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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...
September 14, 2010 by terpfan1980
If an election happens and I don't care, is that a bad thing?

Honestly, I do want to vote in most elections, but it's primary election day in my home state and I could go off and vote in the primary but... well, I probably won't and I don't really feel bad about it.  Actually, I feel rather good about it but that is probably just because I want the robo-calls and junk mailings to stop.  I feel bad about the number of trees that have been sacrificed in the name of these political mai...
August 18, 2010 by terpfan1980
I'd say that the news about Blago's trial ending (for the most part) on a hung jury surprised me, but it really doesn't.  Once the jury was out for more than a few hours I knew something wasn't right and my suspicions were confirmed as I read the articles about the trial after the fact.  Apparently he had at least one "friend" on the jury and that's all it took.

As a fan of the legal thriller genre, I've read plenty of good books about legal cases (both actual cases and fictional on...
July 29, 2010 by terpfan1980
Back to a mostly political article for the day...

First, continued thoughts (because of the continued news) about just how much wrath the INcompetent individuals that were managing/running Arlington Cemetery deserve.  Apparently the problems there go back *at least 5 years* though that is, I firmly believe, just the tip of the iceberg as that 5 year mark is just when the earlier reports had come in.  The problems might have been going on for years before that.  Those problems s...
July 21, 2010 by terpfan1980
I am soooooo disappionted... Blago will apparently not be testifying on his own behalf.  I was really looking forward to that potential circus and the fun it could lead to since just about anything he could have said would either have been a bald-faced lie or should have incriminated his obviously guilty self.

It's truly a shame that his case isn't in front of Judge Judy.  That would really have been entertaining. 
June 9, 2010 by terpfan1980
According to DC area "blog" site DCRTV.com a replacement has been named for the commencement speaker engagement that had been slotted for anti-Israeli journalist Helen Thomas:

Schieffer To Replace Thomas At Grad Ceremony - 6/9 - CBS News DC veteran Bob Schieffer will replace longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas as the commencement speaker at Sunday's graduation ceremony at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. Thomas resigned earlier this week after making controversial comments ab...