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Clint Eastwood, Tips From a Bankrupt Ball Player and a Disgraced Economist

*What makes Clint’s day. There’s a new coffee-table book out on Clint Eastwood’s film career, from the 1959 western Rawhide to his most recent directorial duties on Invictus. The book includes 325 photographs and movie stills and some wonderful quotes, such as this one from the time he had the romantic lead in The Bridges […]

Byrd Cries Foul and a Step Dancing Upset

*The author of reconciliation cries “foul.” Here’s what Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has to say about using “reconciliation” to ram Obamacare through the Senate. You might share this quote with some friends: “I was one of the authors of the legislation that created the budget ‘reconciliation’ process in 1974, and I am certain putting healthcare […]

The Post Office, Toyota and a Tale of Two Earthquakes

*Solving the problems with the Post Office. I see that once again, someone has suggested that the Post Office solve its chronic budget deficits by closing shop on Saturdays. I’ve got a much better idea. It’s one I first offered on my radio show about 30 years ago: Let’s just give the whole dang operation […]

Toyota, Clean Teeth, Expensive Comics and More Trouble For Tiger

*That was an unfortunate choice. You’ve got to feel sorry for Anna Bernasek, a writer who labored for months over a new book on the importance of trust in building a business. The company she used as her prime example in The Economics of Integrity? Toyota. Bet that one won’t make the best-seller list. *Big […]

Justice Obama, UUp is Down, the Euro and the CFR

*A really scary thought. Washington Post columnist Jeffrey Rosen has come up with the most frightening solution I’ve seen to Barack Obama’s increasing unpopularity. He suggests that our Teleprompter-in-Chief use the first opening on the Supreme Court to appoint (I guarantee you aren’t ready for this) himself to fill the vacancy. Think of it: In […]

Snowmaggedon, George W. Bush, a Kennedy Goodbye and Obamacare

*“Snowmaggedon” didn’t last long enough. With my apologies to many friends in the Washington, D.C., area who work at productive jobs in the private sector, let me say, I wish your city had been paralyzed longer. The only time I feel safe from government is when it’s shut down. *“Miss Me Yet?” That’s the provocative […]

Thoughts on the Super Bowl, A Good Suggestion and a Tea Party

*Three Super Bowl victories. Congratulations to all the fans of the New Orleans Saints ,who finally saw their team win the Super Bowl after a 42-year drought. Congratulations, too, to everyone who believes, even a tiny bit, in “the Super Bowl predictor.” This one says that if one of the original NFL teams wins the […]

Obama’s Unjust Remarks

Is the State of the Union Address finally over? Just kidding. I know it finally ended a few days ago. But golly, was that sucker l-o-n-g. If I were to dissect every bit of deceptive rhetoric in it, this column would be even longer. But there was one section that I found particularly outrageous. Read on to see what has Geopolitical Editor Chip Wood seeing red…

Tiger, Super Bowl Tickets, the Tax Code and Presidential Pandering

*Tiger replaced by a… frog? Accenture, one of Tiger Woods’ major sponsors, announced that the golfing legend would be replaced in their future advertising by a surfboard-riding elephant, a leapfrogging frog and other computer-generated animals. This time their $50 million annual budget will be spent on images they can control. Can’t say I blame them.

*Does that include a private jet? The Wall Street Journal ran a feature last week on how much it would cost to nab a seat at this year’s Super Bowl. In their research, bidding site eBay.com scored both the cheapest resale (still a hefty $1,750) and the most expensive package—a private box whose “buy now” price was a staggering $373,750. And no, it did not include transportation to the game by a private jet.

Bailing Democrats, Fed Secrets, China’s Cars and the War on Poverty

*Bailouts I can believe in. In one short 24-hour period this month, four top Democrats have bailed out of their reelection campaigns. Leading the list was Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, who was running so far behind three likely Republican opponents that he decided surrender was preferable to defeat. North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan has also […]

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