Archive for the 'Annoying Things' Category

Mystery of Low Inflation? Nonsense

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

In the aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis in 2008 which brought money markets to a standstill, central banks embarked on a voyage of discovery with a series of formerly unorthodox actions.  Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP), in which central banks pegged the short term interest rates under their control at zero or below.  Quantitative […]

Two Complaints About the Stupid Party – Embracing Stock Highs and Obamacare

Friday, February 24th, 2017

First, yesterday the new Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, whose name looks suspiciously like munchkin, when asked by CNBCs Becky Quick whether the Trump Administration sees the stock market as a scorecard he replied “Absolutely” – “this is mark to market”.  Oops.  Now aside from the fact that he used the should-be-banned word absolutely, this was […]

What Was Once Taboo Is Now Policy De Rigueur

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

There was a time back in Donald Trumps cherished clean American past when representatives of our government would go out of their way to distance themselves from any notion that anything they do is intended to affect markets directly.  It was considered bad form to interfere with markets as we considered our nation the worlds […]

Is Politico Owned By Facebook?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Occasionally I see a story at Politico on which  I would like to comment.  Like the recent one in which the Clinton aide Sheryl Mills, who of course was granted immunity by the compromised and corrupt or clueless FBI, in which she realizes they need to cover up contacts between Obama and Clinton through her […]

Asymmetries in Society

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

So I am watching one of my favorite movies on AMC, The Matrix.  For whatever reason the censors have the guys bleeping out the word ‘shit’.  It is rendered by the overlord overdub as ‘shoot’.  This is on a cable channel at like 9:57 PM Central Time on Thursday night.  So we can have gay […]

More Words That Should Be Banned From Common Use: Heartland, Absolutely

Friday, March 6th, 2015

In addition to “folks” which has been ruined by Obama cynically using the imply he is connected to the common man and Fred Thompson cynically using it in commercials to connect his sponsor to the common man, two more words that should be banned are “heartland” or the synonym “homeland” and most assuredly the word […]

Separation of Church and State: A Bridge Too Far

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The first amendment to the US Constitution is perhaps the most important doctrinal assertion codified by the founders of the country.  Here is the full text in all its sublime brevity: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of […]

The Thing About Murdering Cops

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

I have watched the video of the police in NYC murdering the large black guy selling cigarettes several times now.  They unnecessarily put him in a smothering choke hold after taking him down to the ground when he had his hands up and planting their boots in his chest and crushing his head into the […]

The Thieving State of Illinois

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Things must be getting pretty desperate in the state we left because things were going to get desperate.  Unfortunately my employer did not switch paying withholding to Minnesota when we moved in 2013 and continued to pay Illinois.  As a result of that plus the fact that we could deduct moving expenses, we actually had […]

The Story With

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Amazon just reported earnings for Q3 2014. They missed on both the top and the bottom lines. My 2 cents on Amazon are as follows. Whatever happens with their cloud and server business, which they largely pioneered to their great credit, the end of the road is in sight for Amazon and their million x […]

A Strike Against MLB – Our Viagra Culture

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

It is too bad I cannot watch the Baseball playoffs and I would assume the World Series either with my kids who are school age girls. In between every half inning there is a Viagra commercial and talk of getting it up and keeping it up. To which I can only say WTFF? I mean […]

The IBM Cloud and Josh Brown

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

I was in the process of getting my ass handed to me this spring short alot of agricultural commodities when Josh Brown was put on the air to wax lyrical about how Ag was where everybody had to be in a ZIRP world in order to seek yield.  I do not remember exactly what he […]

Lying and Cheating are the New Honor Craft Apparently

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Word today that Jay Carney, Obama’s second press secretary, may be taking an unbelievably lucrative job in Silicon Valley, undoubtedly making 7 figures annually.  For those with short memories, Carney is the former Time rag journalist who got up in front of the podium at the White House every day and baldly lied to the […]

The Word ‘Folks’ Should Be Officially Deprecated

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

<sarc>I just get such a warm fuzzy feeling when the mellifluous and trustworthy voice of Fred Thomson warbles on about how the reverse mortgage from AAG is the answer to seniors problems.  He reassures you that there is no risk.  I mean Reagan signed it into law so it must be OK he gently asserts. […]

Obama and High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Using the power of the state to threaten, harass and intimidate political opponents is certainly at or near the top of the list of those actions which would qualify as High Crimes and Misdemeanors, sufficient to stand as cause for the impeachment of the Chief Executive under our nearly forgotten US Constitution.  As the IRS […]

Fiscal Cliff ToonTown

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

I was watching business news this morning as I always do and the Great Liar came on spreading more diseased and malignant memes regarding the fiscal cliff negotiations.  I get physically ill at the sound of his voice so I just changed the channel by dropping from channel 29 (CNBC on Comcast in Chicago) to […]

Cramer and Island Reversals

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

For some reason I had CNBC on this morning by mistake.  I no longer wtach CNBC as I cannot stand listening to Cramer in the morning, or anytime really.  I laughed out loud when I heard him say “Yeah, huge island reversal in Apple yesterday, not to get too technical…” or somehting like that.  Hmm.  […]

Damned Speed Bumps

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

In Chicago, I spend alot of time driving on city streets.  On the minor streets, the city has placed scads of speed bumps.  Now the purpose of the speed bump is to make it so people do not go too fast down a residential street where there may be children or pets or people unexpectedly […]

Movie and Popcorn Prices. Oh and 3-D

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

I took my kids to see The Adventures of Tin-Tin (actually a pretty good movie) on Tuesday at 1:30PM.  The movie cost us $7.50 for one adult matinee and $5.50 each for two kids.  A couple bucks more than I was expecting for a mid-day weekday movie.  Then of course the kids wanted popcorn and […]