Thursday, August 31, 2006

Happy birthday & mazel tov, Warren Buffett

Yesterday on his birthday Warren Buffett married his longtime companion.

NY Times Deal Book posting re the business section story today.

Mr. Buffett’s life to date stands for what I hope will be the standard for seniors. We desperately need older men and women well seasoned by experience to remain in public life to help guide our troubled society through very rocky shoals.

Read yesterday NBC is coming out with a fall comedy sitcom called “20 Good Years” in which two well educated older men decide to squander the last quarter of their lives playing the fool. Their excuse is their disappointments entitle them to forget a parent is a parent until their last breath.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Followed his investing strategy for 30+ years with marvelous success.

Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D. — August 31, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

From the Epoch Times, an international English-Chinese newspaper

http://www.theepochtimes.com/change_edition.html
Below also appeared in the Chinese language edition

A Fresh Face in Politics
By Albert Roman
Epoch Times Los Angeles Staff
Aug 25, 2006

Dr. Mark Klein "testing the waters" for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination at the 2006 California Republican Party Convention held at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles on August 19.
Los Angeles - The 2006 California Republican Party Convention took place at the Hyatt Regency on Avenue of the Stars last Saturday.

A surprising potential contender for the 2008 presidential election hosted his own booth at the convention - a man who has no prior political experience.

Dr. Mark Klein, who has yet to officially announce his candidacy, used this convention to continue to "test the waters" for the 2008 GOP nomination via his Presidential Exploratory Committee. Father of four, grandfather of two, he is also a physician, a psychiatrist, and a successful investor.

Standing over 6'3'', Dr. Klein explained his platform, smiling as he spoke. "This is the first time I have run for public office. I am most concerned about the deterioration of the family unit in America and the ability of our children and grandchildren to live in a middle class."

Klein asserts that the high cost of living over the past three decades has lead to increased tension within families, which, as a result, has been made manifest as a high divorce rate.
Lack of affordable housing is one of the key factors, Klein believes, creating the former societal woe. "As president, I would restrict mortgage lending standards. Non-conforming mortgages ("non-conforming" refers to a variance in the traditional standards for granting loans) pumps too much money into the economy." If people purchase what they can't afford, Klein contends that it will lead to bankruptcies, foreclosures, and emotional stress on families.

Illegal immigration is another issue that Dr. Klein addresses in his would-be policy. While welcoming and encouraging legal immigration, he states that illegal immigration lowers the wage structure and consumes the supply of affordable rent. According to Klein, this leaves American citizens with an increased cost of living, unlivable wages, and increased family tension.

In order to combat the latter social woe, if elected, Klein would order the Secretary of Health and Human Services to "attack the common incentives for divorce – money, revenge, and custody of the children" – by requiring states to receive federal family program subsidies to enact the Child Support Financial Responsibility Act (Act requiring child support recipients to document how money received from the former spouse directly benefits the child), and the Equal Physical Custody Act.

Dr. Klein has received encouraging results from Straw Polls recently. Polk County, Iowa's GOP Chairman Ted Sporer's Presidential Online Straw Poll dated August 7 indicated Dr. Klein receiving an overwhelming 52% (232 out of 443 votes cast) of the votes out of a total of 15 Republicans from which to choose.

Klein is hoping to garner the support of the 25 million "heartbroken parents" who don't have custody of their children, their parents, children of divorce, young adults unable to live independently, get married, or have children due to financial reasons, conservatives, and liberals for a stable family.

"I am everyone's grandfather and father. I am very practical. I am not ideological. If it doesn't work, I don't want to do it. I want everyone's children to have it better."
Copyright 2000 - 2005 Epoch Times International

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Containment: Worked with the Soviets. Should work with Iran. (Appears next week in the Wash Times).

Text--IRAN EITHER PEACEFULLY CO-EXISTS WITH JUDEO-CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION, FACE TOTAL NATIONAL DESTRUCTION.

Radical Islam cannot be bargained with, or appeased. We won the Cold War by waiting out the Soviets with the credible threat if attacked we would destroy their population centers and national infrastructure.

The certainty of national destruction is the only thing fanatical ideological enemies like the Iranians fear. Truman destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki to convince Emperor Hirohito to unconditionally surrender his nation and claim to Divinity.

While defending our civilization no matter the cost against Islamo-facism, we must look inward to purge ourselves of the spiritual, moral, economic and political decay which emboldened the Forces of Darkness to challenge the very existence of Judeo-Christian Civilization.

Our mindless pursuit of money and pleasure has almost destroyed stable, affordable middle class family life--the bedrock of true democracy. Vice has become virtue and virtue vice.

Israel is all stands between us and the Forces of Darkness. Unlike the United States and Europe, Israel still believes in its raison d?etre as the Jewish National Home. For America and Europe all we?ve come to stand for is making a buck and living large no matter what the cost to our society, and particularly to our children and grandchildren.

Blessed are people of Israel and its brave soldiers, sailors and airmen who sacrificed themselves unflinchingly in the fight against Hezbollah so that we will have the time to reflect upon our shortcomings and then act to redeem the inherent greatness of Judeo-Christian Civilization.

Believers build and maintain great civilizations.

Hence care not that cynics mock you.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Suckers are dime a dozen


New York Times
Aug. 28, 20061:27 pm

Sad News: Stock Spam Seems to Work

Comments »

Why get bent out of shape over e-mail stock toots peddling garbage penny stocks?

Just watch CNBC with its relentless parade of flacks, gurus with histories of really terrible results and on air staff personnel whose principle attributes are attractive personalities, good looks and until the past couple of years many had great figures.

As the CNBC staff grows long in tooth I recommend hiring porn stars and dominatrixs who manage their money well so as to enjoy comfortable retirements. Appearing on air in costume they’d be a lot easier on the eyes and ears than Jim Cramer.

Why should GE care? With toothless securities laws, a spineless SEC, and an absentee landlord style board, Jeff Immelt and crew take real good care of themselves compensation wise while the shares have gone nowhere in six years!
Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D. — August 28, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Somebody gave Nasrallah a sound thrashing to get him to admit today he didn't anticipate war with Israel by kidnapping its soldiers.


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Thank you, YouTube!


NY Times DEAL Book
Aug. 25, 20063:43 pm
The Feeding Habits of Internet Giants

The mergers and acquisitions potential for some big Internet names — eBay, Google and Yahoo, to name a few — is the subject of a substantial piece of new research from Citigroup. We thank PaidContent.org for bringing it to our attention, as well as for reproducing the report’s chart that breaks down the kinds of companies that the big portals and online-commerce outfits might be considering.

Some highlights from the 44-page report, called “The Outlook for Internet M&A”:

...One particularly interesting part of the report lists private Internet companies that show promise as potential takeover candidates. It includes relatively well-known consumer-targeted Web sites such as YouTube and Facebook as well as smaller technology and software players such as Webaroo and Kanoodle.

Comments »

User provided content sites like YouTube have literally revolutionized democracy making it possible for total political unknowns to make a serious try for the White House.

For those with the curiosity and patience go through these links & sublinks will see why within a year I got 52% of Polk County (Des Moines, Iowa) GOP chairman’s presidential preference straw poll.

NOW ANY AMERICAN WITH THE CHUTZPA TO TAKE ON THE POWERS-THAT-BE HAS A REAL SHOT FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. NEW IDEAS NOT MONEY TO BUY EARNED MEDIA WILL DETERMINE WHO WINS THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oQdn6NvhIU
http://campaigns.wikia.com/wiki/Mark_Klein
http://www.iowachristian.com/candidatewatch.htm

We owe a lot to the geniuses who created thse wonderful tools. You deserve the BIG BUCKS for your creativity.
Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D.

Friday, August 25, 2006

"We need a grownup in the White House!"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oQdn6NvhIU

Thursday, August 24, 2006

American thinking about money is blurry

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Double Nasrallah cheeseburger with large fries?


(Broadcast link from an Israeli radio station during the war with Hezbollah. So long as we can laugh, everything will work out!)

http://discardedlies.com/entry/?19453_israel-radio-show-crank-call-placing-an-order-with-burger-king-in-beirut

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

MAKE HEZBOLLAH CRY UNCLE! (Next Wash Times ad)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Follow the money is a good rule of thumb


Aug. 17, 200611:54 am
Divorce Filing Puts New Claim on Kozlowski Riches

An article in USA Today on Thursday suggested that Ms. Kozlowski’s move will reverberate well beyond the divorce court. It could greatly complicate the government’s efforts to force Mr. Kozlowski to give up his ill-gotten gains. He has been ordered to pay $167 million in restitution and fines.

Ms. Kozlowski, who filed for divorce on July 31, is seeking half his assets and is attempting to put a lein on their estate in Boca Raton, Fla., which was purchased with a $30 million loan from Tyco.
_________(my NY Times Deal Book postings on the story)


Ms. Kozlowski’s divorce financial claims perfectly illustrate the absurdity of equitable distribution and community property laws. While not suggesting she be sent into desert with a bottle of water like Hagar, unimaginable wifely services peformed to perfection carry a monetary value more than an infinitesimal of the amounts claimed.
The logical flaw underlying these Daconian laws is marriage is a community. That’s a ridiculous notion in today’s world of a 50% divorce rate and according to Newsweek more than 40% of married men and women admit to adultery!
Beats me why men float along in political airy fairyland. They bet the emotional and financial ranch on marriage yet doesn’t occur to them to demand politicians protect their interest.
No wonder the political classes view men as Homer Simpsons easily controlled and manipulated by pornography, gambling, video games, and “guy things”.
In the meanwhile our sons’ opportunities vanish before our eyes.
Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D. — August 17, 2006 @ 12:17 pm
This story in today’s NY Times about advertisers’ recognition of divorced fathers suggests men’s political issues might make them the “soccer moms” of the 2008 presidential election. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/17/business/media/17adco .html?ref=business
In fact one need look no further than Gina Belafante’s Style’s piece today about as boots symbolizing as in Nancy Sinatra song–”These boots were made walking, and they’ll walk all over you!”
Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D. — August 17, 2006 @ 7:04 pm
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Wishful thinking can be fatal (Next Wash Times advert)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Retracing my route to San Francisco 32 years later


On my way to Los Angeles to attend the state GOP convention starting Friday. Left early to take my time driving there on California 1 which runs along our magnificant coastline. When I came to California in 1974, took that route to San Francisco.

Big Sur is still the wild magnificant expanse I remember but very little is left of the rural California along Route 1 I remember in 1974. One tiny stretch remains in and around the town of Guadalupe between San Luis Obispo and Lompoc. Even there are signs of housing subdivisions about to spout.

Roadside motels along Route 1 are still cheap, comfortable and homey. Got a huge room for $59 last night in Santa Cruz. There are still places where bumping into a "Norman Bates" behind the counter remains. Holiday Inns don't ignite my imagination!

On the drive I realized how young and adventurous I was then to pull up stakes in New York and with $3000 in my pocket and no job lined up took off to start a new life in California. I bet the ranch and won. Drove up California just about dead broke to retrace my steps 32 years later as potential presidential candidate.

I'm one of those people who believes in the beauty of my dreams. Almost always gotten what I've gone after. Think I've got a real shot at the White House. Pulled together a volunteer organization of skilled, dedicated people who believe in me and my message. Spent almost nothing, and raised even less, to end up creaming the GOP's annointed potential presidential candidates by taking 52% of the vote in an Iowa straw poll. The party got so freaked out they pulled my name off the poll and reset the count

(http://therealsporer.blogspot.com/2006/08/musicians-wanted.html)

ONLY IN AMERICA CAN BIGGEST OF DREAMS BECOME REALITY!!!


Monday, August 14, 2006

Hezbollah ceasefire=Munich

Ever since FDR our foreign policy has basically been directed to win the newscycle and do well in short term polls. Lucky for us the Soviets were such losers they simply imploded.

Such is not the case with radical Islamic menace.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Breaks my heart to see America crumbling before my eyes

Morally bankrupt leadeship elites are destroying our children's future to line their own pockets.

http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=6294

Saturday, August 12, 2006

When will they ever learn?


Appeasement didn't work for the League of Nations and won't again for the United Nations.

The West's moral weakness, the loss of belief in itself, and lack of courage set the stage for the rise of Radical Islam.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Starting a political forest fire in Iowa


Reaction to my name being removed from the Polk County (Des Moines, Iowa) GOP chairman's presidential straw poll in which I got 52% of the vote. Pataki got 16%, Romney 12% and everyone else 5% or less. Comments posted on Chairman Ted Sporer's blog below.

John McCain and Rudy Guiliani got 2% and Bill Frist 1%. My vote notwithstanding they clearly have no grassroots support in Iowa. Also not a good showing for Pataki and Romney who've spread a lot of money around in Iowa.

http://therealsporer.blogspot.com/2006/08/musicians-wanted.html
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Another example of how questioning political shibboleths raises hackles. My comments on globalism in the NY Times Deal Book blog did just that.

http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=6294

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Israel vs. the Forces of Darkness (next Wash Times ad)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Bulldozer therapy

The only solution for stability on Israel's northern border is
to level every village to create a free fire zone.

The West is living in a dream world if it thinks anything short of this will solve the problem.

Lincoln, FDR and Truman knew drastic action which shocks the conscience is the only way to defeat an ideologically motivated enemy. The West cannot comprehend the Islamic enemy's mindset because it believes in nothing but pleasure seeking.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

First glimmer the GOP is starting to realize only I can save their bacon

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=16370

"...As if blocking sensible social reform is insufficiently conservative, party leadership is stonewalling potential Presidential candidates calling for change. Dr. Mark Klein, running for the 2008 Republican nomination, has done surprisingly well at state conferences despite a complete absence of political history.

Were Dr. Klein not a virgin barging into a cavernous temple full of narcoleptic mummies, new life and ideas might be breathed into the party, and the disengaged conservative base might have something more useful to do than watching Bill Maher debate the few real Republicans that still have anything worth hearing.

Republicans, understand this: Your situation is now desperate. The motivated male and equalitarian-female majority vote that won past elections is now fully-detached and fervently looking elsewhere. Playing the “war on terror” card is old news and will not carry upcoming elections..."
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Meanwhile back in the GOP political cluelessland the Polk County (Des Moines, Iowa) GOP chief Ted Sporer deleted me from his online presidential straw poll. Apparently the party freaked out I got 52% of the vote pressured him to pull the plug. Sporer's explaination on www.therealsporer.blogspot.com:

"Some of you may have noticed a recent upsurge in support for Dr. Mark Klein on the presidential preference poll. It turns out that the Klein votes weren’t a crank Democrat attempt to squirrel the poll but a reflection of a small groundswell of support for that candidate’s position on the importance of fathers in the lives of our children.

The Iowa based “Children Need Both Parents” group found the Real Sporer and expressed their support for Dr. Klein (so I listed him on the poll)...But these Iowa political polls get watched in Washington. Dr. Klein has no chance of securing our nomination. If viewed from the prism of our first in the nation status we felt that resetting the poll would prevent national figures from trivializing the issue of fathers as a statistical quirk of a local blog poll."

Monday, August 07, 2006

Who can blame Paris Hilton for giving up sex?

Paris Hilton: I'm going celibate
'I'll kiss, but nothing else,' says heiress

Monday, August 7, 2006; Posted: 1:33 p.m. EDT (17:33 GMT)
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Sex has become a drug on the market. Of course, this might be just a publicity stunt but there are clear signs sexual boredom is taking hold particularly with men. Viagra type drugs are being very aggressively peddled to young men, a population in which genuine erectile dysfunction (ED) is very rare.

A particularly amusing portrayal of male sexual boredom appeared in the brilliantly crafted comedy "Prime" starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman. Uma is the very definition of "hot". She plays a late 30ish woman who falls in love in a young man in his early 20s. Unbeknownst to Thurman and the boy, his mother played by Streep is her therapist.

In one of the many deliciously funny scenes the seductively dressed Uma can't tear the youngster away from a Nintendo game she bought him as birthday present.

My late father was right--too soon old too late smart! I grew up in an anti-masturbation culture where nonsense like doing it amongst other terrible consequences caused insanity! Wizzened by the sands of time think our elders knew sex wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Back then marriage and family were still valued so it was critical to scare boys away from masturbation and towards sex.

Masturbation has a lot going it. It's free, can't get VD, doesn't result in pregnancies, and afterwards you don't have to make nice to anyone.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Running away with the straw poll

WWW.THEREALSPORER.COM PRESIDENTIAL STRAW UPDATE;

I've got 40%, Pataki 21%, Romney 16% and the rest 5% or less.

McCain's 2% confirms the impression I got from meeting party activists in recent months he is very unpopular. He is viewed with such distrust a delegate in Texas, aware I was a psychiatrist, asked could McCain be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder to explain why he constantly shifts positions on important matters. Replied I couldn't opine because I hadn't examined him.

Mystery to me why he stays in the race. McCain doesn't have a ghost of a chance.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I'm leading in the Polk County (Des Moines) GOP chairman's straw poll

Iowa state flower--Rose Rosa pratincola

WWW.THEREALSPORER.BLOGSPOT.COM

George Allen-4%
Haley Barbour-0%
Sam Brownback-1%
John Cox-2%
Bill Frist-1%
Jim Gilmore-0%
Newt Gingrich-5%
Rudy Giuliani-2%
Chuck Hagel-0%
Mike Huckabee-6%
Dr. Mark Klein-28%
John McCain-2%
George Pataki-25%
Condoleeza Rice-3%
Mitt Romney-19%

Friday, August 04, 2006

Drew too much blood at the New York Times



Fri, 4 Aug 2006 13:12:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: "MARK KLEIN, M.D."
Subject: We drew too much blood at the New York Times.
To: f4jusa@yahoogroups.com, "Torm"

Comment Zone: Child Custody and Divorce
Categories: General, Players, Elections 2008, Comment Zone
Some Empire Zone readers have complained that we’ve been getting a lot of comments seeking to turn threads into conversations about child custody and divorce law. We’ve been patient. But we don’t want to the blog to be about a single issue (more…)
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_______________My note to the blog editor.

Re the blog today referring to divorce and custody issues
To: zone@nytimes.com

A realist I'll certainly respect whatever the posting standards are.

A political novice it took me awhile to realize there's an implicit understanding in mainstream politics of what might be termed approved issues. Not surprising the unapproved topics are the ones causing people the most problems--namely housing costs and family breakdown. To deal with both requires major changes in federal and state policy resulting in quite adverse financial consequences to powerful special interests, namely, the banks and the myiad of people making a living off divorce and its sequelae.
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http://empirezone.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=459

http://empirezone.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=438

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

International laws of war=suicide pacts for democracies

Next week's Washington Times advert.

Also my comment on this NY Times Empirezone blog. http://empirezone.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=447#comments

Casualties of the War Against The Middle Class


NY Times Empire Zone blog:

Senator Joseph Lieberman has sold his house in New Haven and is preparing to downsize, at the behest of his wife, Hadassah.

The Liebermans are about to become empty nesters, as the youngest of their four children is about to go off the college this fall. They are planning to move to somewhere in downtown New Haven, a campaign official said.
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With 4 children just slightly older than the Liebermans’ I’m waiting for the senator and his rivals to address the real issues which our young adult children face –out of control housing and education costs, family instability, and the disappearance of comfortable middle class family life.
Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D. — August 2, 2006 @ 12:02 am

(Chart--Fewer than a quarter of American parents believe their children will be better off than themselves. About half feel the children will just do as well. Such is the price for the War Against The Middle Class.)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Israel's confidence is back

Israel's daring raid on Hizbollah's Baalbak stronghold to seize the enemy's leadership is a shot in arm for Jewish state's self confidence. Ever since the Six Day War, Israel's been hamstrung by foreign pressure to pull its punches fighting its enemies.

With Hizbollah a potential global terrorist threat Israel seized the initiative in the current war. Today's daring reminds of Israel's Entebbe rescue, or when it raided Egypt to steal an entire radar station!
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