Wednesday, December 24, 2003

I found out yesterday that the neighborhood surrounding my office has been designated a "dual response zone" by the City of Phoenix. What is a "dual response zone", you ask? Well, it means when the Fire Dept. or Ambulance is called, they will not enter the neighborhood without a police escort.

I'm not exactly sure what prompted the City to bestow this dubious distinction on the 35th Ave & Thomas Rd area. Maybe it was the multiple, gang-related shootings over the past couple of weeks. Or, maybe it was the latest "bum blaze" craze sweeping through the nearby transient community. Yes, "bum blaze" is exactly as the name implies; Bum #1 is pissed at Bum #2, so Bum #1 douses Bum #2 with rubbing alcohol, lighter fluid, or whatever their beverage of choice is these days, then sets him ablaze.

Needless to say, discussion of a relocation to the more civilzed parts of the Valley has been moved to the fore by company executives. Might I suggest a quiet part of North Scottsdale, perhaps? There's plenty of cozy office space up there, and the area is entirely bum and gang free.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

What's up with all the Reagan hatin' this month?

First, Hollywood uber-leftists engage in character assassination of the former President, ala cheesy Showtime biopic. Then, a Clintonista judge lets actual would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. out of his padded cell for unsupervised day trips.

Do the Marxists among us really need The Gipper dead that badly? The man is 92 years old, with pronounced Alzheimer's disease. He'll die in due course. Just wait it out, you commie ghouls!

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Jean Chretien gets the keys to Parliament Hill pryed out of his hands Friday. Then, Saddam Hussein, doing his best Ted Kaczinski impersonation, was yanked from his improvised subterranean "palace" on Saturday.

Two tyrants concede defeat on one weekend. When's the last time that happened?

Friday, December 12, 2003

I know I've been slanting the posts heavily on the economic front lately. Here's one more story about the prognostications of eminent economists on US GDP growth for 2004:

Revising its year-end economic forecast sharply upward, The Conference Board today projected that real GDP growth will hit 5.7% next year, making 2004 the best year economically in the last 20 years.


Two words: Holy Crap!