Friday, August 24, 2007

You Cannot Understand Me

When someone has always been there for you and then you suddenly turn one hundred and eighty degrees and walk in the opposite direction what must people be thinking? I can imagine words like rat fink or traitor hardly suffice to capture the emotion. But are they truly deserved sentiments?

I suppose that if you are sitting in a fine hotel room at Courtyard By Marriot Baltimore and spending the companies’ money just reading this blog, it is pretty easy to look at life and be content. But when you have to think about the future from my vantage point perhaps then you might understand.

While you are sitting at a fine table in a restaurant do you think about things like death threats? I can’t imagine that you would, but I have been thinking about little else. So, I hope that your visit to Baltimore is a pleasant and safe one. It is a beautiful city after all.

The Inner Harbor is wonderful. So, enjoy your stay. Sleep well my friend. Sleep with the knowledge that what others do keeps you living in comfort. Let the man who labors be paid for his labor.

We all labor for the same cause. We all deserve to enjoy some of the fruit of that labor. I suggested that you cannot understand me. Perhaps you can. So be well friend.

Freedom of Speech or Death
Snake Oil Sam
Snake Oil Sam Internet Media Publishing © 2007
Contact Snake Oil Sam

Monday, August 13, 2007

Under a Battle Flag! The Fog of War!

Since Union activity at the Quest Diagnostics Teterboro Business Unit is likely to ramp up very soon and since Snake Oil Sam’s Radio review was never intended to become a soap box for any agenda other than my own, I believe that some changes are needed.

So even though I will likely still be making personal comments about that company and its current set of circumstances here from time to time I believe that the union issue is so complex and about to explode that I have created a special blog dedicated to issues of the brotherhood.

So you might want to go to
Quest Teamsters 97 if you want to read what is blowing in the wind. It will likely get bold, brash and in your face. I make this site available to the brothers so that they can have their say on a true cyber soap box.

It will allow them to take it to the street. That is of course the place where such speech belongs. The only way to speak about the issues is right out in front of the company store. So let the light of truth shine down.

Unlike my policy of permitting all sides to be spoken at Snake Oil Sam, this blog is exclusive to the postings of the brotherhood, although all are welcome to read.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Union puts Quest Diagnostics on Notice

Just when everything seemed to be quiet at Quest Diagnostics those bothersome people at Teamsters Local 97 advised the management of Quest Diagnostics that papers have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

It comes as no surprise that this action has taken place. Some expected it to come sooner then it did. But it will ultimately lead to another fight to win the souls of the corporate faithful.

I can’t speak for anyone else but I don’t think that there are as many faithful as there had been in the past. It will take a great deal of effort on the part of management to win the day.

According to a memo distributed by management to logistics department employees the election will likely take place within the next several weeks. The company will provide information related to the union and its rules, history, record of strikes and problems with the law.

Actually the only thing that I am interested in is what brand of hot dogs they are going to serve us at the union picnic? I like Sabrett. But Nathans’ is also a good brand. As long as the beer is cold I will deal with the hotdog issue later.

If the company wants to tell us about the legal issues with the union we already know about the son of the big guy. But since the F.B.I. has thoroughly vetted the current management then I guess that it is cool with me since it is cool with the F.B.I. and those guys you can trust.

I hope the Human Resources Department at Quest Diagnostics is careful about what they say about the union guys. I would hate to see them get into trouble with any legal issue. And I am sure that the union guys have also done homework about some of the financial issues at Quest Diagnostics. You know that company that needs to find more ways to cut costs. Oh, really?

It should prove to be interesting to see who ends up with egg on their corporate face. Wow! This is going to be a fun two or three weeks. O.K. will somebody get me another one of those tasty union picnic hotdogs.

Freedom of Speech or Death
Snake Oil Sam
Snake Oil Sam Internet Media Publishing © 2007
Contact Snake Oil Sam
Legal Defense Disclaimer

Editors Note: Anyone wishing to express an opinion on this blog “Snake Oil Sam’s Radio Review” is welcome to submit it for consideration through the Contact Snake Oil Sam e-mail link located at the end of each article! The publisher assumes no responsibility for the content or opinion of submissions and might or might not agree with the content of comment.

Friday, August 10, 2007

What The Union Objective Is!

After learning of and reading the English translation of the letter written by an anonymous member of the Filipino community of the Quest Diagnostics Teterboro Business Unit I felt compelled to write this open letter even though I have in the past stated that I intend to take no public position on the union issue.

I am disturbed to read that the anonymous writer of the aforementioned letter, allegedly a supporter of the unionization effort, feels, as indicated by his wording that the intent of unionization is to fight against the company which we all work for.

Allow me to set the record straight. Quest Diagnostics is without question a great and dynamic company which I am and I hope you also are proud to work for. The purpose of forming a labor union is simply a way in which the employees can manage to gain a small amount of leverage when it is believed by a consensus of the group that such is needed in order to protect our interests.

It is not the intent of the union to become some sort of bully which will demand everything of the company and expect to provide nothing in return. Unionization will, if anything, compel you to work to the very best level of performance which is possible at all times. That is in fact a part of the negotiation process.

It is the intent of a union to benefit each party since without such an outlook and philosophy there is no way in which a union can benefit you. Becoming a union member gives you some control over the things you will be required to do, but at the same time it places burdens upon you which the company currently might choose to allow to slide.

In the past I have spoken out against unionization as you likely know. At this time I am no longer opposed to such an action since the company itself has clearly changed due in large part to market conditions.

Because of these market conditions the company will likely make many decisions, made by heartless hatchet men, whose job it is to contain costs without any thought of the people doing the job. It is done without malice and without compassion. That is simply the nature of the beast!

For this reason I believe that the time is right for the organizing of a Brotherhood. This will be accomplished under the guidance and legal oversight of Teamsters Local 97 International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

This action will hopefully provide some degree of insulation against the future actions of any management decision which might result in unfair and potentially damaging policies which we currently have no ability to leverage.

Brotherhood, a basic human right! Remember, with a union comes responsibility to produce results which benefit the three sides of the triangle of brotherhood. Those three sides are Management, Local, and Labor.

Unless you fully understand and accept this concept there is no benefit to unionization. By expressing such “everything for me” mentality that anonymous letter writer becomes a deficit to all of us. A union is a layer of bureaucratic law. It is not a get out of jail free card. You play you pay.

Freedom of Speech or Death
Snake Oil Sam
Snake Oil Sam Internet Media Publishing © 2007
Contact Snake Oil Sam
Legal Defense Disclaimer

Editors Note: Anyone wishing to express an opinion on this blog “Snake Oil Sam’s Radio Review” is welcome to submit it for consideration through the Contact Snake Oil Sam e-mail link located at the end of each article! The publisher assumes no responsibility for the content or opinion of submissions and might or might not agree with the content of comment.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Paul Williams Speaks Out on Savage Radio

There was a very important segment of the Savage program on Wednesday as Paul Williams spoke with Michael. I could go into great detail but I would prefer to simply direct you to vital information which Williams has made available.

You will want to read his article
In The Belly Of The Beast as it is a story which will make you wonder when our government is going to wake up and do the job which they are required under law to do.
Perhaps you might want to communicate your concerns to your representatives in this nation’s capitol. Let me assist you in that worthy endeavor to keep America safe. Simply click here.

Freedom of Speech or Death
Snake Oil Sam
Snake Oil Sam Internet Media Publishing © 2007
Legal Defense Disclaimer
Contact Snake Oil Sam

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Playing Chess on the Train of Pain

Some days I wonder why I think that people really care what I have to say. It isn’t like I have some great insight into the minds and hearts of others. But I often wonder what makes people act the way that they act. It seems that often life is a game of one-upmanship in which the person with the larger ego wins. Ergo, there is never a winner for ego has no limit.

Sometimes people use their position of importance to lord it over others. They believe that because they are perhaps better educated or perhaps possess more physical beauty or drive a nicer car, that they are entitled to be treated better than others. Perhaps they think that they are entitled to more than one parking space.

It might be that they think that others should hold the door for them to walk through as though a queen were entering the building. But what of the ripple effect on the community? Is it possible that the actions of a few colliding in a magnificent perfect storm might well harm the entire community?

Is it reasonable to ask that those who hold authority use great restraint in order to prevent what might result in harm to the entire community? I speak in terms in which only those who play the game fully comprehend the things of which I speak.

I often find myself speaking in terms of enigma machine politics when it is clear that there is no other way to safely say what I want so very much to say. I often speak in terms of music and titles of historic note.

Maybe it is because I am so lost in a cloud of emotion in an attempt to remain loyal to brotherhood and at the same time being loyal to community, God and Country that I speak in such illusive terms.

Truth is proven in my compass as it points true north. But what of the truth which is to be found in the other 359 degrees? I cannot simply discount them. I cannot discount the brotherhood. How can I turn away from brotherhood? How do I justify the response to a wrong with something as equally wrong?

Sometimes the best way to state something is to do so in hypothetical terms. And since I am already being as cryptic as I can be I will make my case in this way. And for the benefit of the entire community I can only hope that those who are able to read between the lines are intelligent enough to absorb what is important and see through the veil.

For what is man but an animal, yes an animal which sometimes acts more as animal than man. Yet he who is truly blessed is the man who is able to act in a humble manner and find that a word when mild turns away rage.

What if someone did something which was rude and inconsiderate? Would the Man of God react in a way in which pain would be inflicted upon the entire community? Would it not be better to allow the wrongdoer to be forgiven with a simple chastisement?

Is it the fear that such an act of mercy would be perceived as a weakness that prevents the Man of God from being merciful? And what if that person were to face execution for the wrongful and shameful act?

Would not the brothers of that executed man demand blood? And rightly so! Would they not make a case before a judge that the man of God has in the past acted in mercy toward others who have been guilty of far worse crimes? For indeed such is the case.

Yes there are examples of threats of physical violence and perhaps even physical violence which have been forgiven. Yes, actions which resulted in only a few strokes of the lash as justifiable punishment.

Would not a judge conclude that someone who has been executed has in fact been executed for speaking out in favor of the brotherhood? Would the judge conclude that his law has been violated and that in payment of the shed blood then the brotherhood should be firmly and legally established within the community?

But even before such a thing were to occur what might transpire on the train of pain? Is it something which the Man of God is willing to deal with? I hear music and words of bygone days. I hear sounds of San Francisco, the sounds of a free generation, a generation of love. But can I trust the words of the melody. Can I trust that day? I can’t trust that day.

Pray the Man of God should display great wisdom. All is fair in love and war.

Freedom of Speech or Death
Snake Oil Sam
Snake Oil Sam Internet Media Publishing © 2007
Legal Defense Disclaimer
Contact Snake Oil Sam

Friday, August 03, 2007

Paul Williams! A Person of Interest in Washington

Well, it looks like someone in the U.S. Senate is interested enough in Paul Williams and the McMaster University issue to take the time to read some blogs on the subject. I hope that he found some useful information here.

What a great titled, Sergeant at Arms. It reminds me of the time Spanky and the boys at the He Man Woman Haters Club appointed Butch as Sergeant at Arms. He looked right at the gang with the discipline paddle in hand and said, “And I’m just the guy to do it, too!”


Domain Name senate.gov ? (U.S. Government)
IP Address 156.33.33.#
(U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms)
ISP U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms
Location Continent : North America
Country : United States (Facts)
State : District of Columbia
City : Washington

Referring URL
http://www.google.co...ity%2C Paul Williams
Search Engine google.com
Search Words mcmaster university, paul williams

Freedom of Speech or Death
Snake Oil Sam
Snake Oil Sam Internet Media Publishing © 2007
Legal Defense Disclaimer
Contact Snake Oil Sam

amazing counters

Get Vitamins