NASA in my opinion has begun to lag behind in recent years and in some ways perhaps regressed technologically. Whether this is due to political pressure or financial concerns the end result is the same: an organization that has become resistant to new approaches and ideas presented by the latest generation of engineers. As of yet it remains unclear how NASA will progress regardless of their funding situation. Will they continue with business as usual that has even the most ardent space exploring supporters bemused or will they realize working cooperatively with private entrepreneurs in developing commercial space flight?
First, let me say that it is an honor for any nation when they Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. Such is the case now and I offer my congratulations to the President.
However, awarding President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize before he has even accomplished anything deserving such a meritorious award is a disservice to all who have attained the award in the past through their dedicated service over the years. It is undeserved and even the President acknowledges the fact that accomplishments matter more than intentions, even when he himself has accomplished nothing.
Unfortunately I can only see this as a jaded and calculated political move on the part of the leftist-socialist Norwegian Parliament to try to boost another leftists neo-socialist politician rather than give the award to others more deserving. This is especially so given that Obama would have been nominated for the award only two weeks or so into his Presidency and voted on in June. These facts alone turn the award into a bit of a farce when you realize how many truly deserving individuals have never received the award.
I’m disgusted that Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl voted against the Franken Amendment. The Franken amendment was very simple, clear, and quite fair: Haliburton, or subsidiaries, (and any other similar contractors) would receive no federal funds if they require employees or subcontractors to sign mandatory arbitration clauses (e.g. sign away their right to bring their case before a court). This is quite reasonable given Haliburton and its subsidiaries problems with employees being raped, assaulted, discrimination, and otherwise harassed by their co-workers and employers and then being denied justice or evn a hint of impartial review.
I want to know why the Senators from Arizona seem to condone these illegal activities? Why are they trying to protect such abusive companies? If they voted against it simply because a Democrat made the amendment then I am disgusted with their partisanship. If they voted against it because they are protecting Haliburton and others, then they are complete idiots. Such actions as these make me wonder if both are simply “good ol’ boy” misogynists.
Fortunately the Franken amendment passed anyway.
The new CBO “estimate” is out on the Baucus Plan: Budget Report: Senate Finance Panel’s Health-Care Bill Wouldn’t Raise Deficit – washingtonpost.com
Normally I’m more trusting on CBO estimates than claims made by either party on their own, but this is one of those times I really don’t trust the estimate, mainly because it’s based on conjecture because the authors of the bill won’t allow the CBO time to analyze it properly when it has been finalized. So how can it be an accurate assessment? Additionally, I can’t recall offhand any government program that has ever been deficit neutral, and certainly nothing related to health care. So yes I am skeptical. Very skeptical.
Regardless, my biggest complaint still remains taxing businesses and individuals and most especially fining and potentially imprisoning those who chose not to have insurance. How, exactly is it that a supposedly free and democratic government can impose a mandate for insurance without consent of the citizenry is beyond me. Is the Federal Government even constitutionally allowed to impose mandated insurance? Obviously not to anyone with common sense. But then common sense doesn’t exist in Washington and all of America is suffering because of it.
This morons still don’t get that they won’t be fixing anything. They’ll just be replacing one stumbling system for one complete failure of a system. A system that rewards Big Pharma with protectionist policies and unfettered price fixing, while crippling U.S. health care practitioners, hospitals, medical research, medical device manufacturers, and most important, the ability of Americans to even receive prompt, competent and quality medical care.
I’ll still hold off on my final opinion when they actually have something concrete, though I suspect Congress will try to force it through so people won’t be able to read it and issue an opinion before they attempt to impose it on the citizenry.
As if there isn’t enough evidence of idiocy (if not complicity) in the Fed over their incompetent handling of illegal immigration, we get this: U.S. Considers Shift in Housing of Detained Illegal Immigrants – washingtonpost.com. Instead of housing the illegals, why don’t they just kick them out like they are suppose to do in the first place. I’m fed up with these scumbags living off the American people’s dime.
And an interesting bit of information: In Arizona desert, illegal immigration’s mysterious spike — chicagotribune.com And no it’s not a spike in Hispanics and Latinos, but Chinese illegal aliens trying to sneak in.
But then I can’t say I’m surprised at what I see as the deliberate attempt by the U.S. government to undermine any and all who enforce immigration law rather than uphold it, as evidenced by Sheriff Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office being stripped of their 287(g) agreement by the Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security. Fortunately, Arpaio plans to ‘combat’ ICE agreement, so the sell outs, appeasers, and capitulators in Washington, DC (and elsewhere) haven’t won entirely.
If Arpaio truly is under investigation, as some claim is the reason for DHS’s decision, you don’t cut off the entire police force from enforcing the law. By that logic, every time a police brutality case comes to light all police across the nation should not be allowed to enforce any law. See the stupidity in this sort of logic now?
It’s time to get illegal immigration under control in this nation. Too bad our corrupt government is more concerned with figuring out how to let the illegals in so they can exploit them, both politically and economically, to undermine American citizens and local governments.
Overall, I’m not surprised that the FTC imposed these new rules on the internet given the ever increasing number of dishonest bloggers and companies exploiting blogging and bloggers to hype their shoddy products. So in many ways these new rules were inevitable, especially with the Federal Government’s current dictatorial nanny-state mentality.
I have no problems with the parts requiring full disclosure if a blogger receives some sort of gain from a review or recommendation. I also like that they got rid of the “results not typical” garbage that’s been used in advertising for so long. Unfortunately our government has a history of trying to insert bureaucracy into the internet and suppress individuals in the name of protecting the public which is what I fear is the real intent of the change.
I suspect it will now also hurt professional post-for-pay bloggers, legitimate or otherwise, assuming the FTC can somehow manage to read each and every single blogpost on the web every single day. Yeah, didn’t think so. Which is where my concern comes in that it will be used as a tool by the government to silence the opposition who writes something the FTC or Federal Government (or elements thereof) doesn’t like.
My other concern is the hypocrisy behind the new rule which doesn’t apply to corporations so that consumers learn the truth of which company owns which other companies or have exclusive deals with them. After all, if the FTC (and by extension the entire Federal Government) consumer protection is what they’re after then full disclosure should be disclosed by all from the smallest blooger to political campaigns to multinational corprorations. Ghost bloggers are bad enough, but federal chicanery disguised as protecting the public good is worse.