Monthly Archives: January 2010

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Misreading the Mandate

It is worthy to note how the president’s popularity has dissipated so rapidly in his first year.  I believe it is for three reasons. Obama’s success was more related to luck than his party wants to admit.  The timing of…

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The Israelis did not Kill Massoud Mohammadi

… according to Mideast expert Micah Halpern Excerpt This explosion was so powerful and out of control it was designed to kill, maim and damage in a wide circumference around the bomb. This was not the work of a Western…

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My Favorite Independent Blogs

Bluegrass Pundit-Politics Blond Sagacity- Politics & Culture The Daily Gut- Edgy Yes And Not Yes- Investment Focus The Micah Report-   Middle East Focus

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The Costs of Poor Customer Service

I have a Schwab account that was closed out years ago. Because of the imperfections of the process of closing accounts it has a balance of eighteen cents. If I call I will face 20 minutes of voice mail. I…

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The Whole Story on Health Care

Mark Constantian writes in the Wall Street Journal Where U.S. Health Care Ranks Number One (1/7/09) excerpts The WHO believes that we could have done better because we do not have universal coverage. What apparently does not matter is that…

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Crony Capitalist Hypocrisy

From Swedish economic historian Eli Heckscher “There are few things more repugnant than the combination, in a larger number of businessmen and corporations, of proud calls for freedom and independence  in good times,  and pathetic whimpers for assistance in the…

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How Responsible Was The Fed?

Also note in the Wall Street Journal The Fed and the Crisis: a Reply to Ben Bernanke If one can not take responsibility for a mistake, one risks repeating it.

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Is China a Bubble?

My first post of 2010 was The End of the China Decade, but it focused more on the rise of India. The New York Times published Contrarian Investor Sees Economic Crash in China by David Barboza seven days later. The…

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A Year of Naïve Amateurism

At National Review Conrad Black writes “An Awful First Year”. A Comprehensive rant about Team Obama’s first year,  this passage focuses on an historical perspective of presidential foreign policies: Dwight D. Eisenhower came into office determined to end the Korean…

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The Economy’s Ball and Chain

Team Obama has missed the reason for high unemployment and slow growth in spite of low interest rates and seemingly endless stimulus.  In the Wall Street Journal Gary Becker, Steven Davis and Kevin Murphy writes “Uncertainty and the Slow Recovery”.…

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Too Much Safety is Unsafe

Companies and investors hardly need more bureaucrats looking over their shoulders trying to guess what they are doing right or wrong. They need room to maneuver so they can adjust or change their strategies as quickly as possible whenever there…

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The Unemployment Number in Rebelyid Perspective

The job numbers reported for December were down -85,000; a very disappointing result. It seems layoffs are slowing down but no new hiring is coming on line.  I would like to take this opportunity to review my opinion on this…

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High Risk Births in Michigan and Uganda

May is a high risk month to have a baby in Michigan and Uganda.  Why? Ramadan. Some parts of Michigan and parts of Uganda have a large Muslim population that fasts during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which runs…

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Digging Fannie Mae a Much Deeper Hole

While banks are returning TARP money, some having taken it under duress, Fannie Mae continues to lose money and receive more bailout. In return for such dismal performance executives are getting pay raises and bonuses. It is a growing contention…

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Left Handed Optimism

Sometimes optimism and contrarianism can complement each other.   Here is a thought. The health care bill is so unpopular and causing such outrage that other damaging proposals like the Union Card Check bill and Cap and Trade may have no…

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A Moral Culprit

There are those who see our financial problem as a moral failure. In one sense it is, but not in the sense those who wish to frame it in moral tones believe. To blame greed for the meltdown is simplistic…

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The Casino Economy

“Present day capitalism is sometimes attacked for being nothing but a “casino economy”. But I know of no casino where the head of the central bank and the finance minister accompany customers to the roulette table, kindly offering to cover…

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An Incredible Job Shift

This has become one of my favorite features on one of my favorite sites. Randall Hoven’s Graph of the Day at American Thinker Hoven notes: In ther last decade we have LOST 1,489,000 jobs in the private sector (non farm)…

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Beltway Mentality

Beverly Gunn writes writes in American Thinker “Fighting the Beltway Mentality.” Excerpt: “This was demonstrated as each person we met immediately gave us their job title, followed by the title of whatever their (significant other) did for a living. It was clear…

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