Month: September 2013

Boehner To Reid, “Back Atcha'”

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.

Senator Ted Cruz, (R) Texas

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?

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

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

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?

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!

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