Monthly Archives: August 2011

MLK Memorial Made in USA? Dream On.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has spoken from the heavens: I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Don’t believe me? Think about it. On August 22, after a three-year delay, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National … Continue reading

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Farouk Shami: Straightening Out the Economy, One Flat Iron at a Time

  If you work hard, with honesty, and don’t give up, you will live the American Dream. –Farouk Shami Here’s what I love about this project: until three days ago I had never heard of a 68-year-old guy named Farouk … Continue reading

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Sick of China? Try Whack-a-Mole

Sometimes life has a way of working out for the best. More on that–and the wine cooler story–later in this post.  At the moment, I’m wondering if anyone else feels like no matter where we as Americans turn or how we’d … Continue reading

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No Whine Before Its Time

My sincere thanks to the many subscribers who’ve clocked in on the wine cooler snafu. Here’s my favorite, from Ina: Ah come on Tina. The old fridge in the garage will do just fine for a wine cooler. If you … Continue reading

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Busted

The 60-ish guy in the orange Home Depot apron didn’t much care whether I bought a U.S.A.-made BBQ grill or not. “Don’t know what difference that makes,” he muttered. Maybe other shoppers had asked him the same question–what with the … Continue reading

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12 Important Things to Do Before Andy Grove Calls

 I’m making a list of the things I must say for politeness, And goodness and kindness and gentleness, sweetness and rightness: Hello Pardon me How are you Excuse me Bless you May I? Thank you Goodbye If you know some … Continue reading

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Note to Andy Grove: Mind Trying on This Red, White & Blue Suit?

  Top 10 Reasons Why Andy Grove Should Be Our Captain America (continued) #5: Andy Grove knows how to balance confidence and doubt. He knows how to lead. Robert Sutton, professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University and … Continue reading

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Paging Captain America: You Busy?

United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To ‘AA+’ On Political Risks And Rising Debt Burden; Outlook Negative We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’… The downgrade reflects our … Continue reading

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{Not Quite} Midnight in America

As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost… –Marcel Proust   Ever since our imports-induced bender, Don and I have felt … Continue reading

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