Do You want fries with that.

Now here is a novel concept, your order on time, and it is right.  If your next fast-food order at the drive-through has the right food in the right bag, you may have  something surprising to thank: the bad economy.  In the past six months, Carl’s Jr.’s 478 locations in Southern California in particular have been able to recruit crew members more fluent in English, and thus are able to process drive-through orders more accurately.

“It’s a no-brainer.  Hiring people who are fluent in English has always been something we’ve wanted to do.  Now we can.”  That’s because, with layoffs on the rise – particularly in hard-hit Southern California – the chain can be more selective in hiring.

The unemployment rate in California hit 7.7% in August vs. the national rate of 6.1% – the most recent month from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “When times are tough, people are willing to take jobs for which they’re over-qualified.”

Pay Attention Mr. Bush, you might learn something here.

Mexico agreed Monday to deport Cubans who sneak illegally through Mexican territory to reach the U.S., a step toward cutting off an increasingly violent and heavily used human trafficking route.  The agreement, signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa, takes effect in one month. It also criticizes U.S. policy that generally allows Cubans who reach U.S. territory to stay, while turning back most caught at sea.

Cuban migrants in recent years have increasingly headed for Mexico – often to the coast near Cancun – then overland to Texas because it has become so hard to dodge the U.S. Coast Guard and reach Florida to qualify for U.S. residency.  The U.S. Border Patrol is reporting that some 42 incursions into U.S. territory since last October by THE MEXICAN ARMY.  Evidently a lot of drug cartels are experiencing problems getting their merchandise over the border, so they get their Mexican buddies in the Army to make probes into U.S. soil, thus pulling the Border Patrol away from the smuggling entry points.

Next Time Take The Train

Phoenix – The price of an all-day bus or light rail pass in the city could go from $2.50 to $4.50 under a proposal being considered by transit officials. The regional transit board, struggling with falling tax revenue and rising fuel prices, will consider the hike early next year.  That is a pretty hefty hike right there wouldn’t you say?  You ever notice they never say, “uh, how about giving us a quarter extra and if that don’t work out, we will be back?”

Nah, just go for the big bucks and get it over with.

I note that a lot of travel agencies are now offering fares around the world to wonderful, exotic locations and the post the price of the trip.  And then they add, Plus Taxes and Fuel Charges.  Which kind of irritates me, how were these people planning on us getting there in the first place?  You have to use some kind of fuel to transport folks.  Why isn’t that just included in the price of the trip.

Bad news coming out of Anchorage, Alaska.  No check in the mail.

The state’s oil wealth savings account lost nearly $10 billion in a year. Most of the state’s residents receive an annual check from this fund, based on its net income averaged over five years. The fund peaked at $40.4 billion last October and now is about $30 billion.  Looks like the governor will have to go back to shopping at Target.

Even More Alaska news, and no, this is not concerning Caribou Barbie so check your hormones at the door boys.

stevensSen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, left, leaves court on Tuesday after his corruption conviction with his lawyer, Brendan Sullivan. Stevens is now calling for a probe into the federal lawyers who prosecuted him.

I guess this comes under the “You did it to me, so I am gonna do it to you, fairness doctrine in the 49th state.”

Wait … It gets better.

A juror who vanished during Alaska Senators’ corruption trial told the judge Monday she lied about her father dying and flew to California to see horse races.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Marian Hinnant, identified as juror No. 4, to return to court to explain why she disappeared during jury deliberations. Hinnant brought a stack of handwritten notes with her to the court Monday along with public defender A.J. Kramer, and told the judge that her father hadn’t died and she was at the Breeders’ Cup in Arcadia, Calif.

She apologized for lying, and then started a long rambling story about horses, which included references to horse breeding, the Breeders’ Cup, drugs, President Ford’s son Steven and her condo in Florida being bugged.  At that point, the judge said, “I am thoroughly convinced you would not have been able to continue to deliberate,” Sullivan interrupted.

“Can I have a case of my own?” Hinnant asked. Sullivan referred her to Kramer and the federal public defender’s office, and excused her from his courtroom.

Outside the courthouse, Hinnant refused to answer questions about whether she was on medication or had been hospitalized. When asked what she thought about Stevens’ case, she said: “He didn’t do anything any of the other congressmen and senators did, so they’re all guilty.”

She then loaded up in her Ford Fiesta that she claims is powered by Oatmeal, and headed south to her home in the lower 48 that has tree’s that hum, and all the children glow in the dark.

Gonna go way out on the limb folks and say that Obammer walks away with the election today.  I could be wrong, but I just don’t feel like I am.  Why don’t war heroes win elections anymore?  Excepting George Bush Sr. it has been 48 years since a war hero won the presidency.  And it isn’t like there has been a big shortage or wars and conflicts the past 48 years, so that cannot be the reason.

So what is the problem?

Again, so many questions and so little time.  Oh well, time to gear up for 2012, I am thinking Rosie O’Donnell or Elizabeth Hassleback from The View … whadya think?


Vote For Nobody



I keep hearing this argument, “The lesser of two evils” being applied towards this election process happening today.  Most folks don’t stop to think about it, but there is a choice, albeit a lousy one at best, but it can be done.

Just write in your choice.

You could actually vote for “nobody” if you wanted to.  I would not advise it, but still, it is possible.*

Why vote for Nobody?

Because Nobody is the best candidate. Nobody cares. Nobody will keep election promises. Nobody will listen to your concerns. Nobody tells the truth. Nobody will lower your taxes. Nobody will defend your rights. Nobody has all the answers.

Nobody has run for President of the United States in every election since 1964, when journalist Arthur Hoppe first launched a campaign on his behalf. In 1975 comedian Wavy Gravy and Curtis Spangler took up Nobody’s cause, hosting rallies for him across the country as the candidate of the Birthday Party.

Their campaign had a serious side, urging that Nobody (or “None of the Above”) should be included as an option on all ballots so that voters wouldn’t be forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. Their campaign continues at

Write in the name of your Aunt Margaret … but get out and vote.


* A write in ballot is not currently recognized in Oklahoma, and you should realize that this is just hyperbole and part of the fun of living in a Red State with a Black N Blue mindset.  If you do write in a name, regardless, it will be tossed like they do down in Florida.

The Other Shoe Drops


Titles are catchy, often frustrating in their conception, today being no different from any other day, the title escapes me.  I thought about “Another Offered Up Metaphor” or “Defining Moment In History.”  Maximum Effort, End of the Line …

Finally settled on this.

The other shoe drops today, the Fat Lady Sings, call it what you want, the long, long, election process is over with the culmination of the voters choices tonight on each and every channel … Check your local listings.

May the best “whatever” win the prize.

But wait!  It gets better, what else do we have for our viewers Art?  A free donut!  If you vote and then trot yourself over to Krispy Kreme Donuts, they will give you a donut for just voting.  Now what red-blooded, 47th worst in the nation for health issues Okie, could turn that down?  Not many.

Vote in your candidate and raise your cholesterol … A win/win.

So the prize, the carrot is to be had today.  Must be valuable, the last count I heard was $250 million dollars in ad money alone, just to win a trip to the Oval Office.  Must have a heck of a dental plan or something, to spend that kind of money.  I suppose some bloggers will immediately begin PWS (Post Withdrawal Symptoms) and start retiring from the front lines.  I have noted just in the past twenty-four hours two of them suggesting that they were going to “pack it in” and stop writing, evidently thinking that their days of importance and influence have come to an end.

To the utter dismay of a few … We are going to keep on keepin’ on.

We have never been that heavily invested in the political arena around here, and we can always find something to talk about, so we are going to keep on shooting for that “elusive hit count” that is our goal.  We know that this is indeed a defining moment in history, but as politics’ is not our main staple, we will be here tomorrow.  Some are outright joyful about that, and others I suppose are just sittin’ on it right now and all sour looking and disjointed because of it.

So be it.

Got my flu shot yesterday and the girl said, “See, didn’t hurt at all, you didn’t even flinch.”  I just smiled and said, “Yeah, after 22 months of election coverage and media bombardment, I can take just about any kind of pain there is!”  Which is the way I see it.

My name is Don Smith, and I have used my mute button.

To be totally honest about it, I have virtually worn the thing out at this late stage of the game.