Archive for March, 2009

President Obama and Notre Dame

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

To me, there are two issues to this situation. The first is President Obama speaking at the commencement ceremonies. The second is awarding President Obama a honary degree.

In regards to the first situation, I say let him speak. The student body should show President Obama respect and as long as President Obama doesn’t decide to insult Catholics, no foul. Notre Dame has invited the newly elected President to speak at the commencement in the past and also the President represents the new Hitler on Earth, this tradition should continue.

On the second issue, Notre Dame should not reward President Obama with an honorary degree. As was declared by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2001:

The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.

Now some may say that allowing him to speak violates the above statement, and that is something that could be argued amongst Catholics. The awarding of a degree, even an honary one, does violate what hte Bishops have decreed.

What Notre Dame needs to decide is are they a Catholic institution or not? The Catholic Church has made their statement on abortion, and what is expected of Catholics in this area. If we as Catholics will not speak out against the unjust taking of an innocent life then what exactly do we stand for as Catholics?

The Government Knows Best

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

So now the Government thinks it should set the wages for companies that have received capital investment from the US Government. This is making a bad idea worse.

The original bad idea was bailing out many of these companies instead of letting the market deal with it, as it was. If that meant some companies have to enter into bankruptcy then then is what they do. Capitalsim actually works pretty well except when the Government thnks it knows better. Don’t forget the Government had a big hand in causing the current economic situation.

Giving the power to one group, the Treasury Department, to decide exactly how much each person in a company should get paid is insane. So the Treasury Department decides wages are to high at company A, what will the best and brightest workers do? Try to get a job at company B of course. So you end up losing your best people, the ones you want in a recovery, because some yahoo decides he knows what wage is “the best”.

Welcome to socialism, leave your freedom at the door.

Quick Book Review: Protecting the Gift

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Protecting The Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) is by author Gavin De Becker, author of The Gift of Fear. In Protecting the Gift De Becker talks about some similar things from The Gift of Fear, but expands upon to look at the most important job a parent has, protecting their children.

De Becker talks about many things that parents deal with such as picking a babysitter, but offering the insight he has on predicting violent behavior. De Becker also writes about areas parents tend to teach their children and shows how it is actually the wrong thing to teach them and offers an alternative. An example of this is “never talk to strangers.” I was taught this, and remember the kid’s book that De Becker mentions. But assume your child is in trouble, don’t you want them seeking help? De Becker offers advice on what we can teach our children in picking someone to talk to for help.

One part I found helpful is De Becker’s “The Test of Twelve.” These are twelve items relevant to protecting your child from violence and sexual predators. These are things your child should know, excluding the obvious such as address and phone number, before they venture out alone. Anyone responsible for the care of a child should be familiar with these twelve items and talk about them with their child.

In all, a very good book for parents and I recommend it, along with The Gift of Fear.

Gimme some sugah baby! Well, maybe not.

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I just picked up Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide and it is an eye opener. I tend to watch what I eat but too often in the grocery store I don’t pay enough attention to the sugar content, especially on foods perceived to be healthy. I’ve since modified some of the items I purchased such as yogurt and some of the breakfast cereals I eat.

Everyone needs to pay attention to what you are eating. Nothing wrong with some junk food now and then, but too often we eat too much starurated fat and sugar loaded food.

Let Them Become Citizens

Friday, March 27th, 2009

A bill has been introduced in Maine, LD 1195, would allow non-US citizens the right to vote in local elections. No surprise the bill is sponsored by two Democrats, Sen. Justin Alfond of Portland and Rep. Brian Bolduc of Auburn.

If a person is here legally and they want to be part of our government process then let them become citizens. Otherwise they can just accept what this country is offering them and enjoy it. At least one person representing a group of  immigrants in Maine has spoken out against the bill:

“Mohamud Barre, president of the Somali Culture and Development Association of Maine, said he’s concerned that many immigrants aren’t informed enough to vote.

“They don’t know what’s going on, they don’t speak English,” said Barre, who is originally from Somalia.”

National Review has posted on this too.

That’s Poker

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Playing in a single Sit and Go on Pokerstars (9 players) and made it to the bubble. For those that don’t know a 9 person SnG pays the top 3 so when 4 people are left you are on the bubble. Great time to be aggressive and steal chips as many people tighten up just to make the money.

I’m in the BB abd get dealt As 7s. Not the greatest hand but good one on the bubble. Folds around to the SB that min raises to $200. The SB has been a losse cannon, making lots of calls with very poor hands but sucking out at the end (this is called foreshadowing). Uusally when he has been doing this so far he has been playing a hand with an ace. I make the call and hope for a good flop.

Flop comes 2 spades (8 and 6)  and a heart (k). The SB over bets the pot to $1100 and now I ‘m pretty darn sure he is holding an ace and making a steal play. I re-raise all-in and he makes the call. His hand is the Ad 2H. I was right on his hand. So I’m looking for any spade and he needs to catch a duece.

Turn brings an Ah, good card for me. Now a spade or any card lower then a 7 and I win the pot. A 2 gives him the pot, any other card and we split. Looking good for me.

The river of course is a 2. I bust out on the bubble. He had 3 outs on the river and caught one. That’s poker.

David Letterman is Kissing Ass

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

A running joke on Late Night with David Letterman while President Bush was in office was “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches”. These jokes were setup with a couple of famous presidential speeches and then the punchline was President Bush bumbling over something. Great stuff, everybody laughs.

Now we have President Obama, a great speaker as long as the teleprompter is working. One would think that Letterman wouldn’t pass up a chance for some easy jokes here would you? Well until last night there have been no jokes on this, and even then Letterman couldn’t follow through on the gag.

Letterman setup the gag with talking about how people have been complaining about President Obama uses a teleprompter, and making a snide remark at those same people. So Letterman decided to do a “Teleprompter, No Teleprompter” skit. Starts of with President Obama giving a speech, and very well as he does when reading from a screen. Next is the No teleprompter part. Should be an easy one, lots of clips of President Obama doing the stumble-fumble with his words. What do we get, President Bush fumbling over words.

I’m guessing that Letterman wants to be like Jay Leno and have the President on his show too. Making fun of the Chosen One is a probably not a way to make that happen. In the past Letterman has made fun of  a certain ex-President and how they pronounced the word “nuclear”. Time will tell if we will get jokes about “orion”. My bet is that not as long as Letterman has lip balm.

Some Tips For Beginners to Hold’em

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Not going to cover starting hand requirements, but some general things where I see beginners make mistakes:

Not Aware of Position

Position is huge in hold’em (any poker game really). Being the last to act gives you a chance to see how the table is responding to the cards on the table. Likewise having to act early is a disadvantage, you don’t have a chance to see how the others will respond to the cards on the table.

Being A Calling Station

Sometimes calling is good, you have a drawing hands and have good odds to call or trying to trap an opponent when you have what you think is the best hand. In these situations you know why you are calling. If you are calling because you are holding an ace or just want to see the next card then let me know where you play. I could use the money.

Overvaluing Your Hand

Usually done when holding an ace or suited cards. Suited connectors can be good hands to play, 10-6 suited is a pretty crappy hand. Holding a hand of A-6 is likewise a pretty bad hand. There are times to play hands like this based on position, table image,  and stack size to name a few. Too many beginners play these hands too often.

The 90% Tax Rate and the Constitution

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

It should be obvious to any that observe the US Congress that they never let a little thing like the Constitution stand in their way. That said their recent acts should be troubling to anyone that values the Constitution and the intent of the writers.

Article 1, Section 9 deals with the issue:

“No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

Easy to understand, pretty straight forward. Yet it doesn’t seem simple enough for many members of Congress in the House. Again no surprise there. Perhaps certain members of Congress should go back and read Federalist Paper #84 where it says:

“The creation of crimes after the commission of the fact, or, in other words, the subjecting of men to punishment for things which, when they were done, were breaches of no law, and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.”

Enough said for now, time to look for some tea.

Double Standards

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Having listened to many on the left make comments when President Bush made a faux pas, and some of those comments rightly deserved, where are they now? Come on Daily Kos and Moveon.org, you are going to give President Obama a free ride when you would have nailed President Bush to the cross? Consider these missteps:

Giving a European head of state a set of DVD’s that can only be played in North America.

Using the Special Olympics as a gag line

Trust me, there have been many others too, mainly when the teleprompter isn’t in front of President Obama.