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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Three months ago

That was the last time I posted anything to my blog - three
months ago! Now I'm not sure that it really matters, since I rarely get any
comments I'm not sure that anyone is even reading this page!

Summer was good, and I stayed busy. As I said in my last post, I started to hike and climb again. We spent every free moment hiking or camping until school started. Now that we are back in school I hope to spend my Thursday afternoons rock climbing at Rock Climbing Center. I'd like to hear from people (beginners please!) who are interested in joining me.

The biggest problem so far has been time management, which I admit is my own fault. I need to get my time in order better, since I already feel behind at school. Since I am working full time and taking 14 credits I do have a full schedule, but I know that I can manage it better.

On the subject of school, I am currently taking the following classes:

MATH-126 Pre-calculus I
SPAN-105b Spanish for Health Professionals
PSC-101 Political Science
PSY-210 Introduction to Statistical Methods

Well, I have to run to class, so that’s all for now. I’ll be posting some of my better pictures on-line. I plan on using Flickr and I’ll post the link when I’m ready.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Wednesday, I finally got my backpacking and camping gear out of storage. I had enough of not doing anything and I realized how much I miss backpacking, hiking and cycling.

I have some work to do to the bikes and some gear to purchase, but I hope to go backpacking in a few weeks. Until then, I am going out hiking on my days off, and once I get my bike back in working shape, I'll also ride.

My ultimate goal is to get back into multiday backpack trips, rock climbing, and winter backpacking.

Of course, losing the 50 pounds I gained since moving to Vegas is also a priority. I may have to create a before and after picture - except my before pic will be when I was in good shape. Maybe that will remind me to exercise, eat correctly.

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Yes, that is correct $1.9Billion, or approximately $7.00 from every man, woman, and child in
our country or about $38,000,000 from every state. (USA Today Article)

This is the amount that Bush is requesting to "protect" our southern borders by adding border
patrol officers, using the National Guard, manned and unmanned flights, and - oh yes he suggested it - a fence along selected parts of the US / Mexico border.

Let's stop and think about this for a minute. You are a Mexican citizen trying to gain illegal entry into the United States for a better opportunity for yourself and your family. You cross from some Mexican border town, heading north along a route used by hundreds of immigrants before you. All of a sudden you encounter a fence in the middle of the desert. You pick a direction (left or right) and start walking. After a few miles you give up and head back to the
border town you came from.

At that town, the person you paid to smuggle you into the country uses Google Earth, reads USAToday, the NY Times, or any other national paper. He finds the best route around the fence and sends you on your way, along this new route.

Unless we fence in the entire US / Mexico border this is the situation that will play out time and
time again. This is exactly the scenario that Senator Dick Durbin is
suggesting - that the 500 to 1,000 miles of fencing currently proposed is
simply a "down payment" on future fences.

Now can we do something better with this money as a nation? Can your state use an extra $38,000,000. Perhaps for education or health care reform?

We also need to stop and think about this situation with Mexican immigrants.

1. Unless you are 100% Native American, your ancestors came from somewhere.
2. Americans are not lining up for the jobs "taken" by immigrants.
Most Americans think that they are above landscaping work, being maids, or
day laborers - unless they get paid grossly inflated wages.
3. By investing in our futures (education, health care, true tax reform, social
programs, etc) we can improve the status of our population much better
then installing a fence around the country.

The real situation here is that Bush is bankrupting this country through his failed and illegal war, failed national policy, failed energy policy, and failed foreign policy. He is using fuel prices and illegal immigration to distract the American people from the real problems with his stolen presidency.

He also continues to enrich his friends and political supporters at the expense of the American people and our soldiers fighting overseas.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Finals are OVER!

Well I have taken my last final for this semester and it feels GREAT! I don't know why, but I felt like I fell behind in my work this semester the entire year. It also seems like spring break was just a few weeks ago - this last half of the semester just flew by!

I'm sure that I aced my Math final and should end up with an A. My Spanish final was harder then I thought it would be - of course I didn't really study for it that much. I hopefully will end up with a B.

I still don't know about my on-line English class. My instructor has yet to return our last essay. As it stands right now, I should get a B, but with a good enough grade on the essay I could end up with an A.

Anyway - I'm done for now and my summer semester should be cake with only two classes and both on-line:
ART 160 Art Appreciation
HIT 117B Medical Terminology

That's all for now!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Record Oil Company Profits

The oil industry is currently posting record profits - "In January, ExxonMobil Corp., the nation's largest oil company, reported U.S.-record profits for the quarter ($10.7 billion) and the year ($36.1 billion)"* - while consumers are paying record prices. Here in Las Vegas, we are paying between $2.85 to $3.15 per gallon of gasoline depending on the station, location, and time of day.

Now let’s assume a price per gallon of $3.00 for easy math – where is the money going?

$1.75 Crude Oil Costs ($75/barrel divided by 42 gallons per barrel)
$0.184 Federal Tax
$0.23 Nevada Tax
$2.164 Base Gas Costs
$0.836 27.8% Profit to Big, Rich Oil Companies!

It is time for gasoline price relief. The Bush-Oil administration has made enough money on the backs of the working people!

Although I don't seriously expect a Texas oilman to pressure the oil industry, Senator Specter is considering a windfall profits tax on the oil industry. This law must pass, however even this is not enough. There needs to be a temporary moratorium on the Federal gasoline tax and pressure on the states to reduce their gasoline taxes - after all if Alaska can survive on a gas tax of $0.08 / gallon then why can't Nevada?

Additionally, it is time to open the strategic reserves and flood the market with cheap fuel, seriously pursue alternate energy such as wind farms, solar stations, fuel cells, hydrogen power for electric stations, ethanol (both corn and bioethanol made from cellulose biomass - such as trees and grasses), and biodiesel - a product which should be mandatory for all diesel fleet vehicles.

Finally, call me a conspiracy seeker, but Bush has pushed for drilling in the Artic Wildlife Refuge almost every year since he stole office - obscene fuel prices will surely soften public sentiment to finally steal this public land and give it to his pals in the oil industry.

Now I want to hear some feedback from everyone and I want you to pass a link to this post along to your friends and family and get people talking.

* CNN.com

Friday, April 21, 2006

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

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