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So I've been temping via Kelly at Large Financial Company in Richmond, with the explicit aim of going from Kelly temp to Large Financial Company employee, and I've been interviewing for a position that fits me like a glove. I did well in the first interview, and I think I did well in the second, even though I was rather surprised to get an email yesterday morning that scheduled it for, well, yesterday afternoon. Maybe that was part of the plan, to see if they could throw me. All I can say is, when I was getting dressed yesterday morning, I was trying to decide between suitable-but-not-so-great, and a pantsuit. No way they're gonna throw a surprise interview at me, I decided. But I wore the pantsuit anyway. Because it just looked better than pants and a shirt.
At least next week, I get to dress for work knowing I've got an interview on Tuesday. I expect that I'll have one more after that one, if I make it to the next cut.
My current manager knows I'm interviewing, and y'know, I'm just a temp, helping get a job done that isn't particularly challenging, but requires great attention to detail (can you say, "Perfect for Meryl and her OCD?" I knew you could). But this guy is a great manager. He let me know he's pulling for me, is extremely positive, and rather generous with praising my work for him.
I've only had strong feelings twice about places to work. Once, years ago, I walked into the main lobby at Lucent on my way to interview for a web position. The second I walked into that lobby, the atmosphere just hit me like a wave. I thought it was going to be a great place to work, and I wanted that job more than I'd wanted any other job in my life. I sold myself 150% to get that job, and I did get it. I'm still on good terms today with the people I worked with then. They read this blog fairly regularly. (Hi, all!) We email each other, and they've even sent me presents from my wishlist. (Thanks, Harry!)
Well, I got that same feeling when I first walked into Large Financial Company in Richmond. The atmosphere was just sonice. I've worked in Fortune 200 companies before (Fortune 50, actually). I didn't get the same feeling at all in those other companies. But here? I like this company. I like these people. There are people whose only interaction with me is that I am sitting near them, and the fact they're still really nice to a temp is a good indicator that this is a great place to work. The fact that the person is a manager is even more of an indicator. When managers are that good, it's a great work environment. I've had the opposite environmentrecently, at The Job From Hell, in factand it's not an experience I'd like to repeat.
I'm selling myself very hard to get this job. It's web-related and publishing-related, and it's only a 15-minute commute. You simply can't get any closer to my ideal job than that.
It'd be nice to have a regular job again. Especially one that utilizes most of the skills I've spent my career developing. I told my interviewer this week that if I had to make up a job for myself, this one would come very close to what I'd create. Of course, I did leave off the "Cheers of thousands" requirement. I get that from the blog.
Okay, no, I'm not writing that with a straight face.
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PA civil war watch: FatahFatahkidnapped a PA official. It's great. They're eating their own.
And let us all say: Encore! Encore! Bravo! More!
(Gee, am I being too harsh on the poor little victims here?)
Don't hold your breath waiting for the world condemnation: The PA executed a convicted murderer (I'd have to check, but I'm betting their trial was nothing like, say, a real trial). So let me see if I get this straight. Most European nations refuse to extradite murderers to the U.S. because we have capital punishment, but they're fine with weak condemnations of the PA and giving them billions of dollars. Can you say, "hypocrites"? I knew you could.
One step closer to Iranian nukes: The Doomsday Clock continues to count down. Iran achieved solid fuel capability, which means they can aim their rockets directly at Tel Aviv. And arm them with the nukes the world refuses to stop them from getting. My worst nightmare is closer to coming true. Okay, my second-worst nightmare. My worst is a nuke falling on me. Of course, if the world keeps it up, Iran will have ICBMs pointed at the U.S., and a nutjob Ayatollah in charge. All that's missing now is the ICBM.
Hamas goes Moonie: Hamas conducts a mass wedding and gives the couples a few hundred bucks apiece. At first glance, it looks like the Madison Square Garden Moonie weddings (oh, Google it, do I have to link everything for you?), but it's actually a great PR stunt, and a way to get people to vote for Hamas. The PA can't compete with stunts like this. Hat tip: Rahel.
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Get a load of this garbage the Vatican is using as an excuse for not condemning palestinian terrorism.
So let's see. The Vatican thinks it's not right to condemn this:
Because it happened in response to this:
So the Vatican says that this:
Was not a reasonable response to this:
I was giving this new Pope time to prove himself before I made up my mind about him.
It is now made up. And I'm not happy.
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I guess this must be their audio wing: I know this is from Worldnet Daily, but it seems entirely plausible. Hamas, that "militant" organization that the EU and US are holding secret talks with, instructs terrorists firing rockets via their FM radio stationthe better to aim their rockets. Perhaps Israel should be blocking unwanted radio stations.
Just when you think they can't do anything to make me hate them any more, they do. I hate Hamas. I pray that an Israeli rocket hits their radio station.
What's missing from this statement? The palestinian prime minister blathers on, but says something significant.
Okay. Hands up. Yes? You in the back? Exactly! The word "East" is missing from Jerusalem. Because the pals have never really hidden their true intent: To drive the Jews into the sea. Now for your homework assignment: How long do you think it will be before the pals accuse Israelis of having booby-trapped the buildings left behind in Gaza? Five bucks says the first "work accident" death gets blamed on the Jews.
The jury is out: The new ambassador to Israel says he'll be tough on palestinian terror. Not that it matters if he's tough if his boss isn't, but hey. We'll give him a chance.
How Arafat destroyed "Palestine": Okay, there is no state of Palestine, but the article is worth reading.
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You have to love the British Sun. Check out their account of the capture of one of the four failed bombers:
You have to go to the web page just to see the illustration. It's a hoot.
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Let's have another lesson in the AP anti-Israel bias, shall we?
Remember last week's lesson? Well, this one is pretty similar. Once again, Israelis kill, but palestinians do not. Their rockets kill. Their guns kill. But they do not kill Israelis.
There's that word "raid" again, in the first paragraph. It's a "raid" when Israel arrests terrorists who have tried, or are trying to kill Israelis.
And permit me to present Exhibit Stone-Thrower again:
Look at the size of those stones. I believe they would properly be called "chunks of cement." But the service where this originally appeared called these would-be murderers "stone-throwers."
Back to the article.
We don't have pictures of the stones the "youths" were throwing. Notice how i they're "youths" when they get shot, but they're "activists" when they kill Israelis. I'm betting they weren't throwing your average pebbles at the IDF, and, oh yeah, the IDF was out trying to catch a terrorist.
Once more, the impersonal "Israeli army said." And the only reason we don't know the kid's name is because the reporter couldn't get it. Again, palestinian victims are humanized. Israeli victims are labeled "targets" and worse.
Notice how the Islamic Jihad has a spokesman, and the army does not. The best example yet of impersonalization of Israel while personalizing the palestinians. Of course, they're terrorists, but the AP won't call them that.
Notice that Islamic Jihad carries out attacks, but the AP doesn't consider them in violation of the truce. Israeli actions, of course, would violate the truce. They're getting sloppy, they should have used that in the first paragraph.
And there you have it, ladies and gents, yet another example of the anti-Israel media bias. It is no wonder that Israel has PR problems. She can't help it, with the world press skewed against her.
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Say hello to the terrorist pipeline: The IDF will leave the Philadelphi route in October. Should we start a pool now on when the first terrorist to make it from the border to Israel will explode himself? What's that you say? The Egyptians will stop him?
Puncturing the myth again: The London bombers were not poor and oppressed. On the contrary, they were the sons of privilege. Lest you forget, Osama bin Laden was a multi-millionaire when he turned to terrorism.
No more empty photo ops: Ariel Sharon says there will be no summit with the palestinians until after the first stages of the Road Map are implemented. For those who have forgotten, the pals have to end terror, and the Israelis have to freeze settlement activity. I could see the latter happening, but the world would not agree, because they consider Jerusalem suburbs to be "settlements." And, oh yeah, Sharon is in France. Meeting Chirac. The man who went off the deep end a few years ago because Sharon called France a nest of anti-Semitism. And then who later publicly said, oh, yeah, there are a few Jew-haters in my country, aren't there?
The band played Hatikva. Ouch, that's gotta bug the 600,000 Muslims of France. Wait, what am I saying? That's not fair. Change that number to 590,000. Or 594,000. Yeah, that works. Only 99% of them were annoyed.
What a class act: Muslim representatives to the UN disrupted a speech calling for the UN to name terrorism terrorism and stop pretending there is any justificaiton for it.
Y'know, they keep telling us how life under Islam is just as free as life under, say, American democracy. But I keep missing the part where it's free if you disagree with them.
There are new posts over at The Jewish View. Go read 'em. And there are a bunch of co-bloggers over there who aren't co-ing. Just sayin'.
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101 degrees Fahrenheit in Richmond today. 103 degrees tomorrow. Heat indices of 110-115. Or is it 120? Any way you look at it, it's hot, hot, hot. I told my mother she is not allowed to go outside until the heat breaks. She's in New Jersey, where the weather is almost exactly the same.
I tried to get to work early enough to park in the shaded sections of the parking garage today, and failed, but I moved my car at lunchtime and took someone's spot on the second level. So my car was only about ninety-ish instead some fifty or so degrees hotter; believe me, it makes a difference.
Walking out of the air conditioned office building into triple-digit heat feels like you've opened the door and stepped into your oven. Yesterday was the first time I remember saying, "Holy shit!" when I stepped outside in a very, very long time.
This is the time of year I cook in my toaster oven, which I pay for, instead of my gas oven, which my landlord pays for, to keep it cooler in my apartment. Today I tried to figure out which would put more heat into my apartment, boiling a couple of pieces of corn or running the oven for thirty minutes for oven-fried potatoes. The point became moot when I found incredibly fresh corn at Ukrops; wow, dinner was great tonight. Perhaps tomorrow night I'll eat out, but y'know, my cooking is so much better than any but the expensive restaurants. I really can't stand wasting money on eating crappy food out. It isn't that I'm such a great cook. I'm a good cook. It's that so much restaurant food is so mediocre. I hate mediocre food. And the ones that make the good food are too expensive for me right now. Low budget and all that, at least, until I get that job. Then I can see a trip to the Ruth Chris Steakhouse coming up.
It's so hot out the cicadas are going all day long. It makes you wish you could see them, because frankly, there's nothing I'd like better than to get, oh, a slingshot and a clear view at one of those annoying insects. Or give it to Gracie to play with. She found a clicker beetle in the house last week and played with it for half an hour, until I finally got rid of it because, well, I don't really like having beetles in the house, even if they're hopping six inches in the air and greatly amusing my cat. On the other hand, I kinda wish I could summon one at will, because she really did enjoy playing with that thing.
It's so hot out that Tig, who loves sleeping in the sun, refuses to stay outside. His magical Maine Coon cat coat, which insulates him in most weathers, doesn't seem to work when it's this hot. Just saw on the news that the heat index puts us in the nineties, still. No wonder he keeps coming inside.
I just let him out again, and he turned right around and came back inside. I can't say I blame him. I have no desire to be anywhere it is not air conditioned.
I found myself wondering how birds stay cool in this weather. I realized this morning that there were far fewer of them flying around. Ah. That's how they stay cool. They don't move.
Tig's trying it one more time. He's moved into his nest in between the plants, which may be cooler as it's lined with grass. It's been a couple of minutes so far. The test will be when I'm ready to go to bed. If he comes without a fuss, it's too darn hot.
Fifteen minutes later: He's inside, collapsed on the kitchen floor.
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You might recall people thinking that when Condoleeza Rice replaced Colin Powell as Secretary of State, we might actually see State toughen up on the palestinians.
It's become more and more clear that Rice is absolutely made in the Powell mode, and that when the president says "You're either with us, or with the terrorists," the Exception Clause remains in effect. Here's what she did on her latest trip to Israel:
The New York Times has this to say about Abu Mazen:
One would have to assume that Dr. Rice and her staff have received this report. One would have to wonder if she had already been briefed on it when she was scolding the Israelis like children for having the nerve to object to arming their own murderers and expecting the PA to do something to stop their people from murdering Jews. One would have to hope that she didn't read the report, because then she would have been lying utterly when she spoke those words of praise (quoted below).
Then one would only have to read about the daily mortar, rocket, and bombing attacks/attempts, and realize, yes, the Exception Clause is in full effect in the Bush Administration.
Rockets in IsraelIsrael. Not Gaza. Not the West Bank. Not a "settlement." Israel.
Bombs in Gaza. Bombs in the West Bank.
And here, in case you've forgotten, are Condi Rice's words:
All of which makes me extremely skeptical of the new ambassador to Israel.
Watch and see. We are in the exact same place today as we were when Clinton was president, with the exception that Bush isn't hosting a mass-murderer at the White House every other week. Once again, Israel is the state that has no right to respond to terror attacks, and no right to defend herself. Israel must give and give and give, but the palestinians must give nothing but words. In English, because in Arabic, they're still praising the murderers of innocentswith PA money, meaning the backing of Europe and the US.
Facts like these leave me no other conclusion: The Bush Administration does not include palestinian terrorists in the war on terror.
So. How is this president any different from his predecessor in that regard?
The Republicans are losing people like me, who voted for Bush because of his stance on terror. When that stance excludes the years-long terror war in Israel, he loses me. Utterly.
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Forgot to set the alarm last night and as a result, got an extra half-hour's sleep. Ah, I feel so good. Well, until I read the news.
Utterly appalling: Boker Tov, Boulder found an AP picture and photo caption that calls the murdered Israelis from the shooting attack "an Israeli target" and shows two grinning "activists" ready to murder.
Their email address is [email protected]. Write them what you think after seeing the picture and reading the caption in its entirety.
In the meantime, here is a picture of the "Israeli target": Dov and Rachel Kol.
Eff you, AP. Eff you and everyone else who writes garbage like that.
And quickly: Sharon says he's waiting for an apology from Red Ken Livingstone. Arik, don't hold your breath. Another bomb in Gaza. What a surprise. Not. More terrorists arrests. Good. Wah, wah, wah. Israel won't coordinate the pullout with the pals. Here's a tip: You want coordination, stop murdering Israelis.
And it's time to get to work. Barely.
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It is the weekend, and I have decided that I shall catblog on weekends, irrespective of what the cat-haters say. And in any case, I owe the kitty pics to all of those who ransomed Gracie and Tig from a fate worse than death: Being held hostage by me.
Gracie and Tig will be sending you to make donations to Lair Simon's charity for the Blogathon (24 hours of torture and post-writing), who is blogging in Edloe's memory for The Cat Welfare Society of Israel.
He's already got $1,275 in pledges and is leading all the other Blogathon charities. Go. Donate. Save a cat.
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