This time of year is a favorite for children of all ages – I happen to be
one of these kids – in part because of the television programs that are
shown around Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red
Nose Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have been favorites of
mine since TV went from exclusively black and white to poor quality color.
This is no coincidence as these programs were made in the mid 1960’s.
As I was watching this year, it occurred to me that if at this time in
history Christmas had not yet been established, if somehow Christmas needed
to be “started” in 2009, it wouldn’t stand a chance. Christmas would be
doomed before it ever got started.
First of all, the only time you can say Jesus Christ anymore is when you hit
your thumb with a hammer.
You can’t mention Him at City Hall, you can’t display a crè... (more)
Typically, when an event occurs that causes a stock’s price to drop
significantly we would look at that stock as a potential investment. This is
not and will not be the case with BP.
Our first criteria for investment, is that the business be one of significant
quality. BP cannot be considered quality. As David Leonhardt pointed out in
his May 31 New York Times article entitled “Spillonomics: Underestimating
Risk”. BP has been a company seeking profits to the exclusion of other
equally serious responsibilities.
Leonhardt wrote, “Years before the Deepwater Horizon rig blew, BP was ... (more)
Somewhere on the internet last week, mention was made that unemployment for
high income people was (essentially) non-existent, while extremely high for
low income earners. I was able to track down that data for the fourth quarter
of 2009. Here it is by income:
As you can clearly see the lower income levels are experiencing the greatest
difficulty finding jobs. Interestingly enough, this data is not making its
way into the mainstream. But even more interesting is the set of
“circumstances” that has caused this, or at least occurred in the same
approximate time frame.
Minimum Wage... (more)
"This was the o bject of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new
principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say
things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the
common sense of the su bject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their
assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to
take." --Thomas Jefferson
"All that I have, and all that I am and all that I hope to be in life I am
now ready to stake upon it; and I leave off as I began, that live or die,
survive or perish, I am for the... (more)
The Employee Meeting
I would like to start by thanking you for attending this meeting, though it's
not like you had much of a choice. After all, attendance was mandatory. I'm
also glad many of you accepted my invitation to your family members to be
here as well. I have a few remarks to make to all of you, and then we'll
retire to the ballroom for a great lunch and some employee awards.
I felt that this meeting was important enough to close all 12 of our tire and
automotive shops today so that you could be here. To reassure you, everybody
is being paid for the day --- except me.