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quote of the day – theodore roosevelt

There is not much I can add to this quote from Theodore Roosevelt provided by The Art of Manliness:

If a public man tries to get your vote by saying that he will do something wrong in your interest, you can be absolutely certain that if ever it becomes worth his while he will do something wrong against your interest.

Unfortunately, the kinds of folks who most need to learn from that quote do [...]

my thoughts on the outcome of yesterday’s charade

Are you at all surprised by the results in the 2012 elections? No? Good, you should not be. And if you are surprised, you have not been paying attention.

To begin with, the majority of Americans – or, at least, the majority of Americans who vote – have abandoned the individualistic, do-it-ourselves, pioneering spirit that made America great, and now they just want to know how much "free" stuff they can get from their [...]

knoxville elections

As a reminder to folks, Knox County’s early election started on the 17th and will run through until the 27th (1100-1900 M-F, 1100-1700 Saturday, closed Sunday), and then again 29OCT through 01NOV (1000-2000). I think I want the full “election day experience” this time around, but I am wavering on just getting it done and over with.

Not sure what the hours are going to be for voting locations on 06NOV, so you are [...]

quote of the day – roberta x

I confess that I experience some degree of perverse entertainment / amusement while I watch my peers and compatriots convince themselves they have to vote for either the crap sandwich or the gos-se sandwich in the upcoming Presidential election. No, a third party is not going to win this election, and it does not even really have a chance of placing that well in the overall polls… which is primarily due to the fact that [...]

a horribly perfect example

Why am I increasingly of the opinion that we are not "voting our way out of this"?

Because of gos-se like this:

The really depressing part of that article is the comments section, which right now leans 90% toward chastising the man for not bending over and taking it like a patriot. “My safety is worth more than your inconvenience!” “Like it or not, we’re at war, and that’s the way things are [...]

quote of the day – oleg volk

Much like graphics, analogies are remarkably useful tools for people to use to help other people understand concepts that may be outside of their realm of knowledge or immediate understanding. However, unlike graphical representations of hard data, analogies are almost invariably flawed (after all, few things/situations are exactly equivalent in all ways, shapes, and forms), but you can still learn something from not only the comparison itself, but also how it falls short.

For [...]

the very definition of “idiotic”*

Threatening generational warfare if anyone so much as looks at Social Security / Medicare / Medicaid with an eye towards salvaging the American economy.

Yes, because killing the people who are paying for your fat, dumb, and lazy ass’ retirement is obviously going to increase that program’s revenues!

Yes, because simply ignoring the fact that “mandatory” federal spending now exceeds federal revenues will obviously make that problem fix itself overnight!

Yes, because [...]

quote of the day – les jones

In case you have been living with your head in the sand (or up your nether regions, depending on your political bent), our government is spending money at a prodigious rate, to the point that “mandatory” expenses now exceed revenues (where “mandatory” means Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and interest on the debt… and I use quotation marks around that word, because I only see one item on that list that is actually mandatory).

So what is [...]