I Just Corrected A Serious Oversight

I just read that the price on Salman Rushdie’s head has increased by $500,000. I thought about it and realized I don’t have a copy of The Satanic Verses, so I immediately went to Amazon and bought a copy. In dead tree form so that in Obama’s second term, the police won’t have to go to the trouble of searching my Nook Color for offensive books.

Now when will Innocence of Muslims make it to Netflix Streaming so that I can invite my friends over to watch the film while eating pork rinds and drinking beer? Oh, wait, I forgot there isn’t enough beer in the world to make me sit through the Innocence of Muslims.

Read This Juan Williams Piece Now

I frequently disagree with Juan Williams. He always makes me think. This may be his best work yet. Please go read it now.

Let me just say to any of my left of center readers who would criticize Mr. Williams because he appears on Fox News. Mr. Williams is the left of center media personality who I (and my Republican friends) see the most on television. You seem to think he’s a turncoat for appearing there. He is not, he is the ambassador for the rational American left on Fox News.

Thank You Mr. President

Dear President Obama,

I’ve been sadly disappointed by the quality of the Republican Presidential Candidates until now. Your words of July 13, 2012 have brought home to me the fact that not only are all the Republican Candidates, even Ron Paul is more qualified to be President than you are. The only Republican I can think of who is less qualified than you are to be President is Henry Kissenger. His sole disqualification is that he is German by birth, and not a natural born citizen.

I’ll be donating to Governor Romney’s campaign. I have never volunteered for a political campaign before, and I may well go so far as to volunteer this time. I do hope you enjoy your retirement starting January 21, 2013. I hope it frees up some time so you can work on your golf game.

For a number of years, I worked for a small business that had at most three employees. Sadly that business ceased to exist when my boss passed away. Let me assure you that my boss did more than everyone else combined to build that business. Yes, his contribution was far more important than mine, although I don’t think he was ever rewarded by the business in a fashion proportionate to his contribution. He took the risk, and could have wound up in bankruptcy court. At worst I would have wound up standing in the unemployment line with my life’s savings intact. I’m just glad I didn’t wind up running the company after his untimely death.

Sincerely,

A Classical Liberal Who Voted For Senator McCain

On A Personal Health Note

I have news of a minor health victory. On January 1 of 2010, I weighed 248.8 pounds, and I decided that was too much. So I decided to start a diet, and I picked the South Beach Diet. Two and half years later, I now weigh exactly 30 pounds less than I did when I started. I’d still like get my weight under 200 pounds. But my body mass index is now 29.7, and that means a goal has been met. Although my goal is not to lose weight, but to be healthy. In the 10 year period before I started the diet, I gained about 80 pounds which was a steady trend in the wrong direction.

When I started, I wasn’t having any health problems from weight yet, but I knew if I didn’t do something that I’d eventually gain even more weight and eventually it would cause health problems. Now, I’ll never know what weight would have been the point where I started developing health problems. I believe I now have a system I can follow to maintain a healthy weight.

So I’d like to thank Dr. Arthur Agatston for writing the South Beach Diet book, and say the $10.17 I paid for the book on Amazon may be the best bargain I’ve ever found for improving my health.

If you’re looking to improve your weight and health, I heartily recommend the South Beach Diet. Although the bargain book seems to be the South Beach Diet Supercharged. I’m not guaranteeing it will work for you, just that it did for me. If you try it and it doesn’t work for you, I encourage you to try something else.

Does The MandateTax Apply To Those With Income Below 133 Of Poverty Level?

So the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act is out. The mandate to buy health insurance is constitutional solely because it is a tax. In other news, the Federal government can’t cut funds from states that don’t expand Medicaid. I suspect some states won’t expand coverage because they are already having problems paying for current Medicaid coverage. So if a state doesn’t expand Medicaid coverage, does the tax apply to people who are uninsured solely because their state didn’t expand Medicaid coverage? In other words, does the tax just hit the middle class, or the middle class and working poor?

Thanks to InstaPundit for the link to the opinion.

Chicago Isn’t Even A Nice Place To Visit

I used to say that Chicago is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. By way of Instapundit, it appears that Chicago is no longer a nice place to visit. It appears a group of thugs went to a restaurant and assaulted a group of out of state diners.

Update: Another article reports that the assaulted diners were white supremacists. I think white supremacists are jerks, but they have a First Amendment right to open their mouths and demonstrate their stupidity. As many have said before me the solution to obnoxious speech is speech rebutting it, not violence. My guess is these protesters thugs are too stupid to craft a complete sentence criticizing white supremacy.

They Told Me If I Voted For John McCain…

They told me if I voted for John McCain, we’d see a blatant violations of the civil rights of a man who may well be as black as Homer Plessy. George Zimmerman’s Peruvian great-grandfather was of African descent. If his great-grandfather was entirely of African descent, that would mean Zimmerman is one eighth black, the same as Homer Plessy, the plaintiff in Plessy vs. Ferguson. NBC edited audio to make it sound like Zimmerman volunteered that Trayvon was black. Spike Lee tweeted what he thought was Zimmerman’s home address. Noted attorney Alan Dershowitz has said on more than one occasion that the evidence the prosecution claim does not support a charge of second degree murder. He has in my opinion used very strong legal language to criticize the prosecutor’s decision.

George Zimmerman may well have committed a crime, but if Dershowitz is right, it is a crime less serious than second degree murder. Everyone should care that George Zimmerman not get railroaded by the “justice” system. Because if it can be done in a highly publicized trial like this one, it can happen to anyone else be they black, white or hispanic.

The opening title for this post was inspired by several posts by Instapundit.

I Voted

In the most important race this year, I cast my vote for Mourdock. In the race that’s already decided, I cast my vote for Gingrich. I know Romney will be the nominee, and I will vote for him come November. However, I still think that Gingrich ideas most closely match mine, and the only way I can communicate that to the Republican party leadership is to vote for him.

Green Jobs

One of President Obama key ideas has been green jobs. One era of history I’m interested in includes the mid 20th century greening of the railroad industry. The big “green” trend of that era was the development of the diesel locomotive. Yes, those nasty smoke belching diesels were a big improvement over their coal burning predecessors. But that progress came at a price. It meant the elimination of a lot of jobs. You see not only does diesel fuel burn much cleaner than coal, diesel locomotives require much less repair work than diesels. There’s no corrosive steam causing wear on moving parts for one. For the second part, a diesel engine needs oil changes and engine rebuilds and motor and generator (or alternator) rebuilds. That’s most of the work required. And all these can be very standardized. Two of the most common early diesels, the F-7 and GP-7 shared common drive train parts.

How much less time is a diesel down for repairs? Well, there was one snag in the early adoption of diesels. After a couple of years of use, one of the earlier diesels wore out its solid steel wheels. Wheels which would last the two decade life of a steam locomotive. After a little bit of research, they figured out this wasn’t a problem. Over the course of two or three years, that diesel locomotive traveled more than a steam locomotive would over its entire life.

I’d still argue the greening of railroads was a good thing, it was a net destroyer of jobs, not a creator of them. Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for writing this post about the more current green jobs situation and reminding me to write this post.