Archive for January, 2009

PBO Signs First Bill

Posted in Political on January 29, 2009 by Justin

This morning President Barack Obama (PBO or PresBO), signed his first bill into law this morning. The bill is *allegedly* about fair pay, but in actuality, it is a more lawsuits bill.

The high court had (said) a person must file a claim of discrimination within 180 days of a company’s initial decision to pay a worker less than it pays another worker doing the same job. Under the new bill, given final passage in Congress this week, every new discriminatory paycheck would extend the statute of limitations for another 180 days.

The biggest problem with a law like this is the unintended consequences. Generally speaking, when laws like this are passed, they serve to bring down the pay of more profitable employees to the level of the less profitable. For fear of being sued the companies have to equalize pay, but if the lesser paid employee is justifiably lesser paid, due to not being as productive as a male counter part, then the company has to decide, “Do we raise the pay of the less productive employee, or lower the pay of the more productive employees?” Since companies operate based on the bottom line, they will cut the pay of the more productive employees, sometimes leading to layoffs.

I think that people should be paid based on the merit of their work, if a male employee that does the same job, does said job faster, they should get paid more, and vice versa. During the signing, “Obama cited Census Bureau figures that women still receive only about 78 cents for every dollar that men get for doing equivalent jobs.” What these Census numbers often fail to account for is that Women are more likely than men to miss work for issues relating to their children. If a child needs to come home sick from school, the mother is more likely to be the one to leave work to watch them. Also, many companies base pay raises on length of employment and productivity. When a woman takes time off for maternity leave, she sets back her productivity during that year, which therefore decreases her potential for raise that year. Men don’t usually take paternity leave, or if they do, its for a shorter period of time. As this progresses, and women potentially have multiple children, plus time missed taking care of sick children and so on, a woman that may have started out at the same pay as a man in the same position at the same time, will ten years later be making less money.

All this is not to say that women aren’t occasionally discriminated against, or that they don’t have to work harder than men in some cases. I just think this new law is more beneficial to lawyers than women, and more harmful than helpful to business in general. I also think that some of the statistics that “support” discrimination claims don’t take all factors into account.

“Change”

Posted in Political on January 28, 2009 by Justin

What has “change” brought us so far?

  1. The new secretary of the treasury either cheated on his taxes, or is too stupid to figure out TurboTax, either way, I don’t want him.
  2. We have a set time table for surrender in Iraq.
  3. We are going to close Guantanamo Bay prison, I wonder what over populated American prison we’re going to make a terrorist target by housing them there.
  4. There is a proposed “stimulus package” that is really just a spending bill, most of which won’t be spent until next year, somehow that’s supposed to help the economy now.
  5. The US government will now fund abortions in other countries.
  6. Our new president’s first interview after his inauguration was with Al-Arabiya.

That’s just a few things, and we’re only 1 week and 1 day into his presidency. I hope his goals turn around soon, or we could be in a lot of trouble.

Fedor: Baddest Man On The Planet?

Posted in MMA, sports(general) with tags , , , , on January 23, 2009 by Justin

This week, a one hour show documenting the training, and background of MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko aired on FSN. The show was titled “Fedor: Baddest Man On The Planet”, but I really have to question that title at this point. Yes, Fedor is 29-1 with his only loss coming by a cut in a promotion that stopped the fight if you were cut, regardless of the severity of that cut. Yes, he’s fought a who’s who of fighters over his career. But, lets take a look at the last three and half years of that career. He has fought three legitimate opponents in that time frame, which that number is even up to debate. The three I include as legitimate are CroCop in August of 2005, Matt Lindland (who normally fights at 185 lbs), and Big Doofy (aka Tim Sylvia). A lot of people don’t even deem Tim Sylvia a legitimate opponent for the “Pound for Pound” best fighter in the world. As a matter of fact, Sylvia had a 1-2 record on his last three fights going into the Fedor fight, the one win coming against an undersized, and recently under performing, Brandon Vera. So, that takes it down to two legit opponents, but as I already mentioned, Lindland fights at 185lbs, so he was considerably undersized against Fedor, but in actuality, did pretty well against him before Fedor grabbed the ropes long enough to get top position on Lindland, and eventually submitting him.

Fedor has consistently taken six months off between fights, and fought lower caliber fighters since that August 2005 fight with CroCrop. He also keeps sustaining mysterious hand injuries in his fights. Then we have to consider that, outside of Quinton Jackson, most of the former PRIDE fighters that have made their way to the UFC have been less than impressive. Jackson, is the exception to that rule, I believe, because he is a far better fighter now than he ever was in PRIDE. This calls into question the actual ability of many of Fedor’s previous opponents, further diminishing his record.

Fedor’s fight Saturday, with Andrei Arlovski will go a long way in restoring some of his mystic, if he can pick up the victory. However, Arlovski himself was cut from the UFC. I personally think that there are at least three fighters in the UFC that could beat Fedor, if not more. I even think that Matt Lindland would have done better in the Octagon than he did in their fight, which took place in a ring.

Fedor is a bad man, and he has a strong record to back that, but in this writer’s opinion, his most recent fights have not served to further the mystic that he is the “baddest man on the planet.” Also, the recent record of many of his previous opponents in PRIDE serves to dull some of the luster of those victories. In order to regain some of that mystic, Fedor needs to either fight Josh Barnett, or drop his managers and sign the exclusive contract to fight in the UFC (and win) … that is, if he gets past the Pitbull Saturday. A loss Saturday would clearly support the claims of this article, and firmly remove the “baddest man on the planet” title from Fedor’s shoulders.

War “John Koppenhaver” Machine is an idiot

Posted in Political, sports(general), Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 22, 2009 by Justin

I recently read the myspace blog of former UFC fighter, War “John Koppenhaver” Machine. This is the same idiot who changed his name because TNA wrestling wanted to call one of their wrestlers by his nickname, then proceeded to get himself cut by the UFC by first turning down a fight because his opponent was “a no name”, and then openly bad mouthing the late Evan Tanner, shortly after his death.

Now this [sarcams]class act[/sarcasm] has decided to give us his political commentary, due to the harsh language he uses, I will place this below a jump so that you can make the decision for yourself if you want to read it.
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PEBO now PBO

Posted in Political with tags , , , , on January 21, 2009 by Justin

I probably should have written about this yesterday, but due to the presence of snow in our area I was stricken with a severe lack of focus, so I did very little that could be considered productive. President Elect Barack Obama officially took the “Elect” out of his title yesterday. This was a great day in American history, we once again showed the world what a peaceful transfer of power looks like. In addition to that, people in the know are saying that (now former) President Bush enabled one of the smoothest transitions they’ve seen in years, due to his overwhelming cooperation with the incoming administration, a far cry from the removal of “W”s from computer keyboards in 2001. President Obama joins a short list of Presidents who took the oath of office during a time of Crisis, joining Washington, FDR, Truman, and a few others.

As anyone that has read my blog before will know, I did not vote for Obama, and I do not support most the policies he campaigned on. I do however hope, for the sake of America, that he will be a success as president. I hope he does so with the policies I agree with, but I do hope he is a success, and that America gets turned around. I refuse to treat this president the way that some treated the last, I will respect the office, and not defame the president, however I will disagree with his policies where I see fit.

I’m sure by now many of you are wondering why, in my first paragraph, when I mentioned that yesterday was a “great day in American history”, I did not mention the fact that we have our first “African-American President”. I did this for several reasons. First, I hate hyphenated Americanism, unless you yourself emigrated to this country, you need no modifier in front of American. Someone who moved here from Africa and gained their citizenship is qualifies as African-American, even a “white” person from South Africa, but if you are born a citizen of this country you are simply American. Barack Obama was born a citizen, therefore he is simply American, or at least should be viewed as such. Second, some people voted for him, simply because of the color of his skin, and in my eyes that is no better than someone voting against him for the same reason. I believe it is a great thing that people have finally grown up enough that we can have a “black” president in this country. I do however believe that we still have a way to go as a country. We won’t have “arrived” at Dr. King’s dream until we can elect a president with no consideration of color, but only based on their qualifications for the job. I think yesterday was a step in that direction, because now we don’t have to worry about “the first black president”, since Obama has filled that position. Next time a “black” person runs for president, maybe skin color won’t matter to anyone, of any skin color, and we can look only at their merits as a person, and finally fulfill Dr. King’s dream, at least as it pertains the office of the presidency.

Oh, and I’ll leave you with this interesting little editorial cartoon I found, by the way, the picture is a link to its original location…

Justice… sort of

Posted in Political, Uncategorized with tags on January 20, 2009 by Justin

President Bush finally did something about Ramos and Compean. To read more about it, follow the red letters.

The first in a long line of coming disappointments

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2009 by Justin

So, Philadelphia area Obama supporters are disappointed that he won’t be making an open appearance in their city before starting on his train trip to D.C. leading up to the inauguration. Bear in mind, no such appearance was ever promised, just rumored and assumed. Just imagine how disappointed they’ll be when they still have to worry about their house payment, and putting gas in their car. (If you’re wondering where that’s from, here it is).

The word that came up, again and again, was disappointed.

Some longtime supporters of President-elect Barack Obama – people who gathered petitions for him, knocked on doors for him, organized their neighborhoods for him – said they felt let down at not having the opportunity to see him in person tomorrow in Philadelphia.

Excited that Obama had chosen their city from which to begin his inaugural train ride to Washington, many of his most loyal backers had expected he would hold an open-air event here – just as he plans to do down the tracks, in Wilmington and Baltimore.

Instead, Obama and his family will commune with an invitation-only crowd of about 250 people inside 30th Street Station before the train departs around noon. No open event has been announced.

“I am disappointed for the masses of people here in Philadelphia who would like an opportunity to show their love and affection for this family before they leave,” said Ruth Birchett of North Philadelphia, who did networking for the Obama campaign all last year and invited out-of-state volunteers to stay in her home.

“I really don’t even understand the point of coming to Philadelphia to meet in a room with a few people,” she said. “I don’t get it.”

Birchett, who plans to attend the parade in Washington after Obama’s swearing-in Tuesday, noted: “A lot of people can’t afford to go to Washington or are physically incapable of going there.”

Philadelphia, to be sure, is getting more inaugural attention than many other cities.

“Of all the great communities in this country, the president-elect wanted to kick off his trip in Philadelphia – a historic city that played a crucial role in our nation’s founding,” said Chris Mather, spokeswoman for the Obama inaugural committee.

Mather said the invitees were mostly campaign volunteers, not big shots.

“But who made the decision on who got those tickets?” asked Cheryl Harper, a retired school administrator who led in organizing three wards in Northwest Philadelphia for Obama. “I’m disappointed, not with Obama, but with whomever made the decision. There were some people who really worked.”

Uninvited volunteers said they were envious of Wilmington and Baltimore. In those cities, anyone who wants to will be able to see and hear Obama as he stops for open-air events on his way to Washington.

In Wilmington, 32 miles from Philadelphia, Obama will address a train-station crowd about 1 p.m. Public access to the site will begin at 9 a.m. AccuWeather is predicting the high there will be 27 degrees.

Expectations of a public event in Philadelphia grew in part from rumors and supporters’ comments on Obama Web sites. They were fed for weeks by the length of time it took for the Obama committee to announce its final plans.

It was almost 5 p.m. Wednesday before the committee said that only 250 people could attend and that the tickets already had been given out.

“I think there is some disappointment at not being able to see him in Philadelphia,” said Sheldon Motley, a campaign worker from Doylestown. “There was an e-mail going around. Some people were expecting a large public gathering.”

David DiSabatino, a Center City lawyer who had heard the rumors of an open event, thought it would be good to organize a voter-registration effort at the event site, wherever it turned out to be. He put out the word on an Obama site.

“I made certain assumptions,” he said.

As of yesterday, DiSabatino said, “488 people have signed up to volunteer. I have gotten e-mails from people who are coming in from as far away as Texas and Iowa.”

Seth Williams, a Democratic candidate for Philadelphia district attorney who organized Obama’s petition drive in Southeastern Pennsylvania last winter, said, “I just assumed there was going to be a big event.”

“I know I would go and wait outside in the cold on Saturday, as opposed to being down in Washington, D.C.,” Williams said. “I wish we could have got that chance – to give [Obama] our support and be part of history.”