Monthly archives: June, 2006

Finial Itinerary…

OK, it’s official, the tickets have been bought and confirmed. Looks like I’m going to have a bit of an adventure just getting there. Turns out that I have cut out one leg of the trip. Originally I was supposed to go from DC to NYC, to Germany, to Dubai, and then Yemen. I managed …

Hell has frozen over…

Well not really, but I did buy a digital camera… I really wasn’t going to be able to go on my trip without one. It’s a Sony W100. Why that one? Well, my basic philosophy is that all of these cameras are the same crap with different controls. This one is pretty small, has a …

Flag amendment stalled

Thank God! Adding a constitutional amendment to ban a particular type of speech really gives me the heebie jeebies. The debate was ridiculous too. One Senator (from Alabama I think) made the comment that we wouldn’t want the Washington monument or the capital building defaced either, so why not protect the flag? Umm, because there’s …

Bought the tickets (finally)

I gave up on the travel agent. He seemed nice enough, but he didn’t want to take my money for some reason. After two weeks of not getting anything, I bought some on my own. Total price came to around $1300. Not too bad really. Of course the return date is in march. I figure …

Minimum wage data

Here’s the stats from the Dept. of Labor on who is making minimum wage. In 2004, 520,000 out of 118 million workers earned minimum wage or less. That’s about half a percent if I’ve done my figures right. Half of those people are below 25 years old. It’s interesting to see the demographics… Isaac

Minimum wage stuff

There’s been some rumblings recently about raising the minimum wage to somewhere around 10 bucks an hour. Not surprisingly, I don’t like the idea. Low or no skilled workers could find themselves priced out of the market. I have been heartened to hear that people are actually addressing the standard economist complaint about wage floors, …

Anarcho capitalism, utopia, and the death tax

Here’s a comment on a quote of mine. “The government should never be in a position to dictate to a person what they have to do with what they own. I believe that this statement sums up your whole argument and it seems, your philosophy. In short, taxes should be voluntary. Lets just sit back …

Music on road trip

One of my favorite pastimes when traveling is radio hunting. I surf and surf looking for those great songs. On the way out to W. Virginia I didn’t have very much luck, but it did bring back some memories. All I could find was asshole redneck rock. This is the stuff that all the rednecks …

Went to W. Va…

Just for a day though. It was really nice up there, we went on several chair lifts to the top of some mountains and got some really amazing views. Gotta say, a nearly deserted chair lift is one of the nicer ways to get up and down a mountain. Really quiet, and a great way …

More death tax stuff…

Following a link supplied in a comment on my last mention of it, I found the father of Bill Gates offering some arguments for the death tax here.. I’d like to look at them a little closer… “In a time of budget deficits, repealing the tax would provide a $1 trillion tax break over 20 …