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Here’s a story I have been following for years and it hasn’t lost its fascination for me:

Argentina,Today

I was curious about Argentina and how the country is faring after the country defaulted on its debt and devalued the currency; $100 Argentina Peso is now $33 Argentina Peso. I came across this article in Jetset Living

However, I think the real reason is that the Argentine Government has put pricing controls in place and neither the US Dollar nor US tourism is a concern. In other words, there really is no US influence in Argentina economically speaking, and prices have to be kept to where local citizens can afford to buy. So, going out to have some excellent steak and wine at a local café in Buenos Aires will cost you about US$25 for 4 people (you read correct, I did say four people). However, for locals who still mentally equate things when the Peso was 1 to 1 with the US Dollar, we are talking about AP$75 (or what is US$75 in local terms if you can understand the concept). In other words, the meal I just described cost AP$75 Pesos, but in US Dollar equivalent it is US$25. However, for citizens of Buenos Aires who obviously have not had any salary increases to keep pace with the devaluation, this is a seventy-five dollar meal, speaking in terms of previous exchange rates.

I think this article is apropos in light of my posts about the USD. Couple of things I noticed. The government installed price controls as a political way to appease the masses. Devaluation involves inflation because imported goods are more expensive and the costs get passed on. I suspect price controls eventually will lead to shortages, black markets and corruption. Tourism is beneficiary of the devaluation. Is Argentina our future?

Mover Mike

Dr. Richebächer and the USD

In an very good article at The Daily Reckoning, Dr. Kurt Richebächer doubts in A NEW ILLUSION: THE FALLING DOLLAR that a falling dollar will solve our trade deficit problem. I was amazed at the statistics he has about our debt buildup today vs the last time we had a falling dollar that eased our trade deficit problem, 1989-1993.

During the four years 1989-93, total credit in the United States – financial and nonfinancial – grew by a cumulative $3,255 billion, or $819 billion per year. In flagrant contrast, during the four years to mid-2004, overall credit grew virtually three times as fast, by $2.4 trillion per year, and there is no letup in sight.

Now those numbers just astound me; $2.4 trillion new credit per year!
Mover Mike

Stranger and Stranger!

State to fight law that lets doctors refuse abortions

California’s attorney general will try to reverse a key victory for the pro-life lobby by suing to overturn a recently passed federal law designed to protect health care providers from retribution if they refuse to support abortion.

So, the state attorney general is trying to force doctors to perform abortions if they refuse. Stranger and stranger!
Mover Mike

Hairy toes give away N.C. shower peeper

A Greensboro man hiding in the women’s locker room Tuesday night was caught peeping after a woman in a neighboring shower stall spotted his hairy feet, authorities said.

As Roseanne Rosannadana said, “It’s always something!”
Mover Mike

Boo Bush, Yea Congressmen

Bush Administration Breaks Silence to Back Annan

The Bush administration expressed confidence in U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday and said he should stay in office, in a belated rebuff to demands from Republicans in Congress for his resignation.

I voted for Bush, for this?
Mover Mike

I wasn’t aware that three courts had ruled against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban passed by Congress. I am glad to see

Members of Congress ask reversal of partial-birth abortion ruling.

Twenty-six Republican members of Congress asked an appeals court Thursday to reinstate the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, struck down by a federal judge in September.

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U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf in Nebraska ruled in September that the ban interferes with a woman’s right to an abortion and is unconstitutional. Kopf’s ruling followed decisions overturning the law by federal judges in New York and San Francisco. Those decisions also have been appealed.

Mover Mike

Unintended Consequences

IBM Corp., the New York Times Co., Northeastern University, Baystate Health System and others offered health care to same sex couples living together. Then on May 17, 2004, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Goodridge decision legalized same-sex “marriage”. To make it fair, if you are a couple living together, but not married, you are not eligible for partner health insurance. So you better get married. Oops, 11 states out of 11 just said marriage is defined only as a union of a man and a woman. It appears homosexual couples may be back where they were some years ago, with no health benefits for their partners. Tip of the hat to The Washington Times Insider.
Mover Mike

Laying Down A Base

I have started selling accessories on eBay, setting up an e-commerce site and integrating it all with our furniture store website. Just learning how to sell items on eBay involves weekly calls from eBay sales development for an hour. They have been extremely helpful, and they should be, for there are a lot of little fees they charge that can really add up. Then when you sell something, the item needs to be mailed either by USPS or UPS, and there is considerable risk of charging the buyer the wrong rate for postage and finding out it is more expensive than you estimated. At eBay I have an “about me” page that tells about “us” and directs interested people to a website with a catalog and shopping cart and also with a link to our home page which in the past, was just used for brand awareness.

When I direct people to a e-commerce site, I, now, need a catalog and a shopping cart, a merchant account (a way to accept payment) and work on rankings and keywords. It makes no sense to set all of this up, and have no visitors. I have hired a mentor to meet with me once a week to learn how to sell on the net and have people find our offerings. Where would I be without a mentor who has set up web sites and is experienced with the way Google and Yahoo rank web sites. Then there is a new language: HTML. Setting up this Blog through Blogger eventually gets around to HTML. I have gotten pretty good at finding what I want in someone’s website in “view source” cutting and pasting it into my template. I have a lot to learn, but I do have my trusty HTML for Dummies by my side.

I am fortunate that I have a source of quality products to sell chosen by my wife. She has been in the furniture business for over ten years and has great taste, as demonstrated by the success of our store, which is now celebrating its third profitable year. We opened shortly after 9/11.

This kind of activity has occupied more of my time than blogging. Seems like there is no over riding issue, as there was prior to the election. I have commented on the excessive PC nature of our country. There’s the invasion of illegal aliens and no solution. There’s Iraq! I hope that our troops are not dying in vain. There’s Iran and nuclear proliferation. There is the weakness in the USD, but about the time we all get worked up over it, the USD rallies. I don’t want to be the “boy who cried wolf”.

I will comment on some movies we’ve seen lately. Kinsey, Sideways, and Closer have been recent movies that I have enjoyed. I am fascinated by the study of adultry, the reasons it happens and the effect it has on the parties involved. These three movies are adult with very good acting and I suspect will be nominated for Academy Awards. The theme song “Blowers Daughter” by Damien Price in Closer is haunting (right now I can’t hear it enough) and Natalie Portman steals the screen like no one I’ve seen in a long time. I remember her first movie in which she was a 13 year old girl living next door to Timothy Hutton. She was great in that movie and she has gotten better in each movie since.

Maybe, it’s the season that has taken my mind away from the news. Not only is Christmas two weeks and three days away, but we’ve been going to the tanning booth every other day, laying down a base for our quick trip to Cabo, returning on the 21st. We started going under for six minutes and now we are up to 14 minutes. Some things just take time.

Saturday December 4th, 2004

Happy Birthday, Pop, on this your 84th Year!

Gleanings from the Web: Man gets probation in botched castration

A man who botched the castration of a transgendered woman will spend the next three years on probation.

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…he thought he could do it because of his experience castrating animals on a farm.

I suspect some things you learn on the farm should stay on the farm. The Basque sheep ranchers in eastern Oregon bit them off!
Mover Mike

Woman dies in assisted suicide after being taken to Switzerland

A CHRONICALLY ill British woman at the centre of a High Court euthanasia battle has died in an assisted suicide in Switzerland

Euthanasia is spreading!
Mover Mike

Schools Take the “Christ” out of Christmas–and Celebrate Ramadan

In Herndon, Va, a Muslim “multicultural trainer” taught third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students about the practices and beliefs surrounding Ramadan. This included presenting the call to prayer and displaying religious artifacts such as prayer rugs. In public school classrooms across the country, similar efforts are being made to educate students about aspects of the Muslim faith

First, the warnings in Portland, OR about the Boy Scouts and now this!
Mover Mike

New method helps map women’s happiness

Having sex is the high point of most women’s’ days, while commuting is the low point. And most women like being with their kids less than they will admit, according to a study published Thursday.

They did say sex is the high point of most women’s “days”! Where does she find the time?
Mover Mike

Get ’em while they’re hot: Stadium franks go organic

Consumers are demanding healthier food everywhere — even at the ballpark. Some fans want food they feel is not only more nutritious, but also safer. Certified organic foods are untouched by preservatives and pesticides, and the meat comes from animals not treated with hormones or antibiotics.

So you can chomp an organic hot dog while watching the hormone filled athletes play baseball.
Mover Mike

Emergency operation after school prank

Jack Watson (10 years old) had to have an emergency hour-long operation to reattach a testicle to the lining of his scrotum after friends gave him the excruciating “wedgie”.

Maybe the transgendered woman should have gone to some 10 year old boys instead of that farmer.
Mover Mike

Warning: Boy Scout Talk

Who is the idiot that thought this idea up and how long are the majority in this city, state, and nation going to put up with this BS. Let’s not mince words it is BS! From The Statesman Journal.com

Under pressure from gay and atheist parents, Portland school officials are considering a policy that would ban the Boy Scouts of America from recruiting students during school hours.

Under the proposal, non-school groups would be allowed to send literature home with children, but the flier or pamphlet would need to be accompanied with a disclaimer, warning parents that the groups’ values may be offensive.

“From time to time, you may receive materials from a group that holds values that may offend some of our families,” the draft disclaimer says.(emphasis added)

These are the values that some may find offensive:

Ideals
The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.

Scout Law

TRUSTWORTHY
A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

LOYAL
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.

HELPFUL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.

FRIENDLY
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.

COURTEOUS
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

KIND
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.

OBEDIENT
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.

CHEERFUL
A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

THRIFTY
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

BRAVE
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.

CLEAN
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.

REVERENT
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Scout Oath (or Promise)

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Motto

Be Prepared

Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily

I had a great time as a Boy Scout. I was almost an Eagle Scout. We camped out under the stars, exchanged pins with buys from around the world, we were boys from all backgrounds and all colors. Never in my wildest imagination could I guess that we would become so afraid that we send out this kind of tripe:”

From time to time, you may receive materials from a group that holds values that may offend some of our families,”

If I were asked, based what I read in the MSM, I would say we need more of the Scout Law followed in this country. How dare our school officials even contemplate such action.
Mover Mike

Peggy Noonan on Dan Rather

My God, Peggy writes well!

I think the bitterness of Nixon’s presidential years, the personal darkness he seemed to display, was in part a product of simple human pain, and the pain was the result of this: He had been right and brave and done the right thing in the 1950s, and the American left and its cousin the American establishment would never forgive him for it. And he couldn’t stop wanting their approval. He put a traitor named Alger Hiss in jail. The left would make him pay. He paid the price in terms of his personal peace. He handed his enemies a sword.

One of those who picked it up and used it against him was Dan Rather. There is an amazing and unseen circularity to life. And wanting approval can make you do strange things

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Peter Ames Carlin, again, it wasn’t his flamboyance that tired his viewers. It was his bias.
Mover Mike

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