One Man’s Trash… March 20, 2010Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: multitasking, trash, treasure
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One of my next-door neighbors throws out a lot of valuable stuff. I’ve seen perfectly good furniture, lamps, patio stuff and who knows what else buried in the cans, piled at the curb for pickup. It seems the trash guys have marked my neighbor as a treasure trove stop. Every Saturday morning they make an extended stop, closely examining the refuse for a prize or two or three. Lately the culling has taken on a sporting nature. This morning, the driver actually got out of the cab, walked down to my trash can and dragged it back to the truck for deposit while the guys who ride on the back tore through my neighbors detritus. He returned my empty trashcan and continued down to the next house and dragged that trash back to the truck while his partners in crime continued to search for treasure.
I was struck by the crew’s conscientiousness. By multitasking, the driver had given his buddies time to score while not really delaying the pick-up route. Since my trash and the neighbor’s next in line had been collected by the driver, once the cull was complete, they skipped down the street staying on schedule. It’s nice to know there a perks with any job as long as you know how to work them.
Rights vs Wishes March 14, 2010Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: conservatism, George Mason University, rights. health care, Walter Williams
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I love reading someone who’s talents are so superior to mine that the inspiration to emulate them overwhelms the sobering realization of just how far I have to go.
Walter E. Williams, the eminent George Mason University scholar has done just that.
Below is an excerpt from a slightly longer piece of scholarly gold.
True rights, such as those in our Constitution, or those considered to be natural or human rights, exist simultaneously among people. That means exercise of a right by one person does not diminish those held by another. In other words, my rights to speech or travel impose no obligations on another except those of non-interference. If we apply ideas behind rights to health care to my rights to speech or travel, my free speech rights would require government-imposed obligations on others to provide me with an auditorium, television studio or radio station. My right to travel freely would require government-imposed obligations on others to provide me with airfare and hotel accommodations.
For Congress to guarantee a right to health care, or any other good or service, whether a person can afford it or not, it must diminish someone else’s rights, namely their rights to their earnings. The reason is that Congress has no resources of its very own. Moreover, there is no Santa Claus, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy giving them those resources. The fact that government has no resources of its very own forces one to recognize that in order for government to give one American citizen a dollar, it must first, through intimidation, threats and coercion, confiscate that dollar from some other American. If one person has a right to something he did not earn, of necessity it requires that another person not have a right to something that he did earn.
To argue that people have a right that imposes obligations on another is an absurd concept. A better term for new-fangled rights to health care, decent housing and food is wishes. If we called them wishes, I would be in agreement with most other Americans for I, too, wish that everyone had adequate health care, decent housing and nutritious meals. However, if we called them human wishes, instead of human rights, there would be confusion and cognitive dissonance. The average American would cringe at the thought of government punishing one person because he refused to be pressed into making someone else’s wish come true.
None of my argument is to argue against charity. Reaching into one’s own pockets to assist his fellow man in need is praiseworthy and laudable. Reaching into someone else’s pockets to do so is despicable and deserves condemnation.
History done right March 14, 2010Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: conservatism, Texas, text books
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Maybe we’re starting to right the ship…
Philadelphia – Historic City March 13, 2010Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: Constitution Center, Declaration of Independence, founding fathers, Philadelphia, school trips
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I was traveling most of last week—up in Philly doing recon for a school trip I recently sold. Like Washington, DC and Boston, Philadelphia is one of our great historical cities—probably the most historic. I know DC residents and Bostonians will argue that fact but I’m here to tell you, Philly is the winner.
The city was home to the greatest minds of the day and arguably the greatest American minds ever. Our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence along with a host of other documents that created our country were all born there.
I’ve visited the city many times over the years. Each visit revealed another addition to the city’s renovation and upgrading of the tourist experience. The new National Constitution Center is a magnificent addition to the mix. The entire center is focused on the Constitution, the Framers, and the ideals that went into the documents creation.
A visit to Philadelphia, and DC and Boston for that matter, should be required of every schoolchild in America. With the liberal teachers unions slowly erasing the teaching of the founding of our country, it is more important than ever that kids get exposed to the truth and the facts. Standing in Independence Hall, the very place the Founders debated the way our country should be formed, students will at least understand that it’s real—it’s where that history was made.
It’s time we refocus our priorities with respect to spending tax dollars. Let’s spend some of those ‘stimulus’ funds on underwriting school trips to Philly and DC and Boston.
How about it Mr. President? Or are you afraid that once our kid’s learn about the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence—the antidote to the Progressive poison being taught today, they’ll realize just what a presidential putz you are?
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The Post doesn’t like my opinion March 3, 2010Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: BBC, bias, Palm Beach Post, Phil Jones, The Guardian, UK Daily MAil
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A letter to the editor of The Palm Beach Post written on February 14th—which hasn’t made the opinion page yet.
Dear Mr. Burke
Where’s the Post’s coverage of a story making headlines around the world? On February 13 in an interview with the BBC, Phil Jones from the University of East Anglia, former lead scientist at the climate research unit and the guy at the center of the recent e-mail controversy late last year, said, quote, “The recent warming trend that began in 1975 is not at all different than two other planetary warming phases since 1850; there has been no statistically significant warming since 1995, and, it is possible the Medieval Warm Period was indeed a global phenomenon thereby making the temperatures seen in the latter part of the 20th century by no means unprecedented.”
Though he says he still believes that the earth’s temperature has warmed. He also said that he might be missing some of the data that is responsible for his climate models.
Wow, pretty big news. And the rest of the world got to read about this several days ago. Even the UK’s unabashed left-leaning Guardian and BBC covered it in-depth. Yet the Post and virtually all other media outlets in the US ignored it.
Shameful Mr. Burke, truly shameful. If you started acting like a responsible newspaper and actually reported the news of the day, even when it flies in the face of your not-so-well-veiled political agenda, you might stop hemorrhaging readers and regain some credibility as a professional newspaper.
When the Post decides to report the news, regardless of how it sits with the editorial board, I’ll renew my subscription. (I read on-line, mostly for the high school sports)