Saturday, September 29, 2007

Demogogery - I'm going to fight

I am sick and tired of reading phrases like "Republicans always..." or "Democrats always..."

Demogogery is killing our country.

There is nothing wrong in supporting your preferred political party, or standing by and supporting members of it, but we go too far.

Representative Jackson, from Louisiana, caught with $90,000 wrapped in aluminum foil in his freezer. He was removed from various committee positions in congress. My question - why is he even IN congress? I know, innocent until proven guilty, but members of congress are supposed to know better.

Senator Craig, from Idaho. Ok, he's a creep, and possibly a closet homosexual, and it was a "sting" operation, etc, etc. But, he is a Senator!!!!! His actions AFTER his arrest, and how he handled it were juvinile. I would expect such behavior from a 19 year old who didn't have a clue about the legal system, but a senator??

And to all of you who "stand by" your man - stop it already. Hold them to higher standards than "normal" society. Actually, if we held our government "leaders" to the same standards that we have for other people in our neighborhoods, I doubt many would ever be re-elected.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Talked my client out of hiring me

Yesterday, I finished a contract job. I spent a total of 11.5 hours working for them. The contracting agency gets a bit over half, but for a short job, that's fine.

I had the opportunity to have the contract extended - perhaps as long as a month, maybe even more. But, they asked for my "expert" opinion, and I told them: you can't do what you want to do the way you want to do it. Basically, because of some tools that they must use, they would have to take their current system (technology which I am very familiar with) and replace it with a new one based on another technology, which I am only slightly familiar with. I told them that although I could help with the new system, their money was better spent on other consultants who knew more.

That's the way it should work, isn't it?

Too many soldiers dying in Iraq = racism?

I had a thought a while ago. There are a number of people that want the United States to pull out of Iraq because, "X amount of soldiers have died! That's too many!"
Now, as far as I understand it, most "experts" in the Middle East believe that Iraq will implode into a horrendous civil war if the U.S. pulls out. More people would die than if we stayed. The detractors have responded, "but they aren't American soldiers!"
Aren't they implying that thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are "worth" less than a few thousand American troops? That is something that can be inferred easily enough.

I'm not going to call any of those people racists. I seriously doubt that they ever thought of things this way. They are just people that think that a war is the worst possible thing imaginable, and it must be avoided at all costs.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Another dry spell

I've got to stop not doing this.

That's a difficult sentence to parse :)

So many things going on. Murderous rampages, news "alerts" every 15 minutes with discussions including "experts" on murderous rampagers, junk science, junk sociology, witch hunts with federal appointees, senate leaders surrendering our "war" on terror, convictions of high powered white collar criminals, and more.

I can remember back in the "good ol' days" whan I was a child. We didn't worry about those things, but then again, children never do :) Our parents only had to worry about inflation, junk science, junk sociology, Vietnam vets going on murderous rampages, big businesses being broken apart because of anti-trust and anti-monopoly laws, and more.

More of the same.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

New year, new....

Well, it's not new.

I can't believe the rhetoric that is in politics today. Not just the Democratic Party, but the Republican Party, the press, foreign governments, etc.

For example, there are a number of Senators from both parties that, just a few months ago, said that we need more troops in Iraq. Ok, the President wants to send more troops. Now these Senators are against it!

So, what has changed in these few months?

I am of the following opinions based on the following facts:

  1. Fact: The President is increasing the number of troops. If I recall correctly, it is an increase of 21,500
  2. Fact: Senators who were for a troop increase are now against it.
  3. Opinion: The Senators of the Democratic Party who switched have done so because:
    3a) the election is now over
    3b) they have a very slim majority in the Senate
    3c) the Democratic Party seems to be the "anti-war" party (with some exceptions, as with any generalization).
  4. Opinion: The Senators of the Republican Party who switched have done so because:
    4a) the election is now over
    4b) the Democratic Party has a very slim majority in the Senate
    4c) they are distancing themselves from the President because of popularity polls, which show support for the President and the war in Iraq to be in the basement.

Rhetoric. All rhetoric.

And trying to look good on TV, of course.