Lies and Hoosiers Looking for Tips – Only 1.1 Million Years Working at Minimum Wage in Order to Save Up and Buy a Decent Home

Repub. Mitt Romney says he can create 12,000.000 jobs in five years. This is no big deal for at least two reasons.

Republican Governor-Wannabee Pence is playing his own game of hocus-pocus with Hoosier State voters.

Imagine getting a 10% break on your state income taxes. Is it true that 10% of zero is nothing?

Rep. Governor Candidate and current Indiana Congressman Michael Pence brags about his “road map” for the state. Under such proposals one out of ten dollars state revenue will not be available for education, public health, prisons, highways, and the list goes on and on. No details are offered on TV. Media is the main source of information about candidates and issues unless you have the resources, time, and can go on-line and read it off the Internet. How practical is that?  Ehh? Practicality is essential in common sense.

Pence’s TV ads are slick and show him driving by himself a new red pick-up gas guzzler. The ads extol his virtues as a father but don’t mention of his record of (or lack of) achievement while serving many terms in Congress… the same Mike Pence who voted down the federal equal pay for equal work act is saying that in his state program jobs shall be created.

I ask, create low paying employment at what cost to the disadvantaged and single mothers?

Where is the morality and common sense in Mike Pence’s positions?

The reality is that too many Americans are underemployed, working at the state minimum wage, are not receiving employee benefits, and are just plain unemployed. Unemployment among the disabled exceeds 70%.

What are two reasons why Romney’s jobs plan is bogus? Most of the jobs created will be at levels near the U.S. minimum wage. What does $7.25 per hour buy? Secondly, analysts have already speculated that twelve million jobs would be created no matter who was elected president. Economics follows a rhythm that I don’t understand either.

Within the service industry, management has reduced wages since some workers receive tips. What is $2.15 worth nowadays?  If tipping is sub-par, employees end up at the end of the day making less than the minimum. Many employers choose not to follow the federal law requiring them to make up the difference to $7.25.

Show the 99% the Aloha Spirit

Plan Ahead of Santa Monica published a list of prevailing gratuities. Where they picked up this data I do not know. I am looking for the common sense and keep finding inequalities and misinformation.

For example, a hair stylist gets $2.00 to $3.00 yet tips to a “hair stylist” are 15 to 20%.

Imagine having a shoe shine of the finest imported leather and very expensive shoes. Later only offering the man a one or two buck tip. He’ll clean the mud off your boots and get a shitty tip in return.

Just take advantage of the guys who get all soapy and wet on account that you like a pristine looking car and only tipping the dudes two or three bucks.

It could be worse for those that are trying to get by working as airport skycaps, rest room attendants, and coat check girls.  According to this publisher, these occupations should only expect a dollar. Yes, a buck or maybe two for every heavy suitcase schlepped around the airport.

Bus boys and bus girls get even less respect. No tips should be expected at all. This publication states that it is OK to tip the busser up to two bucks if they have clean up a big mess.

Are parking valets merely being tipped $2 to $5 per car?!? Maybe the valets should offer tips to the sportscar owners for the privilege of driving, parking, and watching the security of their car.

Hotel housekeepers should receive 2 to 5 dollars each night. Right… Oh sure… most housekeepers find tipping rare.

A hotel room service attendant receives a tip of 15% of the bill? Not likely.

The best tips go to the wine steward, sommelier, who typically receives 15% of the value of the bottle. A great waiter or waitress at a popular restaurant, given following Plan Ahead’s advice, can make a decent living, too:

  • 15% of the dinner check to servers if the diners believe the service has been adequate
  • As much as 20% to cocktail and meal servers who give exceptional service.

The 99% in the USA need better financial backing than that being suggested by the Republican Party in this election. Lies and publicizing misinformation insults the intellegence of the Indiana electorate and voters in all 50 states. God save the presidency and help us elect better governors and public officials!.

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Rewrite, Repeat, or Reveal New History – University of Notre Dame Leprechaun versus Oklahoma University Boomer Sooner

This morning’s USA Today describes their team’s performance for two decades as mediocre.

Do defensive performances win championships?

National football championship implications have existed almost every time Oklahoma (OU) has played Notre Dame (ND). The best contender for team and individual honors will be revealed this Saturday.

If history has a way of repeating itself, the Fighting Irish will hold-that-line and remain unbeaten for the season and be right to say that ND has never at any time lost a football game anywhere in OK (Oklahoma).

The way I see it is that Oklahoma (5-1) has a terrific quarterback-led offense, whereas ND has the best linebacker in the world with fine teammates. The Irish (7-0) will need a lot of fight in them to hold Landry Jones team’s end zone demonstrations to a minimum. Whose team prevails will also have bearing on a voter favorite of the Heisman Trophy. Linebacker Manti Te’o is now probably holding a slight lead over Sooner Jones.

The two teams meet for the first time during this millennium. It has been 46 years since they have played in OK.  The latest game was in 1999, which was OU Head Coach Bob Stoops’ first year. ND won 34-30 at South Bend.

Is it possible that Boomer Sooner has carried a grudge against the leprechaun for 13 years? Does OU have ire for the Irish? Then, would revenge be a motivator for OU?

Which scenario will play itself out in 2012?

A) In 1966, the Irish marched into Norman and shut out OU 38-0. Ara Parseghian’s squad became national champs. Result: ND beats OU and wins the BCS ending with a record of 13-0.

B) In 1957, Coach Terry Brennan’s team was 18 point underdogs and defeated the Sooners (in Norman, again) 7-0. This time the Fighting Irish broke OU’s 47-game winning streak. Result: ND wins this game that breaks OU’s two game win streak.

C) In 1962, ND had two goal-line stands and won the game at Norman 13-7. Result: ND wins a low scoring game, remaining among the unbeaten this fall, and Te’o gathers more supporters for the Heisman.

D) September 26, 1953 was the first contest in Norman; the Irish won 28-21. This game had countless turnovers with a 94-degree day. The immortal coaching matchup was impressive: Bud Wilkerson vs. Frank Leahy. Result: A sloppy game – ND wins by a touchdown and record goes to 8 and Oh. ND’s remaining games are against Pittsburgh (not the Steelers), Boston College (not the Red Sox), Wake Forest (not the Carolina Panthers), and USC (the mighty university of spoiled children) in the LA Coliseum.

E) OU wins by any score.

Note that in only one scenario, does Notre Dame lose.

Note that in only one scenario, Notre Dame becomes the nation’s best team.

What does this mean?

Notre Dame has a 20% chance of shutting OU out.

Notre Dame has a 20% chance of winning the game AND the national championship.

There is a 20% chance of showers on game day.

There is more than a 50% need that I need the advice of my muse. Unfortunately, she is likely vacationing on some Caribbean island with Hurricane Sandy, which has been renamed Frankenstorm.

By taking ND and 11 points, partly because the home team is favored, I have a really great chance to double my bet.

Statistics really do lie. You can create any sort of statistic to try to prove a point.

There is 100% probability that tears will be shed in Norman, Oklahoma, this Saturday. There is a very good 100% chance that both teams will not be in position to play for the BCS Championship unless they win this Saturday’s game.

Great defense yields turnovers, solo tackles, interceptions, gang tackling, offensive penalties, no yards after a reception, blitzes, QB sacks, and sometimes touchdowns.

In my mind, that leaves only two potential outcomes:

I figure that the only way the ND leprechaun is going to beat Boomer Sooner is to demonstrate superb defensive plays.

OU can win the game with their awesome offensive attack.

I hate to pass on an opportunity for free cash. Thus, we will take a second mortgage on our home and bet it all on the Notre Dame Victory March.

Even with a score of ND 45-35 we win! Better paybacks are earned on a parlay bet – so let’s take “ND and under” a combined final point total of 47.5.

Our parlay of “Irish, Under” would win with a final score of Notre Dame 20, Oklahoma 17 or eventually ND 35, OK 10

– or ND 42, OU 3

– or ND 13, OU 10

– or OU 21, ND 14

– etc., etc., etc..

OK, if you insist on supporting an OU win – take the over 47.5 on a parlay. Your parlay would win with a final score of Oklahoma 31, Notre Dame 17.

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In the final analysis, Notre Dame needs to keep its “irish up” to exceed the Oklahoma intense ire of over 82,000 fans.

Regardless, we shall always sing “Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame” win or lose.

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Reigning Blue & Gold in Northern Indiana

Today, Stanford University bleeds cardinal red.

It was raining hard during the start of the Stanford-ND game in The Bend. This is only the second game between the two that I have missed in the last five years.

The rain made for a sloppy game. Notre Dame muffed so many hikes – including one that screwed up a field goal. Footballs were bouncing like basketballs without air. Players were sliding like they were playing baseball. The lead team threw two interceptions during the first half alone.

Fortunately, for me I did not make it to the tailgate party near the foot of “Touchdown Jesus” at Notre Dame Stadium.

Instead, I find myself in the comfort of the Upstairs Pub in Bloomington, Southern Indiana – dry, except for a wet bar – prior to an Indiana U. – Ohio State football game*.

My family has had season tickets at ND since 1930 – that is 82 years. Although I am missing the thrills of being there in-person, I can remember how the different seasonal elements make sitting through four quarters can make the body feel so uncomfortable. The wet, cold, snow, rain, blazing sunshine and heat – or what have you – can beat someone up as much as a loss on the gridiron.

By the way, Stanford beat the “Fighting” Irish** during the first half 10 to 3.

My mother and her friends used to throw the best pre-game tailgates followed by super dinners inside elegant homes – win or lose.  Saturdays were always winning times around Notre Dame.

Hence a home team victory or not, Football Saturdays are filled with many holy, sacred, and joyous moments around The (South) Bend.


*  Indiana lost 52-49 in Southern Indiana against #8-ranked OSU.

** The Irish pulled the win out in overtime 20-13.

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Bright, Brisk, Bold, and Blind

Dateline: Saturday, October 6, 2012

Yes, we are color blind today. The green team has invaded the red team’s annual home-coming weekend. Fortunately, some men cannot decipher the difference of red or green.

Thus, all we need is a fairly played football game and a single winner.

Fans and non-fans were up early in B-ton. Most were wearing crimson red sweatshirts. Even though the game starts at noon, the temperature is less than 55 degrees, the wind is 5-20 MPH, and it is mostly sunny with high clouds.

Someday, we’ll make it. Up above it all. Looking down daily for a homecoming of sorts if we want or even care to.

But for today, we root for the Hoozurs (Hoosiers). Go I.U. Fight, Fight, Fight!

Last year on the other side of the northern state line, the Michigan State University Spartans outscored the Cream and Crimson 55 to 3. None of that nonsense today in B-ton for this sunny homecoming weekend.

Michigan State Maybe Investigated by the FBI for Crimes Commited in Indiana