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God coincidences (2) Thu, Apr 09, 2009
As someone with a basic knowledge of probability, I know that if I pick a colored ball from a bucket of variously-colored balls, then pick another colored ball from a different bucket of variously-colored balls, there's a certain probability that both balls will be the same color.  This probability increases with more buckets, and increases even more with fewer ball colors.  It's not rocket science.  It's how things like Blackjack and the lottery work. 

Nonetheless, I'm still amazed when I manage to hear or learn something about God and then rehear/relearn it in a different setting with little time in between.  The most recent example was about personal pain and suffering, and how we have a tendency to look for a cause or a cure when we should instead be looking for a purpose.  It was the main message behind a series of sermons at one church, then it was mentioned the following week at an entirely different church, then I read it in my personal Bible study.  It's hard for me to call that a coincidence. #religion

Immigration Thu, Apr 09, 2009
As king, my immigration policy will be as follows: 
  1. To get in the country, you pay an entrance fee of $500.
  2. Once you're in the country, you have to get a job where you'll be paying taxes.
  3. Eliminate border patrol and immigration agents because they'll no longer be needed, but continue to pay them with the additional funds generated from (1) and (2) until they can find a new job.
It annoys me that the current system deports illegal immigrants if they're found out.  By doing that, our country is spending money on agents, spending money on deportation, and losing money they could've gotten from taxes.  It's a lose-lose-lose.  If we implemented my policy, it would be a win-win-win, and we wouldn't have to put any effort into it (win4) because people are literally knocking on our door to get in.  Plus, for every few thousand immigrants, there's likely to be at least a few entrepreneurs, who are exactly the sort of people who would create new jobs, which means more economic stimulation and more tax revenue.  Win6. #politics