Archives for June 2012

Changes

Change is defined as to make or become different: “a proposal to change the law” and to alter, convert and transform. It also means to chart a new course.

With this week’s announcement by the Supreme Court that “Obamacare” is officially the law of the land, we think that this David Bowie song about change is quite appropriate.… [Read more]

America as Seen by a Germophobic Comedian

Last week, I had the great privilege of traveling to Las Vegas to network in the world of stand-up comedy, and also do a little myself.  Given that the business of being funny isn’t always so, I began the trip expecting to take a highly observant role.  From the beginning of my trip, this, thankfully, was the case.… [Read more]

Today’s China: Don’t Believe the Hype

When people think about Chinese people, many things come to mind — and a lot of those thoughts are stereotypes. Some stereotypes are based in truth, however I am here to debunk those that are not and some of the ideals that people assume about the people of China. As an American living in China married to a local Chinese man, I classify myself as some sort of self-appointed expert on some of the things regarding the locals  here.… [Read more]

Why care? Because if you don’t, you still lose.

“I work hard. Why do I have to pay for other people’s misfortunes? Why must my hard-earned tax dollars go to support lazy leeches who have only themselves to blame for their lot in life?”

“Why should I care?”

In last week’s Great Society post, I tried to answer this question. The reason you should care, in short, is because it’s the right thing to do.… [Read more]

Oh Ron Paul, You Crazy Old Goat!

Like Kelly Clarkson, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Congressman Ron Paul. I’ve never been one of his staunch supporters but I could respect some of his Libertarian viewpoints, especially his anti-occupation sentiment with regard to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also admired that he’s been a true maverick sharing ideas that ruffle the feathers of his party.… [Read more]

Questioning My Sanity, The Final Chapter

Another semester goes by and I ought to be feeling great. I’ve gotten straight A grades and a national honors award that could earn me admission and scholarship to any 4-year program I choose. Teachers and classmates are heaping on the praise, certain that I will make a great therapist. My bosses say I practically am one already, because the clients I’ve been assigned are really enjoying their time with me.… [Read more]

Taking a Look Back, a Look Ahead

If you haven‘t picked up a copy of Haruki Murakami’s Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, I highly reccommend snapping up a copy now while relevance is high. On June 15, the last fugitive of the worst terror attack in Japan since World War II was apprehended by police in Tokyo. This attack, the 1995 sarin gas attack, be might distant for some, but I would argue it has had a profound effect on the Japanese psyche ever since.… [Read more]

Obamacare is the Law of the Land: The Battle Begins

Today the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favour of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare”. Surprisingly, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the more liberal justices when he provided the fifth vote in this 5-4 decision that argues the federal government can require citizens to buy health insurance or face a fine. Chief Justice Roberts said in the decision:

“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A (the individual mandate) under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax.… [Read more]

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is where suspension of reality is reality. Whether you engage it – pop its g-string and tip it, or you dream it – seeing Idris Elba’s face giving you the business, instead of that bamma, Clyde, that you married, Fantasyland is your mind’s playground. Where wonderment can freely roam.

I was at a drag show recently and there may be no greater suspension of reality anywhere than that which exists at drag shows.… [Read more]

Unlikely Mormons?

What’s Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander.

Just this morning, I happened to stumble upon the “fact” that the late George Carlin was a Mormon. Really?  I thought he was not only an atheist, but an anti-theist, this based upon his body of work, and that he’d been raised as a Roman Catholic.  … [Read more]

Foiling Peace

Whenever we hear the words, terrorist or bombing our minds immediately revert to Arabs.  The picture that one conjures in his/her mind is usually that of a tan-complexioned man with a turban wrapped around his head. This is the image mainstream media has programmed into the brain computer of the masses, quite effectively. We especially think this when it’s involving the region of the Middle East.… [Read more]

Republicans: Mainlining on Viciousness

Where Republicans are concerned, their insane “policy positions” aren’t just shockingly out of touch and out of date, not just hypocritical and baseless, not just designed to humiliate President Obama and win the next election, not just a pack of lies and targeted manipulation to trick an uneducated voting base (although they’re all of that and more):  They’re startlingly cruel.… [Read more]

Romney Revealed – Yet Again!

Several news media have suggested that Mitt Romney cannot win the presidency without the Latino vote. I’m not so sure about this, as what matters is voter turnout.

As we all know now, President Obama, fed up with the do nothing, obstructionist Congress, acted on his own by issuing an executive order stopping deportation of young Latinos, and allowing them to continue in college.… [Read more]

Mitt Romney: A Successful Executive, But Where is the Wisdom? – Part II

This is the second article of a series to discuss an important question, “does Mitt Romney have the wisdom to lead a country?”

In the previous article we briefly discussed the concept of wisdom. We discussed questions such as: What exactly is the meaning of wisdom? What is the underlying biological process? How does one acquire wisdom?… [Read more]

Systemic Faults

Honestly, I wasn’t too surprised to hear that the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s  “lemme see your papers” doctrine; such laws are completely constitutional, and, furthermore, illegal aliens are guaranteed precisely zero protections under the U.S. constitution. Also, we need to keep American jobs for Americans and Mexicans are a drain on our already-burdened social welfare system.… [Read more]

I’m confused.

Every day on the news, I hear about how government employees and overpaid union thugs like teachers, firefighters and police officers are destroying the economy, and things we used to take for granted – like the minimum wage, decent working conditions and benefits – are causing “uncertainty” among the “job creators” – and that all those things, along with all that un-American socialist “entitlement” crap like Social Security, food stamps, school lunches for poor children, Medicare and unemployment insurance should be taken away from the teat-sucking denizens of the “nanny state” in order to make the “job creators” feel secure enough to create a few jobs somewhere other than Mexico, China, India or Bangladesh.… [Read more]

Freaking Out Over Egypt’s Islamists

Every now and again, my inbox becomes the victim of interest group spam. Most recently, a rogue, unsolicited email reached me with urgent news from a conservative website: Not only had Egypt elected an evil Islamist as its new president but our own president, Barack Obama, had called to congratulate him! Gasp! We can only assume now that the reign of Sharia law will race through the world, wiping out Israeland the Western world in its path!… [Read more]

Getting Schooled Part IV: Homeschooling

This is part four in a five part series on school choices.

Part I is an introduction with statistics.

Part II is about Private Schools.

Part III is on Charter Schools.

This time around I’ll be giving the pros and cons of homeschooling.

Homeschooling is defined as educating children outside of a formal school setting at home, usually by parents, but sometimes by a tutor.… [Read more]

Pope Benedict, the Proclamation…and the Nuns

A Roman Catholic church official was recently convicted of child endangerment — a groundbreaking case because it’s the first time a conviction of a church official has resulted from the crime of mishandling abuse cases. Do you remember back two years ago when the Vatican proclaimed that ordination of female priests is as high a “crime” as pedophilia — as though ordaining a woman is on the same level as sending pedophiles to unsuspecting churches.… [Read more]

The Plight of Vegetarians

“Is this dish vegetarian?”

“Yes! It just has chicken stock, but it’s vegetarian.”

This is a common response my family gets when attempting to order food in restaurants in America. My Hindu parents immigrated from India a few decades ago and abstain from eating meat of any kind. Locations that we are able to dine at are limited because we live in a society that is dominated by meat-eating.… [Read more]