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Thursday, March 30, 2006

The DNC is setting up toll-free phone lines and airing ads on "black" radio stations. While the DNC is claiming that this is a nonpartisan move, I call BS. It is this very racially motivated, sleighted garbage that got an asshat like Ray Nagin elected in the first place. Talk about pulling the proverbial wool over your unwitting constituents eyes. While setting up toll-free phone lines is great and all, what is the motivation DNC? Just because? I think not. Anyone with common sense can see right through this shifty move.

"Our mission is simple: To reduce any impediment and to make sure their voices are heard," said Donna Brazile. She is the chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute and also a democratic activist in addition to being an African-American, or "black". That's all well and good Brazile, but where were you before Katrina? Where was the DNC pre-Katrina? Were they trying to quash poverty and such in The Big Easy before the storm? Why now? Like I said, I am calling BS.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Wait a minute!

In recent news and an apparent turnaround, "the Democrats" have pledged to eliminate Usama bin Laden and redeploy troops; all in 2006. But Minus, how do the Democrats propose to do this? Well, reader(s), they (persons like Reid and Pelosi) plan to (get this) double the amount of Special Forces and add more spies. You probably have heard this same idea before...because it has been the idea of conservatives for quite some time. Apparently the Dems are a bunch of steez-biters now. Real classy.


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Saturday, March 25, 2006
First off, if you think that the Cold War ever ended, you may probably be mistaken. A particular phase of the never-ending Cold War did end, but as they say: "it is the world's second oldest profession", so I don't think that it's going anywhere anytime soon.

Some captured Iraqi documents were translated and come to find out Russia may have provided intelligence to Iraq (read that as Saddam Hussein) during the 2003 Iraq War. While not a shocker to those in my circle, some may find it hard to believe. Either way, Patton should have been turned loose in 1945.

The thing that I would like to point out in this entry is that this cloak and dagger type behavior is still very real. When an article such as this one says that "Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service" denies the claims that they provided intelligence to Saddam during the War, I am not surprised by the claims, but am surprised that they don't just outright say that the KGB denies it. Let's be real; the KGB never went away, it spread out and formed different agencies such as the FSB, SVR, FSO, FAPSI, etc. The list goes on. Putin himself is a "former" KGB yes-man. Denial is, of course, all part of the game. Depending on who speak to, either Machiavelli or Sun Tzu was right: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.


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Actor Randy Quaid is suing the studio that produced the adaptation of Ang Lee's novel "Brokeback Mountain" about a couple of gay sheep herders who "fall in love". I have not seen the film so I can't lend any sort of support to Quaid's claims that he was underpaid for his supporting role in the film.

While not really news to me, I just happen to think that Quaid is suing the studio for $10,000,000 USD; that's a lot of cash. I am not typecasting or anything, but seriously Cousin Eddie, are you worth it?


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Thursday, March 23, 2006

In the state of Texas, undercover agents are being sent into bars to arrest people for being drunk. There may be more to the story, but at first glance this seems like a goofy way to go about things. The overall aim of the mission is to arrest people in hopes of preventing them from getting hurt and or harming other people due to their intoxicated state. This is a good thing, but I think that sending in undercover officers is overkill. Why not set up checkpoints outside the bars instead? Does it really take a covert action to stop someone from getting behind the wheel of a car? I don't think so. Also mentioned in the article as another reason posted by Carolyn Beck is: "There are a lot of dangerous and stupid things people do when they're intoxicated, other than get behind the wheel of a car," Beck said. "People walk out into traffic and get run over, people jump off of balconies trying to reach a swimming pool and miss." What is to say that the designated driver drops off the "drunk" at his/her house and the alleged "dangerous and stupid things" take place at their residence? Try to not ignore the fact that it doesn't even take alcohol for people to do "dangerous and stupid things". People go to bars to socialize and drink some booze. I think that moderation is the key here. Maybe more emphasis should be placed on education and moderation vice busting pub-goers at the pub.


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Sunday, March 19, 2006
It was no large surprise that anti-war protests didn't bring in much of a crowd. Let's face it; I can draw more protesters with a number 2 pencil and some sketch paper than the likes of the anti-war steez biters combined. I was sifting through all the loser reports and found one interesting (no, not really) quote by the Queen Nut: "Katrina only happened because of the incompetence and callousness of the (Bush) administration, just as we've seen in Iraq,"

I have already mentioned in previous posts about why these people make no sense and are going nowhere fast, but this is a good one. Really Cindy? Man can control nature on a whim? It's quotes like these that make it necessary for the Cashew to make sure that critics know she is referring to the ensuing mess and not the weather. But anyhow, as the topic has been discussed ad nauseum and people like her still don't get the fact that the current administration isn't to blame, it's funny to hear and make light of her useless banter. And for the record: you haven't seen shit in Iraq, but I am willing to bet that you can tell me what the inside of Hugo Chavez' office looks like...well, at least the ceiling anyway. Dummy.


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I didn't know that the Dixie Chicks were still above ground to be honest, that's how much of a fan I am, or am not. After jumping on the "slam the President of the USA" bandwagon in 2003, their sales have taken a crap and they have been shunned by some in the country music genre.

It is important to note that I am not bitter about this because there is a conservative in the White House, rather I am upset because the position of President should be respected regardless of political affiliation. Anyone who slams the President outside of their own grey-matter should be slapped across the face and automatically enrolled in some sort of US History class using Paul Johnson's book as the text just to remember why it is that their country-asses exist in the first place. Dummies.

I am told that the "new" Dixie Chicks album is out on May 23rd. I won't be buying a copy of that crap. Regardless of their past antics, their music sucks road-apples.


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Said Dummies in the Wire.

I think this is pretty funny and right in line with the previous post. The valiant protesters of Ann Arbor, Michigan are taking to the streets to protest the "domestic spying programs". Minus, how are they going to stick it to the man this time? Get this: they are going to take mug shots of each other and label them "war protester". Get it? That will teach those pesky feds! Dummies.

What's even more hilarious is that they plan to turn in the mug shots with labels into the Department of Homeland Security officials at the local federal building as part of the "turn yourself into the National Security Agency" initiative. Sounds like fun guys, but why not just send it to the NSA? Or did you realize that your "cause" is in fact a big pile of crap waiting to be appropriately placed in the garbage? You must further realize that the Department of Homeland Security isn't the NSA right?

Peaceworks is the group responsible for this remarkable idea to take pictures of themselves and send them to the wrong agency to make a "point". Director of the group, Phillis Engelbert, slightly retarded, said this: "We want to save them the effort, and show them who we are," Great Phillis except no one gives a crap who you are, much less wants your picture. I am pretty sure you and your time-wasting friends will save the government money just as you suggest, not by the methods you presented but for the simple reasons that I can only imagine what they are going to do with your pictures. Being that they can't retain the pictures, perhaps they could just erase the moustache off of yours (to alter the appearance) and keep it around the office for some dartboard love?

The best part of this whole deal is that these dummies obviously have no clue how their government works. The news even gave tons of clues as to the allegations of domestic spying; it was in reference to wiretapping. Do you expect them to wiretap your pictures then and just let them sit in the office all the while with looks and thoughts of, "Hey, they aren't talking much." You make me laugh, Phillis; not because your funny but because you think this will accomplish something.

"As far as we're concerned we have no interest in people exercising their first amendment rights," said Senior Special Agent Greg Stejskal. That's the nice way of saying you can be a dummy and waste a Sunday if you want to. Good luck with that.


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There is little support for the unorganized hordes of protesters that attend anti-war rallies to promote their respective causes. It is odd that at an "anti-war" rally you will find that the majority of the "activists" don't really know why they are there. Take protestor Martha Conrad of Chicago, Illinois for example. During a recent protest she was quoted as saying "I'm against this war, I'm against the torture," which is all fine and dandy until we get to the latter portion of the quote: "We're doing this for the people of Iraq."

I sincerely doubt that the "people of Iraq" knows that her seemingly retarded-ass exists (I didn't know she existed and I live in the same country). No, no, I am sure the "people of Iraq" appreciate your efforts dummy. I am pretty sure that a well placed box of food or pallet of water would get more notice of the "people of Iraq" than some random asshole making claims in the name of an entire nation, but hey, whatever floats your boat lady. I can tell you have never been to the Middle East but may have seen it on TV before. Real classy.

It is thanks to persons like the Conrad's, Rosenleaf's and Sheehan's that the anti-war "movement" is becoming a joke. Due to their own lunacy and failure to organize a bake sale to support either the troops or the "people of Iraq" much less a rally that means anything more than showing the world how crazy you are, their words and actions are tired and should be put to bed. They have become back-page news due to their own antics...pretty funny really. Sitting on the shoulders of the hippies of days gone by will plainly get you nowhere quickly. Head for the ditches and pitch your tents.

Thanks to all the dummies out there who make that possible, you know who you are: you are the "proud socialist" from Chicago who works for the government of California, you are the aged old hag who sends out veiled threats on the internet from her classroom in a small town in Montana, you are the worst mother anyone could have for dragging your kids name through the mud in the name of publicity, you are the "solider" who smokes dope and pops pills whilst in the military, you are the supporters of the above and more than anything, you are fair-weather Americans. Here's to you dummies!


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Saturday, March 11, 2006

A teenage boy, considered by at least 100,000 people to be the reincarnate of Buddha, has disappeared along with some of his followers from the spot he had been meditating for some 10 months without food or water. It would be interesting to find that he was in fact the reincarnation of Buddha, but before jumping to that conclusion I would check Subway, or perhaps the local White Castle first.


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Russell Crowe announced last night on Jay Leno that he would be having another son, due sometime in June or July. They have already purchased baby's first toy:
Apparently, if baby doesn't get what he wants, the hired-help is in for a surprise (and maybe a settlement)!


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With news of the tyrant Slobodan Milosevic's death, I will be toasting that very fact with a beer tonight. Having been exposed directly to what that criminal did to the Balkans and her people's, I am glad he is gone. I hope that this doesn't cause a huge flap for the Hague War Crimes Tribunal though.


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Wednesday, March 08, 2006
A bit of the funny.

In an argument and subsequent fight that arose by one maid accusing the other of stealing shit-tickets off of her cart, one went to the hospital and the other to jail. One was armed with a plunger, the other with a mop. I envision a bout of martial arts known only to the secret sect of maids involved ensued. The "winner" (honestly, is there anything remotely resembling a winner in this case?) of the bout used a mop to batter her opponent about the arms and was slapped with assault and battery charges in addition to a $5000.00 USD fine. Bow to your sensei!


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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: ARABIC FOR "ASSHAT"

Iran has threatened the US with "harm and pain" for the role that the US has played in trying to stop Iran from uranium enrichment. Mahmoud, if by harm and pain you mean to have another Iranian hostage crisis a la 1979; forget about it. Dismissed as nothing but shallow rhetoric, the White House is standing by its decision along with several other EU nations to ensure that a generally irresponsible government like Iran doesn't produce nuclear weapons. If anything, statements like this solidify the reasoning of the collective nations as to why Iran should most definitely not have nuclear weapons.

I am fairly confident that Iran has already caused the US as well as the participating EU nations "harm and pain" by having to be babysat by the world. Furthermore, if you have to ask to build something in your own country, I am sure that's a sign of being inept. I would focus more on getting your country in order and under control, Tehran. Then perhaps it would be prudent to worry about what is going on outside of your obviously unstable world. Until then: sit down, shut up and get your country straight.


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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Cindy Sheehan (who the hell is that, you may ask), was arrested again outside of the UN in New York after refusing to move from a doorway. She wasn't alone; three other dummies joined her. Keep in mind that they initially had 20 protesters but apparently dedication to the cause tested the resolve of the other 16. At any rate, the ultimate goal was to deliver a petition with a paltry 60,000 signatures on it to the UN to urge them to prevent civil war in Iraq. The petition was not received and so the Cashew and her paltry band of losers threw a fit and sat in front of the door.
"I was sent down (I work in the furnace-room) to receive the paper with names on it, but there were three big babies blocking the door. So I went for a smoke break in the lounge instead."

--UN Employee
Nice; real classy.

No one is really sure of the Cashew's goals anymore; not even the Queen Nut herself could tell you. Her "goals" have shifted from camping in ditches to sponsored trips by socialist weasels. This is just another stage in her demise. What an empty shell that nut is. Hopefully the police will allow the Queen Nut her petition back so that she can recycle the paper it's written on; it's good for little else.


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Monday, March 06, 2006
On a forum that I frequently visit, one of the users's brought about an interesting, occurrence. The user pointed out the irony of Ms. Barbara Streisand's website and a particular entry and also pointed out that a celebrity of her caliber should perhaps run her tired tripe through a spell checker. In the article, Ms. Streisand refers to President Bush as an arrogant C student (which isn't a crime), but the irony is the amount of spelling errors! Among the most notable were:


If that isn't calling the kettle black. As there are numerous examples of it, I am sure it's not the last time! Good find I say! The best one is her paltry "defense" letter on her website. She blames Republicans for attacking her on the "least pertinent level". Well gee Barb, I think that if you are writing to the House Minority Leader you would want your "memo" to be error free, wouldn't you? Is the position of House Minority Leader not pertinent in some way? She tries to blame her atrocious spelling on a host of things, including employees. It makes me wonder if she knows that the red and green lines under most of her typed documents weren't the "Xmas Package" installed by Microsoft. Take responsibility for yourself woman.
"The manner in which this memo was leaked obliterated the imperative message of the note by drawing attention only to the fact that a few words had been misspelled."
I beg to differ Barb; it was the egregious spelling that obliterated the message (which wasn't imperative in the slightest). What was the Yiddish word for "dummy" again?


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Sunday, March 05, 2006
"The system of private property is the most important guarantee of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not. It is only because the control of the means of production is divided among many people acting independently that nobody has complete power over us, that we as individuals can decide what to do with ourselves."

--F.A. Hayek

I would like to define something pertaining to the overall scope of this entry. Liberty has many meanings, but isn't all that hard to define. Liberty means that you are free from restriction or control; you are free to make your own decisions and more specifically free from unjust or undue government control. In the scope of this article, there should be parallels drawn from that of economic freedom as well as political freedom; two different entities but interrelated ones nonetheless. While not necessarily a case for capitalism or against the likes of socialism and communism, conclusions may be drawn to the tune of just that.

It would seem that many a person via calculated confusion, coercion, pressure to belong to a particular group, not being in a position to think for yourself and or conduct your own actions, or just plain ignorance continue to defend positions in which they possess little or no knowledge of. I perhaps, am guilty of the same, but attempt to rectify that heinous position by researching topics as well as keeping a somewhat open mind about differing political ideologies and varying definitions of freedom. In my modest opinion, socialism is one of those would-be defenseless positions. There are many in defense of socialism, why I cannot fully understand. Socialism itself has negative connotations associated with it that are akin to political genocide and perhaps even the repressive nature of communism.

From here out, it may be important to impress the feeling that I get about quite a few modern liberals essentially masquerading about as socialists and straying away from the intent of the classical liberal. That is not to say that today's conservative (yesterday's classical liberal) isn't gravitating away from an original intent, they just aren't gravitating towards socialism. I am fully aware of my liberties. I further realize that my liberties should not be taken for granted and happen to be privileges. That is precisely why it is so important to become at least familiar with politics; to have and understand the limits of your liberties and further defense of said liberties when the time comes. I have read the Constitution of the United States of America and frankly cannot determine why someone in their right frame of mind would consider that a "living, breathing" document. It is asinine to think that this country is content to be run by the Supreme Court. It is worse to think that a non-elected judiciary may strip me of my rights and or liberties by utilization of their liberal interpretation of the Constitution. In that case, I will support the appointment of more strict constructionists to the high court in hopes that there will be a more sensible approach to the realization that the Constitution isn't an evolving document. Change within that framework occurs within the amendment process. Without diving into the several examples of how this "evolving" mindset can strip the individual of liberty and right, I would definitely encourage further research into the matter.

Socialism itself seems to have a want for the abolishment of personal property rights as well as an equal distribution of wealth among the populace. Add the fact that some or all of the means of production are given to the populace to run. These facts alone seem an impossible combination for the theory to work. Socialism places a great importance on that of co-operation vice competition as well as the general welfare of the population vice an individualistic approach. Marx was fond of the notion that the working class, or proletariat, would be the controlling societal element as they are the producing members of society. This would leave no choice for the bourgeoisie (i.e. capitalist) but to align within the new framework of the proletariat-controlled society and give way not to competition as accustomed, but to that of co-operation. What this baseline theory fails to employ in its equation is that of human nature. Competition is a natural aspect of life. To deny human nature in something so large a theory as that of communism or socialism is to be blinded by foolishness. Socialism favors the general welfare in that I couldn't decide what to do with my means of production any longer. If personal property isn't a facet of liberty, then I don't know what is.

Try to imagine a socialist society in today's world. It is very near impossible as there aren't really any successes of such a system; all we can really do is imagine. All that we are left with is evidence of political genocide and subsidies that strip the individual of their rights all in the name of promoting the general welfare. What is being experienced is not the Marxist vision of a transition from capitalism to that of socialism. Many countries are taking the other route and making a logical, reasonable transition from a semi-socialist framework to that of a capitalist framework. Why? Because it works! Many economists and history have proven Socialism belongs nowhere but on paper. Capitalism allows the individual to maintain personal liberty all the while making the determination what is best suited for his or her needs; it isn't determined by what is good for the general welfare of the population. To have the attitude that anyone can think positively about the general welfare of an entire population before their family and their inherent needs is ludicrous. Socialism seems to favor the unwitting mind. Competition is a natural occurrence. This is where the negative liberty of the pursuit of personal happiness and little government interference makes complete sense to me as an acceptable definition of political freedom. Capitalism will allow me to make that final move via competition and a free market into the economic freedom that many desire. It is strange that many of today's liberals will place a higher emphasis on that of personal potential and call it a positive liberty. It has crossed my mind before that many who align themselves with the socialist ideology (but often times don't know why) seem to think that those that sit in the richest corporations in the world had their wealth handed to them. They also started as the proletariat but chose not to let the chatter dissuade them in their climb to achieve both political and economic freedom. The main scrutiny of this type of individual should be one of exploitation of their labor (as Marx said). If that is so, the obvious repercussions need to be pursued.

That is not to say that capitalism isn't without faults; it isn't. When Marx mentioned "to each according to his needs", he seems to have completely faltered in reason. In this communist logic, this attack on the socialist utopia, denies that the populace will never have the same needs. That is where being an individual comes into mind. Why would I (or any of you) have the same needs? Surely we have some similar needs, but never the exact same needs that would be required of a system such as socialism to work. It is debatable and equally as arguable that anything other than a state-capitalist society has existed and called themselves socialists.

All told, Socialism belongs in history books and that's about it. The individual mind is the governing mind and shouldn't be tread-upon and forced to waver from liberty and personal freedom. That is not to say that governance is not necessary, but it is to say that minimal governance both economically and politically, is necessity. To have one of the most famous documents in the world be defamed by liberal interpretation is frightening to say the least. To exist within today's society and economic framework easily points in only one direction. To be repressed and told that your personal freedoms and wealth are being sacrificed for the general welfare of the population (including those who refuse to help themselves) isn't on the schedules of anyone I know. Keep government interference at a minimum and refuse to accept ideas like eminent domain and the oppressive potential that an interpretation of the Constitution may have on your liberties...you may begin to think differently.


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Saturday, March 04, 2006
There have been many reading lists put out over the years. There is one from Oxford, one from the Secretary of the Army, one from Barnes and Noble, etc. Well, I have to include my own. I am sure that Nemesis from this blog, Zinga and Ninja Kittyz (both more or less from Word.), and even A Man in the Arena have their own reading lists. I would like to see them and inquire as to why their books are on the list. Anyhow, here it goes:

  • The Bible-This should be a no-brainer.

  • The Gulag Archipelago-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn-A deep, firsthand account of Soviet repression.

  • US Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights, Federalist Papers and Declaration of Independence. Another no-brainer. Makes you realize that those who believe the Constitution of the US is a "living, breathing document" may have only heard of it before.

  • The Communist Manifesto-Marx and Egels. "The spectre of pipe-dreams is haunting reality."

  • Mein Kampf-Hitler. Interesting to know how a sadistic individual envisions the perfect world and how his utopia is many others' hell.

  • Bill The Galactic Hero-Harry Harrison. A science-fiction community response to Heinlein's Starship Trooper's. That was another good book (arguably or not about a militaristic, fascist utopia).

  • The Great Anarchists-Paul Eltzbacher. A decent look into the "ideas and teachings" of 7 anarchists including Godwin, Proudhon, Stirner, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Tucker and Tolstoy.

  • The Worldly Philosophers-Robert Heilbroner. Heilbroner, a socialist, writes an unbiased book about some of the world's great thinkers. He was a socialist that recognized the downfalls of socialism.

  • A History of the American People-Paul Johnson. Nemesis recommended this one. I had suggested an interest in Zinn's version of American history and was nearly mistaken for a vampire by Nemesis. Zinn = biased crap.

  • Capitalism and Freedom-Milton Friedman. One hell of an argument for that of the reigning champion of economic systems: capitalism. Never thought of politics and economic freedom being related, eh? Read.

  • The Mind and the Market-Jerry Z. Muller. Another work along the same lines as Heilbroner's tome above, however, this one includes thoughts from 20th century communist, fascist and neoliberal intellectuals. That being said, I didn't see any thoughts by Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Madonna, er, Esther (this week), Cindy Sheehan, Noam Chomsky or Michael Moore, so they must be talking about other fascists and communists.

  • The Fatal Conceit-F.A. Hayek. Aptly subtitled: The Errors of Socialism.

  • The Road to Serfdom-F.A. Hayek. Are you a Keynes fan? You probably won't be after you read the truth. Vindication is the word.

  • Guerilla WarfareChe Guevara. Everyone's favorite capitalist writes about warfare. Funny thought though about how he never actually won a battle...revolutionary indeed. Those fans and t-shirt wearing supporters should take a closer look at the Battle of Santa Clara; he didn't win, give it up.

  • The Politics of Prudence-Russell Kirk. Don't know who this guy is? Put down your burrito and go find out...then read this book.

Among the list are some books that are in my queue for reading as well as some already read. They are worth mentioning and made the list because I will easily read them again. At any rate, of mention are some of my favorite authors: Ayn Rand, Jack Kerouac, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, William S. Burroughs, Norman Maclean, the Inkling Crew (Rowling, Lewis and Tolkien), John Comer, Sir Isaac Newton...the list goes on.

This list and following favorite authors isn't all inclusive. Just a taste of my favorite reads and or list of should-reads. You may learn a few things about how the world works and the way people think by reading a few of these. The reason that some of the more controversial authors are on the list is because it is important to read more than one train of thought. While keeping an open mind about the controversial subjects, it is easy to be reminded of why not very many people agree with the controversy but can agree about their defeats of the past and the future. Weigh in with your lists and happy reading.


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Wednesday, March 01, 2006
I saw this add while working on a popular search engine and thought that it's things like this that promote financial stupidity. Right below this image was the national average credit score: 678. Not so great.


Now for the odd notion: if you can't afford it, don't buy it. More credit cards will lead straight to a financial bind. The solution for getting better credit isn't to get another credit card.


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In my opinion, the flaw is one of moral priority. Gene Upshaw had this interesting comment:
"We're deadlocked. There's nowhere to go," Upshaw said Tuesday. "There's no reason to continue meeting."
Let me see if I can help the problem Mr. Upshaw! Why don't we take the average salary of the American teacher (around $44,000) and switch it with the crybaby athletes average salary (around $1,000,000)? If they are proactive, they can work with their agents and work on some endorsement deals to subsidize lost "income".

I can learn much more from a professional teacher than I can from a bunch of professionals named after appliances. Think on it.


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