The First Two Chapters Are Up

As mentioned a little while back, I am putting the blog on hold and writing a book.

O.k. I didn’t do such a good job of that (as the latest posts can testify) but that hasn’t stopped the book from coming along nicely.

They can read be read here.

I’d love to get some feedback on what I’ve done so far.  There is contact information in that post as well, if anyone wants more information.

The most of the book I am going to post online for free is the first three chapters (and very few graphs, and no appendices, which is where the pudding is, so to speak).  I am currently going between editing and writing (editing takes a lot longer).

I’ve always been a fan of the shareware model for software distribution and something of a fan of the street performer protocol as a way to make money and give stuff away at the same time.  That’s the only reason for the tease and, quite frankly, it’s high time I tried to sell a bit of my writing rather than just giving it away for free, as I have done for a good long while now.

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy it!

The Clinton Fortune (Updated)

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(CNN) — Hillary Clinton released her tax returns for the years 2000 to 2006 late Friday afternoon, ending weeks of speculation over her delay in making them public.

“The Clintons have now made public thirty years of tax returns, a record matched by few people in public service,” spokesman Jay Carson said in a statement. “None of Hillary Clinton’s presidential opponents have revealed anything close to this amount of personal financial information.”

The campaign said the records showed Bill and Hillary Clinton had paid more than $33.7 million in federal taxes on a joint income of $109 million and donated $10.2 million to charities over the past eight years.

Who says you can’t get fabulously wealthy from public service?

UPDATE : 5/7/08

Clinton has continued to leverage this fortune in hopes of expanding it a bit more.

INDIANAPOLIS – Hillary Rodham Clinton, wobbly after a far-less-than-super Tuesday in North Carolina and Indiana, has been forced to lend her campaign $6.4 million in recent weeks — and she may shell out more cash to compete with Barack Obama in six remaining primary contests.

But her campaign made clear Wednesday morning that Clinton is pressing on despite Tuesday’s results, with spokesman Howard Wolfson saying there have been “no discussions” inside the campaign of Clinton dropping out.

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O.k., fine 10 points for perserverance, but minus several million for extending this fight beyond all reasonable measures.  You lost, accept it and move on.  Go back and finish your carpetbagging term in New York, and get the hell out of the way.

For the good of the party, and the country.