Kathy Petersen’s Blog

Do you remember “Mama’s Family”?

Posted in politics by Kathy on February 15, 2009

You know — the TV show starring Vicki Lawrence as the hick matriarch of the Harper family. There was one episode in which “Mama” became fed up with the status quo of her town, and particularly the inept or ineffective mayor, so she ran against him in the election. She won, and soon realized she was in over her head. She did not know what she was doing, nor how anything in the town was done. By the end of the episode (and only a few days or a week or two after her inauguration as mayor), she resigned and turned the mayorship back over to the former mayor.

Sometimes a job is harder than it looks.

I’ve been thinking about that episode in conjunction with the current failed Obama presidency. Maybe it’s a little too early and a little too harsh to use the f-word, but I’m not sure what is a better word to describe a President who has had so many high-level appointees having to step down because of tax evasion… er, I mean, tax “problems”… which shows that the vetting process is not very good nor thorough. And this does not mention all the campaign promises he’s broken in just three short weeks — especially this horrible “stimulus” plan that will probably plunge us deeper into a recession. He made much of the fact that he’s chosen three Republicans as Cabinet-level appointees (although one politely declined because he couldn’t support the President in so many areas), and I wonder if it was because he couldn’t find qualified Democrats that could pass scrutiny, so chose honest Republicans, and then whitewashed it to make it look like he was being “bipartisan.” Ha!

Some of the campaign promises he broke were good ones to break. He promised certain things that sounded good, until he learned how much President Bush knew and had to take into account in formulating policies. Apparently, things look and sound different when you’re in the Oval Office!

You know, when Thelma Harper found out that she was way in over her head, she had the guts to admit it and step down. I wonder what Barack Obama will do.

This Economy is one big Ponzi Scheme

Posted in politics by Kathy on February 14, 2009

In my understanding, a “Ponzi Scheme” is basically a pyramid scheme, ultimately destined for failure, because it pays the people at the top by recruiting more people at the bottom; eventually there are no more bottom people to recruit, and the whole scheme collapses under its own weight. That’s what’s happening to the economy.

It’s no longer built on a solid foundation — it’s built on credit and debt. Yet instead of encouraging people to return to cash, and living on their income, the government is encouraging more people to join in this pyramid scheme to increase debt. It is destined to fail, because you can’t borrow your way out of debt.

Unfortunately, the alternative involves more short-term pain, and people are unwilling to do that. So, we’re going to collapse like the Twin Towers, and then we’ll be crushed. And although I’m not an economist, I believe that when it happens, it will be worse than the Great Depression.

“I hope he fails” part 2

Posted in politics by Kathy on February 10, 2009

Previously, I blogged about Rush Limbaugh’s statement in regards to Pres. Obama: “I hope he fails.” While I don’t retract anything I said, I just had a thought about it, and wanted to delve a little deeper.

I hope Obama does not succeed in getting his very liberal views and ideals passed into law.  But that does not mean that I want Obama to fail at being a President — I just want him to “succeed” in ways that are more conservative than he has ever been. Here are some things I hope he succeeds in:

  • getting America even safer than we were under Pres. Bush
  • winning the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and keeping our troops safe while so doing (hey, let’s threaten to nuke Mecca if they don’t come to peace!)
  • curbing the recession without broadening the expanse of government (yeah, I know — pipe dream!)
  • reducing the size of government and especially the scope of taxes, so that there is more money for individuals to do what they want — including things like buy their own houses and actually be able to pay for them, purchase cars and other large items, purchase other necessities and “toys” if they want them, and even be able to give charitably if they so choose

I hope he does not succeed in passing this horrendous stimulus package. Here’s a better idea.

Death of a Ladybug

Posted in Uncategorized by Kathy on February 6, 2009

The other day, I watched a ladybug die. We have several invade our house in the fall, and every now and again find a few here and there, but this particular one was interesting.

This bug was on my desk, just beside my keyboard, on its back, slowly kicking its hind legs. Knowing it was probably about to die, and wanting to help it, I gently flipped it over onto its front, so that it perhaps would not die.

Well, as I sat here reading my emails and stuff, I kept glancing at the little bug, and very soon after I had flipped it over on its front, it had flipped itself back over. Its hind legs were still twitching a bit, but its front legs were already folded in the death prayer. After another few minutes, the hind legs had all stopped moving and likewise folded themselves into the death prayer.

I don’t know why bugs always die on their backs, nor why they fold their legs; but even when given the opportunity to die facing down, they still face up. Weird.

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on February 2, 2009

Here is a long and well-reasoned article on the vaccination debate. It was written by a man whose first son may have been injured by vaccines… or may not have been. He’s chosen not to vaccinate his second son, and wonders if he’s done the right thing there. A very good read.

I will say one thing, though, about something he says in the article — he quotes the CDC’s “sound bite” that vaccines save 33,000 lives per year, which may be quite an overestimate (here is part 1 of a thorough look into the “statistics” behind the number).