Monthly Archives: January 2008

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

The Coen Brothers

“Raising Arizona”, “Brother Oh Where Art There”, “Fargo,”, “Lady Killers,” and most recently “No Country for Old Men” are a few of the products of these movie geniuses. They combine fascinating stories, rich characters, a wide range of emotions and…

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Jewish Power According to Vanity Fair

Noted in the Jerusalem Post In an article in Vanity Fair about the world’s “most powerful people” over 50 of the 100 listed were Jews. Such recognition is a mixed blessing among the Jews concerned about ancient libelous canards of…

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Will Venezuela Be Judenrein?

by Mona Charen at National Review We should not be surprised that a close ally of Ahmadinejad and Castro engaged in steady anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda. A little more than a year ago, Chavez declared in a Christmas Eve speech…

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TANSTAAFL

The Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lumch Jeff Jacoby gets it, even if none of the politicians in either party do, From his article in the Boston Globe about the tax rebate: But where did that $800 come…

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Mighty Mouse and Perverted Insurance Salesmen

While checking sources on the internet in my hotel room I have the tube on in the back ground. An adult cartoon character on the Comedy Channel says to another cartoon character,” You couldn’t get laid at a convention of…

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KitKats, Dead Iraqis and Tax Policy

(rant alert) So while I am working out in the gym at the Wynn in Las Vegas I hear more political panderings from the campaign trail. We need to give a tax break, but we need to give the tax…

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Surprise! You’re Rich!

As much as I wanted to avoid it the Democratic debate was playing on every TV at the Atlanta airport. Edwards was calling for large tax increases, especially (of course) on the rich, without of course ever identifying who the…

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Journalistic Competence

So the AP runs a “news” story about an “independent” report that says that Bush lied over 900 times after 911 to convince us to attack Iraq. It of couse did not say that this independent report was funded by…

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Scapegoating the Economy

I only see TV news when I travel. I was repulsed by Harry Reid’s nasty attempt to blame the mortgage and economic woes on Alan Greenspan, contending he was too busy attending fancy cocktail parties instead of attending to economic…

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Bad Economics

The economy is so interdependent and inter related, that no one can easily foresee how government interference will have an impact. But some actions will cause reactions that any first year economic student can predict. The current cry to protect…

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The Vegas Factor

OK Yesterday the market took a 600 point turn from the bottom and had the best gain in many months. I know we hear about recession but employment is still good in most sectors, interest rates are dropping, business credit…

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Viva Las Vegas!

I have a great view of the strip from my room on the 55th floor of the Wynn Hotel. The view to my right includes the Trump Hotel which looks like a cheap hotel from the old days compared to…

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A Bush Déjà Vu

Have you noticed how quickly the campaign center has changed from the war in Iraq to the economy? Bush I helped push the economy down with a misguided tax increase, and lost the election even after his Desert Storm success…

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Sovereign Wealth Funds

As I watch the stock market (and my net worth) drop daily, I wonder where the bottom is. Even a big drop in interest rates from the Fed did not stop another hundred point drop. The thousand point drop in…

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Thomas Paine- The Rest of the Story

Students of American history know Thomas Paine as the writer who stirred the Revolutionary cause with his pamphlet, “Common Sense.” After the revolution Paine remained an idealist and a believer in worldwide revolution against monarchs. He became involved in the…

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Giving Liberty Away

We have a government that places its value on the services it provides to its constituents. Yet the country that values its individual liberties should value just the opposite. Our value should be in the proportion of our population that…

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Can the Libertarians Learn from Jefferson?

I supported Libertarian candidates for a few years until I heard Harry Brown, a previous Libertarian candidate, rant how the problems in the Middle East and the world all originated with global interference of the US, particularly in its support…

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Ghandi Doesn’t Get It

Arun Ghandi, grandson of the Mahatma, is an active peace advocate, and Palestinian sympathizer to the point of anti Semitism. In this article he writes:Jewish Identity Can’t Depend on ViolenceJewish identity in the past has been locked into the holocaust…

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Blood On the Hands of Hamas

Since Israel pulled out of Gaza, Hamas has relentlessly launched rockets at Israeli civilian targets. No nation would tolerate this overt act of war without using its full might to stop it. Israel has tolerated it far too long, largely…

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Rolling Recessions and Eating Frogs

The old school would predict recessions or depressions on the economy as a whole, but what we have experienced over the last few decades is what one economist called “rolling recessions.” Recessions may be experienced by industries and regions; some…

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