And they caused a .0000000000001% disturbance in the force of the global power supply.

Pity they didn't learn something useful in school, like say, engineering, that could be put to use developing cleaner energy.

Instead, they used spray paint (petrochemicals in a can), and caused delays that used more fuel.  Kudos to you, rich white liberal trash.  The industrial world is in your debt.  Here's a quarter.

My governmentt sponsored life insurance managed to get my name wrong.  They list me as  Michael E. Williams (My name is Michael Z. Williamson)

So I call them. The polite but low level drone on the phone apologizes, and says I need to fax in my DL for the correction.

I tell them the correct information is on my DD214, Separation From Military Service papers, that I had to use to qualify for said insurance, that they already have on file.

No, it has to be the DL.

Of course, a secondary problem is that this letter they sent is for purposes of soliciting medical information from my doctors.  Hopefully, they'll concur that it's meant to be me, and furnish the info. Otherwise, I'll have to have them re-request at once (since there's a 30 day deadline on this) and do it again.

I guess I'm glad my name isn't Archibald Tuttle.

Snark: For people who don't care about money, the "left" sure spends a lot of time worrying about money--other people's money, and how to get their hands on it.

If rich people own most of the businesses, generate most of the GDP and pay most of the taxes, it's hardly a surprise that the politicians respond to them.

The unions shot themselves in the head repeatedly in the 70s, insisting that the US should just practice isolationism and pay semi-skilled workers a "living wage" that in some areas is more than that earned by degreed professionals--doctors, engineers. A decade later, Japan owned the steel, auto and electronic industries because they had the work ethic without the greed.

This is not to say we should emulate Japan. But that was the threat at the time, and the unions failed to even acknowledge it, much less respond.

I worked at FedEx during the UPS strike, when the Teamsters spent 6 months trying very hard to convince FedEx employees to unionize. They offered a deal that was actually LESS beneficial than FedEx already delivered. Then they made their power grab on the freight industry, only to harm UPS's market share and employees, while empowering FedEx and several small, now large, trucking firms, who responded to the crisis.

A decade later, I found out the key bargaining point was control of pension funds, which is possibly a good idea. However, that's not what they presented, not what they fought, and not what they accomplished.

The unions have failed at least as much as the parties.

In the meantime, American Idle is sure raking in the bucks from the morons, isn't it? How many of those viewers can name a single Senator or Justice?


And this is on top of the numerous naive elements of the "Story."

This is for everyone who believes Judgment Day is 21 May, 2011.

That day is supposed to be the "Rapture," as described by one "John," hallucinating from malnutrition, bad food and screaming diarrhrea in a Roman Prison (which certainly makes him a reliable witness to things that haven't happened yet), as interpreted by several people, most of whom are illiterate in the Latin, Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew of the original documents of the time.

At least, it is if you believe that, in direct contradiction of scripture:

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 

"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be" ...

"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming, But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 

"Therefore, you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Matthew 24:36-44

However, if, in contradiction of that (While believing in the literal truth of it, don't ask me how), you believe that you are possessed of special knowledge as to pending Judgment, I'd like to buy your house.

You're sure you're going to be taken up in this Rapture, so you won't need it.  I'll offer $500, which you can use for a fantastic, all-trimmings meal at any restaurant, or give to some homeless person to make his last hours on this fragile Earth happy, complete to a Bible and sermon of your choice.  It's your money.

In exchange, I wish to take possession of the house that you won't need and won't exist.

I'd like to sign this contract on 17 May, allowing three days for it to become final (per IN law), and you may keep possession until 2359:59 on 21 May.

Midnight of 22 May, I'm showing up for my house (Which will no longer exist due to Judgment Day) (No, I'm not interested in debating Judgment Day vs the later End of the Earth.  The point is, you'll be in heaven and won't need it.)

So pony up.  I've got a cashier's check waiting.

If you won't, then maybe your faith is just a wee bit lacking?

Funny...mine's not.