Archive for August 21st, 2011

Even though he’s widely seen as a clown and a buffoon, I’ve only had one Joe Biden joke on this blog (a two-parter you can find here and here).

Though I hasten to add that Biden has been mentioned in a few of the joke collections from the late-night comics (here, here, here, and here) and played a supporting role in this joke.

But he deserves some more love and attention, so here’s something that arrived in my inbox yesterday.


I bought a new Ford F250 Tri-Flex Fuel Truck. Go figure. It runs on either hydrogen, gasoline, or E85.

I returned to the dealer yesterday because I couldn’t get the radio to work.

The service technician explained that the radio was “voice activated.”

“Nelson,” the technician said to the  radio.

The radio replied, “Ricky or Willie?”

“Willie!” he said, and “On The Road Again” came from the speakers.

Then he said, “Ray Charles!,” and in an instant “Georgia On My Mind” replaced Willie Nelson.

I drove away happy, and for the next few days, every time I’d say, “Beethoven,” I’d get beautiful classical music, and if I said, “Beatles,” I’d get one of their awesome songs.

Yesterday, some guy ran a red light and nearly creamed my new truck, but I swerved in time to avoid him.

I yelled, “F-ing Idiot!” Immediately the radio responded with a Joe Biden speech.

“Isn’t technology amazing,” I thought to myself.

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I took part in a thirty-minute online Skype debate for PBS on income inequality, and they boiled it down to the 4:44 youtube video embedded below.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I said economic growth was the key. I don’t want to re-slice the pie. I want to make it bigger.

I wish I had used my example of Chile v. Argentina v. Venezuela. Or my more recent post on Singapore’s remarkable growth.

One thing I did mention is that the poverty rate was falling for much of U.S. history, but then stopped falling once the so-called War on Poverty began. I pointed out that this was compelling evidence that spending $trillions on income redistribution was trapping people in poverty.

Unfortunately, this part was edited out, perhaps because the lefties at PBS didn’t want more people exposed to this inconvenient truth. Here’s what wasn’t left on the editing room floor.

I’m not sure how they formatted the video, but at least it makes me look skinny.

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