Sunday, January 22, 2017


November 9, 2016 was a forgettable and probably the most ominous day in American history. The nation elected a racist, misogynist, Obama’s-class-to-crass-President to the White House who won the election by a minority public vote—3 million fewer votes than his opponent Hillary Clinton. That’s one of the crazy things about the Electoral College, but that’s a topic for a separate blog. Trump seems to be a disciple of Reagan and a fan of Putin; Reagan is probably tossing in his grave!

What’s pathetic about the current situation is the folks he has picked for his cabinet positions:
  •  Rick Perry who wanted to abolish the Department of Energy to head it! This is the guy from oil-rich Texas who denied global warming, strongly opposed Trump during the primaries, and couldn’t even remember what federal agencies/departments that he wanted to abolish—all of a sudden is a fan of the Orange Orangutan.
  • Ms. Betsy Voss who, with her husband, ran a charter school in Detroit which is the lowest-performing big city in the country. According to CNN, nearly half of charter schools in Detroit are ranked in the bottom of American schools, according to the Education Trust Midwest. Twenty percent were given a "D" or "F" grade. And 80 percent of charter schools in the state are now operating as for-profit institutions.
  • Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and a Putin Puppet (because ExxonMobil has interests in Russia’s yet-untapped vast oil and gas resources), as Secretary of State.
  •  Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Here is a half-asleep, Seventh-day Adventist (we’re not attacking religion here) who thinks the world is 6,000 years old!
  • Oklahoma Attorney General Edward Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. He has filed or joined some two dozen lawsuits to block EPA regulations.
·         The list goes on.

What is sad is that many GOP folks who were critical of Trump during his campaign blindly kissed his you-know-what—hoping to get a cabinet position. It’s at least good to see that Chris ‘Fat Bridgegate’ Christie, Rudy ‘Dracula’ Giuliani, Mitt ‘the Shit’ Romney are out of the picture. But the tragedy isn’t over yet: Wait till the GOP House and Senate slowly dismantle, decimate, weaken, or partially eliminate that everything that Democrats have delivered—Social Security (FDR), Medicare (Johnson), and Affordable Care Act (Obama). Well, if Americans elected a clueless President, we deserve what we get. Unfortunately, the majority who didn’t vote for Trump will suffer because of the morons who did.


Saturday, June 04, 2016

The Hypocritical GOP SOBs: Are they reviving Fascism?

Ever since Donald the Duck Trump announced his candidacy and kept winning state primaries, many old- and new-school GOP members have been trying to distance themselves from the Orange Orangutan to avoid looking stupid. However, things are changing, thanks to the ignorance of the GOP. House Speaker Paul Ryan initially said he wasn't sure he would support Donald and has now changed his mind. John McCain, whom trump didn't call a war hero, is also now supporting the Duck.

Why are these Republicans being so moronic? If they didn't like Donny, who do you think they would have supported -- Bernie or Hillary? Come on, be honest and truthful: You GOP idiots are going to support a GOP candidate even he is a racist ape who hates women, African-Americans, Mexicans, and immigrants, granted comparing Trump to an ape is an insult to the primate. Hitler hated Jews, gypsies, gay people, and the disabled, and Mussolini had his own enemies--Jews and gypsies. This is called Fascism.

With millions of Americans supporting Trump (and eventually expected to vote for him come November), are we becoming a nation of closet Fascists?

Monday, February 29, 2016

Parade of the Republiclown Presidential Contenders

We wrote a blog "G. O. P....R. I. P." back in 2011 when a bunch of moronic GOP clowns were running in the presidential primaries. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Today, five years later, another set of morons are running in the primaries. Let's examine some of these idiots.

Trump, the Orange Orangutan

This man is insane, vulgar, and an insult to any one's intelligence. In high-tech we use the acronym FUD--Fear, Uncertainty,and Doubt--usually attributed to IBM. Big Blue used to use this technique to discourage its customers/prospects from buying its competitors' (Amdahl, Fujitsu, and Hitachi) products during the heydays of the mainframe.

Donald the Duck is using FHA--Fear (of immigrants), Hatred (of all foreigners), and Anger (of anything that Obama has done or plans to do) to draw the crowds.

  • This idiot wants to deport 11 million 'illegal' immigrants and build a wall between the U. S. and Mexico. These are estimated to cost about $1 trillion. While we celebrated the tearing down the Berlin Wall in 1989, why are some asinine Americans supporting building this wall? Just so we have no Mexicans coming in and pick up our lettuce, tomatoes, asparagus, artichokes, oranges, grapes, we can all keep eating unhealthy junk--McChicken Shit, Bugger Sling, Weinershit, Taco Smell...?
  • With all the properties--condos, golf courses, resorts, high-rises, casinos--he owns, one wonders how many Mexicans and undocumented immigrants he employs.

It's sad to see so many Americans embracing this Mad Man. BTW, if you look at the audience attending of any his FHA-filled speeches, they are all white and many of them are Tea Party White Supremacists who don't want Government but are drawing Social Security and living on Medicare! When is the last time you saw an African-American, a Latino/Latina, or an Asian-American in the Orangeman's audience? They all want to take back America. From whom? No one took it away from you to begin with. Oh, yes, an African-American president did. Now, you want to give it to a crazy and insane imbecile?

Cruz and Rubio
We can't tell the difference between these two bums. As all Republicans, they are anti-Obama, but can't clarify what they are pro for. Like all the GOP assholes, they criticize Obama Care, Obama's foreign policy, and his views on global warming, the environment, etc., but have no solutions. And, as all right-wing ignoramus, are in denial and don't believe in scientific facts. As Bill Maher says, they are living in their own bubble.

Dr. Carson

This asleep-at-the wheel man is worse than the Pizza Guy we discussed in our GOP RIP blog cited above. He is a Seventh Day Adventist and a neurosurgeon who believes the world is 6,000 years old! May be he ought to have his head examined!! Reportedly, he is a vegetarian, So was Hitler! Nothing against vegetarians, as yours truly is.

John Kasich
He's probably the most sensible, moderate Republicans of all the GOP candidates, but has no chance of winning the candidacy because he is too logical and rational for the GOP backers.

What is sad to see is how dumb advanced Americans are. Even illiterate Indians had the brains to throw out crooked bastards, bandicoots, and politicians of the Gandhian era ad bring in fresh blood. Of course, that doesn't mean India is in good shape. One man can't fix 65+ years of corruption, inefficiency, and ignorance.

We HOPE Trump wins the candidacy because, by then, Americans will realize how phony and shallow he is and will vote for the Democratic candidate--be it Hillary or Bernie.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

G. O. P. ... R. I. P.

The recent series of Republican presidential candidates’ debates have been a parade of clowns. If any of these buffoons were to get elected as our next President, our country will be in deep trouble and a morass from which we will never get out. Despite their superficial differences, they all have many things in common:

  • Are hypocritical
  • Are ignorant for the most part on many domestic issues and historical facts
  • Have no clue about foreign policy
  • Love to see Obama fail more than they want to see America succeed.
Below, in no specific order, is an analysis of each of these jokers.

The Cult Guy – Mitt Romney
He seems to be one of the more sensible candidates, except he belongs to a cult, as some right-wing Christians (wrongly) believe. It took us over 180 years to elect a Catholic president; are we ready to elect a Mormon? Romney passed a universal healthcare bill as Governor of Massachusetts, but is hypocritical to admit it and is attacking Obama’s healthcare plan.

The Hypocritical Cowboy – Rick Perry
Yes, all we need is another idiotic cowboy running our country and eventually declaring, “Mission Accomplished.” He has right-wing pastors that believe Mormonism is a cult. Why do these nincompoops bring religion at all into the picture? Who cares if we elect a bi-sexual atheist as our President, as long as he/she is honest, a good leader, and leaves behind a great legacy? He claims to have created millions of jobs in Texas; yes, mostly in the public sector – from a guy who doesn’t believe in big government. He was extremely critical of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (The Stimulus Plan), yet took in over $25 billion from the plan for Texas and created mostly public sector jobs!

The Pizza Guy – Herman Cain
Cain is a pain you know where. Although he has been involved in some politics since leaving Godfather’s Pizza, he is more of a motivational speaker, often labeled as the African-American version of Zig Ziglar. He has no clue about the U. S. Constitution and recently declared he would gladly sign a Constitutional Amendment to ban abortions. The moron doesn’t even know that the Congress proposes an amendment in the form of a joint resolution; the President does not have a constitutional role in the amendment process, and the joint resolution does not go to the White House for signature or approval. Do we want this dolt running our country?

The Eyebrow Toupee Guy – Ron Paul
It is sad to see a physician who does not want universal healthcare, no government management at all. He would rather have the decisions given to the doctors, not HMOs, big drug companies, and government officials.

Sarah Palin Lite – Michelle Bachman
We should be ever grateful that she is not a history teacher:
  • Compared herself to fellow Waterloo, Iowa resident John Wayne, the late actor. Facts: John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer who raped and murdered 33 teenage boys in the 70s, was born in Waterloo.
  • On slavery, she declared, "The very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States." Nitwit, can you say A-B-R-A-H-A-M L-I-N-C-O-L-N?
  • In a speech in New Hampshire, she said she was in the "state where the shot was heard round the world at Lexington and Concord." Have you heard of Massachusetts?
  • She once claimed that the Hoot-Smalley Tariff caused the Great Depression. No, it was the Smoot-Hawley bill, co-authored by Republicans Sen. Reed Smoot of Utah and Rep. Willis Hawley of Oregon, and signed into law by President Herbert Hoover. Michelle, you are good at spoonerisms and maybe change your name to Bichelle Machman!
  • She said before Obama, the last time we saw an outbreak of Swine Flu was during Jimmy Carter's term. Wrong again! No, it was during Gerald Ford’s presidency.
She also said that the 45+ million Americans that lack healthcare insurance should depend on charities!

The Rest
Not worth wasting my precious time on the remaining blockheads – Cantor, Gingrich, Huntsman, Roemer – they have already dug their holes, but still haven't learned, "When you are in a hole, stop digging!"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

HP dumps webOS, may sell off its PC business

HP announced today it will dump webOS, probably sell off its Personal Systems division, and acquire Autonomy.
We met with a couple of Gartner analysts earlier this year when one of them predicted HP would sell off its PS division soon. Except for printer cartridges, HP is losing its shirt on PCs where gross margins are razor thin. This is mainly due to Asian manufacturers like Acer, Asus, and Lenovo. Even Dell is feeling the pain. IBM got smart years ago, dumped its PC business on Lenovo, and focused heavily on services and software.

As for webOS, we have been saying all along HP's purchase of Palm was a blunder. We've heard of many sad and unhappy users of Palm Pixi that uses webOS with limited features and functionality. Many of them have had their Palm Pixi replaced three times in six months under manufacturer's warranty. On the day of the launch of the now-defunct webOS tablet, HP showed off 1,000 certified apps. Compare that with Apple's launch of iPad when it had 100,000 apps. We wonder what plans HP has for their customers stuck with Palm smartphones. HP's history in consumer electronics has been painful. Do HP Camera, HP TV, iPaq, and Jornada ring a bell to you?

Its just-announced intention to acquire Autonomy is a good move in the  right direction to strengthen its software portfolio. But the company's biggest challenge is integration with all its other software product suites. When it comes to software, HP has a transmission, an engine, a power train, and chassis, but has yet to show off a car! This will be an uphill battle to match Big Blue.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Detroit R. I. P.

The Pittsburgh Penguins just defeated the Detroit Red Wings to win the NHL’s Stanley Cup. Thus ended Detroit’s any further claim to glory as the Pens drove the last nail in Detroit's coffin. Chrysler, Ford, GM (as we have noted before, and, Lions, Pistons, and Tigers are all losers. Motor City has lost over one million in population in 50 years, to now become the 11th largest city in the U. S., just behind San José. Unemployment in Detroit today is 22%, and 30% of the population live on food stamps. This is sad and heart-breaking, and our heart goes out to the ones who are struggling for no fault of theirs.

So, what led to Detroit’s decline? If you are a geeky database/OLTP person, you have heard of ACID (no, not the one you get high on, but Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability). If you are a more enlightened, liberal arts person, you can relate to Elizabeth Kübler Ross’ seminal works on death, dwelling on stages of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance, Hope…Yes, that’s what killed Detroit.

Arrogance: the Big Three (2½) thought they were invincible from the days of macho, gas-guzzling, chrome-rich cars when gas was 33 cents a gallon.

Complacency: “We are the Big Three, no one can touch us.” This is how the ancient Chinese, Greek, Persian, and Roman empires collapsed—they were all destroyed from within and not from without.

Ignorance: Not knowing how dumb they were and not foreseeing the inevitable games to be played by OPEC and other oil-rich countries.

Denial: Underestimating the Japanese onslaught from all sides—gas-sipping, not gas-guzzling, small cars; well-built mid-sized cars; luxurious high-end cars; and even odd-looking, funky cars like the Honda Element, Toyota Scion, and Nissan Cube that turned Saturn and Pontiac Aztek into a laughing stock.

Many folks have concluded the end of manufacturing in the U. S. and handing it over to China spell a death-knell for the U. S. We are not sure. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, almost 80% of American labor was in agriculture. But once massive mechanization took over, agriculture became secondary to the point that today less than 5% of the U. S. labor population is in agriculture.Yet, folks in early 20th century felt the end of an agriculture-based economy would mean the of the U. S. as we knew it then. But, today we not only grow enough food to feed ourselves, the U. S. government provides subsidies farmers not to grow more food! In early 20th century no one had heard of electronics, aerospace, jet aircraft, rockets, microprocessors, PCs, mainframes, transistors, TV, cassette, 8-Track, VHS, diskette, SSD, DVD, DVR, BlueRay, cell phones, iPod, iPhone…you get the point. So, what are the next killer products that will bring America back to its glory days? Biotech, personalized medicine, nanotechnology in all aspects of our lives, systems biology, optical computing, robots ruling your lives...? Your guess is as good as mine.

I am a short-term pessimist and a long-term optimist: America is sick, not dead, and will come back with a roaring revival that the rest of the world will envy. At least, that's my hope!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Vanishing American Middle Class

Whither Middle-Class America?

Age of Vision—the Early Years
America was founded by great critics, not cynics, visionaries, and rebels who saw the injustice that existed for all classes—taxation without representation. They also wanted equality—now labeled socialism by right-wing radicals. Abraham Lincoln abhorred slavery and inspired millions of well-intentioned, hard-working Americans who didn’t just wave the American flag to display superficial patriotism. Thanks to them, our country basically transformed from an agrarian to an industrial giant, with gratitude to remarkable financiers, industrialists, and philanthropists such as the Carnegies, the Fords, the Mellons, the J. P. Morgans , the Rockefellers, the Stanfords, and the Vanderbilts. The first half of the 20th century was essentially shaped by these leaders; we won two World Wars; survived the stock-market crash; and overcame the Great Depression. Hard-working middle class helped boost the standard of living of Americans seven-fold in the 20th century.

Age of Innocence and Rebellion—the 50s to the 70s
The 50s and 70s were the decades of tremendous growth, despite the Cold War threat; an expanding Interstate highway system, built to defend against the Russians, but resulted in a remarkable and unforeseen economic growth; and an explosion of the suburbia, driven by hard-working middle class, proud of a war we had just won. Everyday America worked together as one nation and became the beacon of the world. The world just followed our idealism, leadership, and successes. We reached our peak with man landing on the moon in 1969.

Following that, somehow we got arrogant and complacent, and lost our way. We had elected a crooked President, who resigned to avoid impeachment, followed by a no-op president. Having learned invaluable lessons from the energy crisis of the early 1970s, Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House. His successor Ronald Reagan, a Republican, more of a senior entertainer and story teller than a President, and one of the most overrated Presidents, systematically removed every single one of them! The problem with many Americans is that they neither read history nor learn from it. Reagan left the Governorship of California in 1968, leaving behind the biggest budget deficit and tax increase in the state’s history. For an encore, he left the biggest deficit as a President. This is the man who fought Big Government, disbanded, inter alia, the Civil Aeronautics Board, but transferred everyone one of its employees to other departments (DoT, FAA, NTSB) of the Federal government! The middle class was screwed again, in the name of reducing bureaucracy.

Age of Greed, Arrogance, and Declining Ethics —the 80s to date
As the Governor of California in the late 70s through early 80s, Jerry Brown, Jr., who drove an old Plymouth and never moved to the Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento, set up the Office of Appropriate Technology during his administration to look into alternate energy sources, cleaner air, water, and the environment. Guess what? He was succeeded by a Governor—George Deukmejian—a Republican at that, who disbanded the OAT, while the media had already labeled Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown as a left-leaning Liberal.

Then came the savings and loan mess—driven by crooked and greedy looters and know-all, unchecked, deregulated, rich do-gooders under the guise of leaders. Guess who bailed them out? The Federal Government from taxpayers’ money, aka, the middle class. Once again “trickle down” economics left the nation feeling sour and helpless. This was just the beginning of greed, and we thought it reached its peak during the Dot-Com and the bust that followed it, which took a toll on the middle class—again. Wealth was being accumulated by few at the top. But wait! Here comes the sub-prime mortgage mess—now to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. This is tricky lenders convincing innocent middle class that owning a home is an American birth right and extending them loans they couldn’t afford! In the meantime, Wall Street started screwing Main Street, while highly paid MBAs made off with millions of dollars in signing bonuses, salaries, yearly bonuses many times their salaries, golden parachutes, and enviable exit packages.

Our lawmakers wouldn’t initially pass a $700 billion rescue package to bail out these crooks, saying it was too expensive, but later signed a $840 billion package after many Pork Barrel projects were added! Guess who got screwed again? The poor middle class, citizens just like you and I, who have gradually become poorer over the last three decades. Once again the nation’s wealth got distributed upward to the rich few who were “defending” the American concept. Amidst all this, very few noticed that the Federal Government gave $25 billion in loans from the middle class to the clueless, asleep-at-the wheel Big Three…er, Big 2½, in Detroit because the European and the Japanese car manufacturers are eating their breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Now, GM wants to buy Chrysler and, together, they will be laying off thousands of blue- and white-collar workers. Two losers don’t a winner make!

So, where did the concept of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” go?

The elected leader of a nation leads by example. Nixon being a crook led the S&L executives to say, “Look, if our President can lie, why can’t we?” George W. Bush’s legacy is incessant lying, misrepresentation and careless leadership. Surrounded by a bunch of unethical staff members, he has led a reign of fear vis-à-vis Hitler who led a reign of terror, leading Wall Street to imitate him. Long time ago, I bought a book—actually a booklet—titled Thus Spake, Nixon that contained exactly 18 pages—all blank! (Instead of throwing it away years ago, I wish I had saved it; it would be a collector’s item now.) Dubya inherited the biggest surplus in the history of America and is leaving behind the biggest deficit, a poorer nation with little world respect! Somehow we have now lost our ways again because the driving force of our nation, the middle class, has been disarmed and dismantled. I can now see a George W. Bush Library being built in Crawford, Texas. It’ll be an outhouse!