Saturday, September 20, 2008

Video reminds us how we lose our freedom, in small increments and not in major steps.

Here's a video that provides food for thought. Good points for us all to remember.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Abstinence Only sex education fraught with moral deficiencies.

Here's what happens when a moral agenda runs up against the facts.

Abstinence-only sex education is fraught with errors (lies) and violations of basic human rights and fails to be effective.

Tell me where the morality lies when something doesn't work, it's deceitful in its delivery, and it violates basic human rights? I'll tell you: It's immoral.

This is what happens when we try to legislate morality. We end up worse off than if we had trusted people to make their own moral decisions instead of trying to MAKE THEM behave morally.

Furthermore, where do we get off thinking we know better than everyone else? This arrogance is more sinful than if we had let people make their own mistakes and learn from them.

This type of stuff is the paternalism of the Right. Like political correctness from the Left, it must be stopped.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Study indicates biological basis for conservative or liberal values. Cool stuff

Here's a fascinating study that conservatives will probably poo poo because it makes them look fearful and neurotic.

The study indicates that people who are more fearful and anxiety-ridden from a biological perspective are more likely to favor conservative values and policies.

Those who are less fearful favor compromise, foreign aid, and liberal immigration policies.

What this tells me is that conservatives need to take a chill pill.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dow needs to get down to around 10,000 before the economy will be free of the garbage

I've not posted it here, but for the past year, I've openly noted that the Dow needs to get down to around 10,000 before we'll have all the clutter in the economy cleaned out.

Some won't like to hear this, but that's the nature of bubbles and cycles of boom and bust.

It looks like we're heading that way now.

Pain will be in store, but until the economy disposes of all the fluff and junk, we're not going to move ahead.

Can I get a government bailout too?

After reading this, I was wondering if I could get a government bailout?

Probably not, since those seemed to be reserved for well-financed companies and not those who really need it.

Who says government doesn't work for some?

Love the new look: John McCain -- Flip Flopper

The Republicans used the "flip flopper" label to great effect last presidential election.

Now, it seems that John McCain sees some value in dramatically changing his policy positions.

It's a good thing that John McCain has decided that the best way to win his election is to be more---Democratic.

Welcome John McCain. We'll send you your Donkey Button.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Democrats are consistently better for the economy--based on the facts and data.

Here's a fun story.

Based on data dating back to the 1950s, Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans.

So, if the economy is the most important issue for you and you fail to vote Democrat, then you are voting against better economic policies.

That's plain and simple. Vote Democrat to improve the economy.

China's milk problem shows the failings of too much freedom in markets

Here's a situation that shows how a free market approach fails.

The situation in China where milk companies are being investigated for putting melamine (a poisonous chemical) in milk. Unfortunately, a number of children have died from kidney issues that arise from the melamine.

China is like a laissez-faire dreamscape, so it provides a good example of free markets run amok.

The free market view says that the market will take care of these companies. Problem boils down to two issues: 1) When? 2) After how much human costs?

The free market approach allows that once the public becomes aware of the problems, then it will force the companies to change their ways. The problem though, is that it will only occur after the public becomes aware, so information must be readily available.

Secondly, the free market approach makes little allowance for the human costs of these bad practices. Children have died and many more are sick.

We can all agree that this should not have happened in the first place. The only way to prevent that is to set standards and to use a regulatory scheme to protect the food supply.

The free market cannot prevent such a result.

Regulation is like salt, viz., without it, things won't work, but with too much, it ruins the situation.

Ideological de-regulators don't have the answer, but neither do the hardcore regulators. The best approach is moderate regulation.

Hypocrisy abounds on Palin Probe - Obama behind the attack on Governor that began before her elevation to running mate.

Here's a real shocker!

Sarah Palin is refusing to cooperate with a probe into her actions as Governor.

The reason? It's some Democratic conspiracy.

This, despite the fact that the investigation began before she was tapped to be McCain's running mate.

The Republicans, who are quick to cynically point out the conspiracies of others, are just as bad when their folks are in the cross-hairs. This particular investigation is some Obama plot. Obviously Obama is so smart that he lined this up well before McCain chose the governor as his running mate. In that case, maybe Obama should be president, since he's so smart....I'm just saying.

I'll resort to some cop logic: If Governor Palin has nothing to hide, then she should cooperate so the truth can get out.

Her choice not to cooperate only increases the perception of wrongdoing.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Winston Churchill said it best...

After watching all the bloviating by the typical press opinion-istas and watching the Democrats fall victim to the out and out bald-faced lying coming from the McCain camp, I worry about the results of the election.

If we, as a nation, allow another Republican deceiver into the White House all because he and his campaign manage to say what people want to hear, even if it's not true, then we probably deserve what we get.

I'm reminded of a quote from Winston Churchill when I think of the possible consequences of electing a lying Senator, too old to live out a term without dementia, along with his ideologue running mate.

Winston summed it up about Americans when he said of us:

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing...after they've exhausted all other possibilities."

I don't know what's more stunning: The fact that so many willingly give up any notion of good sense and reason just to elect some party willing to lie, cheat, and obfuscate? Or, whether people are really such ignoramuses.

If McCain wins with the sort of campaign he's running, then we've sacrificed our collective intelligence upon the alter of our shallow foolishness. The results will be dire...more dire than they've already been.

I know that since Bush was elected I've seen my personal wealth disappear. I've seen my career prospects dry up and my income fall dramatically, even though I should be in the prime years of my earning potential. It can't all be my fault like the Republicans will try to argue.