Category Archives: Essay

Yes, Mr. Press Secretary – Unemployment Rates Do Matter

The Labor Department released their report for June with some disappointing numbers. Job creation was well below the predictions and unemployment rose to 9.2%. As if attempting to spin this bad news, Thursday President Obama’s top political adviser, David Plouffe, … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

Today happens to be my favorite holiday – Independence Day. It also happens that referring to this American holiday as the Fourth of July is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. The Fourth of July is merely a … Continue reading

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A First Time for Everything

Back in April I had yet another computer failure – the second in less than a year. Thankfully, my wonderful blog partner had an old laptop worthy of fixing and donating to the cause. It’s my first time owning a … Continue reading

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Fixing the Budget: Reform the System

Something I’ve personally discussed for years but is apparently lost amidst the clamoring over the federal budget is a completely neglected aspect of our fiscal mess – the mechanisms of revenue collection and spending. The very means by which the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Consensus

It may not seem like it in this day and age of media hotheads and internet warriors, but consensus happens to be one of the longest political traditions in America – dating as far back as the Mayflower Compact. In … Continue reading

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I Heart Trees

I love trees. I’m not afraid to admit it. I think they are one of earth’s most remarkable life forms. There are a number of reasons to think so, of course, such as their exquisite beauty. Each one is indeed … Continue reading

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Change First, Then Bills

The cashier – one of the the most widely used yet under-appreciated members of our economy. From gas stations to grocery stores, you find cashiers just about everywhere, but rarely do you find a cashier who is competent. That is … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland

There is nothing quite like winter in Minnesota. People always hear the horror stories of our weather, and this weekend is no exception with a massive blizzard pounding the state. And make no mistake, it’s as bad as the news … Continue reading

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Beatles Production Tricks Part II – VariSpeed

Did you ever wonder how John managed to sound so lethargic in the song “I’m Only Sleeping?”  Or ponder how George Martin could have played such fast piano rolls on “In My Life?”  Perhaps you didn’t even notice anything special … Continue reading

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Big Government Quagmire

One of the reasons conservatives favor limited government is due to the unintended consequences of government regulation, and the drug war is a prime example of this phenomenon. As I have previously blogged, ending the drug war is actually a … Continue reading

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Tea Party: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In 1994, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tossed Social Security reform under the bus, and from that point on, fiscal conservatism took a back seat in Washington. The electorate chipped away at the Republican majority for 2 election cycles … Continue reading

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What’s That Sound? Beatles Production Tricks: Part 1. “ADT”

By 1966 The Beatles had already begun to experiment with the way their songs sounded. In 1964 they famously incorporated feedback into the introduction of “I Feel Fine.” And in 1965 they used vari-speed effects to record the piano solo … Continue reading

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Beatles Essay – The Guitar Phases of George Harrison

The early sixties were not known for an abundance of guitar driven groups. Pop music was dominated by lavish Motown and Phil Spector productions as well as by Brill Building songwriting factories which churned out formula hits for personality driven … Continue reading

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One Ringo To Rule Them All

Did you know that The Beatles had entertained the idea of filming The Lord of the Rings with themselves cast in the lead roles? It’s true. In 1969 the film rights to Lord of the Rings were sold to United … Continue reading

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Lewis Carroll and…Paul McCartney?

John Lennon is widely regarded as the Beatle most influenced by the writing of Lewis Carroll, and for good reason. John admittedly based at least two songs directly upon the imagery of Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in … Continue reading

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Special Report: Menace in America’s Schools

Every week, millions of American parents send their children off to school unaware of the insidious danger lying in wait. Lurking Monday through Friday, this menace can even survive the weekend without expiring!

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