Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Few Things

An update on the job front:

I have been hired as the in-house tax professional for a corporation that produces and distributes energy efficient lighting.

The above picture is from the website of the company that I work for. I have been very busy recently trying to get a grip on what is going on, and what I need to get accomplished on a company wide basis.

Additionally, I have been working part-time at H&R Block. The result of this is that I haven't had as much time to comment and post on things that are going on. I really wish that I did because of all the wonderous things that I could have been commenting on.

To Ezra:

I hope that you are feeling better, and that the illness that was involved was not a chronic health issue and can/will be cleared up permanently.

1. Going back to the State of the Union. I am not sure the President really got anywhere with the speech.
2. Does anyone really think that the 'surge' is really a good idea, or that it is going to change anything? After all the number of troops that was chosen (21,500) is the result of a discussion of how many troops that can actually be deployed.
3. Why are the Senate Republicans not willing to discuss the 'surge'? And more important perhaps than that, how stupid does Senator Warner look? He proposed the non-binding resolution to be debated and then voted against actually debating it.
4. The administration continues to ask for a chance for the 'surge' to work. Why, they haven't worked in the past, what makes this one different? (I haven't heard that yet. Yes I know; Take and hold a neighborhood rather than clear and leave. 21,500 additional troops are going to make this idea successful?
5. The President actually said in his news conference today that sometimes money takes precedent over peace. I am not sure what that means in his mind, but it doesn't sound good. I sure Tony Snow will find a way to explain this one tomorrow.
6. I sent an email to Senator Voinovich to express my disapproval of his stance on debating the non-binding resolution. I think that he was suckered in on this one, and that he missed what the people of Ohio were saying when they removed his political compatriot Michael DeWine from office in the November election. I hope he reconsiders and begins to pay attention to what his constituents want. Otherwise he will be looking for a new career as well.

More on the Personal Front:
1. Wife was in the hospital briefly a couple of weeks ago. She is feeling better, but the stress of my brief unemployment will leave some temporary issues, but we are getting through them slowly.
2. Father-in-Law was in the hospital at the same time that Wife was. While it has taken until now, he is starting to act 'normal' and the meds that he is on are finally taking a solid effect.
3. Other than that, things are improving slowly and I hope to be able to post regularly on the go forward.

On other note:
The snow has really been kind of heavy the last couple of days. (Okay, not Oswego County, NY heavy, but heavy.) The end of day, it is going to be cold and windy tonight. I am tired of people who drive in heavy snow with no head lights on or drive at ridiculous speeds.

Have a good one. We will return after this (hopefully) brief intermission.

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