Saturday, October 31, 2009
The money quote from the article, "This is catastrophic for Poland," said the spokeswoman, who declined to be named in line with ministry policy.
Friday, October 30, 2009
For Zelaya it is a triumph and better than staying at the Brazilian embassy until then. Hopefully, (even though this is the wrong message the U.S. is sending by brokering this), for the beleagured county which is Honduras it will be good in the long run in the sense that the circus Zelaya has caused will tone down a bit and the elections can go forward. What is important is that Zelaya not be allowed to stand for re-election as this is what initiated the whole crisis. The Honduran constitution expressedly forbids more than one term for any president. Again, the U.S. really missed the boat on this one. They should have backed Micheletti and crew from day one.
As usual, the Powerline Blog guys don't mince words when they opine on this latest development brokered by the State Department.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here is the quote, "At Citigroup, which is 34%-owned by the U.S. government, Mr. Feinberg agreed to more than double salaries for 13 of the 21 employees, according to the Journal's analysis."
This seems to fly in the face of the pay for performance rhetoric that the White House has been spouting as its justification for limiting the pay of top executives at bailed out firms.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Watch this clip talking about this issue and watch Laura Ingraham slam ABC News Anchor’s Charlie Gibson's ACORN ignorance. And what can you say about George Will? I love the man. The two words I can think of to describe him are "class" and "gravitas."'
Monday, October 26, 2009
One sign of a great team is the adjustments it makes at halftime to try to right the ship. The Saints did this and had an answer for every Dolphin move in the second half. They made the correct adjustments and the Dolphins made crucial mental as well as physical mistakes to ensure that the Saints won. Witness Joey Porter's 15 yard stupid personal foul which helped the Saints move down the field at a critical juncture, or Camarillo's boneheaded illegal forward pass for which there was absolutely no necessity and which caused a penalty and loss of down to stop the Dolphins momentum. The Saints won the second half 26-10 and thus the game.
In short, the Dolphins need more discipline and poise in the second half of games. Also, the coaching staff has gone back to the insertion of Pat White at inopportune times which completely breaks the rhythm and momentum of an already choppy offense, considering the adoption of the wildcat as a weekly standard.
The Dolphins lost 46-34 and to add insult to injury lost cornerback Will Allen for the season with an ACL injury. The Fins are now 2-4 and looking at a long stretch of difficult games ahead. Ouch!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
On this occasion he is at an event commemorating the opening of The Cliffs at High Carolina, a new course in Asheville, North Carolina designed by none other than Tiger himself. Tiger fired his first two ceremonial shots into the trees. He then looked out over the crowd and invited anyone to step up and try to outdrive him. Twelve-year-old Mark Benevento Jr. did and sent two 200 yard drives right down the middle much to Tiger's chagrin. Watch the drives and Tiger's classy reaction. At the very end of the video you will hear Tiger telling the young man he is proud of him.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The guys over at Powerline Blog have an in-depth opinion here about this latest move from the federal government.
I'm ambivalent about this one. While I dislike government intrusion in the private sector as a general rule most of these executives salaries are quite obscene in their size and have been for a very long time. The argument is that these positions are complex and deserve compensation commensurate with their complexity. This is quite true, not everyone becomes the CEO, CFO or COO of a large, multinational organization with multiple business lines, products and geographies for a simple reason. These are tough jobs and in theory the incumbent should be uniquely qualified to fill that role, thus deserving the compensation that comes as a reward for their preparation AND performing that role effectively.
The problem is that these guys, for the most part, have not performed their roles effectively. They have run their companies into the ground and at least in Citi's case have not been able to turn the situation around. I still don't like the government intervening in this, but since none of these companies run their business on an altruistic basis, neither the executives themselves, nor their boards have seen fit to limit their pay and that is just plain wrong.
The whole idea behind meritocracy is pay for performance and this is the culture these companies say they are trying to instill. It should come from the top. If the company has lousy results, has to get bailed out by the federal government and doesn't pay the money back in a reasonable timeframe, then the top brass should get lousy pay. And I guess when you don't walk the talk, in these trying economic times the administration does it for you.
Update: Here it is.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Also, listen carefully for a shocking fact about noisy open-plan offices.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Apparently this comes as a surprise to viewers as Fox's ratings have shot up as a result of the administration's representatives negative comments about Fox. And whether you agree with Fox or not, they do engage in some pretty hard hitting news gathering and reporting. It might be time for another beer summit so Obama can apologize for his people's innoportune comments to the powers that be at Fox but you know it will never happen.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Obama To Enter Diplomatic Talks With Raging Wildfire
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Also, it is his birthday today. He turns 99 so happy birthday Coach John Wooden. Here is an SI look via photo essay at this remarkable man.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
The Nobel committee obviously disagreed with those savvy political satirists who write the skits on SNL and heralded Obama's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Again, their words, not mine. The committee went on to say that Obama "has created a new climate in international politics." Personally I am still trying to figure out exactly what that climate is and whether the bestowment of this award might not have been a bit premature.
Here is the SNL skit. What I find interesting is that usually SNL tries to use actors who have mastered the art of mimicking the subtleties of the character they are portraying. This has always been at least part of the appeal of their political satire, making fun of the personal characteristics, nuances, tonality, nervous tics and gestures of the political figure being parodied and not just what they are saying. Here the actor doesn't work very hard at any of this because the focus is entirely on the content of his speech.
"The average annual salary in the N.B.A. is $5.85 million, and players are generally secure in the near term. Their retirement years can be completely different. An estimated 60 percent of N.B.A. players are broke within five years of retiring, and 78 percent of N.F.L. players are bankrupt or under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce within two years, according to a report by Sports Illustrated in March. The magazine also reported that many baseball players struggle financially after retirement."
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Consider this passage from the article, "Dreier says he can't remember the moment he actually began considering fraud. But he acknowledges the decision was made easier by a long track record of what he calls "cutting corners." As he acknowledges, "Yeah, I took advantage of expense accounts, statements on tax returns, that kind of thing. You know, I discovered once you cross a gray line it's much easier to cross a black line."
And thus the Harvard educated attorney turned criminal began his slide.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
For example the TARP Czar is Elizabeth Warren. Her Actual Title is: Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability, US Department of the Treasury.
Or take the Energy Tsar: Carol M. Browner, Actual Title: Assistant to the President, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change.
Or recall resignee Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones whose Actual Title was Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Anyway, no matter what their titles are accounts differ on how many there actually are. I have seen numbers that range from 18 to 40. It seems that whatever the number may be there are too many. Even the term, a throwback to the Russian monarchy evokes an imagery which makes me uneasy, especially when no one has elected or confirmed these individuals.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
The Dolphins defense played well and even had an effective pass rush which took some of the pressure off the secondary. The remaining schedule is not easy, but at least we are no longer winless and the players looked like they were feeling pretty good when they left the field yesterday at Land Shark stadium.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
This was her breakthrough album and it contained five bonafide hits: You Oughta Know, Ironic, You Learn, Hand in My Pocket, and Head over Feet. Rare is the album with no filler, that is good from start to finish and where every track is worthy of listening to in its entirety. This is one such album. The album has sold over 33 million copies worldwide.
Finally, a friend alerted me too this little nugget. He calls it the secret song. At the end of the CD there is an alternate version of You Oughta Know. When that song is done there is about 30 seconds of silence. I had always turned the CD off since I assumed the album was over. It isn't. Embedded within that same track and not listed on the liner notes is a beautiful a Capella tune where she belts out some really emotive and plaintive notes. It's a beautiful tune and one that should be enjoyed.
I just picked one of the songs so here is the official video of the hit You Learn.