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December 5, 2012 by terpfan1980
Argh!  Double Argh even.

I so want to say something, but I really can't, at least not to the parties that I'd like to say it to.

In this particular case, knowing some sensitive information leaves me so wanting to pass it along to some folks, and yet, well, I can't.  I'm sworn to secrecy and for business reasons, I really do need to keep things that way, but it doesn't mean that I don't want to and don't feel the need to tell someone else that they real...
November 25, 2012 by terpfan1980
A couple of articles are showing up in the current news cycle, though these are not really "new" in the content within:

{Washington} Examiner Editorial: If top 5% paid 40% of taxes, what is their 'fair' share?

The Millionaires Who Pay the Highest Tax Rate

In answer to the first question (headline), the answer is not "more", though that is certainly what the occupant of the Whitehouse, and many of his Democrat brothers and sisters want us all to believe and act upon.

The secon...
November 21, 2012 by terpfan1980
Let me start here by saying I am not a member of the bakers union, have never worked for Hostess, and really don't have any inside information and only a little of the history of the situation, but I find myself completely mystified by the lack of ability for the union(s) that are involved with Hostess, and the company itself, to find a solution to the problems the company is having.

Yet again it seems that the union is dead set on watching their members lose their jobs rather than giving...
November 8, 2012 by terpfan1980
Elections have consequences, as evidenced here:http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2012/11/07/vegas-employer-obama-won-so-i-fired-22-employees/ ... but then again, as always there are unintended consequences in everything we do. I'm not gonna take the approach that this alleged business owner doesn't have a right to do what is reported to have been done here.  Nor would I argue that his employees don't have the right to vote for whomever they wish.  I find the concept of...
September 8, 2011 by terpfan1980
I'm back into that mode where I just don't have much to say here, though I suppose I could also be a victim of not being able to say much lately.

The post Hurricane/Tropical Storm power outages in my area, followed up with being relatively busy at work, followed up with more help in moving my wife and her daughter out of her old place and into our home has just not given me that much time to sit down and compose any thoughts on any topics I might wish to rant and rave about.

I'...
July 29, 2011 by terpfan1980
Alright you so-called big boys and girls in the congress, you've had your fun playing your game of chicken and waiting until the last minute before you actually get something accomplished, but the time for the fun and games is over now, it's time to actually do the jobs you were sent to DC to do.  In other words, crap or get off the pot.

It doesn't take that much effort to put together a deal that all sides can live with but instead both sides want to be able to paint the oth...
July 1, 2011 by terpfan1980
I see a news article (via USA Today) on something that I just don't understand at all:

Mich. ban on race, gender in college admissions illegal

First up, I can't understand why there was a need for the ban in the first place, but then my mind is even further boggled in the idea that the ban would be a bad idea?!  Shouldn't our goal in society be to be race/gender neutral (or should I say colorblind?)

Where's the common sense from the Appeals court here?  Allowin...
January 31, 2011 by terpfan1980
In case you've not seen the headlines at Drudge or other places, apparently a federal judge has declared that the Obama Healthcare plan is VOID because the mandate that U.S. citizens must buy health insurance is unconstitutional and that because of how intertwined that requirement is the entire thing is voided.  Wow.

I expected that mandate requirements would be tossed and eventually replaced with something that accomplishes the same basic goals, but for the whole thing to be voided?&nbs...
January 26, 2011 by terpfan1980
Please forgive my potential ignorance, as I'm not a business owner and thus don't have all the familiarity with all of the rules/ regulations and other issues that affect businesses day-in and day-out.  That being the case, I'd like to get some discussion (and perhaps some education) on what business owners think the federal government could really do to spur on the job market.

It seems to me that perhaps tax policy could be adjusted to move some tax burdens off the backs of busines...
December 13, 2010 by terpfan1980
I could insert a bad joke here about famous blind musical artists (and perhaps compound it by using the names of dead, blind musical artists) being able to see how we got the result that we got today in the Virginia court case against the Obama/Pelosi Healthcare reform package's requirement that everyone must buy health insurance.  That single component was pretty much guaranteed to be DOA once it got into the legal system.  Unconstitutional with a capital UN at  the beginning of ...
December 8, 2010 by terpfan1980
Liberals are returning to their whining ways as they cry that President Obama is giving away the farm in negotiations with the GOP when it comes to extending the "Bush" tax cuts.  Apparently they forgot some of the lessons that Obama taught everyone after he was elected... something about {them, as in the GOP at the time} not being given the keys any more because they had proven they were not competetent to drive.  What the liberal Democrats seem to be missing is that the last election...
November 3, 2010 by terpfan1980
Just some random observations about election 2010...

First up, you can't beat -- at least not in most places -- a p.o.'d electorate.  With few exceptions -- more on that in a minute -- if you were an incumbent, you were gonna get tossed.  While the citizens (actually that should say voters) of the U.S.A. want something done, they don't want just anything done, and they especially aren't happy with rocking the boat when it comes to big issues like healthcare.

Second, for those tha...
October 8, 2010 by terpfan1980
I mumbled (well, more like rambled, ranted, raved a bit, etc.) in a prior article (something about needing a Hero, I think) about the political beating that current Maryland Governor Democrat Martin O'Malley had been laying on former Maryland Governor and current GOP candidate for the same office and how it seemed that Ehrlich's campaign had let O'Malley take swipes at Ehrlich when it should be so easy to counter those negative ads with far more negative material that is all completely truthful....
September 29, 2010 by terpfan1980
This one could likely have just gone into the Political category as it will (other than this intro) start out Politically, but as I type this, I'm intending it to be a bit more rambling and random, thus (for now) I'm sticking with the Life Journals category... 

Anyway, on the political front, I'm somewhat puzzled at the idea that the barely, if that, competent Martin O'Malley is seeming to pull well ahead of Bob Ehrlich in the Maryland Governor's race.  Then again, I'm not sure I'm ...
September 24, 2010 by terpfan1980
My kids and I went to see comedienne Lewis Black last night.  He's out on his In God We Rust tour, though that seems to be a bit of a misnomer since the show had little to do with any religious topics and more to do with rants about whatever happened to cross his comedic mind.  Don't get me wrong, I loved the show and really enjoy his rants, but the tour title had given me the impression that he might be aiming to skewer religion a bit more duirng the show and instead it wound up being...