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Coffee, Wine and Cell Phones

June 16th, 20161 comment

Those are among the myriad of topics brought up on the evening news.  One day item X is good and the next bad.  It is the most annoying segment on what has become annoying local news in general.  Oh, throw in a rising with a bullet for the girl suggesting technology and obscure apps.  When I look for real news it is mostly on PBS foreign news reporting.   How in the hell can the French offer me more valid news than the homers. Read more…

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The Eugenic Minimum Wage

June 12th, 2016No comments

I enjoy reading reason.com.  I read it because it offers info that makes me think and even challenge some of my long held beliefs.   An article today really brought that home.  The minimum wage is part of the current news cycle.  We see demonstrations by progressive groups shaming us because some people are not earning enough to get by. Read more…

Fiscal Solvency by State

June 9th, 20163 comments

Just how bad is it?  According to my local Chicago News, it dire.   Local news is just that.  What about the rest of the nation ? Read more…

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S O B — State of the Blog (and hamburger)

April 24th, 20147 comments

Haven’t been around much.  Got so bad Linda sent me a note to see if I was OK.  The thing is, I started seeing myself as a cracked record.  To much of what I was saying sound too familiar.  Worked for a poker blog but not in the new era.  So, I’ve back off to avoid being the most boringly repetative blog on the net. Read more…

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Tangled Webs

October 2nd, 20122 comments

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive! — Sir Walter Scott Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.
That seems so true on so many levels these days.  The Web we think of wasn’t the same one Wally talked about.  Following Lederer’s search for Truth, Justice, and the American Way has been stultifying. I didn’t bother with the second marathon interview.  I did it for the same reason I try to avoid staring at car wrecks. Read more…

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Knowing it when you see it

July 23rd, 20121 comment

The NCAA came out with the penalties for Penn State.   You can see them here.  We’ve been through a lot of obscenity here.  The actions of a host of people who should have known better showed the avarice and greed that can permeate higher bracket college athletics. Read more…

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Up your Honor … bit by bit

July 12th, 20121 comment

I was going to title this blog “My Little Tin Box” but in playing the song that was in the lyrics and the play on words was  multilevel better than what I had.   The song is from an antiquated Broadway effort called Fiorello that was about a gentlemen who knew how stupid we could be.  This morning Haley over a KickAss modernized things and brought all the concepts of honest crooks back into current context. Read more…

Used Cars

July 7th, 20122 comments

Would you buy a used car from this man?  Now we can make a racist accusation for that remark.  You could throw in a full list associated with bigotry.  Guilty as charged.  Of course my liberal friends haven’t such failings. Right.  Face it; we all jump to conclusion.  First impressions stick.  People can smile. People can smirk.  I doubt Ray Bitar has ever actually smiled. Read more…

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I am a Happy Guy! (Go ahead, laugh.)

June 12th, 2012No comments

Having been involved with retail a fair part of my life, I understand the importance of customer relations.  I talked about it hereI also talked about the horrors of that.   Today, is one of those days I can talk about something done well.  My gold standard for customer relations is Amazon.  They’ve slipped a bit but are still towering over the rest.  Well most of the rest.  Today, I got involved with the perfect interaction that left me with a warm glow.  JEANIE, I LOVE YOU! Read more…

A Gaming Commission by any other name.

May 9th, 20121 comment

Can’t pass the smell test.  The one out on an island off Britain reminds me of an old movie about a similar little island.  It was a “tight little island” and that was because a ship sunk and all this booze washed up on the shore..  That was a comedy but Alderney is no joke. Read more…