Monday, June 4, 2012

Rainy Days and Monday Always Get me Thinking

·         The Old Testament when taken as simply storytelling is a pretty damn scary book.  Large fish, fratricide, apocalyptic flood, human sacrifice, Sodom and Gomorrah, the sun not setting, ten plagues, and shitload of murder and mayhem.  Suddenly the Brothers Grimm Hansel and Gretel doesn’t looks so scary.

·         If millions of people texting while walking wasn’t bad enough, there is now a worse danger: people using their iPads as cameras while walking.  I witnessed on several occasions in Manhattan last week people walking down the side walk holding their iPads up to snap photos of buildings oblivious to others around them and the fact they had entered the intersection.  Apparently there is an app for stupidity and thousands have downloaded it.

·         Herman Cain is getting a radio show.  At first glance I ask what qualifications does this guy possess to warrant having his own radio show?  Then I realized there’s Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Miller, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham.

·         It is obvious to most that the GOP controlled Congress has prevented President Obama from leading the country into a more robust recovery.  Unfortunately, his campaign cannot be based on playing the victim to Republican obstructionism.  Channel Harry Truman and get tough on Congress.

·         Some characteristics of a potential Romney presidency:

o   His would be the first State of the Union address accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.

o   Progressive taxes would be cut for the rich and regressive fees would be  increased

o   The cabinet would be renamed the Board of Directors

o   Ronald Reagan would be put on the Gazillion Dollar Bill

o   A war on Coca-Cola and other caffeinated drinks will ensue

·         Biggest news story on the Elizabeth Warren – Scott Brown race is the >20% that are still undecided.  Not a good signal for an incumbent as I think the undecided are looking for a reason NOT to vote for Brown.

·         Driving through my Massachusetts home town, it was great to see the independent small business hardware store is thriving. 

·         The biggest misconception about Romney is his ‘practical problem solving’ capability is just what the country needs.  Actually, that is wrong on two fronts:

o   When you’re THE boss of a company, problem solving is a lot easier than as president in a government with three distinct branches.

o   Cost benefit analysis should not the exclusive tool in implementing public policy.

·         With the demise of cursive writing do handwriting analysts still exist?

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