Postal workers steal chocolates from children

3 12 2008

For Christmas and Birthday this year my mom sent our children some presents and advent calenders. Knowing from experience that an air-mail parcel takes 3+ weeks to travel from Germany to Texas she mailed it already on November 3rd. Finally, December 1st we got the parcel. It turns out that someone opened it (which was easy because standard boxes that you get at German Post Office are pretty flimsy) and stole 48 Kinder Surprise eggs from two boxes.

Kinder Surprise Advent Calender boxes opened by a vile postal worker.

Kinder Surprise Advent Calender boxes opened by a vile postal worker.

Some postal worker opened one side of the parcel box, took out the two Advent Calenders, cut them open, took out the plastic trays with chocolate eggs, and then stuffed the empty paper boxes into the parcel. Each box of chocolates was worth about 15 Euro (about $20). Fortunately, the other stuff from the parcel (Hello Kitty doll, etc.) was not stolen.

What a debased and vile person it must have been to steal chocolates from a parcel that was clearly meant for children. I hope that he/she will be among the 40,000 postal workers that are going to be laid off.

BTW, I am also not impressed with how long it takes for the postal service to deliver an air-mail parcel from Germany to Texas. Especially that my mom paid exorbitant amount of money for the shipping.

Almost a month for an air-mail parcel to travel from Germany to Texas

Almost a month for an air-mail parcel to travel from Germany to Texas

(Or maybe this is what the promised “redistribution of wealth” is to look like. It is starting early, even before Obama is a President.)


Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1777

26 11 2008

From Library of Congress — “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic” exhibit.

Congressional Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, November 1, 1777

Congressional Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, November 1, 1777 (click to enlarge)

FORASMUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success:

It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth “in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost.”

And it is further recommended, that servile Labor and Recreation, although at other Times innocent, may be unbecoming the Purpose of this Appointment, be omitted on so solemn an Occasion.

Things to do on Thanksgiving day

26 11 2008


News you get from NPR, PBS, NYT, CNN, BBC

17 11 2008

These are the media outlets that Obama voters interviewed in this video get their news from. No wonder then …

Ayers: Obama is my “family friend”

13 11 2008

This is what Chicago Tribune reports today: Bill Ayers: Barack Obama a ‘family friend’.

In a new afterword to his memoir, 1960s radical William Ayers describes himself as a “family friend” of President-elect Barack Obama and writes that the campaign controversy over their relationship was an effort by Obama’s political enemies to “deepen a dishonest narrative” about the candidate.

Ayers describes phone threats and hate e-mail he received during the campaign, and he bemoans Obama’s guilt by association.

During the campaign, Ayers’ friendship with Obama was a favorite subject of conservative bloggers and talk show hosts who insisted the two were closer than the candidate was admitting. Ayers’ new description of the relationship seems to contradict Obama’s statements.

Obama had dismissed Ayers as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood” and “somebody who worked on education issues in Chicago that I know.”

Obama is indeed a very talented individual. He possesses a very exquisite skill to lie without technically lying. And we are a very special country – full of suckers who bought snake oil.

What do you think about Obama’s tax cut promises?

13 11 2008

Obama has promised me $1800 tax cut.

$1800 dollars in tax cuts that Obama has promise me and my family

$1800 in tax cuts that Obama has promised my family

Does it make sense to bail out GM and others?

12 11 2008

Cadillac CTS Coupe

Cadillac CTS Coupe

Does it make sense to bail out GM and others? On the one hand, they are starting to have a lot of good products, so they might have future. On the other hand, they are mired in UAW contracts which make it difficult to be competitive.

Because of the UAW, Obama will probably bail them out. But it might be just money thrown away, and they will be asking for more handouts again in a few years.

Maybe bankruptcy would be better. Then whatever would remain of the Big Three would be more competitive.

Total worker compensation per hour in auto industry

Total worker compensation per hour in auto and other industries

Here are some interesting posts about the financial problems of the Big Three:

Here is what happened to British Car companies after the British Government bailed them out.

British Leyland Shares -- Valueless

British Leyland Shares -- Valueless