Thursday, October 6, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs -- 1955 - 2011

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I don't use Apple products at all, really.  No Ipad.  No Iphone.  No Ipod.  No Itunes.

And yet, my admiration for the late Steve Jobs can hardly be overstated.  He was one of a handful of people that shaped the twentieth century and made the twenty-first century as we know it possible.  So many have managed to say it more eloquently than I ever could, so I'll leave it at a simple "Good bye, Steve.  You'll be missed."

Monday, September 12, 2011

Four Questions for Sarah Palin

In fairness to Rick Perry, four questions that I would like Sarah Palin to answer:
  • What's the difference between the Alaskan Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) act, and just another taxation on oil companies?
  • Frank Murkowski signed an executive order making Alaska a sanctuary state.  Why did you not rescind that order immediately upon taking office?
  • Are you confident that you could combat cronyism and other corruption in Washington DC the way you did in Alaska?  Why or why not?
  • What are your intentions in regards to the 2012 presidential campaign?

Four Questions for Rick Perry

  • You got a lot of people's attention when you said you desired to make government "inconsequential" in the lives of the American people.  When it comes to the federal government, exactly how would you begin to do that?
  • How do you square your desire to make government "inconsequential" with your use of an executive order to enforce a mandate on the people of Texas writ large?  For that matter, how do you square it with your plan for the Trans-Texas Corridor and its significant damage to Texan agriculture?
  • Do you believe there is constitutional authority for the existence of Social Security?  If so, where do you find it?  If not, what current government programs do operate under constitutional authority?
  • Do you believe in the often-used saw that "something must be done" by government bureaucrats?  Or do you believe that sometimes the best approach for government to take in solving a problem is to do nothing and let the people sort it out?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Constitutional Quandary (NOT)

There's been a lot of flap over Rick Perry's assertion that Social Security is a "ponzi scheme."  As much as I disagree with Rick Perry on certain issues from his governorship, I do believe this time he is right for the wrong reasons.

As long as we continue to debate the merits of "reforming" an unconstitutional mandate in the name of said mandate's "survival," we will remain distant from the intentions and ideals of our founders.  Social Security does not need to be reformed.  It needs to be abolished.  There is no authority for it in The Constitution, and that should be the final word.

Monday, January 10, 2011

An Open Message to John Green

Dear Mister Green,

I saw you on The Today Show this morning. As difficult as it is now to put my thoughts and feelings into words, I feel obligated to at least try.

I do share the sentiment that the possibility of these attacks is the price of a free society, but that's easy for me to say. I don't share your strength of character. As I sit here typing this, every attempt to put myself in your shoes only leads to grief and horror of the first order.

I think some things happen for a reason, but not everything. The thought that a loved one is in a better place is cold comfort to the loved ones left behind. Please know that there are many of us out here that can't make sense of this tragedy, and I'm not even about to try. No one deserves the pain that you are dealing with, and I hope and pray that you will find the peace you so richly deserve.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Something New

BlogTalkRadio has been very good to me, but unfortunately they're undergoing some changes over there that mean I won't be using that system anymore. Instead, I'm going to start using TalkShoe for a weekly half-hour commentary evey Saturday at 8:00 Eastern time. I hope you'll join me, and I'll put a bug up here on the blog for my faithful listeners. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me, and a belated Happy 2011.