Blue Dog Nothing

I honestly feel like the sky is falling. I don’t agree with the health care bill that just passed the Senate. I believe it is 100% about becoming a socialist nation. I could go on and on about the reasons why I hate it. I could go on and on about how it will fundamentally change our nation. But today I want to mention a surprising discovery that has come from this bill.

For years, I and millions of other American’s, thought there was such a thing as a blue dog Democrat. They were supposed to be centrists. Congressman who leaned towards the Democratic Party but struggled with full fellowship. These men identified themselves as blue dogs. They often have plaques or statues in their offices of blue dogs.

I’ve held the belief that you shouldn’t rely on blue dogs because they are conflicted—perhaps schizophrenic. People’s brains are just not wired to be liberal on social issues and conservative on economic. You are one or the other. If you are a centrist you can’t make up your mind. Thus, how can you be reliable in any situation? They hide behind the phrase, “I don’t discriminate. I look for good people in both parties.” What a crock. There are good people in both parties but their ideas don’t match up. Liberals and conservatives are like metric and standard wrenches. They are not interchangeable and they don’t work together. The principles and ideas of each group are in constant conflict.

Politicians try to make it out like they work together and come up with solutions. I’m convinced that politicians never, EVER have ideas. Congressmen don’t sit in their offices inventing. They don’t sit together around a table and say, “what if we do this.” It just doesn’t happen. They are editors. They champion other people’s ideas.

So how does this play out in 2009? Well, the democrats came up with an absolutely socialist healthcare plan. Forcing employers to provide healthcare? Forcing people to purchase insurance? Forcing doctors to provide services? Forcing insurance companies to cover specific ailments? It’s all about force and it’s all socialist.

So where were the Blue Dogs? Harry Reid needed every single Senator to fall in line and ALL of them did. How can a bill that is so far left that not a single Republican voted for it but EVERY blue dog did? Everyone knows the Republican Party is in a complete state of disarray. They are not nearly cohesive enough to compel consensus. How did the Democrats do it? Sure there was arm twisting. More than arm twisting there are well documented was pay off’s to for Senators who stuttered. (I hope Ben Nelson’s Medicaid deal for Nebraska is challenged in court.) But there were not enough of these payoffs to account for all the so called blue dogs. The only explanation I can see is that blue dogs are not nearly as centrist as they make themselves out to be.

This bill is socialist. It’s socialist in its social aspects, such as abortion, and socialist in its economic aspects. Its passage is going to give me an ulcer. But I’m also disturbed that so many went along so willingly.


I don’t live for MSG but I don’t like seeing foods or food components getting a bum rap for no reason. I just saw a television commercial with a turkey running down the isle of a grocery store trying to get away from a can of broth containing MSG. Why?

Here’s a paragraph from MSG on Wikipedia:

“MSG as a food ingredient has been the subject of health studies. A report from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) compiled in 1995 on behalf of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that MSG was safe for most people when “eaten at customary levels”. However, it also said that, based on  anecdotal reports, some people may have an MSG intolerance which causes “MSG symptom complex” and/or a worsening of asthmatic symptoms. Subsequent research found that while large doses of MSG given without food may elicit more symptoms than a placebo in individuals who believe that they react adversely to MSG, the frequency of the responses was low and the responses reported were inconsistent, not reproducible, and were not observed when MSG was given with food. While many people believe that MSG is the cause of these symptoms, a statistical association has not been demonstrated under controlled conditions, even in studies with people who were convinced that they were sensitive to it. Adequately controlling for experimental bias includes a  experimental design and the application in capsules because of the strong and unique after-taste of glutamates.”

May people would read this paragraph and conclude that MSG is bad for you. People who interpret in this way can’t be helped. Some people are always searching for tragedy. They focus on emotion rather than facts. To the intelligent reader it clear that MSG is just like ALL other foods. Some people don’t react well to it. I know people allergic to bananas, chocolate, chicken, wheat, milk, soy, etc. With that said, most people declare themselves allergic based on one bad incident.

It’s simple, if you have a concern, perform a double blind study, with a large sample size and have the study managed by an independent body.

“I have not been true to my values…” Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods

“I have not been true to my values…” That is what Tiger Woods said in his apology. You know, there are times when you should just keep your mouth shut. This statement just puts him further in the whole as far as I am concerned.

In making this statement he is either deliberately lying or he’s delusional. If a guy robs banks every week for years and then says, he hasn’t been true to his values–what are you going to think? Tiger may be thinking internally that his values don’t include adultery but his behavior says otherwise. You simply can’t do it that consistently and have it be a big deal to you. Do you think Bill Clinton really thinks monogamy is important?

I don’t ever condone adultery but there are different levels of offense. Tiger is a record breaker and he broke all standards of infidelity. He didn’t get lonely one night after weeks on the road. He systematically built a harem of woman in cities around the country and perhaps the world.

In a day when adultery is joked about as naive, consider a few things:

  • He planned trips for the sole purpose of immortality.
  • He looked his wife in the eyes and made up stories for why he needed to leave town
  • He got his wife pregnant and cheated on her while she was not only carrying a baby but caring for his small daughter at the same time.
  • He put his wife and children at risk of painful, debilitating and deadly diseases.

Anyone can repent but he’s only sorry he got caught. The purpose of his apology is to do one thing–preserve revenue. It has nothing to do with contrition or trying to overcome personal failings. It’s about limiting the damage he is done to his career.

For years I’ve rooted for Tiger. After all this I will continue to root for him. I will root for him to lose.

Still Stewing

I’m still stewing about this year’s BYU/Utah game. Yes BYU won but they didn’t cream Utah. I absolutely hate Utah and winning isn’t enough. I wan’t annihilation. When Max Hall said he hated everything about Utah he was singing my song. As the years have progressed I’ve developed more distaste for the school. This year I had tickets to the game and chose to give them away. I just can’t stand the aggravation. I knew I would be angry about ever call and I was right.

I’ve never liked Utah but over time I’ve realized they are not the University of Utah. They are a university in Utah. There charter isn’t education but liberalism and rebellion. They are the anti-BYU. It is loaded to the hilt with students who have rebelled against Mormonism. Everything goes except religion. Let me correct that. Everything goes except the Mormon religion. If a student wants to explore Hinduism, Buddhism or Mysticism, that’s just great. But if you are Mormon you’re an idiot.

So when football season comes I find it impossible to route for the Utes. I don’t care if they are in a BCS bowl. I will never route for them. I can acknowledge that they are good. They know how to win. They have done much better than BYU in post season bowls and in the NCAA basketball tournaments. Their success is aggravating.

Clearly I’m not the only one with these feelings. Every time BYU and Utah play, ugly things happen. I think things are getting out of hand.

I didn’t have these hostile feelings in the Edwards/McBride days. Both were great coaches who put the football in it’s proper perspective. They laughed, joked, hugged and teased each other. They shot commercials, golfed and attended charitable events together. I can see in hindsight that this was a powerful example.

We haven’t seen that type of example for years. Crowton, Meyer, Bronco and Kyle haven’t shown any interest in each other. Yes there are a few billboards of them pitching kidney cars but they look photoshoped. The ugliness of the rivalry isn’t fun or productive. It’s time to soften things up a bit.

Global Warming….my foot

Over the last few years we’ve seen a new fashion trend. It’s called global warming. Everything is Eco this or that. Green this or that. The media has force fed us a steady diet of lies. Now we have some unraveling of this fabric of deceit.

Some dude hacked the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Center. Thousands of records were stolen. The correspondence uncovered at the center shows that they had global warming data which contradicts their political agenda. It also shows that they conspired to hide and even destroy the data rather than let it come to light. They also discussed marginalizing fellow scientists who were challenging their claims.

The director of the center, Phil Jones, made the following statement. “My colleagues and I accept that some of the published e-mails do not read well. Some were clearly written in the heat of the moment; others use colloquialisms frequently used between close colleagues.”

“Colloquialisms frequently used between close colleagues.” In other words, they were openly plotting to deceive.

Besides the massive deception that has been taking place. There are a variety of other outrages taking place.

#1 The national media has turned a blind eye. NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC have ignored the story that has been out for several weeks. How can they miss such an explosive story on the number one issue in our day? They created green trend and now they are protecting it like it’s a helpless child.

#2 There is liberal outrage over the hacking of this organizations computer. I agree that what the hackers did was illegal but why is the outrage so selective? The liberal media didn’t seem to care about Newt Gingrich’s phone being hacked. It didn’t express outrage when Sarah Palin’s email account was hacked. But if you shoot an undercover video at an ACORN office or hack emails at an overseas university, then you must be brought to justice.

I’m grateful that we have a variety of news stations, as well as thousands of Internet sites, that allow truth to flow while the Democrats are busy putting their fingers in the dike.