October 30th, 2006

bruce’s joke book

October 25th, 2006

Terrible Thompson

October 25th, 2006

I fell asleep on the sofa around 10:30. Slept like a log, if logs sleep.

Maybe they lie awake all year long in the woods thinking “why won’t
somebody pick me up?” and “hey! get these ants off me!”

October 20th, 2006

a nancy

October 16th, 2006

twelve-tone greatest hits

October 13th, 2006

spam notes

October 12th, 2006

animated spam

October 10th, 2006

easy cheese

October 9th, 2006

Raise the Gas Tax!

In late September, as [Alan Greenspan] spoke to a group of business executives in Massachusetts, a question was posed as to whether he’d like to see an increase in the federal gasoline tax, which has stood at 18.4 cents a gallon since 1993. “Yes, I would,” Mr. Greenspan responded with atypical clarity. “That’s the way to get consumption down. It’s a national security issue.[emphasis added]

Mr. Greenspan isn’t the only Republican-aligned economist to have discovered, or rediscovered, a fondness for higher energy taxes since leaving government service. N. Gregory Mankiw, the Harvard economist who served as chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2003 to 2005, favored a higher gas tax before going to Washington, and has been banging the drum loudly for it since he left. On his blog, Mr. Mankiw has formed the Pigou Club, named for Arthur C. Pigou, the British economist credited with introducing the notion that taxes could be used to correct imperfections in the market. The roster of what Mr. Mankiw calls “economists and pundits with the good sense to have publicly advocated higher Pigovian taxes, such as gasoline taxes or carbon taxes,” includes some of the usual suspects — Paul Krugman, a columnist for The New York Times, and Al Gore, for example — as well as unusual suspects like Gary S. Becker, the economics professor and Nobel laureate at the University of Chicago.

Q: Want lower gas prices?
A: Drive Less!

October 7th, 2006

Immigrant Law” examined for Scranton, or, Hazleton, exported.

Immigrant law in city explored

There are 46 miles of hard road and heavy-duty truck traffic between downtown Hazleton and the heart of Scranton, but City Council President Judy Gatelli would have you believe that it’s a smooth ride for illegal immigrants.

Interestingly, Mrs. Gatelli has a strong voice echoing her contention that there’s an exodus heading north on Interstate 81 now that Hazleton has passed an ordinance that says businesses can not employ or sell goods to illegal immigrants and landlords can not rent to them.

“We’ve watched people pick up in the middle of the night and move away, and, from what I understand, they’ve moved to Scranton,” said Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who has found himself in the national spotlight since introducing the ordinance, which he recently signed. “If they were legal, they wouldn’t pick up like that and move.”

Admittedly, Mrs. Gatelli has neither hard numbers nor official estimates of the number of illegal immigrants in the city. However, she does have a feeling they are here, and she wants to do something about that.

“I have asked that we get a copy of Hazleton’s ordinance and review it because the illegal immigrants are coming here from Hazleton,” she said. “I know that they are doing this because I’ve spoken to some of them and have asked them where they are from, and they’ve told me that they’re coming here from Hazleton. (That) is wrong, and it must be stopped.”

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