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Pinch-hit randoms


No sleeping in, David. You have a house to paint!

  • We're ducking our heads in solidarity, Florida. Hang on tight and let us know what we can do to help.

  • To all the young and emerging democracies on this planet: I'm not certain we will set much of an example over the next two months.

  • I chose to ride out the expected decline in biotech not by selling, but by waiting to put new cash to work. I'm watching my portfolio rise, but I'm not happy. Strange business, this.

  • After watching both conventions, here's something I gotta say: The point of a teleprompter is so it doesn't look like you're reading the speech. I am well aware this is easier said than done, but if you are going to be on TV in front of the nation take the time to learn the skill.

  • You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you think something is about to go terribly wrong? Let's hope the next global shoe to drop isn't this one.

  • If the administration took the money spent on dividend tax cuts and spent it to boost small business start-ups instead, would we be fretting about a "jobless recovery" and would Alan Greenspan be in such a deep hole?

  • My childhood best friend just bought his dream car: 1976 Corvette with an overbuilt engine. White with tan interior. It's a T-top, no less. I'm sending him the gaudiest 70's shirt and some bright orange hip huggers from the local retro clothing shop so his attire can fit the part.

  • I wish instead of focusing on what was wrong about the market and the economy in 1999-2000, Wall Street would start focusing on what was right.

  • So what happened to the idea of a 4% "natural" unemployment rate we were taught in our macroeconomics course? Was this a wrong concept in 1998-2000 or just plain wrong?

  • This weekend, the best man at my wedding is attending a Yankee game in Yankee stadium for the first time in his life. His name is Mickey (yeah, after Mr. Mantle). Tell him "howdy" if you see him. He's a Yankee fan, but I like him anyway.

  • Is spam completely out of hand? Last week, I received 1800 pieces of spam. An old e-mail address I haven't checked in some time because it was overrun by spam had - take a deep breath - 198,450 pieces of spam in four months.

  • In case there is any doubt what part of the Michigan automaker line I'm on after that hip-hugger comment above... In 18 months, this business willing, this will be parked next to my wife's '66.

  • I'm a fan of full body scans as a preventative measure. I understand if insurance companies don't want to pay for them, but nobody is going to convince me these scans "do no good." That being said, whole body CT scans do have risks. Consider an MRI instead if this procedure appeals to you.

  • Who can resist clicking on this headline: "Bold New World for Bald Mice."

  • There are so many places to go with this, but I'll let it speak for itself. I do have a question: Don't the correction officers normally wear shirts? Or did the state outsource the guard duties to Chippendales?
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