Archive for January, 2008

Wait And See

Here’s a few items I’ve heard recently. I’m just posting to be able to look back and see if they come true:

1) IBM was bought by Rico and within three years the IBM name will go away.

2) Fed-Ex is buying DHL (DHL posted huge losses this past year)

and 3) Starbucks will be closing some of its stores knowing they’ve flooded the market, and they will start offering $1.00 coffee.

If you’ve heard anything about any of these rumors, leave me a post. Back to work!

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America’s Best Christian has made her own video!

You’re Going Straight To Hell

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Work has just gotten a lot busier. My co-worker/lead officially became salaried on Monday, so he took on a lot of new responsibilities…so F. and I are covering more ground. I certainly hope there’s going to be a raise. We’ve certainly lost enough people they aren’t going to replace so that means freeing up several salaries. But I know I will be making extra in my check because of the OT I will be doing. Oh, well. I look at it this way: that extra money will allow me to get a massage more often. “Happy ending” here I come!

She’s Back!

Yes! Just when I was thinking the JudyCast was gone forever, BillyBoy pops up with a brand new episode! It’s weird, and wonderful, and sometimes bitchy.

Enjoy!

Presies!

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Well, my birthday IS coming up next week….

Juicy, Juicy, Juicy

Well, I can tell you that last night, the Three-Headed Monster did not take over our Board of Directors. Actually, they each only received 3 votes each…the other 140+ were for the current members. But let’s go over some of the things that happened leading up to last night.

Earlier this week or the one before, they changed the owner of the HOA into their name from our Property Management’s name. The reason I didn’t post Tuesday was because I took a road trip up to Tallahassee with one of the Board members where he had it changed back. Yesterday when I got to the club house the president told me someone changed it back…this worried me, but then I wondered how can someone walk in and just change the owner of a company? The lawyer from our PM said that info is simply that, info. It does not denote the owner of the company. We were made aware of that change by a flier included with the newsletter on Saturday. A copy of the HOA’s lawsuit against the 3HM [Three Headed Monster] was included and copies of the papers they had changed into their name. Many residents were pissed because no one wanted to send their HOA dues to Mr. F’s house….I told people if we did that the next thing we know he would be driving home with spinning rims on his SUV.

Tuesday morning I left at 4 AM with the Board member to drive up north. Shortly after that the 3HM put fliers on everyone’s door saying the election was canceled because the rightful Board members were in place. No signature except to say “Your New Board of Directors”. One resident emailed us an angry letter saying a hooded man came to their door at 5 AM and left this and scared his wife badly. Luckily he left a phone number and we spoke with him and told him it was not us. He was very understanding. But that flier caused us so much trouble because people believed it. A group of us all stood out at the entry gate starting at about 6 PM with signs telling people to vote and speaking to those who had questions or thought the election was canceled. We had a large group and we were psyched. We got even happier when we heard that 2 of the 3HM (the 2 cronies, not Mr. F the ring leader) were at the club house and they emailed the President telling him to come to the club house with the other two members so they could hand over the keys and the paperwork. What f-ing balls! But, of course, no one went. And we all laughed even more thinking of them standing around twiddling their thumbs.

Well, soon after Mr. F drove up. As we said don’t forget to vote he yelled at us that we were all going to jail and drove in. The police showed up a bit later and said they had reports we were shouting at people and preventing people from entering the development….of course, all lies. Our president had showed up by then and was with us. He spoke with the police and they were cool with it. They then went in and were talking with Mr. F. and his wife for awhile. I hope they realized he is just a psycho. I mean, all this started about the time he lost his appeal and his house was going to be foreclosed on. And speaking of that, since it’s public record, I believe the Lake County Clerk of Courts site has posted the foreclosure notice for Mr. F.

Well, yesterday came and I was jumpy at work all day…just worrying about what we would do if the 3HM did win. We all had discussed what could they do if they took over the Board and what we could do to stop them. Once there I helped sign people in. None of them showed up to sign in…they never showed up at all. We also had three police men patrolling the club house area and the street in front. The lawyer was there and we got lots of questions answered. Names were never mentioned when people talked about a certain resident who owes over $50,000 but we all knew who it was. And to prevent future complaints and litigation, the lawyer allowed the 3HM names to be put on the ballot (there were a few people there for them so they got seconded), even though they weren’t present. This way, if they said the election wasn’t fair, the law firm could say to them: Yes it was, your names were on the ballot.

The 6 nominees were allowed to get up and talk for 5 minutes then answer a few questions…and imagine that…only 3 were present to do that. I so wanted to ask the few supporters why they weren’t here. Actually, except for one elderly black lady, Y., who is a big 3HM supporter riling about what we are going to do about the racism in our community (referring to the spray painting of a racial slur on one of the 3HM’s garages) no other 3HM supporters asked anything. And I tell you the residents who can’t stand the 3HM because they know what trash they are, brought up questions where no names were stated, but you would have to be dead not to know who they were referring to. I’m sure it pissed off the folks who cast the 3 votes for them. And Y got told in no uncertain terms by residents saying their piece and the lawyer, that the way to overcome racial unrest was to get to know your neighbors. No word back from her on that. Oh, and to show you what spineless cowards the 3HM supporters were, when volunteers were asked for to help with the voting, not one of them raised their hand. And when it was done they asked for two more volunteers to help count the votes, none of them volunteered either. I guess since their leaders weren’t there to make them participate, they’ll just sit back and let others do it so they can complain. Hypocrites pure and simple.

A few of the questions that the lawyer answered help put an end to some of our fears. If the 3HM had taken over the Board, they could try and expunge Mr. F’s debt, but the law firm would bring a vote to the community to have them removed. Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to run the community properly.

Well, as I said it was a landslide. We had the largest turn out EVER, and I know we helped bring the community together more.

Oh, one of the biggest laughs last night was the one page papers for each of the 6 candidates asking a few questions like what is your experience and why do you want to run. The 3HM apparently wanted to run because these papers were filled out by them, but very briefly. Mr F’s was the best because he said he goes to the meetings and cares for the community. Total and utter lies…and I only hope it opened the eyes of the few 3HM supporters. I’ll have to find our copy and post it here.

But the cost of the win is ever vigilance. The 3HM is still in the neighborhood. They can still cause trouble so we all have to band together and watch our for our neighbors. At least until Mr. F is evicted. He truly is the leader of that little band of hate and evil. As for the other two, R. can’t handle English grammer very well and does not have the intelligence (not to mention the residents he pissed off with his verbal abuse over them not signing a petition to disband the HOA). And for E., he used to be on the Board and was the one who got us partially into our financial mess because of his miss handling of funds. Everyone already knows about him and he doesn’t have the will to carry on without Mr. F (he was heard saying he was only working with them to get them on the Board and he would step down shortly after). E’s hatred will stew and he will lash out in small ways to satisfy his need to be cruel to people, but he is in his 60’s and doesn’t have much more strength to do anymore damage on his own.

I feel much better getting that out…I will certainly put up posts if the 3HM causes more trouble.

NOW Can We Impeach Them?

From CNN.Com just now comes this:

Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush and his top aides publicly made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two years following September 11, 2001, according to a study released Tuesday by two nonprofit journalism groups.
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President Bush addresses the nation as the Iraq war begins in March 2003.

“In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003,” reads an overview of the examination, conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and its affiliated group, the Fund for Independence in Journalism.

According to the study, Bush and seven top officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice — made 935 false statements about Iraq during those two years.

The study was based on a searchable database compiled of primary sources, such as official government transcripts and speeches, and secondary sources — mainly quotes from major media organizations.

The study says Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

Bush has consistently asserted that at the time he and other officials made the statements, the intelligence community of the U.S. and several other nations, including Britain, believed Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

He has repeatedly said that despite the intelligence flaws, removing Hussein from power was the right thing to do.

The study, released Tuesday, says Powell had the second-highest number of false statements, with 244 about weapons and 10 about Iraq and al Qaeda.

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Press Secretary Ari Fleischer each made 109 false statements, it says. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz made 85, Rice made 56, Cheney made 48 and Scott McLellan, also a press secretary, made 14, the study says.

“It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al Qaeda,” the report reads, citing multiple government reports, including those by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the 9/11 Commission and the multinational Iraq Survey Group, which reported that Hussein had suspended Iraq’s nuclear program in 1991 and made little effort to revive it.

The overview of the study also calls the media to task, saying most media outlets didn’t do enough to investigate the claims.

“Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations — have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical,” the report reads. “These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, ‘independent’ validation of the Bush administration’s false statements about Iraq.”

The quotes in the study include an August 26, 2002, statement by Cheney to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” Cheney said. “There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”

Oh, Bob…

Suzanne Pleshette

1937-2008

You will be missed…

…One More Dilbert

OK, I about spit my bagel out when I read this Dilbert this morning. Again, it deals with the Board of Directors and a CEO.

Dilbert For Today

Everyone have a good weekend.

Full Speed Ahead

Works seems like that boat trip in both Chocolate Factory movies…or maybe the opening sequence in The Land of the Lost television show. You know…the boat load of people caught in a fast flowing river? There’s no stopping it now. But that’s not a bad thing. I had worries about possibly losing my job as it seems a 3-man Help Desk was a little too crowded with us letting most of our contractors go at the end of January. But just as I’m voicing my concerns to my co-worker/lead, he tells me that one of the server guys has given his 2-weeks notice and he will be taking over many of his duties as well as being part of the Help Desk. Nice…no more overcrowding there.

But what else is going on? The company Board meeting, that’s what. I know big things are being discussed and I have a feeling some bumpy times are about to happen. So like the kids and parents in the Chocolate Factory (take your pick on which ever one you like – I enjoyed both films) you just gotta hold on hope you survive to step onto dry land. Getting our President replaced by the Board might just be the change this company needs. Our portfolio has shrunk so small that we have lots of empty desks in our call center, and we are not generating income for the company. I will post what decisions are brought down.

And as always I know Scott Adams has a spy in my company because of these two latest cartoons. For copyright reasons I don’t want to publish them here so just follow the two links:

Dilbert #1

Dilbert #2

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What do you get when you have a house full of Disney Cast Members, most of them gay, and you all watch Hairspray the movie with the Sing-A-Long lyrics? A totally fun evening! We did that last night at a friend’s place. Most of us were singing the songs, and the ones who hadn’t seen the movie stared at us like we were out of our minds. Our host even made an Ultra Clutch Hairspray can-shaped cake. I’ll post when Hubby gets the pictures downloaded. Someone made Rice Crispy treats, some using regular Rice Crispies, and some using chocolate Rice Crispies. Well, after the film was over, in honor of Penny and Seaweed getting together in the movie, they brought out the multi-racial Rice Crispy treats with the regular and chocolate mixed together. Let’s just say the rum was flowing so everyone was having a good time…except for a few people. There was someone there who was African-American who obviously had not seen the film. During the “Nicest Kids In Town” number, when the lyric line was “…And once a month we have our Negro Day!” we all threw our hands up in the air and shouted the line out. He kinda looked like a deer caught in the headlights. He and his friend left shortly after the film ended. Oh well…you can’t please everybody.

Scro-Dumb Squabble

Our Human Interest stories for the day:

Lawmaker Seeks Ban On ‘Testicle’ Hitch

January 15, 2008 – 3:10pm
RICHMOND, Va. – Drive across Virginia with an outsized rubber replica of testicles dangling from your trailer hitch and you face a fine under a bill before the General Assembly.

Delegate Lionel Spruill introduced the legislation Tuesday, saying the sight of masculine genitalia is a safety issue because it distracts drivers.

Spruill, a Democrat from Portsmouth, would make display of the ornamentation on a motor vehicle a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $250.

He says the idea came from a constituent whose young daughter had spotted the facsimile sex organs and asked her father to explain them.

The Virginia legislature has some experience with offbeat bills. Three years ago, it attracted worldwide attention for its effort to outlaw baggy pants worn so low they expose underwear.

Man Claims Hospital Forced Rectal Exam

Lawyer: Client Went Through Hell

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NEW YORK — A construction worker has filed a lawsuit claiming that when he went to a hospital after being hit on the forehead by a falling wooden beam, emergency room staffers forcibly gave him a rectal examination.

Brian Persaud, 38, said in court papers that after he denied a request by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital emergency room employees to examine his rectum, he was “assaulted, battered and falsely imprisoned.”

His lawyer, Gerrard M. Marrone, said Tuesday that his client was injured while working at a construction site in midtown Manhattan on May 20, 2003, and at the hospital later he got eight stitches for a cut over his eyebrow.

Then, Marrone said, emergency room staffers insisted on examining his rectum and held him down while he begged, “Please don’t do that.” He said Persaud hit a doctor while flailing around and staffers gave him an injection, which knocked him out, and performed the rectal exam.

Persaud woke up handcuffed to a bed and with an oxygen tube down his throat, the lawyer said, and spent three days in a detention center.

Marrone said he and Persaud later learned the rectal exam was one way of determining whether he had suffered spinal damage because of the accident.

A request by the hospital to dismiss Persaud’s lawsuit was denied by Justice Alice Schlesinger, who ordered a trial to start March 31.

Hospital spokesman Bryan Dotson said, “While it would be inappropriate for us to comment on specifics of the case, we believe it is completely without merit and intend to contest it vigorously.”

Marrone said his client “went through hell.”

“He has a right to refuse a medical procedure,” Marrone said. “The guy was assaulted and arrested for needing stitches.”

The lawyer said his unmarried client, who lives in Brooklyn, has not been able to hold a job since the incident.

“He’s just not the same psychologically,” Marrone said. “He felt like they were trying to rape him.”

Persaud’s lawsuit, filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, seeks unspecified damages.

A judge dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge against him.