Monday, December 28, 2009

Guilty Pleasures

Lately, one of my guilty pleasures has been watching Jersey Shore. It's like real world only everyone is striving to be a "guido" or "guidette".

Last week the show became political. A New Jersey lawmaker is asking MTV to stop the show!

The latest criticism comes from the New Jersey Italian American Legislative Caucus, which says the show promotes derogatory ethnic stereotypes and is "wildly offensive."

But when you watch the show, the kids on it seem very proud of these attributes that the legislator is calling derogatory ethnic stereotypes. So are they derogatory stereotypes or is it simply a generational difference? I don't know the answer, I"ve never even been to Jersey.

Here is what wikipedia has to say

An appeal from Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales

An appeal from Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales

Today, I am asking you to make a donation to support Wikipedia.

I started Wikipedia in 2001, and over the past eight years, I've been amazed and humbled to see hundreds of thousands of volunteers join with me to build the largest encyclopedia in human history.

Wikipedia isn't a commercial website. It's a community creation, entirely written and funded by people like you. More than 340 million people use Wikipedia every month - almost a third of the Internet-connected world. You are part of our community.

I believe in us. I believe that Wikipedia keeps getting better. That's the whole idea. One person writes something, somebody improves it a little, and it keeps getting better, over time. If you find it useful today, imagine how much we can achieve together in 5, 10, 20 years.

Wikipedia is about the power of people like us to do extraordinary things. People like us write Wikipedia, one word at a time. People like us fund it. It's proof of our collective potential to change the world.

We need to protect the space where this important work happens. We need to protect Wikipedia. We want to keep it free of charge and free of advertising. We want to keep it open – you can use the information in Wikipedia any way you want. We want to keep it growing – spreading knowledge everywhere, and inviting participation from everyone.

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization I created in 2003 to operate, grow, nurture, and protect Wikipedia. For ten million US dollars a year and with a staff of fewer than 35 people, it runs the fifth most-read website in the entire world. I'm asking for your help so we can continue our work.

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s where we’re headed. And with your help, we will get there.

Thank you for using Wikipedia. You're part of this story: please make a donation today.

Jimmy Wales

Founder, Wikipedia

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Not a Snuggie

Most of these pictures creep me out.....but they are funny :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Toyota-Lexus Recall...Or Not

The controversy over the Toyota and Lexus floor mats continues.

We happen to own one of the models that is under investigation, a 2006 IS-250. Several things about this are bothering me.

The only thing we have received in the mail, is a letter asking us to remove the driver's side floor mat. No offer to replace the floor mat......
Click here for a copy of the notice

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called their floor mat statement "Inaccurate and Misleading" Why? Because the NHTSA believes that there is a defect in the cars, after an incident that killed a family of four that could not stop an accelerating Lexus.

This past Monday Toyota released a statement denying any finding of fault on Toyota's part or any defect in its cars in relation to the deadly floor mat safety advisory issued in late September. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is saying that Toyota's information is "inaccurate and misleading" and that there is in fact a defect in the 3.8 million cars affected.
Click here for full story

Still nothing from Toyota/Lexus in response to this...... So are we safe or not????

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Quilted Northern, Economics, Psychology and Marketing

Any business with a product to market should understand the intertwining of economics, psychology and marketing.

This is where Quilted Northern missed the target. With the case of the smaller toilet paper roll, it's a quite simple example.

If you raise the price of each roll of toilet paper 2 cents, it is unlikely that your consumer will even notice the 10 to 25 cent raise in their toilet paper package, especially if you raise it slowly over time. The consumers that do notice will either stop buying the product or they will decide they don't care and continue to buy. The ones who stop will be a small percentage and may have stopped buying anyway.

On the other hand a consumer that pays the price they have been paying for their toilet paper but opens it and finds a smaller roll feels cheated and ripped off. The actual visual of a smaller product has a major impact on buying decisions, especially when there is a somewhat standard size for toilet paper.

This also effects any loyalty the consumer may have with the brand. They think "this brand cheated me" and will most likely never come back to it.

This intense feeling of being cheated by a company turns viral and you have rip off reports and blogs like mine reporting this feeling.

You never see rip off reports or blogs reporting their toilet paper now costs 15 cents more per package.

The way I see it, Georgia Pacific and Quilted Northern could use a good refresher in the importance of the psychology behind consumer purchases and marketing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Quilted Northern - the tiny roll

I have long been a buyer of Quilted Northern toilet paper, you know you have your favorites....

Last week I opened a package and did a double take. It looked smaller. Alot smaller. I put it away and didn't think about it for a couple of days. Then when I got it out to put on the holder I could really tell it was smaller. A 1/2 inch shorter and and smaller in girth. But.....the price was the same.....what's happening here??

When I first researched this I found a press release from Georgia Pacific that I can no longer find, however someone posted a "ripoff report" , which made me laugh a little, but the reply from Georgia Pacific was the same as the press release I had found earlier.

We understand you may have some concerns about the roll width and/or sheet count of Quilted Northern Soft & Strong(r). As noted at the bottom of the package, Quilted Northern Soft & Strong(r) is about 1/2 inch narrower than before, and we have slightly reduced the sheetcount.

Because of today's economy, cost is a factor. We made the decision to slightly reduce the roll to bring you the bathroom tissue you trust and not raise our price to retailers. Quilted Northern Soft & Strong continues to provide the cleanliness and comfort you have come to expect, making it a great value in today's economy. As always, Quilted Northern Soft & Strong(r) is thick, absorbent, and gentle on your skin. The bathroom tissue features strength and durability for cleanliness, with softness and thickness for comfort. With Quilted Northern Soft & Strong(r), you do not have to compromise comfort for clean."

So no more purchasing the Quilted Northern, any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

RC and Moon Pie Festival

I completely forgot to blog about the RC and Moon Pie Festival in Bell Buckle Tennessee. Somehow, someone from Bell Buckle arrived on my blog.....and it reminded me.

Several months ago I was doing some benchmarking for the Chamber of Commerce. While searching I ran across the RC and Moon Pie Festival in Bell Buckle. See excerpt from press release.

Tucked away among the rolling hills, farmland and Walking Horse country of Tennessee lays the historic town of Bell Buckle where every year on the third Saturday in June, the Souths two most honored traditions are celebrated, RC Colas and Moon Pies.

This years performance will be The Ball is in Your Court, starring who else but the lovely little Moon Pie and the charming RC with guest appearances by GooGoo Cluster, Coke, as well as a host of fairies and soldiers

Click Here for More Information and Pictures

I thought it was adorable! Who wouldn't like a deep fried moon pie while watching the synchronized wading?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Green Cleaning

I'll be updating Bit a Bliss Cleaning soon to reflect, the all non toxic cleaning products we will be using.

Did you know that Tea Tree Oil is a disinfectant? It is!

That was my big concern with trying to do all non-toxic cleaning, you have to disinfect especially during flu season. I am happy to say I have found the solution.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bit a Bliss Cleaning Service Dallas, Plano, Frisco and Little Rock, Arkansas

If you live in the Dallas area and need a maid or cleaning service, call Bit a Bliss Cleaning!

And how could I forget LITTLE ROCK. The phone number will be coming soon, in the meantime you can email to set up your service.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Starbucks - Pay It Forward

I got a Starbuck's this morning in the drive-thru.

When I got to the window to pay I was told the car in front of me already paid for it and said "Have a good day". Of course my mouth fell open and I was shocked. Evidentally it happens several times a day at my Starbucks drive thru.

I bet they wish I didn't love $4 coffees.....

So now I will make someone else's morning and buy their coffee.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Intuit To Acquire Mint

Intuit will acquire the free online personal finance service Mint, we’ve confirmed from a source close to the deal, for around $170 million. Silicon Alley Insider first reported a rumor on this. The deal should be announced in the next few days.
Update: CEO Aaron Patzer has just confirmed the deal on-stage at TechCrunch50, and written a guest post describing The Value of TechCrunch50 that contains more details.

Go to the following link to see my post on Mint almost a year ago.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Girl in the Other Red Honda Civic

When I came out of Target yesterday there was a note on my windshield.

I think my
car was happy
to have found its
twin. Of course, I
don't think it
appreciated me
thinking your car
was mine. :)
-the girl in the other red honda civic.

It made me laugh out loud. I had noticed in the parking space across from me was a car identical to mine, which is rare given that it is 9 years old.

Friday, September 11, 2009


I got Christmas cookies as marketing yesterday from the The Adolphus. Brilliant!

Beau Arts Style, 1912. Located at the corner of Commerce and Akard, it was completed at a cost of $1.87 million. It was the tallest building in the state and would con tinue to be so for many years. The city's leaders wanted a grand hotel and approached Adolphus Busch in St. Louis to see if he would build one. He agreed to do so if the city's leaders would join him as investors and if he could have any site he wanted. His wish was granted, and he chose the site of the four-story city hall, built in 1889, which was torn down to make room for the hotel. The Adolphus was designed by Barnett, Hayes and Barnett of St. Louis. The tower on the roof is said to be modeled after a Busch beer stein.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

When did we become a Nation that censored our children from the President?

On September 8th President Obama will deliver a national address to school children on the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school. Click here for White House Press Release

In the County I live in and surrounding Counties, some parents have called the schools saying they will not send their children to school if they air it. Some schools here have decided not to air the address.

Seventeen of the nations 50 largest cities had High School graduation rates of lower than 50 percent
Full Story

Monday, August 24, 2009

Vetting the Health Care Rhetoric

CQ is non-partisan. So no one is trying to beat up on one side or the other. If you go to the link below you will see one of the best True/False on the Health care legislation I have seen.

As politicians and interest groups try to shape the outcome of the health care overhaul, they've offered interpretations that are so wildly different that truth sometimes seems to be taking a vacation.

Some — like the contention that a House health care overhaul (HR 3200) would create "death panels" that decide end-of-life care — are false. Some are misleading, and others are true.

Full Story Here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cash for Clunkers: Not a new program.

Texas has been doing a similar program on a state level since 2001 with great success and bi-partisan support. It was a Republican bill initially and has been carried by Republicans and supported by Democrats.

Along with this program there is a program that is pretty much the same but is for heavy equipment and big trucks like dump trucks.

The programs were started to deal with air quality programs and are attributed to helping Dallas become the first city to have it's Clean Air Plan approved by the EPA.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Paper = Art=Cash

I learned how to make a mobile in Kindergarten. Why didn't I learn to continue making them and selling them for $100/each?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Big City Slider

I am not sure I have ever seen an info-mercial with a product that I wanted this badly.

I see a slider on a Hawaiian roll in my future

Ice Cream Design

Make your own ice cream and packaging. I will be doing this soon and I'll keep you updated!

What about this flavor?

base : Gelato
flavor1 : Almond
flavor2 : Chocolate Merlot
mix1 : Raspberry Ribbon

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Babies understand dog-speak, new study finds

Soo.... Can your puppy potty train your baby and vice-versa?????

Babies understand dog-speak, new study finds
Research from Brigham Young University (BYU) gives new meaning to the expression "babes in the woods." It turns out, babies may not be as naive as we once thought especially where their canine counterparts are concerned.

A new study shows that babies can "speak dog" (or at least comprehend it), even with little or no previous exposure to dogs. Infants just six months old matched the sounds of an angry bark and a friendly yap to photos of dogs displaying threatening or welcoming body language, respectively.

While paring babies and dogs might seem like a zany idea, according to BYU, experiments of this kind help us understand how babies learn. Long before they master speech, babies astutely recognize and respond to external stimuli.

These findings come on the heels of a study from the same Brigham Young University lab showing that infants can also detect mood swings in Beethoven's music.
"Emotion is one of the first things babies pick up on in their social world," said BYU psychology professor Ross Flom, lead author of the study. "We chose dogs because they are highly communicative creatures both in their posture and the nature of their bark," Flom said.

In the experiment, the babies were shown two different pictures of the same dog, one in an aggressive posture and the other in a friendly stance. Then the researchers played — in random order — sound clips of a friendly and an aggressive dog bark.

While the recordings played, the six-month-old babies spent most of their time staring at the appropriate picture. Older babies usually made the connection instantly with their very first glance.

Study co-authors Dan Hyde and Heather Whipple Stephenson conducted the experiments as undergrads and don't recall any babies getting upset. "Infants are pretty cooperative subjects," Stephenson said.Read more:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Beginning of the End?

When is a Starbucks not a Starbucks? When it's a 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea.
Full Story Here

And what is even worse.....they are being accused of stealing most of their decorating ideas from the bar next door.
If imitation is the kindest form of flattery, the restaurant and bar known as Smith is feeling ... well ... flat-out worshiped.
Located next to the Starbucks store that will now be called 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea in Capitol Hill, Smith owner Linda Derschang said Thursday that everything from the paint color to the light fixtures inside the coffee shop have been replicated to match her rustic, mountaineer-like bar.

Full Story Here

Starbucks, I love you. Please stop this nonsense and just be a coffee shop. If you get a dollar menu or I go into one of your stores and find drunk people, I will leave you forever.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

They are watching me.......

After looking at yesterday and signing up for an account.....I magically get an email about a program through "Subscribe and Save"

Same deal but looks like better savings on the products and still free shipping. Already ordered a monthly delivery of coffee for half the grocery store price.

Anyway...I was looking at rugs on a couple of days ago and then I am on a totally different site a few days later and a pop up add comes up for an add with the exact rugs I was looking at!

I know there is a simple explanation for all this but it freaks me out.

Monday, July 13, 2009


I don't know if Alice can help me or not but I'm gonna try it out. It is a site where you shop virtual shelves for household items like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent etc.. and they deliver to your home FREE.

At first glance prices seem reasonable, close to the store prices. And if required I might sacrifice $1 for the convenience of never running out of toilet paper. You can set up a list of items and tell it to deliver to your house every 2 weeks, or every 5 weeks, whatever works for you.

I'm going to try it. Right now we are almost out of body wash and I keep forgetting it at the store. I'll give it a couple of months and report back :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Tea Party

Boo's all around.

Why are people so negative that on the 4th of July they want to come out and boo a Senator? Booing even while he is giving a soldier a purple heart? It's disgusting.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Car Cheaper than Used

By Clark HowardHLN

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Are you one of the seemingly few Americans in the market for a car? There are more of you out there than you might think.

CNW Marketing Research, a respected automotive marketing research firm, reports that 4 million used cars were purchased in the United States during the month of May alone. That's amazing when you consider that the market for new cars is 9 million in the United States over the course of an entire 12 months.
Yet don't overlook the new car as a potential purchase just yet.
New data from Comerica Bank's Auto Affordability Index shows that new cars are now the most affordable they've been since records started being kept in 1979. In fact, the average new car is now $1,700 cheaper than it was during the last quarter of 2008. And we've got more price cuts coming because of oversupply.

Entire story here

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Amazon is up 10% since the May 9th post.

I'm just sayin........

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor--Gov. Huckabee swings hard and misses

and I laugh.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee gave quite the tongue lashing to Obama's nomination for Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayer, who would be the first Hispanic US Supreme Court Justice.

Unfortunately he thought her name was Maria........

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Buy some Amazon-AMZN

Amazon To Target $5.5 Billion Textbook Market With New Kindle?

Texas House approves bill on funds for school electronic text books.

Textbooks of the future? If that turns out to be the case Amazon is set to grab onto that market share.

It will probably take a while for this to become integrated into schools nationwide, we'll see how it does in Texas.

However, regardless of the kindle/textbook outcome Amazon is a great long term investment. Even in the rough economy, Amazon has still produced a good looking 1st quarter statement, much better than most companies in their sector.

I use Sharebuilder

Friday, May 8, 2009

Posts that got away from me

Super gorgeous Valentine's Day Flowers that I took tons of pictures of. Partly because the middle of the flower looked like a gooey brain :)

Trevor came to visit and we took him to Disney on ice!

The reason every kid should have a dog. (I would recommend a Sheltie :)

Trevor was really trying to corral the dogs and get them to smile for a picture.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Do Economic Recovery Programs Work?

Look to history- The New Deal, The Marshall Plan

The New Deal was the name that United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave to a complex package of economic programs he initiated between 1933 and 1935 with the goal of giving relief to the unemployed, reform of business and financial practices, and promoting recovery of the economy during The Great Depression.

With strident language Roosevelt took credit for dethroning the bankers he alleged had caused the debacle. On March 4, 1933, in his first inaugural address, he proclaimed:
"Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men. . . . The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization."

In 1937, the editors of The Economist published an appraisal of the New Deal in which they concluded that:
"If the New Deal be compared, not with the absolute standards of Utopia, but with the achievements of other Governments, the former adverse judgement must be modified. If it be compared with either the performance or the promise of its rivals, it comes out well. If its achievements be compared with the situation which confronted it in March, 1933, it is a striking success."

The Marshall Plan (from its enactment, officially the European Recovery Program, ERP) was the primary plan of the United States for rebuilding and creating a stronger foundation for the countries of Western Europe, and repelling communism after World War II.

The plan was in operation for four years beginning in April 1948. During that period some USD 13 billion in economic and technical assistance were given to help the recovery of the European countries

The years 1948 to 1952 saw the fastest period of growth in European history. Industrial production increased by 35%. Agricultural production substantially surpassed pre-war levels. The poverty and starvation of the immediate postwar years disappeared, and Western Europe embarked upon an unprecedented two decades of growth that saw standards of living increase dramatically.

The New Economics of Wine

This 2007 Black Swan Shiraz is in a 187 mL bottle, and comes in a 4 pack, with a screw top cap. I think this is genius packaging. And this one happens to be a great shiraz at $5 for the 4 pack or the regular bottle, with a dark berry and chocolate smooth taste.

I love the packaging in the 4 pack bottles because I can have a glass of wine whenever and not feel like I need to finish the entire bottle so it doesn't go to waste.

I have this problem with drinking re-corked wine. I never feel like it tastes the same!

I also love the screw cap top, it's just easier.

According to several independent surveys, wine consumers buy wine sealed with natural cork over any other closures. Another survey of the wine trade, suggested that most consumers think that non-closures cheapen the bottle of wine. Screw caps, on the other hand, are seen as industrial, cheap and lacking the romance of the old "closure" but they have been hailed as the future because there is no danger they will spoil or "taint" the wine, a problem that is said to affect up to one in 10 corked bottles.

On top of avoiding cork contamination, new technologies in fermenting don't require wines to be aged for years to achieve full flavor.

I am all for a good cheap wine that I can drink in glass by glass over 2 weeks if I choose and not waste a penny.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Bailout Is a Bargain-Wall Street Journal

Despite tea party protests to the contrary, the Wall Street bailout is costing taxpayers much less than feared – so far.

Anyone who takes tea with friends will tell you: The parties are painless. It's the gossip that hurts.

In the same way, today's antitax, antispending movements aren't the problem, it's the dangerous misconceptions they spread about the government response to the financial crisis.Their argument -- that huge tax hikes are coming or have been implemented to pay off bailouts for banking fat cats -- betrays a lack of understanding of the government's approach to solving the financial crisis. When protesters or critics complain about the $10 trillion-plus spent on the Wall Street bailout, you can understand how their estimates of the number of protesters in the streets last week were slightly, well, inflated.

The truth: No one's paying new taxes directly related to the bailout. And most of the government rescue packages offered to the banks have gone untapped or are being repaid.

It doesn't take a lot of checking to confirm this. ProPublica, the investigative journalism site, thoroughly tracks the multiple government programs and has filled in the blanks for many programs that are less than transparent. (Or, if you're on the go and want your bailouts simply illustrated, there's a cool little iPhone application called BailoutWatch that monitors more than two dozen government programs, such as the $245 billion Citigroup Inc. loan-loss provision and the $80 billion Credit Union Deposit Insurance Guarantee program.)

Make no mistake, U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for a lot of money. The government has spent or expects to spend about $2.4 trillion in the next few months to keep the financial gears moving. It's a stunning amount of money made worse by rage-inducing missteps such as the bonus debacle at American International Group Inc. and the initial lack of direction for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

We'll shake our head about those mistakes someday, provided the government plan works as hoped.

But the misinformation surrounding Washington's aid to Wall Street is obscuring exactly how the bailout funds are being used, and it's pressured lawmakers to focus on constituent complaints instead of working on solutions.

If the economy does recover within a year, we'll have spent a lot to rescue the financial system, but nowhere close to the 14-digit figure flogged by tea party protesters.

In fact, there's no way the government will spend that much, because many of the 26 bailout programs aren't being used much, according to Federal Reserve and Treasury Department statistics.

For instance:

  • Banks have tapped the FDIC's Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program for $297 billion so far. That's about 20% of the total $1.5 trillion allocated. This is the biggest of the government programs, and banks pay 0.5% to 1% interest for the right to borrow the money depending on how long they keep it.
  • During its first month, the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF, has only financed $4.7 billion in consumer debt, far below the $1 trillion allocated. In addition, participation is declining with each new funding cycle.
  • The Money Market Guarantee Program, aimed at insuring money-market funds against losses, hasn't spent a dime. It covers up to $3.8 trillion in money-market debt. This program is actually making a small profit, because participating funds are required to pay a fee.
  • Other than the stimulus bill, the program with the biggest outlay so far is the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. More than $570 billion has been committed, but less than $400 billion has actually left the Treasury Department. Like most of these programs, it's unclear how much of this money will be repaid, but most banks say they're either ready or capable of giving it back. If not, they have to pay a 5% annual dividend to the government. In just the first three months of this year, the government has collected $2.52 billion in TARP interest.

You get the idea. Most of these programs were designed as backstops and as proof that the government stands behind the country's private financial system. The government is extending its own credit line to banks until the private sector can repair its own.

Recovery, when and if it occurs, will render many of these programs obsolete. The actual cost to taxpayers will be either negligible or drastically less than the most dire forecasts suggest.

Of course, taxpayers stand to lose more if the economy worsens and the financial system losses deepen further. It's not hard to imagine a scenario in which high unemployment leads to bigger loan defaults, setting off a domino effect of lower home prices and bank failures. Americans have $2 trillion in credit-card debt, and banks are holding that, too.

If that scenario comes to pass, financial companies could tap every dollar of the government's massive credit line.

The International Monetary Fund on Monday projected banks world-wide will need an additional $875 billion in capital by next year to get reserves to precrisis levels. That means most banks will need to raise cash through the public and private markets -- or, failing that, from the government.

But potential losses aren't the same as real ones.

Our national debt already stands at $11 trillion. Most of that debt was run up in the last eight years, when government spending outpaced declining tax revenues. The Iraq war is close to costing the nation $1 trillion. Hurricane Katrina cost us about $110 billion.

We ran up a huge tab for our kids well before the bailout, but it's unlikely that such an inconvenient fact will be the talk of the next tea party.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Where does the money come from?

We get the money by selling debt in the form of securities like bonds That is how most of the United States operates from the city, state and national level. If you think about it I am sure you have voted on a bond in an election, it would be a Proposition on your ballot.
I remember government bonds being very popular when I was a kid, people would give them as gifts when someone had a baby. They are considered risk free since the government can do about anything to pay them when they are mature.

The national debt is divided into two categories, internal debt and external debt. Internal is held by Americans or American companies and the external is held by foreign countries or companies.

The amount of national debt in the hands of foreign countries is approx 25% right now mostly held by China and Japan. Should we be worried? If the value of the dollar continues a decline and our economy can't seem to recover...then yes. Not because they are going to demand their money back instantly, but because they will stop buying our debt. It is critical to have that option, even if we don't need/want to use it.

As of 3/19/09 our national debt was 11,039,686,130,898.10. Now what do we do about it? Lowering it is critical to the long term health of our economy.

Since 1970, the U.S. Federal Government has run deficits for all but four years (1998-2001) contributing to a total debt listed above. President Clinton was responsible for the four years of surplus, how did he do it? He instituted very conservative fiscal policies that no one really liked. Not one single Republican voted for his budget when he first took office. It involved removing tax cuts instituted by Reagan and Bush and raising taxes on the most wealthy. And it was called the longest period of peace and prosperity of any modern President.

So as we look at the options on the table now, don't be shortsighted. Don't forget the policy of the past and what the results were. Don't forget that in order to achieve stability and surplus again you might not like the administrations tightening of the belt.

And on a side note. For all of those complaining about this administrations actions, I have yet to see a counter proposal. There is alot of complaining going on but no one coming up with alternative solutions. That is a problem.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

History repeats...over and over and over

1973- President Nixon launches Project Independence November 7 with a goal of achieving energy self-sufficiency by 1980; science, technology, and industry can free the country from dependence on foreign oil, he says

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Deficit vs. Debt

Lately I have been involved in several discussions about the National Debt and how it is very worrisome for many people.

When I comment that I am not at all worried about that right now, it makes people cock their head to the side and look at me like I am crazy.

So here is why. The federal budget deficit is what I worry about and what I really think everyone should be concerned with.

Think of the federal budget as your check book and the national debt as your credit card. You are paying for a lot of things with your check book, medicare, the Iraq war, state funds for education and infrastructure etc…. Lately you got some extra expenses (Iraq war) and took a pay cut (tax credits) so you can’t afford to pay all of your bills with your checkbook (federal budget). So you have a deficit and you have to use your credit card (national debt). This has been going on for quite a while so your credit card is about to be maxed out…oh and don’t forget all that interest you have to pay.

And as long as that checkbook stays in the negative you will have to conintue to use that credit card.

So the point I am trying to get across is that there is no point in even talking about the National Debt until the federal budget deficit is corrected.

Another reason I like President Obama is that he gets this.

"WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has committed hundreds of billions of dollars to help revive the economy and is working on a plan to cut the federal deficit in half by the end of his first term."

He believes the budget deficit should still be tackled despite the need to spend money to stimulate the economy. The president has inherited an enormous deficit from his predecessor. The interest being paid this year on the deficit is costing the government about 250 billion dollars, three times what it spends annually on education.

The next couple of blogs will tackle what actually comprises the National Debt....where do we get all of that money!!!!!!!
Then I will talk about the stimulus package and how it is possible to actually get the budget deficit under control while still spending 700 billion on a stimulus package.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I posted a while ago that I was teaching English as a volunteer through a program at the library. What this has taught me is that I don't know grammar rules!!! At least not well enought to just spit them out when asked.

Try to explain to someone who has no context at all of what you are talking about the difference between -this-that-these-those or which-what-whose.

This girl is eager to learn so I have to get it right!!

I have found alot of sites that have helped right now this one is my favorite

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Stimulus

No one can say it quite like Bill.

"I find it amazing that the Republicans, who doubled the debt of the country in eight years and produced no new jobs doing it, gave us an economic record that was totally bereft of any productive result, are now criticising him (Obama) for spending money," Clinton told the CNN in an interview.

--This is some of what he is referring to.

The largest U.S. Embassy in the world is now built in Iraq, costing some claim $700 billion.

The cost of conducting the Iraq War approximately $10 billion a month.

The national debt clock reveals that the national debt has skyrocketed to $10,771, 107, 905 trillion.

George W. Bush has the dubious distinction of being the U.S. White House resident who catapulted the national debt to the highest in history, greater than all the other national debts combined since the U.S. was founded as a nation.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

She's got talent!

I commissioned my lovely Grandmother to make a razorback quilt for Katie's new baby Landon. I just love it!

Monday, February 9, 2009

You will have fun and you will laugh

Like you never laughed before. It's why I love them.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Doing it yourself

I have been doing a lot of "projects" lately. I re-covered the dining room chairs and then started looking for curtains. Of course I had something specific in mind and couldn't find it. I had gone to Hancock Fabrics to get the fabric for the chairs and had no idea how much cool fabric they had!

Then I remembered years ago my mom had given me a sewing machine. I got it out once and spent hours trying to thread it and finally gave up and put it back in the box, which is where it has been for at least 5 years.

Last weekend I got it out again and after 2 hours I threaded it. I really felt like I had accomplished something!

Another thing, which I think might be a sometimes detrimental personality trait is that I just like to be able to accomplish something, I am not so great at working at something forever before getting results.

So I got some clearance fabric so I could practice. But because of that personality trait I mentioned, there wasn't alot of practice....I just made a curtain!

I made the green checked one :) The white is from a store

The other thing that I have been doing myself is making Starbucks! I don't know if this is new or I just didn't know about it but they have a site where you can buy their products like syrups and sauces.

I now make my own iced or hot caramel macchiato's and it saves so much money!