Archives for: January 2011

Monday morning market thoughts

If there's anything even slightly surprising about how financial markets in the US are opening this Monday morning, it's how incredibly dull they are. Stock index futures are up slightly, indicating an opening between 0.25% and 0.5%  higher. Stock… more »

Backbone Radio: Egypt update, Jan 30, 2011

I'm pleased to let you know that during the 7 PM hour of this evening's show, we'll be joined by global strategy expert and best-selling author Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett to discuss events in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen, as well as the possible impact of… more »

Backbone Radio, January 30, 2011

For this week's radio show "teaser", where among other things we'll discuss the role of "social issues" in conservative/Republican politics, please see the Backbone Radio web site here:… more »

Middle East unrest a time of risk and opportunity

With protests (to put it mildly) from Tunisia to Egypt to Yemen, the Muslim world is in turmoil. Obviously, the outcomes from the point of view of someone (like me) who thinks that Islam is inherently dangerous and anti-human could range from… more »

Sarah Palin's appropriate acronym for Obama's speech

H/T Mike R. Readers of these pages know that I'm not the world's biggest Sarah Palin fan (though I am very glad she's out there doing what she's doing; I just don't want her to run for president.) But she earned a few extra points in my book with this… more »

Mike R: On the Significance of Music

Thanks to Mike R for these thoughts... This past week The President threw yet another extravagant party at the White House, this time it was a full State Dinner for President Hu of China. It is one thing to host the President of China and quite another… more »

Selling my Martin-Logan SL3 speakers

For those of you who, unlike me, are allowed to have fairly large stereo speakers on the floor in a room of your house, I offer, with some sadness, my Martin-Logan SL3 stereo loudspeakers. See pictures below! Asking $1600 They're among the best speak… more »

Don Boudreaux: Don't confuse pro-business with pro-growth

Here's a must-read piece by George Mason University economist (and my friend) Don Boudreaux on why Americans, including President Obama, should not confuse "pro-business" policies with pro-growth policies:… more »

Barack Obama vs Paul Ryan

President Obama's State of the Union speech was, in short, predictible, uninspiring, and full of thinly disguised calls for more spending while, out of the other side of his mouth, calling for reduced discretionary spending. Obama continues to live in… more »

Standing up for Andrew Romanoff, sort of

Following my in-depth interview of Andrew Romanoff on Backbone Radio on Sunday evening (podcast HERE), an interview in which we briefly discussed the few "hate mail" e-mails he's received regarding his work with IDE helping lift many thousands of the… more »
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