Saturday, January 24, 2009

Birds of a feather, flock together

Impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich has hired a public relations firm whose specialties include crisis management as part of his last-ditch national media blitz before the Illinois Senate begins its trial to consider removing him from office.

Blagojevich hired The Publicity Agency for "his dealings with the news media that are outside the scope of his job as governor," according to a news release issued by the firm. A Blagojevich spokesman said he was unaware that the governor had hired an outside P.R. agency.

Among the clients listed at the firm's Web site are former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson, who is suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, and Drew Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky. Drew Peterson has denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance and recently announced his engagement.

With each passing day Blagojevich loses one more marble. Why would this firm even touch him?

Friday, January 23, 2009

His hair must be rooting in his brain

The following excerpt shows that the governor of Illinois Rod Blagjeovich needs an intervention. His lawyer is a good one and he ignores him too. What is going on inside his hair filled head?

Edward Genson, the lead attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich, said he intends to withdraw as the governor's lawyer in the criminal case. Genson, who has been practicing law for 44 years, made a brief statement to reporters after a hearing this afternoon in federal court.

"I never require a client to do what I say," he said. "But I do require them to at least listen." "I wish the governor good luck and Godspeed," he added.

Asked about the status of the $500,000 that records show he has been paid from Blagojevich campaign funds, Genson said: "The answer to that is that it's none of your guys' business." Genson would have to file paperwork to formally withdraw from the case.

Ah, vacation...

Today is the first day of my vacation. Ok, technically I'm out of work but if I take a positive approach it won't be so bad. Of course if I was somewhere warm it would be so much better.

A short follow up to yesterday's rant on profit. Today Harley-Davidson and GE announced layoffs because their profits were smaller than the previous year. Why is there no outrage?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Does profit have a new meaning?

Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it is cutting 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months — more than 5 percent of its work force — a sign of how badly even the biggest and richest companies are being stung by the recession.

The layoffs appear to be a first for Microsoft, which was founded in 1975, aside from relatively limited staff cuts the software company made after acquiring companies.

The company announced the cuts as it reported an 11 percent drop in second-quarter profit, which fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

Microsoft said profit in the last quarter fell to $4.17 billion, or 47 cents per share, from year-ago earnings of $4.71 billion, or 50 cents per share.

As I read this in the news today I have come to the concrete conclusion that this country is in the predicament we are in because corporations see profits as losses. Microsoft makes a $4bb profit, albeit not as big as last year's, and they deem they need to fire 5,000 people. THEY MADE A FRICKIN PROFIT! They didn't lose $4bb mind you but added to their account. Something is wrong here.

We all screamed when the oil companies were raking in their huge profits. We must start screaming about profit making companies laying off people so they can make a bigger profit next year. Freeze salaries, cut them back a dollar or two an hour but keep them working. I am disgusted by this.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

You know people are saying...

I thought Obama was supposed to fix things overnight. My IRA is still down 40%, my job is still gone, the wars are still going on.

What kind of administration is he running?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Words to live by

Today President Obama conveyed these words in his inaugural speech,

"It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours," he said. "It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate."

I truly believe we can overcome everything if we live by this credo.

The Nightmare Is Over!

Barack Hussein Obama is now the nation's 44th president - and first black chief executive.