ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Thursday, July 31, 2008 Rollout - Shameless Self-Promotion

We are pleased to announce that the Monterey John Photography web site is up and running at This has been a labor of labor :) Hopefully all will find it informative, useful and easy to navigate. There remains some material to be added, notably pricing information and useful links. Otherwise, it is good to go.

I had considerable help with format, search engine optimization and editing. I would like to say thanks to all who helped but particularly to Kip Allen, Manu Guerzoni and Anita Mason. Their patience, criticism and other input were invaluable.

Let's shoot!
John Wilson aka Monterey John

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

President Tom and Rev. Wright on Aids

It seems that President Ahmadinejad and Obama's father figure, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are of the same opinion when it comes to who's responsible for AIDS:

Ahmadinejad blames West for AIDS
Jul. 29, 2008
Associated Press , THE JERUSALEM POST

Iran's president on Tuesday blamed the US and other "big powers" for nuclear proliferation, AIDS and other global ills and accused them of exploiting the UN and other organizations for their own gain - and the developing world's loss.

But, he said, time was on the poor countries' side.

"The big powers are going down," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told foreign ministers of the Nonaligned Movement meeting in Teheran. "They have come to the end of their power, and the world is on the verge of entering a new, promising era."
He accused the great powers of "fomenting discord .... to intensify the military and arms race" so they can feed their arms industries. AIDS, he said, also was the result of world conditions "imposed by big powers."

Accusing the UN Security Council of being a tool of the world's haves - which use them against the have-nots - he said it was useless to expect that body to be the solution to the world's ills.

Perhaps this is why Obama thinks he can charm the pants off of President Tom.

They both think that the US is the root of all evil.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What a Housing Bubble Looks Like

My son's better half is in the real estate business, poor girl. She sent out the stats for housing sales in California for this year. Monterey County is not atypical. Catastrophe is too mild of a term.

Do you really think a few billion dollars is going to pull Fannie Mae's and Freddie Macs irons out of the fire?

I seem to recall a few folks around this old blog who thought this was going to be no big deal. :)

Oooops, sorry! Did not label the columns.

The first column is total homes sold to date in Monterey County in 2008.

The second column is avarage price at sale in 2008.

The third column is average price at sale in 2007.

The fourth column is the % change.

Your Co-Conspirator,

Monday, July 28, 2008

Just Another American Hero - Shawn Wilson

I feel a need to let my nephew Shawn know that we are all praying for him and are immensely proud of him not to mention grateful for what he is doing.

Shawn is with the 10th Mountain Division. They will be shipping out sometime early next year.

The Wilson family would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts for this brave young man and all those who serve with him.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn