Most Popular Postings
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Author:

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

Aircraft Bone Yard in Tucson

What is Chanukah?

Gardening Experiment with Cucumbers

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

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

Cracked Bicycle Rims


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Hillary for Prison?
Tuesday, October 06th, 2015 | Author:

This is a nice summary of how the mainstream media handles news about Hillary Clinton


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And That’s the Reason…
Friday, October 02nd, 2015 | Author:

they call him the Manchurian Marxist Moslem:

Obama’s foreign policy should have been relatively easy given his background – a world seen through the eyes of someone whose father was a Muslim, as was his step-father, whose early education was in a Muslim madrassa, followed by mentoring from the known communist Frank Marshall Davis, associations with Columbia University’s Palestinian activist Edward Said and later, Harvard’s leftist Brazilian socialist Roberto Unger, later close association with admitted communist and Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, then followed by 20 years of anti-American and anti- Semitic sermons by Reverend Jeremiah Wright…

Source: The Most Dangerous Man In the World

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Laying the Groundwork for WW-III
Thursday, October 01st, 2015 | Author:

Some people, such as Tom Rose, recognize that Obama is establishing the environment for World War III:

Rose compared the present Jewish struggle to the threat of the Nazis in 1940, and concluded that in some key ways, today’s situation is worse.

“Today, the Jewish state faces a threat of annihilation no less genocidal than the Jews of Europe faced three quarters of a century ago,” Rose declared. “Ponder this: Adolf Hitler, may his name be forever removed from our memory, never openly proclaimed his goal of exterminating the Jewish people — today’s enemy does.”

Hitler never held “death to America” rallies before the United States entered the war, Rose added, while Iran holds them “every week.”

“Seventy-five years ago, the world dismissed Adolf Hitler as the Jews’ problem. Today, the world dismisses Iran as Israel’s problem,” Rose declared. He added that while Britain and America defeated the Nazis before they could obtain nuclear weapons, the Iran deal makes it far more likely that Iran will develop nuclear capability.

Source: Israel Will Go to War to Prevent Iran From Going Nuclear

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Great Philosophical Quotes
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 | Author:
  1. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.
  2. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  3. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
  4. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
  5. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  6. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
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Does Dayton Need Moslem Refuges?
Saturday, September 26th, 2015 | Author:

I always get a kick out of Leftist politicians around the small burg of Dayton, Ohio, who aspire to be like San Francisco in the Midwest (Is Dayton going to become a ‘sanctuary city’?).  They believe that these cultural allures make them appear more progressive.

I checked out the list of cities desiring immigrants of questionable background… and lo and behold, look who’s number 8:

 And here are the 18 cities which need new mayors!

  1. Ed Pawlowski, Mayor of Allentown, PA
  2. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, MD
  3. Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston, MA
  4. James Diossa, Mayor of Central Falls, RI
  5. Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor of Chapel Hill, NC
  6. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, IL
  7. Edward Terry, Mayor of Clarkston, GA
  8. Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, OH
  9. Domenick Stampone, Mayor of Haledon, NJ
  10. Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor of Hartford, CT
  11. Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, CA
  12. Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN
  13. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, NY
  14. Jose Torres, Mayor of Paterson, NJ
  15. William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA
  16. Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe, NM
  17. Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, MO
  18. Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor of Syracuse, NY

Source: 18 U.S. Mayors: We want More Muslim refugees! 

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What’s Difference Between Clock and Bomb?
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | Author:

Evidently not much…

Turns out that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas, never invented a clock, and had no reason to bring the suspicious-looking device to school. But everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to President Obama was fooled by what appears to have been a hoax designed to muster sympathy for Muslims accused of terrorism, while putting police on their heels and undermining the “see something, say something” directive for citizen vigilance. Here’s the real story:

• There was no “school project” or science assignment to justify Mohamed bringing the device to school .

• Just three weeks into his freshman year, Mohamed was no “science whiz well-known by high school teachers for tinkering.”

• The “clock” wasn’t made from scratch but just the guts of a mass-manufactured digital clock, complete with AC cord and 9-volt backup battery connection.

• With its exposed wires and lack of a face, the gutted clock looked like a bomb. It also sounded like a bomb: The alarm was set to go off during English class; the beeping startled the teacher who called police.

• When police questioned Mohamed, he wasn’t cooperative and was described as “disrespectful.”

• The police chief said the device was “intended to create a level of alarm; in other words, a hoax bomb.”

• Mohamed’s Sudanese father — a Muslim political activist involved in previous Muslim grievances — reportedly asked the cops to re-handcuff his son — so his daughter could take the photo that went viral.

• Mohamed tweeted: “Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality.”

• The family’s spokesperson is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a terror-tied group that in 2006 sued US Airways for kicking several Muslim activists off a flight for behaving suspiciously and rattling passengers — a stunt that looks eerily similar.

I’ll go with the position that if the Manchurian Marxist Moslem is supporting him, it’s likely to be a dishonest ruse.

Source: Did Muslim ‘Clock Boy’ Perpetrate Hoax? 

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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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Bicycling in the North
Sunday, September 20th, 2015 | Author:

The photo below shows a nice summary of my regular 20-mile ‘north’ course (click for larger view).  I stopped at frequent points along the way to capture the green scenery before autumn sets in…


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Visit to Sokol Gardens
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Author:

Missy calls it our own ‘Gatsby Gardens’…

DZ gardens

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Visit to Wegerzyn Metropark
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | Author:

Missy and I recently took a nice stroll through Wegerzyn Metropark located in North Dayton (see photos below).  It’s a fantastic botanical garden with a mix of English style formality along with traditional midwestern plants.

miss weger2

miss weger1

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