Friday, March 28, 2008

Check with Chip Listeners Get the Floor

I love the e-mail I am getting at chip@1420kotk.com, but I can't keep up with it.

I have things stacking up that I have wanted to mention on the air and in blog posts. Periodically I will share items and links.

1. This is from the recall Fahey web site:

The Washing Nationals are in the process of building a new stadium. $611,000,000 for an open air 41,222 seat stadium. Cost per seat $14,822. The Twins are also in the process of building an open air stadium, $495,000,000 for 40,000 seats at a cost of $12,375 per seat. Do you think Fahey's cost of $5,833 per seat are a little low, a lot low, or not even close?

ECON 101: Economics of scale: When you build something, the cost per sq. ft. seat, etc, go down, as you make the item bigger. In other words, small stadiums cost more per seat than larger stadiums. If the final cost is $13,000 per seat that comes to $312,000,000. If it comes in at $15,000 per set that is $360,000,000.

If you look at all the stadiums that have been built, you will see one thing in common, massive cost over runs.


2. These are said to be pearls of wisdom from military manuals:

If the enemy is in range, so are you. - Infantry Journal

Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. - General MacArthur

You, you, and you ... panic. The rest of you, come with me.
- U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.

Five second fuses only last three seconds. - Infantry Journal

Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.

If you see a bomb technician running, follow him. - USAF Ammo Troop

The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives. The rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks, "What happened?" The pilot's reply: "I don't know, I just got here myself!" - Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)


3. This is in response to the discussion of county valuation and property tax:

I enjoy your show and usually agree with most of your opinions, but this last tax vote was wrong. Using equalization as the basis for taxes does not work when Roger Morrissey is making the decisions. Has he ever equalized by lowering taxes? Maybe his goal should be reducing taxes, refining the budget to get rid of the waste and allow for taking less money from the citizens of Nebraska.

This last property valuation raise, which is always alternated with a raise in tax rates, was totally out of place because of the nation wide housing catastrophe. The only two places in the nation that property values went up were New York City and according to Roger Morrissey - Omaha, Nebraska.

How can you agree with any plan that is written by someone totally out of the mainstream?


4. Click here for an entertaining essay in The Village Voice entitled, "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal.' "

5. Click here for a post at the Objective Conservative by Patrick J. McPherson about agendas and conflicts of interest involving National Institutes of Health grants, and its relation to fiscal responsibility. I am familiar with the bias for projects using embryonic stem cells and against those using adult stem cells, but this is a much broader and deeper analysis.

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