January 3, 2012
brian-nugent, corporate-welfare, hoku, idaho, pocatello
When you have political ambitions, you can either take a stand on issues and remain true to who you say you are, or you can go with the flow of public opinion and only say things that will be popular and non-controversial. I am at that point right now and what I am about to say will not be popular, and will not be prudent concerning my ambitions for both political office and possible career paths, but saying nothing would be pandering to the lowest common denominator simply to avoid losing face. Saying nothing would be a politically wiser move, but then by saying nothing, I become a part of the problem.
Hoku Corporation is poised to be a major employer in Pocatello, and many privileges, as well as outright gifts in the form of land, access, and revised zoning to accommodate have been afforded to the company to bring them here. They have been given major breaks, and have also already gone through a round of lay-offs because construction and production have been delayed. Now, unable to meet their utility bill with Idaho Power (a private, for profit company; just like Hoku,) they have gone to government through the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to keep the power on through use of a temporary injunction. Here is where it gets tricky and controversial: If government is used to coerce (force) one company to provide a product or service to another company in the name of "public good," where does it stop? This is purely socialism at its finest, and I am disgusted that it has happened here in Idaho.
The power of government has been used, right here, in our back yard, to steal from one company and give to another. If you just do simple math, at the standard rate of 18% for a late bill payment, and the 41 day late bill, the government just allowed Hoku to steal $38,416 from Idaho Power. This is just from the November bill, this doesn’t count what accrued in December, or what has already been used this year. We will all be paying for this through higher utilities, and it is courtesy of your government. If they can steal from one company, one with many many employees, and their own legal department to protect them from things like this, what is to stop them from stealing in the name of public good from a much smaller business that doesn’t have the legal defense ability that a company the size of Idaho Power has. If you are a small business owner, you need to be concerned about this. The government has turned socialist right in front of our eyes, and NOTHING was done to stop them.
#corporate-welfare; #Idaho; #Brian-Nugent; #Hoku; #Pocatello
October 21, 2011
brian-nugent, conservative, family, home-cschool, idaho
I respect and admire home schoolers, and every home schooled child I’ve ever seen has been more mature, and more able to hold an intelligent conversation than were his or her peers that were not home schooled. Here is a good article about why that may be…
Homeschooling: Parenting from Galt’s Gulch « Undoctrination.org: undoctrination.org/2011/10/21/homeschooling-parent…gulch
#home-cschool; #Idaho; #conservative; #family; #Brian-Nugent
August 16, 2011
brian-nugent, health-care, idaho
Hmmm, quit TV or quit smoking… I pay more for cable per month than I do for tobacco, looks like I’m giving up TV.
Study: 1 hour of TV can shorten life by 22 minutes – Health – msnbc.com: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44156412/ns/health-fitness/?g…NSmSo
#health-care; #Idaho; #Brian-Nugent
August 4, 2011
brian-nugent, conservative, crash, democrat, idaho, liberal, progressive, republican
Here we go. This won’t be the last one folks. Hang on tight it’s going to be a wild ride.
Dow falls more than 400; 2011 gains are wiped out – Market Dispatches – MSN Money: money.msn.com/investing/dow-plummets-market-dispat…33002
#crash; #democrat; #liberal; #progressive; #conservative; #republican; #Brian-Nugent; #Idaho
June 30, 2011
brian-nugent, conservative, democrat, election, idaho, liberal, progressive, republican
State vs. Federal Government: What’s the Difference Anymore? – Nullify Now!: www.nullifynow.com/2011/06/state-vs-federal-govern…ymore
I’ve said before, to turn the government around, it will have to be done at the state level and on a state by state basis. This article reaffirms what I have said.
#election #Idaho #progressive #democrat #liberal #conservative #republican #brian-nugent
May 28, 2011
brian-nugent, common-sense, conservative, democrat, elections, idaho, liberal, nanny-state, progressive, republican
Why do you need to elect good common sense people to the legislature? To keep idiotic bills like this from getting made into law. Really looking out for your constituents there Rexburg. Shame on you.
$50 fine: Texting while walking- MSN Money: money.msn.com/auto-insurance/article.aspx?post=a8b…33033
#Idaho; #Elections; #common-sense; #nanny-state; #Brian-Nugent; #Democrat; #Liberal; #progressive; #conservative; #Republican
May 12, 2011
big-brother, election, first-amendment, idaho, nanny-state, pocatello
Think the Nanny state doesn’t apply to safe small-town life? Think again. How does this law apply to all the missionaries, JW’s and other witnesses walking door to door? Sounds like a blatant violation of first amendment rights to me.
PPD_door_to_door_51211.pdf (application/pdf Object): www.pocatello.us/news/releases/2011/PPD_door_to_do…1.pdf
#first-amendment; #big-brother; #nanny-state; #Pocatello; #Idaho; #election
April 23, 2011
cutting, edge, idaho, media, politics, solcail, trends
You never know where someone is trying to find you, so to be effective, you have to post everywhere. Takes a ton of time to do it right. If only there were some sort of tool that helped you be everywhere at once, that would let you post one time and cover all of the most trendy social media sites. (contact me privately and let me tell you my secret.)
Internet politics: Social media a defining force in presidential campaigns – www.latimes.com: www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-soci…story
#solcail #media; #politics; #trends; #cutting #edge; #Idaho
April 10, 2011
economy, idaho, motorcycle, safety
Fired up the motorcycle for the first time this season. The ride was invigorating, and despite being parked outside all winter and being dumped twice by punks in the night, she purred like a kitten. Was a little chilly, good thing I had my helmet and my leather on. Cycling season is here. Take extra caution too look for cyclists, the life you save could be someone you care about.
#motorcycle; #safety; #economy; #Idaho