Category: politics

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.

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

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

What Did The Congress Do?

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

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

Are Experts Ever Right?

No matter what the situation, there is always some expert ready to give an opinion on what should be done. The problem is, experts are more often wrong than right.

Don’t believe me? There are studies that show this, and those studies keep on coming.

In the financial world stock brokers are sometimes considered to be experts on stocks. Having been a stockbroker, I can tell you that most brokers have little expertise in picking good stocks. There is a famous book first published in 1973, “A Random Walk Down Wall Street”, by Burton Malkiel. One of the things the book highlights is the fact that from an historical viewpoint, professional money managers, as a whole, did not produce stock portfolio gains even as high as the market averages.

Most importantly, you could buy a stock index fund mimicking the Standard & Poor’s 500 average, and you would do better than most professional money managers. Guess what? This hasn’t changed in the last forty years. There is another book titled, “Where Are The Customers’ Yachts?“. The title is  in reference that many of the yachts in marinas are owned by stock brokers, who make money whether the market goes up or down.

Then we have the medical experts, most of them being medical doctors. I have blogged about their lack of expertise, but will repeat the numbers. It is that important. In my blog, The Dirty LIttle Health Care Secret, I highlight the fact that almost 100,000 people are killed by doctors and hospitals every year in the United States. There is a name for this phenomenon, iatrogenesis. Everybody in the medical industry knows about this horrible fact, but nobody wants to talk about it.

We aren’t through talking about medical experts and their mistakes. A very well-known paper published by Dr John Ioannidis, a Greek physician and researcher with  a blue-ribbon background that includes being a professor of medicine and director at Stanford University, and an adjunct at Tufts University School of Medicine, takes aim at peer reviewed studies in the medical research area.

Up to eighty percent of randomized studies in the medical field have proven to be wrong. This is the figure that the Ioannidis team arrived at after reviewing years and years of studies. The reasons vary, but researchers are human, doing anything to acquire government grants to keep university research departments afloat. Data are adjusted to show a pre-determined outcome. Plus, up to 10% of the really large randomized trials are just wrong. How many substances have been identified to be bad for you, and then further study falsified those findings? It is common.

So much for the medical experts.

Climate science is in much the same shape. It was revealed in the ClimateGate emails that internationally prominent climate scientists cherry-picked data, doctored graphs, and produced fraudulent information to the general public to further their political agenda. Other crooked scientists have demonstrated bad conduct, like Dr Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University. He produced the infamous Hockey Stick graph that erased the historic Medieval Warm Period of about 1,000 years ago when the world was warmer than now, but without the influence of increasing greenhouse gases, i.e., carbon dioxide.  Efforts to defend Mann’s shoddy work and wounded reputation were organized by a left-wing communications company, Fenton Communications. Fenton started a website called Realclimate, where the primary blog authors are the same ones that have been known to perpetuate alarmist garbage in the climate science.

Ever heard of eugenics? Eugenics is a science about genetics that was promoted widely around the world in the early decades of the twentieth century. Its advocates believed that they could breed unwanted characteristics like homosexuality, low IQ’s, bad looks, etc. out of the population. This idea was taken to its logical extreme by Hitler’s Nazis when they undertook to eliminate entire populations of people like Jews, homosexuals, mentally retarded people, and people with other medical or hereditary conditions. There was a world-wide following of eugenics. It was the scientific consensus of the day. Now, we know better, or should. The experts were terribly wrong, but there are some who still push this pseudoscience.

How about Alar, the substance falsely accused of causing cancer in children? Alar was sprayed on apples to keep them on the trees to promote ripening. Although attacked by environmentalists who said they had evidence, nothing was ever produced to prove the allegations. Furthermore, half of Hollywood testified before Congress about how bad the stuff was, and even the EPA thought the use of alar was OK. The anti-alar publicity campaign was organized by a left-wing communications company, Fenton Communications.

The list of experts out of control goes on, and on. Why is this?

I believe that money is at the root of much of the bogus research. Most research in the US is funded by the government, and this automatically means that many research programs are politically motivated. There are literally thousands of climate scientists sucking money out of the federal government, almost all of whom preach catastrophic global warming. The government does not fund studies that propose to show that the alarmist are not correct. The whole scam started with the self-fulfilling system that promotes crises that produce votes, and that generate research money.

Some bogus studies misuse statistics. Many of the researchers are medical doctors, climatologists, or social scientists who have little training in mathematics. When you read a press release about a study, see if they quote a margin of error, like plus or minus 5%. If a margin of error is not mentioned, throw a red flag, and look into that study. You may be surprised at what you find. After all, journalists are not very good with numbers, either, and have no clue what they are publishing.

Expert opinion is fraught with risk. If so many experts are wrong most of time, how are we to make decisions?

Pay attention to your gut. Listen to your neighbors. Get a second medical opinion. If something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Use your common sense.

Be very careful when checking expert information. Too many people put too much trust in experts and consensus. Everybody has their agenda.

Every Thing Is Normal

Mother Earth is still in her orbit around Sol, and the crickets are still doing their job in the Georgia nighttime symphony. Football season has arrived, and Barack Obama has done the absolutely predictable thing of dodging responsibility for his actions.

I am watching the Georgia football team get whipped by a hot Clemson team and Alabama beat an over-powered Virginia Tech. The really big news in other locales is that President Obama will put the question of Syrian military strikes to the US Congress.

Wow! His stated reason for doing so is because it is a really important decision, and it is important for the US Congress to have their say in the situation, regardless of the fact that Obama has already decided to kill some Syrians whether we have a vital interest in the Syrian situation, or not.

The time to worry about our interests in Syria are long past. Like melons and other fruits of the field, the longer you wait, the more ripe and rotten things get. Obama was not capable of ascertaining our interests in Syria, or who we should support. Now, all options are bad options, and the fool will wind up supporting a bunch of radical Islamist terrorists in the agency of Al Queda, and other terrorist groups. What a loser Barack Obama has turned out to be.

The Syrian revolt has been going on for about three years, and Barack Obama has made the huge mistake of not identifying our goals in that part of the world. Could it be that he thinks we have no legitimate place in the affairs of the Middle-East? That would partially explain his initial ass-kissing tour after his first election.

The news Sunday morning will be, Alabama wins, and Obama flounders.