Missing the point on immigration

The right wing of this country is spending oodles of time and money beefing up the border patrols and immigration sweeps and building a freaking ridiculous wall to keep the Mexicans from crossing the borders and taking jobs away from Americans. Except that ship has sailed and the jobs have been already taken away from Americans. Not by Mexicans and Guatemalans and Central Americans swimming across the Rio Grande, but by corporate wankers outsourcing our jobs to India and the Philippines and Pakistan. Not one Guatemalan walked across the Arizona desert to become a title officer for six dollars an hour. Plenty of engineers in India have stayed home and taken my job for $16 per day. I was making around $65 per hour. Who is the real threat to my personal security? Bill Foley, John Harritt, Parker Kennedy and the like. Bill Foley more than the others as he is the one who ruined the title insurance business. It used to be a business based on researching the records. There didn’t used to be title problems because the back room of the title companies solved the problems. Geeks and miscreants who had no real place in society methodically researched each recorded document and posted it in their respective title plants. In the mid 70’s many of these title plants became computerized. Then in 1988 Bill Foley, the burger flipper, bought the old Western Title, the stalwart of the business back then, and turned title insurance into burger flipping. Staff became instantly expendable, like the are right now. There is no loyalty from the companies and employees have no loyalty back to the companies, and rightly so. A guy I’ve known for 30 years who probably has 35 to 40 years with the same company, just got laid off last week. That is beyond wrong. No one swam across the Rio Grande or ran across the Arizona desert to take his job. His job was outsourced to India.

The same things has occurred in the tech field. We’ve all called HP support and gotten Pasha who can barely be understood and who will not tell you what country she is located in. She will read from a script and frustrate you to the end of time. Eventually, you’ll figure out your printer on your own.

It’s time we pointed to the real problem. It’s not people coming into this country, it’s jobs going out. The Bush Adminstration will puff there chests and tell you how many jobs they created, but they didn’t create jobs for displaced people like me. They didn’t create jobs for engineers. They did not create telecom jobs. They allowed their corporate buddies to ship those overseas. Their new jobs are pulling shots for Starbucks. Not quality career opportunities. Jobs that we don’t want to do, like sweeping floors and cleaning toilets, picking strawberries, jobs that are in the soft transient worker catagory are the jobs being done by the guys that have come into this country illegally. And all I have to say about that is, I’m glad they’re working and not living on the dole. Now lets bring back the real jobs that the corporate wankers have sent to other countries and get the real Americans off the dole.

Missing the point on immigration

The right wing of this country is spending oodles of time and money beefing up the border patrols and immigration sweeps and building a freaking ridiculous wall to keep the Mexicans from crossing the borders and taking jobs away from Americans. Except that ship has sailed and the jobs have been already taken away from Americans. Not by Mexicans and Guatemalans and Central Americans swimming across the Rio Grande, but by corporate wankers outsourcing our jobs to India and the Philippines and Pakistan. Not one Guatemalan walked across the Arizona desert to become a title officer for six dollars an hour. Plenty of engineers in India have stayed home and taken my job for $16 per day. I was making around $65 per hour. Who is the real threat to my personal security? Bill Foley, John Harritt, and the like. Bill Foley more than the others as he is the one who ruined the title insurance business. It used to be a business based on researching the records. There didn’t used to be title problems because the back room of the title companies solved the problems. Geeks and miscreants who had no real place in society methodically researched each recorded document and posted it in their respective title plants. In the mid 70’s many of these title plants became computerized. Then in 1988 Bill Foley, the burger flipper, bought the old Western Title, the stalwart of the business back then, and turned title insurance into burger flipping. Staff became instantly expendable, like the are right now. There is no loyalty from the companies and employees have no loyalty back to the companies, and rightly so. A guy I’ve known for 30 years who probably has 35 to 40 years with the same company, just got laid off last week. That is beyond wrong. No one swam across the Rio Grande or ran across the Arizona desert to take his job. His job was outsourced to India.

The same things has occurred in the tech field. We’ve all called HP support and gotten Pasha who can barely be understood and who will not tell you what country she is located in. She will read from a script and frustrate you to the end of time. Eventually, you’ll figure out your printer on your own.

It’s time we pointed to the real problem. It’s not people coming into this country, it’s jobs going out. The Bush Adminstration will puff there chests and tell you how many jobs they created, but they didn’t create jobs for displaced people like me. They didn’t create jobs for engineers. They did not create telecom jobs. They allowed their corporate buddies to ship those overseas. Their new jobs are pulling shots for Starbucks. Not quality career opportunities. Jobs that we don’t want to do, like sweeping floors and cleaning toilets, picking strawberries, jobs that are in the soft transient worker category are the jobs being done by the guys that have come into this country illegally. And all I have to say about that is, I’m glad they’re working and not living on the dole. Now lets bring back the real jobs that the corporate wankers have sent to other countries and get the real Americans off the dole.

Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

With a nod to Herb Caen:

This is not how you support the troops!

This morning I’m driving down Treat en route to my morning workout. As I turn onto Treat this guy behind me is totally up my ass. Strangely, I’m driving the speed limit, it’s 5:30 in the morning. One guy driving a mini-van and he guns it and goes around me and speeds off down Treat at least 60 mph in a 40 mph zone. As he whizzes by I see the “Support our Troops” yellow ribbon. Now where I come from, wasting gas because you’re a selfish bastard so my friend’s sons can risk their lives in Iraq does not support the troops. It puts them in grave danger and if you’re not willing to do your fair share, you’re an asshole buddy. I’m really sick and tired of this entitlement attitude that people in this country have adopted. (which I also blame on Reagan) We are part of a greater society and we need to do our part, individually, to be a responsible member of that society. Nuff said.

Oh, don’t quit now…

Hey Bush Administration! Would it break the bank to give the troops that last .5% pay raise? Especially after those bonuses paid to the Veteran’s Administration? Gee GW, for a PFC we’d be talking $6.00 a month. Do you think you can spare it? Pay our service people. You disgust me.

This is how you do it

This morning’s weigh in:

Weight 212
Fat 36.3
BMI 36.2

It’s nice to live in a neighborhood

Last night as I got home from my walk with Beauregard, we saw a little white dog in the middle of the street. When ever I see a dog in the street, I do my best to get them out of the street safely. I always think of Scooby. This was a little albino chihuahua. The little guy was scared as shit. A neighbor lady came out and tried to coax him over to her, he kept going up the street, so I got in the car and drove past him and up the street hoping to cut him off at the pass but he was way too scared. He started running towards Treat and got past me. I figured letting him get to Treat was more dangerous than just walking away. He ran into some one’s yard and we left some dog treats out for him and hoped for the best. It’s nice to know people will try and help. I hope the little guy was okay. Treat is where my friend’s Doberman Bud was hit by a car around 10 or 15 years ago. She lives off Treat and someone broke into her house and there was all 95 pound of Bud, ready for some thief tartar. He chased them but they got away. Unfortunately, he was hit by a car on Treat. She found him laying in the median. They rushed him to Contra Costa Emergency Veterinarian and they saved his life, to the tune of $10,000 back then. My friend told me she could never put her dog down for doing his job. I learned something from her that day.

Why Washington Mutual Bank sucks hind tit

Three weeks ago, I put an ad on Craigslist to sell my 2001 525i. Shouldn’t be that much of a stretch. I needed the title, so I pulled $11,500 out of my brokerage account and deposited it into my Washington Mutual Bank checking account. I put this check in the bank on April 15th while walking Beauregard. On April 18th, I checked my brokerage account and the check had cleared, so WAMU had the money. I called them to let them know and ask them to release the hold.

No, we can’t release that hold.
Really? But you already have my money.
Procedure says we can’t release that money.
Oh yes you can and you will.
No, that money can only be released by the branch that took the deposit, they put the hold on it. You have to go in there.

I got iced by the Ass Clowns at Alliance Title, last October. Since February, I’ve been working in San Francisco. I leave the house at 7am and don’t return until 6pm. I can’t make it to the bank around the corner from my house while their open. Sorry. So on April 25th, the pay off check to BMW came through WAMU. No one, not one soul with a brain looked at my account or that check or any thing else. They just bounced it AND charged me $27 even though they had the money already. No one took into consideration that I had been writing checks to BMW for years. No one considered that the check in question was a check from me, to me, endorsed my me or the fact that I’ve had an account with them, complete with direct deposit for 10 years!

So I gather up all my crap and go down to the WAMU in the financial district. Low and behold, this girl could have released the hold, but the ass pirates at 1-800-788-7000 wouldn’t tell me that. They did tell me that the branch put the hold on the check which was also a lie. I talked to the branch yesterday and they don’t even look at ATM deposits, the send them directly to Chatsworth. Liars. Now it’s too late and the check has bounced, but she can at least reverse the charges and give me a cashier’s check with no charge. Now I have BMW’s $15 returned item charge and FEDEX both ways at $23.92 and $24.03 respectively because by now I have have a purchaser for the car. Don’t ask me why FEDEX charges $14.10 for corporate rate to anywhere in the country but J.Q. Public gets it up the butt. Anyway, I was expecting around $40 in FEDEX charges, but it ended up to be $47.95 plus the $15.00, plus the extra interest for two weeks which turned out to be $7.00 for a total of $69.95 pissed out the window because of who I do business with.

The truth of the matter is, it’s our money. Every one of us. They had use of that $11,000 for 11 days. They made interest on it in overnight floats. It is unconscionable that they make that money and then make more money off of me and then cost me nearly $70 more dollars because of their incompetence. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, they’re all the same.

Housing Alert

I think I might have gotten that place…we’ll see. It’s a dump…

Danger -Rant Ahead

Some poor schmuck made the assertation that AB 1634, which is the mandatory spay neuter bill in the State of California was the fault of the Democrats and their big government mentality and that the Republicans are all for personal responsibilty. So away I went:

What a steaming pile of horse crap.

It’s not about big government, it’s about issues. Turn off Fox. If there weren’t thousands of dogs being picked up by the dog catchers, if there weren’t numerous cases of dog maulings by intact animals, this wouldn’t be an issue. San Francisco has had two high profile maulings in the last few years. One was the lacrosse coach, the other was the boy killed by the family dogs while his mother grocery shopped. If the owners of these dogs had been responsible, no one would be calling for any laws and I wouldn’t have to punish Jackie Spieirs every other week.

If people would take personal responsibility for their actions, legislation would not even be considered. Personal responsibility extends all the way to the White House. Karl Rove hides emails that tell the real truth about the laws he’s broken. He needs to be a man step up to the plate and take responsibility. Mr. I don’t Recall needs to step up to the plate and take responsibility. Even Bush recalls meetings that Gonzalez didn’t recall. Either he’s a moron or a liar. Either way he shouldn’t be the AG. Republicans need to walk the walk if they’re going to talk the talk.

The natural extension of this is to ask why aren’t people taking responsibility for their actions? The answer to this is two fold and goes straight back to the Reagan Administration. The first is education. The Reagan Administration made monstrous cuts to education and health care in this country, and now, we’re a country of moronic sheep. But we pay less taxes. Whoopie! The second is the attitude that came from that era of Me, Me, Me. No one but the Reagan Administration can be blamed for that. Everyone wants what’s theirs but no one wants to contribute to the greater good. He wasn’t the Great White Hope. He is why I step over homeless guys every day on the way to work. He is why a mentally deranged young man never got the help he needed. As a society we need a safety net because people slip through. Reagan cut taxes and everyone was jumping for joy, but the average California driver spends $850 a year for damage to their car from potholes. Personally, I’d rather give the government that $850 and have the pave the freaking road properly. I’d rather spend a little money and not step over stinking sleeping crazy guys on the street every day on the way to work. Prior to 1980, did anyone see a bum on the street outside of NYC or Santa Barbara? Beyond the town bum, no, not to the extent that it’s a problem today. Look at the percentage of the population that’s ferreted away in prison in this country. Did it cross anyone’s mind that their may be a correlation between the poor state of education in the country and mental health services and the number of people in the can? We have to spend the money, it’s part of being a society. Spend it avoiding the problem or spend it dealing with the problem.

If people took care of their pets and did what they’re supposed to and trained them and fixed the ones that weren’t breeding material, and knew the difference, these laws wouldn’t see the light of day. If people took responsibility for their actions, we wouldn’t have ever seen a three strikes law.

Civil rights and personal choice being the bastion of the Republican Party? Only when it’s convenient for the Republicans. Why is this government mucking around with issues like abortion and gay marriage? There are two issues that go straight up party lines. Quite honestly the right wing Christian bullcrap that’s coming from these guys will probably cost me my life. My father is a Parkinson’s patient. Four of his siblings succumbed to the disease, yet this boneheaded President is stalling stem cell research. So while the Christian right wing pushes their agenda, based on 2000 year old writings onto the entire country, I’m looking forward to drooling on my shirt because Parkinson’s won’t be solved in my lifetime. I’m thinking about having to eat only sandwiches in my senior years since I won’t be able to hold a fork. How is that less government? How is telling some queen in San Francisco that he can’t get married less government? If the Republicans really wanted less government, then they wouldn’t care if Harry wed Salvadore.

And let’s turn for a moment to Arnold. For those of you who don’t live in the Golden State, Arnie has had a tough time here. Here’s a little known piece of information. He called Uncle Teddy the night of his win and asked “now what do I do?” Teddy told him to follow his heart and that he would do fine. Arnold didn’t do that and got his butt kicked in his little special election. Unlike the Bush regime who also just got their butt kicked, and still doesn’t get it, Arnold listened to the people of the State of California and came back to the middle, where his roots really are. Things are getting done in California now. I don’t agree with everything he does, but a conservative friend of mine was in my office just yesterday complaining about Arnold. I say if everyone is a little happy and a little not, he’s doing a good job.

And turn off Fox news and go get some facts.

End rant.

Tomorrow I’ll be in Sacramento at BodyTribe Fitness hopefully breaking the record for my age class. This mornings weigh in:

213

It’s been a good week with the exception of the stomach BS that’s been dogging me since Sunday. I seem to be on the rebound, so hopefully I’ll be in full swing tomorrow.

Bon mots and cheap shots

Last night I had dinner with two old Title Officer friends of mine. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this stuff for 30 years. I can’t believe I’m turning 49 this year. How did I get this old? I understand when I stand up. My knees and hips creak horribly, but my mind is that of a teenager. Anyway, my friends are young at heart as well and be bitched about the business and how it is not what it was. How the kids coming up now don’t know how to search a piece of property. If it’s not in the computer, they’re like a fish out of water. We went to One Market for dinner, after having a wine flight at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants. A beautiful flight of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. At One Market I had the Ahi, with Indian pepper spices and grilled asparagus. ST had the pork loin wrapped in bacon (pig in pig) and Toni had Beef Cheeks. I ordered us a Delille D2. Screaming great wine. I almost got the wine guy to come out and see who we were. The waiter said he had to get help finding it and then the buyer wanted to know who ordered it. Yeah, like that.

Anyway, good behavior paid off:

Weight: 214

No harm no foul.

Now on to things that piss me off. OK, so some kid is a looney tune. His parents miss the warning signs or can’t figure it out or what I don’t know. My good friend Chuck commented on the Unibomber one time. It was some big deal weather the guy pled insanity or not. Chuck remarked that “If you have a manifesto, you get the insanity defense, it’s automatic”. Crazy Korean dude, the manifesto gets you DQ’ed. Unfortunately, the way the world has changed, everyone did what they could but the law doesn’t allow them to involuntarily lock this kid up. There are no pat answers. This one won’t fit into a nice little package. Mental illness is messy. CNN should be embarrassed for the way their newscasters are acting. It’s like Faux Fox. How ridiculous is that? If you must ascertain blame, I recommend you blame Reagan. This is truly his fault. He’s the dumb ass the cut all the funds to the mental health services. Seriously. Do you remember ever seeing a homeless crazy guy on the street counting the bricks in the sidewalk in 1979? No, you don’t because a guy like that was institutionalized and getting help, or at least not getting sicker and sicker and ultimately dying on the street. Mental health services have been devastated by the Republican rule starting with their Great White Leader. You get what you pay for and if you don’t want to pay for it, you get things like what happened in Virginia. It’s time we recognized Reagan for what he was and start healing the nation, starting with the folks who need it the most, the ones who are shuffling down the sidewalk in the dead of winter waiting for a space ship to come and eat their brains. Buy a clue.