Monday, July 28, 2014

Southwest Airlines Outsourcing their maintenance to record fines.....

Southwest Airlines fined 12 million bucks for crappy outsourced maintenance work. This is on top of the 9 million bucks they were fined in 2009 for crappy outsourced maintenance work.
Southwest had in house mechanics who actually knew what they were doing. Knowing what you are doing can be bad though because it generally costs more.
Not knowing what you are doing is always a lot more affordable. That is where outsourcing comes in. When saving money is more important the doing the job right, please remember to outsource.
In 2009 Southwest even went a step further and announced some of their maintenance would be done in El Salvador. When you think about qualified air plane mechanics, the first place that should pop in your head is El Salvador. They make between $4,500 to $15,000 a year. Nothing says “your safety is important to us” like doling out that kind of money.
Enjoy your flight.

Apollo 11 Remembered...Shhhh Don't tell anyone.

Last week President Obama Celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/07/22/obama-apollo-11-crew-visit/12990241/

He celebrated in a private meeting (with the remaining astronauts) behind closed doors. No press was allowed in to ask questions. No video was shot of the meeting.

It was a hidden celebration of one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of mankind. One of the shining moments in US history, and for Obama it needed to be hush hush.

That is part of Obamas open government that he likes to brag about. The same open government all the members of the media are currently complaining about.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/11/21/209352/white-house-blocks-access-to-obama.html

So Obama blocks the media at every turn. Then when the media can’t do their job, and give up…… Obama complains that the media is not getting his message out.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/30/media-darling-obama-grouses-about-press-coverage/?page=all

With regard to blocking the Apollo anniversary, it was incredibly silly to block that from the media. It is one of the most important events in our countries history.

It has been 45 years and no other country has been able to duplicate the feat. No other country has even attempted it. Some have talked, but none have done.

Back then it didn’t matter what the goal was, because Americans could get it done. No matter how absurd the objective seemed, Americans still did it. Simply point up to the bright circle in the sky and announce we are going to go there. And we did.

We did it without outsourcing. We did it without offshoring. We did it without H1B visa holders. We did it without parts made in China. We did it without running up a 16 trillion dollar debt. We did it despite being in the middle of an unpopular war. And it didn’t take decades either. Kennedy announced the goal in 1961, and 8 years later we were there. Done!

Today people don’t appreciate how difficult it truly was. It wasn’t just about getting there. That was only half the problem. The other half was getting home alive.

If anything went wrong there was no calling AAA. Help wasn’t coming……. so everything had to work perfectly. There was no room for error. Today everyone yawns and acts like it was no big thing. But they are wrong. It was a huge deal. It could have easily failed.

So why didn’t Obama want to celebrate this with throngs of Reporters?

Because the reporters would ask him to contrast the greatness of America in 1969, compared to the hollowed out shell we are today. In 1969 we went to the moon, and in 2014 we can’t even get to space. The end of the shuttle program was announced in 2004. 10 years later we are still fumbling around doing nothing. Embarrassing doesn’t even begin to explain how far we have fallen.

That down fall is surprising to. Based on everything we have been told, it makes no sense why we are where we are. After all today we have the great benefit of offshoring, and outsourcing, and foreign visa holders. Our companies are efficient because they can save lots of money making things in China. Yet none of those things are getting Americans to space. Thank goodness we can count on our good friend Vladimire Putin.

If you were the leader of such mediocrity, you wouldn’t want to speak to reporters either. Better to close the Oval Office door and whisper congratulations in a quiet discussion. Then wisk them out the back door as quickly as possible.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Obamas Reclassification Is In The Works......

Since Obama is not fixing the economy….Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever.
It is a big problem.
All the news stories are negative and his poll numbers and dropping like a stone.
What to do….What to do…..Maybe lying will work. Yeah let’s do that.
If the numbers don’t tell the story you are looking to tell, just change the numbers. Use different math. Use a different language. Confuse the situation. Change the labeling. Hopefully when all the dust settles everyone will think the economy is doing great. It is all about illusion.
Today when Apple makes an iphone (in Communist Red China) that Iphone is considered an import, (when it is shipped back to the United States). Since everything is made in China that really makes the trade deficit look bad.
But what if we no longer consider American companies products (made in China) as an import? How would the numbers look then? I bet they would look freakin spectacular.
Is it honest? Of course it is not honest. Honesty is for sissy’s.
Corporations and Government are all about lying their azz off. When in doubt…. lie. That is taught day one in any good business school.
Don’t call it offshoring….That sounds really bad. It makes unemployed Americans upset as they stare at their pile of unpaid bills. Instead call it “Factoryless Goods”. That sounds much better. That will make for much friendlier headlines.
If you want US Manufacturing wages to appear to have gone up, then just count white collar workers as Manufactures. That will make the average go up. That will create positive headlines. There is no down side.
Obamas plan is to do exactly these shady, deceptive things.
26,000 people have already written his administration to complain.
Most people have NO IDEA this is even being considered. None! If they did know they would probably be real mad. Make sure you don’t tell anyone. An educated public really throws a monkey wreck into Obamas “Man of the People” image.
More than 26,000 people nationwide have submitted comments opposing Obama administration proposals that would severely distort U.S. job and trade data by reclassifying U.S. corporations that offshore American jobs as "factoryless goods" manufacturers.
Under a broad data reclassification plan, much of the value of U.S. brand-name goods assembled by foreign workers and imported here for sale would no longer be counted as imported goods, but rather as manufacturing "services" imports. This would deceptively deflate the U.S. manufacturing trade deficit.
The "factoryless goods" proposal, designed by the administration's Economic Classification Policy Committee (ECPC), also would, overnight, falsely increase the reported number of U.S. manufacturing jobs as white-collar employees in firms like Apple – now rebranded as "factoryless goods producers" – would suddenly be counted as "manufacturing" workers. This shift also would create a false increase in U.S. manufacturing wages and output.
"The only reason you would classify an iPhone made in China as a U.S. export is to hide the size of our massive trade deficit," saidJames P. Hoffa, Teamsters general president.
(The Teamsters supported Obama and the Democrats. Obama gives them the middle finger in return. What does Obama care. Are the teamsters going to vote for Republicans? No chance. Obama can continue kicking his supporters in the teeth and there will be no consequences.)
"To revive American manufacturing jobs and production, we need to change our policies, not cook the data," said Brad Markell, executive director of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council. "We need to reform the trade policies that have incentivized offshoring and resulted in decades of trade deficits and millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs offshored, not cover up the evidence that our current trade policy is not working."
One element of the proposed economic data reclassification plan would rebrand U.S. imports of goods manufactured abroad, such as Apple's iPhone (which is assembled in China by a firm called Foxconn) as "services" imports rather than imports of manufactured goods. And if Foxconn exported iPhones to other countries, the proposed
reclassifications would count the iPhones manufactured in China as U.S. manufactured goods exports, further belying the real U.S. manufacturing trade deficit.
The economic data reclassification initiative, if implemented, could further undermine efforts to bolster U.S. manufacturing by producing a fabricated reduction of the U.S. manufacturing trade deficit.
"These Orwellian data rebranding proposals would hide the damage wrought by past trade pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement, greasing the way for more-of-the-same, job-killing, deficit-boosting trade deals," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Wal-Marts CEO is Fired.......

Walmart CEO is fired. 

He had such a winning strategy too. Fill all the stores wall to wall with Made in China goods. Attempt to sell those goods to Unemployed Americans. Why would that not be successful? I am so confused.

"Business is currently lousy for all retailers. (Gee I wonder why) Customers have been reluctant to spend (Gee I wonder why) – earlier this year they were hampered by the harsh winter weather (It got cold in the winter and nobody knew that was going to happen). More recently, in the second quarter, economic concerns have held them back from spending aggressively (Economic concerns = There are no jobs…..because of Walmart). They are saving more (You only get one unemployment check per week). From The Container Store to Macy’s to Walmart, I sense a deep concern." (As they should)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/walterloeb/2014/07/25/walmart-unexpectedly-fires-its-us-ceo/

United Airlines Profit up 68%

United Airlines raised rates over, and over, and over. 

They have claimed they had no choice. 

There is this fee, and that fee, and another fee, and some more fees……But it is not their fault. Don’t blame them, as they are the real victim.

Fuel prices are high….. and they are barely scraping by. Really!

If prices didn’t rise United Airlines might not even be able to survive at all. So please shower them with sympathy. Maybe hold a candle light vigil (with some of your close friends) and say a player for poor (poor) United Airlines.

Maybe send a sympathy card to their corporate headquarters. There is nothing sadder then a struggling corporation. I am tearing up as I type this. It is all so unfair. (I will be right back…..I have to get a tissue.)

http://online.wsj.com/articles/united-continental-profit-rises-68-1406203927

We were told -

“Dave Fuscus, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, which represents the major airlines, says that fuel represents 11 percent of airline operating costs, the second highest expense after labor. They have NO CHOICE but to pass the spike in fuel prices onto the consumer, he says.”
“Airlines are a business with VERY SLIM PROFIT MARGINS, around TWO TO SIX percent ” says Fuscus. “The aviation industry, like other industries and many consumers, is suffering from higher fuel prices. Every time the price of jet fuel goes up a penny, the cost to the industry goes up $170 million annually.”
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=95818

Yet the reality shows this was COMPLETE LIES! They say the profit margin is 2 - 6%. But they left off the 8.

6%…..68% What is the difference? He was close. Only off by 60%. You should still happily pay their fees.

Last month United announced they are laying off 630 union airport workers. They are being replaced with low cost outsourced workers. They say they have to do it because they have no money. (Pay no attention to the 68% profit….That is none of your business)

You just listen to what they say. Ignore what you see.

Uniteds goal is to take the guy making 50 grand, and replace him with a guy making 18 grand. The guy who was making 50 grand has years of experience and was loyal to the company. But to heck with him. Nobody cares about any of that. If they can save a buck, by destroying a livelihood, then they do it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/united-airlines-outsourci_b_5609016.html

So to recap……. the consumer gets screwed (by higher prices and diminished service).

The worker gets screwed (by lost jobs and shrinking paychecks).

The public gets blatantly lied to about what is really going on.

Meanwhile a couple of executives (and some investors) run off with all the money. Isn’t that great? It is called Capitalism. The majority gets screwed. The minority gets rich.

It is a beautiful thing.

If anyone needs an extra tissue I have more. Just let me know.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Israel, Hamas, The UN, and The Christians...... What a Mess.

Today the United Nations is critical of Israel for the carnage-taking place in the Gaza Strip.
On July 15th Egypt proposed (and Israel agreed) to a cease-fire. If Hamas agreed to stop firing rockets (into Israel) than Israel would stop bombing the Gaza Strip.
Hamas said no way.
Why would Hamas say no way? Well because they are desperate. A cease fire does not fix their underlying problems. They are out of money and out of world support.
Hamas understands they cannot beat Israel militarily so the goal is to get sad pictures on the news. They want to gain world sympathy. Sympathy equals pressure on Israel to negotiate a deal.
Specifically Hamas wants all the border crossing to Israel and Egypt opened. It is easier to get weapons when the borders are open.
But the borders are closed for a reason. Suicide bombers blowing up buses (and pizzerias) is why there are border crossings in the first place. Who sent in the bombers? Hamas.
Once Hamas declined last weeks cease fire they were gambling with the lives of their people.
The reality is Israel doesn’t need to negotiate if they can eliminate the rockets on their own. But can they? So far…. not yet. There could be a long way to go though.
Everyone assumes Israel will leave Gaza in a few days, or weeks, or months. Maybe they won’t leave. Maybe they will stay. Hamas had a golden opportunity to not have Israeli troops in Gaza, but they blew it. Now the troops are back.
Hamas should learn the lesson I teach my kids. Learn to quit while you are ahead.
Hamas calculated that if they can keep the rockets flying (and keep the sad pictures on the news) it will get them to a better place. But every day that passes more buildings gets destroyed. More rockets get destroyed. More tunnels get destroyed. More people get killed. Does any of this really lead Hamas to a better place?
Hamas hides weapons in hospitals. If Israel doesn’t blow them up then Hamas wins. If Israel does blow them up (innocent people die) sad pictures go up on the news. Hamas still wins…..Or at least that is what they think.
Israel drops leaflets telling people to leave before the bombs come. Hamas orders them to stay. Then innocent people get blown up and Israel gets blamed. That makes Hamas very happy.
Doesn’t do much for the Palestinian people…… but Hamas doesn’t care about them. Not even a little. It is all about propaganda.
People look at Israel’s heavy-handed approach and get upset. They see Israel with their foot on the Palestinians throat and think “That is so mean….Get off their throat”. But if Israel steps off than Hamas jams a dagger into Israel’s forehead.
It is hard to be nice to people who are sworn to kill you.
In the West bank Fatah does not launch rockets. As a result the West Bank is not getting dismantled by the IDF. See how that works?
I think it is clear a nonviolent approach puts Palestinians in a better place.
Does it give them everything they want? No. Does it prevent Israel from building ill-advised settlements? No.
Israel needs to do their part too, and often they have failed. There is plenty of blame to go around in this never-ending struggle.
Nonetheless if you look at the two approaches I believe one is clearly better.
Meanwhile as the UN is busy being angry at Israel……. the Sunni extremists in Iraq are driving out all the Christians. Every last one of them. Where is the UN on that issue? The Christians would like to know.
in Mosul under ISIS When the terror group ordered all to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or face execution, many chose another option: flight.
Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, included 60,000 Christians in 2003. By last month, the number had dwindled to just 35,000. It now stands at zero, according to Ignatius Yousef Younan III, patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church.
Habash, who roundly criticized the Obama administration and the United Nations, specifically, for what he called their "careless absence" in taking action against the militants, said such violent intolerance demanded action from the international community.
"Where is the conscience of the world? Where is the United Nations? Where is the American administration to protect peace and justice?" he asked. "Nobody has said a word."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tony Dungy Should Know Better.....

Tony Dungy would not have drafted Michael Sam. Michael Sam is the first openly gay player in the NFL. 

For Tony Dungy it would be too much to handle. Tony Dungy…. one of the first Black head coaches in the NFL should know better. 

For a long time the NFL didn’t hire many black coaches….. Seems “they didn’t want to deal with it”. Yet someone gave him a chance anyway. Turned out pretty well too. But if everyone had Dungy’s view that may have never happened.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/21/tony-dungy-i-wouldnt-have-taken-michael-sam/

What is most interesting is when Michael Vick went to Leavenworth Federal Prison for murdering (and torturing) dogs Tony Dungy was front and center advocating for a team to give him a chance.

Murdering dogs is not too much to deal with. Being gay is much more distracting…..For Mr. Dungy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/14/AR2009081403322.html

Bottom line is if Michael Sam can play in the NFL that is the ONLY thing that matters. If he can’t then he will be cut.

What Michael does off the field is irrelevant. Mr. Dungy should rethink his poorly thought out position. If he was the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 playing Jackie Robinson may have been too much to handle too. Progress is made when people have more courage then Tony Dungy is currently displaying.