Friday, October 29, 2010

2Truthy's Happy Friday Hour LIVE Bridge Benefit Concert with Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam, Lucinda Williams and More: TURN UP THE VOLUME!

Buffalo Springfield Headlines Historic 24th Bridge Benefit Concert 2010

Stop, children, what's that sound...Click RIGHT HERE and turn up the volume for the complete live Buffalo Springfield reunion set after 43 years, and well worth the wait.

Last Saturday, yours truly and friends took a trip down to the dump for Neil & Pegi Young's annual 24th Bridge School Benefit Concert for a one-time-in-a-million amazing live acoustic set headlining Buffalo Springfield's first time playing together in 43 years. Awesome, amazing and timeless are mere mortal words that can not come close to describing the sheer magic of being transported there to enjoy the sight and sounds of this historic concert.

It didn't hurt that we had SECTION ONE CENTER ROW stone's throw away from the stage seats, either.

The best part was that Buffalo Springfield played and sounded just like Buffalo Springfield – no strains of Crazy Horse or CS&N or solo Neil Daddy, just straight up Richie Furay (do I have to come right out and say it that Richie looks and sounds so fine as ever?) Stephen Stills and Mr. Weird playing and harmonizing tight and true to the original music.

Rolling Stone called the reunion triumphant:

It has been public knowledge for weeks that the surviving members of Buffalo Springfield were going to reunite at Saturday’s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California — but somehow it didn’t seem real until Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay walked onstage and played the opening chords of “On the Way Home.” The three men hadn’t shared a stage together since the final Buffalo Springfield concert in 1968.”

Of their flawless set, I don't think there was a dry eye in the house when Neil Young, before singing my favorite “I am a Child” turned around to the kids on stage and said “This one's for you, kids” and sweetly sang the hell out of it. Oh, to live on planet Neil Young...

As if Buffalo Springfield were not enough, don't even get me started on Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam who brought new meaning to “let's bring this mother fu^king house down” as they preceded Buffalo Springfield with an entirely acoustic set.

MEMO TO PEARL JAM: More acoustic sets!

Keep up with the vocal coach, Eddie! Yours truly has never been a big fan of Pearl Jam, but that all changed last Saturday night when they moved out of their electric zone and played acoustic – a style that really, really compliments Eddie Vedder's natural baritone voice that has evolved from the early days of his trademark grunt that used to make Kurt Cobain sound like Harry Belafonte.

Click on the above video (second one down) to listen to Vedder croon Patti Smith's I'm Dancing Barefoot and get blown away by Pearl Jam's acoustic sound and Eddie's great voice.

“Uncle Neil” is having a strong and powerful influence on Vedder, as you can see watching them perform Walk with Me together. White. Hot. (Click on above video.)

And before Buffalo Springfield and Pearl Jam, there were my heroes, soulful Lucinda Williams and the all-time songbird Emmylou Harris. What can I say?

You should have been there.

And God bless Neil Young and Pegi for doing all they do every year to help the Bridge School help these kids.

Happy Friday, Loserettes!


YES MEN Unhinge the Chamber of Commerce

 "Business as usual; Chamber is its own parody"

Breaking News below from their website:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a dramatic announcement at the National Press Club today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reversed its position on climate change policy, and promised to immediately cease lobbying against the Kerry-Boxer bill.

Within minutes of the Chamber's dramatic announcement, it was revealed that the "Chamber spokesperson" was an impostor, and the press conference an elaborate hoax designed by activists to draw attention to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "troglodytic" fight against climate change legislation. At the close of the news conference, a visibly rattled Chamber of Commerce spokesperson (Eric Wohlschlegel) barged into the room and declared the event a fraud. (Video here.)


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Juan Williams Canned By NPR (National Paranoid Radio)


Hello Everybody, it's me,


Today, I found out that the distinguished black radio news analyst from NPR, Juan Williams got fired! And do you know what for? Because he said he gets a little “nervous” when he sees men dressed in “Muslim garb” on planes because he remembers 9/11 (you remember that bad day, right?) Big Journalism explains:

The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday. On the show, the host, Bill O’Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma.” Mr. O’Reilly said, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”
Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.
He continued: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.””

This is almost as bad as Vince Vaughn getting banned by Ellen for saying electric cars look gay.

I mean, look, everybody, I'm no bigot but I get a little nervous when I see Pigs identifying themselves first and foremost as chefs at Sum-Ting-Wong's kitchen in white chef garb wielding cleavers and standing around the grease vats. I can't help it. I get worried. Why? Because I remember exactly where that Pigsnout with truffle sauce that Obama ate at that fancy Philly deli came from and will never forget the pork plight of my brethren down on the North Carolina Pig farm during the days of my youth.

Is that so wrong?

And even if I did say Pigs dressed in white chef hats at Chinese greasy spoons make me a little nervous, should I get fired for speaking my mind just like Juan Williams did? Think about it.

Just like Juan Williams who didn't call anybody names or use any slurs, he said what a lot other Muslims or Kaballists or Atheists or Mormons or Scientologists must feel, too, when they board a plane and see men dressed in Muslim garb. It's just that way. Anyway, all this censorship and banning and firing is insanity.

Speaking of insanity, I hope that Mr. “Tolerance” Stephen Colbert will hold a special vigil for Juan at the Restore Sanity March at the DC Mall to restore sanity to the airwaves and restore Juan's job! After all, it's OK for Colbert and Stewart to make Pope bashing comments because the Pope is, of course, not a Muslim.
Hmph. Like a wise old sow once said:

"When fascism comes, it will be dressed in a clown suit carrying Soros' water."

NPR is ALSO the same station that is banning its employees from attending the Restore Sanity rally. Hmph. No wonder they fired Juan. The paranoid old windbags at National Propaganda Radio must only want insane people working for them.

Anyway, I have to go now and get to work on my Halloween costume. This year, I'm going to glue some garbage all over an old green track suit and go as an eco-friendly dump and make a high-pressure deodorant spray gun out of my super soaker. It's going to be the best Halloween ever!

In Uncensorship We Trust,


Thursday, October 14, 2010

2Truthy's Lunch Break with Lucinda Williams: Turn Up the Volume!

(Very Special Thanks to Lucinda Williams)

-Wrap Your Head Around That-


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bill Clinton Blames Unemployed Americans for "Skills Mismatch"

Of course it is absurd to claim America has a skills shortage. We have sky high unemployment rates, across the board, relative to their past rates, with highly skilled and educated people.”
-Robert Oak, The Economic Populist

Blame Employers for the Jobs Crisis, and Blame their Public-Private Political Enablers, Too

Neo-Feudal Valley, USA – While there are not enough jobs for  educated Americans and the Republican controlled Chamber of Commerce is taking it in the shorts for outsourcing American jobs, click on the above video link and watch good old Democratic Bill Clinton hammer the rickety old saw that educated American citizens are unemployed because they have a “skills mismatch” with corporations! Yes, the same corporations who are of course, even trained to deliberately NOT hire Americans in favor of cheap imported labor from India and China.  Simon Lomax and Miles Weiss report here that while “Clinton’s campaign against poverty in poor countries is making room this year for programs to aid unemployed Americans”, the former president makes the bogus following claim:

The “biggest problem” that stands in the way of boosting employment is a “skills mismatch” in the U.S. economy. This means the jobs that are being opened don’t have qualified people applying for them. If job-specific training were provided to 5 million unemployed workers, the jobless rate would fall to around 7 percent.”

As Bill's Indian lobby buds and he himself know full well, the biggest problem that stands in the way of boosting American employment is a “moral character mismatch” between millions of educated Americans of good character and horribly sociopathic pigs who choose to feast at the trough on cheap imported labor. Skills mismatch, MY ASS! Beating the drum about some mythical “skills mismatch” is neo-feudal state speak for greasing the skids for more age and local discrimination, slave wages, labor arbitrage and more immigration at a time when there are not enough jobs for our own citizens.

Our friend Rob Oak at the Economic Populist takes us for a comprehensive stroll through the land mines of this war on America's educated middle class with his mother of all “skilled labor shortage myth” posts entitled Blame Employers for the Jobs Crisis. 

Oak provides detailed articles, charts, graphs and links that debunk the lies and propaganda from the perpetrators waging genocide on America's educated citizenry. In particular, he includes the above must-watch video clip with Bill Clinton on Dylan Ratigan's show where Clinton makes the shocking claim that while 5 million job openings exist, millions of educated American citizens who need them are NOT educated or skilled enough to be hired by most U.S. corporations and are in need of “training.” Indeed, the long-arm of Clinton's good intentions seems to stretch globally, just not locally.

What WOULD possibly possess former president Bill Clinton to claim that while 5 million job openings exist, millions of educated American citizens who need them are NOT skilled enough to hire? Since when is it suddenly academia's responsibility to train the already educated American unemployed workforce for corporations at the very expense of unemployed educated Americans? Could there be some underlying profit motive there? Not only do corporations not want to hire Americans or pay them decent salaries and healthcare, they are hellbent with replacing them with cheap foreign imported workers. Could The Cash Cow of Indian Outsourcing and Clinton family ties to the India lobby (h/t Rob Sanchez) who have made Billary very wealthy Connecticut “farmers” and the cheap labor itch have something at all to do with the LIE that there is an American skilled labor shortage?

Included in his post is a new website and database from the AFL-CIO which allows you to see who is exporting jobs by zip code. How are your friendly local companies holding up? In addition to many technology companies (ahem, including the nation's supreme sociopathy pit, Hewlett-Packard) I even found a bread company in my zone that apparently can't find qualified Americans to work for them. A bread company! With so many people locally out of work, local companies continue to discriminate.  Oak writes:

Those of us in STEM know what skills shortage really means. It means enabling more outsourcing, more foreign guest workers and more immigration. There is no skills shortage, there never was a skill shortage. There is a shortage of good employers who do not discriminate, age discriminate, ship jobs to India, China, Brazil and treat their workers like cannon fodder. There also is a shortage of jobs, pure and simple. Put U.S. workers first. Demand these employers quit their inane, harsh, wage repressing, discriminatory labor practices.”

Where exactly is Clinton's explanation of what these mysteriously missing skills are that Americans are supposed to be lacking? Anyone who starts a job in a company is trained, period. Never mind this horseshit excuse of educated Americans not being qualified and that somehow only an inexperienced, dubiously and unverifiable, cheap foreign worker magically shows up with all the right “trainability” because they overwhelmingly always don't.

Rob Oak is right. Corporations are to blame for not hiring educated Americans. And if corporations stopped discriminating against educated American citizens of all ages and started hiring them instead of importing cheap foreign workers, politicians and former presidents would be relieved of making excuses for them. But they would also be relieved of a few zillion ruppees, too, that keep them all fat and happy
down on the farm.

Rob Oak doesn't hesitate to call it like it is when it comes to this ruse from Clinton about educated Americans needing “training” as he offers this excellent comment below:

As a techie, I can tell you a main STEM skill is the never ending ability to learn and self-teach. You'd be dead in the water without that ability for technology changes every 6 months. That said, acting like people cannot learn new skills on the job, when the entire United States learned skills on the job to become the biggest military machine in history and win the war...
just infuriates me. I mean come on, the entire planet is currently addicted to iphones and facebook. All of that requires learning new skills...i.e. the younger crowd is all thumbs, literally. Think they cannot learn some skilled manufacturing trade if they can figure out how to text at 80wpm with just their thumbs? What is wrong with these corporations and politicians?”

After reaping so much wealth, it is a shame that the Clintons would still choose not to stop this war on America's educated middle class, many of whom supported them. As yours truly has previously reported, Follow the Drinking Gourd.

Party on, plebes!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

R&B Soulman Solomon Burke has Died

 (Solomon Burke and Jools Holland "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love")

Solomon's Message

Legendary R&B American Soulman Solomon Burke passed away this morning  due to natural causes after arriving at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for a sold out show at Paradiso with Dutch band, De Dijk. From his website:

 "Dear Friends,

This is a difficult time in the world, and I would like to ask each of you to find ways to be a part of positive solutions. There is something that each of us can do, and it's just a matter of searching your own soul to find the way that you can give to others. Some of us can give of our time and talent, and some of us can donate money or items. The trick is to give without looking to receive - to give of yourself to your family, your friends, your community, and the world community with love.

Special prayers and sympathy go out to the families of the miners in Virginia. May God bless you and give you strength in this special time.

I thank you... please continue to pray with me for peace.

Love, Solomon"

R.I.P.  Solomon Burke.


Friday, October 8, 2010

2Truthy's Happy Friday Hour with Duane Allman: Turn Up the Volume!

(Very Special Thanks to the Immortal Duane Allman) 

"A 10 minute + song that starts slow and builds momentum like a freight train. If this song doesn't get you tapping your toe or playing air guitar then your probably dead." -Youtube Commenter

Loan Me a Dime

What are your local Congress critters doing to stop importing cheap labor to take your jobs? How about your local Chamber of Commerce selling out your jobs to foreign BFFs who grease their palms?

"Perplexing statistics have been surfacing concerning the economy. While corporate profits are returning to pre “crisis” levels, unemployment seems to remain stuck around ten percent. Worsening the scenario is the fact that this doesn’t capture the entire employment picture, as some believe at least another ten percent have given up on finding a job or have been forced into early retirement."

 20.5 Million Americans have a Bachelors Degree in Science & Engineering but our "best and brightest" thought leaders lie and tell us we have a skilled labor shortage and that we need MORE imported cheap workers to take jobs educated Americans need?

"A new question in the 2009 American Community Survey asked respondents with bachelor's degrees about their undergraduate major: The estimated number of people in the United States 25 and over with a bachelor's degree or higher was 56.3 million. Of this group, 20.5 million, or 36.4 percent, held at least one science and engineering degree." 

Jobs for U.S. citizens are not commodities like GMO crops under some skewed NAFTA agreement. But for many years of job outsourcing,  to  caste-minded neo-frat boy bean counters running U.S. corporations,  a slave is a slave is a slave. 

Happy Friday, Loserettes!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Get Behind Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel: The Gay Rahmi Times Chicago Exclusive

(Click on image to enlarge)

If the teacher is corrupt, the city will be, too!”
-The Gay Swami

Ex-Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to Run for Mayor of Chicago!

The Gay Rahmi Kicks Off Chicago Tell It Like It Fu*king Is Tour

Get Behind Rahm!

Welcome back to The Gay Swami Times. Click here for previous issues.

Today we celebrate celestial news that dreamy Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel (click here for his blog) has officially declared his Chicago run for Mayor! The Gay Rahmi's "Tell It Like It Is" listening tour of Chicago is leading him to all kinds of exotic locales to progressively bridge the “enthusiasm gap” by listening to people in places like the N. Kimaball Home Depot, the Diversey River Bowl and train stations, too:

"As I prepare to run for mayor, I'm going to spend the next few weeks visiting our neighborhoods -- at grocery stores, L stops, bowling alleys and hot dog stands," Emanuel said. "I want to hear from you -- in blunt Chicago terms -- what you think about our city, and how the next mayor and you can make it better."

One minor fly in the ointment involves a residency evil dispute that some malicious experts say may disqualify him from running, but this is Chicago, right? It's NOT like it's Delhi or New Jersey or anything. This is the Second City known for its glorious, worldclass corruption standards where constant friction between moral pantywaists and lying, corrupt politicians create a melting pot for grand scale thievery unlike anyplace known to the galaxy! No suspicious legal maneuvering should prevent enlightened Rahm from winning his rightful seat. Om.

The Gay Swami predicts that Rahm will elude these bed bugs who would present such odious and trivial roadblocks to his inevitable SUCCESS, because a person can always make spiritual progress under the guidance of a corrupt master! “The Gay Rahmi shall triumph over his fluffy opponents to win the hearts and souls (the dead voters have a ballot, too!) and wallets of the people of Chicago!”

A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately after a higher power comes to rectify the residency requirement.”
-His Holiness, the Swami Salami


Monday, October 4, 2010

Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel Kicks Off Tell It Like It Is Public Transportation and Hot Dog Tour

Rahm's Tell It Like It Fuc*ing Is Tour

Dear Chicago land BFFs and Voters Everywhere, (You too, Blago),

As you know, I have announced my decision to run for Mayor of Chicago.

In an attempt to clean up my image as a backroom dealing, profane piledriver, my staffers have suggested I instead STFU and stuff my filthy mouth with hotdogs as a first baby step in my rehabilitation.

I'm serious, bitches.

In case you haven't heard, my new scene will involve trolling Chicago's hot dog stands and L stops for ordinary citizens to give me ideas on how I could make the City of Chicago a better place for them in the “New Economy”.(As if.)

My campaign tour is called "Tell it like it is" and believe me, I'll tell YOU like it is: I'll be looking for donations from every one of you motherf*ckers because this democracy business is a TWO way street. And after a hard day hitting the slums and listening, listening to ALL KINDS of WHINEY SH*T – maybe I can listen to some aspiring U of C interns at Cedar's over shish-kebobs and Rahm-itinis for dinner, too.

I'm excited to be your mayor in waiting, so help me help you make a difference in my slam-dunk campaign.


Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Go All Swedish on Their As$es

The bankers own the place.”
-Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Dancing Queens of Wall Street, the Beltway and the Boardroom: AH..AHHHH..

Give Barry Ritholtz Larry Summers' job!

In light of Larry Summers' resignation, Barry Ritholtz asks “what were the alternatives to the bailouts?” He explains why we should have gone Swedish instead, citing this NY Times article Stopping a Financial Crisis, the Swedish Way published exactly 2 years ago today which he then discussed in at least two of his own blog posts shortly afterwards. What did Sweden do during their 1992 banking meltdown? BR explains:
Sweden did not just bail out its financial institutions by having the government take over the bad debts. It extracted pounds of flesh from bank shareholders before writing checks. Banks had to write down losses and issue warrants to the government.”

A summary below from one commenter offers a five step plan to claw back the pirated public trust loot:

See the current TARP report (download on the left)
The Congressional Oversight Panel has released good reports, comprehensive and exhaustive review of the TARP and many programs under and associated with TARP.
For the question of We Should Have Gone Swedish . . . Yes, or at least a modified Swedish plan to first focus on goals of stabilization, short term remedy and resolution, analysis, adjust and refine for long term sustainability. Non-goals – saving anyone.
1. kick out exec management and root out bad actors throughout the organization
2. recover ill gotten gains, compensation and bonus claw back on illusory gains
3. restructure ownership based on new cash and guarantees – haircuts or total loss across the capital structure.
4. viable business plan for sustainable recovery or resolution/wind down
5. priority on compensating gov’t (taxpayer) for guarantees and cash infusion
The stigma of nationalism or socialism needs to be eliminated, such that if the gov’t has to step in to bailout a firm (industry) that the investor structure (ownership) has changed to an entity with the number one priority as stewardship and best interest of taxpayer funds. If the goal is to return the firm to a private sector entity then it is not nationalism or socialism. Any reference to being similar to Hugo Chavez or other dictator lead regime is ludicrous.

From Wall St. to the Beltway to the board room, extracting pounds of flesh from the exclusionary, incestuous, towel-snapping boys club is something that the R-Teabagger Party and its counterpart, the D-Fleabagger Party could come together and focus on real economic issues instead of wedgies. But that unlikely pairing is as unlikely as team divide and conquer clowns Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart co-authoring a come together, kumbaya tell-all called The Brotherhood of the Traveling Pants or something. Who would have possibly thought that Comedy Central would be any different than Fox? When the ruling class war is on America's middle class who are being looted of their jobs, homes and healthcare, who better than to lead the divide and conquer parade of “rallies” than the  elitist ruling class's bi-hucksterism court jesters! The high-school minded, sports enthusiast plodding plebery serve their mobby pitchforked purpose, and the puppet master handlers laugh all the way to the bank. American tea and flea baggers, they loves them some wedgies! AH..AHHHHH..

Party on, plebes!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

John Legend Kicks off Tour with Spike Lee Webcast: Turn Up the Volume

If you don't like this song you're a monster”
-YouTube commenter

Everybody Knows: John Legend to Kick Off Spike Lee Directed Webcast

Breaking SoundSpike News

New York – Circle your calendars for this Thursday, September 23, when soulful, Grammy winning R&B crooner John Legend will promote “Wake Up!”, his forthcoming collaboration with The Roots that will be filmed by the fabulous Spike Lee.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Ohio's Anti-Offshoring Royal Silver Bullet

( Credits Patrick Thibodeau/Computerworld)
Outsourcing doesn't reflect Ohio's values”
-Ohio Governor Ted Strickland

Anti-Offshoring Ohio Lures Indian Offshoring Giant on U.S. Taxpayer Dime

Patrick Thibodeau's headline today at Computerworld entitled Ohio takes the lead in offshoring fight revisits LWOH's probe into the rising “backshoring” trend where incumbent Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland woos TCS, presses India for jobs and is now campaigning on the “anti-outsourcing” brand. If Strickland says outsourcing doesn't reflect Ohio values, what about insourcing?

As we reported in this article entitled NCR, GE and Dow "Backshoring" as Boeing Profits, Plans 10,000 Layoffs, the growing trend of “backshoring” as we reported in Corporate Welfare Roulette  for U.S. corporations to move their operations back home to states that lure foreign outsourcing companies on the U.S. taxpayer dime raises the question: Why are American taxpayers subsidizing foreign outsourcing corporations whose businesses are in the cheap labor/labor arbitrage racket in the first place when millions of unemployed Americans (and businesses) can do those jobs?

Thibodeau's article prompted an interesting discussion in the comments section, as one Ohio citizen notes below:

...practically from the beginning, Ohio had among the best law schools, excellent medical schools, and soon developed the best K-12 text books. We've got plenty of bright, knowledgeable, industrious and creative people in Ohio. We don't need to be importing guest-workers for work Buckeyes can do quite well, while making and leaving our capable people unemployed and under-employed. Off-shore out-sourcing should be rare. Guest-workers should be geniuses at the very least (since we have many gifted people who are unemployed).”

The article also notes that Strickland has "blasted" offshore firms, saying their use has "unacceptable business consequences," most important being data security and privacy risks. Hear, hear, Governor Strickland! But Thibodeau points out that despite his tough stance on outsourcing, Strickland has curiously “given about $19 million in tax breaks in 2007 to Indian giant Tata Consultancy Services to build a development center in the state. Tata has already established 400 jobs at the center and is supposed to have 1,000 there by the end of 2011.” So will American citizens get those jobs with good wages? With India's concern over Ohio's anti-offshoring efforts, President Obama will visit India in November “to take our relationship to the next level," as SOS Hillary Clinton put it in a speech earlier this month. What “next level” might that be? Thibodeau's article may suggest that the whole H-1b visa program that provided U.S. corporations massive flows of cheap labor from India might be abolished. After all, the state of Ohio is home to Dennis Kucinich who wants to scrap the whole H-1b visa program. What would it be replaced with? Some unlimited, global open borders/green card program and massive L-1 student visas? Thibodeau slips in news about a massive Ohio “Supercomputer Center Blue Collar Computing program”:

The decline of manufacturing in Ohio and elsewhere affects more than jobs; it affects IT as well. "Manufacturing is extremely important because that is where the bulk of the research and development is," said Harold 'Hal' Williams, an economics professor emeritus at Kent State. Manufacturers are increasingly relying on high-performance computing systems to develop products. These systems can simulate how products might perform as conditions change, and they eliminate the need for continuous prototype-building, thus speeding time to market and product development. The Ohio Supercomputer Center's Blue Collar Computing program in Columbus has been on the leading edge in the U.S. to provide high-performance computing resources to manufacturers. "If we are going to maintain a strong competitive position internationally, we've got to have firms that are doing a lot of research and development," said Williams.”

Would this mean an unlimited number of L-1 visas? Hmm...that way, wouldn't TCS (and other foreign outsourcers in other states) have all the unlimited, cheap imported student labor they could get their hands on to further drive down wages for educated American citizens (young and old) who need jobs? Slick. They could just skip the whole outmoded adult H-1b slave labor visa entirely and go down to the L-1 slave youth labor model? We don't know!

Will Strickland's anti-outsourcing brand (sans anti-insourcing) seduce Ohio's voters? Never mind  that third-party groups are targeting Ohio Democrats with ads or that FiveThirtyEight's prediction about the gubernatorial race has John Kasich bagging it:

Silver gives The Wizard of Westerville a 90.1 percent chance of beating Ted Strickland, the incumbent governor from southeast Ohio, whose campaign strategy has been to paint Kasich green, colored by the greed and money that go hand in hand with working on Wall Street.”

We applaud Governor Strickland's executive order prohibiting use of public funds for outsourcing, as the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to ship American customer support and technical design projects offshore harms American workers. But why turn around and then “lure” Indian outsourcing companies to states where millions of educated Americans and businesses can take those jobs? Does one hand know not what the other is doing? 

"Outsourcing jobs does not reflect Ohio values," Strickland said. "Ohioans have been among the hardest hit by more than a decade of unfair trade agreements and the trickle-down economic policies that promoted offshoring jobs at the expense of Ohioans who work for a living. We must do everything within our power to prevent outsourcing jobs because it undermines our economic development objectives, slows our recovery and deprives Ohioans and other Americans of employment opportunities."
"Ohio's policy has been--and must continue to be--that public funds should not be spent on services provided offshore," Strickland says in the order. "Throughout my Administration, procurement procedures have been in place that restrict the purchase of offshore services. Despite these requirements, federal stimulus funds were recently used to purchase services from a domestic company which ultimately provided some of those services offshore. This incident was unacceptable and has caused me to redouble my commitment to ensure that public funds are not expended for offshore services."

Governor Strickland may be “redoubling” his commitments, alright – by luring Indian outsourcing giants to Ohio with public funds that were once expended for offshore services? This would be fine, if foreign outsourcing companies  like TCS hired only Americans at high compensation levels. How likely is that?

Of course, if Governor Strickland really wanted to turn Silver's predictions upside down, he would include a sign that reads WELCOME TO OHIO, THE ANTI-INSHORING STATE.

Party on, plebes!


Friday, September 17, 2010

India's Credibility Gap

Time for the U.S. to “Not Back Down”

India Cries Wolf: New U.S. Visa Fees are Consistent with International Obligations
-Daniel Costa

“India has a credibility gap vis-à-vis the United States”, writes Immigration expert Daniel Costa for the Economic Policy Institute who has written an excellent article entitled India cries wolf: New U.S. visa fees are consistent with international obligations that implores the State Department and all U.S. policy makers to essentially GROW A PAIR and finally stand up for American citizens who need jobs. In lieu of the recent bill that increases application fees on H-1B/L-1 temporary non-immigrant work visas, the author writes India has threated that they and China “could join forces in lodging a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO).”

A formal complaint! Let's see, what would that look like: “Dear WTO, Just for the record, we find it reprehensible that greedy U.S. politicians let our country, India, get away for years stealing jobs from educated Americans and now they want to look good to voters by sticking us with this goofy temporary guest worker application fee? Who are they kidding? Who cares if the IMF fears a 'social explosion' from America's jobs going to us?”

As supply and demand would dictate, there are not enough jobs for educated Americans and temporary guest worker visa and related migration programs have consequently long outlived their course. As a result, Costa urges the U.S. to not “back down, or even flinch” to India's threats and that Congress rightfully pass legislation proposed by Senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Grassley to significantly limit the maximum share of H-1B and L-1 visa workers in companies operating in the United States when American workers need those those jobs. He explains that it is essential for U.S. citizens seeking employment and our economy to once and for all “fix the legal framework for the H-1B and L-1 visa programs” by creating an effective system of oversight and enforcement “to penalize those who game the system to the detriment of U.S. workers.”

The sense of Indian entitlement to take jobs that Americans need and can do is incredulous, as Costa clarifies  that WTO rules do not  dictate how its members can or should set immigration policies or fees. In addition, the WTO in fact allows the U.S. to impose new fees and requirements, so long as they do not nullify or impair the benefits countries get from the U.S.’s commitments. Nothing prevents a country from “applying measures to regulate” people entering and staying in the country, “including those measures necessary to protect the integrity of…its borders.” Costa recognizes the need to support the interests of U.S. workers here: 

Although a healthy Indo-U.S. relationship is of vital importance, over this issue the U.S. should not back down, or even flinch, in order to satisfy a few companies that do not have in mind the interests of U.S. workers, jobs or the economy. In fact, last year Indian direct foreign investment (FDI) in the U.S. totaled $4.4 billion– which constitutes only 0.19 percent of total FDI in the country – evidence that Indian businesses are not investing much capital here nor creating many jobs.”

In another article addressing the “US' anti-outsourcing “tirade”, Indian outsourcing company Infosys proposes a mind boggling “services pact with the U.S. which allows both nations to set aside specified number of visas (say 20,000 visas) for professionals from the other side.” With a population in excess of one billion, why would India need U.S. citizens to do the work that their infamous best and brightest could do? If the goal is to turn the United States into a third world hellhole, so goes the logic - why not treat Americans just like any other third world hellhole dwellers? The brilliant scheme goes like this:

Building a case for India, in turn, to keep aside 20,000 work permits for US citizens to come and work in the country every year, we need American talent to come to India in sectors such as airline, IT, hospitality and construction industry. So no one (neither side) is losing jobs.”

Wrongo! Enough with the legalized visa slave trade, already. Human beings are not commodities, they are not goods to be traded by neo-frat boys of the corporate state. It is time to restore civility to the people of the U.S. and India. It is time to return sustainability to the people of our local communities. Within the next two months, President Obama and SOS Hillary Clinton have a tremendous opportunity to finally stand up for U.S. workers and stop the Cash Cow of Indian Outsourcing with its disastrous practice of outsourcing  and insourcing jobs to Indian workers that educated Americans can do.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Obama Speaks at Philly School While Hope Pisses Away for US Law Students

Nothing's going to have as great an impact on your success in life as your education.”

-President Obama

We're Giving Jobs to India But Go to School Anyway, Suckas!

Home of the Liberty Bell, PA – President Obama delivered a speech to an estimated 600 students at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia where he urged students to dream big, work hard, and focus on getting a good education. He rallied the youths with this time-honored, encouraging plea:

"Nothing's going to have as great an impact on your success in life as your education," Obama told the crowd of fifth through 12th-graders packing the auditorium, dozens of whom held cell phones, cameras and other PDAs aloft to record his remarks throughout the 17-minute speech. "More and more, the kinds of opportunities that are open to you are gonna be determined by how far you go in school. The farther you go in school, the farther you're gonna go in life."

What's this? Does Obama think these kids are a bunch of ding dongs? The rallying behind Obama's “My Future, My Education” branding message is short on facts and long on disingenuous, empty inspiration. His message does not explain why parents with college degrees from our nation's finest universities and their older brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles are facing the poor house as they watch the bleeding of U.S. white collar jobs needlessly go to Indian replacements both here and abroad. What kind of job “opportunities” will the Philly youths have? Janitor? Pimp? Ditch Digger? Bed pan wiper? (If nothing more, American schools will at least keep the young rabble off the streets.)

Maybe Jim Hightower can address the entire nation's students next year on the selling out of American legal profession jobs to India. In his article, Hightower explains that the greedy, looting corporate elite is moving to separate their “expanding fortunes” from the well-being of their educated middle class American neighbors and “from the well being of America itself” below:

Even though U.S. corporations have amassed record levels of profits and cash reserves, they are offshoring their legal work simply because it puts even more money in their pockets. They can pay Indian lawyers as little as a tenth of what they'd pay young American attorneys – and the 90-percent wage difference goes to the corporation, rather than being spread through our economy as family incomes.”

Remember, “offshoring” is the practice of shipping U.S. jobs overseas to cheap laborers and onshoring is the practice of shipping cheap laborers here under the temporary H-1b and L-1 student visa and green card programs. Both cause American worker displacement, labor arbitrage, and economic depression.

Aside from the  lack of quality concern, competence, cultural assimilation and shared community values associated with selling out U.S. white collar jobs, the practice of offshoring and onshoring is locally unsustainable and it is time to put the brakes on the neo-frat boy corporate state. Oh – and that security, privacy, and safety issues matter with U.S. legal work landing in the laps of those content with stealing jobs from American citizens? Stop clinging to your eroding civil rights or your dire need to have a job after you graduate. Soon, your parents and grandparents won't have social security or their pensions to fall back on, either. 

Obama is right to urge the Philly students to cherish their education and work hard, but his message is conflicting with his administration's policies that support an influx of guest workers when there are not enough jobs to employ our own. Wouldn't NOW be an excellent time for him to launch the Department of Homeland Jobs for Americans? 

So get over yourselves, aspiring American law students! Join the ethnically cleansed class of permanently unemployed/underemployed educated Americans like computer scientists, nurses, marketers and accountants - hey, that's just about everyone excluding hedge fund managers. As Hightower notes, these brilliant “legal beagles” of India basically want to piss on the fire hydrant that is your hijacked legal professional job. You are indebted to America's sociopathic “corporate elite” for their ethnic cleansing of America's educated middle class, so be sure to send them and their go-to congress people a warm and sincere thank-you note.

Party on, plebes!


Friday, September 10, 2010

Fire Up the Fury: Wrapping Up Flag Burning and Holy Book Burning

(Very Special Thanks to Our Beloved Jerry Garcia)

You know this Space is Getting Hot”

Firing Up the Fury

Grrr...We hate book burning... Gin up the zero tolerance! The creepy Florida Pastor's religious book burning described as a  cheap stunt  by President Obama has visibly (as in smack onto your roof, down the chimney, onto your plasma screen and straight into your lap) ignited a horrific fireball of hot, calculated and predictable media outrage.  Even the omniscient, pre-IPO all things global media queen Arianna Huffington had to be summoned to pipe up with expert, scholarly analysis. The Diva of Diversion hosed down the fiery hype as another mere “Balloon Boy” episode. Whew. What would we do without The Voice of Gravitas? Even in our worst nightmares, we'll always have the Balloon Boy...

The world needs people with integrity, not those willing to trade their lifetime's reputation for 15 minutes of fame. Imagine this guy's tombstone: 

Here lies the man of religion who once threatened to burn the Koran.

It should be crystal clear that anyone who condones book burning (of any kind) is an intolerant, illiterate Neanderthal slob and/or just plain scary nuts.  Flag burning  has been a symbol of protest since way before the Romans conquered Gaul, but book burning? Who was it that burned down the library at Alexandria around 400 A.D. and plunged the Western world into the Dark Ages for the following 1000 years?  

There is a lot of steep, moral high ground to climb in order to put out this fire on America's  middle class. And fanning the fundamentalist flames of race and religion are the media's match to corporate America's gasoline tank.

You know this space is getting hot.

Party on, plebes!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel's Address to the Nation

A Message from Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel

Hey, Mother Fu#^ers,

Everyone and their retarded uncles have probably heard by now that I, Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff (on my way out the fu#^ing door) am supposed to run for Mayor of my home town, Chicago after Daley's sudden announcement that he's stepping down. Why is that? It really doesn't matter why his approval ratings are in the shitter or that the city is broke, or how any of that happened. So, for now, you can call me 'Hizzoner' until I decide whether I want the job or not.

What matters now is that the people of Chicago will need a strong leader to fill Daley's shoes and collect the dues. (I'm good at collecting dues, and don't DON'T even start talking sh*t about my height because I KNOW PEOPLE.) While that gravedigger buster Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's name is making the rounds, believe me, I'm the guy around Chicago who knows where the bodies are buried. These other pansies in this poll called We Ask America haven't read We Ask Fu#^ing Rham, have they.

I'm not saying yet if I will or I won't run for Mayor, especially not to you fu#^ing babies at the Washington Post who make sh*t up as you go along, anyway. So, while you pussies are wondering why I might – might want to run for Mayor, don't forget that my man on the street (code for 'the smooth talking orator guy I walked into the White House') is also having his sorry ass handed to him in the Swamp for colossally blowing it on a long, long chain of undelivered, promised goods filed under the “hope and change” tab (haha) which will probably cost him 2012. It seems that the Inauguration was only yesterday.

Looking back, I think it was those disrespectful Scandinavian mother fu#^ers who pissed me off the most for refusing to cut the Chicago Olympics deal under Barry's watch - that's when the whole tuna can lid of this administration began to peel back. The rest is history.

Don't even get me started on peeking into Nate Silver's fu#^ing candy ass crystal ball for “predications”. F^CK YOU, Silver!

Did any of you people even consider that maybe I'm sick of being a political big, swinging, public servant dick and might want to switch hit over to the private sector? (No, you didn't, and don't try to tell me you assh*les did.) I know, the broke city of Chicago needs me to get back home and start kicking ass, even if I'm Mayor or not. And if nobody votes for me, boo-hoo, too fu#^ing bad because maybe I've got other, bigger, waaay bigger fu#^ing fish to fry. Like firing up the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) to name one not entirely half-backed scheme. I could even keep a seat warm for Barry by the time he gets back in 2013. Good times, all over again.

We'll make a new start trading carbon futures and bring a whole new meaning to the “Hookers and Blow School of Economics” where derivatives beasts rule and greenbacks are old school. Frame THAT, you fu#^ing babies without an inside clue. Talk about future book deals, baby... “Barry and Me: Building a Bridge Out of Fu#^ing Thin Air to the Hog Butcher of the World” is one title I'm already floating.

Maybe I'll even drive to DC to pick up Barry in my new Fisker, only I'll have to get the thick smell of bacon and grain spirits out of the backseat upholstery first. By all means, the prospects are so mother fu#^ing exciting, I've got to go take a cold shower.

Here's the important thing. If you forget all about how Chicago's public schools are one big, fu#^ing mess or that whole Renaissance 2010 stinker Barry cooked up with Arne Duncan is another frothy house of cards that needs filthy lucre that doesn't exist to run on, or that the fu#^ing teachers union contract is rolling around and they're in no mood for any more cutbacks and Charter Sch$ol sh*t, the city of Chicago is gonna need an Enforcer the size of Goliath. That would be me.

IF...if I run.

Later, maybe,

Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Harvey Keitel Eyed to Clean Up the "Office"

(Victor the Cleaner in Point of No Return)

Office” Producer Wants Harvey Keitel for New Boss to Replace Steve Carell

Breaking News

Los Angeles – Producer Paul Lieberstein of the Office “insists he's serious” about having Harvey Keitel (a.k.a. "Victor the Cleaner” in Point of No Return) replace Steve Carell as the boss. We have no doubts that Harvey is THE MAN to get the job done cleaning up around the “Office”.

Should this excellent casting pick get the green light, you won't want to miss an episode. For readers who missed PONR, below is a precise review of Keitel in his finest role:

"A cameo by Harvey Keitel -- as a murderous trouble-shooter called Victor who cleans up botched murders and other sticky problems -- is almost worth the price of admission. In fact, he should star in a spinoff movie called "Victor the Cleaner." It would be exactly the kind of cult hit Warner Bros. is trying to crib. Perhaps they'd better wait for it to come out in France first. But until that time, give yourself a treat and rent the video of "La Femme Nikita."