Monday, July 24, 2006

A Leave of Absence

My professional writing must take precedence, and I'm sad to say I will have to take a leave of absence from blogging to handle those responsibilities. Well, I haven't really blogged consistently for awhile, so it's more like I'm officially taking a leave of absence.

I'd like to thank everyone who read my comments and participated in the process of blogging about national events from lil ole Warrensburg. After all, the rest of the world deserves our opinion.

Please continue to read about Warrensburg on digitalburg dot com. I'm off to create news so SEE YA!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Money to Mexico

I just heard on the news that the Senate is dead set to allow amnesty for illegal aliens. The House, on the other hand, does not want to allow amnesty until after they have dealt with border enforcement issues.

The other day when I was in Parker's, a local grocery store where I live, I saw two people sending money via Western Union from the customer service desk.

If we can track money sent around the world by terrorists, can't we devise a system to prevent transfers of money earned illegally by aliens in the U.S. and sent back to Mexico.

We confiscate money under RICO statutes illegally earned from drug transactions. Perhaps these same standards could be employed in confiscating money from illegally earned wages.

If we get to the root of the problem by taking away their ability to use the money, economic advantages in the U.S. goes away through enforcement. At the very least, the U.S. sets the tone that its immigration policies must be followed. Maybe they could even get back some of the illegally earned money and offset the costs of border enforcement.

THEN Senator Arlen Specter could get his immigration quotas raised.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

What Missouri's Eminent Domain Law Should Say

By way of response to critics of the Supreme Court decision in Kelo last year, the Bush administration issued an executive order limiting private property confiscation by the federal government for non-public uses. (In Kelo, the Supreme Court allowed the states to take private property in a "blighted" area to be used by a developer for a commercial development.)

Executive Order: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.

Sec. 2. Implementation. (a) The Attorney General shall:

(i) issue instructions to the heads of departments and agencies to implement the policy set forth in section 1 of this order; and

(ii) monitor takings by departments and agencies for compliance with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order.

(b) Heads of departments and agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law:

(i) comply with instructions issued under subsection (a)(i); and

(ii) provide to the Attorney General such information as the Attorney General determines necessary to carry out subsection (a)(ii).

Sec. 3. Specific Exclusions. Nothing in this order shall be construed to prohibit a taking of private property by the Federal Government, that otherwise complies with applicable law, for the purpose of:

(a) public ownership or exclusive use of the property by the public, such as for a public medical facility, roadway, park, forest, governmental office building, or military reservation;

(b) projects designated for public, common carrier, public transportation, or public utility use, including those for which a fee is assessed, that serve the general public and are subject to regulation by a governmental entity;

c) conveying the property to a nongovernmental entity, such as a telecommunications or transportation common carrier, that makes the property available for use by the general public as of right;

(d) preventing or mitigating a harmful use of land that constitutes a threat to public health, safety, or the environment;

(e) acquiring abandoned property;

(f) quieting title to real property;

(g) acquiring ownership or use by a public utility;

(h) facilitating the disposal or exchange of Federal property; or

(i) meeting military, law enforcement, public safety, public transportation, or public health emergencies.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law to a department or agency or the head thereof; or

(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budget, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(c) This order shall be implemented in a manner consistent with Executive Order 12630 of March 15, 1988.

(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

June 23, 2006.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Jesse Jackson's Extortion

Jesse Jackson has once again thrown down the challenge that a national company doesn't do enough for African Americans. Threatening to boycott BP, the international oil giant, doesn't seem to scare him at all!

Here's how it works:

1. Jackson gets national media attention because AAs support the Democrat Party, and the media primarily supports the Democrat Party. Therefore, the media gives Jackson a platform.

2. Jackson uses his national media platform to threaten large multinationals with a boycott because they don't hire enough AAs.

3. Jackson goes away if the large multinational he's targeting happens to pony up $150,000 for a Platinum Sponsorhip of Rainbow Coalition, Jackson's slush fund for all his activities.

The only problem with Jackson's discrimination claim is that BP has more AA station owners and managers than the percentage in the general population. BP also has two AA board members.

BP's main problem is that they haven't given the $150k for a platinum sponsorship! You just wait... they will. It's soooo much cheaper than fighting Jackson in the media. Besides, there's all those great golf tournaments (or whatever) a corporation gets for being a platinum sponsor.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

What you don't notice about "Ground Breakers"

Maybe I was a corporate employee for too long before I set off into the world as an independent contractor. While watching Ground Breakers this Saturday morning (also reading High Plains Tango by Robert James Waller with one eye and reading through about six hundred blogs trying to decide whether to change the mix on my other website with the second eye), I realized something that I noticed before but couldn't put my finger on.

Ground Breakers, for those who do don't do the nesting thing vicariously first through the shows on HGTV, takes an "estate quality" home and landscapes the hell out of it. These homes appear to be inherited after grandpa so and so died, and he just happened to be a senator or some other sort of criminal... or perhaps a partner at a major law firm... or some other sort of criminal.

Having done what passes for substantial landscaping in my small burg, I would guess that most of the landscaping jobs require a minimum of $30,000.

One of the observations is that Joe Washington, the show's host, was originally in radio or something (based on his voice). He probably did not go to school with any of the people who do the landscaping to their estate-quality homes (watch the show and you'll know what I mean).

The second observation is that these homes are usually somewhere around Atlanta, judging from the accents, on occasion, and the red clay they're always moving around. It makes sense, too, because they can do these projects during a longer time period throughout the year (which promotes easy filming schedules).

The third observation is that the people on the show ALWAYS look the same. It's as if Ole Miss, University of Georgia, Citadel, or wherever the heck they went for their education taught them all how to dress so that they could be part of modern Southern culture... much as Colonel Sanders must have received an education that said chicken salesmen must wear white suits and have a funky chin-beard.

Just in case you don't watch the show, the uniform for the Southern corporate clone shooting a TV show in their back yard requires khaki pants with either a non-descript, monochromatic long-sleeve shirt (maroon, green or blue seem to be preferred colors) or a non-descript, monochromatic short-sleeve pique pullover (maroon, green or blue seem to be preferred colors). The shoes must be brown, oiled, leather.

I remembered back to a prior marriage to a girl from Jackson, Ms. Her stepfather graduated from Ole Miss and, at the age of about 65, still spoke of it as if he had no other life experiences. He still hung out with friends who went to Ole Miss about the same time. Her ex-husband was an engineer at Enersys and wore... khakis with a monochromatic maroon, green or blue shirt.

No other way to explain writers like Walker Percy, Tennessee Williams, etc. as going completely crazy... they lived in a very strange environment.

The other thing that the civilising environments of Southern University must teach is to often use the person's name you're talking to. Maybe it's just a placeholder so that you don't forget who you're talking to while saying nothing about nothing.

Conversations then end up sounding sort of like hearing the role call from the class you and your friend had together at the civilized Southern University.

I understand the whole khaki and monochrome thing, actually. I wear khakis a LOT, at least when I'm trying to impose an air of reliability and inter-generational stability. And much like my ex-wife's engineer husband who received his education at a Southern University... I prefer Duck Head.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Al Gore and the Environment

I love it when CNN annoints Al Gore as an "expert" on the environment. (You couldn't see it, but I rolled my eyes and shook my head.)

Well, earth has been in the balance for going on 30 years now. Al Gore continues to do his part upsetting the precarious environmental balance by jetting across the world and driving in huge SUV caravans to deliver his message about global warming in the new book and movie tie-together "An Inconvenient Truth."

The only truth of concern here is that change happens. The snows of Kilimanjaro may be melting, and might have been melting whether humans were on the planet or no. In 300 years or so, they may be concerned that the earth is freezing. Who knows.

I am sadly old enough to remember when one of the national pander magazines touted the next "global ice age" in the mid-70s.

Here's an interesting question: If we have much more sensitive thermometers and such, purchased with the billions given to global warming theorists, what temperatures are they measuring against to determine that the earth has warmed by 1 degrees in the last 140 years? Maybe the older instruments just didn't get it quite right, eh?

Remember that ozone hole that would supposedly subject everyone to skin cancer? Where did that go?

Other experts on the opposite side of the question from Al Gore point to widely fluctuating temperatures throughout history.

The point is, we don't get to hear most of the opposition to global warming theorists because it's so darn fun to glamorize humans as victims of our own success... if you're a Democrat. The Republicans can be equally stupid on other issues, but the global warming fallacy totally belongs to the tree-hugging environmentalists coddled by left-leaning Democrats.

Maybe it's concrete exposed in the cities that hold the heat, rather than the autos producing CO2 emissions. Maybe we should advocate tearing down Park Avenue penthouses in an effort to reduce hot spots on heat sensitive photos of earth.

Mud huts are much cooler by comparison.

Look around and I'm sure you'll find many experts willing to testify against the global warming theorists. They don't get much funding though, do they? Maybe promoting global warming hysteria provides another method for government to take money from us and give it to someone else so that they maintain power over each of us.

Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished Debate by scientist (contrasted with "idiot" Al Gore) S. Fred Singer puts quite a lot of the global warming "evidence" into perspective. Singer runs the Science and Environment Policy Project trying to set some of these fallacies straight. Gore is such a genius on cause and effect, by the way, that he shut down his family's tobacco farm AFTER his sister died of lung cancer!

Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University also opposes the global warming fallacies surrounding us in the media. Who? Exactly my point. Read this Denver Post article for an overview:

We can't forecast tomorrow's weather. What makes any of them think they can forecast 10 years from now.

What's in a disease?

Alcoholism is a disease. Obesity is a disease. Blah Blah Blah.

Diseases occur when OUTSIDE organisms enter the body. Everything else is an affliction. Unfortunately for doctors, afflictions were more difficult to get insurance to pay for. The American Medical Association then defined whatever they wanted to as a disease so that their members could get reimbursement from an insurance company for treating (at least) the symptoms.

Harmful chemicals entering the body do not create a disease, although they may weaken internal systems to the point where disease can take hold.

Getting fat faster than others is not a disease.

Getting addicted to alcohol or drugs is not a disease.

Arthritis is a disease. Aids is a disease. Polio is a disease. Cancer is a disease.

Now that they've coded the last genome, let's get some action on curing real diseases. The rest of it probably best rests with the shrinks.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Tax Incentives Corrupt Local Government

I usually blog about national topics, but this one was too good to pass up.

From a Gov. Matt Blunt press release:
Gov. Matt Blunt today announced that Higginsville Senior Center will receive over $147,000 in state tax credits for the center’s Higginsville Youth Center project.

The Higginsville Senior Center is expected to leverage up to at least $295,480 in local contributions to help fund the project, which will renovate a portion of the senior center into a youth center offering fitness, recreation and opportunities for positive development for youth.

So local voters won't approve a youth center in Higginsville? No problem... just convert part of your existing senior center to a youth center, with a few hundred thousand in tax credits.

What if we thought Missouri should spend its money on roads and infrastructure rather than tax credits for a Higginsville youth center... clearly a local issue?

Too bad for us.