Bailout Poem

Two kids were talking in the park, and they played a game.

Who was the tougher guy, What is your daddys name.


My daddy worked on Wall Street , and boy he was so good,

He created more money out of money,oh yes , he sure could.

But good times had to end, times turned tough.

but my daddy was tougher, he changed tactics soon enough.


By the proper contributions, and fundraisers ball,

He got the government to bail him out, in billions ,thats not small.

Your daddy is such a loser , he paid taxes on time,

filled his 401 k account, and committed no white/blue collar crime.


Thats why your daddy stands in line, in the cutback recession stall

Hoping to get food stamps , which have grown more since last fall.

If your daddy got the billions , he would have created stuff,

He would have created startups and jobs, the world needs that enough.


My daddy worked on Main Street, in an old American factory of cars,

He created good cars when young, but lost out in the oil price wars.

He may not have paid the fundraisers, but he is a honest man,

Your daddy might be richer, but my dad is the ordinary Ameri-CAN


By the sweat of his brow, and the toil of his arms,

My dad will rise  despite this fall,

If we could kick Nazi and Commi Butt,

Your dads dishonest white collar butt is even more small.


the kids moved on to another game, but what about Mr YOU.

are you going to be a wolf or a sheep, while the big guy fleeces us too.

Learning SPSS for SAS users

I wrote a post on learning SAS for SPSS users based on the chapter from Little SAS Book authors. Here is a comment on that which could be of great technical use for people wanting to use the very nice menu driven SPSS.

SPSS has a book, Programming and Data Management for SPSS Statistics 17.0: A Guide for SPSS Statistics and SAS Users that has been updated annually for about five years. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from

Besides a wealth of information on, well, programming and data management with SPSS Statistics, it includes a 35-page chapter entitled

SPSS Statistics for SAS Programmers.

The corrected link turns out to be


It is a 3.5 mb download and worth the wait.

Here is an extract from the Pdf

Reading Multiple Tables
Both SPSS Statistics and SAS support reading and merging multiple database tables,and the code in both languages is very similar.

‘DSN=MS Access Database;DBQ=/examples/data/dm_demo.mdb;’+
‘DriverId=25;FIL=MS Access;MaxBufferSize=2048;PageTimeout=5;’
/SQL =
‘SELECT * FROM DemographicInformation, SurveyResponses’
‘ WHERE DemographicInformation.ID=SurveyResponses.ID’.

proc sql;
connect to odbc(dsn=dm_demo uid=admin pwd=admin);
create table sasdata2 as
select *
from connection to odbc(
select *
from DemographicInformation, SurveyResponses
where DemographicInformation.ID=SurveyResponses.ID

Both languages also support left and right outer joins and one-to-many record matching between database tables.


Note on website


The SPSS site however uses registration and login , unlike the site which is much more user friendly. In addition the SPSS website rarely seems to use the registration information as I have registered many times over the past three years and haven’t gotten any email marketing at all.SAS of course has a great set of blogs at which are readily accessible. If you subscribe to their newsletters ( and they have many useful ones) the product suggestions are discretely to the right column.Ironically the site was down when I writing this , as they were updating it for changes including the release of 9.2

On searching for Statistics 17.0: A Guide for SPSS Statistics and SAS Users on the link above, however you may get a lot of white papers and product demos , as unlike the search at or at other Google optimized websites , the SPSS search is mildly , mildly inaccurate.The search for these exact keywords also throws up ,ironically , white papers on text mining. a great repository technical people and not just SPSS users- it is a good and free library of papers on data mining and predictive analytics. Except for the search 🙂