Archive for ◊ September, 2009 ◊

Interesting Quotes About Nothing
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 | Author:

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” – Howard Aiken

“Life is moderately good play with a badly written third act.” – Truman Capote

“He who stops being better stops being good.” – Oliver Cromwell

“Everyone gets their rough day. No one gets a free ride. Today so far, I had a good day. I got a dial tone.” – Rodney Dangerfield

You Could have Heard a Pin Drop – Part 2
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 | Author:

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying, “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

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O’bama the Clown
Monday, September 28th, 2009 | Author:

O’bama is the sanctimonious clown (or perhaps a mouse) with a messianic complex. 

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O’bama believes in a fantasy-land where everyone loves their neighbor and they share and share alike, and no hitting.  He actually believes that the countries of the world will eliminate nuclear weapons. He is more out of touch than anyone realized. French president Nicolas Sarkozy had this to say:

“We are here to guarantee peace. We are right to talk about the future. But the present comes before the future, and the present includes two major nuclear crises. The peoples of the entire world are listening to what we are saying, including our promises, commitments and speeches. But we live in the real world, not in a virtual one.

We say that we must reduce. President Obama himself has said that he dreams of a world without nuclear weapons. Before our very eyes, two countries are doing exactly the opposite at this very moment. Since 2005, Iran has violated five Security Council Resolutions. [Ed note: Sarkozy then listed international proposals for dialogue with Iran attempted in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.] I support America’s extended hand. But what have these proposals for dialogue produced for the international community? Nothing but more enriched uranium and more centrifuges. And last but not least, it has resulted in a statement by Iranian leaders calling for wiping off the map a Member of the United Nations. What are we to do? What conclusion are we to draw? At a certain moment hard facts will force us to take decisions.”

As Claudia Rosett said so aptly:

“What more do we need to know about Iran’s projects and plans? I have visions of our political leaders climbing from the rubble of the nuclear blast, brightly aglow, riffling with radioactive hands through the latest report they are about to discuss, revising yet again their estimate of when Iran will get the bomb, and whether to consider fresh measures — after, of course, another round of talks.”

A pertinent quote from nearly 70 years ago:

“The world wants to be deceived and I am ready to deceive them” – Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of Germany.

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An Economist’s View of Healthcare
Sunday, September 27th, 2009 | Author:

A great article from Greg Mankiw in the New York Times… few key extracts:

“One thing I did not consider was the price. Like most consumers of health care, I was insulated from economic concerns. I knew that the insurance company — and, indirectly, all its policyholders — would pick up most of the tab. This arrangement, encouraged by the tax system, ensures that I get the benefit of the pills while paying little of the extra costs they generate…

Despite all the talk about waste and abuse in our health system (which no doubt exists to some degree), the main driver of increasing health care costs is advances in medical technology. The medical profession is always figuring out new ways to prolong and enhance life, and that is a good thing, but those new technologies do not come cheap. For each new treatment, we have to figure out if it is worth the price, and who is going to get it.

The push for universal coverage is based on the appealing premise that everyone should have access to the best health care possible whenever they need it. That soft-hearted aspiration, however, runs into the hardheaded reality that state-of-the-art health care is increasingly expensive. At some point, someone in the system has to say there are some things we will not pay for. The big question is, who? The government? Insurance companies? Or consumers themselves? And should the answer necessarily be the same for everyone?”

Missing the Old Days…
Saturday, September 26th, 2009 | Author:

This one is from my buddy, Slick…

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You Could have Heard a Pin Drop – Part 1
Friday, September 25th, 2009 | Author:

Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 1960’s when French President Charles DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.  DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded, “does that include those who are buried here?”

DeGaulle did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.

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Great Adages
Thursday, September 24th, 2009 | Author:

Amara’s law — “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run”.

Gall’s law — “A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked.”

Parkinson’s law — “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

Occam’s razor — “When two explanations are offered for a phenomenon, the simpler explanation is more likely.”

Newspaper Editor
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 | Author:

Here are a few articles that could have used an alert editor:

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Does Stupidity Come Naturally?
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 | Author:

I recently became aware of the modern adage known as Halon’s Razor (a contemporary variation of Occam’s Razor):

“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

Perhaps this explains much of what’s happening in the O’bama administration.

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O’bama’s Oratorical Skills
Monday, September 21st, 2009 | Author:

Some great observations from Northern Ohio… talking about O’bama:

We don’t trust anything he says, because it has been demonstrated on issues from war to health care that he does not say what he means, or mean what he says. We know instinctively that he is “weasel wording” his policy statements to the American public, or worse. We just do not trust the man. He is an orator who can hypnotize his listeners with golden phrases that mask dark lies.

 Even the folks in the United Kingdom are starting to catch on:

Mr Obama’s public image rests increasingly heavily on his extraordinary speechifying abilities. His call in Cairo for a new start in relations with the Muslim world was pitch-perfect. So was his speech in Ghana, decrying Africa’s culture of bad government. His appeal to both houses of Congress to support health care was masterly – though the oratory was far more impressive than the mish-mash plan behind it.

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