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August 24th, 2013
04:04 pm

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Tumblr?
Does anyone else think that Livejournal is a bit lame compared with Tumblr?  I just started Tumblr and find that it is just a lot easier to use in general, especially with regard to linking to articles. What do you think?  

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May 13th, 2013
08:01 pm

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Elephant

I went to Las Vegas and had a good time.  Bought a nice gift for myself (an elephant). 

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April 19th, 2013
09:41 am

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When some lone nut uses a gun for bad purposes, we must ban guns. Muslims from abroad in the US committing terrorism? Nothing to see.

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09:12 am

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Let’s ban immigration from Muslim countries (with a few exceptions).

Well, now that we know that the suspects in the Boston massacre are Muslims from Chechnya, and were granted "refugee" status at some point, can we now have a new ban on all immigration from Muslim countries (with perhaps an exception for Iran, where, based upon my own intelligence gathering, the majority of the people in Iran are rather non-religious, which is not surprising since the fanatical Iranian regime seems severely out of step with the views of their subjects)? Okay, another exception: if that immigrant and/or visa seeker proves that they are seeking to immigrate to escape the persecution of the Muslim majority...

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April 13th, 2013
04:07 pm

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Has anyone else here saw the show “Homeland?”

If you have seen the show “Homeland,” I would be honored to hear what you think of the show.  Let me know what you think of it!

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March 19th, 2013
11:28 am

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Dating and UVXY

So far life has been good.  I have found that I have gone on a lot of great dates with interesting women.  I also have started using new trading techniques with investment vehicles like UVXY to increase potential long-term returns.  So this is going to be an exciting year, I hope. : )

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March 1st, 2013
07:53 am

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What a busy week.

This has been an incredibly busy week: met with Macy, Annie, talked with Angela on the phone, and met with Sean in Orange County (Knotts and Downtown Disney).  I wonder how busy next week will be!

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February 5th, 2013
10:37 am

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F.A Hayek and Social Security

Yesterday I read F.A. Hayek’s chapter on Social Security in the book, “The Constitution of Liberty.”  In F.A. Hayek’s opinion, the only legitimate form of welfare benefit would be based exclusively on an objective form of minimal need just to live.  Of course, in practice, our welfare state has grown to a point in which, as FA Hayek pointed out, a majority votes itself benefits from the minority who have to pay for it.  As a result, welfare is not based upon supplying some objective minimal need, but rather, is based upon extracting as many benefits as possible.

I reject the welfare state entirely.  One should not be compelled to be made a slave to another person. 

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January 31st, 2013
10:45 am

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Los Angeles Voters should Reject Far-Left Candidate Alex De Ocampo

On March 5, 2013, Los Angeles city voters will elect a new mayor and residents of Los Feliz will be electing a new council member to replace termed-out Tom LaBonge in district 13. The city of Los Angeles has a lot of significant issues to handle such as a public sector pension crisis, massive budget deficits, crumbling roads, corruption in city hall, and other government failures. Sometimes a political race comes down to who not to vote for. There is someone you should not vote for under any circumstance and should be laughed out of the public spotlight: that person is Alex DeOcampo, who is running for city council in district 13. I went to high school with Mr. De Ocampo and know him personally. I am his friend (on Facebook). Based upon my experience with him, I have found that his ideology is utopian statism and is absolutely incompatible with the principles of a free society. His solutions are government centered at a time period in which government failures are all around us. He is not skeptical of any stance that will increase the power and reach of government and he is only skeptical of the private sector. He does not believe in individuals, but merely groups of people who are to be nudged, punished, coerced, or pushed from government edicts. To Mr. Ocampo and his ilk, it is a completely foreign concept to think that individuals can look out for their own interests without a bureaucrat dictating the minutia of every part of life . Even as a utopian statist, he is a remarkably shallow and superficial person. A quick look at his Twitter account at twitter.com/Alexdeocam79 will show Tweets that lack any attempt to even persuade people to his view. He was a member of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council. His experience as a member of the Greater Griffith Park was basically as a seat warmer. I read the minutes from the Greater Griffith Park meetings and it is clear that, aside from being late occasionally to meetings, he did not say anything remotely meaningful in improving our community. Nor did he propose any policy that can be even remotely beneficial to our community. In fact, it appears that even he knows that he was useless: his web site merely lists his membership on the board and does not list a single accomplishment! Aside from his general uselessness as an officeholder on the Greater Griffith Park neighborhood council, it is clear that he represents the type of politician who tries to win a seat merely to get bored and get elected to the next office. Haven’t we had enough unqualified, incompetent, and ideological nutty hack politicians? Just say no to Alex De Ocampo this March 5, 2013.

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January 7th, 2013
11:05 pm

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Some personal habits

Some personal habits include taking walks in my area, spending time with friends, having chocolate in the afternoon, and keeping in touch with my large number of friends from high school, college, law school (including those I met during study abroad events while in France), and various other events.

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