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Monday, May 22, 2006

A Short Note To Al Gore


Hi Big Al,

Hope all is going well for you. All serial losers need a break from time to time. Sorry I missed the opening of your new flick. I’ve been real busy formulating strategies for my air conditioning clients to take advantage of this coming global warming thing. I’ve been doing a lot of research too. Found a bunch of interesting articles/papers on climate change, like, the cycles of the sun. Did you know it gets noticeably hotter every 50-75 years, then cools down again? (There are slighter variations about every 11-14 years.). Also read up on the orbit of the earth, including; the changing shape of the orbit, the tilt of the axis and wobble around the axis. All of these phenomena occur in cycles of 10, 40, and 100 thousand years and cause all kinds of havoc depending on which fluctuations are coincident. I couldn’t believe it but the moon even has an effect on things like the elevator effect in our oceans! Then I got into the Ice Ages. Studied all of the current research and theories on how they occur and how many we could identify occurring in the last 10 million years, including their severity, size and duration. Wow! Really blows your mind to think that almost the entire North American continent was, and will be again, one big mother of an ice cube!

So I guess your theory and “consensus science” predicts that it’s going to get a lot hotter before we freeze our asses off again. Cool!

The only thing that troubles me is that it’s not happening fast enough. I’m writing this note from a place called New Jersey on May 22, 2006 and the National Weather Service just posted a FROST alert for my county for tonight. This is not good for me, my lawn, my newly planted flowers or my clients. So bring on the heat!

Well Big Al, best wishes that you’ll continue to make a fool out of yourself,

RR

PS; I also found out that methane is a greenhouse gas, so easy on the Tex-Mex food!

PPS; You can find out all this stuff by doing a Google search on “Climate”, Earth Orbit”, “Ice Ages”, “Global Warming” and “Junk Science”.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Introduction Part II


I created this blog a little over a year ago with a desire to share my thoughts about this "Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World". At the time, and with the best of intentions, I attempted to keep up with ongoing events and to comment about them in a way that would provide one indivuidal's perspective on these events, and perhaps percipitate some lively dialog with other like minded bloggers or passersby. I was inspired to do so by a number of bloggers whom I follow on a daily basis including; Shrink Wrapped, Dr. Sanity, Neo-Neocon, SC&A, One Cosmos , ATB and a host of others. Up to this point this effort has not produced a whole hell of a lot of blogging on my part, although I have commented at length on many of their posts. As the circle of my favorite sites expanded, I found that so many others were of the same mind regarding the MSM, politics, national and international policy, the GWOT, education, PC, MC and on and on, that I really had little to add in the way of unique or insightful musings. Clipping a few comments onto quotes from others is not, for me, a very satisfying experience. I needed to speak my mind at some length on a given topic. Couple that desire with the fact that I can't type worth a damn and blogging seemed to require more time than I had available. Allow me to explain.

A little over a decade ago, I "retired" from Corporate America as the C.E.O. of a national corporation. Big whup, right? Right! Yea, I got a bronze umbrella and enough bennies to live a reasonabally OK life, even by today's standards, and I was still a fairly young guy. Made sure the ex-wife (We had split a few years prior.) was taken care of and that my 4 kiddies all got through college. I decided to travel the world and become the bon vivant I always wanted to be. "Free at last!" Well that lasted about 6 months.

Ya see, I met this lady and she knocked me right off my surf board. Yup. Blam! Just like that. Kind of like being hit by that "bolt of lightening" of Sicilian lore. (See; "The Godfather")

Let me share my recollection of that scene for you. ( At least for the two of you who sometimes stop by this blog.)


There posed
upon a stool,
skirt hiked high
above snow-white thighs
revealing endless charms...

A deep cleave
enticing soured eyes
to the heaving
breasts within...

Raven hair
drapes a goddess form,
promising delights
unimaginable.

Aroused by my thirst
she quenches
anticipation
into a collision
of fire over ice.


Interested? Well, to be continued.

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What Shall We Name This War?

I responded to a very interesting post by Gerard Vanderluen of American Digest (BTW, all of his posts are well written, interesting and compelling).

Gerard writes:

"What we must press for in the Terrorist War is a victory so
decisive that we can, in the end, avoid the larger war lurking on the
not-so-distant horizon a true war between civilizations. That war,
should it come, will not take the name of The Terrorist War, but of
"The Islamic War"

I responded:

Let’s step outside your rhetorical question for a moment and consider a few observations. (I’ll call them "street realities".) Let’s put some very basic facts together that form a pretty clear mosaic of what is happening. An almost cursory observation of this "terrorist" phenomenon and our efforts to deal with it, by anyone who can see through the prejudiced MSM and "Bush haters" on the left along with the warped PC "donkey dust" mentality that attempts to justify, reconcile or otherwise rationalize terrorism, yields the following:

The perpetrators; Muslims (In almost all cases.)

Their religion; Islam

Their origin; The Middle East

Their weapon; Bombs, (worn, placed, driven or flown)…for now!

Their method; Suicide (Get close to a bunch of people and "pull the cord".)

Their "stated" reason; Jihad (Or, I lost my sense of humanity and want to kill a lot of people and if I - or more likely the weak minded nut cases I can convince to do this- must die in the process, that’s ok.)

The result; Lots of dead people. (Mostly civilians.)

The desired effect; Murder designed to terrorize the Infidels and have us walk away from this war. (Or anyone else nearby. An "equal opportunity" tactic.)

Their enablers; Power hungry Muslim fanatics, Muslim Clerics, Muslim theocracies, Muslim totalitarian governments, indifferent Muslims worldwide and their all too quiet Islamic communities.

The Islamic motive; Destroy the infidels (Western free civilized cultures.) and their influence on Muslim populations worldwide.

The Muslim Motive; Regain the power and influence once held by Islam.. "the good old days" from about 200 years ago back to the sixth or seventh century.

Why?; Who gives a damn. There can be no justification for a "cult of death".

In an attempt to sum this up into one simple sentence, I offer the following:

Fanatic Muslim leaders have embarked upon a war for Islamic dominance of the free world.

It’s really that simple! Terrorist suicide bombing is but the opening tactic in this war. For the moment they apparently can’t afford to deliver much more. When will we, as the leader of a number of free Western nations, begin to take them seriously? I doubt that you will ever find a headline like the above statement in the MSM, or such an admission from the left. But so what! Some one, or a real coalition of powerful nations, needs to deal with them now, before they gain the weapons to do much more harm.

So, what is the real deal with Iraq anyway? It’s the portal into the third battle of this war.

It is truly unfortunate that this war will continue to be fought on a reactionary basis. I have a great deal of difficulty accepting a premise that we are entering a phase of this war wherein western European and Middle-Eastern governments will, in earnest, do what it takes to preempt and stop terrorism. The actions required within their respective countries remain too unpalatable, both politically and among their populations. Those in power have too much to loose. (Unless we can up the ante.) At best, we may just be approaching the end of the beginning of this war. I believe that this war will be a long drawn out reactionary/evolutionary process with mostly unwilling participants. There can be no clear-cut straight-line strategy to win it, and too many talking heads and politicians are against it.

I agree with Gerard in naming it "The Islamic War" although I might even go farther and call it The Fourth World War.

So, what do you want to call this war? It does make a difference!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hillary? Go figure.

On Sen. Clinton’s appearance before more than 3,000 people attending the recent 78th annual dinner meeting of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Tribune noted:

“Hillary Rodham Clinton called Tuesday for a new national economic strategy that combines fiscal discipline with broad health-care reforms, a rebuilding of the nation's public works and innovation in such fields as energy research to foster success for the middle class.”

I’ve read this paragraph a dozen times, and it still befuddles me. Now, my PhD is in engineering not linguistics. However be that as it may, I’m going to take a shot at translating it into a form that I can sink my teeth into because it sounds worthy of some real serious consideration.

My version: Hillary Rodham Clinton called for a new national economic strategy to foster success for the middle class. (Sorry, I thought the middle class was doing increasingly well in recent years, ( Reduced tax burden, increased home ownership, etc.) but by golly, she is about to tell us how to do even better!

The new national economic strategy combines:

A. Fiscal discipline (A sound Democrat policy)
B. Health care reforms (The failed socialist model she pursued as First Madam)
C. Public works projects (Didn’t the Senate just pass the largest transportation bill in history, along with about $26 billion of additional earmarks?)
D. Innovation in energy research. (Like, I know where to find a lot of oil but we cant drill for it or build more refining capacity, so lets form a “National Institute for Energy” to innovate some new policies.)

OK. So it boils down to this: “Middle Class” Americans should spend less on themselves, but more on taxes, while supporting a national- socialist health care system and encourage more spending in government controlled public projects, but not supporting drilling for oil in ANWAR or building windmills in visual range of the Kennedy enclave.

Now I get it! Wow. What a plan. You middle classers are really going to excel with this one!

While I don’t have the entire fifty-five minute transcript, the Trib highlights a few of the more “impressive” comments she made supporting this “new” national economic strategy.

Sen. Clinton: "I suggest that we agree on the need for an economic strategy that keeps our economy growing and creating good jobs in the face of new competition, and that we strengthen the middle class--which is, after all, the engine of our growth and the backbone of our democracy."

My translation: I suggest that we agree on: (Note that the action word is “agree”. And by the way, who the heck is included in “we”?)

A. The need for the above (translated) strategy.
B. And to strengthen the middle class. ( Can’t wait to hear how we get strengthened. By "new competition" she must mean illegal aliens.)

And I thought the “backbone of our democracy” was the Constitution of the United States, our Democratic form of government and all Americans. I also thought “the engine of our growth” included job producing entities fueled by profits, productivity of American workers and the innovation of thousands of entrepreneurs. But what do I know. That’s why we have Senators like Hillary to lead us on the path to enlightenment.

Sen. Clinton continues: "The truth is, we can't be secure without a strong economy and we can't sustain our deepest values without an economy that rewards hard work. Too much that comes out of Washington these days is either defeatist, denials or happy talk."

My translation: Believe what I’m about to tell you, because my name is neither George nor Bill! Security, which I strongly believe in, (Check out my votes.) is very expensive and we have to collect more revenues to pay for it. So the more revenue the economy produces, like profits and wages, the more taxes we can take from you to pay for it. So if you work really hard, you can probably keep your deepest values and not give them up to the ACLU, NARAL, NAMBLA, ANSWER, NOW, and so many other progressive influences out there.

And then her best: "Tax cuts alone cannot secure the middle class. They are not the cure-all for everything that ails the American economy. We need investments, decisions and policies that only all of us, acting together through our government, can make to set the stage for future prosperity."

My translation: The only thing tax cuts have done in the past three years was to get our growth rate up to a little bitty 3.5% per year, add a few (5.1 million) jobs, drop unemployment to only 4.7% and raise real after-tax income per person by only 8.3 %. That is not a cure-all as you are still not secure, even if you think you are. The decisions that will affect you most regarding your investments, and public policies need to be made by your government so you don’t screw up your future prosperity. And, don’t believe any good news you hear about anything until you have a responsible government in Washington.

Amen.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Introduction Part I

RunningRoach is of a science, engineering and business background, and one who has often marveled at the workings (or not) of the brain and the mind. He finds himself intrigued with the variety, depth and musings of many of the bloggers found here, and like so many inhabiting the blogasphere, he’s doing his best to make sense out of what is going on around and among us. He looks forward to continuing investigations and observations into, and ramblings about, politics, the MSM, the GWOT, PC elitism, values, education, life, the universe.. Everything.

Since he plans to post some of his ramblings and rants here and to comment on the ramblings of others, he wanted to first introduce himself and to give readers of this blog, if any, a bit of background and insight into this writer and his sometimes whacked-out sense of humor. ( Like; Why did he name it RunningRoach?) That’s a story for another post.

Switching into first person mode, RunningRoach continues:

I started as a child in a small town just 10 miles west of New York City, called Newark by some early settlers with a very warped sense of humor, direction or both. I managed, not only to survive, but to grow-up and develop into much of what I am today during the first 18 years of my life, more times than not as a bit of a delinquent, “exploring”, working and being “educated” there. (In the streets as well as in the classrooms.)

I can without the least bit of hesitation admit that this life, now into its sixth decade, has been a parade of significant changes. While I don’t claim to be a “neo” anything, my evolution has formed, reformed and reinforced many basic values that have attached themselves to me as leaches along the way, and most of which I maintain to be undeniable truths. (Unless proven otherwise.) You know what I mean…the existence of a higher power, like God; “Do unto others..”unless you can’t deal with what others are doing to you.; “If at first you don’t succeed”….have it fixed.; along with several other “commitments of prejudice” and all that heady stuff most of us won’t admit to.

A BS, an MS, a PhD, an Honorable Discharge from the U.S.A.F. along with several patents and society memberships, are among the many sometimes dusted mile markers along this trip hanging on my office walls. An older more cherished document, presented to my great grandfather by King Emanuel of Italy, hangs squarely centered within this mare's nest, and proclaims him ”Il Cavalieri” (A Knight.) He was a Provincial Judge in Sicily, and was heralded as being “Una giustizia delle persone.”(A Justice of the people.) I do have some pride in my ancestry and hopefully a bit of the empathy, tolerance and common sense he possessed. From my reading of his diaries, translated by my late father, I found him to be a strong family man, fair minded, forward thinking and far from an activist judge. The Fascist government that ultimately followed the “Throne” brought an abrupt end to his fairness, fame, fortune and life, and booted his children, (my grandfather aged 16 included) out of the country.

I did not ask to be deposited into this world as the only child of a lower middle class Italian American family during the Second World War. Nor was I asked permission to be baptized a Catholic shortly after my arrival. Nor did I bend my fathers’ arm to encourage him to declare the family “Republican” upon his return from fighting the Fascists and Nazis in Europe. (I guess he had enough of FDR’s new deal!) All of these “gifts” were freely and lovingly given. The one thing that my parents bequeathed upon me, for which I am, more times than not ambivalent, is a brain. At times a curse far worse than being “fat, dumb and happy”!

It’s not an easy chore to be “smart” and then do some monumentally dumb things. Fortunately I learned a bit from them and mended my ways as a very young man, unlike today’s MSM purveyors of truth (of a sort), justice (of a sort) and the (anti)-American way. I now watch with a strong measure of incredulity and gastrointestinal discomfort, “stupidity” repeated with increasing frequency by people in the highest levels of government, power and influence. (I’m not talking about overtly criminal activity here, per se. Just stupidity…Unabashed childish stupidity that sometimes equates to outright criminal activity.)

Take Newsweek’s Koran flushing story as an example. After all the endless discourse that we’ve suffered through, I still can’t say for sure that such an event did or did not take place. And so what! Who the hell cares! What was undeniably stupid in this instance were the overt and covert motives of those who wrote and published it. And then, the crowning achievement by MSM’s leading blog, the New York Times, in outing the CIA’s venture into commercial aviation, ! You can dissect their behavior any way you like, but I see this act as pure insanity. There is no more justification for this than flying planes into buildings. ( So, let’s put Karl Rove in jail! Right!) Or, how about abu Graub. I’ve had to endure much more at a frat house “hell night” than what any of these Islamofacist murders had to put up with there. And now the ACLU wants more pictures! I believe I’ve had just about enough!

More about that stuff, and of the evolutionary process that brought me here in Introduction Part II.

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