7
Oct

A Little Fall Magick—Empowering a Witch Bottle

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

You will need these items:

 

  • A bottle with a stopper
  • Pins, rusty nails, etc.
  • Rosemary
  • A bit of red wine
  • A candle small enough to fit inside the bottle.
  • Some nail clippings from yourself or some hair.

     

     

    HP:    (backs against the circle and concentrates on directing trapped negative energy into the witch bottle.)

     

    HPS:     (directs the coven to concentrate their thoughts on directing all negative energies into the bottle. They should visualize a swirling vortex of dark energy being sucked into the bottle.)

     

    HPS:    (Pours the wine, drops the needles, and inserts the rosemary into the witch bottle—or the bottle may be premade)

     

        Pins, needles, nutmeg, rosemary, intent, and wine,

        I put into this witch bottle of mine,

        To trap and guard against harm, bad luck, and enmity,

        Now take in the bad luck directed at me.

        In a swirling vortex suck in the ill magick and negativity.

        What you do not take in return to sender three times three compliments of me.

     

    All:    Return to sender three times three.

    Return to sender three times three.

    Return to sender three times three.

     

    HPS: (lights the small candle and recites.)

     

    HPS:    Starry moonlight, and Dawn’s sunlight,

    Infuse this lit candle bright.

        Consume the dark, bad luck and ill magick blight,

        And change what was once darkness so this witch bottle emits only good luck and light.

     

    All:    Change darkness to light.

    Change darkness to light.

    Change darkness to light.   

     

    HPS: (drops the candle into the bottle and immediately stoppers the bottle with the wax plug. May optionally seal the bottle with wax.)

     

    HPS:     With this stopper, bad luck is at an end.

        Negativity is trapped within and cleansed.

        Light shines through, and good luck is all this bottle sends.

        As long as this bottle remains sealed,

        All harm, enmity, bad luck, and negativity is healed.

     

    This is my spell; this is my will.

    As it is above so it is manifest below.

    By stars, moon, and sun, the deed is done,

    So mote it be.

     

All:     By stars, moon, and sun, the deed is done; so mote it be.

By stars, moon, and sun, the deed is done; so mote it be.

By stars, moon, and sun, the deed is done; so mote it be.


 


The Watchtower of the East, Air

The Watchtower of the South, Fire


The Watchtower of the West, Water


The Watchtower of the North, Earth

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27
Aug

Tracking down a Spammer

   Posted by: Scrivener   in spam, spammers

It’s hard enough finding meaningful employment these days without dealing with resume thieves, and unscrupulous offshore companies. I used to think that it was only the indian (intentionally not capitalized) recruiters who were flagrant frauds, but it seems that the scam artists are now sitting on the beach, sipping mojitos, while running conning job searchers. Recently, I answered an ad for a Delphi position in Austin Texas posted on www.dice.com. There always seems to be a Delphi requirement in Austin, however the shady, offshore, way away, in Bangalore Punjabi scammers of Encora usually are the guilty party so I wasn’t immediately alarmed.

I submitted a resume and cover letter, then groaned inwardly when I learned the company had an offshore headquarters. But, it was located in Costa Rica so it should be okay—right? I was further reassured when first I spoke to a very nice lady (good English) and an account manager (who also spoke good English.) after our conversation the manager asked for a Word-formatted version of my resume since I always send resumes as .pdf files (and you should too.) The manager said that he wanted his team to make some adjustments to it and would email me the revised version before sending it off to the client. His excuse sounded reasonable so I assented and sent him the requested document.

Everything sounded good. Well, as good as it gets in this job market anyway.

A couple of days passed; I heard nothing back from the company about my ‘revised’ resume but I did receive several job-scam emails from curiously enough Costa Rica. Also, curiously I still hadn’t heard back from the company nor were they returning my emails. In an extraordinary lapse of my usual proclivity towards suspicion, I passed the email off as a mere coincidence that days before I was corresponding with what I thought was a legitimate business from Costa Rica and now I was getting spam from Costa Rica. After all, according to my latest self-given tarot reading, I’m supposed align more with the element of Water and thus nurture a more loving and trusting attitude toward people.

Screw that.

I still like my dog better than I like most people, and I definitely trust my dog more than I trust people.

I know, I’m a Wiccan High Priest and the stereotypical portrayal of Wiccans is that they’re full of love and light, think only loving thoughts, and send out only good energy, while hopping and frolicking in the clover with all the other New Age fluffy bunnies. Well, to borrow a line from John Travolta in the movie, Michael, I’m not that kind of witch. Actually, I consider myself a warlock (don’t get your cottontails all twisted you lot of fluffy bunnies) but that is a topic for another article.

The following day, I had three more scam emails from the same Costa Rican ISP (Internet Service Provider). That’s when I decided to track this piece of whale dung down and see if I couldn’t at least get his internet account banned at his ISP.

In the indented paragraphs that follow, I’ve pasted excerpts from the email headers, Whois information from internic and several registrars, plus some traceroute information. How I did all of that is beyond the scope of this weblog article but I promise to explain the techniques I used in a subsequent posting.

My email to several abuse email addresses began thus:

I have been receiving 3 to 4 emails a day from this account or a similarly geographically located account, all for non-existent jobs or to act as an agent selling stolen goods or information, or money laundering schemes. The host server is located at 201.200.140.41.

These emails began after I answered a job ad on dice.com with a company (formalized.com) located in Costa Rica. I don’t think I’m receiving the spam directly from this company; perhaps the offshore personnel who process the resumes sold my email address. I only use that email address to reply to job postings so I know that any spam sent to that address has have ultimately begun with a reply to an employer. I have copied them on this email in case they wish to mount their own investigation.

I’ve broken down my analysis of the email headers below so that perhaps seeing the anatomy of these email headers will help track down spammers who are plaguing your inboxes.

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Email Header info

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Received: (qmail 12284 invoked from network); 25 Aug 2010 01:38:48 -0000

My Mail Server

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Received: from unknown (HELO p3pismtp01-028.prod.phx3.secureserver.net) ([10.6.12.38])

(envelope-sender <bantoinee@hotmail.com>)

by p3plsmtp05-05.prod.phx3.secureserver.net (qmail-1.03) with SMTP

for <insert your email address here>; 25 Aug 2010 01:38:48 -0000

X-IronPort-Anti-Spam-Result: AkcCAFoRdExBNr7XlGdsb2JhbACDF49jKY0WFQEBAQEJCwgJEQMfrB88iFuJB4EigyJzBIQwgXiGPg

Hotmail servers

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Received: from bay0-omc4-s13.bay0.hotmail.com ([65.54.190.215])

by p3pismtp01-028.prod.phx3.secureserver.net with ESMTP; 24 Aug 2010 18:38:47 -0700

Received: from BAY110-DS5 ([65.54.190.199]) by bay0-omc4-s13.bay0.hotmail.com with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.4675);

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:38:47 -0700

Originating IP

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X-Originating-IP: [201.200.140.41] ß Trace this IP and you will find the country and city of origin of the spammer where he logged onto the internet.

Registrant information for IP address 201.200.140.41

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NetRange: 201.0.0.0 – 201.255.255.255

CIDR: 201.0.0.0/8

OriginAS:

NetName: LACNIC-201

NetHandle: NET-201-0-0-0-1

Parent:

NetType: Allocated to LACNIC

NameServer: TINNIE.ARIN.NET

NameServer: NS3.AFRINIC.NET

NameServer: SEC1.AUTHDNS.RIPE.NET

NameServer: NS2.DNS.BR

NameServer: SEC3.APNIC.NET

NameServer: NS2.LACNIC.NET

NameServer: NS.LACNIC.NET

NameServer: NS-LACNIC.NIC.MX

OrgName: Latin American and Caribbean IP address Regional Registry

OrgId: LACNIC

Address: Rambla Republica de Mexico 6125

City: Montevideo

StateProv:

PostalCode: 11400

Country: UY

RegDate: 2002-07-27

Updated: 2007-01-09

Ref: http://whois.arin.net/rest/org/LACNIC

ReferralServer: whois://whois.lacnic.net

OrgTechHandle: LACNIC-ARIN

OrgTechName: LACNIC Whois Info

OrgTechPhone: 999-999-9999

OrgTechEmail: whois-contact@lacnic.net

OrgTechRef: http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/LACNIC-ARIN

Specific IP Allocation Information via lacinc.net

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inetnum: 201.200.136/21

status: reallocated

owner: ESCAZU

ownerid: CR-ESCA-LACNIC

responsible: Desarrollo de la Red – ICE

address: 100032, 1, 1

address: 1 – Oeste -

country: CR

phone: +506 22207465 []

owner-c: REJ

tech-c: REJ

abuse-c: REJ

created: 20080901

changed: 20080901

inetnum-up: 201.192/12

nic-hdl: REJ

person: Desarrollo de la Red – DT-DEP-ICE

e-mail: gspam@ICE.GO.CR
ß By all means spam theses bastards. They said they couldn’t do anything about spam even though this is the listed abuse email address for this registrar.

address: 10032-1000 San José, Costa Rica, 10032, San José

address: 10032-100 – San José – cr

country: CR

phone: +506 22423703 []

created: 20041004

changed: 20100526

X-Originating-Email: [bantoinee@hotmail.com]

Message-ID: <BAY110-DS566415E2FC19466B9A411BE840@phx.gbl>

Return-Path: bantoinee@hotmail.com

From: <bantoinee@hotmail.com>

To: <email address obfuscated>

Reply-To: hire.manager@eurodirectinvestmail.com <– see registrar info for this domain below

Subject: perfect vacancy 1282700968

Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 05:49:32 +0400

MIME-Version: 1.0

X-Priority: 3

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal

Importance: Normal

X-Mailer: Microsoft Windows Live Mail 14.0.8064.206

X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V14.0.8064.206

Content-Type: text/plain;

charset=”utf-8″

Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary

X-OriginalArrivalTime: 25 Aug 2010 01:38:47.0643 (UTC) FILETIME=[43118AB0:01CB43F6]

X-Nonspam: None

The registrar information for the return email address and the domain of that email address is listed below this line.

Domain name: eurodirectinvestmail.com

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IP Address 195.226.218.28 (Italy)

Registrar bizcn.com

Registrant Contact:

CarleLonger

Carle Longer info@eurodirectinvestmail.com

+1.7077631573 fax: +1.7077631573

227 Alta Dr.

94954 CA Petaluma

us

Administrative Contact:

Carle Longer info@eurodirectinvestmail.com

+1.7077631573 fax: +1.7077631573

227 Alta Dr.

94954 CA Petaluma

us

Technical Contact:

Carle Longer info@eurodirectinvestmail.com

+1.7077631573 fax: +1.7077631573

227 Alta Dr.

94954 CA Petaluma

us

Billing Contact:

Carle Longer info@eurodirectinvestmail.com

+1.7077631573 fax: +1.7077631573

227 Alta Dr.

94954 CA Petaluma

us

DNS:

ns1.data-centr.lv

ns2.data-centr.lv

Created: 2010-08-24

Expires: 2011-08-24

It wouldn’t surprise me if this contact information is totally bogus since eurodirectemail.com is registered by a Chinese registrar (bizcn.com). This low-life-bottom-feeder knows that the Chinese won’t do anything about spam.

One final note, I warned spammers that I would publish their email addresses for spam bots to harvest. Come hither spam bots, I have a couple tasty tidbits (pun intended—tidbits, bits, bytes—get it) for you: jim.mchood@formalized.com and marnie.barranco@formalized.com.

I did copy the company in Costa Rica on this email. Strangely enough, the spam from Costa Rican scammers has suddenly stopped and the company their still won’t return my emails. So come hither spam bots and acquire the addresses of your new friends, and please send them your love and my warmest regards.

At last, I get to return to writing articles which are at least tangentially connected to Wicca and Magick. I’m sorry if the last few of my posts sounded as though they’d been written by Gordon Ramsay after a particularly bad day in Hell’s Kitchen. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately with a failed job search and the resultant financial anxiety, my wife’s illness and my own health concerns, the day-to-day rigors of running a coven, and just having to put up with stupid people doing idiotic things (and I thought we’d corralled all the idiots in Florida.)

Today’s lesson is about those bible-thumping, hallelujahing, forever trying to find Jesus with their GPS, Christian Radicals. In fact, there are so many of these aberrations in and around Warner Robins, that I’ve coined a new word: WRadical. ‘W’,’R’, Warner Robins—get it? Or I suppose the ‘W’ ‘R’ could also stand for Wacky Religious Right. Okay, so that’s two ‘R’s. Perhaps we could use WR2 then. Don’t get me wrong. As Wiccan, and especially as a Wiccan High Priest, I am and expect others in my coven to practice likewise, tolerance for all spiritual paths. Besides, if for no other reason, we should keep Baptists around for entertainment value.

As Wiccans, wytches, and warlocks—oh my—we’re expected to dress up in robes, chant, and dance about the occasional cauldron. But we’re Wiccan (Dark Moon Tradition to be exact) and people expect us to be on the fringes. However, just like in the song, Crosby is a member of ‘mainstream’ religions and “look[s] like a fine outstanding young man, I think [he'll] do”. Therefore, like the tea party and all tea baggers, the wingnut right, fundamentalists and all repug-nicans, Crosby has focused on a non-issue and tried to make it of national import all for the sake of increasing the size of his flock. “[Picket] signs, [picket] signs, everywhere there’s [picket] signs fuckin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this [follow me], don’t [use that plywood demon], can’t you read the sign?”

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to school, a war for your very soul is being fought by fanatical fundamentalist Baptists against the forces of evil. That Evil— you must say it as though it were really evil—is to quote Mike Myers in “So I Married an Axe Murderer“, “Eee-vil as in Frui-its of the Dee-vil”, or as in Pastor Donald Crosby’s case, a demon. Just not any demon, mind you, but a spark shooting from his pitchfork, six foot tall, plywood high school football mascot.

That’s right—plywood. I bet your soul feels safer just knowing Crosby is on the case. Apparently, he’s an ‘ordained’ minister from the RAPP Bible Study Correspondence School. I didn’t make that up; see gkbministry [dot] com for his resume. From what I’ve found, the RAPP program is a literacy outreach program sponsored by the Calvary Baptist Church.

Even though RAPP sounds a bit like a correspondence school, as Wiccan clergy I don’t have a problem with that. Our own (Wiccan) history is filled with people of the like of Alexander Sanders and Gerald Gardner who if they couldn’t find a coven that suited them began their own tradition, or who sometimes cut corners as in filling missing parts of old rituals with ceremonial magick excerpts from the Golden Dawn. Therefore, realizing that religion is dynamic and not static and not always sanctioned by the status quo, and that all religions at one time were considered a cult (yes, even you holier-than-thou Christians—yes again that means you Baptists), I don’t have problem with Rev. Crosby’s ordination.

Below is a quoted summarization of the macon [dot] com article by Becky Purser.

WARNER ROBINS — A pastor who wants to get rid of the Demons mascot at Warner Robins High was arrested while picketing in front of the school on the first day of school Monday.

Donald Crosby, pastor of God’s Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ in Macon, was charged with disorderly conduct and picketing without a permit, both misdemeanors, after he refused to comply with officers requests to leave, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.

Crosby, 36, was free on $650 bond.

Officers were dispatched to the school at 401 S. Davis Drive shortly after 7 a.m. in reference to the picketing, according to a Warner Robins police news release. Pugh said Crosby was among a group of about 30 people picketing against the school’s use of Demons as its mascot.

The group did not have a permit to picket, which is required by city ordinance, Pugh said. Crosby was told this, and officers offered to help him with the process of obtaining a permit but Crosby declined and would not leave, Pugh said. Crosby was arrested.

Crosby has been circulating petitions to have the mascot removed, he said, because demons represent evil and the mascot “gives evil a good face,” Crosby said. “Prayer had to leave but the demons can stay?”

Crosby said he has guardianship of a young man he considers a son who lives with him in Warner Robins and who is enrolled at Warner Robins High School. Crosby said the boy did not attend school the first day but is expected to start soon.

The police report stated that Crosby declined an invitation from Warner Robins police Maj. Harry Dennard to come back to his office where he would help Crosby prepare a request form for a permit.

According to the police report, Crosby declined the invitation and stated, “You’re just going to have to lock me up.”

The report also stated that Crosby told the crowd of picketers, “Let them lock all of you up.”

Crosby was arrested a second time a few days later and released after paying a $36 fine and posting yet another bond for $150.

The mascot mentioned is a red devil with horns wielding a pitchfork. A large version of the mascot is wheeled out to the end zone during football games. Sparks shoot from the pitchfork when Warner Robins scores. The mascot was named for the Air Force’s 7th Fighter Squadron when the school opened in 1946. The squadron was nicknamed the “Screamin’ Demons.”

I believe that as a religious leader (like me—High Priest and headmaster of the Circle of the Dark Moon School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, and Magick, I’m still getting over that one; just goes to show that the Gods do have a sense of humor) Pastor Crosby should choose his battles more carefully. If he wants more publicity for his church—fine—I can relate to that. But there are more positive ways to do that than attacking two of Warner Robins sacred cows: High School football, and the Air Force. For instance, maybe he could’ve taken that $850 and opened a food pantry to help the area’s hard hit unemployed. Perhaps he could’ve spent or donated that money to a local environmental group for cleaning up the Ocmulgee River. Finally, he could have taken that money, put on a little church open house/barbecue where he could’ve delivered a real spiritual message instead of tilting at demon windmills like a frocked Don Quixote.

However, the way he chose to instead spend that money did nothing to bolster the size of his flock, increase his credibility as a spiritual leader, or even to achieve his stated ends. In gamer parlance, he was ‘pwned‘ and failed—sort of like crashing and burning. Instead he’s been labeled the WRadical fringe so far to the right that it makes Rush Limbaugh look like a liberal and Fox like an unbiased news reporting network. For all the good that money did, Crosby may as well have used the money to wipe his rear end. Welcome to being a pariah, Preacher. We Wiccans, wytches, wizards, and warlocks have your back.

I wonder whether Crosby knows that in the game, World of Warcraft, a warlock can summon demons to do his/her bidding. Or for that matter, there are summoners among the WRadicals of Warner Robins who regularly call and consort with all manner of beings, demonic, angelic, and otherwise from the Far Planes and astral realms.

19
Aug

Protected: So Simple… v2.0

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Delphi, Social Technology, technology

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13
Aug

Another Corrupt Deal—Big Surprise There

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

A Sweet Deal for Nathan, A Raw Deal for Georgians

By Dustin • on August 12, 2010 • Filed under: Election 2010, State News

Atlanta – Wednesday was an historic day for Georgia – for the first time, one of the most corrupt Members of Congress became a nominee for Georgia’s highest office.

Congressman Nathan Deal was listed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an independent watchdog group, as one of the most corrupt Members of Congress, sparking a Congressional ethics probe that forced him to resign his seat less than 5 months ago.  In addition, the Congressional Office of Ethics said Deal may have violated up to six House ethics rules while in office.

“Congressman Deal ran away from Washington, thinking he could flee an ethics investigation,” Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Jane Kidd said.  “He’s mistaken if he thinks Georgia voters will let him find refuge under the Gold Dome.  The last thing Georgia needs is Congressman Deal and his crooked past.

An Atlanta Journal Constitution investigative report revealed that while Rep. Deal was on the Federal payroll, his private business netted $1.4 million in four years thanks to a no-bid contract his company held with the State of Georgia.

“The choice in this election is clear: with Rep. Deal, you get a Washington, D.C. insider tainted by sweetheart deals and ethical corruption,” Kidd concluded. “With Roy Barnes you get an experienced leader who will promote transparency, end special interest favoritism and lead with honesty and integrity so we can make Georgia work again.”

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11
Aug

GM deserves to fail

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

The below article is quoted from www.hugeasscity.com.

“Fuck GM.

Today I met with a DPD planner who specializes in green building, and we discussed the huge challenges we face with the built environment, and eventually the conversation got to the inevitable acknowledgement that we really don’t know how we’re ever going to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions that the experts are calling for — nothing less than 80% by 2050.

And on the way back to my office, I came upon the scene in the photo above, at the top of Harbor Steps on 1st Ave. And the first thing that came to my mind was this: Fuck GM! You are part of the problem. A big part. So take your fucking hybrid SUV and your stupid-ass “Green Today, Clean Tomorrow” banner complete with the Hummer logo and your free GM-inscribed cycling water bottles and get the fuck out of my city and go crawl into a hole and die.

So GM, here you are, one of the most powerful corporations that ever existed, at the apex of American free market capitalism and technology, and here we are in the year 2008 facing the biggest environmental crisis in the history of humanity, and this is the best you’ve got to offer? A hybrid Yukon SUV that gets 21 mpg? This is what you want the people out on the streets of downtown Seattle to get excited about?

GM, you have failed your society. You could have produced a 100 mpg car ten, perhaps 20 years ago. Maybe you could have produced a 200 mpg by now, who knows (check out “Who Killed the Electric Car?“). You had a colossal R&D budget at your disposal, but instead of investing in a future we all know was coming, you chose to focus your efforts on bigger and less efficient vehicles because they provided the biggest short term profits.

There are some who would argue that GM is not culpable because they were only giving the people what they wanted. Nonsense. They marketed the hell out of SUVs. They could just as easily have decided to put their advertising dollars into a campaign to sell high-efficiency cars. Don’t underestimate the effect it might have had: We are a culture that is exceedingly accomplished at influencing people through advertising.

But even more to the heart of things, that “invisible hand of the free market” defense of GM reveals a pernicious defect in our economic dogma: It lets everyone off the hook for making any moral decisions. As in, “if someone wants to buy my product, it doesn’t matter what that product is, it’s the buyer’s choice and not my responsibility to judge.” And so, for example, we end up with major corporations profiting by marketing and selling sugar water to a population that is increasingly overweight. Or a bazillion SUVs on the road as both oil prices and CO2 levels rise at alarming rates.

The responsibility to make moral decisions comes with being human. And with greater power comes greater responsibility. Instead of abdicating moral choice to the invisible hand, the executives of large corporations like GM, because they command such vast influence over others, have a correspondingly vast obligation to make careful and humane moral decisions. It’s not easy. But our system tells them not to bother, so they don’t.

Under normal circumstances GM’s poor performance would simply be unfortunate — they would adapt or they would go under. But in our current situation, the stakes are high and getting higher.

[editor: Actually, were it not for Dumb-ya Bush's corporatism, GM would have gone under. But as one of his campaign contributor darlings suddenly GM was 'too big to fail']

And here’s what we could do about it: In consideration of GM’s historic and ongoing failure to produce the high-efficiency cars that are needed immediately to help mitigate potentially incalculable damage to human society brought on by global warming, we revoke GM’s corporate charter and nationalize the corporation. And then make the number one priority of the organization the production of ultra-high efficiency vehicles. This would unleash the creative energy of all the frustrated GM employees who have long been wishing GM would do the right thing — and I suspect there are lots of them. The organization would have a noble mission akin to the Manhattan project, and great things would happen fast.

Unrealistically radical, yes indeed — today. But if current trends continue, this sort of radical action is likely to start being all the more palatable, if not urgently necessary.

Fuck GM?

Is that too harsh?

Hello no, I agree.

22
Jul

President Obama’s Remarks on Unemployment Insurance

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

THE PRESIDENT SAID:    

Good morning, everybody. Right now, across this country, many Americans are sitting at the kitchen table, they’re scanning the classifieds, they’re updating their resumes or sending out another job application, hoping that this time they’ll hear back from a potential employer. And they’re filled with a sense of uncertainty about where their next paycheck will come from. And I know the only thing that will entirely free them of those worries — the only thing that will fully lift that sense of uncertainty — is the security of a new job.

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To that end, we all have to continue our efforts to do everything in our power to spur growth and hiring. And I hope the Senate acts this week on a package of tax cuts and expanded lending for small businesses, where most of America’s jobs are created.

So we’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure that we are digging ourselves out of this tough economic hole that we’ve been in. But even as we work to jumpstart job growth in the private sector, even as we work to get businesses hiring again, we also have another responsibility: to offer emergency assistance to people who desperately need it — to Americans who’ve been laid off in this recession. We’ve got a responsibility to help them make ends meet and support their families even as they’re looking for another job.

That’s why it’s so essential to pass the unemployment insurance extension that comes up for a vote tomorrow. We need to pass it for men like Jim Chukalas, who’s with me here today. Jim worked as a parts manager at a Honda dealership until about two years ago. He’s posted resumes everywhere. He’s gone door-to-door looking for jobs. But he hasn’t gotten a single interview. He’s trying to be strong for his two young kids, but now that he’s exhausted his unemployment benefits, that’s getting harder to do.

We need to pass it for women like Leslie Macko, who lost her job at a fitness center last year and has been looking for work ever since. Because she’s eligible for only a few more weeks of unemployment, she’s doing what she never thought she’d have to do — not at this point, anyway. She’s turning to her father for financial support.

And we need to pass it for Americans like Denise Gibson, who was laid off from a real estate agency earlier this year. Denise has been interviewing for jobs — but so far nothing has turned up. Meanwhile, she’s fallen further and further behind on her rent. And with her unemployment benefits set to expire, she’s worried about what the future holds.

We need to pass it for all the Americans who haven’t been able to find work in an economy where there are five applicants for every opening; who need emergency relief to help them pay the rent and cover their utilities and put food on the table while they’re looking for another job.

And for a long time, there’s been a tradition — under both Democratic and Republican Presidents — to offer relief to the unemployed. That was certainly the case under my predecessor, when Republican senators voted several times to extend emergency unemployment benefits. But right now, these benefits — benefits that are often the person’s sole source of income while they’re looking for work — are in jeopardy.

And I have to say, after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit, the same people who didn’t have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn’t offer relief to middle-class Americans like Jim or Leslie or Denise, who really need help.

Over the past few weeks, a majority of senators have tried — not once, not twice, but three times — to extend emergency relief on a temporary basis. Each time, a partisan minority [namely the fucking repug-nicans] in the Senate has used parliamentary maneuvers to block a vote, denying millions of people who are out of work much-needed relief. These leaders in the Senate who are advancing a misguided notion that emergency relief somehow discourages people from looking for a job should talk to these folks.

That attitude I think reflects a lack of faith in the American people, because the Americans I hear from in letters and meet in town hall meetings — Americans like Leslie and Jim and Denise — they’re not looking for a handout. They desperately want to work. Just right now they can’t find a job. These are honest, decent, hardworking folks who’ve fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, and who have nowhere else to turn except unemployment benefits and who need emergency relief to help them weather this economic storm.

Now, tomorrow we will have another chance to offer them that relief, to do right by not just Jim and Leslie and Denise, but all the Americans who need a helping hand right now — and I hope we seize it. It’s time to stop holding workers laid off in this recession hostage to Washington politics. It’s time to do what’s right — not for the next election but for the middle class. We’ve got to stop blocking emergency relief for Americans who are out of work. We’ve got to extend unemployment insurance. We need to pass those tax cuts for small businesses and the lending for small businesses.

Times are hard right now. We are moving in the right direction. I know it’s getting close to an election, but there are times where you put elections aside. This is one of those times. And that’s what I hope members of Congress on both sides of the aisle will do tomorrow.

Thanks very much.

20
Jul

I Couldn’t Agree More

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

I always said George Dumb-ya Bush was a fascist. And now Simple Sarah is following in his footsteps by making up words since apparently she doesn’t know how to use the other 250,000 real words in the English language. As for the right-wing nut jobs in the so-called t e a p a r t y (the spaces were added as to not give those ass hats any more search engine exposure), take a look at this site.

Sarah-the-bard Palin, you may want to ‘refudiate’ this post.

Sarah, did you even go to college? And if you did, who did your homework for you? Let me guess, Jorge Dumb-ya Bush did.

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