Robert J. Samuelson Discusses Risk, Reality and America’s Future

    Back when I worked as an Operational Tester for Sam’s Army, I was at Ft. Campbell working in my data shed. I took a break to talk to an LTC on my test team. I was talking to him about things he saw over in Iraq.* It stunned the man that Iraqis cared so little about personal safety. They rode around in flatbed trucks with no headgear or seatbelts. They routinely worked in 100 degree + weather with no shirt, no canteens and probably no suntan lotion. He just couldn’t reconcile this with the safety-first risk-averse mentality of the successful Army Staff Officer. These people actually allowed Negative Chance Deviations.**

    The soldier I bantered with while my data forms came in from the test range was a great American. He just didn’t realize something that we all seem to be learning now to our demise. Having the resources, time and knowledge to take the risk out of literally everything is a luxury. It is a luxury that we increasingly no longer have. You don’t have to wear shades anymore. The future isn’t bright enough for you to afford that awesome pair of Oakley’s. If Robert J. Samuelson is accurate; we are entering into a new age of risk. He explains below.

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    Obama’s Second Inaugural Address – Annotated for the Real World

    I could not stand to listen to the speech but I did read the transcript.  Here are some of my thoughts and questions as we move “Forward” into our decline as a nation.  Each section begins with a quote from the speech followed by my commentary. THE PRESIDENT: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: | Read More »

    The Prosperity Ratio: Why we should encourage tax cuts for the rich…

    One of the easiest ways to recognize a liberal is their refusal to accept that the universe is dynamic rather than static. The most obvious example of this is their perpetual inability (or unwillingness) to grasp the notion that increasing taxes and growing regulations impact taxpayer behavior. This can be seen in on a number of levels. On the state level it can be seen | Read More »

    How Many Fingers Does Michelle Antoinette Have?

    I delight in reading the absurd assertions being printed daily in the lame-brained media.  They are so divorced from reality as to become the punchline of jokes.  We are being told that we are rightwing extremists hellbent on lying about our Dear Leader.   Athe same time, they whitewash the behavior of The Regime.  I find myself chuckling at the ridiculous reporting that pretends to reflect a | Read More »

    Not Cynicism, Reality

    One of our local RINO’s has decided to whine about the growing failure of the populace to acknowledge all the great and wonderful travesties our government has thrust upon us.  He wrote an apologist piece in the DFL Party-run StarTribune that bemoans a general sense of governmental ineptitude, arrogance and incompetence felt by the citizenry.  Since I have once again been suspended from commenting at the | Read More »

    From Bad to Worse – Making America Even MORE Uncompetitive

    One of the great mysteries of contemporary society is how so many people have been able to sail into middle-age (or even senior-status) without ever having had any contact or interaction with, well, basically realities of how the world works. Abstract dorm-room-bull-session debates among sophomore undergraduates are bad enough – but one would think that time and exposure to reality would impose a solid degree | Read More »

    This Is More Good News For Our Side…. But It Has Some Disturbing Implications….

    It’s been a busy month of extensive travel, and numerous tidbits of thought toss like flotsam in my mind. But something floated by today that needs to be mentioned, since it crystallizes many of those random thoughts – and provides what seems to be a combination of some unexpected welcome news with a jolt of concern. Over the past many weeks, we’ve been puzzling over | Read More »

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    Starting out

    Well, I am going to start writing something down. It is a matter of write it down or just explode. This election is really making me wonder what is going on. With the media so desperately on only one side — supporting the Socialist Party of America (err, Democrats) who will soon (it seems) have the House, the Senate and the White House. What am | Read More »

    Barak: Poor Foresight. Poor Vision. No Leader.:

    “A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within….for the traitor appears not to be a traitor…he rots the soul of a nation…he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.” Cicero

    The Halo Is Tarnished

    Abraham Lincoln once said, “You may fool all the peoplesome of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but youcannot fool all of the people all the time.” Until a couple of weeks ago, itappeared as if Barack Obama had proved Lincoln wrong. No one can forget the”messiah-like” speeches that Obama gave to swooning crowds justmonths ago. Now | Read More »