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Fiscally Conservative

The Repubicans today are constantly referring back to the glory days of Ronald Reagan's presidency and trying to convince Americans that we need to go that route in order to recover from the current economic disaster that started in 2008. What is interesting is how they are going about it. For example, the current Congress, and all of the Republican candidates for president, are insisting that tax cuts are needed. John Boehner believes this so strongly he has led multiple Republican sallies against any action by President Obama to raise taxes. He said repeatedly they will have zero tolerance for any bill that attempts to raise taxes.

Now, let's look at their hero, Ronald Reagan. During Reagan's eight years in office, he raised taxes 11 times. He raised them every year except his first. His advisors recognized that raising taxes, bringing more money in to pay for what the government needed to do, was the only way to cover the government's spending at the time. The mone…

I Do Not Have Chinese in My Armor!

Jeremy Lin is of Asian descent. Recently, a big brouhaha occurred over a few sports analysts using the term "chink in the armor" when Lin's penchant for turnovers led to a loss by the New York Knicks. One headline editor was fired, an analyst was suspended for 30 days, and many people weighed in the matter.

What pretty much every person who weighed in seemed not to know is that the phrase "chink in the armor" and the word "chink" have been around for centuries before it became a pejorative word for Asians (Chinese specifically).

My research shows that the word chink has been around since approximately the 1300s and means a small crack, hole, or opening in something. The phrase "chink in the armor" has been around just as long, and means, literally, a hole or opening in an armored suit of mail, which an enemy can exploit. The term can also be onomatopoeic and mean to make a short, sharp, ringing sound, as of two coins or two glasses hitting. …

Giving Advice

My wife and I like to see the opinions and reviews of people before we buy a product. To that end, we almost always read through the vast majority of comments made by people on sites like Amazon.com, Consumer Reports, Newegg.com, and others.
One thing we have been grousing about lately is the fact that a number of people are marking down products for things outside of the control of the product itself. For example, I was on Amazon.com reviewing "Justice League: Doom," an upcoming DVD cartoon I'm looking forward to. Today, there are 22 reviews with the majority either in 5 stars (6) or in 1 stars (8). However, when reading the 8 1 star reviews, not one of them is complaining about the cartoon. Instead, each and every one of the reviews is 1 star because of the choice of Warner Bros to release the digital copy using the new Ultraviolet format.

Now, I agree with them that this Ultraviolet format has issues. It is ONLY available when you have internet access and the ability…

Heaving True

If I have the least bit of congestion in my head, it all comes out of my sinus cavities by going down the back of my throat. I rarely, even under the most intense flu symptoms or colds, have to blow my nose. Nearly all of it always goes down the back of my throat and rarely comes out the nose. Which, ironically, makes people think I'm not sick, because we have all been trained that a red, runny nose is the primarily indicator of sickness. In addition, every single time I swallow, I swallow air. This combination of large amounts of air bubbles in the digestive system and a near-constant intake of mucus from my nasal passages means that I wake up a bit nauseated and often am triggered to vomit or dry heave each morning.

Take this morning as an example. I got up and went to take my shower. My stomach was rumbly from the night of air swallowing (anyone who says you stop swallowing when you are asleep is outright wrong) and my congestion issues slowly get worse during the night. During…

Writing Right

For a variety of reasons, I have been reading more on the Internet than usual, including blogs, forums, and news articles from various sites and of various types. It strikes me that the vast majority of people cannot write well.

I make my living writing, so I am both personally and professionally biased, I realize. However, by writing professionally, I also know that nothing I write is ever "perfect." The first rule of my profession is to neveredit your own work. When reviewing and rereading your own work, your brain fills in the gaps, ignores misspellings, and generally lets you down in subtle ways that cause errors to creep into your writing. However, that is not to say that I do not do this step; I reread, edit, and re-edit my own work and posts a few times, using different techniques designed to minimize the number of errors that can creep in. Yet, still, when I go back to a previous post, I usually find at least a couple of errors.

While I do not expect anyone to be abs…