Please Fix Boxing!!!

I don’t mean that kind of “fix”. I mean “fix” as in “repair”.

I don’t watch boxing nearly as much as I used to. At one time I would have considered myself a fan. For the last seven years or so I’ve sort of ditched boxing for the UFC. The fights are more active and the outcomes less predictable. Boxing is losing lots of fans to MMA fighting.

Just in case, I TiVo’d Saturday’s Jermain Taylor / Kelly Pavlik fight and watched it tonight. Wow. The other fight HBO showed was between Andre Berto and David Estrada. I won’t give away the results to either, but if you can catch the replay they are both great, entertaining fights. It reminded me how great boxing can be.

Anyway, I think I know how to fix boxing. Some promoter besides Don King should offer former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell a few million dollars to fight a big name boxer. He’ll take it, partly because he lost his last two fights and partly because the UFC doesn’t pay anywhere near that kind of money.

How does it benefit boxing? He’ll lose. Badly

Liddell is considered one of the UFC’s hardest punchers, but watch the two fights I’m talking about here if you really want to see some guys hit hard. Throw in the fact that his pure boxing skills are nowhere near those top notch professional boxers, and it hardly seems fair.

Boxing will gain a lot of credibility with younger fans, and the buy rate for the pay per view would be tremendous. I’d buy it.

New Feed Subscriptions in September

Here are all of the new sites I added to my reader in September. When I say “new” I mean new to me in most cases.

Total Diatribe
If you were impressed with Billymacs ability to consume adult beverages, you’ll be even more impressed with his ability to find nutty stuff and add cleverly biting commentary. A new blog, and I’m expecting great things from it.

Donklephant
Here’s one I can’t believe I just found. A common sense moderate political blog. I don’t mean to imply that common sense can’t be found there, but usually only as it exists on the line between Democrat and Republican. Very pragmatic, as opposed to the, uh, idealism(?) you find here.

KTownLowDown
Another new blog authored by Little Bigfoot SVD. So far a lot of the lowdown that exists there is on a personal level, but he’s running a poll right now asking what you want him to blog about. One man, one vote. If you don’t like it, you had your chance to change it!

Ideas From Free Minds
I found out about Michelle’s blog after seeing her on Tucker Carlson’s show and wrote a post about her. My only complaint is that she doesn’t post enough–there was a huge opportunity to make this blog big when she appeared on TV. I hope she takes advantage of it!

Taylor the Teacher
As Taylor states on her site, she’s a philosophical anarchist who loves to help children learn. Sometimes the public education system even helps her in this endeavor.

TED
Technology, entertainment, and design videos. You’ll agree with some, you’ll disagree with others, but they are all pretty interesting.

She Can’t Be Serious

Hillary Clinton’s latest idea

“I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that downpayment on their first home,” she said.

Uh, by “give” do you mean take $5,000 from the money raised through various taxes and handing it back out to every newborn? That’s not really so much of a gift as it is a re-distribution, but I’ll play along.

So who will administer these gifts? Are they willing to work for free? I’m assuming not, so let’s add a little bit to each of these gifts to collect from the taxes and hand it back out. A dime each? Maybe if this were private industry, but we’re dealing with government, so it will be more like $1 each. With 4 million babies being born each year, that’s $4M in overhead alone.

I like this idea of “grow over time”. Is this going to “grow” like the national debt or social security shortfalls? Will it grow like the federal budget? Will it grow like the effective tax rate? Hmm…it doesn’t seem like the federal government has a good track record in growing anything that benefits the public financially, does it?

I’m assuming from the article that this would be some kind of bond? If so, it seems to me this is what you are proposing, step by step:

1) Take money from some people
2) Pay the salaries of the people you hire to do the taking
3) Pay the salaries of the people you hire to give out money
4) Give whatever is left from step (2) and (3) to some people, in many cases the same people you took it from in step (1)
5) Instantly loan this money to Uncle Sam at a low interest rate
6) Eighteen years later, wonder why Uncle Sam can’t repay the loan, never realizing that this, along with other ingenious ideas, have crippled the middle class financially to the point that are more people in step (4) than there are in step (1)

I’ve got an idea. Let’s eliminate at least one ponzi scheme we already have going before we start another one.

**UPDATE**
Doug Mataconis at TheLibertyPapers has scienced out all the math–$12,492,000,000 for a year’s worth of babies.

Ron Paul at Tavis Smiley Debate

I wasn’t able to catch the debate last night, but luckily we have a great clip series of Ron Paul’s performance. The sound doesn’t synch perfectly everywhere, but not a big deal.

What a great chance for the candidates who aren’t being backed by the big money interests to talk! I for one am glad they weren’t there.

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Moment of Clarity for Striking Workers?

Via WBIR:

Both striking and non-striking workers will vote whether to oust the union. Striking workers have been off the job and on picket lines for seven months.

Hopefully enough of them have woken up and realized who is actually oppressing them. Hint: it is usually the person who is taking money from your paycheck, not the person who is signing it.

Ron Paul Hits Goal and Keeps Moving Forward

Ron Paul made is goal of raising $500,000 online before the end of the 3rd quarter very easily, and has now raised the bar to $1M before the end of September. $1M isn’t really that much in terms of presidential campaigns, but the fact that it is completely a grass roots effort is pretty amazing. Of course, some people are bound to blow this off anyway. I’m sure they’ll contend that all this money is really coming from one guy logging onto Dr. Paul’s site and contributing the same dollar over and over again.

Need some motivation to contribute?

In establishment politics, people make campaign contributions because they want something: a contract, a subsidy, a special-interest deal. But the thousands of people who contribute to this campaign want no favors from big government — which must come at the expense of their fellow citizens, and sometimes our soldiers’ lives. They want only what is their God-given, natural, and constitutional right: their freedom.

Dr. Paul will be in Nashville next Saturday for a rally if you’d like to show up and make your donation in person.

Student Loans–Education by Doctor Evil

Student loans–yet another thing I’m against. I’m not against the fact that they exist, mind you, I just don’t think think they are a good idea for me or my posterity. You can do what you want, but Katherine Coble and several other people agree with me.

I still think that the student loans I took out were some of the biggest financial mistakes of my life.

And from the comments, Jim Voorhies adds this.

Being able to do what you love is the goal all of us should have. Knowing what that was at a time early enough in life to be able to mesh it with your degree is remarkable.

It’s totally contrary to the norm, but I think many 18 year olds would be a lot better off if they didn’t go to college right away. They’d be better off getting a job doing something, getting their partying out of the way, learning what it means to have real bills, saving some money (for school) and figuring out what they really want to do. It would have been good for me.

Maybe a good rule of thumb is to have two of these three things in place:
1) Absolutely sure of what you want to study
2) Can pay for it without loans
3) Have done enough real labor to know you don’t want to wash dishes for the rest of your life.

Cigarette Smuggling Surveillance Starts in Tennessee

From the KNS:

Starting today, state Department of Revenue agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states, then charging them with a crime and, in some cases, seizing their cars.

I can go so many different directions with this one…

Do I make the comparison to the Dukes of Hazzard with revenuers, crooked local authorities, and free wheeling Robin Hood types whose lawless behavior we cheer on?

Do I draw a conclusion that more state authorities in Tennessee are trying to get into pulling people over so they can take advantage of the fringe benefits that have become associated with traffic stops in our state? (That one is for all of you who voted for it in the last poll).

Or do I say nothing, since I don’t consume cigarettes?

First they came for the smokers, and I didn’t speak up because I don’t smoke.

Then they came for the Sunday beer sales, and I didn’t speak up because I’m usually too hung over to drink on Sundays.

And when they came for the people who play home poker games, there was no one who was interested in playing poker on Sundays, the only day I have time to play, left to speak for me.

Free of DRM is Good Too

I’ve been talking about free here a lot over the past few days. Well, Amazon has launched an mp3 download site to compete with iTunes. Seems impossible, right? Not if you consider that Amazon’s downloads are DRM free. DRM is the code in songs downloaded through iTunes that allow you to only play the song through iTunes or on your iPod. Songs downloaded from Amazon can be played on any player.

I checked out their catalog last night, and it is pretty extensive. Not only that, but you can also download complete albums there at a discount, not to mention the fact that you don’t have to pay shipping and get the song immediately.

You’ll need to install Amazon’s download manager, but it’s quick and easy!

A Question For Newspapers and Their Readers

Why are stock quotes still printed in newspapers? Are newspapers paid to print them, or do they print them only because they have always printed them? Is it just filler information?

It seems to me that if you are relying on a newspaper to tell you what happened in the markets the day before, you probably aren’t making as much money as you could/should. It’s just raw data. There isn’t any analysis or there, just numbers

I’m sure there is a really good reason that I’m overlooking. I just don’t get it.