Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Obama - Iran. Let's have a sit down


During the unprecedented media spectacle known as the Obama mid-east tour, Barrack Obama has defended his position of dealing with Iran through direct talks. I recall Bush's harsh criticism of Obama when he basically said that you can't change these people through a series of persuasive arguments. I'm sure Obama feels emboldened as he certainly will share more common interests with the Iranians than Americans. I would like to think how such a tactic would work if the head of the FBI said that he planned on talking with the heads of organized crime in direct talks to get them to end their criminal activity. "It would make everyone so happy. Please, please, please disband your organization. I'll take you out to lunch" It is a sign of weakness. If you have the better hand, why would you negotiate. When you negotiate it means that you plan on compromising your stance in some way. What compromise is there to be had with terrorist. We promise that we'll starting pushing head coverings for our woman if you promise not to destroy another 2 of our skyscrapers.
I think back to the Godfather. After Daddy Corleone dies, the traitor Sal Tessio approaches Michael letting him know that Don Barzini wants to talk. As we know, it is at those talks that Barzini plans on having Michael killed. The Iranians plan on doing the same figuratively. I say we pull the Corleone plan and go after Iran, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Hezbollah

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Michael Savage Autism Rant Was Needed


We all have a tendency to over-react or over-state a fact to make a point, and that is exactly what Michael Savage did. Long a proponent of natural remedies, including his book "Healing Children Naturally", Michael is passionate for the cause of over medication, especially for children. His own brother was put in a hospital at age 5 and died 20 years later in the hospital, so this hits close to him. If his comments were made by another talk-show host, then maybe the outrage could have some validity, but because of his background in biology and his doctorate in epidemiology, I give him some more street credit.

With so many children being diagnosed with ADD over the last 20 years, people need to ask themselves, why now. How did we get along as a society before these medicines and diagnosis. And as the tide began to turn against ADD, Autism is now picking up steam with an estimated 1 in less than 150 children estimated to have autism. I am not a Darwinian, but I do believe in genes. How can a population survive with such statistics. They psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies paint this ADD and Autism epidemic in the same way as the "uninsured". Millions are uninsured, but of those, millions chose to be so. If mental health industry can blur the statistics and make gross over estimations, why can't Dr. Savage.

I do believe that there are people that have both ADD and Autism. But certainly not to the degree it is being diagnosed. So many of the symptoms sound like adolescence. I think that with 2 parent working or too busy to raise their children, as issues arise, they would much rather be told it was medical and not poor parenting . "Oh John, it wasn't us after all. Billy just needs some medicine and then all that creative and manic energy will be controlled. I don't like there to be too much energy in this house when I come home from work." Keep putting the word out Dr. Savage.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mad Money Endorses Zulubuff Economic Plan, No Ethanol

This morning on the Today Show, Jim Kramer was a member of a panel of three economic advisors. Each person had to lay out their three points on how to turn around the economy. Jim's #2 item for a economic turn around was the elimination of ethanol. He sited the impact food for oil has had on the inflation of grocery items. Mr. Kramer said that if you eliminate ethanol now, beef and grain prices would drop 50% by labor day. Steve Forbes sited tax cuts as his #2 item. I say eliminate ethanol, cut taxes, and cut federal spending. I hope NBC will invite me on next time.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Economic Nerf: Nerf not Smurf


You know when the World Trader came down killing 3,000 due to a terrorist attack, something scary happened. Putting aside the horrible nature of the attack, once it is over, it is important to think things through clearly. When charity and the US government provided victim families millions and millions of dollars for their loss, I thought, why. If I get hit by a car or am shot by one of the many gangs of urban terrorists, there is no "ease of suffering" endowment from the government to my family. The reason for this is because life happens and people die. If I want to make sure my family is covered, I need to buy insurance. Why award 3,000 families money for their suffering. The reason this was done as I see it is that it was a national loss. We all felt the pain indirectly. The government wanted to show people that life can be fine if you happen to die at the hand of a terrorist because you will get millions. It helped to give us a sense of Nerf, life without getting hurt. Nerf life means that you might know that you got hit, but you should not feel it longer than a second.

Fast forward to Katrina. New Orleans was full of people living lives of Nerf. No matter what bad choice they made, government was there to Nerf them out of the situation. So when the storms came, people sat in their houses waiting for the buses to come and pull them out of their government trailer. It didn't come, and many paid the price. The media was furious. How dare people come to harm due to their own inaction. After all, people are not supposed to feel pain anymore. In rushed the military and Nerf trailers (at first they were Nerf, but later it was learned that they would be better off living in a toxic waste dump) and order was restored. Nerf debit cards were given and the whole nation was able to sigh, "If that were me, I'm glad to know I wouldn't get hurt. Let's go toss around the football, so long as it is Nerf."
Now that everyone is accustomed to no pain in this Nerf Society ( the list could go on and on), it was time to begin collapsing the economy. Let's Nerf the minimum wage (grocery sackers needed no pain). Let's Nerf the borders (Nerf, like our laws, should be applied regardless of citizenship). Let's Nerf the environment (there should never be any climactic shifts, pain shouldn't even be felt by the animals). Now that things have been Nerfed, the dollar drops, energy and inflation go up, stocks fall, mortgages are in crisis.

The ultimate goal of Nerfing society is to replace our democracy and free market with a socialist society. Now that institutions are starting to fail like Bear Stearns, Freddie, Fannie, and Indie Mac, we must Nerf the fallout of those that made bad investments. To do this, the government will come in and take them over. The government will run the banks and mortgage industry, they are calling for nationalizing the oil industry. They want to take over health care. Isn't this ploy obvious. Instead of taking it by force, the Socialists are doing it by playing on our desire to not see anyone suffer. Pain causes growth. We learn from pain. When the Soviet Union collapsed, there were many people that mourned the loss of what they perceived as their Nerf Society. What they didn't realize is that when you use government branded Nerf, you get something about as protective as those Katrina trailers. NERF (No Economic Relief for Families.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Ball of Confusion: That's what the world still is today


I have a song I downloaded recently to my Zune by the Temptations called "Ball of Confusion". I enjoy the instrumentals, singing, and lyrics. It is a song about the problems that faced the United States back in 1970. The more I listened to it, the more I saw parallels between 1970 and now. Check out the lyrics, I will dissect a few of them now.

"People moving out, people moving in. Why, because of the color of their skin." This was indicative of white flight from urban centers. This is still very relevant to today.

"eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.Vote for me and I'll set you free" You can imagine Barrack Obama saying these words. Race is still an issue because racial promoters make it so.

"The sale of pills are at an all time high." Apparently the war on drugs has had no impact. This line is also still relevant. You could say it is also applicable to prescription drugs.

"The cities ablaze in the summer time." I thought global warming was a new thing.

"Evolution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul." Evolution and gun control. This song was written before the DC gun ban and the court decision that overturned it.

"Politicians say more taxes will solve everything." This is my favorite lyric. People have been buying into that line for a long time, and yet the world is still just a ball of confusion.

"Hippies moving to the hills. People all over the world are shouting, 'End the war.'" It is all cyclical.

If things repeat themselves, it is likely we will have a decade of bad fashion and dance music, followed by a decade of Wall Street and yuppies, and then a generation that rebels against prosperity and peace, and then repeat.