We’re Stupid…

…at least according to John Kerry.  According to the former candidate for the highest office in the land,

We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening.

Well, John, you have a point.  You just described exactly how and why Barack Hussein Obozo was elected to the Presidency of the United States.  A charismatic candidate that has a spiffy “O” icon with a message of change, hope, and “Yes, we can” without any details or substance of exactly how all of this was going to be accomplished with an association of shady friends certainly proved the truth of that statement.  People were more interested in blaming Bush rather than looking carefully at the candidate from Chicago and what exactly he stood for.

And in many respects, just proves what I have been stating in several previous posts – we, the electorate, are also to blame for the sad state of affairs within our country.  I also hold the defenders of freedom responsible for the misinformation of the dealings of government.  I, of course, am referring to the Press.  Regardless, the politicians have ruined this country while the electorate turned a blind eye to the shenanigans of the elected elite.

An opinion published in The Oakland Press on September 22 does not hold our politicians in high regard:

Politicians, president  making America worse

There are two whom write articles that I have faith in the content. Walter Williams, a professor of economics, and Charles Krauthammer, a columnist.

Their truth, wisdom and delivery far surpass many, including our president and members of Congress.

The latter are called the administration, who though being elected to represent their constituents, simply follow party lines and their leader like puppy dogs, all serving party or personal interests.

Thus is the cause of our present day crisis and this pertains to both parties. There is no one surfacing to replace the idiotic, deceitful and un-American ways of the present administration.

Communism and socialism are established via the means in which they persist. The question then is why? We can only reach the conclusion that we have a group who hates with a passion and desires absolute power at any cost.

It has been said we would never have another Depression like 1929 because we knew how to avoid it. So why does government pursue policies that will bankrupt the country and cause a great nation to collapse? We will then be under those countries who we owe so much when they call in the debt.

Politicians are the lowest form of humans who prey on the middle class that has supported them.

They now prey on the elderly via the new health care to achieve their goal.

This legislation is designed to support the shiftless, the illegal population, which no one knows the number.

If we are fortunate we will grow old. No matter whom you are, God is in charge and one would do well to consult him and follow his absolute loving rule.

Richard Clark
Rochester Hills

America, it’s long past time to wake up and take our country back one vote at a time.

Spin And More Spin

I can’t really confirm the following, but I heard earlier in the week that the “Great Recession of 2010” was officially over.  Later in the week, I then heard that 437,000 people filed for unemployment for the first time.  WTH?!?!

Doesn’t this sound like so much spin from people who a) don’t know any better, or b) know about it, but want to hide it.  No wonder the morons in Washington don’t have a clue as to why people don’t trust them and how a movement like the TEA Party got started.  And yet, despite the obvious, the politicians continue to play the political game of charades and spin-the-bottle, intending on confusing the voters into electing the same idiocy that got this country in such deep trouble in the first place.

The response of our politicians has been targeted toward the victims of their shortsighted policies in an effort to garner their continued support.  They promise a stronger economy, but do everything to weaken it.  Nationalized health care, of which the cost burden is only beginning to be understood, increased deficit spending with correspondingly higher taxes on businesses to pay for it, and a short sighted economic plan that will only drive more jobs out of the country rather than create and keep them in the country.  What is left is to bribe the voters with bailout plans that only spend taxpayer dollars and drive the country further into debt.  These are the results of our elected leaders’ policies and actions.

Perhaps this is why Rick Santelli’s rant resonated with so many people:

This is why the TEA Party movement has gathered so much attention and support (and criticism from those opposed to government reform).  The citizens of this country are waking up to the politicians of both political parties, and they don’t like like what they see.  Or at least the citizens that aren’t subscribing to the concept of bigger government is better…

Why else do you think that Christine O’Donnell won the Delaware Republican primary?

The mid-term elections should provide the established political parties a wake-up call that the citizens of this country are awake, and are very aware that the politicians of this country need to represent the citizens of the country, and not the ideological fantasies of a few.  I only hope that the trend will continue.

I Want A Cookie…

Back in the early, wild-west kind of days with tech startups, there was this little company that wrote programs that were what are now known as “killer apps.”  It wasn’t too long before their competitors took notice, and, well, wanted to eliminate the competition.  But, in the more civilized manner of the day, it was elimination by acquisition.

The company, around 30 people, entertained several lucrative offers.  But none of them wanted to just cash out and go on their merry way.  No, being the creative bunch they were, they wanted to continue working after selling the company to a competitor.  Finally, the offer came that was too good to pass up, and the company was sold on a handshake and the promise to keep everyone on.  Everyone was happy – they were rich beyond their dreams, and they could continue what they enjoyed doing – working on their programs.

Of course, it didn’t last long.

Soon after the transfer of power, people were slowly being forced out of the company.  Oh, they continued to be employed alright.  But what was happening is that the new management slowly was taking the responsibilities away from the various former owners of the company, and putting them into positions of, well, nothing.  No programming, no responsibilities, nothing.  Not even a spreadsheet to work on.  Soon, bored out of their minds, one by one, they resigned and left the company.

Soon, only one person was left, the former president of the company.  The new owners came to him, politely asking him to resign also as his division no longer had any programmers for him to manage, and more importantly, no projects to work on.  Therefore, they reasoned, his services were no longer required.  Realizing that he was going to be fired, he agreed to resign, logged out of his computer terminal, boxed up his office, and left.

The new owners were happy.  The last of the “old guard” was gone, and they now had the programs and the company.  After celebrating, the company settled down to business at hand, at least for the next two weeks.  Then the computers connected to the company servers began making some, well, odd demands…

It started in accounting.  A clerk put in a purchase order for materials, and instead of a confirmation message for the order, the computer came back with the statement, “I want a cookie.”  Puzzled, the clerk just pressed the “Enter” key, the message went away, and the transaction completed.

Soon, all departments were affected.  What started out as a 1 in every 1,000 entries rapidly became 1 in every 100, then 1 in every 50, to 1 in every 10, and finally, every time a entry needed to be confirmed, the message “I want a cookie” was displayed.

The company soon came to a standstill.  No orders were processed, no programs could be written, spreadsheets and documents could not be saved without multiple demands of “I want a cookie.”  Chaos reigned.

The owners were frantic.  The computer whizzes in IT could not find the source of the demands, going through the operating systems on the mainframe servers and the individual computers.  They found absolutely nothing.

In desperation, they called the the former company president.  He came in to the company, went to his old office, put his feet up on his desk, and  stated,

“Gentlemen, you violated the spirit of our agreement.  You forced the former owners of this company out through underhanded means, and that has not gone unnoticed, nor should it go unpunished.  Therefore, you will offer employment to all the people you have forced out at twice their original salaries, and whether or not they come back, you will provide compensation of that amount from the time they left the company to the present date.  I’ve seen your financial projections and current revenue statements – you can afford it and then some.  Furthermore, these people will be in a division headed by me, and will not be without work or projects for as long as this company is in business.  Last, gentlemen, they will be the last ones out this door should this company experience downsizing, with you leaving long before them.  This shall be in writing, signed by you, reviewed by my attorneys, and will not have any escape clauses, at least for you.”

The owners protested, stating that this was nothing short of blackmail.  The former president shrugged, and began getting up from his chair, stating something to the effect of “you got what you bought” and “have a nice life” before saner (and cooler) heads prevailed.  The agreement was drafted, reviewed, and signed within a matter of a couple of hours.

The reinstated president, with the agreement in hand, sat down at his desk and logged in.  Of course, the computer stated, “I want a cookie” in response to his login.  With a slight smile, he typed in the one word that ended the server’s infatuation with a dessert…


Post #600 – Thank You & A Parable

Yes, this is Post #600, a milestone for the simple reason that I would not have believed that so much could have been written on so many different topics from October 2005 to the present day.

But I must also give a lot of credit to you, the readers of this blog.  By the statistics, this blog in its various locations (Blogger, WordPress.org, and now here) has been visited over 30,000 times with over 2,500 comments.  To me, that is incredible!  Without your comments and support, this lone voice would have disappeared long ago.

I fully intend to keep writing, although it probably won’t be as much as I would like to.  There is so much to write about and so little time in which to write.  And, of course, visit your postings as well.

Again, thank you for your comments and support!  And now on to the rest of the post.

Many of the comments in the previous post reminded me of the following parable:

One cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a camel gently thrust his nose under the flap and looked in. "Master," he said, "let me put my nose in your tent. It’s cold and stormy out here." "By all means," said the Arab, "and welcome" as he turned over and went to sleep.

A little later the Arab awoke to find that the camel had not only put his nose in the tent but his head and neck also. The camel, who had been turning his head from side to side, said, "I will take but little more room if I place my forelegs within the tent. It is difficult standing out here." "Yes, you may put your forelegs within," said the Arab, moving a little to make room, for the tent was small.

Finally, the camel said, "May I not stand wholly inside? I keep the tent open by standing as I do." "Yes, yes," said the Arab. "Come wholly inside. Perhaps it will be better for both of us." So the camel crowded in. The Arab with difficulty in the crowded quarters again went to sleep. When he woke up the next time, he was outside in the cold and the camel had the tent to himself.

How long will we sleep until we find out that we no longer have a tent?