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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Tweedle Fascist “vs” Tweedle Socialist ?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:19 PM (23:19)

Current mood: cynical

In this election cycle’s gubernatorial race, we’ve got Tweedle Fascist and Tweedle Socialist playing games with rhetoric over tax hikes and spending cuts.

Bailing Out New Mexico: How It May Be Done

Monahan speculates that a 2002-style raid on the permanent fund is imminent AND that Martinez isn’t ruling out her support for such a raid.

Susana Takes Center Lane On Education

Per Monahan, Martinez disavows cutting the public-school budgets, and then disavows Florida-style vouchers.

I just have to wonder – don’t results matter?

Martinez: No Tax Hikes in First Term

Martinez promises no tax hikes in the first term, even while pledging not to cut the (non-productive) public school system.

In the same article, Dipstick Denish proposes Ø450,000,000 in spending cuts over five years, mostly nickel-and-dime stuff.

Conclusion – both candidates leave the free-market voter on the side of the road where taxes and spending are concerned.

What’s left?!

Second Amendment: Well . . . Martinez promises to leave gun owners alone (I think). Denish complains that the southern border is a “transit point for narcotics and weapons”.

Drug Prohibition: Martinez is an enthusiastic Drug Worrier, who can’t shut up about the “scourge” of various substances upon society. Mind you, Dipstick Denish isn’t really an improvement here – she also supports all sorts of police-state-style crackdowns in the name of “eradicating meth.” The big difference between the two is over the State’s medical-marijuana program – Denish supports maintaining it as is (see here, warts and all), while Martinez wants to shut it down, as “it’s a violation of federal law.” (What part of Art.I, Sec.8 authorizes the federals to outlaw plant products? So much for Martinez being a “Constitutionalist” !)

As Bill Koehler frequently points out, any activity that’s peaceful (doesn’t involve initiating force upon anyone else) should be legal. It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about which private school you want to enroll your kids in, or whether you want to homeschool them. If you want to paint the word “TAXI” on the side of your car and offer people rides around town for money, that’s OK, regardless of whether you’ve been sanctioned by the PRC. Why should the little kids with the lemonade stand have to get business licenses and tax stamps?!

I’d like to challenge both of them to name ten (10) existing spending items that they would like to permanently repeal, since the Unanimous Consent Challenge is almost certainly over both of their heads.


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  1. Reposted
    1. New Mexico Liberty

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“Fun” with Chickenpox

Filed under: Humor, Life — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:17 AM (10:17)



Current mood: blah

Yep, the title says it all – Yours Truly recently came down with a case of chickenpox.

Yeah, I know it’s a “kid’s” disease, because that’s when you’re supposed to get it. Guess what? I never had it as a kid.

It all started Friday (24 Sept 2010) morning. After getting home from Electronics class, I called in sick to the day job. I had aches and pains in the joints, a headache and was barely able to keep my eyes open.

When I started seeing the blisters on my face, I wondered if it was bubonic plague, considering that I’ve seen mice in the backyard recently.

I went in on Saturday afternoon, but probably shouldn’t have – I had aches and pains in the joints, headache, and drowsy spells from Friday. Just for grins and giggles, throw in a fever which alternated with chills. One of the managers asked me “Why are you even here?!” Later that afternoon, another manager told me that I should go home. But after “lunch” (5 PM), I was feeling better, so I stuck it out and finished off the night, staying til 10:20 PM.

At some time on Saturday, I got the idea that I might have chickenpox. But wait a second – I thought I had had it as a kid, and thus wasn’t supposed to get it as an adult?! After checking with family the next day, I found that I had NOT had it as a kid. Mom told me that when I was seven or eight years old, I had some sort of herpes simplex cold sore on my lip, that the doctor told her, “He’ll never get chickenpox after this,” how she was always exposing me to kids who had it (so that I WOULD get it) but it never took . . .

Sunday, I was scheduled off, so I just took it easy. Yeah, right – the fever got worse, and alternated with some violent shivering spells for a bit.

Monday, I showed up for Electronics class at 8 AM, as we had a test scheduled. As we waited for the instructors to arrive, some of the other students asked me if I had chickenpox and wondered if I would be allowed to take the test. I was rather surprised that they didn’t kick me out at first sight, as the blisters were in full bloom at this point. Still, I think I did pretty good on the test.

After getting home, I called in to work and asked management if I should take any sick days – I was put on sick leave until Thursday. As for Thursday . . . I called Elisheva Levin and asked if she wanted to give public-access TV a shot by filling in for me on this week’s The Weekly Sedition. She readily agreed, so I notified Bill and gave her directions . . .


NOTES

  1. Chickenpox on Wikipediapicture
  2. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs — Xanga

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Quote of the Day for 28 September 2010

Filed under: Economics, Quote of the Day — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:52 AM (07:52)


The textures of life that so fascinate dynamists are full of such historical surprises. Consider a strange fact about doughnut shops in California: More than 80 percent are owned by Cambodian immigrants. Doughnuts are not a Cambodian food; indeed, Cambodians don’t even like them that much. But when Ted Ngoy fled to southern California in the 1970s and got a job in a doughnut store, he realized the possibilities. Here was a niche that matched his skills (or lack thereof) and had potential to grow. The business required hard work but little start-up capital and little English. Ngoy soon owned several doughnut shops. He hired and trained many other refugees, who then started their own stores, hiring and training still more immigrants. Over time, the community developed special expertise and suppliers, making it much easier for a Cambodian immigrant to California to get started in the doughnut business than in other ventures. By 1995, Cambodians ran almost 2,500 of the doughnut stores in California. They also expanded the market, giving Los Angeles one doughnut shop for every 7,000 residents—ten times the concentration in Phoenix.

The doughnut story is surprising, but not a random accident. It represents a complex order of selection and feedback: A perceptive entrepreneur discovers an opportunity. His knowledge spreads through communal networks, which develop specialized product, labor, and capital sources. More and more Cambodians learn how to make doughnuts, and how to make them well. Competition among shops improves doughnut quality, and the mere presence of so many stores reminds potential buyers of their product, leading to more sales. This legacy, an example of what economists call “path dependence,” does not keep non-Cambodians from owning doughnut stores or block Cambodian immigrants from other businesses. It was not predetermined, nor does it guarantee any particular future. But it makes some choices more likely than others.

Virginia Postrel, The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress, pp.49-50


NOTES

  1. Original posting
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga

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