God is There

God is there,
living and breathing with your every breath.

in the mind of man He dwells.
in the vastness of the universe His seat of power.
in the complexity of nature a delicate touch of His hand.

God is here,
waiting for you with undiminished hope.

with longing for communion with your mind.
with mercy offering you the vastness of His power.
with joy presenting the intricate work of His hand.

God is everywhere,
accepting those that seek him.

you must go to Him with an open mind.
you must let His power wash over your soul.
you must see in everything the elaborate work of His hand.

for without his sublime light there is only darkness.

© 2010 Wasted Space Publishing

John Womack’s Movies

Some of these nearly made my list, too.

Title Director
The Godfather: Part II Francis Ford Coppola
The Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson
Blackhawk Down Ridley Scott
The Departed Martin Scorsese
Dazed and Confused Richard Linklater
Reservoir Dogs Quinten Tarantino
Schindler’s List Steven Spielberg
Raising Arizona Coen Brothers
Unbreakable M. Night Shyamalan
Snatch Guy Ritchie

John Womack’s Books

This is our first list of books with non-fiction titles – we’re branching out.

Title Author
Tai-Pan James Clavell
Freakonomics Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
The Smartest Guys in the Room Bethany McLean & Peter Elkind
The Sunne in Splendour Sharon Kay Penman
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkein
Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
The Grail Quest Series Bernard Cornwell
Nicholas and Alexandria Robert K. Massie
The Devil in the White City Eric Larson
Barbarians at the Gate Bryan Burrough & John Heylar

My Desert Island Jazz

Here’s a list of Jazz Records for my Desert Island:

Album Artist
Kind of Blue Miles Davis
Giant Steps John Coltrane
Time Further Out Dave Brubeck Quartet
Monk’s Dream Thelonious Monk Quartet
Night Train Oscar Peterson Trio
Souvenirs Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelly
Hot Fives & Sevens Louis Armstrong
Jazz Giants ’58 Stan Getz
Chet Baker & Crew Chet Baker
Friday Night in San Francisco De Lucia, McLaughlin & DiMeola

My Playlist 00406

Song Time Artist Album
I Believe 3:02 Third Day Wire
Get Down Moses 5:05 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Streetcore
Stuck 3:41 The Waifs Shelter Me
Orphan Train 5:45 Allison Moorer Mockingbird
Fleeting Mind 5:09 Ocean Colour Scene Moseley Shoals
Spinning 6:03 Zero 7 Simple Things
Northern Sky 3:46 Nick Drake Bryter Layter
All Cleaned Out 2:58 Elliott Smith New Moon
Hello Old Friend 3:43 Kim Richey Glimmer
Still Be Around 2:45 Uncle Tupelo 89/93
Evil is Alive and Well 3:58 Jakob Dylan Seeing Things
Something to Talk About 3:41 Badly Drawn Boy About a Boy
Troubled Times 3:39 Fountains of Wayne Utopia Parkway
Jesus, Etc. 3:52 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Circadian Rhythm 5:03 Son Volt The Search
The Golden Age 4:37 Beck Sea Change
Killing the Blues 4:17 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand
17 Songs/1.1 Hours

Leaps of Logic

Thomas Frediman wrote an editorial for the New York Times on April 4, 2010 that I was agreeing with. The engine of economic growth is small, start-up companies, he said. It seems those types of companies accounted for virtually all job growth in the United States between 1980 and 2005.

According to Freidman, “You cannot say this often enough: Good-paying jobs don’t come from bailouts. They come from start-ups. And where do start-ups come from? They come from smart, creative, inspired risk-takers. How do we get more of those?”

I couldn’t wait for his conclusions. What are the first things that come to mind when asked, “How do we get more start-up companies?” I bet what came to your mind is not what came to Freidman’s. “There are only two ways,” he says. Only two, and here they are: “Grow more by improving our schools or import more by recruiting talented immigrants.”

What? These are the ONLY two ways to get more start-ups in America? And they involve education and immigration policy? I don’t suppose these policies being hot-button political issues has anything to do with this logic.

Just get this straight, Mr. Freidman leaps to the conclusion that our colleges and universities aren’t producing enough would-be entrepreneurs and that if we allow Juan to cross the border unfettered he’ll get an “improved” education and start a new company. Yet even Freidman admits there are thousands of foreign students in our colleges and universities and millions of foreign graduates in professional jobs in this country. Sounds like our underperforming schools and backwards immigration policy is working for them.

Go back, then, to the original premise. “Good-paying jobs don’t come from bailouts. They come from start-ups. How do we get more of those?” What if we told would-be entrepreneurs in and graduated from our schools that we we will reduced or eliminate their corporate taxes during the start-up phase, say for three to five years. Not only is that a strong incentive to start a new company, all the new employees of the company will be paying taxes, increasing revenues. Many cities already do this sort of thing with reinvestment zones, providing investors tax breaks for redeveloping blighted neighborhoods. New businesses and consumer spending in the zones more than make up for the tax breaks.

But new companies are having difficulties getting investment capital – too risky, much more risky than, say, mortgage loans. Perhaps, while we’re in the mood to tells banks what to do, we should require a certain percentage of their loan portfolios be for new businesses. If banks want to make more consumer or business loans, they have to increase the capital they invest in new businesses.

Now that’s just two MORE ways to get more start-up companies in America, because Mr. Freidman is right, “Good-paying jobs don’t come from bailouts. They come from start-ups.” They do not come when politics takes the place of policy.

Punkin’s Movies

There was no ranking with these, so let’s guess this is Punkin’s top ten in no particular order.

No. Title Director
The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson
The Graduate Mike Nichols
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Stanley Kramer
Annie Hall Woody Allen
I’m Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan Todd Haynes
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels Guy Ritchie
Sabrina Billy Wilder
To Catch a Thief Alfred Hitchcock
The Hustler Robert Rossen
To Have and Have Not Howard Hawks

Punkin’s Records

She could say, “Beatles,” before she could walk – still I see them nowhere, man.

Album Artist
It’s Blitz! Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gnossiennes & Gymnopedies Erik Satie
Another Side of Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers Bob Marley
Funeral The Arcade Fire
Physical Gaffiti Led Zeppelin
Comfort Eagle Cake
Kid A Radiohead
Aha Shake Heartbreak Kings of Leon
Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd Pink Floyd