Monday, March 29, 2010

Ohhhhh...A New Vodka to Try?

It's gotta beat Sam's Club Vodka: Diegeo to Introduce Rokk in U.S. Vodka Wars

Diageo PLC plans to unveil a Swedish vodka in the U.S. this summer in a direct assault on Constellation Brands Inc.'s Svedka, a fast-growing "cheap chic" brand that has stolen market share from Diageo's Smirnoff and other vodkas.

Diageo's new Rökk, its first Swedish-made vodka in the U.S., is part of a flurry of new liquor products that the London drinks giant is rolling out in the U.S.

Unfortunately the article is behind a paid wall, but basically Vodka sales are going strong in the U.S., but shifting towards lower priced brands (gee, I wonder why).

In "fair use", I will publish this helpful drinking chart of which Vodkas to try:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Think Things Are Better?

Our Treasury Secretary doesn't think so:
The federal government should continue to have a role supporting the mortgage market after Congress restructures or winds down mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told lawmakers Tuesday.
Mr. Geithner said that unlike other markets, housing could require sustained government support given its size and potential ...

And the money to sustain this support will come from....?

Remember, Obama just passed a huge tax increase to pay for his health care monstrosity - surtaxes on "high earners", taxes on unearned income, not to mentioned the increased burdened on businesses and the states.  This is in addition to letting the "Bush tax cuts" expire.  How many bullets are left in the "increase taxes" gun?
And yet the demands for government spending just keep pouring in, and will keep on pouring in as the democrats systematically continue to hobble the economy while it tries to recover.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

How to Crack an iPhone

Drop it face down on concrete...

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Enjoy That Dollar While It Is Still a Dollar

Congressional estimates show grim deficit picture. Let's deconstruct this, shall we?

A new congressional report released Friday says the United States' long-term fiscal woes are even worse than predicted by President Barack Obama's grim budget submission last month.

No surprise here.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that Obama's budget plans would generate deficits over the upcoming decade that would total $9.8 trillion. That's $1.2 trillion more than predicted by the administration.

This administrations "predictions" are code for "lies". They know that their deficit projections are bullshit, and know that their Obamacare proposal would add another trillion of deficits.

The agency says its future-year predictions of tax revenues are more pessimistic than the administration's. That's because CBO projects slightly slower economic growth than the White House.

The Obama administration is choking off economic growth through increased taxes, new taxes, new regulations, anti-business attitudes, and wholesale government takeover of whole industries. There is no way growth will be robust under these policies.

Read the rest if you have the stomach.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

What's With Hotel Pillows?

Alright, anyone who has traveled on business lately will get this one. And you fellow travelers out there know that hotels have developed a fetish for pillows.

Right now I am sitting in a hotel room that had about ten pillows on the bed when I came into the room. In fact, there were so many pillows that there was no room on the bed. In a move that is now common in my hotel stays, I make a big sweep of my hand and knock all but two of the pillows onto the floor so I can actually use the bed. The pillows stay on the ground until the maid comes back and makes the bed, and later in the evening the pillow fight between guest and the help starts anew.

While some hotels go with volume, others go with "speciality pillows". They have a menu in the room with a variety of pillows (down, foam, firm, etc.) and you can call the front desk and have the proper one sent up to your room at no additional charge (I'm not making this up - this is really out there).

I am not sure where this is all coming from all the sudden - I can only surmise that some hotel market study came up with research saying that guests have a thing for pillows, and doing something in that area would be a cheap way to increase positive feedback of the hotel experience.

For me it isn't working - it just adds a hassle factor when I come back to the room drunk and just want to go sleep.