Coming Soon… New Articles

I apologize to all as I thought I had told everyone that I was not going to be writing this week as I have family in town and have been traveling as well. In my spare time during the week I am working on articles for the coming couple of weeks. In the mean time, the best I can do is offer this new thread so that you don’t have to scroll forever to keep discussions going. Feel free to pull over whatever discussions are active and continue them here. There will be a new article on Sunday night and we will be back to normal from that point forward. I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.

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  1. Judy Sabatini says:

    Enjoy your time with family USW, I think we can manage to come up with things to talk about. Family comes first always. Hope you & your wife will have a very Happy coming New year. Take care.

    Judy

  2. We look forward to reading what you are working on. Have a happy new year and enjoy that family. God bless.

    • Mcoville,

      Welcome to SUFA. I don’t believe that I have seen you here before, although admittedly, I have not been able to keep up lately. I jumped over and took a look at your blog. Quite interesting. I am sure you will have tons to add to our discussions here at SUFA. I will add your site to my blogroll once I have a moment to go in and do so.

      USW

    • Welcome to the asylum 🙂

  3. Please, no one disturb USW from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST on Jan. 1. Go Lions.

    • Can’t wait for January 1! Rose Bowl baby!

      • Vs TCU! 12-0.. Gooooood Luck.

        We got the Capital One Bowl vs the Crimson Tide..I dunno..we have a better record but they have a better record over the years..we shall see

        OSU players got themselves in a jam didn’t they? Heehee

  4. Re: The article on increased oil prices.

    Just wanted to add my two cents on this one.

    The organized environmental groups realized along time ago that they could not address their perceived pending disasters by convincing the American people to stop consuming. It simply doesn’t have a large enough effect.

    So the game has been to limit the supply side of natural resources thus causing the forces of Capitalism to make the changes they can’t make through persuasion.

    If you restrict supply you will eventually drive up prices. It has been common knowledge for decades that alternative sources of energy can not compete with oil and coal at even today’s prices. For example, almost ten years ago the break even point for using wood derivatives for bio-diesel fuels was about $65 to $70 per barrel for oil. Adjusting for inflation puts us close to that break point today. Right where we were several years ago.

    Last figures I say put the break point for solar and wind at about double the current cost of oil/gas/coal. That is based on a 2:1 cost ratio of current electric production.

    Everyone in the game knows that the only way to get Americans to cut consumption and change their spending habits is to drive up the cost of goods. The goal does not stop at oil, gas, coal or wood. However, these basic resources drive the cost of virtually all other goods/services we purchase.

    It is going to happen. The intellectuals have decided it is necessary to save us from ourselves. Even if this were not the case, the cost of oil, gas, and coal will increase due to the cost of extraction. We have not run out of hydro carbon fuel, only the real easy and dirt cheap stuff.

    So I suggest you look to the future with this in mind.

    • Obama’s EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, publishes very soon a new set of rules and taxes to limit the production of CO2. Congress, controlled by Democrats, refused to do so in 2010. The new Congress, with the Republican majority, will certainly not limit the production of CO2. No worries: Obama again circumvents Parliament, Congress. The new EPA rules will limit the emission of CO2 by power plants, among other industries. The moment the existing plants do their maintenance and upgrades of their production facilities, something done every year, they will be subject to the new rules. About half of the electricity consumption is produced in the USA using coal. The USA has the world’s biggest proven reserves of coal. Obama’s policy may shut down 1/3 of all coal using power plants, and that in the near future! Access to electricity by the people and by businesses will very probably be hampered. Black outs as in Third World countries can be expected. The cost of electricity will rise dramatically in the USA.

      Again, the only option for Congress is to vote to abolish the EPA, or at least cut her funding. Obama knows he still has enough support in Congress to let his veto stand, since only a 2/3 majority in both Chambers can overrule a veto. In the mean time, Obama is free to continue to hamper the growth of the US economy. In the press he will feign surprise about the flight of US industries out of the country, and the persistence of high unemployment. In the same breath he will call CEO’s Benedict Arnolds, traitors of our country.

      http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4619

      • LOI

        One other option, and the most practical. Congress can determine that CO2 is not a regulated pollutant under EPA’s authority.

        Second option, is to prohibit spending on the regulation of CO2. This is a common Congressional tactic via the budget. I for one, detest this method but it has been used to temporarily stop Agencies from imposing their will upon the rest of us.

      • Wow, we can be Kenya in 10 years. Obama’s dad would be proud.

  5. Re: The article on increased employment overseas.

    Adding a third cent here.

    The article refers to Caterpillar which I think makes a good example of what is wrong. Notice how the Progressives and Union Leaders scream that the “Conservatives” and the evil “Corporations” are exporting jobs.

    But there is a flaw in this thinking. The new jobs being created overseas are also to service demand for products “overseas”, not just products to the USA. But there are some realities of costs that we need to address.

    If you recall, I mentioned months ago that the “environmental movement” has always viewed the world as a fixed resource. Thus the consumption and wealth of the USA had to be reduced so that the rest of the world could increase, at least beyond poverty. The tactic, as I mentioned above, is to drive up the cost of goods to reduce consumption. But you see this has another cost they ignore. One in fact they blame on others.

    If you drive the costs to high, you drive the production of those goods to areas where the costs are lower. You drive UP unemployment in the manufacturing sector. You create a service economy, dependent on the rest of the world’s productive capacity.

    For those who don’t appreciate the effect of these costs on business today, please consider the decision of oil companies to build large pieces of equipment in S. Korea and then ship the pre-built pieces across part of the USA to get them to the tar sands in Alberta. Or to ship the same “Oversized” pieces to refineries in Billings, MT or South Dakota.

    Can you imagine what the cost differential must be to justify using foreign steel, iron and labor to construct the parts then to ship them to the USA, and then drive them via a thousand miles of highways at 5 mph. All to avoid the cost of steel, iron, labor and transport in the USA and Canada.

    Those who think they can control and economy via central planning have no idea how interconnected and complicated the system actually is. Or at least, their political hacks have no idea. If they did they would wake up and realize they are the source of their own destruction, or at least their own unemployment.

    In their mind the answer lies in protective tariffs. They seem to think that the USA and Canada can produce everything that the USA and Canada consumes, and that export is not needed to support economic growth. Of course I am not sure they believe growth is good but that is a different matter. But can we realistically expect these two countries to survive as a completely “isolated” economic unit?

    Here is the BIG CHALLENGE in my humble and uneducated opinion.

    How do we bring down the cost of producing goods and services without further eroding our standard of living?

    Answers anyone????

    • The bigger question to me is why do we have to live so large? Who died and left us king shit? In no way am I saying we should go back to the cave man days but our MINDSET must change. Having just come from a beautiful theatre presentation at the Polynesian Cultural Center, where their culture is all about Mother Earth, sun , rain and family.. YOU DON’T NEED ANY MORE THAN THAT.. PERIOD! I’ve been saying this since I came to SUFA but I keep getting shrugged off. It’s a big problem for lots of us to address. The rest of the world see us as arrogant and greedy, why can’t we see it? I’ll never understand!

      Bring back manufacturing, stop spending, and get back to family! Then and only then will we live happily ever after. But that’s just my humble and uneducated opinion.

      • Anita,

        Why shouldn’t you vacation in Hawaii? You paid for it with money you earned. Japan did not see us as being too arrogant and greedy, since they adopted many of our ways and industrialized. So has S. Korea, and look at their economy. The question is, why doesn’t the rest of the world look at what makes a country prosperous, and embrace those practices. Consider all the foreign aid we have spent trying to help other nations. Sorry, but they need to help themselves. And us reducing what we spend or use will have no effect on what they do or don’t do for themselves. Why is Hati a hellhole, when most of the surrounding islands are prosperous? Just as individuals do, nations also make their own success of failure.

      • Anita

        Welcome back and best o’ wishes to Sparty in their upcoming contest.

        You can’t stop spending and expect manufacturing to return. Unless you are talking about “Govt spending”.

        We do not need to return but “borrow” from the values you expressed. We can have a thriving economy without messing in our nest. If we recognize that “messing” means having a negative impact upon our health.

        Obviously, you can not dig iron ore, for steel, or drill oil, for gas, without having some impact upon the landscape.

        I have to take young one swimming so for now let me offer this on how the world views us. It is much more complicated than is presented. A free man living in a nation of not free people appears arrogant and greedy to them. At the same time, there has been a true arrogance in our foreign policy. One we could do without, the other I am willing to live with.

        • JAC and LOI,

          I did oversimplify but I’d sure rather live in my simple little bubble than the quagmire we’ve got going now. Trust me, I have my little luxuries too but I still think I’m more on the right track than most Americans. I’ll never buy into the bigger is better mode. I came from simple..and I’m still here on the same day as everyone else. My siblings are all successful..I have extended family living on 7 digits..I understand the need for some globalness and all that goes with it..I just personally don’t need it. Maybe a village with all three of our plans would be ideal. We could make it happen but can 300 million?
          I’ll be the chef 🙂

      • Earth, sun, rain, family and….shoes?

        • Imelda..PLEASE!! I’ve seen other shoe posts of yours! I didn’t see one shoe at the cultural center. You can handle it. (I get my tennis shoes though)!

      • A Puritan Descendant says:

        So long as “Mother earth” includes yeast, apples, the bottle industry, plastic corks, pectin enzymes, grape tannins, malic acid, plastic and glass carboys, stainless steel pans, racking tubes AND the end product > CIDER, I can go along with that. 😉

      • SK Trynosky Sr says:

        Anita,

        You get no quarrel from me. Too much is too much. While I would never want the government telling us what we can and can’t do, wouldn’t it be nice if society recovered the ability to shame people. I have not the faintest idea how to bring that back. Religion seems hopeless these days either giving us liberal pap where nothing is wrong, or by focusing on “God Loves Us” or by preaching fire and brimstone non stop. Looking around me every day I am sickened by over consumption. Apparently no one was listening when their Depression/WW II parents told them that “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach”.

        Regarding the resurgence of manufacturing in America, it can only happen when energy becomes cheap again. Manufacturing rests on a triad: cost of labor, cost of raw materials, cost of energy. When the third started getting out of hand in the ’70’s, savings had to come from somewhere and it was labor. First the “good” jobs went, then all jobs started going. It didn’t help when the bulk of stocks started winding up in the hands of institutional investors (colleges, charitable organizations and unions) whose mantra of profit, profit, profit forced out small growth CEO’s in favor of big growth ones. As “Walt Kelly said years ago in his comic strip “Pogo”, “we have met the enemy and he is us.”

        The great unanswered question is, when wages for the former middle class in this country have been brought down to slightly more than third world levels, who exactly is going to have the money to purchase that cheap Chinese crap that’s being imported? What then happens to the value of stock holdings? That question is one that nobody wants to touch. Instead they dismiss it.

        I have always said that I started out life in my youth as a Kennedy democrat, I might wind up back there. I realized at 17 what a disaster Johnson would be and switched to Goldwater. Now, in my 64th year the so called “free market conservatives” who would seem to have no problem with child labor, eighty hour work weeks and such are pushing me somewhere else.

    • JAC,

      “How do we bring down the cost of producing goods and services without further eroding our standard of living?”

      Remove government barriers that make energy more costly than it needs to be.
      Build new oil refineries, coal & nuclear power plants. Open up the Destin gas field, ANWR, Gull Island, etc… Lower the corporate tax rate, the US has the highest rate in the world since Japan lowered theirs. (It has also been shown lower taxes generate MORE revenue)

      In simplest terms, move us back to small government and a free market. Over-regulation has caused most of our problems.

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      @JAC – you could start by eliminating the super-secretive 15 or so “bona-fide hedging exemptions” that have helped contribute to the increased cost in many basic commodities.

    • Truthseeker says:

      An easy way to lower everybody’s costs is to stop forcing a “Minimum Wage” on everybody. Once you set a minimum standard, all the costs are brought onto the consumer. The buisness will not take a loss (why should they) and therefore they charge more for the same exact goods/service. Why make more “minimum money” when the stuff you buy is just going to go up in costs in reaction to your “raise”?

      There aren’t that many companies that still pay people minimum wage (or a small minority of employees) but when you set a standard, everyting will go up (to include your taxes).

  6. Remember when gas started to rise back in ’07? $2.50 then $3.00 and beyond? The media was all over GWB! Today, gas is now over $3.00 and not a damn word from the pathetic MSM. Prepare, as gas will see $5 to $6 a gallon by October 2011.

    Happy New Year to all! 🙂 I don’t think it will be that happy, my optimist button is stuck on off!

    Plan your gardens now, order your seeds/plants ect. Prices will skyrocket as the Feds start their Food Safety Act BS. I’ll post more on this later.

    Hey Mathius! Snow is great! We should have storms like that every weekend! It reminds people that they can’t count on government to fix everything, but maybe make matters worse. We don’t have issues with a few feet of snow in a day or two here. Too bad the city slicker Liberals can’t handle it, we actually have parties and winter Bar-B-Qs. 😆

    Peace to All!

    G!

    • Uh, say there G-man, I hate to tell you this but I remember the 1972 gas crunch when gas was between 26 and 32 cents a gallon and it wasn’t over til gas was 43 cents a gallon!

      As a matter of fact, when I first started driving gas was between 15 and 20 cents a gallon, most cars got an average of 20 to 25 miles per gallon – the big heavy luxury cars got around 15 to 18 miles per gallon.

      Now we complain about gas costing over 3 dollars a gallon and the average full size American car gets between 15 and 20 miles per gallon.

      What I really do not understand is why we Americans continue to put up with getting ripped off by politicians and foreign oil cartels year after year after year after year, ad infinitum!

      • Papa,

        Many things have happened that cause prices to go up. The continued increase in the money supply lowers the value of the dollar. I would bet the price of chewing gum closely reflects dollar value changes over the years. The EPA required lead to be removed from our gasoline, which lowered the octane. They require special mixtures, including seasonal? They require ethanol additives, which reduces your MPG around 15%? They require many anti-pollution devices on all automobiles, that also require energy in the form of reduced horsepower or lower MPG.

        Same thing for diesels, with low sulfur fuel having less energy. At the same time, an ever increasing number of anti-pollution devices, the latest several aimed at CO2 & NO2(greenhouse gases, not pollution).

        Just for fun, take a look at coal power energy efficiency. Only 1/3 of of the energy produced goes to creating electricity, the rest is used to clean up the emissions. (And it’s still our cheapest energy)

    • G-Man,
      Can you explain the point of this post:

      G-Man said
      December 27, 2010 at 11:49 am
      Interesting information processing “BEWARE”

      The US military have spent billions of dollars perfecting “smart bomb” technology. Effectively, even through clouds, thay can guide a bomb, from miles away, into a building within feet of a bullseye. Technology at it’s deadliest form.

      Just under 10 years ago, someone put a caveman behind the wheel of a jumbo jet, and at around 500 knots equalled this technology by flying said jumbo jet into the Pentagon. A direct bullseye, no less.

      It took years and billions of dollars to create “smart bombs” that accurately hit the intended target, yet one caveman, with no flight experience, can fly a jumbo jet, with “smart bomb” like accuracy, into the side of a building?

      Thoughts to ponder, indeed

      Honestly, what is there to ponder about this? Do you think it would be more effective to use commercial jets instead of smart bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you want to pay the bill for that, because I think commercial jets are more expensive than smart bombs? How many pilots would volunteer for the missions?

      So what’s your point?

      • Todd,

        I was bored that day 🙂 I was looking at pictures of the Pentagon after the attack, and concluded that whoever the pilot was, either was very lucky, or very good. I also read numerous reports from actual pilots, who stated the same, many said they couldn’t have flown the jet with that kind of accuracy under those circumstances. It intrigued me, thought I would get some opinions on the subject.

        What’s the harm of looking at things outside of the perceived views presented by Govt and the MSM? I don’t trust either to tell the truth on a regular basis, so I ask questions. I don’t think your nieve anough to hold them at their word, but I could be wrong.

        Anyway, it’s a moot point, the damage is done. The 2.3 trillion bucks that the Pentagon was trying to find ended that day and forgotten about. Mission accomplished!

        Happy New Year to you and your family!

        • I have no doubt the US government (and other parties) used the Pentagon attack and 9/11 in general to their every advantage. I am not going to accept that they shot a cruise missile into the building though.

    • TRay

      In fairness, I think his comment about it meaning nothing is in regard to the “reading” of the document that is planned by the House.

      But he obviously is of the crowd that believes the document is to confusing to mean “definitive” thing to us moderns. We are incapable of understanding their meaning and then expanding to our modern context.

      He is correct in that everyone tries to read into it what they want. But I would argue that “flexibility” has been created by arrogant elitist Judges, not necessarily the document itself.

      Hope your holidays are going well. Back and forth from snow to deep freeze here. Some very cold air headed your way.

      Best regards,
      JAC

      • We have had rain on and off for the last week here in the NorCal foothills. The snow in the Sierra’s is 2x normal so far this year. Been cold for the last couple of days (30’s-40’s). I even saw a 1.5″ icicle on my gutters yesterday. Just rubbing it in a little. I grew up in N. IL so know what you are going through.

        Re: the reporter on the Constitution. I caught the poorly worded meaning that the reading was meaningless. However, his comment about over 100 year old language I thought should a distinct lack of knowledge on his part. Personnally, I think the Constitution is very clearly written. Obviously, it does not cover all eventuallities but it does cover the major points. I too think that the Judiciary has allowed the interpretation to stray far from the original intent. I cannot imagine that the founders intended for Congress to regulate locally grown, sold and consumed garden produce. That is an absolute distortion of the commerce clause as are many other things the Feds impose upon the citizens.

        This clip along with many others that imply the Constitition is not relavent are down right scary to me. It means that there is a class of people in this country that have little or no knowledge for why the Constitution was written in the first place and the fact that it is the only thing between us and a Hugo Chavez.

        • We now have our own “Chavez” . . . His name is “Obummer Hisself”, her name is Nancy, his name is . . . . . . . oh well, I feel lazy tonight – the outgoing senate and house leaders.

          Have a happy and sober new year!

  7. A Puritan Descendant says:

    This is what we do. Plan a Peaceful constitutionally protected march on Washington for the summer before the 2012 election. Build interest using Glenn Beck and any one else who can help, to the point Millions march on Washington. Use a simple peaceful message, and Demand the government return to the ORIGINAL meaning of our Constitution and repeal all unconstitutional law. Tell them if they fail to follow through on our demands, WE WILL BE BACK !!! After that we can do the same at the State Level.

    …….Let me know when it is over…… time for a nap.

  8. Happy New Years SUFA!

    Enjoy and be safe.

    Go Badgers!

  9. Judy Sabatini says:

    I would like to wish everybody a very Happy, safe, & wonderful New Year.

    Take Care

    Judy

  10. For my New Years Non-Political Message . . . Please go to my weblog @ http://www.rowevings.blogspot.com/

  11. SUFA

    Happy New Year, and may God bless us all,………….EVERYONE.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm

    Seems the smaller schools are racking up a few Bowl victories over the “bigger” boys this year.

    I would like to hope TCU and Oregon can pull off the big wins. But probably not.

    After all, Boise State beat both programs in the past year.

    And of course, Wolf Pack over Boston College.

    • Judy Sabatini says:

      The Wolf Pack beat the pants off Boise in football, thank to Colin Kaepernick. He’s been named MVP.

      • Judy

        Come on my dear, I watched that game. They won but they sure did NOT beat their pants off.

        Kaepernick finally found a cure for his perennial choking ability. I am guessing Mr. Ault got up in his grill at half time pretty good.

        But as I said, Wolf Pack to beat Boston College.

        • Judy Sabatini says:

          JAC

          Yeah, but it was still an exciting game though I thought.

          Hope you’re doing well, & your New Year has started out great for you.

          Take Care my friend.

          • Judy

            Yes, it was very exciting. I was torn, Alma mater vs. Boise’s Rose bowl.

            Guess when your playing against yourself you can’t win Both sides, 🙂

            Best to you and yours as well my dear.
            Hope your job hunting works out this year.

            🙂 🙂

  12. Happy New Year to ALL! 🙂

    Stay Healthy, Stay strong, and Stay Determined!

    G!

  13. Happy New Year Everyone!

    Am I the only one who is amazed that the date is now 1/1/11 ?

  14. Wishfull thinking, fears and funny thoughts about 2011.

    I wish Obama would release his long birth certificate and shut up the “birthers”…. or not!
    I wish the “Global Warming” crowd would suffer minor injuries… shoveling snow!
    I wish Orwell’s 1984 was still just a book….not a blueprint.
    I wish Napolitano would explain what “suspicious activity” is….WTF!
    I wish the Govt. would stop trying to help us….WTF x 2!
    I wish some people would laugh alittle….Todd!
    I wish beer was cheaper….
    I wish Congress could just get along….and relive Jonestown
    I wish prosperity and good health to everyone….and cheaper beer

    There’s my short wish list for 2011! 😆

    • My wish for 2011 is that a cure is found for the Dunning-Kruger Effect so we can have honest discussions about improving America… 😉

      • Amen Todd. The progressive movement in America is far too unable to see the flaws in their logic.

        🙂

      • Ah, but the great question is who determines which one is unskilled and unaware and in what areas? It could be that the one doing the determination is the one that overestimate one’s own level of skill or competence.

        • The question is not who determines. You have to have the knowledge and experience to recognize “unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” your self. If someone tells you you suffer from the Dunning-Kruger Effect and you are not willing to look introspectively at yourself, you will not see it and be able to improve yourself.

          The basis for the Dunning-Kruger Effect is the lack of logical reasoning and the inability to recognize when you don’t know something – unknown unknowns:

          People fail to reach their potential as professionals, lovers, parents and people simply because they are not aware of the possible.

          So I think overall success in life can be used as a pretty good measuring stick…

          • Todd

            I think you are misleading the “basis” for the Dunner-Kruger Effect. As I read it, reasoning, logic or even IQ (cognitive skills) had nothing to do with the effect. It was relative to “skills” in a particular area and our ability to assess our own skills, when we have none to judge from.

            The actual “cause” of the effect is speculative. As with most such “behavior” studies we can observe occurrence but it is far harder to determine cause.

      • Todd

        So just what is it that you are inferring with this New Year wish?

        • No inferring. Just an interesting topic…

          • Todd

            I agree it is an interesting topic. As are many others involving human behavior.

            But I do think we “extrapolate” far too much meaning from the results at times.

            I have seen many of the “Progressive Left” try to use this effect and other studies to conclude they are intellectually superior to those they view as the “Right”.

            Based on my experience with them I would say they are suffering from the same effect they are trying to label others with.

            But then how would any of us know for sure? Aren’t we all subject to the same dilemma???

            • JAC,
              I don’t think we’re that far apart. The “skills” can be both mental and physical. I agree IQ is not really part of the equation. The “absent minded professor” may have a high IQ but can’t apply it to everyday life. Someone with “street smarts” has the everyday experience, but doesn’t understand abstract problems…

              So to not suffer from the Dunning-Kruger Effect you have to have a combination of IQ, street smarts, and the knowledge and experience to recognize when you don’t know something and to recognize past decision that were “bad” and to learn from those mistakes.

              Logical reasoning does come into play with your ability to honestly and objectively evaluate past choices and apply those lessons to future choices.

              A simple breakdown – are you open to new ideas (which implies you might have been wrong)? Or are you set in your ways and determined not to change anything because you’re always right?

              I agree it’s easy to point out who suffers from this…or is it really me who suffers from it and just can’t undrstand others??? 🙂

              I wouldn’t apply it more to progressives or conservatives. But in general I would apply it to both sides, more and more, as they move further and further out from the center. In order to stick to a strict progressive or conservative agenda, you have to ignore a lot of details that just don’t “fit” into the real world.

              • Todd,

                Would you apply it to Obama, Pelosi and Reed, who can’t seem to grasp that spending your way out of debt cannot work?

                Increasing un-employment benefits does not reduce un-employment, nor stimulate the economy. (paying people not to work with tax dollars)

                “A simple breakdown – are you open to new ideas (which implies you might have been wrong)? Or are you set in your ways and determined not to change anything because you’re always right?”

                Well said, Todd, well said!

              • LOI,
                I wasn’t thinking about who it might affect, more just how it affects individuals and society as a whole. I would not apply it to Obama, Pelosi and Reed, but now that you bring it up, there are other politicians that might be affected by it…

      • Honest discussions about improving America would be great. As America is in such a mess, it would be easy to find mistakes from which to learn from. IF, we could define a problem (one at a time), then identify a solution that we could all agree on, we would find ourselves with the biggest of problems. Applying that solution to said problem in the real world, without repeating past mistakes.

        I have learned over time, that those who are (or think they are) intellectually superior to me, often fail in the last step. Solutions, not defined by the laws of nature, are often trial and error, repeat with new trial, ect. until the desired solution is achieved.

        An intellectually superior person (in his mind) can likely design a building, identify materials down to the last nail, list the tools needed for the best structure known to man. But give him the tools and materials, and he will spend more time in the emergency room than actually building, his material list will be far short, and I will have to finish the job. In this case, the intellectually superior person, isn’t so superior after all.

        With that said, if each person could use his/her best skills as part of a team, the team should succeed. If even one team member has a intellectual superiority issue (ISI), the team will likely fail, or kill the one with ISI.

        I know the voices in my head aren’t real, but they have good ideas sometimes 🙂

  15. Happy New Year-Everybody!!

  16. Anyone else having a hard time with wordpress? Sometimes the background is grey, sometimes everything is white! And the smileys don’t work right. 😦

  17. 1 PM to 4 PM was a hard football day for the boys up north, welcome to the SEC West Conference, we play hard ball down in this part of the country.

    • Heh, heh, heh.

      TCU by two……….

      Only thing for absolute sure next year. TCU and Boise State can not BOTH finish undefeated.

    • Oh…. don’t get yourself all worked up Bamadad 😉

      The Big Ten may be having a bad day, but don’t let that fool you into believing that playing in your conference is any tougher than playing in ours. Wisconsin simply failed to do what they did well all year (run the ball). They barely even tried. Penn State was in a good game and led most of the way. The go ahead touchdown was on a 3rd and 11 pass interference call that was NOT PI and then the desperation drive for PSU resulted in a pick 6 that made the score far worse than it should have been. As for Michigan and MSU, didn’t watch them but their scores looked bad. Northwestern almost came back and won their game. Alabama is a good team. I give you that. Good bowl season for the SEC for the most part so far. But i wouldn’t hang my hat on it too long. A new year isn’t so far away.

      • USW, trust me, I know all about what could have been this year with one or two calls or plays going the other way. Yes it is a new year, the countdown begins for September 1.

      • USW, I wasn’t trying to be smug or boastful with my hard nose football comment. If you didn’t watch the game you would not know that the Bama boys knocked 6 players out of the game with injuries. By the end of the games the Spartans were down to their 3rd string QB.

        • Bamadad

          I am with you, the Big Ten is way over rated. Each year teams from the Mtn West, WAC, and even Big Sky play teams in that league and come close to winning, or at least play respectable.

          But I will bet you a sawbuck that next years first polls have a couple of Big Ten teams in the top ten maybe top 5. Same thing every year. And then the polls are used for the BCS ratings.

          Time for a playoff system.

        • BAMA

          P.S.: I think the Big 12 was over rated this year also.

        • Bah! Big Ten had A as in ONE bad day!

          I watched the second half of Sparty’s game with 5 Bama fans! It was torture! They were still drunk from last night to say nothing of how they were partying today! At least we didn’t get shut out.

          Wisconsin gave TCU a run for their money. So sorry Kathy!

          I was rooting Penn St USW.. It just wasn’t our day!

          Congrats to all the victors!

        • Bamadad,

          No need to worry. I didn’t take you as being too smug. I was just having a little moment of frustration after my Nittany Lions blew their game. I certainly understand how tough the SEC is, especially the Crimson Tide, who beat my PSU team 21-10 earlier this year.

    • Roll Tide!!!!

      It ain’t crazy, it’s just sports.

      Where the pain fades, chicks dig the scars, and the Glory lasts forever.

      Alas, for my Dogs, there is always next year.

  18. The only true National Champion can be found in a playoff sysytem. Even being a Big 12 guy and guaranteed BCS bowl appearance to the Big 12 Champ, I think that is not right. Play it off. The BCS ratings are rigged and based on TV appearances and money and all the large colleges agreed to this. It is a fractured system and I think that it is beginning to fall apart. Before the bowl games started, on ESPN, there was a BCS conference being televised and each and everyone of the attendees said that even if TCU beat Wisconsin by 30 and the National Championship game was a rout…TCU would not gain in the polls. They said that even if TCU ended up as the only undefeated team at the end of the regular college season, the National Championship would still host one loss teams because of the TV ratings….and solely because of the TV ratings. They also said that even if TCU did play in the National Championship and won, that would not be a good test of who is the best as even a small school can have a good day and beat a behemoth.

    What a testimony to sportsmanship and fairness.

    • D13

      Good morning and happy new year sir.

      I agree completely and the excuses are getting thinner each day.

      Every other football conference has a playoff and title game. All completed before Christmas.

      The Big Boys could do the same and then let the bowls invite who ever they want for the Jan 1 and later games.

      I do think that Div I needs to be divided at least into two parts, however. The TCU’s, Boise States, Ohio, and other “mid majors” could have playing for their own title all this time. They should still be in the national “polls” but just have their own play off system.

      My reasoning here is that there are to many conferences to have a reasonable playoff in football. Unlike basketball, you just can’t play two games a weekend. Seems like 16 team playoff would work just fine.

      Hope all is well in the land of Texas this find morning. We are all adopted Fighting Frogs this morning. Now for Nevada to take care of business.

      Best O’ Wishes to you and yours.
      JAC

      • How do sir…..back from some border stuff…had a bout with stomach virus (whooped its ass)…it is 27 here (what the hell is that?)….did not go out on amateur night (that is for the wannabe’s)….it is a beautiful looking day here….too cold for us thin bloods.

        Happy New Year to you, sir.

  19. January 02, 2011
    The Triumph of Propaganda
    By Nemo Almen, American Thinker

    It is not difficult to deprive the vast majority of independent thought.[i]

    Does anyone remember what happened on Christmas Eve last year? In one of the most expensive Christmas presents ever, the government removed the $400 billion limit on their Fannie and Freddie guaranty. This act increased taxpayer liabilities by six trillion dollars; however, the news was lost in the holiday cheer. This is one instance in a broader campaign to manipulate the public perception, gradually depriving us of independent thought.

    Consider another example: what news story broke on April 16, 2010? Most of us would say the SEC’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs. Goldman is the market leader in “ripping the client’s face off,”[ii] in this instance creating a worst-of-the-worst pool of securities so Paulson & Co could bet against it. Many applauded the SEC for this action. Never mind that singling out one vice president (the “Fabulous Fab”) and one instance of fraud is like charging Al Capone with tax evasion. The dog was wagged.

    Very few caught the real news that day, namely the damning complicity of the SEC in the Stanford Ponzi scheme. Clearly, Stanford was the bigger story, costing thousands of investors billions of dollars while Goldman later settled for half a billion. Worse, the SEC knew about Stanford since 1997, but instead of shutting it down, people left the SEC to work for Stanford. This story should have caused widespread outrage and reform of the SEC; instead it was buried in the back pages and lost to the public eye.

    Lest we think the timing of these was mere coincidence, the Goldman lawsuit was settled on July 15, 2010, the same day the financial reform package passed. The government threw Goldman to the wolves in order to hide its own shame. When the government had its desired financial reforms, it let Goldman settle. These examples demonstrate a clear pattern of manipulation. Unfortunately, our propaganda problem runs far deeper than lawsuits and Ponzi schemes.

    Here is a more important question: which companies own half of all subprime and Alt-A (liar loan) bonds? Paul Krugman writes that these companies were “mainly out of the picture during the housing bubble’s most feverish period, from 2004 to 2006. As a result, the agencies played only a minor role in the epidemic of bad lending.”[iii] This phrase is stupefying. How can a pair of companies comprise half of a market and yet have no major influence in it? Subprime formed the core of the financial crisis, and Fannie and Freddie (the “agencies”) formed the core of the subprime market. They were not “out of the picture” during the subprime explosion, they were the picture. The fact that a respectable Nobel prize-winner flatly denies this is extremely disturbing.

    Amazingly, any attempt to hold the government accountable for its role in the subprime meltdown is dismissed as right-wing propaganda. This dismissal is left-wing propaganda. It was the government that initiated securitization as a tool to dispose of RTC assets. Bill Clinton ducks all responsibility, ignoring how his administration imposed arbitrary quotas on any banks looking to merge as Attorney General Janet Reno “threatened legal action against lenders whose racial statistics raised her suspicions.”[iv] Greenspan fueled the rise of subprime derivatives by lowering rates,[v] lowering reserves,[vi] and beating down reasonable opposition. And at the center of it all were Fannie and Freddie bribing officials, committing fraud, dominating private-sector competition, and expanding to a six-trillion-dollar debacle. The fact that these facts are dismissed as propaganda shows just how divorced from reality our ‘news’ has become. Yes, half of all economists are employed by the government, but this is no reason to flout one’s professional responsibility. As a nation we need to consider all the facts, not just those that are politically expedient.

    Today neither side tells the truth and everybody suffers. The triumph of propaganda allows oil companies to dictate energy policy,[vii] health insurance companies to hamstring much-needed health care reform, and the government to lead a witch-hunt against banks while shirking responsibility for the largest financial crisis in our generation. The result is trillions in wasted monies, a nation divided and disillusioned, and worse and worse people coming to power on both sides.[viii] We should all know where this trajectory leads. It leads to one last question: what brand of totalitarianism do you want, the imperialist megalomania of a Cheney or the impotent welfare state of Obama?

  20. Dear SUFA

    A little something to start the new year with thoughts of courage, perseverance and love.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/columns/story?columnist=mcdonald_joe&id=5963358

    CAUTION; it may cause your eyes to leak a little.

    🙂

  21. Well that really sucked! Only good thing is I didn’t convince my husband to spend the 10G’s to take the family out to SoCal to see it!

    Big Ten really laid an egg…yikes!

    Owe you one Jon-Paul!

  22. LOI, what are you doing down there?

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