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Bristol Palin on Teen Pregnancy: “Learn from My Example”

May 6, 2009

Yesterday on NBC’s Today, Bristol Palin, the daughter of former VP candidate and Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) said something that I’ve been saying for a long time: “Abstinence is the only 100% foolproof way to prevent teen pregnancy.”  This comes after her comments on FOX News’s On the Record earlier this year when she said, “I think abstinence is, like — like, the — I don’t know how to put it — like, the main — everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it’s not realistic at all. … Because it’s [sex is] more and more accepted now.”

Go ahead and watch the full interview from the Today show, courtesy of MSNBC and NBC:

I agree with Bristol here.  Abstinence is the ONLY way to ensure that you don’t get pregnant.  It’s just that simple.  There is no other guaranteed way to avoid getting pregnant.  It’s just that simple.  But Bristol is right in what she said on FOX earlier this year – teens being sexually active is becoming more common and more accepted.  That doesn’t mean that this is an excuse for teens having sex.  In my opinion, it’s not that hard not to have sex.  Others may disagree, but there are plenty of people out there who will back me up in saying that saying, “No” isn’t as hard as some people would make you think it is.

Personally, I think that we need to emphasize abstinence as the only way to guarantee against pregnancy, but for teens who are sexually active, they need to use some sort of method of birth control.  Whether or not that will help, I don’t know.  I wouldn’t think that 16- and 17-year-olds would need to be taught about condoms and other forms of birth control – I think there’s enough mention of that in the media already, but apparently I’m wrong (either that or people just figure that they won’t get pregnant because “it won’t happen to me”).

I think Bristol’s story is a great testimony to other teens.  While some may view her as a hypocrite, I think many will view her as someone who went through a lot of hard times and doesn’t want to see other people go through what she went through.

As always, I wish Bristol and Tripp the very best, and to Bristol: good luck on sharing your story with other teens.  I hope people listen – God bless both of you and your family.

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Rest in Peace, Bill Buchanan

March 9, 2009

0000036939_20070111184724Alright, I normally don’t post things other than news and current events, but this is something that, to me, deserves a blog post.

I’m a HUGE 24 fan, and well (spoiler alert – although if you read the title, you probably already guessed what happened), tonight they killed off former Los Angeles CTU head Bill Buchanan.

Bill, I always liked you – in fact, you were probably my favorite character.

You will be severely missed, but I’m holding out that the people over at FOX might somehow bring you back to life (they did it with Tony Almeida), but I’m guessing that that won’t happen, since people often don’t survive large explosions.

A little piece of of me died tonight when you died.  Honestly, 24 won’t be as good without you.

I’ll miss you Mr. Buchanan, may you rest in peace.

Alright – now it’s time to head back to the real world and go do some laundry!

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Detroit City Council Session Turns Crazy: Complete with Racism and Hymn Singing

March 9, 2009

Well, if people already didn’t think that Detroit City officials were wacky, this is sure to change their mind.  I heard about this driving home for spring break this weekend, and decided that I HAD to write something about this.

On Febraury 24th, the Detroit City Council voted against transferring Cobo Hall to the Detroit Regional Convention Authority.  Cobo hall is in need of expansion and repair (the roof leaked on some VERY expensive cars this past weekend at Autorama).  On March 4th, Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. vetoed the council’s vote.  On Thursday, the council called an emergency session (president Monica Conyers called the session) to override the veto.  Well, that wasn’t legal, so nothing really got done there.  An injunction against that veto will most likely be submitted, probably today, and the Council is meeting again tonight.

Now, on to the fun part.  The first video I have for you is from WDIV (Channel 4-NBC).  This is Councilwoman Barbara Rose-Collins going off on how Detroit cannot give up Cobo Hall to the Regional Convention Authority (a group of 5 people – 1 from each of the counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, 1 person appointed by the mayor of Detroit, and 1 appointed by the Governor):

http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/18865456/index.html

Next we have the video of Councilwoman Barbara Rose-Collins singing “Onward, Christian Soldiers” (and she’s joined by Councilwoman Martha Reeves), courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:

Here Collins defends what she said in the meeting and accuses Oakland County L. Brooks Patterson of being a racist, courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:

Finally, here’s L. Brooks Patterson defending himself and sharing his views on the situation, courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:

Now, this just goes to show how sad of a state the Detroit leadership is in.  Barbara Rose-Collins is pretty much the very definition of a racist idiot.  She claims that Brooks Patterson called her a monkey.  He never did that.  He said that “instead of making decisions about the zoo, they ought to be in the zoo.”  Collins and other racists on the Council took that to mean that he was calling them monkeys, and Collins refuses to work with Patterson today because he won’t apologize.  Well, he has nothing to apologize for in my opinion, because he did NOT call anybody a monkey.

If he had compared the councilmembers to monkeys, even I would demand an apology from him.  Do you know how heartless and mean of a thing to say that is?  If I were a monkey, I would have been devastated!  All joking aside, Brooks Patterson did nothing wrong – he simply stood up to the council and showed how ignorant they were.  But he’s white, and most of them are black, so that makes him a racist in their eyes.

I have one other factual error to correct.  Collins talks about his involvement as a lawyer defending bus bombers in Pontiac.  She claims that he defended NAG, who bombed school buses.  Well, that’s also untrue.  For more about that, see the Detroit News piece on that: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=161.  I’ll go into quick detail – NAG was the National Action Group, and they opposed busing in Pontiac.  Well, the Ku Klux Klan bombed some school buses.  Patterson represented the head of NAG, Irene McCabe, but neither NAG nor McCabe were ever involved with the KKK bus bombings.  Collins here again twisted the facts to make Patterson look like a racist, but it is COLLINS who is the racist.

It’s not secret that I have great respect for L. Brooks.  Oakland County is one of the most successful counties in the nation, and it’s a county in one of the economically worst states.  Sure, his humor gets him into trouble, but it makes me laugh – I liked his jokes about Collins.

Anyway, I hope that Cockrel’s wish comes true, and Cobo is handed over to the Regional Convention Authority.  We’ve seen before that Detroit leadership ruins more things than it fixes, and I think Cockrel sees that here.  Hopefully his veto stands, and we can move on to fix and expand Cobo Hall.

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Lansing, Michigan Mayor: Automotive Union Members Have Sacrificed Enough

February 18, 2009

Yesterday on Happening Now on FOX News, Virg Bernero, the Mayor of Lansing Michigan, said that auto industry workers have already sacrificed enough and it’s time for Wall Street to start making some sacrifices.  Watch the video (courtesy of FOX News), and I’ll discuss it below:

Alright, honestly, the mayor went nuts in my opinion, and kinda made a fool out of himself.  He said, “I was a little offended by your question, you know, have the unions given up enough, has the working man given up enough?  You know, my question is, has Wall Street given up enough, for the billions that they have taken?”  Um, the anchor (who’s  name slips my mind at this point) never said ANYTHING about union concessions or anything related to it!

The anchor points out that that wasn’t his question (go back to the beginning and check – it was NOT his question).  When asked if he thought that the UAW should have to “swallow some pay cuts,” Bernero focused solely on health benefits, again NOT answering the question that was asked!

Bernero late shows exactly what the problem with Michigan is, when he asks the question, “What are we going to produce in this country, if we allow the auto industry to go by the wayside?”  For too long, Michigan has relied on the auto industry as “our industry.”  The fact is that the auto industry isn’t what it used to be, and we can no longer rely on it as our only industry.  And to ask what we will produce if we don’t produce automobiles, as if saying that’s all we produce, is insulting to those who work in other manufacturing fields.

The anchor also brings up the fact that UAW members don’t need health care for life!  That’s one of the reasons that the Big 3 are suffering, because they’re giving health care to people who don’t work for them anymore.  Bernero says that the UAW has given concessions.  True, they have, but they need to give up WAY more.  UAW members are WAY overpaid and get WAY too many benefits.

If UAW members would just realize that he auto industry is in trouble and can’t afford to pay them what they have been up until now, and would take some pay/benefit cuts, then the auto industry could rebound.  But while the UAW shares the mentality that Bernero has, the auto industry is going to continue to suffer.  I’ve said time and time again that while the auto executives share some of the blame, a lot of the blame falls on the greedy UAW for keeping the auto industry in such a choke hold.

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Massachusetts Proposes Using GPS Chips to Tax Drivers’ Mileage

February 18, 2009
Yesterday, on Happening Now on FOX News, there was a  discussion a new idea for a way for Massachusetts to increase their revenue.  The idea was to use GPS chips to track mileage (mileage only and NOT location) of cars, and then tax drivers based on how far they go.  Some like the idea, which is being tested in Oregon.  FOX interviewed Jim Whitty from the Oregon Department of Transportation.  Meanwhile others, such as Massachusetts state Senator Scott Brown views it as Orwellian and an invasion of privacy.  Brown also said that taxes are too high already in Massachusetts.  Watch the video and I’ll discuss it below (video courtesy of  FOX News):

Now, did you catch what Whitty said?  At one point he was talking about the test that Oregon did of using the system and said, “There was no issue with tracking, because we didn’t–we didn’t do that.”  Notice, he never said that “We couldn’t do that.”  He said, “We didn’t do that.”

The whole point of GPS, Global POSITIONING System is to track where you’re at.  Now, I’m sure that the government in Oregon may only be paying attention to the distance that people travel; however, that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t just one day decide, instead of just counting the miles, let’s start paying attention to where these people are going.  Originally, it may be to catch criminals, or determine traffic patterns, but that’s a violation of privacy.  And it leads down a slippery slope.

Additionally, Senator Brown is right, taxes in Massachusetts could be lowered if the government would just better manage its money.

But my main problem with the system is the fact that it is, for lack of a better word, Orwellian.  Even my liberal roommate agrees with me here!  It’s an invasion of privacy.

If you’re going to do anything, put a device that measures odometer changes.  But using GPS, Global POSITIONING System, to track people’s “distance” is in invasion of privacy.

Let me know what you think:

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Kansas Can Now Afford to Pay Tax Refunds and State Employees

February 18, 2009

Yesterday I was watching America’s Newsroom, and Megyn Kelly did a story about the budget crisis in Kansas. According to the Governor, Kathleen Sebelius (D), the state was not going to be able to pay tax refunds or state employees on time.  Sebelius wants to borrow money from other state accounts within Kansas; however, Republican legislators want budget cuts because they feel Sebelius’s solution is irresponsible.  Republican leaders in the state House and Senate (both where they’re in the majority) argued that the internal borrowing wasn’t legal until the Kansas had a balanced budget for the fiscal year (the fiscal year ends June 30).

Watch the video, and I’ll discuss it below (video courtesy of FOX News):

Since that video, the Governor signed a budget-balancing bill, and the Republicans have said that the internal borrowing is now legal.

House Speaker Mike O’Neal told reporters, “I’m extremely pleased that she signed it, because that’s what needed to happen.”  Senate President Steve Morris also told reporters, “This action gives us reassurances that we will have the resources to repay this.”

Meanwhile, Sebelius said, “I’m just sorry that we had to have high drama and worry a lot of Kansans about our ability to pay our obligations in order to get to the end of the process.”

Personally, I agree with Megyn Kelly.  And while she may have been a little mean to Treasurer Dennis McKinney, she has a point – it’s bad management if you need to do borrowing within your state.  The state should be able to balance their budget and pay taxes back to people and pay their employees.  Unfortunately, I can’t find the discussion that went on on FOX News yesterday, but they brought up a point to citizens: Don’t give the government so much money when you fill out information for withholding.  You have the option to withhold more, and if you’re doing that now, just don’t.  I’m not saying lie and withhold less than you should.  I’m saying, only have them withhold the minimum that you legally have to.  That way, when states like Kansas can’t pay you back on time, you’re not getting screwed.  If you don’t pay the government their taxes, you get penalized.  When they don’t pay you back, what happens to them?  NOTHING!  It’s unfair!  So, just don’t give them extra money!

I’ll try to find that discussion video and post that and discuss it in a later blog post, but right now, FOX News’s search for videos isn’t working right.

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Obama Bitter that Republicans Rejected the Stimulus Package?

February 17, 2009

So, I was just watching the news, and they were talking about a picture and caption of the White House website.  Neil Cavuto (FOX News) was asking if the following caption was a cheap shot at Republicans.  Here’s the picture (I’ll discuss it below and ask for your opinion) (see here for the original picture; it’s picture 4: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photogallery/The-story-of-the-economic-recovery-package/):

 bitter-obama1

If you can’t read it, the caption says, “House Republicans surround the President after the meeting. Many of them were seeking his autograph. Every House Republican eventually voted against the bill.”

Now, I have to agree with Neil here.  The photo album never talks about all of the Senate Democrats voting for the bill, or all but 7 House Democrats voting for the final version of the bill (originall 11 voted against it).  It does talk about Susan Collins (R-ME) voting for it, but that’s understandable, because that was unique and he was meeting with her in order to bring her to his side.

I think this was just a partisan move meant to put the Republicans in a bad light.

So, tell me what you think:

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

I just wanted to really quickly wish everybody out there a happy Valentine’s Day.  If you have a special someone in your life, congratulations, and I wish you the best.  If you’re single, enjoy the fact that you don’t have to spend money on a gift for anybody (more chocolate and candy for you!)

On a related note, does anybody else think that Google’s logo looks more like creepy murder than an attitude of love?  I mean, yikes!

Alright, so, again, have a happy Valentine’s Day, and I wish you the best with your significant other, or in finding that significant other.

Now, I have to go find some chocolate and those little conversation hearts (which go on sale for dirt cheap if you buy them in like July!).  Alright, I’m done.

UPDATE: So I was just watching FOX News.  According to them, people are spending 20% less on Valentine’s Day this year because of the economy.  Well, I’m spending 100% less – so that’s some REAL savings right there.  :-P

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Meat Industry Is Top Contributor to Global Warming, so Why Isn’t Al Gore a Vegetarian?

February 7, 2009

Alright, I was watching Glenn Beck’s show on FOX yesterday, and he had on his show Matt Prescott, a spokesman for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), who talked about a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (a branch of the United Nations) study that revealed that the number 1 contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is the meat industry (animal farms).  They account for more than all of the transportation methods’ greenhouse gas emissions combined.  Anyway, I’ll let you watch the video (courtesy of  FOX News), and I’ll discuss it below:

He brings up a VERY good point.  Why aren’t Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Al Gore vegetarians?  Well, I think we all know why Al Gore isn’t – Al Gore is a hypocrite.  He’s never abided by what he tells others to do.  He goes around the country flying on his personal jet!

But the point is – now that has been revealed, are  all of the liberals who are warning of pending doom going to stop eating steak?  I doubt it.  And to those who are going to criticize my “ignorance” of the impending doom, I’m a meteorology major.  Most of the professors I’ve talked to don’t share the doom and gloom that Al Gore preaches.  They teach us that there’s a problem, but also say that we don’t know what’s causing the increase in the earth’s temperature.  Furthermore, neither the National Weather Service nor the National Climatic Data Center say that global warming is human caused; they say that it MIGHT be human-caused (which means that it might NOT be human-caused).

So, regardless of the cause of global warming (and the earth is warming – that’s a fact, so people who dispute that are just ignorant), those who believe that it’s not just a cyclical process should stop eating meat, and those who don’t stop eating meat need to shut up and not preach doom or gloom, otherwise they’re hypocrites.

I hardly ever agree with anything that PETA says, but at least they’re practicing what they’re preaching here.

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Skyrocketing Money Printing Warns of Coming Inflation Disaster

January 30, 2009

I was watching the news earlier today, and Glenn Beck’s show on FOX News came on.  He was talking about the latest figures coming out of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis,  specifically the figures on the monetary base.

Really quick, watch the following videos (or at least watch the first one.  The second one is the first time he showed the chart and isn’t quite as important, but if you have the time, watch both), courtesy of FOX News:

And the secone one

Now, at first I thought, that can’t be right – we can’t have started printing THAT much currency.  So I went to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’s website and started looking around.  And this is what I found.  The following is a chart of currency that’s actually in circulation (as in money that you and me have a chance of touching) (Note: if the chart is too small, click on it and it’ll take you to a full-sized chart):

But I thought, “That’s not the chart that Glenn Beck showed.”  So I did some more digging and found the chart that he showed, the chart tracking the monetary base:

YIKES!  That’s a very different chart from the first one.  And for those of you who don’t understand what the difference between monetary base and currency in circulation is, let me try to explain it.  Currency in circulation is the amount of money that’s going around the public sector, the money that’s floating around in the real world, paying for groceries or whatever.  The monetary base is the currency in circulation + money that’s being kept in a country’s central bank reserve.  In our case, the central bank is the Federal Reserve.  So to figure out how much is in the reserve, you simply have to do this math: monetary base – currency in circulation.  That means that most of that part of the blue line that goes almost straight up is in the Federal Reserve Bank (and there’s several branches throughout the country).  This is where private banks keep some of their money to loan to other banks.

Here’s a chart that shows how much is in the reserves:

Do you see how the  first chart and the last chart add up to the middle chart?  $800 billion-ish + $900 billion-ish gives $17 billion-ish.  Now, where that line starts to skyrocket on the middle and last charts is when the Fed decided to start printing more money and sticking it in the reserves.

That skyrocket devalues the currency.  The more  you have of something, the less valuable it becomes.  So, when something becomes less valuable, you need more of it to buy stuff.  And what’s the quick “remedy” for that?  Make more money!  But that DEVALUES the currency even more.  As Beck says in the second video (and as my history teacher said, and I’m guessing your history teacher too) this is what happened in Germany after World War I.  The Papiermarks in Germany became utterly worthless.  Hyperinflation set in and they actually started just stamping new values onto the bills.  You all saw the pictures in your Jr. High world history class of Germans burning paper money because it was cheaper to do that than buy wood.

Folks, if we aren’t careful, that is EXACTLY what is going to happen to us.  Look at the chart – this increase is unprecedented.  NEVER in American history have we done ANYTHING similar to this, and it’s a recipe for DISASTER.

We must stop this immediately and begin destroying some of that money.  The Federal Reserve needs to stop printing and start gathering money back.  When they begin bringing in that money (as they regularly do when money just becomes old), instead of replacing it with new money, some of this money needs to be destroyed.  The problem is, they get that old money from banks, and then give new money to the banks in return.  It’s very hard to take money away from people when you give it to them, but if we don’t do that, we’re headed for disaster.

I only hope that more people in the government realize what’s happening here.  Inaction is going to cost us severely, and “I told you so,” is of  little consolation, at least to me.

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