Obama’s $300 Billion Tax Cut

Let’s give credit where it’s due, if it’s due.  If Barack Obama sends a $300 billion tax cut proposal to Congress as the meat of his stimulus package, he deserves high marks. Tax Cuts Increase Tax Revenue A large tax cut aimed at tax payers–individual and business alike–will not only stimulate the economy, it will…

Gloriously Goring Gore

The Huffington Post (of all things) brings us a most cogent, concise, and accurate repudiation of Al Gore and the whole "climate change" Nazi crowd (h/t ICECAP).  Harold Ambler deserves the Nobel Prize for truth stating.  Some highlights. Strike One:  How Al Gore (and Hansen and the rest) lie to you about climate change: First,…

If The Post Office Built Cars

Some good people work at the Post Orifice.  I know several.  One of my dad’s best friends and WWII paratrooper retired from the Post Orifice.  He was a great guy and good friend to my parents.  On the other hand, the United States Postal Service is among the incompetent, bureaucratic, broken down, 19th century, poorly…

Addicted to Entitlement

Entitlement is the psychological abnormality in which a person believes that he is owed an enrichment or compensation earned by suffering or activity and that society or government is obligated to pay.  It is a psychological condition.  It is abnormal–or should be. When a team of governors demands that the federal government steal wages and…

Zen to Done: Learning the Dream

Feeling confident, relaxed, and complete is a dream. Many people believe it’s an impossible dream.  I’m learning otherwise. I’m into my third month of acquiring positive habits with Leo Babauta’s Zen to Done method.  At the same time, I’m working the 30 day challenge.  What I’ve learned so far is that I hold onto too…

A Fresh Set of Downs

It’s first and ten again.  Most years New Years just sort of happens.  It arrives.  Getting out of 2008 felt like we went for it on 4th and 13 deep inside our own territory.  We pulled the goalie and went with  a sixth attacker.  We sent an injured Albert Pujols to pinch hit for our…

Gaining Control

I might have mentioned in an earlier post that I quit smoking about a month ago. I must thank Leo Babauta, his blog ZenHabits.net, and his ebook, Zen to Done, for giving me the motivation and confidence to quit. I have quit in the past. I went almost 4 years between 1998 and 2002, so…

A Bunch of Hooey

The silliness of companies knows no bounds. The latest act of corporate stupidity comes from the computer maker Dell. In its attempt to become the "greenest technology company on the planet," Dell made much of achieving some farcically theoretical "carbon-neutral" status.  But, like everything associated with AGW, there’s really no so thing.  WSJ points out…

Thomas Sowell on Outliers

I bought “Outliers” the day it hit the bookstores for one reason: 1.  Malcolm Gladwell is the best researcher-writer alive today. I declared the book the most important in a generation.  People made fun of me.  Well, Thomas Sowell comes close to echoing my reaction: This book is an outstanding achievement in itself, and its…

Free Madoff!

In a just world where all men are created with equal rights, Bernie Madoff would be a hero.  More than any other private sector figure, Bernie Madoff perfectly embodies the new American ideal.  What Madoff Did Bernie Madoff admitted to investigators that he created an enormous Ponzi–or pyramid–scheme.  He promised investors very high returns.  He…

The Look of 2009

Sometimes decades start early; sometimes they start late. The 1960s started with JFK’s assassination–until then, they were a lot like the 50s except with a young president whose economic policies were to the right of his Republican predecessor’s.  The 1970s culturally started with Woodstock in 1969.  As Hunter S. Thompson pointed out in Fear and…

Zen to Done: The Next Challenges

Several weeks ago, I posted about Leo Babauta’s Zen to Done method for Getting Things Done.  I apologize for not keeping up my blogging on my progress.  But one habit at a time.  Habit One:  Capturing Everything More than a month later, I can proudly say I’ve mastered the first step in the program.  I…