New Math

Well, Sandy is over, although the disastrous results will last a long time to the impacted residents – and it makes me happy I live in San Diego.

As Winter approaches, I will even be more smug, but then I think about the potholes, and the taxes and the general stupidity of the California government and it takes the edge off my frivolity.

The national election looks like a horse race, actually two horse races with the popular vote and the Electoral College Vote – only one of which counts. In this race the results could even be spit results, because Romney’s popular vote closing rate is faster than his Electoral College closing rate.

Even if Obama wins, it will be FAR too close for him to call it a mandate, and the Republicans are unlikely to lose the House and stand a 50/50 chance of winning the Senate. Under the Worst Case Scenario, with Republicans losing both the Presidency and the Senate, the semi-quasi-pseudo Socialism of Obama will be thwarted, so there is no way to not be satisfied with the results.

Of course we all hope for the Best Case Scenario with a sweep for the Republicans, but that is too much to hope for.

Obama did not stop the seas from rising, nor did he begin to cool the earth, so I would suppose that even if he wins he probably has a more realistic view of his power. Many disaffected Democrats think he may well want to lose,because his high-living future is secure without all the strain of governing.

If Romney wins, we will only slow the inexorable march toward Socialism. I support him but I have no illusions that he is a “conservative” except in the fiscal sense and that is what I want. He is a big government man, I have no doubt. Government grew under Ronald Reagan, so it is always a question of how much.

Here in California, our Governor, “Moonbeam” Brown has “slashed” the budget (his words), but the budget is mysteriously larger than last year. This sort of economic nonsense permeates “political think” – which has no relationship to numbers as I understand them. I have worked in the binary, decimal, octal and hexadecimal systems, and in none of them can you make reductions and end up with a larger number, so Brown (and all others in the political system) operate in a completely unknown math system.

See-Through TV

The hurricane on the East Coast was a true disaster, exacerbated by the use of basements there, and I don’t want to make light of it by any means but I do want to comment on the news reporting of it.

I watched the CNN report Monday from The Battery in New York, and the reporter was being videotaped gasping into the microphone, bracing against the driving rain with the ocean behind him. It looked like he would be blown away at any second – then several people in shorts and T-shirts walked by, followed by several young people riding bicycles just like it was a light rain and no wind at all.

Today on CNN I was watching a young woman standing in water with a flooded street behind her, and she exclaimed that if she moved just a few feet she would be chest-deep in water, when suddenly a flat-bottomed police boat came into view – but it was not paddled by the rescue people – it was being pushed and guided by a rescue team ankle deep in the water. If they had been in the boat their weight would have bottomed out the boat on the roadbed!

There was no place on the street with more than six inches of water. No one was in any danger except people with medical problems.

There were real problems caused by Sandy, but the TV crews were not there – they were in far less dangerous places while pretending to be in the more dangerous places.

It’s pretty hard to pull off when the audience can see through it.

We Get The Government We Deserve

i don’t usually cite anything as a ‘Must Read’ but this is a MUST READ!

the article is the short bios of the 20 ‘crappiest” candidates on the November ballot, some Democrats, some Republicans, some Independents, all as strange and bizarre as any collection of boobs as you can find anywhere and many are national names.

Enough!   Read it for yourself.


I Thought The Auto Bailout Had Saved Detroit

In Detroit there is a medical emergency caused by the economic problems besetting the city, and one of the reflections of that is that emergency medical response time has increased to 16 minutes. In the “good old days in Detroit, it was eight minutes.)

Both numbers are unacceptable numbers.

(Here, I thought the “auto bailout” had saved Detroit!)

As I have noted before, and often, response time is a farce, since it only measures “wheels roll to wheels stop.” It ignores communication time, dressing time, engine warm, and getting out of the vehicle and into the residence.

The entire Fire/Paramedic situation must be reformed, because even the eight minute response time is far too late for a heart attack — the medical number is four minutes. More than four minutes, just bring a white sheet!

Instead of a Paramedic on a motorcycle, we send three or four people in a lumbering, tank-like device plus a two-person ambulance  The entire process is bizarre.

In my area, like most, about 95% of all responses are medical not fire, and yet in bankrupt San Bernardino, California the AVERAGE “Fireman” earns nearly $150,000, and in nearby Oceanside the AVERAGE “Fireman” makes $120,000.

(The average California “Fireman” – who spends precious little time fighting fires, makes  more than the Commanding Officer of a US Nuclear Submarine!)

BTW, fighting fires does not even fall in the top 10 of the nation’s most dangerous professions.

A Very Close Election, And Both Sides Deflect

If anyone wants to know why I am not a registered Republican, simply listen to a Republican candidate in Indiana (Richard Mourdoch):

“I know that there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize that life is a gift from God, and I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen.”

Consider, for a second, not just the intemperate political utterance, but the level of basic insanity that statement represents.

As I have often noted, what the Democrats say about Republicans is often absolutely correct – and visa versa I might add.

Democrats say that Republicans are overly religious, and anti-science.

There is no indication that the policies of the Republican Party are that extreme, but certainly individuals and certain state legislative groups within the Republican Party ARE overly religious. State legislatures DID try to install transvaginal ultrasound for women seeking abortions in Alabama, Texas, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, each of which was diverted (narrowly) for national political reasons.

Like Akins before him, both the Republican Party and, very likely the voters will end the political careers of these idiots, but not before Republicans in general become collateral damage, and in a close national political presidential race where every vote actually does count – except in California and New York – Republicans cannot sustain many such visible self-inflicted wounds.

On the Sunday talk shows, the Republicans all wanted to talk about Benghazi and the Democrats deflecting all questions until there is some future investigation (read “after the election”), and all the Democrats wanted to talk about is women’s issues as reflected by Mourdoch and Akins, and all Republicans deflected that as a non-issue.

In truth, the people want to hear a discussion of both issues!

If the Republicans  lose this national presidential election narrowly, their wounds will be self-inflicted.

I Simply Do Not Understand The French

You have to wonder about the French mentality.

The French government (actually, the German government also) wants to tax Google Search because Google carries French businesses in their search.

So, Google says if you tax us for providing a free service to the French people, we simply will not carry any French websites in Google Search, and the French government says that Google is “threatening” them.

“French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti told a parliamentary commission this week that she was in favour of the idea, calling it “a tool that it seems important to me to develop”.

She said she was surprised by the tone of Google’s letter.

“You don’t deal with a democratically-elected government with threats,” Filippetti told AFP on Thursday.”

Leaving and no longer providing a free service is somehow “threatening” the French government? You can see why we DON’T want to be more like Europe, which is what liberals want us to be.

i have trouble even comprehending the French concept.

Government Compulsion is Really Bad, Even in Good Service

Think, if you will, of the term “Compulsory Education” and what that means…it means the only legal slavery still on the books since the 13th Amendment and the final use of the “draft” (“Compulsory Military Service”) after Vietnam , and along with this use of compulsion, comes now tracking.

Yes, a Texas school has decided to track students on-campus by the use of necklace worn cards with imbedded chips. Is this a crime-ridden school, or is there some overriding reason. No, it’s because they can

However useful to the individual and society that education may be, or the protection of the nation for that may be, the use of government force (compulsion) is always questionable.

Readers of this blog know that I am, if anything, overly concerned with education, but I am equally concerned about liberty. Anyone who is required by government to go to a required place, dressed as a government person requires, eat specific food required by the government, read only from government books, go from place to place during the day as required by government etc. has lost A LOT OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY!

I understand that many of my readers will disagree. I understand that they will say, “Education is different.”

That reminds me of a day back in 1964 when I was the speaker at a John Birch meeting on the subject of economics, but before I spoke they repeated the motto of the John Birch Society, “Less government. More individual responsibility!” Sounded good to me.

Then they had a discussion of a bill in Sacramento to ban certain books in high school, and even certain words in school dictionaries in school libraries — support of which Sacramento bills they unanimously supported.

When the time came for me to speak, I repeated their slogan, “Less Government, More Individual Responsibility ” and they all cheered.

I then asked, “Is banning books and words in schools through State legislation “less government, more individual responsibility?” — or is that “more government, and less individual responsibility?”

Almost in chorus they replied, “That’s different!”

When we want something, and are invested in something, we tend to find reasons to support what we want. It’s called “Rationalization.”

And, because we think of government schools as what we have, we don’t even think of them as government schools.

Now, combine the word “government” with that term “Compulsory Education” and see where that concept takes you, if you believe in liberty.

Do the ends justify the means?