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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: NYS Assembly Speaker Silver (D) Arrested on Corruption Charges on: Today at 11:54:11 am
Yikes.

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NEW YORK: WNBC reports that St Sen Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) is the target of a fed criminal investigation.


Not surprising
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Just when I thought Cuomo couldn't stoop any lower... on: January 29, 2015, 04:27:09 pm
What is Cuomo's motive for all of this as alleged?  Why would you want to gratuitously shut down the MTA?  Why would he want to give greater subsidies for highway tolls upstate than subway tolls in the City? The whole thing doesn't quite hang together for me. I bet Cuomo is glad Silver is gone however.

Person A:

White guy, 2 kids, house mortgage, swing voter, makes $120k a year, lives in Nyack, drives a car, uses the subway 1 every two weeks or so. 

vs.

Person B:

Black woman, 3 kids, renter, votes for Democrats 100% of the time, lives in Brooklyn, makes $45k a year. 

Who does Andrew Cuomo care about?  Who does the media, the powers at be and society at large care about?  Obvious, right?

If Andrew Cuomo can take from Person B and give to Person A, he will.  He worries about person A's property taxes, and bridge tolls, and wants to get his approval.  He doesn't care about Person B.  He takes her vote for granted and he realizes that she's been so beaten down by the system that she don't even care or pay attention.

Person A in this situation also had the roads closed down.  This was projected to be a MAJOR storm, and it was about 40 miles east of NYC.  Much of the system outside of Manhattan runs above ground (especially in Queens and the Bronx)
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your top of the ballot W/L record on: January 29, 2015, 03:26:42 pm
5 for 8, started 0 for 3, 5 for 5 since

2000 Gore
2002 McCall
2004 Kerry
2006 Spitzer
2008 Obama
2010 Cuomo
2012 Obama
2014 Cuomo

If you include Senate, which is 6 for 6, it becomes 11 for 14

2000 Clinton
2004 Schumer
2006 Clinton
2010 Schumer
2010 Gillibrand
2012 Gllibrand
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 29, 2015, 11:54:34 am
I have to break my brief silence.  Today was a more successful day in the job search arena.  I scored an CAD interview at a company in West Tulsa.  I have already PM'd a couple of Update regulars to get their thoughts.  I will say this that it is a contract-to-hire position and at least $15 an hour.  It's about 17-18 miles from my apartment completely on the west side of Tulsa, but I am used to driving 32 miles one way in OKC, so 18 is nothing. Smiley

Things certainly are spread out in Oklahoma. I had a roughly 40-mile round trip when I worked in Manhattan but lived in the country outside of a small town physically separate from Manhattan.

In Kansas City, I have a 24-mile round trip per day ... and cutting down a few miles during the commute and on weekends has made a big difference. Thirty-two miles one way seems excessive, though I suppose you were working and living where you could.

I didn't mention this in my PM, but I'd consider that distance in your decision. Thirty-six miles per day, or 180 per week, would have you praising low gas prices.

32 miles to work isn't that big of a deal.  I pretty much did that when I was working in the Financial District in Manhattan.  With that being said, other than driving to the train station (which was 10 minutes max) virtually all of it was on the LIRR and Subway (walking a few blocks to my office form the Chambers Street station).  It still was about $300 for month between the LIRR ticket and Metrocard.

Now I work about 14 miles from where I live (11 if I avoid the Parkways)
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 28, 2015, 06:13:31 pm
It's amazing how walking 30 minutes a day is so much to ask for from Bushie. Especially as he's unemployed now, and living in a city.

Seriously Bushie can do this without even changing his lifestyle that much. Wake up, do a job app or two, watch some college football, go walk for 15 minutes, take a nap, watch some more TV, walk another 15 minutes, and then do whatever you want for the rest of the day. Bushie's previous excuses was that he was "too busy" because he was working (never mind that he was averaging far less than 8 hours a day), and that he lived with his grandmother in an area too rural so he'd have to drive to the city to do any walking, regardless of how much truth there is to either one, neither one applies anymore.

No matter where he is, if he's by himself, he can do push-ups and sit-ups while watching football.

I wonder if he can do a single push-up or sit-up...
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 27, 2015, 05:06:24 pm
The job search today has been pretty quiet.  I've been looking for new jobs to apply to, but I haven't found anything.  I will admit that I took a nap this morning, but I've been looking since I woke up at 1300 and haven't found a single thing.  There's still time left today, so I will be looking right up until 1700, which is another 2 hours.  The phone has been quiet today, too.  Nobody has called me.  I guess it's just one of those days...

1.  How narrow of a focus do you have in your search that toy haven't found a single job to apply for?

2.  Did you get any exercise?

I've been using a combination of Craigslist, Indeed, and Simply Hired.  I search for either drafter, AutoCAD, or CAD drafter.  I found 4 yesterday, but I haven't found any today.  I refresh all three sites every 15-30 minutes.

I haven't gotten any exercise, unfortunately.  I've been too focused on trying to find a job to apply for.


1.  Broaden your such tI more than Drafter and CADD.  St

2.  No you were lazy


7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 27, 2015, 04:45:20 pm
The job search today has been pretty quiet.  I've been looking for new jobs to apply to, but I haven't found anything.  I will admit that I took a nap this morning, but I've been looking since I woke up at 1300 and haven't found a single thing.  There's still time left today, so I will be looking right up until 1700, which is another 2 hours.  The phone has been quiet today, too.  Nobody has called me.  I guess it's just one of those days...

1.  How narrow of a focus do you have in your search that toy haven't found a single job to apply for?

2.  Did you get any exercise?
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 27, 2015, 12:11:44 pm
Good morning.  I slept well and I have started the job search for today.  Hopefully, today will be just as productive as yesterday.

Any exercise in the mix??
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which congressional or other electoral districts have you been to in 2015? on: January 27, 2015, 01:02:10 am
Haven't made it off Long Island

NY-1
NY-2
NY-3
NY-4
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which state would you rather live in? on: January 26, 2015, 11:44:51 pm
The one I live in
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 26, 2015, 09:49:01 pm
So, I basically just got lied to.  I called this recruiter at 1130 and she told me to fill out an application online and then come in after lunch and speak with a recruiter.  I filled out the application, but when I got to the office I was told they don't see walk-ins and that someone would get back to me.  On top of that, no one remembered talking to me over the phone even though only 2 hours had elapsed, so they made me look like a liar.

Maybe they took one look at you and decided to not even bother? Did you have fried chicken grease stains on your shirt?

I hadn't had anything but a bowl of cereal up to that point.

Jeff, employers do judge fat people negatively. They assume you're lazy, undisciplined and will be a drag on their operation. In your case, their assumptions are very true, but still...

I fully understand that and I'm not living in some fantasy land in regards to that.  It's something I have to work with.  It doesn't stop me from believing in myself and my abilities.  It doesn't stop me from selling myself as best I can.  It's up to employers to judge if I'd be a good fit for their company.  I cannot control their final decision.  All I can do is present myself in the best way possible.

You can also help by eating better and exercising....
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you like garlic? on: January 26, 2015, 04:49:10 pm
Of course!!
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Historic Northeast Blizzard Approachs on: January 26, 2015, 04:48:18 pm
Took me 2 hours to get home from worrk (without trafic it is less than 20 minutes, typically takes 25-30 mins or so)
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 26, 2015, 01:59:54 pm
Bushie, 

1.  Why do you favor laws based off your personal religious beliefs?

2.  Why do you favor laws based off your own personal religious beliefs that others who might not share those same religious beliefs (regardless if they are of another religion, or a Christian with different religious beliefs? are forced to abide by?

3.  Would you favor laws based off someone else's religious beliefs that differ from yours?  Or simply only laws that are in line with your religious beliefs?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: has tinder ruined our society once and for all? on: January 26, 2015, 01:08:58 pm
I have never heard of Tinder until Lief sent me a PM about it.

Its pretty much worldwide, but there are certain areas that it is bigger in than others.  Probably more popular in the NY metro area than pretty much anywhere else.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 26, 2015, 01:06:13 pm
Hi, guys.  I certainly didn't mean to sound the least bit racist or bigoted last night.  Although, bigotry is not necessarily a bad thing, but I digress.  The constant probing questions was getting to me and that no one was accepting my answers and leaving it on the table.  I was just trying to make a statement, yet we got led down the rabbit trail.  I'm certainly not a racist as is no one in Oklahoma.  I am appalled by the recent posts continuing to paint Oklahoma as unwelcoming to blacks and gays.  Everyone knows what was said is not true.  We have a big black population in Oklahoma and they are not discriminated against or targeted.  Gay marriage is legal in Oklahoma and most people I talk to outside my own family are becoming more accepting of the gay community.  We don't have to agree with them, but we accept them for who they are.  Sally Kern doesn't accept them, though, and has made headlines this week with a controversial bill. I like Sally as a person.  She is a great Christian woman and loves the Lord and loves her family, but her views are too extreme for me.  She is so far to the right that she is not even in the mainstream in Oklahoma.  That takes talent.  Anyway, just had to put that out there.  I am not a racist and neither is my state.

1. First Bolded. I certainly is horrendous

2.  Second bolded,  that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard

3.  The woman is PURE HATE



I've met Sally Kern in person.  She is genuinely a very nice lady and loves her God and loves her family and loves her Oklahoma.  She is a staunch conservative.  She is extreme in her political views, but I can attest that she is genuinely a very nice lady, so is her husband Steve and her kids.  Incidentally, her oldest son was my music and youth minister back in the mid 1990's.  He is now a real estate agent in Des Moines, Iowa.

No one who is a nice person, spews the level of hate that comes out of her mouth.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 26, 2015, 01:04:40 pm
Hi, guys.  I certainly didn't mean to sound the least bit racist or bigoted last night. Although, bigotry is not necessarily a bad thing, but I digress.

Jeff, in what context is bigotry not a bad thing? (honestly curious)



Christians must follow the Biblical view of gay marriage.  The Bible does not support gay marriage.  The world sees anybody who does not support gay marriage as a bigot, but these "bigots" were just following a higher law - the Bible and the author of the Bible - Almighty God.  Following what the Bible says is never a bad thing, thus, in this case it is acceptable to be labeled as a bigot.

You do realize people can have a view on something, but do NOT want to make laws that everyone else must follow based off those views.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 26, 2015, 12:09:57 pm
Hi, guys.  I certainly didn't mean to sound the least bit racist or bigoted last night.  Although, bigotry is not necessarily a bad thing, but I digress.  The constant probing questions was getting to me and that no one was accepting my answers and leaving it on the table.  I was just trying to make a statement, yet we got led down the rabbit trail.  I'm certainly not a racist as is no one in Oklahoma.  I am appalled by the recent posts continuing to paint Oklahoma as unwelcoming to blacks and gays.  Everyone knows what was said is not true.  We have a big black population in Oklahoma and they are not discriminated against or targeted.  Gay marriage is legal in Oklahoma and most people I talk to outside my own family are becoming more accepting of the gay community.  We don't have to agree with them, but we accept them for who they are.  Sally Kern doesn't accept them, though, and has made headlines this week with a controversial bill.  I like Sally as a person.  She is a great Christian woman and loves the Lord and loves her family, but her views are too extreme for me.  She is so far to the right that she is not even in the mainstream in Oklahoma.  That takes talent.  Anyway, just had to put that out there.  I am not a racist and neither is my state.

1. First Bolded. I certainly is horrendous

2.  Second bolded,  that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard

3.  The woman is PURE HATE

19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: NYS Assembly Speaker Silver (D) to be Arrested on Corruption Charges Tomorrow on: January 22, 2015, 10:55:20 am
Silver has always been part of the problem with the dysfunction with the Legislature in Albany
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 22, 2015, 01:14:10 am
Not that I can cook worth a damn anyway, but buying food in Walmart simply makes my stomach turn.

Why? We shop at a Walmart -- they have "Neighborhood Markets" around Kansas City which are groceries-only. It comes down to price for us. We stock up really well for two-week time frames, and what was costing $350+ for two weeks' worth of groceries is often $100 less at Walmart. Plus they're consistent on what they have.

We go to an Asian market for fish and pork, though.

Just doesn't seem appealing to me.  There is a Walmart a little less than 10 minutes from me, but never even thought about going there for food.  Have at least three, and probably more supermarkets that are closer (including one basically a minute from me).  Bunch of Deli's, etc nearby as well.  There are so many options around here, Walmart is never something I ever considered.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 22, 2015, 12:12:25 am
Not that I can cook worth a damn anyway, but buying food in Walmart simply makes my stomach turn.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 20, 2015, 02:44:30 pm
the only e-commerce bushie participates in is porn.

and why in the world do you consider taking a dump a weight loss tactic?  everyone craps, bushie.  even fats!  fats crap more because they eat more.

This is why I shouldn't read update while at work.  I was leaving a message for a potential client when reading this, and almost started cracking up mid-message
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 19, 2015, 11:17:19 am
I think Bushie has a point. LinkedIn is the most useless networking website I've ever seen. There's occasionally a good front page article. That's the most you can get out of it.

That's a rather bold statement for opinion. I've gotten much more than that out of LinkedIn. It's all in how you use it and what you're trying to get out of it.

I haven't gotten anything out of it beyond knowing where people I went to college with are currently working.

I'm not the biggest fan of LinkedIn either, but Bushie has nothing to lose.  It is worth a shot.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What time do you eat supper/dinner/whatever you care to call it. on: January 16, 2015, 06:50:15 pm
7:00-8:00 or so usually.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: AFC & NFC Championship Predictions on: January 16, 2015, 11:45:35 am
Seattle and New England

I don't expect it, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Colts defeat the Pats, I will be surprised if Green Bay knocks off Seattle.
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