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The California Government is going to delay tax refunds so it has some money to play with temporarily. But isn’t a tax refund by definition the money that you overpaid and that didn’t ever belong to the state in the first place? How can they legally keep it from you to cover their own budget woes? Read the article.

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This is embarrasing.

I think this video sums up why any third party political movement is doomed before it gets off the ground.

Is “Office of the President-Elect” anything like “Assistant to the Regional Manager”?

I do have to say that came from my wife.

I heard only a few qoutes from The One’s press conference today, but I thought them very enlightening. He complained that he could not take office until Jan 20th. I suspect that we will hear a gradual drumbeat of that from congress and the press, a low intensity grumble that has the added benefit of insulting GW. Face it Obama, you will be powerless to unpush the depression button, even if your friends do resuscitate our stock market.

The second was a reassurance that he had been “re-reading the works of Lincoln.” Not far removed from the student world, that phrase leapt out at me. If he had in fact been studying Lincoln, then he should have been able to provide an insight, even one distilled into qoute form. But to have simply said that he has been reading the works strikes me as a grasp at 150 year old ethereal coattails, and a vague attempt to reassure a nation that he is trying to do something. It is also a stark contrast with Palin, who apparently took the words of Lincoln to heart, and tried to embody one of his ideas, which is to pray that your nation is on God’s side. It does not surprise me one bit that Obama now has to claim Lincoln as an inspiration. His mentors seem especially impotent to inspire in times like this.

A better character to study for presidential repsonse to times of crisis may be Reagan or even GW. But Obama’s hatred prevents him from realizing the truth of what was overcome in the last 8 years, and his ingrown synapse can’t help but reiterate a complaint against the current president.

PS. Since when was Lincoln such a talisman to politicians? I have heard his name more than any other president this season, and that seems to be without precedent.

“We’ve found out that having a price is really cool for making profits.”

I have heard a lot of talk about how the acts of the government are robbing this country of it’s free market system. It bothered me, but I heard an interesting story on the news the other day which gave me a new idea. The EU and America is trying to come up with a united front on the issue of insuring people’s money, so that people do not shift their money to other countries, which do guarantee their money. I realized that this is the essence of free market. Paulson can no more destroy the free market than Obama can make the ocean’s rise. Governments and businesses will always have differences on how to operate, and the consumers will always make their choice. The choices are limited, and the government is now in the business of trying to create markets, but the freedom remains.

It was not an intentional social experiment, but it turned out to be interesting people watching anyway. We put a McCain – Palin sticker on the car. 3 days later a house in our development sported a yard sign for O’bama. Less than 2 days after that, another car sported a McCain-Palin sticker. Last week a McCain Palin sign appeared. Now that it has calmed down we put out our McCain sign tonight to see if we can liven things up again.

This is the last five years of the Dow Jones. Oh Snap!

I have enjoyed Mr. Wilson’s amateur punditry. His posted quote by Lewis was hilarious when I first saw it.

Irony is Barney Frank using the shibboleth example in a congressional hearing.

Speaking of the Congressman Frank, he got excoriated by O’Reilly. Say what you will, I think the time is past for most politicians to be called on the carpet like this. I think O’reilly gets suspended or something.

O’reilly was a key figure in my latest anticipated movie, An American Carol. Overall, it felt like it disappointed, and did not measure up to the hilarity of Tropic Thunder. I think part of the reason was the heavy message that they were trying to convey in every other sentence. I think that if they had cut loose from trying to get so many refutations in there a little more, it would have been funnier. Watching it in a packed theater may have also contributed to my cringing instead of laughing at some points. The highlight was the ACLU and the slaves, the lowlight was the nephew. It also reminded me of the Golden Age of the Simpsons. . .

If the Simpsons did jump the shark (reference please?), which I assume to be some sort of reference to them going to the political dark side, then they have also gone to the comedic dark side with their new season premiere, featuring marge working in a Naturel bakery. I guess it started with Bart’s wild ride in the movie, but I definitely do not recommend that as an introductory episode for your friends and family.

I think “A Comparative Study of the Comedic Styles of the Simpsons” or “Season Six, The Golden Age of the Simpsons” have definite potential for theses at our collective alma mater.

Which brings me back to Mr. Wilson, who is obviously connected to everything.