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Baseball Incorporated

Are you upset over the steroids scandal in baseball? Do you feel ball players that took them should be punished? If you do, how do you feel about movie stars? The ones who ha... read more...


Simplistic lenses

Here is a bet for you. If you’re old, we will just have to speculate on how and where we will settle it. If you are young and you want to bet, I suggest you clip this. Stow it... read more...


Flaws have a way of surfacing

When I look at the guys who run for the White House a large diamond pops into my mind. A real diamond. My dad took his own life. He stuck the family with his debts. But...he ... read more...


Fresh paint in the corner

The Democrats - and some of the Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. First, they tell us the economy stinks. You surely have heard them on this subject. We’re s... read more...


Tap dance around the question

Here’s another reason why I will never, never (squared to the tenth infinity) be a politician. They go to the Fred Astaire School of answering questions. Ask them a question.... read more...


Burn the briefing books

Why I would never, never, never, never be a politician. Did I say never? Good. And I won’t recommend that sort of life to you, either. Not unless you are happy to hand over o... read more...


Yogi or Hunky Dory

When is the last time you met up with the Economy in a bar? “How are ya doin’, Economy? How are ya feelin’ big guy? You feelin’ peckish? Sluggish? You got the flu comin’ on, ... read more...


Capitalization and globalization medicine

Imagine your job was to keep millions of poor children alive. But for far too many, you failed. You tried all kinds of programs. You tried educating their parents. You tried ... read more...


You can bet on China’s future

The Chinese are coming! The Chinese are coming! How many more articles will we see with the theme that the Chinese are gobbling our lunch? How many more breathless reports on... read more...


Otherwise get out of the way

Our tour guide nailed the problem. And he shut up a talkative Canadian woman. He was driving us through the mess caused by Katrina in New Orleans. He drove us past the ruined... read more...


The gift of adversity

Do you see that guy shaking his fist at the sky and cursing his father?   That was me.  My mantra was “You no good s.o.b.!”  You see, my father grew addicted to gambling.  Un... read more...


Experienced, gutsy Americans

Did you read Jesse Jackson’s accusation that Barack Obama is “acting white”? He made this slur while championing the cause of some black kids accused of assaulting a white kid... read more...


Are they sincere?

Are they sincere? Or are they merely political? I ask that question whenever some group organizes big time protests. For instance, I ask it when I see the latest blitz from ... read more...


Bottled water Nirvana

The latest news about bottled water reminds me of something we ought to remember from time to time. Americans know how to sell. Consider how we sell professional baseball. An... read more...


Help usually hurts

There is something fascinating going on in Africa that strikes close to home. James Shikwati, a Kenyan economist, is making headway with this idea: Countries like ours should... read more...



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