The following excerpts from Ben Stein's NY Times piece: Exxon Mobil needs a hug "Exxon Mobil, in fact, is owned mostly by ordinary Americans. Mutual funds, index funds and pension funds (including union pension funds) own about 52 percent of Exxon Mobil’s shares. Individual shareholders, about two million or so, own almost all the rest. The pooh-bahs who run Exxon own less than 1 percent of the company." "When Exxon Mobil earns almost $12 billion in a quarter, or $41 billion in a year, as it did in 2007, that money does not go into the coffers of a few billionaire executives quaffing Champagne in Texas. It goes into the pension and retirement accounts of ordinary citizens. When Exxon pays a dividend, that money goes to pay for the mortgages and oxygen tanks and in-home care of lots of elderly Americans." "So, Mr. Obama, which union pension plans — and which blue-collar workers who Read more
Note: I did not consult any of my co-contributors here before writing this. It's 10:40PM on Thursday, March 6, 2008 and I have finally had it with what I believe is propaganda about how Blue Water Wind is wanting to rob me blind. I am incredibly upset with the propaganda war being waged via radio advertisements. For all the money Delarvae is claiming it will cost us customers to "fund" BWW, I can only wonder, how much is this anti-BWW advertising blitz costing us? Part of my issue is, it's not just one recorded commercial that airs. There seems to be a calculated response or attack ad curiously timed with each new announcement either from BWW or Delarvae. As an average citizen who has to spend many hours a day and week away from family doing what I can to support them, I don't have the luxury to keep fully abreast of he said/she said. For those like me, this has become an appearance Read more
This is several months old, but I just saw it for the first time. Enjoy.
Since it doesn't happen too often these days, I'll point out that I was right...albeit prematurely...for now. Since we've since changed sites, here's the original: Prediction - Lawsuit stops Democratic National Convention If Hillary falls short on the delegate count going into the Democratic convention she will sue to sit “banned” delegates from Michigan (156) and Florida (210). Furthermore, the folks who don’t like (or understand) the electoral college and thus should not like this situation either, will say nothing if they are Obama supporters. They will look the other way and hope for the best. Hillary supporters will come out swinging and ultimately win the fight. Update: Do you really want to tick off the Democratic voters of Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Arkansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, Florida Read more
Yes, I am greatly humbled by this. I watch American Idol. I am sorry for the shame I have befallen upon you all for my own trangression, and that is to all of my earthly human siblings. Look, when I hear someone (Jason Castro) cover Jeff Buckley's cover (#6 on linked list) of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (#5 on linked list) and do it spot-on to that point of getting the same chills I get when hearing Buckley's CD, it is worth a major shout! When I hear Randy (not me), Paula, and Simon all crow in agreement how that is their favorite cover of all time, then I realize I have sinned greatly and am indeed on a path straight to hell. You have my confession. Read more
The Left in this country has perpetrated a proposition that Corporations are evil. That rich people should have more taxes because they don’t need their money. They seem to make you think that having money is the root of all evil. (The Christian scripture says the “love of money” while speaking frequently of wise money management.) Where are William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman when you need them? Rabbi Daniel Lapin has a new book Thou Shalt Prosperin which he reminds us that God wants us to prosper by serving others. Joel Olsteen and Robert Schuller also have written books reminding us that success is good. What these gentlemen have done is strip away the moral foundation of poverty industry. The work of the late, great Milton Friedman and his wife Rose have decimate the economic theory of the poverty industry. They reminded us that the business of business is Read more
Received another blast email from OVJ (Our Vacationing Jud) about Maria Evans’ tireless (and appreciated) monitoring of DNREC’s attitude towards NRG. Please read her blog entry on this. She does a great job, as usual, in covering DNREC’s absence of working logic. <- Maria’s nomination for DNREC’s Mascot!
All parents think their children are special and I certainly believe the presence of this unconditional love makes you a better person. As a father of five, I have been blessed, but I must admit I wish I had the honor of being Patrick’s dad too. I’m jealous. I hope everyone takes a few minutes to view what optimism and inspiration can produce. Sometimes we forget the good when we concentrate so hard on uncovering the bad. I suggest that if a blogger conference/dinner is ever held, we round up the resources and invite Patrick to Delaware as the event’s featured speaker. Link to his story here What a wonderful human being.
I can think of my own reasons to vote for or not vote for any candidate. However... Got some juicy Barack Obama emails about why I should be frightfully concerned about him? Stop the crap, now. I am tired of it and it pains me to think I know of so many naive...scratch that....utterly gullible and stupid people. Please, stop tossing your litter into my email box and make snopes.com your new friend. As a matter of fact, do not ever again send me your forward crap until verifying your content through snopes.com. Here, on this topic, I will lend you a hand: Obama content from snopes.com Friends don't let friends become embarrasingly stupid...snopes.com...it's your friend. P.S.: There is a date and time stamp with that great tag line for snopes.com! It's mine!!! Except for the snopes.com part. Read more
Is America really ready for a Black President? It has been only a hundred years since we were allowed to study Negro history. America being an historically racist nation, conducted a sort of ethnic cleansing of history. It is bad enough that non-whites were given inferior education. What was even worse is that they were not even allowed to know what they achieved. Even today except during black history month, you would think that the only accomplishments Blacks made was in opposing slavery and supporting civil rights. Is a nation which is less than 45 years removed from legal segregation ready to accept one of the minority class to represent it on the world stage? I think the answer of the majority is yes. No candidate has gotten as much excitement in the Democratic Party since Bobby Kennedy. I think the Clintons think no. There actions show that they believe the race Read more
You have to see this video. It is called "The Story of Stuff". It blasts our wasteful and materialistic society. On a lot of the points I have to agree, we need to implement better ways of production, cut waste, and return to caring about people more than stuff. It's author, Annie Leonard is well informed and articulate, but she seems to think government should run everything and corporations are evil. She seems to think American prosperity impoverishes everyone else. She seems like a nice lady, but listening to her, I would think that Americans are a thuggish, thieving, trashy people destroying the planet and ravishing the third world. I respectfully disagree. If the world were more prosperous before our economic advancement, then a case could be made. The truth is the world is more prosperous because of us. 100 years ago the world could not sustain 1 billion people Read more
You wonder why voters are so cynical about politicians, but what do you expect when even the rookies break their promises before they even get started. McCain challenges Obama to keep his word on public financing Please insert excuses in the comments section.