Thursday’s Thoughts, On Wednesday

Thought #1

There’s something wrong with an employer which takes applications, but disqualifies anyone currently unemployed. I wonder who the moron is that came up with this idea.

If you’re unemployed, don’t even bother applying. That’s a message some job seekers are seeing as they look for their next paycheck.

It’s not the kind of message Peter May expected to see on a job listing. But when he visited the Web site for “The People Place”, an Orlando-based recruiter, there it was, in all caps, bold type: “No unemployed candidates will be considered at all.”

I definitely won’t be purchasing any Sony Ericsson products in the future. If they aren’t going to consider candidates who actually need jobs, I am not going to spend my money on any of their consumer electronics when I actually need something.

Thought #2

Nancy Pelosi says that government policy should be dictated by “The Word”. The same woman who voted to allow partial-birth abortions now says we must all answer to “The Word Made Flesh”. Has Nanny State Nancy been enlightened? Has she seen the light? That, my friends, is the great mystery.

Thought #3

Justice Sotomayor has already proven her appointment to the Supreme Court was a huge mistake.

In a case before the court pertaining to Miranda rights, the Court ruled 5-4 that suspects must implicitly invoke their right to remain silent.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a criminal suspect must explicitly invoke the right to remain silent during a police interrogation, a decision that dissenting liberal justices said turns the protections of a Miranda warning “upside down.”

The court ruled 5 to 4 that a Michigan defendant who incriminated himself in a fatal shooting after nearly three hours of questioning thus gave up his right to silence, and the statement could be used against him at trial.

In the case about Miranda rights, suspect Van Chester Thompkins remained mostly silent for three hours of interrogation after reading and being told of his rights to remain silent and have an attorney. He neither acknowledged that he was willing to talk nor that he wanted questioning to stop.
But detectives persisted in what one called mostly a “monologue” until asking Thompkins whether he believed in God. When asked, “Do you pray to God to forgive you for shooting that boy down?” Thompkins looked away and answered, “Yes.”

The statement was used against him, and Thompkins was convicted of killing Samuel Morris outside a strip mall in Southfield, Mich.

So what did Justice Sotomayor have to say about this?

“Today’s decision turns Miranda upside down,” wrote Sotomayor. “Criminal suspects must now unambiguously invoke their right to remain silent, which, counterintuitively, requires them to speak.” She was joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.

Suspects must invoke their right to remain silent? Duh! Of course they do. Miranda states, “You have the right to remain silent”. If you don’t, well, anything you say can, and will, be used against you in a court of law.

Hello!?! Dumbass! If you choose to remain silent, you must… How do I write this in a way you’ll understand? I guess I’ll just come out and write it. If you choose to remain silent, then keep your frickin’ mouth shut. Don’t say a word. Don’t mumble, don’t stutter, don’t utter one word. Silence is just that. SILENT.

The scariest part about this decision is that four U.S. Supreme Court Justices (Sotomayor, Stevens, Ginsburg, and Breyer) actually think the right to remain silent is automatically implied by the reading of Miranda. They actually think suspects are being treated unfairly if they don’t remain silent. Does the oath for members of the Supreme Court include the right to remain stupid?

A Quick Smack Should Do The Trick

I’m in a mood tonight. I am not going to go into details but I must get this off my chest or I won’t be able to focus on anything for the rest of the evening.

I was at a meeting today when a speaker began to name drop. He mentioned his friendship with one person, his association with another couple, and his ongoing “professional” partnership with another. He spoke for so long I thought for sure we’d see the Spring Equinox come and go before he finished.

That being said, I don’t normally have an issue with someone name dropping. If you are a professional and you’re good at what you do, it’s understandable that you may know people within your industry and associate with them. Duh.

None of this applied to the person in question today. By the end of his speech it was clear he only knew those people because he bought his way into the industry and his thoughts, opinions, and “advice” wasn’t worth a dime to anyone listening.

If you’re good at what you do and you’ve spent years learning your craft, you shouldn’t need to name drop when speaking about your craft. The next time someone begins to name drop, I think I’m just going to smack the person upside the head and get it out of my system.

Anyway, how was your day?

Thought #1

It appears President Obama had another rough day. The turmoil of making a big-boy decision must really be tearing him apart.

President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

That stance comes in the midst of forceful reservations about a possible troop buildup from the U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, according to a second top administration official.

Get over it Barry. Send the troops we need to get the job done. The longer you wait, the more American service members will die, and it’s not right to all their families to be torn apart because you’re too much of a wuss to make a frickin’ decision.

Thought #2

Nancy Pelosi, aka The Grinch Who Wants To Steal Your Cashflow, said that all she wants for Christmas is healthcare reform. Does she have a new round of Botox injections lined up or what? You’d think someone like her would want world peace, good will toward men, or something along those lines.

All House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants for Christmas is healthcare reform.

The speaker told constituents yesterday that she wants to finish health reform as a “Christmas present” for the country.

“I’m hopeful that we will have a bill as a Christmas present for the American people,” Pelosi said, according to KCBS. “But we will have a bill and it will be soon.”

What ever happened to the traditional lump of coal? I’d rather receive that in my stocking than this health care reform bill.

That’s it. Two thoughts tonight. I’m still steaming about the events earlier today and I need time to cool down, so I am going to go slap my butt into my favorite chair and watch some television.

Thank God tomorrow is Friday.