July 30, 2009

Quick thoughts.

With Record Hot weather I wonder how many "Green Thinkers" are not using AC...

I am thinking about buying light bulbs while We the People still have freedom of choice about bulbs.

If Obama was born in 1961 in Kenya he would be a British citizen...

HR #3312 "Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act." Which means funneling $700 million dollars to Planned Parenthood and similar groups. Which means we could Reduce Racism by giving $700 million to the KKK?

More bike paths would be nice.

If something costs too much, people do not buy that item. Nothing drives prices down faster then competing products.

How much of harried rushing around is caused by unrealistic expectations having be set?

My kids do not drive, I really was not interested in driving when I was there age. My wife likes driving. Good match...

You would think, as we get older, that we would realize that telling someone what to do and being told what too do are equally abhorrent to the recipient.

Anyone resorting to name calling, looses any moral authority.

July 29, 2009

Oregon Stimulus jobs created? 3,236 in first three months

Wow, great news! That stimulus is making jobs here in Oregon! My Counties 19% jobless rate should improve dramatically as these numbers climb!

But those jobs lasted on average only 35 hours, or about one work week. After that, those workers were effectively back unemployed, according to an Associated Press analysis of state spending and hiring data. By the state's accounting, a job is a job, whether it lasts three hours, three days, three months, or a lifetime.

So when you hear 150,000 from Obama remember that could be one person hired and let go of the same job 150,000 times. Hope and Change? Hardly.

The state run media CNN is declaring the recession is over... Our government is gonna borrow $200 billion this week. Halfway through the year subtotal around $1.15 trillion we've borrowed and we are going to borrow more. Who do you think is going to end up paying the interest?

Look at California for our future but worse.


If you are one of those people interested in the Obama healthcare for special needs you may want to check this out.

The white house health care adviser Ezekiel Emanuel is on record saying health services should not be guaranteed to "individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens." That is special needs.

Add to that the UK's socialized system decision that health expenditures are inappropriate if they involve spending more than $22,000 to save six months of life. As a result, British cancer patients do not have access to drugs that are routinely available in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 25,000 British cancer patients die prematurely every year because of these restrictions.

This is what we know so far on the upside everyone will be covered. On the downside you loose:

1. Freedom to choose what's in your plan

2. Freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, or pay your real costs

3. Freedom to choose high-deductible coverage

4. Freedom to keep your existing plan

5. Freedom to choose your doctors

6. Congress refuses to be put under this very plan.

Do not forget that the Elderly are just too expensive for Government Healthcare.

July 27, 2009

Back to where I started (Eliptically speaking) Part Deux

Damn it was a hot day today. I am sitting here at 11:00 PM and it feels like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are standing nearby.

After Trevor and my morning bike ride, I took a brisk walk the two miles to Tina's work. Connor had finished his school day and Tina was wrapping up hers. We headed off to River Forks park for a dip in the Umpqua. The sand had fused into glass, or nearly so, the souls of my feet reported. The river itself was serene, clear and nicely chilled. Connor enjoyed his goggles and entertained us by requesting various underwater activities from dropping big rocks or sticking our tongues out under the water. I complied, Tina... let me...

Finally I took a swim across the river. I made it without incident but, Michael Phelps has nothing to worry about. From there it was a jog home. After contemplating the less then numerous options we decided on a tried and true downtown Mexican restaurant followed by a respite walking around the shopping mall. The girls shopped, Trevor read books in the book store, Connor and I explored. We met back up for D & C to have a dance, dance, revolution resolution. Connor won (by judges tally).

I do enjoy the family being together like this. Something I missed with Diana being away from Collage.

We ended the night with a date out to see a movie. The Proposal, it was a fun film in a AC theater. Now its cooled down to 90.... ick.

And now with 45 min left before the celestial event passes apogee. I am going to poke around on the net. Maybe play some wow.

Its good to be da king...

Back to where I started (Eliptically speaking)

My Brithday Today! I feel required to mention that 60 pounds of me did not make the entire trip this year. Sorry, I am just well pleased with that little aspect of my life.

I am not a real birthday person. I have a difficult time coming up with things that I want to do or have or whatever. My favorite birthdays are when someone inserted me into plans and I kind of get to go along for the ride. Last night Trevor (my eldest) offered to take me out to breakfast, at Subway... (yeah, me too.) He also wanted to bike ride there. It is just over a mile from our house so that is not much of a bike ride. Considering I am riding more and longer distances now.

Subway is a pretty inexpensive outing and even if they are lacking in the breakfast arena, I do like the veggie subs. So it was a good choice for him and for me. Going back to the offer and acceptance this is how it went down.

T: "Dad? I was wondering if I could take you out to breakfast for your birthday?"
Me: "That sounds fine."
T: "Subway, if that's okay. And we can bike ride."
Me: "Subway, eh? Okay sounds like a plan."
T: "So you'll need to get up early."
Me: "Oh? I get up around 5:30, so just how early?"
T: "Oh... um well how about 9:00 ish?"
Me: "Sounds fine" (at this point I am smiling, amused at what counts as early)

So this morning I get my Coffee, my Happy Birthdays from Tina, Connor and Diana. They disperse to various points in Roseburg, while I plunk out some online snippets.

Finally the Elder awakens showers and I await his beckoning. (This is his show so I sit back and wait for the motivation to hit him). Finally he asks if I am ready to go. I am. The bikes are in the patio, and I hear a tragic cry\moan. His tire is flat. While I have gone over tire changing in the past, it has been quite some time. So we start the morning with "fix-the-tire." That goes quick, but I do not have a pump so its a walk to the gas station (this is about 1/2 a mile). Air up and head to Subway. The breakfast it not looking delicious, if your a sandwich shop, named after a particular type of sandwich, stick with what you know...

We sit down for a gnosh and T offers to head to the hobby store. I am not all that into train stores so I counter with Wal-Mart to run an errand. Being my birthday he agrees, you can tell it is not a joyous agreement. It totals nine miles round trip, We go along the river, through the park, along the busy road (we have one in town). Under the tunnel, to Wally World then back again following the back route. We get stuck by a train and I make it home just in time to walk the two miles to Tina's work.

Tina, Connor and I are going to pic-nic at the river. I am fairly hot and sweaty by now. I definitely burned some calories.

July 26, 2009

They keep dragging me back in!

You ever see a recepie that sounds like something interesting and fun, Yet you know that no one you know would even be remotely interested in trying it out?

Hot and Spicy Pineapple Fritters

2 cups fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
1 habanero chile pepper, seeded and minced
5 chives, finely minced
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, mashed & minced
8 green onions, minced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup milk, or more
1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying
2 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper
pineapple rings, for garnish
Mix first seven ingredients; set aside.

Combine flour, milk, eggs, and salt and pepper together and beat well with an electric mixer. Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours. After 4 hours, combine fruit with batter.

Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet. Drop batter in by spoonfuls and fry for about 5 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Remove fritters and drain on paper towels. Serve cold, garnished with pineapple rings. Serves 6.

July 25, 2009

I was wrong. Ben Stine PWN's BO!!!

Wow, bloom off the rose, Honymoon over, gloves off...... Finally!

We've Figured Him Out

Why is President Barack Obama in such a hurry to get his socialized medicine bill passed?

Because he and his cunning circle realize some basic truths:

The American people in their unimaginable kindness and trust voted for a pig in a poke in 2008. They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.

They ignored his anti-white writings in his books. They ignored his quiet acceptance of hysterical anti-American diatribes by his minister, Jeremiah Wright.

They ignored his refusal to explain years at a time of his life as a student. They ignored his ultra-left record as a "community organizer," Illinois state legislator, and Senator.

The American people ignored his total zero of an academic record as a student and teacher, his complete lack of scholarship when he was being touted as a scholar.

Now, the American people are starting to wake up to the truth. Barack Obama is a super likeable super leftist, not a fan of this country, way, way too cozy with the terrorist leaders in the Middle East, way beyond naïveté, all the way into active destruction of our interests and our allies and our future.

The American people have already awakened to the truth that the stimulus bill -- a great idea in theory -- was really an immense bribe to Democrat interest groups, and in no way an effort to help all Americans.

Now, Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.

The American people already know that Mr. Obama's plan to lower health costs while expanding coverage and bureaucracy is a myth, a promise of something that never was and never will be -- a bureaucracy lowering costs in a free society. Either the costs go up or the free society goes away.

These are perilous times. Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation. Now, we face a devastating loss of freedom at home in health care. It will be joined by controls on our lives to "protect us" from global warming, itself largely a fraud if believed to be caused by man.

Mr. Obama knows Americans are getting wise and will stop him if he delays at all in taking away our freedoms.

There is his urgency and our opportunity. Once freedom is lost, America is lost. Wake up, beloved America.

Because facts are important

With AP acting more like a branch of Obama's administration, it was quite astonishing to see this article come out. Journalists doing thier job seems a saddly rare thing nowadays.


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's assertion Wednesday that government will stay out of health care decisions in an overhauled system is hard to square with the proposals coming out of Congress and with his own rhetoric.

Even now, nearly half the costs of health care in the U.S. are paid for by government at all levels. Federal authority would only grow under any proposal in play.

A look at some of Obama's claims in his prime-time news conference:

OBAMA: "We already have rough agreement" on some aspects of what a health care overhaul should involve, and one is: "It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you're happy with it."

THE FACTS: In House legislation, a commission appointed by the government would determine what is and isn't covered by insurance plans offered in a new purchasing pool, including a plan sponsored by the government. The bill also holds out the possibility that, over time, those standards could be imposed on all private insurance plans, not just the ones in the pool.

Indeed, Obama went on to lay out other principles of reform that plainly show the government making key decisions in health care. He said insurance companies would be barred from dropping coverage when someone gets too sick, limits would be set on out-of-pocket expenses, and preventive care such as checkups and mammograms would be covered.

It's true that people would not be forced to give up a private plan and go with a public one. The question is whether all of those private plans would still be in place if the government entered the marketplace in a bigger way.

He addressed some of the nuances under questioning. "Can I guarantee that there are going to be no changes in the health care delivery system?" he said. "No. The whole point of this is to try to encourage changes that work for the American people and make them healthier."
He acknowledged then that the "government already is making some of these decisions."

OBAMA: "I have also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it."

THE FACTS: The president has said repeatedly that he wants "deficit-neutral" health care legislation, meaning that every dollar increase in cost is met with a dollar of new revenue or a dollar of savings. But some things are more neutral than others. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag told reporters this week that the promise does not apply to proposed spending of about $245 billion over the next decade to increase fees for doctors serving Medicare patients. Democrats and the Obama administration argue that the extra payment, designed to prevent a scheduled cut of about 21 percent in doctor fees, already was part of the administration's policy, with or without a health care overhaul.

Beyond that, budget experts have warned about various accounting gimmicks that can mask true burdens on the deficit. The bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget lists a variety of them, including back-loading the heaviest costs at the end of the 10-year period and beyond.

OBAMA: "You haven't seen me out there blaming the Republicans."

THE FACTS: Obama did so in his opening statement, saying, "I've heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it's better politics to 'go for the kill.' Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about 'breaking' me."

OBAMA: "I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home, and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."

THE FACTS: The facts are in dispute between black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the white police sergeant who arrested him at his Cambridge, Mass., home when officers went there to investigate a reported break-in. But this much is clear: Gates wasn't arrested for being in his own home, as Obama implies, but for allegedly being belligerent when the sergeant demanded his identification. The president did mention that the professor was charged with disorderly conduct. Charges were dropped.

OBAMA: "If we had done nothing, if you had the same old budget as opposed to the changes we made in our budget, you'd have a $9.3 trillion deficit over the next 10 years. Because of the changes we've made, it's going to be $7.1 trillion."

THE FACTS: Obama's numbers are based on figures compiled by his own budget office. But they rely on assumptions about economic growth that some economists find too optimistic. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its own analysis of the president's budget numbers, concluded that the cumulative deficit over the next decade would be $9.1 trillion.

Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

July 24, 2009

Did this guy PWN Obama or what?

Be informed and active in the Healthcare takeover

We saw President Obama's speech about Health care. Here is more information from the Opposition.

The notion that Government Takeover of Health care being a good idea is ignoring what a fubar'd track record they have when they overstep their charter and ability. Regardless of how I feel, it is up to We the People to inform ourselves and contact our representatives on this matter no matter how our mind is made up.

This is a diagram of how Government run health care will work:

I would direct you to this excellent article from the WSJ. "In January, Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski wrote the Obama administration expressing his concern about its efforts “to scale back Medicare Advantage” because the plans “play an important role in providing affordable health coverage.” He noted that 39% of Oregon’s Medicare patients had chosen Medicare Advantage, and that in “some of our Medicare Advantage plans . . . with proper chronic disease management for such conditions as heart disease, asthma and diabetes, hospitalization admission rates have declined.”"

We the people need to inform ourselves and contact our representatives. Here is a link, please take the 10 minutes to tell them to "GET THIS RIGHT"

We deserve to know what this bill and its Add-On's will do.
We need to demand that government open and transparent.
We need to the government be accountable and make it "impossible" for Congressmen to slip in pork barrel projects, especially in this bill.
All closed door meetings where laws like this are written, Have to release transcripts that are open to the public.
Give We the People 5 days to look at a bill. No Secrecy! We will know what is in it.
And for our sake put every pork barrel project online.

I know its a radical concept, if only one of our leaders would suggest this and follow through... (yeah, Irony)

July 23, 2009

Lessons in Government

Great story from MEP Daniel Hannan (link on the right):

I recently asked my friend’s little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up.

She said she wanted to be Prime Minister some day. Both of her parents, Labour supporters, were standing there, so I asked her, ‘If you were Prime Minister what would be the first thing you would do?’

She replied, ‘I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.’
Her parents beamed.

‘Splendid: what a worthy goal.’ I told her ‘But you don’t have to wait until you’re Prime Minister to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I’ll pay you £50.

Then I’ll take you over to the supermarket where that homeless fellow hangs out, and you can give him the £50 to use toward food and a new house.’

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked:

‘Why doesn’t the homeless man come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the £50? ’
I said, ‘Welcome to the Conservative Party.’

Her parents still aren’t speaking to me.


Karrie, Benjamin, Joshua and Shane came over for a visit. Shane has an installation job up in Roseburg so Karrie packed the kids up for a dual purpose visit.

Benjamin and Joshua are very much boys and very much brothers. So there are epic struggles which are amusing to behold (with an occasional alarm thrown in there). It was fun having two rambunctious ones scrambling around the house and yard doing various things. It was great to watch my niece running around in full mom mode as well.

Not sure how much they liked the Vegetarian fare (Burgers and Beans), The Ice cream was a hit (when isn't it a hit?).

I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

July 22, 2009

Umkay just maybe...

I posted some time back my thoughts posed by the inquiry "How do you feel". Which seems obligatory when discussing weight loss. The canned answer is "Why yes, yes I do!"

I don't, or didn't.

That may have possibly changed. Several decades back, I enjoyed climbing things, running up things, etc. This has actually become a named activity Parkour. There was a certain thrill, a rush, if you will, around this.

While walking with my wife the other evening, on a whim, I jumped the large roll off bin the neighbors had left out. I cleared it and re-opened sections of my memories in the process. My bike rides of late have not been the tedious affair of the past either, where I would lament the piston like energy my legs had to produce over and over to get me to my destination.

Quite the contrary. Now it is more that old flying sensation. Bunny hopping curbs and grinding up over the hills at speed. Even when my quads are starting to scream in protest the sight of the top propels me upwards. When I am sitting on the couch watching the tube I will (for fun), flex up and see the definition. It does have a good feeling.

Still, a part of me is getting way tired of 1400 calorie days when I know in my mind I have another 700 I can eat. A part of me wants to re-establish some muscle tone.

My main goal is to eliminate the prescription meds for my Type II. I have a blood test request sitting on my desk waiting. When I drop below 200 I will start to figure out when to go.

My last doctors appointment I was 228. If I am at 198 the next one, just maybe that will be low enough. I hope so anyways.

So I do have moments of feeling great that is related to my weight loss. I catch my reflection at times and do a doubletake. Its weird.

And it gets worse.

President Obama had a lot of rhetoric that people bought into. There were a lot of things the G.W. Bush's administration had done that I disagreed with. The reckless spending, the mismanagment of war, the lack of tribunals for the detainee's, his boarder policy and amnisty idea's to name a few.

I was less then thrilled with McCain. I am still confused at the notion he was the best pick. IMHO Republicans who are conservative make better picks. Anyways, all that aside. Obama did have some promises that I hoped he would follow through with. Here are seven of them.

1. Make government open and transparent.
2. Make it "impossible" for Congressmen to slip in pork barrel projects.
3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public.
4. No more secrecy.
5. Public will have 5 days to look at a bill.
6. You’ll know what’s in it.
7. We will put every pork barrel project online.

TARP funds were misused. Bush did start that, Obama supported it and the oversight was the Presidents. The allegations in the news are showing what a bad idea this was\is. The lesson should be The government should not bail out banks.

The stimulus bill was rushed through, it was a crises, it needed to be put through now, the fear mongering and the promises of a 8% unemployment cap if it passed. Millions of jobs created if it passed. No one read it, it was full to the brim with pork projects that make anyone queasy. The lesson should be The government cannot stimulate the Economic system by spending money we do not have.

The Auto-industry buy out is yet another debacle. The newspapers want to be bailed out next. The government take over of GM and how it was done is just so wrong on so many levels it boggles the mind. The lesson should be The government should allow bad businessess to fail.

The Cap and Tax bill had 300 pages of amendments (read Pork) shoved into it at zero hour. Again no one read this. Again it was needed NOW. The Fear mongering was intense. The number of representatives who were "paid off" to get this crappy law that hurts the USA economy at a huge cost in money and jobs. All for a politicized science concept that is being taken apart by actual peer climatologists. The lesson should be Common Sense goes out the door when you can get more money and power.

Now we are being sold that this Health Care reform is all that and a bag of chips. Obama himself does not know what is in this bill. Rumor has it that an attional 500 pages or amendments are to be added at zero hour. We are getting this shoved out quickly, because it is so important and its a crises, the fear mongering has never been greater. The 1200 pages are going to destroy a system that is bad need of fixing. The lesson should be government has a poor record of handling healthcare, they should de-vest themselves rather then take over and ration.

The spending is way beyond GW's level. Obama announced he is going to use preventative detainment on Gitmo prisoners. The Inspector Generals being shunted into answering to the President. The ongoing shadow government of Czars. His blatent claiming success when there is none. His sheer arrogance.

I have no confidence in our President. Neither should you.

July 21, 2009

Bizzarro World?

I feel that I am living in Bizzarro world. There is so much weird stuff going on, and it sort of explains itself.

Lets start with Joe Bidens take on fiscal responsibility: “Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’”

Biden said. “The answer is yes, that's what I’m telling you.

The push by Obama for the Government take over of health care was given a "no thanks" by the Mayo Clinic. Good luck finding that on the news. Then the Zogby polling (that seems to follow with workplace scuttlebutt), "By a 50-42 margin, Americans oppose the House of Representatives' bill introduced July 14".
This is a 1200 page bill that few have read and what is coming out is not sounding like reform.

I wonder if no confidence in the government doing anything efficently has to do with the failed pork filled stimulus and horridly corrupted TARP?
I'm sure of course with Health Care they will do everything better?

Walter Cronkite passed away and with the memorials and remembrances there is a strong attempt to re-write his Liberal Bias that was well known and documented.
There was quite a bit to reflect on Mr. Cronkite's career, being unbiased is not one of them.

Which brings up fallen comic Janeane Garofalo, with this Bizzarro quote "I mean there is almost no liberal outlet for news commentary or editorializing."
I guess, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC are just too far Right for her?

I keep reading, from the left, how Fox News is a horridly biased media outlet that is extreme and it should be censored and pulled off the air.
How do you account for the popularity?
I turn off news items that are not-interesting or irksome and offensive. For broadcast news I am far more interested in my local stationl. Consider that the bulk of peoples do not really care about the political landscape. Most of the newswatching is to see what is happening outside our bubble.

CNN – 573,000 viewers
MSNBC –343,000 viewers
CNBC – 179,000 viewers

Popularity is not a measure of quality, Longevity is! FNC has both. What is popular is mainstream.

(Note here, Rush Limbaugh has an audience between 14.25 million and 25 million)

The 14 Accepted Signs of Divinity

  • Vanquish evil
  • Provide a code of ethics
  • Heal the afflicted
  • Blight the crops
  • Convert the heathen
  • Call down the lightning
  • Corrupt the innocent
  • Eat the moon
  • Answer the phone before it rings
  • Be the Winslow

Highly amusing reading: Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire

July 20, 2009

Torchwood: Children of Earth

The BBC has some of the best sci-fi shows written. Torchwood is one of my favorites. A bit x-files, a bit SG-1, a bit Doctor Who, with a dash of Blake's-7. They opted to do this season as a mini series called Children of Earth.

It's gonna be a fun five nites!

July 18, 2009

perception is reality

"perception is reality"- is a favorite quote from an ex-manager I had at Dell. This grated on my nerves every time she touted this as an excuse for one thing or another. First off not dealing with an issue in a straight forward manner is irksome, using a platitude as an excuse (ie: boys will be boys), compounds the frustration and generally makes the quoter an ass.

I digress.

I have an old chum and in HS he would come up with one plan after another for something that we should do. These were always highly flawed from the beginning and pointing out the flaws would lead into an argument. My mutual friend would always just agree to the plan and enthusiastically jump on board. At one point I pulled him aside and asked why he always enthusiastically agreed. His answer was "He only talks about this stuff, he never follows through, so I just agree because I know it is never going to happen, why argue about something that never happens?"

He was right of course, and that answer in itself brings up all sorts of ethical issues around honesty, friendship, lies and enabling. Yet the perception was me being negative and shooting down ideas and my buddy was a "better friend" for being supportive. It is very easy to find fault with idea's, throwing up walls, focusing on minutia. When ego's are involved the results of non-consideration over condemnation can stifle ANY idea, good or bad.

Is real life only our observation?

July 17, 2009

My funny work week

I am working Wednesdays through Saturdays now. It is all part of our wonderful fit the work to the budget plan at the Library.

Just to recap, I found out that public entities require any given budget amount to function. No matter how little or how much money you provide they grow or shrink to fit that budget. If you ask a public manager how much his operational costs are he will stare and blink at your unfathomable request.

I actually like Mondays off. There are lots of things you can do without weekenders frantically running about and clogging up traffic ateries (even in Roseburg, we can get heavy traffic on Garden Valley). I also like the ability to have a doctors appointment or Red Cross blood drive and not take away from work time.

All in all I would prefer to have the hours back.

July 16, 2009

If you live in NYC (or the USA)

The Details house the Devil

From Investors Business Daily:

On Page 16 of the QAHCAA appears to make it illegal to "enroll any individual in such [private health insurance] coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.

It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.

From the beginning, opponents of the public option plan have warned that if the government gets into the business of offering subsidized health insurance coverage, the private insurance market will wither. Drawn by a public option that will be 30% to 40% cheaper than their current premiums because taxpayers will be funding it, employers will gladly scrap their private plans and go with Washington's coverage.

The nonpartisan Lewin Group estimated in April that 120 million or more Americans could lose their group coverage at work and end up in such a program. That would leave private carriers with 50 million or fewer customers. This could cause the market to, as Lewin Vice President John Sheils put it, "fizzle out altogether."

What wasn't known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law.
The legislation is also likely to finish off health savings accounts, a goal that Democrats have had for years. They want to crush that alternative because nothing gives individuals more control over their medical care, and the government less, than HSAs.

With HSAs out of the way, a key obstacle to the left's expansion of the welfare state will be removed.

The public option won't be an option for many, but rather a mandate for buying government care. A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.

Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate. It shouldn't be killing business opportunities, or limiting choices, or legislating major changes in Americans' lives.

It took just 16 pages of reading to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It's scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we'll come across in the final 1,002.

----End IBD story---

The government take-over of healthcare, with the idea of denial of service as a cost savings method. Coupled with the chilling might as well die, Obama pronouncements should really make people sit up and take notice.

If you want third world healthcare. Great! Just go in eyes wide open.


Finding a good amount of food with each undertaking being around 200 calories has been interesting.

Yoplait Light fat free yogurt is 100 calories zero from fat. Add two carmel flavored Rice cakes (50 calories each) and thats good enough to tide me over till lunch.

So lunchtime comes and a sandwich made with Franz 40 Calorie a slice whole wheat bread, two slices of Yves Meatless Salami (20 calories a slice) with some good hot mustard and veggies.

Lettuce, onion, dill pickles are minimal calories so your looking at 130 calories. Add to that a bowl of cabbage soup (30 calories) and a Big dill pickle.

Soup is made from:
- whole cabbage head
- 6 green onions (scallions)
- 28 ounces of crushed, canned, or whole fresh tomatoes
- 2 bell peppers (green)
- 1 bunch of celery
- 1 veggie bullion
- Black pepper to suit your taste
- Herbs to suit your taste
- Small can of V-8 juice

Last night I used a three bean recipe from my sister (black, pinto chili) with a 80 calorie tortilla. This needs some work at upping the flavors but at 190 calories, not bad.

July 15, 2009

Lack of diversity in institutions of higher learning.

I came across this opinion paper from the CSM. Dan Lawton is a journalism student at the University of Oregon

He posed the question: "Nearly all my professors are Democrats. Isn't that a problem?" The essay follows.

EUGENE, ORE. - When I began examining the political affiliation of faculty at the University of Oregon, the lone conservative professor I spoke with cautioned that I would "make a lot of people unhappy."

Though I mostly brushed off his warning – assuming that academia would be interested in such discourse – I was careful to frame my research for a column for the school newspaper diplomatically.

The University of Oregon (UO), where I study journalism, invested millions annually in a diversity program that explicitly included "political affiliation" as a component. Yet, out of the 111 registered Oregon voters in the departments of journalism, law, political science, economics, and sociology, there were only two registered Republicans.

A number of conservative students told me they felt Republican ideas were frequently caricatured and rarely presented fairly. Did the dearth of conservative professors on campus and apparent marginalization of ideas on the right belie the university's commitment to providing a marketplace of ideas?

In my column, published in the campus newspaper The Oregon Daily Emerald June 1, I suggested that such a disparity hurt UO. I argued that the lifeblood of higher education was subjecting students to diverse viewpoints and the university needed to work on attracting more conservative professors.

I also suggested that students working on right-leaning ideas may have difficulty finding faculty mentors. I couldn't imagine, for instance, that journalism that supported the Iraq war or gun rights would be met with much enthusiasm.

What I didn't realize is that journalism that examined the dominance of liberal ideas on campus would be addressed with hostility.

A professor who confronted me declared that he was "personally offended" by my column. He railed that his political viewpoints never affected his teaching and suggested that if I wanted a faculty with Republicans I should have attended a university in the South. "If you like conservatism you can certainly attend the University of Texas and you can walk past the statue of Jefferson Davis everyday on your way to class," he wrote in an e-mail.

I was shocked by such a comment, which seemed an attempt to link Republicans with racist orthodoxy. When I wrote back expressing my offense, he neither apologized nor clarified his remarks.

Instead, he reiterated them on the record. Was such a brazen expression of partisanship representative of the faculty as a whole? I decided to speak with him in person in the hope of finding common ground.

He was eager to chat, and after five minutes our dialogue bloomed into a lively discussion. As we hammered away at the issue, one of his colleagues with whom he shared an office grew visibly agitated. Then, while I was in mid-sentence, she exploded.

"You think you're so [expletive] cute with your little column," she told me. "I read your piece and all you want is attention. You're just like Bill O'Reilly. You just want to get up on your [expletive] soapbox and have people look at you."

From the disgust with which she attacked me, you would have thought I had advocated Nazism. She quickly grew so emotional that she had to leave the room. But before she departed, she stood over me and screamed.

"You understand that my column was basically a prophesy," I shot back. I had suggested right-leaning ideas weren't welcome on campus and in response the faculty had tied my viewpoints to racism and addressed me with profanity-laced insults.

What's so remarkable is that I hadn't actually advocated Republican ideas or conservative ideas. In fact, I'm not a conservative, nor a Republican. I simply believe in the concept of diversity – a primarily liberal idea – and think that we suffer when we don't include ideas we find unappealing.

After my article on political diversity was published, I received numerous e-mails from students at other schools who spoke of similar experiences. As a result of my research and personal experience, I can now say without reservation that the lack of ideological diversity on college campuses is a dangerous threat to free and open discourse in academia. Sadly, there are few perfect solutions.

One proposal considered by universities is endowing a chair of conservative thought to lure a high-profile conservative scholar to campus. However, this has the potential to exacerbate partisan tensions by sanctioning an explicitly ideological position.

A more draconian option is to enact a political litmus test and mandate that Republicans fill a certain number of positions, but doing so would exclude many qualified professors and be unfairly discriminatory.

The fact is that political diversity, like many diversity efforts, is something that cannot be created through edict, but only by a concerted effort on the behalf of those in power. While hiring on the basis of party affiliation isn't the answer to reducing political discrimination, denying that political beliefs influence pedagogy is simply naive.

Faculties in ideological departments should examine the body of work of a candidate to see if it fills a shortcoming. In a department of journalism or political science, a professor with a right-leaning perspective would not only provide a balance in curriculum, but a potential mentor to conservative students who feel isolated in their beliefs. At left-leaning universities, such professors should be aggressively pursued.

Above all, deans, provosts, and professors must not allow their aversion to conservative ideas to manifest so contemptuously.

Political disagreement is crucial to vibrant discourse, but not in the form of caricatures, slights, or mockery.

Students should never come under personal attack from faculty members for straying from the party line. The fact that they do shows how easily political partisanship can corrupt the elements of higher education that should be valued the most.

Bisecting the Bicycle

Last weekend I had a period of four days were I went over my self imposed calories by a considerable margin.

I actually ate above my (reseting metabolic rate) RMR, for a four day period of time. Being the agent of change of my gravitational field, I opted for some extended calorie burning.

Monday, Connor has special olympics day camp. Rather then have him head to work with Tina and be bussed from there. We hooked up the swing bike and rode the three something miles. After I got him situated with his partners, I had been charged with some computer repair work at our church. Anita was not at the church but would return. The swing bike is not great for solo riding as it bounces something fierce with every bump. Tina's work is about a mile away so I headed down the road and stored the swing in her van and dropped of Connors helmet.

Tina had set up the computer repair and somehow I did not get the time, so I was not expected for another 1/2 hour. So I took the oppertunity to ride one time around our city park. This is about a three mile course. After which I spied on Connor's day. He was having a great time. I got the computer fixed up and rode the three miles back home. Approx 12 mile bike ride.

Or 600 calories burned. That makes for a nice dip in the week calorie wise and as a bonus a good feeling, mostly because it was quite a bit of fun riding around, something that has not been that much fun.

In otherwords riding a bike at 210 lbs is much more enjoyable then riding the same bike at 260 lbs.

July 14, 2009

Sarah Palin on Cap and Tax

Washington Post Op Ed.

I really enjoy her speaking out in frank terms the dangerous road we are headed down without reason.

"American prosperity has always been driven by the steady supply of abundant, affordable energy. Particularly in Alaska, we understand the inherent link between energy and prosperity, energy and opportunity, and energy and security. Consequently, many of us in this huge, energy-rich state recognize that the president's cap-and-trade energy tax would adversely affect every aspect of the U.S. economy."

How Do Climate Models Work?

Dr. Spencer is "my" Climatologist. His blog is critical of man made global warming and he backs that up with authority.

His blog site today (July 13th) has a great essay on how the climate models, we hear so much about, are set up to function. It is a long but educational read.

More info about Doc. Roy.

Roy W. Spencer received his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Before becoming a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001, he was a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where he and Dr. John Christy received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites. Dr. Spencer’s work with NASA continues as the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite. He has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming.

Dr. Spencer’s research has been entirely supported by U.S. government agencies: NASA, NOAA, and DOE.

July 11, 2009

Anniversary from Hell-Gate...

Since they moved up to Oregon, my Mom and Pop have gotten most of us together for the Hellgate Jetboat on their anniversary. Unfortunatly, my family has had a difficulty in timming and have only gone on this outting one time.

That one time was exhausting, as Connor's curiousity took most of our attention which meant little or no time for visiting and eating. The boat leaves from Grants pass takes you to a lodge for food, then takes you back. It is a fun, wet ride.

This year, Tina and I are going to go sans kids, which will give us a bit more social time to visit.

July 10, 2009

Rocking the M word

On the 20th of August My wife (Tina) and I will celebrate 22 years of marital bliss. In other words our marriage can now drink adult beverages or something like that. I am told that 20+ is a noteworthy when it comes to nuptials. Coming from a family that has had a majority of 50+ being in the twenties feels diminished. If you add our dating years 5+ to that 20+ I have been hanging around with her for over half my life. Which I think is really cool. You could say we are a good match\team\duo\coupling\subset or whatever. Often have I marveled at how the lines of peoples life journeys cross in the ebb and flow, how a series of unrelated events can, in hindsight form a pattern of fate. Serendipity, is one of my favorite words. I can easily define my life in two, before I met Tina and after. When you get that "if you could go back and do over" question, I have to leave my life before I met Tina totally in tact for fear of not meeting her. I love you hon.

Please read and act.

This is a must-read, must act upon essay.

The Wiz in stark terms lays out the burning of Rome while the media fiddles.

Borrow and Spend has to stop, we the people have to stop this!

Contact your Representative.

Contact your Senator.

July 09, 2009

Gnomes of DOOOOOOM!!!!!

What is funnier then a Gnome Death Knight in WoW? Four...

Shoo, Rob, Tina and myself play the popular MMO and while we have a static group that does really well. Periodically, we need some comic relief.

So we made Gnome Death Knights, and we group together and have the same last syllable on our names, same pink hair color and we do some odd things to other players for fun.

It is a tad surprising the in game comments you get from this kind of group. There is a large raid guild called "The Time Gnomes" that had quite the fame for awhile.

eliminating undesirable members of the populace.

Wow, I never considered the roe .vs. wade decision was about eliminating undesirable members of the populace.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of."


Discounted, discounts.

I came across this website. It is a blog site where people find those insane deals you hear about and post how to get them.

There seems to be quite a few things I am not interested in (bulk insulated stainless steel bottles). However, this might just be the bee's knees for someone out there. As per usual you can sign up for spam e-mails, which may not be your cup-o-Jo.

On a side note.

Our main money saving method is the meal planner. This is a pain in the rump but pays dividends quickly. Get fourteen days worth of meals and recipes. Write the days and foods on a refrigerator list, you will cross the meals off as you go. List the ingredient's for each recipe on a shopping list. mentally go over each meal and what condiments you want so you have a comprehensive list.

I like to do this on a spread sheet then sort the items and consolidate. Next I will group according to where in the store to find them. If your familiar with spread sheets this goes quick.

|Item | Quantity | Location in store | Coupon | meal used with | Best price |

If your really into the work a little save a lot you plug the best prices into the spreadsheet and over time you will know the buy in bulk price. So you take your shopping list, go through the cuppboard and check off what you have plenty of, hit the store. Now you have two weeks worth of meals, a reference guide to know what you can make and a database for long term savings. This cuts down on trips to the store and trying to figure out, whats for dinner. We have the big trip then the next weekend a fresh fruit and veg.

Two weeks is enough variety that you do not get the "Oh no not this again" comments going. Also, you can add new recepies to the list and take out tired ones. Or make it seasonal, so your not using the oven when its freeking hot outside.

July 08, 2009

Space Junk

There are lots of stuff flying around the planet. Space debris. Most things will fall to earth and burn up. Some stuff will not totally burn up and hit the ground. As a planet we really do not consider stuff falling from space to be all that dangerous.

I was thinking the other day about what to do with all this junk, how to clean it up. Then it occured to me that maybe it has a defensive purpose to halt those pesky aliens from invading.

July 07, 2009

ebrious intent

One of the more unusual aspects of my person has been my relationship with Adult Beverages. It is indirectly related to my stubbornness. Way back in time, I would guess I was on my 13th orbit (give or take) of Earth, I had an encounter with a person of note about consumption of alcohol. Said person informed me that imbibing was something kids do at some point as an experiment and further that after you start you will want to continue. I denied that I would succumb and was laughed at and informed that I had no choice.

My mental state at that time was more "I'll show them" and that little decision was cemented into my grey matter. Other then the sacramental sip, I became a tea-totaller. While I have no idea if this impacted the people I hung around with, I do not recall much, if any, underage drinking around me. Oh sure there was the occasional party in which I found myself the caretaker and car key retrieval. Maybe it is more accurate to say it influenced who I hung around with.

As I became drinking age, I had already lost any interest. It was expensive and exponentially bad. That is to say, it dulls your judgement to not drink more, so it is some kind of spiral for the less then careful.

I did finally break out of the self imposed restriction, but not to any degree other then a Mikes hard lemonade or Bacardi raz. Still, I was met with some surprise that I consumed when I met up with friends last year.

My thinking is I did not miss much in the hangover and puking area. So there you go Person of note. Nyahhh!

July 06, 2009

Once upon a time in the Prussia Province of the Lower Rhine

Marxism, at the basic level, says that there is a struggle between the capitalist as he exploits the worker as he underpays him and adds charges to items in order to drive up profit to pocket.

Socialists have long thought that profits are overcharging. as Karl Marx called it: " Surplus Value". The idea being that if you eliminate all profit the cost of goods drops. This idea does not work. Under socialism there is no incentive to be efficient or to keep up with changing conditions and respond to them quickly." So the prices of goods might well be higher.

In "Basic Economics," Thomas Sowell says "The hope for profits and the threat of losses is what forces a business owner in a capitalist economy to produce at the lowest cost and sell what the customers are most willing to pay for" and "most of the great fortunes in American history were amassed when entrepreneurs were able to reduce costs and charge lower prices and to increase their volume sales to mass markets."

Capitalists do not view profits as evil or greed based. Their opponents (Marxists, fascists, socialists, radical liberals) do!

So lets say you want to raise capital gains tax rates, even if it reduced revenues, as a matter of fairness. It's only fair to make everyone poorer if you believe profits are inherently evil?

July 05, 2009


With the huge and growing unemployment numbers, cash flows are squeezed. In our case we have cut back and looked carefully at any expenditures. Shop good-will and slow down for yard sales. We are still trying to find a first bike for Connor that avoids purchase.

We purchased a new dryer. Our old one was not heating correctly, consistently. This was making an average load take four times as long. Our new dryer is much more efficient. Already I am seeing a couple of lower bills.

When money gets tight during part of a month, you really have to cut back and start clearing out the pantry, eat lots of pasta and sauce, rice and beans etc. The next step is finding some additional income, selling stuff on eBay, doing part-time or temp work. Of course being where there is 19% unemployment makes that difficult.

When your low on money you stop spending money. Pretty simple concept really.

July 04, 2009

The Joyfulness of Being.

At work it in not uncommon to hear how grumpy my co-workers kids are in the morning. Which, of course, gives me the chance to chat up my own Connor. What is a better way to start the day then with an Otter-pop, in your PJ's on your Trampoline? This kid is an overflowing vessel of joy, and an infectious one at that.

While I was paying the electrical bill this am, he cheerfully poked his head around the doorway and sing song asked "Daddy, I need some scissors", immediately followed by his happy humming and running off. (you need to cut the top off an Otter Pop to get at all that frozen goodness, you see...)

I located my magical vanishing shears (they are supposed to live in my desk drawer, but for some reason they leave and hide), cut off the top and watch Connor vanish out the back door.

Curiously I peered out back to see him happily enjoying his treat followed by some bouncing. Pre-Coffee smiles here...

July 02, 2009

Need .vs. Want

We have a saying "close your eyes, that's everything you need"

There is a big disconnect between wants and needs as far as people are concerned. What I have a hard time wrapping my head around is why some people want to dictate what others should be allowed to 'want'.

Recent suggestion was all the SUV's be banned because very few people 'need' them. Similarly, our President discussed an elderly person with a broken hip, would not 'need' surgery if they had another condition. My friend Shoo spoke of lowering health care costs is quickly done, if you restrict procedures. If someone looses an arm in a car crash, the health care cost of cauterizing the stump is much less then re-attaching the arm so it functions. Does a person really 'Need' two arms? I mean there are many people who get along fine with just one.

It is quite the slippery slope.

A gentleman named Abraham Maslow developed a Hierarchy of needs. Breathing, Food, Water, Sleep, Homeostasis, Shelter and Sex are at his list of basics. It is really easy to extrapolate quickly from these needs into wants. Food for example, you need to eat a certain amount of a certain variety to sustain your life and health. There is nothing anyone, anyplace could ever argue that would justify that a deep fried Twinkies as a food of basic need.

July 01, 2009

9 new movie in Sept.

This 10 min short film is being made into a full length picture. The trailer is out there on you tube, but this is the original short. Looks like one to watch.