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Lisa will be in Pasadena today as a guest on Patt Morrison's show on KPCC
(NPR) . It is scheduled live for 2:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (5:00
She is likely to be debating former venture capitalist Phil Halperin
(again), president of Silver Giving and huge supporter of Universal Preschool. She is tentatively scheduled for the early part of the program.
There's a listen live radio button on KPCC's main page or if you're local to metro LA, tune in 89.3 FM.
This is the tip of Baja California, roughly a thousand miles south of San Diego. It's taken from the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) looking to the Pacific. I suppose that technically the tip is a smallish rock outcropping just out of view but it isn't nearly as stiking as this formation and is barely large enough to provide a perch for a couple of birds.
Guess where I'd rather be.
UPDATE: Lots of readers emailed. Gist: so, let's see the picture of the actual tip....
Got some email on this from across the country since I first mentioned it a couple of weeks ago.
A couple of readers insisted that Cinco de Mayo was connected to a cargo of Hellman's Mayonnaise that went down on the Titantic. Sinko de Mayo (rimshot).
There were some viral emails calling for a boycott of Cinco de Mayo as well, but the gist of most can be summed up by this email from Autumn:
Um, Mike,I have to tellyou thisbecauseit’s kind of funny. In Kentucky no one has a clue what Cinco de Mayo is. If you walked up to the average Kentuckian and said“Cinco de Mayo” they’d justtry to help youbecause they’d feel sorry thatyou couldn’t speak English.
The only reason I kinda knowwhat it is -because you California people talk about it. Seriously.otherwise, I wouldn’t.
So we have a regional celebration of the Mexican victory over the French that's almost as popular as St Paddy's Day, largely confined to the American southwest, that isn't a holiday in Mexico.
My email has been running to about 90% against immigration, illegal or otherwise. From pleas to boycott Cinco de Mayo, which is, ironically, only celebrated in the American southwest to restatements of Mexico's restrictive immigration policies, it seems that most Americans have forgotten where their forebears came from.
As Cafe Hayek notes, the biggest complaint is that illegals are getting a free ride on the tax-paid government services bus, and that just isn't right.
The goods and services that people complain immigrants cause to be overused are either government-supplied goods and services (for example, government schools) or goods and services that are heavily subsidized by government (for example, medical care). No one complains that immigrants are over-using supermarkets, movie theaters, auto dealerships, or clothing stores. That is, private enterprise seems quite able to 'absorb' immigrants and prevent overcrowding and free-riding. Problems arise almost exclusively with goods and services supplied or subsidized by government.
The root problem is not immigration; it is government provision and subsidization of goods and services that should be supplied by the market. (emphasis mine)
I'll be brief, immigrants should not receive tax-paid, government provided benefits. Neither should you. That'll stir up a firestorm of email. You wanna get granny off the cat food? Move her into your house and fix her a bowl of Rice Krispies.
TWC has been falling down on the job and I've got emails to prove it. A lot of readers want to know what's been happening lately with Mrs TWC's one woman war on the Meathead Initiative.
The latest: On Tuesday morning, May 16, Lisa will debate Prop 82 on the Will & Willie show, live from the Embarcadero in San Francisco on AM 960, The Quake, scheduled for 8:05 through 8:30 AM (Pacific Daylight Time).
BTW, that is Willie Brown, former mayor of The City by the Bay and The Quake is an Air America affiliate so THAT should be a real friendly audience (sarcasm mine).
I'm on board for Mexican Coke for any number of different reasons. It turns out the allegations of urban myth are false. Mexican Coke contains sugar instead of the slimey corn syrup concoction found on grocery shelves across America.
TWC was anxious for the opportunity to test drive Mexican Coke and while soaking up the sun in Los Cabos, I tasted bottled, fountain, and canned Mexican Coke. There is no question it is superior to it's American in-laws and no wonder it is finding a niche market in the US that Coca Cola isn't any too happy about.
First of all, Mexicans, who drink more Coke per capita than any other country in the world, have scaled back the carbonation in Mexican Coke to manageable levels. In a blind taste test, that would easily be the give away. Here in America, the number one ingredient of Coca Cola at any fast food joint is carbonation. After that comes the corn syrup followed by the flavor. I guess Americans love that fizzy crap foaming out of their nose. I don't.
Here's The Skinny:
Bottled Mexican Coke was the best. A mild, flavorful drink with enough carbonation to keep it interesting without inducing multiple belches or hiccups. Smooth and silky, no sticky aftertaste in your mouth. Aw, Come On. You've got a bottle of Karo in the cupboard, go ahead, pour some in a glass and drink it.
Soda Fountain Mexican Coke was very similar to bottled, placing second mostly because drinking Coke out of a bottle is better (just like beer).
Canned Mexican Coke was still good. Primary difference is that it contains a tease more carbonation. Still way under US standards of carbonation that require a pressure release valve on the can.
The bottles are beat up, chipped, gritty, well used, and, get this, you still return them for a deposit refund.
Of course, none of this is markets at work. The US subsidizes sugar, thus keeping US sugar prices well above the world price. Not to be outdone, Mexican taxes on sweetners make home grown Mexican sugar a bargain for Coke bottlers south of the border.
That's how government distorts markets my friends. American Coke contains corn syrup because sugar is too expensive because the government subsidizes American sugar and keeps imported sugar out, which then prices sugar out of the market. Meantime the US is moaning about Mexican levies on every sweetner save Mexican grown sugar, used in Mexican Coke because it is economically viable. Got that? What's good for the goose is NOT good for the gander.
The godfather of free market economics and school choice (lots of folks are pro-choice unless it involves your kid's school) relaxes with a group of like-minded individuals including Andrew Coulson.
No. As intriguing as the idea was, TWC did not spend time with Milton Friedman. I felt intrusive enough just taking his picture. Besides, what the heck do you say to Milton Friedman? Good Job, Man?
OTOH, the night before, at Villa Penasco, our friends Shikha and Arthur actually found something to say to the Nobel Laureate and I suspect it had to do with Arthur's long ago summer camp counselor, a brash young man named David Friedman. That's Mrs TWC to the right, sliced nearly in half, vertically.
I suppose it's worth a mention that Cinco de Mayo isn't celebrated in Mexico except by Americans vacationing there.
Thanks to the gracious and generous efforts of Tracy Gleason and Cindy Sparks a good time was had by all.
I'm still mad as a wet hen that the Mexican incarnation of TSA took my fargin' matches.
TWC collects match books. Sure they aren't as cool as Lileks' matchbooks (well some of them are) but TWC had three sets of really cool matchbooks stuck in my checked suitcase that got searched by some kid at Mexican customs. Swear this guy wasn't more than twelve. Next time, they go somewhere else.
One from the Esperanza, one from The Office, and one from god-knows-where because it was all in Spanish.
Kid: No matches, Señor, they catch fire
TWC: Well, Like, No Duh! (on the inside)
TWC: Can I put them in my carry on?
Mexican Kid: No entiendo inglés
I gotta say the customs people in Los Cabos are many times less uptight than their US counterparts. Joking, laughing, screwing around, and generally not taking themselves too seriously. Of course, Mexican personal space rules are looser and they don't have those pesky sexual harrassment laws.
OTOH, I gotta say, when you land at Los Cabos.....Customs it's like, well, Gitmo. Sterile green cinder block walls & long lines. I'm not quite clear how anyone can look both surly and bored at the same time, either. The flip side is that on the way out of town (the airport departure area) you get the marble floor, the concessions, souviner shops, bars, magazine stores, and the like. Weird.
They didn't say jack about the bottle of 500mg amoxicillin pills. Good to have those in the cupboard for an emergency. Saves a half day of wasted time at the doctor where you tell her what's wrong and then she writes a script for what you already knew you needed anyway and you don't have to write a check for the 40 bucks in co-pays. 48 pills for 130 pesos ($13.00 USD) ain't a bad deal.