Tuesday, March 31, 2009


OLED for Dummies

That is everyone who isn't a electrical engineer from U of I.


Friday, March 27, 2009


Republic vs. Oligarchy

I pray that things won't get so bad that the American people will think that trading freedom for security is a good bargain.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009



If you're shopping around for a TV, computer, camera, or other consumer electronics gadget, you may want to add Gazaro to your online toolbox. The service, which is free but requires registration, tracks items that are listed on sale, then rates the sale price by comparing it to the item's pricing history. It's an easy way to quickly scan a list of current sales and see which ones are actually good deals. We like it, but there are still some areas that could be improved.

This is going to save me a lot of time.



Better Than A Swimsuit (or less) Shot

Monday, March 23, 2009


The Obama Revolution


Welcome Back, Carter. I wish.

Rush Limbaugh has famously stated that he hopes President Obama fails. I'm with him. Obama says he wants to bring terrorists to "justice" only perhaps there aren't any more terroritsts -- incidents of terrorism will apparently henceforth be called "man-caused disasters."

Obama has declared war on American business. Obama reportedly wants to ram cap and trade legislation down our throats. But does he need legislation? William Katz alerts us to this
From the Washington Post:

The Environmental Protection Agency sent a proposal to the White House on Friday finding that global warming is endangering the public's health and welfare, according to several sources, a move that could have far-reaching implications for the nation's economy and environment.

The proposal -- which comes in response to a 2007 Supreme Court decision ordering EPA to consider whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases should be regulated under the Clean Air Act -- could lay the groundwork for nationwide measures to limit such emissions.

COMMENT: The economic implications of this are overwhelming, and potentially catastrophic. And still, anyone who questions the "science" of global warming is denounced as a crackpot, even as distinguished scientists raise the most troubling questions.

Global warming is a myth. But that won't stop Obama from implimenting his destructive Leftist agenda. Consider this warning from the Wall Street Journal:
Incredibly, Democrats on Capitol Hill are, with White House encouragement, talking about jamming health care through Congress with a special procedure that requires only 50 Senate votes.

At least after World War II, spending could, and did, decline rapidly when the country demobilized. In this case, with the bulk of federal spending geared toward income maintenance and transfer payments that have political constituencies, that won't happen. And that is part of Mr. Obama's plan. One unstated but clearly implicit goal of his budget is to put in place spending programs that make ever-more Americans dependent on government and that will require a permanently higher level of taxation to finance. All of this is being done in the name of addressing income inequality.

Republicans have an obligation to slow down this express train to a European welfare state, and to educate Americans so that they put pressure on Democrats who claim to be deficit hawks. If this budget passes in anything close to Mr. Obama's form, Republicans will spend the next two or three generations doing little more than collecting higher taxes from the middle class to finance the Obama revolution.
Higher taxes, eye-popping structural budget deficits as far out as one can see, ever more government dependent constituancies, ever greater government control over citizens and the economy... I could go on and on. Victor Davis Hanson observes:
I think the answer is clear: all the accustomed referents, the sources of security, of knowledge and reassurance appear to be vanishing. Materially, we still enjoy a sumptuous lifestyle in comparison with past generations—and the world outside our borders. America remains the most sane and successful society on the planet.

But there is a strange foreboding, a deer-in-the-headlights look to us that we may be clueless Greeks in the age of Demosthenes, played-out Romans around AD 450, or give-up French in late 1939—with a sense it cannot go on.
He's right.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


ABC: The Iraq war is over and we won



Another Battle Lost

Bath Time!

Friday, March 20, 2009


Under 35? Hurray for the meltdown!

I'm not but I am close enough to realize that the next few years will be the buying opportunity of my lifetime. Dow 50,000 by 2040, count on it.

But to think stocks will never recover is kind of ridiculous. Yes, there are some doomsayers who are predicting the end of the financial world, with a complete worldwide collapse. But there have always been folks forecasting financial apocalypse, and they've always been wrong.

Like me, I have been bearish since the early 1990s. Yes, I was way to early but I did see the overleveraging which existed even back then. Once we unwind that debt, and we are a long way to doing that right now, the U.S. economy will continue to be an engine of growth based on the simple fact that the U.S. has economic freedom in spades. (I am counting on the American people coming to their senses about BHO's destructive economic policies.) So keep some money on the side in case we do head down to Dow 2000 but keep on investing a little each month and your golden years, Gens X and Y will be wonderful.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Guantanamo Terrorists Bound For America?

It befits Obama's idea of change

This is change you can believe in. The Wall Street Journal quotes Attorney General Eric Holder:
For "people who can be released there are a variety of options that we have and among them is the possibility is that we would release them into this country," Holder said. "That process is ongoing and we've not made any determinations or made any requests of anybody at this point."
Setting terrorists, sworn enemies of America, free inside this country would be an act of betrayal. But when they aquire guns and start killing us, some will use that as an argument for gun control, such is the logic of the Left.

And such is their hypocrisy that the Democrats can get away with bashing the AIG retention bonuses. Never mind they desperately need these people to stay in their jobs, that they just passed the law that specifically enabled AIG to pay the bonuses and that Obama signed it into law. Did any of them bother to read it? I agree with Jonah Goldberg:
Part of the problem with talking about the AIG fiasco is that there's just too much to get mad about. I'm furious that Obama and the Dems are pretending they were surprised about something they not only knew about for a long time but are responsible for in the first place. This is Chris Dodd's doing for pete's sake. I'm furious, as Larry Kudlow noted yesterday, that Geithner et al are using AIG as a political money laundering operation, bailing out Goldman Sachs and other firms by washing it through AIG. I'm mad about all sorts of things, some of which, alas, are necessary but no less infuriating. But I wouldn't let my anger push me to advocate rescinding constitutional norms or the rule of law to force Dems — or anyone else's — from office or take away their rights.
I would assert it isn't the AIG fiasco, it is the fiasco that is the Obama administration. The Obama administration is shaping up as a disaster of the highest order. The economy is in free fall. Billions we don't have have been earmarked for liberal causes and groups. Trillions we don't have have been spent to bail out the financial, auto, and auto parts industries, with more to come and no end in sight. The budged deficit is at WW II levels. Iran and Russia openly challenge the Monroe Doctorine with impunity. Pakistan has all but withdrawn from the fight against al Qaeda and may yet colapse. The Mexican drug war has pushed into the US southwest. Americans are being murdered by Mexican drug gangs and the Pentagon warns that Mexico may suddenly implode. Congressmen openly threaten private citizens. The rule of law is being subverted. Investors are deliberately demonized and scared for political purposes. Businesses are threatened with higher taxes and increased regulation, and, should card check pass, being run by rules imposed by government fiat. Allies are slighted and betrayed. Iran is developing nuclear weapons and a ballistic missile capability. And, considering it would take only one nuclear bomb to obliterate our electronic infrastructure, which would cause hundreds of millions of Americans to die, Obama is scalling back our ballistic missile defenses and talks about dismantling them outright.

I could go on and on but I'm out of time to continue rambling. Every single problem we Americans face, every single threat, Obama and congressional Democrats have made exponentially worse in just 60 days. Worse is to come. For those who voted for change, you got your wish.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


St Pancake Day

Today is St. Patrick's Day but yesterday was the 6th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie. A useful idiot who got herself killed trying to prevent an Israeli bulldozer from closing a smugglers tunnel. RIP Rachel. I sure she would be happy to know that she is still being used.


Monday, March 16, 2009


OLEDs by 2011

Woohoo. By then I might have some money.

I predict that the OLED revolution will lead the next consumer electronics boom. OLEDs will quickly replace plasma and LCD. OLEDs will be used in every device that requires a screen.

The real battle of the future for displays will be between OLED and projection.


Friday, March 13, 2009


The Movie Song

Like the stars above:

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Whatcha talkin bout, Willis Tower

Insurance company Willis Group Holdings says the building will now be called Willis Tower

Chicago's landmark Sears Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, will be renamed Willis Tower after insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, the company announced Thursday.


"The Sears Tower has been an icon here for the last quarter of a century," said John Russick, senior curator at the Chicago Historical Society. "For the generation that grew up calling it the Sears Tower, it'll be hard for people to shift and start calling it something else," he said.

Indeed, many long-time Chicago residents still refer to the Standard Oil Building, now know as the Aon Center, as "Big Stan" Russick said. That building's name has been changed twice since it was built in 1973.

The Sears Tower was opened in 1973 and is 1,729 feet tall, including its antenna. It was originally named for retailer Sears, Roebuck & Co., which moved its headquarters to Hoffman Estates, Ill. in 1992.

My sentiments exactly.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Dealzmodo Hack: Making iTunes Work For You

The wife has just discovered iTunes, she wanted to buy a few dance oriented songs, and we burned a CD for her. ITunes is fairly painless but there seems to be some limitations that need to be overcome. Hmmmm, how do that?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


The banking crisis is over, next the Obamanomics crisis

This was a very positive rally because it was the banks that led the way. I take this as a signal that we are closer to the end of this bear market than the beginning. Still, don't think that we can't go down to Dow 2000. If the bear market resumes then the causes of for it will be Obama's economic policies. I said at the end of November that the credit crunch portion of this economic downturn was over. Credit is flowing now, albeit much tighter than before. Now I believe that the bank crisis part of this crisis is nearly over.

What has only just begun to feel the effects of Obamanomics namely his war on business with the possibility of card check, universal health care, changing tax rules for corporations, and the crowding out effect of massive gov't spending over the next few years. All of these policies will be huge head winds for the economy. In the mean time we are ripe for a bear market rally that suckers in the bottom hunters. That's what bear markets are supposed to do.

Just remember, don't invest with the idea that a certain price will signal the end of the bear. Time is the most critical factor. Look for an end in 2011-2012. By then I will say buy yourself a lot of leveraged ETFs. They will make you very wealthy.

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Sunday, March 08, 2009


Cute and embarrassing

My son was climbing onto the bed and jumping around when I came into the bedroom. I flopped down on the bed with him and he flopped onto his pillow and put his head down and started making a grunting noise. My wife was in the room and I said that is weird, why is he making that noise?

"He is imitating you snoring."

Still it was cute.


Saturday, March 07, 2009


Herbert Obama

Or perhaps Nero, he seems to be fiddling while Wall Street burns.

The Obama administration might not want to admit it but there is a profound lack of confidence in their economic plans to date. They really need to rethink things before things get out of hand. Of course, it might be too late. As goes Whoopi, so goes the nation.

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Friday, March 06, 2009


That's good to know

Wednesday, March 04, 2009


I am a Mongo-Con

All around fool and self professed "conservative" thinker Rod Dreher has helped me realize what I am. I am a Mongo-Con.

Victor Davis Hanson begins a post on NRO thus:

All these highbrow conservative attacks on Limbaugh keep missing the point.

Boy, this is getting awfully tiresome, and I'm sorry to see someone of Prof. Hanson's caliber descend into this kind of rhetoric. What is it supposed to mean to describe conservatives who have a beef with Limbaugh's views or rhetoric as "highbrow"? Are the opinions illegitimate or mistaken because they supposedly come from a vantage point of cultural sophistication? Even if that were true, which I doubt, since when do conservatives look down on sophistication itself? Since Joe the Plumber became the Whittaker Chambers of the Mongoloid* Right?

Likewise, how utterly bizarre is it to read someone in the web version of a publication started by William F(reaking) Buckley using "highbrow" as a perjorative description?

UPDATE: I use "Mongoloid" in the Ignatian sense -- that is, as a reference to dopes. No reference to Down syndrome sufferers is intended; I just like thinking about Mongo-Cons.
Mongo no like condescension.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


It's now the Obama economy

The Obama administration is in trouble when the capitalist wing of the Democratic party begs for relief. Obama is over stepping and he will be tagged with the problems that this is causing. That is why I am optimistic for the Republicans in 2010. Only if the RNC chair would get on message.

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Investment clubs dwindle as members ask to cash out

In 1998, when it was known as the National Association of Investors Corp., its nearly 37,500 clubs had a total individual membership of nearly half a million. Its latest tally -- in August 2008 -- estimated 9,500 local clubs nationwide with 95,000 members. Those figures have likely declined even more since the financial meltdown, organization officials say.

Wait until the number of members and clubs dwindle down to 10% of the peaks. That should be a good time to invest.

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