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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Former Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) dead at 80 on: August 18, 2014, 12:21:26 pm
27  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: How has your county voted in previous presidential elections? on: August 04, 2014, 11:43:49 am
Nassau County, NY....progressed with the rest of the GOP.  It voted GOP every election (outside of the '64 landslide) with the GOP candidate, until '92. Since then, completely Democratic, although the '04, '08, and '12 cycles, were 53-46% for the Democratic candidate.

I'm in Nassau as well.  It swung HEAVILY Democratic during the 90's.  Went from 7 points more Republican than the nation in 1988 to 19 points more Democratic in 2000.  Pulled back quite a bit after that, but has remained a bit more Democratic than the nation.
28  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: State of the Purple States on: August 03, 2014, 04:58:28 pm
Why is everyone treating VA like a blue state? Not just here, but in lots of maps. Was Arkansas a hard state for Bush to win after Clinton won it nicely twice? The Obama wins shouldn't be a huge future reading.

While Virginia did become Democratic on the Presidential level with Obama, and he certainly helped, the signs were evident prior.  The state was trending Democratic iin the two Presidential elections prior to Obama.  Also keep in mind the Democrats have won 3 of the last 4 Governor races there, will be 4 in a row in Senate races there, swept all state wide offices there.  Not to mention the demographic changes in NOVA and the Richmond suburbs continue. 

It's absolutely trending, but consider this. Citing governor races is nothing. Until 2013, VA elected a governor opposite the dominate party. This pendulum continued with Warner, whose popularity helped Kaine in. After Obama won it comfortably, McDonnell won in a landslide, and only a scandal and a spoiler got McAuliffe in. Two popular former governors are also the senators, so of course they would win. It is an extremely purple state, and if NOVA can only take it that far, the right has reasons to be hopeful.


Governor races in itself might not mean much, but when its basically everything that is going Democratic in the state, its a bit more than  that.  The right has basically no reasons to be hopeeul in VA.  NOVA looks like it will continue to get more and more Democratic.  Not to mention, while NOVA has gotten most of the attention, it is more than just NOVA.  Suburban Richmond.  Henrico has gone from very Republican to Dem leaning, Chesterfield is still Republican, but not nearly as GOP as it once was.


Compared to National average

Henrico
1988 GOP +31.58
1992 GOP +24.03
1996 GOP +21.56
2000 GOP +12.98
2004 GOP +5.74
2008 Dem +4.95
2012 Dem +6.94
29  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Which party does polarization helps? on: August 03, 2014, 01:40:13 am
I genearlly agree with your commentary all around, though I still have some input.

You mentioned that Obama could have won the electoral college without the popular vote, but I have my suspicion that the PV favors Democrats due to their strength in urban areas which have more voters. FairVote, a supporter of the National Popular Vote as a full replacement for the electoral college, admits that Democrats are modestly favored in MSAs. OP, I don't have a strong opinion on this, but I would appreciate a little more explanation of how Obama wins the electoral vote and loses the popular vote.

While it would never be a uniorm swing, if for example Romney won the PV by somewhere around Gore's 2000 PV margin,(which was .51%) or even if he won by 1 point, Romney likely wins OH, FL & VA of the Obama states, but falls short elsewhere.  That would have still put Obama at 272.  The state that technically put Obama over 270 was Colorado, which he won by 1.5% more than he won nationally.
30  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: State of the Purple States on: August 03, 2014, 01:30:37 am
Why is everyone treating VA like a blue state? Not just here, but in lots of maps. Was Arkansas a hard state for Bush to win after Clinton won it nicely twice? The Obama wins shouldn't be a huge future reading.

While Virginia did become Democratic on the Presidential level with Obama, and he certainly helped, the signs were evident prior.  The state was trending Democratic iin the two Presidential elections prior to Obama.  Also keep in mind the Democrats have won 3 of the last 4 Governor races there, will be 4 in a row in Senate races there, swept all state wide offices there.  Not to mention the demographic changes in NOVA and the Richmond suburbs continue. 
31  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 02, 2014, 03:24:28 am
Bushie, it does seem like the place is legit eve without seeing much info on it good or bad.  With that being said you should have a clear idea of what will be expected out of you, the details the job entails, etc
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 01, 2014, 07:51:43 pm
...and on the job front, a muted congratulations.

Is this normal to find the job on Craigslist (aren't there actual employment websites?), interview and be offered a job in the period of 90 mins?

I mean, were references checked? No consideration of his technical knowledge/skill set?

Even if it is legit... it's a terribly unprofessional set up and alarm bells would be ringing.


Hopefully this is not what it means


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14PgWitIbSk&list=RD14PgWitIbSk
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 01, 2014, 07:14:01 pm
has anyone mentioned it would be much more efficient to apply online?  oh yeah, almost everyone has suggested that...

I do that, too, but there are some cases where face-to-face interactions have not gone out of style.  How do you possibly get immediate interviews when you apply at home?  That kind of thing does happen.

No job that is going to be worth taking will be likely to give an immediate interview.

I agree with this. Great companies are busy, and busy people making those great companies run can't drop everything to take an interview at a moment's notice. If you're looking for a career, expect the organization to have a hiring process that is lengthier than a handshake.


^^^^^^^


Bushie, please take the above into consideration.  While I would love to be wrong, how quickly this happened is a huge red flag.  Please pm me and j-mann some info (or any others you trust)

If I'm wrong, Congrats, but please be careful
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 31, 2014, 03:08:43 pm
I'm home from my errands this afternoon.  I accomplished what I set out to do today which was to put my application in at two staffing agencies in Midtown.  I wasn't expecting to accomplish any more than that.  Now, I'm home and will continue the job search until 17:00 when I'll call it quits.  Since I took that Excedrin about 10:30, my headache has dropped from a Grade 8 down to a Grade 5.  It still hurts, but it certainly feels better than it did just a few short hours ago.

When I hear Midtown, Tulsa certainly doesn't come to mind....
35  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: An advice on Senate Polls Average. on: July 31, 2014, 11:35:39 am
Most internal polls I think should be excluded.  However, I would include PPP simply due to their track record.  PPP from time to time will do polls for liberal groups, those polls I would not include.
36  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 30, 2014, 04:32:57 pm
I'm home from the two interviews.  First one was a bust.  They were selling life insurance and union benefits to gullible union members.  I sat and listened to the 45 minute presentation (time I will never get back), but when it was time to give our thoughts on the feedback form and if we wanted to pursue this, I got up and walked out.  I've done life insurance before.  Been there.  Done that.   Almost got the t-shirt.  The second interview took a whopping 3 minutes - 2 minutes 30 seconds of that waiting.  Since I had previously applied to that staffing agency for other positions, all he did was take my name and number and submit my name to the actual client.  I've never heard back from this particular staffing agency on any of the jobs I applied for, so I'm still not sure they don't have phantom job openings.  All in all, I think today was a bust.  Not to mention it was pouring down rain the entire time.  I got soaked to the bone for nothing...  Oh well, at least I didn't fall for that life insurance.   To be quite honest, it sounded like a slightly better version of Ameriplan.

Here's something that is confusing to me: how do you not know what you're ping to be interviewing for until you're there? I can see keeping the name of a company confidential until you're deeper in the hiring process if you're working through a recruiter, but to not even know what the job is? How is that possible? You are at a point, Jeff, where you shouldn't be getting surprised in interviews. It's probably best that you don't respond to the vague postings that promise the potential of high wars and don't say what you'll be doing. It's best to work directly through a company's HR department, find roles on their websites and not on job boards, and work through recruiters, not staffing agencies.

I have worked with Recruiters and staffing agencies in the past (though didn't land a job through them).  When I used them, there were times I knew the potential employer, there were times I didn't, but I always had some type of knowledge of what the position was about, what in entailed, etc through the conversation I had over the phone prior to the inrerview, as well as the job posting itself.
37  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 30, 2014, 01:25:56 pm
Bushie actually being critical of an interview and not saying it's the best job ever? Wow.


To borrow from his namesake, could Bushie be turning a corner??
38  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 29, 2014, 04:31:21 pm
has anyone mentioned it would be much more efficient to apply online?  oh yeah, almost everyone has suggested that...

I do that, too, but there are some cases where face-to-face interactions have not gone out of style.  How do you possibly get immediate interviews when you apply at home?  That kind of thing does happen.

No job that is going to be worth taking will be likely to give an immediate interview.

That's the only job I applied for in person today.  I've applied for about 5-6 more online.  Have face-to-face interactions really gone obsolete?

That type of stuff might exist in the fly by night companies, the call centers, or if your looking for a retail or restaraunt type of job.  However, if you are looking for some office job, it really doesn't exist.

Granted it is a completely different company and area then what you would be doing, but I use to work in Manhattan for a major bank/financial firm.  You wouldn't get past security in the lobby if you didn't have someone from the company okay it.  This is the same in many companies in NYC.  You aren't going to be buzzed up by going to security and say hey I have a resume to drop off.  F

Any back office type of job you would potentially work in likely wouldn't have that type of stuff (though perhaps in the heart of downtown OKC or Tulsa, that type of security is possible).  However, even if you go into an office you would be extremely unlikely to get anywhere beyond handing your resume to a Receptionist which may or may not make it to a HR dept or hiring manager.
39  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 29, 2014, 03:55:12 pm
has anyone mentioned it would be much more efficient to apply online?  oh yeah, almost everyone has suggested that...

I do that, too, but there are some cases where face-to-face interactions have not gone out of style.  How do you possibly get immediate interviews when you apply at home?  That kind of thing does happen.

No job that is going to be worth taking will be likely to give an immediate interview.
40  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Imagine that New York and New Jersey were trending GOP over the next 10 years on: July 29, 2014, 11:53:12 am
Can you stop.
No, it's a good question. A Republican who appeals to independent voters can capture New Jersey or New York, depending on the Democratic nominee.

Lol, no
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: July 29, 2014, 11:01:02 am
Quote
A federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is reverberating across the state's border.

Roy Cooper, North Carolina's Democratic attorney general, said at a Monday press conference that he would no longer defend his state's constitutional ban, citing the precedent the Virginia ruling had set.

"Our attorneys have vigorously argued this case every step of the way," Cooper said. "But the 4th Circuit has ruled and the 4th Circuit is clear. There are really no arguments left to be made."

[...]

A lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban had been put on hold pending the appeals court ruling.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/28/north-carolina-gay-marriage_n_5628129.html





For support and legality of same-sex marriage.

White -- same-sex marriage legal or has at the least been enacted. No further distinction.

Green -- same-sex marriage not legal, but more popular than unpopular or plurality support for legalization of SSM

65% or higher -- deep green (90% saturation)
60.0 - 64.9%  -- dark green  (70% saturation)
55.0 - 59.9%  -- medium green (50% saturation)
50.0 - 54.6% --  light green (30% saturation)
below 50% but positive -- aqua (20% saturation)

tie -- yellow

above 45.0% but negative -- hot pink (30% saturation)
40.0 - 44.9% -- medium red (50% saturation)
35.0 - 39.9%  -- ruby (60% saturation)
30.0 - 34.9%  -- maroon (70% saturation)
under 30% -- deep red  (90% saturation)

In view of the decisions of the 4th Federal Circuit Court, tan for states in which states have until August 18, 2014 in which to appeal the decision:  





Not sure why you made NC white, Cooper has stated he will no longer defend the legal challenges to the law in court, but same-sex marriage is still not legal in N.C
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 10:00:12 pm
Custodian may be tough, given the physical concerns you've discussed, although there are usually administrative positions at schools ... few, though, where you wouldn't have to interact with horrible children and their even-worse parents.

I was thinking something like this may be more appropriate: https://careers-postacutemedical.icims.com/jobs/2063/charge-entry-clerk/job?mode=job&iis=Job+Board+-+Indeed.com&iisn=Indeed.com&mobile=false&width=543&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false

Granted, that's based on two minutes of research, so listen to the rest of the community if they say it's bunk.

As long as Bushie can type decently I think that would be a good fit.
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 09:54:00 pm
I think I'm going to hold off on the call center I am thinking about.  I just found an article on our CBS affiliate's website for all sorts of roles with the Tulsa Public Schools.  Not just teaching.  Naturally, I'm not licensed to teach, but I could probably be a custodian or something.  What do you all think? The job fair is next Monday, August 4 at 13:00.

Look at www.newson6.com for the article.


I would basically look for anything that isn't sales/ call centter or something that requires physical labor or fitness.  A school Custodian would also fix things, stand on latters, etc, wouldn't they?
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 09:23:45 pm
Let me pop in here again and say that I'm not mad at anybody here.  Smash did a good job in calming me down via PM.  I'm naturally not going to discuss what he said to me, but he did a good job of calming me down.

The fact is everybody here has made mistakes, both on my end and on the advice-giving.  You all expect me to fess up which is hard to do, and I expect you to fess up from time to time which is hard to do.  We're pretty much a bunch of hard-headed and somewhat egotistical men that make mistakes.

Let's drop the mental issue for now, if we may.  I'm simply not going to do it.  You can imagine the stigma when you tell your family and friends you are seeking help because an internet forum told you to.  They would tell you you've lost your mind, completely.

On the employment issue.  The object right now is to get a paycheck, even if that is customer service.  I have pretty much decided against the interview I had scheduled for tomorrow.  J-Mann and Smash did a good job of that, as well, because of the majority sales aspect.  However, there is another call center that I am going to look at tomorrow.  This is with a big-name company.  It's likely a job where I will be hired on the spot, but I think it will have more structure, which was my biggest reason for leaving the job I was at.  I firmly believe that I can do well in call centers if I just put my mind to it.  The calls no longer frighten me as they once did.  I can fix my attendance issues with a little hard work and dedication.  Again, my goal is to make this unemployment a very short one.  I do not want to drag this out any longer than it has to.  I know I have just given you the definition of insanity, but I've got to do what I think is best for me, even if that is an unconventional approach.  The possibility exists that I may fail yet again.  I realize that.  I still think, though, there is merit to the strategy that my parents and I are deploying.


Bushie, I'm glad I was able to get you to calm down.  However, you really need to actually start to listen, you are still refusing to do that.  -Mann's last post summed it up perfectly.
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 07:23:11 pm
Bushie, have you looked at what J-Mann and myself sent you regarding this job?
46  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Sarah Palin be the 2016 nominee? on: July 28, 2014, 05:11:30 pm
I don't think she runs and doubt she has much of a chance at the nomination if she does.  However, if she does run and gets the nomination she will get ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED in a General.
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 04:28:19 pm
To answer Walter, I did give them a 3-days notice, but I was relieved of my duties right then and there.  I expected that.

I wish not to disclose the name of the company I am interviewing with on account of Mondale.  I will not disclose the name via PM, either.  All I will say it is in Midtown Tulsa.  And, it is directly with the company, not a staffing agency.  It is customer service, but that's all I will say.

I also called and re-activated two staffing agencies that are looking for me help desk and CAD jobs.  I've been working with these agencies since March when I first thought of moving to Tulsa.

Bushie,

Obviously due to Mondale, it makes no sense to disclose it on the forum, however I think it is in your best interests to let a few of us do some reesarch on it considering some of the situations you have gotten yourself into.  It would be better if you do it prior to the interview so we can help give you a better idea, questions to ask, etc, however if not prior to the interview at least prior to accepting any potential offer (and this goes for this or any other place as well, not just this interview)
48  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 03:59:36 pm
Just like that, I've scored my first interview tomorrow at 13:30.

I would suggest sending a few people in pm the name of the company and link to the ad, so we can do the research you will refuse to do.
49  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 09:13:59 am
What on earth is a "3 days notice"? You're supposed give at least two week's notice.

Expect to be escorted out of the building again, Jeff.

A 3 days notice is what they request.  They don't require a full 2 weeks.  This was explained to us the first day.

I have made my decision after sleeping on it and I'm going to make the unpopular decision of pulling the plug and then get started on the job search as soon as I get back home.

WTF
50  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 27, 2014, 10:15:27 pm
Basically, folks, I am listening to all of your concerns and I am mulling over all of my options right now.  You guys are bringing up valid arguments and I've spent the past little while trying to talk myself into hanging onto the job and at least trying to look in the evenings and do what has been discussed here.  I'm also mulling over my options if I take my parents' advice to quit, figuring out what my first moves would be.  I have already found one job fair I can go to anytime this week Tuesday-Friday.  Then again, if I held onto this job, at least I would have a paycheck coming in.  It is money in the bank for now and I can get on the phones and do the best I can.  There are pros and cons to both decisions.  The cons of hanging onto this job is I might potentially miss out on some opportunities just by not being available to interview at a moment's notice.  The cons of quitting is that I run the risk of being out of a job for quite some time.  The pros of hanging onto this job is the aforementioned paycheck, but also that some employers prefer someone who already is working as opposed to someone who is sitting at home during the day looking.  The pros of quitting now is I can go all-in on the job search immediately once I get home.  I have a big decision to make.

No one interviews on "a moment's notice" for jobs. You could "go all-in on the job search" already if you didn't spend all your evenings and weekends watching baseball and visiting your parents all the time.

Hell, he could apply for jobs as he has the baseball game.  Also, exactly right on  the moments notice thing.  That simply isn't done.  If someone is calling you for an inerview it isn't like they are going to have the position filled by the next day.  You call back, set up a time within a few days, take a half day and go to the interview.  That is how it works Bushie, that is what employers do.
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