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Obama's Post American World

I dearly wish that our political celebrities would combine their observations with insight and season them liberally with understanding.  I also wish that…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — 29 Comments

US Economics and Finance through (fictional) Foreign Eyes

Thank you for coming to this meeting on such short notice.  We are especially grateful to Fu Ling U from China and Schneider Von Dipstick from Germany for their long journey here.

First, it is difficult to wrap our minds around the hugeness of the US dollar numbers we are dealing with.  Perhaps this example will give you a feel for…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 4, 2014 at 1:45pm — 16 Comments

Oil Industry Primer for Newbies

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Oil Religin and Politics Updated

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

U.S. Air Force Flight to Weakness Updated

Michael Dunn is a retired US Air Force Lt. General, former CEO of the Air Force Association.  Jack David is a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute and was a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the George W. Bush administration.  Together, they published an article in the Wall Street Journal.  The following link requires a subscription to their on-line edition, so it only works for subscribers with a valid…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 30 Comments

A Citizen Indicts Federal Politicians

“During the last 25 years, you spent money we do not have on federal programs we do not need.  Every year you promised the American people that your number 1 priority is to cut spending and balance the federal budget.  Despite these promises, the federal budget continues to grow.…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 12, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Conscience of a Conservative - Letter from Bruce

Bruce is one of those hardworking  people who lives his convictions, never gives up when hardships happen, and strives to become the best that he can be in all things he commits to do.  He ran for City Council in his ward, but could not overcome the political strength of the Democratic party machine that dared anyone to defy their liberal views.…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 7, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Solar Power - Boon or Boondoggle?

A local church with a primary school asked me for an opinion.  A State-qualified contractor proposed a $140,000 electrical solar panel installation.  The following is my report, redacted to protect their privacy.

Executive Summary

The proposal submitted by [contractor] describes a combination of a lottery, a public grant, a potential insurance problem, a…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 1, 2014 at 9:51pm — 24 Comments

Unemployment - Getting to the Truth

Our US Government and the Federal Reserve are not telling the truth about the health and stamina of the United States economy.  The economic indicators that they use to measure the health of the United States economy are invalid by design.  They try to hide the monetary and fiscal mismanagement of our economy.  The mainstream media proclaims economic recovery while the exact opposite is true.  Our public education system and most universities do not…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on January 23, 2014 at 1:17pm — 30 Comments

How do liberals think?

The following question appeared in a local community public Internet forum.  “Why is Civics not taught in public schools?”  I partially redacted names and sources of two responders to protect their identity.  I also partially edited their prose to improve readability.  I will call them “Jim” and…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on January 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Agemain's Laws of Prudent Thinking

Want to change a corporation's policy?  Let them know you are after them and why.   Reduce their customer base, embarrass them in public, and let  the public know about their misdeeds and harmful relationships.  However, watch your back.  Beware of the cobra . . . It bites.

Mr. Agemain was the keynote speaker of the third annual automation conference of the American Bankers Association.  This was the…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on January 6, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Open Reply to Nancy Pelosi

The following comment appeared in the following linked Internet site by Wisesooth.  I wonder who that might be?  Apparently, the DCCC made a big mistake sending him a bogus fundraising questionnaire.

http://www.gopusa.com/cartoons/2013/12/31/watch-out-2014/…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on December 31, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Fixing the Wrong Thing

The original private-sector health care system needs fixing, not Obama Care.  The future cost of the Obama Care entitlement program, according to the Government Accounting Office (GAO), is about $47 trillion plus inflation.  The debt service cost of Obama Care alone will exceed the entire revenue income of the US government under the current tax structure.…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on December 28, 2013 at 10:30am — 35 Comments

A Father's Letter to his Children

Family wisdom and the life story of family patriarchs often are lost because parents neglect to pass it on to their children.…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on December 14, 2013 at 5:30pm — 23 Comments

Is Obama nationalizing retirement accounts?

Size-up of the situation

Our Federal government now owes $17 trillion on its books under the account named “National Debt.”  This is more debt than all of the other debtor nations on this planet COMBINED.  Government statistics are heavily manipulated to hide the truth about the state of our economy.  Our Federal Government has not had a budget in four…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on December 8, 2013 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

What is a teacher's role as an educator?

Maria Elena Baca (mbaca@StarTribune.com) penned an article a couple years ago titled “Is classroom off-limits to teacher views?”  Milton Estabrooks also penned an article on this site January 22, 2010 titled "Our Failure to Educate Youth."  More recently, we hear about a project promoted by the Department of Education dubbed "Common Core."  Recently, I wrote a post titled "The Fundamental Transformation of America" on…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on December 4, 2013 at 2:54pm — 6 Comments

"I cannot do that" . . . a self-fulfilling prophesy

While we were growing up, how often did we hear the words:

  • “Don't do that!”,

  • “Stop doing that!”,

  • “No, you can't do…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on December 3, 2013 at 2:52pm — No Comments

The Obama Care Press Conference Revisited

This “press conference” did not start late morning November 14, nor did it conclude that morning.  What happened that morning looked more like damage control.  It's scope was controlled and carefully rehearsed.  The Q&A was directed with a play script that looked like a TV soap opera.  Here is why I think so.

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on November 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The 2014 Election Cycle - Challenge and Opportunity

The Conservative Movement Seems to be at a standstill at best case, and in danger of becoming irrelevant at worst case.  “What happened?” and “Why did it happen?”  help us to size-up the current situation.  “What now?” and “How?” helps us to discern what should be done to achieve our collective goals.

We find several kinds of people in our political midst.  Many people will stick with the major party candidates, as to not ‘waste’ their vote on 3rd party “spoilers”. Others want to…

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Added by Roger O'Daniel on November 6, 2013 at 4:00pm — 26 Comments

Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is supposed to eliminate the need for Primary Elections.  Advocates of RCV make the following claims:

  1. RCV saves the government lots of money because it eliminates a primary election.
  2. Primary elections are…
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Added by Roger O'Daniel on October 11, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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