The Most Popular Postings on this Site
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | Author:

These are some of the most visited postings on this web site:

Is Greece the “Canary in the Coal Mine” for Economic Decline?

Aircraft Bone Yard in Tucson

What is Chanukah?

Gardening Experiment with Cucumbers

How to Know if You’re a 21st Century Liberal

Cracked Bicycle Rims

American Jewry and Israel

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Fun and Funny Sports Commentary
Tuesday, February 09th, 2016 | Author:

From StrangeCosmos, some interesting comments made by sports commentators:

  • Weightlifting commentator at the Olympic Snatch and Jerk Event: “This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing.”
  • Horse Racing Commentator: “This is really a lovely horse and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother.”
  • Grand Prix Race Announcer: “The lead car is absolutely, truly unique, except for the one behind it which is exactly identical to the one in front of the similar one in back.”


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Obama Visiting His Own
Wednesday, February 03rd, 2016 | Author:

The Manchurian Marxist Moslem ventured out to visit some of his own:

“So let’s recap. The mosque that is hosting the commander in chief, while receiving his historic benediction graduated a terrorist who plotted to blow up a local Army recruiting station, hired an imam who condoned suicide bombings and blames American ‘foreign policy’ for terrorism.”

Source: Obama defends the faith

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Is ‘Climate Change’ Really Our Biggest Challenge?
Sunday, January 31st, 2016 | Author:

Human nature indicates that people are inherently superstitious.  In fact, this human frailty historically has been one of the major attractions of religion for many people.  That is, the rank and file have been coerced to believe that adherence to religious beliefs will help ensure ‘good luck’.  While this is rather simplistic analysis, this flaw in human reasoning has been the basis for tyrannical control over a population for more than 1000 years.

Unfortunately, our modern politicians have latched onto the same allure of superstition and how it can be used to maintain leverage over voting citizens.  All hard working American are now being duped to believe that anything that happens ‘bad’ is the result of ‘climate change’.  This can range from a heavy snowstorm to viral-infected mosquitos to depressed pets.    The implicit message that you can distill from these exclamations is this simple message: If you had sent more of your money to Washington, problem X would not have occured.

In my view, we are much more likely to experience a financial catastrophe from unhindered spending than calamity from man-made climate change.  Any major destruction of the earth is much more likely to be the result of astronomical anomalies such as meteors, asteroids, or sun spots than it is the result from burning West Virginia coal.  Of course, this reality doesn’t support the position of those that want to rule your life.


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Hillary for Prison?
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 | Author:

It’s just difficult to believe that this loser is attempting to become President of the United States… some pertinent comics from my buddy, Joe K:

hill wow

hill for prisoner

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From the analysts at, the latest status and outlook:

In protracted and bitter negotiations last summer, the country promised to raise the retirement age, cut pensions, liberalize the energy market, open up closed professions, raise taxes and sell government assets.

There have been encouraging signs. In December, the Greek Parliament narrowly passed overhauls needed to get the next $1.1 billion segment of the bailout negotiated over the summer with the IMF, the European Central Bank and European Commission, known as the troika.

Standard & Poor’s raised its long-term sovereign debt rating to B- from CCC+ with stable outlook, citing the country’s compliance with its economic program.

But the country is a long way from recovery. Third-quarter unemployment was 24% and the economy contracted 0.1% from a year earlier.

Analysts with Deutsche Bank said earlier this month that they expect Greece to slip into deep recession later this year.


September 21, 2015

The malaise continues… a good analysis from Strategy Page:

We know how Greece got here. Greek productivity could not pay for the lifestyle its citizens desired. The productivity of other Euro-zone nations financed Greek good times and kept Greek politicians in power.

Greece lied to obtain the largesse. When the Euro-zone officially formed in 2001, Greece claimed it had a GDP deficit of 1.5 percent. In 2012, former Greek budget minister Peter Doukas said the real 2001 figure was 8.3 percent. Over the years, Greek governments violated fiscal agreements, borrowed money they could not repay and managed to hide the lies. European Union monitoring systems failed to detect the buildup in Greek debt.

The Greek people, who supported these lying governments, enjoyed “other people’s money.” Now German, French and even Italian workers say no more. Italians complain that Greek government worker pensions are far more lavish than theirs. No la dolce vita on our euros.

As for selective law enforcement: Systemic crookedness stymies economic growth. Greeks know it. A June 2010 poll found that 78 percent of the Greek people “accept the view that many or all in government are corrupt.” That same year, a Greek finance ministry investigation uncovered extensive tax evasion, corruption and bribery in its tax collection offices. Greek tax evaders cost the country an estimated $27 billion to $30 billion a year.

Here’s the big story. In Greece, we witness another hard example of an old lesson. Economic reality shakes and eventually shatters political fantasy. Fantasy may fade, but denial tends to die hard. All too often, it dies violently.


June 28, 2015

The saga continues… The Greeks elected a Communist leader that promised economic miracles for the citizenry (sound familiar?); and everyone has discovered the harsh reality of running out of other people’s money.  It’s now widely reported that the Greek government is shuttering the banks for a week:

Greek leaders planned to shutter their banks on Monday amid last-ditch discussions about their nation’s economic future, as panicked citizens tried to pull their money from their accounts while they still were able.

I still don’t know enough about macroeconomics to predict the eventual end game…  I suppose the other EU countries will be coming to Athens to repossess the Parthenon.



January 6, 2015

Well, three years later and we have not yet closed the loop on the outcome…  Today’s BusinessWeek discusses Greece considering its options:

The current Greek situation is particularly troubling since by as early as mid-year it could constitute Europe’s Lehman Brothers moment. Whatever the outcome of the Jan. 25 parliamentary election, it is difficult to see how Greece can avoid a major policy collision with its European partners. Greece is showing every sign of austerity and economic reform fatigue as its economy remains mired in the deepest of depressions.


February 3, 2014

Yes, the story continues more than two years later, but the plot and results remain the same… As noted at ZeroHedge, Europe pretends to bail out Greece… and Greece pretends to reform and comply with austerity reforms when it merely continues to spend as before until the money runs out…

At this point, I would be willing to say that Victor Davis Hanson has been the best prognosticator (see earlier posts below)


May 9, 2013

The Greek government began its first mass-firing of public-sector workers in more than 100 years this week, part of an effort to lay off 180,000 by 2015 under Europe-imposed austerity.

via Greece starts firing civil servants for first time in a century.


August 20, 2012

More bad news about the Greece economy…  They have debt coming due and the country needs to issue more bonds.  The Greek GDP shrank by more than 6% over the last 12 months.

I still have that lingering question:  How does Greece break out of this continuous decline?


July 24, 2012

The Prime Minister of Greece declares that his country is in a depression (any surprises here?):

Greek GDP is expected by the end of this year to have shrunk by about a fifth in five consecutive years of recession since 2008…


May 11, 2012

You may have missed the Greek elections, but the results are foretelling — the citizens cast quite a few ballots for the Communist and the Nazi parties…  the real takeaway that can be generalized for many western countries is that nobody wants to hear about austerity measures.  Given a choice between a leader who says “you’ll have to tighten your belt and go to work” versus a prospective leader who proclaims “the government should continue to support your lifestyle”, well, the answer is pretty obvious.

The saga about bankrupt western countries continues to unfold…


May 2, 2012

It’s not getting any better in Athens…



April 5, 2012

It appears that the financial markets are not convinced that Greece has overcome its problems.  The Greek 10 year bonds are now hovering around a 20% yield rate (in contrast, US 10 year bonds are approximately 2%).


February 13, 2012

A prognostication from Victor Davis Hanson:

There are only three scenarios likely for Greece: (1) In exchange for debt relief, a liberated Greece changes its ways, opens up its economy, redefines labor and capital markets and becomes a sort of Spain (unlikely). (2) It defaults and its drachma-based country reverts to what one remembered in the old days and what one would expect from a top-heavy, unproductive socialist state (somewhat likely). Or (3) it gets some half-relief, but soon reneges on its promised reforms and austerity, and thus like Greek cities in the 2nd Century AD, life goes on as weeds grow among the impressive, but crumbling infrastructure of the past (very likely).


February 5, 2012

The saga continues… Is the situation in Greece a microcosm of the western democracies and economic decline?  A recent issue of the Washington Times discusses how the Greek bailout cycle continues unabated:

The latest examination by international debt inspectors found Greece in such dire straits that it requires another $20 billion cash infusion. This would be on top of the $171 billion promised in October, which was on top of the $145 billion Greece received in 2010…

Greece is not going to escape this repeating cycle of near-collapse and bailout without doing something that sparks sustained economic growth and private-sector job creation. It’s well past time to try something new. The last two years of bailouts and broken promises to cut back on spending have resulted in a shrinking economy and what seem to be daily news of rioting on the streets of Athens. That’s not exactly the best advertisement for Greece’s most significant industry: tourism.


January 31, 2012

The German news organization, Spiegel, is sharing its thoughts on the situation in Greece…  They exclaim that European politicians are not facing reality:

Once again, Europe is arguing over a bailout for Greece, and it looks as though the result will be no different that it has been in the past… Europe’s politicians continue to battle reality. Everyone knows that Greece cannot repay its massive pile of debts, now at more than €350 billion ($459 billion). But instead of effectively reducing the financial burden, European politicians intend to approve new loans for the government in Athens and go on fighting debt with new debt.


January 29, 2012

The latest discussion is about Greece changing from using the Euro as its currency:

Germany and the rest of the eurozone can’t actually kick a country out of the euro for fear of investor panic and speculation against Portugal, Italy, Ireland, and Spain. But if Greece were to leave on its own…


January 25, 2012

The situation in Greece has many economists around the world concerned:

The rest of the world needs to sit up and take notice of what is going on in Greece right now. This is what can happen when you allow government debt to spiral out of control. Once it becomes clear that you can’t pay your debts, a financial collapse can happen very suddenly and you start losing your sovereignty to those that you must turn to for financial help.


January 15, 2012

I’ve been watching the situation in Greece with great interest.  It possesses all of the leading indicators of great decline associated with a western culture that has embraced Socialism.  These indicators include a very low reproduction rate among the indigenous population; huge amounts of entitlements showered among the citizens; and a government expenditure rate well out of line with the country’s gross domestic product.

When a country gets to this point what happens?  Do they declare bankruptcy and the creditor nations repossess the assets? Do they hyper-inflate their way out of debt by using their own currency?

Over at the Calculated Risk blog, they talk about the fact that everyone knows that the Greeks are not willing to adopt austerity measures.

At this point, it all sounds like a huge game of “kick the can” as a means to delay the inevitable…  of course, I still don’t have a clear picture of the eventual outcome.


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Cavs Still Mixed Up
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 | Author:

The team lacks personnel chemistry and it’s hard to force the issue:

They changed coaches. Everything else about the Cavaliers looked the same.And as if they don’t have enough problems, new coach Tyronn Lue said they’re out of shape. Lue didn’t make much of a difference in his coaching debut for Cleveland on Saturday night, when Pau Gasol scored 25 points to leading the Chicago Bulls to a 96-83 win over the Cavaliers. Lue was promoted Friday, when David Blatt was shockingly fired despite taking the team to the NBA Finals last season and leading it to the best record in the Eastern Conference this season. Lue acknowledged being nervous about sliding into Blatt’s seat, and while his team gave effort, the Cavaliers didn’t win.

Source: Pau Gasol steers Bulls past Cavs to spoil Tyronn Lue’s coaching debut

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Do Moslems Believe that Obama is a Moslem?
Thursday, January 21st, 2016 | Author:

Now what is there about Obama’s behavior that would make you think he sympathizes deeply with Moslems?  Evidently, many people in the Middle East feel that Obama is really a Moslem:

The rumor goes back as far as the 2008 election, when state-run Iranian papers published articles that suggested Obama was a Shiite Muslim. There were even celebrations in Iraq’s Shiite strongholds when he won the election in November 2008. “Many people felt, Now we have a brother in the White House,” one resident of Sadr City, a Shiite enclave in Baghdad, told Time magazine…

Source: The ‘Obama is a Muslim’ conspiracy theory is still reverberating

They don’t call him the Manchurian Marxist Moslem for no reason at all…

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A Modern Day Kapo
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 | Author:


It appears that I’m not the only one that is very critical of the Kapo from Illinois:

Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, lashed out at the administration, chastising it for seeking to inflame a diplomatic fight with Israel as the Jewish state grapples with a new wave of Palestinian terror attacks that has killed and wounded many civilians…

Shapiro’s comments prompted Roskam to write Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday to demand that he distance the Obama administration from Shapiro’s remarks.

January 19, 2016 –  And to think that some people feel that Rahm Emanuel is a self-hating Jew… This guy, Daniel Shapiro, really fits the mold of the modern day Kapo.  He displays the ostensible badges of being a good Jew, yet he carries water for Obama, one of Judaism’s greatest adversaries:

Dan Shapiro, US Ambassador, accused Israel of blocking a two-state solution by “continued expansion of settlements” and raised questions about Israel’s “inadequate response to settler violence.” … His comments drew an angry response for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who said they were unacceptable and inappropriate at a time of heightened Palestinian terrorist violence and omitted to hold the Palestinians responsible for the terror and the stalemate.

Source: US ambassador Shapiro slams Israel on Palestinian issue


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Raiders Win in a Basketball Doozy
Monday, January 18th, 2016 | Author:

Missy and I trekked to the Nutter Center on a very cold night and we were not disappointed…  I’ll give the Wright State Raiders basketball team some credit.  Detroit led most of the game, and the Titans from Michigan appeared to have taller and stronger players at every position.  Nevertheless, the scrappy players from Fairborn, Ohio put together a 77-76 victory.


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