Yearly Archives: 2007

Archive of posts published in the specified Year

The War for Women’s Rights

The assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto reminds us that World War IV and its front in the Middle East is largely about women’s rights, and our effort to defeat the Islamic Fascists is as noble as Lincloln’s in 1860.

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The War that Was Never Fought.

George Tenet lamented, “Our failures are always trumpeted; but our successes- which are many- are always a secret.” His point is well taken and reminds me that at its best our media will only give us a part of the…

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The Myth of Wall Street

…. is that consumer spending drives Wall Street. Our last recessions have occurred during an increase in consumer spending. A healthy economy is the result of business spending and productivity. Consumption is only 30% of the economy. Is is capital…

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Dissonace and the Back Spasms at the Cox Capitol Theatre

The Back Spasms will be playing at New Year’s eve at the Cox Capital Theatre. Opening will be Dissonance, a great little band my Daughter Natalie plays in. The Back Spasms features Jimmy Gaudet on harmonica and vocals, my wife…

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Winning the End Game

Charlie Wilson’s War starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Seymour Hoffman as the crass street wise CIA operative was a bit of reality injected into the uncertainty of our foreign affairs. See it. Womanizing and boozing, but effective, Congressman Charlie…

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My Ten Predictions for 2008

The first animated presidential candidate will win enough ballots to tilt the election. A new music combining baroque and ska will sweep the nation. Disney will open a theme park in Bagdad. The Mountain of 72 virgins ride will become…

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Phillis Wheatley

… was the first African-American author to publish a book in the colonies. She was a sensation in the colonial-era Boston for a book she wrote in 1773 titled ‘Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.’ Raised as a slave…

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Krav Maga

Imi Lichtenfeld developed the early stages of his martial art in the streets of Bratislava defending Jews against fascist thugs. He was forced to leave and was asked to develop a martial arts for the Haganah and eventually the Israeli…

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If I am Not For Myself..

The above title by Ruth R. Wisse is taken from The Wisdom of the Fathers by the Jewish scholar Hillel, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” The subtitle, “The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews” examines…

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Lessons from "The War"

For Chanukah Debbie gave me the Ken Burns documentary “The War” on DVD. I can not recommend it highly enough. Burns brings a depth and a reality to the history of WW II that is poetic. In the first year…

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The Inevitablity Facing Social Security

My first wife, Renee, died on January 10, 1995. I was surprised to find out that my daughter,then 4-1/2 qualified for a survivor’s death benefit under Social Security. I earn a pretty good living and I surely thought the payment…

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Neo Liberalism

Neoconservatives have been blamed as an insidious cabal that has influenced our foreign policy especially in Iraq. It is a dangerous concept to believe that a small group can hijack the will of the people, but such common lies are…

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Merry Christmas- You’re Fired

Last week we sent three employees for random drug tests. It is routine and necessary in a plant with cranes, tons of steel and hazardous fabrication equipment. All three employees failed and were discharged. This is the first time I…

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Oil Myths

The populist notion of greedy oil companies driving (get it) up the price of oil misses the obvious. The oil is largely owned by OPEC, not Exxon Mobil. Russia and Venezuela are nationalizing oil reserves; cheap and easy oil reserves…

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Fighting Fascism

In 1935 Joe Louis knocked out Jewish boxer Max Baer in round 4, setting him up to fight Max Schmeling, the pride of Nazi Germany. Louis’ manager, Mike Jacobs (Jewish) set up the fight in Yankee Stadium to 45,000 fans.…

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Killing the Death Penalty

Jeff Jacoby makes a passionate and a rational objection to the elimination of the death penalty in New Jersey. Personally I have reservations about the death penalty; there are times I think it is too merciful. I like the idea…

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How to Lie With Statistics

In college over three decades ago we used a terrific book in statistics called, “How to Lie with Statistics” by Darrell Huff. This has been more valuable to me in my post college education than any other book I can…

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Sderot

Since the Israelis withdrew from Gaza thousands of rockets have rained on Sderot, a small town in the Negev. This video attempts to bring some attention to this tragedy. Yet Israel is pressured by world opinion to restrain. How would…

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Primary Predictions

Predictions according to Intrade as of 12/15/07 DemocratsIowa- ObamaNH- Clinton (close)SC- ObamaFL- Clinton (big)NV- ClintonMich-ClintonCA- Clinton (Big)PA- Clinton (big)NJ- Clinton RepublicansIowa- HuckabeeNH- RomneySC- Thomson (my call- still too open)FL- GiulianiNV- RomneyMich- RomneyCA- Giuliani (still open)PA- GiulianiNJ- Giuliani I will keep…

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Are We Overinsured?

Imagine that everytime you had a flat tire, a cracked windwhield, a dent in your bumper or needed an oil change that you filed a claim on your auto insurance. You would not be surprised if your auto insurance cost…

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