Saturday, December 31, 2005

Paper tigers shouldn't make threats.

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The administration leaked threats through the German media we're contemplating an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. For a whole host of practical reasons that's not doable. For one thing non of Iran's neighbors are that insane to risk going to war. Iran's no paper tiger as she showed by absorbing massive material and human losses to repulse the Iraq invasion in the early 1980s.

The real risk of making empty threats is to give the Iranian government weakened by serious domestic problems an excuse to launch a missile strike on Israel and Europe. Weak governments love the war excuse to get people to rally around the flag.

I recommend lifting all sanctions and restoring diplomatic relations with Iran. With normal trade ties the ayatollahs would soon be out on their ears once "Desperate Housewives" and "The L-Word" became stables on Iranian television!



Friday, December 30, 2005

Roadmap to the White House in 2008.

My roadmap to 270 electoral votes and the White House in 2008:

1- The 25 million plus divorced, non-custodial parents emotionally and financially abused by the family courts.

2- The 50 million plus heartbroken parents and close relatives of abused non-custodial parents.

3- The tens of million children of divorce.

4- Middle age and senior men fed up with feminist inspired anti-male propaganda.

5- Middle class Americans who want affordable housing, stable families and a realistic chance to save for retirement.

6- Financially secure seniors alarmed by the collapse of traditional American family life.

7- Millions of young adults unable to afford marriage and children.

8- Shattered military families the result of too many extended deployments to fight wars we are not winning.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Kinda scary really



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This morning out of the blue couldn't access my e-mail or password protected sites. My first thought was of a successful virus attack. Wasn't that but the virus protection company's software attacking my system to force me to renew my expiring protection! Wasted most of morning figuring out the problem and updating the subscription. There oughta be a law against doing that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Hillary Clinton would be easy to beat in 2008

Next week's Washington Times advert.

She'd be easy to beat with a candidate who really cared about family stability, affordable housing, and encouraging marriage by raising the wage structure by closing the borders to illegal workers willing to work for peanuts.

Condi Rice is little more than a slightly more conservative Clinton clone. Besides, she's never married, or had children, so is totally clueless about the day-to-day realities of ordinary middle class family life.

Think much of the GOP core would stay home on election day if Condi is our nominee.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Cabin fever

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Been raining for past couple of days keeping me out of my beloved garden. Probably will get disbarred by the psychiatric community but for folks with the right temperment and a love for the beauty of living things gardening is very theraputic. When I get that "I've simply had it feeling", the cure is sitting in the sun pulling weeds and pruning. Very lucky to have perfect unobstructed east west exposure.

One sign reflecting how hard people work today is I'm the only serious gardener in my area. A pity because the Oakland hills enjoy such temperate weather year round and the local nurseries stock wonderful plants all year. The weather is so mild my garden looks no different in late December than in mid-summer. Of course, I do a lot of maintenance, fertilize generously and water twice daily except on rainy days. I also think my plants do well because they sense I care about them. Oops, maybe I said too much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(The purple flowers with yellow centers are violas. The round reddish-pink one with the white border is dianthus.)

Monday, December 26, 2005

The extent of the collapse in conventional sexual identity is breathtaking.

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Saw Mel Brook's remake of the "The Producers" yesterday. How he's able to portray in a mainstream theatrical release the Adolph Hitler character and his entourage in the new version is light years away from what was socially acceptable in 1968 when the original version appeared with Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, and Dick Shawn as Hitler.

In my generation parents got bent out of shape when a child brought home a potential spouse from another faith. Now they're thankful the person's of the opposite sex!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

My oppostion to Bank of America's request to the SEC to keep my proposal off the proxy.

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(Below is my response to Bank of America's request to the SEC for a "no action letter" to block my shareholder proposal from appearing on the proxy ballot for a shareholder vote at the next annual meeting. The SEC should decide the dispute by the end of January, 2006. SEC 14a-8 (www.sec.gov) are the rules governing shareholder proposals.)
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Bank of America’s request for a no action letter is without merit because the proposal clearly falls within the purview SEC Staff Bulletin 14C (CF) exception to the ordinary business exclusion (14a-8(I)(7) because the proposal focuses on “sufficiently significant social policy issues…(which) transcend the day-to-day business matters.” Also, the proposal is not false and misleading.

To remove even the slightest scintilla of doubt as to the plain meaning of the shareholder proposal statement the “no” following “except as required by law” should be removed. (page 6--no action request letter)

"To protect and enhance the health and general welfare of children and adults the shareholders recommend BANK OF AMERICA not issue first mortgage home loans, except as required by law, greater than four times the borrower’s gross income."

I own Bank of America shares. I am a very seasoned, successful stock market investor for my own and family accounts, a licensed physician, and board certified psychiatrist with considerable rteal estate investment experience. Hence I am fully qualified to render an informed opinion on all the issues the raised in the shareholder proposal.

This proposal, a nonbinding recommendation, addresses the most critical issue facing American society today. Home prices have reached the point in my opinion where the level of indebtedness required to finance purchases undermines family stability and impairs the physical and mental health of parents and children.

Down here on Planet Earth housing costs are usually people’s greatest expense.

In addition to my investment experience as a physician and psychiatrist I’m fully qualified offer an expert opinion on the consequences of financial stresses on family stability, and its secondary medical consequences on adults and children when people are forced to work too many hours to meet their expenses.

REBUTTAL OF THE BANK’S ARGUMENTS 1-6
(commencing at bottom page 6)

ARGUMENTS 1-2:

In my opinion the housing price inflation is driven by unsound lending practices, commonly referred to as non-conforming mortgages. While the term technically refers to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage securitization guidelines, the general public understands it as extremely generous credit offers which can jeopardize borrowers’ ability to repay should the economy slow, or property prices stabilize or decline. Googling “non conforming mortgages” today returned about 38,400 responses!!! Very evident from sampling the responses the general public understands non-conforming mortgages and its potential adverse consequences as I do.

Given the inherent illiquidity of real estate the availability of credit rather than other factors such as demand, desirability of home ownership, etc. is the primary determinant of price.

Bank of America either is either fooling itself, doesn’t understand the linkages between interest rates and the loan terms offered borrowers, or is hoodwinking the SEC with the argument interest rates are primary determinants of housing demand and prices. That would be true without non-conforming mortgages. But with them lenders can significantly decouple home prices from interest rate changes. That’s why loans today are often today advertised in terms of the monthly payment rather than the interest rate.

I think Bank of America knows exactly what it’s doing with non-conforming mortgages. It just doesn’t want the SEC to allow me to spill the beans to a sophisticated audience of shareholders and hopefully thereafter to the public.

ARGUMENT 3:

I am entitled to express the opinion “(t)he most pernicious non-conforming mortgage loan practice is issuing first mortgage loans in excess of four times the borrower’s gross income. I believe loans above that level are imprudent for the borrower and unsound for the lender.”
The bank adopted the standard totalitarian government argument because some shareholders may be unfamiliar with the mortgage securities industry no one should be allowed to vote on my proposal.

In my opinion most people understand personal gross income to mean the total from all sources before taxes. To believe otherwise is to believe people smart enough to buy Bank of America shares never filled out a 1040!

I reject the bank’s assumption the shareholders can‘t think for themselves.

ARGUMENTS 4 & 5:

I’m fully qualified offer an expert opinion on the consequences of financial stresses on family stability, and its secondary medical consequences on adults and children when people are forced to work too many hours to meet their expenses.

Home prices have reached the point in my opinion where the level of indebtedness required to finance purchases undermines family stability and impairs the physical and mental health of parents and children.

ARGUMENT 6:

I take strong exception to the assertion I am impugning the character of the directors and management. I was speaking only for myself about the moral standards I use to judge appropriate investments. Of course, it my hope more people would identify with my practices. Given John Dean called President Bush a “traitor” in the last election campaign, the Bank of America is being extraordinarily thin skinned.

I am not impugning the board or management by asserting Bank of America ought to display better corporate citizenship by curbing mortgage practices I believe unsound, and damaging to individuals and nation’s welfare. Just because Treasury Department and Federal Reserve policy allow them doesn’t mean Bank of America need blindly follow along.

For some time I have persistently and publicly criticized the underlying credit policies driving the housing price inflation. The attachments speak for themselves.

Unsound mortgage lending policies created a Potemkin Village sense of prosperity which underlies this very disturbing excerpt from this 12/1/05 New York Times article on the effects for Long Island young adults of the housing price inflation.


"We're the baby boomers who worked and played the system as best we could, but things are getting worse for this next generation, ratcheting up to where it is almost impossible," said Vilma Nuzio of Bellmore, who runs a church program for the needy.Her five children are grown now, but despite their college educations and seemingly decent salaries, Mrs. Nuzio said they cannot afford their own homes on Long Island. One son has already departed for North Carolina, and her other children are living with roommates...The younger generation's difficulty with the cost of living is reflected in another survey finding. Forty five percent reported rooming with others, primarily relatives, up sharply from 31 percent the year before."

If there was ever a shareholder proposal of significant social policy value, this is it!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Hard to expose the American public to the really tough questions

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Submitted the below shareholder proposal to Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase. Today received Bank of America's request to the SEC to keep me off the proxy. Heaven forbid the shareholders get exposed to the real consequences of the housing bubble funded by unsound mortgage lending practices. Working on my response which I'll post when completed.


To protect and enhance the health and general welfare of children and adults the shareholders recommend BANK OF AMERICA not issue first mortgage home loans, except as required by law, greater than four times the borrower’s gross income.

REASONS

As a mature man in my mid-60s, a physician and psychiatrist, a father and grandfather, and a seasoned, very successful investor, I believe the physical and emotional health of adults and children are closely linked to a satisfying family life which in turn depends upon the availability of affordable housing.

I believe today’s housing price inflation is primarily driven by unsound lending practices, commonly referred to as non-conforming mortgages, which promote excessive speculation by pumping too much money into the real estate market. Just Economics 101 supply and demand theory: Too many dollars chasing scarce housing resources drive up prices.

The most pernicious non-conforming mortgage loan practice is issuing first mortgage loans in excess of four times the borrower’s gross income. Loans above that level are imprudent for the borrower and unsound for the lender.

Sky high housing costs destabilize marriage. Financial distress is a major cause of marital collapse, child abuse and neglect.

Burdened by excessive debt couples are forced to work excessive hours leaving little time to nurture their marriages much less derive pleasure from them.

Spending too much time away from home creates unnecessary opportunities for unfaithfulness which recent studies suggest at least 40% per cent of married men and women do.

Divorce commonly causes mental and physical illness for the partners and their children.
The heightened divorce risk notwithstanding, excessive work hours caused by excessive mortgage debt is a major contributing factor to today’s exploding obesity driven diabetes epidemic. With too many moms and dads working long hours in lieu of regular balanced, portion controlled, home cooked meals too many children subsist mostly on junk food.

As a physician and a father it’s personally heartbreaking to see so many overweight children knowing of the suffering they will face and the likelihood of shortened lives.

Overworked adults also succumb to obesity leading to diabetes because restaurant food and takeout are usually overloaded with fats and carbohydrates with little protein.

There is more to life than making a buck. As an investor, I don’t own shares in companies which intentionally and knowingly prey upon human weakness and/or damage individuals and society, e.g., gambling, hard liquor, tobacco, and fast foods.

I believe the adoption of my proposal might over the short term negatively affect Bank of America’s earnings and dividend growth. No doubt we’ll anger some customers and other banks will continue their unsound practices.

A parent’s a parent until their very last breath. We owe it to our children, and to all Americans, to jettison unsound mortgage lending practices rather than continue them just because “Johnnie’s parents let him do it”.

For further discussion of this issue, please read my 2005 blogs dated October 17, 24, 25, 28 and November 6, 9, 16, 19. www.drmarkklein.blogspot.com

Friday, December 23, 2005

Winning 21st century asymmetric wars with new rules of war


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(My comments published in today's Jerusalem Post)

No innocent civilians in 21st century war!
MARK KLEIN, M.D. - USA 12/23/2005 18:53

We cannot win 21st century asymmetric wars fighting with 20th century rules of war.

The enemies of democracy aren't dummies. They realized the road to victory was hijacking international law with slick pr about protecting the "innocent civilians" supporting revolutionary movements.

Should I get the White House in 2008 I will revisit every law of war treaty America's signed, or de facto honors, for continued relevance in today's very dangerous world.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Feedback from the fathers' right community.

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Your political acumen is most apprecdiated. We do need to focus on the realities of the upcoming midterm elections and any guidnce you my be ale to offer will be acted upon to achieve our political objectives. I belive that it is finally beginning to happen; that politicians recognize thatthere is something innatel wrong with the way fathersare treated in divorce and custody battles. They arenot immune to the pain but may have been persuaded to keep mute about it. We need to let them know that it'snot a closet issue anymore. J.

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Thank you Mark. You're tireless efforts ae deeply appreciated. If there was a father's rights hall of fame, you'd be in it. L.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

My comments in the Jerusalem Post on below article


MARRIAGE TODAY FOR MEN--MARK KLEIN, M.D. - USA 12/22/2005 00:13
With a 50% divorce rate, punitive property division and child support laws, the almost certain loss of day to day involvement in the children's lives, and feminism encouraging women to behave selfishly, why on earth would men marry?

MARRIAGE GAP--MARK KLEIN, M.D. - USA 12/22/2005 02:54
My previous comment notwithstanding another factor undermining marriage formations is in the increasing unaffordability of middle class family life. Housing prices are out of sight largely the result of feminist careerism. When women entered the fulltime workforce in very large numbers, they pumped too much new money into the economy to chase scarce goods and services, e.g., housing and education. Today most families need two adult earners in contrast as late as the 1970s when one sufficed. Put another way women earned the right to work for nothing.

Marriage Gap--Collapse in the value of women-MARK KLEIN, M.D. - USA 12/22/2005 07:31
30 years plus of aggressive feminism collapsed the sexual and relationship value of women. What else can explain the extraordinary explosion in the number of gay men? We have an epidemic of "Portnoy's Syndrome". Many of the straight young men still interested in having intercourse are so intimidated by today's narcissistic women they need to take Viagra type drugs even though they don't have true physiologic erectile dysfunction. What relationship value do women have when they're reoccupied with careers, distain homemaking, and feel entitled to bully spouses and men generally. I believe the real conflict between the West and Islam is our attempt to shove our version of feminism down their throats. They don't want to end up with our divorce rates, low marriage formations, and the tens of million broken hearted children of divorce.
(Jerusalem Post 12/22/05)

Why the guy gap?
STEWART WEISS , THE JERUSALEM POST
Dec. 20, 2005

'Where have all the young men gone?" That line from a 1960s protest song may have been intended to decry the loss of young life in times of war, but it could very well apply to the severe situation in today's Jewish singles scene. By most accounts, there is a burgeoning surplus of eligible Jewish females looking to marry, and a major shortfall in available Jewish men.

"This is no longer just a concern," one rabbi involved in the matchmaking industry told me, "this is a full-blown crisis." Despite the advent of modern innovations such as speed-dating, Jewish dating fairs and singles' cruises; and the proliferation of creative organizations like JDate and Saw You at Sinai, large numbers of wonderful Jewish women are searching in vain to find their mate.

Attendance at many singles' functions can run 3-1 in favor of the women, and files of professional matchmakers are overflowing with young ladies looking for love, while precious few men bother to apply.

Understanding the basis for this phenomenon goes much deeper than birth-rates. Although female births do outnumber male births, the percentage is relatively close, about 51-49 percent. And while women tend to live an average of three years longer than men, by the time that statistic becomes relevant, it's way too late to start thinking about marriage.

So why the guy gap?

ANY NUMBER of theories has been suggested: Men can date a much wider age-range of women; Jewish men tend to marry out in much greater numbers than women. Conversely, more females convert to Judaism than do men. Homosexuality takes many more men out of the pool than lesbianism.

While women crave commitment and seek to settle down, more and more men are content to date casually while avoiding any long-term, relationships. With the divorce rate hovering at 50%, many younger men are less than anxious to repeat their parents' "mistake." Then there is the ebb and flow of population trends and baby booms.

"Populations tend to expand and contract throughout the generations," says statistician Steven Cohen, professor of Jewish social policy at HUC-JIR, "while male-female ratios change over the course of eras. There is no question that our generation is experiencing a clear numerical superiority of females over males."

Here in Israel, there are two other factors to plug into the equation. In the general community, we are still feeling the residual effect - at least in the non-Haredi community - of the Yom Kippur War of 1973, which left 10,000 Israeli soldiers - the vast majority of them young men - either dead or wounded.

And in the observant community, Jewish educators widely report that we are doing a much better job of educating and religiously sustaining our young women than our young men. So while the girls are either maintaining or increasing their spiritual level - attendance at women's seminaries continues to grow apace - the boys tend to drop out of the Orthodox world in much higher numbers.

There was a time when the male-female inequity did have at least one possible solution: polygamy. Jewish societies decimated by war or pogroms could even the odds by having men take more than one wife. But the famous edict of Gershom ben Judah - better known as Rabbeinu Gershom - changed all that over 1,000 years ago, when he effectively banned multiple-marriage, at least in the Ashkenazi world.

While the decree was certainly meant to enhance shalom bayit (peace and tranquility) within the home, it may have been the result more of external pressure than internal wisdom.
"The Church - celibate by nature - accused Jews of being promiscuous, by virtue of their allowance of polygamy," says historian Rabbi Berel Wein. Gershom's ban served to take away at least one of their arguments.

It is interesting to note that the Sephardic world, by and large, refused to accept Rabbeinu Gershom's edict. Part of their rationale was precisely because the women outnumbered the men. Rather than leave large numbers of Jewish girls unmarried and unprotected, it was not uncommon for Sephardic men to take several wives into their home, saving them from both poverty and the designs of the larger Muslim population.

And because it's a "buyer's market", I've even head anecdotes of men who ask their dates any question that comes to mind, from their father's annual salary, to the girl's - and her mother's - personal measurements. More than one family has either hidden away or institutionalized a disabled or retarded child, so as not to scare off potential suitors. I've even heard that some parents offer men large sums of money to marry their daughters.

Unfortunately, there is no way we can put more men into the pool. Our only option is to work with what we have. We must do everything we can to build strong marriages which will serve as role models to our children; emphasize to our young people the centrality of the family and it's priority in Jewish life; and actively help the singles in our community to find their bashert.
The fantasy expressed in the recent song by Paul Jabara and Paul Schaffer It's Raining Men, won't help end the dating drought.

It's up to us.

The writer is director of the Ohel Ari Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana. jocmtv@netvision.net.il

My 2 cents plain on falling movie attendence

(above photo--copywrite 2005 Mark Klein all rights reserved)

News story--
Slumping Hollywood rolls out packed lineup of movies December 21, 2005 10:58:13 (ET)
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- And now, for movie studios coping with a lackluster year, comes yet another type of adversity going into the last week of 2005:
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Movie attendence is slumping because today's movies are very anti-male. Men are usually portrayed as fools, crooks, bad fathers, sexually unfaithful, etc.

Even when men play heroic roles, they are commonly emotional broken souls rescued by a female authority figure--the Raymond Shaw character in the remake of the Manchurian Candidate. Meryl Streep's line in the movie, "Where are all the Men?" says it all!

Even as the villainous senator and toxic mother, she's more sympathetically portrayed than the Manchurian corporate honchos. When I saw the movie, thought no wonder I need to do shareholder proposals to save my companies from their managements.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Taking the fight to Senator McCain


Next week's Washington Times advert. No way will I allow GOP insiders like McCain control the political agenda for the 2008 presidential race. Sent this to his DC and state offices with a challenge to debate me anytime, anywhere.

Monday, December 19, 2005

2008 will have a new political map

(left to right--Campaign manager Tony Taylor, Joe Carruba (media), RNC official Nancy Dehlinger, Carol Carpec (our Golda Meier*) and me. Taken 11/05 at the Republican National Headquarters in DC.
*Was said of Golda Meier she was the only man in the Israeli cabinet. )


Date:
Sun, 18 Dec 2005 17:54:46 -0800 (PST)
From:
"MARK KLEIN, M.D." View Contact Details Add Mobile Alert
Subject: OUR 25 MILLION VOTES IS JUST UNDER A QUARTER OF THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORATE.
To: f4jusa@yahoogroups.com


Bush 59,834,866 51% 281 electoral votes

Kerry 56,373, 514 48% 252 electoral votes

The White House is ours if we can get organized.

RESPONSES:

"Put it in black and white like that and it is REAL!!!! Pumped me up!!!"

"I think you're right. Those who have experienced theloss of Fatherhood at the expense of our Family Courts willremember. Once the association beteween the issues and acandiate is established, the scales will tilt. Ibelieve the tipping point has already been reached. Itmay take a year or two for it to spread throughtsociety, but the provess has begun. "

"What have we got to lose folks, we need a spearhead, we need a politician and we need somebody who walks and talks. Got issues, talk or write the guy, he's straight up. Got concerns, he shoots from the hip, let the man tell you. I know it's hard but a little money helps, whatever you can spare, spread the word as best you can, remember he is speaking for us, with or without our help. He has joined up with Carol Carpec, who has silently over the years, worked hard for father in distress. Time is running out and we should give him all the support individually you can, he needs to plan further ahead and that means funding, this is an awful big country, to campaign around. MARK KLEIN is our best bet shot, lets give him some ammunition."

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Time to bring Hamas into the political process

(above photo--copywrite 2005 Mark Klein. All rights reserved.)

We're Hi-N-Dry in the ME peace process by keeping groups like Hamas out the political process.

Were Hamas to succeed at the polls they'd discover there's a world of difference between being an underground resistance movement and the daily business of governing.

Their core constituency, the Palestinian poor, want economic advancement and more freedom. Only way to do that is to cooperate with Israel, and show the international donor community they are practical people. The Europeans, deeply rattled by domestic Islamic terrorism, will demand Hamas surrender violence as a condition for getting a real piece of the economic aid pie.

Were Israel to accept the idea that the best that can be achieved with the Palestinians is a very cold peace, it would easier to accept dealing with Hamas. Like former spouses who detest each other politely cooperating for the sake of the children.

Re the Palestinians good fences will make for good neighbors. So what they don't come over for dinner!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Not pc to report divorce related murders for what they really are

SANTA CLARA Teen admits killing dad over poor grades After fatal shooting, he set father's body on fire, police say

Suzanne Herel, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, December 17, 2005

A 15-year-old boy charged with murdering his father told Santa Clara police that he had shot him to death so he wouldn't find out how poorly he was doing in school, according to court documents filed Friday.

Ryan Alain Watts, a sophomore at Santa Clara High School, said he had shot his father twice in the head and neck and then -- unable to move the 350-plus-pound man to the backyard, where he planned to bury him -- set his body on fire Monday morning.

Watts then walked to a Taco Bell, where he ate a few tacos before returning home, hoping to find the house fully engulfed in flames, the records show. It was not, so Watts called 911 himself.

Firefighters responding to 673 Bucher Ave. around noon found the badly burned body of John Bruner, 50, on the floor of his bedroom. It was not immediately apparent that foul play was involved in Bruner's death.

"He was pretty disfigured," said Santa Clara police Officer Patti Lynch. It wasn't until an autopsy was performed the following day that police were notified that Bruner had died of multiple gunshot wounds, she said. The autopsy showed that Bruner had been shot with a .45-caliber pistol, according to court records.

After conducting a number of interviews with family, friends and neighbors, police arrested Ryan Watts on Wednesday in Sunnyvale, where his mother lives. He is being held at the county's juvenile probation facility.

Watts was arraigned Friday on a charge of murder with two enhancements: using a firearm and lying in wait, said David Tomkins, assistant district attorney for Santa Clara County.
That charge requires that Watts be tried as an adult. However, because he is underage, prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty. If convicted, Watts will face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Tomkins described the case as grisly.

"This is not the kind of case you want to see at the holidays," he said.
According to court documents, "Watts told us (police) that he was afraid of his father finding out how poorly he was doing in school. Watts was failing a couple of his classes and his father was going to be meeting with a school counselor early the following week.''

So, sometime before Monday, Watts took one of his father's handguns and ammunition from the safe in his bedroom and hid the weapon in his own room. Sgt. Wahid Kazem, an investigating officer, recounted Watts' interview with police in an affidavit of probable cause filed with the court. "On Monday morning, he walked out of his house with the loaded .45-caliber handgun and a knife," he wrote. "Instead of going to school, he hid in his backyard and snuck back into his house."

When Watts heard his father pick up the telephone, Watts burst into the room, shooting his father in the neck area as he lay in bed. "Watts then approached the victim and shot him in the head at close range," the affidavit says. "Watts believed the victim was calling his school and would confirm his failing grades."

After being shot the second time, Bruner rolled off the bed and onto the floor. Watts told police he had tried to move his father's body, but it was too heavy, so he covered it with an old sleeping bag and poured flame accelerants on top. He lit several small fires in the room to spark a blaze and hid the gun in a kitchen cabinet on his way out of the house.

In a search of the home later, police found a .45-caliber gun in the kitchen and ammunition in Watts' bedroom, along with a bloody sweatshirt and evidence of accelerant.
Bruner and his wife apparently were estranged, and Watts was living with his father.
Neighbors described him as a "quiet kid," Lynch said.

Brad Syth, principal of Santa Clara High School, said Watts had called in sick on Monday and had not been seen by school officials since. Students at the school Friday were enjoying their last day before their two-week winter break.

Syth said that he had never had any interaction with Watts and that the 10th-grader had no history of discipline or attendance problems. For the most part, he earned average grades, Syth said. "When I heard his name, I had to go pull his file up in the computer to find out who he was and what he was all about," Syth said. "He's never been on my radar screen as far as good, bad or indifferent. This one was a complete surprise."

Friday, December 16, 2005

Had Jesus been a foster child


Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 09:08:16 -0500

INFANT DISCOVERED IN BARN, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES LAUNCH PROBE

Nazareth Carpenter Being Held On Charges InvolvingUnderage Mother Bethlehem, Judea -

Authorities weretoday alerted by a concerned citizen who noticed afamily living in a barn. Upon arrival, FamilyProtective Service personnel, accompanied by police,took into protective care an infant child named Jesus,who had been wrapped in strips of cloth and placed ina feeding trough by his 14-year old mother, Mary of Nazareth.

During the confrontation, a man identified as Joseph,also of Nazareth, attempted to stop the social workers. Joseph, aided by several local shepherds and some unidentified foreigners, tried to forestall efforts to take the child, but were restrained by the police.

Also being held for questioning are three foreigners who allege to be wise men from an eastern country. The INS and Homeland Security officials are seeking information about these three who may be in the country illegally. A source with the INS states that they had no passports, but were inpossession of gold and other possibly illegal substances.

They resisted arrest saying that they had been warned by God to avoid officials in Jerusalem and to return quickly to their own country. The chemical substances in their possession will be tested.

The owner of the barn is also being held for questioning. The manager of the Bethlehem Inn faces possible revocation of his license for violating health and safety regulations by allowing people to stay in the barn.

Civil authorities are also investigating the zoning violations involved in maintaining livestock in a commercially-zoned district.

The location of the minor child will not be released, and the prospect for a quick resolution to this case is doubtful. Asked about when Jesus would be returned to his mother, a Child Protective Service spokesperson said, "The father is middle-aged and the mother definitely underage. We are checking with officials in Nazareth to determine what their legal relationship is.

Joseph has admitted taking Mary from her home in Nazareth because of a census requirement. However, because she was obviously pregnant when they left, investigators are looking into other reasons for their departure. Joseph is being held without bond oncharges of molestation, kidnapping, childen dangerment, and statutory rape.

Mary was taken to the Bethlehem General Hospital where she is being examined by doctors. Charges may also bef iled against her for endangerment. She will also undergo psychiatric evaluation because of her claim that she is a virgin and that the child is from God.

The director of the psychiatric wing said, "I don't profess to have the right to tell people what to believe, but when their beliefs adversely affect the safety and well-being of others - in this case her child - we must consider her a danger to others. The unidentified drugs at the scene didn't help her case, but I'm confidant that with the proper therapy regimen we can get her back on her feet."

A spokesperson for the governor's office said, "Who knows what was going through their heads? But regardless, their treatment of the child was inexcusable, and the involvement of these others frightening. There is much we don't know about this case, but for the sake of the child and the public, you can be assured that we will pursue this matter to the end."

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Is banishing clear thinking at the core of a Yale education?

WASHINGTON: Bush Accepts McCain's Ban on Torture

President reversed course on Thursday and accepted Sen. John McCain call for a law banning cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of foreign suspects in the war on terror.
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The president says to protect our national honor and international reputation all we can do with a terror suspect we suspect in good faith has knowledge of an impending WMD attack on United States (a.k.a. OUR COUNTRY) soil is read 'em his rights to remain silent.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

PROVOKING A WAR WITH IRAN

The bellicosity of Iran's hardline president Ahmadinejad reflects his frustration with his country's economic distress wrought by sanctions. He swept unexpectedly to power with the votes of the working and lower middle class which are the most affected by sanctions. Add to that Iran's experienced a number of high fatality air crashes because it can't buy modern civil airliners, purchase legal spare parts for its American and European planes, and state of the art navigation equipment.

It is very dangerous for us to push this very inexperienced, volatile leader to the wall. Much better to end 25 years of sanctions which only made the country more radical. Sanctions make for good press, and self satisfied diplomats, but severely raise the risk of war. Ahmadinejad is replacing Iran's professional military commanders with Islamic radicals. Very possible when the economic pressure becomes intolerable Iran could launch a presemptive strike with long range missiles on Israel and Europe.

We've been there before. Our oil embargo on Imperial Japan was the proximate cause of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Japan hoped to knock us out with a single blow. Iran might be thinking the same thing. With our military in tatters, and the public fed up with Iraq, today's America won't rally around the flag as it did in 1941.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Uncorrected proof of my 12/18 Washington Times advert


CREATING A NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY CENTER
TO CAPTURE THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2008
The leadership elites of the Republican and Democratic parties despise stable middle class family life. Were it otherwise they'd be working 24/7 to reduce the divorce rate, pop the housing price bubble making family life increasingly unaffordable, and seal up tight our borders to illegal alien labor which undermines wage structure, drives up rents, and consumes expensive public services.
THE ROAD TO 270 ELECTORAL VOTES.
1- The 25 million divorced, non-custodial parents often financially ruined and deprived of meaningful contact with their children by a misguided federal family policy which promotes divorce.
2- The 50 million plus heartbroken parents, relatives, and subsequent spouses of non-custodial parents.
3- The tens of millions children of divorce.
4- Middle age and senior males fed up with the relentless drumbeat of feminist inspired anti-male propaganda.
5- Americans across the conventional political spectrum whose primary agenda is living a comfortable middle class life style, educating their children, and saving for retirement.
6- Financially secure seniors alarmed by the collapse of traditional American family life.
7- Millions of young men and women unable to afford to marry and start families.
8- Millions of upset parents with sons whose educational and career opportunities are short circuited by affirmative action preferences for women.
9- Shattered military families the result of excessive deployments to fight wars we can’t possibly win because we fight 21st century asymmetric wars under the 20th century laws of war and rules of engagement.
TO AMERICA’S SENIORS: When we’re gone there will be no one left with a living memory of an America in which divorce was rare and a top government priority was ensuring affordable education and housing for our children. Like our Founding Mothers and Fathers, we need to set aside the comforts of retirement to serve America in her hour of need.
America desperately needs a government run by real grownups.

Monday, December 12, 2005

The price elderly Americans pay for our hopeless military adventure in Iraq

Seniors Charged With Selling Prescriptions

By ROGER ALFORD, Associated Press

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. - Dottie Neeley, 87, was fingerprinted, photographed and thrown in jail, imprisoned as much by the tubing from her oxygen tank as by the concrete and steel around The woman — who spent two days in jail after her arrest last December — is among a growing number of Kentucky senior citizens charged in a crackdown on a crime authorities say is rampant in Appalachia: Elderly people are reselling their painkillers and other medications to addicts.

"When a person is on drawing $500 a month, and they can sell their pain pills for $10 apiece, they'll take half of them for themselves and sell the other half to pay their electric bills or buy groceries," Floyd County jailer Roger Webb said.

Since April 2004, Operation UNITE, a Kentucky anti-drug task force crated largely in response to rampant abuse of the powerful and sometimes lethal painkiller OxyContin, has charged more than 40 people 60 or older with selling primarily prescription drugs in the mountains...

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Licks of flame from very dry kindling

To: f4jusa@yahoogroups.comFrom:

Joel xxxDate">@yahoo.com>Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 06:21:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [f4jusa] Re: Michael Badnarik's Constitution Class

I agree completely. Dr. Klien has made it quite clearthe equally shared parenting is his primary platformand any votes for him will not be misconstrued.

---@gmail.com> wrote:

I submit that a vote for Dr. Klein will be worth 100 for the Libertarian Party candidate. Irrespective of the election outcome, few votes for Dr.> Klein will be mistaken for things besided 'family values' votes. Whereas a Libertarian vote (though I also personally agree> with LP platform overall) will drop into the old LP bucket where it will be construed an anti-tax or other traditional LP platform issue.

The way for the family law reform community to make> a statement will be with a vote for Dr. Klein. Virtually every vote he garners, with the backdrop of his Washington Times ads and other statements on the issue will be a vote perceived as cast for an equal custody act...

On 12/10/05, @yahoo.com> wrote:

No arguments from me regarding Ron Paul (I voted> for him when he ran for President on the Libertarian ticket in 1988). There's a "Draft Ron Paul for President" campaign everey four years in the LP. Tancredo was my congressman when I was living in Colorado. His rhetoric is just a bit too strong to be believable (Nuke Mecca if terrorists ever dirty-bomb anyplace in the US). I can't really tak what he says too seriously. And there's no argument at all that there's enough blame from all quarters as to why Equal Parenting isn't the standard across all the states (don't blame it all on the feminists, particularly the "old school feminists" - equally shared parenting rather than division of parenting labor was part of their mantra in the 60's and 70's). It's the "new-school feminists that seem to consider men to be irrelevant (and even dangerous).

If there wasn't a Libertarian who backed Equal Parenting running in the 2008 Presidential election then I might have to consider Dr. Klein's candidacy. But there will be such a Libertarian candidate because the LP is not a Johnny-come-lately to this issue.

usa@yahoogroups.com, Date: Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:43 pm

Subject: Re: [f4jusa] Michael Badnarik's Constitution Class

The red and blue have BOTH betrayed the constituents of the country. The GOP puts on a better 'family> values' show, but their actions speak much louder than their hollow statements...Neither a Democrat nor Republican at the federal deserves any of our votes, in my view. The sole exceptions are likely Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas...The rest are pretenders and sound bite animals.

We should all be getting seriously behind Dr. Mark Klein for a serious run at the presidency. And we should all start contributing, in my view, toward a pointed billboard to be slapped as close to a major Washington D.C. thoroughfare as is plausible...

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Brokeback Mountain

Breathtaking the extent of the collapse of traditional sexual identity, and the sharply diminished sexual and relationship value of women are for men nowadays.

Suspect our conflict with the traditional Islamic world are over these issues. Oil and Israel are red herrings.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Syriana movie

The movie picked up the inherent creepiness of the "Inside the Beltway" attitude I sensed when I met with officals and professional political activists in connection with my campaign a few weeks ago.

Reflecting today's American unstable culture there are no happy marriages portrayed in the film. Also, the movie is sympathetic to the Muslim world which in my opinion has some genuine grievances with the West.

The plotting could have been better but it is definitely worth seeing.

The weather is very temperate and dry for this time of the year. So mild my jasmine are in bloom. Normally blossoms in the early spring. For me it's a great pleasure to work under warm sun in December. While not climatologist seems to me global warming might be very beneficial for the United States by extending growing seasons, and overall warmer weather reducing home heating costs.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

DRAFT TEXT OF MY 12/18 WASHINGTON TIMES ADVERT



CREATING A NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY CENTER
TO CAPTURE THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2008

The leadership elites of the Republican and Democratic parties despise stable middle class family life. Were it otherwise they'd be working 24/7 to reduce the divorce rate, pop the housing price bubble making family life increasingly unaffordable, and seal up tight our borders to illegal alien labor which undermines wage structure, drives up rents, and consumes expensive public services.

THE ROAD TO 270 ELECTORAL VOTES.

1- The 25 million divorced, non-custodial parents often financially ruined and deprived of meaningful contact with their children by a misguided federal family policy which promotes divorce.
2- The 50 million plus heartbroken parents, relatives, and subsequent spouses of non-custodial parents.
3- The tens of millions children of divorce.
4- Middle age and senior males fed up with the relentless drumbeat of feminist inspired anti-male propaganda.
5- Americans across the conventional political spectrum whose primary agenda is living a comfortable middle class life style, educating their children, and saving for retirement.
6- Financially secure seniors alarmed by the collapse of traditional American family life.

7- Millions of young men and women unable to afford to marry and start families.

8- Millions of upset parents with sons whose educational and career opportunities are short circuited by affirmative action preferences for women.

9- Shattered military families the result of excessive deployments to fight wars we can’t possibly win because we fight 21st century asymmetric wars under the 20th century laws of war and rules of engagement.

TO AMERICA’S SENIORS: When we’re gone there will be no one left with a living memory of an America in which divorce was rare and a top government priority was ensuring affordable education and housing for our children. Like our Founding Mothers and Fathers, we need to set aside the comforts of retirement to serve America in her hour of need.
America desperately needs a government run by real grownups.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The road to 270 electoral votes for a new American political center

1- The 25 million divored, non-custodial parents, mostly very unhappy fathers deprived of meaningful contact their children, and financially ruined by a federal family policy which promotes divorce and the legal, financial abuse and emotional abuse in the court.

2- The 50 million plus heartbroken parents and relatives of non-custodial parents.

3- The tens of millions children of divorce.

4- Middle age and senior males fed up with the relentless drumbeat of feminist inspired anti-male propaganda.

5- Middle of the road Americans across the conventional political spectrum whose primary agenda is living a comfortable middle class life style, educating their children, and saving for retirement.

6- Financially secure seniors alarmed by the collapse of traditional American family life.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A new America political center can take the White House in 2008

The leaderships elites of the Republican and Democratic parties despise stable middle class family life. Were it otherwise they'd be working 24/7 to reduce the divorce rate, pop the housing price bubble making family life increasingly unaffordable, and seal up tight our borders to illegal alien labor. Illegal aliens working under the table for peanuts undermine the blue collar wage structure, drive up rents, and consume expensive public services.

There are more than enough votes to take the White House in 2008 with the votes of the tens of millions of the divorced, the unhappy children of divorce, heartbroken parents and grandparents of the divorced, and middle class people across the current political spectum simply yearning for the restoration of affordable middle class family life.

Monday, December 05, 2005

WASHINGTON TIMES ADVERT FOR 12/12 ISSUE

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The popular financial press knows nothing about the time value of money



Gold hits over $505 to 23-year high -
(Newshttp://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051202/bs_nm/markets_precious_dc)

Adjusted for decline of the dollar and the rise in housing and education prices since the early 1980s, gold reaching $500 the other day merely means it's recovered maybe 20% its former buying power at its high. Probably a lot lower because gold bullion doesn't pay dividends and there can be storage and insurance costs.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Finally a 4 bedroom house with SF Bay views for under a million!!!

Friday, December 02, 2005

TIME TO KICK ASS AND TAKE NAMES

November 27, 2005

Mr. Kenneth Donohue, Sr.
Inspector General
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Fax: 202-401-2505

Dear Mr. Donohue:

I am a very sophisticated, successful investor quite alarmed about the nationwide housing price inflation driven largely in my opinion by non-conforming mortgages.

The inherent illiquidity of the real estate market makes it a perfect target for manipulation by corrupt officials. Just like fraudsters a la the movie “Boiler Room” cheating unwary investors by pumping and dumping thinly traded pink sheet stocks, non-conforming mortgages end up having the same effect in the real estate market. Worth a careful look-see at the real estate investment activities of federal officials who have policy authority to regulate mortgage lending standards. Been a mystery to me why they don’t act to stabilize the housing market particularly since most of them have children who’ll need homes.

I urge you to thoroughly examine the real estate investment activities of everyone at the HUD with policy authority over mortgage lending standards. If there is corruption, it must be rooted out immediately.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

America's "Potemkin Village" prosperity


Today's New York Times reported an astounding number of Long Island young adult children are financially unable to live independently.

Quoting from the article:

"We're the baby boomers who worked and played the system as best we could, but things are getting worse for this next generation, ratcheting up to where it is almost impossible," said Vilma Nuzio of Bellmore, who runs a church program for the needy.

Her five children are grown now, but despite their college educations and seemingly decent salaries, Mrs. Nuzio said they cannot afford their own homes on Long Island. One son has already departed for North Carolina, and her other children are living with roommates.

The younger generation's difficulty with the cost of living is reflected in another survey finding. Forty five percent reported rooming with others, primarily relatives, up sharply from 31 percent the year before."
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