Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
It all started late Saturday night. One of the blogging communities that I belong to is Entrecard. While visiting a number of blogs and dropping my card on the various Entrecard widgets, my McAfee popped up and said it had found and deleted the Vundo Trojan. It popped up a couple of times. I wish I could remember the site, but I think it was a technology blog.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
During the 1970's when soft rock was dominating the pop charts, Dan Seals was England Dan of England Dan & John Ford Coley. The duo had several hit songs including "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", "Nights Are Forever", and "Love Is The Answer."
After the duo disbanded in 1980, Dan Seals launched a solo career on the country charts. He had several country hits, including a duet with Marie Osmond "Meet Me In Montana" which earned the pair a Best Vocal Duo of the Year Award from the Country Music Association in 1986.
Here is England Dan & John Ford Coley with "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight." RIP Dan.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The latest proposal comes from the state of Nevada where Democrat Senator Bob Coffin has proposed a $5 tax on legal prostitution. Senator Coffin estimates that the tax would put $2 million into the state coffers. The measure also has the support of the legal prostitution industry.
Now normally, I am not a fan of increasing taxes on anybody (not even the evil rich) but this one got me thinking while I watch Barack Obama throwing us deeper in debt. As a Libertarian, as long as all parties are involved in the activity of their own will with no coercion, I tend to believe prostitution should be legal. At the very least, I believe there are more important things for the police to focus their resources on.
Anyway, back to prostitution and our ever increasing federal deficit. Nevada is the only state that has legalized prostitution in parts of the state. For the most part, in the rest of the country it is an underground operation. Being underground, there is a much higher element of risk for the entrepreneur and the consumer in these transactions. What does this have to do with the deficit? Well, the government could legalize the activity and regulate it. Require all providers to have a permit for a fee. Tax the activity as proposed in Nevada. Plus, previously unreported income from the underground economy will now be subject to income taxes. If such a tax could raise $2 million a year in Nevada, how much would it raise in places like New York or Los Angeles?
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
On Thursday, took the first steps in trying to establish this new policy in dealing with, essentially, our enemies. He released a video sending his wishes to Iranians as they celebrated Norouz. My first reaction to this overture was basically one of disgust. The idea of taking such a conciliatory tone with a country that has referred to us as "The Great Satan" was offensive to me as an American.
Of course, I am no foreign policy expert, so the key would be the reaction of the Iranian leadership. Well, it turns out that the Iranian leadership did not think much of it either. Ayotollah Ali Khameini, the supreme leader of Iran, responded with the following quote: "They chant the slogan of change, but no change is seen in practice. He insulted the Islamic Republic from the first day. If you are right that change has come, where is that change?"
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I love irony. That's why I was somewhat amused when I saw the story of this particular prostitution arrest in the Washington Post. A DC police officer was arrested last month and charged with soliciting an undercover police officer in an internet prostitution sting. Officer Robert A. Schmidt was accused of meeting a woman he thought was a prostitute by answering an ad on Craigslist. As a first offender he had the charges dropped after completing "john school" to learn the risks of prostitution.
Monday, March 16, 2009
This is a non-political movement. The 9-12 Project is designed to bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States, or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation ever created.That same feeling-that commitment to country is what we are hoping to foster with this idea. We want to get everyone thinking like it is September 12th, 2001 again.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Fast forward to last night, when I was browsing around the local Barnes & Noble. I was looking in the current affairs section of the store when I spotted "A Personal Stand" by Trace. I was not aware that he had written a book, so I flipped through the chapters and quotes on the back of the book. Since the book was in paperback, I decided to go ahead and make the purchase.