In appreciation of becoming a citizen in the glorious Obamanation tomorrow, I humbly submit the “Obamartini”

  • Whole milk
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Kaluha
  • Vodka
  • Small napkin over the side of the glass; ignited (optional)

Taxes versus spending: Something to think about

Deroy Murdock on Friedman Day on National Review Online: “”

Taxes are one thing, spending is another. I think an interesting trend is how spending immediatley climbed after Clinton was elected in ’92, but then dropped when Bush was elected in ’00. However, Bush and the Congress could not resist “thanking” voters by spending more immediately between ’04 and ’05. I know inflation, the global markets, etc. have something to do with this, but nonetheless, very interesting to the average taxpayer. I’ll have more insight when I finish reading Thomas Sowell.

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Why I love San Francisco

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

“Those who fail to pick up a book and read about the past 100 years are ass-puppets.” – Me

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Why I love San Francisco: “”


I don’t know what to say…or write…I…I…

Hey, brother, can you spare a dime?

From this article:

Murray pointed to “The Challenge of Global Warming: Economic Models and Environmental Policy,” a study done by Yale University economist William Nordhaus.

It estimated “how much global warming will cost the world if unchecked, assuming that the U.N. IPCC that he shared the prize with are completely correct in all their assumptions,” said Murray.

If the world’s temperature were to rise by three degrees, “that would cause $22 trillion in damages,” Murray said. “However, Gore’s policies will reduce that damage from warming to $10 trillion, but at a cost of $34 trillion.

“So Gore’s policies will cost the world $44 trillion, twice the cost of unchecked global warming,” he added. “If global warming is going to cause disruption and conflict, what will Gore’s policies do when they’re twice as damaging?”

Ouch. I have a hard time with my checkbook, not to mention Mother Earth’s.

ATTENTION: This is what a $180K Yale tuition buys you.

I am so disgusted at the article written by the unfortunate victim of a slash-and-dash attack in New Haven, Connecticut, home to Yale University . To gain proper context, read this article about the attack. Now, read the victim's opinion piece regarding the attack.

I will start from the top, dissect his opinion, then summarize. Here we go:


Reason and Emotion

This is a WWII-era Disney produced cartoon. I think it is not only good commentary, but quite fitting with the recent Colombia-sponsored visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Say what you will about propaganda, but a lot of this rings true:

Election 2006: It doesn’t stop at the booth

OK, I’ll keep this short.

Voting is only PART of every citizens’ responsibility in our republic. Another part, sorely ignored, is individual action. I know “individual action” sounds vague, but I would like to see the following statistic:

% of active voters who have communicated (via post, phone, or email) with their/any elected official in the past 4 years.

One of my most cherished school lessons was writing my congressman in 7th grade and his reply. (I think I wrote saying the driving age should be raised to 18. Ohhh dear…) The lesson I learned was that I have a voice. I know one letter does not make a difference on its own, but I knew I did my part.
How many voters, of either of the preodominat political philosophies, have communicated to their officials concerning specific issues? How many have written saying, “I want you to vote this way on this upcoming legislation” or, “As a representative to ALL voters in you jurisdiction (not just those voters who voted for you), I want you to know I feel this way about this issue…?”

And I am not talking a bland general communique written by a PAC or grass-roots, but an individual message, written from the unique perspective of the voter’s world view.

The old axiom for children being seen but not heard does not apply to voters. We as a citizenry do not get represented only once every two years, but everyday. Flex your pens (or keyboards or touch-tones), people, and reach your represetatives.

And until you do, don’t complain when things do not go your way between elections. They represent you. Tell them what to represent.