BobbyG's Blog

All I ever wanted to do was play guitar for a living


Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
February 09
All I ever wanted to do was play guitar for a living.
Quantitative analyst and writer, mostly. Primus inter pares Santa Fe fan, bookworm, statistician, SAS programmer, teacher, perpetual student, musician, songwriter, photographer, 2 guard (Mr. No-Hops, a.k.a. "old school"), skier, loyal husband, father, grandfather, friend. DISCLAIMER (06/25/09): has chosen to force unsolicited advertising directly into our blog posts, without consent or warning. We have no say in the matter -- with respect to either ad content or placement, -- nor do we make any money from them. I in no way endorse what they pitch on my pages. You may be able to use AdBlock Plus to block such things.


DECEMBER 16, 2009 11:33AM

One photo says everything

AUGUST 24, 2009 3:37PM

Public Optional

To use an aviation analogy, we have turned from the downwind vector and are now in mid-approach "base leg" on this policy reform flight prior to turning 90 degrees into the turbulent fall 2009 headwinds of final approach and (crash?) landing of "health care reform" legislation. I will add a feRead full post »


Sometimes you just have laugh, notwithstanding the lack of actual humor in the circumstance. I recently had my bit of Photoshop fun with this inane "Birther" thing (regarding people who continue to increasingly insanely claim that Barack Obama was not really born in HaRead full post »

Some necessary basic arithmetic
The image above is taken from a quick Excel spreadsheet I put together and uploaded here. You can download it and play with it as you wish. The user input cells are the 1st, 2nd, and 6th respectively ("Total Population," "Total Current ERead full post »
JUNE 27, 2009 1:51AM

My friend Rick

"Rick Stevens," real name Donald Stevenson, inmate at California's Mule Creek State Prison. Now serving up to life for killing three people (he was orginally sentenced to death). A drug dispute thing gone tragically wrong, I am told, decades ago. It has rather haunted me ever since I l… Read full post »

Tapes Reveal Nixon Pro-Mixed Race Abortions

Tape recordings of former US President Richard Nixon have revealed that he believed abortion was "necessary" in mixed race pregnancies.

Nixon's bizarre comments are contained in hundreds of hours of tapes he made while in the White House which have now be… Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2009 11:39PM

To my wife

My main squeeze of nearly 36 years has had to take a job requiring that she relocate to Walnut Creek, CA, where we have now kept a small apartment since Sept 2008 (our home is in Las Vegas). I now only get to be with her every month or soRead full post »
JUNE 5, 2009 12:08AM


I've lived in Las Vegas since 1992 (moved here for my wife to take a QA manager job at the DOE Nuke Test Site). Absent gaming, this place would be Barstow II, maybe 30,000 dessicated, hardscrabble residents servicing the truck and railstops. Maybe more, if we count
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MAY 31, 2009 11:11PM

The U.S. health care policy morass

Cross-posted, in progress, from my main policy blog. (June 22nd update: this post is now essentially complete on my main blog, but it's gotten too long to keep updating here.)
Some reform advocates have long argued that we can indeed [1] extend health care coverage to&nb
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MAY 6, 2009 5:11PM

Mission Truly Accomplished

"I hope you understand that it was a very difficult time. We were all so terrified of another attack on the country."

- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in response to a question from Misha Lerner, a fourth-grader at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital on MayRead full post »

MARCH 9, 2009 12:00AM

Picking Cotton

I just watched the most fascinating CBS "60 Minutes" segment: "Eyewitness: How accurate is visual memory?"

Back about 20 years ago, I was minding my own business driving in downtown Knoxville TN where I lived at the time, running some errands. I pulled up to the intersection at a one-way N-S… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2009 3:41PM

Investigate Wall Street?

Dr. Julian Zelizer of Princeton just wrote an OpEd on calling for congressional hearings into the current financial meltdown. I subsequently sent him this email:


Hi -

Just read your piece at

I've been corresponding lately with William K. Black (the "Control Fraud" guy,Read full post »
FEBRUARY 13, 2009 1:16PM

What am I doing here?

I already have several blogs. One of them serious, the others more flippant. Well, hello from Vegas: "Seven Deadly Sins, One Convenient Location!" (actual I-15 billboard)


Below, my main squeeze of 35 years. Shot that last week over at Green Valley Ranch casino as we were about… Read full post »