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  • Taxpayer-Funded U. Wisconsin Chancellor Spends Her Days Lobbying Alumni Against Scott Walker

    02/23/2015 3:39:36 PM PST · 21 of 21
    light-bulb to cripplecreek

    I 100% agree with you.

    I think we need to re-invigorate private industry to partner and create better apprentice programs, and internships.

    My company does this through industry certifications. It promotes independent research and learning and fosters a hands-on approach for those interested in truly learning the content vs being lectured the content.

  • Taxpayer-Funded U. Wisconsin Chancellor Spends Her Days Lobbying Alumni Against Scott Walker

    02/23/2015 4:48:59 AM PST · 14 of 21
    light-bulb to pepsionice

    I think it would be even more valuable to show the direct link between effectively free money and the rise of university tuition. The student loan system is so broken.
    If regulations and free money were not there I’d say the cost would be half of what it is today.
    Education has been on a run-away inflation mechanism for 30 years.

    We absolutely do not in my opinion have a responsibility to “produce engineers and scientists” we have a free country and should the individual want and dedicate themselves to achieving they have the opportunity.

    We need to break the love affair with college. It’s not the de facto answer for every child and guarantees nothing today, except in many cases massive debt with no realistic method to pay it back.

    Look at the narrator ve with Scott Walker, and the mentality people have towards a person who went to school but never got a piece of paper... Think of that lunacy, basically the only thing he lacks is a piece of paper! What does that even prove?

    Anyway, I agree the cost of the loan should be very very high for degrees with only marginal rates of return. That should be a list based on market demand that can ebb and flow.

  • Florida Boy's Circumcision Spurs Lengthy Legal Battle, Protests [Four-Year Old]

    01/22/2015 3:00:14 AM PST · 42 of 45
    light-bulb to AppyPappy

    So if they were both done lovingly and with the best of intentions that makes it better?

    God made our bodies perfect. To believe otherwise is heresy, as God is perfect.

    The only point to contend with is rather as a Christian is something required of us or the parents to secure our place in heaven? That answer is no.

    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV).

    The moment Jesus died, our place was purchased through the ultimate sacrifice required under the law.

    My point is circumcision is not required by my studies of the New Testament. Therefore why would we purposely destroy God’s creation?
    Just because it’s what was done, and what our parents did doesn’t make it the best choice, or even required. So if it’s not required why do it?
    Billions of people have amazingly had no issue, so if cleanliness is the only reason...

  • Florida Boy's Circumcision Spurs Lengthy Legal Battle, Protests [Four-Year Old]

    01/21/2015 4:19:27 AM PST · 37 of 45
    light-bulb to Tzfat

    Know it well, read it a few times, I’d say you should do a full study on the subject and go back to the Hebrew.

    Isolated cases are hard to speak against it’s personal. However the concept that it’s a requirement for salvation, then why do parents make the decision? Do parents pave the way for their children?

    We don’t live under Abrahams law, we don’t have that covenant, it’s been removed and the price paid.

    But we all have our own interpretation.

    God bless all of you!

  • Florida Boy's Circumcision Spurs Lengthy Legal Battle, Protests [Four-Year Old]

    01/19/2015 8:48:53 PM PST · 9 of 45
    light-bulb to lastchance

    I agree. I mean the pro-circumcise crowd should be stunned that it hasn’t been infected and fallen off after 4 years. /s

    I find it irritating that people still use the excuse that it’s for hygiene and the safety of the child...

    Makes one wonder... How have the other 3 Billion males made it?

    People condemn the muzzies for cutting women, yet cutting males is ok? Why in the world are we cutting at all. Let the child decide what to do to their body, after they turn 18.

  • N Korea threatens attacks on USA after being blamed for Sony hacking

    12/24/2014 8:09:26 PM PST · 83 of 83
    light-bulb to Ray76

    I used to think the same. But the bottom line for me... The people must be willing to make the sacrifices. They and only they must start the fight, and be willng to die. Then we fly over and drop single shot .45s. Again it’s the will that must change anything else is just a flash in the pan until new grasshoppers move in.

    Only my opinion though...

    Merry Christmas!

  • Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack

    08/19/2014 4:07:18 PM PDT · 690 of 807
    light-bulb to Yehuda

    My hunch...

    Total speculation until the eye socket damage is confirmed. But if it is... I believe Brown decided to Fight, and tried to knock the cop out, think knock out game that is so popular right now, to get away. He would have been amped after the robbery and it was about the best chance if he thought he was getting caught and going to jail.
    I know simple explanation, but I’m a smole kinda guy.

  • SOURCE: Feds to Bring in Riot Squad Against Illegal Immigration Protesters

    07/06/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT · 187 of 429
    light-bulb to Bryanw92

    Add to that a rental of say a d9 cat... That is stuck on the road, and maybe you have a option.

  • Storm Clouds Gathering: Stock Market crash coming soon (video)

    10/03/2013 7:49:55 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    light-bulb to deadrock

    If the UN sanctioned a retaliation... This would come to be. Do you really think that is so far fetched?

    Look at the political distancing from this administration...

    Get your Bible out.

  • ‘Is This America?’: Parent ‘Manhandled’, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core

    09/21/2013 1:51:14 PM PDT · 58 of 73
    light-bulb to Henry Hnyellar

    Perhaps, but as someone else mentioned that is going to take a hard reset, and frankly I’m not sure there are enough of us left to win a war. I used to be damn proud of my Air Force, now I think of it as a spawning ground of immorality and thugs. It’s very similar to what I see from the public schools. I know many of us still have respect for the military but I would advise you to look closely, it’s not what it once was.

    So fair enough... if the foundation of our next generations of citizens is a battle not worth fighting where should we focus?

    Or are we just going to batten down the hatches squirrel away provisions and hope that when the SHTF it isn’t us and ours to die first. Frankly most of us aren’t even willing to get dirty hands now, exactly what are we waiting for? Masses of people being led away? How about our children being taken away from us for home-schooling? How about our savings being leveraged and stolen by the governments push for inflation? What exactly will it take? Someone else standing up? Will we stand up with our brothers and sisters or wait for something just a little more?
    To be fair these are questions I ask of myself.

  • ‘Is This America?’: Parent ‘Manhandled’, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core

    09/21/2013 9:30:30 AM PDT · 51 of 73
    light-bulb to Third Person

    While this works for the individual, and absolutely Abeca is an outstanding program, it doesn’t solve the broader society issue I’m talking about. We all have to live on this rock and if we keep growing thugs or robot lemmings, we are going to need a lot more bullets... Because they will eventually tip over the edge and legislate us to death literally.
    Or we are going to have to become producers of Purple Drank... To help keep them from killing everyone.

  • ‘Is This America?’: Parent ‘Manhandled’, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core

    09/21/2013 6:59:54 AM PDT · 29 of 73
    light-bulb to Third Person

    I want to preface this with the following:
    This is in no way directed at you or personal, but I wanted to post my opinion.

    To simply give up our public schools as lambs before the slaughter may be one of the worst but consistent messages I’ve seen posted lately and unfortunately it’s a statement that is probably accurate as of right now... Certainly it’s the easiest, just create another private school and all will be well... However we all will lose if we let it continue.

    The truth is we live in a society, this society will collapse if we don’t have productive members from all walks of life, this includes our neighbors, our countrymen, those democrats.... (Am I allowed to say men anymore).

    If the school systems continue on this track it’s a SHTF scenario for sure, it’s just a matter of time. Think about it, our own countrymen indoctrinated into the line of crap will simply out-number us. Our message continues to be diluted, and we die out; we are fighting against extinction, and I’m not being overly dramatic here. Schools need to get back to reinforcing common law thoughts, and biblical morals, we are a Christian nation running away from this battle, and apathetic to the truth. We don’t need robots from our schools we need real productive men, and women.

    Tyranny can’t stay In the light, it retreats to easier fodder, tyranny must be fought and rooted at the core, there is no middle ground here folks, there is no “write this off” we either win, or evil wins. What is required is bringing it to light, and uncovering the nature of the illusion,

    Lately I’ve found myself literally thinking to myself... Wow I’m agreeing with Putin, a damn Russian! But he is upholding Christian values and Morals and isn’t afraid of a true culture war by proclaiming his support, and condemnation of Evil. It’s pretty unreal. Many of you are older than I, can you believe this?

    So... What do we have to do?
    Join the board get active in school PTA, get loud damn it, make your voice heard, lose some battles, ruffle some feathers, and become known for being THAT guy! Make them squirm when you are at council meetings. Don’t give an inch! Get involved, make it personal!

    Something my neighbors and I are starting is a community after-school teaching program where Every Wednesday a volunteer parent puts a 90 minute session in place, to teach more direct skill based lessons. (I plan on teaching electrical concepts and computers) but it can be even simpler start a story book reading, but do something! It matters not your age or even abilities we all have something to teach and wisdom to share.

    All we can do is push this rock up the hill, and remember what we are fighting for, never show them your Back!

    With love...

  • Romney Backs Student Loan Proposal Obama Supports [Undercuts Many House Republicans]

    04/24/2012 11:17:46 AM PDT · 37 of 38
    light-bulb to muawiyah

    2 3/8 would be akin to free money in fact it would be less than inflation. Do you believe the lenders need to lose money on Hesse products? Perhaps that would help dry up the already anemic % of private loans and force everyone to the arms of our loving patriarch.

    My escalation of the discussion is premised on the concept that actions have consequences. And we need to get government the hell out of this crud, along with the fraud ridden housing sector.

    All of them are tied together.

    Bottom line, my opinion the rates should be back to a higher %.

    You have not presented a valid case why we should keep them at zero or less than zero when factoring inflation. 6.8% is a very cheap loan, do you think it not fair? Is there some reason that the tax payers should subsidize with our money to keep them low? Do you think we need more junk degrees on the market in our wondrous economy? I ask you Why?

  • Romney Backs Student Loan Proposal Obama Supports [Undercuts Many House Republicans]

    04/24/2012 8:55:15 AM PDT · 35 of 38
    light-bulb to muawiyah

    I 100% agree with the notion of not allowing the loan to be forgiven. Don’t you? After all if an adult made the conscious decision to take the easy path and get loans should they not be required to pay back that loan? As to the % of the note isn’t that up to what the market will bare? Perhaps if the government stopped backing 80% of loans we could see some various market solutions. Perhaps you’d see more investors actively trying to assist the student in finding slid placement, in a career to help pay that loan off, as they are an investor in that person after all.

    Education is something that can’t be sold off on auction for the creditor to recoup the money. So why should it be lowered or forgiven based on the original agreement. They signed the papers and they are big girls and boys aren’t they?

    I go back to the root of the problem. It’s not the loan rates it’s the perpetual increase in the cost of education. Its also the rather easy access to money both foreign and domestic. It’s the influx of foreign students who can come here and pay full price, and it’s our allowance to have them fill slots in the hope they will stay and be productive, many do but I believe most do not. (a guess)

    As sure as we have seen a bubble in housing that has still not corrected enough in many areas, we are seeing a education bubble. And lowering the rates doesn’t help it just delays. Students working at McDs with a masters in English or some other near useless degree is sad, but in the ever push to appease our children no one explained to them what they would be qualified to realistically earn after graduating or they failed to read journals on job and skill demands, again the fault of the person. After all if they went into a high demand field they would have the money to quickly pay their loans.
    To top it off, why kids don’t use the military for school assistance is beyond me. In many cases it can teach many of the self-absorbed narcissists something of service. actually provide for teaming in a interesting job, and give them money and free schooling.

    Once a contract is struck it must be honored by honest men, or the result is decay and erosion of trust.

  • Romney Backs Student Loan Proposal Obama Supports [Undercuts Many House Republicans]

    04/24/2012 8:54:43 AM PDT · 34 of 38
    light-bulb to muawiyah

    I 100% agree with the notion of not allowing the loan to be forgiven. Don’t you? After all if an adult made the conscious decision to take the easy path and get loans should they not be required to pay back that loan? As to the % of the note isn’t that up to what the market will bare? Perhaps if the government stopped backing 80% of loans we could see some various market solutions. Perhaps you’d see more investors actively trying to assist the student in finding slid placement, in a career to help pay that loan off, as they are an investor in that person after all.

    Education is something that can’t be sold off on auction for the creditor to recoup the money. So why should it be lowered or forgiven based on the original agreement. They signed the papers and they are big girls and boys aren’t they?

    I go back to the root of the problem. It’s not the loan rates it’s the perpetual increase in the cost of education. Its also the rather easy access to money both foreign and domestic. It’s the influx of foreign students who can come here and pay full price, and it’s our allowance to have them fill slots in the hope they will stay and be productive, many do but I believe most do not. (a guess)

    As sure as we have seen a bubble in housing that has still not corrected enough in many areas, we are seeing a education bubble. And lowering the rates doesn’t help it just delays. Students working at McDs with a masters in English or some other near useless degree is sad, but in the ever push to appease our children no one explained to them what they would be qualified to realistically earn after graduating or they failed to read journals on job and skill demands, again the fault of the person. After all if they went into a high demand field they would have the money to quickly pay their loans.
    To top it off, why kids don’t use the military for school assistance is beyond me. In many cases it can teach many of the self-absorbed narcissists something of service. actually provide for teaming in a interesting job, and give them money and free schooling.

    Once a contract is struck it must be honored by honest men, or the result is decay and erosion if trust.

  • Romney Backs Student Loan Proposal Obama Supports [Undercuts Many House Republicans]

    04/23/2012 9:54:20 PM PDT · 31 of 38
    light-bulb to muawiyah

    I understand why you think this. After all student loans are for the greater good right? They are used to promote valuable trades this nation is so deeply in need of.

    Perhaps we should give every student, black, white, asian hispanic all creeds the ability to go to school for anything they choose? Hell you and I will fund the whole thing. And every year that we do, we’ll see the rates at the colleges continue to increase. After all many schools are a free-market system right? So we keep raising rates until we can’t fill our metrics then we back down.

    Only problem with the above is it’s complete rubbish. How can the system back-down when free money keeps flowing in.

    We shouldn’t have zero interest loans for schools without a closed loop in place. But that means even more regulations. (Which I oppose) A closed loop meaning that the schools would have to maintain a consistent head count, costs should be reduced by 3-5% per year based on employee productivity gains. And the person who takes the loan MUST repay the loan, plus provide (N/2) of community service. Where N is the number of years they went to school using public funding. Sounds fair doesn’t it? Even a cripple can volunteer time at a library to tutor English, after-all they are college graduates!

    I do agree with your latter thoughts, but just saying having the “LOWEST POSSIBLE INTEREST RATES” is a scam waiting to happen and it happens every day.

    The market must be allowed to work and using public funds to fuel the furnace which provides funds to lobby and special interest is incestuous at best.

    Romney is doing what Romney does... Nothing. He leads on NOTHING, He proposes NOTHING, he runs the circles to make sure his answers will poll well, He is a damn disgrace to EVER have the (R) next to his name, and he is about as conservative as Jesus was a Nazi.

    Newt is it for the hope of not only the party but also of leadership. But I believe the party must be remade, and the reforging of principles burned and folded within the candidates, and rekindling of service before self to our nation.

    Honestly I can’t envision Romney being able to beat Obama. When the Dems start their targeted ads they won’t be nice, but they will probably be accurate. And the general mass of uninformed Americans are going to wonder how the candidates differ. This will be appealed by Obama agreeing that they really aren’t so different... and that it’s Good to see such progressive views from his friends across the isle... Then Obama will cater to the matters at hand and the need for swift action... He’ll appeal to the long cycle to come-up to speed with national matters... identify that he’s spent xx years in Federal service and understands how to get things done... communicate that Obamacare was the start... and now we’ll make it better... but we got it done... (similar I might add to our good friend from MA) I could go on-and-on... it’s going to play out like the above is my guess...

    People are blinded...

    Roll Back public student loans, force repayment, and do it now. Keep the loans only for specialty programs where we are deficient in filling jobs with candidates. Institute Trade schools, invigorate the need for community college at the STATE level, Have students work through school. There are a number of schools that do this as a method of internship/mentoring where students come out not only well armed to tackle the profession but damn near debt free, IT WORKS!

    That’s my .25 cents,

  • Gingrich says he personally made 35K from Freddie Mac

    12/21/2011 6:10:07 AM PST · 66 of 67
    light-bulb to NeilGus

    My point is a simple one.

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

    That is life in the beltway. I sell my “Knowledge” as well. Sure not quite the paycheck that Newt could draw but that is irrelevant. The Number shouldn’t matter.

    Your concern is that he sold influence, and if that was the commodity he was selling than that is what they paid for. It’s a private market. We do the same in business, we pay large dollars for sales people who bring influence. After all, a sales person sells products by relationships, similar to how Congress works on relationships.

    My point comes back to this.

    I want to know what he advocated for, was he anti-conservative values? What he or his firm was paid is irrelevant to me, as that was a private contract.

  • Gingrich says he personally made 35K from Freddie Mac

    12/20/2011 9:55:01 AM PST · 33 of 67
    light-bulb to ConfidentConservative

    Why in the world are so-called conservatives ATTACKING one-another? I have a suggestion for you... go start a business, hire 30 people who work for you. Pay their wages, benefits, and retirement... Then see how much “Profit” you’ll claim on your taxes.

    These games of our politics are just destroying our chances. Fight on the topics of government and policy! What a company or individual has made as a private Citizen... how is this relevant at all? Government retains consultants all the time.

    So... Who cares about what Newt Did or Didn’t make! Why does that matter! Talk about policy, budget, fiscal matters and how to grow the economy. What matters to me is what he positioned for while a consultant. Did he try to position a free home for all? What was he advocating? That matters.

    I’m on the fence regarding a candidate but I can tell you all this. Those candidates that resort to this type of tactic won’t get a cent of my money. I want leadership not High School drama.

    Shame on the candidates doing this attack style on their so called “friends”.

    I want to hear the foreign policy strategy, the investment strategy, the education policy, the energy policy, the private market strategy etc. Why don’t we just compare these things?

  • Gingrich says he personally made 35K from Freddie Mac

    12/20/2011 9:42:18 AM PST · 23 of 67
    light-bulb to hoosierham

    Well clearly some of us make too much then... Perhaps you can advise us all on what we should make? Perhaps you can also advise on how best to spread the wealth from some of us who make too much according to you?

    Seriously re-read what you said... if this is truly what you believe you may belong at Huffington post, expressing thoughts on how some people make more than you and it’s not fair...

    Your ratio is completely bogus. The reality is we should pay for the skill. The mail-room boy has been replaced by email, the shipping person outsourced to a company who can provide it for the least cost.

    Consultants provide value for their time. If they do not they don’t get retained further... however on the other hand... our supreme leader commands $25k for a plate of dinner and provides negative value... for it’s time you can’t ever get back...

    I’d suggest if you don’t make more than $35k/year, you need to change what you are doing. Granted if you are fixed income, disabled, SSI etc... well then that is another issue, whole other thread on that.

  • "Islamist-supporters infiltrate Obama Admin to subvert US security," reveals ex-CIA'er, Clare Lopez

    12/18/2011 6:11:32 AM PST · 17 of 43
    light-bulb to BCW

    I wouldn’t exactly advertise about being part of the IC... in general not a good practice I’d imagine.
    But besides that... I would likely concur with the rest of what you said to a T.

    Now the issue is, what exactly do we do?

    1.) Hope that some Crony GOP person gets in and restarts business as usual?
    2.) Watch as the Anti-christian initiatives that ravage our own government condemn Christians, continue to expand?
    3.) Bow our heads to our supreme leader once he is re-elected?

    What exactly are YOU (ALL) prepared to do?

    I can’t shake the very valuable lesson from “A Bug’s Life”. When the Ants finally realize that THEY are the producers, and THEY have the massive numbers behind them.

    Our politicians who we thought were being sent to conduct the work of the people, are instead being converted to the Status quo, they get indoctrinated into the world of corruption and literally get bought off.
    Instead the ruling class, conducts business that goes against our very rights as Americans, they try and counter OUR Constitution; or at the very least diminish the strength of our Beloved foundation of our society.

    What are WE willing to do about it?

    The question rolls through my mind every single day. There is no Lone Wolf in the end, only an American who believes that our rights are being stripped away, and the feeling of hopelessness as we watch our offspring grow into slavery by the continued corruption and government spending mandates imposed on all of us producers.

    Sure... I can donate my money to the potential presidential candidates... many of whom will not stand a chance, and many of whom are nearly guaranteed to promote the standard GOP stance, and keep Karl Rove employed...

    In my view though... we need a Constitutional Convention through Article V. And the people need to demand it.

    Thoughts?

  • Fed Warns Unemployment May Double Great Depression

    11/27/2011 8:25:27 AM PST · 84 of 104
    light-bulb to Waywardson

    You know for a long time I was too ignorant to fully comprehend the Fair tax. And I may still be somewhat on the entire national scale... but the more and more I think about this... the more I like it.

    I was for a Flax Tax before, but I never thought of the money that comes from overseas, crime, under-the-table money, etc... All of which Flat tax misses.

    I’m with you on a fair tax now though. I think a fair tax could really revitalize the economy. As long as it was created with an absolute rule that it could never be in addition to any other tax, it would give businesses a reason to invest.

    Thumbs up!

  • Fed Warns Unemployment May Double Great Depression

    11/27/2011 8:20:35 AM PST · 82 of 104
    light-bulb to central_va

    Just when we had some common ground on Tariffs which I actually found very valid! I like your concept of equal Tariffs.

    However, where we are polar opposites... I believe in the American people’s ability to overcome and adapt. I do believe that some are inherently lazy and don’t want to be retrained, and for them too bad. McD’s and WalMart are hiring, along with Farmers to pick fruit. But that is their choice as there are 1000’s of jobs between Doctor and an EE. (Frankly who’d choose to be a Doc right now... eek)

    I believe that given a reason we as a people can do anything.
    If by repetition you mean putting a washer on a bolt... no. It will end. Automation will improve, and improve; hell robots will soon remove Chinese workers as well. In fact look at FoxConn recently. (They make the Apple hardware) They have identified that they will be purchasing LOTS of robots.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/01/us-foxconn-robots-idUSTRE77016B20110801

    Liberals have complained for years how Apple doesn’t care about the low wage earners etc... So now... they won’t use human labor at all. It’s a real win-win isn’t it! Now 400,000 Chinese workers will be out-of-work. Bonus!

    The same has and will continue to happen here. However, once we have Robots replacing Chinese workers... then the next opportunity will be running robots as efficiently and cheaply as possible. That means cheap energy costs, cheap taxes etc. That means companies creating robots cheaply.

    Equilibrium is already starting to happen between the Chinese labor force and us. Factor in the cost of shipping and handling and it’s getting VERY close. So once the Chinese use Robots... well we can use robots...

    Making a few more pennies IS the point. The government and unions continue to lie to the people about how “unfair” it is to outsource... when instead they should be leading to create a modernized competitive work-force. And that means NEVER ceasing to learn, and never giving up on trying to improve oneself. The days when a Union worker would be paid more $ each year for doing the exact same thing are over. (In my opinion) Giving a raise for doing the exact same job is just bad business unless a competitive company is trying to hire your people. Why in the world would I pay someone more each year to do the same job? Jeez I actually think I should pay a person less each year to incentive them to grow!

    My 3 rules still hold true here. If the government gets the hell out of the way and allows us to unleash our creative American spirit we can completely change the world. But for now, many will stay on the side-lines believing it’s not worth the risk with so much uncertainty.

    Cheers,

  • Fed Warns Unemployment May Double Great Depression

    11/27/2011 8:20:26 AM PST · 81 of 104
    light-bulb to central_va

    Just when we had some common ground on Tariffs which I actually found very valid! I like your concept of equal Tariffs.

    However, where we are polar opposites... I believe in the American people’s ability to overcome and adapt. I do believe that some are inherently lazy and don’t want to be retrained, and for them too bad. McD’s and WalMart are hiring, along with Farmers to pick fruit. But that is their choice as there are 1000’s of jobs between Doctor and an EE. (Frankly who’d choose to be a Doc right now... eek)

    I believe that given a reason we as a people can do anything.
    If by repetition you mean putting a washer on a bolt... no. It will end. Automation will improve, and improve; hell robots will soon remove Chinese workers as well. In fact look at FoxConn recently. (They make the Apple hardware) They have identified that they will be purchasing LOTS of robots.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/01/us-foxconn-robots-idUSTRE77016B20110801

    Liberals have complained for years how Apple doesn’t care about the low wage earners etc... So now... they won’t use human labor at all. It’s a real win-win isn’t it! Now 400,000 Chinese workers will be out-of-work. Bonus!

    The same has and will continue to happen here. However, once we have Robots replacing Chinese workers... then the next opportunity will be running robots as efficiently and cheaply as possible. That means cheap energy costs, cheap taxes etc. That means companies creating robots cheaply.

    Equilibrium is already starting to happen between the Chinese labor force and us. Factor in the cost of shipping and handling and it’s getting VERY close. So once the Chinese use Robots... well we can use robots...

    Making a few more pennies IS the point. The government and unions continue to lie to the people about how “unfair” it is to outsource... when instead they should be leading to create a modernized competitive work-force. And that means NEVER ceasing to learn, and never giving up on trying to improve oneself. The days when a Union worker would be paid more $ each year for doing the exact same thing are over. (In my opinion) Giving a raise for doing the exact same job is just bad business unless a competitive company is trying to hire your people. Why in the world would I pay someone more each year to do the same job? Jeez I actually think I should pay a person less each year to incentive them to grow!

    My 3 rules still hold true here. If the government gets the hell out of the way and allows us to unleash our creative American spirit we can completely change the world. But for now, many will stay on the side-lines believing it’s not worth the risk with so much uncertainty.

    Cheers,

  • Fed Warns Unemployment May Double Great Depression

    11/27/2011 7:52:51 AM PST · 79 of 104
    light-bulb to Cringing Negativism Network

    I suppose I’ve always seen competition as predatory. After-all I want to drive my competition out-of-business.

    I do like Central_Va’s point on Tariffs though, I think it’s very fair for us to have the same % as our trading partners. If they want to have a high Tariff we mirror it. I’d suspect that would help balance things out over time, though it would still be some pain in the short-term.

    Happy Sunday!

  • Fed Warns Unemployment May Double Great Depression

    11/27/2011 7:37:17 AM PST · 74 of 104
    light-bulb to central_va

    Just to make sure I understand... are you commenting on my quote:

    “Sorry for the long reply, but your model of protectionism would only lead to one thing. The destruction of profitable companies and instead the replacement by Union and government connected companies. You may as well say you want Fascism to help save the day.”

    I’m not sure how you took that and thought that somehow I implied any tariffs or levies to be Fascist? That is not at all what I was saying.

    Instead my point was one about protectionism and what could easily happen in our society. (In my opinion)
    Companies who are the best connected politically, or Unions that could influence the government etc, would be the companies who succeed in a closed economy approach. (Which my comment was targeting-The previous poster saying massive Tariffs to effectively create a non-competitive marketplace)

    There should always be some fee imposed on imports as it costs us money to provide for the infrastructure to access buyers, but it shouldn’t be put in place to stop competition!

    Cheers,

  • Fed Warns Unemployment May Double Great Depression

    11/27/2011 6:49:48 AM PST · 53 of 104
    light-bulb to Cringing Negativism Network

    Please don’t talk like a liberal.

    Back your opinion up with fact else you look like a fool.

    Yes certainly we are importing more than we export, but sadly that is life. A truly free market means FREE. Companies should look at the best way to make more profit. Those profits keep the company moving forward, and competitive in a global market. (Sometimes it’s still not enough with foreign companies getting government money)

    We do export lots of products. My company alone is exporting close to $10B/year. That’s one company.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/business/economy/12charts.html

    I understand many people have lost their jobs. But the bottom line is this... low skill jobs need to go wherever the jobs can be done the cheapest. If I can train a person to do a job in a couple months... well that’s a low-skill job.

    The true way out of the problems we face are easier than the government would have us sheep believe.
    Companies want 3 things:

    1.) Certainty
    2.) Competitive Tax profile
    3.) Skilled reliable workers

    1.) If we put certainty in the Government... that no additional taxes, levies or penalties for success would be implemented things would get better. (Imagine if the next president pushed though a plan to lock in place through congress of course a static plan to cap all Taxes, to cut the rate to 10% then... and this is key... RAISE taxes by 2% every year for 4 years) This would give companies a reason to move NOW. Not stay on the sidelines. A well communicated Plan give us certainty.

    2.) Lower corporate taxes. (Mentioned above) I’d actually advocate the elimination of the corporate federal tax.

    3.) Create a new school system from our community colleges. This school system would be devoted to Tech&Trades and heavily promote apprenticeship programs.

    If someone wants a meaningless 2 or 4 year degree in Liberal Arts... that’s on their dime.

    Sorry for the long reply, but your model of protectionism would only lead to one thing. The destruction of profitable companies and instead the replacement by Union and government connected companies. You may as well say you want Fascism to help save the day.

    You want to really change the game... apply an export tax to agriculture. Make it an index that tracks various imports. :) A food for oil trade! /sarc

    Cheers,

  • Social Security Now Officially in the Red

    10/30/2011 9:25:39 AM PDT · 106 of 137
    light-bulb to Reagan69

    As the indians would say...

    It is a good day to die...

    Should that ever come to pass I would expect every true patriot to rise up and do what is necessary.

    I can’t see them even suggest this though.

  • Obama Calls People Earning $250,000 a Year 'Jet Owners'

    06/29/2011 3:07:00 PM PDT · 49 of 53
    light-bulb to muawiyah

    Because insider trading is 100% legal for our representatives...

    I mean if I knew who was going to be awarded contracts before they let, or if I knew what real-estate to buy because I was passing a law... etc etc.

    Most of them are crooks, all parties. Term-Limits is the only possible option, and get rid of their lifetime pensions for a term.

    Boiling mad is what this makes me.

    My wife pull in a bit over 250k per year. We can’t afford to buy a damn house, we drive a old Honda, and an old Toyota, and we try to save for our futures by investing our money so we know we don’t have to depend on the government. We are clearly the enemy. When your house payment can be 3-5K/month, your property taxes 10k/year... what the heck is 250k good for?

    We can’t fly first class, we look for the best priceline tickets when we get a chance to take a vacation.

    The issue is simple... THE GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM.

  • Teen assaulted in Five Points; Teen’s condition critical after attack by four men

    06/24/2011 5:06:51 AM PDT · 30 of 91
    light-bulb to AndyJackson

    This is why mob justice is still reasonable... :)
    I say... get some rope, get a couple strong trees, bust down the door to the Sheriff/Police department grab these fellas right by the scruff of their neck and hang them high! (This sentence is written only in parody... I’d never condone this nor say it should be done... ...)
    Justice served... but more importantly the other youth will see this intolerance and guess what, they are going to think twice about it.

    Long prison sentences do nothing. The monsters come out of prison with no skills, and they have no way to adapt. Again a reason why folks were shipped to islands to serve out their term. To get them OUT of society.

  • Sarah Palin wants to terminate all energy subsidies, including ethanol

    05/31/2011 3:57:33 PM PDT · 91 of 245
    light-bulb to SeeSac

    Thanks for the correction. You are dead-on. I really meant E15. It’s the new standard people are asking for now blended with all Gasoline. It’s enough to cause damage to vehicles.

    Thank you much!

  • Sarah Palin wants to terminate all energy subsidies, including ethanol

    05/31/2011 3:47:26 PM PDT · 79 of 245
    light-bulb to ichabod1

    Like the way you think! Natural Gas for Cars/Trucks... I’d add Nuclear for Homes/Business Electricity, and cross your fingers for Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat if it works... we’ll all have distributed Electricity in our Homes.

    The tanks are absolutely solvable in cars. And you can go a very long way if the tank is large enough. In fact... this would put a + to driving a larger SUV that can hold a bigger tank and add more protection.

    We have literally 100’s of years of Natural Gas and by the time Super Capacitors are there, and High Efficiency Solar Panels are there (15-25 years).

    Natural Gas is damn near perfect.

  • Sarah Palin wants to terminate all energy subsidies, including ethanol

    05/31/2011 3:42:18 PM PDT · 74 of 245
    light-bulb to DannyTN

    Ethanol is made by processing corn. Corn we use to eat. Not only is corn literally in everything we consume, it’s also used in the raising of livestock the world over.

    What the subsidy does is allow a corn farmer to sell at a higher price with a safer margin of error because it’s backended by the gubmint.

    Now here is the catch...

    They are talking about wanting to jump to 15% Ethanol now. E85? I’m sure you’ve heard of this. None of my vehicles can use it, as it will destroy some of the plumbing in older vehicles. (1997 Landcruiser) So that’s kind of a big negative.

    But the largest issues is the net-negative to get Ethanol out of the ground.

    It takes massive amounts of water irrigation (fresh water) that we literally spend to fill up our vehicles, and the qty of Diesel used to farm the corn adds a huge tax on the ethanol efficiency that no gubmint report includes. oops...

    If you’d like to know more:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/029076_ethanol_fuel.html

    And a VERY good article comparing various ethanols...
    http://techfarm.blogspot.com/2008/05/efficiency-of-ethanol-is-it-worth.html

    Ethanol was a gift to the farmers, and has been a massive sham on the American public.

    End subsidies... end them now!
    OPEC is just screwing the world right now, they have turned down production yet the speculators are driving the cost.
    Fix the issue... Drill... Drill NOW, and use every form of energy you can without subsidy. Fast track research into Thorium reactors, and start building Nuclear plants.

    Thats my take. :) YMMV

  • Alleged victim: Priests used me as a child sex slave

    03/26/2011 6:14:59 AM PDT · 34 of 34
    light-bulb to TxDas

    I can’t think of anything better than arranging there meeting with god sooner than later. Simply no place for them on Earth.

    It’s odd to me that many religions turn a blind-eye or a hidden eye to this. I remember a Youth pastor at a previous Baptist church, who would care and support the young girls, all the way to 18 building up all the trust while they are early teenagers then once they were legal we found out all kinds of things happening to these girls. By the law it was legal, even though he was married with 5 kids of his own, but by principle any person can see he abused his place to get emotionally attached when they are their most vulnerable.
    What did the church do... tried to hide it, kept is close to just the deacons... the youth pastor was also the son of the pastor...
    So to support the flock, they hid it and made sure they sternly talked to the man, and made him take a job elsewhere...
    What a wicked world we live in.

  • Alleged victim: Priests used me as a child sex slave

    03/25/2011 3:30:01 PM PDT · 9 of 34
    light-bulb to dangus

    Bullet in the brain.

    Dust to dust.

    We have never dealt seriously enough with Priests, Pastors, Scout leaders etc. They need to be held to higher standard and that standard should have no sway.

    There is NO re-conditioning these folks. A bullet is much too easy for them in my opinion. But it’s cheap.

  • Is Apple iPhone slower than Google’s Android?

    03/22/2011 6:03:01 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    light-bulb to Melas

    While to the normal user they appear similar they aren’t. Android has numerous flaws in the way the OS is designed. Apple, while many give them grief, designed a very good OS in iOS. It’s actually quite secure, and in the closed system of Apple it holds it’s own very well. It’s only when people jailbreak that things start to go wrong.

    I don’t actually own an iPhone, nor do I own a Android. I am a blackberry user. However I’ve lab tested both devices for a government customer in the N. VA area. I know what it takes to secure both.

    It’s actually funny I don’t have an iPhone for the one feature ATT is screwing it’s customers over. Tethering. If ATT would open up the use of hotspot and not soak me for another $20/month I would have an iPhone.

  • Is Apple iPhone slower than Google’s Android?

    03/19/2011 6:59:33 AM PDT · 7 of 12
    light-bulb to Erik Latranyi

    FYI... this was a complete bogus test. This has been discussed all over the net. Bottom line is they used a certain “plug-in” inside the web browser on the Android, then used that standard Safari browser without the plugin. Effectively the plug-in was a cache.
    So yes it’s biased.

    While technically perhaps an Android powered phone could be faster, it’s also highly dependent on the specs. There is no getting around the fact that iPhone is a closed eco-system. Yet you still have massive apps to download, even if they all have to be vetted through Apple.
    The issue is that the Android market is so fragmented with every vendor having their own little tweaks that the “open” market they tout is just rubbish.
    I also love the fact that some tests don’t have a problem with taking current gen phones and comparing to the iPhone that is what a year old?
    This then becomes an argument on “when” to get into the technology buying curve. If you use iPhone, a new iPhone will likely be your replacement. And I will tell everyone this. The new iPhone will be superior the current generation of phones that are by then a year old... amazing ehh.

  • SK (Baptist) pastor arrested on child rape charges

    02/19/2011 12:56:28 PM PST · 22 of 27
    light-bulb to kitkat

    Sorry if it was misdirected. The person posting multiple things against Baptists this morning is really where this was aimed.
    It’s too bad regardless. This has nothing to do with who has the most money, it’s just the fact of sin being part of all man.

  • SK (Baptist) pastor arrested on child rape charges

    02/19/2011 6:31:03 AM PST · 7 of 27
    light-bulb to kitkat

    Thank you for being such a strong christian. It’s these petty destructive things that harm the kingdom and believers regardless of ideology. Do you actually think this help the rest of society when they see this type of in-fighting?

    I will pray for you to seek wisdom and understanding as you humiliate the family of God to all.

  • Jordan's king sacks Cabinet amid street protests

    02/01/2011 7:15:54 AM PST · 26 of 49
    light-bulb to Eye of Unk

    I’d be surprised if Iran makes it through the year as we know it. Iran has been on a teetering point for some time. The people are ready for change and a shift. The youth want a revolution. What we very well may see is a complete destabilization followed by a combining of a UMS. (United Muslim States) Historically this could never happen too much bad blood, however the youth may have thrown out some historical basis and try to move forward.

    There will be blood. Lots of blood...

    I do believe we are in for some chop, it’s going to be a ride.

  • Patrick declares state of emergency in Mass.

    12/27/2010 7:03:20 AM PST · 31 of 58
    light-bulb to griswold3

    I think they are all timed based on the Eclipse on a Winter Solstice. Ok, so no scientific proof here but just for giggles go back and see when the last Full Eclipse on a Winter Solstice took place... and look at the mini-ice age it was in. I know conspiracy abounds...

  • Sickening Hypocrisy: Former Terrorist Bernardine Dohrn Smears Tea Partiers As Violent Terrorists

    11/10/2010 5:34:17 AM PST · 13 of 21
    light-bulb to Eric in the Ozarks

    Bullet... Brain...

    That’s what terrorists and our enemies deserve...

    But instead we’ll just put them up in the White House.

  • Fed says Congress needs better growth plan (Fed to Washington: get your act together)

    11/09/2010 7:38:55 AM PST · 15 of 18
    light-bulb to irish_links

    Well... here’s a few ideas. I know I’m no Uncle Ike... but here goes...

    Take all State and Federal pensions and transition to be replaced completely by SSI. Yup Draconian. Those pulling down 6 figure incomes from us will be replaced by SSI. Transition them to allow selling assets to prepare for the austerity.

    Allow nationwide corporate insurance companies. Open up all competition for health care. Repeal Ocare, and medicare... yup... I said it. Have the individual responsible for selecting their level of care on the open market and give individuals on medicare currently a credit to buy the minimal coverage. While giving the individual choice about the programs he/she may want to join for the extra care, paid for by either retirement/ssi etc.

    Taxes... while easy to say... are hard to implement. But we can do better. No more progressive taxation, institute a flat tax that is equal for all Americans.
    Because we will have a flat system remove taxation of corporate entities. (Corporate dividends for individuals would be taxed as normal, as would the taxation of selling stocks/bonds)

    Remove Welfare. Instead institute a program that provides room and board for a full days work. Those who are seniors, handicap, special needs etc have no exemption, find something for them.

    Institute a pay for children tax credit that helps rewards people who have children. Only for people who receive no public welfare, or government assistance. We are going to need lots of children in 30 years to help drive the economic machine and we need to start thinking about this now. These micro families we are having will be a real issue for us. Healthy homes and strong footing help raise children in many cases. This isn’t a slam dunk, but it’s a start. If one parent would be removed from the work force for raising the child it would be nice to reward that decision since so much revolves around the family unit.

    Institute Gold as the backing for the reserve again. Get back to something that is tangible and credible.

    Open up Offshore drilling, ANWR, remove the red tape for Nuclear reactor building, offer companies a subsidized zero interest loan for reactors. (Cap the profit on electricity by allowing those companies (who take the loan) 10% profit) This is easy to say hard to institute since government contracts normally are horribly written and allow run-away costs. We don’t want cost+, we want fixed price+.
    Create the same program for Hydroelectric dams. Encourage them, and support them.

    Remove all subsidy in Solar and Wind. Wait until the commercial market researches improved battery and storage mechanisms, and incentivize them to do so.

    There are far too many to list but wholesale remove about 60% of federal departments. Consolidate the intelligence community. Build and invest in military hardware. Expand 10x special operator units and decrease the standing military. Most fights are going to be small conflicts which need highly trained operators. Invest more into the Navy and Air Force, and shut down many standing army bases around the world.

    Return a large portion of Federal property. Sell it to Families, and individuals first. Then allow larger portions in certain areas to be sold for development etc. Give American’s back what they had in the beginning, a place to build their dreams and a chance to own property if they are lawful tax paying citizens. (Perhaps a heavy discount if served in the military)

    I think I could go on and on... I’m really more interested in what others would contribute. I’m sure some of my above will strike a chord.

    Of course saying the above would never get a person elected...

  • No link found between vaccine mercury and autism

    09/13/2010 6:21:52 AM PDT · 17 of 31
    light-bulb to silverleaf

    Whats even more odd... is that it’s not just thimerosal...

    My son was born very healthy, in fact perhaps too much so, he has a hyper-active immune system and one of the issue that often comes along with that is allergies. Nut, Egg, Milk (Two specific proteins).

    Now what the drug manufacturers don’t publish well, is the fact that Peanut is often used as a transport mechanism, Egg is often used for culture. So... imagine a child who was given an injection into the blood supply of something that he is deathly allergic to? For us we have to carry an Epi-pen wherever we go.
    Maybe it’s autism, maybe it’s something else I don’t know. But what I do know is it’s damn good we didn’t vaccinate though yes we prayed on it (One of those Bible huggers) and we decided to wait until age 2.

    Now, knowing full well his allergies what does a parent do?

    Extremely fortunate that we did wait, because we wouldn’t have known his allergens so early until he was tested.

    I’m an engineer so I won’t play doctor, but I know it’s not just Thimerosal, there is more to it in my opinion. Mercury isn’t good, but putting allergens into the blood stream depending on a persons severity to allergies would be an interesting study... Just don’t sign up my children.

  • Can Europe Survive Its Population Plunge? (Auto-Genocide -- or Geno-Suicide -- of a Civililation)

    08/21/2010 7:47:19 AM PDT · 18 of 111
    light-bulb to Mrs. Don-o

    I’ve often wondered if China will face the same fate. They have survived for thousands of years but their relatively new policies around 1 child per family, which in turn has created a massive number of Males (Well, who survive) will create what I believe will be a pandemic of similar proportions.
    That many males with so few females will likely become (Female like), and the few women may want to look outside of their own pool of candidates. It’s like a continual chain of events.

    Search for “Muslim Demographics” on youtube. I’d urge everyone to watch the top link. Very interesting.

  • Apple obtains exclusive rights to custom, super-durable metal alloy

    08/21/2010 6:37:49 AM PDT · 92 of 96
    light-bulb to itsahoot

    Sorry mate my response was directed towards someone who mentioned Rearden Metal. The whole premise was how the leeches of society deemed that Hank Rearden (who invented through massive investment of R&D) shouldn’t have the sole capability to use the metal. They (Government and leeches) then forced him to give the patent to other companies so they could compete.

    Nothing aggravates me greater. A company should have sole ownership of any creation they invent, and only if they CHOOSE should that be allowed to be created by another. In this case Apple is doing something I consider brilliant and very forward looking. It’s not free, it’s cost them a load of money... but it will pay dividends... I’m sure of that.

    Cheers,

  • Breaking: Fox News Reports Compromise May Be in Works for Ground Zero Mosque

    08/20/2010 6:59:04 AM PDT · 132 of 143
    light-bulb to tet68

    Good point... or he’ll say this is a shovel ready job that will save millions from potentially losing their job, in fact... the way I see it this thing could be a savior!

  • Breaking: Fox News Reports Compromise May Be in Works for Ground Zero Mosque

    08/20/2010 6:53:11 AM PDT · 131 of 143
    light-bulb to pnh102

    Build it in hell... It’s got a better ring to it.

  • Apple obtains exclusive rights to custom, super-durable metal alloy

    08/12/2010 8:25:29 PM PDT · 19 of 96
    light-bulb to Oberon

    You know how that ended... no one company should have the sole right to this... it’s just too good! :)

  • Unemployment drives more home sellers to cut price

    08/11/2010 5:40:46 AM PDT · 28 of 33
    light-bulb to Proud_USA_Republican

    Something else that is quite telling...

    if you take the historical mean family income from 1890 and overlay it on your chart you’ll see something pretty shocking.

    Oddly enough during booms pay doesn’t peak like housing yet people were still buying expensive homes... I guess the formula for how much you could buy with your income must have magically changed during these booms. :)

    We never should have allowed ANYONE to buy a home without 20% down. Loans should only be fixed rate term 15 or 30 years. That’s it. Just that alone would more than likely have kept us out of any housing crisis. It also means more stability in the housing sector.

    Good post I used that same chart against my wife and her family and friends in 2005 to not buy a home in Virginia, but to wait. I was called all kinds of irresponsible, and crazy, etc... But oddly enough funny thing happened since then. :)

  • Treasury's Geithner Says Ending Tax Cuts For Wealthy Won't Harm Economy

    07/25/2010 3:50:19 PM PDT · 35 of 51
    light-bulb to businessprofessor

    Professor, you come very close to hitting the mark. I agree with all your sentiment except your closing.

    “truly needy”?

    If you haven’t see how this works in every other system, it’s nothing but a content on who can be the most pathetic and needy. It literally creates a bias for those who can appear to “need” the most.

    If people have family, let them live with family, if people have hands let them work for their pay, and if people can’t eat because of either than join a volunteer group that will cover room/board and work your way up.

    Americans started with nothing; grit and determination and the will to persevere through the struggles of barely getting by with our eyes on the prize. Now what the vast majority have become are nothing more than children needing to be coddled and swaddled so they can have their daily bread.

    Flat tax, and equal tax for all.