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In our first challenge of the day we discover that if you get too many of these answers right you may need to look in the phone book under AA. Or call Babs. Tip of the glass to that surly chick in Texas.
Guess That Beer number two comes from Chuck S & Johnny. The implications aren't quite as severe.
Years ago Rand Corporation forecast that by the end of the last century Californicate's spending on education, social welfare, and Medi-cal, would comprise around 90% of all state expenditures. TWC sucked in his breath in shock but even in my most cynical moments I thought such a thing to be impossible.
Time has proven me wrong and according to my better half, Director of Education at Reason Foundation in LA, an explosive education budget fight is imminent.
Although the fighting will center around Prop 98, which guarantees education funding levels irrespective of state receipts, Lisa argues in this opinion piece that it doesn't matter because school funding is rarely tied to student achievment. That might go a ways toward explaining why some states accomplish so much with so little and others accomplish so little with so much.
To avoid the hassle of registration at the Press Enterprise click here for a 19mb .PDF version.
Years ago an astute and financially diligent client proposed an idea that sounded intriguing yet far fetched. He asked me to figure out a way that he could fund an IRA for his very young son, calculating that if he could invest two grand a year until Michael turned 18, the kid would be a millionaire at retirement. The plan hinged on the funds accumulating tax free, hence the IRA angle. Unfortunately, there really wasn't any legal way to fund an IRA for a child.
Flash forward to 2005
Former Alcoa CEO and one time Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill proposes that in lieu of social security, the federal government fund an untouchable retirement account for each American baby in the amount of, you guessed it, $2,000.00 per year until the kid turns 18.
So Gerry, it looks like you were ahead of your time.
It rained all night again but it seems to have cleared off this morning. We've gotten a lot of concerned emails and calls throughout these storms and we appreciate all of your thoughts. Thanks.
With all the water and that boulder crashing through Shadybrook Market (killed that poor girl who was just sitting at her desk doing her homework) I figure that the Kosmik Kid and Melissa P. (no relation to one another) are dang glad they don't live in Silverado Canyon anymore.
Our saving grace living on this hillside is that their isn't any dirt here. No dirt means nothing to slide. Shove a spade into the ground anywhere you want and you hit granite in about a foot.
I wasn't sure if I was going to post this-I've been wishy-washying it around in my head since the news hit the blogosphere. After all the subject has been covered to death (pun intended).
HST's death put me to thinking about Hemingway's suicide, not because they have any commonality, although they might. But because when I was a kid and Hemingway killed himself it bothered me. I thought about it often.
Why would someone do that?
Even at that young age I realized that suicide means there's never another chance to get it right. And at this ripe old age I realize it means there won't be another glass of cabernet. Or another smile that starts in the eyes and warms the entire room that's meant just for me. And, I want that one last smile. One more time.
Sunday Afternoon: Mommmmmm! Whaddya doing? Daddy wouldn't go around. He'd go right through. Come on Mom. Puleeeeze.
The kids weren't happy that Mom didn't dodge the barricades and charge down the hill to ford door-deep water in four wheel drive. Yes, TWC might have done it. But probably not while it was pouring rain. So, they were late for the movie because they had to drive 15 miles out of the way to get there.
Monday Morning: I know it's one of those congressionally decreed fake holidays but it certainly is eeriely quiet looking out across the valley from my office window at Cajalco Road, which is entirely devoid of traffic.
Cajalco flooded, as it always does, at the bottom of the hill near I-15 right about where the Temescal Creek bridge is. That shuts down the road and foils truckers and commuters from points east, deseperate to avoid the messy freeways. Trouble is that they've turned this winding rural road into something more akin to blood alley.