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Thursday, November 27, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Terror Alert

I'm going home for Thanksgiving. On my way to the Grand Central subway station, I get a call from my Mom: "There's a terror alert for the subway station; they'll release more details at 1." Deciding to err on the side of caution, I took a cab to Penn Station instead of the subway. When I get home, Mom says that by "more details at 1", she meant that the news would do a story on it at 1, not that some kind of authority thought that something would happen by 1pm today, 11/26. And it turns out, the story is about a "plausible but unsubstantiated" report from an "FBI source" that terrorists might have been planning to blow up an LIRR train during the holidays, not about a specific threat that might happen at a specific time.
I am going to go about my life as normal-including commuting to NYC. I will not let terrorists dictate how I live my life. I am hoping that we will see increased security-and that the ACLU will not neuter that security (for example, if someone starts screaming Allah Ackbar on a train, would detaining him be a civil rights violation-could you get sued for even calling the cops about it?)

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Auto Bailout

Congress has, so far, refused to bail out the Big Three automakers. Good. I hope they stick to their guns if the Big Three CEOs come back in their corporate jets in December.
Let's look at the situation of Detroit. We have companies with strong brands, who make good products (every car my family has owned as long as I've been alive was a US car), but are encumbered by union contracts that, while they might have made sense in the 50s and 60s, do not make sense today. Chapter 11 bankruptcy would allow them to renegotiate those contracts, while continuing to operate. Many firms continue to operate in bankruptcy, and emerge better able to compete. That's what Chapter 11-"reorganization"-bankruptcy is for, to allow financially failed companies to reorganize themselves into better performing companies.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


My Thoughts on Same Sex Marriage

Proposition 8 in California has renewed the debate on same sex marriage.
My main issue: Who cares if 2 men want to live together and call it marriage? Who will be less married if homosexuals they don't even know are allowed the benefits of marriage? Nobody.
The definition of marriage has changed-it wasn't always one man and one woman. In the past-and still today in some cultures-it has been one man and multiple women. Until 1968, it was one man and one woman of the same race. What is so wrong with redefining it to include two people of the same gender.
I know a lesbian family. They love each other, they have a daughter. What is missing that makes that family not a "marriage"?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Yes We Did!

Congratulations, President-Elect Obama!!!!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Go Vote

Please vote today.
As for how I voted-Obama. I lean libertarian, but I consider social issues more important. If the Repubs stop pandering to the Christianists, I'd reconsider, but it doesn't seem to be happening. If, for example, we see Bloomberg or Giuliani in 2012, I'd vote Republican. But, for now, Obama '08!

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