January 31, 2010

I HEART ART

If Art Laffer thinks we're boned...well, yikes.

“In anticipation of known tax increases the economy will shift income and output from 2011 -- the higher tax year -- into 2010 -- the lower tax year. As a result of this income shift, 2010 will look a lot better than it should, and 2011 will be a train wreck,” he predicts.

Read the whole scary thing.

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January 21, 2010

A CONTRACT

A good link via CVG: Is it really about the AIG bonuses??

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January 20, 2010

THE SCOTT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD

I happily watched the results of last night's election in Massachusetts and couldn't believe what I was seeing. It's definitely a step in the right direction, and if solid people keep running for office, we may see the pendulum swing the other way. Thank goodness.

I only wish Dean Barnett were still here to see it.

Massachusetts elected a Republican. Anything is possible. And now that Democrats have that fear and Republicans have that hope...well, I am excited to see what might happen in the fall.

Oda Mae pointed out that there's already a Hitler video. I love the Hitler meme, and this one is particularly good.


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January 08, 2010

THE DOMINO'S MODEL

This is genius.  Genius of Domino's, genius when applied to the GOP, just genius.
What the GOP can learn from a pizza chain
If something isn't working, you can either bury your head in the sand or face it head on and change.  I wish the president of Domino's were running the US government right now.
Mea culpa video here.  Makes me want to go try a Domino's pizza again.

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January 05, 2010

RATIONALITY UNDER INTERROGATION

Jonah Goldberg wonders if terrorists, even if they know Americans cannot kill them in custody, would still break under the stress of interrogation.  (Read the whole thing for a complete understanding of the post.)

All I can add on this matter is what I know secondhand from my husband.  After a week of "interrogation" at SERE school, he said he probably could've murdered one of the guards without hesitation if he thought it meant escape.  The same guards he rationally knew were paid employees there to train him.  And that if he ever saw one of them out at Walmart, he's not sure he could see them as normal human beings.  He barely wanted to speak to them once the training was over.

So I think that letting terrorists read our playbook is a bad thing, but weeks or months of interrogation probably destroys whatever rationality one may have towards the situation.

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January 04, 2010

WHO OWNS THOSE MINUTES?

Think the government doesn't think it owns you?  That it needs its hand in everything?  That it needs to be the middle man in every transaction?

Washington D.C. is suing AT&T for the amount of money leftover when DC residents don't use all the balance on their prepaid calling cards.

The government thinks it owns whatever minutes you don't use when you buy a calling card from a private company.

But hey, whatever, at least we "retain the right to keep and bear arms"...

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January 01, 2010

IN SILENCE



We will never know who these "CIA employees" were who were killed in Afghanistan.  They will never be publicly recognized.  Their families will not be openly lauded for their sacrifice.

They served in silence and have died in silence.

But I am thinking about them today, and silently thanking them for their service to our country.

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