Occasional News and comments on the situation in Post-Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi-American living in Texas
NBC Nightly News just said that Obama has signed an executive order authorizing ‘US forces’ to offer ‘mostly clandestine’ support to the Syrian rebels. Sounds like they're trying to say he's authorized some special ops actions if the occasion arises.
Konfused Kid ate my hamster.
Well, it's about time!
Kofi Annan resigns as envoy to Syria
This whole Chick fil-A ruckus seems childish to me. Both sides of the argument are being immature and lameOh, Zeyad, Americans are very good at raising a ruckus if they feel their rights are being trampled on, in some way or another. And this being an election year just makes it worse.It's rather funny that Chick-fil-A should be so much in the news lately, as there was supposed to be one going in around here. I haven't hard anyone mention that it is being told to go away, but I'll let you know if I do.Personally, I think everyone has a right to make their own choice as to what is right for themselves.
"hard" shoud be "heard"*sigh*
PeteS,I was wondering what happened to you. Out rounding up hamsters, were you?
I think it became a big deal when a couple of cities politely said Chick-fil-A was not welcome in their cities.Last I heard there are some gay rights activists arranging a kiss protest at various locations.An average sandwich there costs about $6.50. Sooo not somewhere that I will be buying lunch at too often, anyway, if they do open one close to me. I tend to be cheap when it comes to lunch.
Sorry about your work schedule, Zeyad. Do you get paid extra for working the night shift?
[Lynnette]: I was wondering what happened to you. Out rounding up hamsters, were you?Yeah, lots of hamsters at the moment. I've been doing exams in maths and physics (which went ok but not especially well -- maybe I need help from the resident maths guru here* ;-)I've also been resigning from my job of more than two decades. I hesitate to use the word "retiring" because that sounds like something old people** do. But I'm planning an extended chunk of time off to study astronomy and cosmology, and build my own little observatory, and generally waste time paying no taxes for a while.(* that was a joke)(** older than me, that is; I'm not a spring chicken either)
Considering the total hash your government has made of your country's finances,PeteS, I'd be looking to sit out the next several years myself. Won't be long now before they'll be grabbing every cent that's not nailed down or hidden away.
Lynnette, no. My job pays minimum wage, and it doesn't matter if it's overtime, holiday, or night shift. Same pay. Funny though, I enjoy being a rent-a-cop. It offers me ample time to study, read, tweet, watch youtube videos, facebook, harass employees, and any other useless activity.
Zeyad,My job pays minimum wage, and it doesn't matter if it's overtime, holiday, or night shift.Hmmm...as Lee said that sucks, but I would add it also sounds a bit odd. At least as far as the overtime pay is concerned. If I understand your duties correctly any hours worked over 40 hours a week would be required to be paid at time and a half. Rent a cops aren't exempt from federal labor laws as far as I can see. But maybe you don't feel comfortable rocking that boat in this economy.Bridget,Do Texas businesses have some kind of exemption from following federal laws?
Lee,Yeah, the Chick-fil-A fiasco is another tempest in a teapot. Both sides need to cool off a little.
Zeyad,P.S.Funny though, I enjoy being a rent-a-cop. It offers me ample time to study, read, tweet, watch youtube videos, facebook, harass employees, and any other useless activity.lol! Okay, if you enjoy it, maybe I shouldn't be annoyed about the pay on your behalf. :)
PeteS,Why, you lucky thing you! Everyone where I work would love to "retire" and do something else. :) Congratulations!My dream is to have enough time to at least catch up on my reading. :)
Lee again,The CBO has said that the plan is impossible for them to score because it's too vague in many particulars, specifically, too vague about the supposed tax deductions and credits Romney says he's going to eliminate to pay for itAnd this is pretty typical. No details.
"Bridget,Do Texas businesses have some kind of exemption from following federal laws?" Texas hourly employees are entitled to overtime. (Nothing special for nights and holidays, however.). Lots of employers do try to misclassify their hourly workers as salaried employees in order to avoid paying overtime. But the best time to assert a claim for unpaid overtime is on your way out the door. (in the meantime, keep good records). If you complain while you are still employed, you will be fired. And a claim for unpaid overtime plus unemployment doesn't always compare so well to a job that you sorta like because you can study, text, surf the net, twitter and snuff like that.
Bridget,Yes, I tend to agree with you on the when to complain part. Unfortunately it's not always cut and dried as to how to handle something. If one were to complain about something like that and then were fired, the only recourse would be to sue. That can be a long and drawn out process, not to mention a bit of a turn off for future employers when they are looking at your work history.As far as what businesses try to get away with here, I'd say it's probably similar. If your employer is really good they will pay a shift premium for night work and time and a half, or double time, for holidays. Those last depend on how badly they need to attract, and keep, workers.
P.S.One thing though, while random audits are not common, they do happen. And a business caught diddling with wages is likely to be liable for back pay and fined. Which is why we always advise following the straight and narrow.
Lee,If Romney comes across as a tax cheat, which is what people are saying is the cause of his refusal to publish his tax returns, it will hurt. People may fudge a little themselves, but they don't want their President doing it.As for the chicken fiasco, you're right, that will probably not die away until after November.
Lee,And, now it appears that somebody forgot to clue Romney in on the care and maintenance of Christers.For them he's the only game in town. They'll back him even if he doesn't whole heartedly back whatever bee is currently buzzing around in their misinformed heads.
"If Romney comes across as a tax cheat, which is what people are saying is the cause of his refusal to publish his tax returns, it will hurt."Ahem. Didn't stop Obama from hiring TurboTax Timmy as our Treasury Secretary. I'd bet my bottom dollar that Romney is not a tax cheat. He has, after all, been running for, or planning to run for, the Presidency for like, a decade at least. His tax returns will be legal.His opponents are trying to smear him as a rich guy, although the self same oppononents apparently cared nothing about Kerry's wealth. Maybe they prefer guys who marry wealth to those who make their own. Who knows?I think Romney oughtta release his returns on a stairstep basis with Obama's release of his college transcripts, his SAT scores, his law school transcripts, his LSAT scores, his student loan records, and like that. Sort of you show me yours and I'll show you mine sort of thing. That would be a lot of fun for all of us.
More like they're saying the tax system itself is rigged in favor of the very well-to-do (and it is), and that Romney has very probably, quite legally taken advantage of the loopholes written into the code specifically for multi-millionaires such as himself.It is Reid that is saying Romney hasn't paid taxes in 10 years, according to an unnamed source. Romney is saying that's a lie and to reveal the source. It would seem to me that making his tax returns public would end the matter. I don't recall this being such a sticking point in the past.But, Republicans take the advantage if one instead asks about ‘intensity’. In other words, Republicans hate Obama rather intensely, and are intent on voting him out, even if they ain't all that thrilled with Romney.When you're on the outside looking in it's a little easier to fire up the base, I think. What will be really interesting is if Obama can win with unemployment so high. If he does then the Republicans should, if they are wise, start to look really really hard at what's wrong with their message.
Finally a beautiful day out, in the 70's. Think I'll bake brownies. :)
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I didn't notice it makin’ much news until the right-wingers decided to go heavy on the claim they were ‘victims’ of whatever the hell it is they're supposed to be victimized by.
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