Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Remember, these are also the same people in power that cannot decide whether you are carrying Suave shampoo or C4 through an airport. Nationalized education has also been roundly criticized as a failure in this country as well.
These are not failures along Democrat or Republican partisan lines. It is result of those guiding and controlling the system not having a vested interest in the outcome. In our current state, as imperfect as it may be, the providers of healthcare have a financial interest in your well being (arguably). However, under nationalization, your taxes will be paid regardless of your treatment. There are certainly arguments and instances on both sides that discount this position, but, the farther an organization gets from it's motivating factor, the more likely it is that the patient's needs will not be met.
The mortgage industry parallels this, in my opinion. The farther the investors got from the actual product (Homeowners). The easier it was to lump them together as numbers in an economy, rather than the elements that drive it. The farther the motivation moved away from those making decisions, the easier it was to collapse.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Times of London
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!
- "If" by Rudyard Kipling
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt, from his "Citizen in a Republic speech" (ArtOfManliness)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
She is a former St. Louis Cardinals Cheerleader.
She was a ballet dancer with The St. Louis Civic Ballet and The St. Louis Dance Theater and a professional jazz dancer under Raoul Appel.
She has toured the country as a dancer with a Vaudeville Burlesque show, Able's Baggy Pants Burlesque and the Mercer Brother's show "Giggles Galore, not only as a dancer but a comic skit performer.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
"In the 1860s, the rulers of the newly-formed Austro-Hungarian Empire encouraged their bankers to be more free with their lending standards. Their goal was to encourage growth in the empire. The result (this is going to sound eerily familiar) was over-speculation in building, massive default on borrowed funds, and economic collapse throughout Central Europe. The worldwide depression reached all the way to the United States and triggered the Panic of 1873. On the bright side, many of the most beautiful buildings in Europe come from this period of “irrational exuberance.”"