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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Time Machine: That's me playing lacrosse and hanging out in some Wisconsin beer joint in college circa 1982.

For those of you have been to Wisconsin, especially cities like Madison and White Water, there is a bar on every single corner in every neighborhood. We just played a lacrosse game so me and the boys went to wet our whistles....28 years ago.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

We are a country of laws and tolerance.

You can believe in stones if you like...just don't throw them at me. I remember reading stories about Muslim families in Queens after Sept. 11th getting knocks on their doors shortly thereafter. The neighbors came by not to castigate or villify, but rather to indicate that if anyone gave them a problem they should tell them and they would come to their defense. This is what America truly represents.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The new Fed mantra.

The mantra at the Fed has always been "there will be no more 1930s and there will be no more 1970s." I think after reading what is below the new mantra will be "there will be no more 1930s, there will be no more 1970s and there will be no Japan."

Saturday, December 11, 2010

No Bozos allowed.

A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley
motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.
The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come
and take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the

"Hey, Doc, want to take a look at this?"

The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the
mechanic was working on the motorcycle.
The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and ask, "So
Doc, look at this engine. I open its' heart, take the valves out,
repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it
works just like new. So how come I make $39,675 a year and you get the
really big bucks ($1,695,759) when you and I are doing basically the
same work?"
The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to
the mechanic..........."Try doing it with the engine running."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thanks to the venerable Dr. Rothman for pointing this out.

The unemployment bill does NOT extend benefits beyond 99 weeks. It maintains the current structure for another 13 months.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

This is very, very informative...and just plain cool!

The President deserves credit.

The President deserves credit for signing on to extending the lower tax rates for all. The only mistake is Washington needs to follow the Bowles-Simpson plan more closely re: widening the base and lowering the rates, and then making them permanent. That conversation should not die. But the President has helped himself greatly. Not only is he running toward the center which is where this country has to be governed (well, maybe lean a little right of center), this is one of the best things he could have done to help grow the economy and start lowering the unemployment rate. This is his best re-election move to date. I find it very unlikely he will be re-elected with an unemployment rate above 9%. And remember, Iowa, Hawkeye-Cauceye, where we start counting votes for the nomination is upon us in 13 months.

What's the frequency Kenneth? Dan Rather is a tired old fart who needs to shut up.

Friday, December 3, 2010

From Dr. Rothman, the WSJ and the NY Times...the numbers are frightening.

At one point, cumulatively, between March 2008 and March 2009 the Fed had extended over $9 Trillion in credit. Roll that over in your head one more time and see if you can wrap your mind around that....and then tell me that the Fed has made tremendous errors and needs to be vilified for its actions. Look at the list of the folks it extended credit to: Caterpillar, McDonalds, Harley Davidson and on and on. These weren't bailouts and the Fed has not lost a dollar on these actions as of today. Let's do the counterfactual: Take away $9 Trillion in credit like many of the flaming whack jobs want to do and what would have been the path of output and employment? I'll make book for any of you jackwagons out there who say we would now be better off. And I'll take every dime of that action.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tell China to go to hell. Trade with Columbia.

It is almost more than I can possibly stand any longer. China acts like they don't have a dog in the fight with North Korea. This is no longer acceptable. Either lean hard on that crazy S.O.B. in N. Korea or contemplate life and your economic future with no access to American markets. Dr. Rothman told me recently that one Chinese leader has said when he lays awake nights and stares at the ceiling, he worries how he will create 25 million new jobs every year. Well, if you want to keep filling "the iron rice bowl" it's time to start acting like an international leader. The Wikileaks have also exposed just what your role is in proliferating nasty weapons and missile technology from N. Korea, through China and into Iran.

This is getting nasty and fast.

Trade with our allies like Columbia. Do it now.