October 18, 2011

Virgin Galactic: Not your Grandfather's NASA

They're Just Pretending Not To Get It

I saw NBC's David Gregory interview Herman Cain over the weekend.
Cain has a plan to replace the Federal Tax Structure -- to get rid of
the whole Federal Tax Code, the IRS, the Estate Tax, Capital Gains
Taxes -- and replace it with flat taxes and a national sales tax.
Gregory was unable to understand that this has nothing to do with
State Taxes no matter how plainly Cain stated it... to the point that
Gregory appeared either dense or was purposely trying to confuse
everyone. And now this quote appears from Cain saying that putting a
national sales tax on top of our current structure would be the worst
idea and they play this up as Cain attacking his own plan... but
Cain's plan isn't to put a national sales tax on top of the IRS
structure, clearly, obviously, his plan is to replace all that. I
don't care what you think of the GOP or Herman Cain, but this business
of the media acting too dense to understand plain English is just

October 14, 2011

A Drudge Editorial

Drudge editorializes, with a little St. John the Baptist thrown in...

October 6, 2011

10 by 20

I happened to catch John Ratzenberger on the Neil Cavuto show yesterday as he unveiled the "10x20" program.  Ratzenberger, if you don't remember, was Cliff Clavin on the TV Show "Cheers."  Before he became an actor, he was a carpenter.  Similar to the Discover Channel's Mike Rowe, Ratzenberger points out that America, for a long, long time, has been pushing kids away from skilled labor into a one-track-fits-all white-collar world of college.  So much so that the Bureau of Statistics reports that by the year 2030, there will be 10 million or more vacant job positions for carpenters, welders, machinists, electricians, plumbers, etc.  The impact of no one filling those jobs as we baby boomers retire is huge, not only will it be costly and slow to get anything built or repaired, but the 10 million people who might have fit those jobs had the schools maintained their vocational programs might instead become frustrated square pegs in round career holes, or worse, be unable to find a job at all.

Ratzenberger was promoting the idea of current skilled laborers taking on the missing vocational training the public school system has ignored or eliminated for a generation or more.

And did you know Ratzenberger has been in every, single Pixar movie?