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Friday, December 26, 2008

Too BIG to Succeed?

Some people say that GM, Chrysler and Ford are too big to fail.  I say they are too big to succeed.  These giants are bound by the inherent inertia of large organizations and so cling to flawed models in both business and car design.  Break them up!  And don't just break them up by line. Making and independent Jeep company, or Pontiac company, or even Hummer company won't save the American auto industry.  Take a hammer to them and find the natural cleavages upon which they will shatter.
Declare these vestigial beasts bankrupt and extinct and sell off the assets.  

Do away with vertical integration!

Let small design companies make innovative designs to sell to the highest bidder.  Let small, nimble and innovative manufacturers build better parts more efficiently through competition. Vertical integration allows any aspect of the design, manufacturing, distributing and sales process to bind the hands of all the others.  When each component has to compete to work with the best producers in all the other fields, the producers and consumers win.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Thank You Fox News!

Well, from where I'm sitting, next to a dessicating decorated spruce surrounded by mounds of wrapping paper, it looks like Christmas has once again won the war against it. Thank You to Fox News and Country music stations everywhere for once again lofting the banner high and championing the cause that is Christmas. It looked rough out there for a while: Democrats ascendant, a Muslim in the White House, but you stood resolute. To quote the Duke of Wellington, "It was a close run thing." Thank You and Merry Christmas.

I also want to bring up another cause. The War on Christmas has been raging for many a year now, and before that was the Cold War on Christmas, which required high mobilization rates. There are now many brave veterans of the War on Christmas, and by some fluke almost none of them have ever served in the "real" wars and don't fall under the auspices of the Veteran's Administration. And while I know many of these brave men and women would scoff at accepting aid from "Big Government," their wounds are often very deep and very real (those secularist militants at the ACLU go straight for the jugular). So as an alternative, please go to and click on their DONATE button to support a brave veteran of the War on Christmas this year.

Merry Christmas to ALL.

Monday, December 22, 2008


I think one of the big flaws with monarchy is concept of primogeniture, the idea that the first born inherits the throne. I propose that monarchy would have worked a whole lot better if they had adopted the concept of segundogeniture-- the second born gets the throne. There are two reasons I think this:

  1. Parents make all the big mistakes on the first born. They kinda know what they're doing by the time they get to number two. He'll make a much more "balanced" king.
  2. Big brothers/sisters already get to pick on their little brothers and sisters enough. They're usually physically stronger and more mentally mature. If they know that little bro or sis is gonna be sporting the crown, maybe they'll give a little deference. If not, then getting bullied a little bit might be good for little bro/sis. But use moderation, you don't want to mold a little Ghengis Khan.
*Disclaimer, I am a #1 son.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Brokeback Cabinet

Something is definitely up with the Obama cabinet today.  From today's Washington Express:

Yes, the headline does read, "Obama TAPS Salazar to HEAD Interior."  Sorry, subtlety has never been a trademark of mine.  And in case you were wondering whether Ken Salazar plays the role of Heath Ledger's repressed and introspective Ennis or Jake Gyllenhaal's sexually predatory Jack, Ken Salazar was photographed with Secretary of Agriculture designate Tom Vilsack:
Just couldn't keep his hands off the legendary Vilsack Ballsack...

Congratulations, also, to Tom Vilsack for being the first openly-Furry Cabinet member since Gideon "Cotton-tail" Welles served as Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy.  I hope Salazar understands what he's gotten himself into:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Our data is our nation's most precious natural resource (sic)...

I am suggesting that the new motto of DCPS be "Our data is our nation's most precious natural resource."  I'm pretty sure that on an average day I hear the word "data" more than I hear "students" or "children."  Data. Data. Data.  Data walls, data logs, data sheets.  Really, the whole system should do away with children.  The data (which are what's important after all) can be simulated by computer.  Captain Kirk might be appalled by our primitive ways, but I say it's the enlightened thing to do. 

The children and teachers can stay at home.  Students' test scores can be randomly generated.  Different teachers will be modeled as using different methods in different environments.  Some sweet multiple regression analysis will take place and the computers will tell us which student's learned what, and which teachers get merit pay and which get the boot.

PS:  If I hear another DCPS employed PhD or EdD say "The data is..." or "The data says..." I am going to rend my clothes and live as a hermit.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

And the Majority Leader's cojones Grew Three Sizes that Day....

So it looks as if the deal between likely Democratic Senate President Malcolm Smith and the "Gang of Three Malcontents" is falling apart in large part due to Malcolm Smith:

A: Refusing to give Pedro Espada a lulu for the do-nothing "Majority Leader" job.*
B: Deciding that allowing a bill granting equal marriage rights to all New Yorkers is a Civil Rights issue and should not be vulnerable to backroom deals.

This is great.  This sends a message that functioning government cannot be held hostage by a handful of self-serving bastards.  It makes it likely that Upstate will have some real power in the Democratic caucus.  And, it makes it clear that pass or fail, Civil Rights legislation will have the opportunity to make it to the Senate floor.

*During the recent unpleasantness, Joe Bruno jointly held the Presidency and Majority Leader's position, essentially making them the same.  In my understanding, the power would reside with the President under the Democrats while the Majority Leader position would only be useful for picking up interns.

Personally, I don't care if the Gang of Three do bolt and join a Republican "majority."  The consequences will be short-term.  In two years, all three will be replace by real Democrats, and the Democrats will then have a real majority to work with.  If Smith caves again, there will likely be only one Democrat in all of Upstate next election cycle, and a whole lot of phony Dems from NYC-metro, keeping a real workable Republican majority for a long long time.

Monday, December 8, 2008

No Offense.

It's said that when British troops under the command of Lord Cornwallis surrendered to American and French forces at Yorktown, they were so confounded that they played a tune called, "The World Turned Upside Down."  The events of this Sunday leave me equally confounded, and liable to sing this ancient ballad of woe.  The Buffalo Bills, playing indoors in Toronto lose to the Miami Dolphins and go two consecutive weeks without a touchdown!  I feel as if I have fallen into an alternate dimension where nothing is right.  There are no airships.

PS:  After reading up on "The World Turned Upside Down" I have learned that it was a riposte aimed against Oliver Cromwell who was at the time engaged in the Original War on Christmas (tm).  

Friday, December 5, 2008

More New York Politics Garbage

A Profile in Weakness:

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith was being blackmailed by three "Democratic" senators who threatened to caucus with the Republicans (giving them control of the body) if Smith did not promise to keep a bill legalizing gay marriage off the floor for a year AND reward them with plum committee assignments.  Lacking any backbone or common sense, Smith caved, inviting every craven malcontent to threaten a Lieberman any time they want anything.  As a fifth grade teacher I know that a sure fire way to invite temper tantrums like the one this so-called "Gang
 of Three" was throwing is to cave into the demands of the insolent child.  

In caving, Smith has invited dissension, insulted loyal Democrats AND bumped
 more senior Democrats from upstate from chairing important committees.  During the campaign, Republicans argued that giving Democrats control of the Senate would give disproportionate power to Downstate interests.  Smith has proven them right.
  No committee in the new senate will be chaired by an upstater.  No one from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Rome, Utica, Watertown, Niagara Falls, Jamestown, Utica, Binghamton, Ithaca, Elmira, Corning or points in between will yield a gavel.  This is a sure-fire way for the Democrats to lose their tenuous hold on the senate by condemning these seats to the Republicans in future elections.
Smith should step aside and let someone with balls (or ovaries) take over the caucus.

PS:  If anyone knows of serious Democratic challengers looking to primary the scumbags from the "Gang of Three" let me know so I can give a shout out.  New York Dems have been pretty good in cleaning up their caucus in recent years.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Another Cheap Plug....

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