30th: In walking, the highest place in most countries seems to be on the right hand, hterefore, place yourself on the left of him.
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IN LIEU OF AN ENTRY
23 September 2004
We are off to NY today, so instead of posting a regular entry, I leave you with the following. I hope to continue journal entries while in NY, since we are near cybercafes.
My Fellow Americans--
*I attacked and took over 2 countries.
*I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury.
*I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy!).
*I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.
*I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
*I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
*In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad's, but I did).
*After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.
*I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.
*In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.
*I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.
*I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.
*I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.
*I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV.
*I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history.
*I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed
*I cut health care benefits for war veterans.
*I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
*I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.
*I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.
*Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.)
*I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.
*I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.
*I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.
*I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland Security"(only one letter away from BS).
*I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Ronnie was tough to beat, but I did it!!).
*I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.
*I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.
*I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.
*I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant. I withdrew from the World Court of Law.
*I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
*I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.
*I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.
*The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).
*I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.
*I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)
*I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.
*I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).
*I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (
*I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
*I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for gov't contracts.
*I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.
*I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.
RECORDS AND REFERENCES:
*I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).
*I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war.
Note: this information should be useful to voters in the 2004 election.
Circulate to as many citizens you think would be helped to be reminded about this
From a speech by John Kerry at New York University:
And please read this:
Administration Moves To Remove Gay Protections
From Federal Labor Contracts
by Paul Johnson
Washington Bureau Chief
Posted: September 22, 2004 12:01 am ET
(Washington) The Bush administration has begun working to remove hard won protections for gay and lesbian workers from civil service labor contracts.
In several contracts negotiated over the past few months the list of categories that are protected has been replaced with the more nebulous phrase "any class protected by law." While the change will mean little to African Americans or other minorities, it effectively removes LGBT workers from being protected from being fired or harassed on the job.
"One of the reasons from my perspective is they're doing this because there is no federal law protecting gays," Rob Sadler, a spokesperson for Federal Globe an organization of LGBT federal workers, told 365Gay.com.
The most recent instance is at the Social Security Administration where negotiations are underway for a new contract. SSA is is trying to remove specific language protecting its employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The labor contract changes comes six months after the office of Special Counsel which investigates and prosecutes federal government employment discrimination came under fire for saying it would not investigate claims of sexuality harassment.
Special Counsel, Scott Bloch, a Bush appointee, said in February that his interpretation of a 1978 law intended to protect employees and job applicants from adverse personnel actions is that gay and lesbian workers are not covered.
Bloch said that the while a gay employee would have no
recourse for being fired or demoted for being gay, that same worker could not be fired for
attending a gay Pride event.
federal employees have already lost that protection.
LGBT Federal Workers Lose Job Protections
by Paul Johnson
Washington Bureau Chief
Posted: March 17, 2004 2:01 p.m. ET
(Washington, D.C.) Gay and lesbians in the entire federal workforce have had their job protections officially removed by the office of Special Counsel. The new Special Counsel, Scott Bloch, says his interpretation of a 1978 law intended
to protect employees and job applicants from adverse personnel actions is that gay and lesbian workers are not covered.
Bloch said that the while a gay employee would have no recourse for being fired or demoted for being gay, that same worker could not be fired for attending a gay Pride event.
In his interpretation, Bloch is making a distinction between one's conduct as a gay or lesbian and one's status as a gay or lesbian.
"People confuse conduct and sexual orientation as the same thing, and I don't think they are," Bloch said in an interview with Federal Times, a publication for government employees.
Bloch said gays, lesbians and bisexuals cannot be covered as a protected class because they are not protected under the nation's civil rights laws.
"When you're interpreting a statute, you have to be very careful to interpret strictly according to how it's written and not get into loose interpretations," Bloch said. "Someone may have jumped to the conclusion that conduct equals sexual orientation, but they are essentially very different. One is a class . . . and one is behavior."
It is the first time that Bloch has explained his position on the issue of gay workers despite pressure from unions and Federal Globe an organization that represents LGBT government workers after the OSC began removing references to sexual orientation-based discrimination from its complaint form, the OSC basic brochure, training slides and a two-page flier entitled "Your Rights as a Federal Employee."
Bloch's position is a marked departure from how the previous special counsel, Elaine Kaplan, enforced the law. "The legal position that he is taking, that there is some distinction between discrimination based on sexual orientation and discrimination based on conduct, is absurd," Kaplan told Federal Times.
Bloch indicated that he may amend his position. He said he is initiating a review of the issue and plans to meet with the Office of Personnel Management and congressional staff to hear their opinions before making a final decision on how his office will handle complaints alleging sexual orientation discrimination. The review will not get completely under way until next month, when Bloch's senior legal adviser begins work, he said.
Bloch was appointed by President Bush to a five year term beginning in January (2004).