29.3.05

You can't have it both ways...

or, at least you shouldn't be able to. This post explains how W uses tax dollars to pay for travel and promotion of his social security circus er, I mean roadshow and then "outsources" the ticketing and security to the local Republican party office. Then he has the gall to call this a "private" event, allowing him to restrict it to an audience that will only be friendly to him. This is a complete crock of shit, if he uses one cent of tax money to get there or promote it then it should be open to the public, period end of story.

I got a new CEO for my birthday!

Wow, what a great 30th birthday present. Some folks get CDs, DVDs or books but I got a CEO...

22.3.05

If this doesn't make you ill nothing will...

Pay for performance, hardly. The numbers in this article are astounding, the notion that one individual "deserves" 10% of the aggregate corporate profit is completely asinine. But wait, it gets better. How would like to get a bonus of 1.4 Million while your company's stock goes into free fall? It's easy if you're the CEO of Merck. This money has to come from some where and, at least in my case, it comes from a raise freeze for the employees (haven't seen one of those in over 3 years). How the hell else were they supposed to come up with Carly's $42 Million parachute, cut luxuries for the board?, perish the thought!

21.3.05

Too true



The pro-life crowd only gives a rip until birth, after that, they are nowhere to be found...

18.3.05

For those of you that missed the bankruptcy bill...

This just about sums it up.



Why change unprofitable behavior when you can change the law!

17.3.05

A poignant quote

Have you ever come across one of those quotes that describes the person you are and the person you'd like to be simultaneously ? Ok, so neither had I. This one by my favorite author just about does it for me:


"One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am -a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breath deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards."

- Edward Abbey -

16.3.05

The Salt was awesome!

That's right I'm back in one piece (which, unfortunately, is more than I can say for my boat) and I had a great time. The water level was perfect and so was the weather, low 80's in March, you know that's not Colorado. If you're so inclined, you can view the rest of my pictures and videos from the trip at my buddy Jeff's site. I can't wait to go again, too bad it will be two more months until my next river trip...

4.3.05

Time to hit the Salt!

That's right kids, Ben and I, along with seven others, are heading out to run the Salt River in Arizona tomorrow. I can't wait it should be one hell of a trip! I'll post some shots here when I get back. In the interim I'll leave you with a shot of one of the most daunting challenges, Quartzite falls:


3.3.05

Investigative journalist, what's that?

Frank Rich has a great piece in today's New York Times about the general dearth of investigative journalism in the "news" today. He makes a number of observations on how and why this trend has developed and even throws a few bones to our recently departed HST. Some of his commentary, like this example is both hilarious and sadly accurate:


On NBC, Brian Williams is busy as all get-out, as every promo reminds us, "Reporting America's Story." That story just happens to be the relentless branding of Brian Williams as America's anchorman - a guy just too in love with Folks Like Us to waste his time looking closely at, say, anything happening in Washington.

If you have a few minutes to spare I recommend the read.

2.3.05

Tell your kids just how much you don't trust them...

Buy this service and you can track your kid like a felon on parole. Note to parents, technology will not raise your child, at some point you'll have to take responsability...