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Saturday, May 05, 2012

West and Wilders

Diana West had the honor of interviewing Geert Wilders about his new book called Marked for Death: Islam's War on the West and Me, and not only that, Sean Hannity did a good deed by hosting him on his FOX program:
For the heartburn alone that Wilders' appearance with Hannity undoubtedly caused the Saudi Dictatorship Family, a scion of whom infamously owns the second largest stake in Fox's parent company News Corp, the Hannity spot was worth it. As a Fox-watcher long horrified by the specter of Saudi-Islamic influence over many reputedly conservative flaghsip outlets -- Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post -- I have to congratulate Hannity, Fox's biggest brand, for inviting Wilders on the show. That said, what a deeply fallen state we in America are in when a leading political affairs show host has to be patted on the back for going against the Sharia-Powers that Be and inviting arguably the most remarkable man in politics in the world -- Geert Wilders -- on the air.

Wilders, as most readers know, is world-famous as a proponent of free speech and as an opponent of Islamization in the Netherlands and the wider West. The two go together. They must because Islam, in keeping with its kindred totalitarian systems Communism and Nazism, is all about the erasure of free speech. For this reason alone, a prince of sharia like Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of the King of Sharia Arabia, headquarters of the OIC, should be barred from holding stock in US media companies. While protected by the First Amendment, the media companies can hardly help being compromised by a chilling effect.

Thus, Sean Hannity has to get a pat on the back for presenting even five minutes of Wilders' clarity and insights on the ongoing Islamization of the West to grossly under-served Fox viewers.
Anybody who recognizes the dangers bin Talal can represent should also consider that he bought a stake in Twitter too. I sometimes find it both funny/sad how a lot of leftists see News Corp as a problem when bin Talal's involvement clearly suggests Murdoch isn't all that different from various other hardcore leftists. Especially if they happen to be British.

Hannity again was very bold to invite Wilders onto the stage to chat about this book, and does deserve some credit for it.
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Obama Threatens The Supreme Court… Again

According to the Canada Free Press,
Fox News’ Martha McCallum advised Thursday that the Obama Administration has been quietly sending missives to the Supreme Court threatening that if it doesn’t rule in his favor on ObamaCare, Medicare will face disruption and “chaos.”  Therefore, if SCOTUS rules in favor of the US Constitution, Obama & Co will begin its campaign to either destroy Medicare or make those on it suffer greatly.  The Obama syndicate is said to be threatening to hold off Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals if SCOTUS does not comply with Obama’s demands and submit to him.
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Rick "We're Having Tea Party" Santelli setting it straight for the media and their government stooges (wait, um. . .)



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Actually it belongs to a blue green algae cell named ‘Carl’

The tidal pool was along what would be the inland sea.
Carl was the first organized entity to touch ‘land’, you see.

US should return stolen land to Indian tribes, says United Nations

United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination.
James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes.
Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, indigenous communities in Alaska and Hawaii, and Native Americans now living in cities, he encountered people who suffered a history of dispossession of their lands and resources, the breakdown of their societies and “numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination”.
“It’s a racial discrimination that they feel is both systemic and also specific instances of ongoing discrimination that is felt at the individual level,” he said.
Anaya said racism extended from the broad relationship between federal or state governments and tribes down to local issues such as education.
“For example, with the treatment of children in schools both by their peers and by teachers as well as the educational system itself; the way native Americans and indigenous peoples are reflected in the school curriculum and teaching,” he said.
“And discrimination in the sense of the invisibility of Native Americans in the country overall that often is reflected in the popular media. The idea that is often projected through the mainstream media and among public figures that indigenous peoples are either gone or as a group are insignificant or that they’re out to get benefits in terms of handouts, or their communities and cultures are reduced to casinos, which are just flatly wrong.”
Close to a million people live on the US’s 310 Native American reservations. Some tribes have done well from a boom in casinos on reservations but most have not.
Anaya visited an Oglala Sioux reservation where the per capita income is around $7,000 a year, less than one-sixth of the national average, and life expectancy is about 50 years.
In fact, the OLDEST tribes in contact here where I live we have both success and failure, just like real life. There is gambling ownership, and reservations which seem like other nations, where attempts to recover objects not being paid for (like, by a year) are blocked by the tribes and the collectors can only shrug. People who do nothing or little and people who do ok and people who do well.
You can get massive help or none. Or you can assimilate. You can’t spend your life hunting bison on the plains, and you can’t hunt the forests (easily) for subsistence, but seasonal rules for fish and game may not apply to you. I can’t roam the plains hunting for bison either, and I’d rather do that as well. Much rather.
You can clam though as many eastern tribes did, and you can fish year round via means more assured of results as opposed to sport, and barred to non indians.
But life is what you make it. 
I did not deprive the Indians of their way of life. I wish you could still live that way somewhere around the USA. If you could, I WOULD DO IT MYSELF. But I bet I would be turned away. Guess why.
So -Fuck off, UN.
Of course, you realize that this conclusion means if we cannot return the lands the bible to the Hurrians, Hyksos, Mitanni and such, that leaves ONLY THE JEWS as the next in line somewhere (depending on the argument you follow) between 2100-1200 BC. After all, UN, they also are a “people who suffered a history of dispossession of their lands and resources, the breakdown of their societies and “numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination”.
How much more irrelevant, stupid and pointless is the UN going to become?
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Friday, May 04, 2012

Gary Moore
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While so many are busy talking about eating dog and composite girlfriends, spiking the bin Laden football giving campaign speeches and posing for really stupid pictures in Afghanistan there are nearly 30 million of their fellow Americans who are wondering if, not when but IF, they will ever get back to work again.

Wondering IF they will ever feel like they are contributing again.

Wondering IF they will ever be able to lift the sinking feeling of despair and depression when they wake up every morning to begin another day full of "Thanks But No Thanks"

Wondering IF they will ever again have a day free of the adrenaline induced panic attacks when the phone rings and it's yet another creditor asking IF they plan to pay their bill this month. Or ever again.

Wondering IF their marriage is going to survive the ungodly stress brought on by their situation.

Wondering IF they will still find a way to pay their mortgage or rent this month.

Wondering IF they have enough to feed their kids.

Wondering IF anyone in D.C. even knows they're out here and understands what is happening to this America.

April's job report lived up to muted expectations, with the economy creating a meager 115,000 jobs during the month as the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent.

Job creation in the private sector was slightly better at 130,000, but overall the report painted a picture of a jobs market that had gotten a boost from unseasonably warm winter weather but now has cooled.

The service sector again accounted for most of the job creation, growing 101,000 while manufacturing added just 16,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Governments cut a net 15,000 jobs for the month. The average work week was unchanged at 34.5 hours.

Though the headline number indicated job creation, the total employment level for the month actually fell 169,000. The disparity likely emanates from a drop in the labor force participation rate — or the level of Americans actively looking for jobs or otherwise employed — from 63.8 percent to 63.6 percent, its lowest level since December 1981.

The amount of discouraged workers swelled from 865,000 to 968,000, an increase of 12 percent. Those working part-time for economic reasons surged 181,000 to more than 7.8 million.

"In the weakest recovery since the Great Depression, more than four-fifths of the reduction in unemployment has been accomplished by a dropping adult labor force participation rate — essentially persuading adults they don't need a job, or the job they could find is not worth having," said University of Maryland economist Peter Morici.

Wall Street economists had been expecting the Bureau of Labor Statistics report to show 170,000 new jobs created and the unemployment rate [cnbc explains] holding steady at 8.2 percent.

The unemployment rate, which estimates the total percentage of jobless Americans but does not count those not actively looking for work, was last this low in January 2009, when President Obama took office. Total job creation, though, remains narrowly negative for the president and likely will be a contentious interview as Obama seeks a second term.

The miss in the nonfarm payrolls report led to a negative reaction on Wall Street, with the stock market trading lower in the morning and interest rates on government debt falling. The 30-year bond lost nearly 3 points in price to yield 3.09 percent.

An alternative measure of unemployment which counts those who have stopped looking for work held steady at 14.5 percent.

"We are stuck with labor demand that is just too darn weak," economist Jared Bernstein said on CNBC's

"Squawk Box." "I'm not pleased with what I'm seeing." (See the full interview here.)

The BLS also indicated an upward revision to its March numbers, from 120,000 to 154,000.

Long-term unemployment remains a problem, though it eased somewhat in April. The total amount of those out of a job for more than 27 weeks dipped from 5.3 million to 5.1 million, while the average duration of unemployment fell from 39.4 weeks to 39.1 weeks.

read the rest here but keep in mind that the biggest reason long term unemployment fell in April was because people could no longer collect unemployment, the 99ers, and were no longer counted.

U.S. Jobs Data Add to Fears of Spring Slowdown .

U.S. job growth slowed again in April and more Americans dropped out of the work force, a fresh sign that the economy could be settling into a sluggish spring.

Nonfarm payrolls grew by 115,000 last month, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate, obtained by a separate survey of U.S. households, ticked down a tenth of percentage point to 8.1%.

"The very modest 115,000 increase in US nonfarm payrolls in April will raise fears that the recovery is fading fast, just like it did at this time last year," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast a gain of 168,000 in payrolls and for the jobless rate to remain at 8.2% in April.

the rest here

Labor Force Shrinks As Jobless Swell Disability Ranks

The civilian labor force shrank in April by 342,000 workers, and remains below where it stood when the economic recovery started 34 months ago, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Had the labor force not declined, unemployment would have been 8.3% in April, instead of the 8.1% reported.

That same month, more than 225,000 workers applied for Social Security disability benefits, and nearly 90,000 were enrolled, according to new data from the Social Security Administration.

Compared with June 2009, the month the economic recovery officially started, the labor force has shrunk by 365,000, a trend that has never occurred in any post World War 11 recovery. Those saw the labor force climb by the millions by this point in their recoveries, even as unemployment rates were driven down.

The decline in the workforce combined with the growing population has pushed the labor force participation rate — which compares those working or looking for a job the working age population — fell again in April to 63.6%. That's down from 65.7% in mid-2009, and is the lowest it's been since 1981.

Economists note that the shrinking labor force has masked the true size of the unemployment problem, since people who quit looking for a job are no longer counted as unemployed.

In fact, had the labor force participation rate had stayed where it was in June 2009, the unemployment rate would be around 11%.

Many of those who've quit looking have instead signed up for disability benefits.

So far this year, nearly 1 million workers have applied to get on the disability program. According to the Social Security Administration, more than a third will eventually be enrolled in the program.

Almost 90,000 workers enrolled the program in April, pushing the total for new enrollees over 333,000 in the first four months of the year.

If you add in spouses and dependents, the number of beneficiaries added to the program so far this year climbs to 539,000.

As IBD reported recently, more than 5 million workers and their families have enrolled in the disability program since Obama took office.

A report last fall from the Obama administration's economic advisers warns that the mass exodus of workers who can't find a job onto the disability rolls poses a long-term risk to the economy, since once enrolled, these workers almost never return to the active workforce. This can, the report said, result "in a loss to society of the economic contribution those workers could have made."



29.7 Million Seek Work

People ask, why all the talk about dogs and contraceptives? The reason is: jobs.

Tomorrow the Labor Department will release its April employment report. If the rate goes down, the administration will brag a bit, but they won't dwell on it. They know that the unemployment rate does not reflect the actual number of people who need work. Did you ever wonder how many of them are really out there?

Let's put in a pre-recession, real numbers perspective. In July 2007, at the peak of the bling-years boom, there were 146.1 million people employed, 7.1 million unemployed, and 4.5 million working part-time "for economic reasons," which added to the unemployed gives the number for "underemployed” (U6). There were 78.7 million people not in the labor force. The unemployment rate was 4.6%.

Last month, in March 2012, there were 142 million employed, 12.7 million unemployed, 7.7 million U6, and 87.9 million "not in the labor force. The unemployment rate is now (supposedly) 8.2%.

With 154.7 million in the labor force, 1% represents about 1.55 million people. The unemployment rate is 3.6% higher, so there ought to be about 5.4 million less people working than five years ago. That's not true. There are indeed 5.6 million more unemployed, but there are also a staggering 9.2 million more people "not in the labor force," most often because they can't find a job. That means the total number of additional people actually out of work compared to 2007 is 14.8 million, or 9.7% of the labor force. Add that to the original 4.6%, and the actual rate of unemployment is about 14.3%. Also, there are 3.2 million more people working part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work. Let’s add. Today, there are 18 million more people not working or unable to find the job they want than in 2007. Add in the original 7.1 million already unemployed in 2007, plus the original 4.6 million U6, and the total is 29.7 million. In a universe of 155 million workers, the real U6 rate is thus approximately 19%. This is all Dept. of Labor data, offering an apples to apples comparison.

These 29.7 million people are anonymous, nameless, faceless. But the President's team knows they are out there, and that they are highly likely to vote. So they don't want to talk about jobs. They want to change the subject. Hence, more talk about dogs and contraceptives.


CNN (yeah, really, no kidding):

The 86 million invisible unemployed

Last year, 86 million Americans were not counted in the labor force because they didn't keep up a regular job search. Most of them were either under age 25 or over age 65.Last year, 86 million Americans were not counted in the labor force because they didn't keep up a regular job search. Most of them were either under age 25 or over age 65.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- There are far more jobless people in the United States than you might think.
While it's true that the unemployment rate is falling, that doesn't include the millions of nonworking adults who aren't even looking for a job anymore. And hiring isn't strong enough to keep up with population growth.
As a result, the labor force is now at its smallest size since the 1980s when compared to the broader working age population.

"We've been getting some job growth and it's been significant, but it hasn't yet been strong enough that you start to get people re-engaging in the labor market," said Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center and former commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A person is counted as part of the labor force if they have a job or have looked for one in the last four weeks. As of April, only 63.6% of Americans over the age of 16 fell into that category, according to the Labor Department. That's the lowest labor force participation rate since 1981.

It's a worrisome sign for the economy and partly explains why the unemployment rate has been falling recently. Only people looking for work are considered officially unemployed.

Jason Everett, for example, wouldn't be counted.

Out of work for nearly three years now, Everett has given up his job search altogether.

Instead, the unemployed plumber and Air Force veteran takes a few community college courses and looks after his two children while his wife is the primary breadwinner.

"I'm not even totally convinced the college degree is really going to help at this point, but I figure at least I'll be doing something," he said.
The unofficially unemployed

Last year there were 86 million people who didn't have a job and weren't consistently looking for one, according to Labor Department data.

Older people, ages 65 and over, account for more than a third. Young people between 16 and 24 make up another fifth. More than half don't have a college degree and more than two thirds are white.

Many of the teens and 20-somethings may be enrolled in either high school or college full-time. And many of the over 65 crowd are probably retired.

But what about the other 36 million folks who fall in between?

The truth is, the Labor Department simply doesn't know why they're not in the labor force. Many may be staying home with children or other relatives. Some may have gone back to school or retraining programs. Others could be disabled and unable to work, and some may have retired early.

"Even in the best of times, there are millions of people who don't want to work for a variety for reasons," Hall said.

But he suspects the number of "disengaged" Americans, like Everett, is higher than usual as a direct result of the recession.

About six million people claim they want a job, even though they haven't looked for one in the last four weeks. If they were to all start applying for work again, the unemployment rate would suddenly shoot up above 11%.

"At this point, the labor market is worse than people realize because people are discouraged. Certainly, a large number of workers have given up on the job market," Hall said.

That said, the decline in labor force participation is not a new problem. After peaking at 67.3% in early 2000, the rate has been falling ever since.

Researchers at the Chicago Federal Reserve attribute a large part of the decline to the recent recession and lackluster recovery, but the other half to long-term demographic trends.

For example, as more women entered the labor force between the 1960s and 1990s, the participation rate rose rapidly. That effect may have plateaued since then.

Meanwhile, as Baby Boomers entered their prime working years, they also drove the participation rate higher. Once they started hitting their 50s and 60s though, many started transitioning into retirement.

Finally, teenage jobs have been on the decline and college enrollment picked up in the last decade, leading more young people to not be counted in the labor force.

As these trends continue, the Chicago Fed expects the labor force participation rate will keep falling, hitting 62.4% by 2020.

That poses a problem for a variety of reasons.

It hits tax revenue and makes it harder to fund social safety nets like Social Security. Not to mention, it's likely to increase income inequality.

Most importantly though, it makes the U.S. economy less productive and weighs on growth.




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Steve Vai
Tender Surrender

Whispering a Prayer

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Joe Bonamassa
Woke Up Dreaming


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I think this might be what is referred to as a failure of deterrence

Russia threatens to strike NATO missile defense sites

Russia’s most senior military officer said Thursday that Moscow would preemptively strike and destroy U.S.-ledNATOmissile defense sites in Eastern Europe if talks with Washington about the system continue to stall.
“A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Russian Chief of General StaffNikolai Makarovsaid at an international missile defense conference in Moscow attended by senior U.S. andNATOofficials.
The threat comes as talks about the missile defense system, which the U.S. and its allies insist is aimed at Iranian missiles, appear to have stalled.
“We have not been able to find mutually-acceptable solutions at this point and the situation is practically at a dead end,” Russian Defense MinisterAnatoly Serdyukovsaid.
Ellen Tauscher, the U.S. special envoy for strategic stability and missile defense, insisted the talks about NATO plans for a missile defense system using ground-based interceptor missiles stationed in Poland, Romania and Turkey were not stalemated.
Does everyone now remember that comment Obama made into an open mike about having more flexibility after the election?
I think that that comment provoked this kind of response.
Obama has got to be defeated
And this is over a weapon which can kill no one.
A weapon USELESS unless YOU are attacked.
A weapon that the Russians INSIST we do not protect ourselves with.
And they don;t want us to protect ourselves for what reason?
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Is Tel Aviv Under Chemical Weapons Attack?

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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

Listen to the May 4, 2012 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Can Chen Guangchen EMBARRASS Obama into bringing him ‘into the light’?

Two weeks ago Michelle Obama took time out from the half million dollar vacations like the Costa Del Sol to tell us:
I am going to be working so hard. We have an amazing story to tell.This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
Yesterday the USA placed a blind man, who is in effect an ACLU lawyer opposing Chinese govt forced abortions back into Chinese custody, in a manner, …well, in baseball they would say Chen Guangchen has been designated for assignment.
The NYT, clearly acting from the Obama playbook of ‘the dog ate my homework lists’ reported that Chen had told everyone he wanted to remain in China. I cast doubt on this interpretation of the actions of blind man who had conceived to escape his captors and get to the American Embassy. The Obama admin, with Hillary Clinton right there in China acted as if this was nothing, and all was disposed of.

China activist appeals to Obama to get him to US

Chinese activistChen Guangchengappealed toUS President Barack Obamato help get him and his family out ofChina, saying he feared for his life just hours after leaving theUS embassy in Beijing.
“I would like to say toPresident Obama: please do everything you can to get our family out,” Chen told CNN, according to a translation of his quote.
He also accused US embassy officials of pushing him hard to leave the safety of the embassy on Wednesday where he had sought refuge for six days after fleeing his home in the eastern province of Shandong.
“The embassy kept lobbying me to leave and promised to have people stay with me in the hospital, but this afternoon, as soon as I checked into the hospital room, I noticed they were all gone,” Chen told CNN by phone.
CNN correspondent Stan Grant said he interviewed Chen, who is in a Beijing hospital, at around 3:00 am Thursday (1900 GMT Wednesday) with his wife sitting by his bedside. 
Barack Obama is the worst president in the HISTORY OF THE NATION.
He had a chance to make an unequivocal stand for freedom of conscience and speech. He had a chance to make political points.
He had a chance to garner support and praise from the republicans, which SURELY would have happened.
He had THE chance for THAT mark in American and world history. PERMANENTLY MADE. No one could ever take it away from him.
Did the Chinese BUY his cooperation by threatening to dump $ and send the USA into recession/depression? Was Obama worried this would affect his reelection?
Did they bluster? Were Obama’s own people hopelessly tactically lost in the day to day relational hype of making a ‘success’ of Clinton’s trip?
Or is Chen just a distraction from Obama’s policies?
Why didn’t he tell Hillary Clinton to go the hospital, get the guy dressed HERSELF, and holding his hand and his wife’s hand GO TO THE AIRPORT?
What would that have said?
About him?
About us?
What do his actions say about him?
About us?
Barack Obama has acted disgracefully.
Get Chen here as a hero. It is too late for a finesse solution, which would have been fine days ago.
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Catholic Bishops Nail 95 Theses To Obama's Door - Urge Civil Disobedience

From Laura at Ace of Spades:

We missed this one two weeks ago, during Dogtroversy. But it's kind of a big deal.
CHICAGO, April 17, 2012— In an audacious rebuke to President Obama, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops threw down the gauntlet. USCCB issued a “Statement on Religious Liberty”. The statement calls for the repeal of the contraception mandate put on employers by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The bishops state emphatically this is an unjust law and unjust laws “must not be obeyed”. They are including lay employers in their statement. Employers, who for reasons of faith or conscience, may not want to provide or pay for contraceptive, sterilization, or abortifacient services.
According to the bishops, there can be no accommodation made for an unjust law. An unjust law “must not be obeyed”, not merely objected to.
The link to the Bishops' statement is in the article. In addition to rejecting any notion of obeisance to this law, the statement lists a number of infringements of religious liberty the Church has had to suffer in recent years.
So not only is this a KABOOM across the bow of this administration about the mandate, but it also reads as a "We've had ENOUGH," statement; a refusal to accommodate the anti-religious bigots anymore.
A taste:

What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society—or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it. Religious believers are part of American civil society, which includes neighbors helping each other, community associations, fraternal service clubs, sports leagues, and youth groups. All these Americans make their contribution to our common life, and they do not need the permission of the government to do so. Restrictions on religious liberty are an attack on civil society and the American genius for voluntary associations.
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Watermelon Slim and the Workers
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Devil's Cadillac

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

When last we happened upon our hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker he had just been informed that the job he was seeking might be a tad low on the food chain for him.

Since that time he has received not one but two more emails advising him that the very same position was open if he might be interested. One of those emails came from the very same company of the food chain shot caller who spoke to him earlier.

The aforementioned emails were ignored.

He has also been advised by a friend of his wife that there was to be an open house May 2 at the same company the shot caller was interviewing for. A similar CSR position at Big but Friendly Regional Bank. He also received yet another email from an employment aggregator site heads-upping him to said open house.

So he went online to fill out the application like a good little hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker. Thinking to himself "Self, you're going to get the same response as before. But maybe, just maybe, since you will actually be interviewing with an employee of Big but Friendly Regional Bank you can at least get your resume forwarded to the right people for the right position."

And thus he did press send. . .

This week on Tales of the New Depression:

Our hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker gets up early. Peruses the news. Blogs a bit.Then showers shaves and suits up for the Open House at Big but Friendly Regional Bank. But before the suit can settle on his middle aged frame his cellular phone rings.

"Hi, hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker, this is Tanya from Big but Friendly Regional Bank. I received your resume online and wanted to invite you to the Open House we are having today."

"Why thank you, Tanya," says our ever polite and genteel hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker. "I was, in fact, suiting up for just that mission."

"That's great, hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker. We look forward to meeting with you. But I was just reviewing your resume. You do understand this is an entry level position?"

"I do. But I am hoping to meet with a hiring manager and possibly get my resume pushed a little further up the food chain."

"That's an excellent idea and exactly what I was going to suggest to you. Because I'm not sure, frankly, that this position would be challenging enough for you."

"Then that is how I shall proceed. Thank you very much for the call and have a good day, Tanya."

"And you also, Mr. hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker. And good luck!"

Thus did our hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker finish suiting up. Then he took his faithful Fido out for one quick trip in the yard before locking up the house and setting off in the hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker mobile for the local headquarters of Big but Friendly Regional Bank.

At Headquarters he is ushered into a small nondescript office by the polite pensioner supplementing his retirement as a rent a cop.

He is greeted by the pleasant woman charged that day with running interfernece. Keep the riff-raff out (this is, afterall, in the heart of a rather rough city) and the good candidates in. Both Gate Keeper and Keymaster, if you will.

He hands her his resume.

She looks at it.

She looks at him. In his very nice wool suit.

She looks at the resume.

And looks at him.

"Mr. hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker you do understand this is an entry level positon?'

"Why yes, indeed I do." he responds. "And although I may appear overqualified for this particular position I am hoping that you can get this to the right people and I might meet with a hiring or call center manager to convince them that I am the person they need to do the back room work. What would you suggest?

"I think you should proceed through our process and get to meet with a hiring manager to see if there might be something more in line with your experience available."

So the Keymaster leads our hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker to a medium size nondescript conference room to fill out the form and wait his turn there among at least eight other people ahead of him. All of the much better looking sex. All considerably younger. The majority minorities.

But none suited up as well as he.

After five minutes or so he has begun to settle in for a long wait when the door opens. A middle aged human resources type woman walks in and calls

"hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker?"

He is taken off guard for a moment. He's not next in line.

"YO!" he responds. Or something similar but more professional and genteel.

"Follow me please."

And so he does.

"Excuse me,' he starts, "I think those other folks were ahead of me. I wouldn't want to jump the line."

"Oh, we'd never do anything like that, " human resources woman grins. "now, you do realize that this is an entry level position. On the phones all day every day."

"Well, truth be told, I am hoping to obtain a position here at Big but Friendly Regional Bank in your telecom and/or IT department. I am the guy who makes these phones and queues work so the CSRs can answer them. I write the reports and monitor the phone calls so the managers can make managing decisions. I was hoping you might be able to get this resume into the proper hands."

"Why yes, I would be happy to do that. I don't know if there is anything available but I will see this gets into the proper hands."

"About this position. Do you think it would be suitable for someone of my, um. . .


"Position in life. . ."

Both are chuckling now at the unspoken four letter word. Age. The recent haircut definitely lets the well and hard earned whites and grays shine through.

"I think not. It would not be challenging enough for you. But I will forward this onward upward and forward! and you should be hearing from me by the end of the week. And even if nothing is available right now please keep in touch with me about this. Here is my contact information."

Shaking hands he departs, stage door right.

Back at the hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker mobile he climbs in, lights a cigarette and re-holsters his J-frame (for while he is not so naive and genteel as to drive into the rather dangerous city unarmed he also realizes it will not do to appear suited up for an interview with his friendly Roscoe bulging on his hip. Nooo.) and thinks to himself

"Self, three you're overqualifieds from three different people at the same company for the same job in the same day. That has to be some kind of a record."

As he revs the hapless stumbling bumbling intrepid job seeker mobile engine and drives off toward the nearest celebratory grilled ham and cheese hoagie.

Meanwhile, back home the headline reads:

Jobs report may help show if recovery is just a mirage

with the depressing story

just like he's been saying all along.




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