Tim Ryan and the Anthem

I saw a clip of the Democratic Candidates standing for the National Anthem and only Rep Tim Ryan didn’t have his hand over his heart. I think that was a wise move on his part. He is a nobody and he needed to stand out from the crowd. People will be asking him questions and he will be getting air time which he would not have gotten.

Here is a video of highlights from the first half of the debate. (I have not watched it all yet.)... [Read More]

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Do like to track things?

I like systems so I find it interesting to see how an ordered package goes through a delivery process. It is especially fun for me when the package starts a half a world away. This is new because I can remember the old way that took seemingly forever to get a package to a port thento a ship. After that the ship went across an ocean to another port to find a truck. A few trucks had to go to a few delivery centers then to a front door with the package. Hopefully,I could catch the package on the first delivery. Now the system gives me tracking numbers. An email lets me know the package is on its way. The package gets sent to an airport after a local delivery center. The package then flies “business” class to the main airport in Japan. Right now the package is going through “immigration”. It looks like the package will take less than a week to get to me. This is amazing for a non-expedited package. (I could be wrong since the original delivery was supposed to be 16 days.)

Do you follow your shipments? What is the furthest you had something delivered? What was the longest time for you between an order and delivery?

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One Straw or Two?

Trump is not your average Republican. He uses judo on his adversaries. He gets them fighting against themselves. He reminds me of Phyllis Schlafly. She would talk at a Women’s Liberation event and start off with “I want to thank my husband for allowing me to come here tonight.” and heads would explode. In getting back to Trump, his campaign sold plastic straws and raised millions. This gave the campaign press coverage and caused the other side to froth at the mouth. Could you imagine serving a cold drink to your liberal friend with one or two of these in the glass?

When it came to this type of fighting where was Mitt Romney or the Bushes?

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Flower Picture

I have a park near my house with a walking track. I think I am really being exceptional by getting in some exercise till I go there. See, Japanese are a disciplined lot. There is a group of around 40 who get up at around 6:30 to do the “Radio Calisthenics”.  It is hard to outdo people who are probably on multiple great grandchildren, isn’t it? I hope to have their dedication at their age.  Getting back to the point of the post, at the park are some sunflowers that are blooming. Here is the first picture of a group of flowers I am “stalking” and the most recent one. :-)

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Do you like heated debates?

A big part of Ratburger.org for me is to have a place where heated debates can be had once again. I love a good back and forth that challenges me. It sharpens me and gets me to think. Even though I think I am always right, I like to see the other perspective. And when I am wrong, I get to be corrected so I am always right again.

I should clarify about what I mean by a heated debate. I mean a debate about some issue and not a debate on the total lack of integrity and intellectual honesty of my interlocutor. (I take that as a given, don’t you?)... [Read More]

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Play Now Don’t Pay Later

I have been reading “Change.edu: rebooting for the new talent economy” by  Andrew S. Rosen. It is about the craziness of higher education. Students were able to go to four year resorts masquerading as colleges with student loans. They got to live in nice places with great food and wonderful recreational facilities but they couldn’t afford them. They couldn’t opt out of the frills to get just the education so they overpaid. The axis of evil of admissions departments, “will give a loan to anyone” government, and “can’t live in the real world” educators have brought back a form of slavery know as “indentured servitude”.  Sad.

Of course, the Democratic candidates have as their motto “When responsibility is needed make the innocent pay.” They want the people who didn’t go to college to pay the student loans of those who did. Giving away “free” is what they think is “fair”. For it is unfair for “Sally or Johnny” to ever face the cost of their actions. Maybe they can call the program “Planned Payback” or they can say they are “Pro-choice” which means not paying.... [Read More]

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