Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pimp My Recession 3 -Blogging By Numbers!!!

Busy week planning the wedding. I won't bore you with the details, lest you begin to think you're in one of those god-awful cookie cutter romantic comedies starring Julia Roberts, a wise cracking gay side-kick, and a neurotic wedding planner with a generic foreign accent who is constantly in a state of panic. No, it's going to be a small tasteful Catholic wedding.

Oh! Have you heard? It's Blogging By Numbers Time!!

1 - Claire and I went to a breakfast for volunteers today. The gathering was so large it had to be held at the Moncton Coliseum. What astonished me the most were the rows of tables, each indicating - by way of a raised placard - which community organization was being represented. Most of these organizations got their start with 2 or 3 people who saw a need in the community that begged to be met. No government committee had to be formed to commission a 3 year study to figure out how to best distribute the goods or services. Revenue Canada didn't have to go digging into anyone's wallet by way of taxes to pay for these services. All members and groups present volunteered their time to make these charities work with donations from the private sector. Unlike the government, needs are assessed quickly and services are delivered promptly. Hats off to everyone who volunteers by giving time or money.

2 - The left's recent outrage over the audacity of conservatives and libertarians to cut into their monopoly of the protest movement is almost becoming comic. The Founding Bloggers caught an enraged CNN reporter chastising the protesters, and questioning their knowledge of history. The confrontation that ensued quickly became an overnight sensation on Youtube. More about the the Tea Parties in an upcoming blog.

3 - It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!

4 - There's a great review of State of Play over on Robby Moeller's "Voice in the Wilderness" blog. He's a sharp guy, and a dear friend of this blog.

5 - Finally, our favourite blogger from Phoenix and a great personal friend Ace, weighs in on Pimp My Recession Part 3!

"As for anecdotal evidence of America's worsening depression, I would say the huge lines I see every time I enter a Costco, Target or Walmart are certainly indicative of the general decline. Everyone knows the downtrodden tend to load up on flat screen TVs, laptops, stereo equipment, and patio furniture en masse when they are one unemployment cheque away from foreclosure and certain starvation. It's counter intuitive, I know, but we needn’t look at any underlying buoyancy in the retail sales figures as evidence of stability or even recovery. The poor, desperate souls inhabiting America’s heartland are living a Dickensian capitalist nightmare, the likes of which can only be remedied by a massive infusion of government spending, crippling taxation of the evil rich, and spiritual inspiration from the great savior of our times: The ObaMessiah…"

Have a great weekend. Here's a little something to ease you into the end of the week.



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