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The President Does Not Understand The Military????!!!??


I have been a member of the military. I have watched military events for a long time. I read military history books when I have time….

I now think we have a commander in chief that just absolutely doesn’t understand the military. He doesn’t understand why you keep one.

There is a discussion going on at the level of the President to start a military award for showing ‘restraint’.

Restraint as in when under fire in Afghanistan did you only shoot as many people as you had to. I am here to tell you that the military doesn’t go ‘people hunting’. They don’t like to kill. You have to but it isn’t something you go out looking for.

I think his though may be that the military is full of thugs who have to be kept on a chain or civilians get hurt. I say to you Mr. President. Wake up!!! Smell some coffee…Not foo foo Jamaican Blue Mountain Frappawhatevers…

Have some WWII vets come in and discuss what life is like under fire..Do so with Korean war vets, Viet nam vets…I am not discounting those with more recent military service such as myself. Merely these guys have had years to make their peace with it….They can give a more detached view….

I for one say Mr. President…Get a grip. Realize the military is there to kill people and break things but they don’t kill or break more than they have to. Ok there are a few rare exceptions to this but there are exceptions when dealing with any group of people that large.

I think this award is coming from the right place in his heart, he means well…He just doesn’t get it…

One term? Could this finally drive it home? To all but the far far far left? I don’t know but this one just makes me roll my eyes and say what’s next.

I want to find something I can be supportive of him on but he is NOT going to memorial day at Arlington Cemetary because he is going to a Paul McCartny concert…So is the military just an annoyance to him? Help me Mr. President. Do something I can get behind.

DaScienceGuy

Invention via Government Order


I was reading a blog that makes a lot of sense to me.

http://www.culturewaranalyst.blogspot.com/

I want to point out a blog entry that was made there…

http://culturewaranalyst.blogspot.com/2010/05/truck-mileage-standards.html

I have to second the point made here.

One can not just sign an executive order and say….ok…scientists just go invent me a way out of this mess…No funding to your work just an order. Line up the engineers against a wall and say DO IT…

When they say why the answer is BECAUSE I SAID SO.

That ‘because I said so answer’ usually works with a parent talking to a child but let us face a few facts. The point is that if we REALLY want to double gas mileage in trucks that is absolutely a great idea. However based on speed of product to market the weaker engines are not going to cut it as the blogger points out.

The other problem this will have is not JUST raising the prices of goods that get delivered to stores. I think the greater impact will be the number of truckers that get driven out of business. There are a lot of independent truckers and if that standard becomes ‘real’ the only answer will be shipping by rail. Great if you are a railroad bad if you are an indepdent trucker.

What will 50% of the truckers going out of business do to the unemployment in this country? Add 1% add 0.75%. Whatever the number is it is an additional number and in the wrong way.

Thanks President Obama.

Science Policy and Modern Day Politicians


I have been a scientist for a while now. I have worked at Universities, at Companies both big and small, I have even worked with Universities while at companies. I have also been to National Labs, I have been to R&D firms. I see how the stuff works.

What bothers me is that I have been reading a lot of history books. There is no doubt in my mind that scientists, engineerings, experimentalists, etc are responsible for things like the wheel, things like the laser….All manner of stuff.

Modern day politicians and companies have the folks who fund this research so scared that if a project doesn’t work they’ll be fired that you almost can’t get research funded that is anywhere risky. You almost have to prove it will work before you can get funding to make it work.

How do you make REAL progress doing this. Sure you can make incrimental progress made but real revolutionary process can’t be done.

Imagine if you will a guy with a wacky idea on something that MAY solve a problem such as energy. Well gee, if it isn’t wind, solar, algorithms (all of which are good and necessary) good luck (that list is certainly not all inclusive). But those are band aids. Not a solution.

Some small projects are funded at tiny amounts of $$ but where is the modern day Manhattan type project? That spirit has been beaten out of the majority of scientists settling instead to make tiny steps off the shoulders of the giants that were here in the first 3/4 of the 20th century.

We need to encourage creativity and a bit of risk rather than discourage it. That spirit of invention needs to come back. I know someone will say wow look at all these inventions, all those inventions. Sure there is some interesting stuff out there. But where is the world changing invention such as the science that enabled electronics to be real that has occured in the last 20years. (iPods while interesting are not the type of thing I am talking about).

I for one want to work towards making sure these types of revolutionary changes can once again occur.

Tax Day and President Obama


I agree that politicians can and will say almost anything depending on what audience they are talking to.

I was so offended by something the President said the other day I almost called the white house switchboard. But rather than being reactionary I said to myself well he’s a politician and a fairly successful one being President.

The President said some pretty nasty things about the tea partiers which I am not one of but I see their point. This is a country where you can protest and leaders should take that freedom seriously. People can say whatever they want if you disagree with it you are allowed to shout at the top of your lungs the opposite. This is based on laws such as slander, etc of course but you get my point.

However on Tax Day the President said we should be thanking him for that bill I had to send in. I paid a LOT in taxes and you know what I’m happy to have the ability to. Its fine I’ll pay my share whatever that is. But good lord do you have to be so snarky about it? I won’t thank you for the taxes Mr. Obama and the increases you have in store for me. I won’t do it. I will thank you to take a different tactic and say “to those of you who pay above the average tax burdon, thank you. We want to be able to help all American’s achieve the dream” Try that tactic Mr. President and you may not force me to campaign against you. It will be incrediablly hard to get me to vote for you but I may not actively work against you if you stop the arrogant attack on people.

DaScienceGuy

Nuclear Weapons and President Obama – Some minor agreement


I have been listening to talk radio rip President Obama’s policy on no nukes even to defend the US.

A couple of things talk radio can spin anything any president says to make it sound stupid so let’s just get that out there.

Next, he is the commander in chief and he gets to choose how to defend the country. Agree or disagree right now he is the guy. Plus we have seen he will flip flop when needed so let’s just assume he reserves the right to change his mind on 30 seconds notice depending on which reporter or policy maker he is talking to.

Finally as a scientist I want to remind people of something. A nuclear weapon is just a great big bomb. Kilotons is an equivalent mass of TNT. If you put a huge pile of TNT in place and set it off you get the same effect minus the radio activity. LOTS of work has gone on to increase the effciency of chemical weapons. The MOAB (Mother of all bombs see wikipedia) was a conventional non nuclear weapon with roughtly the same yield as one of the two weapons used on Japan in WWII. So why bother with the radioactive fall out. Just use REALLY big conventional stuff….

I may not be a huge fan of the current president but on this policy I have to say that I agree with what he is doing but I wouldn’t have advertised it to our enemies.

DaScienceGuy

Health Care Law and Racism? Tanning Salons?


Ok I have been looking at this health care package since the start.

The news media, lawyers, and some others are just nuts. There is a discussion going on about the health package being racist. I may not agree with this bill, now law but I wouldn’t say racist.

They are trying to argue that because there is a 10% tax on tanning services that the law is inherently racist. There is now going to be a lawsuit.

The argument is just because the majority of customers for tanning services are caucasian women. Usually college age. They are saying due to the tax singling in on one ethnic group its racist. Argh.

Is it just me or is this lawsuit just crazy and a way for people to get their name in the news.

In the name of John Galt, current Government officials


I have been reading a lot lately for many reasons.  One because it is an ingrained habit, another because it is a great escape with things bug me.  There are a lot of things that bug me.  I used to just argue, point it out and not do much about it.  I was busy, career, graduate school, etc all got in the way.

Now I am down to Career and family.  But looking at what is going on these days I see America on what I believe to be the wrong track.  Someone must stand up and do something so I for one am working political campaigns in which I believe.  Then I have the real right to complain because I at least tried to make a difference.

I think at some level I do this in the name of John Galt.  If you know who that is you’ll understand.  If you don’t know who that is; he is a fictional character from a book called Atlas Shrugged. 

It is a very long book but worth reading.  The basic premise is what if all of the people who knew how to produce things, (e.g. cars, airplanes, electricity, food) all went on strike.  What if they only produced what they needed and no more.  They made no profit, therefore paid no taxes.  The lack of making money and paying taxes made government have no resources.  Those who were on the government dole (e.g. low income housing, welfare, unemployment, etc) had no resources with which to work.  In the book those who continued to produce were taxes higher and higher until nothing was left to tax.  Then the whole system crumbles. 

Personally I think that bit of fiction was interesting but rather than quitting and going home….I for one choose to try to affect change.  Real change, for what I believe to be the better.

I think the President is trying to do the very same thing.  I for one give him points for trying to do what HE believes is the right thing.  I disagree so rather than arguing…I am doing.

If you are interested in John Galt, my father found some online videos about the character.  A sort of adaptation.

Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/user/GaltSpeaking

Alpha Inventions Ranking

The elder generation versus the current; WWII vs Today


I have been thinking a lot about how America lost its way.  That at least appears to be the mantra of those who disagree with the current administration.  For this post I am going to assume the premise that they are correct.  I do think that if you look at what The United States accomplished during WWI and WWII, the era between and just after I do have to say that by comparison today we take a lot of things for granted.  So let’s just assume the talking heads are correct to a point.

What was going on prior to WWII.  The United States had just come out of an economic depression.  It annihilated the finances of families all over the country.  There were lines for FOOD.  Not WIC, not foodstamps, not even the FDIC to protect our money in case a bank fails.  Banks did fail.  Companies went under just like today.  Now people have a backstop.

The same people, in some people, curse the country say we don’t do enough.  Well wait a minute we do a lot.  We are the most giving country the world has ever seen.  Today if you lose your job you have a fall back.  You have some income.  And that’s ok.  But when is enough, well enough?  Where does it end.

The people in WWII suffered prior to that time.  People weren’t sure if they could feed their kids.  Can you imagine that?

If your bank went out of business your money was just gone.  Today it is insured.  Yet people say we don’t do enough.

Today we have a generation of people who have never suffered.  They have never done without.  They do not know what it is like to not have someone to turn to.  What we need as a country is some tough love.  We have to learn to say enough.

I for one think we are headed toward if not currently at a nanny state.  If you fail, the government backs you up.  Your company is going to go out of business and you employ a lot of people.  Well Daddy government.  You lose your job…well daddy government.  You lose your insurance……………What’s next?  What else do we have to do?  Will we only be satisfied when everyone lives in a McMansion and doesn’t have to work a day in their lives?  If that is the case how does electricity get to your house?

Where does the next car come from.

I think now that we have a huge borderline social medicine system we need to draw a line in the sand.  This is it.  Government gets no larger.  It gets no more intrusive.  I want to thank the President for showing me just how little tough love we have gotten used to in this country and just how good we have it.

DaScienceGuy

Morning Joe and Nancy Pelosi discussion


Morning Joe is talking about an interview Nancy Pelosi gave about the passage of the Health Care Bill.  She is claiming, in this interview, that the opposition was fighting FOR the big insurance companies.

I think she is delusional.  She just passed a law making every person in America buy their product.  Why would she think the other side saying no no no would be a benefit to them?

Sure they have to have pre-existing conditions, etc.  However, there are a large number of uninsured young people who rarely get sick!  I think we need an actuary to sort this out and just figure it out.  Stop pointing fingers and answer the question.

I personally don’t think either side cared about insurance companies in the least while arguing this topic.

ACORN Disbanding? Say it is so, but I doubt it


I may be a bit skeptical but I came across a story I just don’t believe:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,589768,00.html

This group has been responsible or at least at the center of so much garbage that I can’t believe they would just squeak away into the night.  They are a HUGE organization employing lots and lots of people to do things for the various communities around the country.  They have a noble charter which has been scarred by many if no the majority of people who are involved there.

I have also found throughout my life that if you listen to things in the news media some percentage of what is heard is wrong.  So let’s assume that 75% of the claims about ACORN and voter fraud are wrong.  That is still a lot of fraud.

Let’s assume they didn’t help a lot of people fraudulently get mortgages through coaching them how to lie on applications.  So how many around the country were they involved with.

I think this group will come back under a new name and be up to the same old tricks.  I for one defended this country in Uniform and have devoted a chunk of my adult life to research and development aimed in protecting an ideal I believe in.  These folks in my opinion have scarred that ideal.  If I find out they come back again under a new moniker up to their old tricks….Well, I’ll be watching.  I’ll be working against them if I find them.

DaScienceGuy