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July 27, 2012 by Draginol
So why do people demonize companies that outsource to China but it's perfectly acceptable for individuals to go and buy things made in China?

Next time someone wants to rant about company X outsourcing, they should, at least, start trying to buy American if they feel that way.
July 27, 2012 by Draginol
As some of you know, I'm politically conservative.  This is fairly meaningless since my interest in politics is much like my interest in professional Starcraft. I'm kinda interested and follow it probably more than is healthy but I don't get particularly fired up about it.

But I do like to debate. I will debate anything, no matter how mind numbing.  I am thinking that this is why I tend to have mostly liberal friends. I enjoy talking to people who disagree with my views ...
July 17, 2012 by Draginol
In a recent speech Obama made the statement that implied business owners didn't build their businesses -- "someone else made that happen"

I'm going to put the full text and context of what was said because I've seen left-wing writers trying to diminish what Obama said by claiming it was taken out of context.

So here's the full context:

I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It ...
May 12, 2012 by Draginol
In our local school district, it’s $7,600 per student.



Mind you, this is just the state’s contribution to it. That doesn’t count other sources (local and federal for instance). The total amount is allegedly $12,000 per student.

Next time someone yells about the “Slashing” of a few hundred dollars per student, we’re talking a tiny percentage cut.

If you paid a teacher $100,000 per year to teach a class of 30 students, that would be $3,000 per student.  There are, certain...
January 23, 2012 by Draginol
Victor Davis Hanson has a very lengthy and interesting article today on the various Republican candidates.

I can’t say I’m terribly excited about any of them.

You’ve got Newt who is all over the place on issues and frankly, makes me think it’s more about him and his love of power than any thought of public service.

You’ve got Romney who I can’t even understand why he’s running in the first place as he doesn’t seem to be very passionate about anything.

There’s Santorum who I w...
January 14, 2012 by Draginol
Because of the way the media treats those of us who are right of center politically, when we get into social situations, we are used to just keeping our mouths shut.

But it turns out that a lot, perhaps even most, people are right of center (in the United States anyway) but we often don’t realize it because we get so beaten down that our opinions on liberty and freedom are so “unfair”.

So usually a discussion will slowly unwind where a person stands bit by by.  First, you start o...
December 2, 2011 by Draginol
I must confess, there is something…gratifying about debating with a global warming alarmist (specifically people who are certain mankind is causing global warming and specifically it’s caused by CO2) who gets in my face about their superior belief system and being able to pull out the fact that I drive an electric car that is powered by my 20KW solar array that also powers my house which is also heated via geo thermal.  Match that buddy.
November 6, 2011 by Draginol
We heard endless about the unsubstantiated charge that some Tea Partier spat on an African American congressman but amazingly, the atrocious behavior of the Occupy movement has largely been ignored or excused.

I have friends and family who practically seethe with hatred towards “fucking tea baggers” who I know are sympathetic for the Occupy Wall Street people. What the hell is the matter with these people?

While I don’t consider myself a “Tea Partier”, I cannot grasp the antipathy dire...
November 13, 2010 by Draginol
So, on the one hand, I like the idea of having a 0 emissions house. On the other I have philosophical objections to the federal government picking winners and losers. So I have some trepidation as I install the 20KW solar array because of the almost insane level of tax incentives on it.
April 8, 2010 by Draginol
 

Today’s USA Today has a bombshell – at least for people who haven’t been paying attention: Nearly half of Americans pay no federal income taxes.

I’ve tried to explain this before to my liberal friends who insist that “rich people” don’t pay their fair share and whenever I’ve brought up that nearly half of Americans pay zilch to the fed in income taxes they scoff that it’s probably some far right propaganda. Nope. It’s real.

As April 15th comes up and I look at the million+ ...
March 31, 2010 by Draginol
One of my big frustrations with the environmentalist community (that I like to think I’m part of) is jus how ideological they are.

Today’s big hub-bug on TreeHugger.com is that apparently Sarah Palin is hosting a show on TLC about Alaska’s natural wonders.

Personally, I don’t care much for Palin one way or the other. I think there’s much ado about nothing with regards to her. She’s a conservative politician.

But the Treehuggers are absolutely going bonkers about it because she su...
March 31, 2010 by Draginol
The answer is almost always: No, actually it doesn’t.

In almost any debate, we’ll hear about how the “United States is the only X that does Y [or doesn’t do]”.

Except that’s not the case when you compare apples and apples.

One of the constant, long-time, ongoing debates in the United States is one that Europeans now find themselves in as well – where do the “states” stop and the “union” start?

When you dig into countless numbers of political topics, you find that opposition t...
February 24, 2010 by Draginol
Warner Todd Huston has written a statement of conservative values that I found very interesting.  Here it is below.

The Huston Statement 

Since our political climate has long since drifted from the first principles of our founding and since we now face a crisis threatening to tear down our American moral center we commit ourselves to re-establishing our American character.

We believe that our Constitution and the principles espoused in t...
February 13, 2010 by Draginol
During my daily journey to Digg to see what’s cool and new I usually fail the temptation test of reading the comments on some of the political  articles.

For example:

http://m.digg.com/political_opinion/George_Will_Progressives_and_the_growing_dependency_agenda

The most dugg comment (indicating that the Digg community found this comment to be insightful):

Thanks for that myopic right wing rant-o-rama, George. Just because you have the money to afford private schools f...
February 7, 2010 by Draginol


As a kook, I’ve been into alternative power sources for a very long time.  Before being “green” became fashionable and dumb people started parroting what “the wise scientists [who happen to want grants] say” mantra, the kooks of the world have known an ugly truth about energy: Fossil fuels aren’t going away any time soon no matter what.

If you look at the chart above, which I scanned from the December issue of Home Power Magazine (a magazine dedicated to alternative energy so ha...