Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Why Would Anyone Vote For Sarah Palin?

     How Sarah Palin can even be considered to run for President is beyond me. She is nothing more than an instigator who likes to create controversy for her own monetary gain. Whether its putting crosshairs over political opponents or saying anti-obesity programs are infringing on our freedom, she never shuts up. Below are a few quotes that I find both hilarious and maddening. Either way, I really hope that she falls out of all political favor soon. Much like Christine O'Donnell.

  • "But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies." --Sarah Palin, after being asked how she would handle the current hostilities between the two Koreas, interview on Glenn Beck's radio show, Nov. 24, 2010
  • "We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn't that ironic?" --Sarah Palin, admitting that her family used to get treatment in Canada's single-payer health care system, despite having demonized such government-run programs as socialized medicine that will lead to death-panel-like rationing, March 6, 2010
  • "They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan." Sarah Palin Speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco, October 5, 2008.
  • "Well, let's see. There's -- of course -- in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings." Sarah Palin Unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, October 1, 2008.
  • "Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that's with the energy independence that I've been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy." Sarah Palin Misstating the amount of energy produced by Alaska, which is only 3.5 percent, September 11, 2008.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Reagan: Separating Myth From Fact

     A documentary on HBO just aired this evening that I think is needed to be watched by all Americans. Why? Well over the years what Reagan has actually done and what he didn't has been blurred to the point where his actual achievements are not known. For instance, Republicans always tend to bring up about how Reagan was a champion of small government. Yes, he did talk about it. however, the Government grew at a much faster rate than ever before under his administration. Reaganomics was a horrible way to look at the economy.

   As much as I disagree with Reagan's economic policies and view of the poor, he was still the right guy for the time in America's history. Reagan brought back American pride and respect after Carter had almost destroyed it. We needed a strong charismatic President. We got one exactly when we needed one.

     With as much as the Republican party references Reagan in and out of context, it is well worth anyones time to learn the real effect of his policies. Both good and bad.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Your Losing Money As You Read This

Yes, it is a sad fact knowing that your $2,000 saved in your bank account is not worth $2,000 at dollars at the end of the year. With the low inflation we have now, it'll probably be worth about $1,950. However, it doesn't just stop there. Year after that the money just sits unused in a "savings" account with its total crap .1% yield, you are losing more and more.

This scenario is just in todays terms, but say in the future when the economy starts to pick back up you will be losing 5-6% of money each and every year through inflation. Why? Because 5-6% is considered normal and acceptable inflation. Its what the federal reserve strives for during economically sound times.

So where do you put your money? CDs? No those still don't beat inflation.

Bonds? Nope, yield is still too low.

Stocks? Yes, the stock market.

I know in 2011 its almost idiotic to propose investing in the stock market. Especially after what happened at the end of 2008. However the fact still remains that over the long term, stocks are still the best way to make money short of direct investment in a business or starting your own. The thing that most people fear is to see half of their net-worth wiped out in some catastrophic event like the banking crisis. Another is that there is no way in your lifetime that you will be able to understand how the market works and all the over the top vocabulary brokers or market channels use.

Ill give you that the task seems daunting when you first look at it. Yet, what new subject isn't daunting when you first learn it? I personally think everyone should learn to manage and grow their own money for a variety of reasons. Especially those of us young adults who can't rely on Social Security being there for us when we retire.

So to those who are curious about understanding how to invest any money you have set aside, I would suggest going over to investopedia.com. I used this site when I first began learning about investing. It is a great resource that also allows to invest a virtual $100,000 portfolio so you can see how you would measure up putting real cash in.

Try it. It'll help pass some of the time we normally spend on Facebook.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Is The Shirt You Should Wear When Flying

With all the recent uproar over the body scanners and sexual groping going on in the airport these days, it was only a matter of time until people start to poke fun at the TSA and the symbol of freedom in the US.

I wouldn't be surprised to see people sporting this in the airport soon.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WoW May Consume Your Life Yet Again

It's almost time for the Internet addiction many people have but try to hide. The next expansion for World of Warcraft is due out on December 7th. The upside to this expansion is that the game changes for everyone in 1-60 zones of the game, so even players that haven't played in a while will get something new without having to get the expansion. So if you haven't seen the cinematic for it, you can watch it below. Happy raiding.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm: Cinematic Trailer
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Body Scanners Just Don't Work

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Benjamin Franklin

If you have traveled on a plane in the past year or happened to turn on the news the past week, you probably have heard everyone talking about the airport body scanners. The 'high technology' way the TSA is keeping us safe, or thats at least what it was intended to do. But they don't. Body scanners do little more than to pump your body full of radiation to get a naked picture of you that "isn't stored" by anyone, but really is.

I really don't see the point in body scanners or the sexual assault pat down that occurs if you choose not to get the chemo therapy from the scanners. They are not going to prevent any terrorist from smuggling any thing on board. Hence why in their latest attempt they sent printers through the mail with bombs in them. They just bypass the scanners. Other people also fail to realize that if a terrorist really wanted to get on the plane, all he would have to do is shove a bomb in his ass. He's planning on dying and doesn't have anything to live for, do you really think he cares about that.

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your never going to be 100% safe. You wont be on a plane, a car, a train, or even your own house. Life is full of risk. You take more of a risk driving everyday than getting on a plane. You are 1000 times more likely statistically speaking to die in a car wreck than any kind of airline disaster. While I understand why people are afraid of air travel more so because of 9/11 than anything else, lets be rational. Subjecting people to this kind of security checking is just overkill. Its not much of an improvement over what there already was.

Some may be asking why does it matter if they have the body scanners or not? Because where does it stop. Did you ever imagine having to have a nude photo taken just so you could get on a plane? What's to say they won't institute cavity searches next. While it seems like bullshit right now, when some guy tries to bomb a plane with a it hidden inside of him why won't they? We instituted the scanners because of the underwear bomber. Either way, I think that there is a certain point where things get to be a little much. The security at the airport would be like if you choose to walk around in a bubble suit everywhere to avoid germs. Its overkill. I'd rather die with my dignity.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Shit You Can't Say On Television

If your like me, you probably wonder from time to time what people are not allowed to say on television. Apparently the phrase 'reach around' is bad, but damn is fair game. Now for my next question that needs answering, who is responsible for compiling this list? Is it like a focus group? A bored church zealot? We may never know.