Monday, March 14, 2011

“Unconventional wisdom.”
by John Alexander Madison
March 14, 2011

One popular magazine often rates current events or persons in the media with “up” or “down” or “sideways” arrows as a measure of current sentiment or “conventional wisdom.” From time to time I will also weigh in on current issues using another gauge…“on scale of 1 to 11.” Who is to say the magazine, or I for that matter, is right or wrong? The answer is you. On a scale of 1 to 11 (1 being very bad/no, 11 being very good/yes)…let’s call it the J.A.M. scale:

3 What long-term impact will the current events in Japan have on the United States economy and markets? The earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami are cause for great concern, and our prayers. Go to

1 Should the U.S. move forward with plans to develop ‘nuculer’ power plants (sorry #43) as the solution to our energy needs? We have over 350 years of known coal reserves at our rate current of consumption and grave concerns remain about disposal of nuclear waste. And don’t forget about advances in solar, wind energy technology and massive oil deposits in the U.S. that the environmentalists won't let us recover. Plant a tree today, then drill baby drill.

8 Will Governor Scott Walker’s initiative to balance the state budget be popular with Wisconsin voters and resonate around the nation? Public employee union workers will read this legislation and realize that we must reward well-performing workers and not protect underperformers. It has been reported that New York City has 4,000 teachers who are not allowed to interact with students so they are assigned to non-teaching duties (the rubber room), due to union rules, and thus protected.

9+ This nearly perfect rating is reserved for all the City of Colorado Springs mayoral candidates who have conducted their campaigns based on their experience, their broad community support, defining the issues and their proposing solutions through a return to fiscal discipline in city government. What a concept. And let’s not forget maturity. And the winner is: Steve Bach.

0 President Obama’s leadership grade after the atrocities occurring in Libya. By doing nothing, our president has allowed Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi to quell his country’s uprising against his brutal dictatorship with violence and brutality. This instance alone does not earn the president a “0”…it is the fact that our President is a fully scripted and inarticulate, albeit a good, teleprompter reader. He is ruining out nation. Forget unemployment, it is the accumulated Obama debt (O.D.) which is destroyed our economy. Put another way, our economy has O.D.’d.

-2 U.S. media’s grade for their deafening silence on Obama’s inability to tackle difficult, yet critically important issues.

-8 Grade for Gaddafi’s when he said “I cannot recognize either the Palestinian state or the Israeli state. The Palestinians are idiots and the Israelis are idiots.” Prediction: the New Universe Dictionary will include his photo next to the word “idiot.”

2 Odds that Carlos Irwin Estévez will live to see his 46th birthday on September 3, 2011. The odds that he (Charlie Sheen) will earn millions between now and then are a 10.

8 Number of Americans out of every ten who should do everything in their power to stop the president’s puppet at the FCC from implementing the concept of ‘net neutrality’ in contravention of Congress’ authority. Contact your Congressman, today!


10 Is the number of people who actually care if NFL players play the 2011-2012 season. After making millions upon millions of dollars every year they want us to pay for a pension plan since their celebrity lifespan is but a few years. Here’s a concept, put some money away for a rainy day. Here’s another concept… support Title IX programs. #79

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