Its a dirt thing

My wife recently completed a trip to New Mexico for her geomorphology class. The class to a couple dozen pictures of their work so I decided to post them for the class and anyone else who might be interested. You can find the picture gallery here.

Effect after the fall

What the Bubble Got Right is a great commentary about the dot-com Internet bubble, what things went wrong, and what things were done right. The reaction to the dot-com frenzy has been to over compensate in many ways and this article does a pretty good job of pointing out some of the things were true concerning the hype of the whole dot-com era.

Revision Politics

THIS IS THE START OF A PIECE I WAS PUTTING TOGETHER FOR THE 2004 U.S. ELECTIONS: IT IS HERE FOR REFERENCE AND WAS NEITHER FINISHED OR CORRECTED.

I am a fairly opinionated individual, especially when it comes to politics. With the presidential election year in full swing it is only natural that people (myself included) start posting and discussing their “pick” for President of the United States of America.

Before I get too far into my thoughts let me first be clear about my particular political leanings, because I don’t believe its possible to be entirely unbiased. It’s makes more sense to be candid about ones biases, thereby letting people weigh your arguments in the light of their source. Having biases doesn’t automatically invalidate someones opinion (because without influences we would have NO opinions) but it does allow us a context for that opinion.

If I were to use commonly defined American political “classifications” I would have to call myself a Libertarian. Generally I am socially Liberal and economically Conservative. In addition, for the last 4 years I have been a registered Republican (although that may change soon enough.) My general rule for the role of government is that; with the exceptions of national defense and law enforcement, it should do very little. I am in favor of a national sales tax and/or a granulated flat tax. I am in favor of smaller (state controlled) government. I am opposed to prayer in public schools. I am in favor of school vouchers. I am opposed to the death penalty. I am opposed to abortion. I am pro gun rights. I am in favor of legalizing most drugs.

Basically my personal beliefs fall pretty much in line with what the founding fathers conceptualized our nation being. My reasons for wanting to see the government get out of almost all aspects of our society is mostly for practical reasons. The government is, almost without exception, bad at doing things. When a dollar is given by private contribution to cancer research it is used a hundred times more efficiently than when the government issued public money’s to the very same cause.

Think Enron and MCI screwed the American people? Every year the Federal Government does more to hurt the economy than Enron and MCI did. The amount of money lost (as in they have no idea where it went) by the federal government in the last decade is in the trillions of dollars. Literally millions of jobs are lost on a regular basis because of government mismanagement. History has shown that Americans do better if the Federal Government get out of their way; instead of trying to help them. The only historical exception to this rule seems to be in the area of civil rights.

Where in the world is…

Sorry for the lack of updates this last couple of weeks. Work has been oppressively busy lately and this week my wife left town on a school trip. I have taken the week off to spend with my daughter. Emily has done a superb job of keeping me exceedingly busy; in fact this is only the second time I have been on the computer this week. Something approaching a sacrilege for me.

For anyone who has tried to post a comment; I got spammed by about 250 junk comments (“come try our blackjack/Viagra/porn/black exploitation movies at etc.. etc.. etc..”) over the course of the last 3 days. I changed my settings to require non-anonymous logins to stop the flood until I found a better solution. Although some people may not consider login required comments to be a serious inconvenience; I myself do (as can be verified by seeing that I don’t actually login to make my own comments on my own blog) and have, as such, worked to find a suitable solution. That solution has been found. And so by the time I finish this post anonymous comments should be enabled again.

Jeep Repair

I have been working on 1985 CJ7 and realized I was in dire need to some resources for my vehicle.  Here are some of the more useful links I have found.

Hope someone else finds these resources useful. I am still on the lookout for more Jeep tutorials, so stay tuned.

Wedding Wishes

Some dear friends of mine are getting married this weekend and I thought I would post a couple useful quotes about the wonderful instituion of marriage.

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest – never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.
–Ann Landers

A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
— Pearl Buck