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Solar Panels

Worst Investment Ever

To produce enough energy to heat and cool a Minnesota house with solar panels will require a 28,000 dollar up front investment. Let’s say the typical utility bill is 280 dollars a month (that’s a lot but near what members of my family pay for their larger homes in Central Minnesota). It would take over 10 years for that initial investment to break even. However, if one puts that 28,000 dollars and invests them in the stock market, at 10% a year (Dow annual average growth) you get $72,624 at the end of ten years. It just doesn’t make sense to move to solar panels for homeowners yet. Energy isn’t that expensive, and with investment in nuclear energy and clean coal plants it won’t be cost effective to switch to solar cells (at current prices) for over 400 years (our present supply of coal). If solar cells become more effecient and much cheaper and demands for energy exceed the supply of coal and there isn’t any growth in nuclear energy then it might make sense to invest in solar panels. We’re just not there yet. In fact, I don’t see solar panel cells as becoming cost effecient and a good investment in our lifetimes. Sorry Al Gore…

And when I look at the prices for residential wind turbine units on the alt energy store website it appears that wind won’t be a good investment either.


John McCain

I am an early supporter of John McCain’s in the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. There are no other serious candidates in the race other than Giuliani and I think Giuliani’s stances on abortion and gun control are unacceptable to me. McCain is not perfect but he has a solid voting record on gun rights, abortion, judges and pork spending. Let’s not forget his unfailing support for the war on terror and his support on our actions in Iraq. John McCain is an ideal candidate in a political climate not friendly to Republicans without sacrificing huge portions of our platform and possibly losing the support of Evangelicals. What I don’t get is why some local conservatives who have radio shows on The Patriot on Saturdays and certain MOB mayors absolutely cannot imagine supporting John McCain unless he reverses himself on…of all things…Campaign Finance Reform.

I know Campaign Finance Limits are limits on free speech. I don’t support CFR but they aren’t high up on my list. The right to life and the right to bear arms are much more important to me. Free Speech is important, and despite CFR I still believe I have a free speech. I think those who complain about CFR exaggerate about the dangers in the same way the left has exaggerated some of the elements of The Patriot Act. Please, tell me where I’ve gone wrong…

This is News How?

College Students are Narcissists

Narcissism can have benefits, said study co-author W. Keith Campbell of the University of Georgia, suggesting it could be useful in meeting new people “or auditioning on ‘American Idol.'”

“Unfortunately, narcissism can also have very negative consequences for society, including the breakdown of close relationships with others,” he said.

The study asserts that narcissists “are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth, and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors.”

Twenge, the author of “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before,” said narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others.

The researchers traced the phenomenon back to what they called the “self-esteem movement” that emerged in the 1980s, asserting that the effort to build self-confidence had gone too far.

In today’s age we all think of ourselves as autocrats of the breakfast table. Sometimes it’s okay to share the breakfast table and merely become an audience to deserving autocrats.

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What Can I do?


The Minnesota Twins play their first spring training game today and this signals the beginning of weekly installments of the Twins Podcast (Live broadcast tomorrow at 10pm). I was wondering what people thought of the new format. Last season I did short 10-20 minute long twins podcasts and this year I have moved towards 30-60 minute long podcasts and I wanted to know if people think this is an improvement or not. I’ll probably not change the format since my goal is to produce an hour long proto-radio show (modeled after the KSTP saturday morning sports talk show) and not shorter production heavy podcasts like I did last season. Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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TTM Successes

-Johnny Lujack, 1947 Heisman Trophy winner signed 2 index cards c/o home address

-Joe Mullen sent 1 signed card of his own and didn’t sign the 2 index cards I sent him c/o NHL HOF

– Merrill McPeak, USAF Chief of Staff, signed 2 index cards c/o home (I had two addresses for him, both ended up working)

Failures: My address for former MLB pitcher Virgil Trucks was incorrect.


I was originally going to use this as an “about” page for the blog but I never got around to finishing it. Since I’m moving to WordPress there is not reason to create a blogpost to accomplish the “aboutness.” So, I’m publishing this as-is, included are a list of subjects I would like to include in an “about” page.–ed 10.10.07

I made my bones as a conservative activist at the University of Minnesota. Some of my hijinks were noticed by the local paper and soon enough I was writing columns for that said paper. Later on I become a professional activist with the Leadership Institute while at the same time I was doing a weekly radio show called “Race to the Right.” I left the radio show in September of 2006 and have since found a new voice doing my own podcasts.

I still write columns but now I can only hope someone will publish them. I try to keep track of my best posts and you can find those here. I also author several other blogs. Most notable I have my own collectibles blog. I have also done movie reviews and restaurant reviews but I don’t always have time or opportunity to updates those on even a monthly basis. You can sometimes find me writing at blogcritics and at the Bleacher Report.

MartyEmail; College History; Bargain Bin Movie Review, St cloud/TC restaurants; The Patriot; Blogging History; Twins Podcast; Captain Bogs; wiki project; email addy link to profile; blogcast website; judo/longdriving, guide to blogging, link to certain categories; MOB; Mission Statement

Another New Project

This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and now there is finally a service which offers what I need. I’ve opened up the Minnesota Conservative Wikipedia. It is to be a wikipedia focused on preserving and presenting Minnesota politics from a conservative perspective. It is to be written by conservatives for conservatives. The goal is in-depth coverage of all aspects of Minnesota politics. Since the real Wikipedia has rules about notability which give it a broader, more international and more general purpose which leaves behind the minutia which I’m quite frankly more interested in I decided to start up the page. My personal goals regarding the project are humble; if I write one article a week I will more than achieve what I set out to create. The site really isn’t ready for a grand rollout but I figure if I can get some help early on I might get the ball rolling faster than I had hoped. If you want to help me out send me an email at marty (dot) andrade (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send an official invite or you can leave a comment below or you can also request inclusion through the site itself.

A few asides

I owe a hat tip to the Tommunist for the wikispaces website. He’s using wikispaces to create an online user generated Role Playing Game. Since I don’t play I won’t be participating (with respect to those who do play RPGs, I just never caught the bug. I have 4 experience in D & D and that’s where it’s going to stay, I found the whole game quite distasteful. I have a lot of RPG friends though so I no longer tirade against RPGs like I once did) I’ll probably join the Tommunist in his conservative podcast web ring, assuming Tommy sticks to it.

I wanted to also congratulate the proprietor of “Al Gore is Causing Global Warming” for his recent linkage by Wonkette which resulted in many many hits and hopefully jump started this fledgling website. I have an “in” with sources close to the website owner so I know that this website is going to become the DrudgeReport for Global Warming news. It’s edited by someone with a scientific background and they’re hoping on linking to articles skeptical of the chicken little claims made by Global Warming activists. I think the site will become a valuable resource and I encourage people to start bookmarking it now.