August 6th, 2011
May 6th, 2009
January 7th, 2009
|10:59 am - maybe the two best things I've seen this year|
I give to you the following for your enjoyment:
October 16th, 2008
|11:36 pm - oh now i'm red hot|
Maybe lies in political ads isn't news anymore, but it should be. Particularly when the ads are underhanded misinformation campaigns based on such well known lies.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is running an ad against incumbent republican senator Saxby Chambliss about how he's been supporting tax increases by working on "a 23% national sales tax" on everything you buy.
The commercial then gives examples of how a tank of gas would be $20 more, etc. See it for yourself!
The commercial speaks of Senator Chambliss' support of the FairTax, and other than correctly identifying Saxby Chambliss as a supporter of the bill, it speaks nothing but lies. It deliberately misrepresents the letter and spirit of the bill by oversimplifying what is a pretty simple bill to begin with. It's more than safe to say that this commercial was not a product of ignorance on the FairTax; it was a deliberate misrepresentation of a perfectly good tax alternative in an attempt to slander both the bill and Saxby Chambliss. Honestly, Saxby Chambliss has plenty of years of voting history to criticize, but the best the DSCC can do is come up with a lie?
The specific bill sponsored by Saxby Chambliss doesn't just impose a blanket sales tax. It imposes a blanket sales tax ONLY on new goods and services at the point of retail sale. It also ELIMINATES practically every tax levied directly on individual and corporate income by the US federal government.
I could go into details about how this would cause prices to equal out while at the same time causing the economy to spike out of the red and well into the black, but what's the point? The truth doesn't matter.
It's no wonder I am disgusted by politics. It's all pandering and lies, and nobody is held accountable.
To hell with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. To hell with the lies and the pandering. To hell with "spreading the wealth around" by proposing ballooning the size of the federal government. And to hell with petty, tired, meritless lies about the FairTax!
Thank God I am just a bystander, safely living within the borders of the United States of Myself.
Edit: Late night phone calls can be fun. I just called the DSCC and left a friendly little message and letting them know that they are either deliberate liars or incompetent idiots.
I could do this every day until election day.
Call them yourself; it can be fun! The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee of Outright Liars main phone number is (202) 224-2447.
At the heart of the financial meltdown now bedeviling Americans is a simple and profoundly ignored fact that does not require an advanced degree in economics to understand: Our government spends more than it takes in—a lot more.
Sure, regulators could have done a better job but, in truth, politicians at every level have frustrated attempts to blow the whistle on bad loans, bad reporting and bad ethics. Why? Because politicians have been buying our votes with our money—and our future earnings—for a long time. And they don't want any interference from those they are "helping."
It's not just the naked bribes represented by "earmarks" for hometown voters; it is new entitlement programs like the prescription drug benefit, new rules governing the behavior of favored banks and investment houses and a headlong rush to buy the votes of the poor by guaranteeing home ownership, irrespective of one's financial ability to repay a loan. Lest we forget, let's also add up all the special tax breaks for favored contributors that have bloated income tax code rules to 67,500 pages. It's a bi-partisan betrayal of our future cloaked as concern for the common good.
Although our nation was founded on the principle that the citizen was sovereign, government spending increases and more and more taxes taken from our earnings, savings and investments have effectively transformed the American citizen into a serf working another's land for the privilege of taking a fraction of the fruits of his or her own labor.
Just Trust Us
"Trust us," we are told. "We have the best interests of the nation at heart." Citizens are now left with no rational choice to protect savings, college plans, and investments but to accept the new aristocracies' trillion dollar picking of our pockets to prop up institutions that must function. It is not the first time in recent years that we have accepted the grasping hand of the federal government in our wallets to avert a disaster not of our making.
In 1983 a "Blue Ribbon" panel of similar leaders including Alan Greenspan, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and others "saved" Social Security from another big collapse by dramatically raising taxes on earnings of up to $97,500 annually. The promise, then, was that Baby Boomers would actually "pre-fund" their own retirement with astoundingly increased taxes, decades ahead of time. It was also promised as relief to the coming generations so they would be free of crippling taxes. Sounded good.
Lo and behold, the trillions of dollars taken in since then—far exceeding promised payments to senior citizens—have since been spent on everything else. Turns out, that it was nothing more than a new tax levied on those with earnings below $97,500 a year so executive and legislative branch office holders could have more of our money to spend extravagantly on "us" so they could win new terms in office. The FICA payroll tax has become a major factor in keeping the poor that way, retarding new business growth and keeping middle-class earners from moving up. Worst, it also turns out that our children and grandchildren will, in fact, still be burdened an ever-growing and mind-numbing national debt AND unbelievably high FICA taxes to support their parents.
In yet another example of playing fast and loose with politics and our money, 1986 saw Congress reject the tax policies of the Reagan administration and as consequence, the Savings and Loan industry collapsed. Turns out the definition of the tax value of real estate holdings had been changed overnight by the House Ways and Means Committee and banks no longer met liquidity rules. That politically inspired cat fight cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. And worse, we didn't learn.
It is past time--way past time--for hometown America to save America from our well-intentioned but criminally incompetent, at best, and cynically corrupted , at worst, national leadership. Do we have a moment to lose? Do we really need any more examples of how the new aristocracy can—and will—destroy the pursuit of happiness?
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October 7th, 2008
|10:05 pm - I believe both of the demagogues|
Both McCain and Obama are both right. So far throughout this debate, most of what's been said are statements to the effect of how crappy the other guy is.
July 13th, 2008
July 8th, 2008
|09:40 pm - this is how we do it|
This is a picture of what grows in our garden.
|07:30 pm - mac and indy|
The fat cat and the new cat
July 4th, 2008
|04:57 pm - mac mall|
Our oldest feline is pensive about the youngest . ...... To follow
February 12th, 2008
In Atlanta (Dunwoody) GA on Sunday, there was a scientology protest.
Check it out:
also, local news report on the protest here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=TqEf8rcPv9M
Found it here
February 10th, 2008
December 3rd, 2007
|02:26 am - BUCKEYE NATION|
#1 Mizzou and #2 West Virginia lost this past Saturday bringing #3 OSU back to #1 and sending them to the BCS National Championship to take place in January of 2008.
I really think it ought to have been OSU v UGA for the BCS title, but whatever.
I knew it would happen, I said it would happen, and I'm here now to tell everybody that it's official.
OSU is going to the BCS National Championship Game.
|02:24 am - CHAVEZ LOSES|
Looks like Chavez is out of luck for now in his attempt to become Venezuela's Castro.
CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) -- Venezuelan voters narrowly rejected a constitutional referendum that would have bolstered President Hugo Chavez's embrace of socialism and granted an indefinite extension of his eligibility to serve as president, the National Electoral Council reported early Monday.
Voters struck down his referendum 51 to 49.
November 10th, 2007
|08:28 pm - OSU loses their first game of the season to... I can't even say it...|
ohio state, why did you do that? you lost to a practically unranked team that represents the state I hate down to the core of my being. did everyone playing for the Buckeyes spontaneously have brain aneurysms after the first touchdown or what? not to take away from the fact it basically became the juice show in the end and you couldn't pull off getting the ball from the Illini if your lives depended on it, but come on guys, that was just careless. congrats to Illinois. at least I can take some pleasure knowing that the Illini are going back, albeit the winners, to Champaign, IL, a place which sucks to the highest levels of sucktivity. The bad news is, the land of sucktivity came out and represented against you, OSU.
two words OSU for next weekend, and I expect you to follow them to the letter:
November 7th, 2007
|01:06 am - more of Ron|
pay close attention
|01:01 am - and now, the real news|
Paul's Money Draws Attention
ARCHIVED FROM GUARDIAN UNLIMITED
Wednesday November 7, 2007 12:16 AM
By JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ron Paul's head-snapping fundraising puts a new face on a campaign that the media, politicians and much of the public had relegated to the sidelines.
The Texas congressman is now the presidential candidate tugging at the establishment's coat.
Funneled through the Internet, Paul's one-day loot totaled $4.3 million from about 37,000 donors, considered the largest sum ever collected online in a single day by a GOP candidate.
Paul is indeed an online force who attracts support from people who do not fit easily into the standard Democratic and Republican political pigeonholes. His fame, as much as it is, stems from the political shorthand that has defined his candidacy: The only Republican opposed to the war in Iraq.
But Paul leans libertarian in his ideology and cites the Constitution as his guide. He opposes law enforcement or anti-terrorism measures that he believes encroach on civil liberties. His views on small government extend to weakening if not eliminating the Education Department. He favors limiting immigration and strengthening border security.
In that sense, he appeals to voters who may be happy mixing and matching their political views.
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November 6th, 2007
November 1st, 2007
So my roommate Adam suggested something compelling:
Ron Paul and Stephen Colbert in 2008
October 27th, 2007
|07:43 pm - misinformational headline: prince hates babies|
In the battle between record companies and Internet users over copyright issues, an 18-month-old baby dancing to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" finds himself smack in the middle.
Stephanie Lenz posted a 29-second video clip of her son dancing to the Prince track back in February, according to ABC News. In June, she received an email from YouTube saying that her video had been removed at the request of Universal Music Publishing Group, and that she could have her YouTube account canceled in the event of any future copyright infringements.
In response to Universal's "takedown notice," Lenz filed a "counter-notice" and her video was restored six weeks later. For its part, YouTube told ABC that they are bound by provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to honor all takedown and counter-notices.
In a statement released to ABC, Universal said, "Prince believes it is wrong for YouTube, or any user-generated site, to appropriate his music without his consent ... It's simply a matter of principle."
October 21st, 2007
From: "James Bell"
Date: Wed, October 17, 2007 10:14 am
The New Dr. NO:
I had the privilege to visit Rep. Broun in his Washington office with
a delegation of Georgia Libertarians. I was very impressed with Dr.
Broun and plan to support him in next years campaign. I hope you will
learn more about him. He is self described as a "Ron Paul
Constitutionalist". To me that spells LIBERTARIAN! jb
Broun is far out, man
July 27th, 2007 by Scott Henry
On his very first morning as the newest member of Congress, Rep. Paul
Broun, R-Athens, managed to piss off a goodly number of his
conservative constituents by being the only Georgia Republican to vote
in favor of allowing medical marijuana use.
The Democrat-backed measure would have prevented the feds from busting
pot clinics in California and 11 other states that have legalized
doctor-prescribed spliffs. Broun joined home-state Dems Sanford
Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott. Harshing the buzz
were nay-voting GOPers Nathan Deal, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston, John
Linder, Tom Price and Lynn Westmoreland, who were joined by Democrat
John Barrow of Augusta.
Democrat Jim Marshall of Macon didn't vote. Perhaps he was out back
having a smoke.
At any rate, the measure failed 262-165. It's worth noting that Broun
is a medical doctor, but then so are Gingrey and Price.
Medical marijuana has been a controversial issue in Congress ever
since 1981, when the very first federal legalization bill was
introduced by — trivia alert! — another Georgia Republican. That's
right, it was a young Newt Gingrich who first proposed letting doctors
make reefer-als. Just a reminder of how the political world has turned.
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it's a typical situation for these difficult times.
October 18th, 2007
June 17th, 2007
So... There was a big selloff in the bond market recently that prompted a substantial spike in mortgage rates. Towards the end of last week they started creeping back down - at least where I work. I read an article about the current climate regarding high-yield bonds that somehow managed to tie in a Sopranos reference and found it pretty amusing so I figured I'd share it with you guys before I spend the remainder of my day cracking the schoolbooks.
Clouds Hover Over High-Yield Bonds
New Offerings Spur
Caution in Market
By MICHAEL ANEIRO
June 16, 2007;Page B5
With many signs indicating that it is still the best
of times for credit markets, it could well be another summer of smooth
sailing for speculative-grade bond investors.
But a confluence of events this week -- including a
selloff in Treasurys and the announcement of about $11 billion in
junk-bond issuance -- combined with a lingering disbelief that
conditions have remained so good for so long, have many sounding
decidedly more cautious on junk or "high yield" bonds. And that doesn't
include mega offers on the horizon such as First Data Corp.'s $8 billion deal and Alltel Corp.'s $7.7 billion offering.
At the New York Society of Security Analysts' annual
high-yield bond conference this past week, the mood remained generally
upbeat, but market participants sounded a surprisingly uniform tone of
( 'It feels like Tony Soprano, sitting in the ice-cream
parlor with all this trouble brewing around him,' Mr. Miller said, 'and
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June 9th, 2007
Suspect Arrested in Little Five Murder
(WSB Radio) -- Atlanta police have a 19-year-old in custody, now charged in the murder of a man in the Little Five Points area of the city.
Terry Williams was shot as he was walking close to his home with a friend May 22nd. The suspect, now identified as Cory Williams, allegedly approached Terry Williams, asked for a light and then pulled a gun and demanded money. The victim was shot in the head.
Police are not elaborating on where Cory Williams was arrested or the circumstances of the arrest.
The shooting sent shock waves through the close Little Five Points-Inman Park community. The arrest is offering some consolation to residents there.
June 3rd, 2007
THIS IS GOING ON AT MY HOTEL, and a bulk of the participants are staying on my floor. Their Gold and Silver sponsor cocktail party is going on down the hall. Ron Paul and Andrew Napolitano spoke tonight at the dinner while I was at the wedding.
Bob Barr speaks tomorrow morning, among others. Look at this schedule!
"The Future of Freedom Foundation’s conference, "Restoring the Republic: Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties", features 23 speakers, consisting of libertarians, liberals, and conservatives. This will be one of the most important conferences in the history of the libertarian movement. For 3 ½ days we will be discussing the two most burning issues of the day - foreign policy and civil liberties, with the aim of raising people’s vision to restoring our nation’s founding principles of a limited-government, constitutional republic.
May 17th, 2007
April 3rd, 2007
April 2nd, 2007
osu needs to either shape up or ship out on the three point shots
|11:11 pm - OSU v Florida update|
5 minutes to go in the 2nd,
March 1st, 2007
|05:33 pm - WHY, BEN FRANKLIN, WHY????|
On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress. Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete.
Beginning in 2007, most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.
also of interest:
The official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight SavingS Time.
Saving is used here as a verbal adjective (a participle). It modifies time and tells us more about its nature; namely, that it is characterized by the activity of saving daylight. It is a saving daylight kind of time. Similar examples would be a mind expanding book or a man eating tiger. Saving is used in the same way as saving a ball game, rather than as a savings account.
Nevertheless, many people feel the word savings (with an 's') flows more mellifluously off the tongue. Daylight Savings Time is also in common usage, and can be found in dictionaries.
Adding to the confusion is that the phrase Daylight Saving Time is inaccurate, since no daylight is actually saved. Daylight Shifting Time would be better, but it is not as politically desirable.
February 20th, 2007
"The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary."
February 4th, 2007
|01:32 am - cesar millan|
colleen and truman the night before my birthday
call me a kook, but i love the national geographic show "the dog whisperer." watching the dynamics of dog behavior has allowed me to take further steps in getting my son of a bitch (hey, it's true) dog truman's behavior under control. it's been a slow process and there's more to do, but i've made huge strides just in the past week.
today i was up by towne lake in woodstock meeting with some clients. this is also remarkably close to where my mother currently resides. by sheer happenstance, i was driving right by the vet clinic where a rescued dog named howie was rehabilitated by the aformentioned "dog whisperer" cesar millan. howie was a victim of one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that had been seen at that time in cherokee county. it was a really moving episode.
cesar millan with
rapper redman's dog,
"daddy," a frequent star
on the show
just in the month of january, i've seen three different instances of visits to the metro atlanta area. in the same episode as the woodstock visit, cesar visited a couple in marietta and helped them with their miniature schnausers. the breed and misbehavior documented on the show paralleled truman's own to an uncanny degree. when duplicated in principle by colleen and i throughout the course of the last week, the techniques used to correct the behavior have produced notable and surprising results.
the third instance was an episode i had on the DVR that i am watching as i write this. cesar visited the roswell, ga post office and counseled postal workers about aggressive dogs. roswell is practically where i grew up from 4th grade through age 18, being directly south of the city of alpharetta.
roswell and alpharetta:
atlanta's gotten a lot of attention from the dog whisperer. and since i just can't seem to resist the urge to wrap all of this in a mortifyingly trite double-entendre, i'll simply close by saying that all this attention seems to have hit pretty close to home.
check out The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on the National Geographic network,
and for your own sake please watch it in HD.
new episodes air fridays at 8pm eastern and pacific.
February 2nd, 2007
10 Credit Card Myths that put your credit scores at risk.
MYTH #1: You Should Avoid Using Credit Cards - FALSE!
This is just unbelievable! Click here to read an article in the January 10, 2007 issue of American Chronicle that actually advocates that consumers stop using their credit cards, pay off everything, and go to an all-cash plan. That may be a good way to get rid of debt, but it's utter destruction to your credit score. Why? Because per Fair Isaac, the creator of the credit scoring system, there are 5 factors that make up your credit score, one of which is how you use and manage your credit card debt-a factor that makes up 30% of your score. That's 255 points!
In order to prove to the scoring system that you know how to manage revolving debt, you MUST have active credit card accounts. Use your cards every month, for groceries, gas, etc. and pay them off every month. If you do not have a credit card at this time and your scores are under 650, immediately apply for an on-line secured credit card at one of the following banks: www.orchardbank.com or www.firstpremierbankcards.com. If your scores are high enough (ask your bank what the score requirements are), you may want to consider going to your bank to apply for a card. Exception: Do not apply for credit of any type when you are about to enter into or have already entered into a loan transaction. New Credit temporarily brings down your score due to the debt and the new account.
Click here to read another article advising consumers not to use their credit cards.
Click here to read yet another article advising consumers to use cash instead of credit cards.
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January 15th, 2007
|08:30 pm - strange things sunday and monday in Stockbridge|
Shoplifting suspects create explosion at Wal-Mart as diversion
(link) - Associated Press
STOCKBRIDGE, Georgia: Four men evading arrest for shoplifting at a neighborhood Wal-Mart triggered a small blast in the store using swimming pool chemicals in an incident that left four others hospitalized, authorities said.
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Bolton said the men turned a shoplifting misdemeanor into more serious charges, including "one of terroristic acts."
I agree with Lt. Bolton- It is a bit hard to believe that this was all over a toy.
Strange Smells in an Empty Office
In other weird news, a strange noxious odor was detected at my work today, and in the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic that occupies the space at the end of our shopping center. I didn't smell it at all, but outside of my office I was told that the air smelled like sewage, or as though someone did a very bad deed in the bathroom (although the bathroom itself did not smell).
Chasity walked throughout the office with air freshener from the bathroom, spraying it in the air to attempt to mask the smell. Joe, my boss, returned from lunch and said, "the fire department is here," rather matter of factly. Not thinking much of it, I continued interviewing the client I had on the phone. Perhaps ten minutes later, I was startled when a firefighter outfitted in full gear walked into the hallway outside my office, fully masked and equipped with an oxygen tank. I continued to interview the client on the phone and made no mention of my unexpected visitor while this masked firefighter, whose dark colored uniform looked more like military fatigues to my overactive imagination, peered around my office silently from the doorway emitting only darth vader like breathing sounds before he wandered off in search of the source of the olfactory assault.
I later found out from the shopping center's owner that the fire department had tested the air for an array of substances including gases indicative of sewage, and that all tests were reportedly negative. All gas and sewer hardware in the building was reportedly in working order and with no indications of prior malfunction, and the source as well as the nature of the odor has yet to be identified.
January 10th, 2007
|03:03 pm - real estate humor|
from an email I received...
> New Orleans residents are challenged often with the task of tracing home
> titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with
> history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along
> through generations of family, making it quite difficult to establish
> Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client
> that I thought was absolutely priceless!!
> You've gotta love this lawyer....... it's too good not to share!
> A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the
> loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of
> property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated
> back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending
> the information to the FHA, he received the following reply.
> (Actual letter):
> "Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we
> note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we
> compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the
> application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the
> proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be
> accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."
> Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:
> (Actual letter):
> "Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. I note
> that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by
> the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this
> country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know
> that Louisiana was purchased, by the U.S., from France in 1803, the year
> of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed
> FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained
> from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land
> came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492
> by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the
> privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Isabella.
> The good queen, Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about
> titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the
> Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus' expedition. Now the
> Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son
> of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore,
> I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world
> called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His
> origins date back, to before the beginning of time, the world as we know
> it AND the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory.
> Now, may we have our damn loan?"
> The loan was approved.
January 3rd, 2007
build your own front projector screen (if you have a projector but no screen)
December 31st, 2006
December 26th, 2006
|04:09 pm - james brown|
goodbye james brown. thanks for all the soul.
November 27th, 2006
It's a sad day when "due process" in this country can be represented by no-knock warrants from "reliable police informants" in place of actual police work.
They came looking for a crack dealer and they found a granny with a stash.
It's all over the news.
November 22nd, 2006
I've been insulating myself from the outside world until I got a chance to watch some of the OSU Michigan game from Saturday. Thankfully, I've managed to avoid finding out who won since gameday.
So here I am about to leave the office, and I'm watching bits of the game on iTunes. I got curious to see who won so I looked online and I would just like to say to all of the Michigan and OSU fans on my friends list...
#1 OSU + #2 MICHIGAN = SUCK IT MICHIGAN
Ohio State is 12 and 0. that is all.
November 14th, 2006
i stole it from jasonpye who pointed out that the AJC is reporting that the Georgia state legislatue is apparently giving serious consideration to scrapping the state income tax:
Republicans said Monday during their House caucus meeting that the time is ripe for restructuring the state's tax system. The GOP maintained its lock on the state House of Representatives, Senate and Governor's Mansion and picked up the lieutenant governor's office.
House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island) received a standing ovation at the meeting when he pitched the tax cut. "As we dismantle the current tax code, let's put it back together in a simple, fairer, flatter manner," Keen told the GOP lawmakers moments before they re-elected him House majority leader. "And when it gets to that portion on personal income tax, maybe we will leave that section out and we won't have that anymore in this state."
The issue now goes to the House Ways and Means Committee for a study. Keen said he wants to see a resolution within two years. But House Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) suggested it may take up to four years.
fair tax. mmmmmm, tasty.
November 7th, 2006
regarding the elections:
-i'm pissed that i didn't vote. i printed out the voter registration form like 50 times, but never sent it. i should have voted by mail. if you tell me that this gives me no right to complain, i'm going to hit you in the face. at least i'm not this lady.
-electronic voting machines with proprietary source code should be removed. the mechanism used to input and count the votes should be public knowledge.
-chris low, chief economist at FTN Financial just sent out an email with some quick thoughts on the mid-term elections:
-No exit polls this year.
-Turnout is unusually high – much higher than expected – in many states, including Maryland and Virginia, where senate races are very close. As to who benefits from high turnout, both sides say it benefits them.
-Final polls predicted Democrats would take House, but not Senate. But pollsters also expected low turnout.
-Many of the Republican seats in contention are on the East coast, meaning control of the House should be decided before West Coast polls close. Senate control may not be known until tomorrow or later, according to DC pundits.
-All reporters who have contacted me today are working on gridlock-is-good-for-the-markets stories. They all figure that whichever party wins, neither will have a mandate.
October 19th, 2006
September 16th, 2006
Sunglasses Indoors: Slate's Investigation Continues
Before continuing with our look at those Fashion Week attendees we can't quite look at, Slate would like to note that, as the shows ground pitilessly on, tiredness came to seem almost like a plausible excuse for wearing one's shades indoors. Your correspondent would also like to offer a special citation to one Kate Lee, assistant fashion editor of BlackBook. Asked why she was wearing her unimpeachably modish Ray-Bans—"Sass & Bide for Ray-Ban"—before the Nanette Lepore show, Ms. Lee made mention of "all the flashes" going off as photographers snapped Illeana Douglas, Steve Buscemi, and the omnipresent Mischa Barton. Quick thinking, honey! But what about the rest of the week?
Name? Andrew Richardson
What brings you here? "Beautiful people, beautiful clothes."
What kind of sunglasses are those? "No name."
Why are you wearing them inside? "Why not? They match my shirt."
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September 12th, 2006
September 9th, 2006
September 5th, 2006
|05:30 pm - one of two amazing guitars i just got|
Kalamazoo: budget brand made from 1933-42; models similar to low-end Gibsons but without adjustable truss rod in neck; revived 1965-70 on cheaply made electric solidbodies, amps and one flat top model.
Oriole: used on an inexpensive banjo in the 1920s, then on natural-finish Kalamazoo-brand models in the late 1930s
August 31st, 2006
i need to find a greater metro area based reproductive endocrinologist (sp?) / obgyn who is well versed with treating fertility issues. it's not for me. anyone who takes United Healthcare is a plus. please help!
August 23rd, 2006
August 17th, 2006
|06:30 pm - warrantless wiretapping extravaganza|
President Bush's warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional because it authorizes illegal searches, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
"There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution," wrote U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit.
The program, Taylor ruled, violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution.
All sides have agreed to a stay of the ruling until the administration's appeal can be heard, the Justice Department said in a statement released Thursday.
Next time I hear someone talk about how the Constitution is an antiquated document that should be loosely interpreted, I'm going to have to legitimately fight the urge to knock their gd teeth out. Conservatives will say it this time around, focusing on typical partisan blabber about the ACLU and some will go on about how this is judicial activism, while liberals will say things about how our Constitutional rights should be protected (when it's regarding something they happen to care about).
"Instead of poking holes in the Constitution, the administration should get back to plugging holes in our homeland security," said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
The Justice Department filed an immediate notice of appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court, and asked Judge Taylor to stay her ruling pending the outcome of the appeal. Both sides agreed to a stay while that request is pending in District Court, the Department said in a statement. (That statement can be found here.) The Department called the NSA program "an essential tool for the intelligence community in the War on Terror." It repeated the government claim that the Constitution "gives the President the full authority necessary" to "protect the American people."
I can't seem to find that anywhere in the Constitution. Anybody else had any luck finding that part? I always thought there were three branches of government with governing authority split between them. Call me crazy...
Judge Taylor (read a profile of Judge Taylor from the Detroit Free Press), a 27 year veteran federal judge appointed (for what it's worth) by former Democratic President and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, said in the ruling, "It was never the intent of the Framers to give the President such unfettered control, particularly where his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated inthe Bill of Rights. The three separate branches of government were developed as a check and balance for one another."
There's a great review of the decision on SCOTUSblog (scotusblog - add feed)
Now I'm getting back to work.