Posted on: February 12, 2009 1:56 pm
 

I am going to save your life...I promise.

How do you save a life? There a couple of ways to look at it. Suppose there is a certain impending crisis that if left untreated will cause death. If you intercede, you have saved a life. The measurable is pretty simple here and not at all abstract. The person was critically ill or injured and now they are not. I trust you all agree with that definition.

Another way look at it is to say the person is at risk but does not have an impending crisis that will guarantee the outcome of death. An example would be asking someone to put on their safety belt. Presumably by doing so that person saved a life by prevention of an impending crisis that may or may not occur. The data has to be inferred from previous data. Before seat belts the death rate was X and now it is Y. The difference is inferred to be the result of safety belt use (and other safety devices but let's keep it relatively simple.) Everyone agree so far?

So how do you save a job? Obama says he is going to save jobs - 3.5 million of them. Politicians always say this so he is not unique in this claim. How do you measure success? Think about it. If there are 100 million jobs in the US on a given date and a year later there are 100 million jobs. How many were saved? Is it 3.5 million or 100 million? What actions were implemented and how can we be sure they had any impact on the total number of jobs? What if the programs designed to protect jobs actually destroyed economic growth such that there are still 100 million jobs but there could have been 103 million jobs had nothing been done? Is that success?

This administration, like all others, will claim they have saved or even created jobs when the next election comes around, of this you can be sure. But can you be confident in their claims? How do you measure a one time event? They will deluge us with all kinds of facts and figures to support this claim. Consider this (continuing my example from above), if the total number of jobs is now at 103 million can Obama claim success? The knee jerk is absolutely yes. But hold on. What if the Gross Domestic Product goes down with the new work force? Likewise the earnings and spending potential goes down? Is this success? I don't think so and neither do the economists. So be careful friends when the claims of job savings and creation start to come out in the coming years.

Remember...If it smells like foot and tastes like a foot then why is it in your mouth?

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Wake Forrest
 
Posted on: February 12, 2009 8:35 am
 

You want me to wear this???

We all have fragile egos. We want to be accepted if not loved by all. In personal relationships women and men are both fragile. Especially true around a Hallmark holiday like Valentines Day. For the single, not-involved man or woman it is a time of sadness, of longing, a recognition of something is missing. Or perhaps it is a time of reaffirmation in your decisions to be without a significant other. Possibly you are still reeling from an encounter that left you hurt.

If you are in a relationship it can be even worse. Pressure is applied to both men and women to proclaim their love in some new, over the top, romantic way that demonstrates to their partner and, more importantly, to their partner's friends (especially the woman's girl friends) that this fragile relationship is strong. Even married folks go through this because Oprah and Dr. Phil tell us we have to rekindle the love in the relationship - keep the sparks flying.

For men the pressure to show your love is awful. Striking the delicate balance between too much and too little. Too much sexy and you can turn her off, too little sexy and she will think you are not attracted to her. Too much candy and she will think you are trying to ruin her diet, too little and she will assume you think she is fat. A dozen roses? Please, why not two? A card from Hallmark, that's trouble because it did not come from your heart. You can't win. Ladies- give them a break!

For the lady we have to accept the "nothing there" lingerie and model it for you so you can tear it off. But it is embarassing, especially if she does not feel physically up to the standard portrayed by society as sexy. All ladies have body issues. For me, my breasts are too small which makes it hard to fill out the C+ cup bra, teddy, cami, etc. that you lovingly picked out. Men- give us a break!

But nothing is worse than planning a big event to every last detail. Everything is just right. You even took the time to build up the event. To get him or her excited yo ugave them some details of what was to come, perhaps you even called it life changing in ways only you can imagine. S/He is properly stimulated now. But at the reveal, the moment arrives with an audible thud. Hopes are dashed, hearts are broken. On Tuesday we all bore witness to just such a courtship. For weeks there was build-up as hints were exchanged. Proclamations were made. Impatient people were chastized. Non supporters of the relationship were bitterly scolded over and over. "I know what I am doing," he said. "And I am right to do this! You will see, she will love me for my actions."

Well that was not the case, our erstwhile lover was rebuked. Tim was his name and the girl he was courting was America. Mr. Geithner and his boss, Obama, proclaimed the necessity of the stimulus, it finally passed, and then they rolled out a new bank bailout plan. The more they talked about it during the day, the more the Dow sank. It resulted in a 4.6% loss on Wall Street. 4.6% of the trillions of dollars invested on Wall Street evaporated. Ofcourse it will balance back out and yesterday it rebounded a little. The rebuke must sting Mr. Obama. You came on prime time monday night and lectured the smart people of Washington and Wall Street. You told them how smart you were and how dumb they were. You are not working with them. You were quoted as saying that most if not all economists agree that something big must be done. This week the WSJournal has had a myriad of opinion piece written by nobel laureate economists and academian economists at prestigious schools panning your plan. I'd like to hear you spin that. And by the way, instead of saying this is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression (a fear tactic) why don't you tell the truth. This is the worst economic crisis since the Carter Administration. Which was fixed by Reaganomics. Lowered all taxes and CUT government spending as a percentage of the GDP from 1981 to 1982 to 1983 and then he maintained it for the remainder of his eight years. It worked.

I will leave you all with a great piece of advise. If you want to get the right gift for your lady or man (or country for that matter) all you have to do is listen. Listen to what she wants. If she hasn't said so, ask her what she wants. And listen. In the end, be tender, speak with a loving voice and tell us something you love about us.

Posted on: February 10, 2009 4:39 pm
 

The Leather Bodice and the Mask

<tbody>

Three ladies meet for lunch.  One is engaged, one is a mistress, and one has been married for 20+ years.  They were chatting about their relationships and decided to amaze their men by wearing a black leather bra & bodice, stiletto heels and a mask over just our eyes. They agreed to meet in a few days to exchange notes.

Here's how it all went:

The engaged woman said:
The other night my boyfriend came over and found me wearing a black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask.
He saw me and said,  'You are the woman of my dreams. I love you.' Then we made love all night long.

The mistress:

Me too! The other night I met my lover at his office and I was wearing the leather bodice, heels and mask over my eyes and a raincoat. When I opened the raincoat he didn't say a word, but we had wild sex all night.

Then the married woman shared:

"When my husband came home I was wearing the leather bodice, black stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes. As soon as he came in the door and saw me he said..."


"What's for dinner, Batman?"


Happy Valentine's Day boys.  I hope you remember the ladies in your life.  </tbody>
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: February 10, 2009 8:56 am
Edited on: February 10, 2009 10:42 am
 

The road to Elkhart...

One day I awoke with nothing better to do, so I drove to Elkhart, Indiana to look at recreational vehicles.  The fine people of Elkhart welcomed me.  The Elkhartians built the Mecca of RV's. As the boom of excess overtook America, Elkhart expanded. Elkhart's population exploded in the 1990's by 16.1% versus a population growth of 9% for Indiana.  More than 8000 people moved to Elkhart in that decade.  More than a few went there for a job in an RV factory.

The problem is they wanted to sell me a brick on wheels to suck gas in the ultimate excess of America, camping in a hotel on wheels. They grew beyond their actual market into the unsustainable growth region of the demand curve.  And like every other industry who grew too much.  They are struggling.  Talk about shortsightedness.  The mayor of Elkhart should have asked this question.  Are we at risk if the market dips?  We are providers of a commodity that is not a necessity, it is a pure luxury to be sure. Should we diversify? You better believe it.


Anyone else watch the press conference last night? My observations

  • How many times did he have to say Elkhart? 
  • And didn't it seem odd that he did everything in his power to blame his predessors for the crisis over and over again. Does he not realize that his party ruled both the House and Senate for the last 2+ years?
  • To the idiot who asked about A-Rod...stupid question.  Obama's answer should have been one word "disappointing."  Instead he talked about steroids in baseball after spending the first 40 minutes of the conference stating over and over how critical the Spendulus Package is.
  • Helen Thomas - please shut up, forever would be nice.  Obama called on her to give her a shot at another stupid question.  She delivered.  He was flabbergasted at the question.  I think he thought she would take it easy on him.  I do like how he cut her off when she tried to ask a follow-up.  Nice one Prez.
  • His tone last night put me off.  He chastized the Republicans over and over despite feeling the heat from his own party.  Remember, 11 Dems in the House voted with the Republicans.  His plea was passionate but also filled with so much dread.  How will we build confidence in the economy when we are under the constant deluge of negativity? Wasn't it Carter who told Americans to put on a sweater to combat cold during the energy crisis of the 70's?  How did that true but negative statement ring with Americans?  Not well.
  • He chastized Repubs for being irresponsible but then refused to listen to them when the pushed back on what they perceive as 'pork'.  Seems like a double standard. Interesting how most Americans who have looked in on the plan are against it.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Waste
 
Posted on: February 9, 2009 9:01 am
 

To come early or late.....

Is promptness a virtue or a curse? Some of us are inclined to be habitually late while our complements are tardy. Stereotypes paint women as creatures primping in an antechamber making their date wait. Torturing him with conversation with a father, mother, sibling or roommate.

Sometimes he is left alone to figit or snoop. If he is really interested he might even fantasize about what she is doing to prepare for this evening's fun.

Carefully she applies her lipstick, a daring new shade of luscious ruby red. Her make up is perfect. Her hair, once pulled back, is released to fall about her face providing a delicate shadow to her face adding to her allure. The bra is a push-up providing a beautiful decolletage, the lace just above her nipple. For tonight she will wear her new lace panties and matching garter belt. She slowly unrolls her stocking over her knee attaching the garters to each one, careful not to ruin the sexy silk. Her blouse is silk and barely there, offering a glimpse of the lace beneath. The skirt falls to just above her knee. Heels are added to show off the workouts she puts her legs through. She loves the way her foot glides into the shoe, carressing her arch and showing most of her foot. A touch of perfume to her neck and wrists and she is ready.

She finally arrives and his breath is audible as it expresses his disappointment. Jeans and a baggy sweater, at least the boot has a heel. What did you expect? Its a first date and you did say we were going to be outside and it is cold this time of year!

The truth is each of us is either late or on time to a fault. My mother continues to say, "If you cannot be on time, be early." As a result of 32 years of her programming I have become habitually early for every appointment, for every date, for every thing where time is involved to imply a beginning and an end. And I expect the same for those unlucky enough to have to work or play with me. Mother reminds me that it is out of respect for people that we should be early. It demonstrates we value their time. They are elevated by our respect which makes them more worthy of our attention.

What does it say when someone is habitually late? Do they disrespect me and my time? Or are they just arrogant, thinking themselves better than me? The answer is within me. How I choose to react is personal but it eventually does impact how I see the individual and will erode my respect for them. Right or wrong, that is the way it is.

I read this past week that Barack Obama is habitually late. In his almost three weeks in office he has been late for almost every event, every news conference, every signing, every photo op, every discussion with common people. He was late to explain to the families of the USS Cole bombing victims why the charges were dismissed (with prejudice) against the suspects. In fact, he skipped them altogether. He announced it to the world before he spoke with the families. He has been late throughout his campaign and now into his presidential infancy. Do you need a wristwatch, Mr. President? Or just a lesson in manners?

BTW it was my birthday Saturday and I dressed up for dinner as described above for a night out on the town with my two roommates. We three had a great time but that is another story not fit for this blog......

Posted on: February 5, 2009 10:59 am
 

Fear mongering? Or don't know what to do?

"Irreversible recession" Obama warned in his op ed piece in the Washington Post.  In all my schooling in Economics, macro and micro, I have never heard the term. 

What does it mean? I suppose it means Obama doesn't know what to do other than spend money to stimulate the economy with wish list pork spending and if he doesn't get his way we are doomed.  How can the Hope & Change candidate become so doom and gloom so quickly? 

Because there are myriad of ideas being floated that could stimulate the economy.  Things like tax cuts for individuals and business, you know, to let the people decide how to spend their money in their economy. This thing will take care of itself, you can bet on that.  When the government got involved in the Great Depression they prolonged it by 7 years by eliminating competition, instigating protectionism policy, granting sweeping power to Labor, legalizing collusion and anti-trust, wage fixing above market value, and the list goes on. Principles of Socialism, but I digress.

What gets me really irked by his Carter-esque gloom and doom was this comment:

He rejected the argument that more tax cuts are needed in the plan and that piecemeal measures would be sufficient, arguing that Americans made their intentions clear in the election. "I reject these theories, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change," he wrote. Talk about over reaching the results of the election.  Wow, the arrogance is astounding!  The people did not vote for a Pork Stimulus Package when they elected him president.  I am absolutely certain I did not see that plank in his platform when I vetted him all last fall on my blog.  I don't remember any Obama supporters chastizing me last fall that I had ommitted it either.

The honeymoon for Obama ended far sooner than I ever thought.  The media is now awake and will pick him apart.  I would now put his odds at re-election at 1 in 4.


On the bright side of the economy, consensual sex is still free! Thank goodness....

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: February 2, 2009 1:41 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2009 1:46 pm
 

Screwed Again

I filed my taxes this weekend. I paid over $30K in federal taxes and another $11K in state taxes in 2008. Sucks to be single. I captured the huge interest and dividends on my Schedule B (Not!!). I itemized my mortgage, state and local taxes, and my charitable donations. I donated $14,000 to my foundation to a local University's Engineering Department to be used as scholarship for 1 student of need. That is near and dear to my heart so I do it every year. I will attend another graduation ceremony this spring for a newly minted engineer as a result! I have been paying taxes since I was 16 years old (my first job was in a movie theater - a dorky uniform, but a fun job) and I have never been auditted. In fact I have never made an error. Only once did I pay an accountant to do my taxes when I moved twice in one year for work which made for an ugly set of returns. The point is I never made a mistake because I was brought up to do the right thing, perhaps it is fear of an audit or worse, or maybe they just aren't that hard to do it right. Maybe I am just really smart. Maybe other people are having trouble with theirs and I should temper my opinion. Surely our government officials have not made taxes so difficult or complex to compute that super smart people screw it up. People like Presidential Administration Department Secretaries, surely they are able to decipher the tax code and get it right.

Apparently not so. Timothy Geithner, confirmed Treasury Secretary, and now Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Daschle have both made gross tax errors in their past. The good news is they have paid their restitution to the IRS. But the question is, why now? Did they dread waking up to a new day feeling the guilt of cheating their country out of funds needed for the betterment of their country. Perhaps they attended confession and the Good Father required them to pay up to absolve them of their sins. Let's be honest shall we? They got caught years after the deeds were committed. They did not plan on coming clean until they got a call from Obama to self serve the country, the esteemed man of great ethics.

Tell me how this is better than those horrible Bush people.

For completeness I submit:

From AP:

Daschle wrote a letter to the top leaders of the Finance Committee. The letter, released Monday, sought to explain how he overlooked taxes on additional income for consulting work and the use of a car service. He also deducted more in charitable contributions than he should have. Daschle recently filed amended tax returns for 2005-07 to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest. "I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed by the errors that required me to amend my tax returns," said Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader. "I apologize for the errors and profoundly regret that you have had to devote time to them."

In the letter dated Feb. 1, Daschle provided a timeline for when the errors were discovered and tax payments made. Uncertain is whether the tax issue will stall or derail Daschle's nomination. Daschle was an early supporter of Obama's presidential bid and several of Daschle's former Capitol Hill staffers went to work for Obama after Daschle, then a South Dakota senator, lost his re-election bid in 2004.

Daschle filed the amended returns after Obama announced he intended to nominate him as secretary of Health and Human Services. Daschle explained in his apology letter that the presidential transition 

 team flagged charitable contributions they concluded were deducted in error. When his accountant realized amended tax returns would need to be filed, he suggested addressing another matter that Daschle raised with him earlier in the year: whether the use of a car service provided by a close friend and business associate, Leo Hindery, should be reported as income. The unreported income for that car service totaled more than $250,000 over three years.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 26, 2009 2:36 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2009 2:38 pm
 

Nude sunbathing in the tropics - ouch!

Tahiti was amazingly beautiful. Bora Bora is simply divine. Words don't do it justice, mine fail completely. I can tell you my fair skin has become bronze, my hair is kissed by the sun, and my mood is beaming. Mental health achieved.

And then I returned home and read my pile of Wall Street Journals. Perhaps I should have just burned them all and lived in the harmony of the islands a few days longer.

-----------------------------------
-----------------

So Obama has nominated Timothy Geithner to be the Treasury Secretary. A man who forgot to pay some of his tax obligations for several years. An honest mistake surely. As one respondent put it so eloquently, either Geithner is unethical (cheats on taxes) or is "just dumber than a box of rocks. Neither option qualifies him to lead the Treasury." I say I must agree. But for Obama to endorse him as the candidate is beyond reason especially in light of his executive order on Jan 21 that purports to create such ethical standards. Put down the Obama Kool-aid, America. Burp, breath or anything to snap out of it. Where is the clamor to demanding accountability for Obama? Where are the Bush haters who would be chewing barbed wire and sh1tting nails at the prospects?

The designate-Secretary has also opened his mouth on China's currency which resulted in free fall of the value of the dollar and caused gold to soar $40 an ounce.  This is only significant given that Obama will have to borrow the money he plans to stimulate us with (most likely from overseas).  A weaker dollar is not what we want people.

-----------------------------------
-----------------

In Massachusetts, land of the eco friendly and a notoriously Democratic bastion of left wing do-gooder policies, the Cape Wind project may be coming to a a new boiling point. In case you haven't heard, the plan is to build 130 or so wind turbines off the coast of Martha's Vineyard to power 75% of the region and eliminate 734,000 tons of pollution annually. I am for that, especially with all that steady wind you folks have up there in Massachusetts. Oh wait, hold on just a darned minute, what do you mean the Democrats are against it? How can this be? They are for the environment at all costs to business. They have no problem supporting legislation that affects the other 49 state's environmental impact. How can they possibly be against something as green as this project. Simple. They don't want to look at it. They are afraid of a little scenery pollution ruining the million dollar views of their million dollar beach houses. How deep does it go? The Kennedys, Mitt Romney, Congressman Delahunt are all doing everything in their power to stop it. Teddy even went on the record to say the Interior Department's study which found only negligible environmental impact, was rushed. Rushed? Alll 2,800 pages of it. Now for those of you who sympathize with the wealthy Massachusetts Don Quixotes, the view will be diminished by the same amount as your thumbnail as viewed with your arm outstretched. Hardly something to cry about.

I must point out that the approval for the project was signed by presidential authority recently. You have George W. Bush to thank. Now the question is will Obama keep the project moving forward or will he back down to the political pressure of the Massocrats? I will hold him accountable, will you stand with me?

-----------------------------------
-----------------

On a more stimulating note. I went to a private island in Tahiti and found out I like going topless. In fact, one day I even went bottomless. A word to the wise, sunscreen application is critical when doing so. Be warned. And no pictures were taken (that I know of!)

Cyndi

Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com