Archive for the ‘National’ Category

29 year old man has fathered 21 children

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

News Story:

Desmond Hatchett of Tennessee has fathered a total of 21 children by 11 different women before his 30th birthday.  This information became public in the Knoxville, TN courts due to his inability to keep up his child support payments with his minimum wage job.  He has had 4 children in a single year in two separate years.  Tennessee  courts are unable to take more than half of his wages for child support, thus some of the mothers will only get about $1.98 per month when the money is divided up.

Commentary:

Obviously someone needs to explain the concept of birth control to this man.

Rescued Black Lab=Good Samaritan

Friday, May 29th, 2009

News Story:

Blewett the Black Lab was not so long ago a stray barking for attention on Washington’s Blewett Pass, where several travelers had fed him and attempted to catch him.  He was finally captured and the Smith family of Plain, Wash. gave him a home.

While out for a walk with his owner on a trail near the Wenatchee River, Blewett started barking and ran down the hillside to the river’s edge to sniff at an animal that his owner thought might have been a dead bear.  It was actually and elderly, arthritic black dog, and it was alive.  That dog turned out to be 11 year old Pepper, who was being watched by a family nearby.  They speculated that Pepper went by the river to take a drink and was swept away by the current.

Commentary:

Such a sweet story, the rescued dog returns the favor to another dog in need.

Multiracial people: Fastest growing demographic in US

Friday, May 29th, 2009

News Story:

The number of multiracial people in the US grew by 3.4% last year, now numbering about 5.2 million according to the latest census estimation.  Millions more are believed to be uncounted.  Demographers cite public figures such as Tiger Woods and President Obama for helping to remove the stigma of being of mixed race.

It is projected that over the next 20 years, the significance of race as we now know it will be nonexistent.  The current racial identity politics will become obsolete, as mixed-race voters have a larger impact on politics in the US.

Commentary:

Such increases in mixed race population will overall be positive for the US as a whole, I think.  Maybe politicians will finally be forced to run for election based on actual issues, instead of courting ethnic and racial run organizations that encourage those of certain demographics to vote for particular candidates, and political parties.  It will be positive for the US to get past its history of racial discord and discrimination as well.  Programs such as affirmative action must be eliminated, so that Americans are judged by their own merits and not by their racial background.

Obama: Paint roofs and roads white to save energy

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

News Story:

US energy secretary, Steven Chu, said the Obama administration wants to paint roofs white to reflect heat and light and as a result, lower energy consumption.  This is especially targeted at flat roofs.  They would also like for roads to be a lighter color to also prevent heat absorbtion.  They say that these changes could have the equivalent result to taking off every car on the road for 11 years.  Also, painting cars in light or cool colors would reduce air conditioner use and as a result use less energy.

Commentary:

If the claims for the impact of this plan are true, this seems like a pretty simple solution to some of the US’s energy consumption plan. I think they should also require solar panel installation on new building construction as well.

Dallas twins have different fathers

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

News Story:

A mother in Dallas, TX recently found out that her 11 month old twin boys do not have the same father.  This was found out after she had her sons paternity tested because she was concerned about their facial features being so different from each other.  The mother admitted that she had cheated on her partner at the time that she had conceived.  This is an extraordinarily unusual occurrence.  The DNA lab in Dallas had never seen such a result.  There have only been a few documented cases like this in the world.

Commentary:

Amazing stuff.  I had heard it rumored in the past that this was possible, but it’s shocking to hear of an actual case.

Worst drivers in the US by state

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

News story:

A recent study ranked US driver safety by state.  New York was the least safe followed by New Jersey.  Idaho has the safest drivers in the US.

Commentary:

Having lived in several of these states, and having driven in many as well….I agree with NY as most unsafe, but I think Texas drivers were given a little too much credit…

Safety rank by US state:

1 IDAHO
1 WISCONSIN
3 MONTANA
4 KANSAS
5 SOUTH DAKOTA
5 NEBRASKA
7 UTAH
8 WYOMING
8 IOWA
8 OREGON
8 MINNESOTA
12 ALASKA
12 NORTH DAKOTA
14 VERMONT
15 COLORADO
15 MISSOURI
17 OKLAHOMA
17 WASHINGTON
19 NEW MEXICO
20 NORTH CAROLINA
21 VIRGINIA
22 INDIANA
22 MICHIGAN
24 ARKANSAS
24 TEXAS
26 ALABAMA
26 NEVADA
28 WEST VIRGINIA
29 ILLINOIS
30 ARIZONA
31 MAINE
32 DELAWARE
33 NEW HAMPSHIRE
34 OHIO
35 KENTUCKY
36 PENNSYLVANIA
37 LOUISIANA
38 TENNESSEE
38 MISSISSIPPI
40 SOUTH CAROLINA
40 MARYLAND
42 CONNECTICUT
43 FLORIDA
44 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
45 MASSACHUSETTS
46 RHODE ISLAND
47 GEORGIA
48 CALIFORNIA
49 HAWAII
50 NEW JERSEY
51 NEW YORK

American Idol down to the final 2 singers…

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

News Story:

American Idol down to the final 2 singers….Dancing with the stars chooses a champion!!

Commentary:

Why are our “news” organizations constantly bombarding us with entertainment “news”?  Is this a testament to the complete cluelessness, and lack of interest on the part of Americans to keep up to date on real news?  Or is it possible that the left wing slant on most true news stories makes many uninterested in real news, and they instead choose to fill their minds with drivel about the latest reality shows??

Graduates of Notre Dame protest Obama speech

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

News Story:

President Obama was a speaker at the commencement ceremonies at Notre Dame University on Saturday.  He was also awarded an honorary degree.  Many students protested that he was chosen to speak at a Catholic university which does not support abortion or stem cell research as President Obama does.

Commentary:

It’s good to see that there are Americans who are capable of staging a protest that does not involve violence of any kind.  What do protesters who become violent, or start riots think they will get by behving in such atrocious ways?  The students of Notre Dame clearly let the world know their stance without any violent or disruptive behavior.

US Government considering public health care plan

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

News Story:

US senators are meeting to discuss possible options for the US government to begin to offer a government run healthcare plan to US citizens not currently eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.  This would be especially focused toward benefitting the middle class.

There are several plans being discussed.  The first would be similar to Medicare, but would compensate healthcare providers better.  The second would be run similarly to a typical health insurance plan, patients must pay premiums, not taxes, to participate, but the government would not need to be profitable as health insurance companies do.  Also, the possibility of allowing individual states to institute their own public healthcare plans is on the table.

Obviously, insurance companies are opposed to any government control over the industry.  The insurance industry is currently negotiating many changes in their practices with the government in hopes of preventing the public takeover of healthcare insurance.

Commentary:

The healthcare insurance industry as it stands today is in definite need of an overhaul.  As in so many corporate run industries, executives are obscenely overpaid at the expense of customers, patients in this case as well.

I don’t think the government should be emulating the Medicare program, however.  I also don’t think that putting this burden on individual states will be a good idea.  There would be massive disparity from one state to the next in the quality of healthcare available.  Any time the government gets involved in control of new areas it concerns me immensely, as  efficiency, and quality of service are not a strong point of the US government.  When you remove financial motivation completely from the equation for those running programs, you don’t get good performance typically.

US considering overhaul of financial sector pay practices

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

News Story:

The Obama administration is in discussions concerning initiatives to change how financial-services corporations compensate their executives.  This would even affect corporations who were not recipients of federal bailout money.

Commentary:

I have very mixed feelings on this subject.  On one hand it is obscene how large the divide between a typical corporate employee’s pay is compared with a typical corporate executive.  This is especially true in the financial sector.  What really merits being paid hundreds of millions of dollars?  And this in a time when banks and financial corporations were failing miserably due to such a long period of very questionable lending practices…..and they get rewarded with more money in a year than most people will come close to seeing in an entire lifetime?

My concern with this though, is that government dictating pay scales to the financial sector just opens the door a bit wider to total government control of the lives of US citizens.  Where does the line get drawn?  Are we truly a capitalist society anymore when the government is taking such strong control over the details of how corporations function in the US?  Just one step closer to the socialist society that Obama would like to create.