29 September 2007

$8,975,958,053,884.60 and Growing!!


The Outstanding Public Debt as of 30 Sep 2007 at 05:35:50 AM GMT is:

$ 8 , 9 7 5 , 9 5 8 , 0 5 3 , 8 8 4 . 6 0

The estimated population of the United States is 303,123,167
so each citizen's share of this debt is $29,611.59.

The National Debt has continued to increase an average of
$1.28 billion per day since September 29, 2006!
Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

Source: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

23 September 2007

18 September 2007

Cal State University Staff Relies on Free Food to Survive; System Executives to Get 12% Raise, Bringing Avg Executive Pay to $270K

From http://csueu9.blogspot.com/

Earlier today, Rich McGee, Chair of Bargaining Unit 9, addressed the Board of Trustees' Committee on Collective Bargaining as they met in open session. Here he describes his remarks:

I introduced myself, and thanked the Trustees for the privilege of speaking with them today. I then congratulated Dr. Al Karnig, the President at CSU San Bernardino, for having the courage to tell the truth about PeopleSoft. Yesterday, during his Fall convocation speech, President Karnig blamed "difficulties with the implementation of PeopleSoft" as one of the reasons that the enrollment is low at CSUSB. I informed the Trustees that PeopleSoft has not made the campuses more productive, and that in fact tasks that used to take moments now take a very long time. For example, one person used to be able to perform over 250 student advisements in the course of a day. Now, they can do 30, or less, in the same amount of time. The system just isn't working! Ask your students, ask your staff; they will tell you the truth.

Regarding the compensation issue, I said that rather than give them dry figures and numbers, I preferred to use an actual example. At CSU San Bernardino, there is an ASA-2 who has a medical disability, and must use an electric wheelchair. She loves her job, and does it very well. Last night, both she and her husband attended the President's evening convocation celebration. But they only attended because there was food being offered. If they hadn't gone, they wouldn't have eaten dinner, as they have only 3 bottles of water and a single loaf of bread left to last them for the remainder of the month.

To have a staff member at any university having to depend upon free food in order to eat? That's just shameful.

15 September 2007

Eye Candy for the Second Anniversary Issue


9/15/2005 - 9/15/2007

Congratulations and happy second anniversary to the wonderful, intelligent and humorous staff of the Fairbank Report!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for two years of pugilistic, incisive, analytical, humorous (in the Swiftian sense), hard-hitting, cantankerous and beautifully crafted commentaries. Keep the good stuff coming!

J. Fairbank's January 2007 Essay Still Applies...

Associate Editor's Notes: Originally posted on 1/25/2007 on The Fairbank Report.

25 January 2007

3065 GIs KIA Since 2003; War Unwinnable; New Strategy Proposed Below

By Jonathan Fairbank, Editor-in-Chief

Like most Americans in 2003, I supported the war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Colin Powell's dog-and-pony show at the UN convinced me that we needed to rid Iraq of WMD.

By 2004, I still supported the war efforts even though the Iraq Survey Group, which was appointed by the Bush Administration, conclusively found that there was no WMD in Iraq. I believed, then, that Hussein could have used his oil wealth to pursue WMD and thence share these deadly weapons with Al-Qaeda. I supported Bush in the General Election of 2004.

By the summer of 2005, I was feeling queasy; yet, I was hoping for the best. I still supported the Administration's overall efforts in Iraq.

By late 2006, I have privately withdrawn support for the war. And now on the 25th day of 2007, I am publicly withdrawing my support for the war because it is unwinnable.

The Maliki government is weaker than the Weimar Republic and totally corrupt.

If we cannot quell the insurgency with the current force of 140,000 men on the ground, an additional "surge" of 21,000 men by Cartesian logic will not succeed in blunting the brutality of the present insurgency/terrorist campaigns.

The United States is caught between a rock and a hard place. Colin Powell was right when he said, "If you broke it; you own it." A withdrawal from Iraq will mean certain collapse of the Maliki government and result in an anti-Western Shiite government perhaps led by Moqatar Al-Sadir. Yet, remaining in Iraq will assuredly mean continued American casualties and sustained bleeding of the Treasury to the tune of $200 billion a year.

Reluctantly, I propose a quick withdrawal from Iraq and redeploy these troops along the United States borders in order to avoid terrorist infiltration into the American homeland. I propose using the current resources being spent on the war efforts to boost counter-terrorist monitoring and to thwart terrorist plots via covert military actions and improved intelligence gathering and sharing among allies.

This is not an optimal solution. But it is one that may just lead to a different result. On the other hand, as a matter of fait accompli, staying the course will lead to more Iraqi and American deaths as well as continued depletion of the Treasury without significantly altering the current situation.

An honest assessment by a fair-minded person will probably arrive at the aforementioned conclusion.

The difficult task at hand is to convince a certain obdurate cowboy-president of this harsh reality.

3,781 U.S. Deaths in Iraq War

08 September 2007

jessie's girl

Jessie's girl...Lucky bastard

Music and lyrics by Rick Springfield
Emotions by Lost in Emotion

Jessie is a friend,
yeah, I know he's been
a good friend of mine
But lately something's changed
that ain't hard to define
Jessie's got himself a girl
and I want to make her mine
And she's watching him with those eyes
And she's lovin' him with that body,
I just know it
Yeah 'n' he's holding her
in his arms late,
late at night
You know, I wish that I had Jessie's girl,
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman like that
I play along with the charade,
there doesn't seem to be
a reason to change
You know, I feel so dirty
when they start talking cute
I wanna tell her that I love her,
but the point is probably moot
'Cos she's watching him with those eyes
And she's lovin' him with that body,
I just know it
And he's holding her
in his arms late, late at night
Like Jessie's girl,
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman,
where can I find a woman like that
And I'm lookin' in the mirror all the time,
wondering what she don't see in me
I've been funny,
I've been cool with the lines
Ain't that the way
love supposed to be
Tell me, where can I find a woman like that
You know, I wish that I had Jessie's girl,
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I want Jessie's girl,
where can I find a woman like that, like
Jessie's girl,
I wish that I had Jessie's girl,
I want,
I want Jessie's girl