To understand what happened yesterday is to ask where it happened. Unlike the exotic locale of the first Obama treachery speech yesterday’s treacheries happened at the State Department. Why the State Department? One aim was to attempt to squash any rebellion within the State Department and send the message to Israel and Arab/Muslim states that Obama is directing the State Department and that there will be no “good cop” Hillary that will be able to come to the rescue. Obama knows and fears Hillary will defend Israel and Obama does not want anyone to attempt to get Hillary on board a sub rosa “help Israel” campaign.
The New York Times reports today that before the speech Prime Minister Netanyahu called Hillary Clinton before the speech and he was “furious”:
“As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel heads to the White House on Friday for the seventh meeting since President Obama took office, the two men are facing a turning point in a relationship that has never been warm.
By all accounts, they do not trust each other. President Obama has told aides and allies that he does not believe that Mr. Netanyahu will ever be willing to make the kind of big concessions that will lead to a peace deal.
For his part, Mr. Netanyahu has complained that Mr. Obama has pushed Israel too far — a point driven home during a furious phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday morning, just hours before Mr. Obama’s speech, during which the prime minister reacted angrily to the president’s plan to endorse Israel’s pre-1967 borders for a future Palestinian state.”
The news account relates that Barack Obama intends to stab Israel in the back this September by not helping to get European allies to reject a United Nations resolution unilaterally establishing a Palestinian state. The Times notes that Obama “the son of a Muslim man from Kenya whose introduction to the Arab-Israeli conflict was initially framed by discussions with pro-Palestinian academics.”Today we had a 'party' at work.
I'm getting a little tired of it to be honest.
We had X who just finished college.
Now that's a milestone and I'm okay with that. I'll give money.
But what I'm getting really tired of are the two 'party planners' in the office. We don't need a hundred dollars for cake and ice cream.
And it's really starting to tick people off because we can do the math and figure out that if we all gave five dollars and there 21 of us (one of who the party's always for so just count 20) that's $100.
Now I'm not hurting for money. But this is a bad economy and a lot of my co-workers are hurting.
So this idea that the "party planners" are going to scam others is getting really old.
They forgot to take the sticker off the cake today. $16.99.
They took up $100.
We had a $16.99 cake. We had a punch bowl full of ice (less than $2) and filled with Hawaian Punch (ibid).
If you're asking what did we eat on, no, don't count that. My friend brought that after he gave his five or on top of his five dollar bill. So we had plates, napkins, cups and forks via him.
Two different people had to bring that. And they also had to give five dollars. And then a third person had to go out during lunch and get a half-and-half of chocolate and vanilla.
Again, that wasn't bought with the money taken up.
So the "party planners" took up $100 -- or $90 as some fear (a lot of people don't believe the "party planners" are kicking in money) and only spent $22.
Are they splitting the other money?
Remember the half-and-half ice cream? It was never opened. And one of the party planners left with it. They made a guy go out and buy that and then, when it wasn't eaten, instead of returning it to him, they stuck it in their purse and snuck out with it.
About five of the 21 are getting very vocal (I don't blame them) about how there are serious money issues and how they're tired of buying cake for everyone's children and friends since usually, people are taking home cake.
I don't know what things are like at your office.
I work in a great office except when it's party time and then it just brings up how we've got two people collecting a lot of money and putting on really cheap parties.
So I thought I'd throw that out there knowing that one of the "party planners" periodically reads my site and maybe she'll see this and think,"Uh-oh, the jig is up." It is up.
The other "party planner" wants a party for herself next month.
Remember how I said some things were milestones and I was okay with them?
Your child going off to college does not require you to have a cake in your honor at work.
This same woman expects a cake -- at work -- on her wedding anniversary each year as well. Expects it and gets it.
And people are tired of that because no one else gets anything like that.
And we've got a guy I'll call Syd. I love Syd. He's funny and one of those people who works harder than anybody and does it while laughing.
So Syd's not married. Syd has no children. Syd already got his degree before he went to work for the company. And all the little hallmarks and milestones that let other people get parties? Syd doesn't get that.
It reminds me of the episode of Sex In The City where Carrie was just tired of always buying engagement gifts and wedding gifts and this and that while these women receiving them never bought Carrie anything. So Carrie registers herself at a store so she can get gifts.
Anyway, as I noted, one of the "party planners" frequently reads my site. So I'll note that either the nonsense stops or the parties are going to. We're not going through the rest of the year with both the parties and the nonsense.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):