Why Palin reads ALL the newspapers

I think this is what happens.  Someone out to get Ted Stevens takes these on-line newspapers.  They are taken and dropped onto the internet like its a truck, and they are doing this to block up the tubes so that he can’t get his internet for a few days.

Well when everything gets sorted out, all these on-line newspapers that were dumped on the internet tubes end up at Palin’s computer.  Now Palin gets surprised by this because they aren’t flagging the molecules so she doesn’t know they are coming, and that is why she had trouble answering Katie Couric this time.

If you don’t get the references, check out my previous post.

-Josh

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McCain’s tired line against health care

When in his life was he not covered by government health care.  While as a POW – although you could make the case he was covered by government health care, but it was very antagonistic.

He was son of a military man, then a military man until he retired in April 1981.  After that he was elected to Congress in 1982, so he would have joined Congress in January 1983.  So his years as a POW (about five and a half years), and maybe 21 months in the early 80s is the extent of his life where he didn’t have US government run health insurance (or about 10% of his 72 years of life).

Now the line that pisses me off, is that he talks about how he doesn’t want government to get in between you and your doctor on your health issues.  This is where he is so, so out of touch with the majority of Americans.  See if he had private insurance at any time in the last 25 years, he would have learned that the relationship between patient and doctor has a 800 pound gorilla in the room, the insurance company.

So John McCain should get off his idealogical high horse that approaches health care from a point that government can’t do anything better – ask a senior just waiting to qualify for Medicare – than private insurance and face reality that Americans, that don’t have congressional health care, have to work around the private insurance rules.

-Josh

So far McCain seems to be a one trick pony

We must contain spending, we have a spending problem.  That is what I have been hearing in the first half hour of the debate.  He didn’t address Obama’s question about his proposed tax cuts which are estimated at $400 billion (see below from WSJ) and how that will square with the estimated $18 billion in savings from no more earmarks.

In all, his tax-cutting proposals could cost about $400 billion a year, according to estimates of the impact of different tax cuts by CBO and the McCain campaign. The cost will make it difficult for him to achieve his goal of balancing the budget by the end of his first term.

-Josh

Norm Coleman shows his knowledge on economics

Here in Minnesota we get the chance to vote for two heavy weights on economics, John McCain and Norm Coleman.

Last week, September 15, 2008, McCain said this:

But in case you were worried that the down ticket candidates wouldn’t be as insightful on economics issues.  Norm Coleman was quoted in the Mankato Free Press as saying this:

U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman said the massive government bailout of failing financial institutions is not only necessary but could make money for the federal government.

“The government could make 10 or 20 times what it pays on this, possibly,” Coleman said during a campaign stop at Christy’s Cafe in North Mankato Saturday morning.

I mean with that sort of return, why aren’t investors lining up to buy these financial institutions?  Is the government the only one that see such a great deal out there, or is it only Norm Coleman?

-Josh

Alaskan Politicians – science is not their friend

You may remember Senator Ted Stevens and his Internet Tubes, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck, but in case you forgot, here it is:

You can read a transcript of it on a Wired blog here.

Well now Sarah Palin in calling for export bans, you have her talking about the inability to flag molecules.

Here is the transcript copied from Kevin Drum’s blog.

“Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first. So, I believe that what Congress is going to do also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans who get stuck holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It’s got to flow into our domestic markets first.”

According to Wikipedia a molecule is:

In chemistry, a molecule is defined as a sufficiently stable electrically neutral group of at least two atoms in a definite arrangement held together by very strong chemical bonds. It can also be defined as a unit of two or more atoms held together by covalent bonds.

Now I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure no one can, nor would, track where oil molecules are going.

Going beyond the molecule trackers, the answer is pretty muddled.  Definitely not sounding like an expert on energy to me.

If you want to read further about will an export ban on Alaska oil work, the Seattle Times has a great article on this topic back in 2005.

Update:

Apparently John McCain is aware that the internet is not a series of tubes, but in his appearance on the Daily Show confesses he does not want to disillusion Ted Stevens.

So if you are embarrassingly wrong and foolish, John McCain will leave you hanging.  He is kind of lucky that Joe Lieberman has his back on the Sunni-Shia regarding Iran and al Qaeda confusion.

-Josh

SPCO concert review – Sept 13, 2008

I feel like I finally got my fix, it has been two months since I have seen live classical music performed.  I think I was going into withdrawal.  Looking at my schedule next week, I have to say that I am going to look like a junkie with 4 days in a row of live music!

So on to tonight – the artistic partner for this weekend’s program was Robert Abbado and the featured soloist was pianist Peter Serkin.  Here is the program:

  • Stravinsky – Concerto in D for Strings
  • Stravinsky – Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • Wuorinen – Flying to Kahani
  • Haydn – Symphony No. 103, Drum Roll

I really like the bookends to this program, the first Stravinsky piece and the Haydn Symphony.  To my ears, the Concerto in D was not as conventional as much of the classical repertoire, but it was still very enjoyable.  The second Stravinsky piece was very similiar to what you would hear in 12 tone by Arnold Schoenberg.  The piece by Wuorinen is another 12 tone work and neither of these were as pleasing to my ears.

At intermission I chatted with my friend Egil (or Bravo Man) and he thought the Movements for Piano and Orchestra wasn’t played very well, and he enjoyed the Wuorinen.

After intermission it was just the Haydn Symphony.  It was very enjoyable from beginning to end.  This particular symphony is on of the 12 London Symphonies composed by Haydn.  It opened with a very distinctive timpani solo, the reason it is called Drum Roll, and continued on from there.  I was a bit suprised that the concertmaster, Steven Copes, was acknowledged as a soloist before the timpanist, but from my vantage in the left back corner of the orchestra I didn’t have good view of Steven’s solo work (thinking quantity).

It looks like Abaddo and Serkin have combined on the Wuorinen piece before.  You can see reviews of the SPCO concert program in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

Besides the actual concert performance, I have some other comments on the experience and musicians.  First, I used Club 2030, but it was a bit more complicated than last time.  A friend of mine who happens to be in a wheelchair was to join me.  The SPCO holds tickets for concertgoers who are in wheelchairs and their companions.  However, because the spots are locked, you need to call the ticket office to access the tickets with the Club 2030 discount, rather than on-line.  At first the ticket office staff wanted to direct me to the on-line ordering, but I was persistent, pointing out that the seats I needed to purchase were not available on-line because they were locked.

I also noticed the both Shane Kim and Kathryn Bennett were back playing with the SPCO.  Shane had played with the Minnesota Orchestra all last season, and Kathryn seemed to be with Minnesota Orchestra for most of the end of last season.  I ran into to Shane on the street after the concert and he informed me that he will be performing with both Orchestras this season.  I also ran into Bernhard Scully, principal horn, after the concert.  I have never talked to him before, but he was very personable, introducing himself, asking if I go to other concerts, and telling me to say hi next time I see him.  I also remember hearing from someone that he was a Minneapolis South High graduate (like myself) and he confirmed it – class of ’95.

Speaking of fellow South High alums, my sister’s friend Sarah was sitting down the row from me.  She is in her early 30s and really enjoyed her seats via Club 2030 (and the music) and looks forward to the free Enso Quartet concert next Saturday that was offered to Club 2030 members.

Please don’t judge me!

Or a least, never be the judge that I have to face.

Tim TIngelstad is running for Supreme Court Justice in Minnesota, he made it through the primary process (2 of 3) and will face incumbent Justice Paul H Anderson in the general election.

Now it is very likely that Paul Anderson will remain a Supreme Court Justice, but I want to point out why I am concerned about Tim Tingelstad.

First there is his Gideon’s Army web page,

The same is true of the people of God today.  We the people of God, have done evil in the sight of the Lord, as we have allowed generations of our children to turn from knowing and worshiping the true God, to accepting the new religion of the day, Secular Humanism.  Today’s Secular Humanists, like the Midianites, appear to have the upper hand in our culture.  When we sow the seeds of faith from God’s Word into our children, the Secular Humanists come against us and destroy the crops by teaching against the things of God in our schools.  The people of God are being told to retreat into the caves and dens of our church buildings and homes.  The primary weapons used by the Secular Humanists have been our schools and our courts, which have indoctrinated the people into a belief in a false wall of separation between church and state.

Now this pisses me of, which is probably no surprise to anyone.  First, I am probably a Secular Humanist, and I don’t like being blamed for things, especially when I think they are baseless accusations.  Second, how does Tingelstad know that he the one hearing God’s Word?  I mean there are so many types of Christians, many that think other so-called Christians are not Christians, how the heck is anyone supposed to know which one is right.  Is this some sort of perverse joke by God to have religious diversity be an evolutionary attempt at religious belief to find the strongest faith?  I just don’t get it.  And what is wrong with allowing all faiths to thrive in the private sphere, why does it have to be in the public sphere where the tyranny of the majority (apparently the Secular Humanists these days) may stifle smaller faith groups?

Then there are the prayer clocks, these stun me regularly.  It is almost as bad as Stuart Sheperd asking people to pray for it to rain on Obama’s acceptance speech at the DNC.

Please select and sign up for a daily 5 minute time period to commit to pray for Tim Tingelstad and his 2008 campaign for the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for the Primary on September 9th, that people will exercise their right to vote, and that Tim will get the votes necessary to proceed to the general election.
  • That we will get volunteers to work our booth at the MN State Fair.
  • For people willing to participate and contribute to additional Liberty Auctions around MN.
  • That we can get volunteers to make phone calls to spread the word about our campaign message.
  • For people to sign the petition and for people to gather signatures from others.
  • For people to commit to pray daily for Tim’s campaign and to preserve the people’s right to vote in Minnesota.

If there is a God, do you really think that he is taking interest in an smaller election like this?  Is setting up people to pray (sort of like lobbying) that God help this one candidate.  How about pray for world peace or ending world hunger?

What I do get, is that many Minnesotans will not have heard the same Word from God as Tingelstad, whether they are other types of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or Atheists.  I don’t want someone with such a worldview, to make decisions, crucial judicial decisions for our varied citizenry!

-Josh

Is the McCain-Palin ticket the true change line up?

Well at the top of the ticket we have seen much change.  McCain was against the Bush tax cuts, but now favors making them permanent.  McCain was calling the religious right “agents of intolerance”, but later embraced their support.

On the lower half of the ticket, Palin was for the “bridge to nowhere” before she was against it.  She was supporting Ted Stevens before she distanced her self from him.

I think they are ticket of change, change their minds, forget their previous position.  Maybe we can call them the Amnesia Ticket because they are counting on Americans forgetting their original positions.

-Josh

So I can raise my arm above my head – what does that mean?

The most bizarre piece of information from the 3 days of speeches at the RNC was John McCain cannot raise his arms over his head.

We all know he was a POW, and as a POW he was tortured.  Do we really need to learn all the physical limitations that torture has caused him?  I don’t know why we had to hear about it from multiple speakers.

-Josh

Republicans equal “we hate taxes”

Definitely the theme on the 3rd day of the RNC is pro-business, anti tax, and anti regulation.  Openning with former CEOs of eBay and Hewlett Packard, both who happen to be women, to lead this theme.  Clearly they are going pushing the idea that taxes hurt corporations, that lower individual taxes mean more money in your pocket.

Of course, from my point of view, which is 180 from these people, that this overlooks what taxation can do if wielded wisely to help people, like Social Security or Medicare.  Not to corporations that extort local governments for corporate welfare, which is where I think Republicans in general prefer our tax dollars to go.

-Josh

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