A Choice Between a Steaming Pile of Dog Shit or an Equally Steaming Pile of Cow Shit?

While the gig has been over for over a week now,  I am still in Kentucky, just chillin’.

While this country is now roughly a month out from choosing a new President, one thing I have noticed here is the striking lack of roadside/house side campaign signs for either candidate.  In fact I don’t think I’ve even seen one, period.  See campaign signs for local candidates, but again, nothing for either of the Presidential candidates.

Seems to be a message in this about how the people here at least, feel about the choice they have for this election.

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Misery Has Company

Learned this afternoon tomorrow will not be the last day for just myself.  Another interpreter, who frankly I saw as doing little work, will also turn in his security pass.

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The Party’s Over….Over

Had a call last night from the staffing agency that hired me to talk about my contract and was informed this Friday will be my last day on the job.

In a way, resigned; this job came with a expiration date, but at the same time annoyed as I am most likely the first to be let go and second, those who know of this acted as if nothing had changed.

Its been good though hanging out with son unit and I’ll probably miss that. He’s certainly eaten better since I’ve been here and things like keeping his cat’s litter boxes cleaner, as well as his living space (his bedroom is….) cleaner and neater are done more regularly.

So, let’s how long it’ll be before the next gig- unless I hit the lottery.

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“Progressives” ( I call them neo-collectivist) are like alcoholics; most cannot kick the habit.

What prompted this? This:


Pretty much filed with neo-collectivist claptrap and a glaring unwillingness exhibited by the neo-collectivists I read about,  to intellectually ‘get off the bottle’ of their delusions.

But to start with the first neo-collectivist lament, of elitist deals brokered by the ‘haves’ at the expense of thee ‘have nots’ to lure corporate investment.  The writer is either unable or incapable  due to being in the drunken haze of neo-collectivism of understanding that any corporation deciding to embark  for a major project/investment such as building a new factory, does so at great risk and cost- to the corporations, not just to executives, but to all employees.

Costs not only limited to the physical building of a plant, but costs of hiring, and training workers to fill the jobs,  and costs that must be shouldered with the local governments in providing infrastructure, gas, water, sewer, roads, to support a new factory. Unless a local government does not provide incentives to relocate,  a corporation will look elsewhere. And while  new jobs may be limited in number,  investment means there’ll  still be more jobs than there were before.  Further, this screed  ignores that there is a trickle down effect, such as at the VW plant.  Its suppliers will also build plants nearby which also will provide more jobs and so on.

Next, wages.  First, and repeat after me, working at an automotive assembly plant is not skilled labor.  This is something unions and this neo-collectivist can’t seem to get through their heads.  If you can operate a price scanner at a super market check out, you can work on an automotive assembly line.  All the “skills”  you need are a high tolerance for continuous repetitious tasks and the physical demands for standing on your feet for hours at a time. So why then, should wages be near skilled or professional levels? How do I know about this?  I’ve done it and its probably a pretty good bet this neo-collectivist never has nor knows anyone who has.

Second wages depend all on where one lives, period.  Housing in particular is what drives wages at least in DC, which is why the average annual income  WDC is so high when compared to other parts of the country and  low, when compared to other parts, e.g., NYC or Silicone Valley.  So yes, a $31,000 annual salary would be impossible to live on in WDC, but it doesn’t mean the same is impossible to live on in that part of Tennessee.

Then there is the Just In Time productions system which is alluded to as a bane of the ‘oppressed’ automotive assembly line worker.  JIT has been one of the greatest innovations to manufacturing, period.  Used properly and effectively, it optimizes  production efficiency and eliminates waste, which means whatever the product is, it can be provided have more quickly and cheaply to everyone, which benefits everyone. True, assembly line work is not easy work, and it is not meant to ever be a career IMHO.  A good example of this was a person showing son unit & I apartments a few years ago and complaining about working on an automotive assembly line for 5 years.  My comment to son unit was, why after 5 years was he still an assembly line worker?  lack of ambition to better himself,  poor performance?

And then there is the attack on the UAW for not being militant enough.  As much as the UAW is a parasite on the automotive industry,  it was smart enough to realize that given where its membership is/was and the financial conditions of its main host companies (the Detroit 3)  that they had to abandon their own business model to project the union jobs still left and ensure there would be jobs (and future dues paying members) for the future.

Being true to your cause smacks much like leftists trying to outdo one another in proclaiming their ideological ‘purity’. Rigid ideological purity doesn’t pay your monthly mortgage or enable one to provide a better life for your children.  But then I wonder if  neo-collectivists ever  think of anything else besides what keeps them ‘addicted’




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The Difference

Have had a thought about how to best explain the difference between translating and interpreting and why while one may be competent  in doing one, one may  not as competent in doing the other.

So think about this:

While all composers are musicians, not all musicians are or can be composers.

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At the Top of the Food Chain

Son unit is part of that as he’s employed by a automobile manufacturer or OEM and not a 1st tier or lower automotive parts supplier.

The differences between these two strata can be illustrated by this.

In preparation for a new model launch, son unit and others have been told that for the remainder of this year, they can expect to work weekends as well as a full weekday schedule. Mentioned this to someone else who told me during his time at a parts supplier for this OEM, employees had to work 7 days a week for 8 months to keep up with the OEM’s demand for parts.

Insane, no?    But that is an example of how life can be for a OEM parts supplier

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A Progressive’s (aka neo-Collectivist’s) Stupidity

The photo and caption, copied from another blog21

“Remember that next time you get online or use your phone. Those satellites didn’t launch themselves.”

A hearty ‘Amen’ to that.  There’s are times when a person’s stupidity crosses the line from funny to painful.



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