
I got a call the very next morning. I was asked if I was still interested in coming to work for [COMPANY] at a pay rate of [EXACTLY WHAT I ASKED FOR] working [THE SHIFT I ASKED FOR].
I said, Uh, yeah, ok. Sounds good.
It turns out that this is pretty much just the way this company does things. It is worth the money to them to pay someone for two weeks of training to see if they’re worth a damn. I guess since you can’t really tell much from a job interview, they just make the interview two weeks long.
So, I knocked out the two weeks training and started on the floor.
I was terrified.
After about a week of getting the feel for things, I started to make numbers. After a couple of weeks I was hitting quota. About the same time I started hitting the bonus range for my ratings. I hit bonus three pay periods in a row.
I now realize that the bonus is a mechanism for determining who needs to be doing harder work.
I was rather innocently told to go sit with another admin to get some training in another area. Harder tickets. It didn’t take long before I was working those harder tickets exclusively. A short while later and I was told to start “cherry picking” out of the Level 2 tickets. “Just look around in there and pick the ones you can do.” “Sure, no problem.”
Then it happened.
I got an email from the boss telling me I’d been approved for Level 2 training and that I’d get my “checklist” and expanded access later in the week.
So that’s where I’ve been.
Monday morning I was informed that my training checklist was 100% complete (including the tests) and that now its in the hands of the higher-ups to decide whether or not to promote me.
Wednesday marks six months with the company. Six months of work in the IT field. Six months of work as a Linux System Administrator.
Some of you know the name of the company I work for, but I’d rather it not be said here. I do owe them. They gave me a shot at proving myself with no experience, no education and no certifications. They just owe me a bigger paycheck. I’ve worked my ass off for them.
So, there is the story of where the hell I’ve been.
In other news, H&B Football is done. While myself and a few others fell out during the season, I have to hand it to those who kept their picks going and really did put up some impressive numbers.
Congratulations to the botnet and really for all the leaders on that board.
The Ironic Penta Meter™ is tipping off the scales this morning, y’all.
Jay-Z is releasing a new line of T-shirts in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement Friday via his Rocawear clothing label, but he doesn’t plan to share any of the profits with the protesters.
And that, ladies and gents, is rich on many, many levels. This so-called musical artist will gladly make a buck off the protesters, standing in figurative solidarity with them, but when it comes to the bottom line, will not lift a finger to help them in any way. And the dumb masses can’t see they are being used by him to increase his fortune.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the clothing company that is making the shirts had this to say:
“The ‘Occupy All Streets’ T-shirt was created in support of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. ‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.”
So, to the dumb masses occupying parks in cities across the US, I hope the knowledge that Jay-Z is making money off your back and enjoying the rotten fruit of your labor all the way to the bank in no way keeps you up at night. I’m sure the lice, tuberculosis, lack of heat, and the fear of getting assaulted or even raped is enough to keep you awake.
Just wait until bubonic plague breaks out.
Obama wants to drop troop levels in Iraq to 3000.
I reckon he’s either trying to suck up to his far left base or he’s trying to create a disaster for the Republican that follows him.
It seems that the word ‘stimulus’ is no longer allowed.
I’m only surprised that it took so long to disappear that word.
This time Obama’s only asking for $300 billion.
I suppose after all the money this douche-bag has flushed down the toilet, what’s another $300,000,000,000?
So, there’s that.
H&B Chat and Radio will be down for a bit for some server maintenance. I’ll get them back up as soon as I can.
Update [ArmedGeek]: H&B Chat and Radio are back up.
So apparently there’s been some stuff going on.
There’s rioting in the UK. This is what happens when politicians constantly tell people that its not the politicians’ fault that things are so fucked up. Its all the fault of their fellow citizens. Pretty much the same shit going on here. How many stories have we seen about “flash mobs”? How much longer before those turn into full blown riots ?
There does however seem to be good news for the older, more well-to-do gentlemen. There seems to be a rise in the number of younger women turning to
prostitution sugar-daddies to fund their education. (Linking HotAir to keep from linking HuffPo).
Oh, and I saw something in the news about debt or something … I’m sure it wasn’t important.
And of course it didn’t take long for these to show up.
George Clooney is banging Stacy Keibler so, you know, you can just go on hating that bastard.
Sorry but the Redneck Olympics look far more entertaining.
The Redneck Olympics are facing a legal challenge from the United States Olympic Committee, according to organizer Harold Brooks.
I suppose I should give y’all a Hooker after making you read all that.