Saturday, March 26, 2011

End the War on Drugs Now

End the War on Drugs Now

Some interesting thoughts, but they have to be tempered with the fact that there would still be coke and heroin to deal with. I am all for decriminalizing all drug use and even dispensing pot, like liquor. We would still have to severely punish dealers of coke and heroin. We don't need is to lock up junkies as criminals because that doesn't solve the problem and is a huge waste of time and money. I would prefer the Portugal method that decriminalizes use, but severely punishing dealers. How about one strike you out dealer limits? You empty the prisons of junkies and refill them with the dealers. If you are caught with any significant amount hard drugs, you are put away for good. It would make selling illegal drugs very unprofitable. You could then take the tax money from pot and use a big chunk for drug rehab. The drug arguement holds no water with me as long as alcohol is legal because you don't see people smoking pot and beating the crap out of their wife and kids, but every day some drunk bastard beats the crap out of his family. What do you all think?

I, Public Employee

I, Public Employee

Here is a different side of the story and I can support this individual as he gets why the public is angry. I have a question for him though, do you need a union to handle the contracting with the city or could the city just put the standards of pay down on paper and then adhere to them. Or could they have what we have here in my town in AZ, where only the firefighters have a union, everyone else can get together and petition for changes to the pay scale that is in writing, which is meet and confer. I still don't see where people that work for the government have to have a union if everything is written down and open. If the police or firefighters want something more then they as a group without a union can submit a petition to the city for change. If they don't feel they got a fair shake, then this is America and everyone can vote with their feet. I know that if the town starts losing too many officers or firefighters then they would have to provide more benefits/pay. If you want to attract people you raise pay and benefits, if you can't afford high pay and benefits then you downsize to the point you can afford. This is pretty simple and it doesn't take unions to make the market work. If you are a professional police officer and there were no unions, you would be free to seek employment any where for the pay you feel you deserve. The unions prevent this because they artificially control the market and prevent mobility of labor. Americans should always have a choice and voters should always have the last word on government employees, not the unions.

Monday, March 21, 2011

American Thinker Blog: By the Numbers: Obama's Alliances vs. Bush's Unilateralism

American Thinker Blog: By the Numbers: Obama's Alliances vs. Bush's Unilateralism

To make this worse is the fact that the Joker left the country after committing troupes to war. I would be a little pissed if I am a parent or spouse of someone sent in harm's way by this illegal act. If this was such a needed act and it had the full backing of the "World" then it should have been a quick and easy vote and let the bombing begin. The Joker can't be bothered by such trivialities. He does what he pleases and no one ever calls him on it. The media should cease to exist and so should all those that have failed to up hold the Constitution. I say impeach the Joker for overstepping his legal authority and then put some one in that actually cares that they might be sending someone to their death. The Joker makes me want to puke!

Friday, March 18, 2011

A different full bore Friday, Nuclear Crisis Version

It is truly amazing how some people will always step into the breach when the alarm sounds.  These men and women probably had other thoughts on their minds that day heading into work, but the earth shook and wave came and washed it all away.  Since then, they have been going non-stop with little food or water to combat the biggest and scariest thing man has made.  These people don't know if they are going to make it out alive in the end, but they are going to keep trying because in their hearts they know there are no other alternatives but to keep pressing forward dealing with each crisis as it arises.  The ultimate insult are those thousands of miles away throwing rocks at them for not doing enough and calling them incompetent for not doing even more with their limited resources.

They should be thanked for their dedication and sacrifice and be given every benefit of the doubt and when this crisis passes as it will they should be honored with great praise and parades for their heroic deeds.  That is full bore Friday for you.It is truly amazing how some people will always step into the breach when the alarm sounds.  These men and women probably had other thoughts on their minds that day heading into work, but the earth shook and wave came and washed it all away.  Since then they have been going non-stop with little food or water to combat the biggest and scariest thing man has made.  These people don't know if they are going to make it out alive in the end, but they are going to keep trying because in their hearts they know there are no other alternatives but to keep pressing forward dealing with each crisis as it arises.

The ultimate insult are those thousands of miles away throwing rocks at them for not doing enough and calling them incompetent for not doing even more with their limited resources. They should be thanked for their dedication and sacrifice and be given every benefit of the doubt and when this crisis passes as it will they should be honored with great praise and parades for their heroic deeds.  That is full bore Friday for you.

A few days on now.

Since we are all still here and he calls of the end of the world as we know it are dying down because the brave people handling the nuclear plant crisis are finally seeing the light of day and some actually hope.  The addition of a high power line to unit 2 and the working diesel covering units 5 & 6 sure is helping.  The shooting of water into the crippled buildings of units 3 &4 are starting to have a positive affect.  This is all pretty darn good news and another sign is that there is a lot less blathering idiots on MSM spreading disinformation over the last 24 hours.  My biggest disappointment through this entire mess was the head of the NRC's testimony to Congress because he might has well just took a gun and opened fire on the Japanese.  He didn't have all the facts and he exaggerated the information that he did have to scare the bee-jesus out of a lot of people unnecessarily.

I spent quite a bit of time on several sites gathering and disseminating the best information that could be found, plus with the help of a few friends (Vic & crosspatch) answering a lot of people's questions about how bad things really were and calming a lot of fears.  It sickens me that three guys on a couple of blogs did a far better job of analyzing this situation then the MSM (not really unexpected) and the NRC Chairman.  Is nuclear power the safest form of mass produced energy? It is pretty close when you look at industry deaths over the years from mining coal, drilling for oil, and operating nuke plants.  I leave hydro, thermal, solar, and biomass out because I don't have good numbers on those and even hydro has some deaths.  Can nuclear be safer? Yes, we can take what we learned from this incident and added to the lessons we learned from TMI and somewhat from Chernobyl and built better safer plants.  The new AP1000 does not rely on diesels right away, so the crisis we have in Japan would never get this far using the new design and it wouldn't be compounded by H2 explosions.

We are standing at the edge of a new world with limited options moving forward and if America wants to survive as a nation then we have to secure our energy future.  Failing to do that will prevent us from being able to do anything more than be a beggar nation asking others to buy our debt so we can house and feed our old people.  We need energy to build stuff and when we build stuff we need people. When we put people to work that is when America works again as a Nation.  Light up the phones, emails, and faxes to your Representatives and let them know America needs to pursuit an all of the above energy strategy and reform government spending.  Those two issues alone should be on every American's lips now through the 2012 elections because failing to get a handle on both will prevent America from being a world leader and beacon of hope once again.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Japanese Reactor Situation

http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/13/fukushima-simple-explanation/#more-3970

This is a pretty good explanation of what has happened and what to expect going forward.   I have spent the last couple of days trying to spread reason and understanding.  This is a very stressful situation for those poor operators and we need to keep them in our prayers.  Their biggest hope is to get some sustained electrical power back on at the plant, so they can keep the long term cooling pumps running.  The fuel oil contamination issue has hampered this over the last couple of days, so hopefully they can crack that nut soon.  Feed and bleed of any reactor is bad, but if done in time then damage to the fuel can be limited or even prevented.  As for the two reactors that have seawater injected into them, they are toast and they will never operate again.  Using seawater is last on the list of options and now it is a matter of prevent further damage and releases.

Here in the States we are not currently in any danger and it is unlikely we will ever be so due to this situation.  The Japanese government appears to be taking all the right precautions to protect their people, so we need to take a deep breath and know that we are okay.  Not giant mushroom clouds or giant lizards are on our horizon.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why I do not have Solidarity with the Public Unions

Why I do not have Solidarity with the Public Unions

Here is a well reasoned article on why people are suddenly so anti-union. The unions and their Democrat lap dogs have failed to see the shifting landscape and they run the risk of disappearing all together for their failure. When the majority of Americans is trying to decided food or gas, it is extremely tough to find an ounce of sympathy for people making 100K plus a year off of tax money that We the People should would like to have in our pocket to make that food or gas decision. I think that this failure will lead to the end of government employee unions as we know them and with them the vast support of the Democratic political machine. The people are willing to share when things are going great and there is plenty, but when the walls crash down they are no longer willing to support luxury will scraping up a few dollars for gas. The average citizen is going to look a lot closer at all those sweetheart deals that the unions and Democrats have been dealing and going to say NO!

We need to cut all government spending and that includes all those wonderful support staffs at the local level and all those added positions that fill niche needs. We can't afford them any longer and we need to come to reality that we can barely afford the basics never minds the bells and whistles. Why is social security every American's retirement plan? It was never intended to be such, but rather a safety net for poor farm widows. Being human beings, we liked the idea that the almighty American government would take care of us and put our minds at rest over planning for the future. This was a delusion and asking too much from the politicians because with so much money and so much power they kept promising more and more. They couldn't help it because it kept getting them re-elected and the people never called them into account for all these false promises.

The chickens have come home to roost and the lies and the promises are being exposed. We never had the money to keep these promises and the federal government instead of protecting us has led us into slavery. We own $14 trillion in national debt and probably another $100 trillion in unfunded obligations in the form of SS and medicare. How is this going to work? We are going to have to go back to basics and cut huge amounts of government services to bring things back in line. We are going to have to start telling the truth that America is broke and we aren't going to be able to support everyone for the rest of their lives. If you have money and are retired then you shouldn't be drawing SS until your money runs out. I know there are those who don't have money and they need help, so they should be the ones getting it. I also know that millions have paid in and are still paying in with zero hope of any return, so we need to fix that as well.

We need to allow younger people to take the money that would have been funneled into the government pit and let them invest it in their 401k or IRA. That way they can be assured of having money in the future. Those of us in the middle should be able to chose to reduce our government contribution and put it in our 401k or IRA or stick with the government plan. This leaves all those that are too close or are in retirement to switch, we need to tighten distributions to those that are not hurting and budget to pay for those who are. We need to cut other government spending to keep America from going under and we need to stop providing health care and instead provide money for policies or supplements. There is a market solution to this problem and it is amazing how many smart companies came up with money making solutions to supplement Medicare and the drug benefit. People are going to get old and need care there is no doubt about that, but we should be helping them not by paying for it, but helping them find a plan and helping with the premiums.

We can't solve every body's problems if we no longer exists, so we are going to have to make some changes around Washington and as Chris Christie says the party is over and the money is gone. Hate to be the guy that has to finally tell everyone the truth, but either sacrifice a little now or lose it all.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Was the Economic Crisis Manufactured?

Was the Economic Crisis Manufactured?

I said this at the time when I questioned the so called oil crisis that had absolutely no reason and the housing crisis that suddenly followed all in short order. There are dark and malevolent forces at work namely the media and the Democrats. It is funny how press leaks by prominent Democrats always seem to precede major meltdowns. The American public can be spooked, which leads to a heard mentality. The Democrats claim that the Republicans do this all the time with national security, but the real bogeyman is the Democrats and financial security. Amazing how long did Frank say all was well until they needed the crisis to get their man elected, then suddenly the sky was falling the whole world was going down in flames. This same mentality spread to everything that happened in the Democrat controlled Congress in the fall of 2008. Bush and the Republicans should have doused that BS with facts and showed how the market would correct itself if giving the opportunity, but as we all know that the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the media drowned out all reason. The media created the oil crisis of the summer that there was zero reason for and they saw a prime opportunity in the fall to get the Joker elected and they seized on it. An informed public should not have fallen for such crap, but America is not an informed public. A vast majority of Americans still believed in the MSM because they grow up on it with its truth and the American way, but they failed to see the shift to self serving propaganda machine that it had become since 2004. Today, a lot of Americans are still taken in by the MSM and its agenda, but with the advent of blogosphere there is another outlet for the truth. The funny thing is that the blogosphere is getting it right far sooner than the traditional media, which is having a positive effect on the overall narrative in this country. Are we out of the woods yet on manipulation by the media, hell no! We are getting better and the internet is preventing the one-sided BS avalanche that caused the Joker to get elected. We know must stay vigilant as we head into the next election cycle because the MSM underestimate the power of the people in 2010, but we won't be so lucky in 2012 as we try to dethrone the Joker.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Only Way Out for the American Economy

The Only Way Out for the American Economy

Here is an interesting idea, use what we have to stop sending money overseas and put Americans to work. This of course is crazy talk because heaven forbid that we would do anything that would possibly harm the precious environment in any possible way or endanger little fishies or owls. America was great when we used to dig coal and iron ore out of the ground and make stuff with it. Now that we are not allowed to do those things we have been in a steady decline. I am not saying rape the wilderness and leave giant acid pools in the wake, but lets start getting real and start using what God gave us to extract ourselves from this mess we are in. We have vast reserves of coal, gas, oil, timber, and hundreds of other products that we could be using to our and future generations benefit, but refuse to even attempt because the costs are just to high and success rates just too low because of the environmentalist and their lawsuits. We have come a long way and made huge strides in clean air, clean water, and reclamation, so why can't we open up more fields to utilization. Yes, we have to strike a balance, but lets start moving it away from absolute no utilization to responsible utilization. Lets look for good solutions to the negative effects of burning coal and minimize them, look for ways to minimize the damage caused by mining and drilling., but also start doing these things again to get America moving in the right direction. Otherwise the only alternative is to become slaves to those countries that don't give a crap and are willing to sell us the stuff regardless of the harmful effects on the planet. We can't control the bad things that happen in Iraq, Iran, or China, so isn't it better for the environment that we extract our energy sources here in America where we can limit the damage to the planet. America could and should lead the way on doing it better vice just giving up which has been the greenie mantra for decades. Just think if we had a 100 more nuclear plants today, we would have lots of clean energy to power electric vehicles and be using a lot less gas. Until recently the greenies have been totally opposed, but they are finally pulling their heads out and seeing how much better off we are using nuclear power. We need to invest in our future and do the things that we ensure we have energy for the future and do it in a smart manner, but DO IT!