Friday, September 05, 2003

The boat rides we would take
The moonlight on the lake
The way we danced and hummed our favorite songs
The things we did last summer
I'll remember all winter long

The Midway and the fun
The Cupie dolls we won
The bell I rung to prove that I was strong
The things we did last summer
I'll remember all winter long

The early morning hike
The rented tandem bike
The lunches that we used to pack

We never could explain that sudden summer rain
The looks we got when we got back
The leaves began to fade
Like promises we made
How could a love that seemed so right go wrong?
The things we did last summer
I'll remember all winter long

-- The Beach Boys, "Things We Did Last Summer"

Or, as another famous General once said, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."

Monday, September 01, 2003

Well, well, well, imagine this. It turns out that according to the International Labour Organization, those lazy French cheese-eating freedom-hating surrender monkeys are actually more productive workers than Americans.
"In terms of output per person employed, the U.S. is on top," said Dorothea Schmidt, an economist on the team that produced the 855-page report.

"In terms of output per hour we have three European countries doing better than the U.S. ... and they have done so ever since the mid-80s."

Norwegians lead the world with an output of $38 per hour worked last year. French workers were in second place, averaging $35 an hour, the report said. Belgians were third at $34, followed by Americans at $32.
Americans had the highest output per worker both because Americans are pretty productive combined with the fact that Americans work more hours than anybody in any industrialized country -- 1825 hours per employed worker in 2002. That's even more than the Japanese work.

So enjoy that Labor Day holiday. You've earned it!

What in the world are we supposed to make of this? Today at an International Union of Operating Engineers' Labor Day picnic in Ohio, George W. addressed the jobs depression he is currently residing (presiding suggests too much actual activity) over by saying
I'm interested in solving problems quickly. I want more people working.
Quickly?? You've got to be kidding. It has been thirty months since the jobs depression began and this economy hasn't even bottomed out yet. His dad's jobs recession bottomed out at 23 months; Reagan's at just 16 months.

Cleary the President is using the word "quickly" in a manner with which English speakers are not familiar.