2012 in review

Posted in Opinion on December 31, 2012 by GoThere.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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Political Intolerance

Posted in Opinion, Politics with tags , , , on September 12, 2012 by GoThere.com

ItMormon was ironic to watch the smirking Mitt Romney criticize as an “apology” the Embassy of the United States in Cairo’s statement:

“Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

Are we so quick to forget the historic religious intolerance directed at the Mormons which drove them from the American heartland to the wilds of Utah?

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Are you better off?

Posted in Politics on August 31, 2012 by GoThere.com

Romney asks “Are you better off?” since Obama was sworn in as president.
On Jan. 16, 2009 the stock market was at 8,281. Today, right now it is 13,109. Do the math.

What change in jobs have we seen since then? 

Connect the Planks

Posted in Opinion, Politics with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2012 by GoThere.com

Human life begins at conception.

Taking human life is murder.

Murderers should be put to death.

Therefore: Rape victims taking morning-after pills and those officials participating in prison executions are murderers and should be put to death?

Republican sanctity of life?

Posted in Opinion, Politics on August 26, 2012 by GoThere.com

English: Skull and crossbonesHow does the Republican “party of life”
reconcile on one hand the sanctity of human life and the fundamental individual
right to life which cannot be infringed with supporting courts having the
option to impose the death penalty in capital murder cases?

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen




ShortNotes: Jesus, Rand

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Satire with tags , on August 24, 2012 by GoThere.com

Atlas sculpture, New York City, by sculptor Le...For those of you too caught up in this summer re-election season to do any serious reading, I’ve condensed the sum total works of two great thinkers:

Jesus: “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.”

Ayn Rand: “There is no God; love yourself.”

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Posted in Economic Development, Hillsborough County, FL, Opinion with tags , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Sometimes money is a powerful incentive.

A running joke from my college days was that you didn’t buy beer, you could only rent it. The same may be true for jobs created through typical state and community incentive plans.

CCS Medical announced they were laying off over 100 Tampa Bay area employees and moving their headquarter operations to Texas.

The reason given in a CCS press release was that “Selecting Texas for our corporate relocation was an easy choice. The state of Texas has a superior business climate and a strong workforce.”

In other words, “The Texas Workforce Commission has committed up to $506,000 in training funding; and the City of Farmers Branch is providing $250 per job created, up to $37,500, in direct incentive funding for the corporate relocation.”

Perhaps the prime goal of the new Hillsborough Economic Prosperity Stakeholder Committee should be to increase area employment in such a way that incentivized job-creators don’t later take the money and run.

Unless the true value of doing business in our Bay Area is more than just the value of bribes, pay-offs and extortion, we are only renting jobs.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen