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A Good Example of Why I Don't Like Nancy Pelosi

From Pelosi speaking to union workers on Capitol Hill this week (link):

"This isn't just about them saying we should reduce the deficit," she said, adding: "This is an excuse. The budget deficit is an excuse for the Republicans to undermine government plain and simple. They don't just want to make cuts, they want to destroy. They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the department of education. They want to destroy your rights."

2011 Country Club Championship Swim Meet

The 2011 Country Club Championship Swim Meet (Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw) was held this past week.  Congratulations to Elliot who brought home 3 ribbons in the boys age 9-10 category:

  • 4th place in the 25 meter backstroke (time 28.12)
  • 5th place in the 25 meter breaststroke (time 34.43)
  • 5th place in the 100 meter freestyle (time 1:50.16)

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Finn's Favorite Tridge Memory

From Wikipedia:

The Tridge is the formal name of a three-way footbridge above the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers near downtown Midland, Michigan, in the Tri-Cities. The bridge was constructed in 1981 at a cost of $732,000 and took 6,400 hours of labor. The site also marks the starting point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.

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The Midland Area Community Foundation web site described the Tridge's 30th birthday celebration:

To ensure another 30 years of great community and great times, the Midland Area Community Foundation has undertaken the Tridge renovation project.  Our local citizens, foundations and businesses have contributed money to the project, resulting in new electrical & lighting, new structural components and new railing.  The Foundation is excited to celebrate this achievement  on July 16, 2011 at 1:30pm at the Tridge.

Ms. Tina VanDam will present memories of her involvement in the original celebration of this unique piece of architecture and Mayor Donker will speak to the continued value of this asset in our community and the Midland Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Craig McDonald will speak about the Foundation’s commitment to the Tridge.

In conjunction with the Tridge renovation project and 30th birthday party, the Foundation held a “My Favorite Tridge Memory” story-writing contest for elementary-age children. The stories that were submitted were greatly enjoyed by the committee that selected the two winners:  Mia Allen and Finn Moore.

Here are some photos from the event:

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Here are some videos.  The first video has the introduction by Craig McDonald, memories from Tina VanDam, and Mia's story:

The second video is Finn reading his essay.  As you'll see, he did a great job!:

The third video has the speech from Mayor Donker:

Here is a link to the coverage in the paper: link.

Here is the text of his essay:

There is so much to do at the Tridge! I went to the spray park. It was so cool! I got to get wet, have fun, and it really cooled me off. You can also watch fireworks. You can go fishing too. You can go on a bike ride, go to Tunes by the Tridge, and go to the Farmers Market to buy food.

I like going to the farmers market to get honey sticks, and I sometimes get donuts if there are any. Okay, I like looking at the water too. I sometimes see fish – well mostly turtles.

But my favorite part of the Tridge is definitely climbing in the big, well not that big, park. About that – I go to the park a lot! Its so fun to play there and there you can slide down the awesome slides. I like the big fast red one the best. Once when I went on it I flipped. It was so cool!

Sometimes I go to the place where there are statues. By the way, this was all with my mom, brother, and dad so my mom sometimes takes pictures of us there.

I can’t wait to go back!


Updated 2011-08-06:

Here is the City of Midland's video about the Tridge renovations (Lisa, Marcelle, and John make a cameo at around 1:37):

Here is MGTV's video of the Tridge birthday ceremony featuring Finn and others:

A Town Called Panic

Sunday night we watched A Town Called Panic (2009,NR).  From Netflix:

Tag along for the small-town adventures of plastic toys Cowboy (voiced by Stéphane Aubier), Indian (Bruce Ellison) and Horse (Vincent Patar) when they buy 50 million bricks, setting into motion a crazy chain of events at their rambling rural home…in this film based on the Belgian television series of the same name.

It's suitable for the whole family (except for a little profanity).  Here is the trailer:

Clips from the TV show are on Hulu.

Lisa and I both independently thought that this is a movie James Lashlee would like.

I give the film 4 out of 5.

A Blatantly Obvious Conclusion About Deficit Reduction

On the five occasions during the past 40 years when the U.S. budget hit surplus, tax revenues were somewhere between 19.5 percent and 20.6 percent of GDP (link).  In 2010, tax revenues were less than 15 % of GDP (link) and are projected to be even lower in 2011 (link).

Furthermore, a majority of Americans (and a majority of Republicans) favor a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the deficit (link,link).

Furthermore, many of the (Keyensian!) arguments against raising taxes during a weak recovery are also arguments against drastic spending cuts during a weak recovery.

Therefore, I simply can’t understand how it could be anything less than blatantly obvious that any deficit reduction deal attached to raising the debt ceiling MUST NOT include any increase whatsoever in tax revenues (link)!?! (just kidding)

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