Thursday, February 21, 2008

“pulling the handle of a slot machine might have been good exercise, but it was bad economics."

Casinos are a tax increase on those that are least able to afford it.
In Jefferson City we will soon be deciding to vote on whether or not to allow the construction of a “river boat” casino in the capital city.
Recently Warren Buffett addressed the reasons why he opposes the entrance of casinos to Nebraska--I think the same reasons fit for JC.
"You're teaching your citizenry all the time by the actions you take as legislators and as administrators of a state like this. Essentially to teach you that the state is on the other side of the transaction from you--they're trying to get you to do something dumb--I just think the state ought to be doing things for its citizens, not do something to its citizens."
The citizens of Jefferson City will be the losers if we allow a casino.

Go vote: CasiNO!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

If he doesn't have plans, he can attend the Oscars

Michael Moore in a little video here announces with glee that Castro's resignation is perfect timing, because now he can come to the Oscars as Moore's +1. "Maybe even give the acceptance speech."

Something tells me Fidel won't be available, he'll be busy with the business of transition...that and the whole death from complications in stomach surgery 19 months ago will probably leave him unavailable---so Moore will probably have to do his own acceptance speech.

I sure hope he has a minute to address the healthcare issues in the US-if there ever was a proper forum for debate aout complex issues like universal socialized healthcare it is in a 1 minute acceptance speech at the Oscars!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fidel steps down after dying 19 months ago

While the Cubans may have “the best healthcare in the world” ---spending almost nothing per capita per year on healthcare and getting miraculously good results, they were unable to prevent the death of their leader due to complications from a surgery 19 months ago. The results are so good, it’s almost like a communist dictatorship that controls all areas of commerce reports results to the various world health organizations without any way to confirm or deny their validity and then those agencies parrot the result as fact. Not only is their healthcare better---their leaders win in landslide elections, 100% to 0%. In spite of the fact that he would likely win a "re-election," Fidel "announced" he will not seek the office of the "Presidency"...

Apparently Florida could learn a lot from Cuba---about healthcare and elections. That’s why you constantly read about disgruntled Floridians, risking life and limb to sail south to Cuba, fleeing the oppressive regime of Jeb Bush—knowing that if they are captured they will be jailed forever in Orlando--it's worth the risk.
If it takes 19 months for the Cuban health care system to pronounce someone dead, how long would it take to deliver a baby?
He isn’t actually dead, he is only mostly dead---we can’t be sure because he hasn’t been available for comment for almost 2 years.
“There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do. IWhat's that? Go through his clothes and look for loose change.” ---Miracle Max from the Princes s
Our next President—regardless of their name, has a great opportunity to be instrumental in liberating 11 million people, and all three of them seem to understand it.
"Cuba's future should be determined by the Cuban people and not by an antidemocratic successor regime. The prompt release of all prisoners of conscience wrongly jailed for standing up for the basic freedoms too long denied to the Cuban people would mark an important break with the past."—Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
"We must press the Cuban regime to release all political prisoners unconditionally, to legalize all political parties, labor unions and free media and to schedule internationally monitored elections. Cuba's transition to democracy is inevitable; it is a matter of when not if."—Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
"I think this provides a great opportunity for the people of Cuba. I'm hoping the new leadership will take steps to move Cuba to democracy, release political prisoners and lift a lot of the oppressive burdens that have prevented the Cuban people from really having the kind of future they deserve to have."—Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

So here’s to the Cubans, may Raul die much quicker and more obviously than his brother and give the Cuban people an opportunity to pursue life, liberty and property.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Steady as we go

To my wife:

I'll walk halfway around the world
Just to sit down by your side
And I would do most anything, girl
To be the apple of your eye
Well troubles, they may come and go
But good times, they're the gold
And if the road gets rocky, girl
Just steady as we go

Any place you wanna go
Know I'll be next to you
If it's treasure, baby, you're looking forI'll search the whole world through
I know troubles, they may come and go
But good times, they're the gold
So if the road gets rocky, girl
Just steady as we go

When the storm comes down you shelter me
When I don't say a word and you know exactly what i mean
In the darkest times, oh, you shine on me
You set me free and keep me steady as we go

So if your heart wrings dry, my love
I will fill your cup
And if your load gets heavy, girl
I will lift you up
Well troubles, they may come and go
But good times be the gold
So if the road gets rocky, girl
Just steady as we go

---Dave Matthews Band, "Steady as we go"