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Doc is retired, currently living, working and investing in Orlando. Background in medicine (trauma), business and education. Neither a progressive or a conservative; more of a centrist/libertarian who is a strong proponent of personal responsibility.
. Currently disabled due to a stroke and subsequently a broken hip, but making good progress towards a full recovery. Previously, a long time resident of China and Thailand.
I am not interested in saving the world, nor am I my brother's keeper. I don't support any causes other than euthanasia.
(26 comments) Monday, April 25, 2011 A Walk Down Memory Lane: Some things haven't changed at all
Why do progressives have such a difficult time selling their visions and dreams to the American public? After 40 years plus, one would think that they would have been able to better hone their message; to get more converts to their side of the road.
(7 comments) Thursday, March 25, 2010 Was It Corporate Ethics Or Politics?
Given the short attention span of Americans, the issue will fizzle out and die after a bit. Life will continue in China as it did prior to Google's departure. Ultimately, it is a lot of fuss about nothing, unless of course one is trying to score political points in America.
(5 comments) Monday, January 18, 2010 The Shot Heard Around the World
Google, in retaliation to the hackings committed by persons unknown, foolishly decided to try to "punish" the Chinese government by demanding that China relax its censorship rules on the company, and hence, the Chinese people. Beijing reacted predictably, saying in essence, but much more diplomatically, "go to hell. You want to do business in China, you do it our way or no way."
(4 comments) Friday, January 15, 2010 Google v. China: 0 - 1
Washington, with its numerous think tanks and experts, no doubt is well aware of the fact that the concepts of democracy and freedoms are contrary to Chinese culture and tradition. Washington knows that introducing individualism to China would bring the country to its knees.
Monday, January 4, 2010 Demonizing China
Today, more so than ever, America is also extremely dysfunctional politically. While China, with its single party form of government was able to implement an economic stimulus plan within months, America is still without a concrete stimulus plan. China emerged from the economic meltdown virtually unscathed, and brought with it much of Asia and the Pacific Region.
Thursday, October 22, 2009 The Consequeces of Health Care Reform
Health care reform certainly does look good in theory and on paper. All that people talk about today are the perceived and hoped for cost savings, primarily to and for themselves. No one seems to be looking at the potential consequences for and of health care reform.
(7 comments) Saturday, May 2, 2009 Apologists for Deadbeat Dads
Contrary to what the deadbeat apologists argue, the child support system is fundamentally fair. It is not perfect, but it operates within a framework of laws that have been carefully crafted to ensure that children receive the financial support that they are entitled to.
(2 comments) Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Looking In On America
In China's warning there is a stronger message. If the human rights elements in Western Society and in America persist, and do somehow stir up dissent against the Chinese government, China can and will impose extreme sanctions on America. They may do so at some cost to their investments, but social stability in China is much more important than money.
(23 comments) Wednesday, February 18, 2009 You Don't Have a Right to Health Care
Nadya Suleman is the new poster child for abuse of the health-care system. The Constitution guarantees people the right to procreate, and to not procreate. To punish Suleman or her doctor in any form or manner would ultimately be unconstitutional.
(6 comments) Sunday, February 1, 2009 The Declining of America
The biggest problem behind the economy is the American people. Corporations and Congress can be blamed, but it is the American people who have created the problem and allowed it to flourish. They have idolized the rich and powerful instead of challenging them. That only serves to contribute to the decline of America.
(45 comments) Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Israel: Determined to Destroy the World
Until Israel is contained within its borders, it will continue to pose a threat to not only the region, but the world. So far, the rhetoric from the Obama administration has been that it will continue to cater to the whims of Israel. Peace will never be obtained in that manner. Israel will thus be subjected to continued threats of annihilation, which will only serve to further exacerbate an already volatile situation.
(1 comments) Sunday, December 14, 2008 Has Obama Heard About The Economic Crisis?
Obama needs to realize that every time that he steps out in public, it places an extra burden on the budget, and hence the taxpayer. If the average taxpayer can't afford to travel, the President Elect -- not only today, but when he is president -- should travel only when it is absolutely necessary. Both the economic and carbon footprints of the Office of the President needs to be dramatically reduced.
(2 comments) Friday, December 12, 2008 The Unmitigated Gall of Congress
What is interesting is that Congress did not make the same demands for, or on, executive pay for the auto industry. The record is also extremely silent for such demands on the banking industry or AIG, which have been the recipients of massive infusions from the federal government.
(1 comments) Thursday, December 11, 2008 Political Genius Emerges
Genius Joe The (Been In The Septic Tank Too Long) Plumber knows how to pick a winning candidate. Oh yes. He can't find much, if anything good to say about John McCain, but Sarah "Caribou Barbie" Palin is, according to Genius Joe, "absolutely the real deal." Yup. Joe and Sarah are no doubt equals when it comes to geography, economics and ethics.
(4 comments) Sunday, December 7, 2008 Suicide: A Cry for Help?
The day that I have to rely on someone else to change my adult diapers is the day that I will be willing to "turn out the lights." I don't want someone feeding me, just so they can change my diapers later on either. I don't want to be relegated or parked in a nursing home for the rest of my days.
(1 comments) Saturday, December 6, 2008 A Time for "Bad" Pennies
Three bad pennies for the week. One we won't see or hear much from after this week. One, we will be hearing from again once the wires are removed from her jaw. And the third, the most dangerous of them all, we still keep hearing from and about. Things are going from bright to a very dull, dark copper color.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 The Bush Legacy Tour
Bush is now on his Lame...er, Legacy Tour. He wants people to remember him in a favorable light. Given that his approval ratings are lower than the economy-and even the approval ratings for another idiot, Sarah Palin are a bit higher-it could be argued that Bush is wasting his time. The most sought after and valuable photograph of 2009 is slated to be the one of Bush getting on the Presidential helicopter for the last time.
(1 comments) Monday, December 1, 2008 Crisis in Thailand
Thailand is quickly crumbling under the weight of social and political unrest. It is a country that has struggled to find an appropriate government since the Monarchy was politically reformed in 1932. Since that time, the country has had 17 constitutions and charters. The form of government has ranged from military dictatorships to electoral democracy. The country began its first true experiment with democracy in 1997.
(3 comments) Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Obama is Already Stirring Controversy
Obama's decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years, many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring. According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a President who speaks English as if it were his first language.
(2 comments) Friday, November 7, 2008 My Fellow Comrades
We must be patient with our new American Comrades and their Dear Leader. They all have so much to learn. They have so many rabid conservative Capitalist loonies that they must re-educate to peaceful living. They must now spend many hours trying to retrain their dogs who wear lipstick to become sociable. They must learn that those who make some people rich must be rewarded, for without the worker they would not be rich.