Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Kitchen Dispatch: Taliban Commander Calls It A Crime

The late British Surgeon, Massacred by the Taliban, Dr. Karen Woo
From the post: "Make of it (the apology) what you will."
Read the rest of it at: The Kitchen Dispatch

Thought For Today 8-31-2010

We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.

Barbara De Angelis

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Screw History: Getting Rid Of The Mental Health Stigma (useful links included).

"We have to get rid of the stigma because it's killing us as a society. The stigma drives people to self-ridicule, separation, doubt, and causes both victims and family members to slip into a trough of depression. From there, the damage begins. "
Read more about how to help veterans at The Kitchen Dispatch

Friday, August 27, 2010


Tribune Company Announces 2010 Financial Highlights

Consolidated Operating Cash Flow Up 44% Through July

Tribune Company today announced financial highlights for the first seven months of 2010.*

“We are making solid financial progress,” said Randy Michaels, Tribune’s chief executive officer. “Despite the noise surrounding our Chapter 11 process and a tough economic environment, we have not only stabilized our business, but in 2010 we have grown operating cash flow—and we’re really just getting started.”

Other financial highlights for the seven-month period ending August 1, 2010:

  • Operating cash flow increased substantially in both publishing and broadcasting compared to the same period in 2009.
  • The company generated approximately $100 million more in consolidated operating cash flow compared to the same period last year, and in the month of July alone, generated $18 million more in consolidated operating cash flow compared to July 2009.
  • Consolidated operating cash flow increased 44% and consolidated operating cash flow margin increased to 18% from 12% for the first seven months of 2009.

“We continue transforming Tribune from a collection of media businesses to a single media company,” said Michaels. “Working together enables us to continue leveraging the development of scalable, common systems throughout the company, which is the primary factor behind our ability to reduce expenses. Consolidated cash operating expenses were down 7 percent through July, 2010.”

The company’s cable network, WGN America, is more profitable than it has ever been, thanks to new programming, a 25% increase in ratings among all adults, and strong upfront advertising sales. Next month the network will add “Entourage,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and ‘How I Met Your Mother” to its programming line-up.

The company’s television group has added more than 130 hours per week of local news programming since 2008, and later this fall will broadcast a total of eight NFL football games in select markets.

On the publishing side, the company has launched “breaking news” centers in each of its markets, introduced new niche print products and expects to have slowed the trend of circulation declines at its newspapers when it reports results to the Audit Bureau of Circulations in September.

“Our employees have done an incredible job,” said Michaels. “They are talented, innovative, and dedicated to serving our readers, viewers, advertisers and communities. We have built some momentum and accomplished a lot, but there is much more to do.”

Later today, Tribune will file its monthly operating report for July 2010 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The report will reflect that the company has approximately $1.6 billion in cash on hand.


*Tribune Company and its subsidiaries maintain their financial records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”); however, the information included herein is preliminary and includes some non‐GAAP financial measures.

The Company uses cash operating expenses and operating cash flow to evaluate internal performance. “Cash operating expenses” are defined as operating expenses before depreciation and amortization, write‐downs of intangible assets, stock‐based compensation, certain special items including severance, non‐operating items, and reorganization costs. “Operating cash flow” is defined as earnings before interest and dividend income, interest expense, equity income and losses, depreciation and amortization, write‐downs of intangible assets, stock‐based compensation, certain special items including severance, non‐operating items, and reorganization costs. Cash operating expenses and operating cash flow are not measures of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

While visiting Washington State, where everything grows like weeds due to the
constant drizzle, I toured a marijuana farm.

Save Our Trade: Phillip Mulligan Serves Teamster Homeowners

Recently many Union Members have expressed an interest in discussing the various options available to deal with the financial difficulties of home mortgages during these unprecedented times.

This Project is dedicated to help relieve some the grinding financial stress of home mortgages that is literally destroying homes and families throughout the USA. Fellow Teamster Phil Mulligan is a representative of America Back On Track Inc. He has arranged a special outreach of his company's distressed homeowner services to Teamsters who are struggling with their mortgage payments, or who are facing foreclosure, or are in foreclosure.

You don't have to be told how financially tough these times have been, and continue to be. There are Teamster Brothers and Sisters who have been under-employed, irregularly employed, or just flat unemployed !

America Back On Track Inc. is a company that is focused on helping homeowners deal with the financial problems caused by the loss of a steady paycheck, or a change in their mortgage terms. They have the resources to help even the most difficult situations facing homeowners, Including....


Insane government money policies have made it increasingly difficult for homeowners to keep up their mortgage payments. Foreclosures by the big money lenders are up 43% over last year. Tens of thousands of people have already lost their homes. Now they’re coming after yours. If you really want to get a good idea of how crazy and unfair Banking practices are.... Please watch the video at the following link :

We don't know exactly how those of you who are struggling with mortgage payments, or are facing possible foreclosure got to this point. One thing is certain. You didn't get there all by yourself. Reduced wages, and high taxes have eaten away a good portion of your income. Inflation has eaten up even more. They've been taking advantage of you, and what you're left with right now just isn't enough to make ends meet.

The banks have had their bail-outs and other forms of taxpayer subsidies because they are "Too Big To Fail"..... You Are Not ! You need to get out of this mess. Timing is critical. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. Your bank or mortgage company is interested in only one thing.... the money you owe them.

But you don't have to take this lying down ! There is a way to fight back ! 80% of all loans from 2000-2007 have significant violations of Federal Law. One of the few ways to level the playing field is through the America Back On Track, Inc. foreclosure relief system, which includes among other strategies, challenging these violations.

All banks have a battery of high priced lawyers on the payroll, ready to take your home through foreclosure. The government has made it financially attractive to do so. Do you really think banks are going to cut your loan principal and modify your loan without a compelling reason? (You don't have to respond to that - we already know the answer).

Your only real hope is to use a method that exposes your banks violations of law and put their feet to the fire. Any other way is simply NOT GOING TO WORK, and now you know why. Banks simply make more money by foreclosing on you. Doesn't it make sense to check your loan for Federal or State Violations?

Phil, or one of his team will individually consult with any Teamster who is interested in discussing ways to reduce or possibly even eliminate their mortgage payments. How to avoid foreclosure, even if you are seriously behind in your payments. How to stay in your home and not be forced into a short sale or foreclosure sale.

Every situation is unique. Some of you might have heard about, or even tried (and failed)

1 A short sale ( a lot of work, pays 3% commission, bank controlled)
2 A loan modification (these are bank controlled payment arrangements)
3 Forbearance (another bank controlled payment arrangement)
4 Strategic foreclosure (keys for cash, give the house back or quit)
5 BANKRUPTCY (long term negative for a short term positive)


We stop the sale !

No bankruptcy !

No lender approval involved !

We take them out of the picture !

We tie their hands and get them out of you life !

The end game is to force the banks negotiate. Our goal is to negotiate, to get the house at current market value.


Many plans require lender participation, have temporary benefits to homeowners, and or, provide a single line of defense against the banks. Banks are well funded and resourceful, and much attention to detail is needed when searching for a good defense against these people.

America Back On Track, Inc. uses multiple defensive strategies. This plan is an administrative process that uses contractual law to simplify foreclosure defense. As such, it requires:

NO bankruptcy

NO modification

NO sale

NO lawyers

NO job needed

NO credit requirements

NO problem owing more than house is worth


WE USE A TRUST. Trusts are used by banks and the wealthy. Some trusts are hundreds of years old. These are powerful tools allowing for jurisdiction changes and challenges from beneficiaries. Remember Leona Helmsley... her dogs inherited her estate as beneficiaries !

WE REQUEST A PROMISSORY NOTE (The document the homeowner signs). Most lenders or servicers cannot even produce one !

WE VERIFY THE TRUSTEE. We make sure the trustee is licensed in this state.

If not we get him fired !


Are they licensed to do business in this state?

Are they in the loan business ?


Each violation is challenged and the lender is required to respond. Using contractual law each request has to be responded to in writing in a specific time frame.

This is how you beat bankers. Flood them with a legitimate law abiding process. These are just a few of more than forty strategies we can use in our process. IT WORKS ! This is the one . All the other plans have lost homes


Qualifying factors for Union Members :
First month payment is $ 3,500, or your regular payment, whichever is greater

Your subsequent payments are 1/2 of your regular payment, recurring month to month for 8 to 24 months.... a minimum of $ 1,500/month




Disclaimer: Posted as a courtesy to Brother Phillip Mulligan. Saveourtrade is not responsible for claims made in this advertisement and recommends consulting your Financial Advisor for aditional information.

Save Our Trade: Phillip Mulligan Serves Teamster Homeowners

Thought For Today 8-27-2010

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

- Brian Tracy

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thought For Today 8-26-2010

I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.

Ken Venturi

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Victor Davis Hanson asks the real question

Is Everyone A Bigot?
"Anti-Hispanic, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-black — it is hard to keep track of all the recent allegations of bigotry. "
Click the link above to read the rest of the column.

Thought For Today 8-25-2010

Celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.

Mia Hamm

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thought For Today 8-24-2010

"Energy and enthusiasm make just about anybody fascinating."
Add concern for others, and you're pretty much unstoppable.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Kitchen Dispatch: "Right Wing Extremists" Party. Visit Code Pink. Wonder --Is Jerry Brown The New Pink?

Update: We've been made aware that the original photo shared here and pictured on Jim Hanson's post on the Big Peace blog is a fraud. So we've updated the original post about Jerry Brown's fundraiser at Code Pink with video footage of them branding those who serve as "war criminals." Note that Code Pink has done enough nefarious things not to need doctored photos, and so we've shared few of them in the below article (follow the link). While there is the right to express our opinion, when it comes to attacking the men and women who serve, I feel compelled to rush to their honor. We have had enough struggles overcoming the treatment given to Vietnam veterans, and to help this current group make progress in their own lives, taking groups like Code Pink to task for the heckling and perpetuation of stereotype is necessary.
"This includes trying to kick the Marines out of Berkeley, telling Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee that her son deserved to die, and branding Marines war criminals."
Read the rest at:
The Kitchen Dispatch: "Right Wing Extremists" Party. Visit Code Pink. Wonder --Is Jerry Brown The New Pink?

Thought For Today 8-23-2010

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pink is the new Brown

We aging post-hippies love things like Photoshop. It allows us to do lots of small things in between sips of our Citrucel and feeding our cats.

Smart gal, wise alice Kate Coe points out to us that Jim Jones brought out the votes for Gov. Pinkbeam "back in the day." Pinkbeam had though Jim was a "great guy." Now, Governor Pinkbeam is intending to take money from Code Pink.

Rally for the troops today. See post below for details on why.
757 Palms Blvd, Venice Beach. Fund raiser by Code Pink for Governor Pinkbeam.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Saturday in Venice: Jerry Brown To Kick Troops In The Face

See? How pink? Cute? Think not.
Damn shame Jerry is forcing us to vote for a candidate
who didn't bother to vote for 28 years, and has all the appeal of a cold brussel sprout.

Jim Hanson has a great article up about former Governor/Mayor of Oakland/Attorney General Jerry Brown who is going to be cavorting with the nefarious harridan Jodie Evans, at a Code Pink-sponsored fundraiser this Saturday in Venice. Apparently, he needs more money to run against Meg Whitman, and doesn't mind kicking a few troops in the face in order to grab at some liberal west side money.

Read Jim's article, which also details their protests outside Walter Reed hospital when the wounded were being bused in from Iraq and Afghanistan. They jeered at the busloads of wounded.
"Perhaps their most reprehensible act was protests outside the Walter Reed Medical Center where our wounded troops were recuperating. They would gather on Friday nights to coincide with the arrival of the bus carrying our wounded just arrived from overseas. What kind of low human being does it take to attack those injured while fighting for our freedom? A Code Pinko, that’s who."
And Jim should know. He witnessed their attacks.
When it comes to the troops, there is not much difference between Code Pink and the Westboro "God Hates Fags" Baptist group.

Freedom of speech, right? But we also have the right to peacefully assemble... a counter protest in honor of our troops. Melanie Morgan, long-time foe of Code Pink is advising interested parties who support the troops tomorrow to gather outside the fundraiser. Address is at the top. Drive them nuts. Wear pink, but carry a pro-troop sign.

Dear Jerry,
The best thing you ever did was date Linda Rondstadt.
And that was one hell of a long time ago.
You really should of left it at that.

You want their tainted money, you've got it.
But guess what else?
You've already lost.

Time Clocks at the Los Angeles Times

Date: August 17, 2010
From: Chris Avetisian, CFO
Gwen Murakami, SVP Administration
Subject: KRONOS – new time and attendance system
To: All LATMG employees

Here’s the first of several communication steps we will be taking to explain those black boxes that have been installed in our buildings. Tribune has initiated several technology projects to improve the efficiencies of many business processes and the new web-based KRONOS time and attendance system is one of them. KRONOS will replace our current time entry system that provides data for our paychecks every two weeks. The black boxes are time clocks which will be one way that employees will be able to report their time; online reporting is another way.

Because accurate paychecks are important to everyone, we want to be sure that we transition to KRONOS in the best way possible. Next month, we’ll provide training to managers/supervisors as well as to employees in each department, so you’ll be very familiar with the new process when we “go live”. We know that you have a lot of questions and we’ll be sure to address all of them in the upcoming training sessions.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

Tribune execs' bankruptcy proceedings update

8/20/2010 2:39:25 PM

Memo to Tribune employees

From: Tribune Communications
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2010 12:55 PM
Subject: Message from Randy and Gerry/Chapter 11 Developments

Today we informed the U.S. Bankruptcy Court overseeing our Chapter 11 filing that we intend to file amendments to our plan of restructuring by next Friday, Aug. 27th. We'll also be filing a supplemental disclosure statement and a motion about procedures related to voting on the plan, and it appears that our confirmation hearing may be rescheduled to Nov. 8th.

This process is moving more slowly and has become noisier than we had hoped. In spite of the noise, you are performing exceptionally. As the Chapter 11 process moves forward, we must continue to focus on our business and our mission to provide outstanding service to our customers, advertisers and communities. Next week, we'll file our monthly operating report for July and once again, our financial results will be strong. All of our media businesses are profitable, and our creditors recognize how well we are performing. We're delivering new, creative products to the market, transforming our business, and operating more efficiently. Our strongest asset is you, and the fine work you are doing.

Thank you -- for your creativity, your innovation, your dedication. We've done a lot. We have a lot more to do. Don’t get distracted. We're on a roll, and we aren't going to slow down. Let's go!

[CEO] Randy [Michaels] and [COO] Gerry [Spector]

SOURCE: Poynter Online

Friday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

GCC/IBT Local 140-N President Ronnie Pineda with daughter Stephanee

Shura We Be In Afghanistan? Andrew Lubin, Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger Chime In

Photo courtesy of Marine Combat Reporter Andrew Lubin. Marines hold a shura with the movers and shakers of local tribes in Gamsir, Helmand Province.
"From the Female Engagement Teams, to holding meetings with the movers and shakers of the local tribes, they're doing what most civilians here never find out about because a lot of the mainstream media, and many bloggers are more engaged with what's not working, or using stats to further a political point of view."
Read the rest at: The Kitchen Dispatch

Also, imagine generations growing up without music.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pete Mastin Playing August 28th

Los Angeles Times Pressmen Mark Austin, Pete Mastin, and Greg Bauer

Former Los Angeles Times Press Room Supervisor PETE MASTIN and his band The Resurrected Band will be playing at Lake Alice Trading Company on Saturday August 28th, at 9:00 p.m. There will be many of Pete's former colleagues in attendance, so join in for a fun filled night of classic Rock.

Lake Alice Trading Company
3616 University Ave
Riverside, CA. 92501-3331



h/t Kathy Brokhausen

How we broke the story

A simple request by two Los Angeles Times reporters for salary information on public officials in the small city of Bell blossomed into a scandal that has captivated readers nationwide. Reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives broke the story that disclosed Bell's city manager was being paid $787,637 a year. Come hear them tell "How we got that story" next Thursday evening, Aug. 26, at the Los Angeles Press Club.

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26
Where: Los Angeles Press Club in the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. (two blocks west of Vermont), Metro: Red Line, Sunset/Vermont
Cost: Free for members, $15 for nonmembers (pre-paid)...refreshments included, of course.

Los Angeles Press Club
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Save Our Trade: Civil Cases Filed Against Freeriders

The Officers of GCC/IBT Local 140-N filed civil lawsuits on behalf of its members against the bargaining unit employees that have refused to abide by the contract between the Union and the Company. The contract states that as a condition of employment, bargaining unit employees pay monthly dues to the Local. Regardless of whether a bargaining unit employee chooses to join the union or not, they are still required to pay dues under the contract.

The option of becoming a "Beck Objector" allows bargaining unit employees to pay a lesser amount and waives membership in the Union. Beck Objectors cannot attend meetings, vote on Local business or in elections, nominate candidates or run for Local Office. Beck Objectors must be current in dues payments and in good standing in order to become an "Agency Fee Payer" The Freeriders that have never paid dues to the Local are not recognized by our Local as Beck Objectors and owe the full amount of $60.00 per mo. for each month owed.

As a result of our filing, Lee Carey and his FREE legal team have filed a motion with the NLRB to reverse its dismissal of Lee's attempted de-authorization election. The National Right to Work Foundation is funded by donations from Major Corporations and Anti-Union businesses, quite possibly even Tribune, representing employees that cannot afford legal representation. Lee's refusal to pay dues under the contract has cost the dues paying members over $30,000.00 plus! That is your dues money that could be used to benefit all of the membership in numerous ways; instead of spent foolishly fighting eachother only benefiting our Attorneys!

A de-authorization of the union security language would no doubt cripple the Local financially making it impossible to defend the contract when the company chooses to violate the agreements contained within it.

In Solidarity,
Ron Pineda,
GCC/IBT Local 140-N

Save Our Trade: Civil Cases Filed Against Freeriders

Thought For Today 8-19-2010

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blue Lynx Media LLC Opens Shared Service Center in Texas

Subsidiary of Tribune Company Established to Centralize Certain Administrative Functions and Reduce Expenses

Tribune Company announced today that its new subsidiary, Blue Lynx Media LLC, has opened a shared service center in Lewisville, TX, where it is expected to provide jobs for as many as 200 new employees.

Blue Lynx Media will provide solutions for the parent company’s back-office operations. Its goal is to standardize and centralize certain administrative functions in order to minimize transactional inefficiencies and establish a strategic advantage in data analysis. Blue Lynx Media will initially focus on financial responsibilities and systems administration.

“Centralizing financial transactional processing in a low-cost manner is key to Tribune gaining efficiencies,” said Nick Cory, president of Blue Lynx Media. “In addition, the establishment of a shared service center allows us to reallocate some of our finance resources, enabling us to compete on analytics.”

The company estimates that implementation of the shared service center, utilizing simplified, standardized processes, will save Tribune tens of millions annually. Taking a fresh look at end-to-end processes is a key component of that effort.

Blue Lynx Media will evaluate operations continuously as it looks for efficiencies. The transition of all financial transactions to the Lewisville-based center will take place over the course of the next 18 months. Tribune selected ConVergence Office Campus in Lewisville because of its value and location. The City of Lewisville provided personal property and workforce development incentives to facilitate the deal.

Wednesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Greg and Will in the Plate Making Department, the lighting is yellow as the printing plates are light sensitive.

Roger Dolan Rest in Peace

Veteran Los Angeles Times Pressman Roger Dolan passed away on Sunday August 8th, 2010, he will be missed by his family and colleagues at the newspaper.

Services for Mr. Dolan:

Saturday, August 21, 2010
11:00 am
Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA. 90068


Thought For Today 8-18-2010

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

John Dewey

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thought For Today 8-17-2010

‎"Being a doormat for your kids is not being a parent; it's being a martyr." It's really tough spending time with a martyr!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Should We Be In Afghanistan?

"But I also hate oppression even more. And I think there are times when we have to fight like hell. Were we to leave, every literacy project for women and girls would be gone. Those who had gone to the clinics, the shuras for women, the men who had worked with any projects that could be tied to the ISAF or westerners, would be maimed or dead."
Read the rest at:
The Kitchen Dispatch: Should We Be In Afghanistan?

Thought For Today 8-16-2010

Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings.

Alice Duer Miller

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Donations For Murdered Volunteer Health Care Workers

Health Care Volunteer, Cheryl Beckett, killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan last week.

"Please go to the International Assistance Mission site and make a donation through PayPal. I've taken a screen shot to show you that you can direct your donation to this special fund."
Read the rest at:
The Kitchen Dispatch

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thought For Today 8-12-2010

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.

Nikki Giovanni

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thought For Today 8-10-10

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.

Norman Cousins

Monday, August 09, 2010

Thought For Today 8-9-2010

The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.

William Wordsworth

Three Seasoned Professionals Senselessly Murdered

In all of this, the biggest losers are the Afghan people. As it was with those murdered at Ft. Hood, health care professionals willing to carry out their work in these kinds of condition are a rare breed. It is estimated that 250,000 Afghans were helped by the efforts of Dr. Tom Little. Now, another 250,000 will have to go without.

Read the rest at The Kitchen Dispatch

Friday, August 06, 2010

The Kitchen Dispatch: Orange County CA Native, US Army Sgt. Daniel Lim, Laid To Rest

Slideshow by Michael Goulding, OC Register
"Whether it was tattooing the name of his beloved baby sister on his chest or spending his first Army paycheck on his parents, Daniel Lim never hesitated to demonstrate his devotion to his family.

While recently deployed in Afghanistan, Lim, an Army sergeant, stood in line for hours each week to call his parents. He wanted to reassure them that he was OK. That they had nothing to worry about."
See the video and the sad but moving slideshow as reported by Michael Goulding and Ellen Pak of the OC Register at: The Kitchen Dispatch

Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine

Andrew Wahlquist latest commercial creation, animated in After Effects, based on the paper sculpting art of Sally Vitsky.

Friday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Downtown Los Angeles at sunset

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Thought For Today 8-5-2010

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Oscar Wilde

Is Desire Enough?

"While the American outlook is to see ourselves as tough but benevolent, we can't help but notice attempts or even thoughts of do-goodery are being met by increased violence. We can't help but see that the long term impact this is having on not only those in the combat zones, but also those on the home front is having."
Read the rest at: The Kitchen Dispatch

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Wednesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Pressman Ron Williams enjoying himself while mounting printing plates

Thought For Today 8-4-2010

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

John Lubbock

Look For Me and My Friends On PBS and A Summer Wrap Up

"One last note: I'll be blogging for PBS's Regarding War website. They're revamping the whole shaboo, and they've asked me to sign on for this gig that will last a few months."

Read the rest at: The Kitchen Dispatch

Severance Packages for Tribune Executives?

Tribune proposes severance package for top executives

h/t Gail Crandall

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Blogging Pressman Marks 38 Years at the LA Times

Some events are hard to believe such as my
thirty-eight year anniversary with the Los Angeles Times this afternoon. Barely made it through the last attempt to eradicate me from the pressroom, but I’m still there with a little help from my friends.

When I began my career with the newspaper circulation was climbing, and we had trouble squeezing in all the advertisements, which usually resulted in many hours of overtime.

The standard crew size was eleven men; women did not enter the pressroom until the lead plates were replaced with plastic letterpress plates. When the press run required a double delivery mode a twelfth man was added to the crew to monitor the offside of the conveyor. Add more than one spot color and an ink pourer position was hired to keep the ink boxes filled throughout the run.

So it’s very sad to see the shape of the newspaper today, always seeking ways to eliminate employees and cut costs in any and every way possible.

Not certain I will see my thirty-ninth year at the newspaper, but I’ll give it my best.

Thought For Today 8-3-2010

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

Elizabeth Foley

Monday, August 02, 2010

Thought For Today 8-2-2010

"Envy and happiness are mutually exclusive. If you're envious, you can't be happy; it you're happy you won't be envious."

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Restrepo: Reaching Beyond The Wire To The Left & The Right

"The truth is, we walk a tightrope between both sides regardless of our own political opinion. But the people we come to rely on and trust are those who support us. The box packers, fund raisers, letter writers, patriot guards, quilters, yoga-doers, knitters, and veterans benefits proponents. If anyone wants to help, I'm always ready with an empty box, a roll of tape, and a mailing label for things they want to send."
Read the rest at: The Kitchen Dispatch