Bush was on vacation the whole time?

2 06 2009

Recently Obama took a trip to NYC with his wife as a date night.  They flew there (it took two jets and numerous helicopters), drove to dinner (in a motorcade), went to a Broadway show, and flew home that same evening.  The whole thing likely cost $250,000 for a DATE NIGHT.  This wasn’t him taking a week vacation, that was one evening of expensive travel on our dime.

But I don’t really want to get into this argument, many people have already argued that is was frivolous, and others have argued that it was fine.  Here is an article about the cost: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/01/curl-cost-nyc-weekend/

broadwayThere are, however, the people that cant help but take the opportunity to take cheap shots and low punches at former President Bush, comparing this date night to Bush’s many vacations.  This article from CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/19/politics/bush_legacy/main4735360.shtml not only takes a couple cheap shots at the former President as well (the “Number of news conferences at which shoes were thrown at him: 1”), a rather snide way to demene the former President if you ask me, but it also conveniently lays out the former President’s vacation statistics.

Here are some numbers:

  • Number Of Visits To Camp David: 149, totaling all or part of 487 days.
  • Number Of Visits To His Texas Ranch: 77, totaling all or part of 490 days.
  • Number Of Visits To His Parents’ Home In Kennebunkport, Maine: 11, totaling all or part of 43 days.

These are the numbers totaling his Read the rest of this entry »


How much is one TRILLION dollars actually

6 03 2009

About a month ago, I referenced Glenn Beck’s video talking about the bail-out package.  I was trying to let some people know just how much one trillion actually is… it is a million millions!  Well, this guy recently used Google Sketch-up to demonstrate what one trillion dollars would actually look like (made out of $100 bills).

All this talk about “stimulus packages” and “bailouts”…

A billion dollars…

A hundred billion dollars…

Eight hundred billion dollars…

One TRILLION dollars…

What does that look like?

We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slightly fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.


A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.


Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.


While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits Read the rest of this entry »

Glenn Beck and the housing market

27 02 2009

Another video involving Glenn Beck and a chart that you should watch… enlightening.

Inconvenient Debt – Glenn Beck

30 01 2009

This is why the bail-out is a bad idea.  This video scares me.

Just for reference sake: One Trillion = 1,000 Billion = 1,000,000 Million

I have a hard time even comprehending a million of anything, let alone a million million.

Pumping one trillion dollars into our economy (that we are creating out of thin air), will only mean that the $5 bill in my pocket is now worth about $2.  Our dollar is going to be so worthless soon you won’t be able to buy a soda.  This video is what inflation is all about.

Blue Eyes – The hardest logic puzzle in the world

9 01 2009

A group of people with assorted eye colors live on an island. They are all perfect logicians — if a conclusion can be logically deduced, they will do it instantly. No one knows the color of their eyes. Every night at midnight, a ferry stops blue_eyesat the island. Any islanders who have figured out the color of their own eyes then leave the island, and the rest stay. Everyone can see everyone else at all times and keeps a count of the number of people they see with each eye color (excluding themselves), but they cannot otherwise communicate. Everyone on the island knows all the rules in this paragraph.

On this island there are 100 blue-eyed people, 100 brown-eyed people, and the Guru (she happens to have green eyes). So any given blue-eyed person can see 100 people with brown eyes and 99 people with blue eyes (and one with green), but that does not tell him his own eye color; as far as he knows the totals could be 101 brown and 99 blue. Or 100 brown, 99 blue, and he could have red eyes.

The Guru is allowed to speak once (let’s say at noon), on one day in all their endless years on the island. Standing before the islanders, she says the following:

“I can see someone who has blue eyes.”

Who leaves the island, and on what night?

There are no mirrors or reflecting surfaces, nothing dumb. It is not a trick question, and the answer is logical. It doesn’t depend on tricky wording or anyone lying or guessing, and it doesn’t involve people doing something silly like creating a sign language or doing genetics. The Guru is not making eye contact with anyone in particular; she’s simply saying “I count at least one blue-eyed person on this island who isn’t me.”

And lastly, the answer is not “no one leaves”.

Thanks to xkcd for this logic puzzle, I have never heard of it before.  http://www.xkcd.com/blue_eyes.html