Monday, April 28, 2008

The boys are here


My twins boys were born over the weekend. It was a wonderful event. The best birth I have seen or experienced. Thanks for all the prayers and support. This picture is wonderful. It is of mom and her new boys. Dennis was born at 7:40 AM 4/26/2008 weighing 7lbs 13 oz. Daniel was born at 8:04 AM 4/26/2008 weighing 6lbs 11 oz.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

TV Linked to Low Birth Rates

In Europe, and now also in the US among the caucasian population, there are declining birthrates. People attribute it to being selfish and waiting until much later in life to have children. But then I made a startling discovery. People don't want to have children because of their exposure to TV. Look at how any child under 3 years of age is portrayed on a television and you get one thing, crying and stress. Children of this age are often brought in to intensify the tension an adult character is dealing with. To increase that tension, the kid cries and is nothing but inconvenient and needy to the adult character. The second the tension disapears, so does the kid. So many of our youth watch these dramatic shows and share in the anxiety of the character they are sympathetic to. "Look at how hard it is, there is no way I would want to have children. I'm not ready right now." So the result is they wait until they are in their upper 30s or 40s to have child number one. Then when that first child proves to not be so bad as little baby Aaron from Lost, they count their blessing. "Well, I better stop at one. Don't want to press my luck. Our little darling was special, not like those TV babies". And then they are done.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Friday, April 18, 2008

Minimum wage and ethanol cause inflation


Prices of grocery items are going up at an alarming rate. Prices of everything, except homes, are going up. The easy thing to blame is the price of oil. I think that it has only really been during the last year that we have seen these prices really get out of control. I certainly think oil is a big contributor. I think government subsidized ethanol is an even bigger factor. So much of our grocery budget, from items sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (just about everything) to beef fed on corn, is affected by the decrease in the supply of corn that is used for such staples. When you decrease supply and maintain demand, prices go up. Then there are the other factors. Farmers switch their crops over from soybean, wheat, and other produce to government subsidized corn, thus decreasing their supply. What you see is an across the board increase in prices for all food items. This very real fact is swept under the rug because the media's belief in global warming overrides the importance of having affordable food world-wide.
In addition to ethanol, there is another factor, how be it corollary, that I believe is affecting rising prices. Minimum Wage. If you have read any of my other blogs, you will see that I believe Minimum Wage is the cause of many ills in this country, such as illegal immigration and homelessness. I would now like to add our current economic crisis and rising food costs. Minimum wage is such an easy concept. If you set a value to be the minimum, then every value higher than that value will change relative to the minimum value. If I make $10 an hour and the minimum wage is $5.00 at the time I start, but then increases to $7.50, I either accept my current rate as a pay cut or ask for my wage to increase in proportion to the increase in minimum wage. Unions do this, which is why they are the biggest proponents of minimum wage increases. Employers react the same as employees. They can either take the pay increase as a loss in margin or raise their prices across the board. This whole process causes inflation. Minimum wage causing inflation is not as sexy as saying big oil causes inflation. Everybody wants Big Oil to suffer. There isn't a politician alive that would say, lets eliminate minimum wage and get rid of ethanol, but that is your solution.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Royal's Addition by Subtraction of Sweeney

The Royal's are now 8 and 6 to start the season. Not bad when compared to many years past. Our offense seems to be doing well and Bannister and Greinke are pitching lights out. There are many changes that the Royal's made during the off season, but none stand out greater than cutting the player that emulated the Royal's success, Mike Sweeeney. Mike sweeney had a couple of years, but his chronic injuries have dragged the Royal's down in performance and payroll. I'm so happy to see him gone. Maybe now I can be a fan.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Gay Youth Protests Blood Donation


I'm paraphrasing a story I heard, so I don't know where this happened exactly, but recently a seventeen year old identifying himself as Gay was denied the ability to donate blood as every statistic known to man indicates that the homosexual lifestyle is highly succeptable to blood born pathogens such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. Similarly, people who have traveled to Haiti or Africa are also excluded from donating blood. Doesn't that seem awfully discriminatory. Apparently this 17 year old thinks so as do many of his classmates as they protested the next Red Cross blood drive. This goes beyond going too far. Do they realize what they are doing. Turning just one donor away from giving blood puts many people at risk. Think of the wounded and dying soldiers that are kept alive with the blood of their brothers and sisters. Now imagine them returning home and seeing this kid turning people away from doing it. It is a sad picture. I think they should take this kids blood and then just dump it down the drain.

The Gay rights believed right to be able force their lifestyle on every aspect of culture now digs into the blood supply. As with all other institutions that have become infected with their lifestyle and turned good into rotten, now they have set their sites on litterly infecting the blood supply. Buckle up, watch your kidneys, don't get hurt and you better hope you don't need blood in the future.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

KU Did IT

After 20 years of duds in KC Metro Sports, KU brought home the national championship. It isn't just chance that the last national title winner was KU basketball, 20 years ago. And for all the hype that sports likes to put on the outstanding star, like Curry, Hansborough, and Rose, KU did it as a team. That is the cherry on top of the cake. I saw Bill Self send in strategically one good player after another, keeping his player's legs fresh, without sacrificing quality. And one last observation, last night is certainly an example of how coaching does factor in to victories, from what players to sub to when to start fouling when you are behind. The only time I was happy to hear Roy Williams say, "I'm stayin" was probably when he told his wife he wasn't going back to Mayberry until after the KU game.

I just read this and it made me want to puke. From Eddie Pells at Yahoo "Although Chalmers will go down in history, the most memorable overall performance came from Rose, the Memphis freshman, who completely took over the game in the second half, scoring 14 of his team’s 16 points during one stretch to lift the Tigers to a 60-51 lead with 2:12 left." You have to be kidding me. Does anyone ever remember the great performance of a player in a losing effort for longer than one day. This is horrible writing.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Working Man

I looked up "Working Man" the other day in the dictionary and found an interesting description. Working Man - one who labors for the democratic party. Income is received through unemployment or Social Security Disability. Then I woke up and realized that is just the definition that the media and liberals hold out as those that we must always pander to. I mean, if we were really for the working man, we would cut his taxes regardless of his income. And the more you make, the more of a working man you are and the more your taxes should be cut. But that is not how it really is. The more you make, somehow the more it is that you actually stole that money and should give it back to the liberal's working man. This has become a country of contradictions.