Nick Coons - Blog A blog focused around inciting intelligent and interesting conversations, covering topics such as politices, technology, and various daily rants. http://www.nickcoons.com HOWTO: Sync Palm Pre with Mozilla Lightning / Thunderbird Having been a [url=http://www.palm.com]Palm[/url] fan for over a decade, I've had several Treos up to the 700p. I was getting disappointed with the lack of innovation on the part of Palm as every other smartphone provider began passing them by. I've also been a Linux and open-source fan for even longer. So when I heard about the [url=http://www.palm.com/us/products/phones/pre/]Palm Pre[/url], I waited in anticipation until it was released on June 6th and picked up my new phone as soon as the ... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=91 Libertarianism and the U.S. Constitution I was engaged in a debate last night that I found intriguing. It lasted at least three hours, but it was difficult to tell as time tends to fly in these situations. One of the topics was the U.S. Constitution. The gentleman I was speaking with had asked me what the Constitution was (not that he didn't know, but was working his way up to a point). I responded by saying that it was a contract by the states and the federal government, basically the mandate that created the federal government.... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=90 Nick Coons for Congress in 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TEMPE, AZ - This week, small business owner and Phoenix native Nick Coons (L) has announced he'll be running for the US Congress in District 5 in 2010, a seat currently held by Rep. Harry Mitchell (D). Coons has been a long-time holder of libertarian ideals, which focuses on limited government, a fiscally conservative budget, and personal freedoms. "There are so many problems at the federal level of government," commented Coons, "that it can be hard to set specific goal... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=89 Buying House, Monk, Psych, and The Office DVDs Online Ryan and I at Two Lab Mice (site still under construction) have added some new features to our "Isms" sites. In addition to having the following sites: Housisms Monkisms Psychisms TheOfficeisms ...that have some excellent quotes from House, Monk, Psych, and The Office, respectively; we've also added forums to each site. Here are the links to those forums: House Forums Monk Forums Psych Forums The Office Forums If you're interested in receiving a Quote Of The Day in your email... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=87 Dave Ramsey, Bad at Macro-Economics I'm a huge Dave Ramsey fan. I agree with most of what he teaches such as becoming and staying debt-free, the fact that personal finances are more about behavior than they are about math, and investing into good growth-stock mutual funds. However, from listening to his radio show for so long, I can't help but feel that he doesn't have a good grasp of macro-economics. Macro-economics is the study of economics on a large scale, like for a state or an entire country, as opposed to much smaller ... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=86 H.R. 847 The First Amendment of the US Constitution has been securely placed in Guantanamo Bay and doesn't seem to apply anymore. This resolution was introduced on 12/6/2007 and was passed on 12/11/2007 by a vote of 372-9. I'm surprised and disappointed that Jeff Flake of Arizona voted for this. The First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=85 Travel Site My wife and I started a new travel site, named simply after us, [url=http://www.nickandcrys.com]Nick & Crys Travel[/url]. This site ties into all of the same databases as the big guys, like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, etc., so you'll find all of the same deals and the same pricing. Many people book their travel online, but no one has brand loyalty to any particular site. They search through several sites looking for the best price. We simply ask that you include our site when doing y... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=84 Presidents Aren't Leaders While watching the various presidential candidates promote their positions, it seems like they want to "lead the country." They (most of them) have plans on how they're going to take care of our health, our money, and our energy needs. Is it even possible for a single person to be an expert in all of these things? No, of course not. Hillary Clinton, for example, doesn't know anything about medicine or energy. These subjects require experts like doctors and professors; people who dedicate th... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=83 Abolish The Federal Reserve In a post a [url=http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=63]couple of months ago[/url], I explained the relationship between the Income Tax and the Federal Reserve, and provided a brief explanation of how the Federal Reserve works. First, the name "Federal Reserve" is completely misleading. It is neither federal, nor is it a reserve. People think of the Federal Reserve as a government agency charged with stabilizing the economy, and they hold all of our gold in Fort Knox. Unfortu... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=82 It's Not The Government's Responsibility It's not ground-breaking news to state that our government has grown substantially over the past 100 years. And it's not grown because of population increases; it's grown disproportionately. Especially in the past 40 years, a small number of people (which has now become a larger group of people) has begun demanding that the government deal with more and more problems. What people don't understand is that it's not the government's responsibility to deal with these issues. If Iraq breaks out... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=81 The Income Tax May Be Legal, But Illegally Enforced If you do some basic searching, you can find all sorts of websites talking about the illegality of the personal income tax. Many of them will target their arguments towards the fact that the Constitution doesn't allow the federal government to apply direct taxes to the people, and some others argument about whether or not the 16th Amendment was legally ratified. But I have another view of this, and it's in-line with the Constitution and with the 16th Amendment that demonstrates that the inco... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=80 American Social Justice Party I stumbled across a site today promoting the ideas of a new political party. My first thought was that it's intention was to simultaneously attempt to restore individual liberties while requiring that the government solve all of our social ills -- An impossible task. As it turns out, that pretty much seems to sum it up. Here I'll provide an analysis of the party's platform based on the information they provide on their site, and point out where I find inconsistencies and flaws in the logic. ... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=79 Vote For Constitutionalism Ron Paul has many views, but all of his views can be broken down into two major views: The first is his libertarian view of society, that the government should stay out of our personal lives and out of our wallets, and that the free market is the best provider of goods and services. The second is his belief that the federal government should return to following the U.S. Constitution. There is some icing on the cake here. First, his libertarian views are pretty much in line with mine (w... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=78 The Social Security Scam Over the past few years, people have become aware of how Social Security actually works. In the past, many people believed that the government withheld Social Security taxes from your paycheck, stuffed it into a shoebox (or maybe even invested it) so that when you retired you could get it back. Actually, that's not at all how it works. When your paycheck is taxed for Social Security, those funds (after having administrative fees removed) go to the current recipients of Social Security. Mat... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=73 Iowa Straw Poll Today is the big event, where the Republican candidates are meeting in Ames to attract votes for the straw poll, which will hopefully show their true standing with the American public. [url=http://cycloneconservatives.blogspot.com/]This site is going to have live blogging of the event[/url], so it's a good place for status updates if you aren't able to attend the event. As of this moment, candidates are currently setting up their tents and signage, and volunteers are hard at work preparing f... http://www.nickcoons.com/blogs/comments.php?blog_id=72