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When no presidential campaign is the best campaign

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 30, 2011

Mitt Romney has been conspicuously quiet. No comments on the debt ceiling?

Doesn’t Mitt Romney look like a president?

It is interesting to note how Mitt Romney has stayed clear of everything going on in Washington. Little exposure. Few comments.

  • Right or wrong – Michelle Bachmann  will  continue to speak in her extreme ideas and will be picked apart by the media and Democrats
  • Right or wrong – Sarah Palin has the flaky, media-exaggerated, reputation, and will “probably” not be taken seriously.
  • Right or wrong – Tim Pawlenty is a long shot and is now “playing games” with Michelle Bachmann.
  • Right or wrong – Newt Gingrich is too extreme and has no shot at the nomination.
  • Right or wrong – Herman Cain has some interesting points but is way behind.
  • Right or wrong – Rick Perry. Although Texas is probably the most successful economic state, unfortunately Texas = George W. Bush.
  • And Right or wrong – President Obama has broken his promises of transparency and the country “may be” worse off than when he took office.  There is little indication we are headed in the right direction. For how many years can George W. Bush be blamed. We all acknowledge Bush was not a good president but it’s Obama’s job, without blaming others, to improve our country.

If Romney clearly gets the word out in a simple, logical manner, he won’t be attacked by Democrats or Republicans.  He needs to stand clear of the noise. It may simply be the case that he could win the Republican nomination because there is no other front runner. And he could win the presidential election because the country is disgusted with Washington DC and the direction of the country.

But then again, things can change quickly. Twelve months before the previous election, we all thought Hillary Clinton was going to be president.

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Obama, Deficit Ceiling: A President from Harvard. A Harvard Law Professor. A Liberal Newspaper.

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 23, 2011

Dear Mr. President –

You have been spending most of your time trying to resolve the debt ceiling and deficit issue.  We appreciate your effort and realize our great country has never been so polarized as it is today.

We also realize with every move,  you take into consideration your reelection campaign. That’s politics.  All politicians do it.

Have you read this OP-ED in the New York Times?  Obama Should Raise the Debt Ceiling on His Own. This piece was co-written by a Harvard Law Professor.  And it was published by a liberal paper; the New York Times.  Your constituency reads it.

If you act now, and take it upon yourself to raise the debt ceiling, you look like a hero.  And at least for the time-being, you have saved our economy.

It still does not solve the real issue of spending more than we bring in. But at least it gets us by this deadline and the deadlock in Congress.

This option should be strongly considered.

Regards,

A Concerned U.S. Taxpayer.

Obama Should Raise the Debt Ceiling on His Own.

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The best NBA basketball coaches are …

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 22, 2011

My buddy “PC”  made a comment recently about Mark Jackson getting the Golden State coaching  job.  He commented that point guards tend to make good coaches.   They are forced to really know the game and get everyone into the flow of the game.  It made sense but I decided to look for myself.

I looked at the NBA coaches with 300 and more wins. I looked at what position they played in college or professionally. I broke it out by guards, forwards, and centers,  I did not get more specific like point guard, shooting guard, power forward, etc…  There may be errors and I welcome all corrections.

I was not able to identify the appropriate information on all the coaches.

In the chart below, if there is a ‘?’, I simply did not know the answer.  If there is an ‘x’, I believe they did not play college or pro hoops.

  • There are 84 NBA Coaches who have 300 or more wins.
  • 46 of them played guard.  Please note, if someone played both forward and guard, they were counted for both positions.
  • (xx) 27 coaches either (a) did not play basketball, or (b) I could not determine the position he played.
  • 84 coaches minus the 27 (xx above) leaves us with 57 coaches to use in this exercise.

So 46 of the 57 coaches played the guard position in college or professional basketball.

80% of these NBA coaches played guard.  

That’s an amazing statistic; more than I would have expected.

(Note: I am sure the stats on these coaches are incomplete or inaccurate. Even if I’m off by 10%, that’s still pretty amazing.)

Name Position Note
Alvin Gentry^ ?
Bob Hill ? Bowling Green State University
Del Harris ? Milligan College
Gregg Popovich^ ? Air Force Academy
Jim O’Brien ? St Josephs
John MacLeod ? Bellarmine University
Lester Harrison ? Rochester Royals
Bill Russell Center
Hubie Brown Center Rochester Colonels
Joe Lapchick Center
Wes Unseld Center
Don Nelson^ Forward
Paul Silas^ Forward
Phil Jackson*^ Forward
Rudy Tomjanovich Forward
Alex Hannum* Forward-Center
Fred Schaus Forward-Center
Tom Heinsohn Forward-Center
Al Attles Guard
Al Cervi Guard
Bernie Bickerstaff Guard Univ Rio Grande
Bill Sharman* Guard
Billy Cunningham Guard
Bob Weiss Guard
Bobby Leonard Guard
Byron Scott^ Guard
Chris Ford Guard
Dick McGuire Guard
Doc Rivers^ Guard
Don Chaney Guard
Eddie Jordan Guard
Flip Saunders^ Guard
Gene Shue Guard
George Karl^ Guard
Isiah Thomas Guard Point
Jack McMahon Guard
Jerry Sloan* Guard
John Lucas Guard
K. C. Jones Guard
Kevin Loughery Guard
Larry Brown* Guard
Larry Costello Guard
Lenny Wilkens* Guard
Matt Guokas Guard
Maurice Cheeks Guard
Mike Brown^ Guard College Basketball Univ San Diego
Mike D’Antoni^ Guard
Mike Dunleavy Guard
Paul Seymour Guard
Paul Westphal^ Guard
Red Auerbach* Guard HS
Red Holzman* Guard
Richie Guerin Guard
Rick Adelman^ Guard
Rick Carlisle^ Guard
Rick Pitino Guard
Scott Skiles^ Guard
Mike Woodson Guard – Forward
Nate McMillan^ Guard – Forward
Allan Bristow Guard – Forward
Butch van Breda Kolff Guard – Forward
Doug Collins^ Guard – Forward
Doug Moe Guard – Forward
Pat Riley* Guard – Forward
Bill Fitch x
Brian Hill x
Chuck Daly* x
Cotton Fitzsimmons x
Dick Motta x
Edward Gottlieb x
Frank Layden x
Garry St. Jean x
Jack Ramsay* x
Jeff Van Gundy x
Jim Lynam x
John Kundla* x
Lawrence Frank x
Mike Fratello x college football
P. J. Carlesimo x
Paul Westhead x
Phil Johnson x
Stan Albeck x
Stan Van Gundy^ x
Tom Nissalke x

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(Financial Crisis) Relax the underwriting standards again? Haven’t we learned from our mistakes?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 21, 2011

A few weeks ago, an article popped up on Yahoo regarding relaxing the underwriting standards of lenders.

Haven’t we learned from our mistakes?

Let’s take a look back…

House Financial Services Committee hearing, Sept. 25, 2003: (See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122290574391296381.html)

Rep. Frank: I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision]. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing. . . . More..

Rep. Frank (D. Mass) contributed to banks lending to people unqualified to pay back their loans…. and the resulting mess.

Take a quick peek at this short video.    He couldn’t have been more off base.

And we all know this contributed to crash of our economy… Unqualified people getting mortgages. NOW we’re asking banks to loosen lending standards… Again?

From Yahoo and Investors Business Daily ( Friday July 8, 2011, 6:51 pm EDT)

In what could be a repeat of the easy-lending cycle that led to the housing crisis, the Justice Department has asked several banks to relax their mortgage underwriting standards and approve loans for minorities with poor credit as part of a new crackdown on alleged discrimination, according to court documents reviewed by IBD.  More…

Wow. I hope I am missing something here.  Relax the underwriting standards?  That’s one of the ways we got in trouble last time, right?

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USA Healthcare, Obamacare – Thank you to…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 17, 2011

USA Health Care Horrible 126.99 for 4 days of ear drops  Obamacare

Thank you to all the wonderful people out there who have ruined our healthcare system.  Thank you to the insurance companies. Thank you to the drug companies. Thank you to the doctors. Thank you to the ambulance-chasing attorneys.

And thank you to our government for shoving through a 1300-page bill, that nobody could have possibly read, and contributing to the downfall of our ever-worsening healthcare system (Obamacare.)

This 4 day supply of ear drops costs $126.99.  Why?

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No Robinson! Don’t Win the Home Run Contest! (Robinson Cano, All-Star Game)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 12, 2011

No I did not watch the Major League Baseball  Home Run Hitting Contest (All Star Break)…. I had better things to do.

This morning on ESPN Sports Center, I see that Robinson Cano of  the NY Yankees won the contest. Being a Yankee fan I immediately thought “Oh no. He is going to have a bad second half of the year.”  He probably messed up his swing trying to yank everything out of the ballpark.

“Damn.”

Then I get to the office and I voiced my concern to one of the guys (let’s call him Buck).  He passionately said “That’s not true. The winners of the home run hitting contests don’t necessary have bad second halves.   You’re beginning to sound like Bert”  (Where Bert is the name of someone in our accounting area.)

So I decided to look for the stats and see if  the All Star Home Run Kings tended to have poor second halves.

For each winner, I compared their total home runs for that year, the home runs hit before and after the All Star break, and calculated the percentage hit after the All Star break. I also entered their total number of At Bats to make sure they played the entire year. Note: I only had the stats since 2000. Everyone had over 500 At Bats.

Regular Season Home Runs
MLB Home Run Derby Winner and Year Total HR for Year PreAll Star PostAll Star % PostAll Star AB
2010: David Ortiz 32 18 14 44% 518
2009: Prince Fielder 46 22 24 52% 591
2008: Justin Morneau 23 14 9 39% 623
2007: Vladimir Guerrero 27 14 13 48% 574
2006: Ryan Howard 58 28 30 52% 581
2005: Bobby Abreu 24 18 6 25% 588
2004: Miguel Tejada 34 15 19 56% 653
2003: Garret Anderson 29 22 7 24% 638
2002: Jason Giambi 41 22 19 46% 560
2001: Luis Gonzalez 35 23 12 34% 609
2000: Sammy Sosa 50 23 27 54% 604

Based upon these numbers, 4 of the 11 years, the winner had significantly less home runs the second half of the year.  I wish I had more data but it is interesting to think about.

My conclusion?  It does happen enough times to think about it.

Go Robinson! Here’s to a great second half of 2011.

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If I ran my business that way, I’d be out of business (US Government budget)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 9, 2011

Remember Charles Grodin in Dave? Take a quick watch.

How can that clip be more relevant?

The way the President and Congress are running the country, it’s amazing we’re in business…

Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending….

The only person who can get away with that is Paris Hilton. (Just insert “Raise my allowance” where it says “Raise the ceiling”.)

Perhaps President Obama should bring in Charles Grodin to help with the budget.

It’s a good thing we are not a part of a common currency, like the Euro.  If we were, we wouldn’t have the ability to print more money… the answer to everything!

  • So we’re contemplating raising the ceiling.
  • Unemployment is at 9.2%.  Under-employment must bring that number up to an estimated 17%
  • We are spending billions of dollars fighting wars all over the world. (Libya? Libya?)
  • And we are still sending billions of dollars of aid to countries all over the world. How about we tell all these countries that we are only giving them 50% of the aid we had previously given to them. Let’s apply that saved money domestically and help ourselves!
  • And President Obama is now focused on his reelection campaign!

What happened to this great country of ours?   The left is far left. The right is far right.  All they care about is keeping their jobs and getting re-elected.

It’s a shame.

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Here’s $5.9 billion to help with the U.S. budget

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 25, 2011

These are numbers from 2008, and old, but you will get the point.

Why are  we looking to cut domestic programs to get under the debt ceiling and get closer (he he) to a balanced budget? Why are we so quick to cut domestic programs when we pay out all this foreign aid? Are we the world’s martyrs?

Why not simply cut 10% of the US foreign Aid to each country we support?  Don’t touch their military aid. We don’t want to hurt their sovereignty. Cut the economic aid.  We Americans are tightening our belts, why shouldn’t they share in the tightening?

We simply don’t have the money!

If we cut 10% of our foreign aid (economic aid only), we save $5.9 billion!

Table 1298. U.S. Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country: 2008

 

Cutting only Economic Aid.  Leaving Military Aid Untouched.

[In millions of dollars (16,836 represents $16,836,000,000). 2008.

 

2008

 

Region/Country

Total Economic & Military

Economic

Military

Cut Economic Aid by 10%

Savings to U.S. Budget (in $ millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

$                     53,243

$ 5,915.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit indicator

 




 

Afghanistan

8,892

2,880

6,012

$                        2,592

$                     288.00

Albania

46

43

3

$                             39

$                          4.30

Algeria

13

12

1

$                             11

$                          1.20

Angola

58

58

0

$                             52

$                          5.80

Antigua and Barbuda

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Argentina

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

Armenia

221

217

4

$                           195

$                        21.70

Austria

11

11

0

$                             10

$                          1.10

Azerbaijan

37

33

4

$                             30

$                          3.30

Bahamas

20

19

1

$                             17

$                          1.90

Bahrain

6

1

5

$                               1

$                          0.10

Bangladesh

171

170

1

$                           153

$                        17.00

Barbados

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Belarus

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Belgium

24

24

0

$                             22

$                          2.40

Belize

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

Benin

94

94

0

$                             85

$                          9.40

Bhutan

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Bolivia

128

128

0

$                           115

$                        12.80

Bosnia and Herzegovina

36

32

4

$                             29

$                          3.20

Botswana

211

210

1

$                           189

$                        21.00

Brazil

38

38

0

$                             34

$                          3.80

Bulgaria

26

18

8

$                             16

$                          1.80

Burkina Faso

42

42

0

$                             38

$                          4.20

Burma (Myanmar)

83

83

0

$                             75

$                          8.30

Burundi

46

46

0

$                             41

$                          4.60

Cambodia

76

75

1

$                             68

$                          7.50

Cameroon

20

20

0

$                             18

$                          2.00

Cape Verde

18

18

0

$                             16

$                          1.80

Central African Republic

31

31

0

$                             28

$                          3.10

Chad

127

127

0

$                           114

$                        12.70

Chile

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

China (P.R. Hong Kong)

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

China (P.R.C.)

103

103

0

$                             93

$                        10.30

China (Tibet)

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

China, Republic of (Taiwan)

21

21

0

$                             19

$                          2.10

Colombia

888

834

54

$                           751

$                        83.40

Comoros

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Congo (Brazzaville)

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Congo (Kinshasa) \2

255

249

6

$                           224

$                        24.90

Costa Rica

9

9

0

$                               8

$                          0.90

Cote d’Ivoire

79

79

0

$                             71

$                          7.90

Croatia

5

5

0

$                               5

$                          0.50

Cuba

32

32

0

$                             29

$                          3.20

Cyprus

17

17

0

$                             15

$                          1.70

Czech Republic

8

4

4

$                               4

$                          0.40

Djibouti

10

8

2

$                               7

$                          0.80

Dominican Republic

53

52

1

$                             47

$                          5.20

Ecuador

51

51

0

$                             46

$                          5.10

Egypt

1,492

201

1,291

$                           181

$                        20.10

El Salvador

223

216

7

$                           194

$                        21.60

Equatorial Guinea

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Eritrea

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Estonia

11

8

3

$                               7

$                          0.80

Ethiopia

1,008

1,007

1

$                           906

$                     100.70

Fiji

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

France

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

Gabon

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Gambia

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Georgia

274

264

10

$                           238

$                        26.40

Germany

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Ghana

230

229

1

$                           206

$                        22.90

Greece

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Grenada

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Guatemala

111

111

0

$                           100

$                        11.10

Guinea

26

26

0

$                             23

$                          2.60

Guinea-Bissau

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Guyana

29

29

0

$                             26

$                          2.90

Haiti

310

309

1

$                           278

$                        30.90

Honduras

74

72

2

$                             65

$                          7.20

Hungary

30

28

2

$                             25

$                          2.80

India

147

146

1

$                           131

$                        14.60

Indonesia

208

194

14

$                           175

$                        19.40

Iran

7

7

0

$                               6

$                          0.70

Iraq

7,452

3,083

4,369

$                        2,775

$                     308.30

Ireland

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Israel

2,425

44

2,381

$                             40

$                          4.40

Jamaica

22

21

1

$                             19

$                          2.10

Japan

4

4

0

$                               4

$                          0.40

Jordan

833

532

301

$                           479

$                        53.20

Kazakhstan

111

109

2

$                             98

$                        10.90

Kenya

719

718

1

$                           646

$                        71.80

Kiribati

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Korea Republic

6

6

0

$                               5

$                          0.60

Korea, Democratic Republic

188

188

0

$                           169

$                        18.80

Kosovo

207

207

0

$                           186

$                        20.70

Kuwait

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Kyrgyzstan

76

74

2

$                             67

$                          7.40

Laos

7

7

0

$                               6

$                          0.70

Latvia

9

6

3

$                               5

$                          0.60

Lebanon

195

187

8

$                           168

$                        18.70

Lesotho

362

362

0

$                           326

$                        36.20

Liberia

221

133

88

$                           120

$                        13.30

Libya

10

10

0

$                               9

$                          1.00

Lithuania

5

2

3

$                               2

$                          0.20

Macedonia

31

28

3

$                             25

$                          2.80

Madagascar

119

119

0

$                           107

$                        11.90

Malawi

103

103

0

$                             93

$                        10.30

Malaysia

53

52

1

$                             47

$                          5.20

Maldives

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Mali

142

142

0

$                           128

$                        14.20

Malta

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Marshall Islands

47

47

0

$                             42

$                          4.70

Mauritania

24

24

0

$                             22

$                          2.40

Mauritius

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Mexico

95

95

0

$                             86

$                          9.50

Micronesia (Federated States)

80

80

0

$                             72

$                          8.00

Moldova

20

19

1

$                             17

$                          1.90

Mongolia

326

324

2

$                           292

$                        32.40

Montenegro

10

10

0

$                               9

$                          1.00

Morocco

696

691

5

$                           622

$                        69.10

Mozambique

799

799

0

$                           719

$                        79.90

Namibia

129

129

0

$                           116

$                        12.90

Nepal

106

105

1

$                             95

$                        10.50

Netherlands

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Nicaragua

145

143

2

$                           129

$                        14.30

Niger

49

49

0

$                             44

$                          4.90

Nigeria

485

483

2

$                           435

$                        48.30

Oman

23

17

6

$                             15

$                          1.70

Pakistan

963

605

358

$                           545

$                        60.50

Palau

27

27

0

$                             24

$                          2.70

Panama

17

16

1

$                             14

$                          1.60

Papua New Guinea

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Paraguay

17

17

0

$                             15

$                          1.70

Peru

159

159

0

$                           143

$                        15.90

Philippines

161

132

29

$                           119

$                        13.20

Poland

31

2

29

$                               2

$                          0.20

Portugal

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Qatar

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Romania

26

13

13

$                             12

$                          1.30

Russia

1,261

1,261

0

$                        1,135

$                     126.10

Rwanda

172

172

0

$                           155

$                        17.20

Samoa

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Sao Tome and Principe

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Saudi Arabia

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Senegal

78

77

1

$                             69

$                          7.70

Serbia

58

58

0

$                             52

$                          5.80

Serbia and Montenegro \3

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Seychelles

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sierra Leone

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Singapore

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Slovak Republic

7

5

2

$                               5

$                          0.50

Slovenia

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Somalia

351

303

48

$                           273

$                        30.30

South Africa

568

567

1

$                           510

$                        56.70

Spain

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sri Lanka

69

68

1

$                             61

$                          6.80

St. Kitts and Nevis

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

St. Lucia

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sudan

1,196

997

199

$                           897

$                        99.70

Suriname

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Swaziland

14

14

0

$                             13

$                          1.40

Syria

36

36

0

$                             32

$                          3.60

Tajikistan

70

69

1

$                             62

$                          6.90

Tanzania

1,061

1,061

0

$                           955

$                     106.10

Thailand

55

53

2

$                             48

$                          5.30

Timor-Leste

35

35

0

$                             32

$                          3.50

Togo

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Tonga

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Trinidad and Tobago

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Tunisia

11

1

10

$                               1

$                          0.10

Turkey

22

12

10

$                             11

$                          1.20

Turkmenistan

22

22

0

$                             20

$                          2.20

Uganda

456

455

1

$                           410

$                        45.50

Ukraine

111

103

8

$                             93

$                        10.30

United Arab Emirates

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

United Kingdom

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

Uruguay

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Uzbekistan

14

14

0

$                             13

$                          1.40

Vanuatu

13

13

0

$                             12

$                          1.30

Venezuela

19

19

0

$                             17

$                          1.90

Vietnam

87

87

0

$                             78

$                          8.70

West Bank/Gaza \4

575

575

0

$                           518

$                        57.50

Yemen

37

32

5

$                             29

$                          3.20

Zambia

262

262

0

$                           236

$                        26.20

Zimbabwe

234

234

0

$                           211

$                        23.40

Other

49,057

33,611

15,446

$                     30,250

$                  3,361.10

source: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/foreign_commerce_aid/foreign_aid.html

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FW: A Holocaust Survivor’s View on Islam

Posted by TopOfTheThread on March 25, 2011

Here’s an interesting email I had received.  It’s an interesting perspective.

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Be sure to see the video at the end.

This is one of the best explanations of the Muslim terrorist situation. The references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read.

The author is Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well respected psychiatrist.

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A Holocaust Survivor’s View on Islam

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march… It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.

Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts — the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide, read this and think about it.

Emanuel Tanay, M.D. 2980 Provincial St. Ann Arbor , MI 48104  *Dr. Emanuel Tanay MD<http://www.icle.org/directory/contrib_bios.cfm?&Pnumber=F90113%3E <http://www.icle.org/directory/contrib_bios.cfm?&amp;Pnumber=F90113%3E&gt; <http://www.icle.org/directory/contrib_bios.cfm?&Pnumber=F90113%3E%20%3chttp://www.icle.org/directory/contrib_bios.cfm?&Pnumber=F90113%3E%3e>  ; is a well-known forensic psychiatrist who has been an expert witness in many famous cases. He has served as an officer or committee member on the Michigan Psychiatric Society, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and others. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and of the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry and a distinguished fellow of the APA and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFC).

A Holocaust survivor himself, Dr Tanay coauthored a book about the survivors of the Holocaust and was asked by the German government to consult on just compensation for the Holocaust survivors. Dr.Tanay has served on several journal editorial boards, authored many publications, and presented countless times on forensic medicine. His efforts have also produced many awards and commendations from groups such as the Michigan State Medical Society, APA, the Detroit Institute of Technology, and AAFC, among others.

We must not allow the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ be built.  If it is allowed, it will become a symbol of victory for those who wish to destroy the American way of life.

Cl ck here: YouTube – islam will destroy the world <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-yJp4EcZJA&feature=related&gt;

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USA’s problems – healthcare – illegals – how did we end up here?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on March 6, 2011

I haven’t been posting of late. I just received this email and it angered me. I know it’s an old story but it just keeps arising.

My family pays taxes and contributes to our health care costs.  We manage our visits to doctors and do not go as often as we should.

Meanwhile, we have illegal aliens in our NY neighborhood, not paying taxes, getting medicaid (she is poor), having babies, getting the hospital/medical costs covered, using resources in the public schools because we now need additional ESL teachers… it goes on and on!

We’re not wealthy. We contribute to charities. We do community service. Is there something wrong here?

How did we (USA) end up here?

—–This is the email I had received————

TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE

I have a job.   I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes & the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.  

In order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem). 

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test.  

So, here is my question:  Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet.  I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their BUTT—-doing drugs while I work.

Can you imagine how much money each state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a welfare check?

I guess we could call the program “URINE OR YOU’RE OUT”!  

Pass this along if you agree, or delete if you don’t.  Hope you all will pass it along, though. Something has to change in this country – AND SOON!

P.S. Just a thought, but all politicians should have to pass a urine test too!

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