Sunday, December 30, 2007
1. ABC is taking issue with how other media has mis-characterized statements made by Fred Thompson. Yes, media do run corrections. But this sort of up-front correction is rare. Usually, corrections are in 10-point font in a little 1.5" by 3" box at the bottom of page A8.
2. The process of campaigning for office has indeed gotten over-valued. Yes, we need to know who we are electing and why. We need to know their positions, the strengths, and the weaknesses. But, money, time, and media perception have become more important than the candidate's philosophy and approach to governing.
I realize that Pakistan is not the ideal country with the ideal government. But should a presidential candidate make accusations of conspiracy and corruption, threats of withdrawing aid, and statements of innuendo? What would happen if she were actually elected as president? I think Pakistan would rapidly go from imperfect ally to bitter rival.
Hillary: Pakistan troops might have killed Bhutto -- Newsday.com
Monday, November 26, 2007
I'm throwing my support behind Fred Thompson. Is he the perfect canidate that will make everything fantastic and solve all of our problems? No, he isn't. No one is nor has anyone ever been. But I do think he is the best choice for our country. I really think his views on Constitutionalism can do a lot to restoring this country to its true greatness and what it was meant to become. For years, I've believed that ignoring the constitution and what it says has lead us down a path of government that is less effective, more intrusive, and less desirable.
If Fred Thompson will do what he says he believes. I think we can restore some of what makes our country great. Let's get behind him and help him get elected.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
|You Are Great With Money|
You know the value of a dollar - and you save and spend wisely.
By living below your means, you've set yourself up for a rich future.
And while it may hurt to sacrifice now, you'll probably have plenty of money later on.
You're on your way to riches - just keep it up.
Apparently, I am. But I can't take credit. My wife an I live by the priciples taught by Dave Ramsey. He says we should manage money like "God and Grandma" tell us to, meaning, use Biblical values and common sense not letting our emotions interfere.
Dave Ramsey teaches three principles and seven steps.
The three principles are:
- Live within your means. Don't spend more than you earn.
- Budget. Know where you money goes and plan where it should go.
- Avoid dept. Don't borrow money, period.
The seven steps he teaches are:
- Build a cash reserve of $1000 fast. This is for the emergency situations none of us can predict.
- Pay off all debt as fast as you can. This excludes a mortgage which is paid off in step 6.
- Build up a savings equal to 3 to 6 months of expenses. This completes the savings begun in step 1.
- Invest in retirement. None of us want to work forever.
- Build up a college fund for your children. Obviously, if you don't have kids or if they are already on their own, this step doesn't apply.
- Pay off the mortgage. This will completely rid you of any debt.
- Invest and give. By this point, you should have more ability to do what you want with your money.
So, where are we? Well, we're on a modified step 6. We don't have kids so we skipped step 5. Currently, we're saving money to purchase a house. We want a really good down payment so that 1. we'll have a small mortgage and 2. we can pay off that mortgage rapidly. We don't want to have debt the rest of our lives.
If you haven't discovered Dave Ramsey and his teachings, you need to do so.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
A Mexican army tank patrols near a church in San Pedro, an affluent suburb of Monterrey. Once considered one of Mexico’s safest cities, Monterrey has witnessed more than 100 drug-related murders in the past year [sic]”
Again, I wonder what editors get paid to do at magazines. They obviously don't hire fact-checkers or even proof-readers for that matter. There are two mistakes in the caption:
1. There's a period missing from the second sentence.
2. That isn't a tank that we see in the picture, that's a HMMWV, the military version of the Hummer H1. And, though I am no expect, it doesn't even look like an armored HMMWV (the printed picture is a little clearly and more detail is visible) which means its skin is just a thin as any other automobile as certainly is NOT a tank.Also interesting was the caption found online for the photograph:
The Mexican military patrols San Pedro, a rich neighborhood in Monterrey. This unit is stationed not far from a church where a wedding ceremony for members of a wealthy family was taking place.”
Notice that the new caption has only a little resemblance for the original.
Again, I think I could be a good fact-checker. Anyone hiring?
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
What if someone wanted to use this for political or propaganda purposes. How would we know. How could we tell? HAT TIP: LGF.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
And, of course, there were bands everywhere. This one was playing in an empty warehouse and had the whole crowd dancing.
Monday, August 27, 2007
"Child fighters, once a rare presence on Iraq’s battlefields, are playing a significant and growing role in kidnappings, killings and roadside bombings in the country, U.S. military officials say."
"Stone attributes the rise in child fighters in the country, in part, to the pressure that the U.S. buildup of troops has placed on the flow of foreign fighters. Fewer of them are making it into the country, he said, and the militant group Al Qaeda in Iraq is having a difficult time recruiting adults locally. Thus, it has turned to children."
I had two thoughts while I was reading the article and a third as I was typing this post.
1. Sick! Sick! Sick! Sick! I don't say bad language but I have some in mind for Al Qaeda in Iraq who would use children as expendable fodder. Are they so mentally disturbed that they think their religion allows, or even encourages, such disgusting behavior?
2. As upsetting as this is, it is actually a sign that Al Qaeda in Iraq may be in its twilight. It has been a trend that in past, elongated conflicts the losing side begins using anyone that can to prolong the inevitable. For example, the beaches of Normandy in 1944 was protected by very few Germans but a lot of conscripts from other nations, old men, and young boys. Al Qaeda in Iraq seems to be beginning, according to this article, this same pattern.
3. The last thought I had occurred while I was writing this entry. I am proud of what our military is doing in this situation. If you think about it, it could be doing much worse. Certainly, Al Qaeda in Iraq would do much worse. I'm sure that they would just simply execute these young boys. We aren't. A more humane country would just simply lock them up and throw away the key. We didn't. We are actually taking time to teach, to educate, to care for these young boys. Doesn't that say something about who are the American people?
Saturday, August 25, 2007
"The College Board is pleased to announce that your Biology course is authorized to use the 'AP®' designation for the 2007-08 academic year. The College Board applauds and recognizes your efforts to provide your students with the academic rigor and college-level experience that is the promise of AP. I thank you for the time and effort you put into participating in the AP Course Audit."
That's one course audit down! I still have to get the AP Calculus audit approved. Oh well.
Friday, August 24, 2007
He brings up a couple of really good points:
1. Congratulations to the media for not over-reporting this. My first reaction was, "Why didn't I hear about this!"
2. What do you call the murder of 500 innocent people? Murder, terror, genocide? This is another concept where the English language just doesn't cover it.
Please be patient as I will correct this as soon as I can. Unfortunately, I won't have time tonight to fix it, but I will as soon as I can.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Is he biased? Who isn't? I think, "Yes, he is." But, he isn't covert about it. He doesn't have a raging agenda. At the most, you could say that what he wants is to report Iraq how it should be reported.
Give him a read.