Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thank You, Tricky Dick

The War on Drugs was the prohibition campaign undertaken by the United States government, with the assistance of participating countries, intended to both define and reduce the illegal drug trade.
The term was first used by President Richard Nixon in 1969.

If This is victory, we have rejected The Wars mandate ("to...reduce the illegal drug trade") and embraced Sherman's Scorched Earth Policy. This misguided economic war has not weakened demand or significantly diminished supply. A league of financial terrorist organizations has been enabled and capitalized. New attitudes toward drug legalization may bend the yield curve temporarily for these organizations, but their lack of moral rectitude allows for a swift transformation of the business model. Violence will be the enduring asset these terrorists attempt to exploit. This is but one of the collateral effects of Nixon's war.

The Big Con...(Game)

Time got it wrong. Ben Bernanke is Not Man Of The Year. The consensus grows. The 200x's have constituted more than a Japanese type "lost" decade. Frank Rich makes the case for Tiger Woods as our Man Of The Decade. I personally would have opted for someone in a non-contact sport, but Rummy can't be found.

Higher Education

RICO was designed just for gangsters like Summers and Bernanke. Even Harvard wasn't immune to their deceit.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Next Act...

It begins. These people are financial gangsters. We should RICO them.

The New Age Of Healthcare

Mike Lupica gets it and gets it right. The American economy, healthcare reform, immigration reform, foreign policy (sorry Hil), environmental triage, and US self respect have been usurped by the grifters. Throw the Bastards out! Kudos to Willie. When will we listen?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Enough, Already!

Didn't anyone listen to Alice's Restaurant?

Mike Lupica has his take on Afghanistan.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Early Snow

This is a very early snow storm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, December 5, 2009. About 4" and still snowing.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

1000 Million

How much is a billion dollars? These people know.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Chinese Problem?

I just wrote a complicated post about U.S. - China trade. Now who in hell would want to read something like that? So I tossed it wherever cybertrash goes. Some day we'll find out there is a real place we have polluted with our delete buttons. Imagine, everything anyone ever deleted floating around in a closet somewhere. Gonna be a lot of trouble if that place ever shows up.

Reckon it's huntin' season 'round here. I prefer flu season. Deer pee. Real hunters put deer pee, sex lure and other really disgusting stuff on theirselves so the deers don't notice them. You come around me smellin' like people pee and I am gonna notice you. Do soldiers use people pee to hide from the taliban? Where does this stuff come from? There are just some things one should not teach their kids. Have a doughnut.

I could "monetize" this blog with Google. I refuse to demean this dialectic with prurient advertising. 'Sides, nobody comes here. But it sure do entertain me. Thing like this used to be called a diary. Guess they was hard to "monetize".

Reckon I covered it all, international trade, technology, health care, PETA, education and the market economy.

Y'all have nice day, hear?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Heckscher-Ohlin or "Don't Beggar Thy Neighbor."

Here is an interesting trade exercise.

Energy - An old Truth

"Work creates energy, energy does not create work." Attributed to my 78 year old employers father, when he was 86 years old.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Not to be a killjoy, (what a quaintly dispiriting word), let's consider Halloween. Total U.S. spending is expected to reach 4.75 billion dollars in 2009. This figure cannot include health care, pollution costs, lost productivity, crime, enhanced law enforcement costs, gasoline, waste management, the price of fear or the implicit waste of keeping paper in the outhouse. Excuse me, but celebrating Pagan/Gaelic/Pseudo-Christian mythology by giving away M&M's just gives me an excuse to eat too much candy. Now, where did I put the candy corn?


Experience is a lousy teacher. Random and capricious at best. Failure, when tolerable, yields a higher premium.

Thanks to the ABL for this pic:


Is anybody out there? Can we be frank? What the hell am I doing here? I can't type. I have no academic credentials. Creativity runs away when it sees me. But thanks to Al Gore and the magic of Intel, here I am. Good to see you. Stop in, have a smoke, drop me a line & remember, "It's all bullshit & it's bad for you". George Carlin.