What Hope Is There for This Next Generation in College

9 Sep

Somehow, someway, someone linked this article though I can’t remember who or where. Whoever it was thank you.

The article in mention is this one, “What Hope Is There for This Next Generation in College“, by Burt Folsom.

It’s a very interesting historical perspective on what the United States economic response has typically been when facing/recovering stressful events and times during it’s history.

Of course it’s also important to point out that in each of those circumstances the United States not only recovered but grew it’s presence on the worlds stage.

Perhaps today we should take a lesson from history. It’s usually a prudent choice.


You’re joking right?

7 Sep

Didn’t watch Obama’s speech last night. Actually forgot it was even on, not that I would have watched anyway.

But here’s the gist that I get from the paper. Barack’s plan is better, though it’s also going to be harder.

Does he mean legimately tougher like people have to suck it up and deal with a little hardship now to have prosperity later or harder in the sense that it’s going to make everything more difficult.

I’m sure he thinks it’s choice A, but reality says it’s choice B. Why?

After 4 years he still has’t done anything to improve America’s odds in the future. He hasn’t done anything that makes it tougher for now while moving towards a stronger future. Evidence in the record high unemployment, disability roles, and food stamps.

You know what would be hard, people not spending their entire lives on government assistance. Illegal immigrants being dealt with definitively and not allowed to walk the streets free and unafraid of prosecution. The government making an effort to being cutting the $16 trillion deficit it currently has, the interest alone on which is too much for us to pay for. Or even the government cutting the size of it’s employee ranks, perhaps we could start with the TSA.

Obama says the republicans have no plan or they don’t want us to see it. But really if they have no plan what’s the difference? What would be different if it’s Mitt Romney running around with no plans or Obama.

Seems like the biggest difference is that Mitt Romney has actually done stuff before, whereas looking back at Obamas career what we find is a freshmen Senator who managed to merely vote present most of the time.

Lead, Follow or get the hell out of the way!

Another riveting DNC speech

6 Sep

Found out Elizabeth Warren spoke last night as well.

I found a video, but citing mental safety continually skipped forward only listening for moments at a time.

My mind was blown. I hadn’t realized George W. Bush was elected for a third Presidential term in 2008.

At least that’s what Thin Lizzy made me think. That and also that democrats simply are not allowed to have cronies or interests of their own. Nope, apparently it’s only republicans who have their own interests at heart.

Learn something new everyday. Good thing life isn’t fair, what else would democrats do if it was?

Is that you Mr. Churchill? Nope Nancy Pelosi

6 Sep

I watched Nancy Pelosi’s speech at the DNC yesterday. At least as much as I could stand before I got dizzy. Certainly no more than 2 minutes. Remember folks, don’t over expose yourself to that kind of stupidity and ignorance. Small doses only.

So as I channel surfed my may into the news channels I saw the speech and stopped. It was riveting and original, completely devoid of recycled talking/chanting points. Right up with their with the best from Churchill, and Kennedy.

Anyway I heard the wicked witch of the west(you see what I did there?) drop this line in there “healthcare has become a right, not a privilege”. I’m paraphrasing and I can’t be bothered to find a clip cause it’ll surely be 20 minutes of droning that sounds like a AC unit switched on.

But it shows just how far we’ve come as a nation. From the days of the Declaration of Independence when our nations founders stated that all men possess as unalienable rights life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, now we can add healthcare to that list.

Rejoice and behold the magnificence that is hope and change.

As of today I would like to make a few more addendums to that list of natural born rights. Too many privileges go unfulfilled for the masses and it is time the proletariat has it’s say.

Perk up your ears Dear Leader, here they come.

  • I want a Lamborghini Aventador, no a Porsche 911 Turbo, no a Mclaren MP4-12c, no no a Spyker C8. I can’t decide so I want one of each.
  • I want marshmallows to be a food group. I want to eat them all day and not have to throw up from it.
  • I want to fight WWII as a real life video game.
  • I want to do whatever I want, job wise. Never mind that I’m not good enough to play safety for the Dallas Cowboys.

These are my new rights, so you should figure out how you’re going to make it all happen for me. I have no idea how it’s all going to work, especially that real life video game stuff, but that’s not my problem. I want it all. I want. I want. I want.

I want it. Come on, it’s an investment.


Book Review: Sex, Lies, and Handwriting By Michelle Dresbold

5 Sep

Sex, Lies, and Handwriting by Michelle Dresbold is a fascinating read and look into the world of psychoanalysis based on your handwriting.

Believe it or not, your handwriting reflects who you are as a person. The way you shape your letters and words can reveal a lot about you. Dresbold does an outstanding job pointing out the areas to look for in your own or someone else’s writing to try and create a better picture of them.

Could your colleague be a murderer? Could your significant other have sexual issues? Is your boss deceptive and sneaky? Is your neighbor insecure or perhaps a perfectionist?

If you can analyze the way they write their G’s, P’s, and J’s you might be able to find out. Dresobld use’s real life examples of writing analysis to teach you and you’ll soon be on your way to look at your own handwriting out of secret worry.

Though Dresbold does a good job teaching them, it is hard to remember all the differences right from the start. You can surely remember a few that will stand out, if you really want to learn this skill, you’ll have to practice, practice, practice and keep this book as a key reference.

Of course even doing it for fun or as a party trick might be enjoyable as well. As long as one of your guests isn’t a sociopathic murderer.

Listed at 300-pages the book is a breeze to read through. The chapters are small and the pages are regularly broken up with images of writing samples.

Sex, Lies, and Handwriting makes for an excellent choice when you have a few hours to kill waiting.

Book Review: My Father’s Country by Wibke Bruhns

30 Aug

My Father’s Country by Wibke Bruhns is the story about her father Hans Georg Klamroth a German business man and Wehrmacht officer executed in 1944 for his part in the Stuaffenberg assassination attempt.

It’s also one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read.

Because the author was only 6 years old at the time of her fathers death, she only has letters, diaries, and the words of others to gain insight into her father’s life.

Fortunately for her, her family kept quite a record of itself. Besides the family history there are extensive diaries and letters for her to use.

Indeed the story of H.G. as he is commonly referred to, is an interesting. Being groomed for the family business, young H.G. serves in WW I, travels to America for work, gets married and has five kids, and becomes a member of the Nazi Party.

In defense of H.G. he doesn’t become a Nazi enthusiastically, but more out of a sense of utility. This may explain H.G.’s role in the assassination attempt.

Though his role is hard to explain and at best he was merely aware of the situation, because his son-in-law was one of the major planners, he himself had nothing to do with the attempt.

Still that complicity was enough to have him hanged.

Getting to know Hans Georg Klamroth along with his daughter the author, is a very unique experience. From the family history, through childhood and adulthood the journey is quite surreal. You of course know where it will end up, but you have to keep reading to find out what else happens and how it happens from the perspective of all involved.

The story of the Klamroth family is an interesting one and one of historical significance and an interesting look at life from the German families perspective through the first half of the 20th century. A must read.

Don’t Worry Argentina, We Ain’t Crying

29 Aug

This is a story on Reuters;

Argentine leader’s image falls as inflation soars

Apparently Argentinian President Christina Fernandez’s popularity is half of what it was a year ago, now at 30 percent.

Funny thing what seizing industries for nationalization and pumping government money into markets will do for the rate of inflation, which for Argentina is now around 20 percent.

Of course this isn’t new for the Argentines as they long had one of the most up and down economies in the world.

Still it’s strange that having had so much experience in the matter they haven’t actually learned anything apparently.

Despite achieving incredible growth through the 90’s as the result of privitization and deregulation, they still were crushed by their debt load when the economy crashed thus depreciating the value of their currency.

Argentina is a prime example of what happens when A) debt overwhelms a nations ability to pay for it. Unfortunately like many other nations, Argentina suffers from the forced IMF and World Bank deals that were forced down it’s throat that have since created more problems for it(as it does in the other cases as well) and B) they are finding out that simply making obstructive rules to level the playing field for the people who are doing (government assigned) jobs they are not qualified for is nothing but a hindrance to real economic production.

The good news is that Argentina is a nice place to visit (I once had a college professor who was originally from Argentina). As long as inflation keeps going up, it will be cheaper to travel down there and have a nice steak dinner for the price of Mcdonalds.

Book Review: The Ghosts of Cannae

28 Aug

The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic by Robert L. O’Connell

The Ghosts of Cannae is the story of the Second Punic War. The war between Carthage and Rome really begins when Carthiginian General Hannibal Barca makes his famous trek from Spain over the Alps and into the Italian peninsula where he would wage war against Rome for 15 years.

O’Connell provides a great story by informing the reader of the historical context of the era. The competition between Carthage and Rome for control of the Mediterranean and Hannibals promise to his father to continue to wage war on Rome.

The reader becomes familiar with Hannibal through his wily tactics and ability to outsmart his Roman foes. A clear picture is also painted of the working man, those who served both for Hannibal and Rome.

The apex of the book is the battle of Cannae. This slaughter of tens of thousands of Roman legionaires leaves the survivors in an undesirable position. They are practically exiled to the island of Sicily where they remain for years as the Empire wants nothing to do with them.

Their redemption comes in the form of Scipio Africanus. Son of   Publius Cornelius Scipio, himself a Roman Praetor who was killed in battle against Scipio along with his brother(and Africanus’ uncle).

Of course at the time that Scipio revives the ‘Ghosts of Cannae’, he has not yet earned the name ‘Africanus’. That name is to be bestowed upon him for his successes in Africa against Carthage, namely the battle of Zama. Which he will rightly do after succeeding in Carthaginian Spain and then freeing Italy of Hannibal who is finally forced to evacuate the peninsula.

The ‘Ghosts of Cannae’  provides a terrific and quick history of both the Romans and Carthagians as well as life in general in the Mediteranean basin at that time. It also details quite well the history of the battles and events of the Second Punic War.

Though listed at 336 pages, the book really only reads for about 260 pages because the bibliography is that extensive. But when you’re writing about a 2,000 year old war there tends to be a lot of sources.

The book reads well and provides many interesting notes about the events and those involved. Such as how the Roman survivors of Cannae, after being essentially abandoned on Sicily are taken to Africa by Scipio and find themselves as the veterans in Scipios army who line up against the veterans of Hannibals army from Cannae and find themselves fighting the same men they fought against 14 years earlier.

NYC Boys in Blue Protect and Serve Their Pensions and Privelage

26 Aug

A little story is making it’s way to the corners of the internet regarding the recent Empire State building shooting fracas in New York City.

The crux of the story is that of the 9 people wounded during the events, all 9 of them were wounded by shots fired by the NYPD.

It’s been stated that both officers have never before fired their guns on the job. Though you can’t blame them for not firing their weapons on patrol if the opportunity doesn’t present itself. However you have to wonder how much training the had in target selection and aiming their weapons.

Considering how every single police officer in the nation will state how their safety is their biggest concern in everything they do, you’d expect them to be able to ensure their safety by knowing how to use their guns.

Then again this was in NYC so perhaps these officers suffered from a lack of time to complete that training, what with the sexual harassment courses, and learning how to spot illegal big gulps, firearms training has to take a backseat to the important stuff.

Once again a police department displays it’s complete lack of truth in the “Protect and Serve” motto. The only thing most police departments/officers care about is federal funding, pensions, and the privilages of ‘bending’ the laws in their favor.

For more details read the stories on the thetruthaboutguns.com or theblaze.com


War on Women, War on Intelligence

23 Aug

With the Democrat/Media playing up the narrative of a Republican war on women, the Democrats are set to have Sandra Fluke speak at their convention in Charlotte.

Here’s a small quote of hers previously;

“This controversy is not an accident, or a mistake, or an isolated incident,” Fluke wrote. “It’s a reflection of a Republican Party whose policies are dangerous for women.”

As one statement it well summarizes the narrative the media and democrats are trying to create.

If that many women really believe that a Republican victory will cause them to be chained to the kitchen, then perhaps they should be.

For the sake of humanity and the integrity of the United States if they’re really that naive and foolish perhaps it’s in everyone’s best interest to keep them locked up and away from anything even remotely important.

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