This blog presents my comments on current events and recent publications.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Want to See . . .
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Hillary - "Superstar?"
The cover of the current issue of New York Magazine juxtaposes a photo of Hillary with a boldface "Superstar."
I have read the New York article. It comes across as blatant attempt to sell magazines by claiming that reality is the opposite of what it seems to be.
And in the real world, reality most of the time is what it seems to be.
Hillary has to go back to being the junior Senator from New York, way down the seniority list. Not a very exciting place to be at age 60, especially after a brief period as the apparent anointed next President of the United States.
I like Hillary and I am sorry that she lost, but really that's what happened.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Bye-bye Jerry, Bye-bye Steve
In a NYTimes article entitled, "Oh Jerry, It’s No Longer Your Baby,"
Joe Nocera spanks Jerry Yang for rejecting Microsoft's offer to buy Yahoo! for 70% above market price.
It's a good article, well-written and full of relevant facts. It also follows standard Business-School doctrine that the CEO's responsibility is to maximize the wealth of the stockholders. Yang was clearly not doing that when he turned away Microsoft's insanely generous offer. What Yang was doing was protecting his own position as CEO of an independent Yahoo!
Nocera could have also pointed out that Steve Ballmer was not maximizing the wealth of Microsoft's stockholders when he made the +70% offer. Ballmer was doing the same thing Yang was doing - feeding his own deficient self-concept by deluding himself that he was the master mind of a growth strategy for Microsoft, when he was in fact he was admitting that he had totally failed as CEO. Neither Ballmer, nor anyone else at Microsoft has a sliver of an idea of how to create a future for Microsoft.
It's time for Yang, Ballmer and all the other "have-beens" at both companies to disappear from public view. Maybe they should join Jimmy Carter and start their own retirement community.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
An Untimely Death
I can't get over the fact that Russert's doctors did not repair his coronary arteries and were not able to convince him to eat a lot less and to exercise more.
According to the doctor's description published in the NYTimes, Russert was allowed to live with Coronary Artery Disease without any attempt to clear up his problem. Why did Russert not have a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)?
I can testify that I had a CABG at age 76 and it was like having a new lease on life. I could exercise as much as I wanted and I no longer have to worry about a piece of plaque breaking loose and causing a heart attack.
Russert could have lived many more years. There are expert sugeons nowadays who do the CABG without having to stop the heart, without having to use the heart-lung machine totally avoiding the possibility of brain damage. I know, beacuse I was lucky (or smart) enough to have such a surgeon do my CABG.
What a rotten shame that Russert did not consult such a cardio-thoracic surgeon!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Low-light, No-flash Photography
Why? Because She Failed to Use the Internet
What makes it utterly incomprehensible is that Howard Dean demonstrated in 2004 how to rise from small state obscurity to national prominence by using the internet and Hillary was totally blind.
She should have asked Dean to advise her, not Penn, not McAuliffe or even Bill. This trio really sank her campaign.
During the 2004 election season, I contributed repeatedly to Democratic causes - all using the internet and my credit card. My name and e-mail address must appear on all or most Democratic party contributor lists from 2004.
Yet, in 2007-8, Hillary's campaign never contacted me for a contribution, on their own initiative.
After I sought out her website and contributed $100, they became incessant. By then, it was too late. Hillary was hopelessly behind in fund-raising.
Friday, June 06, 2008
According to an article by renowned astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, it can be mathematically shown that if the General Election were held today, McCain would beat Obama and Hillary would beat McCain.
Seems that the Democrats toiled mightily to make sure that they would lose yet another Presidential election.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
What A Shame!
Bob Herbert, a respected op-ed columnist on the NYTimes has backed Obama from the beginning and with great enthusiasm. He has also ripped both Clintons mercilessly.
Now that Obama is 99+ percent certain of the nomination, Bob Herbert has made and amazing admission: Obama has no plan for the US economy - the No. 1 burning issue on the minds of voters.
So, on what basis did Herbert support Obama? I can think of only one thing: Herbert and Obama both have medium brown skin.
See today's column.
The key statement is toward the end of the column:
Senator Obama will have to develop (again, quickly) an exceptionally compelling economic program . . .
Dog Bites Man
Barack Obama’s potential partner-in-summiting (without preconditions, but with preparations) has issued more soothing commentary on world affairs:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted on Monday that Muslims would uproot "satanic powers" and repeated his controversial belief that Israel will soon disappear, the Mehr news agency reported.
"I must announce that the Zionist regime (Israel), with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder, invasion and betrayal is about to die and will soon be erased from the geographical scene," he said.
"Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started."
Big deal, right? That’s how Ahmadenijad talks now, but just wait until he gets a shot of the Hope/Change pixie dust in a private meeting with President Obama. He’ll surely change his tune.
Hopefully Obama will set A'jad straight on the irony of his using the term genocide. If Israel were interested in genocide of any sort, it could have made a good go of it any time in the past 30 years (at least). And yet it seems genocide truly does interest Israel's neighbors, be they the Iranian government or its terrorist proxies.
Exit question: Is there any possibility that A’jad already feels emboldened by the anxiousness to appease shown by one of the two finalists for the American presidency?
The above, verbatim from:
Monday, June 02, 2008
There's Something Missing
Obama supporters, who seem to be very willing to criticize Hillary have not even begun to define what Obama will accomplish as President that will be vastly superior to what Hillary would accomplish.
Will the Iraq war end sooner?
Will our economy grow faster?
Will our children get a better education?
Will college costs become more affordable?
Will gasoline and natural gas become cheaper?
Who knows? Obama never said. All he said was "Yes we can" and "Change we can believe in." Nobody knows what those two slogans mean.