Archive for the 'Culture' Category

The Hue and Cry Over Facebook

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Facebook stock got whacked today over revelations that 50 million people had their data appropriated by an outside group.  This just adds to the wailing and gnashing of teeth over Facebook’s role over the results of the 2016 election in which the dastardly Russians supposedly used Facebook to spread lies and misinformation that may have […]

The Tragedy of Linear Thinking at the Fed

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Recently some commentators (Blu Putnam at CME and Mike Shedlock at Mish) have started using a couple of words I have been thinking for a long time with respect to our economic overlords at the Fed. Those two words are linear thinking. I am surprised that for such supposedly smart people – I mean they […]

Queen Hillary Is Not A Subject of the Same Law As Mere Mortals

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

There are really only three questions in response to James Comeys abdication of his duty in exonerating Our Majestic Queen Hillary the Corrupt in todays farcical outcome of the long investigation into her clearly criminal mishandling of sensitive national security information that has now fallen into the hands of foreign powers who will now be […]

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 […]

Summing Up the State of US Politics

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

I am not a huge fan of Breaking Benjamin, though I like their music.  I had this song in my head and searched it on You Tube, Angels Fall.  It is about a family that lost their lives in a boating accident apparently.  The YouTube analytical engine then cued up another song, as it does, […]

Jim Cramer And the Martin Shkrelli Show

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

I just watched the House hearing with Pharma executives.  The highlight so far was of course the appearance of Martin Shkrelli.  House members of both sides put on their best clown costumes to ask him questions, having been already informed that he would invoke the 5th Amendment, in an attempt to make him look foolish […]

The Necessary Revolution

Monday, October 12th, 2015

I am in the camp that believes, like Thomas Jefferson, that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”.  Our Federal Government has come to closely resemble that unbounded tyrannical monster against which our country rebelled in the late 18th century such that now is […]

Jill on MPR – Fair Foodies Friday Roundtable with Kerri Miller at the State Fair

Friday, September 4th, 2015

My wife Jill got in some awesome comments at the Minnesota State Fair when she was picked to respond about the effect of love in cooking on the outcomes thereof.  Jill is a trained chef who studied at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.  She was a pastry chef for Jean-Claude Poilevey at Le Bouchon […]

SCOTUS Renders More Wrong Decisions: Lack of Respect for US Institutions Justified

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Recently Gallup put out a poll showing that faith in the institutions in the US has fallen to all time lows.  And with good reason.  The President lies about Obamacare and everything in between.  Congress passes Obamacare using the most heinous and ridiculous parliamentary tricks and dodges imaginable.  The Supreme Court twice upholds what is […]

Hillary Already Disqualifies Herself With Email Horror Show

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The race for President has not even really started and already Hillary has absolutely disqualified herself for High Office.   She already clears the hurdle just by the fact that she elected in her best bad judgment to use a private email server to handle all of her official governmental email correspondence.  Why does that […]

Abuse of Discretion Just Feels So Good

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The latest judicial farce occurred with the verdicts rendered in the Boston Bombing Case.  We did not have long to wait as the very first count came back in all its ludicrous glory.  Count 1: Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.  Guilty. What lunacy, what lack of judgment could have resulted in the […]

Minnesota to Entrepreneurs: Go Away

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

As I was looking to move my family out of fiscally bankrupt Chicago and Illinois two years ago, we took a vote and the result was to move to Minnesota where we have some family.  I did not know it but at the time Mark Dayton, the intellectually bankrupt governor of the state – who […]

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 Tyranny of the Non-Economic Market Players

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Anyone paying attention has by now noticed that these are not your father’s markets.  Stocks go one way, up.  Commodities swing wildly up and down as the “stock guys” wax and wane over their love of this or that market (for the second time this year it is Ag markets – after all everyone knows […]

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 […]

Ms. Yellen Doth Protest Too Much, Obama for the Rich

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The recent testimony by the Fed Chair in Congress was very troublesome the more I think about it.  Pressed by Jeb Hensarling, the House Financial Services Committe Chair, about weekly meetings with the Treasury Department, she repeated over and over how independent the Fed is and how important that is.  Well, if she is taking […]

Outrageous Audacity of Lew, Others

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Left over the last few days have had many stories and talking heads planted on the media talking about the tax inversion mergers announced recently by companies such as my hometown Medtronic as well as others.  Yesterday it was Jared Bernstein and today Treasury Secretary pedestrianaire Jack Lew.  Who Lew?  Exactly.  Bernstein has been […]

The Clueless and Naked Empress Janet Yellen on Display

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Janet Yellen was just surprisingly asked a good question in the House version of the Humphrey Hawkins testimony, which is turning out to be much better than the Senate version, which is usually not the case as House members tend to be woefully ignorant of anything that goes on in the world or how it […]