Be both.

"What If We Really Love All Humanity?"

"What If We Really Love All Humanity?"
by Steve Roberts Fine Art


For those of you who aren't aware of the meaning, NSFW means Not Safe For Work because it contains obscenities or other offensive material. On that note...

                                         The Best Blog Post of the Year:  Fuck You, 2010!

Thanks, Jezebel!  Someone had to say it.

Edit:   I have been blessed.  It's all that's going on in the world that's fucked up.  We all need a better 2011.  Here's to the New Year!

For All My Friends

Courtesy of Alphabet Photography:

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Feliz Navidad, Happy Festivus and any others I may have forgotten... Happy Holidays to all of you!

Need Your Help! RE: Companies Who Won't Hire the Unemployed

Dear Readers,

If you support the unemployed in their quest to find work, then I would like to ask for your help.  As many of you are already aware, there are employers out there who refuse to hire the unemployed or those unemployed longer than six months.  This is unacceptable, if we are going to move our country forward to better economic times.

I have compiled a list of Craigslist ads from around the country for companies who are not hiring the unemployed.  Many of them are blind ads, whereby they won't reveal their name.  If you have the background or qualifications they are looking for, I am asking that you contact them to find out who they are.

I do ask that you do not contact them to hassle them, only to find out their company name.  We will shame them later, with your help.

If you wish, I will happily credit you for finding the information.  If you want to remain anonymous, I will respect that wish as well.  You can reply in the comments below, email or give me a call through Google, on the right side of this page.  Below are the ads and contact info.

LVN $50 per hour + mileage (L.A./Orange County)

Date: 2010-10-03, 9:24AM PDT
Reply to:

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POSTING—seeking a very intelligent Licensed Vocational Nurse for subcontracting position to meet clients at doctors' offices, accompany them through their appointment, and then type a report of the examination. Time at doctor’s office paid from 30 minutes before appointment time to conclusion of examination at $50 per hour. Travel reimbursed at $50 per hour for standard driving time (Mapquest time) from your residence to the doctor’s office and then back to your home PLUS 50 cents per mile reimbursement (Mapquest distance) from your residence to the doctor’s office and then back to your home. Reimbursement for report typing based on standard (length of work product) typing time at $50 per hour. Reimbursement for proofreading of typist’s transcription paid at standard rate of 3 minutes per page at $50 per hour. This position REQUIRES EXCEPTIONAL RELIABLITY.

Paid in-person training is provided before the first assignment. The work assignments for this position are communicated VIA PHONE and the business owner will call applicants to conduct an initial telephone interview—so please DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS POSTING IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER YOUR PHONE WHEN CALLED (you may wish to include in your email response any best dates/times you may be reached—messages will not be left, and this position needs to be filled immediately). Assignments are available Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Must have VERY GOOD English speaking and GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT report writing ability with strong typing skills. Must maintain dependable transportation, computer with internet access, printer and cellphone. Please do not submit a response to this posting that is not accompanied by a complete resume. This is a long-term position (NOT TEMPORARY)—Only individuals with stable current employment, who are seeking an opportunity for part-time supplemental income should apply—DO NOT APPLY IF YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED OR ABOUT TO CHANGE EMPLOYMENT. This position needs to be filled immediately—please do not apply now if you are not prepared to be interviewed immediately, be trained immediately if selected for the position, and then take assignments immediately following completion of training.

P/T Legal/Admin Assistant (Los Angeles)

Date: 2010-10-03, 11:51AM PDT
Reply to:

Criminal Defense attorney with start-up practice that is getting busier. I need someone to handle office duties including filing, calendaring, billing, phone calls, and other admin work which may include helping set up a permanent office after the first of the year. The candidate must be highly organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must also be OK with working remotely sometimes and at least two days a week from my home office in Hancock Park area.

Criminal Law experience preferred. If you worked for a criminal defense lawyer, prosecutor's office, or for the courts - please note that in the subject line of your I can put you on the top of my inbox)

Pay is $12 an hour to start. For the right person this is a growth position. For real.

Do NOT APPLY if you are a recent law school grad waiting for bar results or an unemployed/underemployed attorney hoping to take cases. I will not consider you for this position.

Ahhh.... Patrice & Associates rears their ugly head again.

Needed Casual Dining Manager (San antonio)

Date: 2010-09-02, 2:30PM CDT
Reply to:

Searching for experienced restaurant manager for a high volume upscale casual dining restaurant located locally. Must be currently employed or recentley unemployed and not more than 3 jobs in the last ten years. Please send me your resume for immediate consiseration. At Patrice & Associates Hospitality Services we are the largest and most successful recruiting agency in the United States with over 600 job openings nationwide! If you want to get your resume in the hands of the corporate decision makers today and cut through the red tape then submit your resume now!
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Yeah, that's the end of their ad.  Pretty impressive, isn't it? 

Restaurant Managers (Fort Worth)

Date: 2010-10-05, 12:06PM CDT
Reply to:

Come to work for one of America's Fastest Growing Quick Casual concepts!
No early mornings...
No Late nights...
No Drive Thru...

Fantastic Growth Potential...(as a brand this company will open 1500 units nationally in the next 2 years)
Excellent Quality of Life!!
Terrific bonus potential!!

All over the entire Fort Worth market, we are looking for experienced restaurant managers with FULL SERVICE or FAST CASUAL experience. Our concept combines a sleek, 100% fresh menu with "host of the party" leadership to keep us at the top of the "ZAGAT" Best of the Best list.
Our successful restaurant managers come from a background that includes a fresh kitchen production style, combined with strong controllable skills and huge leadership ability. (we place a high price on guest happiness) We look for folks who enjoy knowing their guests by first name and being the mayor of the town!

• NO more than 2 jobs in 3 years…
• Definite salaried restaurant management experience …
• Must be currently employed (or recently unemployed for good reason)…
• Must have a desire to move your career forward…

We have 12 units under construction right now...and we need strong leadership talent!!!!

Business to Business Sales (North Metro) Boulder, CO

Date: 2010-09-01, 8:54PM MDT
Reply to:

Media Company is looking for Business to Business sales people. This is a commission only position. First years income could be between $40,000.00 and $60,000.00. We can teach you what you need if you have the desire to work.
Territory includes Boulder, Longmont and North Denver Metro.
Some of the services we provide are:
SEO (search engine optimization)
Web Sites
Promotional Material (pens, caps, etc.)
Printed Material (direct mail, Magazine type material and informational material.)

Requirements include:
Ability to work with little supervision, we do not believe in micro management.
Ability to Cold call new and existing accounts as well as prospect.
Work with several different personalities.
Must have reliable vehicle.
Must be computer literate. (Excel spread sheet)
Able to meet dead lines.

If you do not have self pride, self motivation, self worth please do not apply. We are not looking for the carrier unemployed.

Looking for Ambitious Sales Rep.  Detroit

Date: 2010-08-30, 11:19AM EDT
Reply to:

Looking for people who want to supplement their current full-time income with a part-time opportunity.
Not necessarily looking for unemployed people at this time.
Growing need to educate families on how to make money, save money, and get out of debt.
Looking for sharp, ambitious individuals with great people skills who have the desire to help others.
Great advancement potential
Part-time potential extra $500-$1500/month 10-15 hrs/week
Possible transition to full-time in the future

If interested, email above address with contact info

Restuarant / Kitchen Manager (Plymouth Meeting, PA)

Date: 2010-09-19, 10:15AM EDT
Reply to: 

Immediate Opening!
Assistant Restaurant Manager
If it inspires and excites you to help build a growing, profitable restaurant business in which the highest standards of quality, value and hospitality are expressed; where respect, integrity and pride are a way of life; then we would love to hear from you.
FUN! FUN! FUN! - Great work environment! Not Fast Food!

Career Progression: AM to GM in about 2 years
Promotes from within

Competitive Wages - Attainable Bonus!
 Medical / Dental / Prescription Drug Plan
 Flex Care Benefits Option
 401(k) Retirement Plan
 Attire & Meal Allowances
 Two Weeks Paid Vacation to start

Candidate Criteria:
• Strong candidate capable of handling a $2M store.
• 2 years of salaried management experience in full service casual / family dining
• Must be employed in restaurants or recently unemployed (1 - 5 months out)
• No more than 2 jobs in 5 years, 3 in 9-10 years.
• Likes to have FUN at work!!!!

Not Just an Ordinary Job……..But an Extraordinary Career

Restaurant Managers-Quick Casual (Paramus)  New Jersey

Date: 2010-09-10, 8:36AM EDT
Reply to:

► No Late Nights-Great Quality of Life-55 Hour Work Week
► General Managers are promoted from within and we are growing!
► Performance based bonuses and promotions
► Industry-leading compensation and benefits
► Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
► Flexible Spending Account
► 401(k) Pension Plan
► Paid Vacation
► Bonus Plan
HERE’S WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU: ► 3yrs exp as salaried manager, preferably from fast casual or full service
► P&L skills, budgeting, and computer skills
► Excellent team leadership and customer skills are a must for all candidates-you Should truly enjoy promoting guest satisfaction
► Employed or recently unemployed
► No more than 2 jobs in 5 years, 3 in 10
If you meet these qualifications, please email your resume attn: Cathy!

Note:  The ad below is too damn long so I've shortened it; if you want a list of all their Do's and Don'ts, go here.  For such exacting standards, you'd think they would hire a staffing company that could write a proper ad.

Attention- $110,000/ yr - Senior Tax Manager-Send Resume Now (Newark, NJ)

Date: 2010-09-20, 6:36AM EDT
Reply to:

2. * ** EMPLOYMENT STATUS ***: Do NOT submit resume if you are Currently UNEMPLOYED or SEL-EMPLOYED as they will NOT be considered. ONLY accepting passive candidates. 
Title: Senior Tax Manager
Salary: $110k - $140k (DOE)
Company: Top 20 CPA Firm
Location: Newark, NJ
Job Type: Full time


* Bachelors degree in accounting.
* Advanced degree in Taxation or J.D. or a CPA License.
* Bachelors degree and a CPA license is required or an MS in taxation.

* Minimum of 6 Years in a Public Accounting environment.
* Experience in using tax preparation software.

* Computer Literacy, including strong excel skills.
* Ability to work within a team environment.
* Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

* Tax Related Responsibilities:
* Research and consulting on complex tax matters.
* Review of tax returns.
* Communication with clients and maintenance of client relationships.
* Management, development, training and mentoring of staff and seniors.
* Tax planning with a wide variety of clients.

* Oversee, train, and develop staff as well as provide informal and formal feedback regarding their performance.
* Review and maintain budgets.
* Keep partners updated about the status of the engagement.
* Maintain client relations.
* Answer various questions from staff that is working on engagements.
* Supervise client billing.
* Visit potential client sites for business proposals.

The ideal Candidate:
5 - 7 yrs of experience

For Consideration you must act NOW !
Send resume today to the following below

Excellent Advancement Opportunity (Danville) North Carolina

Date: 2010-10-07, 8:24AM EDT
Reply to:

Excellent Advancement Opportunity

We bring on big talent and develop them into our future Proprietors - You'll be responsible for ensuring that guests enjoy a pleasurable dining experience. Key responsibilities include guest interaction, management of operating standards for service, facility and equipment in the restaurant, while ensuring staffing and training of the service team. If you have experience in sales volume of at least $2 Million and have great knowledge of restaurant operations we would love to talk to you!

• Great Pay & Bonus
• Medical / Dental Insurance
• 401k
• Disability Insurance
• 2 weeks vacation

Preferred Candidate Criteria:
• Must be employed in restaurants or recently unemployed (1-4) months out
• No more than 2 jobs in 5 years, 3 in 9-10 years.
• High Volume Experience is a big plus
• 3yrs of mgmt in full service/casual dining.
• Valid driver's license.
• High school education

There are several openings locally. Please submit your resume today for consideration! 

That's it... for now.  If you find other companies out there who won't hire the unemployed or long term (6 months or longer) unemployed, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for your help!

I Met an Honorable Man

It's been a while since I've posted anything, so this post is a couple months overdue.

It was the beginning of summer.  The usually dark gray skies of Seattle had been replaced with a beautiful blue sky and the sparkling, warm yellow of the morning sun.  I had just pulled my car in to a convenience store when I noticed a grizzled, old man get off his motorcycle and walk in the store.  He had a long, scraggly beard and a somewhat familiar, yellow armband on his worn, leather jacket.  He looked like the epitome of a Hell's Angel. He was an angel, alright.  Just not from hell.

His yellow armband kept tugging at the edges of my memory, when a question entered my mind.  I waited for him to come out of the store.  As he walked out, I approached him with the question, "Excuse me, but are you one of the men who ride to protect military families from the Westboro Baptist Church?"

He replied, "Yes, I am.  We're called the Patriot Guard Riders."

"I'd like to shake your hand and thank you for helping them," I said and extended my hand.  I watched the expression on his face turn from wariness to the full warmth of a smile.

"As a matter of fact, we're riding today," he stated as he grasped my hand.  "To a young man's funeral in Enumclaw.  Westboro is supposed to be there, so we will too."

We stood there a few more minutes talking, then he got on his motorcycle and rode off.  I was left feeling that it had been an honor to meet this man, however briefly.

If you are unfamiliar with the Westboro Baptist Church, allow me to explain.  They are a very small "church" in Kansas.  Their congregation consists primarily of their own family members and they are led by a... I hate to call him a man... by the name of Fred Phelps.  They are a particularly hateful organization that travel around the country protesting at the funerals of our military men and women.  Their signs spew horrific phrases like, "Thank God for Dead Soldiers, God Hates America, God Hates Fags" and other detestable sayings.  They will yell this garbage within the hearing range of the families burying their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends.  They have had lawsuits filed against them and by them, all in the name of free speech.

As much as it may make my blood  boil, I believe in the right of free speech, no matter how vile it is (however, that free speech stops when calling for the harm of others).  But!  And this is a damned, big but!  In my opinion, our military families also have the right to mourn their lost loved ones in peace and privacy.  Period.

But until the WBC is stopped by the courts, the honorable men of the Patriot Guard Riders will continue to ride.  They will continue to form a human wall to block the WBC from having to be seen by our military familes.  The Patriot Guard will continue to rev their motorcycles to keep our soldiers' families from having to hear the revolting howls of the WBC.

So once again, to my friend that rode to Enumclaw and all of his companions that ride for the same noble reason:  Thank you.  You are truly honorable men.

For those of you who would like to stand with and/or support the Patriot Guard, you can do so here, or here.

Keep Your Politics Away From My Children!

If you are one of those people who stay informed about what's going on in the world, it is easy to get caught up in politics and your personal views.  That's all fine and dandy.  But when you inject your politics onto children, let's just say you and I are going to have a major problem.

Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Terry Savage thought she was teaching three little girls a life lesson when she and her brother happened on their lemonade stand.

The three young girls -- under the watchful eye of a nanny, sitting on the grass with them -- explained that they had regular lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and small chocolate candy bars.

Then my brother asked how much each item cost.

"Oh, no," they replied in unison, "they're all free!"

I sat in the back seat in shock. Free? My brother questioned them again: "But you have to charge something? What should I pay for a lemonade? I'm really thirsty!"

His fiancee smiled and commented, "Isn't that cute. They have the spirit of giving."

That really set me off, as my regular readers can imagine.

"No!" I exclaimed from the back seat. "That's not the spirit of giving. You can only really give when you give something you own. They're giving away their parents' things -- the lemonade, cups, candy. It's not theirs to give."

I pushed the button to roll down the window and stuck my head out to set them straight.
"You must charge something for the lemonade," I explained. "That's the whole point of a lemonade stand. You figure out your costs -- how much the lemonade costs, and the cups -- and then you charge a little more than what it costs you, so you can make money. Then you can buy more stuff, and make more lemonade, and sell it and make more money."

I was confident I had explained it clearly. Until my brother, breaking the tension, ordered a raspberry lemonade. As they handed it to him, he again asked: "So how much is it?"

And the girls once again replied: "It's free!" And the nanny looked on contentedly.

First of all, Ms. Self-Righteous, Condescending Savage, who the hell are you to tell children what they MUST do with their lemonade stand?  They own it.  They are free (pardon the pun) to charge what they want or give it away.

Second, they DO own that lemonade stand.  Their parents GAVE them the supplies, so don't tell them it was not theirs to give. 

What would you say to the physicians with Doctors Without Borders?  Or dentists with Operation Smile?  Or those who do pro bono work to help those less fortunate than your haughty, sorry ass?  Or all those who needed our help (and still do) in Haiti?  Sorry poor people, if you want medical care for that rotting, crushed leg or water or food, we're gonna have to charge you for it.  That's capitalism.  It's the American way.

Ms. Savage was so outraged at three little girls giving away lemonade, she had to rant and rave that this is the reason America is in the current economic situation.

No wonder America is getting it all wrong when it comes to government, and taxes, and policy. We all act as if the "lemonade" or benefits we're "giving away" is free.

And so the voters demand more -- more subsidies for mortgages, more bailouts, more loan modification and longer periods of unemployment benefits. 

They're all very nice. But these things aren't free.

The government only gets the money to pay these benefits by raising taxes, meaning taxpayers pay for the "free lemonade." Or by printing money -- which is essentially a tax on savings, since printing more money devalues the wealth we hold in dollars.

If we can't teach our kids the basics of running a lemonade stand, how can we ever teach Congress the basics of economics?

Or maybe it's the other way around: The kids are learning from the society around them. No one has ever taught them there's no free lunch -- and all they see is "free," not the result of hard work, and saving, and scrimping.

If that's what America's children think -- that there's a free lunch waiting -- then our country has larger problems ahead. The Declaration of Independence promised "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." It didn't promise anything free. Something to think about this July 4th holiday weekend.

And that's the Savage Truth!

There you have it, folks.  America is screwed up right now because children are giving away lemonade.  Actually, the savage truth, Ms. Savage, is that you have no soul and feel the need to push your political views on small children.  What the fuck is wrong with you?

H/T to Gawker for the story.

Oh. My. Gawd.

Someone PLEASE tell me this is a joke!

An Open Video Letter to Sarah Palin

I think this says it all.

Please share this video.

H/T to The Mudflats.

Keep the Boycott Going! "The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered"

First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who visited Friday's post, "Unemployed Will Not Be Considered" Boycott!, and helped to spread the message.  But in order for this boycott to be effective, we need to keep re-posting, emailing and publicizing this message.  I realize that it will take some time to highlight these companies that use the atrocious practice of not hiring the unemployed.  So remember to post any employment ads you find with this 'requirement' in the comments below, along with the link.

In the meantime, I am going to try to get more traction on the boycott by contacting a local radio station to get the message out.  Please keep your fingers crossed.  If you want to do the same thing, by all means, please do!  Make sure to direct them to Friday's post as a starting point.

Remember, our message must be heard:  Any company that insists on not hiring the unemployed will not see a penny from us!

With that said, let us now focus our attention on companies who have shown unacceptable corporate citizenship by not hiring unemployed workers.

In the HuffingtonPost article, Laura Bassett reported:

In a current job posting on The People Place, a job recruiting website for the telecommunications, aerospace/defense and engineering industries, an anonymous electronics company in Angleton, Texas, advertises for a "Quality Engineer." Qualifications for the job are the usual: computer skills, oral and written communication skills, light to moderate lifting. But red print at the bottom of the ad says, "Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason."
In a nearly identical job posting for the same position on the Benchmark Electronics website, the red print is missing. But a human resources representative for the company confirmed to HuffPost that the The People Place ad accurately reflects the company's recruitment policies.

Interestingly enough, Benchmark Electronics' own Code of Conduct seems to refute the above HR representative's statement.

The success of Benchmark’s business is dependent on the trust and confidence it earns from its employees, customers and shareholders.  Benchmark gains credibility by adhering to its commitments, displaying honesty and integrity and reaching company goals solely through honorable conduct.  It is easy to say what the company must do, but the proof is in the actions.
This Policy applies to employees, officers and directors of Benchmark and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.  Management has the added responsibility for demonstrating, through their actions, the importance of this Policy.  In any business, ethical behavior does not simply happen; it is the product of clear and direct communication of behavioral expectations, modeled from the top and demonstrated by example.  To make this Policy work, managers must be responsible for promptly addressing ethical questions or concerns raised by employees and for taking the appropriate steps to deal with such issues.

Further down in their Code of Conduct, it states:

Several key questions can help identify situations that may be unethical, inappropriate or illegal.  Employees can ask themselves the following questions:

Does what I am doing comply with Benchmark’s guiding principles, this Policy and other company  policies?
Have I been asked to misrepresent information or deviate from normal procedure?    
Would I feel comfortable describing my decision at a staff meeting?
How would it look if it made the headlines?
Am I being loyal to my family, my company and myself?
What would I tell my child to do?
Is this the right thing to do?
It looks like Benchmark Electronics earned the first and top spot on our boycott list. 

I'm (just a little) reluctant to put Sony Ericsson on the list for one reason only:  When asked about the ad, a spokeswoman said, "This was a mistake, and once it was noticed it was removed."

However, they're going on the list anyway.  Why?  Because this wording found it's way into their employment ad.   NO UNEMPLOYED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED AT ALL.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

This statement was made in bold and CAPS on the ad.  How was this a mistake?  It's not like a typo that goes unnoticed.  Whoever wrote the ad was adamant about that requirement.  Sure they tried to walk it back by removing it, but it reminds me of a former (dick) boss of mine that was fond of using the phrase, "It's all about Plausible Deniability."  Sure, they can remove the requirement from any employment ads, but it doesn't mean they won't adhere to it.

So... Sony Ericsson, you made the list.  And it's really sad.  Four of the Seven cell phones I've owned have been Sony Ericsson phones.  No more.

An anonymous commenter on the previous post listed a recruiting firm using a slight variation of the practice.  Patrice and Associates listed the following requirement on CareerBuilder for Restaurant Management positions:

Currently employed, or recently unemployed (3-6 months)


I can hear their reasoning now.  We only want the cream of the crop, and those who have been unemployed longer than six months simply don't fit that bill.  No, that is not a statement from them; just what I imagine their response would be.

Amazingly, their website doesn't list that particular requirement.

I attempted to contact the recruiter listed in the ad, PJ Andrews, to no avail.  I left a voicemail; but I doubt I will get a return call.  Perhaps I will contact their office tomorrow.

What's funny about their job posting is this little tidbit:  URGENT!!!!!      Setting up for interviews NOW!!! 

Note:  I made sure to list the available jobs for those of you in OH in case you're interested.

Now, PJ... if it's so very urgent (with five exclamation points!), I would think you would open up your pool of candidates to those who have been unemployed longer than six months.   Or is it that you are just in need of an URGENT!!!!! commission?

Yes, I'm being snarky, but I can't help it. 

But, dear reader, Patrice and Associates is NOT going on the boycott list.  At this point, we are unsure if their requirement is a directive from their clients or their own policy.  Although you can be sure I'll be looking to find out. 

Finally, a few readers commented that instead of boycotting these companies, we should exact our revenge by bombarding them with bogus resumes.  I must respectfully disagree.  While it may make us feel better to think we're making their lives miserable, it does nothing to further our cause.  Besides... I don't know about you, but I would rather spend my time legitimately looking for work than what would amount to no more than a prank.  What will hurt these companies more will be to impact their bank accounts, and to continue to put the spotlight of negative press on them.
Coming up:  I will be talking with recruiters/companies who DO hire the unemployed to find out their reactions.

Boycott List To Date:
When you find one of these vile employment ads, please remember to post them here.  And thanks again for helping spread the message. It won't happen without you.

Be a better human.

'Unemployed Will Not Be Considered' Boycott UPDATE X2!

A new Huffington Post article focused on a disturbing trend in hiring.

In multiple job ads, one criteria was listed as: the unemployed need not apply.

In a current job posting on The People Place, a job recruiting website for the telecommunications, aerospace/defense and engineering industries, an anonymous electronics company in Angleton, Texas, advertises for a "Quality Engineer." Qualifications for the job are the usual: computer skills, oral and written communication skills, light to moderate lifting. But red print at the bottom of the ad says, "Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason."
In a nearly identical job posting for the same position on the Benchmark Electronics website, the red print is missing. But a human resources representative for the company confirmed to HuffPost that the The People Place ad accurately reflects the company's recruitment policies.
"It's our preference that they currently be employed," he said. "We typically go after people that are happy where they are and then tell them about the opportunities here. We do get a lot of applications blindly from people who are currently unemployed -- with the economy being what it is, we've had a lot of people contact us that don't have the skill sets we want, so we try to minimize the amount of time we spent on that and try to rifle-shoot the folks we're interested in."
There are about 5.5 people looking for work for every job available, according to the latest data from the Labor Department.
Sony Ericsson, a global phone manufacturer that recently announced that it would be bringing 180 new jobs to the Buckhead, Ga. area, also recently posted an ad for a marketing position on The People Place. The add specified: "NO UNEMPLOYED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED AT ALL." When asked about the ad, a spokeswoman said, "This was a mistake, and once it was noticed it was removed."
Ads asking the unemployed not to apply are easy to find. A Craigslist ad for assistant restaurant managers in Edgewater, N.J. specifies, "Must be currently employed." Another job posting for a tax manager at an unnamed "top 25 CPA firm" in New York City contains the same line in all caps.
A company's choice to ignore unemployed applicants and recycle the current workforce ignores the effect of the recession on millions of highly-qualified workers and could prolong the unemployment crisis, said Judy Conti, federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project.
"In the current economy, where millions of people have lost their jobs through absolutely no fault of their own, I find it beyond unconscionable that any employer would not consider unemployed workers for current job openings," she said. "Not only are these employers short-sighted in their search for the best qualified workers, but they are clearly not good corporate citizens of the communities in which they work. Increasingly, politicians and policy makers are trying to blame the unemployed for their condition, and to see this shameful propaganda trickle down to hiring decisions is truly sad and despicable."

As one commenter, Downix, posted, "...if you cannot move someonefrom the unemployed column to the employed, there will be a reduced pool of potential customers for whatever your product or service.  Moving a person from one employed column to another keeps the pool of unemployed larger for no reason, resulting in diminished long term profitability.  While it is within their right, so is bundling up unstable financial product in to bonds and then pawning them off as good investments.  It gives you a short term view for it."

This practice should not be tolerated - not in today's economy.  If these companies want to employ these practices (pardon the pun), then these companies should "not be considered" when we open up our wallets, deciding where to spend our meager dollars.

I would say that anytime anyone comes across an employment ad that states that the unemployed will not be considered, the company name should be put on a boycott list. That is, if it's not a blind ad.

I am making a plea to all who discover any of these ads to post the company names in the comments below.  Please be sure to provide a link to the offending ad.  If at all possible, be sure to take a screen shot and email to me at the link on the sidebar.  I will post all screenshots of any ads that require this disgusting (dis)qualification (provided that the company name is clearly visible in the screen shot).

This will not happen without YOU, dear reader.  Please... spread this far and wide.  Send to your friends.  Repost on other websites.  Let's refuse to "hire" these companies with our wallets.

UPDATE:  The original, offensive job posting, courtesy of WABE newscast, Public Broadcasting.

Was this job posting the fault of Sony Ericsson or The People Place, their online job posting agency?

Here is a FABULOUS idea from HP commenter dobleremolque:

I sense an entrepreneurial opportunity here. Let's see...I'll create a social networking site called "Employmentbook", and hire you! You fill out what your duties and skills are. We pay you no salary or benefits, but file all the paperwork for employer payroll deductions at a salary of $0, and give you $0 sum W-2s each January.

And when you apply, you don't have to lie. Yes, you are currently employed and when they contact us to verify, we tell them ONLY employment start date and nothing more. Just like in the real world.

e register that web domain...

Thanks, dobleremolque!  Just the right amount of humor we need for such an outrageous topic!

Be a better human.

Finally! A Solution to the BP Oil Disaster!

Courtesy of political cartoonist David Horsey:

Works for me.

If Thine Eye Offends Thee... Oh Really!

Sometimes I see something that is worthy of a skit on SNL's "Oh Really! with Seth and Amy" (bring back Amy!).  This is one of them.  KIRO Radio's Linda Thomas, AKA The News Chick received a petition from Monica Cole, the national director of  It seems Mrs. Cole was horrified to see this poster displayed at the Bath & Body Works store of her local mall:

At least that was the image portrayed in Linda Thomas' blog, followed by several comments expressing their disgust at Mrs. Cole's Victorian age sensibilities.  How could anyone be offended by THAT, I thought.  So, I took a little trip to my local shopping mall.  When I arrived at the store, what greeted me before I even entered was this:

Okay... I don't have a problem with the image.  I walked inside to talk to an employee about the controversy.  She said they were well aware of the issue and some of them were also offended.  Some of the employees had covered up part of the image but were told by their corporate office to uncover it.  The employee was agitated because several customers had complained to her, apparently for this image at the very back of the store:

Gasp!  She's... naked!  "Don't look, Ethel!"

"Why are you offended by that?" I asked.
"Because," she stated, "You can see her butt."


I've seen more butt on a beach.

According to the one millionth mom, Mrs. Cole, on her website:

This is not somewhere you would want to walk by or visit with your children, your teen son or your husband. To be bombarded with a poster of a nude woman pictured with her privates meticulously covered while you are shopping is not okay!

Malls, where teens hang out and families go for an innocent outing, have retailers whose window displays poison our children with 10-foot posters that are nothing but soft p*rn. In particular, Bath & Body Works has a new ad campaign with a naked woman with certain areas covered up by her hands and legs. (An asterisk '*' is used to bypass internet filters.)

Soft P0rn?  Really?  REALLY?  I have seen p0rn, and that is not even remotely p0rn, soft or otherwise.  A woman's nude, but modestly covered body is NOT p0rn.  I supposed Mrs. Cole would consider this p0rn as well:

Yes, Mrs. Cole would rather we go back to the Victorian era where showing a woman's ankle would be scandalous.  And I'm not alone in this view.  Some of the comments posted on Linda Thomas' article:

what th'--
"To be bombarded with a poster of a nude woman pictured with her privates meticulously covered while you are shopping is not okay." So... Mizz Cole would prefer the model's privates to be _exposed_? Whatta perv. ;-) Yo, Monica, turn it into a teachable moment, like, "See that model? The poor dear; she probably hasn't eaten in two days. See her lack of muscle tone? And that skin: Maybelline and Photoshop."

Um, it's a BATH and BODy store!!!
What else are you going to see? This poster is totally non-sexual. The image I get is that she just got out of the bath or shower and is enjoying the new lotion she just got. I mean, if it were a girl in pasties pole-dancing, it'd be another story, but this image seems to me to just be about feeling and smelling good with this stores products. My wife shops there quite frequently and I have no problem with my son seeing this picture. Heck, I don't mind him seeing even more sexual images, as long as it is in the proper context of a loving (preferably married) relationship without one party exploiting the other. People need to get a life.

Perhaps this comment is my favorite.

Your story about this subject resulted in a WIN/WIN for BOTH Bath&Body Works and Million Moms because you just gave BOTH a lot of FREE publicity and I suppose that's the purpose of your article.  Peoples opinions are already cemented on this type of subject as I'm sure your aware of.

For those readers who are not aware, I am both a woman and a mom.  I certainly want to protect our children from things that are harmful to them, but I do not see this as harmful.  Teenage girls will see this image and sadly wish they looked like the model, not realizing her perfection is a result of airbrushing and PhotoShop.  Teenage boys will see it and get excited.  But then again, teenage boys will get excited over this:

Victoria's Secret has much more sexualized images right at the front of the store or viewable from the entrance.


On a humorous note, I observed several moms in the VS store with their children in tow.  

Is Mrs. Cole going to demand that these posters be taken down as well?


I will use Mrs. Cole's information on her own website to  TAKE ACTION.

Please send Bath & Body Works an email urging them to KEEP these posters in their store locations and website.

Take it one step further by calling Bath & Body Works at 1-800-756-5005 and SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THEIR TASTEFUL, ARTISTIC POSTERS.

I know I have a few moms out there who read this blog.  I would like to hear from you.  Or dads.  Or... anyone, really.

But I especially would like to hear your opposing points of view.  All comments are welcome.  Thank you.

My Mom, My Best Friend

My mom grew up an only child, but she wasn't in the least bit spoiled.  She learned the meaning of hard work by working in her mother's dress shop while other girls her age were at the local malt shop with their friends.   She went to a Catholic school and became known as the wild child by sneaking out to the field to smoke cigarettes with her girlfriends.  I can imagine the nuns were quite exasperated with her, but I think we would have made great friends if I had known her back then.

Like many girls in the late 1950's, my mom married and started her family right after high school.  I don't know what she was thinking when she had my brothers in 1959, 1960, 1962 (Jan.) and 1962 (Dec).  I came along four years later.

When I was born, my mom had been long since divorced from my brother's dad.  At that time, it was not socially acceptable to be a divorced woman.  Even worse to have a child if you were unmarried.  With these social 'rules' stacked against her, a social worker determined she was not fit to keep her newborn daughter and promptly placed me in a foster home.  My mom fought that arrogant social worker tooth and nail to get me back.  Two weeks later, she did.

The first time I realized my mom was more than just a mom was when her favorite cat died.  It was late at night and I awoke to hear sobbing.  It didn't register as my mother's voice because, in my young, six or seven year old mind, mommies didn't cry.  Mommies soothed their children's tears.  As I made my way into the living room, I discovered my mom leaning against the front door crying her heart out.  My first thought was, Who hurt my Mommy?  I'm going to beat them up!    She told me she found Hoppy, her beautiful Manx cat out on the road in front of our house; Hoppy had been run over by a car.  I hugged her as hard as I could, wanting to bring Hoppy back for her so her heart wouldn't hurt anymore.

My mom could be (and still is at times) ferocious.  Yet she has the softest heart of anyone I know.

Our family had our issues, like any other.  When one of my brothers was threatened by some local hoodlums, my mom invited them over to the house.  No, she wasn't serving tea.  She was serving a dose of what-is-going-to-happen-to-you-if-you-ever-threaten-my-son-again.  Funny... we never heard from them again.

When I became a teenager, a so-called, respected neighbor assaulted me.  Afterward, my mom knew something was bothering me and asked me about it.  I told her what happened.  Her face turned expressionless; she told me to stay where I was, then walked out the front door to his house.  After that day, my neighbor didn't talk to me; he didn't look at me, and he didn't even breathe in my direction.

We never knew what words my mom used to persuade these miscreants, but I don't think she put the fear of God into them.  I think she put the fear of burning hell-fire into them.  You messed with her kids at your own risk.

At the same time, Mom had a hard time turning away any unfortunate animals.  You can bet we kids took full advantage of that.  One of our family jokes is, Mom!  Look what followed me home!  She would get so mad at us for bringing home yet another stray, but we knew she would cave.  At one point, I counted how many animals we had - 7 dogs, 18 cats, a hamster, a bird, goldfish and a piranha named Igor.  Luckily, we had a large house with a huge back yard and a six acre field behind us.

I don't know how my mom survived and kept her sanity raising five kids.  We certainly didn't make it easy on her.  We were all absolute hellions.  And she struggled a lot financially.  At one point, she worked two jobs to keep a roof over our head and food on the table.  She even learned to make potato soup out of ONE potato and spices to feed us when she had no money.  She sacrificed so much more than I ever have to care for her children.  I don't think she has any idea just how much I admire her.  There are so many times in my life when I've wished I could be like her.  Really.  I know a daughter is not supposed to say it out loud, but when I grow up I want to be like my mother.

In every child's life, there is a turning point where the relationship you have with your parents will bring you closer or push you apart.  Mine came when I was a fourteen year old, hormone-charged, obnoxious teenager.  I was pushing the boundaries of exerting my independence and I was not considerate of my mother's feelings.  I had come home from being out with my friends.  I told my mom I was someplace I was not, and she called me out on it.  I wasn't about to get in trouble so I lied about it.  Bald faced lied.  My mom and I got into a big fight and then she sighed resignedly and said, "Sometime I think you hate me."  Hate you? I thought.  I love you!  But I didn't say it.  I stared at her defiantly for a moment, then turned and stomped off to my room.  I spent about an hour in my room arguing silently with myself, trying to decide if I wanted to continue being stupidly stubborn or swallow my adolescent pride.  I walked out of my bedroom.  With tears falling down my cheeks and feeling ashamed, I wrapped my arms around my mom and told her I loved her.  I didn't want her to ever think that I didn't.  I wasn't the perfect child after that, but I was always mindful of my mother's feelings.  And I have regretted my behavior every day of my life since.  Mom, please don't ever forget that I love you with all my heart.  Ever.

My mom is now my best friend.  She and I have talked about the meaning of life, the weather, religion, politics... you name it.  We don't always see eye to eye, but we understand each other.  I am so grateful to have her as my mother.

My mom is now 70.  She told me recently that she doesn't feel her kids need her anymore.  That's not true, Mom.  We just need you differently now.  As in needing your hugs when we visit.  Hearing your voice when we call, even when we interrupt your favorite TV show.  We still need your advice and wisdom when our lives aren't going as we expected.  We definitely need you.

My mom and newborn my son in 1989.  Aren't they beautiful?

Happy Mother's Day, Mom.  I love you.


Gulf Oil Spill... Like Rainbows and Chocolate Milk! UPDATE & CORRECTION

The Biloxi-Gulfport Sun-Herald in Mississippi reported on the visit and remarks of Rep. Gene Taylor and Marine Resources Director Bill Walker who flew over the Gulf oil spill on Saturday.

“At the moment, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be,” he[Taylor] said, shortly after returning from the three-hour tour.  Taylor told a group of reporters waiting at Atlantic Aviation he was less concerned about the spill after witnessing its movement firsthand.
“This isn’t Katrina. It’s not Armageddon,” Taylor said. “A lot of people are scared and I don’t think they should be.”  He described the spill as a light, rainbow sheen with patches that look like chocolate milk..."[emphasis mine]
He said the closest he saw oil was 20 miles from the Louisiana marsh and that it was further than that away from the Chandeleur Islands and even further from the barrier islands.
“It’s breaking up naturally; that’s a good thing. The fact that it’s a long way from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, that’s a great thing, because it gives it time to break up naturally,” he said.

I'm sure Taylor was trying to allay his constituents' fears.  However, I am quite sure he hasn't the slightest idea of the oil spill's ramifications.

Apparently, Dir. Walker agreed with Taylor's unconcerned assessment.

Walker said the sheen could collect on beaches and in estuaries, but it will evaporate within a week.
Walker’s plan is to let any sheen that makes its way into the marshes evaporate naturally.
“That’s what we will probably do, is leave it alone and let nature take its course,” he said.

Mr. W Finds A Home

Watch this to the end.  This is absolutely brilliant!

Let Them Eat Cake!

We all know the story of Marie Antoinette.  It is said that after being told that the poor had no bread, she proclaimed, "Let them eat cake!"  Many historians dispute Antoinette ever uttered the phrase.  But it came to represent how the commoners viewed the monarchy during France's financial turmoil in the late 1700's.  Antoinette and her husband, King Louis XVI, lived lavishly and spent extravagantly as Paris and the rest of the country sank into financial crisis.  It is exactly how many of today's working class Americans view Wall Street.

Yesterday, from a circulating email, it was revealed that we have our very own Marie Antoinette on Wall Street.  The coward who wrote the email chose to remain anonymous.  Perhaps he feared meeting Antoinette's fate.

This gutless invertebrate apparently wrote the following email addressed to the American people, but the degenerate snake sent it only to his fellow Wall Streeters.  From Joshua Brown's blog, The Reformed Broker, here is the email in all its glory:

"We are Wall Street. It's our job to make money. Whether it's a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn't matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn't hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone's 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I've never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.
Well now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.
Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you're only going to hurt yourselves. What's going to happen when we can't find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We're going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work till 10pm or later. We're used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don't take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don't demand a union. We don't retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we'll eat that.
For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping? We're going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and a half. I'll be hitting grounders to the high school baseball team for $5k extra a summer, thank you very much.
So now that we're going to be making $85k a year without upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right? Wrong! Guess what: we're going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren't going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We're going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.
The difference is, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but it's really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat a**es land directly on the middle class of America and knock them to the bottom.
We aren't dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama & his administration are making Joe Mainstreet our food supply…will he? and will they?"

Pretty disgusting, eh?  This, from one of the people who contributed to the fall of our economy.  I don't know about you, but if I had lost BILLIONS of dollars (hell, a thousand would do it) for my company my ass would be out on the curb.  Not only does the writer NOT lose his job, but he has most likely continued to receive bloated, outrageous bonuses.  And he's proud to be vicious.   What a wonderful human being.  He is a steaming pustule on the ass of humanity.  

However, Mr. Cowardly Email Writer was not alone in his sentiments.  Michael Gould-Wartofsky over at the The Huffington Post noted that another Wall Street despoiler of American dreams had a similar, albeit not quite so detestable attitude.

One corporate bond trader, Brendan Plunkett, 46, of Essex Falls, NJ, was quoted by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as saying, "If they care so much about the country, they should go to work and be productive and stop with the protests."

 Really?  No...seriously... fucking REALLY?

Go back to work to what jobs?  Do you mean the jobs that don't exist because banks won't loan money to companies that can't afford to hire anyone because no one is buying anything because they don't have jobs?  I would suggest Mr. Plunkett and Mr. Email give up all their worldly possessions and 'viciously' steal a job from a third grade teacher or a landscaper (first they have to find a non-existent available position) and live off those earnings.  These worthless, Wall Street dogs live in an alternate reality.  Not to mention, I doubt they could handle a bunch of ferocious, finger-paint-up-the-nose eight year olds running around causing pandemonium.  Nor could they stand the back-breaking, all-weather work of a landscaper.  They would cry like little girls at the first sign of dirt under the nails of their finely manicured, baby-soft hands.

Ah, yes.  Here we have the modern day Marie Antoinettes, effectively saying, "Let them eat cake!"

Keep it up, douche bags.  You think YOU'RE vicious?  You and Blankfein, "doing God's work" are going to see this soon:

And in the words of Jon Stewart... Go fuck yourselves.
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