If only it were true. "I already belong to a health club, a church, and the Kiwanis Club," Tammy Golden of Los Angeles wrote. "I'm a member of the Von's Grocery Super Savers, which gets me a discount on certain groceries. These are all well-managed organizations with real benefits. None of them send me a confusing bill once a year and make me work it out myself, then throw me in jail if I get…Read More

Last One to Vegas is a Rotten Egg

Just sitting here in the America West boarding lounge at SJC waiting to get on a [probably] Airbus 319 or 320 to haul my ass to Vegas. My business partner is leaving almost simultaneously from SFO. We're scheduled to arrive within a minute or so of each other. Got my $50 upgrade to first class. Best-kept secret in the civilized world. Alright then. Let the race begin.Read More

Splitting the Baby

I had occasion to employ this metaphor earlier today in connection with another matter altogether; and just as quickly realized that it possessed application to recent discussions here. For reference, you might want to see my previous posts--and the comments--The Biggest Lie You've Ever Heard and The Division of Labor. You know the Biblical story: King Solomon, in his legendary infinite wisdom, faced with a dispute between two women over the true motherhood of a…Read More

The Division of Labor

If it's good enough to get you your Birkenstocks and 100% organic hemp t-shirts, then just maybe it's good enough to defend your life... Now and then, someone posts a comment to one of my previous entries that just simply screams out for its own separate posting. In this case, the winner is: Kyle Bennett. The post in question deals with the biggest lie you've ever heard in connection with the war: that those who…Read More

The Queen of Class

It was a few years ago that my paternal grandmother was dying at a ripe old age, right around the Thanksgiving holiday, bringing the family together--for that extra-special event. We sat 'round the table and decided to go around and say something nice and good about the family-member sitting to our respective right. Cathy, The Queen of Class, my aunt by marriage to my dad's younger brother, Ingo, lost a battle last night to pancreatic…Read More

The Biggest Lie You’ve Ever Heard

"No one who objects to the war in Iraq for whatever reasons is disrespecting the servicemen who actually have to go and serve there" That was Peter Rivendell, commenting on this post. This is without doubt the biggest lie out there, since this whole thing began. Anyone who "objects to the war" but claims to "support the troops" is either a moron, or is just fat out lying. My support for these troops stems from…Read More

Faking Courageous

When actors fake... Writer, lawyer, actor, and economist Ben Stein notes that--with regard to the Oscar show the other night--"there was not one word of tribute, not one breath, to our fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan or to their families or their widows or orphans. I guess that since he's an actor himself, he was uniquely perched to identify the narcissistic charade put on by Hollywood: The idea that it is brave…Read More

Sent Items

This just out in email to a group of business colleagues and associates. Bill wrote: Why do we keep talking about fee caps? TASC should be taking the position that free enterprise, for-profit companies don't have to have price controls. Do collection agencies have fee caps? COMPETITION will keep fees down IF SETTLEMENT COMPANIES ARE GIVEN THE FREEDOM TO TAKE ROOT AND GROW without price controls. Bill is absolutely right, of course. And he's right…Read More

Trials Pub

For some reason--I've no idea why--I've neglected to stop in and check out Trials Pub, which is not 2 minutes from the front door of the new place we moved into last November. Here's a bit about the place. Well, Bea had heard that the curry was good and the list of things that I love more than a good spicy curry is a very short list indeed. So, we went last night, we both…Read More

You Aren’t Worth It

Kim du Toit has a good post up about how all of you voters--through the scoundrels you elect--have gone and made each other criminals. Every last one of you, and me, is virtually always in violation of at least one or more local, state and/or federal laws of the U.S. Which one(s)? Jesus, I have no real idea, which is the whole point. It is quite literally impossible for anyone to be informed of and…Read More

What Do You Think of Yourself? (2)

"Michael, I view the world very simply: producers and parasites." That was me, in a phone conversation with a high-powered attorney that I just had to retain on a pressing company legal matter. I don't use the phrase "high-powered attorney" lightly. I've dealt with hundreds of attorneys (literally)--mostly putzes--over the years. For the most part, this one defends businesses, and he does so very effectively. But the question remains. Who are you, and why? At…Read More

What Goes Around

Regular readers (thank you kindly) shall recall this post from just a bit more than a month ago. To sun it up: Now, this: It's not a great photo, coming off a Treo 650 camera phone. I'll have better later. My brother Dave is responsible for that. What he and my nephew, Josh, didn't do was done by contractors that he arranged for. Yes: new roof, windows, garage door, paint, and a touch of landscaping…Read More

Wafa Sultan: A Couragious Saint

I've just been treated to something that I find quite remarkable, uplifting, encouraging, positive and a whole bunch of other things. Go and watch every second of this 5-minute video right now. Watch it again. It's from a Al-Jazeera TV broadcast on 2/21/2006, archived by MEMRI. Here's the transcript, by the way. The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash…Read More

What Do You Think of Yourself?

A friend sent me a video the other day and I just haven't been able to dismiss it. It looks like it's been around for awhile, so you may have seen it at some point. Here, go take a look at it, because the rest of this post won't make a lot of sense unless you do. There's also a page with a bit of background. OK, assuming you've now seen it, let me just…Read More