Monthly archives: February, 2009

What are you doing for Lent?

That’s the question I’ve been asked by two friends of mine (one Catholic, one Episcopal). It’s a stumper, it’s like being asked what I’m going to do for Boxing day, or if I have gotten my Columbus day cards in the mail yet. So I guess I’m doing my “usual” for lent, that is, nothing …

Nations are not "virtuous"

A friend’s facebook status asked if there were any virtuous countries. He’s still smarting from his visa issue and I believe that the state department has shattered his image of the US. One obvious way to get around his disappointment is to point out that the consulate in Ghana is not the US government. We …

What?!?

I tried logging into my health insurence account today and I got this message. Our regular system operating hours are Monday through Friday from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Umm, why …

Shopping for medical care

For those of you not in the loop, I’ve been going to different appointments trying to figure what’s wrong with me. I have what I think is a good doctor and he’s being very methodical. The sad thing is that I wasn’t overly worried about what was going on until I went to a doctor …

Looking for a job

I continue to look for a job. Things aren’t looking good right now, at least not around here. There seems to be quite a few listings for two general types of employment here. There is either the really low level, entry level kind of job (deli clerk, petco associate, etc.) or the really specialized, highly …

More wisdom from the Austrian school…

The story is told that Ludwig von Mises was once asked, “Do you mean to say that the government should have done nothing during the Great Depression?” Mises responded, “I mean to say it should have started doing nothing long before that.” The point being that it isn’t enough to “do nothing” once a bad …

Haven’t been writing much…

… on the blog at least. I’ve been trying to write other things. I keep trying to do the whole “American in Yemen” thing, but it only comes in fits and starts. Writing is tough, especially if you don’t do it that often. I’m trying to write a little every day. With the job prospects …

An immigration issue

A guy named George from Ghana found me on facebook. He is one of several people that have come across my profile while looking up things like “feedom” and “free market.” It’s gratifying to have other people with similar outlooks get in touch with me. He is an advocate of free markets and freedom in …

Hayek my hero

This is from a Barons article. Hayek is probably one of the best known of the so-called “Austrian” school of economics. That school of thought is routinely belittled by mainstream economists because they do not rely on mathematics despite the fact that the Austrians were the only ones able to predict and diagnose the great …