Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sick of the Status Quo....

Six years, 4 thousand American dead, $700 billion dollars spent and the prospect is still not good. A special prosecutor is being assigned to evaluate “CIA atrocities”, Afghanistan Generals are saying thousands more Americans are needed; and still over 100 were killed last week in Iraq…

An interview with an Iraq special operative say in 5 years, without American influence, Iraq will become a satellite of Iran. The President of Iraq already flies in Iranian jet with Iranian crew.

When will this madness end? You can’t change thousands of years of tribal values and behavior without a complete change of the socioeconomic structure. It’s the wrong part of the world with no natural resources – short of oil - to develop any infrastructure.

A special prosecutor on CIA atrocities, a stalemate over healthcare, is the current administration spread to thin to actually get something done?

A friend of mine is 24 year old Marine. His time has been extended by a year, and shortly he’s leaving for his 4th tour, this time in Afghanistan. The military is tired and spread thin. They feel it’s time for the suits to get something done rather than send someone else to do their dirty work.

All I know is I’m tired. I want the promise of a Government Of the People, by the People and FOR the people. I haven’t send one in one since before 80’s. We need to take this country back – The right or left isn’t doing it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Yet another Sarah Palin debacle

A couple days ago, Sarah Palen posted on her Facebook site a rant against President Obama about sending our tax dollars to a South American State owned Oil Company when we need jobs ourselves.

Well, first of all Ms. Palen, the money wasn’t tax dollars, and the purpose of the Agency that sent the money – Import and Export – is to invest venture capital in foreign ventures what will purchase American goods and services there by creating good American jobs.

It continues to astonish me how colossally uninformed this woman actually is.

I have a friend who’s a devout Republican. I asked him yesterday, “What do you think of Sarah Palen”. He responded that “she was just crucified by the media, and this South American thing, people should just leave her alone for that”.

When Sarah Palen accepted the responsibility of being a 73 year old man away from the Presidency of the United States, you’re damn right she deserves scrutiny. And when that scrutiny revealed the level of ignorance of American law, policy and judicial procedure, she deserved every bit of crucification vented toward her.

There’s an easy way for people to stop Sarah Palen barbs. Sarah needs to shut her misinformed mouth and just go away.

I for one am really tired of Caribou Barbie.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The New Phone!

After struggling with a Blackberry Storm for about a week, I gave up. Verizon allows 15 days of"play period" to decide if you really like a phone...so I took them up on a swap out. I traded the blackberry storm for a Blackberry Tour. The tour has the same OS as the Storm. It's just controlled via that track ball instead of touching the screen. Having buttons returns functionality to my phone. I can actually type/text at more that 2 words a minute. The screen is nice to look at, the graphics are better than my old Palm Treo.

On the positive side, the Tour battery lasts much longer, the Storm's big screen must suck a ton battery juice. The Tour also seems to run faster. The Storm had many "moments" while the processor was doing things, who know what, and seemed to stall while you would have to wait for it to catch up with your movements.

I have to say, that what I really liked about the Treo was that it combined both touch screen with keyboard... That was really handy. The Tour will work... for now..

I thought I wanted a new Palm Pre...BUT... as it turns out, the Palm Pre "phones home" to Palm daily and reports
1) your location - using GPS.
2) The apps you have installed
3) Usage of the apps you have installed...

Palm has decided to record all that private info about you without your knowledge or consent! Nice... Here's the break down of a hacker who took the thing apart:

Till Palm turns off the - track me feature - I'm going to opt out...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

That Party's over!

I just have to share this....

I was in the salon a few days ago getting my hair cut. I was in the chair, mind wandering as the scissors zombie trimmed my head in a anatomic Fushun, when someone sits in the chair next to me. I didn't really pay attention, more just noticed some male figure was there. His stylist asks the universal question "So, how do you want your hair cut today"? His response..
" All business in the front and all party in back".

That's right, the fine specimen next to me requested a mullet! I bit my tong, as my first response to inform the poor soul that party ended in 1989.

I'm not sure what's the bigger crime, someone asking for a mullet, or the stylist actually cutting one....

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Job numbers.... a recovery?

Yesterday (Friday 8/8/09) the new jobless number came out. A mere 247,000 Americans lose their jobs during the month of June 2009.


This resulted in the Unemployment rate going down from 9.5% to 9.4%.

Got that?!?
One quarter of a Million Americans lost their jobs and the unemployment rate decreases....

How the hell does someone figure that?

I can't imaging a clearer case and point of the entire measurement system being screwed than that.

The real rate, the rate that includes discouraged and long time unemployed is actually 16.4%.


Actually, according to some, if you include all the "off the books" unemployed, we're actually at 18.7% unemployment.

I've read the the average work week is down to something like 33 hours.
Employers will take existing workers to a full 40, then some overtime, before they feel comfortable with more hiring. That's just a fact.

I don't know about you. I'm tired of politicians. Right, Left, doesn't really seem to matter. They all muddy the watter for their personal gain. We pay the bill, we need to demand better.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Blackberry Storm --- PAINFUL to use

After years using various Palm Smartphones, last weekend I took the jump and switch to a Blackberry Storm.

I have to say, from an eye candy perspective, it's a beautiful phone. Beautiful graphics, lots of features, nice browser.. it smacks down the Treo.

After 2 days using the touchscreen, I've had it, it blows. Even though from a beauty standpoint the Storm deserves a 10, from a functional perspective I give it a 4. The reason, that silly touch screen! It just sucks! I deeply miss the tactile feel of buttons under my fingers. Typing using the touchscreen qwerty pad is painful at best. You have no idea where your fingers are! I select the wrong key 60% of the time unless I go at a snails pace. My dude sized fingers almost never hit the sweet spot, without careful watch, you just don't know where your finger are!

Just as a note, the processor on the Storm seems a bit underpowered. It's slow switching from application to application. Boot up takes over 4 minutes.

I really wanted the Palm Pre, well, lucky me, a Verizon hostage, I can't get it... rumor has it the Pre will be available in January of '10, but we'll see.

Anyway, I'm going to switch phones and we'll see how something else with real qwerty buttons work.