Boehner To Reid, “Back Atcha'” 2

Mister “I No Negotiate” Harry Reid has a decision to make today.  House Majority Leader John Boehner will have the House vote this afternoon to add amendments to the Senate bill, or Continuing Resolution, to keep the government funded.

Boehner will add an amendment to defer Obama Care launch for an extra year, while eliminating the egregious medical device tax Obama care imposes on a relatively new industry. This is a wise move on Boehner’s  because pretty much all medical device start-up companies have to leave the United States because Obama care taxes the Gross Revenue of such companies.

The device tax doesn’t affect large companies in the business because they are already established and their their survival is not threatened.  A tax on gross revenues is tough on a start-up, and venture capitalists refuse to fund start-ups when the regulatory deck is stacked against them.

Obama is OK when it comes to destroying jobs and entire industries, and the refusal to even recognize these problems ensures his eventual  negligible presence in American history.

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Senator Ted Cruz, (R) Texas 2

You gotta love it. The freshman Senator from the marvelous State of Texas has made a big splash in the normally moldy, boring, and sometimes irrelevant halls of the US Senate. We are used to hearing empty suits like Majority Leader Harry Reid, or the cold oatmeal-like speeches of the Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

What we heard from Cruz was passion. Say, what? Passion in the Senate?

Senator Cruz may be passionate about killing Obama Care, which is praiseworthy in itself. Or, Cruz may be passionate about his ascent in the Republican Party without having paid his dues. That’s OK, too. The old structure needs shaking up, and right now, any shaking can be a good thing.

Everybody knows that Obama Care is not a good thing. Everybody will pay more for healthcare, get less and at lower quality. The people gaining the most will be illegal aliens if Obama gets his way with immigration reform.

Cruz has chosen a holy cause that will not hurt him in any way.

The Obama Care fight has to be fought, now. Whether we win or lose makes little difference in the short run. To save lives, jobs and our standard of living, the system has to be changed. The American public will not forget this battle, nor why it is being fought.

This is all about the future. Ted Cruz is hitching his reputation with the Obama Care fight and that is perfectly acceptable.

The man and the cause make good fellow-travelers, no matter what you think of either.

Do You Treasure Your Toilet? 3

There is news this week on the bathroom front. Men and women alike are aghast at the happenings in Venezuela where the socialist government of Caesar Chavez has committed the ultimate socialist faux pas. For a while, now, there has been a shortage of toilet paper in the people’s paradise.

The Venezuelan government has temporarily taken over the factory that produces toilet paper, feminine napkins, and disposable diapers. Oh, how can you survive without these basic necessities.

My niece reported this some time ago when she had to buy toilet paper in Brazil before crossing into Venezuela. Out of respect for her privacy, I never asked what the heck she was doing there, beautiful California woman that she is. In other words shortages of personal, basic necessities in Venezuela are not rare.

In another celebrated occasion in the category of men’s toiletries comes this viral announcement from the Dollar Shave Club. Yes, gentlemen and ladies, there are now butt wipes for men.

Yes, I am a member of Dollarshaveclub.com. No, I have no comments about the efficacy of One Wipe Charlies.

200,000 to 400,000 Killed By Hospitals 4

Yeah. I know, these are some pretty big numbers. There’s another study out done by a man whose nineteen year old son was killed by negligent hospital care.

These numbers are hard to believe, and they are truly estimates. However, earlier studies have shown that over 98,000 people die due to doctors and hospitals. Please reference my earlier blog, “  The Dirty Little Health Care Secret“.

The article describing the study is linked, here. In the article you will find a link to the actual study. It gets a little technical, but it is not that hard to understand.

Nobody knows the real numbers killed by our health care system. We do feel that the 98,000 number is low, but the 400,000 number may not be out of bounds. The problem is that we don’t have good data.

Hospitals just don’t have all the right data, and this makes studies like this one an estimate. We should always remember that, but even a low estimate means that our health care system probably kills more people than die in car crashes every year.

Take care, everybody. It’s getting dangerous out there.

Obama’s Banana Boat Song 2

Our President has made some pretty dumb statements in his five years in office. Yesterday he said:

Obama: US will be ‘banana republic’ if GOP forces default

Read all about it, here.
The truth is this: If we don’t get rid of Obama care and Obama, we will be like a banana republic. Obama is turning into a tin-horn dictator the likes of which we are used to seeing in those kinds of places.
In honor of our Banana Republic President, I dedicate the following poor paraphrase of the Banana Boat Song made popular by Harry Belafonte. (Gheez! I looked up the lyrics to the real song and they are pathetic.)

The Obama Banana Boat Song

Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Obamacare come an me wan go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Obamacare come an me wan go home

Come Obama man gimme me de banana
Obamacare come an me wan go home
Make me rich wid de food stamps and de cell phones
Obamacare come an me wan go home

Obama man makes de deficit go bigtime
Obamacare come an me wan go home
Boehner man say dis not gonna be fine
Obamacare come an me wan go home

When Obama gone things will get good
Obamacare gone an me glad to be home
He can go back to Chicago crook hood
Obamacare gone and me glad to be home

Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Obamacare gone an me glad to be home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Obamacare gone an me glad to be home

E.T. Will Call Home Within 25 Years? 2

My answer is, BULL!

An article on the Real Clear Science web site got my attention this evening. It seems that SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is boasting that we should be communicating with extraterrestrial intelligence within about twenty-five years.

How can they make this prediction? Well, that’s easy when you take a look at their reasoning and even their mathematics. You see, they make stuff up as they go.

N = R_{\ast} \cdot f_p \cdot n_e \cdot f_{\ell} \cdot f_i \cdot f_c \cdot L

This equation is called the Drake Equation. Before you flip-out with the mathematics staring you in the face, rest assured that you know as much about this math as the people that made it up.  Yep. It is possible to write impressive looking equations and not know what the heck you are doing. SETI proves this.

They are attempting to express “N”, the number of civilizations in our Milky Way galaxy with whom we may be able to communicate. The problem is that there is no basis for the equation, and there is no way to measure, or even estimate the values of most of the terms.

In other words the neat looking figures literally mean, NOTHING. They use this stuff to get funding.

What does all this have to do with E.T calling our home? The Director of SETI made this stuff up to keep the funding coming, and the twenty-five years is a “brown number” that came right out of his butt.

The reasoning in the article goes like this:

There are a couple of hundred billion stars just in our own Milky Way galaxy, so the odds are good that we are not alone in the universe. On the other hand, if life abounds, why haven’t we found any evidence of it—and is that about to change.

Arguments like this have one great fallacy. They are not based on any evidence whatsoever.

A better way to assess the probability of encountering extraterrestrial intelligence is fairly easy. Since you cannot calculate the probability, you an make a statement. Here’s mine.

Since we have never been visited or communicated with by extraterrestrial intelligence, the probability is that it will never happen. This is essentially what the Fermi Paradox addresses.

You see? I didn’t have to calculate anything, and have gotten a profound message across without  any mathematical chicanery.

I cannot rule out the possibility that it will happen. That’s the way life is. You can never say never, but is SETI worth funding?

I don’t think so.

The New Leader Of The Pack! 2

Barack Obama portrait

Former World Leader Obama

For years and years we have heard the prophecy that one day the power and prestige of the United States of America would be outdone by another nation. There have been lots of philosophical, theocratic, and alcohol tinged forecasts about when this would happen, and who would be the new world leader.

Well, much to our chagrin, the new leader is not the United States of America. That’s kind of obvious. The real surprise is that our standing has been eclipsed by a nation that was literally bankrupt a decade ago. Back then the USA tried to help these former communists make a go of it as a democracy.

Oh, how the worm turns.

We did not lose a war. We have not gone monetarily bankrupt. Our citizenry have not gotten much lazier. So, what happened to the robust, thriving, confident United States of America? What has made us a bunch of losers?

We elected Barack Obama.

Obama is an apologist for Marxist dogma, and an unrepentant activist in outdated social philosophies. All it takes is one disastrous leader to bring down an empire, and thrust an entire civilization into poverty and slavery. We have found ours and his name is Obama.

Our new world leader is a man of great accomplishments. He started life in modest surroundings and succeeded in accomplishing the American Russian Dream!

Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin

Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin

Little Vlad followed in the footsteps of his father, Vladimir Spiridonovich, who was a cop in the Soviet NKVD. They took care of everything from traffic tickets to political executions, whatever was needed at the moment.

As an elementary school student, he copied his father and specialized in breaking the fingers of those who would not give up their lunch money. In high school he graduated magnum cum louder, and was the top sharp-shooter in his AK-47 class. He was also the recipient of the Joseph Stalin medal for diplomatic debasement.

KBG officer Putin

Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Putin, KGB

Hitching his wagon to the Communist Party star, Vlad went on to secure fame and glory at the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University in 1975. His PhD thesis was on international law, and titled, “The West Can’t Do Anything When You Spit In Their Face“. Well, maybe not. The real title is in the Wikipedia article, somewhere.

With his KGB career into full swing, young Vladimir achieved the lofty heights of Lieutenant Colonel, and was awarded the Russian Federation Order of Honour. For this honor he was photographed for the centerfold of Pravda’s monthly magazine, “Our Russian Heros”. Putin’s topless photo is legendary.

Without further ado, allow me to present the newest Leader Of The Free World, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.

pic of putin on horse

President Vladimir Putin

What Did The Congress Do? 2

I wrote an article the other day titled, What Will The Congress Do?. It was about the problems in Syria, our threat to take action against the Assad regime for using poison gas against innocent women and children in the Syrian civil war, and what the President or Congress might do about the situation. I don’t think I left much hope for anything intelligent happening.

I was right, and I was wrong. The Congress did not vote, and if they would have, apparently the President would not have gotten the votes to attack the Syrian government forces. In the meantime another player has appeared to take charge.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, has stepped into the international leadership vacuum caused by the lack of leadership of Barack Obama. Wisdom has never bothered to visit Barry’s tortured mind. As a matter of fact, it can be said with only a little levity that Obama has been unconscious ever since he entered office in 2009.

On the off-hand remark of an unremarkable Secretary of State, John Kerry, Vladimir Putin has painted Obama and company into a corner, assuring that the Assad regime will survive, and the United States faces a middle-east as the largest irrelevant power in the history of the world.

So, Congress hasn’t done anything, and the President hasn’t done anything.

What else is new?

Obama’s Comfort Zone 3

Our Maximum Leader, President Barack Obama, functions perfectly well within his comfort zone. This has become obvious as we get further and further into his second term.

Our Community Organizer is comfortable on the golf course. He is comfortable drinking beer. He is comfortable playing cards. He is comfortable talking to a teleprompter.

When it comes to economics, Barack Obama is out of it.

When it comes to foreign policy, Barack Obama is out of it. He has outsourced our foreign policy of late to Russia. Vladimir Putin has jumped in to fill the vacuum,

When it comes to taking responsibility, Barack Obama automatically blames the problem on somebody else.

Barack Obama defaulted the shaping of our health system to the US Congress. Barry didn’t care what was in the bill, just that the Federal Government had control.

I’ll bet he is good at crossword puzzles, too. What does that mean when a little Muslim roach like Assad gives him a real challenge? Barack will delay until the problem goes away, or volunteer to spend our money to relieve him of making a decision.

If you are thinking that I am no great fan of Barack Obama, you would be right. However, that does not mean that I don’t respect him. He’s like a rattle snake. When dealing with people like Barack Obama, you are lucky if you don’t get bitten.

So, what is our President good at doing that is meaningful in any way? Perhaps he is good at twerking.

If you need help in understanding twerking, take a look at this YouTube  video,

 http://youtu.be/rYcg1ot1iWs

Our Goldilocks World 5

You know how it is sometimes fun to sit around and Google things that just pop into your mind? Well, I was doing that tonight while pondering the world around us. I was thinking about trees and plants, and how they figure into our environment. The process I looked up was photosynthesis.

We would not have oxygen to breathe if it were not for carbon dioxide (CO2) and plant life.

6H2O + 6CO2 ———-> C6H12O6+ 6O
Six molecules of water plus six molecules of CO2 makes one sugar molecule and six oxygen molecules.

This is what happens. Plants get their water from the ground through the root system, and they suck in carbon dioxide gas (CO2) from the atmosphere. That’s when the fun starts.

Sunlight is the energy that drives the whole process. When sunlight strikes a leaf of a plant, energy is absorbed. Some sunlight causes heat, and the rest causes chemical reactions between the CO2 and other stuff in the plants. Oxygen is split from the carbon dioxide and water (H2O), and sugar and enzymes result growing the plant.

If it were not for CO2 we would not have trees, plant life, food, or oxygen. It gets that simple.

Global warming is blamed on CO2. There is only a small bit of truth to this in that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and greenhouse gases cause the earth to keep warm enough to support life, but not too warm. CO2 is not the driving gas in the process. The real driver is water vapor, by far the strongest greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Photosynthesis is yet another process that can be called a Goldilocks process. It takes in carbon dioxide (CO2), and produces food and oxygen, all necessary for life.

Our earth is just far enough from the sun to keep it warm within a livable range. We live on a water planet where the climate is pretty much automatically maintained by clouds, water vapor, water vaporization and condensation, and the associated heat engines.

When things heat up, clouds form, rain happens, and things cool down. That’s one of the mechanism that keeps the world from getting too hot. Greenhouse gases keep the world from getting too cold for life.

Food and water are plentiful almost everywhere because of the natural processes.

What more can one ask? We do live in a Goldilocks world. It is almost like things were planned that way. Our Goldilocks world is just right.

Note: Yes, I noticed in the chemical equation that the Oxygen molecules did not balance. I did a cut and paste from some web page, and am now paying for my own inattention. I think that the six oxygen molecules should be molecules made up of 2 oxygen molecules. Oxygen does that, you know. I just don’t know how to do a subscript in WordPress.