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16 Trillion

I’ve decided that’s how I’m going to respond to everything the next time I have a “debate” with a liberal. It doesn’t happen very often (the debate, that is), but it always frustrates me to no end. More than once I’ve had to deal with responses like, “You obviously know your facts and figures, BUT […]

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$2.93!

That’s how much I just paid for gas at the Fred Meyer on Chinden Blvd. And, like my brother-in-law Scott said to me last week during our family Christmas party, “Bet you didn’t think you’d ever get excited about $3 gas“. Well, I am excited, and here’s why. I’ve been saying all through the economic […]

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Kill the Dollar. Again

Hmm. This has been attempted a few times in the past. I wonder how well it’s going to work this time. I’m not sure why they think this time will be any different. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with $1 coins could save taxpayers nearly $4.4 billion over […]

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An Open Challenge to Warren Buffet

So, once again Warren Buffet is pushing the idea that the “Super Rich” should pay much more in taxes than they do currently. My response… So, what’s stopping them? Do we really need a bunch of new tax laws enacted (wow, that’s a can-o-worms I would just as soon avoid) to get them to take […]

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How Often Does Thanksgiving Fall on November 22?

This year my birthday falls on Thanksgiving. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it’s kinda fun. I was asked how often it happens, and of course I had to think about it. My first thought was every 7 years (a number I came up with in my youth), but now I’m interested […]

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Bread and Circuses

Here’s one of my favorite quotes. It took me awhile to track it down because in my mind I had attributed the phrase “bread and circuses” to Thomas Jefferson. I believe Thomas did mention “bread and circuses” somewhere in his writings, but not in this (the current entitlement-heavy political environment) context. Here it is… A […]

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Aftermath

I really liked this one from NewsMax. “It was the worst of times and the worst of times.” The article goes on to list a number of reasons for Romney’s loss. Like… 1. Paul Ryan. Romney’s choice of Ryan was almost inexplicable. A good conservative, Ryan was unqualified for the job of vice president, and therefore the job […]

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Never Give Up. Stolen Car Recovered After 42 Years.

Bob Russell is the epitome of the “never give up” attitude. Man Reunited With Stolen Car After 42 Years From http://www.newser.com/story/150156/man-spots-his-stolen-car-on-ebay-42-years-later.html In 1970 Bob’s 3 year old Austin-Healey was stolen from outside his  Philadelphia apartment complex. 42 years later he and his beloved sports car have been reunited. Bob, who now lives in Texas, would just […]

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Vindale Research Sucks

So, I decided to join one of those online survey programs called Vindale Research. It looked legit. I was wrong. About Vindale Research Vindale Research is an online research program that claims to offer rewards (including cash) for filling out surveys. I assume they are contracted by various companies or organizations to do the surveys. […]

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Social Pressure

Jonathan Leger, on his blog, tells a cute story about social pressure. It goes something like this: (A) research group went around neighborhoods in California and put one of four signs on people’s doors. Each sign encouraged the homeowner to conserve energy, and gave a reason to do so. The four reasons were: 1) to […]

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