The Rise of a Russian Bucket of Water (true humor)

Our professor insisted that back home in Russia students worked through similar problems in 7th grade with little difficulty, and that a Russian college class would have been through with the problem and on to five others by now.

How things work in a former Communist nation
By Joe Cimino

The University of South Florida College of Engineering is known for its foreign professors some more infamous than others (remember Sami Al-Arian?). One constant throughout the program in my day was the faction of Russian math professors who would enthusiastically begin every semester with the hopes of teaching us American students advanced math, only to find that they needed to water down the curriculum after the first exam, or face the administrative consequences of failing an entire class. We always blamed it on how difficult it was to understand their accent or teaching style. The truth is that we just didn’t get it. Continue reading “The Rise of a Russian Bucket of Water (true humor)”

Obamalism: Until there are no rich no more

But those cheering on this new American “tax the rich, feed the poor” socialism should take note of the end of that song lyric: “Until there are no rich no more.” Like it or not, the reality is that poor people don’t start companies. Poor people don’t create jobs. And poor people don’t pay $80 million to prop up horse tracks.

With help from Governor Blagojevich
By Chuck Muth

Ho, ho, ho-ly cow! Boy, did Christmas come early for Illinois’ dying horse track industry this year or what?

Here’s the issue in a nutshell. People in Illinois aren’t going to horse tracks the way they used to. It’s a dying industry. On the other hand, people are going to Illinois casinos. It’s a thriving industry. So two years ago the Illinois Legislature passed a new “temporary” 3 percent tax on the four most successful casinos in the state and redirected the money to the unsuccessful horse racing industry in an effort to “save” it. Continue reading “Obamalism: Until there are no rich no more”

The Decline of America

As American’s, fault for our current state of economic and political affairs is stupidity which is only exceeded as a degree of fault by our greed and insatiable appetite for more.

Greed and stupidity have lead to our political and economic downfall

By Chris Ingram

I am sitting in my hotel room on a cold day in Skopje, Macedonia awaiting another week of business meetings with political and government leaders from this relatively impoverished nation. Macedonia is from the region that is home to Alexander the Great, conqueror of most of the world then known to the Greeks. To put it into a modern perspective, Alexander the Great and his empire was akin to a present-day superpower like America.

While we remain the world’s lone superpower, our country is in peril.

In just the last few days, news reports from America have included the following headlines: “Billions Vanish in Epic Hedge Fund Fraud,” “Illinois Governor Arrested in Corruption Scandal,” “Feds Shut Two Banks in Georgia, Texas,” “Bank of America to Lay Off Tens of Thousands,” “Automakers Request Billions to Stay Afloat,” “Homelessness Rising as Economy Tanks.”

As American’s, fault for our current state of economic and political affairs is stupidity which is only exceeded as a degree of fault by our greed and insatiable appetite for more.

If you are sensitive to self-analysis and prone to deny blame for your own actions, stop reading as you will be offended. If you’re open-minded and willing to accept responsibility (an inherently atypical human condition), congratulations. Read on. Continue reading “The Decline of America”

A fix for the GOP?

And get a load of this anti-government sentiment by radical right-wing ideologue George Washington: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence–it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.”

We Could Use a Few More Right-Wing Ideologues

By Chuck Muth

Gene Paslov – perhaps Nevada’s most prominent unreconstituted California liberal who, as Nevada’s government-schools superintendent for nine years, directed public education’s headlong slide down the razor blade of mediocrity – is now offering his expert advice to the GOP. Oh, joy.

“The Republican Party has been hijacked by right wing ideologues,” the former school bureaucrat wrote in a recent letter-to-the-editor in Carson City. “I hate to resort to name calling, but it’s difficult to identify these anti-government, anti-public school, anti-tax radicals as anything other than ideologues.” Continue reading “A fix for the GOP?”

The 800-pound gorilla of Florida politics

In Florida, line for 2010 starts with Jeb

By Tom Baxter

Southern Political Report

Not many opportunities come along in politics like the one which presented itself this week when US Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) announced he won’t seek a second term in 2010. An open-seat Senate race in Florida is enough to set mouths salivating in both parties. But whether this key 2010 race draws much competition, it quickly became apparent, depends on one person: former Gov. Jeb Bush.

“If he gets in he’s the 800-pound gorilla, and no Republican of any consequence will challenge him,” said Tampa-based Republican strategist Chris Ingram.

Read the full story from the Southern Political Report (click here).

Martinez won’t run again in ’10

By Jeremy Wallace
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

December 3, 2008

U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in 2010, dropping a series of dominoes that could lead to a major reorganization of the region’s political landscape.

Almost immediately, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, has surfaced as a top candidate to run for the seat that he helped Martinez win in 2004.

“He’s not ruling it out,” said Sally Tibbetts, Buchanan’s spokeswoman. “His phone has been ringing off the hook.”

If Buchanan runs for the Senate, it will leave the 13th Congressional District with an open seat for the third time in eight years. There is no shortage of potential candidates who could jump into that race. A state senator, state House members and county commissioners from two counties are among those watching what Buchanan does.

Buchanan’s deep pockets and his willingness to self-finance his campaign immediately make him a serious prospect to run for the Senate, said Chris Ingram, a Republican political consultant based in Tampa. Buchanan in 2006 spent more than $5 million of his own money to win his seat in Congress.

“That money is a real asset,” Ingram said.

Read the full story from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (click here).