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(Washington Post)   "As President Obama returned from a Florida golfing trip and Congress was on a Presidents' Day break last week, Tommy Bassett, a nuclear machinist, was applying for a backup job at Lowe's"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 113
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2013-02-26 10:53:33 AM
I just hate it when people take vacations.
 
2013-02-26 10:57:32 AM

mrmyxolodian: I just hate it when people take vacations.


I hate it when people think the President has any control over appropriations.  GOP is whining about how Obama is showing no "leadership" when he doesn't lead Congress in any way shape or form.  This is 100% congress' fault, and it make no sense at all.
 
2013-02-26 10:58:31 AM
Damn that FartBongo for not finding Tommy a job!! Damn him to heck!
 
2013-02-26 10:58:45 AM
Ok, this stinks like Rubin... lemme check....
 
2013-02-26 10:59:04 AM

mrmyxolodian: I just hate it when people take vacations.


Especially when they should be sitting at the office, staring at the wall, and waiting for the opposition Party to stop acting like a bunch of 6 year olds throwing a tantrum after Mommy wouldn't buy them a box of Fruity Pebbles to eat as dinner that night.

/I guess he could be sitting in the drawing room learning to knoit or something, with the phone near by.
 
2013-02-26 10:59:40 AM

coeyagi: Ok, this stinks like Rubin... lemme check....


Nope, not her.  But she could be subby I guess.
 
2013-02-26 11:00:20 AM
And as college kids prep for spring break, I'm stuck in meetings all day, talking about synergy.
 
2013-02-26 11:00:56 AM
Last night, when you were eating dinner in your nice warm house, someone just a few miles away was hungry and cold and wandering the streets looking for shelter.
 
2013-02-26 11:02:14 AM
I wonder if Tommy Bassett encounters much White Tail at the local bar in Newport News.

//to cover both bases, the kind that he can shoot (a load into to make illegitimate kids)
 
2013-02-26 11:03:42 AM
Government can't create* jobs!

* Except by laundering money through the Pentagon.
 
2013-02-26 11:03:43 AM
While you drank your Venti Latte yesterday at Starbucks, someone's teenage daugher son is preparing to give lapdances at CPAC for rent money.
 
2013-02-26 11:03:51 AM
I wasn't really able to empathize with their plight until the last paragraph.  That really hit home for me and showed exactly how desperate these people are.  I hope our government can get its act together in time to save them from that misery.
 
2013-02-26 11:04:00 AM

coeyagi: Ok, this stinks like Rubin... lemme check....


Can't be, because it's criticizing Congress too. And we know the GOP can never do anything wrong in Rubin's eyes.
 
2013-02-26 11:08:30 AM
And as if he hasn't farted enough bongos already, he now wants to raise the minimum wage and take away that Lowe's job.
 
2013-02-26 11:09:31 AM
Is nuclear machinist the same as machinist ? There are jobs out there for machinists. I DRTFA but if he can travel, there is work to be found.
 
2013-02-26 11:09:42 AM

DarnoKonrad: mrmyxolodian: I just hate it when people take vacations.

I hate it when people think the President has any control over appropriations.  GOP is whining about how Obama is showing no "leadership" when he doesn't lead Congress in any way shape or form.  This is 100% congress' fault, and it make no sense at all.


Article 1, Section 7: "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives..."

/Why won't Obama do something?!?!
 
2013-02-26 11:10:27 AM
Remember how y'all laughed when the Soviet Union collapsed from the financial burden of the cold-war arms race?
Did it not occur to you that you were heading down the same road?
 
2013-02-26 11:11:43 AM
Sure, had Tommy Bassett not wasted all that time studying unemployable shiat like nuclear sciences and studied something that can be applied in the "real world," like English or art history, maybe he wouldn't be in this position.

/proofreader with an English degree
/you feel that sting, jobless science/math guys? that's pride farkin' with you
 
2013-02-26 11:12:04 AM
In the smoky bar, ideological lines get blurred. Somers is a union guy but not an Obama fan. He wants cash to keep flowing to the large military contractor that employs him, but he opposed the auto bailout. He needs Washington but feels manipulated by it.

It's this mindset that makes me feel grateful I was able to move out of there after college. One of the few areas on the eastern seaboard where you can find a concentration of knee-jerk Republicans happily drinking the gravy.
 
2013-02-26 11:12:48 AM

oldfarthenry: Remember how y'all laughed when the Soviet Union collapsed from the financial burden of the cold-war arms race?
Did it not occur to you that you were heading down the same road?


But but but our Navy is smaller than it was in WWII!  -Mitt Romney

MOAR SHIPS! MOAR CONTRACTS!
 
2013-02-26 11:14:27 AM

EyeballKid: Sure, had Tommy Bassett not wasted all that time studying unemployable shiat like nuclear sciences and studied something that can be applied in the "real world," like English or art history, maybe he wouldn't be in this position.

/proofreader with an English degree
/you feel that sting, jobless science/math guys? that's pride farkin' with you


Nuclear machinist =/= nuclear scientist.

By the looks of him, Tommy got his learnin' from VoTech, NTTAWWT.
 
2013-02-26 11:14:31 AM

DarnoKonrad: mrmyxolodian: I just hate it when people take vacations.

I hate it when people think the President has any control over appropriations.  GOP is whining about how Obama is showing no "leadership" when he doesn't lead Congress in any way shape or form.  This is 100% congress' fault, and it make no sense at all.


Well, the president is certainly involved in making laws, and iirc the source of the suggestion for the sequester was his office.  The executive has a big hand in drafting laws, since they have most of the raw data used in crafting policy, and they've had a lot of input on the various suggested solutions to the sequester issue.

So... it's not so much that it's 100% congress' fault as that the executive has done pretty much all it can do here, and even further the president's done all he can do beyond being the chief executive by rallying his own party behind reasonable reform packages.  Fault or not, the ball is very much in the GOP house's court on this one.

//Also, in all fairness working hardware isn't that weird an alternate career choice for a nuke machinist.  I mean, my fallback as an industrual vacuum chemist amounts to plumbing.  I mean, he could probably do better by finding a machine shop, but it's not like resorting to flipping burgers.
 
2013-02-26 11:14:35 AM
It's pronounced nuclear, the "S" is silent.
 
2013-02-26 11:14:48 AM
And now a pizza costs an extra 74¢ so he can't even eat.

Also Michelle is too fat to be married to the Monster of Benghazi.
 
2013-02-26 11:15:29 AM

mrmyxolodian: DarnoKonrad: mrmyxolodian: I just hate it when people take vacations.

I hate it when people think the President has any control over appropriations.  GOP is whining about how Obama is showing no "leadership" when he doesn't lead Congress in any way shape or form.  This is 100% congress' fault, and it make no sense at all.

Article 1, Section 7: "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives..."

/Why won't Obama do something?!?!


Well technically the GOP controlled House of Representatives does want any "bills for raising revenue." They only want bills that drastically cut social programs. The only problem is that the programs they want to slash are very popular, even with their low intelligence base so they want to try to force Obama into proposing the cuts so they can blame him for the ensuing backlash.

It's not going to work.
 
2013-02-26 11:15:49 AM

oldfarthenry: Remember how y'all laughed when the Soviet Union collapsed from the financial burden of the cold-war arms race?
Did it not occur to you that you were heading down the same road?


i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-26 11:16:07 AM
Nothing against this guy, but this was just another DoD trillion dollar slush fund job. "Nuclear machinist" is precisely the lowest hanging fruit in the albatross that is our defense budget. This job and thousands like it need the axe. If the government wants to act as an employer, it should rehire this guy to build roads, bridges, schools, a high speed rail line, or to improve our telecon infrastructure. Just about everyone agrees that our defense budget is too high. We need to stick to our guns when sob stories put a face to what it will mean to cut it.
 
2013-02-26 11:16:55 AM

EyeballKid: /proofreader with an English degree
/you feel that sting, jobless science/math guys? that's pride farkin' with you


Wow, so you're as much of a prick as the assholes who are like "*Sniff* Oh! A job that's not in a hard science! Clearly you are an inferior human being."

I *agree* that those people are assholes, and I'm close to finishing my PhD in physics. Why in gods name would you want to emulate them?
 
2013-02-26 11:17:36 AM

guilt by association: In the smoky bar, ideological lines get blurred. Somers is a union guy but not an Obama fan. He wants cash to keep flowing to the large military contractor that employs him, but he opposed the auto bailout. He needs Washington but feels manipulated by it.

It's this mindset that makes me feel grateful I was able to move out of there after college. One of the few areas on the eastern seaboard where you can find a concentration of knee-jerk Republicans happily drinking the gravy.


Translation: Somers wants the government to bail him out, but any money going to subsidize other sectors is government bloat and liberal waste. I hate these farking hypocrites.
 
2013-02-26 11:17:53 AM

Mr_Fabulous: Damn that FartBongo for not finding Tommy a job!! Damn him to heck!


You just KNOW he can spare one too, he JUST DOESN'T WANT TO.
 
2013-02-26 11:19:35 AM

Felgraf: Wow, so you're as much of a prick as the assholes who are like "*Sniff* Oh! A job that's not in a hard science! Clearly you are an inferior human being."

I *agree* that those people are assholes, and I'm close to finishing my PhD in physics. Why in gods name would you want to emulate them?


As an English degree-bearer, I wanted to see how the shoe fit on the other foot for once.
 
2013-02-26 11:19:49 AM
I'm pretty sure he could get a job in Iran.
 
2013-02-26 11:20:03 AM

guilt by association: In the smoky bar, ideological lines get blurred. Somers is a union guy but not an Obama fan. He wants cash to keep flowing to the large military contractor that employs him, but he opposed the auto bailout. He needs Washington but feels manipulated by it.

It's this mindset that makes me feel grateful I was able to move out of there after college. One of the few areas on the eastern seaboard where you can find a concentration of knee-jerk Republicans happily drinking the gravy.


Yeah, that guy was hard to feel any sympathy for. Wanted to let an industry die that provides an absolute shiatload of jobs to this country, in addition to making things that are good for something other than death and destruction. Yet when it comes to his MIC job, better save it damnit! And somehow he doesn't see the hypocrisy.
 
2013-02-26 11:20:54 AM

oldfarthenry: Remember how y'all laughed when the Soviet Union collapsed from the financial burden of the cold-war arms race?


No, because that never actually happened.

The USSR's collapse had everything to do with internal politics and nothing to do with the arms race, right-wingers just made that shiat up sometime in the 90's as a way to retroactively justify Reagan's bloated military spending.
 
2013-02-26 11:21:26 AM

johnryan51: Is nuclear machinist the same as machinist ? There are jobs out there for machinists. I DRTFA but if he can travel, there is work to be found.


I know a bunch of people that work in the nuclear field. There is a ton of work right now, just from the new construction alone.
 
2013-02-26 11:21:34 AM
In the smoky bar, ideological lines get blurred. Somers is a union guy but not an Obama fan. He wants cash to keep flowing to the large military contractor that employs him, but he opposed the auto bailout. He needs Washington but feels manipulated by it.

Government spending money on other people: SOCIALISM
Government spending money on me: FREEDOM

Also, doesn't anyone in that town understand that government spending can't create jerbs?
 
2013-02-26 11:21:44 AM

Tommy Moo: Nothing against this guy, but this was just another DoD trillion dollar slush fund job. "Nuclear machinist" is precisely the lowest hanging fruit in the albatross that is our defense budget. This job and thousands like it need the axe. If the government wants to act as an employer, it should rehire this guy to build roads, bridges, schools, a high speed rail line, or to improve our telecon infrastructure. Just about everyone agrees that our defense budget is too high. We need to stick to our guns when sob stories put a face to what it will mean to cut it.


Nah, we definately need to keep some degree of defense spending, especially medical research. There is some *insanely* good research coming out of it-to the point where there may be a treatment to help people with Multiple Sclirosis (I so butchered the spelling of that) soon.

/Though I would also accept "Let's just dump trucks of money into the NSF and NIH" as well.
 
2013-02-26 11:22:19 AM

johnryan51: Is nuclear machinist the same as machinist ? There are jobs out there for machinists. I DRTFA but if he can travel, there is work to be found.


It sounds like he's waiting to find out about whether or not he gets the USS Lincoln overhaul job or not.  The project is only delayed, not canceled, so maybe he's just looking for something temporary until he either a) gets to work on the Lincoln and is set for several years or b) moves to look for work elsewhere because the Lincoln project got scrapped in the sequester.

Either way, it's still a remarkably shiatty situation, and congress ought to be collectively ashamed.  American Exceptionalism my ass.
 
2013-02-26 11:23:28 AM
Isn't the CEO of Lowe's a big republican? I'm sure he'll start Tommy out at $ 35.00 an hr. with benefits.
 
2013-02-26 11:24:35 AM

Felgraf: Tommy Moo: Nothing against this guy, but this was just another DoD trillion dollar slush fund job. "Nuclear machinist" is precisely the lowest hanging fruit in the albatross that is our defense budget. This job and thousands like it need the axe. If the government wants to act as an employer, it should rehire this guy to build roads, bridges, schools, a high speed rail line, or to improve our telecon infrastructure. Just about everyone agrees that our defense budget is too high. We need to stick to our guns when sob stories put a face to what it will mean to cut it.

Nah, we definately need to keep some degree of defense spending, especially medical research. There is some *insanely* good research coming out of it-to the point where there may be a treatment to help people with Multiple Sclirosis (I so butchered the spelling of that) soon.

/Though I would also accept "Let's just dump trucks of money into the NSF and NIH" before stem cell research is doomed again by the next GOP dildo to get into the WH.


Appended.
 
2013-02-26 11:25:15 AM

EyeballKid: Felgraf: Wow, so you're as much of a prick as the assholes who are like "*Sniff* Oh! A job that's not in a hard science! Clearly you are an inferior human being."

I *agree* that those people are assholes, and I'm close to finishing my PhD in physics. Why in gods name would you want to emulate them?

As an English degree-bearer, I wanted to see how the shoe fit on the other foot for once.


As a theater major who spent years editing fellow students' essays (particularly journalism students) and who is now working in a technical field, I'm really getting a kick, etc.
 
2013-02-26 11:27:07 AM

EyeballKid: Sure, had Tommy Bassett not wasted all that time studying unemployable shiat like nuclear sciences and studied something that can be applied in the "real world," like English or art history, maybe he wouldn't be in this position.

/proofreader with an English degree
/you feel that sting, jobless science/math guys? that's pride farkin' with you


As someone gainfully employed as a technical writer, I think you deserve a textual fist-bump.

In conclusion, I'll just reference the following Monty Python sketch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPSzPGrazPo
 
2013-02-26 11:27:20 AM

redqueenmeg: EyeballKid: Felgraf: Wow, so you're as much of a prick as the assholes who are like "*Sniff* Oh! A job that's not in a hard science! Clearly you are an inferior human being."

I *agree* that those people are assholes, and I'm close to finishing my PhD in physics. Why in gods name would you want to emulate them?

As an English degree-bearer, I wanted to see how the shoe fit on the other foot for once.

As a theater major who spent years editing fellow students' essays (particularly journalism students) and who is now working in a technical field, I'm really getting a kick, etc.


Hard science major using my science background with an emphasis in writing.  I have a job until the Indians are considered native English speakers.
 
2013-02-26 11:28:37 AM

Nurglitch: EyeballKid: Sure, had Tommy Bassett not wasted all that time studying unemployable shiat like nuclear sciences and studied something that can be applied in the "real world," like English or art history, maybe he wouldn't be in this position.

/proofreader with an English degree
/you feel that sting, jobless science/math guys? that's pride farkin' with you

As someone gainfully employed as a technical writer, I think you deserve a textual fist-bump.

In conclusion, I'll just reference the following Monty Python sketch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPSzPGrazPo


It would appear that 3 of us here have virtually the same job.
 
2013-02-26 11:30:55 AM

oldfarthenry: Remember how y'all laughed when the Soviet Union collapsed from the financial burden of the cold-war arms race?
Did it not occur to you that you were heading down the same road?


No, I was 3. Thanks older generations. Hopefully we can fix all the fark ups left to us.
 
2013-02-26 11:32:21 AM
I'm here to give Tommy some straight talk.  It's high time he learned that government cannot create jobs.  That's the problem with these government workers, they have no bootstraps.
 
2013-02-26 11:33:05 AM

truthseeker2083: oldfarthenry: Remember how y'all laughed when the Soviet Union collapsed from the financial burden of the cold-war arms race?
Did it not occur to you that you were heading down the same road?

No, I was 3. Thanks older generations. Hopefully we can fix all the fark ups left to us.


Don't forget to stay off my lawn.
 
2013-02-26 11:33:24 AM
If Obama is neither willing to create jobs or is unable, then why call him Obama?
 
2013-02-26 11:33:59 AM
Other than the obvious, can someone explain to me how can the Republicans be for the sequester, yet blame Obama for it at the same time. If it's a good thing, whats the blaming all about?
 
2013-02-26 11:34:02 AM
Tommy is probably qualified to be a placard creator.

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