Thursday, July 23, 2009

Now, maybe the dreams will stop...

From Heels:
We Are Parents Again!
By heels

Mom and baby girl, [edited because I'm uncomfortable putting her name here], are happy and healthy!

  • Born at 2:57 PM PCT
  • 8lbs 10oz
  • 20 1/8 inches long
  • Adorable
That is all for now.


The rest of you send them your congratulations either at the link above or at Heels's blog or Mr. Logic's.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Some Questionable Content

Click it for the full comic, although those are probably the funniest four panels of any comic I've seen in a while.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Fiction Friday #32

NPR's holding a contest to write Three-Minute Fiction. (Although it's over Saturday night.)

To make sure I had an entry, earlier this week I edited this down and submitted it, but I wanted to do more, if I could.

Wednesday I wrote a love story:


Teri heard Ellen pound the front door, hard. Each thump of her patchy white fist reverberated down the entry hall where Teri stood.

Tears dribbled down Teri's cheeks as she hefted the heavy, scratched-up hatchet from the woodstove, the woodstove that warmed their home almost as well as Ellen's laugh. A laugh Teri would never hear. Tears fell faster.

She couldn't think like that, though. No time. She wiped her eyes on her sleeve and took a breath that tried to get caught in her throat.

After a movie one night, Ellen told Teri, "I love you more than anything, but if you came home a zombie, I'll kill you. And I expect you to do the same thing. Promise me?" Teri had promised and they both laughed.

It even became a game for them. One would walk through the house asking for "Brains. Braaaaaains." The other would pounce to kill the infected. They'd fall to the floor together, arms and legs tangled, laughing.

When the infected started popping up, they talked again, but this time it was serious. Again, Teri promised, but she wasn't sure it was one she could keep.

The pounding stopped and so did Teri's heart. Counting to three, she raised the hatchet, blunt side forward, over her head and reached out toward the door. She held the knob with just the tips of her fingers and, ever so carefully, turned it and gave a gentle pull, not enough to open the door, but enough that it wasn't really closed, so that even a little breeze could push it open.

She took several steps back and waited at the end of the hall.

She heard nothing. No pounding. Not a creak from the porch.

She wanted to run and hide in the basement, but she couldn't. She'd only be found and then infected. And she wanted to be strong, like Ellen. For Ellen.

She took a deep breath and let it out. She took another and said, voice cracking, "Ellen? Are you there?"

With a roar, Ellen burst through the door and stumbled and fell, face first, onto the tile. Teri flinched at the crack made when Ellen's skull hit.

Terri pounced, just like she did when they had been playing, except she also swung the hatchet at the back of Ellen's head. This time the sound was crunch. She started crying again.

She lifted the hatchet and swung again and again.

When her arm got tired, she stopped and stood up. Ellen was gone. She wiped her eyes again, pulled the body farther down the hall, and shut the door.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


There's a petition being passed around in the office to recall the governator.

I didn't sign it.

I couldn't.

Sure, I think the guy's an asshole and a puppet who doesn't have any real ideas and is just being used by over-zealous members of the Republican party, but he hasn't committed any crimes. A recall election should only be used by the people to oust a criminal.

Got some dirty looks for not signing the thing, too. I guess that just because I'm angry means I should throw out my, few, morals and look for some sort of revenge. Fuckers.

If he'd pulled a Blagojevich sort of thing, then I'd sign the petition, but not for being an asshole. That's not a crime. And if it were, I think we'd all end up in prison.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

7:30 - 4

Last week I got to start a Modified Work Schedule. It's not the modified work schedule that I wanted, though.

To refresh, for those who don't want to click, I wanted to come in at 7AM and leave at 3:30PM. Because (and this is all me guessing) the PJ doesn't trust, it was decided that I couldn't come in that early. I do, however, get to come in earlier, at 7:30AM and then I leave at 4PM.

Why is 7:30AM okay, but not 7AM?

Because SUSM is supposed to be here at 7:30AM nine days out of ten and then she can make sure that I'm showing up on time!

Of course, SUSM rarely gets here, in my experience, before 7:40AM, so what would she, and the PJ, know if I showed up a little late each morning?

No one has come out and told me it's a trust issue, but I know it is. I hope it's not personal, and don't think it is, because I'm just a clerk and clerks don't deserve the same level of trust that court reporters and secretaries do.

Ah, well, at least I get to leave early. And it's really great leaving early. I don't have to worry about as many dumb-asses racing through yellow (and red) lights. No comics have sold out at the shop on Wednesdays. And other good things that I have yet to discover.

One thing, though, is that I find myself really wishing I lived somewhere with a yard of some sort. I like to imagine that I'd use that extra hour to do something "extra," like root around in a garden, or something.

In a very different vein, I'm trying to come up with an analogy for my thoughts on the new Star Trek movie. So far, I've only come up with New Coke vs. Coca-Cola, but it's imperfect because New Coke was a failure and this "reboot" of Star Trek is, and will continue to be for at least two more movies, a success.

Can anyone think of an analogy where the new product is liked by more people than the original? (And don't give me other TV shows or movies or comics or other entertainment stuff. I'm looking for something really different.)

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Here you go, and enjoy the movie.

Today from the Sac Bee:
The governor's latest budget proposal assumes almost 20 percent in employee wage cuts: 15 percent from the three-day furloughs that started this month, plus another 5 percent across-the-board whack.

"Three days (furlough) plus the 5 percent," said H.D. Palmer, Department of Finance spokesman when asked Wednesday to clarify the governor's budget proposal.

The Legislature won't go for the pay cut, but the governor can then add a furlough day for reasons we'll explain.


[In] May the governor proposed a 5 percent cut on top of what were then twice-monthly furloughs. The proposal was dead from the start; everyone knew the Democratic-controlled Legislature would never go for it. ...

Sure enough, the Legislature defeated the plan in June. Schwarzenegger followed the "defeat" with a new executive order to add a third furlough day, getting the 5 percent cut in state worker wages that he wanted.

He could do that because a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled in February that Schwarzenegger's emergency powers let him treat the government's fiscal meltdown like a Southern California wildfire by claiming broad emergency authority – including the power to furlough state workers.

The legal hurdle to exercising that power is proving there's a crisis. The Legislature's bickering while the state's budget ruptures helps. Its rejection of a pay cut is even better.

So this pay cut won't fly, either. Then the governor can add another furlough day. The 20 percent cut will bankrupt some of the 235,000 state workers affected.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Just thought of this...

I won't be at work any Friday's this month:
  1. The revised furlough program starts next week, so the Governator is forcing me to take the 10th, 17th, and 24th off.
  2. I'm taking the 3rd off to head up to Cowtown for my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary.
  3. And I won't be here on the 31st because I'll either be driving up to Oregon, for my brother's (and the fiancee's) wedding, or I'll already be up there because I decided to not stay at work any longer.
Weird month already.

Also, I doubt this closing the government three Fridays a month will last long. Lots of state buildings will have to remain open anyway because there are some exceptions to the furlough rule and it'll just piss people off. It's practically insane to close the DMV for weekends, closing it for three Fridays'll just get regular folks yelling at the Governator.

That's why we switched from closing two Fridays a month to self-directed furlough days.


by the
Governor of the State of California

WHEREAS the global recession has caused California's revenues to continue to plummet, leaving our state with an unprecedented budget deficit that forces the State to take drastic actions that will affect every Californian; and

WHEREAS on December 19, 2008, I issued Executive Order S-16-08, in which I ordered the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA) to: (1) initiate the layoff process for state civil service employees effective January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010; and (2) adopt a plan to implement a furlough of two days per month effective February 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010; and

WHEREAS on January 9, 2009, in order to reduce current spending to ensure that essential services of the State are not jeopardized and the public health and safety is preserved, the DPA adopted a furlough plan; and

WHEREAS on May 15, 2009, state agencies and departments sent out over 4,500 layoff notices to employees funded by the General Fund to further reduce current state spending; and

WHEREAS on May 20, 2009, after the failure of Propositions 1A through 1E, California faced a budget deficit of at least $21.3 billion for fiscal years 2008-09 and 2009-10; and

WHEREAS California planned to borrow up to $6 billion through a Reimbursement Warrants (commonly known as RAWs) to address part of the budget deficit, but this short-term borrowing is no longer an available option due to the recent decision of the federal government not to provide financial assistance or loan guarantees for this emergency, short-term borrowing; and

WHEREAS the State's inability to borrow through RAWs will result in more severe spending cuts in the State's programs and services; and

WHEREAS on May 22, 2009, the Legislative Analyst predicted that the Governor's May Revision revenue projections may prove overly optimistic, and instead, projected that the drop in revenues will be at least $3 billion worse than projected putting the size of the State's shortfall at more than $24 billion for fiscal years 2008-09 and 2009-10; and

WHEREAS the State Controller has determined that without effective action to address the budget and cash crisis, the State will have insufficient cash to meet its obligations starting July 2009 and will need to issue registered warrants (IOUs) in order to preserve cash and protect payments the State must make to fund education and repay outstanding debt; and

WHEREAS the projected $24 billion budget deficit will require deeper cuts to state programs and services, additional borrowing from available resources such as special funds, and the release of thousands of prison inmates who are undocumented immigrants; and

WHEREAS on June 30, 2009, the Legislature failed to take action to pass a revised budget for fiscal years 2008-09 and 2009-10 to effectively address the unprecedented statewide fiscal crisis, thereby requiring billions of dollars in additional solutions; and

WHEREAS the State will be forced to eliminate state programs and services providing critical public services, ranging from public safety to health and welfare; and

WHEREAS if the State eliminates any of these critical state programs and services, then the public health and safety will be jeopardized, causing extreme peril to the safety of persons and property; and

WHEREAS immediate and comprehensive action to further reduce current spending must be taken to ensure, to the maximum extent possible, that the essential services of the State are not jeopardized and the public health and safety is preserved; and

WHEREAS an additional furlough day per month is necessary to continue to reduce current spending and immediately improve the State's ability to meet its obligations to pay for essential services of the State, such as services provided by CAL Fire, hospitals and 24-hour care facilities, so as not to jeopardize its residents' health and safety in the current and next fiscal year.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby determine that an emergency pursuant to Government Code section 3516.5 exists and issue this Order to become effective immediately:

IT IS ORDERED that effective July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, the Department of Personnel Administration shall adopt an amended plan to implement a furlough of represented state employees for three days per month, regardless of funding source. This plan shall include a limited exemption process.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that effective July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, the Department of Personnel Administration shall adopt an amended plan to implement an equivalent furlough or salary reduction for all non-represented state employees, including supervisors, managers, and exempt state employees, regardless of funding source.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all state employees covered by the original and amended furlough plans must use their accrued furlough days prior to using vacation, annual leave, personal holiday, holiday credit, personal leave plan (PLP) credit, and compensatory time off (CTO).

This Order is not intended to create, and does not create, any rights or benefits, whether substantive or procedural, or enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California or its agencies, departments, entities, officers, employees, or any other person.

I FURTHER ORDER that, as soon as hereafter possible, this Order shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this Order.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 1st day of July, 2009.

Governor of California

Secretary of State

Also see the press release.