Thursday, January 31, 2008
It’s interesting. We see this everyday, but our high schools are dropping their shop and metals programs. Tech schools are full of classes for computers and dental assistants. High School counselors never discuss tech programs with students. Parents don’t want their kids to get “dirty” manufacturing jobs. Yet wages for these people are substantially higher than the fields these kids are being steered into. Jeff, you are right (boy did that hurt to say), we as a society like to blame everyone else.
Many liberal politicians conspire in this effort as well as continued promises of wealth transfer and personal bailouts from our federal government in exchange for votes has undermined the very people the liberals call their constituents while at the same time bankrupting our federal government.
HT Nate K
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Romney handled the question regarding his business background lending itself to being able to run our economy better than McCain handled the question regarding his military background lending itself to being able to run our military.
Huckabee twice whined about not getting asked enough questions which served to diminish his role even further.
Paul was entertaining but irrelevant...as usual.
Entertainment value was high. The race for the GOP nomination is far from over evidenced by tonight's debate.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Mrs. Roosh and I have a five-day vacation coming up in a few weeks. It will be our first event away from JBird for more than one night since she was diagnosed in June of 2006.
How do you plan for an extended vacation away from your baby girl when she has Type-1 Diabetes?
...when she has two older siblings?
You train them to care for their sister. That way, their "sitters" don't have to live with us for three weeks before we go.
Number One and Jujubee have been in diabetes care boot camp for several weeks and we couldn't be more proud of them. Not one complaint.
Number One (Age 12) oversees the operation and data input of JBird's Medtronic Minimed insulin pump.
Jujubee (Age 10) oversees the infusion site, which needs to be reinstalled every two or three days.
JBird (Age 9) tests her blood glucose level, counts the carbs she's about to eat, and asks for concurrence from Number One.
It's tough for Mrs. Roosh to stand back and let them learn and make mistakes as a team but she knows in the long run its best that JBird learns to be self-sufficient, but also to ask for help when she needs it - which can be tough for her because she's always been very independent.
But it's pretty tough to install your own infusion site, a long thin needle with a circular adhesive patch and a rubber hose connecting it with the pump...even for JBird.
Her siblings are literally keeping their little sister alive and healthy so that Mrs. Roosh can have a break. Watching them care for their sister's well-being is a proud moment and a moving experience.
Life throws us all challenges from time to time. I think a good way to stay sane is to try to find the upside in every challenge. To give thanks. In this case I can honestly say that JBird's diabetes has made us closer as a family.
Monday, January 28, 2008
John Edwards to visit St. Paul
John Edwards, who finished a distant third in South Carolina’s Democratic primary, plans to bring his presidential campaign to Minnesota on Tuesday, the campaign announced Saturday night.
...unless you think a third place-showing in the state you were born holds some hidden message.
I don't think South Carolina is a secret admirer. They handed "it" to you.
Fred never quite got started but at least he knew when to quit; for the sake of his party, his family and his supporters.
Plus John, its really cold here, we were were on the other side of the civil war, it's windy so your hair will likely get dishevelled...you wouldn't like it here. Stay home.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Last night we watched The Pursuit of Happyness in anticipation of seeing the movie's subject, Chris Gardner speak to us this morning in Chicago.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL)poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
...although he shouldn't turn the bus back in yet. It might end up saying McCain/Thompson on the side soon enough.
Hillary I fear is yet again discovering the liability that is Bill.
So looking ahead, if I had to predict from here?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
In the seventies and eighties Cadillacs became lightly disguised Buicks and Oldsmobiles as GM in their arrogance began what has been generously called "brand management".
The low point? The Cimarron. The car that Cadillac would like to forget they ever conceived. A Chevy Cavalier with leather seats.
Now Cadillacs are becoming cool again...and to the buyers that Cadillac wants, the working affluent. Quality and design are both improving dramatically but they are still far from being the "Cadillac" of cars. But that may be okay. Today's Cadillac needs to be different. Today's Cadillac needs affluent and young buyers.
As my lease end approacheth, a Cadillac, the CTS, is on the list of "must drives" for the first time.
Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept: Reportedly will go into production in 2009 and be sold as a 2010 model.
Monday, January 21, 2008
The opening scene depicts a high-flying congressman, cavorting with cocaine-snorting strippers and playmates and all but devoid of a moral compass. A blond Julia Roberts delivers a performance that is convincing if not a stretch for her; a wealthy matriarch constituent who charges Charlie Wilson with the mission of visiting Pakistan to witness firsthand the plight of refugees of communist aggression there. On his junket, we are to believe that he is moved to such a degree that he takes up a personal crusade to secure covert funding for weapons the Afghan rebels require to turn back the Russians.
In an early highlight we meet Gust Avrakotos, a powerful CIA utility player brilliantly played by
Philip Seymour Hoffman whose course and disdainful dialog with his superior officer pulls you in early, setting the stage for inevitable enlistment by Charlie Wilson, but also raising expectations that the film doesn't quite deliver on.
Amy Adams, recently of Enchanted fame, smartly plays Wilson's accomplished Gal Friday, a role that won't help nor hurt her promising career.
All in all, this is an entertaining film but alas, not even the master of characters, Tom Hanks can compensate for underdeveloped writing and direction that misses too many opportunities to engage the viewer emotionally. It fails on the fundamentals in that it never quite builds enough tension subsequently to be resolved. I give it a pass here as that's probably how the events unfolded.
And in fact, if it weren't for the film's offering of substantial historical and political context, Charlie Wilson's War would have little payload to deliver.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Locally-based sponsors included Target Corporation who served up flavored waters in mass quantities, as was CH Robinson, Medtronic, KARE11, Ryan Companies, The Minnesota Twins, and Lunds/Byerlys.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Honda Stays Out of Plug-Ins. But Opts in For Diesels.
Detroit 2008: Honda gives us a peek at the i-DTEC clean diesel
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Huh? Back? Is Michigan missing? Oh, I get it. Michigan is in the shape of a mitten....and the other one is missing! I must say, I share your frustration, Mr. Romney. A missing mitten or glove can be so frustrating. I support you for your vision to restore Michigan to its original location.
Senator Obama then respectfully asked Senator Clinton to please never again say "Senator Obama and I" in the same sentence.
Ms. Clinton could not be reached for comment.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
But this blows it away...start, locate, and monitor your car's behavior from your smart phone.
Ever been sitting in a cafe in, say, Paris, and wanted to impress your new French friends by starting your car back in the States remotely? No, neither have we, but if the opportunity ever arises, Autopage can make it happen.
But those are not the coolest things it can do. If your car moves more than 25 feet without your permission (stolen, towed, rolled into a lake after you forgot the parking brake, etc.) you will be notified via text message...
...yet another feature: GPS tracking via your mobile. C3 shows you a map updated every 5 minutes of your car's direction of travel so you can help the fuzz track down the perp who stole your ride. Or you can use it to keep dibs on your teenager who's headed to Vegas instead of the movie theater.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
...if Americans insist on borrowing money from their homes to go and buy a big screen HDTV made in China, they are not producing anything of value here and therefore debasing the currency.
So if you want cheaper gas, cheaper imports in general, not to mention a whole slew of benefits that could be attained by producing more and spending less, take a second job, start paying off your debts. Quit using your house as an ATM and become an old school American. Increase the value of the dollar.
Friday, January 11, 2008
"People's Car?" I think they mean the "Person Car."
You know how new cars come with a plug-in for your Ipod?
This car is actually powered by your Ipod! …or your electric toothbrush for that matter.
They offer financing. "Pay for your Nano in three easy payments!"
HT Tim O
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The cloud of uncertainty hanging over the economy and the financial markets is a manageable challenge in 2008, according to the findings from an InvestmentNews survey of advisers.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Man Made Global Warming fanatics repeatedly site short-term weather trends like a single year increase in hurricanes to support their politically-motivated government-funded liberal agenda.
Fair is fair.
Br-r-r! Where did global warming go?
THE STARK headline appeared just over a year ago. "2007 to be 'warmest on record,' " BBC News reported on Jan. 4, 2007. Citing experts in the British government's Meteorological Office, the story announced that "the world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007," surpassing the all-time high reached in 1998.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold.
Which of course proves Global Warming neither Global nor Warming.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Longer long-term care, Star Tribune, Dec. 8th, 2007
The Legislature has given Minnesotans an enticing incentive to sign up for long-term care insurance. The new program, called the "Minnesota Long Term Care Insurance Partnership Plan," will give some policyholders a great way to hold onto more of their assets if they ever require extensive long-term care.
Essentially, this new program allows potential Medicaid recipients to retain assets they would otherwise have to spend down or transfer, to the extent that their long term care insurance policy provides coverage.
The demographics of our society and increasing life expectancies dictate that our citizens and their government will soon be faced with enormous financial burdens as a large segment of our population will require long-term care.
However, Government programs and articles like this one may do as much harm as good.
Long Term Care insurance gives policyholders a great way to hold onto more of their assets if they ever require extensive long-term care no matter what the government will, won't, can or can't do in the future.
If you don't have long-term care insurance, and you meet certain maximum asset guidelines, Medicaid will step in to cover the cost of your care.
Even if that were true, at what point does Medicaid step in and with what form of care?
Confusion arises because consumers are not educated as to what constitutes a long term care event and what Medicare and Medicaid covers, and even if they are, it could change at any time as our country faces monumental financial burdens in the not so distant future.
Most claims made on long term care policies are not for care in a nursing home. Medicaid can not be expected to cover anything other than the most severe cases, i.e. nursing home care, in the future if at all. This creates a gap in care between where your policy or assets stop and when Medicaid may kick in.
Furthermore, from a good friend of mine who is a marketing executive for a long term care insurance company "Partnership policyholder income is not protected from Medicaid and must be paid toward the cost of care (in nursing home or elsewhere if other options exist) with Medicaid paying the difference. This could affect the lifestyle of the other family members depending on this income to maintain their lifestyle."
A long term care "event" occurs and long term care insurance kicks in when a patient is no longer able to perform two of six listed "Activities of Daily Living" (ADL's) or has severe cognitive impairment like Alzheimer's. These ADL's are eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, and continence.
As you can see, most ADL's have to do with mobility and as you might expect, a person qualifying for care may still live a great many years before needing an assisted living facility or traditional nursing home and yet the government will not step in, if at all, until that point and only if you have exhausted your liquid assets.
As such, there is a large gap between good health and mobility and a full-blown need for care in a facility or nursing home. Furthermore, statistically, care in the home occurs for a much longer period of time than care in a facility.
Statistics depicting the average nursing home stay at 2-3 years in length are misleading as it relates to the entire cost of long term care and the financial planning required to mitigate it. As it covers both in-home and facility-based care, this is where long term care insurance provides great value.
Again, from my colleague "The policyholder may spend his Partnership policy's coverage while still in the community. Since Medicaid pays little or nothing for care in the community, he/she might then be forced to invade principal or go into a nursing home."
Star Tribune: Long-term care insurance is most suitable for people with substantial assets to protect.
...or for those that prefer to receive care in their home and stay together as a family for as long as possible...or for those that choose not to rely on our government and have the means and the personal responsibility to do something about it.
If this new program results in more people buying long term care insurance, that is a good thing.
If it results in more people believing that our government will provide care if someone hasn't planned for their own care, that is a problem...it's not a great option now and certainly won't get any better.
Friday, January 4, 2008
For example, the torque rating of BMW's 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder diesel, at 425 lb.-ft. is higher than the 5.7 liter Hemi V8 in my Chrysler 300C, which is listed at 390 lb.-ft.
I will be eager to test drive one of these when my lease is up.