Sunday, July 31, 2005

Congress won't even give Americans the right time of day.

Last week Congress passed a bill to extend daylight savings time to November 30 from October 31 to conserve fuel. But at what price? In large swatches of the nation children will stand in darkness, often alone, on dangerous city streets and country roads awaiting the school bus. Today's very busy working moms and dads will have even less private time for each other now because children will stay up later.

In a real emergency extended daylight savings time can be critical. In Israel's War for Independence in 1948 the country went to double daylight savings time to conserve its tiny, precious fuel supply.

Simply insane to increase the pressures on today's beleaguered American family for the sake of shaving a few pennies off the national energy bill.

Are there any grownups living INSIDE the Beltway?

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Why housing prices and rents are out of sight.

The New York Times reported today a Long Island township extended "... a crackdown on single-family houses ...overcrowded with (illegal) immigrant workers..(by taking)... court action against the owners of three properties that inspectors say were occupied by about 90 men...The town says it is investigating 440 such houses..."

Illegal immigrants have to live somewhere. Why set the rent at reasonable levels average Americans can afford when crowding illegals into a property can bring many times the rent? The rate of return is so high it drives up housing prices to levels unaffordable for many Americans.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

It's either the government can't think straight, or they just don't give a damn

The Thursday New York Times ran an article on the appearance of quasi-banking operations to enable illegal immigrant workers to send remittances home. They can't use regular banking services without valid social security numbers and proper identification. Such services only encourage more illegal entries.

The government doesn't realize, or more likely doesn't care, these workers are wrecking out society, and the social security system. Cheap illegal labor depresses wages for Americans. That's particularly true for less skilled employment. Unable to make a living wage too many American young adults can't afford to marry and start families. Without illegal workers willing to work off the books for low wages, American salaries would rise in real terms in tandem with social security tax payments to help keep the system solvent.

Worse yet illegal workers have dried up what's left of affordable housing in urban areas helping to drive rents and home prices into the statosphere. Sad fact young adult children unable to pay today's rents are returning to live with their parents creating what I call the Peter Pan Generation.

I think the government knows darn well what the score is but doesn't give a damn.

Realistic rules of engagement in the War on Terror produce results

Within days of Britain's demonstration of a shoot-first-ask-questions-later policy against suspected suicide bombers the IRA renounced its military campaign in favor of political action only. Even though an innocent man was killed the result of a good faith police decision to shoot, the government stood it ground on the policy.

The UK's strategy now places America in the enemy's crosshairs. Without an iron clad exemption from criminal prosecution and civil suit for good faith decisions to shoot to kill suspected terrorists, the police will be less aggressive for fear of being "hung out to dry" should fatal errors occur.

We also lack an effective interrogation policy for "ticking bomb" terrorists. Those are suspects the authorities believe in good faith possess knowledge of an impending attack. The stated policy is just reading them their right to remain silent. Millions could perish in seconds in a terrorist nuclear attack from that kind of airy-fairy policy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Starting spring training

Called the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today to get started on understanding campaign finance requirements. My first impression of the FEC is quite favorable. The information staffer who assisted me was informative and patient. Armed with some initial information started exploring the FEC website and related online information.

The rules are very complex. Mastering them brings to mind the patience and determination I needed to get two A's taking 8 credits of organic chemistry in summer school in an unairconditioned lecture hall and lab in New York to have the chemistry requirements to successfuly win admission to med school without an undergraduate degree with only 2 1/2 calender years of college.

Request to my readers

According to Google's blog hit counter I now have a very large number of readers for a new blog. Would like to know what brought you to the site, how often you visit, what you think of the content, and topic suggestions.

Please e-mail me at mark@markklein.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I GOT A LIFE

(In response to f4j reader Andy's offer to help with my campaign for the White House.)

To Andy & all f4j'ers:

I'm going to need your active help once I get a campaign organization going. I'm actively working to put one together.

My biggest challenge is winning the GOP nomination. That's where fathers rights grassroots organizations around the country could provide the margin of victory. If we could mobilize the folks in every state, I could beat the party hacks.

Voting for McCain, or any another GOP professional politician, insures you'll continue to be the feminists' whipping boys for another 4-8 years.

Fathers rights issues aside, they'll continue to rubber stamp today's failed federal family policies which promote divorce, discourage marriage, and breaks the hearts of children.

With the nomination in hand I should only be so lucky as to run against Hilliary Clinton who for legions of men and their parents remind them of the very difficult EX-WIFE.

I can't do this alone. One sign my message is getting around is my blog readership more than tripled in just the last 3 days, and some folks don't like my opinions. Got an e-mail today which read in part "...old man, get a life..."

The royal road to civil war in Iraq is to force Baghdad to accept western style feminism

Leaving aside the realities of strong ethnic and religious sensibilities, many intellegent, liberally oriented, perceptive Iraqis could justifiably point out 30-40 years of aggressive feminism in the West created a 50% plus divorce rate, relentlessly falling marriage formations, and from the excess cash pumped into the economy by most women working fulltime a severe inflation in housing and education prices.

The constitutional model for ethnic stability in Iraq is Israel's. Each religious group has its own courts to handle family, inheritance, and personal status matters with ultimate authority lying with Israel's Supreme Court. That's why Israel's million plus Arab population keeps the peace and participates in the national life.

Takes my breath away how blind we are to the cultural assumptions of the Islamic world, and Iraq's in particular. If I win the White House in 2008, the Islamic world will get a NEW DEAL from us. Our friendship with Israel is NOT the cause of Islamic anger at the United States. Israel's made its bones with the Islamic world. Like the neurotic patient, Islamic world doesn't consciously realize its anger arises from being culturally despised by us so that its rage is deflected on Israel.

Feminism is not a rational predicate for an effective foreign policy particularly in an age when a suicidal terrorist imbued with religious zeal could destroy an entire city with a WMD.

I'm available to serve as the National Shrink.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Non Custodial Parents (NCPs) Will Get A New Deal In A Klein Administration

Jeffery Shipman (geraldjames@worldnet.att.net) wrote today on www.f4jusa.yahoogroups.com

You've got my vote, "Mr. President".

f4jusa@yahoogroups.com, "MARK KLEIN, M.D." wrote:

In a KLEIN ADMINISTRATION states receiving federal money to run their family court systems would have to institute a 50-50 JOINT PHYSICAL CUSTODY PRESUMPTION to keep their funding.


To: f4jusa@yahoogroups.com (father-4-justice USA)
From: "MARK KLEIN, M.D."
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 09:22:40 -0700 (PDT

THERE ARE 25 MILLION MORE OF THESE VOTES TO BE HAD PLUS THOSE OF THE BROKENHEARTED GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS AND UNCLES, AND SUBSEQUENT WIVES. GIVEN THE DIVORCE RATE COULD END UP BEING THE MAJORITY OF THE ELECTORATE.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

STEPHANIE KLEIN'S BLOG SHOWS HOW TOXIC OUR SOCIETY'S BECOME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Today's NY Times featured Stephanie Klein's (not a relation) blog www.stephanieklein.blogs.com as the exemplar of the hip young urban American woman. I have children in her age group so reading between the lines of the story and scanning her blog, it's pretty clear to me this young woman has very poor prospects to fulfill her dreams for a happy marriage and creating a stable family life.

Even more disturbing is the poor editorial judgment of the New York Times in running the piece in the first place. The prestige of the paper conveys tacit approval of that kind of lifestyle. Was the same problem in the 1960s when the NY Times celebrated the soft drug use of hippie movement.

The problem is the editors and reporters are boomers and Gen X'ers with no cultural memory of a time in America where divorce was rare and common sense still had social currency. When my generation is gone, there'll be no living memory of a time when most middle class Americans lived stable family lives. Can't recall a recent movie featuring a happy, intact family.

Suggest my readers check out the blogs of my recent trip to Israel. Was like taking a time machine back to another era.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Takes imagination to get media attention focused on un-politically correct ideas.

Below posting was in response to an angry, frustrated divorced father whose letters to a Texas newspaper complaining about family court abuses are automatically blocked and returned.

To: f4jusa@yahoogroups.com
From: "MARK KLEIN, M.D."
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 07:02:00 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [f4jusa] Fwd: What is this, anybody know???

To get attention for our cause requires imaginative approaches. Got the below story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette because of a shareholder proposal I placed on the Heinz proxy. Presenting it at the annual meeting 8/23. Also trying to organize a fathers' rights demonstration at the meeting site, Westin Convention Center Hote, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. Readers interested in attending should contact me.

A high turnout would send the message fathers are becoming an organized political force to be reckoned with at the ballot box.

They've already got a GOP presidential hopeful in

DR. MARK KLEIN.

Heard Off the Street: Activist shareholder taking on H.J. Heinz
Sunday, July 10, 2005

By Len Boselovic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shareholder activists comes in all shapes, sizes and colors, from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who lines his wallet by needling wayward management, to inveterate gadfly Evelyn Y. Davis, a Holocaust survivor who told Chrysler Chairman Robert Eaton he was "selling out this company to war criminals" when Germany's Daimler-Benz bought the carmaker in 1998.

Somewhere along that spectrum -- it's pure conjecture to say exactly where -- is Dr. Mark Klein of Oakland, Calif. After jousts with General Electric and Kellogg, Klein is girding to do battle with H.J. Heinz.

Klein describes himself as a psychiatrist in his mid-60s who's concerned by "the relentless destruction of stable family life in America." The root cause of the malaise, according to Klein, is rampant "feminist careerism."

"Obviously, my views are not politically correct. Nobody could be more politically incorrect than Dr. Mark Klein," he says with great pride. "I think in a few years I will be politically correct."

In a few years, he could also be running for president.

Klein says he's considering entering the Republican presidential primaries in 2008 because "the collapse of the American family is such a catastrophe that we in this country need new leadership, and I'm prepared to do that."

"I'm probably the darkest of all the dark horses you could imagine," he says.

In the meantime, Klein will be on the ballot when Heinz shareholders convene Aug. 23 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown. Klein, who owns 1,642 Heinz shares, is sponsoring a resolution calling for the ketchup king to hire an investment banker to explore the sale of the company.

On the face of it, there is some basis for his proposal. By Klein's math, Heinz shares have fallen 27 percent since 1999. That slide does not reflect adjustments for the $2.5 billion spinoff of its private label soup and other businesses acquired by Del Monte in 2002.

Heinz shares handily outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500 Index over the five-year period ended June 30. But their total return of 7.4 percent was one-fourth of the return provided by its peers, the S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index, which generated a cumulative return of 34 percent. Over the last 10 years, Heinz's 84.7 percent return lags both the S&P 500 (157.8 percent) and the S&P 500 Consumer Staples (143.3 percent).

Klein's basic argument is that Heinz is a company going nowhere. Like other food companies, it's in a bind over what he says is an epidemic of obesity and diabetes, diseases more Americans are inflicted with because their moms aren't home to prepare and serve home-cooked meals.

He says that as parents, investors can't afford to own Heinz because the cost of a home and college education is going up faster than the price of Heinz shares. Epidemiological consequences aside, Klein believes Heinz should sell itself, preferably to private equity investors who could generate better returns on the company's well-known brands.

You'll find the vague outlines of his argument in materials recently served to Heinz shareholders. But the meat and potatoes, as it were, of Klein's proxy statement addresses what he calls "the profoundly negative social and economic train wreck wrought by feminist careerism."

"With both parents working full time, too few adults and children eat nutritious, portion-controlled, home-cooked meals," he warns shareholders. "To reverse the epidemic, more mothers need to be at home to prepare nutritious balanced meals and supervise the childrens' snacking."

Klein's argument at Heinz is more elaborate than the bare-bones case he presented when he unsuccessfully sponsored a similar resolution at Kellogg's shareholders meeting in April. That effort was accompanied by a demonstration by fathers' rights activists, a sideshow he'd like to orchestrate when Heinz shareholders meet. Klein says battling Kellogg's made him realize the proxy statement can be a bully pulpit for arguing social as well as shareholder issues.

"The social message of the feminist catastrophe and what it has done to America is the second pillar why I'm doing this," he says. "This is my opportunity to reach a very significant audience with ideas they generally don't hear."

Klein is not the first shareholder activist to come to the realization that shareholder meetings don't have to be the well-oiled, Power-pointed management specials they usually are. They can be, but typically aren't, forums for intelligent debate on serious issues. More often, they are the corporate version of theater of the absurd.

Nor is Klein the only shareholder seeking the spotlight at Heinz.

William Steiner, of Piermont, N.Y., is sponsoring a resolution recommending that a simple majority vote of shareholders be enough to decide most issues at Heinz. Over the years, Steiner has sponsored resolutions calling for limits on corporate compensation and other reforms at Home Depot, Merck, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Motorola and AT&T.

"He's probably a general nuisance like me," Klein says.

Heinz directors' recommend voting against both resolutions. Here's hoping their mothers cook them a good meal and get them in bed at a decent hour the night before the meeting.

Friday, July 22, 2005

After today's London terrorist suspect shooting, Jewish blood won't be as dirt cheap as before.

After the UK terrorist attacks, Blair's government overnight made the common sensical decision to go to a shoot to kill policy.

No airy fairy rules of engagement once terrorists shed British blood in the heart of London.

Israel's absorbed hundreds dead to suicide bombers because Western public opinion wouldn't tolerate the Jewish state adopting a shoot-first-ask-questions-later policy against likely suicide bombers.

Those unfortunate British victims paid the price for the West's Munich-like mentality towards Islamic fanaticism.

The enemy honed its terror skills against Israelis in the same way the Nazis used the Spanish Civil War to dry run a new war fighting doctrine to prepare for WWII.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

WE NEED A RATIONAL INTERROGATION POLICY TO DEAL WITH A "TICKING BOMB" TERROR SUSPECT

All we can do today is Mirandize a terror suspect we suspect knows of an impending attack in America.

Simply irrational not have an aggressive interrogation policy in place when in good faith the authorities believe American lives are at immediate risk.

In a WMD attack millions of lives could be lost and our economy destroyed.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court

An obviously excellent choice. He's not only a superb lawyer and jurist but also seems to be a real GROWNUP. Not many of those in the Boomer Generation. Were that not the case our leadership elites wouldn't be sitting on their thumbs doing nothing to kybosh social and economic depravities, like ILLEGAL internet gambling, which potentially could reach into every American home.

Because the country needs GROWNUP leadership I'm going to try for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. When my generation is gone, there will be no living memory of an America in which common sense had social currency.

America was created by educated, moderately prosperous people like me who put personal comforts aside to build a better world.

No doubt George III initially thought our Founding Fathers were the darkest political horses of all time.

Their over-the-horizon political vision and tenacity proved him wrong.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

DER SHRINK TO GOP: MATURITY MEANS STICKING TO YOUR PRINCIPALS!!

Oy vey is mir! (Yiddish for what the heck is this.)

So now the White House is actually going to at least think about appointing a social conservative to the Supreme Court. But really delivering on that campaign promise makes the White House so tremble in fear it looks to affirmative action to deflect criticism. Only true blue female conservatives like Judges Jones and Brown need apply. Guys are sleeping on the political couch once again.

We keep this up natural selection will select out males with normal and above average levels of circulating testosterone.

The royal road to alienating the GOP's core ideological base is to use affirmative action to pick a Supreme Court judge.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

NO TO SEN. CORNYN FOR THE SUPREME COURT

While a good man and a very fine senator, on the Supreme Court he'd be vote much like David Souter, a very disappointing Republican appointee.

What IS the problem nominating a ideological legal conservative?

More true than ever social conservative voters are to the Republicans as African Americans are to the Democrats.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Israel diary--Saturday night

My visit is coming to end.

A week living in a community where basic common sense about family values recharged my batteries to continue my political struggle in America.

I'd forgotten what it was like to live in a society where wanton immorality is not the gold standard of social behavior.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Israel diary--Thursday

Like many Haradi (ultra orthodox) families, my daughter has high speed cable internet access but no television. While I haven't gone that far in my life in America, many months ago I stopped watching the newstalk shows. Freed from the canned ideas of professional talking heads and the flaks, found myself taking a fresh look at the issues. Didn't like what I saw and decided to try for the GOP presidential nomination.

It's not that the party leadership aren't conscientious, decent people. For example, I very much admire Senator McCain who literally put his life on the line for America. The issue for me is we need to completely revisit the political shibboleths which led us to a 50% plus divorce rate, endless every expensive foreign wars, and the economic collapse of middle class life. Unreasonable to expect the architects of today's failed policies to turn their backs on their life's work.

My thinking tends to be several months to a few years ahead of our culture's. Hence I feel America's on the cusp of a social revolution which requires new political leadership to make it happen.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Israel diary--sunset Wednesday

Drove around Safed with my daughter and Benzi who snoozed the whole time in his car seat. The city's changed very little since I was here more than 30 years ago. A pretty hill town of ancient stone houses Safed is the birthplace of a Jewish mystical tradition called Kaballah.

As a physician, I was immediately struck by absence of the general child and adult obesity epidemic sweeping America. Suspect the main reason is compared to America traditional family life values are so strong here mothers make the effort to prepare balanced, portion controlled family meals. Fresh food is plentiful and inexpensive. People here accept a modest lifestyle as the price for enjoying a traditional family lifestyle.

Unlike the West in the tradtional Jewish and Muslim worlds romance isn't the sole predicate for marriage. In fact, many very smart people view romantic love with suspicion. Things like family ties, religious devotion and old fashioned economics count for a lot. It's a big thing for my daughter her husband is highly respected rabbinical scholar and teacher. When the beauty and strength of youth vanishes, their basic trust and respect in each other will sustain their marriage in the harsh winters of later middle and old age.

Romantic love was literally invented in the West about 700 years ago. That we're saturated 24/7 with songs, literature, images, and exhoratations celebrating the supposaed joys of romantic love suggests its inherent disharmony with essential human nature. The really good things in life sell themselves.

Israel diary-Wednesday

In a time travel machine. Woke up this morning to sounds of my daughter talking to her baby and her 6 year old foster daughter she's had for about 3 years playing with friend. In a nanosecond my skills to make a baby relax in my arms and smile returned. A young father again. Since my daughter doesn't work outside the home, she prepared a typical Israeli breakfast of eggs, salad, and cheese. My son-in-law works on his lesson plans for his yeshiva class.

Now I see why I'm making a serious, sustained political effort. When my generation is gone, there'll be no living American cultural memory of a time when most moms enjoyed their children full time, husbands and wives savored married life, and the chasing the last buck wasn't life's primary goal.

My outlook is much like our Founding Fathers. Financially secure they enjoyed lives exploring private intellectual and avocational passions and savoring the modest pleasures of everyday life. But they left all that behind first to create America and then to make it strong.

I think I'm darkest presidential horse of all times. Already I anticipate the personal losses I'll have to accept should I win. A passionate year round California flower gardener there'll be no flowering semi-tropical vines to brighten a rainy winter day, or the marvelous nurseries I visit almost everyday in search of a new flower treasure. Also won't be easy physically. I have more than my share of physical problems for a man of my age. Have problems resulting from an inherited muscle disease with stair climbing and walking up inclines but I take comfort with the knowledge FDR led America for 16 years in a wheelchair.

More later

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Israel Diary--Tuesday

Arrived today to spend the week with my 24 year old daughter's family & see my 4 month old first grandchild. They live in religious neighborhood in a northern Israeli town. The way they live reminds me of the America in which I came of age in the 1940s and 1950s. Back then common sense still had social currency. Beats me why our intellectual elites so despise that period.

In New York over the weekend for my oldest son's wedding. Gave me a chance to travel down memory lane by visiting my adolescent suburban home and the college and medical school I attended. Back then the middle middle class enjoyed affordable housing and education. My dear late father owned a small butcher store. Never made much money but could afford a pleasant suburban home which he paid $16,000 for. Today the house is worth about $500,000. My $1000 NY Regents Scholarship covered almost 100% of private college tuition, and because my income was low qualified for the $200 annual tuition rate at a SUNY medical school. Went by the bursar's office at the med school Friday to learn the tuition's almost $20,000. Add to that today's cost of living most very hardworking, ambitious low income strivers as I was then would be frozen out of medical education.

No wonder we have an anything goes bread and circuses culture. Most young people simply can't afford to chase their educational dreams and afterwards start families. Today's severely inflated dollar dooms so many of our children to a lifetime of pleasure seeking and transient romances. Just too expensive for most to settle down to enjoy life's most precious gift, raising a family.

Brain dead government credit policy is certainly a factor. The Treasury Department fuels the housing price inflation by allowing speculators to easily obtain interest only mortgages. Basically free money with which to rapidly flip properties to create artificial demand which ends up pricing most young people starting out out of the housing market.

Recently I spoke with a senior Treasury official about curbing such mortgages, The official was very familiar with issue and its ramifications but made it quite clear the administration had no intention to lean on the banks. My guess is the Treasury's is little more than a puppet for high priced Inside-the-Beltway lobbyists. Those folks don't get $1000 an hour for nothing! Strongly suspect the official I spoke with will land a plumb banking job when she leaves the government.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Takes My Breath Away

Takes my breath away the administration is trying every trick in the book to avoid appointing a serious conservative to the Supreme Court. While waiting for more than decade for a vacancy, we've faithfully given our votes to the GOP. That we have to FIGHT now to get someone we want is an INSULT.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

New thinking is hard for some people. Elizabeth Maier, a Kyl staffer, wants off my cc list.

Lost it after reading the Post-Gazette story.

Of course I'll delete you from my cc list. Makes perfect sense for those not living on Planet Earth to ignore the opinions of someone seriously interested, albeit as the darkest horse of all times, to want the GOP nomination in 2008, and regardless of the outcome, is buying at least monthly full page adverts in the national edition of the Washington Times through November, 2008.

I THINK AMERICANS ARE VERY RATTLED BY THE COLLAPSE OF THE FAMILY AND A GOVERNMENT PREOCCUPIED WITH FOREIGN POLICY TO THE DETRIMENT OF THINGS ORDINARY PEOPLE CARE ABOUT.

MY MESSAGE TO THE VOTERS IS SIMPLY THIS: YOU CAN COUNT ON THIS SERIOUS GROWNUP TO HAVE HIS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT WHEN PRESIDENT.

I congratulate you for making my blog as the latest winner of the Klein Family Republican Non-Listener Award

How politically incorrect thought starts the long journey to political correctness

From Pittsburgh's Post-Gazette

Heard Off the Street: Activist shareholder taking on H.J. Heinz
Sunday, July 10, 2005

By Len Boselovic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Shareholder activists comes in all shapes, sizes and colors, from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who lines his wallet by needling wayward management, to inveterate gadfly Evelyn Y. Davis, a Holocaust survivor who told Chrysler Chairman Robert Eaton he was "selling out this company to war criminals" when Germany's Daimler-Benz bought the carmaker in 1998.

Somewhere along that spectrum -- it's pure conjecture to say exactly where -- is Dr. Mark Klein of Oakland, Calif. After jousts with General Electric and Kellogg, Klein is girding to do battle with H.J. Heinz.

Klein describes himself as a psychiatrist in his mid-60s who's concerned by "the relentless destruction of stable family life in America." The root cause of the malaise, according to Klein, is rampant "feminist careerism."

"Obviously, my views are not politically correct. Nobody could be more politically incorrect than Dr. Mark Klein," he says with great pride. "I think in a few years I will be politically correct."

In a few years, he could also be running for president.

Klein says he's considering entering the Republican presidential primaries in 2008 because "the collapse of the American family is such a catastrophe that we in this country need new leadership, and I'm prepared to do that."

"I'm probably the darkest of all the dark horses you could imagine," he says.

In the meantime, Klein will be on the ballot when Heinz shareholders convene Aug. 23 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown. Klein, who owns 1,642 Heinz shares, is sponsoring a resolution calling for the ketchup king to hire an investment banker to explore the sale of the company.

On the face of it, there is some basis for his proposal. By Klein's math, Heinz shares have fallen 27 percent since 1999. That slide does not reflect adjustments for the $2.5 billion spinoff of its private label soup and other businesses acquired by Del Monte in 2002.

Heinz shares handily outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500 Index over the five-year period ended June 30. But their total return of 7.4 percent was one-fourth of the return provided by its peers, the S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index, which generated a cumulative return of 34 percent. Over the last 10 years, Heinz's 84.7 percent return lags both the S&P 500 (157.8 percent) and the S&P 500 Consumer Staples (143.3 percent).

Klein's basic argument is that Heinz is a company going nowhere. Like other food companies, it's in a bind over what he says is an epidemic of obesity and diabetes, diseases more Americans are inflicted with because their moms aren't home to prepare and serve home-cooked meals.

He says that as parents, investors can't afford to own Heinz because the cost of a home and college education is going up faster than the price of Heinz shares. Epidemiological consequences aside, Klein believes Heinz should sell itself, preferably to private equity investors who could generate better returns on the company's well-known brands.

You'll find the vague outlines of his argument in materials recently served to Heinz shareholders. But the meat and potatoes, as it were, of Klein's proxy statement addresses what he calls "the profoundly negative social and economic train wreck wrought by feminist careerism."

"With both parents working full time, too few adults and children eat nutritious, portion-controlled, home-cooked meals," he warns shareholders. "To reverse the epidemic, more mothers need to be at home to prepare nutritious balanced meals and supervise the childrens' snacking."

Klein's argument at Heinz is more elaborate than the bare-bones case he presented when he unsuccessfully sponsored a similar resolution at Kellogg's shareholders meeting in April. That effort was accompanied by a demonstration by fathers' rights activists, a sideshow he'd like to orchestrate when Heinz shareholders meet. Klein says battling Kellogg's made him realize the proxy statement can be a bully pulpit for arguing social as well as shareholder issues.

"The social message of the feminist catastrophe and what it has done to America is the second pillar why I'm doing this," he says. "This is my opportunity to reach a very significant audience with ideas they generally don't hear."

Klein is not the first shareholder activist to come to the realization that shareholder meetings don't have to be the well-oiled, Power-pointed management specials they usually are. They can be, but typically aren't, forums for intelligent debate on serious issues. More often, they are the corporate version of theater of the absurd.

Nor is Klein the only shareholder seeking the spotlight at Heinz.

William Steiner, of Piermont, N.Y., is sponsoring a resolution recommending that a simple majority vote of shareholders be enough to decide most issues at Heinz. Over the years, Steiner has sponsored resolutions calling for limits on corporate compensation and other reforms at Home Depot, Merck, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Motorola and AT&T.

"He's probably a general nuisance like me," Klein says.

Heinz directors' recommend voting against both resolutions. Here's hoping their mothers cook them a good meal and get them in bed at a decent hour the night before the meeting.



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(Len Boselovic can be reached at lboselovic@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1941.)

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Anyone on our side inside the Beltway?

The Wall Street Journal ran a story Friday about how the Treasury Dept in cahoots with the FDIC are KNOWINGLY promoting home sales to illegal immigrants.

Just Economics 101: More people competing for scarce, affordable housing drives up prices.

Anyone on our side inside the Beltway?

Friday, July 08, 2005

Senator McCain's remarks on the London attacks points to a major cause of Islamic terrorism

In the wake of the London bombings Senator McCain renewed calls for Americans to support our political and military efforts against the traditional Islamic world in the name of women's rights.

We're in trouble with the Islamic world because what they see is feminism's wreckage--a 50% plus divorce rate, skyrocketing prices of basic necessities like housing, education and medical care, and an impulse ridden, anything goes hypersexualized culture headed for the political, economic and social rocks.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Thinking about the unthinkable

(Please see the June 29 blogs re my talk at St. Mary's Law School)

Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 06:44:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: "MARK KLEIN, M.D." View Contact Details
Subject: Re London attacks--Time to think the unthinkable. The point of my talk was to give people permission to do just that.
To: @stmarytx.edu


Told some folks at the St. Mary's meeting were I Al Quaida I'd skip 9-11s to do low grade daily terror attacks against soft civilian targets. I said the tactics of Iraqi insurgents are to the War on Terror as the Spanish Civil War was to formation of German's WWII military doctrine.

I really believe we are where the Soviet Union was in 1980. Bogged down in a hopeless war against Islamic militants overseas, and incapable of addressing severe economic and social problems at home, ten years later the system suddenly imploded.

For starters we need to walk away from laws of war and rules of engagement predicated on political assumptions which simply no longer exist. My job as a psychiatrist is to help people see the reason they're emotionally troubled is they are so consumed by past psychological conflicts they can't effectively deal with the here and now.

To survive we must ask impertinent questions about sacred cows. Harmless sacred cows can be emotionally satisfying. Those infected with political hoof and mouth disease should be slaughtered immediately and interred covered in lime in a deep pit.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Political parties which IGNORE their base get the boot

Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 20:50:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: "MARK KLEIN, M.D." View Contact Details
Subject: Fwd: Why won't the Senate Judiciary Committee invite OPPONENTS to the renewal of VAWA to testify at 7/19 hearing?
To: .....@judiciary.senate.gov


Another example of our party turning its back on core constituencies to kiss the feminists' feet. Below is the plain text version of the full page advert I partially funded and helped develop appearing next week in the Washington Times national edition. If anyone's interested, I have a suggestion for a well qualified, articulate Washington based opposing witness. It's injustices like VAWA combined with our party's failure to walk the walk on sensible, balanced family policy that got me to purchase monthly full page op-ed ad space through NOVEMBER, 2008 in the Washington Times. Have the option to buy more ads at the contracted rate. Looks like I'll be unzipping my wallet bigtime.

VAWA: A four-letter word that means tyranny

After eleven years as law, "The Violence Against Women Act" (VAWA) has done little more than destroy families and fund social engineering schemes unrelated to intimate partner violence. This dysfunctional law leaves violent criminals free to abuse at will, but inflicts brutalities unworthy of a free society on innocent victims of false allegations of domestic violence.

The plain truth is VAWA is unconstitutional. Nothing in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States of America, including the Commerce Clause, authorizes the Congress to regulate and control personal relations between individuals. Further, the blatant and undeniable gender bias seen on the face of VAWA is discrimination against a subject class, men, in direct violation of Section 1 of Amendment XIV of the Constitution notwithstanding pious statements to the contrary by uninformed Senators.

Destroying Civil Liberties

We oppose domestic violence and believe attackers of any innocent person should be brought to trial. However, violence is propagated more commonly and broadly by denying civil liberties than controlled.

VAWA has promoted, funded, or mandated:

Mandatory arrests without a warrant, often based on nothing more than hearsay;
A standard under which the accused is guilty until proven innocent and mere allegations now suffice as proof;
Forced citizens fromtheir homes and children with nothing more than the clothes on their back without any pretense of due process;
Endorsed searches of homes without a warrant;
Allowed seizures of property without redress;
Denied defendants the assistance of counsel, the right to confront their accuser and obtain witnesses in their defense;
Punishment and imprisonment that occurs before a trial or without one;
Invoked public censure for crimes men have not committed.
These are acts of a police state and the policies of tyrants.

VAWA has created a new subclass of citizens who find themselves defendants in domestic violence cases. Many of these citizens are innocent fathers who simply want to be a loving part of their children's lives. They find themselves denied their civil rights and due process, tortured and coerced into submission, degraded, and humiliated by a justice system that now accepts hearsay as proof.

Domestic violence laws at all levels of government must hold accountable law enforcement agents, judges, attorneys, social service providers and advocates to ensure equal protection in the enforcement of the laws. The dialog within these groups also needs to specify that fraudulent claims and suborning perjury cases are criminal acts.

Public money used for the prevention of domestic violence must deal solely with that issue. Laws must forbid the funding of operations to support any other legal, political, or social agendas such as; rape, divorce, child custody, or any gender specific issue under the guise of "domestic violence."

Ever Expanding Definitions of Domestic Violence

The domestic violence industry's survival is dependent on abuses never ending and inventing them. For it to grow, as any industry desires to, the level of abuses must seem to increase and the definition of domestic violence must expand indefinitely. Ending domestic violence is incontestably a conflict of interest for the industry that VAWA funds as it depends on more and more "victims" or for greater levels of fraud and perjury to be committed.

The needed reforms are:

Domestic violence is a state matter. Existing Federal laws should be repealed or allowed to expire.
Domestic violence laws must be gender neutral in all respects and practice.
Domestic violence and abuse laws must not violate the rights to due process and equal protection under the law.
False allegations of domestic violence and suborning perjury must be dealt with as criminal acts.
Domestic violence laws at all levels of government must exist solely in the criminal codes.
Organizations receiving public moneys for domestic violence programs must be prohibited from lobbying legislatures on unrelated issues.
As citizens, we do not have an issue with seeing violent criminals put in jail when, following due process, they have been proven guilty of committing a violent crime. Battery is battery, no matter where it happens or who commits it. Civil restraining orders will only restrain civilized people who were no real threat to begin with; violent criminals need to be imprisoned.

However, under VAWA the Federal government is paying states to violate both the Federal and, often, the State Constitution. Moreover, under these practices we punish the innocent and free the guilty.

The law must guarantee citizens their rights to equal protection under the law and due process in all cases. Prosecution of criminal acts is critical regardless of whether they are acts of physical violence or false allegations of violence. Enactment of future anti-domestic violence laws must be in our criminal codes and those currently within our civil codes be repealed.

Domestic violence laws and their operation throughout the country need reviewing under the highest level of scrutiny possible. Qualified scientists must conduct a comprehensive, well-funded study of domestic violence rather than ideologues in order to establish how pervasive this problem is and what methods are most effective in reducing it.

The study needs to evaluate and document the different ways the sexes assault and murder each other. Knowing what methods of abuse and homicide both sexes use and recognizing the symptoms will assist the people that treat the abused, collect evidence and enforce the laws.

Preventing fraudulent claims must be a requirement of all domestic violence support systems. The failure to do this for the past ten years has allowed a system rife with fraud to run amok and prevented those with valid claims from receiving needed services.

The rework suggested in VAWA 2005 only promises to provide more funding to the current fraud-ridden system riddled with advocacy research studies and government propaganda. Renewal of this law will expand a level of civil rights violations unequaled since the abolition of slavery.

There is a dire need to start doing what makes sense so that the domestic violence laws effectively deal with violent criminals. Our system must be free of perjury and fraud, and operate within constitutional constraints. We must let VAWA sunset and rethink our needs and priorities from the beginning.

A system of Justice hanging on bare threads of morality and truth cannot withstand the influences of the rage and spite that plague our society today.

Blind Acceptance

Despite repeated requests no witnesses in opposition to VAWA 2005 will testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on July 19, 2005. Is our Congress trying to prove they only serve special interest groups?

Republicans seem blind to the fact that VAWA has been a direct assault on a major voter stronghold of the GOP , men, and especially divorced fathers. There is already broad vocal dissent from these voters over support by Republicans for VAWA 2005. They are promising to take revenge in the 2006 and 2008 elections for what they feel is an outright betrayal. Supporting VAWA 2005 could be the quickest route for the Republicans to become the minority party again.

A sure sign Gonzales isn't our guy for the Supreme Court

(7/6/05 news item}

Reid: Gonzales Qualified for High Court

LAS VEGAS - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday pronounced Attorney General Alberto Gonzales qualified to sit on the Supreme Court, but added, "I don't know if he'd have an easy way through" Senate confirmation.

Reid also chided conservatives for criticizing Gonzales while Bush was overseas. "I think it's too bad the president has to respond in Denmark about statements from the far right," he said. "People here have gone a little too far."

The GOP social conservatives' dilemma

The GOP depends on our votes to win the White House and control Congress but has no interest in implementing our agenda. Hence the demands from the White House and the party leadership for social conservatives to kybosh criticism of nominating Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court. Gonzales is an honest, decent, highly skilled lawyer who just isn't the right person to implement the social conservatives' legal agenda which we believe will strengthen and protect America in the 21st century.

SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES ARE TO REPUBLICAN PARTY AS AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE TO THE DEMOCRATS.

I say the time's come for Republican social conservatives to stop sitting in the back of bus.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

CONGRATULATIONS TO KATHY NEUBEL & MICHAEL THOMPSON

Senate staffers Kathy Neubel(Grassley) and Michael Thompson (Kyl) in response to the below e-mail exchange want off my cc list. Makes perfect sense because the REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED committee hearing the renewal of the Violence of Against Women won't hear testimony from critics of the law. So Kathy and Michael are the latest winners of my Republican Non-listner Award.

Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 06:32:55 -0700 (PDT)

From: "MARK KLEIN, M.D."
Subject: Fwd: Battered Wives and Women Under Stress
To: kbatarfi@al-madina.com.sa

America tried the legislative "magic bullet" to end violence against women with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which comes up for renewal in September. While well intended it morphed into huge bureaucratic system controlled by strident feminists who see divorce as the only solution to real and imagined complaints. Worse yet the law transfered the adjudication of physical domestic violence from the criminal courts to family courts. Men are jailed all the time without Constitutional Due Process rights by women making FALSE ACCUSATIONS to gain the upper hand financially and with child custody in the divorce courts.

Marriage is inherently unstable. It is a vast, storm tossed ocean for which no compass has yet been invented. That’s why most cultures down through the ages sharply restricted divorce, deeply distrusted romantic love, and pressured people to marry within a familiar social, religious and economic milieu.

Beware of getting what you wish for.

Mark Klein, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Battered Wives and Women Under Stress

Dr. Khaled Batarfi,

kbatarfi@al-madina.com — http://kbatarfi.blogspot.com/


My last article “Justice for Women: Some Urgent Steps” generated many positive and passionate responses. Huda, my niece, for instance, decried the way countless women are denied marriage to men of their choice. They are pressured to marry relatives or from rich and well-connected families.

Too many parents ignore Islam’s instructions to let their girls choose. This is a symptom of how they regard women as incapable of deciding for themselves. A girl, they fear, would go for a handsome, romantic suitor rather than a solid man of character, achievement and position.

When life becomes hell for wives, they have to endure it because no one — judge and society — would accept their grounds for divorce. Psychological satisfaction is not good enough of a reason for separation in lots of courts of law and public opinion.

Many divorced women are brutally punished. They take most of the blame for the marriage’s failure. While a man, especially with no kids, can remarry a woman of his choice, his divorced wife hardly can. The stigma of being a divorcee limits her choices and timeline. In lots of cases, she goes from one prison to another. This and the risk of losing her kid’s custody force many abused wives to stay the course. A hell you know, they figure, is better than the one you don’t.

Needless to say, this should not be tolerated in an Islamic society. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, told us that the best of us are the kindest to their women. He set a great example in the way he treated his women with respect, love and kindness. His first wife, Khadija, was also his boss. His young wife, Aisha was his consultant in matters of politics and governance. We are supposed to follow his example to be Muslims, so why we don’t?

Monday, July 04, 2005

DRAFT OF MY NEXT WASHINGTON TIMES ADVERT

AMERICA NEEDS A NATIONAL SHRINK.
WE’VE GONE MESHIGA.
(Meshiga: crazy, wacky-Hebrew derived Yiddishism-me-SHI-ga)

If we were egg laying Emperor penguins whose offspring just need to be fed and shielded from the Antarctic cold until they got big enough to instinctively know how to fish and find their way back to the right spot in Antarctica to reproduce, feminism would make sense.

The essence of human development is the very prolonged delay in the appearance sexual maturity to allow children to learn the emotional and cognitive skill sets to live in an organized, complex society. Sufficient maternal attention is the key ingredient in the formation of the capacity for empathy, the core emotional skill children must learn to sustain marriage and successfully raise their children.

Thirty plus years of feminist careerism created generations of daycare raised infants and young children so lacking from sufficient maternal affection they sustained permanent developmental arrests in the neurophysiologic structures responsible for empathy.

Common knowledge unaffectionately handled kittens, puppies and infant primates have problems caring for their young. More complex social animals like primates also struggle with successful mating and appropriate peer behavior. Males are much less affected. Women today initiate the vast majority of divorces because they can't make the emotional leap from romantic courtship to the empathetic, caring friendship that sustains marriage over time. For an introduction written for sophisticated laypersons to neurophysiology of empathy I recommend the article on the below link.

http://bette.aecom.yu.edu/Media/science_love.pdf.)

Thirty plus years of feminist careerism proved to be a total social, economic, medical, foreign policy, and political train wreck because:

We have a 50% plus divorce rate accompanied by ever lower marriage formations.

Women earned the right to work for nothing! Earnings halved since the 1970s since most families need two incomes to almost equal the buying power one had.

The excess money working women working for nothing pumped into the economy created a severe price inflation in the goods and services people really crave, e.g. housing, education, and quality medical and dental care. Just plain vanilla Econ 101Adam Smith laws of supply and demand stuff.

Today’s obesity driven diabetes epidemic is a no brainer. Working moms are usually too tired to prepare home cooked balanced portion controlled meals. Consequently too many American families end up eating excessively fat and carbohydrate loaded restaurant, t.v. dinner, takeout foods, and indulging in too much soda pop and snacks.

Feminist ideology hijacked our lavishly funded federal medical establishment making the words home cooking unpolitically correct speech. We should replace Centers for Disease Control (CDC) head Julie Gerberding, National Institutes of Health (NIH) chief Elias Zerhouni with people prepared to call ’em and they see ’em.

NEVER IN MY 41 YEARS IN MEDICINE HAVE I SEEN SUCH INTELLECTUALLY BANKRUPT, IRRESPONSIBLE PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP.

We’re locked into an unnecessary fight to the death with the Islamic world because we relentlessly try, sometimes even at gunpoint, to shove our version of feminism down their throats. Given our 50% plus divorce rate, very low marriage formations, and astronomical out-of-wedlock birthrate, makes perfect sense the Islamic world resists for fear feminism will wreck their way of life without getting something of value in return.

Our overregulated society is the very distressing result of so much of the electorate which thinks of our national political life as bodice ripper romance novel plots with deus ex machina endings.

Feminism should join Prohibition at American history’s toxic waste site for high sounding ideals totally incompatible with fundamental human nature.

Our time’s up for today. We’ll continue at our next session on xxxx, 2005.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

I'M OPPOSED TO ALBERTO GONZALES FOR THE SUPREME COURT

While an honorable, highly capable attorney, he simply lacks the vision and the legal fire-in-the-belly to address the things most of us care about--family stability generally and having an effective, common sense legal approach to protect America in the 21st century asymmetric war's borderless battlespace.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

My plan to spice up the 8/23 Heinz annual meeting.

I'll present the below shareholder proposal at the Heinz annual meeting 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 23, 2005, at The Westin Convention Center Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. Submitted a similar proposal to Kellogg. A video of my remarks.

http://investor.kelloggs.com/MediaRegister.cfm?MediaID=15614 After logging on fast forward to about 25:30

Dr. Mark Klein who holds Company Common Stock, has notified the Company that he intends to present the following proposal at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Adoption of the proposal will require the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the shares of Common Stock represented in person or by proxy at the meeting. SEC rules require that we reprint the proposal as it was submitted to us. The proposal, as submitted, is as follows:

The shareholders recommend Heinz hire an investment bank to explore the sale of the company.

The GOLD STANDARD test of investment return is PURCHASING POWER with respect to the most sought after consumer goods and services, e.g. housing and education. In recent years Heinz share values failed that test.

Since 1999, Heinz’s nominal share price, unadjusted for the Del Monte transaction, decreased about 27%. On January 1, 1999 Heinz share price was $51.24. The closing price on December 3, 2004 when this proposal was completed was $36.43.

Contrast Heinz share price history in the 1999 to 2004 period with Harvard’s undergraduate tuition which rose 157% from $10,671 to $27,448. Purchasing power-wise Heinz shares also declined significantly over the same period with respect to homeownership. National median home price rose 37%, and in very desirable cities like San Diego over 100%.

In my opinion the principle driving force for such severely escalating prices is feminist careerism which vastly expanded the fulltime workforce without an increase in REAL WAGES. The BUYER POWER of earnings halved since the 1970s because most
families today need two incomes to almost equal the buyer power one had 30 years ago. Put another way most women working fulltime essentially work for nothing.

Busy, overworked parents have little time to nurture and protect their marriages. Hence more competition for scarce housing from today’s 50% divorce rate, and from young adults now so skeptical of the durability of loving commitment they marry late, or not at all.

Just Economics 101 supply and demand theory: Too much consumer demand chasing scarce commodities like private undergraduate education and homeownerhip.

In my opinion the collapse in Heinz shares’ BUYING POWER is greatly magnified by the exploding obesity driven childhood and adult diabetes epidemic. A reflection of the extent of the current epidemic is diabetic home blood test kit suppliers are amongst the leading advertisers on Fox News.

In most families today with both parents working fulltime too few adults and children eat nutritious, portion controlled home cooked meals. Restaurant meals, “t.v.” dinner, and takeout usually contain excessive carbohydrate and fat calories, and very little protein. To reverse the epidemic more mothers need to be at home to prepare nutritious balanced meals, and supervise the children’s snacking.

I believe within a generation at least half the population will become diabetic. The costs of treating diabetes and its devastating cardiovascular, renal, and neurological complications will so threaten the financial stability of the health care system, federal, state and activist local governments will likely impose regulations financially adverse on food processors like Heinz. The fast food restaurant industry is already in the class action tort bar’s crosshairs.

Regulatory and legal scapegoating is safer politically and public relations-wise than addressing the profoundly negative social and economic train wreck wrought by feminist careerism. Pity the feminist sacred cow enjoys general immunity from criticism.

I believe the sale of company is the best way for shareholders to maximize share value.

Friday, July 01, 2005

DER SHRINK SAYS IT'S THINKING CAP TIME

We lost Iran in the first place because of human rights meddling. Have vivid memories about the information campaign complaining about the Shah's inadequacies in that department which fatally undermined his regime. Recall for about a political nanosecond we thought the Hasidic rabbi lookalike Khomeini would straighten things out. We handed the clerics just enough time to take over.

The Iranian situation poses a grave risk. The new government's got real grassroots support and a coherent geopolitical vision attractive to European and Central Asian Muslims. Kvetching (Yiddish for whiny complaining) about Ahmadinejad's role the hostage mess is a pointless distraction. Highlighting his role increases his domestic political clout and prestige in the Islamic world.

The new Iranian leadership could create a Caliphate across central Asia to the Pacific, and bring Europe to its political kness.

WE MUST DEVELOP A REAL POLITIC APPROACH NOW VIS-A-VIS IRAN.
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