Monday, October 31, 2011

The Current State of Racism in America

Racism really isn't about skin color any more. The only thing that holds you back in this world is the size of your bank account.  I've been trying to explain this to black people of past generations who went through racism, but it's hard for them to change their way of thinking. Racism today is more about hurt feeling than lost opportunities. I personally haven't experience racism in my life. The more time that passes the less it will be an issue my kids' kids will probably only read about racism in history books. People are getting more and more connected every day.  It will be hard for ignorant stereotypes to persist.  Racism is a factor today when it comes to politics.  What I mean is that subconsciously people will make choices influenced by racist ways of thinking without even knowing it.  For example, how republicans have clung to Herman Cain.  I think a lot of his appeal comes from the fact that he is black.  They think he has a good chance of winning because he is black.  Just like how they loved Pailin cause she was a woman.   But they forget that he is absolutely crazy when it comes to substance and could never win a general election, as demonstrated by Palin.   

The bottom line is, yes, racism still exists and will always exist to some extent as long as people have differences to think about.  But its effect on people's individual lives will lessen to almost nothing over time.  And in its current state it is in my view no more than a nuisance that will only effect you if you let it.

Disclaimer:  These statements do not apply if you live in MIssissippi, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama,or Georgia

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yes We Cain? Hell no we Cain't!

Herman Cain is a joke.  His uncanny ability to blindly react to whatever the crowds at the debates reveal as favorable has skyrocketed him to the top of the short list of republican candidates.  But, as I have expressed before he is not now or ever has been a serious candidate.  He is simply trying to raise his stature and speaking fees. 

Herman Cain has absolutely no chance of winning the presidency.   Even if he wins the primary, which
he has a very slim chance of winning, he would be completely humiliated by President Obama in a debate and crushed in a national election.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Asteroid to Pass close by Earth on November 8th

"NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55  at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely flies past Earth slightly closer than the moon's orbit on Nov. 8. Scientists are treating the flyby of the 1,300-foot-wide (400-meter) asteroid as a science target of opportunity - allowing instruments on "spacecraft Earth" to scan it during the close pass." (

This is so amazing to me.  The asteroid is projected to pass through the orbit of the moon.  That may sound close, but rest assured that the asteroid is small enough that there will be no observable gravitational effects on the earth.  NASA is planning to do a full array of tests so that they can get an accurate image of the asteroid surface.  The next time there will be a flyby of this size wont be until 2028 .  So, this isn't your average everyday occurrence.     

This is a simulation of what will happen on the 8th.(image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Butt People" or "But People" You Be the Judge

I didn't like Rev. Al Sharpton for a long time.  I just felt that he was an opportunistic race baiter, but now that I see him in a new context other than a racial issue he is easer to handle.  I actually like watching his new show "Politics Nation".  The only thing that bothers me is how bad he is when he has to read from the teleprompter.  When he is talking to a guest off prompter he does just fine.  Its when he is scripted that we receive gems like the one above.  He seems so awkward and forced.  I wish you the best of luck Rev. Sharpton.  I hope you get better at scripted television.  Reading the newspaper out loud is good practice.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Bill Republicans Wish They Could Pass

Now I know this is just a spoof, and I know no one would ever really vote for this, but come on it is funny.

In all reality social security is one of our most successful social programs and has never ran a deficit until recently.  Actually, until now social security has had a surplus every year.  That surplus money is then lent out to other parts of the government never to be seen again, and also contributes to our national debt.  If our government was serious about fixing social security they would simply raise the amount of income taxed for social security from its present amount of one hundred thousand dollars to one million dollars.  If this was done social security would be solvent indefinitely.   Right now Bill Gates and Warren Buffet only pay social security tax on their first one hundred thousand dollars earned.  Do you really think they would notice if their first one million dollars was taxed instead?

Monday, October 24, 2011

7 Billion is a lot of People

Motorists in Taipei, Taiwan

Travelers near Mathura, India

A job fair in Wuhan, China
Images from

The planet's population is about to top 7 billion people!!!

Herman Cain's 999 tax plan. Is it really as simple as you think is it?

Well, other than the fact that I think he only entered this race to boost his books sales and speaking fees,  I also think that he is just as surprised as everyone else is that he is the front runner.   That being said, I really don't think that it was a serious plan to begin with.  It is just too stupendously simple.  It almost seems like something that he cooked up over dinner with a couple of friends.  He probably didn't expect that it would be pushed out into the main stream with such ferocity to be scrutinized by everyone in the media.  Our country with our 400 million plus citizens needs more that just an elementary, catchy and quite frankly border lining on dim-witted solution to our overbearing and quite complicated fiscal issues.  Issues that need to be dealt with soon before we experience an economic crash that would dwarf the great depression.

The GOP Presidential Field

What do you think of the GOP primary Race?  If you ask me they are all just competing to win the illustrious prize of being allowed to be beaten in the general election by Barack Obama.  It is quite obvious that no one on the stage even has a chance to compete with him on any level.  The one nominee that actually had a chance has been shunned off the stage because he "believes" in science and has some common sense.  I want to here what other people think on this subject.  Actually, I really want to hear from people that do not like Barak Obama.  I have not to this day heard a single argument as to why Barack Obama has not been a good president that passes the laugh test.   Most people I talk to simply say, "I don't know why I just don't like him".   Lets face it thats not an acceptable political argument.

Now I do not think he is perfect, and there are some things that I would have most likely done differently but I think that Barack Obama Is one of the most well rounded and effective presidents we have had in a generation.

Also, Herman Cain proves a point that I have been tying to convince people of for a very long time.  Black people, myself included, did not vote for Barack Obama simply because he was black.  They voted for him because he was the right man for the job.  Mr. Cain proves this because black people would not vote for him even if he was running against a white person.

So please tell me your thoughts on this subject.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

First Post

This will be my first post.  My hope is that in the future I will have many people that actually care about the  positions  and opinions that will be expressing here.  I will be talking about politics and science here with the occasional digression into what ever it is I decide to digress on.  This is intended to be an interactive blog and I encourage comments and participation. I think this will be fun so lets find out together.