Thursday, February 17, 2005


Housing, China, and Bill Maher

CnnMoney has Top housing markets for 2004. Las Vegas led the nation with a 12 month gain in median housing price increase of 47.3%, #13 - Reno with a 25.5% increase, #15 - Spokane with a 24.4% increase, #31 - Tacoma with a 15.9% increase, #38 - Eugene-Springfield with a 14.7% increase, and #46 - Portland, OR with median price of $218,700 a 13.7% increase. At that rate (13.7% Compounded), a median priced house in Portland will double in seven years.

Mover Mike

Tancredo challenges U.S. one-China policy Some of you are too young to remember Matsu and Quemoy, two islands off the coast of China and part of China claimed by Gen. Chiang Kai-shek residing on Taiwan. The Formosa Resolution was passed on 29 January 1955,pledging

the US to the defense of Taiwan, authorizing the president to employ American forces to defend Formosa and the Pescadores Island against armed attack, including such other territories as appropriate to defend them.
We have had a two-China policy until
Pres. Carter decided to cut ties with Taiwan and shift U.S. recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, Carter did not consult with Congress.
At various points in the 50's leaders, Eisenhower and Dulles for and Churchill against, talked about using Atomic weapons against the mainland to support the government in Taiwan.

Mover Mike

Bill Maher, nuff said!

Said Maher: "When people say to me, 'You hate America,' I don't hate America. I love America. I am just embarrassed that it has been taken over by people like evangelicals, by people who do not believe in science and rationality. It is the 21st century. And I will tell you, my friend. The future does not belong to the evangelicals. The future does not belong to religion."
I suspect that's why Russia banned religion and what was Lenin's famous quote, "Religion is opium for the people. Religion is a sort of spiritual booze, in which the slaves of capital drown their human image, their demand for a life more or less worthy of man."
But a slave who has become conscious of his slavery and has risen to struggle for his emancipation has already half ceased to be a slave. The modern class-conscious worker, reared by large-scale factory industry and enlightened by urban life, contemptuously casts aside religious prejudices, leaves heaven to the priests and bourgeois bigots, and tries to win a better life for himself here on earth. The proletariat of today takes the side of socialism, which enlists science in the battle against the fog of religion, and frees the workers from their belief in life after death by welding them together to fight in the present for a better life on earth. Lenin

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