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Friday, July 3, 2009

So long and thanks for all the fish... again

So the URL for this site expires in about a week... and I think I'm going to just let the site die. It's been fun, but I don't have time to keep up with this blog any longer and I'm sure you have better things to do than read my rants. If you haven't had enough, I'll make short rants on Facebook more often to make up for it.

Alan

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What's Going on in Iran

So I'm getting a little fed up with all of the hoopla about what is going on in Iran. The number of armchair Iranian Political Experts that seem to keep coming up out of nowhere is amazing!

Its hard to believe how many Americans are willing to get involved in this issue but can't be bothered to get involved in a political debate when it directly involves their lives, or heck, even vote here in the U.S.

Before another person who knows nothing more than what they see on the news about the issue asks me to take up arms, choose a side, join a facebook group, or become the newest myspace friend of "Iranian Democracy," take some time to do some research.

This report is courtesy of Stratfor... try it on for size just to get another point of view of what is really going on in Iran. The issue at hand is not whether or not democracy was upheld during the recent elections...

The global media, obsessively focused on the initial demonstrators — who were supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s opponents — failed to notice that while large, the demonstrations primarily consisted of the same type of people demonstrating. Amid the breathless reporting on the demonstrations, reporters failed to notice that the uprising was not spreading to other classes and to other areas. In constantly interviewing English-speaking demonstrators, they failed to note just how many of the demonstrators spoke English and had smartphones. The media thus did not recognize these as the signs of a failing revolution.

Later, when Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke Friday and called out the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, they failed to understand that the troops — definitely not drawn from what we might call the “Twittering classes,” would remain loyal to the regime for ideological and social reasons. The troops had about as much sympathy for the demonstrators as a small-town boy from Alabama might have for a Harvard postdoc. Failing to understand the social tensions in Iran, the reporters deluded themselves into thinking they were witnessing a general uprising. But this was not St. Petersburg in 1917 or Bucharest in 1989 — it was Tiananmen Square.

Perhaps even more interesting that all of this is their conclusion...

We continue to believe two things: that vote fraud occurred, and that Ahmadinejad likely would have won without it. Very little direct evidence has emerged to establish vote fraud, but several things seem suspect.

So for all those people out there calling for the support of the opposition candidate, calling for revolution, calling me too many times a day, think about the possibility that the majority of the Iranian people might just have the leader they want.

Monday, June 22, 2009

And This Is Why I Don't Watch Cable News Shows

I am not sure which is more sad... that people are so upset about David Letterman's joke or that the news would waste air time to the people who are upset about it. Why spend my time editorializing this when its already been done for me in a great video by Wayne Gladstone...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Getting Louder with Steven Crowder: Embryonic Stem Cell Fun!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Teaching Jobs and the Press

For years all I have heard about being a school teacher was that the pay is low and that there are never enough. However, today I read that the "job market looks tough for aspiring teachers." The article says how there are less teaching jobs available this year than last. Why must we put a negative spin on everything in the news?!?

This article should have read, "Students to have better teachers due to competition in the marketplace." Since when is it bad that there are actually enough people applying to be teachers? Since I've been in school I keep hearing that there are plenty of jobs but not enough applicants. Then I hear the pay is too low to attract good teachers... yet it seems that plenty of people are attracted, so many that there are not enough jobs available!

Seriously, find something better to bitch about cause whats happening here seems to be a good thing!

Editor's Note: I know teachers and former teachers read this, I'm looking forward to the rebuttal!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Real American Money Wasters: Rep. Kosmas

Today I salute you Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24)....

When no one thought you could waste money on something so frivolous during an economic crisis, you found a way by leading a delegation of congress members to witness the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour this Saturday, June 13th.

Oh what a waste....

Claiming that this will help members of congress "understand the importance of our human spaceflight program for our economy, national security, and technological supremacy," you really are only showing the American people how well you can plan a vacation.

Oh yes you can...

So sit back and let yourself enjoy the show, pop open the government coffers for your benefit, as you waste tax dollars to amuse fellow members of congress who already support the space program.

Oh, what a waste of government money that people will yet again ignore......

Monday, June 8, 2009

Down Side to Fuel Efficient Cars?

A recent Houston chronicle article points out that as cars get more fuel efficient, there is less money to build and repair our roads. Each gallon of gas includes 18.4 cents that goes to the federal government and 20 cents that goes to Texas. This money is suppose to be used to fund transportation projects... and if it actually was then we would not even have a problem to talk about. But instead the money is diverted... 5 cents to public education. While I'm all for public education I don't see why it is tied to gas taxes rather than something else. More annoyingly is that another 4 cents goes to the Department of Public Safety. These funds should be diverted back to the roadways and the problem would be solved. Or at least alleviated for now...


While the article mentions the idea of charging per mile people drive... it also acknowledges the havoc that would be created by such a system. “A vehicle mile tax is politically unpalatable, especially for rural areas,” said U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands. But he acknowledged that the revenue problem is real and Congress should muster the “political will” to tackle the problem. Okay Congressman, I applaud you for acknowledging that someone should do something, but what a cop out. This is not congresses problem... this is a Texas problem! So lets stop passing the buck and fix problems at home.

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