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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Notes on a napkin... quick takes on the world this week...

Last week Javon Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs shot his girl friend and then himself... Sportscaster Bob Costas stated a fact on air, when he said that without a gun, Belcher could not have done this... he was immediately pilloried by people that did not hear what he said... here's a great article on the controversy...

Vin Scully, longtime, in fact almost eternal, voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, turned 85 last week.  Guess what, he loves the television show Homeland, as evidenced by his new Twitter obsession...

President Obama called for 1.6 trillion in new tax revenue and Speaker Boehnor called for 800 billion in new tax revenue in their negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff."  As a Vegas guy, I think they will settle somewhere around 1.2 trillion, the number predicted before all the posturing began...

I find it odd that Democrats love states rights when they agree with them... think gay marriage, but less so when they disagree, think abortion.  And yes, this can easily go the other way too.  The GOP hates a strong federal government when they agree with it... think DOMA, but less so when they disagree, think Obamacare... interesting isn't it?

Jon Stewart nailed it when he took on the annual "War on Christmas."  As Christmas sales seemingly have extended into summer and Black Friday now begins on Thursday, aren't we really in a war on Thanksgiving and Halloween?

Finally, here's a great stat I came across preparing for a class I was teaching... as we cram down thousands of extra, useless, obesity inducing calories, consider this... there is enough food produced in the world today for every man woman and child to receive a daily portion of 2500 calories...

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Comments on "Notes on a napkin... quick takes on the world this week... "


Blogger Z-man said ... (8:05 AM) : 

Generally I hate guns but the whole gun control debate in this country is so simplistic and that goes for both sides. Normally I like Costas and his commentary but if Belcher didn't have a gun he probably would've grabbed a knife so what do we do about cutlery?


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (10:54 AM) : 

Z-man... I'm all for cutlery control


Blogger BB-Idaho said ... (10:23 AM) : 

Easier to outrun a knife than a bullet....


Blogger dmarks said ... (5:24 AM) : 

" there is enough food produced in the world today for every man woman and child to receive a daily portion of 2500 calories..."

Yes, there is plenty, and the starvation problem is often intentional. Socialists have the major part of the blame, destroying local economies and farming and sometimes intentionally using starvation as a weapon. This happened in 1930s Ukraine, and also more recently in Ethiopia.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (11:57 AM) : 

D Marks... Is everything so simple to you? Only the socialists have any blame?

What about capitalists that insist on eating 5 or 6 thousand calories a day, because they can?

This is a multifaceted problem, like a lot of issues we face today and partisans on both sides that see only black and white and are always sure their way is the only true path so winning, oops, solving an issue are the major part of the problem.

For instance... it was not to long ago that our political leadership was sure that democracy would be a wonderful solution in the middle east.

When people have the freedom to vote, we were told, somehow magically they would vote for what we assumed would be the best option.

And from that assumption, we got Hamas, winners of an open, fair and free election.

Did we recognize them? Of course not, because we did not like them. yet they were democratically elected.

Apparently the US only likes and supports free, fair and democratically elected governments when they agree with us.

That seems a far cry from the bill of goods some sold us on the power of democracy.

Dmarks... it will take a lot to solve this issue, starting with will. I am not sure we can do it, but I know it won't happen if people deem it necessary to score points against the other and argue their point, rather than truly seek workable solutions.

Socialists... sheesh...


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