My favorite columnist

Having written a newspaper column for more than 10 years, I’ve become something of a connoisseur of the genre. I suppose that I read a dozen columnists regularly. Some I admire, some I abhor, but one stands out – and he’s not really a columnist. He’s Bill Gross, an investment advisor who runs PIMCO, the […]

Michael We Hardly Knew Ye…

Nope, I didn’t have advance notice of Michael De Marsche’s impending exit – even though, in retrospect, last week’s column seems eerily prescient. I just remembered the wise words of the favorite author of my youth, A. Conan Doyle, whose most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, once said : “When you have eliminated the impossible, then […]

Baseball, Bonds, and a number

Barry Bonds is, by all accounts, a singularly unpleasant man-sullen, arrogant, and nasty to opponents, teammates, and fans alike. In all likelyhood, he owes his home run record both to his own remarkable athleticism and to the relentless use of performance-enhancing drugs in the latter years of his career. So that puts baseball fans in […]

News from North Korea-On the Campaign Trail

Here’s a little news item from the so-called Korean News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. “New Ice Physical Acrobatics Created Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) — The Pyongyang Circus has recently created the ice physical acrobatic suite “Young People on the Ice”. The suite consists of more than 10 items, including Plastic […]

Whatever Rupert Wants, Rupert Gets

Way back in the early 70’s, when I was pretending to be an investment banker in New York, I met with a delegation of Native Americans who were concerned about plans to construct a massive coal-fired generating plant on tribal lands. In heart-rending detail, they told me how disruptive this would be to their way […]

Politicians and Numbers

Is innumeracy (i.e., mathematical and/or arithmetical ignorance/incompetence) a problem among the political class? You’d certainly think so, given an article in this morning’s Denver Post questioning the financial assumptions of a couple of state legislators re revenue from gas wells on the Roan plateau in western Colorado. Here’s an excerpt: “A proposal by statehouse Republicans […]

Foreclosures: Now you see ‘em, now you don’t

The Detroit News had an interesting article this morning about the much-quoted foreclosure stats published by Realtytrac. Here’s an excerpt. “Two years ago, when RealtyTrac Inc. started releasing monthly foreclosure numbers, it filled an information void and became the self-appointed record keeper for the nation’s ugly spike in mortgage defaults. Those numbers have been widely […]

Miami Condominium Glut

Bloomberg has an interesting article today on the (apparently) impending real estate disaster in Miami. Here’s an excerpt: “In the middle of the biggest glut of condominiums in more than 30 years, Miami developers keep on building. The oversupply will force prices down as much as 30 percent, the worst decline since the 1970s, and […]

Lamborn strategy all wrong?

Our often-embattled congressman, Doug Lamborn, has apparently chosen to be the spear-carrier for bills which have little chance of passing, but are sure to infuriate the newly ascendant Democrats. His most recent bill, which would have stripped all funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting follwed a similar bill aimed at the National Endowment for […]

Fine Arts Center addition

Along with assorted media types, toured the FAC’s new addition yeasterday morning. The architect, David Owen Tryba, was on hand, as were miscellaneous FAC bigwigs-Mike DeMarsche, Buck Blessing, Carol Kleiner,Chris Jenkins, just to name a few. As some of you may know, I have a long history with the FAC. My grandfather was a founding […]

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