This”>http://israelnn.com/article.php3?id=5896″>This article reminded me of that quote from Star Trek TNG, though I don’t know wny.  I do agree with the author though, believing that it’s time for Israel to start acting in Israel’s interest, and not with the permission of the State Department.  Yes, there are people in this country who support Israel, but they’re part of the rank and file, mostly traditional Jews and evangelical Christians, not the State Department.  Bush’s support seems to be only nominal.  I’m all for fighting terrorism, but I don’t think it’s fair for Bush to hold Israel to a double standard.  I’m not sure which is worse: the U. S. government issuing its directives to what it believes is its satelite state in the Middle East, or Israel acting to carry out those directives like a humble servant.  In case the conspiracy theorists are right, and the FBI is actually survaling me, I want to make it clear that I am not in favor of Kahane-style violence of any kind.  I am, however, in favor of Israel looking out for its own interests, and not shying away from those interests just because they don’t coincide with U. S. interests.  We’re supposed to be allies, not marriage partners.  Israel isn’t required to compromise, just as the U. S. isn’t required to compromise, when our interests aren’t mutual.  We’re required to come to each other’s aid when one of us is in need, and right now, Israel is in serious need of some assistance, or at least some time to clean up its own back yard, and take care of the threats coming from its neighbors, while the U. S. government looks the other way at the very least, or stands up for what it knows to be right and fair at most. 

Israel, Lebanon, war, war on terrorism, Bush, President bush, Syria, Palestinians, Hezbalah, Hezbala, State Department

This”>http://israelnn.com/article.php3?id=5896″>This article reminded me of that quote from Star Trek TNG, though I don’t know wny.  I do agree with the author though, believing that it’s time for Israel to start acting in Israel’s interest, and not with the permission of the State Department.  Yes, there are people in this country who support Israel, but they’re part of the rank and file, mostly traditional Jews and evangelical Christians, not the State Department.  Bush’s support seems to be only nominal.  I’m all for fighting terrorism, but I don’t think it’s fair for Bush to hold Israel to a double standard.  I’m not sure which is worse: the U. S. government issuing its directives to what it believes is its satelite state in the Middle East, or Israel acting to carry out those directives like a humble servant.  In case the conspiracy theorists are right, and the FBI is actually survaling me, I want to make it clear that I am not in favor of Kahane-style violence of any kind.  I am, however, in favor of Israel looking out for its own interests, and not shying away from those interests just because they don’t coincide with U. S. interests.  We’re supposed to be allies, not marriage partners.  Israel isn’t required to compromise, just as the U. S. isn’t required to compromise, when our interests aren’t mutual.  We’re required to come to each other’s aid when one of us is in need, and right now, Israel is in serious need of some assistance, or at least some time to clean up its own back yard, and take care of the threats coming from its neighbors, while the U. S. government looks the other way at the very least, or stands up for what it knows to be right and fair at most. 

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Yes, you read that right, I’m playing hookie. 

Why?

Because I just can’t bring myself to pay for a cab to go to work and sit. 

After paying all my bills, I’ll have over $200 left, and the only thing coming out of next week’s pay is the rent, so I can stand to miss the pay for today. 

I just can’t handle going in there and sitting all day, and paying to do it. 

Not motivated isn’t the right word for it. 

I’m way past that point. 

I won’t get to watch Star Trek today, but at least I won’t be sitting in a cube, doing what I could be doing at home. 

 

Yes, you read that right, I’m playing hookie. 

Why?

Because I just can’t bring myself to pay for a cab to go to work and sit. 

After paying all my bills, I’ll have over $200 left, and the only thing coming out of next week’s pay is the rent, so I can stand to miss the pay for today. 

I just can’t handle going in there and sitting all day, and paying to do it. 

Not motivated isn’t the right word for it. 

I’m way past that point. 

I won’t get to watch Star Trek today, but at least I won’t be sitting in a cube, doing what I could be doing at home. 

 

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It’s only just a little after 11:00, and I’m already so tired of this place it’s ridiculous. 

Not that I wouldn’t be tired of it if I was actually working, but not working makes it even worse. 

i’d really love to be at home, in the recliner, watching TV. 

OK, Star Trek isn’t on Spike today because of the James Bond marathon, but I’d find something else to watch. 

Either way, I wouldn’t be here, doing nothing. 

 

It’s only just a little after 11:00, and I’m already so tired of this place it’s ridiculous. 

Not that I wouldn’t be tired of it if I was actually working, but not working makes it even worse. 

i’d really love to be at home, in the recliner, watching TV. 

OK, Star Trek isn’t on Spike today because of the James Bond marathon, but I’d find something else to watch. 

Either way, I wouldn’t be here, doing nothing. 

 

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As I related in the previous post, I’ve upgraded the blog to WP 2.0.  Admittedly, as a WP user who has completely enjoyed this particular platform over all the others I’ve used, I anticipated the release, mainly because I was curious about the features it would offer.  The only thing I really have a problem with is the huge accessibility hurtle the WYSIWYG editor presents. 

I like the fact you can turn it off, but the fact that I’m blocked from doing that by the company’s firewall kind of puts a damper on things.  I’m also not sure if turning the editor off when I get home is going to make a difference here.  And now for the accessibility problems.  Most of the forms on the editor’s page seem not to be labeled, so that when I’m in forms mode, (for those unaware, forms mode is a setting within Jaws that allows for the input of information in html forms), I can tab through the list, but no labels are spoken, and some of the forms aren’t even accessible.  In other words, I have to go in and out of forms mode to write an entry.  I’m hoping that turning off the rich editor later on will fix this problem.  There are a lot of clickable open/close boxes, which adds to the time it takes to write or edit a post.  The hotkeyed buttons don’t seem to work either.  It does seem that several ways have been implemented to access the buttons, one of which being mouseovers, but since Jaws 7 likes to lock up at the drop of a hat, I haven’t gotten those working.  I may consider posting to the forums about this, or maybe even see about contacting the developer.  He, unlike the company, seems to be interested in user feedback, and I’d hate to have to downgrade because of accessibility issues.  And now for a completely different subject: Open Trackbacks.  It’s Thursday, so you know what that means.  Trackback this post, and put a link in yours, and you’ll get your weekly lovin’ from customerservant.com. 

 

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As I related in the previous post, I’ve upgraded the blog to WP 2.0.  Admittedly, as a WP user who has completely enjoyed this particular platform over all the others I’ve used, I anticipated the release, mainly because I was curious about the features it would offer.  The only thing I really have a problem with is the huge accessibility hurtle the WYSIWYG editor presents. 

I like the fact you can turn it off, but the fact that I’m blocked from doing that by the company’s firewall kind of puts a damper on things.  I’m also not sure if turning the editor off when I get home is going to make a difference here.  And now for the accessibility problems.  Most of the forms on the editor’s page seem not to be labeled, so that when I’m in forms mode, (for those unaware, forms mode is a setting within Jaws that allows for the input of information in html forms), I can tab through the list, but no labels are spoken, and some of the forms aren’t even accessible.  In other words, I have to go in and out of forms mode to write an entry.  I’m hoping that turning off the rich editor later on will fix this problem.  There are a lot of clickable open/close boxes, which adds to the time it takes to write or edit a post.  The hotkeyed buttons don’t seem to work either.  It does seem that several ways have been implemented to access the buttons, one of which being mouseovers, but since Jaws 7 likes to lock up at the drop of a hat, I haven’t gotten those working.  I may consider posting to the forums about this, or maybe even see about contacting the developer.  He, unlike the company, seems to be interested in user feedback, and I’d hate to have to downgrade because of accessibility issues.  And now for a completely different subject: Open Trackbacks.  It’s Thursday, so you know what that means.  Trackback this post, and put a link in yours, and you’ll get your weekly lovin’ from customerservant.com

 

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Cross-currents has published an article by Rabbi Avi Shafran on intelligent design, which I think is worth a read, whether you agree or disagree with ID.
The Rabbi gives a perspective on the controversy from the writings of Maimonides, one of Judaism’s greatest scholars.
The article was originally published in the Jewish Observer.
La Shawn Barber presents an interesting story that should convince you, (if you’re not already convinced), that NPR is a bastion of liberalism, along with some links explaining ID.
Both Shafran and Barber point out that Evolutionary theory has taken on the defacto status of the state religion, to the extent that some within the scientific community will stop at nothing to keep out any competition in the public arena with their pet theory.

I think, too, that this is one of those situations where traditional Jews and Christians have the opportunity to focus on what we have in common, with neither side compromising on principles.
Enjoy.

As seen at: Third World County, Stray Dog, and Bloggin’ Outloud.

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Cross-currents has published an article by Rabbi Avi Shafran on intelligent design, which I think is worth a read, whether you agree or disagree with ID.
The Rabbi gives a perspective on the controversy from the writings of Maimonides, one of Judaism’s greatest scholars.
The article was originally published in the Jewish Observer.
La Shawn Barber presents an interesting story that should convince you, (if you’re not already convinced), that NPR is a bastion of liberalism, along with some links explaining ID.
Both Shafran and Barber point out that Evolutionary theory has taken on the defacto status of the state religion, to the extent that some within the scientific community will stop at nothing to keep out any competition in the public arena with their pet theory.

I think, too, that this is one of those situations where traditional Jews and Christians have the opportunity to focus on what we have in common, with neither side compromising on principles.
Enjoy.

As seen at: Third World County, Stray Dog, and Bloggin’ Outloud.

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I and the people who sit on my row spent the last month coming up with this.
It’s all meant in good fun, so don’t anybody get offended.
I’m starting from Day Twelve, mainly to save myself some typing time.

On the twelfth Day of Critmus, my true thug gave to me,
12 bastard children,
11 breaths a-stankin’,
10 butts a-bumpin’,
9 niggas runnin’,
8 crack rocks poppin’ (none of us have a history with crack, so we weren’t sure about this one. No one corrected us when we recited it this morning, so we assume we’re good on this one).
7 sluts a-swingin’,
6 pipes a-smokin’,
5 shots of jinn,
4 gold teeth,
3 bags of weed,
2 diamond studs,
And a new Ja-Rool CD.

Oh yeah, and this one’s openly trackbackable.

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I found out why my AHT (average handle time) was brought up again.
John had stopped counting it on his own because he was fed up with the UMs not giving a damn and not listening.
Our local UM wants a standard set for me, so John took my AHT for the last two months, and added forty seconds to it.
I can deal with that, even if I don’t like it.
We’re now required to submit trouble tickets each day the DB_interface doesn’t work.
More documentation.
And more smoke up my rear end.
I’m definitely convinced the UMs aren’t aware, (or just don’t care) what the legal ramifications of all this are.
I’m considering writing up and email tonight and informing them of their obligations.
I’m really pissed at all of this.
They’re saying the problem might be fixed no earlier than after the beginning of the year.
John’s trying to get me into another position that will involve less rump ranging by my employer.
After he gets my situation taken care of, and manages to get me into a position from which I can protect myself, he’s leaving.
I can’t say I blame him, although I’ll honestly miss him.
He’s the last bastion of common sense and logical thinking around here.

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I and the people who sit on my row spent the last month coming up with this.
It’s all meant in good fun, so don’t anybody get offended.
I’m starting from Day Twelve, mainly to save myself some typing time.

On the twelfth Day of Critmus, my true thug gave to me,
12 bastard children,
11 breaths a-stankin’,
10 butts a-bumpin’,
9 niggas runnin’,
8 crack rocks poppin’ (none of us have a history with crack, so we weren’t sure about this one. No one corrected us when we recited it this morning, so we assume we’re good on this one).
7 sluts a-swingin’,
6 pipes a-smokin’,
5 shots of jinn,
4 gold teeth,
3 bags of weed,
2 diamond studs,
And a new Ja-Rool CD.

Oh yeah, and this one’s openly trackbackable.

Taken from customerservant.com

I found out why my AHT (average handle time) was brought up again.
John had stopped counting it on his own because he was fed up with the UMs not giving a damn and not listening.
Our local UM wants a standard set for me, so John took my AHT for the last two months, and added forty seconds to it.
I can deal with that, even if I don’t like it.
We’re now required to submit trouble tickets each day the DB_interface doesn’t work.
More documentation.
And more smoke up my rear end.
I’m definitely convinced the UMs aren’t aware, (or just don’t care) what the legal ramifications of all this are.
I’m considering writing up and email tonight and informing them of their obligations.
I’m really pissed at all of this.
They’re saying the problem might be fixed no earlier than after the beginning of the year.
John’s trying to get me into another position that will involve less rump ranging by my employer.
After he gets my situation taken care of, and manages to get me into a position from which I can protect myself, he’s leaving.
I can’t say I blame him, although I’ll honestly miss him.
He’s the last bastion of common sense and logical thinking around here.

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This morning’s meeting with UM never happened.
He’s been in and out of the office, and is supposed to be out all afternoon.
John’s busy doing monitorings, so he’s unavailable too.
I went to UM’s office at around noon to see if there was any news, but there was none, and he sent a message to his boss, and said he’d come to my cube and let me know if anything comes up.
I didn’t think it would have been a really good idea to go back there and start trying to lay down the law without listening to what he had to say, if anything, first, and it turned out he didn’t have much to say at all.
I went to lunch around 1:00, and ate chicken, green beans and potatoes, and had tea to drink with it.
The chicken was a little burnt, but not very much, and the potatoes and green beans were awesome.
The tea was like concentrated sugar.
I could definitely use a nap right now.
I put my name in the drawing for a huge TV they’re giving away.
It would be funny if I won it.

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This morning’s meeting with UM never happened.
He’s been in and out of the office, and is supposed to be out all afternoon.
John’s busy doing monitorings, so he’s unavailable too.
I went to UM’s office at around noon to see if there was any news, but there was none, and he sent a message to his boss, and said he’d come to my cube and let me know if anything comes up.
I didn’t think it would have been a really good idea to go back there and start trying to lay down the law without listening to what he had to say, if anything, first, and it turned out he didn’t have much to say at all.
I went to lunch around 1:00, and ate chicken, green beans and potatoes, and had tea to drink with it.
The chicken was a little burnt, but not very much, and the potatoes and green beans were awesome.
The tea was like concentrated sugar.
I could definitely use a nap right now.
I put my name in the drawing for a huge TV they’re giving away.
It would be funny if I won it.

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