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  • Posted It was never going to be easy to The Cubdom
    What a season! What a game! What a feeling!!!...
  • Posted Congratulations, Ryno! to The Cubdom
    It's been a long road in Cubdom. The club has struggled for the past few years as ownership and the front office have transitioned. I'm genuinely optimistic about the direction of the on-field team... while genuinely disappointed with the constant drive to squeeze every bit of revenue from the fans....
  • Posted This is riveting to iByron
    Wow!...
  • Posted Caveat Lector - Calling BS On an unsuspecting columnist to iByron
    I got one of those emails I love getting from my Father, today. He'd read an article, and wanted my opinion. For those who don't know, I work as a Private Equity accountant. I spend hours every week working with...
  • Posted 28 Great Times at Twenty Eight to iByron
    1. Singing HMS Pinafore with Brian Baum on the way to Detroit and winning a $10 bet 2. Saying goodbye to Nate and Kelley Taube before Ecuador 3. Hallelujah! with Emma Vis and the Apollo Choir 4. Line dancing...
  • Posted Constitutional Abuses to iByron
    Either we have Constitutionally protected rights, or we don't... this week's news looks like we don't. Police assaulting citizens exercising their First Amendment rights of Assembly and Speech. The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality - Salon.com And...
  • Posted Does the jobs bill mean short term pain for employed workers? to iByron
    President Obama introduced a Jobs bill last night before a joint session of congress. There were some solid proposals included, but I want to extend an analysis from last year's decision to cut payroll taxes for workers. (President Obama's secret...
  • Posted Housing woes to iByron
    Housing continues to fall. Here's the latest property transaction in my building. BlockShopper Running the numbers, this unit traded at 39 cents on the dollar from the peak transaction. My condo is, unfortunately, a very close analogy to this unit....
  • Commented on She's a Wauzer!
    Lily is about 20-22 pounds....
  • Posted This month at the Court to iByron
    I like law. I don't know why. I don't think I'd ever want to put in the time to study the law, practice it, and climb the ladder necessary to be a judge... and I started too late to be...
  • Posted Preach it Sister! to iByron
    Here's some wisdom. LaSalle Street Church - Sermon from March 6, 2011 Not Your Last Chance to Tell the Truth - Senior Pastor Laura Truax 18:08 Would telling the truth force you to face your doubts about God? Would telling...
  • Posted "That's what's wrong with [the Clarke] family" to iByron
    Over lunch, my boss was telling me how her husband's brothers had once convinced him to call a teacher a scrotum, because that's how you tell a teacher you really like her. To which, I answered by telling the story...
  • Posted The Charisma of Competence to iByron
    I'll preface this with a little about how I view government. Good government, like good personal budgeting, is taxing $100 for every $100 you spend. Politics is whether you should spend $100, $200, or somewhere in between. As long as...
  • Posted Penny Pinching... or not to iByron
  • Posted The Preposterous to iByron
    is over. In every way. Hallelujah....
  • Posted President Obama's secret plan to privatize Social Security? to iByron
    In 2004, George W. Bush ran for President on a domestic agenda that largely relied on establishing privatized Social Security accounts so individuals could make their own investment decisions on a portion of their Social Security nest-egg. Shortly after his...
  • Posted Stock Tip: MSFT to iByron
    I've been doing some research on Microsoft, here's an excerpt of an email I wrote to a friend making an argument for an investment in the software giant. I'm still doing my due diligence, but figured I'd share it here....
  • Posted Terms of Service to iByron
    Disclaimer: What follows is a rant: It's a waste of your time, and mine... I really dislike my Mortgage Servicer. After National City was sold to PNC, my mortgage was packaged into some CDO, or CMO, or CLO, or whatever...
  • Posted 2010 Season Recap to The Cubdom
    And this is all I have to say about this year....
  • Posted Some thoughts on prayer to iByron
    If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their...
  • Posted The iPod Conundrum Solution to iByron
    My iPod died/is dying. If it was a horse, I would have put it out of its misery a few weeks ago... but it's a piece of electronics, so I have been watching it deteriorate into a useless chunk of...
  • Posted Education and wealth to iByron
    Eric tweeted about a thought provoking Washington Post column this morning. Here's my reaction that I emailed to a few co-workers and thought I'd share here: Passed along from one of my teacher friends: Link The article is rather thick...
  • Posted Teach for America to iByron
    Today's diversion: two papers, two articles, one subject. Both the WSJ and the NY Times published a piece about Teach For America recently. The WSJ piece is (IMHO) a superior piece, but I think it's interesting how both articles play...
  • Posted Happy 3rd Birthday, Lily!!! to iByron
    My doggy turned 3 today. Granted, her birthday is approximate, but every dog needs a birthday, so I thought about the dates that would work as a good birthday for her... and then I realized I knew her real birthday....
  • Posted Soccer in the city to iByron
    The last month has been tremendous as World Cup 2010 captured the world's attention in South Africa. The US qualified atop CONCACAF and drew into a group with England, Algeria, and Slovenia. The conventional thought was that the US would...
  • Posted INFURIATING!!! to iByron
    I can feel my blood pressure exploding and my pulse quickening when I see this stuff. It makes me soooooo mad. The legislatures and courts need to do something to protect everyday citizens from these frivolous lawsuits. It's really ridiculous!...
  • Posted Yesterday evening to iByron
    I have a few things to say about yesterday. 1. I hate being lied to, even if it was a lie of ignorance and laziness. (I called the Chicago Park District to see if I could bring Lily with me...
  • Posted That's my congressman! to iByron
    I've been critical of the honorable Danny K. Davis in the past... and I still won't vote for him, but: That's my congressman! Meanwhile, Representative Danny K. Davis, Democrat of Illinois, is pushing for federal legislation that would make police...
  • Posted An appropriate response to the BP Oil Spill? to iByron
    In Church this morning: Introductory Pulpit commentary: We find our lives dependent upon the destructive forces that have been made visible in the BP oil spill, but which have been a sinful and deadly presence in creation for many decades...
  • Posted Incentives to iByron
    What leads to action? Incentives. The world is full of stories about improperly incentivized folks making otherwise illogical decisions in order to get whatever it is they want. For several months years now, I've had a new cynical worldview boiling...
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