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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Words of Wisdom: Life is 5% what happens to you and 95% how you react to it.

Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.
We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking
space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.

So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the
hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.

Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so ... Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
Have a great, garbage-free day!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Barney Frank writes the rules! Why not let Roman Polanski write child care legislation too while we are at it?

It is going to happen again. And when it does we just went all in on the same failed system, i.e., "too big to fail". Nothing said at all about Fannie and Freddie. But what I will never accept is the fact that Barney Frank was the cause of most of this mess and he is the main author of the new legislation. That is sickening.

All you job seekeers out this!

Friday, June 25, 2010

If you are ticking off Paul Krugman, you must be doing something right.

Going to see The New Pornographers tonight in Chapel Hill. Hope I can stay up that late...

I would run through a wall for this man.

Max Boot writing Wednesday in Commentary magazine's Contentions blog:

General Petraeus is heading out to rescue yet another counterinsurgency effort in trouble. Give credit to President Obama for acting decisively by relieving General McChrystal and immediately picking the best possible replacement, not letting a dangerous vacuum develop.

If there is one general who can step quickly into the top job in Afghanistan, it is Petraeus, who has been closely involved in formulating the campaign plan along with McChrystal. And if there is one general who knows how to handle the media and the political process (skills that McChrystal obviously lacked), it is Petraeus. That doesn't mean that he is a "political general"—that dreaded epithet applied by combat soldiers to those who get ahead by playing office politics rather than by proving their worth on the battlefield. Petraeus has proven himself at every level of command, on the battlefield and off. His courage cannot be doubted. Neither can his skill. Already in Iraq, he has pulled off the greatest turnaround in American military history since Matthew Ridgway took over the 8th Army in 1950 during the dark days of the Korean War. Now he has to do it again in Afghanistan. Don't bet against him.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The world is a poorer place with the loss of John Wooden.

Arguably the finest College Basketball Coach (teacher) that God created!

Enjoy his 30 Top quotes from John Wooden and remember one great Man!

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
John Wooden

Ability is a poor man's wealth.
John Wooden

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
John Wooden

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

Be prepared and be honest.
John Wooden

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
John Wooden

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
John Wooden

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
John Wooden

I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.
John Wooden

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
John Wooden

If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
John Wooden

It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
John Wooden

It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
John Wooden

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
John Wooden

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
John Wooden

Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.
John Wooden

Never mistake activity for achievement.
John Wooden

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.
John Wooden

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
John Wooden

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
John Wooden

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
John Wooden

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.
John Wooden

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
John Wooden

What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player.
John Wooden

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
John Wooden

You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
John Wooden

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
John Wooden

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This is stupid. But coming from Maxine Waters, is this a surprise?

Allocate credit through political cronyism and you will follow Mugabe. This is one of the main reasons we are where we are right now. Barney Frank and Maxine Waters have done much to trash this country already...and they have only just begun.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Not all that sanguine....

Here is a piece I wrote for the annual alumni news letter that goes by the name "Macro Corner." Advanced copies to my loyal followers.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 6th, 66th anniversary of D-Day and the passage of the New Deal.

One more thing...the $1 late Pick 4 at Belmont paid $83,000. And no I did not have it.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

It is Belmont Day today! These are My People.

I recently went home to visit my mother in Chicago. I could not help but go to the simulcast room at Hawthorne race track, about 2 miles from Midway airport where my friends picked me up. God forgive me but I find these dives irresistible. The collection of degenerate broken down horse players who have nothing left in life but their next $2 is staggering. The jetsom and flotsom of life's hard knocks is stacked tall and deep. And I am in the middle of it, betting the card at Churchill Downs. These are my people. From the top left: 1) My brother (Whom I had not seen for some time. I knew I could find him at the track). 2) Marshall Gramm my degenerate horse race gambling buddy who asked me if he could borrow money for his stake that day, and also wanted to know who I had in the 5th at Woodbine. 3) A sharp dude who had his racing form in one hand and his wheel chair control in the other. He was decked out to the nines with hat and white shoes. 4) An old horse player who had three forms open in front of him from three different tracks looking at them through a magnifying glass mumbling to himself.

I ask the ghost of the horse players' future, is this a sign of what "must be" or a sign of what "may be"?

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Hammer tells it like it is. Israel to Turkey and the rest of the world should be Cheney to Leahy.


The Blackhawks are up 2-1. Just two games away from The CUP! It has been a lifelong dream.

It is bucket list item # 11. When I lived in Chicago I would go to 30 Blackhawk games a year and spend spring break following them to Philadelphia and New York to watch them on the road. If the Hawks were to win the Stanley Cup that would be scary as that would mean I could move one step closer to kicking the bucket.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Chinese can go hang. Move all trade to South Korea.

The Chinese are not our friends. They act like they don't have a dog in this fight. That is what kills me when I think about it. They won't understand anything until you clock them in their wallet. Move trade to Columbia and South Korea and tell the Chinese to go hang 1000 times.