Archive for December, 2008

Are you getting a raise?

December 30, 2008

In this shaky, precarious economy, with businesses going bankrupt, layoffs and the like, it may be rare this year that people get their usual raise.  In fact, many companies are not just cutting back on raises but cutting back on 401k matches.  It’s rough.  Companies are getting bailed out by taxpayers and are still struggling. 

So, are you getting one?  Congress is.  They are getting, on average, close to a $5000 raise.  While you are struggling to make ends meet without any sort of increase and, in many cases, a decrease in your income, Congress fat cats sit back and rake in more money (from you).  Nice.  Remember, these are the SAME people who, just a few weeks ago, chastised the auto executives for taking private jets to Washington.  Hypocrites.

Oh…and don’t forget who has controlled Congress since 2006…DEMOCRATS!

Let’s get physical

December 30, 2008

What made several papers this weekend were stories of Obama and his exercise schedule.  Here is one.  Many of these stories glamour up Obama, showing him breaking a sweat and really working it.

Contrast that with this LA times editorial about Bush working out back in 2005.  They state that it “borderlines on creepiness.”

Yep.  You gotta love that Liberal media!  What is really sad is that we know more about what the mother of the boyfriend of the daughter of Sarah Palin does than what Obama and his staff talked about with Rod Blagojevic!

The Dallas Cowboys

December 29, 2008

What a great day!!!  The most overhyped team of the year loses the game that could send them into the playoffs….and loses BIG TIME!  Ahhh….the day is sweet.

Yeah, I HATE the Cowboys.  I used to like them….before I went to college in the south and had to endure their loud, obnoxious fans.  You know, I can liken the Cowboys to the Obama phenomenon.  They are both alike:

-People like them but can’t explain why.  I really hate people who are Dallas fans with no connection to Dallas much less Texas.  I know people who have never even been within 1000 miles of Texas yet are huge Cowboy fans.  Why?  Well, the simple reason is that they win so, it’s easy to be a Cowboy fan.  Same with Obama.  He’s black, he’s a Democrat so…it’s easy to be an Obama supporter.

-They are called America’s Team.  What?  How do THEY represent America?  Makes me sick.  Sorta like all the hype that pretty much makes Obama the Messiah.

-Their supporters are obnoxious, self-centered and loud.  So are the Cowboy fans. 

-They will do ANYTHING to win.  Put thugs and slime on their team, buy Superbowl rings and get all the breaks from the refs.  Ditto Obama

-The press (or commentators) simply drool over them and talk about them as if they are the 2nd coming.  Again, same with the Democrats.

-They are always on.  No matter where you are in the country, usually Dallas gets one of the time slots.  Sigh…once again, same with Obama.

Anyway, I would hope that we could get a 20 year moratorium on any and all things Cowboys (and Obama for that matter) but I know I’m only dreaming.

Springsteen and Wal-Mart

December 24, 2008

So, Mr. Union himself is now in an exclusive deal to release his Greatest Hits album next month with Wal-mart.  Don’t you love these so called “Activists” who never practice what they preach?  Wal-Mart has been in the cross hairs of Unions for years and now the Boss is putting out his next album ONLY thru them.  Just like Gore and his huge house, SUV’s and jet setting, Springsteen shows us all what it’s really all about….MONEY.  Not that I have ANY problem with that at all.  Heck no!  More power to him, just don’t preach to us about the “worker” or the “unfair” practices of Wal-Mart.

I loved the various quotes by Don Henley of the Eagles when they went thru Wal-Mart exclusively for their last album.  He pretty much was honest and said it was about the business (a.k.a. = Money).  Here is a good quote from him:

“This is the world we live in, in the big picture, they can’t be any more evil than a major record label.”

At least he is honest about it.  Let’s get a moratorium, once again, on celebrity activists who never practice what they preach.  Heck, they don’t even try most of the time.

Oh, one more thing.  I know some are going to say that I am beating a dead horse…but it is MY dead horse so here goes:  I would LOVE to be there when Mark Elrod has to go to Wal-Mart to get the Springsteen album.  Although it’s a greatest hits, I am sure, just as all good marketers do, there will be a new song on there so you have to buy it.  You see, Elrod is a HUGE Springsteen fan.  He also is a rabid Anti Wal-mart do gooder.  On one of this blogs a year or so ago he was strutting around like a rooster and proclaiming he had not been to Wal-mart in over a year or something.  Happy Shopping Mark!

Global Warming

December 18, 2008

snow

Yeah…right.

Layoff Survival Syndrome

December 17, 2008

Give me a friggin’ break!

“In fact, the survivors are also victims,” said Harold G. Kaufman, a professor of management and director of the organizational behavior program at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Cable News Race

December 17, 2008

Latest results: CABLE NEWS RACE
MON, DEC. 15, 2009

FOXNEWS O’REILLY 3,855,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY/COLMES 2,619,000
FOXNEWS SHEP SMITH 2,087,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 2,020,000
CNNHN NANCY GRACE 2,007,000
FOXNEWS HUME 1,917,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,454,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,321,000
CNN COOPER 1,207,000
CNN KING 1,102,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 1,009,000

The only thing better than seeing Olbermann so low is that Nancy Grace is beating him.  Ha!  The only bad thing is that the jackass O’Reilly is at the top.

Mitch Albom

December 16, 2008

A few weeks ago, Mitch Albom, a big time Liberal sports writer, posted an article about what he would say to Congress about the auto rescue.  He went on and on in his usual high pitched, whiny voice about the hypocrisy in congress and how they should ante up for the Big Three.  A few things caught my eye:

 

Which makes me wonder why you’re so against our kind of business? The kind we do in Detroit. The kind that gets your fingernails dirty. The kind where people use hammers and drills, not keystrokes. The kind where you get paid for making something, not moving money around a board and skimming a percentage.

 

Gee, Mitch…don’t YOU get paid for keystrokes?  So, the “bail out” requirements are now all about how dirty you get or the fact that you use hand tools? 

 

Anyway, he went on and on about how we can’t let the Big Three fail, how they have been around for over 100 years and they are the backbone of the country and then how horrible the big banks are and blah, blah, blah. 

 

Now, today, I read how the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, next year, are going down to only three day delivery a week.  Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  They will still sell day to day at coin boxes, stores and newsstands.  This will help them better run their business in today’s age of digital news and the rising cost of ink and fuel.  They are finding a way to survive where many major newspapers around the country, such as the NY Times, are going bankrupt.  I find this very interesting and give them big kudos for making this move.  It shows that at least one Detroit company is seeking out ways to survive…unlike the Big Three who just run to Govco for with their hand out.

 

My question for little Mitch is….with his paper having to cut 9% of their work force, where is your column on how horrible this is?  How they need a bail out?  How these people work with their hands and need help?  Where is your column on how you are going to work for less pay or how the salaries of the Newspaper executives need to be cut?  Come on, Mitch.  We’re waiting….

 

…actually, I am really waiting for Albom to shut-up and stick to sports.

Unions

December 15, 2008

Just a quick question to the readers of the Moratorium Site.  Why do we still have Unions?  Are they good and if so, why? 

Secondly, should companies be forced to unionize? Should Wal-Mart be forced to?

A Christmas Carol

December 10, 2008

We are entering yet another Christmas season…and will be faced with, I am sure, another couple of renditions of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”.  GIVE IT A REST!!!!  Good gosh how many have been made?  A couple 1000 maybe?  Throughout the history of TV and movies we have had to endure remake after remake of this.  Just about every sitcom has done it.  They have made countless movies of it including cartoons and muppets. 

This post is pretty much exactly what I created this blog for.  Asking for moratoriums on certain things.  This is one of them.  How about no new remakes of “A Christmas Carol” for at least 20 years.  Yes.  20.  That is plently of time to recover from the horrible remakes of it and to see it in a new light.