Obama Botches Border Issue, Could Put Millions At Risk

April 30, 2009


In his press conference last night, President Barack Obama raised a few eyebrows when he said now is not the time to close our borders with Mexico, comparing it to “locking the barn door after the horse is out.”  It was a poor metaphor to begin with. In this case, there are milions of “horses” still in Mexico that would love to leave and come here to get away from the Ground Zero of the Swine Flu… but if they are in the early stages, they could easily be bringing it with them during a time when they are most contagious.

What doesn’t President Obama understand about taking all available steps in a crisis like this? Yes, it’s too late to prevent the flu from entering the country; but it’s another thing altogether to keep out others who might carry it here and spread it even farther or faster.  Any type of missed opportunity to slow down or limit the spreading of this disease is unfathomable, and could quite possibly cost more lives.

In his first hundred days, Obama has spent more money than all previous Presidents combined (and that’s money that’s been adjusted for inflation).  As he begins his second hundred days, he has shown extremely poor judgement in regards to sealing the borders in an attempt to limit the spread of Swine Flu.  This could be a huge mistake in the number of lives needlessly put in jeopardy.

I was going to end by saying we may live to regret this.  But I already regret having a President with no guts and no vision as to the consequences of his actions visa-vis a pandemic scenario. 

So I’ll end by simply saying, some among us may not live to regret this.  Bad decision, Mr. President.  

Gerry Ashley

The Most Expensive 100 Days In American History

April 30, 2009


Actually, the title could just as honestly be: The Most Expensive 100 Days In World History.

Last night, I read that the area I live  is now into double-digit unemployment.  Foreclosures are still on the rise. Companies that have done business here for generations are simply closing down. The commercial real estate market is also in decline.

I shook my head in despair for those who find themselves out of work and out of options. I also gave thanks that I am still gainfully employed. But then I remembered: “It’s Wednesday night! I’ve got to put this out of my head and get home…  American Idle is on!”  No that’s not a spelling error. I’m talking about watching the new hit TV show starring President Barack Obama called “American Idle.”

You know, that show where  Obama feigns modesty as he praises himself for his accomplishments of his first 100 days in office. Then he puts on his “aw shucks” expression as he claims how it’s just a beginning and how he has miles to go before he sleeps…” That show. And it’s called “American Idle” because a good chunk of the audience is out of work.

Sure enough, I got home just in time to see him walk down the hallway and up to the microphone. Ahhh… it was showtime! It will take some time to go through his prepared speech lie-by-lie, misrepresentation by misrepresentation, but while I try to get a grasp on the enormity of the sleight-of-hand used in this speech, here’s a responsible response from Arizona Senator, Jon Kyl who sums things up just fine:

Well put, Senator Kyl. If you only had the charisma President Obama has.

Gerry Ashley

Breaking: Fox News Reporting Chrysler is Filing Chapter 11

April 30, 2009

UPDATE: Fox is now reporting that a WH announcement is due noon, EST… Chapter 11 still pending. (I wish these reporters would get their stories straight.)

UPDATE: 12:20 PM EST… President Obama just spoke… Chrysler will file for bankruptcy.

Fox News is reporting that Chrysler is filing chapter 11… And they just had on the WSJ reporter Stephen Moore who claims that he doesn’t think that the government will let the company completely fail and predicts another bailout of apx. $5 billion dollars.

Will update when possible.

Alan Speakman

“Scare Force One”: Photo Ops for Everyone!

April 30, 2009


Thanks to the NY Daily News, we can all have Air Force One do a virtual low fly-by in our own neighborhoods!  

With some stock images, few minutes and a couple of clicks of a mouse, a White House staffer could’ve placed the jet in front of just about any New York landmark.

We should know. We did just that. 

But we can’t be the only ones with a flair for Photoshopping. Think you can do better? Be our guest.

In full Tea Party mode, I’m going to suggest doing this for more than just fun; I recommend that, once you’ve created some photos, email them to the President with a message:

Dear President Obama,

You’ve created a multi-generational multi-trillion dollar deficit. Let me help you save money by donating the attached photos of Air Force One in my neighborhood, so that you don’t have to spend more of our tax dollars on PR photo shoots.

All you have to do open a photo editing program (such as PhotoShop), grab a scenic photo, and use the handy “Scare Force One” image provided by the newspaper. Voila! Instant publicity shots for White House tchotchkes. It’s so easy, even I could do it.

You can create nature photos:


Family leisure photos:


Vacation memories–yes, that’s Scare Force One way up in Alaska!



Create new “Scare Force One” photos of your own and send them to President Obama. Let him know you’re none too pleased with the “felony stupidity” and expense of the “Scare Force One” fly-over stunt that he pulled on Tuesday.


Quantifying Political Truth via Drake Equation

April 30, 2009


Why am I writing this? And why on earth are you reading this post? I mean really… Seriously… What are we doing here?

Clinton didn’t inhale. We read GHWB’s lips. We’re still looking for the definition of “is”. Obama didn’t bend over to bow to that Saudi King.  And Pelosi certainly didn’t know that rough stuff like water boarding was going to be afoot back in 2002.

Look, I’m just a dumb engineer. But there is so much “in your face” lying by our politicians, that I have to fall back on the only mechanism that I know to render reason – that of equations. Specifically, I’m going to model using the Drake Equation. (If you’re still reading this, you probably should get a life, but onward…)

Simply and roughly put, the Drake Equation calculates the likelihood of finding life in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is:

N = R * fp * ne * fl * fi * fc * L


N = The number of broadcasting civilizations.
R = Average rate of formation of suitable stars (stars/year) in the Milky Way galaxy
fp = Fraction of stars that form planets.
ne = Average number of habitable planets per star.
fl = Fraction of habitable planets (ne) where life emerges.
fi = Fraction of habitable planets with life where intelligent evolves.
fc = Fraction of planets with intelligent life capable of interstellar communication.
L = Years a civilization remains detectable.

Now, let’s see if we can’t warp that puppy into giving some numerical indicator of actual truth flowing out of DC…

N = R * fl * nj * fmt * fW * fmi * R * A


N = Number or percent of legit info coming out of Washington.
R = Average amount of iformation flowing out of the Beltway.
fl = Number of lawyers/lobbyists involved.
nj = Number of journalists involved.
fmt = Type of media covering the story (blogs, print, etc.)
fW = “Whopper factor” or “whopperness” (Obama didn’t bow to Saudi king.)
fmi = Media impact per audience type.
C = Role of religion in story.
A = Agenda factor.

Obviously, there’s a little tongue in cheek in the equation above, but not nearly as much as you might think. I’ve seen equations like these used in the real world (and on subjective matters too). When properly applied, they can be freakishly consistent. Two examples:

  • Years ago I worked as a member of a team of technical managers, and we needed to promote someone into our team. The promotion was going to cause strife and we all knew it – we all had our favorites. The boss came in, told us that we’d have a unanimous choice in 60 minutes, and then asked us for the important aspects for the open position. When we agreed (at about 15 minutes), he put those parameters on a white board and asked us to assign weights. No prob… At about 30 minutes he then asked that we all rank our individual choices per category. After 45 minutes, we all started looking at the resulting numbers and tweaking. At one hour we left with one unanimous decision.
  • I used the same type of Drake technique when judging a contest… Though the sample size was small and the judging panel was diverse, the numerical decision was again unanimous and varied by only 0.01.

I’d be interested to hear if anyone makes a modified model of the Drake equation and plugs in some actual numbers.  


“The stars might lie but the numbers never do.”

Alan Speakman

Grade Obama’s First 100 Days

April 29, 2009


UPDATE: Oooh, it’s not looking good for the Prez! With 346,000+ votes in, 39.1% give him an F on his performance so far. Ouch! If you haven’t voted yet, go do it now!


Man, MSNBC never seems to learn! Having forgotten their last debacle in which they allowed the public to grade Obama, they’re at it again.

A of this writing, with 95,000+ votes in, 36.1% give the president an F on his first 100 days. 35.1% give him an A.


Go vote here. Give the President the grade he deserves.

H/T: Instapundit


It’s Only Been 100 Days…

April 29, 2009


See the trouble you can get into when you make rash promises you have no intention of keeping?

1,359 days to go.


H/T: HotAir