Sunday, January 31, 2010


Election suggestions

I had not given a lot of thought about who I was going to vote for up until about a week ago. John O and I discussed it and he just wants to avoid establishment Republicans and that seems like a good idea to me. I did a small amount of searching and found these two candidates.

Patrick Hughes for U.S. Senate.

Adam Andrzejewski for governor.

Other than that I am kinda stumped. Anybody have suggestions for the house race in Illinois 8?

Here is the Illinois tea parties slate.

Diego adds: I'm glad I didn't opt for the early voting. I was leaning toward Proft for governor but the Andrzejewski surge has me thinking he can win. I plan on voting for him.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Bernanke confirmed, Is he guilty of attempting to murder the economy?

I am not big on conspiracy theories and I can think of a few innocent explanations for why the money supply might have fallen during the crisis in the fall of 2008. Still, these charges deserve a fair hearing.

I guess the Senate did not hear about this and they did not care about his role in spurring the bubbles. Does nobody remember Helicopter Ben?


Friday, January 29, 2010


Marillion - Beautiful


Tuesday, January 26, 2010


The up trend in stocks is over

The trend that began in March '09 is over after breaking all up trend lines and falling in 5 waves. If you are an investor it is time to sit on your hands and wait to see how this plays out. Will it be a correction of the rise from March or is this the next leg in the bear market which means the 6,500 low in the Dow will be seen again? I have no idea.* So let's enjoy the show.

*If the bear is back this might be a good time to look at the liquidity of your portfolio. A third leg down in the stock market could mean financial collapse. Have a nice day!

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"Mediocre 1-Term President, & That's What He's Been Thus Far"

The president seems to have chosen this option. If continuing down the same path seems like the right thing to do, I wish him luck. Well, not really. I wish that he does continue because we happen to think he is on the road to one-term-ville.


Thursday, January 21, 2010


Will Obama move to the center?

I think Newt has it right. Obama is a man of the left and he would sooner cut off his nose than betray his ideals.

Diego adds: The mouth will move to the center but not the policies.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Behind the scenes at Avatar

Bill O raved about the graphics. My wife and I were going to see it next weekend but William was sick and still has a bit of a cough. I am not worried that this will be out of the theaters any time soon.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Friday Music



The dollar isn't dying

I ran across these quotes about the U.S. dollars 'imminent' demise plotted against a chart of the dollar. The dollar might become extinct someday but I wouldn't worry about it for the next year or so. In fact, we are setting up for a nice rally as long as the 74 low we made in November holds.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Walter Russell Mead on PJTV

What will happen if President Obama doesn't reconcile his inner-Jefferson with his inner-Wilson? Walter Russell Mead, Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, has a good idea.


Sunday, January 10, 2010


One (Big) Ten Four

Six years ago today I went to the animal shelter to pick up the lucky dog from West Virginia. Just weeks before, he was scheduled to be euthanized but a volunteer associated with the Chicago based Furry Friends Foundation transported the animals whose time had run out to a no kill shelter here. I consider us both lucky now.

Diego is a great dog but not without his faults. If you get up from your seat on a cold winter day, he will steal your seat. He may be lucky but he is also opportunistic.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010



Andre Dawson was voted in to the MLB Hall of Fame, the announcement coming just this afternoon. Even though he played 6 years for the Cubs I liked Dawson and I'm glad to see him get the votes. No problem here.

Edgar Martinez received 195 votes out of 539 ballots cast. Harold Baines got 33 votes. That is just wrong. The only knock on Harold is that he played 58% of his games at DH. No one has yet been elected into the Hall having made most of their career as a DH. Paul Molitor at 44% is the next highest I can think of, there might be others though. Martinez played DH for 68% of his games.

Some stats to consider:

Martinez 312 BA, 2247 Hits, 309 HR, 1261 RBI
H Baines 289 BA, 2866 Hits, 384 HR, 1628 RBI

There are other things to consider in voting for the Hall of Fame but this seems wrong to me. I like the Baseball Hall of Fame more than most Halls of Fame but they are tainted with biases that I don't like. Martinez was a favorite among the media where Harold was a very quiet player. No eligible player outside of the Hall has more hits than Harold. All (eligible) of the top 40 in career hits are in the Hall except for Harold Baines. That speaks for itself.

Excluding DH players is one thing but if they are to be considered, Harold should be the first in line.

Monday, January 04, 2010


Has Tim Robbins turned conservative?

It would explain the break up with Sarandon.

Actor Tim Robbins is making heads turn again.

Not only has the outspoken liberal managed to separate from longtime girlfriend Susan Sarandon without much fanfare, but according to the Daily Beast, Robbins has donated $5,000 to various Republicans in the House and Senate, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

"Former GOP congressman J.D. Hayworth of Arizona, who lost in 2006 despite Robbins' $500 donation, was baffled and surprised. ... 'Maybe because I covered the Durham Bulls as a sports broadcaster in the late 1970s and early '80s? Maybe because I used to frequently rent Bob Roberts back in the '90s?' Hayworth wondered, mentioning two of Robbins' starring vehicles. 'All I can say is, 'Thank you!' I hope he enjoyed the Christmas card.'"


Obama and Our Post-Modern Race Problem

The lie of seeing clothes where there were none amounted to a sophistication—joining oneself to an obvious falsehood in order to achieve social acceptance. In such a sophistication there is an unspoken agreement not to see what one clearly sees—in this case the emperor's flagrant nakedness.

America's primary race problem today is our new "sophistication" around racial matters. Political correctness is a compendium of sophistications in which we join ourselves to obvious falsehoods ("diversity") and refuse to see obvious realities (the irrelevance of diversity to minority development). I would argue further that Barack Obama's election to the presidency of the United States was essentially an American sophistication, a national exercise in seeing what was not there and a refusal to see what was there—all to escape the stigma not of stupidity but of racism.

America has a race problem. The problem is that White guilt prevents Whites from being honest with Blacks and Hispanics about problems that exist within their communities. That leaders in minority communities are allowed, unchallenged, to place blame on White racism when racism is the least of the problem. (Although, there is a good argument that having low expectations and refusing to challenge falsehoods perpetuated by minority leaders is racism- the "bigotry of low expectations.")

Dafydd ab Hugh writes about the voter intimidation by members of the New Black Panther party during the 2008 election and the squelching of the convictions of those members. He speculates about why the Obama administration chose to act in this matter:

I believe the order to kill the case came directly from Holder, if not from Obama himself, for several reasons:

  • General sympathy with the leftist, blacktivist cause (perhaps absorbed by the president during his two decades in the pews of Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ);
  • Fear that Obama’s victory (hence Holder’s appointment) would be tainted by the whiff of scandal;
  • And bitter, relentless, reflexive hatred of George W. Bush from Texas and everyone associated with him, leading to the automatic imputation of vile motives for every policy he enacted… including even his support for the civil-rights acts of the 1960s. If Bush pushed the case, then it must be for some disreputable, white “cracker” racist reason.

To that list let me add black racism added and abetted by white liberals. It is no shock to anyone from Chicago that relations between the races has been poisoned by the politic atmosphere in which honest discussion of problems is met with demagogic demonization. President Obama is, therefore, a step backwards in the quest for honest dialogue between the races because he is a product of the race baiting school of political expediency.

Sunday, January 03, 2010


"Profoundly monogamous" cheaters and the woman who makes excuses for them

Once French women accept that the "pact of fidelity is not natural but cultural", and that infidelity is essential to the "psychic functioning" of certain men who are still very much in love, it can be a "very liberating" for women, she contends.

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Friday, January 01, 2010


The Octopus Project - "Truck"


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