Showing posts from June, 2008

The Bean Burrito Principle

In debating with some of my favorite shallow reasoning conservative minded Internet acquaintances in recent weeks, I realized a common human trait that they held. It is a trait shared by some liberal friends too. Sometimes people arrive at the right conclusion with the wrong data. That isn’t what I noticed Most though. What I noticed most was that some people can’t connect events any further back then one move. No sense of consequences for their actions.

The Basic of the "Bean Burrito Principle":
I have dubbed this the "bean burrito principle". Consider that one night you eat a bean burrito. You know the kind. The frozen ones from the grocery store. On sale, you can get two for a dollar. You heat it up in the microwave in that cardboard cover. It gets so scalding hot on the outside, a solid ball of ice on the inside. So you nuke it for the rest of the 30 seconds of the "2 to 2 ½ minutes" recommended on the package. You grab your favorite frothy beverage…

143 Days and Obama vs. McCain's Experience

One of my email contacts recently sent me a piece that questioned Obama’s experience and compared it to John McCain’s. It was titled "143 days.". here it is.

Just how much Senate experience does Barack Obama have in terms of actual work days? Not much.From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United States Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.

After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan.143 days -- I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that!!In contrast, John McCain's 26 years in Congress, 22 years of military service (including 1,966 days in captivity as a POW in Hanoi ), now seem more impressive than ever. At 71, John McCain may just be hitting his stride.

Dick Cheney And Our Energy Policy

This is going to be a very short post by my standards.

Does anybody ever wonder what the 2001 Dick Cheney energy task force talked about? The American people couldn’t even get an accurate list of names of the attendees. The Republican held congress actually petitioned the supreme court to get the information. Cheney was out hunting the week before the case with Justice Scalia who refused to recuse himself. Ultimately they sided with the White House, surprise, surprise.

Now Cut to the present and the most recent story.

"The no-bid contracts are unusual for the industry, and the offers prevailed over others by more than 40 companies, including companies in Russia, China and India."

Exactly what do you think the people of Iraq are going to think when they see a repressive militia of the holding US weapons and wearing western style uniforms protecting the oil wells with English names o…

High Gas Prices and Saudi Math

The reason why I keep bringing up the Saudis and their production is that they hold the firmest hands on the reigns of the oil supply. First one must understand that the Saudis are not producing oil at capacity.

Have you ever wondered why 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian national, were commanded by another Saudi national, and the Bush administration leads a charge against a battle torn goat haven and a weak cobbled together country like Iraq with not ties to the event? Or have you ever wonder why the leader of the free world travels to the Saudi Arabia and wallows at the feet of the oppressive Muslim King that stands for everything that Americans are against? Oil, bloody oil. So how did the Saudis come by so much respect? A little situation we all Call OPEC.

A few years ago I had an economics teacher. He was an awful teacher. But he did give me one nugget of enlightenment. He explained how OPEC operates. The jest of it goes like this. Originally OPEC was created as a kind …

Opening Drilling In ANWAR, Taxing Our Way Out, And the Reality Of The Gas Price Crisis

The reality of drilling our way out of the gasoline price crisis is a farce. Drilling for more oil is like saying the problem with crack addicts is that there is not enough crack supply. If there was more crack it would drive the price down and they wouldn't have to beg, steal, and hook to get their fix.

Here is something that the greedy conservatives and the economically ignorant politicians that support them don’t seem to understand. Prices in a free market are set by the maximum amount buyers are willing to pay. The "demand curve" is set by this factor. The US consumer has proven they are willing and able to pay $4 plus for gas. So what makes these morons think that even if they get an increase in supply and demand stays constant, that it will cause a reduction in gas prices?
Alright, before we get started let us ask ourselves some pertinent questions?

Q: Will drilling in ANWAR take money and put it directly in your pocket. If the government gives these companies that ar…

You Will Vote For Who? Why?

I did this recently at a family function। My brother who is gay and my aunt who is not explainable were both staunch Hillary supporters. They both spouted out rhetoric like, "I’m voting for McCain" or "I’m writing Hillary in". I asked why would you want to deliver the election to McCain? Sounding more like children that didn’t get their way then rational adults the answers were rapid but illogical.

Hillary Supporters (HS): "Because she won the popular vote."
Me: If you count the two states that Barrack’s name wasn’t on the ballot.
HS: He was on in Michigan.
Me: But he didn’t, in accordance to the rules, campaign in those states. In November of 2007 the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party was Billary Clinton. State by state, as Obama went to each one he won those states, or close enough to make it a virtual tie. He played by the rules, something the Clinton’s have always had trouble doing.
(that got interrupted by)
HS: I don’t care, they changed the rule…

Obama Nomination: Profound But Not Why You Think

Well we went and got it done। We have a black man with a Muslim name who has shunned of money from lobbyist elected to one of the two only parties in the United States. Go figure, only a half of a century after the end of the "Jim Crow" he eked by with only about 52% support. Somehow he managed to get just enough of the biggest voting demographic, the baby boomers, to vote for him. These are people of whom many of them grew up in the Jim Crow era and see nothing wrong with those laws. But it isn’t because he is black. Or at least not just because.

So why is this so profound? Or the most common asked question, "Is it wrong to support Obama because he is black?" assumes that there is a thought invoked choice। Every politician is narcissistic। But hold on, I will go further and say that every human is narcissistic. Even more so, every living thing on this planet is narcissistic. We all have "admiration and love of ourselves." That is how the "system"…