Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Bubble Burst

Was yesterday's crash on American stock markets a minor correction? It could be the start of the feared bubble bursting. The Fed has few tools left at its disposal to stabilize US stocks. Obama's Treasury Department has no arrows left in its quiver. The one percent lowering of stock values is not the end. I see many US issues giving back fifty percent or more of their presumed value on the near horizon. I see nothing coming from Washington that can prevent that. Hold on tight, the real Obama recession is about to declare itself, and if other blocks fall, like Greece, we may see ourselves in a worldwide economic depression by winter.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Little Miracle

Yesterday, our short-legged, toothless, thirteen year old dwarf Keeshond "Curry" escaped from the safety of the house while some furniture was being moved. By the grace of G-d, Curry was not eaten by a coyote. Neighborhood dogs did not rip her to pieces. She crossed a five lane US highway without being struck by a vehicle. Thankfully, the day Curry picked for her adventure was a holiday with less traffic. An across the street neighbor, who is now one of our angels, who did not really know us or know who Curry belonged to, grabbed her to save her life. That neighbor managed to cross back to our side of the road, and left Curry in the capable hands of Mrs. Campbell, who did not know we owned Curry either. In the three years since we rescued her from a kill pound, Curry had only gotten out one other time off-leash. We are so thankful and blessed that Mrs. Campbell took Curry in with her gentle German Shepherd and kept her safe until we could be reunited. We thank you friends and thank the Lord for sparing our little Curry.

Monday, May 25, 2015

We Never Met

I had two uncles that I never had the chance to get to know. One was a pilot during World War II, who made it through combat unscathed. He kept flying private aviation and died in a crash on a golf course when I was a baby. The other uncle was that same Aunt's first husband. He met his end when his B-24 Liberator blew up over the English Channel in 1944. That uncle was Nathan "Ned" Hatkoff. He had the world in the palm of his hand before the war. He played in the band under Spike Jones and came from a prosperous family. Ned gave his all for all of us. Ned Hatkoff will be commemorated today, along with hundreds of thousands of other heroes.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What Many Forgot

Some do not remember the Alamo. If they do, they may take it to be a car rental agency. Some folks do not remember the Maine. In fact, the really obtuse may not even know that Maine is one of the fifty states. Sadly, there really are Americans who really do not remember Pearl Harbor. I would venture a guess that there are some who have already forgotten September 11, 2001. Lest we never forget that the price of freedom is dear, lest we never forget that liberty is paid for in blood and with eternal vigilance, we must remember all these events and consecrate the memory of all those who have laid down their lives to preserve our constitutional republic.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Candid Candidate

If someone honest was seeking the office of President of the United States, that person would have to report that the eighteen trillion dollars in Federal government debt is not recoverable. That frank truth teller would also have to declare that real unemployment is actually more than double what the Federal government claims it is, because Obama's minions are using heavily massaged (manipulated) statistics. That truthful candidate would have to say the Federal Reserve has run amok and that we are left with fiat currency. That forthright leader would have to admit that jihad was overwhelming the Middle East. That aspirant would have to confess the US is selling out her allies with the Iran nuclear deal. That leader would have to try to bridge the chasm between the races that is worse under our first "post-racial" President than at any time since the 1960s. Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Rand Paul may be that frank with America's voters.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Extinguishing the Lamp

The legend has it that Diogenes walked about with his lamp even in broad daylight looking for an honest man. Our sports stars are now fallen, no longer heroes, but practitioners of he who cheats the most wins. Lance Armstrong, who had apparently done so much good, is forever labeled a cheater. Alex Rodriguez has struck out as a role model. Tom Brady wears a crooked halo. Even the most notable Presidential candidate is known more for her lies than her accomplishments. Old Diogenes may still be looking somewhere, as it seems society is corrupt to its very core.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Socialist Safety Net

If you simply want to survive, you may be perfectly content on the dole. If you want the best chance to thrive, remaining in welfare programs is not a way to prosper. Three hots and a cot is not how anyone ever became rich. Accepting that sort of assistance from government will never help anyone climb the ladder of success. I am not saying not to accept vocational training or a Pell Grant. Those programs may lend a helpful hand on the journey to upward mobility. I am saying if you are satisfied with a welfare check or EBT, you are fooling yourself because you can work harder and do better. If you are able-bodied and able-mind, you can still achieve prosperity in America by working smart and living beneath your means while you accumulate savings till the time comes that you can fully enjoy the wealth you have created.