Monthly Archives: May 2008

Astonishing statement by Clinton

New York Post reporting that Clinton contemplates the assassination of Obama. I’m not sure that represents an overt threat to a presidential candidate, but I think that she should be warned by the Secret Service, and that she should be kept under surveillance.

It goes without saying that she should be summarily booted from this campaign.


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Breaking: Hilllary hires Jon Lovitz to make her case

Not satisfied with the size of her current preposterations, Hillary Clinton announces that she has hired noted Saturday Night Live comic liar Jon Lovitz.
“Yeah, that’s the ticket!”

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Bill and Hillary: contemplating the nuclear option

It is now clear that the dead man walking Clinton campaign is about securing the VP slot for HRC (and  “yes, you can call me President” Bill Clinton”). And it is also clear that Obama is NOT going to “select” HRC and Bill to be that particular part of the new administration.

The Clintons have a lot of money and a lot of friends and supporters.  What would keep them from trying to destroy the Obama chances to win the presidency? It might be “political suicide,” but it wouldn’t be suicide in any real way.  Their life could go on just fine.

Unlike the rest of us.

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K-Mart/Sears: When are you going to give up and die?


From a kmart manager:

1. The cashiers and service desk people are not properly trained.
The turnover in this area is astronomical, and we usually stick them out there with little to no training. So when they don’t know about prices, sales, special offers, or even how to deactivate EAS tags, it’s not their fault; they probably don’t know any better.

2. We have a very small budget.
This is why you can never find anyone in a Kmart. The few employees you may encounter are running around, trying to put out product, marking things down, and resetting counters. Customer service should be the most important thing, but it rarely is.

3. The mystery shop is king.
Our bonuses, raises, and pretty much everything else are dependent on our mystery shop scores, not how many complaints we get or how hard we work.

4. No one gets their performance review anymore.

The store manager is, in so many words, instructed to not rate people too highly because they would get raises, and the company can’t afford that.

5. We still don’t know what to do with your stimulus check.

We got an email around the time of the press release, and a few flyers, but we would probably give you a blank stare if you came in with your check and wanted your 10% extra.

6. When you call the 800 number, you’re talking to an outsourced call center employee.
They email your complaint to the store manager, who probably already talked to you before you left the store. ….you won’t get anywhere with the number.

7. We hate Sears just as much as you do.

When we have to call them, they are just as rude to us as they are to you.

8. Sears credit cards are HORRIBLE.

Corporate pushes them on us and sends us nasty emails when we don’t get so many applications per customer. We are forced to ask you to fill one out. 

9. The stores are dirty because they don’t give us money
…to replace fixtures, the leaking ceiling, the horrible bathrooms, or even decent cleaning supplies. That costs money, you see.

10. Corporate just restructured the Loss Prevention position.
Most of our security personnel, who had been with the company for years, were terminated. .. Expect higher prices in the future as people steal us blind.

Hope this helps,

A Very Disgruntled Manager


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Baseball: Cubs pick up Jim Edmonds; why?

This site previously predicted the release of Jim Edmunds. Now the Cubs have signed him. Admittedly, Chicago is desperate for outfielders, a strange position to be in. The root of the problem is the vastly overrated Alfonso Soriano and his vastly overpaid contract. But even with these problems, the signing of Edmonds is pathetic. Yes, he is left handed. So? He’s also slow, injury prone, and can’t hit or get on base. This idea of “squeezing out” some residual performance, as if Edmonds were a tube of toothpaste, is ridiculous. It is true that the Cubs lineup is good enough to tolerate some nonsense, but things are gonna breakdown at some point, and for the Cubs, the second half of the season is always worse than the first.  Just because Wrigley is small, is no reason to put a slow centerfielder in place.  Remember, the centerfielder has to cover half of leftfield for Soriano.  The signing of Edmonds suggests that the Cubs’ front office is on tilt.


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Baseball: after a quarter of the season, the New York Yankees are right on course.

I’d say the Yanks are doing exactly what I predicted in my series a couple months back.  Click the baseball category in the right column to see the whole thing.  Or see this for my last one. For those of you who plead “injuries,” let me say that when your starting lineup averages something like 33 years old, injuries are what you get.  This team is on the downslope of their collective careers, and don’t be thinking it will get better.  It won’t.  Well, I still think they will get to .500, so that is a LITTLE better.

I must apologize to the Tampa Bay fans. When I suggested the Yanks would at least be able to beat Tampa Bay, “for god’s sakes,” I really hadn’t looked at the Tampa Bay roster.

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Announcing “Jews for John McCain”

You might think that a tiny blog like this couldn’t handle an organization like that. Well, let’s start a new page and just see how many people sign up, shall we? Oh, and before joining, all applicants have to certify that they know that John McCain is on record saying we should negotiate with Hamas, and also that they know that John McCain actively courted the endorsement of John Hagee.

Let’s see how many members we get.

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Poor Old John McCain: forgets about Iran Contra.

By the summer he’s going to be drooling and crapping his diapers.

McCain says Reagan didn’t negotiate with Iran for release of the hostages. In fact, he did, he did it before he took office, and he did it illegally.

We can’t have an old dope as our president.

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US Attorney scandal was about voter suppression

As OTL, S! has previously reported, the US Attorney firings were about voter suppression. Those US Attorneys who had declined to prosecute voter “fraud” cases were fired.  The Republicans under Rove have made repeated attempts to keep voters away from the polls by intimidation, by imposing roadblocks, financial disincentives, publishing incorrect voting schedules and locations, and obstructing voters at the polls. There is no reason to believe that effort is not continuing.


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Drop the Cuba embargo !!

Steve Clemons:

The Council on Foreign Relations has just released a zinger report on Latin America. It’s just fantastic, and I have to admit that I rarely find myself doing jumping jacks and running around my block in Dupont Circle in Washington after reading a CFR Task Force report. But I am.

I think that the 96-page document is stacked full of sensible thinking and proposals that on each and every page fundamentally reject the kind of self-destructive pugnacious nationalism that former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Jesse Helms and his chief acolyte John Bolton have helped institutionalize.

It’s just so good. The report is titled U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality and can be downloaded as a pdf here.

but this is the kind of thinking we need across the entire geostrategic map — particularly on the Middle East.

The Cuba proposals are a case in point — and in the words of one person close to the effort, the group decided to go for “the full Monty” in advocating a complete break with current, failed embargo policy of the U.S.

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