A teachable moment

This is getting weirder by the day.  The arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is getting way to much attention, and here I am adding to it – because it’s becoming so strange I just have to comment on it. Here’s the deal: It’s dark and your neighbor sees two people with backpacks […]

Cash for clunkers

The government announced the details of the $1 billion “cash for clunkers” program today.  Here’s a relatively good Q&A on it. One thing the Q&A says that I disagree with – ok, I think they are 100% wrong – is this: Q: My old car or truck is worth more than $4,500. Should I use […]

Whiskey and Gunpowder

I just ran across this site tonight and it seems pretty good.  I added it to my blogroll pretty much sight unseen because of the name, and their “about us” page.  It says: Whiskey & Gunpowder explores the crossroads of liberty, finance and moral philosophy. Frankly, we don’t believe these things can be examined separately […]

We have to spend money to keep from going broke

I don’t know how I missed this last week, but according to the Boston Herald here, Joe Biden actually said this. “We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation.” “People, when I say that, look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to […]

It was 40 years ago today

Sergeant Pepper told the band to – nope, it wasn’t the Beatles.  40 years ago today, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.  I’ve been listening to WeChooseTheMoon.org a lot over the past weekend.  It’s being put on by the John F. Kennedy Library, and they’re doing a “real time” replay of the entire Apollo 11 […]

Unconstitutional IOU’s

I don’t know why this hasn’t been brought up in any of the California budget news that I’ve seen.  The state of California is issuing IOU’s instead of paying people and companies.  I’m no lawyer, but that practice obviously (it’s obvious to me anyway) violates the US Constitution.  Article I, Section 10, titled “Powers prohibited […]

GM stock

Update: 7/21/09 – Last week the “old” GM stock was officially delisted.  The ticker symbol was changed to MTLQQ to reflect the fact that it’s now the stock of Motors Liquidation Company.  And it appears that investors are starting to understand that the stock is worthless – it’s dropped back down to about 50 cents […]

Consumer Debt

Get used to this headline.  U.S. consumers fall behind on loans at record pace According to the story Soaring U.S. unemployment and a shrinking economy drove delinquencies on credit card debt and home equity loans to all-time highs in the first quarter as a record number of cash-strapped consumers fell behind on their bills. Delinquencies […]

Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]

Democrats and Republicans

This is from an old (sometime in the 1980’s) Dave Barry column, but I ran across it today and I still find it funny.  It’s about the difference between Democrats and Republicans.  Unfortunately for our country, it’s pretty close to the truth…. “The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time […]