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Mike the liberal Jewish brother-in-law

Please do NOT quote me with statements I didn't say.


Sorry about that. I thought the biblical style made it obvious it wasn't a real quote. I edited it this morning. OK?


Dissect The Left adds this nice little tidbit from Talon News (http://www.talonnews.com/news/2004/march/0304_manufacturing_jobs.shtml):
"The external overhead costs from taxes, health and pension benefits, tort litigation, environmental regulation, and rising energy prices add approximately 22 percent to U. S. manufacturers' unit labor costs relative to their major foreign competitors. The absolute value of the excess cost burden, nearly $5 per hour, is almost as large as the total raw cost index for China."
That 22% figure is about HALF the cost of workman's comp insurance alone in Florida.
Some one tell me this -- if you were contemplating starting a little factory from scratch, why on earth would you build it in the most expensive and litigious nation on earth?

Herve Leger Australia

The first thing I did when I returned to the States was to call on Rachel. Her mother answered the door. Rachel no longer lived there. She had married a medical student she’d met in college. “I thought she wrote you,” her mother said.

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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