Thursday, April 30, 2009


Why do I never find time to post these days?  Here's a quick photo post.

Went to Merlefest this past Saturday.  Dr. K and I met up with Mr. and Mrs. Falstaff and other assorted nuts in the Falstaff crew (actually, they were all very nice easy-going people).  Here is a shot of Falstaff in his element:


We met up at the giant sand sculpture.  Here is a small part of it:


Then we went and enjoyed the boogie all day long.  Did I mention that Merlefest was a bluegrass festival.  It was really great boogie.  Our second stop of the day was MandoMania at the Creekside stage.  If you look close, you may see someone you know:

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Our next stop was up one big-a$$ hill to a band whose name escapes me, but featured Sam Bush (again).  As they introduce the next song, they bring out a special guest, Emmylou Harris. We knew she would be the headliner later that night, but it was still a nice surprise.  Here she is later on:


For her final number, Emmylou returned the favor from earlier in the day and brought out special guest, Sam Bush.  The last act of the night was, of course, the greatest mandolin player in the world, Mr. Sam Bush.  If you get the idea that Sam was everywhere this day, you'd be more right than wrong.  In addition to the mandolin, Sam also can shred a fiddle and guitar (bass mandolin) with the best of them.  Here is a shot of Sam the fiddle man:


Good friends + Good music = Good times.  Dr. K and I are already looking forward to next year.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Obama and Taxes

"I can make a firm pledge.  Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

Barack Obama, Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12, 2008


"Listen now.  I will cut taxes—cut taxes—for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class."

Barack Obama, Nomination Speech, Denver, CO, August 28, 2008


"No one making less than $250,000 under Barack Obama's plan will see one single penny of their tax raised. whether it's their capital gains tax, their income tax, investment tax, any tax."

Joe Biden, Vice Presidential Debate


"Now in office, Obama, who stopped smoking but has admitted he slips now and then, signed a law raising the tobacco tax nearly 62 cents on a pack of cigarettes, to $1.01." April 1, 2009 (Day 51 of the Obama Administration)