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Friday, September 25, 2009



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mark Levin Interviews Stephen A. Smith

I was surprised to see that Stephen A Smith was on Mark Levin's show.  He has some great things to say that I did not expect to hear.

This shows that you can't assume anything about people.
Stephen A Smith's discussion is a refreshing line thought from someone who is actually looking at policies instead of giving a full approval based on someone's political affiliation.

We can only have a better country by asking more questions.

Monday, September 21, 2009

To the Last Day of Summer 2009!

This is the last day of Summer 2009.
It was another good one.
Actually one of the better Summer's of my life based on the number of crazy, fun and exciting things I've done.   
Here is what Im drinking to toast the great summer of 09!

The Dark n Stormy!  Which is appropriate for the end of this Summer since it has been raining for 8 straight days!

Vintage and Modern Motorcycle Design

Just like everything else, it seems that everything old is new again in motorcycle design.  I'll start by saying I do not have a bike at this time, at least not a motorized one.  So I can't talk about the thrill of driving a chopper or crotch rocket.  I can however, and do, appreciate the design that has gone into a good looking bike.  I never really paid much attention to motorcycles until I started watching, of all things, American Chopper.  They really do a good job of showing the work that goes into these bikes.  So here are a few pic of bikes I have found that I like and in a few cases would like to own one day.

The Art Deco lines of this BMW, actually designed in the 20's and 30's could be passed as something new and modern:

1930's BMW - My favorite from a design standpoint.  This bike's production run was never begun due to the war.  The only surviving unit was found in a box and restored in 2007.

1953 Triumph
Harley Davidson Iron 883

My favorite, flat track inspired Harley with Husqvarna tank:
Honda 'cafe cruiser' style

1963 Husqvarna

 Confederate Motors gets the industrial design nod for the following bikes:

Victory's CORE Concept is another good one:

And my favorite future concept is the hubless bike

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What started the Great Depression:

From Hot Air :

What really started the Great Depression? Government Intervention.

In times of economic crisis, the temptation for public officials to do something is both overwhelming and tremendously dangerous.

We have seen this most recently with the housing bubble that was created artificially by the Clinton Administration and Congress including more than a few Republicans. At the time, they wanted to expand home ownership and distorted the lending markets to create a demand bubble, and essentially another Ponzi scheme in which buyers were encouraged to overreach and then refinance on equity gains. Congress fueled it through mandates to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy and securitize marginal loans that eventually collapsed and poisoned the entire financial sector.

Government has a legitimate role in regulating markets to prevent fraud and abuse. It does not have a legitimate role in manipulating markets for social engineering, no matter how well-intentioned that social engineering might be.

link to the entire report by UCLA’s Dr. Lee Ohanian: