Because you’re both dying to know

Monday, 22 December 2008

So this is the blog meme of the day: Bold the ones you’ve done from the following list.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby, if fathering counts
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit, but only a class action
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

I suppose I’ve done a lot, but there are still some on the list I’d like to accomplish.


You asked for it!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Check this action out. Congratulations, Americans. You have let your emotions get the better of your reason and voted more of your hard-earned money out of your own pockets. Would someone kindly think through the political jargon and Newspeak that we’ve lazily allowed to infiltrate our minds and slip right past the part of the brain that actually critically questions what we absorb? Tell me how your economic outlook is stimulated by taking another ONE TRILLION DOLLARS out of your pocket and giving it–without your express approval–to someone else?

Do you even know what one trillion looks like? It’s 1,000,000,000,000. That’s $1,000 Billion. ONE MILLION MILLION! Have you ever dreamed of having $1,000,000? Now try to imagine $1,000,000 times 1,000,000! And your President-elect would like to take that from you and give it to someone else. And they need that money because they’ve been mismanaging what they already had in the first place.

How is this a good idea? How does this do anything but apply a plastic bandage to a gaping, festering, gangrene-filled wound? It doesn’t. It looks good in a news cycle and it plays well to the public to say that one has a “robust economic stimulus package.” Who doesn’t want the economy to be stimulated? It’s good for the nation to have a robust economy. The problem is that money and goods are finite. And taking from the citizenry to cover for the actions of irresponsible managers and broken tax codes is the absolute worst idea to which one might hitch his wagon. It’s even worse when the wagon doesn’t belong to him.

It’s your wagon. It’s your money. And the government that votes $1,000,000,000,000 out of your pocket like that is not acting in your best interest.

There is a stimulus plan out there, and it’s been around for a while. It’s called the FairTax. It’s the brainchild of responsible economic minds and forward-thinking Congressmen. It’s the plan to stimulate the economy by making it beneficial for companies to actually exercise good financial sense as they manage themselves. It’s the plan to stimulate the economy by putting more spending power IN YOUR POCKET. It’s the plan that puts the US at least a head and shoulders above the rest in the global economic market.

And it’s the economic plan that the politicians don’t want you to know about, because it takes the power from them and gives it to you. But this is America, and we boast a government For the people, Of the people, and By the people. Is this wishful thinking, or are we ready to get the government’s hands out of our pockets and get on to the way things ought to be?