The PlaceboCare McEconomy

By Steve Eggleston If you haven't noticed, I've been missing in action the last few weeks. I've just been burned out. One can say the economy is, at best, stagnant only so many times before running out of ways to say it. Unfortunately for the country, but fortunately for my writing block, the Bureau of … Continue reading The PlaceboCare McEconomy

Regarding provocations and seats

By Steve Eggleston I had planned on noting the decline in the estimated annualized 4th-quarter real GDP growth from 2.6% to 2.2%, and ObamaCare's outsized effect on that, but another topic caught my eye. Yeterday, Peter posed the probability that Obama and his administration wants to provoke the populace into violence in order to justify … Continue reading Regarding provocations and seats

Giuliani is “mostly” right

By Steve Eggleston By now, you probably have heard about former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's statement at a private fundraiser that he believes that President Barack Obama loves America. Earlier, Peter asked where the affirmative rebuttal from the Left was. Even though he hasn't seen a response, allow me to stir the pot … Continue reading Giuliani is “mostly” right

Ransomware comes to Android

By Steve Eggleston Hopefully you haven't had to deal with this, but there has been a rather nasty set of malware that has been running through the PC world called "ransomware". The original, and most virulent, versions encrypted the hard drive, and then displayed a lock screen purportedly from law enforcement that directs the user … Continue reading Ransomware comes to Android

Is it time for a separate Conservative Party?

By Steve Eggleston Two Sundays ago, Peter declared it was time for a national Conservative Party at least somewhat separate from the Republican Party. Earlier this week, A.P. Dillon said that a redoubling of the effort to take (back) the GOP was the prescription. It's my turn to add my two cents. On the national … Continue reading Is it time for a separate Conservative Party?

4th-quarter GDP – disappointing 2.6%

By Steve Eggleston Yesterday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its first estimate of the 4th quarter Gross Domestic Product, and it was on the whole quite disappointing. While economists had expected real (inflation/deflation-adjusted) GDP to increase anywhere between 3.0% and 3.6% on an annualized basis, down from the previous quarter's final 5.0% growth, it … Continue reading 4th-quarter GDP – disappointing 2.6%

More Stupid Party tricks – “GOP” Senate to get rid of SCOTUS nominee filibuster

By Steve Eggleston Fresh off the betrayal of the pro-life movement by their House counterparts by their refusal to harmonize abortion policy with Europe's ban on abortion after 20 weeks (though they did pass a permanent extension of the Hyde Amendment, which generally forbids federal funds for abortions), a couple of key Senate Republicans are … Continue reading More Stupid Party tricks – “GOP” Senate to get rid of SCOTUS nominee filibuster

Senate Republicans Learned Nothing – Gas Tax Edition

By Steve Eggleston Thanks to the fracking boom (no thanks to President Obama and his eco-nuts on that) and the Saudis attempting to do to said boom what they did to the Soviets in the 1980s, the price of gasoline has plummeted. In fact, most of the stations in the Milwaukee area are charging less … Continue reading Senate Republicans Learned Nothing – Gas Tax Edition

It’s playoff time in the NFL

By Steve Eggleston For afficionados of the NFL like me, it is the most wonderful time of the year. The NFL playoffs began earlier today with the Carolina Panthers beating the Arizona Cardinals on ESPN. That is noteworthy for three reasons. First, for the 49th consecutive time, there will not be a true home team … Continue reading It’s playoff time in the NFL

The Sony Pictures Hack – A Whodunnit Tale

By Steve Eggleston Pennington: Klahn has been connected with every sort of nefarious activity. You name it - opium, weapons traffic, assassination, motion picture distribution... Asquith And global extortion "A Fistful of Yen", The Kentucky Fried Movie, 1977 Unlike Pete, I usually don't quote movies, but the case of the Sony Pictures hack certainly has … Continue reading The Sony Pictures Hack – A Whodunnit Tale

How to lose without really trying – CRomnibus edition

By Steve Eggleston Earlier today, Pete gave the rosy political analysis of the politics of the CRomnibus, or as it should be called, the CRUMMYbus. I disagree, but before I get to that, there have been a couple of developments that are happening as I type: Congress passed, and President Obama signed, a stopgap spending … Continue reading How to lose without really trying – CRomnibus edition

November jobs report – seasoning is everything

By Steve Eggleston On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November jobs report, and everybody focused on the seasonally-adjusted gain of 321,000 jobs, 314,000 in the private sector. I'll join the club and start there. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, that is the best overall and private-sector 1-month gain since January 2012, when the … Continue reading November jobs report – seasoning is everything

Here we go again – the EU picks a fight with Google

By Steve Eggleston Stop me if you heard this one before - the European Union, flush with soverign political power but essentially bankrupt in the technology world, targets a dominant American technology company to force it to "de-couple" a major part of its business model from the rest of the company's business model. This is … Continue reading Here we go again – the EU picks a fight with Google

College football – still all messed up

By Steve Eggleston For decades, there has been a major criticism of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division 1-A); namely, that it didn't have a playoff to determine a champion. That is a legacy of two things - the bowl game regime, and the fact that the … Continue reading College football – still all messed up

Daylight Saving Time ends tonight – end it permanently

By Steve Eggleston At 2 am local time, Daylight Saving Time ends for everybody outside of the non-Navajo portion of Arizona and Hawaii. That means that tomorrow has 25 hours, to equalize the late-winter beginning of Daylight Saving day length of 23 hours. Assuming one remembers to set his or her clocks back 1 hour, … Continue reading Daylight Saving Time ends tonight – end it permanently