Pages of interest

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Dire Predictions of Porter Stansberry.

By George:

Let me first point out that this is NOT a sponsored link to an Infomercial.  I did receive an email last week that was hawking an Investment Research firm (which I have since heard advertised even on radio), and I was intrigued enough to check out what they were trying to sell (I guess that would constitute a successful advertising).  I listened to the presentation, I printed out the presentation so I could reread parts that piqued my interest, and then I logically analyzed what I learned.

After a few phone calls and emails, I have gotten permission from the Stansberry & Assoc. Investment Research firm to give you the link to their "video". Just click on this link to check it out. Be aware that this is a quite lengthy presentation, so make yourself a bucket of popcorn, a tall glass of soda, and put your feet up. (If you would rather read than listen, just click to close the presentation, then on the next window click on "Stay on this Page", which will give you a readable copy.)

So you're asking, "If you are not getting paid for this, why would you give this company FREE advertisement?" And my answer to you would be, "Because this way I can give you my HONEST logical impression of their presentation. And I WILL do that.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

America - My Country!

By George:

I had mentioned in a previous post, that I tend to get emails that are forwarded to me with the exhortation to pass it on. This was one I got recently, so I will pass it on to you for your expert opinions on the subject. I would like to give credit to the author, but alas I can't determine who it was. Perhaps one of you out there could enlighten us.

My great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Civil War, my father watched as his friends died in WW II, and I watched as my friends died in Vietnam.

They all died for the U.S. flag.

None of them died for the Mexican Flag.

In Texas, a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole; another student took it down. Guess who was expelled...the kid who took it down.

Kids in high school in California were sent home this year on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.

Enough is enough.

Friday, December 10, 2010

UNESCO - The Puppet of Islam.

Just when we thought that the UN couldn't be any more Anti-Semitic, they manage to prove us wrong.

In this case, I am referring to one of the arms of the UN called UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).  More specifically, I am referring to their decision to issue a statement declaring that "... the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem are an integral part of the “occupied” Palestinian territories", and thereby they don't belong to the Jews.

You might surmise that any organization having the words "Educational", "Scientific" and "Cultural", would be careful about the content and veracity of its proclamations, and assure that Politics don't interfere with the Truth.  But when it comes to Israel and the Jews, the UN stays true to form.  Why let facts get in the way, when they can drive another stake into the Jewish heart of prevailing world opinion?  Why bother to Scientifically Educate about the Culture that predates Islam, and was in fact its progenitor?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Obama's Wonderful Jackpot

By: George

In my opinion, it is high time that America had a real President once again. I long for the days when the occupant of the White House was a patriotic American, who shouldered the grandeur of the Office of the President with gravity, who understood that the American President bows for no man. I recall a time when winning the election for the Presidency of the United States of America was considered a privilege and a responsibility that humbled the victor. Instead, today we are "ruled" by a narcissistic egotist, who believes that he hit the big Jackpot, which entitles him to throw "his" new found riches around with abandon. He is mistaking the Presidency with the despotism of an absolute Monarch, albeit, a Monarch in training.

Has anybody taken a count of the number of days that President Obama has actually spent in the Oval Office since his inauguration? How many vacations has he taken, how many parties has he thrown, how many rounds of golf has he played, and how much taxpayer money has he squandered on his and Michelle's lavish lifestyle? How many times has the Ultimate Rock Star wannabe appeared on TV or radio, in fact, have there been any days since he assumed command when he was not on television, radio or magazine cover? How many people has he bowed down to?

Monday, November 15, 2010

TSA - Protection or Perversion?

By George:

If you have tried flying lately, you may have noticed a new phenomenon. Freedom, as we have known it in the past, has been replaced by "Big Brother" (or should that be "BIG Sister"), and enforced by the mostly unwitting personnel of the TSA (Trained Security Apes?).

I have previously spoken out on the topic of the TSA reaction to the terrorists, and I would like to continue in this vein.

It would be unfair to single out the individual employees of the TSA, except for the fact that these lowly denizens of the airports seem to have taken to their newfound "power-trip" with gusto. Yes, I know that it is their "job" and the are only "following orders", but that job can be done with either humility, or arrogance. It can be done in a demeaning way, or it can be done discreetly. It can be done in a way that they would want it done to their own children and spouses, or it can be done with the joyous zeal of a pedophile.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Get off the Taxpayers' Backs!!!

By: George   

You may have missed this little article in a current Wall Street Journal article. I read it and I saw Red. Please take a look at my back to see if anyone posted a note there that trumpets "I am a Sucker! Bleed me Dry!"

The article is referring to a commission that was appointed by our Spendthrift-in-Chief, to investigate and offer proposals on how to close the 1.3 trillion dollar gap in the Federal budget.

Now before you link to the article, try to guess who is in the crosshair of this austerity shotgun? If your guess was "needless spending by the government," guess again. I'll give you a hint. It's you and me - again!

Now I don't know about you, but I feel that the taxpayers have been carrying the "freeloaders of our society" on our shoulders long enough (I am not referring to the genuinely needy, so don't get on my case), and it's high time our legislators looked elsewhere for a panacea.

Instead of eliminating our Income Tax deductions, they should be eliminating the Income Tax itself.

Instead of eliminating our Income Tax deductions, eliminate the myriads of Social Programs in place that have either failed miserably, or are not necessary, but are still suckling at our financial lifeblood.  Eliminate the "pork" in all the bills that are passed daily by our legislators. Eliminate all those billions of taxpayer dollars that are constantly being shoveled to our friends and enemies alike as Foreign-Aid.  Eliminate the thousands of needless and/or useless Government workers who could be replaced by a few Chia Pets without anyone noticing.

I am sure that each and every one of you out there could contribute countless other examples of "savings".  Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments.

But as for me, I have to go and do some deep breathing exercises and try to calm down.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Taxation in Layman's Terms

By: George

I constantly receive emails from friends and "others" with various Political, or Humorous, or perhaps Thought Provoking articles.  With your indulgence, I would like to share some educational scenarios. 

I would like to give credit to David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at the University of Georgia, the author of this analogy.

The Tax System - Explained With Beer
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quick Post - Say WHAT??

By: George

This morning as I browsed the news, there was an article that kinda smacked me upside the head. Well... let me share it with those of you who only get sensible news.

Schwarzenegger bans welfare cards at psychics
LOS ANGELES - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says welfare recipients can no longer use state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and other businesses whose services have been deemed "inconsistent with the intent" of the program.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Let's Minimize Political Corruption.

By: George

Am I the only one, or did anyone else notice that Political Corruption is rampant in our Political System?  Be it National, State or Local politicians, every time a rock is turned over, some crooked "elected official" slithers out.

Now you will probably point out that it only seems that way, because the news only covers politicians when they are found with their hands in the cookie-jar.  And while I agree that scoundrels are more newsworthy than honest upstanding citizens, it still seems to be almost a daily denouement.  We hear about politicians taking bribes, getting kickbacks, going on junkets at taxpayer expense, practicing nepotism, using campaign funds as personal accounts, avoiding taxes, hiring prostitutes on our dime, prevaricating (lying) without compunction, and many more. Now considering that we ONLY hear about the ones that got caught, we can start to fathom the extent of the sleaze.

I recently saw someone quote that "Crooked politicians give a bad name to the other 10%". This is meant to be funny, but it is probably understating the truth.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Terrorists say "Jump", do we ask "How high?"

By: George   

When the tragic earthquake in Haiti hit a while ago, it has managed to shift the spotlight of the media from the ridiculous to the tragic.  I am referring to the fact that at least momentarily, the media was no longer focusing on the "underwear bomber", but was instead highlighting the heroism of people from the civilized world in the Haitian rescue effort.

Since I was preparing to comment on the TSA security response to that latest "terror" attempt before the earthquake hit, I will revisit that topic now. After all, someone has to stand up and shout, "Open your eyes, America!"

When 9-11 dropped onto our laps, all of us were inspired by the response of our leadership to do something meaningful about it. Patriotism was rampant and we were determined to punish those responsible for the attack. Our efforts paid off in driving the perpetrators into hiding. They knew that if they showed themselves, let's face it, we would kill them.

Then somewhere along the way, the climate changed. We forgot our determination to seek and destroy, and replaced it with a self-flagellating Political Correctness. We suddenly forgot who our enemy was, and eschewed a spineless conciliatory tone towards our self-proclaimed undertakers. And in doing so, we have brought the greatest injustice to our own citizenry. With our repeated reaction to terrorist activities, we have taken Lady Liberty, and ripped asunder her garments of freedom.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Case of the Lonely Truck.

By: George

Before posting some more controversial topics, I want to discuss something that has been frustrating me for about a year.

More than likely you are aware that writing for Blogs is not my full time employment.  I work for a major hospital in New Jersey, and I commute to work via the railroad.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the closest train station to my office is about 2.5 miles away.  So I have been walking from the station to the office, weather permitting.  I have been doing this for over a year and a half, and it’s great exercise.

My walking path in the mornings takes me through a few areas that are warehouses with loading docks, constantly frequented by tractor trailers.  One day it occurred to me that there was a certain trailer truck that was parked flush up against an abandoned building, which I have been walking past for a few months.  I kept checking on this truck daily,

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A new Voice in the Wilderness.

By: George

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Well, here is my first baby step. I want to start with a good impression, so I am trying to choose my topic as well as my words carefully.

As a public speaker, we are told to start off with a funny story or a joke. So here goes....  This guy walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. Oh… so you heard that one already. OK, how about… A Priest, a Rabbi and an Imam are stranded on a desert island. Ohhh.. You know that one too??

Well, then maybe I should just go on to the Topics of this Blog.  That should be quite easy.  Some time ago my daughter Susie suggested to me that I start a Blog.  She said, "Dad, you like to write and you are good at it, and you always have opinions about everything, so I think that you should start a Blog." I thought about it, did some research, and when I found out what a "Blog" was, I decided to do it.

Of course I ran into the dreaded "What Topics am I Going to Write About"!  I looked around and found that there are oodles of Political Blogs out there, so Politics was out.  I decided to choose less controversial topics like Religion, Family, UFOs etc...  At this point I took a Steno Pad and carried it around with me jotting down topics that intrigued me, maddened me, puzzled me and mainly what railed at my "Logical Mind".  Then when I accumulated all these interesting topics, I sat down to review the choices to write my very first Blog Post.

I ticked off the topics one by one... NO - that's Politics, that one is also a NO - it's Politics, the next one is a NO - Politics again....  Hmmm... looking down my whole list, it seemed that the nexus of all my vexations fixated on Politics.  O.K., let's try this again, and I repeated the exercise again.  Upon review, I was staring at the same result. Politics, Politics, POLITICS...

So my Logical Mind came to a swift conclusion.  I'll start with Politics, then I'll segue into the other topics later. So for now, Politics it is.

As for the name of this Blog, I hope that it is self explanatory.  I mentioned that I am logical (Mr. Spock being my role model), and what I see all around me tends toward the frustratingly illogical.  I will, therefore, give you my analysis of various topics utilizing flawless logic backed by research, thereby presenting the Truth as logic dictates.

Get ready World, prepare to be enlightened!

P.S.  Since I tend to sometimes use words that may befuddle some readers, I will endeavor to link those words to instant translation, as in this sentence.