Friday, July 11, 2008

Really? Do you promise?

If Barack Obama doesn't win November's presidential election in the United States, "you can kiss the Democratic Party goodbye", the actor and director Robert Redford told an audience in Dublin last night.

If this is true, then John McCain can have my vote. He'd be the last Democrat president in history!

How dumb do you have to be...

Before you forget to breathe? Apparently, dumber than Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

Who is circling around a black hole of stupid, about to be sucked in....

Rule of 15?

Ever hear about the "Rule of 15"? Neither have I, until I read this piece on CNBC. Google it, and you find only this article (at least in terms of a Rule of 15 that applies to real estate), so this is one of those "Your Mileage May Vary" (YMMV) things you find on the Internet. Take it with a grain of salt.

If the rule was stated, it seems to say that the purchase price of a house should be approximately 15 times the yearly rent for the equivalent house. If the house is going for an appreciably higher multiple, then it may not be a great buy. Appreciably lower? Then it may be a deal.

You can also apply this to your current home to see if--and about how much--it may decrease in value during the current burst of the real estate bubble.

Interesting, at least.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

What a jerk

A longtime state employee has chosen to retire instead of lowering flags to half-staff to honor former Republican Sen. Jesse Helms.

You can admire the man for taking a stand and sticking to it, but you ignore the orders of your superiors at your hazard.

Eason's superiors gave him an ultimatum: lower the flags or retire immediately.

I find this interesting, because I know for a fact that insubordination (defined as refusal to obey a direct instruction from a superior in State of NC-speak) is an "immediately terminable offense".

In other words, they could (and in my opinion, should) have fired this idiot. Disagreeing with Helms' politics is no excuse for his failure to follow his boss's instructions. (As I was taught in the military, "You salute the rank, not the man." The same concept applies here.) This kind of behavior in a government employee can't be tolerated, because it quickly gets out of hand. "No one could need a house that big, so I'm not going to sign off on the building permit."

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Holding the line

(Via Drudge)

When their government couldn't get the job done, the people of California took care of themselves. It's good to know that despite living in one of the nanniest states in the US, the spirit of their forebearers lives on.

As a California friend of mine once told me, there is the California we always hear about and the California we never hear about. For once, we get to hear about the "never heard abouts". Nicely done, folks.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Your Sunday Firepower Video

Well, not so much firepower as history. Sure, we're off track a bit, but you're learning something!

In keeping with the "Lesser Known Parts of World War II" theme, let's have a look at Romania during World War II.

If it isn't obvious to you from the pictures, Romania fought on the side of the Axis for most of the war, switching sides in August 1944. Wikipedia has a pretty decent article on the subject, and for more pictures and multimedia, there's