Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

From today’s Wall Street Journal: Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing to seek bankruptcy protection in the coming weeks, people familiar with the matter said, a move that would cap a stunning comedown for a company that once ranked among America’s corporate titans. It is interesting how certain events seem to mark the ending of an […]

I might as well ‘fess up. It’s the glitter that gets me. Like that fraud on TV, I just like the heavy feel of a fistful of gold coins. I wish I had more of ’em. I wish I had the Midas touch, except perhaps when reading Acts 20:33. I remember, back in the 1980s, […]

Well, if I can use a gratuitous exclamation point for one post, I guess I can do it for another. Daughter Linda doesn’t know it yet, but she has just become an author on the Orlop. She opined as follows in an e-mail: Did someone say BP? Ah well, I must weigh in, though as […]

Credit & Copyright: Max Alexander, STFC, SPL Although it has felt like summertime for several weeks now, it seems right to officially acknowledge the season. Baseball spring training is now ‘way back in the distant past, when I baptize my change of seasons from bummer to summer, and it won’t be long now until the […]

This quote is from an opinion piece in today’s WSJ by Martin Feldstein. His thesis is that Obamacare is designed to achieve cost savings through rationing of health care. In the British national health service, a government agency approves only those expensive treatments that add at least one Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) per 30,000 […]

Columnist Peggy Noonan’s latest, Common Sense May Sink ObamaCare, suggests that voters have been asking themselves questions regarding the direction of healthcare reform in its current form. I think the plan is being slowed and may well be stopped not by ideology, or even by philosophy in a strict sense, but by simple American common […]

So said British historian Robert Payne of the United States of America in 1949. Now, over 60 years later, I wonder if this was written at the peak of our national power and that we’ve been declining ever since. What do you amateur historians think? What other societies or nations might be in competition for […]

That alliterative title I owe to today’s Peggy Noonan column in the Wall Street Journal, Lessons From the Recovery of 2001. The subtitle is “Not so long ago, there were heroes on Wall Street.” Noonan tells about how the New York Stock Exchange got itself back on its feet in only 5 days after the […]

This photo was shamelessly snatched from Peggy Noonan’s latest opinion piece, Mere Presidents. In about two weeks we will be back to having only one President of the United States. I will miss this interregnum with its President for foreign policy and another for domestic policy. Strangely enough, it seems to work pretty well. Ms. […]

On November 21, I rashly promised to opine about how the global economy got so screwed up that it is causing a lot of pain. I’m not smart enough, so I won’t try to analyze and explain. What I can do, perhaps, is to look at things from a more personal level since it is […]