Saturday, June 18, 2005


You might notice that I’ve changed the font on my blog and added some color to the text here and there. I felt the need for a change and thought this was just what the doctor ordered. It might change again tomorrow or the next day or the next week. Depends on my mood.

I also added links to the Fair Tax book by
Neal Boortz and Rep John Linder to the sidebar. There are two links, one to Barnes and Noble and one to Amazon. Just between you and me, Barnes and Noble is cheaper or was when I put the Amazon link up. (Shhh!!! You didn’t hear that from me). Amazon just put a link up in the last few days, Barnes and Noble had theirs for several days before Amazon.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I am an affiliate to both stores, so if you buy from my link, I’ll make a few pennies. Yeah! I can retire after about 50,000 purchases! Or a stick of gum.

I also added the NOdometer to the sidebar. It’s a link to the Heritage Foundation and will show how much saying no to Social Security reform will cost the next generation. Thanks to
A Cool Change for the link.

Let me know what you think about the font change and colors. Leave comments or email me.

Update: Blogger changed the font - or something happened between my posting last night and opening My Corner this morning. Anyway, this is the font I wanted. If you saw the previous font, you have my apologies!
Saturday Ramblings

As you can see, I haven’t been posting much. I just haven’t felt much like posting. Unusual for me, as I usually have an opinion I’m more than willing to express. I still have opinions; I just haven’t felt like posting. Haven’t really felt like doing much of anything, except going to work, coming home, sleeping, eating, and more of the same. I think I know what’s wrong. If I’m right, I should be feeling a little better here soon. We’ll see.

Work has been interesting. We’ve had some personnel difficulties lately. One sergeant has shown to be less than leadership material and his squad has about gone to hell in a hand basket. Too bad, there are some good people suffering for it. They are burned out and instead of helping, he’s caused more problems. A couple of weeks ago, he told everyone I was mad at him because he gave me my quarterly evaluation. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, but far from the worst. I wasn’t mad by any means, and not at him in any case.

Frankly, I don’t believe in evaluations, at least the way they are used at our agency. Good evaluation or bad, everyone is treated the same way. If evaluations were used properly, they would be a good training tool and a measure of promotability. As a training tool, evaluations would show deficiencies and supervisors could concentrate on training to bring the employee’s work to where it should be. For promotability, evaluations should show how one person measures against other employees vying for the same position.

This sergeant has managed to irritate and annoy everyone in the section, and I do mean everyone. He's been chewed out by both the lieutenant and captain so often that it's amazing he has anything left to sit on. I heard through the grapevine that his last evaluation was so bad it should have knocked him out of possiblity for promotion or transfer for years. His staff has little to no respect for him, the mental health counselors want to physically hurt him, and the nurses have mentioned large catheters (ouch!). The other sergeant and the SCO have both talked about transfers. I’m probably the only person in the building who doesn’t actively hate him. I wouldn’t throw him under a bus, but I’m not sure I’d warn him it was heading toward him either.

Relief is coming however. This sergeant put in for a transfer and actually scored highest of the four sergeants testing. I'm of the opinion that his scores were helped out to make sure he was transferred. I think he will do good in his new assignment unless he makes the same mistakes the last sergeant made and doesn't keep his eye on his staff and the inmates. His transfer is effective at the end of the month, the exact date hasn’t been announced.

The farewell party will be the day after.

Howard Dean might want to claim he forgot to take his medications and that’s why he’s been so off the chain. It must be miserable to have so much hatred inside you. He hates Republicans. He hates all that Republicans stand for. He says that the GOP is full of white Christians. (Is there something wrong with being either white or Christian?) I’m sure Lt. Governor Michael Steele of Maryland was surprised to hear that.

I was also dismayed to hear that many Republicans have never worked a day in their lives. I can’t speak for anyone but me (and I’m registered as Independent). But I do know that my parents, who were both registered Republicans, worked very hard all of their lives. My family is not among the privileged who did not have to work. My mother was a Kennedy, but unfortunately, her family went to Pennsylvania instead of Massachusetts.

And before anyone accuses me of being racist because I asked if there was something wrong with being either white or Christian, you’ll have to trust me when I say I’m not. I just wonder if Mr. Dean thinks there is.

Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina apparently is either proposing or endorsing a bill that would change the current tax structure to a hybrid structure. If I understand it correctly, there would be a flat tax of 9% on income and another tax (I haven’t heard the percentage) on business.

Apparently Senator DeMint doesn’t understand that businesses don’t pay taxes. Oh, a tax may be imposed on businesses, but it is passed on to the customer in the form of a business expense. You didn’t know that? You didn’t really think that businesses pay taxes, did you? Tax, employee wages and benefits, building, land, and equipment acquisition, utility expenses, all this and more are passed on to the customer. I think Senator DeMint will understand his error when he gets a ton of email and phone calls from business owners explaining where he made his mistake.

Senator Dick Durbin has created quite a stir hasn’t he? Let’s see if I understand correctly. His remarks were based on an FBI report. And we all know that we can rely on what reports from unnamed sources tell you. I watched a repeat of his remarks and I noticed that he was playing to the camera. When is he up for re-election? In my opinion, his remarks were made to create a firestorm of controversy. I think he got what he wanted. I hope he doesn’t regret it. I won’t join those who are calling for him to apologize, but if he’s smart he will and claim a head injury then fly low under the radar for a long time. As a matter of fact, the head injury should cause his sudden retirement from the Senate. Or, he could claim the head injury caused amnesia and he doesn’t remember making such remarks and is deeply apologetic for what he said. Maybe instead of a head injury, his medications got mixed up.

While I’m thinking about Gitmo, I have to talk about abuse allegations. In my own opinion, the Koran, like the Bible (and this will profoundly upset people, I’m sure), is merely a book made up of paper and ink, a binding of cardboard or leather and some adhesive to hold the papers to the binding. The sacredness (if that’s a word) is in the words and the message of the book. Would I do anything to destroy or damage a Bible or Koran? Absolutely not, but my reasons are more based on superstition than religious reasons (God will get you for that!). It’s the message of what’s contained in the book that is sacred, not the book itself. All that being said, do I approve of the Koran being damaged? First of all, I don’t think it’s been proven that any Koran has been intentionally damaged, but if it’s happened, it shouldn’t have. We have to remember that we’re Americans and one of the things that sets us apart from other countries and cultures is our respect for their religious beliefs.

I also do not believe that detainees at Gitmo have been abused, at least not in the way that Senator Durbin alleges. Abuse would include refusing to allow them food and water (religious meals are provided three times a day), the ability to pray toward Mecca (5 times a day with directions showing where East is located), refusal to treat medical issues, beatings, torture, and so on. Some have better living conditions than they have ever had. They get medical attention, again, probably better than they have ever had in their lives. I have to admit that having to listen to Christina Aguilera CD’s borders on torture, but that’s just my opinion.

Monday, June 13, 2005


On June 14, 1777, the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress adopted a resolution, which gave birth to our National Flag. The resolution read:

"Resolved that the Flag of the United States be made of 13 stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

General George Washington explained: "We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty."

On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson announced during his Memorial Day address, that June 14th of each year would be celebrated as Flag Day. "This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation....Though silent, it speaks to us -- speaks to us of the past, of the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it"

Today, our Flag is a beacon for liberty, a symbol of hope for all people who "hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed -- that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..."

Our flag flies over a national government, which, at its foundation, was predicated on the premise that it be concerned with what can be done FOR its citizens, not on what can be done TO its citizens.

On this Flag Day 2005, we American Patriots display and pay homage to our National Flag.

For further information on the history of our flag and flag etiquette and flag protocol to our Historic Documents page --