Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blatant dishonesty...just a means to an end

This video made the rounds earlier this week--a law student at GWU who was "protesting" on Wall Street and claiming that Chase Bank took his parents' home, even though they "played by the rules." His story is a complete lie. How stupid do these people think the rest of us are? Did he really think no one would check out his story?

For these enemies of the Founders' Republic, the end always justifies the means.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

UA's naive children protest HB 56

After lunch I happened across a group of students protesting Alabama HB 56 (the immigration law). It was about what I expected. I was amused by one sign which read "Down with this sort of thing!" (visible at the :04 mark of the video below). The others were the typical racism-based arguments, rooted in emotion rather than logic. I hope these kids grow up to use their brains rather than their bleeding hearts.

I got a couple of decent photos, too:
Very original.

This one says "Illegals create more jobs than Republicans."

Hmm...I don't remember the last time I heard about an illegal immigrant hiring a legal one to do a job. That would be the definition of an illegal creating a job. But don't try explaining that to this protester.

I sort of hoped that some of the real wackos like CODEPINK, A.N.S.W.E.R., etc. might show up, but I guess Tuscaloosa isn't big enough to have those folks who just show up at any protest with a sign for their (unrelated) cause.

WVUA was on location, and there was at least one other news camera on site, but I'm not sure who they were with. Hopefully they'll provide commentary from supporters of HB 56 as well.

At the end of the day, though, we got some good news: Judge Blackburn upheld most of the law today. I'll post more later about what was struck down.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A chilling comment by the president

In a press conference yesterday, President Obama said something that I think reveals a lot about what he and others on the left believe: fact, I'm able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don't need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they've got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans.

So anyone who brings in more money than they spend doesn't "need" it? It's not up to government to decide whether I "need" any of the money I make. Indeed, this is a recipe for economic disaster, as John Steele Gordon puts it:

Take away the income the rich “don’t need” and spend it on social programs, and capital formation in this country drops to zero.

Monday, June 27, 2011

An interesting perspective

on the police state.

The Police State is Personal

The American government exerts extreme control over society, down to dictating which foods you may eat. Its economic control borders on the absolute. It politicizes and presides over even the traditional bastion of privacy — the family. Camera and other surveillance of daily life has soared, with the Supreme Court recently expanding the "right" of police to perform warrantless searches. Enforcement is so draconian that the United States has more prisoners per capita than any other nation...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Leaving Lake View

My wife and I have lived in Lake View since August 2005. When we moved here, she had just started a job at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, and I was about to start graduate school at UA. We were fortunate to find a new house in a great location, with the best neighbors we could have asked for.

My wife left Children’s Hospital in the winter of 2008 to take a new job in Tuscaloosa, where I was already working for UA. After a year of commuting, we decided that we were tired of the drive, and we began looking around to see if there were any houses we liked in town.

In December 2009, we found a house that we both really liked, and we signed a contract to buy it—contingent on the sale of our house, of course. We listed our house with as low an asking price as possible, considering the market has been down—especially in our area. We waited patiently, but only a handful of people came to see it.

Last Tuesday, a couple from Birmingham came to see the house, and they took a second viewing on Friday. This weekend they made an offer, and we negotiated and reached an agreement. We signed a contract to sell our house today.

We will be leaving Lake View at the end of May and moving to Tuscaloosa. Unfortunately, this means that I will have to resign my seat on the Lake View town council. This was a tough decision to make, but ultimately it is the best decision for my family. I wish we could have done more to solve some of Lake View’s ongoing problems during my time on the council; I hope I will be able to continue to work to help the town in the future, even if it is in an unofficial capacity.