Welcome to my web site!

Feb. 22, 2006 - I added an RSS/Live Bookmarks How-To for Windows Firefox users here.

Nov. 3, 2005 - Podcast feed:

Oct. 14, 2005 - I will be making subtle changes to my site. I post to my blog often and I have recently posted some pieces under the commentary and opinion section. I even updated my desktop screenshot.

June 15, 2005 - A column today by Walter Williams reflects how I've felt for a long time. Instead of fighting crime, too many police departments are wasting resources by sending "swarms of officers to harass" the people.

March 27, 2005 - I now have a BLOG. Updated usually at least twice a week!

March 3, 2005 - Commentary and Opinion columns are coming about once a month. By the way, I hope you, the reader, have ditched Internet Exploiter. Click on the the button on the left for Mozilla Firefox. Latest estimates put I.E. at 87% of the browser market, a nice drop over the past six months from when it was at 95%.

December 15, 2004 - Christmas time is here. Think of our troops overseas. I made a donation to last week. It's a good time of year to donate to good causes.

September 27, 2004 - I installed Arch Linux yesterday and all I can say is that it's a great distribution. The install went smoothly and the pacman package manager is great. Install and then do pacman -Syu to update and you're all set.

August 1, 2004 - A photo of John and Teddy complete with transcript has just surfaced.

July 13, 2004 - "Americans are quick to point out their rights but too often forget their duties." I saw that quote in a magazine while waiting at the Veterinarian's office. How true.

June 17, 2004 - Commentary and Opinion columns will be not be as frequent during the summer. Now that the weather is warmer I have less to gripe about. However, there are gripes about Internet Exploiter, that piece of junk browser that most people use.

June 7, 2004 - Commentary and Opinion: Recent topics include the latest Microsoft exploit, Education, and some thoughts on Reagan.

May 28, 2004 - Neal Boortz' column today is a must read. The sixth and seventh paragraphs are right on.

March 14, 2004 - Letter to the Editor - Another letter to the editor that was published. In the paper itself the 'Reliance on the Government...' sentence was featured at the top of the "Your View" section.

March 6, 2004 - I continually strive to make this site informative and pleasing to the eye. You won't find any flash plug-ins or anything real fancy. I am a firm believer in the simple premise that function is more important than appearance. Although, some could argue that appearance can also be the main function. But, let's not worry about such petty things.

Politics - Those of you who know me know that I am a conservative Republican. Quotes from two famous men can should give you a quick idea of how I think:

Thomas Jefferson: "That government is best which governs least."1

Adam Smith (Invisible Hand): "Every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of the society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Nor is it always the worse for society that it was no part of his intention. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good."

In other words, individual pursuits and the resulting necessity of competition work to benefit the group (society) better than government intervention and regulation ("...intends to promote it"). Jefferson's statement requires no additional commentary.

Some of you may know that I am an avid reader. I read about 20 books a year. Click here for ten books that I think everyone should read before turning 21 and then read them at least once every ten years for the rest of their life.

1This quote originated from Thomas Jefferson but the first time I saw it was in Thoreau's essay on Civil Disobedience. I've also seen it attributed to Thomas Paine.

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