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29 April 2009

Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law by Philip K. Howard


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I mostly picked this book up because the title made me tingly all over. Okay, I actually picked it up because I had read a previous book by Mr. Howard called The Death of Common Sense and enjoyed it. In Life Without Lawyers he calls for some bold changes to our overly-regulated and legalistic system in order to return accountability to the people and eliminate the mindless rule-following that has damaged our way of life. Fascinating read. I checked it out from the library and now I'm going to have to buy it because I kept wanting to underline and write notes in it.


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26 April 2009

Refreshing Honesty

Malcolm Gladwell, author of such books as Blink and The Tipping Point, gives his opinion on what is wrong with the U.S. educational system. I like his solution.

18 April 2009

Wow.

So a friend of mine told me that I needed to watch this video of jump-roping girls and I immediately thought "No thank you" but he emailed it to me anyway and WOW! He was right, you really need to watch this. I can't imagine the number of hours these girls put into this and I love the fact that they were dedicated enough to do it. So without further ado, here's the video.

17 April 2009

Great Video of Drunk Red Sox Fan

I watched this several times and just laughed harder every time. One more reason not to drink, kids.

05 April 2009

Just Because You Say You're Not Naive Doesn't Mean You're Not Naive

President Obama, in an address in Prague, announced plans to eliminate nuclear weapons completely. At first I thought this was some kind of hoax or a fake news story from The Onion. But no, it's real. I can't believe that there is any rational person out there who honestly thinks we can put that genie back in the bottle. The knowledge to make nuclear bombs is out. The will to make them exists. Those two things combined make it impossible to turn back that clock.

My favorite part of the story was when he announced that he was not naive:
“I'm not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly –- perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence,” he told an adoring crowd that waved miniature American and Czech flags. “But now we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. We have to insist, 'Yes, we can.'"
If you have to tell people you're not naive it makes you seem that you are aware of your naivete yet unwilling to give up your delusion. Who honestly believes that Russia, Israel, Great Britain and even the U.S. are going to give up their nuclear weapons? Why would they? They would all suspect that the others are keeping theirs and hiding them. Why is Obama even having this conversation? He can't possibly be that naive. He has to be pandering to the utopianists, right? I don't believe he is dumb enough to think that countries who are worried about others' ability to attack them are going to give up a weapon that provides a significant amount of deterrence. If he did believe the tripe he's spouting then I would be extremely concerned about his capacity as commander-in-chief.

03 April 2009

A Logical Bill

The Federal Reserve wields massive monetary power with almost no oversight. Ultimately, they are not responsible to open their books to the Congress and hence to the American people. As a former auditor I can't believe that such a power exists. That is an outrage. Ron Paul has introduced H.R. 1207, a bill that is only a couple paragraphs in length and would give Congress the power to audit the Federal Reserve. I would strongly recommend you contact your representative and ask them to support H.R. 1207.

That's It?

Two Pennsylvania state judges were sentenced to 7 years of prison because they took about $2.6 million in kickbacks from a private prison operator in exchange for teen convictions. More than 5,000 teenagers had their convictions vacated because of this.

Let me get this straight. Two men in positions of incredible legal power abused that power to the detriment of thousands of teenagers and they only get 7 years? Are you kidding me? It is an indescribable abuse of power. People like this need to be held to account.

By the way, are you curious how were discovered? They convicted a 17 year-old girl because she made a MySpace page to mock her assistant principle and the conviction seemed disproportionate to her parents so they asked the FBI to investigate. I wonder how many other kids got disproportionate sentences and didn't have parents who had enough influence to call it in to question. These two despots should spend longer than 7 years in prison for their abuses.