Category Archives: Symbols

Trump Naming Rights

160302-trump-naming-rightsObama won’t name our enemy. Trump would probably try to sell the naming rights to radical Islam.

The Donald isn’t guilty of false humility. In a way it’s kind of refreshing to have a candidate who doesn’t claim he was born in a log cabin. Or that his dad was a bartender, or a mailman, or that he’s ashamed that he’s rich.

But the novelty could wear off fast.

iPhone Smarter Than Uncle Sam

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Michael Hayden, the former head of the NSA, is on Apple’s side in the fight over cracking the iPhone of dead terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. So is Ted Olson, former Solicitor General for George W. Bush. His wife was killed in the original 9/11 attack.

iPhone Smarter Than Uncle Sam

The FBI says Apple’s reluctance to co-operate is a marketing stunt. The government’s computers can be hacked but the government can’t hack Apple’s phone.

Seems hard to blame Apple for wanting us to know about it.

 

Down Dow

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As I post this the Dow is up 175 points.

Yellen Takes Off Training Wheels

151218-YellenJanet Yellen took the training wheels off the economy on Wednesday. After seven years of near zero percent interest rates, the Fed hiked rates a quarter percent.

Meanwhile, Congress passed a 2,000 page,  1.2 trillion dollar budget. That tacked another 157 billion onto the 18.5 trillion dollar national debt.

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On Friday the Dow dropped 370 points.

David Stockman says, “sell the bonds, sell the stocks, sell the house”. IBD wonders if the markets know something the Fed doesn’t.

ISIS Nuisance

151118-ISIS-NuisanceJohn Kerry thinks terrorists might have had cause for murdering cartoonists but the attack on Paris is beyond the pale. He backpedalled his statement but here it is. At least he didn’t croon “You’ve got a friend”.

He based his presidential campaign in 2004 on the idea that Islamic jihad is just a nuisance. President Obama feels the same. He wants to close Gitmo and prosecute Islamic jihadists though the US court system.

President Holland feels differently. Freedom fries anyone?

Update:

This analysis by John Lloyd of Reuters says it’s not only an act of war, ISIS is an “existential threat”.