Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Makers and Takers

Dave Malan showed me a book called "Makers & Takers", and there is a C-Span interview with the author, and I think it's really interesting. He talks about statistics between Conservatives and Liberals and what the differences are. What I think is great is that he is not calling people who work harder Conservatives, but reminds us that they call themselves conservatives. It's a really interesting interview. To watch it, you have to have Real Player installed. Just click the "WAtch Now" button.

Makers & Takers

Monday, June 16, 2008

John Coleman, The Weather Channel Founder...

...refutes the idea of man made global warming, and how it is now a political discussion and a political science, not a real science from data.

"I would rather be right, and called names, and abused, than be- give lip service to a fraud."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Founding Fathers and Today

To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

I found this commentary on quotations from the Founding Fathers and how they apply to today. I thought it was very interesting, and I agreed with almost every bit of it.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

One of My Favorites:

[A] wise and frugal government... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.

Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

Recently, the city where I live realized that they had not been paying attention. They receive most of their revenue from property taxes on new homes. This creates a problem when new home sales slump, and house prices fall. They found themselves $1.8 Million in the hole. So what do they decide to do? THey decide on a "temporary" rise in property taxes - an average of $600/year for an average household. "We're going to look at ways we can cut spending", they say. But when it comes down to it, they are too chicken to cut all optional programs. I would rather have a city that is a lean, streamlined city, that stays within it's budget, than one that provides fun recreational activities and extra fluff to its citizens, and goes into debt for it. When wil lgovernments, no matter how small learn, that they are the stewards over money that SOMEONE ELSE has earned!? I worked hard for that money, and they spend it unwisely, then come asking for more. This makes by blood boil. I'm saddened that I had to miss the city council meeting tonight where they discussed it. Out of necessity, I am home with the kids. But maybe it's good that I'm not there.

Eat More, Move Less!!

New Wearable Feedbags Let Americans Eat More, Move Less

Sadly enough, I can totally see us coming to this.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Democrats LOVE the middle class....

After reading this article, it reminded me that the democrats that don't want us to drill in ANWAR are just looking out for the best interests of the country, especially the middle class. How thoughtful of them.

Democrats LOVE the middle class...

Everyone needs to see these:

"It wasn't what government did that made America great, it was what government was prevented from doing that made America great."

Overview of America - Part 1
Overview of America - Part 2
Overview of America - Part 3
Overview of America - Part 4

Each of these videos remind us of the need for freedom it its ORIGINAL intent by the founding fathers. Unfortunately, I feel that too few people understand that we are well on our way to losing this.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Be Afraid....Be VERY Afraid!!

My new office mate, Dave Malan, showed me this link of Michael Crichton speaking about fear. It's called "States of Fear". It's SUCH a good speech. More people need to watch this. It reminds us that the scare tactics of crazy environmentalists are just that...scare tactics.