Saturday, June 13, 2009

Finish Illinois

Okay everyone, here's a solution. Figure out what behaviors you do (I'll do this myself too) that makes the state the most tax dollars, and stop the behavior.

Bankrupt the whole state because they are wasting our money and lining their pockets. We will have to starve them out in order to start fresh.

These people have created bureaucratic fiefdoms and monarchies and this must stop.

Testing at CMS for a state job is just a Red Herring. Workforce Development is a Red Herring. So figure out where most of your tax dollars are generated and divert them elsewhere. Lottery, Cigarettes, Alcohol, Whatever. Enough is enough.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Ripoff Report link available here.

I now posted a link to (Special Springfield Edition) in the margin matter of the blog.

Fireworks at the Carillon

Nope. Didn't get any photos. I couldn't find any place to park. I couldn't even find a place to stop so I could take a photo of the streets clogged with minivans and SUVs. What irked me especially was a limousine that took up three spaces along Lawrence next to Pasfield Park. That's one way to show a middle-finger to everyone else.

Monday, June 01, 2009

The nice thing about is really handy when you want to comment on a story published online by the newspaper, but for whatever self-serving reason, they turn off the ability to leave comments.

When I "Digg" a story, it becomes part of my virtual news clipping collection which you can see below if you scroll down. This is called a "Widget." When you sign up for it costs nothing, and at the bottom of their page you can find tools that will allow you to put a widget on your own blog.

When you click on the yellow square that has the number of "Diggs," you will be taken to where the story is posted. It will show you the comments left by others, and you will be able to see a list of who "Dugg" the story.

You can then find out what else they dugg, and you might make some friends in the process.

Other awesome news: is now part of Google's repertoire. is somewhat the same as, except you get to constantly watch the same feeds. At first I thought I could only collect my own feeds, but as you can see on this blog way down at the bottom, I "feedburned" the Springfield Rants and Raves from Craigslist.

It doesn't look great and I could go back and change it to show just the headlines, but what would be the fun of that?

☠ A few of today's comments I left behind:

☠ There's always the other government on the Internet. There are a few users here and there, but I have yet to find a central location online where everyone visits and casts their votes on issues. A single online place that can serve as an alternative to the diabolical old club that is occupied by generations of politicians and moneyed patrons.

☠ Dear Illinois Legislature. This tactic is called "pulling up the ladder behind you." Congratulations, the game is over. You closed the door behind you and firmly locked it. Now all that is left is to ensure that you breed generations as heirs to your now Feudal thrones. May I suggest you read "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli. It will hasten your footsteps upon your current path of leadership. He has a few suggestions you may find familiar and others I'm sure you will gleefully incorporate into your diabolical repertoire.

☠ The public sector is hoarding skilled labor from the private sector which cannot afford to pay higher wages that will create more disposable income to circulate in the local economy. Some businesses are happy to be in close proximity to a lot of state offices and couldn't care less how their own employees are suffering through such low wages and no benefits as in Springfield. I imagine that the rest of the state's communities that have very few state offices have balanced and equitable local economies where prices are generally lower. It's a horrible existence.