Archive for September, 2010

I Hate Pennies

September 13, 2010

Thank you.

Too Many Firefighters and Police?

September 6, 2010

In my town the firefighters work 9 days a month.

They can retire at 50 with 90% percent of their final pay.

They continue  to get free health care for life for them and their families.

When they die, even if  from old age, their widow and kids still get the pension.

All the firefighters I’ve met have a lucrative side career.

I’ve known many who are Plumbers, Lawyers, you name it.

But don’t they run into burning buildings?

OK, a ten year average shows 109 firefighters dying in the US every year.

Most of the fatalities are from volunteer firefighters.

More than half of the deaths are from heart attacks.

Most of the heart attacks are from firefighters that have previously had a heart attack or heart surgery.

And most are over 51.

So, they actually have an incredibly small chance of dying in a fire.

Compare that death/pay / benefits equation to serving in the armed forces.

So why are we always being asked to allocate more money for firefighters?

Because politicians know that firefighters have a strong emotional pull on folks.

What kind of person would say something bad about a firefighter, for Christ’s sake?

What, are you nuts?

Need a boost as the election nears, just ask for more firefighters. ( same goes for police)  Got to get that endorsement from the unions.

In the meantime, we are being hassled all the time for nuisance tickets, taxes, and fees because the city is broke and can’t afford to pay for  things like schools.

Same thing goes for police.

The last few months, i’ve seen ever increasing numbers of people being pulled over by police.

I drive all over my larger geo region, so i see state highway patrol and local police everywhere.

On a typical day, I see 10 pull overs.

Why?  Because the governments are using us as ATM’s.

So if police have all this time to just pull people over all day, and the crime rate continues to go down year after year, do we really need so many police?

I feel like I’m living in Mexico giving out bribe money all the time.

UPDATE: confirmation  here: #mce_temp_url#

I Love Burning Man

September 3, 2010

Because for one week a year i can park  a bit easier around town.

And there are a few less of the boring, pretentious, middle class folks  around.

Disclaimer: i have friends who go.

What it suggests to me is that many folks have lives devoid of purpose and passion.

For one week, and the yearlong associated events, they can project meaning and

pretend to be creative.

Question: why are so many  middle class folks convinced they are ” creative”?

There is also a lot of utopian community  talk which somehow doesn’t include poor people.

You wont be seeing a lot of immigrants there. They are too busy working to feed their family.

Maybe some of these ” burners’   just need to get out more.

The physical setting is pretty amazing,  probably  even more so if you  usually inhabit a cubicle world.

Hint; You can go there the other 51 weeks during the year and camp.