Sunday, April 03, 2005

End of the Line - Change of Address

This is the end of the line for this blog. The new site is up and running, and all new posts will be placed there. For those who have blogrolled me, please update your blogrolls to have as the URL.

Move Update

In my last post, I announced that News, the Universe, and Everything is moving off of Blogger. Today, the setup information from came, and I've loaded WordPress already. Easy Stuff so far. The next step is to get the site designed. Here's where my devoted readers come in. I'm going to be doing design work over there, and I invite everyone to come check things out and leave comments. The URL is

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Movin' on up.

Hey everyone, blogging will be light again in the next week or so, but there's a good reason for this. I've just purchased some webspace and a .com address, and will be moving the blog there over the next week. I have more than one reason for doing this, but what finally pushed me over the edge is the troubles Blogger has been having over the last week. In addition, I'm looking for a more robust interface with more features, especially post categories and CGI scripts. Right now, I'm doing the post categories manually every time I add a post, and it's getting to be a pain in the butt.

That said, I am thankful that Blogger provides this free service, since it helped me get started as a blogger.

Now, blogging will continue here until the new site is up and running. Once it is, I'll post the new URL and start posting there.

Friday, April 01, 2005

H & R Eureka?

California State Controller Steve Westly thinks it’s a good idea for the state government to prepare its citizens’ taxes. Uh-huh. It’s an axiom that judge, jury, and executioner should not be the same entity. Neither should the tax collector and accountant.

Another worry about this is the talk of expanding this to 3 million taxpayers, since it sounds like they won't have a choice about being included.

The Libertarian party has already come out in strong opposition of this proposal.

TOPIC: California

If it’s good enough for handguns...’s good enough for legislation. What am I talking about? The waiting period.

As I sit here this April Fool’s Day listening to the news, I already hear calls for legislation based on the Terri Schaivo controversy. This reminds me of the furor after 9-11 for legislation to protect us. Now we have the Patriot Act. My bet is that whatever legislation comes out of the immediate aftermath of Terri Schaivo’s death will be poorly crafted and do more harm than good.

My solution to this phenomenon is simple. I propose that there be a three-month period between introduction of a bill in committee and the final vote on the house and senate floors. This would not apply to resolutions, budgets, or declarations of war. The only way to get a vote sooner than three months would be to have a unanimous vote overriding the waiting period, i.e. 100 senate votes and 435 house votes. That’s it.

What do you think?

TOPIC: Politics

POLL: What one skill would you like to see taught in school?

If you had to pick one skill that isn’t taught in most schools today but should be, what would it be?

My personal answer to this is that students should be taught how to argue an issue from all sides, not just the one they support.

Well folks, the comments are open!

TOPIC: Polls
TOPIC: Education

Some More Minor Changes

First off, I've fixed the comments template so that links in comments no longer appear in all caps.

Second, a couple of days back I added the Spam Poison and Payola Free bannerlets down at the bottom of the sidebar. Spam Poison is one I encourage EVERYONE to place on their site, since it sends e-mail gathering bots, used by spammers, into a endless loop that generates junk data, thereby disabling the bot.

TOPIC: Site News

Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Fallacy of a Tax on Business

I heard on the radio today some liberal caller talking about how business should pay their fair share of taxes. On the surface, this seems like a great idea. All these business are making money, why shouldn’t they pay their fair share? The answer is simple. Business cover their costs by including them in the price of their products, thereby passing them on to consumers. What is a tax if not a government-imposed cost on business? Now, why won’t that cost be handled in the same manner every other cost is?

As one can see, there is no such thing as a tax on business, since the cost will invariably be passed on to consumers. Instead, every business tax in the US, indeed in the world, is simply a hidden tax on consumers. Therein lies the beauty of the business tax. We, as consumers, are blissfully unaware of it. While there’s no such thing as a free lunch, the government can get close by convincing us that business is paying the tax. Just something to remember the next time someone talks about businesses paying their fair share.

TOPIC: Politics

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

New Comments Policy

Now that longer comments are possible, a new issue has come up, namely the posting of large amounts of other people's text into comments. I've updated the comments policy to address this.

Here is the text of the new policy:

1. Any comments containing profane, racist, or otherwise abusive language are not permitted and will be deleted immediately.

2. Any comments containing large amounts of copyrighted text, such as a published article, will have the text edited out and replaced by a link to the original work. Judicious quoting of articles and linking to articles to support a point are permitted.

3. Finally, comment spam will be deleted immediately.

4. Violators of these policies may be banned from commenting at my discretion. In most cases, except spam, a warning will be issued before any ban.
This policy is also posted in the sidebar. It covers all posts made after 9:30 PM PST on 3-30-05.

Thanks for your cooperation,

TOPIC: Site News

I Take The Pledge

Patterico asks bloggers and others who communicate online to sign the following pledge:

If the FEC makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion on core political issues, I will not obey those rules.
I, Quincy, do hereby sign the pledge.

For any bloggers out there who haven't signed, I urge you to do so that the FEC may see the opposition they face if they try to touch the blogosphere. Also, you can show your support of free speech by posting the "I Support Free Speech" web sticker to your site.

TOPIC: Politics