Thursday, June 30, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/30/2011

I've mentioned before that if the president honestly wanted to fix our economy and create jobs above all else, he'd resign. Because he's the crux of the problem. And until he and his anti-business stance, which has been clearly demonstrated by his performance to date, are gone, there will be no serious change or improvement.

But, what really amazes me is how he somehow believes that childish ranting, raving and rhetorical babble is going to force adversaries in Congress to cow-tow to financial lunacy. His party's been wasting incredible amounts of taxpayer dollars throughout it's history, yet acts as if there's still a bottomless pit left to tap. The historical performance of Democrats in general is to take every cent possible from performers and redistribute it to the weak, the lazy, the non-achievers and every kind of loser imaginable they can find. And that makes political sense because there are so many of them, it's hard for the productive minority to vote them out.

But despite how short-sighted and ill conceived the Democrat agenda has been all these years, recent performance takes the mismanagement one huge step further, almost beyond belief. Because they're risking debt default via insistence that the "rich" be taxed, or else. But they don't seem to realize that half or more of those they want to penalize and further strip of funds are small business owners who are the core of the nation's economy.

Now, not realizing how business works is quite understandable regarding Democrats, because so few of them have ever worked for a living, and the majority have likely attended public schools so they're uneducated besides. And the lack of knowledge in basic economics is apparent right from the top, because the leader hasn't a clue as to how money's earned. He only knows how to take it from those who do.

That's it for today folks.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/29/2011

The way things stand at present looks quite good for the citizenry of the U.S.. There seems to be great dissatisfaction with incumbents everywhere in the country, and lately Republicans have done quite well running for Congress and capturing governorships. That bodes well for their likely gaining control of the Senate and probably keeping the House next time around.

When you couple that likelihood with the factor that they have no electable presidential candidate at the moment, and don't seem to have one in the wings, that will lead to the president's re-election. So, that means governmental gridlock next time around.

As far as the public goes, gridlock's the best thing for them. Because then, neither side can get any legislation passed. Consequently, further socialization of the nation will cease, private matters amongst citizens will stay private and the nation can run unencumbered. Everyone did pretty well under Clinton who accomplished zip as far as his agenda was concerned because he was stymied by Congress.

So, I guess all we have to do is hope that both parties stay their course and that Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot by mucking their agenda up with social issues that will sink them presidentially. I just wish the election was tomorrow, because I'm getting really tired of wasting my time writing about this stuff.

That's it for today folks.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/28/2011

I started listening to Rush Limbaugh the day he first came on the air. I remained a listener until four or five years ago when his show became more advertisements than content, but even the great El Rushbo isn't worth having to hear the constant pounding about useless products, services and whatever else he hawks that's of no interest to me whatsoever. So, I turned him off back then and haven't tuned in since.

The primary reason I stayed with him in the first place though, is that whether I always agreed with him or not, he's extremely bright, very well-informed, connected to many movers and shakers and above all is one of the funniest folks on Earth. And he always seems to see the humor in things that go on in the world, especially when folks, whoever they may be, make public fools of themselves.

Now, I'm sure it's not news to readers that Rushbo's very right wing. But, the way he always approached political matters was by carefully illustrating where, how and why those he favored made sense in their positions and that he wasn't just blindly falling in line because they were anti the opposition.

There are all kinds of examples of where his political choices, especially regarding business, taxation, education, unions, the military and especially socio-economics are founded in sheer common sense. That's why I found myself in agreement with him so often.

Then today, I saw this blurb on a website, which was a quote from him. "A week from 4th of July! Celebrate Independence Day by sharing Two If By Tea. Join me as we admire the great USA and salute the military and law enforcement officials who defend freedom. Friends, hold on to our exceptional values, stand up against those who want to suppress individual rights, and take pride in being an American! Thank God, yes God, for the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!"

Now, it seems to me that in that paragraph Rushbo wants us all to celebrate our freedom, which has always been his thing, and he also wants us to do it by holding "on to our exceptional values, standing up against those who want to suppress individual rights, and taking pride in being an American! Thank God, yes God, for the blessings of life."

Yet, as a Tea Party supporter he seemingly overlooks the point that they want to control all kinds of aspects of human life that are purely none of their GD business. And, as I've written in several blogs lately, I think that the Republicans view's regarding the economy, taxation, the military, homeland security and immigration to name a few are far better for our nation, but, all the rest of the stuff being dragged in regarding personal choices is going to cause them to fail.

So, as far as El Rushbo goes, I haven't lost any admiration for him as a talent, but if he keeps supporting those with a radical slant, despite his huge influence, I think he's going to watch his faithful followers lose another election. And it's disappointing because I always thought he was smarter than that.

That's it for today folks.


Monday, June 27, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/27/2011

In answering a woman's question about why he sends his kids to private school, since he's responsible for the public school system in his state, New Jersey's Governor Christie told her it's none of her business. He later explained that he thought subjects like that are a private matter, to be handled as parents themselves see fit. And, I think he's absolutely correct.

Yet, although I certainly agree that offspring's schooling is something parents should decide for themselves, I also have strong feelings about education itself. Because, like just about everyone else, I've gone though educational processes myself. In fact, I've graduated from some of the finest educational facilities in NYC. And, if nothing else, what's been proven to me without doubt is, it makes no difference how or where kids are taught, all that counts is whether or not the kids themselves want to learn. If they want to -they will, if they don't -they won't, regardless.

In my own case, I couldn't have cared less about what the institutions I attended taught. Almost everything I was exposed to went in one ear and out the other, rarely sinking in. There were several reasons for that. First and foremost, I had a very low boredom level, so my mind wandered almost immediately. Aside from that, the thoughts I did have revolved around playing baseball, basketball, shooting pool, and in later years, golf.

Nonetheless, I did extremely well on tests because I taught myself how to cram. And in a day or less, was able to spout back enough to insure passing grades. Sometimes, the highest grades in the class. And although I really didn't even want to waste a day by studying, it was certainly a lot better than ever doing homework or listening to drivel for a whole term.

Another issue I had with formal education was that most of the educators were mindless dolts. That factor proved itself time and again by the fact that these robots were standing there in front of kids spouting pap, likely because they couldn't cut in the real world. That's why until recent years, tenure and union support, these bozos worked for chump change.

And then, further along, I ultimately proved my point to myself. Because, when I had to go out and earn a living, there were indeed things I needed to know. And that's where I learned about education. I went out and found the appropriate texts and materials and learned them through and through. I sought mentors wherever I could, the most successful I could find, then picked their brains incessantly, striving to remember every valuable word. In time, I absorbed huge amounts of information, all of it useful to me because of it's importance to myself, not some brain dead designer of curriculum's.

The funny thing about it is, that although it was job related, I became an educator myself. In fact, I've even been published in my subject. But, when you boil it all down, whatever is on those pages, you could easily get the same information from me over a bar in some gin mill, and we'd both have a much better time.

That's it for today folks.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/26/2011

Yesterday's entry had to do with the sense I get that the president goes through motions as a leader, actually caring quite little about most tasks required by the job. I mentioned several examples, each of which illustrated to me someone whose mind was somewhere else while performing job-related tasks.

Then today, while I was skimming the news, I came across some information published by the Associated Press. According to them, "It's the open secret that nobody in government wants to talk about: That cherished presidential signature that's tucked away in a scrapbook or framed for all to see might never have passed under the president's hand."

The article goes on to say that for decades, presidents of both parties have used an "autopen" for signatures. However, the device was used for autographing photos, everyday letters, memos and things like that, never for important legislation. But, then they add that the "machine was recently put to use signing a bill into law, apparently a first."

When an extension of certain provisions of the Patriot Act was passed by lawmakers, the president was overseas and out of reach. So he employed the autopen to sign it, though the White House has been mum about it ever since.

While he was traveling in Europe last month, O'bama directed his staff in Washington to use an autopen to sign into law an extension of certain Patriot Act powers to fight terrorism. The legislation had been approved by Congress at the last minute, and there was no time to fly it to France for O'bama's signature before the anti-terrorism powers expired.

Believed to be the first time a president has used an autopen to sign legislation, it didn't sit well with a number of Republicans. Twenty-one House members sent him a letter on June 17 asking him to re-sign the legislation with his actual signature because use of the autopen "appears contrary to the Constitution." And it seems, so far he hasn't done it.

Now, whether or not the president's usage of technology is constitutional or not is a task for someone else to figure out, not me. But, as I already stated, it's another clear indication to me about how little the guy cares about his responsibilities of office. Because in reality we've got a guy at the helm of our sinking ship who simply goes through motions and has no clue as to how to do the job. But, what's worse is...he doesn't care a whit about it either.

That's it for today folks.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/25/2011

I spent most of my business life in sales and marketing and devoted significant amounts of time to any and all things that could enhance my job performance. In time, I'd amassed such vast amounts of useful information I eventually wrote a book on the subject, published by the American Management Association.

One of the things that became extremely clear to me early on was that you could learn considerably about those you dealt with simply through observation. Just watching others function gave you all kinds of insight regarding their habits, characteristics, attitude, likes, dislikes, style, personality, and certainly -job performance. You can gain huge amounts of insight by merely paying attention to how folks act, conduct themselves and perform, regardless of anything they may tell you. And, in reality, all that counts is what they actually do, not whatever it is they espouse.

And that brings us back to our president. He spends considerable time making public appearances and particularly, droning on in drivel-filled rhetoric that's exceptionally boring, and does so more often than any incumbent I can remember. But, since I don't tune in anyhow, it means little to me, it's simply an observation. Nonetheless, I do read short recaps of whatever it is he says.

And one of the things I've noticed is that lately he's made a number of embarrassing gaffes in very important forums. One was in a national speech in Oregon where he said: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states. I think one's left to go.” Then, last May he claimed "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” Yet, the actual death toll was 12.

His most recent error occurred while praising the troops from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY, saying "I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn't receiving it posthumously." However, Monti was, in fact, killed in 2006 and Mr. Obama posthumously awarded him the Medal of Honor in 2009 in a White House ceremony with his parents.

Now, while the gaffes themselves are inappropriate and embarrassing, especially so for someone in the lofty position of President of the United States, I think they carry a much more important message. Because, in relation to my subject for today, I thing the errors don't mean so much as simple mistakes, I think they're saying much more. I think they reflect that the president doesn't care a whit about what he says, and is simply going through mindless motions whenever he speaks.

On the other hand, what does count is what he does. And in that regard, no matter whatever it is that the president spouts, we can all see the results. And, step by step, speeches or not, the whole country's quickly going down the proverbial chute.

That's it for today folks.


Friday, June 24, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/24/2011

According to the Associated Press, yesterday the administration said it's selling off 30 million barrels of oil from the country’s emergency reserves. This is part of an international reaction to lost oil supplies caused particularly by the turmoil in Libya. The release from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will be the largest ever, half of a 60 million-barrel international infusion of oil planned for the world market over the next month. However, the 30 million U.S. barrels represent less than two days’ worth of domestic oil consumption and about three days of oil imports.

Even before the announcement U.S. oil prices had been declining since late April, down nearly 20 percent since their $113 a barrel peak. However, Thursday's announcement drove oil prices down almost 5 percent, to below $91 per barrel.

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, proven U.S. oil reserves are 21 billion barrels, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This covers the total volume of undiscovered, technically recoverable prospective resources in all areas of the United States, including the Federal Outer Continental Shelf, the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska, and the Bakken Formation. That totals 134 billion barrels of crude oil and excludes oil shale reserves, since there's no significant commercial production of oil from oil shale in the United States.

So, my question for today is, if 30 million barrels of our own oil can reduce the price by almost 5%, how much would a barrel of oil cost if we drilled for a few billion barrels. It seems to me that pretty soon oil would be almost free.

That naturally leads to my next question, which is: If leftists and environmentalists have forced the president to virtually cut off oil production in the U.S., how much have they actually cost the country in dollars, and every one of us? Because when you look at the numbers, which are pretty simple to understand, it's practically incredible that this situation has been allowed to take place. Our money's being taken from us, hand over fist, by foreign nations while our economy's reducing to shreds.

That's why today's Densa Award goes to anyone who continues to support the current administration, regardless of politics. Because these folks are starving themselves out of existence every day that goes by simply through acquiescence. And maybe, their beliefs are worth that to them. But, I wonder how they'll feel a little further along in time, when those in the administration have taken their last nickel and smiled all the way to the bank.

That's it for today folks.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/23/2011

Many Democrats are upset that the president's withdrawing only 30,000 troops from Afghanistan. I guess they must think that since UBL's now sharing space with Allah, there's no reason for our guys to hang around over there. So, they're demanding a bigger withdrawal.

But, wouldn't you think that even for the likes of those who have their heads in the sand and don't believe our country's at risk to terrorists, or that our overseas interference is warranted, that these folks would wake up and realize what's going on. Because the biggest leftist in the U.S., our anti-military president, is the guy who thinks most of our troops should stay there. And he's the one who picked the withdrawal number. And he's also the one who's privy to classified information and knows exactly what's going on over there, not some sign-waving, anti-war loony who's clueless.

So, if it wasn't for the fact that if we pulled up stakes and actually brought all our troops back home I'd be at serious risk myself, I'd like to see the look on these bozo pacifist's faces when some hooded Al Quaeda guys show up at their doors with machetes.

In the meantime though, what should give the president's true believers some hope is that House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, pulled out of the bipartisan budget talks led by Vice President Biden. He said Democrats won't drop their push for tax increases and are now calling on the president to get involved.

If you add this development to all the other steps the administration's taken toward socialization of the nation, leftists should be truly pleased. The back of the economy's been broken, health care reform will soon help eliminate financial freedom, the middle class is rapidly disappearing and the only real hiring's being done by an ever-enlarging government. Meanwhile, education's gone down the chute and unions are gaining power as I type.

So, what else do these leftists really want? And although it's been said that misery loves company, which is likely their mandate, I wish they'd do it somewhere else. Because although things might not always been better under a free enterprise system, I still liked it better when my chances for improvement were unencumbered.

That's it for today folks


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/22/2011

According to the Associated Press, California's controller, John Chiang, stopped paychecks for all 120 state lawmakers. After reviewing the budget Democrats approved he determined it wasn't balanced. Consequently, Chiang, a Democrat himself said lawmakers didn't meet the requirement for getting paid under Proposition 25, which voters approved in November to get the legislature to approve balanced budgets on time.

Taxpayers save $48,603.50 every day lawmakers don't get a salary and per diem. And although lawmakers can start receiving their salaries and expenses again once they pass a balanced budget, they won't be paid retroactively for the days the budget was late.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Democrat from Los Angeles sharply criticised Chiang saying he decided to withhold pay for political reasons and that "I halted a fulfilling private sector career path to enter public service. I now have to explain to my wife and daughter that we won't be able to pay the bills because a politician chose to grandstand at our expense."

And that's where the Assemblyman loses me. Because if he came from the real world he should know that except for cases like nepotism, or outright mismanagement situations, regular folks don't get paid for failure to produce. In fact, most often they get fired. So then, this guy's really lucky. Because unless he's impeached or quits, he'll keep his job no matter that he didn't produce. And if he wants to blame somebody else, it seems like he's got a whole party full of slackers at fault, not just the guy who signs off on paying the bills.

As for Chiang, whose office issues paychecks, he found the Democratic package passed by a simple majority did not meet the requirements for a balanced budget because portions were "miscalculated, miscounted or unfinished." He said it committed the state to $89.8 billion in spending but provided only $87.9 billion in revenues, leaving a hole of about $1.9 billion.

So I guess I'll have to give a Densa award to the California Democrat legislature who apparently not only whine and whinny, they apparently can't add. But then again why should they be upset about a little mistake? After all it's only $1.9 billion of taxpayers money. So, compared to the federal government's gross misuse of $14 trillion dollars, it's not even a drop in the bucket.

That's it for today folks.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/21/2011

My understanding of the war on terror is that the U.S., among other nations, seeks to prevent entities such as the Taliban and Al Quaeda from completing their goal of annihilating all those who disagree with their religious and societal beliefs. And, in their quest for victory, these militant factions have taken on those believed to be enemies all over the globe, either through outright military action or insidious secret plots. Needless to say, the entire free world desires to see these threats to their safety defeated.

Now, we here in the United States live in a free nation established by our founding fathers over two hundred years ago, who sought escape from religious and governmental persecution. Our country's been built and has thrived on fundamental freedoms ever since.

However, today we have factions in our nation who, I believe, see things somewhat differently. They feel that their ideas, ideals and objectives are more important than our freedoms and seek governmental representation that will impose those tenets on our population.

So, my question for today is, except for the fact that they don't employ military or mass destructive means on those who disagree with their beliefs, what's the difference between the Taliban and the hard core right? Because I don't see any at all.

I thought of this analogy because of their latest rebuke of Mitt Romney, who refused to sign a pledge offered by the pro-life group, Susan B. Anthony List. The pledge calls on signers to support only judicial nominees who are pro-life, to select pro-life cabinet members, to stop taxpayer funding of abortions, and to support a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Now don't get me wrong. I have no problem whatsoever with anything anyone else believes. As far as I'm concerned, people can do whatever they want, however they want to do it, so long as it's within the law. But, as for myself, neither they nor anyone else is going to tell me what I can and can't do regarding my own decisions and if they choose to try, they better arm themselves just like the Taliban does, because they're going to need it.

That's it for today folks.


Monday, June 20, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/20/2011

I caught a brief glimpse of Steve Wynn, the casino entrepreneur, while changing channels last night. I didn't hear the whole interview, nor nearly all of his comments, but I certainly got the drift.

Mr. Wynn was talking about how much health care costs had risen over the past several years, but that it was a cost of doing business, so although he wasn't pleased, he certainly understood that prices tend to increase from time to time. However, so long as there was a free market, he expected competition to eventually put a brake on price escalation, and hold rampant escalation in check.

Wynn then mentioned that O'bamacare then came along and he couldn't believe how much it was going to cost his business, causing him to have second thoughts on company paid benefits for his existing employees and whether to keep hiring or not. But, what irked him most of all is that he believes the legislation passed with virtually no review from Congress, and that legislators totally shirked their responsibility to both business and the public. Then, when asked about future plans for his business, he thinks the wave of the future is in Singapore, and he can't wait to get a casino license there because the U.S. is just not conducive to business.

Now, you'd have to think the Republican's have to keep getting stronger every day. Because aside from Steve Wynn, most folks having anything to do with commerce at all, as owners, workers or especially the unemployed, can clearly see how anti-business the current administration is and that their goal is social reform. And, that instead of trying to level the field by bringing those further down the ladder up to the top, their methodology is bringing the top down as far as they can so everyone except those in government can wallow in an equitable misery and buried in debt.

So, given this huge opportunity to recapture political power, what do these Republican politico's do? They harangue and yell and scream about issues such as abortion and prayer which if nothing else, are certainly none of their GD business. And I for one, whoever I choose to vote for, am not about to let some politicians decide anything about my personal beliefs. And, not being female, I really don't have to worry about aborting an unborn child. But, I certainly can do something to try to abort some meddling politician's career.

And that's why my Densa award for today goes to all the Republican candidates who're taking a wide open invitation to the White House and slamming the door on themselves.

That's it for today folks.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/19/2011

Sometimes I wonder if it's just me, or do other people wonder about the stuff that political types spout. For instance, there's this guy David Axelrod, who's the president's chief campaign strategist. Yesterday he said that Republicans who want the presidency are "eager to criticize the Democratic incumbent without offering substantive ways to help the country."

And that's where I get confused. Because as near as I can tell, all the GOP candidates want to repeal O'bamacare as fast as they can, balance the budget, stabilize the business community by being decisive instead of uncertain on policy, stop unions from gouging states and businesses dry, eliminate bailout programs, incent banks to once again lend, induce corporate America to hire here instead of overseas, solidify military policy, permit offshore drilling and tap U.S. oil resources any way than can, and most important: get government of all types off the public's back.

So, using the preceding examples, I can't help but think that the presidents rivals have plenty of ideas about what needs fixing and how to fix it. And the simplest, yet most important, part of the solution is to begin by removing the cause, Axelrod's boss. So, just what is it this guy Axelrod wants to see and hear? Because I think the opposition's points are pretty clear.

And that brings me to another idea I had. There's this group called Mensa, and its the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world, open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardised, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.

However, I want to form a new group called Densa, which is Mensa's complete reverse. To get into this elite cadre, one has to demonstrate stupidity well beyond the norm and clearly illustrate vapidity impenetrable as granite.

While I think in time my group will comprise a substantial roster, since I just thought of it this morning, my first nomination for entry to Densa is this guy Axelrod whose comments certainly establish his credentials as a founding member.

That's it for today folks.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/18/2011

Each passing day reinforces the fact that the Obaminization of the U.S. is increasingly taking effect and that his constituents are getting precisely what they wanted from him. Because there's very little hope that businesses, especially corporate America, can rebound any time soon, and better than doesn't want to. And since that's the case, the rest of the nation's producers are in trouble too.

With any luck, businesses' woes will decline further, since there's a reasonable chance that Boeing's anti-union new plant in South Carolina will be severely penalized or better yet, perhaps shut down. An event like that would almost guarantee they won't risk something like that again and simply relocate to Canada, Mexico, or perhaps overseas. A message like that can't possibly be missed by other huge employers, so it's likely they'll get out of here too. That will handicap the nation severely and prove that the U.S. is no longer a major economic force and bring it to its knees where it belongs, eye to eye with the rest of the nations that can't support themselves.

All that's now needed to absolutely insure that the country can't sustain is another increase in the national debt and a few tax hikes on the wealthy, both of which are in the works, and it's a slam dunk financial ruination.

And the best part of it all for those on the left is the fact that rarely do people get what they wish for in today's world. But, as the nation sinks into oblivion they can all smile, puff their chests out and say they were the ones who killed the greatest golden goose there ever was and it only took them two and a half years to do it.

That's it for today folks.


Friday, June 17, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/17/2011

When there's not a lot going on in the world, you can always rely on issues like global warming to get some press.

In May, The University of Colorado’s Sea Level Research Group decided to add 0.3 millimeters, about the thickness of a fingernail, every year to its actual measurements of sea levels. That got criticism from experts who called it an attempt to exaggerate the effects of global warming.

James M. Taylor, a lawyer who focuses on environmental issues for the Heartland Institute, said "Gatekeepers of our sea level data are manufacturing a fictitious sea level rise that is not occurring."

Steve Nerem, director of the widely relied-upon research center, replied that his group added the 0.3 millimeters per year to actual sea level measurements because land masses, still rebounding from the ice age, are rising and increasing the amount of water that oceans can hold. He said, "We have to account for the fact that the ocean basins are actually getting slightly bigger...water volume is expanding," a phenomenon they call glacial isostatic adjustment.

Taylor calls it "tomfoolery," adding, "There really is no reason to do this other than to advance a political agenda."

According to the research group, "For the layperson, this correction is a non-issue and certainly not newsworthy. The effect is tiny, only 1 inch over 100 years, whereas we expect sea level to rise 2-4 feet."

To that, Taylor replied that the correction seemed bigger when compared with actual sea level increases because "We’ve seen only 7 inches of sea level rise in the past century and it hasn’t sped up this century. Compared to that, this would add nearly 20 percent to the sea level rise. That's not insignificant."

The research center then said they'd consider compromising on the adjustment, which to me means they were caught exaggerating their data and in reality know that "global warming's" nothing but hype, smoke and mirrors.

But the best line of all came at the end when Taylor said, "When Al Gore talks about Manhattan flooding this century, and 20 feet of sea level rise, that’s simply not going to happen. If it were going to happen, he wouldn’t have bought his multi-million dollar mansion along the coast in California."

That's it for today folks.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/16/2011

There's a round table talk show on CNBC every weekday morning, Squawk Box, starting at 6 AM. I tune in because the hosts are quite bright, very well informed and they present significant amounts of information on not only business, but all kinds of current events. They always have guests, including top business, political, and personality types making news. Between the regular cast and guests, all spectrum's of belief, political and otherwise, are presented, and there doesn't seem to be particular bias.

I mention the show because on Thursdays they discuss the employment and housing starts numbers, as soon as they are released at 8:30 AM. A discussion then follows wherein five or six analysts present their opinions of the data and interpretations of what the figures mean to them.

For quite some time now, new weekly unemployment claims have consistently been over 9% and new housing starts have risen, except for last month, but not anywhere near where they should be to reflect real economic improvement.

Today's unemployment data showed a slight hiring rise, yet was still above 9% and housing starts blipped up a bit. In all, not really a very good showing. In discussing the results, one of the guest panelists said he thought there might be some good news in the numbers however, because the continual dismal state of the economy almost guarantees the president's election loss in 2012. And then, once he's really out, the economy will certainly rebound.

The reason for today's entry is that I reached the same conclusion about a year ago, and have written here about it many times since then. Consequently, I don't know why a panel as well informed and as bright as these folks are seems to have just woken up. I hope it's because that although they'd all concluded the same thing I did way back when, they didn't want to discuss it. Because, if the reason is that they just figured this out, I should be doing their show myself.

That's it for today folks.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/15/2011

Feedback from Monday's Republican presidential debate indicates that the candidates may actually be using their heads for a change. Because the press is chastising some debaters, such as Tim Pawlenty, for not attacking opponents harder. In Pawlenty's case, for example, they think he should have gone after Mitt Romney's poorly performing health care plan in Massachusetts, which is almost the same as O'bama's.

I, on the other hand, think their strategy's likely well thought out, and they believe it's far more important to unseat the incumbent than it is to tear each other up. In fact, for the most part there was apparently very little difference as far as platforms went, leaving voters only to choose whom they prefer on a personal basis.

In the meantime, almost every indicator available illustrates that the nation's in trouble in just about every measurable aspect, and that the problem's have been created from the top. What's more, it's unlikely there's enough time to reverse the trends before the coming election, no matter how the current administration tries to repair what its done.

So, if that's truly the case, it seems highly likely a Republican will be elected president regardless, therefore it makes absolutely no sense to shoot themselves in the foot.

Then again, they're all politicians, making it highly unlikely they're smart.

That's it for today folks.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/14/2011

Lately, many of my entries have been about things I simply don't understand. Today's is another one of those.

Seven of the current Republican candidates conducted a debate last night in Manchester, NH. The field included former Pennsylvania Senator, Rick Santorum, Minnesota Representative, Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, Representative, Ron Paul of Texas, former Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty and businessman, Herman Cain. And my feeling about the whole thing was, so what?

First of all, six of these folks are politicians and the seventh's a businessman who's trying to become one. Thus the most important thing about them all to me is, it doesn't matter what comes out of their mouths. Because, if anyone has a grain of sense they know nothing politicians say has very much to do with the truth. So, why should I waste my time listening to them spout rhetoric that's valueless even as they speak it?

But, let's suppose there was a really outstanding debater. Someone whose stage presence was head and shoulders above the rest. Beyond that, the orator's ideas were dynamic and forcefully stated. One whose aura gave you the impression they were capable of reshaping policy, introducing ideas to repair past economic, military and social damage, someone who could resurrect not only the U.S., but also the rest of the world. This was a person whose stage presence demanded respect from just about all on the planet. Beyond that, this person was a media idol, loved deeply and promoted constantly by the press. Wouldn't that person be a Godsend to everyone on the planet?

Then suppose that person's name was O'bama and compare his performance to his verbiage. Which demonstrates why I think debating's value is less than zero.

That's it for today folks.


Monday, June 13, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/13/2011

My list keeps growing regarding things I simply don't understand. And here's one more.

The biggest problem facing the economy at present is unemployment. Key causes of the dearth of jobs are anti-business policies of the current administration, business fears of expanding in that kind of environment, banker's reluctance to lend to businesses in times of economic uncertainty, and creeping regulation caused by a steadily growing bureaucracy.

Last weeks unemployment rate was stated as being 9.1 percent for those without jobs, while the number was more like 20% if one's working less than full time or for lower than usual hourly wages were included.

So, recognizing the jobless situation, and saying they wanted to help, a couple of government agencies came forward, announcing they needed many new hires. But, what was especially interesting to me was which agencies needed employees and why.

The additional personnel are primarily needed to increase field inspections by the EPA and the National Labor Relations Board. And these are the bureaus that go around looking for businesses to fine, otherwise penalize or ultimately, shut down. Thus, the more operations they visit, the more likely businesses will shrink, close or face some other dire consequence in the offing.

Consequently, if you look at the situation it's really a Catch-22, because the more folks these agencies hire, the more businesses they close down, so sooner or later the agencies are really putting themselves out of business in the process. Because there won't be any need for the agencies either, when there are no businesses left to close.

That's it for today folks.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/11/2011

As I mentioned again yesterday, lot's of things go on in the U.S. that I simply don't understand, and I've got another one for today.

According to an article in, The Herald, of Everett Washington, Boeing Co. opened a new $900 million facility in North Charleston, SC on Friday and 1,000 workers will begin assembling 787 aircraft there next month. However, if the National Labor Relations Board and Machinists have their way, Boeing will need to set up a similar permanent 787 line in Washington to go along with its original Dreamliner line in Everett. An administrative law judge in Seattle will hear the complaint beginning next week.

The decision to open a South Carolina plant came after Boeing and its Machinists couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term labor contract. This followed their being at odds the previous year, when the Machinists staged a 57-day strike before signing a new four-year labor deal.

For Boeing, the case means being able to make its own business decisions, but if the labor board triumphs, it will "prevent all companies from placing new plants in right-to-work states if they have existing plants in unionized states."

Now, here's where I get confused. Obviously, if the union had an agreement with Boeing saying that all new plants had to be built in places satisfactory to them, the current point would be moot. And in that event, Boeing no doubt would simply acquiesce. But, it seems that they don't.

So, if that's the case, why on earth can't a manufacturer build its facilities wherever they want? Boeing's been successful for a very long time and certainly knows what's best for its business. And I'm sure that means its got to do what's best for itself, its stockholders and customers as well as those it employs. It isn't running a charity and isn't in business to redistribute its wealth. So then, who's in charge here, and who calls the shots, the business or its employees?

Now, there's certainly no doubt that unions serve a valuable purpose when they do what they were intended for. Insuring that workers have a say regarding their incomes and general welfare. But, other kinds of lines have to be drawn as well, because employers have to make many major decisions by themselves.

So, it seems to me that if self-serving organizations, such as unions, are permitted to make decisions affecting issues far too complex and sophisticated for them, it will eventually kill the entire system for all. And, we currently have another glaring example of that kind of inanity, with our public school teachers who've by now dumbed down four generations of students by demanding to be in charge of education, something they clearly lack themselves.

That's it for today folks.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/11/2011

As I've written in several entries lately, there are lots of things that go on in our country that I simply don't understand. Now there's another one on my list.

Yesterday, the state of Alabama passed an illegal immigration law reported to be the toughest in the country. In it are three key factors. 1) Public schools will have to confirm students' legal residency status through birth certificates or sworn affidavits. 2) Illegal immigrants are banned from attending state colleges. 3) Transporting, harboring, or renting property to undocumented immigrants will be illegal.

Then, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, said it would challenge the law's constitutionality, which, according to them is "more restrictive than Arizona's."

Now, here's where I get confused. It seems to me that the first word in "illegal immigration," is illegal which I always thought meant against the law. So, if these people are here illegally to begin with, why is The American Civil Liberties Union taking up their case?

Aside from that, what's so restrictive about requiring people to prove they are who they say they are? Real citizens have to do that frequently for all kinds of reasons and the vast majority don't object, because they've done nothing illegal.

This country has had procedures for immigration for a very long time and has no problem whatsoever with immigrants. Provided they play by the rules. And now we have scads of folks entering daily whose first step was to break the law, simply by how they came here.

So, if that's the case, and the ACLU wants to help them no less, why should the rest of us abide by any laws we don't agree with? Because, evidently, according to them anyone can do what they please and receive their support.

So, I'm going to stop typing and go out and rob a bank, then I'm going to tear the tag off my mattress, the one that says "removing this is against the law." Because now I know I can do whatever I want, regardless, and the ACLU will protect me for free. What a country!

That's it for today folks.


Friday, June 10, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/10/2011

If you look at the news, except for the massive festering problems that keep perking along like unemployment, unbridled national debt, border drug wars, public education's worthlessness and health care going down the chute, there really isn't much going at all. So, that means things barely above trivial value get some headlines.

Right now, one of those items is Newt Gingrich, and whether he'll run for the presidency or not. Yet, as a practical matter he hasn't a prayer of ever getting to the oval office. Folks forgot him a long time ago, unless they're political junkies, and just about the only one who cares if he runs or not is himself. But, if you want a real testimonial of how insiders really feel about him and his chances, just look at his personal staff. On Thursday, they all quit.

Then there's Trump who's like a pebble stuck in my shoe. He means little to anyone, has no real value, and has failed at just about every enterprise he's attempted, however, there's this throbbing pain I keep getting every time he shows up. And I know full well I shouldn't waste any keystrokes on him, yet I do. It's sort of like Pee Wee Herman who affected me like fingernails scraping on a blackboard. That guy meant absolutely nothing to me, yet it seemed every time I turned the dial...there he was. But now that I think of him, I realize I haven't seen him in a while. I guess he must be still in jail.

And, speaking of Pee Wee Herman, that reminds me of the latest pervert who's getting lots of news. These two look a lot alike. And I guess they have lot's of other commonalities too. But if there was anything really important going on aside from the same old, same old, he wouldn't get two words of coverage in the news. In fact, before it all hit the fan, I doubt anyone knew who he was. But now, the guy's all over the place in headlines.

So, I guess this all proves my original point. When there's nothing new going on reporters will scrape the bottom of every barrel looking for something to publish. And they'll even mention people who otherwise aren't worth an iota of ink because they have voids to fill. And I know exactly how that works, because today I did it myself.

That's it for today folks.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/9/2011

The more information that surfaces about the congressman flasher, the more I have to wonder about how long the voting public's going to tolerate being treated like imbeciles by those they elected.

Because, what's been proven for a very long time is that most electees have no regard for their constituents, primarily because the majority of the constituency has no regard for itself. It seems that the constituency just sits there brain-dead, regardless of what politicos do, despite the fact that they know they're getting royally hosed.

Aside from that, whatever politicos steal via their lying, cheating and thieving, compared to most successful folks earnings is chump change, so nobody really cares. But, even so, it's not the amount so much, it's the arrogance and expectation. And, I don't know about you, but I resent it when somebody takes me for a moron, lies to me consistently and pays no price for the insult to my intelligence. I, for one, want to see perps like that drawn and quartered.

And that brings me back to the hot dog. Although this weasel got caught completely disregarding his oath of office, then blatantly claimed innocence, when the evidence against him piled up to the extent that he couldn't lie his way out, he went seeking some help. And, although I mentioned this yesterday, I think it's worth repeating. When the Wiener was in the wringer he went to the Clinton's for advice. Two folks at the pinnacle of slimedom.

In that regard, I obviously wasn't there, but I'd bet big bucks I know what they told him. They likely said just go straight ahead and don't resign. Because even if you're found guilty, you can keep your office because the party will protect you. And, we're sure you know that even if there's no honor for thieves, they certainly honor their brethren. Consequently, you can continue your deviance forever just like we do, despite the fact that we're both lower than dirt. What's more, your voter base will insure your survival, because they're incapable of rational thought.

So, I guess the only problem this guy really has when all's said and done has nothing to do with politics, or whether or not he stays in office. The simple fact of the matter is, he's still got to spend the rest of his life as a skinny, homely, worthless, perverted loser no matter how many votes he gets.

That's it for today folks.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BloggeRhythms 7/8/2011

I saw a blurb go by this morning that said the president says the rising unemployment rate is "unacceptable." So, what does that mean exactly? Do businesses now have to hire because he's upset? Is the national guard going to show up and force expansion? And, when all is said and done, what businessman on earth cares about whether this guy's upset or not, they have their own problems to worry about. Then again, if he really cared that much, he could fix the problem in a heartbeat..all he has to do is resign.

Then I saw the best quick explanation of our economy's current state I've come across in quite a while. Arthur Laffer, the economist, explained it this way: Supposing, he said, you had two equal sized farms next to each other. One was doing quite well and the other was failing. He said the government's answer to this, since it earns no income, would be to keep increasing taxes on the productive farm and giving the taxpayer's money to the failure in bailouts. And that way you can plainly see that the productive farm is carrying the total load of both operations, which sooner or later has to drive it out of business. Sounds pretty familiar to me.

Then I saw this lady Democrat former governor of some state or other who said the auto bailouts were the best thing for the economy ever, and the administration showed real genius by not letting GM and Chrysler fall into bankruptcy. Which I'm not sure I understand because the last number I saw said these two entities were still 8 billion in the hole against taxpayer's funds they were given. They've also restructured in accordance with the government's wishes, which means they're still stuck with piles of debt and buried in future payouts of pensions.

On the other hand, had those company's tanked, they would have reorganized much leaner and meaner without all that dead wood around their necks, likely recovered faster and still would have hired everyone back on better terms because they'd have needed them. So, its the same old story when it comes to Democrat hacks, as I've said often before, when they're talking about their "accomplishments" they're answer is...turn on the blue light Cecil, the man wants a blue suit. It's all hype, smoke and mirrors.

Then of course, there's Ford who turned the bailouts down and proceeded on their own. At the moment they're having the best couple of years they've had in ages.

Lastly, there's this weasel whom I won't name, but I'm sure you know who I mean. And my simple question about his situation is, who in the world would ever trust him about anything, anywhere, any time again? He's already proven he's a liar and did so live and in color on national TV. And, who does he go to for help? Why the only two people on earth that are bigger liars than he is, the Clinton's. One of them's been impeached for it, and for the other it didn't really matter what she said, everyone knew the truth, and she wasn't under oath.

So, I guess you really have to hand it to the Dem's. Because you'd think nobody could be that outright stupid, but obviously they can. I just wonder what it is about those voters that causes them to want to be taken in time and time again. I think I'll call Charley Rangel and ask. Because, if anyone on earth knows how to screw a flea-brained constituency, it's him.

That's it for today folks.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/7/2011

Considering the subject of my last few entries, I couldn't ask for more solid confirmation of how low politicos are if I made the stories up myself. And right alongside that, my belief that most of them are dumber than stones couldn't be proven any more vividly than this retard Wiener, who should be a poster boy for those who believe our whole electoral system needs overhauling. Because if this clown is representative of the people, we should all be locked up.

As far as what this guy did, I really don't care, because I have no expectations of honesty or smarts from any politician, and haven't for years. But I do resent having to abide with the decisions these degenerates make because that affects how I live.

And what would really be funny, if it wasn't so pathetic, is that the Dem's want one of their revered leaders to explain the facts of political life to Wiener and likely ask him to step down. And who is that erstwhile pillar? Why, none other than Slick Willie himself, the impeached consummate liar. Between Willie and his wife, they committed more "alleged" improprieties and wrongdoings than Al Capone. They're the poster couple for a remake of Bonnie & Clyde.

Which brings me back to Sarah Palin, since this seems to be the week of questionable comments made by political types. I keep forgetting to mention her statement that she had no idea about where Romney intended to announce his candidacy when she took her bus to his venue. Because that's like Willy Sutton saying he didn't know robbing banks was illegal. There's simply no way on earth she has no moles in his camp for exactly the purpose of gathering that kind of information.

But let's say for the moment she really wasn't aware of Romney's plan. If that's really true, she's to dumb to hold the oval office. So, either way, I hope she simply packs up, goes away and let's qualified people run for election.

That's it for today folks.


Monday, June 6, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/6/2011

This thing with Sarah Palin saying she was unaware of where Romney planned to announce his candidacy is still driving me bats, because I'm sick and tired of politico's assumptions that the voting public's not very bright. Beyond that, I sincerely hope the voter's prove my point by leaving her by the wayside.

However, it isn't only Palin who says things insulting to anyone with an iota of smarts, it's just about everyone who holds or runs for office. These empty suits stand there and spout any and all kinds of gibberish they believe their audience wants to hear, and then they go out and do whatever they damn please, no matter. And any citizen who doesn't understand that has to be living under some kind of rock.

At the moment we have a president who seems to do nothing but make speeches. And in those presentations rarely says anything that concurs with the facts. To that extent, it seems to me that every time he opens his mouth stock tickers decline simultaneously, and bankers add another unbreakable lock to their strongboxes, refusing to lend a quarter.

In the meantime, he's had remarkable success in a very short time toward socializing the nation, yet stands there and tries to demand that businesses invest. However, savvy business folks are wary of that because the U.S. economy's going nowhere but down, and this time around the bankers want to be paid back. And as far as the one's who really do want to grow are concerned, they're investing overseas.

And, as I've mentioned too many times in these entry's already, I might have a slightly different viewpoint than most. Because most of the time I have the sound off, because poltico's promises mean nothing to me, I've been around too long for that. So all I really see are the results without the hype and smoke of speeches. But, for the moment, this may be one of those times when the speeches and the performance truly are in perfect sync. Because I think the results clearly show that presently both are absolutely awful.

That's it for today folks.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/5/2011

Anyone who reads my entries knows by now what I think of politicians. The parasites in, or running for, office are two or three steps lower than pond scum. But, what really ticks me off is, how stupid they assume I am, as well as the rest of the voting public.

Rock star Palin apparently blew into some backwater town in some dinky East Coast state on Friday that's important to Romney, because that's where he was planning to announce his candidacy for the White House. Now, get this one, according to Palin, she didn't realize Romney's plans and had no intention of stealing his spotlight, for which she apologized.

Well, I think there's as much chance that she didn't know Romney's plans as the sun's not planning to rise. Because these politcos may be worthless, and incapable of original thought, but they sure as hell know every iota of their competitors plans and actions because that's how they survive. Just about the only thing they're good at is shredding each other, any way they can.

As for me, I couldn't care less about where Palin goes, or Romney either for that matter, as long as they don't come to my house, but by the same token, don't treat me like some kind of dunce. Because if I was really that moronic, I'd run for office myself.

That's it for today folks.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/4/2011

This week's economic news delivered a huge negative blow to the administration, further illustrating that it's goals and ideals are anti-capitalistic and anti-business. It's also leading to thoughts of a possible double-dip recession. However, that is not a revelation, because the socialist tendencies of the president were quite well known prior to the election. Consequently, those who voted in his favor should certainly expect their assets to disappear.

But, there's a considerable portion of the voting population who feel differently and want to see change, and they're being rapidly joined by many who feel that last time they made a mistake. And that spells significant opportunity for the opposition.

The only problem is, the Republican party doesn't seem to understand how to fix the nation's ills either. Because although its obvious to anyone capable of rational thought that unless the economic tide is reversed, there'll be nothing left of the nation to preside over, current candidates are allowing the major issues to muddy.

Instead of focusing diligently on the key factors of employment, real estate values, taxes, trade, and education they're permitting personal ideologies such as religion, abortion, prayer in school and gay rights share the spotlight. However, while all of these personal preferences are important, they're none of the government's business to begin with. Even the founding fathers long ago saw the need to separate church and state.

So, while we have a perfect example in government right now where ideology can sink a nation by marching to its tenets instead of economic sense, I think those who want to see a return to stability better wake up and get together, regardless. Because if they don't, there may not be a next time, no matter anyone's religion or beliefs.

That's it for today folks.


Friday, June 3, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/3/2011

There are certainly lots of things that I don't understand, but some are far more confusing than others. For instance, there's this debt ceiling thing.

Right now, the nation owes more than $14 trillion dollars in debt, and is having serious trouble in paying it back. The two major reasons are a very high unemployment rate and the worst housing market in history, compounded by increasingly costly fuel. And, without doing much research at all, its easy to determine that these problems, and more, are directly the fault of the current administration and its policies.

As far as that's concerned, lot's of administrations have done horrible jobs, and it's not the end of the world, but what's confusing me is how this one wants to fix it. Because, according to the president, what's needed right now are more borrowings and increased taxes on those earners on the top rungs. And that's where I get confused.

Whereas the financial woes are the result of misguided fiscal policies at the top, and banks and other major lenders are fearful of putting their dollars at risk under present conditions, as are businesses which are afraid to hire until they see real governmental stability, why should taxpayers at any level foot the bill?

Beyond that, why should citizens have to watch their home values decrease, pay increasing costs for fuel and food and then have their stability further weakened because of their country's steadily increasing debt?

None of this makes any sense to me.

I know that if the country had to run like a business, it would have been taken over by its creditors a couple of years ago. There's no business on the planet that could borrow a dime in commercial markets on the financial performance demonstrated by this administration. And the nay saying lenders certainly would have been right in saying no, because the fiscal results keep getting worse.

But, I guess it would be much easier for commercial enterprises if they could operate like government does. Because then, after each miserable month or quarter, they could just inform their stockholders of their horrendous performance and demand that the investors send them another check. Yeah, right.

That's it for today folks.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/2/2011

Reports say, Mitt Romney plans to announce his presidential candidacy on Thursday. But, hours before release of that news, Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman, said "the problem for Mitt Romney is that the reason Granite Staters rejected him three years ago remains the same today: they believe he is a wishy-washy, flip-flopping politician who will say anything or take any position to suit his own immediate political needs."

And, I believe, in those few words, Buckley described every politician.

What I don't believe, is that any individual with an iota of intellect or common sense would give credence to anything coming out of any politician's mouth, because all those guys lie for a living. Because no matter what they truly think or wish, if they don't get elected, they're cooked. So, their solution is, tell the population what they want to hear, or else they'll never get in office to begin with.

Since that's the case, most of the time the public's pretty lucky, because political weasels go with the majority of the flow, simply because that's where the votes are that keep them in office. Beyond that there's the fact that the U.S. has a very smart and successful population, so they can usually ride out the turkey's who hold public office without bearing too much damage.

But, every once in a while some clown shows up who really buys his own, or his bosses, BS. And those are the one's that do real harm, because they can come close to destroying the nation's strengths if they aren't reined in quickly enough.

In that regard, we can now all see what happens when someone who's been bought or is mistakenly zealous, occupies the oval office. However, the bright side is, Americans truly appreciate education, and the lessons they've now learned will do them well in many future elections. The only lingering problem will be the incredibly high cost of the tuition.

That's it for today folks.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BloggeRhythms 6/1/2011

The last few days I've written about leadership, because of a book review I'd read in which I thought the reviewer completely missed the author's message. However, the most important thing was, between the author and the reviewer there were two completely different viewpoints of the same basic information.

Then today, I caught a brief set of comments from Steve Forbes regarding the current state of the nation. In Forbes short list of what he sees as the nation's ills, he listed unemployment, rock bottom real estate prices still falling, the printing of too many dollars, too costly fuel, disappearance of the public's savings, future health care costs rising out of control and an outdated, unwieldy tax code. In all he saw disaster, and compared the nation's current political status to a Soviet style model that's clearly been proven to fail. Meanwhile, we have an administration that strongly believes they're on the right track for all.

So, I guess what it all really comes down too is perspective, and what one sees when viewing the same information. Because both Rudy and Forbes believe that a free economy and government limitation provide the foundation for economic and personal success, while the current incumbents believe the diametric reverse. And I guess we'll get to see which one of those viewpoints is correct, as we go down the road a little further. Provided, that is, if there's a nation left.

That's it for today folks.