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A Brief Thought on America

Am-e-ri-ca.  The word rolls off the tongue.   In every dialect, the four syllables mean one thing to billions of people.  Freedom, opportunity. Medal of Honor recipient Herschel “Woody” Williams said it best.  It’s how I feel on the 4th. …

Gay Pride

The Gay Pride parade was this past week end in Chicago. It’s getting bigger. The parade has become an event that gawkers come to and see crazy costumes. It’s become an excuse to get plastered. Last year, I was on …

Blogging From a Phone

Headed up north and blogging from a cell phone. Isn’t technology great? Have at least one confirmed guest blogger this week. Tony LaPorta is a market technician who has been in the trading business for a LONG time. Seeing as …

Weekend cocktail

Time for the week end.  Last winter, I was planning for the summer.   In January, they harvest extremely bitter oranges in California.  They are Seville Oranges.  Loaded with seeds and extremely high in acid content, this is what they …

A Rant About Walking Through a City

When the weather gets nice nothing beats a nice stroll through the city. As corrupt as Chicago is, a stroll down Michigan Avenue past Millennium Park, or virtually a walk anywhere is unbeatable. Chicago truly is a beautiful city. However, …

College, Jobs, and What You Study

Senator John McCain in his acceptance speech for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination said, “Education is the Civil Rights of our time.” He is correct. It’s not the civil rights in the same way that it was in 1960. Public …

More Federal "Aid", means SPENDING

Obama appealed for more federal aid.  This innocuous phrasing sounds like we are trying to send money to earthquake victims in Haiti.  In reality, it’s to bail out profligate spending by state and local governments.  Governments think that they are …

Lots of "english" on that US Goal

England takes its “football” very seriously. This goal had to kill them. I can see the brooding in pubs happening all over the country. The English side played a lot prettier game than the American side. I am not an …

Union Pension Fund

Unions are supposedly looking out for their members. Supposedly, they create higher incomes, help union members save for retirement.  I don’t buy that argument in this day and age.  It might have been true in 1900, but times are far …

Uh-Oh, Market Down Again; Momentum

These breaks get momentum. I remember during the week before the crash in 1987. My wife had won an awards trip to Palm Desert. We were relaxing with corporate people and each day the market was tanking. One executive asked …

D-Day, H-Hour

This weekend, I was in New Orleans, Louisiana. I was installed as a trustee on the board of the National World War Two Museum. It is our nations’ repository for World War Two History. Originally envisioned by author Stephen Ambrose, …

National World War Two Museum-New Orleans, Louisiana

This week end, the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana is having a black tie soiree. It is a fundraiser for the museum, and if you are near NOLA, or want to go, buy tickets here.  It …

Vacation

Headed up to Minnesota for a few days, so I won’t be blogging. No electricity (solar powered) or running water where I am headed. Just mosquitos and black flies. See you next Tuesday. I am sure I will wet a …

Memorial Day and Presidents

Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day”. It started after the Civil War to remember the dead soldiers that fought. It wasn’t until 1967 that the federal government officially called it “Memorial Day”, and it wasn’t until 1968 that they …

Immigration Story

Too often, fights about immigration in the US get ground into soundbites.  “We are all immigrants.”  “All Hispanics are illegal.”  “Fence the borders”  “On the Statue of Liberty, it says give us your tired, your poor, your hungry.” Well, I …

Listen to this Video Until the End-I Guess it is "Why We Fight."

This is extremely scary. I would expect more local homegrown terrorism from radicalized American citizens. We have had a murder spree at a military base, a couple of failed bomb attempts(only one by an naturalized American). Listen to the hate …

Earth Day and farm subsidies

The greenies rejoice in this day.  However, they talk about recycling(which in many cases is actually WORSE for the environment), battery powered cars (which are actually worse for the environment than clean modern diesel cars) and just feel happy and …