DECEMBER 15, 2013 7:05PM

Christmas Party Tale -- Take a Cab!

Christmas Party Tale -- Take a Cab!
 
From Humor at ofthisandthat.0rg
 
With the holidays upon us I would like to share an experience with my family & friends about drinking and driving.  As you may know some of ushave been known to have brushesRead full post »

Arshad M Khan

Nelson Mandela died peacefully at 8:50pm last Thursday, December 5, 2013, in his Johannesburg home.  The South African President called him a son of Africa and father to the new nation of South Africa.  Tributes are pouring in particularly from the western world…

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Arshad M Khan

There is an old joke about a tortoise saying to a hare, “you can run but you can’t hide.” So it used to be with politicians running for elections and relying on constituent donations — thus sensitive to voter sentiment. Not any more.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 11:16PM

He May Be Bad, But Is He Mad?


by Arshad M. Khan

The title (referring to Assad) is the question George Galloway MP asked in the House
of Commons when he shredded Prime Minister David Cameron.  In a first for a
modern Prime Minister on an issue of military intervention, Cameron lost the vote, and
therefore the British will
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SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 12:51PM

BLOWBACK: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT


Arshad M Khan

Mr. President:  Just three weeks ago (August 31, 2012), this letter asked the question, "How long will it be before these groups turn on their erstwhile supporters as they have in Afghanistan?"  The question referred to our support for religious fundamentalist (even fanatic…

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AUGUST 13, 2012 12:32PM

THE WISCONSIN MUSKRAT

Arshad M Khan

News Item:  Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan picked by Mitt Romney as his Vice Presidential running mate.

Yep!  I'll admit it.  I am a Wisconsin muskrat.  I love to hunt and I love to fish ...and I eat what I hunt and I eat what I fish.

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 Arshad M Khan

The military exercises held jointly with the Philippines off Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea were, if not provocative, certainly thought provoking.  We have made public this new strategy of "re-balancing", that is an increased military presence in the Pacific aim… Read full post »

 Arshad M Khan

Babylonians — oh yes! it’s the Iraqis again — developed a zero about 300 B.C. It was represented by two slanted wedges on their clay tablets and served as a place holder in the sexagesimal (base 60 unlike our current base 10)… Read full post »

Arshad M Khan

Mr. President:  In the late 1950s, I remember a fellow student at King's College (University of London), traveling to the United States for a summer job, then reporting back that it was a land of milk and honey.  Here is the question:  If the… Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2012 11:47AM

AFGHANISTAN: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

 Arshad M Khan


The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. ...
Sun Tzu

The recent riots in Afghanistan following the disposal of Korans in…

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FEBRUARY 27, 2012 4:55PM

WAR AS POLICY FAILURE

 Arshad M Khan

 Sun Tzu's admonition that war is a failure of policy rings ever more true.

The latest from Afghanistan has dozens of demonstrators and several ISAF personnel killed since reports surfaced of Korans being sent to incinerators for disposal.  That is the trouble with occupRead full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 7:11PM

THE DARK MATTER IN THE FINACIAL UNIVERSE

 Arshad M Khan

Here is a frightening statistic:  In 1980, almost 98 percent of traded financial assets met transparency guidelines, exchange-based rules and anti-fraud requirements.  By 2008, over 90 percent did not.  Yet, nothing has been implemented to restructure this prec… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2012 12:40AM

THE AUDACITY OF TROPE

 Arshad M Khan

 News Item:  Obama delivers his third State of the Union address

"Let me be clear" ..."Change isn't easy".  "Make no mistake".  "It won't happen overnight."

"Let me be clear.  Bankers don't need another vote in the United States Senate.  They've got pl… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2012 11:54AM

SO WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE UNION?

By Arshad M Khan

A featured topic in the State of the Union address is expected to be "insourcing" -- manufacturing jobs returning to the U.S.  The figure being quoted is 374,000 in the last two years.  Siemens, the German electrical giant, is given as an example.… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2012 6:31PM

Any Purpose to the Defense Cuts?

Arshad M Khan

New plans and cuts in the Defense budget announced last Thursday reflect the consequences of Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is clear we will henceforth be relying on a  much smaller footprint -- special forces and drones to the fore - recalling the concept of "offshore… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2012 5:37PM

Is Capitalism Passe'?

 Arshad M Khan

Year end is time for summaries and if one can summarize this administration's achievements on the economic front, it would be thus:  It has bankrupted the institution of bankruptcy for the banks that matter.  As a consequence, interest rates, calculated on the probab… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2011 11:18AM

What They Do and Don't Do

Arshad M Khan

While the headlines scream unemployment is down to 8.6 percent, the fine print tells us it is due in good measure to the 315,000 people too discouraged to look for work last month.

But buried in the back pages (p.21 in the Washington Post last… Read full post »

Arshad M Khan

Yes, it is happy times, especially for the little ones, so it is painful for me to bring you this tale of woe.  You will not believe this, but Santa has become a global capitalist. He is outsourcing or something like that -- I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2011 10:38PM

THE NEWT

Arshad M Khan

News Item:  Newt Gingrich soars past Mitt Romney in Republican polls after Herman Cain suspends campaign.

Yes, I am a Newt, dinosaurian in thought, meteoric in rise -- as in climbing walls, or making others do so after what I say -- and precipitous in… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2011 12:52PM

Bankers and Progress

Arshad M Khan

The whole world revolves around banks and bankers these days.  The G-20 meeting was ample demonstration.  Mr. Papandreou, the Greek Prime Minister, tried to hold a referendum on the deal struck with the French and Germans but he was quickly brought back in line --… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2011 12:45AM

Some Reasons Why People Are Fed Up

 Arshad M Khan

A little over two centuries ago, 1795 to be exact, Immanuel Kant published a political pamphlet Zum ewigen Frieden (To a Perpetual Peace).  It was a practical alternative to war and an approach to conflict resolution but human nature remains unrestrained.  I am remind… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2011 12:12PM

A Group of Baboons Is ...

 A friend sent this, and it's too good not to share ...

The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle ofRead full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2011 12:05PM

On Bankers and on the Economy

 Arshad M Khan

Interesting news from Britain:  The UK Independent Commission on Banking led by Sir John Vickers, a former Chief Economist at the Bank of England, issued its report.  Tasked to propose structural banking reforms in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, its prin… Read full post »

 Arshad M Khan

The latest jobs report released today is about as bad as it could be -- no new jobs created in August (a first since WWII) and a revision downwards of the jobs created in July from 117,000 to 85,000.  The debt ceiling bill limits effective fiscal expansionRead full post »

MAY 9, 2011 10:54AM

DYING AT FUKUSHIMA

Arshad M Khan

I am known as Kat-o-san but my friends call me Tom.  I have quite a story to tell you ...

I was sitting quietly at the upper story window minding my own business, licking my fur between catnaps.  It's not that I am vain, I just like to… Read full post »