Archive for May, 2009

The Murder of George Tiller

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Two wrongs do not make a right. We can speak out against the acts of late term abortions made by Dr. George Tiller. In the end the acts he was performing were legal under the law. Murdering someone performing a legal act  can rarely be justified.  This is a case of where it can never be justified. An act like this will not persuade others like Dr. Tiller to stop their acts but only end up hurting those of us that believe the act of abortion is wrong, especially late term abortions where the life of the mother is not at stake.

The people that performed this act will attempt to justify it in their minds by saying they are preventing further murders. While many of us would agree that abortion is murder in the eyes of the Church, we also need to recognize that do not only obey God’s law, but the laws of the government we live in. The proper way to stop abortion is through education and addressing our politicians to change the law. Murder is not the answer.

My prayers go out to the family and friends of Dr. Tiller.

Image if Roberts Had Said This

Friday, May 29th, 2009

“I would hope that a wise Caucasian man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latino male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Thankfully he didn’t as there would have been no way he would have made it through the confirmation hearings. He would have been correctly labeled a racist and thus unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. No way liberals would have allowed Roberts to sit on the court.

But let someone say something just like this, such as President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

No outrage from the left on this, and don’t expect any. In fact watch conservatives be labeled as racists or non-understanding if they point out the hypocrisy.

Judge Sotomayor, as her past decisions show, has no problems engaging in race politics. In other words if someone is from a disadvantaged group, meaning non-white, especially non-white male, then laws granting said group special rights is not an issue. The blind eye of justice doesn’t have meaning to Judge Sotomayor. Rather the blindfold should be lifted to check the race and sex of said person to determine how the law should be applied.

The downside of all of this iis that the Republicans can do nothing to stop Judge Sotomayor. To stop her would require help from the Democrats, in other words don’t hold your breath.

Yes, Stars Are That Stupid

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are threatening to leave Twitter. Why oh why you may ask? Well the question I first asked is why would someone join Twitter in the first place, but the reason Kutcher gives is that if Twitter goes ahead with the development of a television series. Why is this bad? It seems the  stars in question see this as an unfair intrusion into their life’s.

Okay, stop laughing now. These two created accounts, post to them, and they are afraid of an unfair intrusion into their life’s? Kutcher, Moore, you two made your lifes public and relish the attention, and the money it brings. Which is what I think is the heart of the matter, they won’t be able to control the cash flow from a Twitter television series, mainly the flow into their own accounts.

Simple rule to live by: If you don’t want your private life made public then start by not twitting your lifes to the web. What a couple of twits.

Solving The Health Care Issue

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Health care is a big issue in the US, mainly with people focusing on the cost of health care (which is actually hidden from them, but a blog for another day). We can start addressing this issue by doing some simple things without involving the government or the insurance companies. Here is what we can do (before changing any area in your health consult a doctor):

  1. Eat right
  2. Exercise
  3. Get regular checkups
  4. Wash our friggin hands

Our diets in the US are pathetic when looked at as a whole. We eat too much sugary foods that have too many grams of trans fats and saturated fats. Switching to a diet low with no trans fat, low in saturated fats,  a good dose of monounsaturated fats, high in lean proteins fiber, high in fiber, with plenty of vegetables (especially green ones) and fresh fruit. When eating bread make sure it is made with low grain and is low in sugar.  Read the labels and watch out for all that added sugar. Get rid of the soft drinks and energy drinks, just empty calories.

We need to get off of our butts and get some exercise. Aim for 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. If you can’t do 30 minutes then start lower and word your way up. How many days a week? For moderate exercise do it every day. 30 minutes of brisk walking will do wonders. If you want to do more vigorous exercises then go for it! Mix it up to keep boredom from sitting into your routine. Again, check with a doctor before starting an exercise program. There are so many ways to get exercise that you can find something you enjoy at any age.

Seeing a doctor on a regular basis can spot health issues when they are small and can be treated much easier and cheaper. At your younger ages you can get by not seeing the doctor every year if you healthly or don’t have any pre-existing health conditions. As we get older seeing a doctor at least once a year is good advice. A great way to catch that blood pressure as it starts creeping up and treating it then instead of when you have a heart attack.

Finally it is amazing how many illnesses can be stopped or slowed down just by watching our hands on a regular basis. Doesn’t need to be fancy just 30 seconds with warm soapy water. Needless to see you should be doing this already after using the bathroom or before preparing food.

So what are you waiting for? Go tackle our health issues now!

Pocket Aces

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I see way too many posts where people talk about how often they lose with pocket aces, how terrible of a hand it is, blah, blah, blah. What it usually boils down to is how they play the hand. For me I love pocket rockets as according to my database of hand histories it is my biggest winning hand by far.

The most common way people get into trouble with A’s is they slow play them. Now there is a time for slow playing such as you have a loose aggressive person acting after you that always raises, great time for a check raise there. Another case would be heads-up and you are mixing up your play. Slow playing A’s with a lot of people in the pot is just going to get you into trouble. Think about it, unless you get a great flop leaving you a closed end straight draw or a nut flush draw, you are pretty much hoping an ace hits. When you miss these conditions and you have 4 or 5 other people in the pot there is a good chance someone else hit something. So you ended up tossing chips into the pot where you probably have to fold if someone comes out aggressive post flop.

This brings up the next way people get into trouble with aces, they can’t get away from the hand. Unless you are going to try and bluff someone out of the pot what will you do if someone gets aggressive? What if someone raises, they get re-raised, and then it comes to you where the flop missed you? Still going to play them aces? Too many people do and lose too much money.

Aces aren’t a miracle hand, like any other hand in poker you have to know how to play them.

Why I Think Ford Is In Trouble

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

On the surface, Ford appears to be in better shape then Chrysler and General Motors. Technically they are in better shape too, no bailout money needed there. However this could cause major issues for Ford in the years to come.

Consider this: If the plan goes through as being pushed the US Government (meaning US taxpayers) will own 50% of General Motors. Just the thought of that would make the eyes of our Founding Fathers pop out of their heads. Now consider the effects of this. What do you think the odds of GM failing are after that? I would say pretty much zero. If GM needs more money the majority shareholder is going to provide it. Ig GM has bagage it needs to get rid of the majority stakeholder will absorb it for them. If the majority stakeholder needs new vehicles to lease who do you think they will look towards.

I hope Ford does succeed but when you place the coffers of the US Government behind its competitor it will make it an uphill battle.

Why Am I Putting Money Into The Pot?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

In this case I’m talking about playing No Limit Hold’em (NLH). Other then when posting the blinds or antes, you should be asking yourself this before tossing chips into the pot. If calling, why are you calling and what will you do if someone raises? If raising, why are you raising and how will you handle X number of callers or a re-raise?

Pre-flop (PF), the absolute worse reason to place chips into the pot is because you want to see a flop. Great, you want to see a flop. So if someone re-raises do you still want to see the flop? When you do see the flop how are you planning to proceed if the flop hits or misses you? Did you factor in how many people are also seeing the flop and what possible hands they may have?

Right up there for a bad reason for placing chips into the pot is you want to see where you are at in the hand. If everyone folds that tells you that everyone else thought you had the best hand or they weren’t getting pot odds to call you for their drawing hand (you did take pot odds into consideration before betting didn’t you?). Now change it to where you get a caller. Do they have you beat? Are they on a draw? Are they bluffing and looking to raise you on the turn? How about if someone raises your bet, do they have the best hand? Are they bluffing? Do they think you are bluffing and playig back at you? Do they thik your bet was an attempt to see where you are at in the hand?

The key takeaway is to know why you are putting chips into the pot and how you will proceed based on the what the table does. Never chip yourself to death, unless you are playing with me at a table.

Dick Cheney and the GOP Strategists

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Former Vice-President Dick Cheney is catching some flack from some GOP strategists, mainly for pointing out what he thinks the current Obama administration is doing wrong in regards to national security. My opinion is give them hell Cheney!

The GOP strategist are concerned mainly with getting Republicans elected. Many of them believe that having Cheney bashing President Obama on national security issues won’t help their cause. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. If their cause is to get Republicans elected on an “I’m a Democrat lite” platform then I hope Cheney causes them issues.

Here come the taxes

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Congress, those lovable people that they are, and the Obama administration are starting to realize something: We don’t have the money to pay for all they want to do. The solution of course is to raise our taxes.

The current popular tax appears to be a tax on soft drinks. Not a concern of yours? Don’t worry, they will get around to taxing something you do enjoy.

Social Security Going Bust That Much Sooner

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

And Medicare is in worse shape. First Social Secuirty:

“Trustees of the programs said Tuesday that Social Security will start paying out more in benefits than it collects in taxes in 2016, one year sooner than projected last year, and the giant trust fund will be depleted by 2037, four years sooner. “

I wrote before that we have already started sending out more money then it is taking in. With the drop in the economy the end is coming sooner rather then later for Social Security. The really bad (or scary) news is that the 2037 is a big hoax, there is no trust fund as that money has already been spent by the government. People talking about how the “trust fund” will last x number of years are blowing smoke out of their ass.

As for Medicare, it is projected to go totally broke in 2017, two years earlier then thought. No surprise there either for those that follow politics and the economy.

The solution? Decreased benefits? Increased retirement age? Pushing government controlled medical care ass a solution? You can be sure they won’t talk about a real solution to both issues: privitization.