Let’s reach into the lottery ball container and see what we can pull out for rumination or amusement…..
Notice that Datsun is going for a comeback with an ultra cheap care. It will sell in the 3k to 5k range and is directed to the third world market. It is a car with all the basics but eliminates those electric windows, electric seats, minimal air bags, etc. Hmm, with our economy continuing to head south one can’t help but wonder if they might want to consider selling a few of those in the USA. For getting around town for routine errands it beats a Vespa and sure is economical to operate. Give them some cutesy distinctive paint jobs and there is as segment that would take pride in flaunting their down-sizing life or some would just appreciate the cheap transportation. There might be a bigger market here than they think.
Is there any worse feeling in the whole world than when you cause an injury to your own child? If you have raised kids then you know what I mean. Sooner or later when you are tired or distracted for just that couple of seconds you will do something that hurts your child. It could be as simple as not noticing them when you are mad and slam that door to the laundry room without noticing that they are ankle-biting their way right behind you. I did it a couple of times. Once my second daughter was getting out of the car along with her three brothers and sisters and Mom pregnant with number 5 on the way, we were tired and wanting to get in the house. I shut the car door and heard her cry. I had shut in on her hand, her fingers were caught in the door jam. Thankfully, there were no broken bones, her little fingers were so small that she only had a really bad bruise. But I had a huge bruise on my heart. Had could I have been so careless? Once I also made my oldest son wait much longer than necessary when he fell on the tennis court and cut his chin. He wailed. I went over and checked but didn’t see any blood and calmed him and told him to sit still and we continued our tennis. He kept crying really loud and I went back and looked closer. There was a huge gash just under his chin and obviously needed stitches; it was bleeding, strange but true. Why didn’t I look closer the first time. We did get him to the ER right away for those stitches. Even after 40 years you can still feel that sinking feeling of being the worst parent in the world.
Maybe you noticed that another solar panel outfit with Dept. of Energy loans just filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy ( a liquidation process). It had recently renegotiated its 465 million dollar loan with the Feds. It publicly blamed unfair competition from the Chinese for its failure but an internal memo indicated it might have been, er, a faulty product. It said that their panels worked just fine except in sunlight!
How can Bernancke stand there and lie through his teeth that the Fed’s buying new Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities is not “printing” money nor enabling the Feds from continuing the deficits and running up the national debt? Does Ben have a secret room at the Fed with Trillions of dollars just lying around for him to use that the rest of us Hoi Polloi don’t know about? Yeah, it is technically true they don’t “print” the money, they just hit the keystrokes on the computer. This to the tune of at least 40 billion per month, forever apparently. What is really deplorable is that the business press and media will not call him out on it. Make him explain where the money comes from that he uses to buy all those instruments. From the thin air of the Fed Wizard of Oz machine is where. Oh, and by the way, the revised numbers show that in the last year the Fed bought 77% of all those new Treasury bills, notes and bonds. Not that many folks wanting to loan us money any more, at least not at the current ridiculously low rates of interest.
Because of the dangerous world we live in with the threats from Islamist terrorists I urge you to read just a little of the history of the early days of the Prophet. There are ample sources available to you. For a Prophet of peace he sure engaged in lots of warfare and battles with those who opposed his message. Yes, he won over some very devoted and fanatic followers but he also subdued many, many more with brute force. It wasn’t the message that won over most of the people it was the sword of Islam. Please don’t take my word for it, read just an hour or two of his and Islam early history.
Rather than debates on TV I really wish the modern way of our Presidential candidates to present their arguments, positions and policies was with written essays if you will. You know as well as I do that these modern campaigns are all about appearance, sound bites and platitudes to appeal to the base and the frankly uniformed. I would much prefer if each candidate would issues thoughtful and meaty essays on the various issues of the day. Take tax matters for example, wouldn’t we all be better off if each candidate wrote a really long, 5000 words or so, piece on his view of what tax policy should be. I am fine with him having as many aides, experts and whoever helping him write the article. It would be so much more detailed and it would be in writing. He could only change it with a really good explanation. Sure they would nuance their words and try to be as vague as they could on lots of points but they couldn’t get by with nearly the flippancy now that is used to cover important topics of the day. They could do the same thing foreign policy, Immigration, judicial appointments, national security, etc. We would be so much more informed and have a better idea of what would happen under the administration of each of them. Those articles could be published in the newspapers, online, etc. They would have to be thoughtful, precise and forthcoming. Boy, I wish that could become the new tradition in Presidential campaigning. They should have all their written pieces published by the time of the conventions and then debate which written and detailed approach is best for the future. Ah, but then they slew Socrates.
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