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13th-Apr-2008 09:25 am - It's about time...
spork your eyes out
Well, I finally got an appointment with someone at the VA. After a very upsetting UNNECESSARY drive to Battle Creek. They had me drive all the way out to Battle Creek, an hour away, when gas was $3.30 a gallon. For nothing. I feel so much better just knowing that I have a day to look forward to. I get so angry all the time. Over everything. And my health problems have no medical basis apparently. My doctor can't find anything causing my issues. So she won't give me anything until I talk to someone who can recommend something to her. "You can't put a band aid on a broken leg" she tells me.

In other news, it is getting much harder for me to hold in my comments towards the hateful, ungrateful, stupid customers I talk to everyday. My very last phone call yesterday was from some guy who told me I have "horrible customer service skills" because he made a check deposit in to an atm and had no money for the weekend! Like that is my fault!

It seems that for the past week I have been getting all the assholes. I really just cannot comprehend how incredibly stupid people can be when it comes to banking and their finances. Let me tell you what, I read the little booklet my bank gave me so I know all about funds availablity and how you shouldn't make deposits in the atm. And I know if I take money out of atms that don't belong to my bank I will be charged by them AND my bank. And I know you can't just go by online banking to figure out how much money you have, you need to take responsibility for your money and keep a check book register. (I learned that the hard way.) And I know that if I spend money I don't have, I will get charged outrageous fees!! And because I did something simple like read a hugely boring book of rules and regulations, I don't have finance problems and I don't get charged fees. People would really make their lives much easier if they weren't so goddamn lazy. I don't have poor customer service skills. You have poor consumer skills. The customer is not always right and I really wish that I could tell some people that. People need to quit blaming the bank for their problems and take responsibility for their actions.

I have been noticing an alarming increase of people calling in from cash advance places to have their account information verified so they can get some fast cash. I despise these calls. I want to tell these people not to do it. The trouble you are in is not nearly as bad as the trouble you will be in if you work with these places. These businesses prey on people with little or no money and make their money problems worse, all under the guise of "helping" them. I have a family member who borrowed a few thousand from them and ended up owing them over $10,000. It's not worth it. I would beg, steal, and borrow before I would go to a place like that. And this is coming from someone with a lot of pride, too. I know some people can't avoid it. I mean, what do you do if you have no money to buy food for your kids. I can understand that. But there are plenty of people who can't or won't find other options. Sometimes I want to make it my life's mission to rid the world of these places.

Another thing I am having issues with is being pushed to sell people on credit cards. I have read all about Bank of America raising the interest rates of people who are otherwise good on-time-paying customers. Up to the high 20s! That's ridiculous! And with people calling in all the time because they have lost their job, are being foreclosed on, who have no money for two weeks, they want me to sell these people high interest credit cards? I don't think so. I am not comfortable with making people's problems worse! If someone really needs or wants a credit card, they will ask about it. Of course they have bonuses for the people who meet all the requirements, and these bonuses can be quite handsome. But I highly object to making money off of people and their bad situations. I cannot in good conscience try to sell someone who continuously overdrafts their account a credit card. Credit cards enable people. I know: I went over to Iraq with enough credit card debt of my own. And I don't really have a whole hell of a lot to show for it.

I went out to the bar last night with some friends. I felt for some reason that I should not go, but I did it anyway because I haven't really been out with my big group of friends since I got home in November. I now realize why it is I have not done so. I hate two faced, lying bitches who have to ruin someone's night out for their WEDDING and make the night all about them. I mean really, how do you tell the bride she isn't allowed to go to the bar because the night is for the groom's "original friends" and then tell everyone at the table the bride said she didn't want to come? How do you cause a fight between the bride and groom and think that's okay? AND THEN DENY IT!? Well someone had to blow the lid off that shit. I am so sick of people these days. I really am. I just have no patience with people and their immature, petty need for attention.
4th-Apr-2008 03:05 pm - Read between the lines
veterans for obama
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that the United States intends to send more troops to Afghanistan. REGARDLESS of whether or not troop levels are reduced in Iraq.

The military is already stressed and hurting from multiple deployments. And now they are planning more deployments to Afghanistan? Obviously we haven't been able to handle the job alone, or with very little help from other countries, in Iraq. So what makes anyone think we can handle Afghanistan too? There is no way we will win any war if we are the ones doing most of the work. We need more help from other countries.

I am not going anywhere outside of the United States ever again unless it is for pleasure. This is why we do not need a war-hungry Republican in the White House, now and in November. Just remember that! Our Republican-led government will stop at nothing.
3rd-Apr-2008 12:20 am - WoW Widow
blurred from tears
That's what I am. I have been reading the forums of other World of Warcraft player girlfriends and wives. They all sound like me. It is so hard to read because I know what I need to do. Even knowing that there are tons of other girls out there whose feelings are as hurt as mine, and who are as angry as I am, it doesn't make me feel any better.

I have known for a while that I need to reevalute my life and seriously consider cutting my losses. My life is so difficult these days. It is getting harder and harder for me. I am just never happy anymore. I was sold on someone who isn't real. If I had known this, I never would have signed up in the first place. How terrible is it to fail at the marriage thing and not even be married yet? Even worse is I am the only one who cares.
31st-Mar-2008 05:59 pm - A day late and a dollar short...
damage is done
Looks like the Army is changing its rules on married couples living together in Iraq. A lot of heartache and grief could have been spared for Mama G and the Platoon Daddy while we were over in Iraq.

what are you afraid of?
Quite interesting...I don't know who is telling the truth here, but I believe that this old man's free speech rights are being violated when asked to turn his shirt inside out. If given the option to turn my shirt inside out or be arrested, I would take the trip to jail. Maybe I should consider bringing out my antiwar shirt...It has been a while since i wore it.

Source: Newsday
30 Mar 2008

An 80-year-old church deacon was removed from the Smith Haven Mall yesterday in a wheelchair and arrested by police for refusing to remove a T-shirt protesting the Iraq War. Police said that Don Zirkel, of Bethpage, was disturbing shoppers at the Lake Grove mall with his T-shirt, which had what they described as "graphic anti-war images." Zirkel, a deacon at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Wyandanch, said his shirt had the death tolls of American military personnel and Iraqis - 4,000 and 1 million - and the words "Dead" and "Enough." The shirt also has three blotches resembling blood splatters.

Police said in a release last night that Zirkel was handing out anti-war pamphlets to mallgoers and that mall security told him to stop and turn his shirt inside out. Zirkel refused to turn his shirt inside out and wouldn't leave, police said. Security placed him on "civilian arrest" and called police. When police arrived, Zirkel passively resisted attempts to bring him to a police car, the release said.

But Zirkel said he was sitting in the food court drinking coffee with his wife Marie, 77, and several others when police and mall security officers approached and demanded they remove their anti-war T-shirts.

The others complied, but Zirkel said he refused, and when he wouldn't stand up to be removed and arrested, authorities brought over a wheelchair. "They forcibly picked me up and put me in the wheelchair," said Zirkel, a deacon at one of the poorest Catholic parishes on Long Island, where a devastating fire recently destroyed the rectory and storage areas.

Zirkel was charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. He was released on bail. A spokeswoman for mall owner Simon Property Group did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Generally speaking, a mall has the right to control what happens on its property, said John McEntee, a Uniondale commercial litigation lawyer.

Activists with dueling opinions had gathered to support and oppose America's five-year campaign.

As Zirkel was being wheeled to the police car, the crowd chanted "We shall not be moved!" Moments later, they moved; police and mall security had ordered them off the property. Many joined a larger anti-war crowd assembled by the mall's entrance, off mall property, on Veterans Memorial Highway.

They were complemented nearby by protesters saying the Iraq war is vital for security.
31st-Mar-2008 12:53 pm - Ex-detainee alleges torture
my soul threw up
You know what? I am pretty inclined to believe this!!

The Washington Post
March 30, 2008

WASHINGTON — A resident of Germany who was imprisoned for two months at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan has told an interviewer that his interrogators hung him from a ceiling for five days and that several doctors periodically checked him before authorizing the torture to continue.

Murat Kurnaz said that shortly after his capture in Pakistan in fall 2001, the American interrogators insisted he admit to being an Al Qaeda operative and associate of 9/11 plotter Mohamed Atta. Kurnaz said that when he said he did not know Atta or refused to talk, the interrogators punished him by hanging him by his arms to the rafters of a freezing aircraft hangar.

Kurnaz's allegations about his abusive treatment in a prison at the U.S. military base in Kandahar are to be publicly aired for the first time Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes."

He was released by the U.S. military in August 2006 after spending nearly five years at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Kurnaz made similar allegations of systematic torture in 2005 when he still was a U.S. prisoner, according to newly declassified notes his attorney took during a conversation at Guantanamo.
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