Friday, November 30, 2007
It is a good thing that the snow is not coming today because its going to take me an hour to get home on the West side as it is!
Which states love small business?
Entrepreneurs, zip up your parkas and head for the plains! South Dakota once again leads the list of U.S. states with the best tax and regulatory climate for small business, according to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council's latest ranking.
Rounding out the top three were Nevada and Wyoming, unchanged from last year. The rest of the top 10 includes Washington, Florida, Michigan, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia and Alabama.
The nation's capital came in dead last once again, preceded by California and New Jersey.
Last year's index used 29 factors to rank states with the lowest taxes and lightest regulatory burden. This year's list added two new criteria: corporate capital gains tax rates and transportation infrastructure.
The Ten Worst? (in order):
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Futures contracts traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) show that traders expect double-digit declines in nine out of the 10 biggest housing markets in the U. S.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Coffee maker? Nice. Bottom line: rear-drive body-on-frame = tough. Unibody Front driver? I don't think so.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Jerry: You don't understand. I went on a successful pocket diet, and I want to keep that weight off.
Elaine making a bowl of cereal.
Elaine: You know what? We sell this thing at Peterman that would be perfect for you.
Jerry: Not more of that crap from the Titanic?
Elaine: No. No. It's a small men's carryall.
Jerry: I'm not carrying a purse.
Elaine sits down at the table to eat her cereal.
Elaine: It's not a purse. It's European.
Jerry sits down with Elaine.
Jerry: It's not a purse. It's European!
Jerry: Oh, thanks.
Jerry: Hey! Officer! Someone took my European carryall!
Cop: Your what?
Jerry: The...black, leather...thing with a strap.
Cop: You mean a purse?
Jerry: Yes, a purse. I carry a purse!
Monday, November 26, 2007
"That's about what we pay for our tree every year."
Then a sale is made to investors, bankers and the first few employees.
Most employees sells their services, first via their resume, then an interview.
Along the same lines, here is one of my favorite scenes from Boiler Room (caution: vulgar language).
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
This is all in full knowledge of a margin of error that is assuredly larger than the fluctuations depicted as an impending crisis. Even Al Gore must know we have no way of accurately measuring our planet's temperatures over time given the growth of industry around the devices coupled with a failure to maintain the standards set forth to assure their accuracy.
Corporations worldwide, being the opportunists that they are and should be have found themselves a huge and lucrative new market ripe for exploitation and are spray painting everything they make with a thin layer of green to cater to it. They are not about to peek behind the curtain and they sure as hell don't want consumers to. "Green" products, despite mostly dubious benefit to the environment let alone MMGW, are the hottest thing since Nutrasweet.
Meanwhile Gore has positioned himself to make millions, cashing in on his new found notoriety and ill-gotten Peace Prize. One day, hopefully sooner than later, millions of MMGW zombies will rise up and actually get behind a cause that really matters.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
If you thought this type of advertising was a new concept...
Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf
1 cup margarine
3 cups sugar
3 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2/3 cup water
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 cup nuts (optional)
- Cream together margarine, sugar, and eggs.
- Combine all dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with water and pumpkin.
- Beat well.
- Pour into 2 well greased loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Charge your friends $1.49 a slice so as to only slightly undercut Starbucks' price
Chrysler has promised to follow the lead of carmakers like BMW by offering fuel-saving engine stop-start technologies on some of its cars in the near future. The system, which shuts down the engine while the car is stationary in traffic, then starts it again once the driver releases the clutch or brake pedal, can improve fuel economy by up to 5%.
One of the first carmakers to offer the technology was BMW, which sources its version from auto parts supplier Bosch, and only a few a weeks ago ZF announced that it had developed a new version designed for automatic vehicles (the BMW set-up is only available on manual cars). Klegon did not reveal who would supply Chrysler’s new units.
As for the longer term, Klegon said “there is a whole trail of things coming.” He also explained that the hybrid partnership between Chrysler, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and BMW was now looking “into the next generation of design and development for hybrids” with a focus on saving cost and weight.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tell Algore my copy of "An Inconvenient Truth" is next.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Bad News for minivans and hybrids.
Infiniti G37 52%
Honda Civic 52%
Infiniti G37 52%
Mini Cooper 52%
Scion xB 52%
Scion tC 52%
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 52%
BMW 6-series 50%
Toyota Tundra 41%
Acura MDX 49%
Honda Odyssey 39%
Honda Civic Hybrid 45%
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
We have already covered the Antarctica lie and shown that the Antarctic ice sheet is actually expanding and could actually cause a drop in ocean levels, but what about the Arctic?
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Written two days after the disaster, his original work "Final Ride Home" was set to video capturing scenes of the disaster site and gained national attention. Soon featured on iTunes - all proceeds of its sale go to the American Red Cross. Phil and his moving work soon appeared in newspapers and television broadcasts across the region.
Phil's compositions will comprise the soundtrack of a new documentary "Footsteps - A Journey in Faith", the world premier of which is November 29th at our own Children's Theatre Company. His Christmas album "Twelve Songs of Christmas" is due any day now. You can also find Phil's debut album "Opening Act" on iTunes.
I had coffee with Phil this morning where he shared exciting news: his resignation from his Financial Advisor role with UBS financial services to pursue his musical career full time.
Phil is a recent graduate of the U of M Carlson School of Management and was recognized for making a difference in the U's online newsletter. His gifts and education have blessed Phil with formidable combination of creative talent and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Phil and I have become fast friends and I couldn't be more proud of his decision to pursue his musical career full time. You can find him at Phil Thompson Music.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Okay, so there are other states that have also legislated air quality standards that don't allow automakers to address an equally relevant issue: our dependence on foreign sources of energy for our transportation needs.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Scant attention? Well, other than The Drudge Report, one of the most heavily visited news sites in the world. As for other like-minded blogs? There are millions of blogs nowadays so if this content made it to even a small percentage of them, it no doubt still squashed the Strib's readership, now dwindling, by some magnitude.
In time, a decade or two, the outrageous scam will be obvious. As the temperature rises, polar ice cap melting, coastal flooding and super storm pattern all fail to occur as predicted everyone will come to realize we have been duped. The sky is not falling. And, natural cycles and drifts in climate are as much if not more responsible for any climate changes underway. I strongly believe that the next twenty years are equally as likely to see a cooling trend as they are to see a warming trend.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
"There's great political support for this right now, because everyone wants to cloak themselves in a green cape."
Sunday, November 11, 2007
What if we lived under the control of another form of government? Communism, the Nazis? What of our freedoms then? Our church? Our ability to protest our government, have a free press, to associate with whom we please? Even our choice of clothing could be restricted.
These are the people that have given us all that we enjoy today.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
It looks like the days of forcing obsolete product onto dealers may be over, at least for one of the big three. Chrysler's CEO, Bob Nardelli who may have failed to distinguish himself as CEO of Home Depot, is showing some overdue leadership among the domestic car makers. Nardelli looks to see that Chrysler is more attuned to the desires of American car buyers. One can only hope that the days of "product out" are giving way to "customer in".
Nardelli is poised to boldly pull the plug on non-performing models in favor of new designs that will more closely reflect consumer demand. Hopefully the days of pushing poorly designed and executed products out the door en masse will end in favor of those that can offer real competition to Japanese and German competition. GM has shown some of the same leadership of late when it killed Oldsmobile but all three of the domestic car makers have more of that coming if they are to survive.
According to The Detroit News, Chrysler's product-cutting plan is all but official. The first three models on the chopping block, according to the newspaper's unnamed sources, are the Magnum, Pacifica and the PT Cruiser. The next round could include the Jeep Commander if it doesn't get its act together.Sales on the first three models were down as much as 32% through September, and the company's new boss, Bob Nardelli, isn't in a playing-around mood.
Company insiders have told the Det News that Nardelli is taking very close looks at the current lineup and isn't exactly thrilled. Supposedly, Dodge's Dakota and Avenger and Chrysler's Sebring are also feeling the Nardelli heat. The newspaper quotes Nardelli as saying, "I'm not a designer, but I'm a consumer," he said. "Rather than deny some of the (negative) reports that are out there you kind of embrace them and say, what do we want to do to take our vehicle from where it is to where consumers want it to be?"