Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Gonzales Said to Have Resigned
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Was Al Gore in Chicago?
Friday, August 24, 2007
Batman to Film at CBOT this Weekend
When we walked onto the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade yesterday we received notice that the film "Rory's First Kiss" will be filming outside of the exchange this weekend. Local movie folks tell me that "Rory's First Kiss" is the code name for the next Batman movie. During Batman Begins the Chicago Board of Trade building was used as the headquarters for Wayne Corp.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
System Parking Chicago - $220+/Hour!
The attendant on duty was useless and the manager was even worse. They both appear to be Nigerian so I'm not very comfortable about the chances of System Parking actually refunding my money. The manager hung-up on me three times Tuesday evening while I was attempting to explain to the man what had happened, a lovely bunch over at System Parking. When the charge was posted to my account early this morning I contacted American Express to dispute (with extreme prejudice) the charge posted by System Parking. They also charged me the correct fee of $16 for the three hours that I was parked in the Piper's Alley System Parking lot at North Ave. and Wells St. (230 W. North Ave.) in Chicago.
For $662 my Land Rover should have had sex.
Update: On Saturday I was informed by AMEX that System Parking has refunded my $662.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
"What Is Wrong With Those People?"
The gist of this gentleman's lecture was that man invented particular words and added "ism" on to other words to describe experiences that were new to him and the Yale professor had one example that was just downright hysterical. He claimed that capitalism started just a few years before it was described by Karl Marx in Das Capital. As a student of Economics this was simply too much for me to listen to seriously, this poor man appeared to be deluded by the mindless and dull writings of that German nebish Karl Marx. I will state now that even as a twenty-year old I had absolutely no respect for those under the sway of Marx, be they Jesuit Priests pushing communism through some silly theory that they called "revolution theology" or the run of the mill commie drunk at the end of the bar. Ironically the pastor at Barak Obama's "church" is big on "revolution theology", something that he says that he got from the Sandanistas.
During the question/answer period I stood up and asked how this Yale professor could state that Marx was describing capitalism as something new when the type of trading that we understand as capitalism had been going on for multiple millennia. The professor's initial answer involved slavery, I interrupted him with a reminder that slavery was still part of the world when Marx was sitting in the basement of the British Museum and that in fact it was still occurring that very day. Well this line of questioning flummoxed the Eli and he went straight in to "attack the questioner" mode. Here was a Yale philosophy professor stating that he could not answer my question because I was too dumb to understand what he had said. I repeatedly told this gentleman that I understood him just fine but would he please answer my very simple question. After putting up with more abuse from this caped nut case I asked whether or not the Yale professor had the intellectual wherewithal to even answer the question. At that point the entire room went up for grabs and some of my classmates demanded that I be ejected from the hall for asking a question that went to the heart of the lecture. Sadly, many of the Spring Hill professors present were also part of the lynch mob.
My lesson was that even some people who are very good students (or very good teachers) and who are outwardly intellectual can be very ignorant when they look up to the person spewing nonsense and if the spewn nonsense fits their intellectual bias'. This was an important lesson for me as I started to trade as the the trading world is full of big mouthed charlatan bullies and figuring out the charlatans can mean the difference between driving a Porsche and taking the bus. Over the years I have repeatedly been reminded of that lecture when I see people using those tactics in the political arena, those reminders seemed nearly constant during the Clinton administration.
Flash forward many years to the late '90s, I was attending the wedding of a very dear cousin who had worked for Hilary Clinton and others in the Clinton administration. Well during dinner I sat with a group that included one of my sisters and her husband, a group of couples who had worked in the Clinton administration and a fascinating couple who had been involved in planning the protests in China's Tiananmen Square. The Chinese couple were as fascinating as their story was horrifying. They had been student organizers and they were able to escape the square when the Chinese authorities attacked the protesters in Tiananmen. Many of their cohorts were jailed and some of them were likely slain, many had family who were dragged into the claw of Chinese repression including this couple. They were lucky enough to escape to Japan where they met my cousin's future husband as he taught English. They later moved to Canada and eventually to Minneapolis where they were both medical doctors. Their story was fascinating and I pressed them for some insights that I would not have gotten while sitting thousands of miles away and watching those events unfold on CNN.
This conversation was just way too much for the liberals and Marxists at the table who objected to the couple's utterly realistic descriptions of the Chinese government. Most of the people at the table told the Chinese couple that they didn't understand China, it's people or it's government. My favorite comment came from a Dartmouth graduate who had worked in the Clinton administration who stated that a cab driver in Beijing told him that the foreign representations of the Tiananmen protests and the aftermath were all western propaganda. Well this being a wedding I was drinking beer and having a good old time giving it to my table mates for being boorish and somewhat abusive to our new Chinese friends and frankly for not being very smart.
After taking part in some dancing I returned to my table and encountered the Chinese couple who came across the table to sit next to me, at which point the woman asked me a pointed question that I should always remember, she asked "what is wrong with those people?" As I searched for an answer the woman went on to say that the people at the table were all well educated, well dressed and well spoken, so how could they be so bizarre? I told both of them that I did not have an adequate answer, that I had seen such behaviors for years but that I believed that they simply had bad educations. By bad educations I meant that they are not well rounded. This answer was inadequate to all three of us but for me the experience was just one more strange quirk that I had observed in some of my liberal friends that I did not understand.
Years later I started to read the blog of Dr. Pat Santy, of Dr. Sanity and NASA fame and evenings like my cousin's wedding started to make sense. Dr. Santy writes quite a bit on the subject of delusion and what must be mass delusion. Those people at my cousin's wedding fit the bill so perfectly that the evening finally made sense. Those liberal Democrats should probably be described as Marxists and the mere presence of those two Tiananmen Square leaders was just too much for those people to bear. They had to deny and talk over the the two who bore witness to that typical communist disgrace because to acknowledge that communists are capable of murdering innocent citizens who were peacefully marching for freedom may out those people as not being exactly as good as they believe themselves to be. The Chinese doctors probably never imagined that a free country like the United States would contain so many people who don't innately support people who agitate for democracy so the evening must have been an eye-opener for them. The two good doctors recognized the behavior as some sort of illness whereas I had long before internalized my thoughts on much of that type of behavior as being along the lines of "well, yeh, they do that."
Update: Many thanks to the wonderful Dr. Sanity for inclusion in her Carnival of Insanities again this week. Go Read Her Blog!
Michelle Obama - Off Her Rocker?
People who know the Obamas say that Michelle wears the pants in that family and that she is very power-hungry, and those are the supporters!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Dean Becomes a Hurricane - the Rovian Plot Continues!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tropical Storm Dean - A Rovian Plot?
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Barack Obama Channels John Kerry
"Asked whether he would move U.S. troops out of Iraq to better fight terrorism elsewhere, he brought up Afghanistan and said, 'We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there.'"
Thank you Senator Obama.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
The Left and Their Secret Police Heroes
Update: Wow, the Gateway Pundit has found a 3 1/2 year old National Review article in which the author of today's WSJ op/ed piece Pacepa asked where John Kerry got his rhetoric. Strangely the world's International Communists and John Kerry used the same rhetoric, including the reference to Genghis Khan; or do you say Jenjis?
The Gateway Guy also includes a video of Kerry and tipsy Teddy Kennedy in which Kerry is protesting the Vietnam war wearing, get this, his military uniform! Take that Kos Kidz!
Obama's Angel Rezko - More Trouble for Democrats
Monday, August 06, 2007
NSA Links - Tied to the DNC?
Friday, August 03, 2007
KOS Kidz Can't Handle the Truth
Hat Tip: Little Green Footballs
A Fascist in Democratic Clothing is Still a Fascist
Hat Tip: Drudge
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Action Jackson Jr. - the Thug
For years my fellow Chicagoans of the Democratic persuasion bragged that they had helped to steal the 1960 Presidential election for John F Kennedy, they stopped at about 4:00 AM the day after the 2000 election as it would appear a bit unseemly to be bragging about stealing elections at a time that the Democrats were attempting to steal an election. The Democrats control this city and the state of Illinois and the place is a disgrace. The IOUs that are piling up in this state are massive and I don't care what anybody says the Chicago area is still booming. so why all of the local and state governments here are going broke is somewhat of a, mystery.
This type of physical intimidation is just part and parcel of the Democratic Party, think Teamsters. The fantastic Tribune columnist John Kass calls congressman Jackson's father Jesse Sr. "the King of Beers" because Jesse Sr. had threatened Anheuser-Busch with a nation-wide boycott, until low and behold, Anheuser awarded two of the Jackson children an Anheuser-Busch distributorship on the North Side of Chicago; think the Loop, the Near North Side, Rush St., Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville and Wrigley Field. A Hispanic woman owned the distributorship before she was run out by Anheuser and there was never a call for a boycott against Anheuser. It also notable that when Jesse Sr. ran for President it came out that one of the Jackson children had loaned about $20,000 to a cocaine dealer in California and the Jackson's claimed that the son was simply "lending" the money to the cocaine dealer in order to help the cocaine dealer buy a used Alfa Romeo automobile. As any well read American could tell you, if there is anything that cocaine dealers are short of it is not US currency! They and their honest and trustable Democratic cohorts expected us to believe that big-time California cocaine dealers have no need to launder currency because they don't have any. Most cocaine dealers take credit cards I guess. So yeh one of the Jackson children had some sort of financial arrangement with a California cocaine dealer when he worked on the floor of one of Chicago's exchanges; I was on a trading floor back then and I can tell you that there was a lot of cocaine use among certain rich young traders and it was rumored at the time that one of the Jackson children was dealing. I have no personal knowledge of those rumors and have no idea whether or not they were true; the Alfa thing has always made me wonder.
As far as threatening people they don't like I have a wonderful story from an old family friend. My friend was returning to Chicago O'Hare and sitting in first class when a stewardess asked him to move to coach for a VIP. My friend was ill and not anxious to move, in fact he got the first class ticket due to his illness. The gentleman in question asked who the VIP was and was told that it was Jesse Jackson Sr.; his response was that he would never move for Mr. Jackson because Jackson is dirty. This comment was overheard by a Jackson body guard who repeatedly demanded that my friend go to Mr. Jackson and apologize (Jackson was out of earshot), which my friend refused to do. The bodyguard then threatened my friend for his refusal and said that he would see my friend on the ground. Well luckily for my friend the flight attendants noticed the threats and notified the O'Hare tower who then notified the Chicago Police who were waiting at the gate. On his way off of the plane my friend was further threatened by the contingent of Jackson bodyguards who were promptly lead away (but not arrested) by the Chicago Police. That is how the Jackson family operates. That is how fascists and gangbangers operate, the Democratic Party should be ashamed of having those thugs as such a prominent symbol of their party.
Update: I just remembered another vote stealing instance for the Democratic Party and it involved Jesse Jackson Sr. I will never forget watching the Democratic National Convention in Miami during the summer of 1972 in our den with my Democratic parents. We watched my parent's primary votes stolen on national television. The liberal wing of the Democratic Party was still mad at old man (Mayor) Daley and decided to punish him by refusing to seat the Illinois delegation. Instead they sat a delegation presented by Jesse Jackson Sr. and Operation PUSH. Operation PUSH had run their own polls in black areas around the state and that was the delegation that was sat by the Democratic Party. We lived in a white community so my parents had no way to vote in or even register for Jesse's, ahem, "election". My parents votes, votes taken in a legal state sanctioned and overseen election were ignored and thrown away by the Democratic Party 35 years ago, the same summer that many of us first witnessed the thugs of Islam when they turned up at the Munich Olympics.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Dems Want to Jail Political Opponents
It is worth noting that these two "experts" on the Federal Court system are not willing to admit that the President of the United States has unlimited powers to appoint and relieve Federal prosecutors at ANY time for ANY REASON. What is going on up at Northwestern? Is it the water? Because they are two hyper-partisan lawyers these two men have dishonestly framed their argument as being about "executive privilege", a serious component of our system. They are also saying that congress should be able to throw people in jail for invoking a well established right to counsel that is held by the executive branch. They believe that all Republican Presidential counsel should be open to congressional and public scrutiny. Thanks Ab.
Mikva, a former congressman may be trying to give congress powers that he dreamed of having while he was in office. The balance of powers between the branches of the US government is a very important component of our system and to willy-nilly give hyper-partisans the power to jail their political opponents is disgracefully fascistic. It is interesting that arguments over the balance of power are as old as our nation and that these two are basing their arguments on the fact that the congress had a jail during the "19th century" and regularly used that jail to imprison those they disagreed with. Mr. Mikva and Mr. Pfander may not be aware of this but our nation and our government have changed quite a bit since those halycon days; for instance those two men could have owned slaves back in the 19th century, in fact as recently as the 1864 election the Democratic platform advocated slavery for the Southern states. Thanks Ab.
It is interesting how they develop their propaganda but it is important to realize that these two are advocating that the hyper-partisans of the House be given the power to jail those governmental officials with whom they disagree, a position that at least one of them did not take when the power in Congress was held by Republicans. Those two men are pathetic.
It is worth noting that as a pre-teen I passed out brochures for Mr. Mikva's numerous congressional campaigns and that I have met the man. My late father also knew "Ab" Mikva, my father also taught at his alma mater Northwestern Law and that one of my uncles is currntly on the faculty of Northwestern Law.