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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    And I also want to point out- in the TSA's defense- (which I know makes no sense, considering my position on this issue)- that the two examples above are inverted images; they are not what the TSA is actually looking at.


    I do plan to fly at some point in the future; it's just become like I said more of a chore than the liberating experience I once found it to be.
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    Posted 11-24-2010 at 02:20 PM by CashAndFlash CashAndFlash is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    I can see why you'd think that, Mark, but it's not true.


    And I really do have serious issues with the way the "War on Terrorism" is being waged.

    I loved watching CNN coverage of the advancing troops in 2003. But it's 7 years later, and we've still accomplished nothing; we're still being told that a terror threat is imminent, and being asked to sacrifice our rights.

    I know that flying isn't my god-given right, but it's something I used to love doing- I wanted to be a pilot at one time, and even went so far as some preliminary lessons. However, I just find the whole experience to be more of a chore than anything now. So yeah, I choose not to fly.
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    Posted 11-24-2010 at 02:11 PM by CashAndFlash CashAndFlash is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    I've done the M16 drill Strato. 1985 in Luxembourg headed home. I've also lived on a closed military base - home of the 5th infantry at the time - circa the 1970's where you had to state your purpose to a soldier with an M16 at the ready just to pass through the gate.

    People don't have a concept, and people seem to be eager to protest at the drop of a dime. Everybody want to feel violated so they can start up a website and get themselves on Oprah I guess.

    I maintain the following for all those whose panties are currently in a wad over airport security: It isn't your plane. If you're raising hell about scans and pat downs you are in the minority because people who fly regularly, while no happier about long lines than you, appreciate the extra security. In my humble opinion, the airline should have the right to ask you to pee in a cup before they let you on THEIR plane with THEIR other paying customers, and they should be able to do so for ANY reason they see fit.

    Like you said, if you don't like it, become a rock star so you can own your own jet, otherwise do as you are told. The government isn't trying to feel you up, they're trying to keep you safe.
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    Posted 11-24-2010 at 01:00 PM by saintfan saintfan is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    Seems so far the scanners are working....people just want to get through the lines....Only about 70 airports worldwide have them and only have one...so most people might not even have to deal with them...
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    Posted 11-24-2010 at 12:07 PM by strato strato is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

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    Cash I think you agree ..im principle..im all for protecting people...

    Im out

    Who Dat
    Dude, who knows. That CashAndFlash is a drunk. He's a drunkard.

    The kid's drunk all the time, so who knows.
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    Posted 11-24-2010 at 02:19 AM by Halo Halo is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    Cash I think you agree ..im principle..im all for protecting people...

    Im out

    Who Dat
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    Posted 11-23-2010 at 11:42 PM by strato strato is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    That's where I disagree Strat. I think human nature is unchanging and, as such, times don't change.

    In other words, bomb a guy's family to smithereens and he'll find a way to kill a few citizens of the country responsible.

    All this stuff is just too 1984-ish for my tastes.
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    Posted 11-23-2010 at 10:17 PM by CashAndFlash CashAndFlash is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    Airports suck..is that thought provoking enough....Ive flown all over the world.. which im sure a lot of you have...and i hate most that ive encountered ...if you want to see how when the millitary gets involved ..fly to El Salvadore...your greeted by M16s..and forget about exiting unless you have buisness there...

    I had to pay 20 bucks to a cleaning guy to go have a smoke..
    I can see where some people will whine over this and thats their god givin right ,,,but if your going to fly just know in advance of what to expect...

    I flew back from Paris to N.Y once and went thru living hell to get back into our country ,,my country!..i was singled out for where i had been in Europe.. and for having a guitar ,,which they assumed had something hid.....Times have changed and we are headed for more and more security...I know it sucks ...but just be ready for it and if its that big of a deal ....make other arrangments for your travels..

    Thats why i wanted to be a rock star ...where i could own the airplane..

    Peace
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    Posted 11-23-2010 at 09:23 PM by strato strato is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    All I have to say is thanks for writing the darn Blogs... to everyone. Here we have a football website that has grown into something thought provoking. Never in all my years working with the website that I would see intelligent questions of economics, policy, and national security mixed in with good "fart" humor found in some of my blogs. It keeps me glued here.

    Thanks Saintfan for writing!!! Thanks cashandflash for adding more thought provoking questions in the comments!!!
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    Posted 11-23-2010 at 08:19 PM by Halo Halo is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    "meant for and all"
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    Posted 11-23-2010 at 07:38 PM by CashAndFlash CashAndFlash is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    Yeah, I found that second one yesterday...

    honest question...

    John Malkovich- "In the Line of Fire"- made a gun out of plastic.

    Doesn't anyone else think this is a wild goose chase?

    I mean, I understand what the scanners are meant for all, but the whole "war on terror" thing smacks of what I recently heard described in the Economist as "an autistic notion of verisimilitude". These guys want to kill us, and nothing will quell their anger short of stopping the bombing and occupation of their countries, along with placing reasonable conditions that Israel must follow if they are to maintain their status as a de facto protectorate of the US.
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    Posted 11-23-2010 at 07:38 PM by CashAndFlash CashAndFlash is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    I think this is a better demonstration....

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    Posted 11-23-2010 at 06:24 PM by Halo Halo is offline
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    Random Thoughts - By Saintfan

    Skymike's avatar for demonstration purposes...

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    Posted 11-23-2010 at 06:16 PM by Halo Halo is offline
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    Sanity Zone 11-8-2010 - Why I dislike Eagles Players and Fans

    i could have not said it better. it took me a few minutes to control myself after watching them dance in disbelief near the injured player over a flag. leading with the helmet was a nobrainer for the official. in 1977 they changed the rule in high school in la. on spearing. its 2010
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    Sanity Zone 11-8-2010 - Why I dislike Eagles Players and Fans

    I totally agree with you… It literally made me sick to see the replays over and over of the hit on Collie. I thought for sure he was paralyzed. What made me even madder was when they replayed the hit on the jumbo-screen and all of the fans started to boo the refs. Asante Samuel #22 of Eagles started jumping around like some kind of wild animal that had just killed its prey. The EAGLES make me sick!!!
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    Posted 11-08-2010 at 05:33 PM by dunndb dunndb is offline
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    Will The Saints Tame The Panthers???

    Saints will rule.

    Saints 34, Panthers 13.
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    Posted 11-06-2010 at 02:15 PM by ClintSaints ClintSaints is offline
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    Sanity Zone 11-4-2010 Post Election Analysis

    I love this discussion., Thanks for engaging.

    Before tackling broader policy issues, we should acknowledge some ground level facts. Policy based on misinformation breeds disaster.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies and promotes best-in-class standards and practices of care. While not the only non-partisan and independent NGO, it has the reputation, at least, of having fewer axes to grind as it has one of the broadest sets of country participants, access to the world's best health institutions and the core data necessary to make assessments.

    The WHO ranks every western European nation ahead of the US in terms of outcomes, access, and overall health of population. The only aspect of health care delivery that the US ranks 1st in is cost, and we are TWICE the cost per patient than the next highest costing nation. The most notable issues with the US system is its asymmetry. Access is severely limited to 15% of the population and roughly 70% of the rest are covered in what is termed "catastrophic care," where the patient is responsible for everything other than an emergency, life threatening situation. Some key analysts have termed our private health care system as a "denial of care" or "wait until and emergency" protocol system, as profits for the firms entirely depend on NOT providing or paying for health care, especially preventive care. Nations ranked highest in outcomes, access and overall population health are single payer systems that focus on prevention rather than emergency care.

    Within the US care system itself, quality is extremely uneven. Paradigms vary by region, and even within regions, health centers have extremely uneven distribution of technologies. With a focus on emergency care as the primary generator of value added (read: profits) services, health providers are not incented to prevent health problems. As patients are required to pay for preventive services and not pay for emergencies, the rational consumer wishing to minimize personal cost usually opts NOT to engage in preventive care in order to foist the risk on the insurance system. Even further, because federal and state law require hospitals to take emergencies even without clear reimbursement (Medicaid as fallback picks up the tab or the costs are transferred to the premium paying customers) low and middle income people have no incentive to even buy insurance. Thus, emergencies become the breeding ground for waste, fraud and profit that have poor outcomes and lowers the overall effectiveness of the US healthcare system.

    The first stage of the proposed changes in our US healthcare system is to force those who are skating by not contributing to the system to pay in. The second is to start forcing out the concept of the profit maximizing "denial of care" system and layering in preventive and inclusive care.

    Your costs going up have nothing to do with this healthcare package. The majority of provisions are not due to come into effect until 2014, with only the addition of dependents under 26 can be included in parents' packages (not costly to healthcare companies) and forcing out the provisions that would deny care to those suffering from a catastrophe (which is why those with those policies were complaining) in effect immediately. Your costs have gone up because insurance companies are trying to convince you that this program will cost more money to them. In fact, all that's gone up has been these companies' profits. Care costs are relatively predictable, all that's different is the insurers' fear of the single payer system option, which would devastate their profit paradigm.

    I personally don't understand why they would raise rates like this, as it only reinforces arguments that having the single payer option would benefit the participant. But what do I know.

    Anyway, the point is that none of the changes to the healthcare system entail a free ride to anyone. In fact, these changes are what Newt Gengrich in 1994 and Mitt Romney in 2007 proposed to stop the burden on taxpayers, particularly the wealthy. Few of the measures come close to making us look like the European models which outclass our system. If anything, this healthcare package should be a huge boom to the private sector providers as more people will be buying products from insurance companies and more people will be seeking healthcare under the for profit system. Saying Mr. Obama has never been for business doesn't align with the most significant legislation in the past 50 years. It is decidedly pro-business. It is decidedly pro-personal accountability. Sure the government was meddling, but what recourse was there? This broken and bankrupt system wasn't going to fix itself. From here forward, when there can be ways to refine the model, the precedent is set that change is achievable. Many things can be done to improve the system, but not every change can happen immediately.

    Lastly, the "failed policies" in Europe aren't failing because the policies are bad, its' because some of the rules in those policies don't match with the realities. Take their biggest problem, state pensions. Full Benefit retirement age in Greece is 53. Ridiculous. It's not the policy per se, its that it doesn't match with how long people live. Raise that to 67, like it is in the US, and their problems dissipate rapidly. Greeks pay far more into their system than do Americans, and get more out. They are all very satisfied with how their programs work in practice (from a withholding and payout basis), but they have a disconnect as to when retirement should become a benefit. We have that same problem here. 67 isn't the same today as 67 was 40 years ago. We live longer, we live healthier and most of us are capable of working well beyond 67, but none of us want to give up that "benefit." Raise retirement 3 years to 70, and Social Security's financial problems would be dramatically reduced.

    In many ways, Social Justice programs like pensions and healthcare rely on the rules of engagement for success. Anarchic "free market" solutions often wind up having asymmetric results. Modern governments concerned with equity and fairness (The American Way) despise asymmetry in core markets where people have no choice in participation as the enemy of the state. It is seen as institutionalizing injustice, like slavery or denial of women the right to vote.

    Remember, there is no perfect solution, but there is a "more perfect union." Free Markets can coexist with Controlled markets, each adapting from the other. Neither is a real enemy.

    I have no real feel for Mr. Obama as a polarizing force. To my knowledge, none of his policies have caused unemployment, none have caused systemic breakdown of industries (like the Banking/Financial System), none have caused us to enter into needless violent conflict, and non of his policies have singled out any particular group for discrimination. Causing these would polarize me. My hope is that solutions for the above are considered and the best ones enacted.
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    Posted 11-06-2010 at 10:52 AM by xan xan is offline
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    Sanity Zone 11-4-2010 Post Election Analysis

    The failed policies I speak of are those in Europe that are falling like dominoes, and while it's hard to pin him down to it, anyone who is paying attention can see that Obama would take us there tomorrow if he could. Europe cannot currently (or historically) defend itself from a termite invasion. Its health care is horrible. Its economy is worse than ours. Its standard of living is far below ours.

    Yes, there has been what you call "job growth" in the private sector for several consecutive months, but Obama himself acknowledges that the growth is not enough to put a dent in unemployment. As an example, an 800 BILLION DOLLAR construction stimulus and still nearly a quarter million construction jobs lost? Obama is not for the private sector. Not now. Not ever. He a statist from the jump. I say it isn't enough. So does he. I'd say that it's not working is accurate.

    Saying it can't happen under 'this' congress, I assume, means the Republicans will prevent it? I would like to suggest that there has rarely been a more polarizing president than the one we have now. Dare I say ever? No, it's can't happen overnight for any president or congress, but my health care costs just increased by 40% under Obama's plan to make it 'more affordable'. More affordable to whom? His constituents perhaps - the same people who will likely not show up again in two years to re-elect him because they thought the free ride was coming. I think THOSE people are the ones who fail to understand how much time change can take. If the Republicans are smart enough to keep Sarah Palin out of the main stream of their party, Obama is gone in 2012.

    But let me allow Obama to speak for himself. He said this two days ago:

    Quote:
    "I think people started looking at all this, and it felt as if government was getting much more intrusive into people's lives than they were accustomed to..."
    There is no "as if" to it. He is a big government guy. He doesn't hide from that, and for that at least I can applaud him, but he is wrong.

    You might even theorize that the problems we face today are, in some ways, the direct result of the failed policies put in place to recover the economy during the great depression. There are many similarities. Many of those programs were sneaked through during the middle of the night and have been used and abused ever since as a way to continue to fuel big government. Businesses today are uncertain of what is to come from this 'big government'. They are reluctant to hire as a result. This is horribly similar to the 1930's, and it took WWII to fix it - more than a decade after it began, and the current administration is following the same script.

    In my humble opinion, the recent election says the country has come to recognize this president's agenda as harmful and anti-American spirit - that it has far less to do with the expectancy of immediate results but rather has everything to do with a way of life. Working people are tired of unchecked handouts, and that which has been handed out by the Obama administration dwarfs any tax cut proposed or implemented by the previous administration.

    I knew this day would come, and I knew it far before the politicians in Washington did. This president has an agenda that puts our country on the wrong track, which is not to say he hasn't had some good ideas, but there is only so much money to go around - and you can't just print more. This lesson has been learned by the European collective and, a bit closer to home, is being learned, albeit it stubbornly, by the failed People's Republic of California.
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    Posted 11-05-2010 at 07:19 PM by saintfan saintfan is offline

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