Saturday, September 8, 2012

Flying with the Angels now.

Yesterday the Aviation world lost something special.

Bob Odegaard died doing what he loved, flying. He was practicing for an airshow in Valley City North Dakota in a blue F2G Super Corsair that he and his son's had restored the previous year when either pilot error or mechanical failure caused the big former fighter/race plane to strike the ground at catastrophic speed.

To the best of my knowledge, Bob died on impact.

He is survived by his two sons a daughter and his wife. They have been my friends since I was kneehigh to a grasshopper and my heart goes out to them.

You fly with the angels Bob, to the sound of big round engines and Merlin V12s

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Well, after seven years with my previous employer I've moved on to a new pasture, and a new job. I'm still in Tech Support with more of a focus on Enterprise IT, and Project management. The hours are normal people hours so I've had to contend with the evil daystar quite a bit more - and I'm a *salaried* employee. And I even get *Holidays*.

The shocks to the system are constant. To really ramp up the 'change' depeartment I've started going to the Local Family Wellness Center, which was build by the Y and Sanford Health (I work for Sanford Health, and get a discount) and I've started minimally swimming laps for 30ish minutes every morning.

Which, leads to a pretty solid full body ache. This week, a friend is going to join me, and we'll probably start lifting every morning as well... which will *really* start the ache.

Its been a pretty big shift. But a good one. Change isn't always necessarily good, but this one *is* and its long over due.

More later!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

So... based on the SCOTUS decision the government could do the following....

Alright. Lets make a few things clear. Based on the summary's I've read, the Government can't make you buy something with the Comerce clause, but apparently penalizing you for *not* doing something it deems to be right and proper can be considered a tax.

Also keep in mind that the reason the 'Majority Opinion' (I'm not going to get into Robert's possible flip flop) states the law must stand is they don't want to mess with what Congress can and can't tax.

It took an *amendment of the Constitution* to allow the Congress to impliment an INCOME TAX!

Try to remember that as I throw out a couple of examples.

Lately, one of the things people have been going off about is that the government is starting to think people are too fat. We probably are, admittedly, but its not the government's business to care, in my opinion.

Example One:

So what if the next law of the land states that you need to eat healthy. To determine what healthy is, they pick a bunch of fruits and vegtables, and state that you must by X amount per month. I don't know what X is, but lets say its half a pound of each, per month.

If you don't, the first year it'll cost you, 200 dollars in a penalty tax. It might be cheaper to pay the tax.

The second year, the rate goes up by 100 dollars, and so on, ad-infinitum, until you decide its cheaper to just buy the damned vegitables.

Example Two:

Government wants more green energy. People aren't buying enough, and the company's building Green Energy aren't making money for whatever reasons. So the government passes a law that states that every house should have six photovolaic panels on the roof to suppliment the energy use by the house. Those panels should be bought by, hm... say, Solindra.

If you don't buy six panels (who's size is determined by the size and worth of your home, natch) for every year you haven't mounted them, you pay a thousand dollars extra in taxes. However, after five years, it goes up to five thousand dollars, and continues going up until you're paying far more in taxes, then you would to just buy the damned panels.

And, just to prove I can throw in a 'Conservative' example, that would be just as wrong:

Example Three:

Colt, an American icon, and a gun maker has fallen on tough times. We can't possibly let such a name slip into obscurity. Of course, bailouts are pretty unpopular now, so the government can't just write them a blank check. So, we're going to state that Every man and woman over the age of 18 should own a firearm. And infact, we think you should own a firearm of the AR-15 variety. But, it has to be built by Colt.

For every year you don't do this, we're going to tax you five hundred dollars. After five years, the tax will go up to about fifteen hundred dollars. After seven, the tax will be three thousand dollars.

All that sounds fair, right?

Didn't think so - but thats roughly what the SCOTUS decision on ObamaCare has opened the door for.