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Iran putting missiles in range of the United States


We always knew that Iran didn’t like us very much.

When President Obama said no to the missile shield and turned off any work going into it I believe he did it because the threat was so far from our territory. A fine idea as that is one expensive system.

Well now the story has changed..

http://www.hudson-ny.org/1714/iran-missiles-in-venezuela

Iran has now made an agreement with Venezuela to put missiles in the range of the United States. Let’s couple that with their desire for nuclear weapons and think for a second.

President Obama? Hello? Where are you on this issue.

I know you are busy. I heard there was a dream act thing and now the democrats in the house are messing around with your tax agreement. All those things are good to do but this one could be really bad.

A country with a desire for nukes, a tendancy to get testy and in range of us? Does anyone sniff a problem here?

I would hope that some diplomatic solution exists but I’m not certain of it. I am kind of glad the job of President isn’t mine at the moment.

DaScienceGuy

I’m not sure where to take this meltdown of Democrats


Sometimes I watch the Republicans and say wow they can’t all get on the same page but that is normal for any large group of people unless you are preprogrammed drones.

I used to say the Dems were just drones…That appears to be changing.

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/12/08/liberals-try-prevent-pelosi-bringing-tax-bill-floor

The President compromised and made a deal with the republicans on taxes and such. Now the democrats in the house are moving to stop him? Wow so much for bipartisanship and wow the meltdown. They say that gridlock in Washington is the fault of the incoming party yet they aren’t there yet.

Interesting. I’m not sure where to take it other than to say our President appears politically very weak and how does this play around the world? One thing I know is that it isn’t good.

Fairwell predictable politics!

DaScienceGuy

The West Wing Season 1 Episode 6 – Mr. Willis of Ohio


I liked this Episode. It showed the back door dealings that goes on during the budget process.

The one thing I think is interesting here is that they show the amendments to get one thing you want on a bill that has nothing to do with the bill in question. Its a crap way to do things but that is politics.

I think two things should happen in the government at this level. There should be a highly restrictive amendment process. It should be a congressional rule.

There should also be a way to say that the government can’t spend more every year. I know in times of crisis you need to debt spend. I know that. But everything isn’t a crisis.

I am a firm believer in Pay-Go. If you increase spending one place…Cut it someplace else. I do it at home!

The other interesting bit to this episode to me was political families. It demonstrated one worry a real parent would have if they were in politics. That is what happens to their kids. If someone were to come after my kid I know I would be pissed. Now also I would think that if I were in daily life like this in the public eye it would be dangerous to my kids. I would want secret service agents that were 7 foot tall and 3 foot wide around my kids…

But that’s just me.

DaScienceGuy

The West Wing Season 1 Episode 5 – These Crackpots These Women


I have to say I really think this episode was just all about character introduction and evolution. It seemed like filler to me in many ways. Not sure what else to say about it other than Mandy just started to not appear to fit in with the rest of the cast (could be why they cut her after season 1).

The West Wing Season 1 Episode 4 – Five Votes Down


I think this episode was particularly interesting. It shows something we all knew but displays it very well. That politicians will do anything for a personal victory. It has way less to some of them doing the right thing than it does to advancing their career and being owed political points.

I’m sure not all politicians think like this but how much legislation has been past, how much money has been spent to advance a career rather than help our country.

I for one hope that things such as Health Care wasn’t done just for these types of reasons.

It also shows something that I knew a long time ago but displays it very well. People in demanding jobs really do give up much of their personal life in order to have those jobs. In other words White House Chief of Staff is not just a job you go home from. It is what you do from the moment you get up until the moment you go to sleep from exhaustion. You have to be passionate about your career to do this. I’m not sure I could do that I love being with my family too much.

The West Wing Season 1 Episode 3 – A Proportional Response


I have to say I like The West Wing as a series. Loved it when it was on. I rarely paid attention to the political message then merely the interplay of the characters and whatnot. Watching it now for the political undertones.

I think in this episode (remembering this was pre 9-11) they were trying to say that using military force in a way at a higher level than someone used on us is bad. That was the takeaway I got.

I have to say to the producers, here on Veterans Day, that as a Veteran the military members are not war hungry guys. They really don’t want to have to fight. They do however have that ability. They have the capability. They will do so if ordered and they hope/pray they don’t have to.

There are however times when you must. Sadly. But if you do you should do it when necessary to protect people. You must protect those that can’t protect themselves and sometimes diplomacy doesn’t work. Let’s revisit World War II. If the allies had gotten on board earlier how far would Hitler have gotten? We waited, we talked, we did little until we were pushed WAY into a corner.

Sometimes you have to do things you don’t like. As a veteran and a patriot I saw do them. Do them fast and rarely. But there are some people in the world who only understand force. That makes me sad but it is important for us to fully realize.

DaScienceGuy

The Business side of tax increases and inflation


Ok. I don’t often sound off on specific policies but here we go.

Taxes. Here is the unintended consequence of increasing taxes.

Why should I bit her knocking myself out to bring home an extra $20k over my base salary assuming I make in the now higher bracket. I will take more time off instead.

Here is the problem for the US federal tax revenue. They will get all the tax revenue on my salary as they should. They will miss that extra income while I go home and watch Dancing with the Stars.

Now I’m happy and well rested. I have a little less money in the bank. But the fed loses the Taxes they would have gotten on that 20k. In the higher bracket that is a few grand.

Multiply that by a lot of people. See where i am going? Higher income people seem to be good at the math.

I for one vote for a flat tax. Being a realist a graduate tax rate is what we have and what we will have. So how about a gently graduated rate a close a lot of loopholes and seriously limit write-offs but give a lower overall rate.

Higher taxes are very bad for the economy. This in turn is very bad for government revenues at all levels.

Dascienceguy

My work of Fiction (the start)


THose of you that know me well know I am bored at work. I always wanted to be a fiction writer but it is like dooming yourself to a life of starvation and hunger. So I am trying to do something in spare time (full time career and a one year old that isn’t much). But below is my first attempt. Be gentle its a work in progress….And far far far from finished (probably be near 130,000 words when done.

Father Frank Santini had been hearing confessions and offering absolution to his parishioners for almost fifteen years. Gradually over that time he believed that the parishioners, and most of modern society, were looking for a free ride. In fact many of the shrinking number of people that came to confession seeking a ‘get out of jail free’ method of behaving however they wanted; with no fear of long term consequences, at least in the eyes of the creator. His training, both formal and on the job as a Catholic Priest allow him to cope with what he had heard, then of course guide those confessors to the right and Christian path. None of that came close to helping him understand what to do with the next confession he was going to hear.

He sat in the confessional in the manner of his normal routine and slid the divider across to see a woman who had did not feel the need for the privacy screen. Those who did not want to hide their face were usually the most repentant, a good start for this woman he thought. He began with the customary exchanges finishing by asking, “What sins have you come to confess my child?”

“Father I have been involved in sins of the flesh.” The strikingly beautiful woman claimed with head held high, while making direct eye contact with no measureable regret in her voice. This caused Father Frank to believe he should find out more before offering a way to redeem this woman in the eyes of God.

“Without being explicit; speaking in the most general terms possible what kind of sins of the flesh?” He probed.

“Well Father you see I am married.” some measure of regret, however slight, began to appear. The difficulty was that it was not immediately apparent if she was regretful of the sins or being married.

“He works very hard,” she continued in her New England accent, “and makes an amazing amount of money to put us in a lifestyle I enjoy very much. However Father it isn’t enough for me. I love my husband but I also love adrenaline so I began by cheating on him. The trilling possibility of getting caught having sex with another man just seemed dangerous and wicked exciting.”

“Oh dear, surely there are other ways to satisfy this desire for danger and thrill you have. These desires are not sins but your method of fulfilling them certainly is.” He stated thinking it was the weakest thing he could have said to such a woman. He continued to quickly try to come up with something better to solve the challenge that God had provided for him in the form of this woman.

“Father there is more. I found that so exciting at first but after some time that no longer held much of a thrill for me. So I started going about it in a way I thought would get me caught. I kept coming closer to that line without crossing it all the time. Then one day he walked in on me and a man in our living room; all he did was join in and the thrill of two men penetrating me at once was amazing. So after that event I started thinking about how to increase the danger level. Some short time later I started working as a prostitute. Oh we don’t need the money I make, my husband doesn’t even know about it. But the danger involved is just something I can’t seem to get away from. It makes me feel so alive Father. It is for this sin I ask forgiveness.”

Father Frank felt he was going to explode. He had no idea what to do with such a person. He began by thinking that God wanted to test him in some fashion and this woman was the manifestation of that test. “I implore you to stop this behavior at once. Then seek professional help. I can assist you in finding this help if you can’t find it on your own. However, if you really want to be forgiven in the eyes of God your first step is to stop.”

“But Father, I thought if I came in and just said some prayers I would be forgiven and could still go to Heaven someday when I die.” She asked like a child asking to get out of a grounding given for staying out past curfew because after all she was only fifteen minutes late.

He began to shake beneath his robes, “Confession is not a free pass. One must actually be regretful of their sins then repent for them before forgiveness can be fully realized.”

“What happens if I don’t want to stop? I still want to keep doing it but I want you to forgive me. This weekend down in Boston’s theatre district will be great, there is a new opening, and I can’t pass that up!” She said in a way that made him realize she had no clue what being sorry about something meant. Her world obviously revolved around her and there was no higher power or more important thing than her pleasure.

“If you intend to continue I am afraid I can offer you no forgiveness.”

“Oh well, I guess I should go then. Thanks anyway Father.” And she left.

Father Santini was very glad confession hours had passed. This Friday more than any he could remember he needed time to pray for guidance.

The Big Bang Theory – The Pilot


Ok I have been watching season 1 of the Big Bang Theory.

I just got finished with the Pilot and I think it was, as far as Pilot episodes go, pretty funny. It shows the cast has some chemistry, they were still trying to sort it out but it works (obviously).

SPOILER ALERT

In this episode we meet the cast. It is an ensemble cast of 5. 3 Scientists, 1 Engineer, 1 Cheescake Factory Waitress…Come on who doesn’t know a group of people like that? Ok I’ll admit I do but perhaps I’m strange 😉

One interesting thing I found during this episode is that I carefully looked at the math on the white boards in the episode. This time I paused to check the math. Its accurate! It is not only accurate but its high level stuff.

During a walk up the stairs one of the characters (Sheldon) trying to make small talk says that if the height of a single step is off by as much as 2mm most people will trip. I admit it I went and measured a flight of stairs. They were all within that tolerance in my house. I have never tripped up or down the stairs here (unless there was something else on the stair such as a kid’s toy).

Interestingly also there was an argument between two scientists. The statement went something like this: At least I didn’t have to invent 27 dimensions to make the math work out in my white board.

Response: I didn’t have to invent those dimensions they were there!

Sadly….While at work (MIT) I have heard arguments that are like this. Dimensionality and text was different but the basic premise is the same. – Someone has hung out with scientists to come up with that one. Admittedly I laughed pretty hard here….

Also, one of the scientists spouted off about the delusions of society when it comes to Astrology. I myself have yelled at people about this stuff being crap. Astronomy is a Science, Astrology is NOT. No matter how much you want it to be. They are not based on the same stuff….I have gone into deep arguments with people about this and I find it interesting that the writers thought to put it in the show and made it funny at the same time. Talented people there!!!

One of the running gags in the show and as I go through them I am going to pay attention to it. One of the characters (Wallowitz) has a different and really odd belt buckle each time..

Wallowitz Belt Buckle sighting: An original nintendo controller!!!

My New Obsession – The Big Bang Theory


I have been so tied up in Politics for a long time my wife told me to go find something else to do. So I did…

It is about a group of scientists and how funny they are trying to interact with what they seem to term as ‘normal people’. Now normal to at least one of them seems to be a derision but its pretty funny.

I may enjoy the show more than most people merely because I am a scientist. Let me tell you I can see people I know in each of these characters. Not to the extreme pictured on the show but to some degree.

No matter if you are a scientist or not we have all known ‘nerds’ and this show has some lovable ones. Even Wallowitz, who is a lovelorn engineer. Come on who hasn’t known one of those….

DaScienceGuy