Posts from December 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you. What a long strange trip 2011 has been. I am glad that you came and participated in this blog. I started this thing in January 2010. It’s hard to measure the success or failure of …






Remove That Sticker

Not seeing that many stickers around anymore. Even where I live in the Far Left Outpost they call “Chicago”. Time to paper the world with this one. The small government movement is the only social movement I know if that …






2012 Tech Trends and Themes

One theme in the video I linked to yesterday on 2012 tech trends disturbed me. A couple interview subjects saw the internet as an agent for massive social change. They seemed chagrined that progressive social change hadn’t happened. Is the …






Saturday Breakfast Links

Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for stopping by today. The US isn’t the only economy hurting. They are hurting in Britain too. Check out what you can buy at a pawnshop. What did you learn in …






Happy Birthday Ronald Coase! 101 Today

Father of the Coase Theorem. If you don’t know Coase Theorem, you need to master it. It’s a fundamental theory of economics that works in both academics, and real life. He received a Nobel Prize for his work. Here is …






2012-Year of the Pawnbroker

One of the most popular shows on cable television is Pawn Stars. It’s a nitty gritty version of eBay. Pawn shops were a traditional place to try and raise some capital when times were tough, and today is no different. …






Friday Breakfast Links

Love this essay on leadership. Need a date for New Years? Why dating a finance guy is better for you. What do you think of Klout? If you are getting ready for a big New Years, here is an article …






Thursday Breakfast Links

If you didn’t know it already, Paul Krugman is deranged. “Protectionism is gaining ground” in Europe. Maybe that’s why Ron Paul is catching on. He is an isolationist. Some of the start ups that launched in Chicago in 2011. Shrimp …






Wednesday Breakfast Links

That payroll tax cut that caused so much consternation…has a recapture provision. Fake tax cut. A legend tells his story. Is every state going to have its own Vegas. If so, I can’t go anywhere. Nothing will stay in Vegas. …






What Do You Think of 2012?

On December 7, I wrote about the great decoupling. I am glad the Wall Street Journal finally came over to my view of the market. 2012 will see the great decoupling of the stock market. Europe is being European. The …






Tuesday Breakfast Links

Is Ron Paul a racist? A statement from a former employee. I don’t need to know if Ron Paul is a racist or not. I wouldn’t vote for him. He is against having a Federal Reserve, which Alexander Hamilton proved …






The Continued Assault on For Profit Education

For profit education has been demonized over the past couple of years by the Obama administration. In the past few weeks, I have seen that attack take a different turn. In front of the Chicago Economic Club, Chicago mayor Rahm …






It’s a Slow Boat to China This Week

The week after Christmas and before New Years is always a weird trading week. There are not a lot of people playing around in the market, and most people are simply monitoring positions. Sometimes, you get lucky and make some …






Monday Morning Breakfast Links

Because we know cigarette smoking causes cancer, it has become demonized. But, even anti-smoking advocates become special interests when money and power mix to form regulation. The best way to kill the tobacco industry is make it government run! (recall …