Monthly Archives: June 2008

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Random Predictions

McCain will defeat Obama by 6 % points. McCain will be propelled by significant reduction in troop deployments and successes in Iraq. Obama will suffer further setbacks after debates with McCain. Oil will be below $100 per barrel in 6…

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Obama and Oliner on Energy Policy

Obama wanted to levy an excess profits tax on oil companies. Our last experience with this was with Jimmy Carter and it was a disaster. He then proposed to crack down on speculators who are driving up the market. For…

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Polling Sites Added

Just a note that I added links to Zogby, Rasmussen and Gallup Polling sites to the Recommended list on the bottom left. They post regularly updated polls and news stories that are polling related. I also recommend that you view…

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Inventory Profits

Let us imagine a time when I bought steel for $400 per ton and sold it for $500 a ton, making a $100 a ton profit or 20% ($100/ $500). The markup would be 25% ($100/ $400). From that $100…

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The Truth About Chuck Norris

Ian Spector was an undergraduate student at Brown University and noticed an Internet forum that mocked Vin Diesel’s role in the Pacifier. Spector linked to the site and launched his own www.4Q.cc/vin and created a ‘random quote generator’ where visitors…

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Obama’s Promises

OBAMA VS. OSAMAPROMISES AREN’T PLANS, BARACKby Ralph Peters in the New York Post read the entire article here excerpts This week, Obama claimed, again, that he’d promptly capture Osama bin Laden. OK, tell me how: Specifically, which concrete measures would…

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Pogo Politics – Part Deux

I consider the greatest sign of psychological well being to be the understanding that you do have choices, and the ability to take repsonsibility for your own actions and mistakes. Likewise the greatest dysfunction is the inability to accept responsibility…

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How Important is Charisma?

“Demands on Political Leadership: Beware charisma”by Peter F. Drucker from The Daily Drucker Charisma is “hot” today. There is an enormous amount of talk about it, and an enormous number of books are written on the charismatic leader. But, the…

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Rumsfeld’s Success in Afghanistan

I have been reading Doug Feith’s book, War and Decision. Iraq has been so controversial that we have forgotten how successful we were in Afghanistan. Less than a month after 9/11 we intiated the war in Afghanistan. There was no…

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Avoiding Revolution

from Peter Drucker- The Daily Drucker ” We know that “revolution” is not achievement and the new dawn. It results from senile decay, from the bankruptcy of ideas and institutions, from a failure of self-renewal. The only way in which…

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Winning the War on Terrorism

Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank have an article in The New Republic, The Jihadist Revolt Against Bin Laden. It describes how many clerics and previous supporters are turning against the violent Al Qaeda, primarily because of the actions taken against…

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Benefits of Higher Prices

The sharp price increases in commodities and fuel will have some hidden benefits. With steel passing $900 per ton we invested in software to minimize scrap. It was very successful and will pay for itself in only a few months.…

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Two Components of Trust

If you remember the debate between Cheney and Edwards during the last campaign you may have a preview of what is coming. Cheney was so experienced and comprehensive that any challenge from Edwards was dusted off without breaking a sweat…

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A Fragile Lead

In the Gallup and Rasmussen surveys Obama is ahead by 4 points on a national scale. This is a small lead with four months to go and the conventions and vp choices still in the future. This is a small…

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Obama’s Faustian Bargain

from Victor Davis Hanson June 11, 2008Gone, but Not ForgottenBarack Obama and Rev. Wright. Excerpt: So here we have the Obama paradox: The more he poses, and is praised, as the post-racial healer, the more 25 years of his career…

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Who Is the Candidate of Change on Health Insurance?

Most people do not realize that the health insurance issue is largely a tax issue. As an employer I get a tax deduction for buying health insurance for my employees. Yet if an individual buys his own health insurance, he…

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Conspiracy Theories

I have always been suspect of conspiracy theories. The oil companies, the neocons, the trilateralists, the John Birch Society (that one seemed to die), the Elders of Zion, have all been blamed for hosts of political and social ills. But…

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Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark

I just got back from Cincinnati where I went to the Creationist Museum. (Actually it is in Hebron, KY.) I was expecting some hole in the wall attempt to promote the dismissal of evolution. This is a very substantial museum…

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Special Ops Panty Hose

When some of our special ops soldiers met up with the Northern Allaince in Afghanistan they had to quickly adapt to horseback to cover their operational territory. Saddles sores became so severe it became a disability. They requested hundreds of…

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A Few Great Movies You May Have Missed

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was a sleeper of a movie that highlighted some of today’s biggest stars. Johnny Depp plays the dedicated common little hero who sacrifices his life to care for his morbidly obese mother and mentally handicapped brother,…

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