Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Burger King Is Out Of Burgers

Just over 20 years ago, I arrived in Berkeley California for college. 1996 was an election year, though not remotely as contentious at the presidential level as the most recent one. At the time, talk of red state/blue state would have brought to mind Sandra Boynton not Clinton Dole. However at the state level, proposition […]

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

City of Sacramento Parking Ticket Nonsense

When was the last time you put a coin into a parking meter and had to turn a knob in order to complete the transaction? I can’t remember when I last watched the red or yellow metal plates rise and fall, checked to see if the arrow indicated I had been credited the appropriate amount […]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The Other 99% of Halloween Candy Distributors

Here’s another 1% vs. 99% that I believe has been overlooked in the media; I posit each year 1% of the population gets to give out over 20% of the candy (and 10% of the population gets to give out more than 70% of the candy) on Halloween. In cities across America, there has been […]

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I <3 Taxes

Over the last 16 years, since I was of legal age for paid employment, I have been inundated with advice about how to take advantage of tax laws while planning for retirement. Never mind that traditional retirement was 40+ years away. Most people have seen the graphs illustrating the power of compounding e.g. if one […]

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers.” – President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address, 2009-01-20 I interpret this to mean Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus are believers, or more generally, believers are people who ascribe to a religion. However, why shouldn’t it be the other way around, that the […]

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Would Obama Have Voted Nay On H.J.Res. 114?

In October of 2002, Obama publicly condemned the use of force in Iraq. During the 2008 US Presidential Election, I kept wondering, had he been a senator, would he have voted Nay on H.J.Res. 114 A joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq. With the release of the NYTimes […]