Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa Fe Super Chief

I keep hearing how we're backwards because we don't have more trains like Europe. This looks like fun, for maybe 5 hours. But I think I'd go stir crazy if I had to sit on this train for 40 hours. Even with the 50's hottie. I think the cigarette smoke would do me in.

Modern "high speed" rail may cut the Chicago-LA down to 25 hours. I think I'd still rather fly and get it done with in 4 1/2 hours.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Let's get drunk and build a tank.

First it was these guys.

Now it's these guys.

There's no way the crafty Chinese can compete with us.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Dawn of the Dead 2011

Remember the really cool George Romero sequel, Dawn of the Dead? The one in the shopping mall. Remember the scene where the zombies pulled down the bikers and started tearing them apart? Yeah, that scene. It was pretty cool, wasn't it?

You iPhone users, would you please learn to hold your camera horizontally when you're taking a movie?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A disturbance in the force

I am getting a creepy vibe. The UK's Nigel Farage addressed the European Parliament and sums it up.

This is really serious stuff, more sinister than the economic crisis we all face. Leaving aside tiny Greece, the elected leader of Italy, a G8 economy, was essentially forced from power by a small cadre of unelected bureaucrats from outside the country. Can you imagine what the uproar would be if China forced Obama out of office and installed Jamie Dimon as President? That is essentially what has happened to Italy.

Silvio Berlusconi may or may not have been a lousy Italian leader, but his election was a decision left to the Italian people. No more. Spain and perhaps even France will be next into the breech.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Occupy Sallie Mae

As Occupy Wall Street breaks down and becomes a parody, perhaps it's time for the remaining protestors to focus on what I think is their primary beef. It's apparent from the signs that many of the OWS people are enslaved for the rest of their lives to Sallie Mae, thanks to crushing college debt loads used to acquire worthless degrees.

Wall Street didn't create Sallie Mae. The government did. Wall Street isn't keeping the OWS people enslaved, the government is. I suggest the OWS people head down to the Sallie Mae offices. Head down to the US Capital building. A bailout may await.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I guess Gerald Celente isn't as brilliant as some people thought

Noted trend guesser/blog reader Gerald Celente was cleaned out by the MF Global scums.
Gerald Celente became the newest victim of the MF Global bankruptcy when his gold futures account was taken by trustees, and he was hit with a margin call within days of the corporate shutdown.
I am sorry that he's a victim of these shysters, but if he's such a visionary why was he taken in by this?

I will be your girlfriend on Facebook for $5

I saw this on Zero Hedge last night.
This is a market niche I had never considered. I wonder if there are people so sad and lonely that they'd actually fork over the five bucks.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Two boobs and a boner

I Googled "two boobs and a Boehner" and "two boobs and a boner" and as far as I can tell this is the first time these words have been used in a phrase. So I dedicate this post to the fine men and women who lead our political system and pretend to be outraged over Wall Street and corporate greed while using the very same system to legally grift millions of dollars.

They're all shysters

Did you see the 60 Minutes piece last night? I hope you did. Cynics like me have long believed our elected officials in DC are shysters, and this confirms it. Congress is simply a way for the men and woman of either party to become legalized grifters and scam millions. The issues we send them to legislate on? Those are things these politicians use as cover.

Here is a summary of the STOCK Act.

I think it would be a good idea to ask Gingrich about this during the next Republican debate. As a former Speaker of the House, he would have insight like few others. With his past scandals he doesn't stand a chance to be elected president and he knows it. He is just playing the role of the artificial hare, enjoying the limelight, and it seems to me that he has been fairly candid about the issues lately.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Nigel Tufnel Day

11/11/11 is just another day for most. For others, 11/11/11 is a special day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dear Governor Perry

Please quit the race. I don't know what happened. You used to be an outstanding public speaker and you were pretty good with the ad libs. No more. So leave gracefully now rather than later. Thanks.

Occupy Houston

Some Occupy Houston people were arrested yesterday. Dustin Phipps had something to say about this. Skip ahead to the 1:15 mark:
We are unable to put up a blasted tarp over our bedding, over our Band-Aids, over our granola bars, to protect ourselves and make our occupation sustainable and effective.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Californians are Insane, Part 23

On the lighter side of unreality, in LA $2.5 million gets you this (101 South Rockingham Avenue, 90049 in case it moves around in the MLS.) Yes, I realize that location is important. This is OJ's old 'hood, so even old houses that need stucco repair and still have Christmas lights up deserve the premium price.In Houston, $2.4 million gets you this. Scroll all the way down to get the full Monty.

On a different note, after a 3-year hiatus, I just noticed that tower cranes have started to rise again in west Houston, particularly at the old Town and Country center and over at Memorial City. I can't image they are condos since we are awash in those. My guess is spec office buildings.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Tower Heist

I saw The Tower Heist today. It was OK, not bad. It had some funny moments, and I enjoyed seeing Téa Leoni and Alan Alda on the big screen again. It was also great seeing Eddie Murphy returning to his Reggie Hammond stock character.

But I am wondering what happened to Matthew Broderick. He looked really, really bad. Like he's aged 15 years and added 50 pounds. He's not much older than me but he looks like he's pushing 60, and I don't think his appearance is due to a special Hollywood makeup effect. So many of us grew up watching Broderick, in classic movies like War Games, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Biloxi Blues.

Yet look at him now, in 2011. He's been in motion pictures for 30 years. It's like some strange force sucked the vitality out of Matthew Broderick, leaving behind an empty, outsized and haggard shell of a man.

I wonder what happened to him?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nonmacher’s Bar-B-Que

I lived in Katy for 17 years and I think I've been to Nonmacher's once. As you can see it is an exceedingly tiny place. It has literally 4 small tables, a counter and a kitchen.
I have never noticed the "Let's play cowboys and Iranians" poster in question.

When I drove by today I saw that Nonmacher's is doing more business than ever. There was a line out the door, with supporters waving American flags by the side of Mason Road. On the other side of Mason Road there were perhaps 20 people holding signs up that said things like "Stop the hate." Half of them were young Texans of Iranian descent (I assume) who were wearing cowboys hats. The rest were older white people.

What strikes me about this incident is that the poster was there for over 30 years and no one even noticed it until now. I think the "outrage" is fake. I am not questioning the patriotism of the young dudes protesting Nonmacher's, but they weren't born yet during the Hostage Crisis. Americans were highly pissed and stuff like this poster were quite common in our homes and businesses. If Vince Vance & The Valiants play "Bomb Iran" during a 30-year reunion gig, is that hate speech? Seems like it should be if we're to pretend that we're outraged over this old poster that no one even noticed all this time.

I think something bad is gonna happen to the restaurant, unfortunately. Just a suspicion.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I am not sure why allowing Greek citizens to determine their own fate is chaos. Greece has survived for thousands of years and it will survive this. There will be a great deal of pain, but not chaos (except for the bankers). At least Greece got some cool stuff that can't be repossessed.