Is the Gild finally off the Lily?

Maria Pinto is the designer to Michelle Obama, and Oprah. She is closing her store in Chicago. Big sale there. Ms. Pinto is blaming a soft economy. However, places like Hermes are doing bang up business. She certainly got the …

Figure of the Day – 12000

Gross This woman is shooting for a new Guinness Book of World record. 1000 pounds. She eats $815 bucks of food a week. High calorie diet, 12,000 per day! She currently weighs 602lbs. Wow. What a role model! And you …

Dodd's Bill

Senator Chris Dodd will introduce his bill to the Senate without bi-partisan support. I blogged about it earlier here. It’s generally a bad bill. Why? It doesn’t address the root causes of the financial crisis and colors outside the edges. …

today's early market

Market volume is still subdued. It’s roll over in the S+P’s, and the volatility has been pitiful in the spreads. They traded only two prices on Friday! If we were talking Treasuries that wouldn’t be a big deal, but the …

60 Minutes, Inside the Collapse

Tonight on the television show 60 Minutes, they profiled the writer Michael Lewis. He wrote Liar’s Poker, and his new book on the collapse of the financial system is out later this week. It was a compelling interview. Normally I …

The Pacific

Tonight on HBO a new mini series starts. If you get HBO, you ought to take the time to watch it. It’s about the war in the Pacific. Peruse the internet, and you will find many reviews of it. Some …

Figure of the Day

New York cabbies overcharge by 8.3 Million! A surprise? No. I know Washington DC cabbies rip everyone off. They don’t have a meter, but a chart from zone to zone. That’s why there are so many attorneys in DC. They …

March Madness is Starting

One of my favorite times of the year. St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness. A chill in the weather so no one gets mad at you for sitting on your ass for hours at a time, watching basketball and drinking …

Figure of the Day

At Intrade, they have a market for health care. You can buy or sell. If you think it passes, buy. If you think it will fail, sell. You get to make or lose a little money for you opinion. Currently, …

Ignorance of Economics in the Health Care Debate

The health care debate is atomically charged with lots of emotion. If you don’t believe in Obama’s reform package you have been called, a racist, a curmudgeon, resistant to change, a luddite, not capable of compassion for your fellow man …

Figure of the Day 5 Trillion with a T.

Here is a link to Rep. Barney Frank saying the US Government doesn’t back the debt of Fannie and Freddie. 5 Trillion of the debt isn’t treated as debt. It’s accounted for somewhere else. As Enron and Bernie Maddof found …

Inflation-why it won't be as bad as you think

If you listen to enough business television, you will hear the word inflation over and over again. People are afraid of it, and rightfully so. Inflation is like a secret tax on economic activity that saps stored wealth. Of course, …

Ugh. Can't these guys think for themselves?

No matter where you stand on climate change, this story ought to disturb you. All the environmental wackos are meeting in private to dictate what White House public policy will be. Currently, there has been a lot of controversy as …

Razorbacks

Feral hogs are a massive problem across the US. They are seriously damaging to land in the south. With toughness in the economy, entrepreneurs are naturally figuring out ways to make a living by solving a problem. In Florida, one …

Figures of the Day

This was a tough one today. We had the Florida woman who got in an accident while driving in her car. No, she wasn’t texting. And over at The Danza Tap, a good story about the Kansas Assistant b-ball coach …

Why the Economy is so Slow

Are you watching CNBC these days? Because of my occupation, we spend all day with it on in the background. Since October of 2008, you know where most of CNBC’s coverage has been? The committee rooms of Washington DC. When …

Weird Market

What a very weird market. Low volume rally, but it won’t break. Lots of uncertainty in the air. Beige book comes out positive. Then Obama gets on and talks the market down. Greece is bailed out, but then we hear …

Italian Beef

Chicago is a town that eats better than any other place in the US. We have high end places like Charlie Trotter’s, Spiaggia and Arun’s. We have great little bistros like Le Bouchon and Bistrot Margot. But we have the …