Archive for January, 2008

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Pore over everything in my CV

January 31, 2008

Hey, I just updated my CV. Dig it.

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Announcement

January 30, 2008

The following is a transcript of a speech given by Scott D. Feldstein on January 30th, 2008 at his home in Waukesha Wisconsin before an audience consisting of mainly a dog, a six year old and a teenager who was kind of listening but mostly playing World of Warcraft.

My fellow Americans, our nation has suffered greatly over the last few years. Our faith in the electoral process was shaken badly during the presidential election of 2000. Horrific tragedy struck on September 11th of 2001. We inexplicably went to war with a country which we now know posed no threat to anyone. Adding insult to injury, after initial military success, that country sunk into chaos and civil war–and we watched our sons and daughters die, trapped in a situation from which we could not extricate ourselves. Our leaders have instituted policies of torture, secret detentions and of spying on American citizens without judicial oversight. Internationally, we struck a tone which enraged our enemies–but also alienated our allies. Our health care system is edging ever closer to complete collapse, serving many of us poorly and some of us not at all. Finally, our economy has taken a serious downturn. Americans are rightly concerned about their futures, the futures of their children, and of our country as a whole.

I mention these painful facts not merely to tell you how bad things have become, but because righting our ship of state and steering it in a saner more prosperous path must begin with an honest assessment of what has gone wrong. Only after acknowledging these things can we set our sights on a genuinely more optimistic future. It is in the light of this realistic assessment that I say to you: America’s best days are not behind us–they are just ahead.

Charting this new course will not be easy. It will require sacrifice, hard work, and above all, the right kind of leadership. I am offering you that leadership today. I am running for president of the United States of America.

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Democratic voices

January 28, 2008

Speaking of politics, I have a question.

Harry “Milquetoast” Reid makes me cringe every time I hear his voice. Can’t we have Patrick Leahy or someone? Please?

And in the House we have, who? Nancy Pelosi. I’m not necessarily knocking her politics, mind, but as the public voice of the Democratic House? I’d rather give the mic to Charley Rangel. Wouldn’t you?

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Notes on the 08 primaries

January 28, 2008

First off, someone needs to stick a fork in Giuliani: He’s so done. I believe that fork will officially arrive in the form of tomorrow’s Florida primary results.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, maybe. What about the harder questions? Who will the GOP nominee be? McCain is too centrist, too maverick, and frankly too old. Romney is too Mormon, too liberal and too Northeastern. My money’s on Huckabee for the nomination, but there will be no landslide.

Then there’s those Democrats. Although I haven’t decided on a candidate myself, no one is more thrilled than I am at Obama’s success in the primaries so far. If pressed, I’d have to say I hope for him to win the nomination, but I believe Hilary will. The nomination will be locked up on super Tuesday of next week. A brokered convention would be exciting, but I don’t think it’ll happen. Edwards–who is nearly as done as Rudy–will not tie up enough delegates to prevent Hilary from getting the nomination.

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Golden Gate: Ancient Waukesha secret?

January 27, 2008

Good news: someone over at Boots and Kittens informed me that one of the nation’s top 100 Chinese restaurants is one frickin’ mile from my house.

Bad news: when I excitedly told Karen she said “oh, that place. It used to be good but the quality fell of a while back and we don’t go there anymore.”

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Well, I’m going to try the Golden Gate restaurant anyway. How can I have lived in this town for 20 years and never eaten there? Karen’s opinion notwithstanding, I’m going to go. Soon.

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Check for nothing?

January 24, 2008

Sources on Capitol Hill and at the Treasury Department said congressional and White House negotiators agreed upon checks of $600 per individual and $1,200 per couple who paid income tax and who filed jointly.

People who did not pay federal income taxes but who had earned income of more than $3,000 would get checks of $300 per individual or $600 per couple.

A Democratic aide and Republican aide said there will be an additional amount per child, which could be in the neighborhood of $300.

Those who earn up to $75,000 individually or up to $150,000 as a couple will be eligible for the payments, said Republican and Democratic sources familiar with the tentative deal.

Checks could be in taxpayers’ mailboxes by June

This from the front page of CNN.com

So. What do I think of it? My first reaction is: w000ttt!!1 I’m gonna get me a big fat check for nothin’! If I’m reading this right, I could be looking at a $1500 windfall in June. Can you say Nikon D300? I sure can.

But I do wonder if this is a sound policy. I’m no economist, but I have a gut feeling that these kinds of things are more for show than for effect. Politicians will get a good talking point, but will it really help fix what ails the economy? I wonder.

UPDATE: Hey, I forgot. I’m an individual, not a couple. That means $600 not $1200. Then I’m claiming only one child as a dependent… which would bring me up to $900. Still not bad! But not gonna entirely cover a D300.

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Holy cow

January 22, 2008

I’ve been blogging for six years!