Saturday, January 14, 2017

Under the Buttonwood Tree

        On May 17, 1792, a group of New York stockbrokers and merchants, who would forever after be known as the 'New York Nogoodniks', met under a buttonwood tree in front of 68 Wall Street and signed an agreement which would lead to the formation of the New York Stock Exchange.
        225 years, numerous bankruptcies, lost life savings and college funds, as well as a few suicides later and the world is still wondering why we don't do something to stop all the carnage. Didn't every government in the world meet in Paris and decide that we can finally do something about the weather? ('Everyone always talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it.')
        If we can fix the weather, or the climate, which has been changing for four and half billion years and is controlled by changes in the sun, the planets, Earth orbit, Earth tilt, winds, currents, movement of tectonic plates, volcanoes, and pretty much anything else in nature that you can think of, don't you think we can control something as relatively simple as a stock market which has only been around for 225 years and is controlled 100% by...the folks? Common' people. You're just not trying. Piece of cake.
        "Hope and change. Hope and change. Yes we can. Yes we can."
        Of course, there is always the possibility that nothing we do will actually be able to change the weather, or the climate, (take your pick), that it's as likely to be able to be controlled as would be the stock market and that the only people to really believe otherwise, or at least to say they do, will be governments who can impose new 'carbon taxes' and their friends in the solar, wind, and 'renewable' energy businesses?

        See, "Mass Hysteria, Al Gore and The Witches of Salem."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming"

        In a 1966 comedy, a Russian submarine runs aground off the New England coast. Lots of laughs, lots of warmth, a little bit of romance and, in the end, Alan Arkin and crew sail back home to Mother Russia to the sound of the Russian national anthem, even though all the Americans want them to stay.
       Now, here we are. Fifty years later, almost to the day, and the Russians are back. Only this time it's without the laughs, the warmth, the romance. Vladimir Putin is playing himself. And nobody wants them to stay. What happened?
        Well, apparently the Russians tried to influence one of our elections. Who do they think they are? Americans?
        2015, it was Tel Aviv and Obama sent his 'team' to try and prevent Netanyahu from winning another term. Does that count?
        And before that, it was the Shah of Iran who was our guy. And Allende in Chile. Did we support Allende or try to shoot him? Hmmm, gets so confusing sometimes. Well, as long as we're with the 'good guys,' what difference does it make? Let them figure it out. North Vietnam. South Vietnam. Laos. Cambodia. Diem. Diem. Diem. Anybody know a guy named Diem? Didn't he live in a third floor walk-up somewhere?
        And United Fruit Company in Guatemala. Got to keep those bananas flowing. (Do bananas actually 'flow' or do they just float or maybe roll over here? Well, doesn't matter. As long as they get here and they're OUR bananas.)
        So, are the Russians really that different from us?
        Vladimir, we hardly knew you. Are we really the "exceptional" ones? Maybe...or maybe not

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ukraine for Dummies

        Crimea, Sevastopol, Russian Black Sea Fleet, Kiev, Russians living in eastern Ukraine.....all very Russia. But why to us? the United States? We have no treaty with Ukraine, no vital interests there. Why are we getting involved?
        Did the Russians get involved when we were busy overthrowing the government in Guatemala to save United Fruit Company's bananas? or supporting the Shah of Iran to save American oil interests? or reservationizing (Is that a word?) Sitting Bull and Geronimo and Elizabeth Warren and all the rest? Ans.: No, no, and no.
        So why are we getting involved when the shoe is on the other...Tea Room?
        "Harumph, harumph, we cannot abide such imperialism," said the British after finally being thrown out of every country in the world. 'The sun never sets on the British Empire.' Oh, sorry, that was last week.
         "Sacre Bleu, mon ami," said the French after Dien Bien Phu finally ended 'French' Indo China. "Thees Russians, we cannot allow this imperialism expansion. Who do they think they are? Us? Non, Non. Non."
        "Anyone want a waffle?" said the Belgian ambassador after the last Belgian soldier left the Belgian Congo leaving it The just plain Congo, the absolutely poorest country on the planet.
And, from the samovar,
        1) Putin is not Hitler and Hitler was not Putin. Hitler, the vermin of vermins, killed because he thought that was the way the world was supposed to be. With Putin, if you don't get between him and his millions (billions?), you should be okay. 
        2) The world would be a better place with a happy and prosperous Russia that trades with everyone rather than with a poor and regularly sanctioned Russia that has nothing to trade with anyone.
        3) Continuing to pursue a 'NATO Creep' policy that tries to get all the countries that border Russia to become part of NATO will eventually get someone hurt, maybe killed. Accidents happen.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Hoof in Mouth Redux

         Did Newt really say that we should question all American Muslims and if they say they believe in Sharia, we should deport them? If they say they don't believe in Sharia, they can stay,
         "Hey, Mohammed, you believe in Sharia?"
         "Sharia? What's Sharia? Is that like some kind of a sandal?"
         "Ok, you can stay."
          What is going on here? One week of no 'Trumpeting' and here come the Trumpettes. Who asked for surrogates?
          Why can't it just be, What does he (G-d forbid 'she') want to do about this? Or what will he do about that? Why does it always have to be Whose foot? Whose mouth?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Obama Finds Reason To Stop Shooting Cops

 U.S. President Barack Obama has warned that attacks on police over racial bias would hurt the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement... 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

From "Night' by Eli Wiesel

"I've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He's the only one who's kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people."

Friday, July 1, 2016

Bill Speaks

"Now you listen to me. I did not have sex with that woman, that Loretta Lynch."
I guess this time we can believe him.