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President Obama is currently on holiday in Hawaii.

And, with his ass just handed to him and his government whore minions over matters of taxation, he has apparently elected to take a few extra days and pout a bit out of the Washington, D.C. spotlight.

In the photo below, Obama is smiling because someone just told a Sarah Palin joke that he understood. See… He has a hard time understanding people that work for a living, or have actually had a real job, in life.

All that said, Obama will apparently start to fly from Hawaii on Monday evening, returning to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon, the White House just announced.

…He had discussed returning Saturday or Sunday.

But, he’s sad. He’ll likely need to call Oprah so she can tell him he really is a good example. Nobody understands him. What the politically adept Oprah would not be telling the “king with no clothes”, is that no one will understand just what a bad example he has actually become.

“After the extended lame duck and five-day delay of his trip here, he’s just trying to squeeze in more time with his family before returning to Washington,” said spokesman Bill Burton.

Evidently playing golf with Michelle and the girls stuck in the hotel is Obama’s idea of quality family time.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

This post is more about a historical footnote, of sorts. And, me showing off with corollary thinking.

Recent headlines state: Michael Vick leads Pro Bowl voting 1½ years after he was released from prison.

And, I predicted this.

Just to prove it, I’ll recommend you read my post from last season: i pick Vick – and Macbeth. That got a lot of attention. And, it was loads of fun to research and compose.

Don’t bother defying or debating me. I’ve reached a higher-plane.

According to my sources (and, those are better than yours because they come from “they”), the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback had over seven hundred and twenty nine fan votes as of last Wednesday – nearly forty thousand more than second-place Peyton Manning. Vick is going to be on a Wheaties box, soon. Manning had topped the balloting the previous two weeks before being surpassed by Vick. Actually Vick blew by him like he does most defenses – and, other people’s opinions.

It’s the latest evidence that many fans appear willing to forgive Vick for the vicious dogfighting operation (run by his white-trash family) that sent him to prison for eighteen months months as they embrace his stunning return to NFL stardom. A backup to start the season, Vick has led the Philadelphia Eagles to first place in the NFC East. along the way he’s accounted for twenty one touchdowns and throwing just two interceptions.

Just for perspective, other voting leaders include: Manning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Online Pro Bowl voting ends Dec. 20th. The teams are picked by a combination of fans’, players’ and coaches’ votes.

I care less now about what Vick did. The worse mistake anyone can make is the one they repeat. And, I’m looking for Vick to finish well.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

So…

I’ll not trouble you with the gritty details. If you care enough, you’ll do some homework. After that, you might ponder a call to your newly appointed, Tea Party-oriented, Republican Congressman.

But, there is an ugly game afoot in-and-amongst our United States Supreme Court.

It’s no secret that COSTCO offers some pretty good deals to consumers. Manufacturers, not one of them likely, don’t like the margins. So, they’ve (collectively), some what reminiscent of that insidious “they”, apparently hired a small army of lawyers to go after COSTCO in an effort to force the distributor to offer consumers less economically advantaged deals on merchandise.

How the hell did this get to the Supreme Court? And maybe of greater concern, why is there no one, other than COSTCO, representing the consumer?

We need Ayn Rand standing on Thomas Jefferson’s shoulders to block the field goal on this one.

Because if we don’t pay attention to things like this, and the bratty selfish behavior of other leaders like Barack Obama, the cost to our nation is going to be more horrendous than you can imagine in the next fifty years.

I’m not really clear why I used an America football analogy just then. I just like the imagery, I suppose. And, I enjoyed watching Michael Vick continue to redeem himself (in a number of ways) last night against the Washington Redskins with inspired play (six touch downs, mind you) and demonstrate that no one can or should be counted-out.

On a side note, but maybe not… I wonder what law firm Michelle Obama will work for when her husband gets drop-kicked out of the Oval Office?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

See yesterdays post: General Motors ON

UPDATE 11/17/2010 @ 1pm: VOILA! – GM Confirms Expanding IPO by 31 percent

I’ll just keep it coming.

Peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

https://briancork.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/general-motors-on/

It’s no secret that General Motors (“GM”) has it’s Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) this week.

What might be a secret to the masses, however, is it’s truest underlying purpose.

The government lent money to GM. There is some thinking that the government could own as much as sixty-one percent (61%) of GM. And, the big auto-maker, as leading and cutting-edge as it’s vehicles have become, will struggle for decades to pay our thinly stretched United States Treasury back – and, it does not have a prayer of meeting it’s pension obligations.

So, they, that insidious “they” (no doubt led by the pipe-smoking-black-dog), mind you, are going to foist the problem on the American Citizens the very best of the good old fashioned way, certainly time-honored… By manipulating the stock market.

Seriously.

Here is how this particular effort will play-out. You simply need to make the decision if you are going to benefit, or keep getting your collective asses kicked.

The IPO will likely open up around $28.00 a share. Insiders (by many a definition) will pay less. For example, the United States Treasury is going to own shares as will friends of the big brokerage houses. JP Morgan is the syndicate lead and they are making all manner of new friends on Capital Hill with this play. This is not widely publicized for obvious reasons.  In any event, based on the aforementioned loan details, the Treasury will break even when the stock hits approximately $44.00.

So, it’s a good bet the stock will do just that, and then some.

I’m guessing there will likely be close to a $6m billion over subscription of the stock leading up to the IPO. My experience tells me we’ll see about $1 billion in roiling. Then that “over-hang” of back-orders will kick the stock up. After that, it’s all about “management”.

This is not evil. This is simply the way things work. You, why not you, can argue it’s part of the American dream.

I have to say something. It’s one of the many reasons you read this Blog. And, it’s something a Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman finds, required.

Good luck. But, there is little of that actually involved. Fortuna, perhaps, eh Dr. Pappas?

UPDATE 11/17/2010 @ 1pm: VOILA! – GM Confirms Expanding IPO by 31 percent

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters

Brian Patrick Cork

This month, the United States of America has a total population of roughly 310, 289, 000 that represents approximately 4.52% of the global population.

We have approximately 94,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan, which notably includes elements of the 75th Regiment (Rangers), and other Special Forces at-large.

The United Kingdom (I’ll simplify as England, here) has 62, 008, 049 citizens which is roughly 0.9% of the global population.

England has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan that include the Special Air Services (SAS) 22nd, 21st and 23rd Regiments (that has served as a model for the special forces of other countries all over the world).

The United States is about four times the size of Great Britain, and carries ten times the number of troops in the Afghanistan theater of operations. But, I can tell you that England is much more severely taxed for man-power, and is dangerously thin in the ranks.

So… I’m going to ask: “Where in the hell are Japan (1.85%), Mexico (1.58%), Germany (1.19%) and France (0.95%)?”

UPDATE:

Perhaps you’re unaware, Japan has not had a military – forbidden by its constitution – since WWII – but it does have a self-defense force (The SDF) – no nukes (considered offensive), etc.  Good background here… http://www.cfr.org/publication/10439/japan_and_its_military.html – Jeffrey Hunter

In fact, I am fully aware of Japan’s current stance on standing armies, and the root cause, as well. However, there is a worthy doctrine shared by both the 75th and the 23rd in that if you don’t like what’s happening, you have two choices: You can change the rules, or you can change the perspective. In this case, I feel Japan and the UN can do both. I feel this is Japan’s way of being allowed to let us fight a war that’s in their best interests, with a malformed sense of integrity.

…end of update.

I’ll be jumping around quite a bit the next few weeks going after Obama’s war on US citizens, Apple’s next technology play, why being the father of daughters is very cool, and boats.

So, stay-tuned. And. you will likely be astounded over how I can connect the above.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Apple says AirPrint will work with a wide range of printers, from inkjets to laser printers.

It’s true. The technology is both timely, and awesome.

This comes with iOS 4.2, as an update in November for the masses, but already here for the initiated, and includes the AirPrint capability for wireless printing. It will automatically find printers on local networks and send text, photos and graphics for printing over Wi-Fi.

It must be noted that long-time ally Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the first printer-maker to raise their hand and help support the driver-less development effort. HP is another great stock to be looking at today – and, tomorrow.

Nonetheless, I’m am quite pleased with my Sprint HTC EVO 4G hand device powered (great word for what it does and means, here) by Android.

This means Android will need to stretch all the further to compete. And, that’s great for all of us.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

what’s all this about?

I can’t explain what that damn tree means - or, if it might stand for something.

However, here I do discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman.

brian cork by John Campbell

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I'll warn you now that Tarski is theme of this blog created by Benedict Eastaugh and Chris Sternal-Johnson. It is named for the logician Alfred Tarski. I'll recommend his papers ‘The Concept of Truth in Formalized Languages’ and ‘On the Concept of Logical Consequence’, both of which can be found in the collection Logic, Semantics, Metamathematics.