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?


Critic’s Corner …

Thought for the day: “Man needs more to be reminded than instructed.”

An Arizona radio station that “caters to Latino Immigrants” (what we are calling them this week) has announced that it is going to close down at the end of the month.  It appears to be the latest victim to a faltering economy and ongoing crackdown on illegals, and is now shutting down and going out of business.  The station in the Phoenix area broadcast each day in Spanish only.

Guess they figured there isn’t any sense preaching to an empty choir.

Dirty-Yellow-Dawg-Democrat. A jury in Nashville said it was difficult to reach a decision in the corruption trial of a former democratic state senator John Ford.  He was charged with wire-fraud and failing to report some $850,000 in payments from state contractors.  The jury ultimately decided that their right to extended honest service from him was apparently not forthcoming.

My little granddaughter will sing this crazy little song to taunt her brother … “Anything that you can do, we can do better.  Anything that you can do, we can do better” A feminist in our ranks, and she is only 5 years old.  She would fit right in down south in Atlanta.

Officials there have agreed to scrap road signs warning of “Men At Work” or “Men Working Ahead.” After some complaints that the signs were sexist … So now they are going to read …. “Workers Ahead.”

It just seems like the right thing to do, said an Atlanta official.  Now someone stick another Politically Correct Pin In The Map to signify a major hollow victory for another special interest moron.  I mean what is the big deal really?  I mow the lawn and do all the yardwork, week after _______ week, but I don’t go around demanding that someone bestow the title of “Lawn Care Specialist” on my dumb butt.

Pull up yo’ Snoop Dawg-Dog drawers!  Now here is some “progressive legislating.”

Flint Michigan is the latest city to crack down on the wearing of outlandishly over-sized jeans, in a memo to officers last week, the police chief said to his officers “that anyone who was wearing the baggy trousers so low that buttock skin is visible should be arrested and charged with indecent exposure.  And those exposing underwear only, could be charged with disorderly conduct.” I suppose some people call it a fad, but I believe you could find some that would agree that it is a national nuisance.

Good News and Bad News.

USA Today, The Nation’s Newspaper, is reporting that a Continental Airlines Flight made an emergency landing at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after a loss of cabin pressure.  That is the good news.  Now here is the bad news, the flight had approximately 120 passengers of which, nine were Texas Lawmakers (legislators) on board, that is the bad news, they made it off okay too and continued on to Washington DC. on another plane.

A silicon based intelligence, (that is a fancy word for a computer y’all – Okie Talk) a computer system named “Polaris” beat several of the world’s top poker players recently in a match in Las Vegas, Nevada.  To prep for its confrontation with humans, the system first played 8 billion games with itself.  And you thought warming up before exercising was a bad idea?

Who writes this stuff?  The U.S. Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA) is reporting that the price of a gram of pure cocaine sold for about $118.70 in the spring of 2007, and the cost of the drug is now escalating because of recent improvements in border patrol, yada-yada-yadda -blah-blah.  Last I heard, “we gave Mexico some $141 Million to clean up THEIR DRUG PROBLEM, can’t get a better deal than that.”

$118.70 per gram?

  • “Hey man, you wanna buy some —-, it has only been stepped on once.”
  • “Uh how much is it?” … “$118.70 per gram”
  • “Okay, here is $120.00”
  • “Thanks, and here is your change sir, One dollar and thirty cents.”
  • (Yeah, like I am believing that one)

More good news … “The War On Drugs is Over ……. We lost.”