Archive for June, 2018

Thank you, Senator Harry Reid

June 29, 2018

The perils of being “too cute by half”
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Big week for the Supreme Court … leaves liberals in panic mode … and conservatives doing an end zone dance.

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First, Trump’s travel ban (version 3.0) was ruled to be within the Presidential authority to secure the nation.

Then, a  ruling that merchants need not violate their religious beliefs to serve everybody.  (The Red Hen Restaurant should be happy about that).

And finally, a ruling that government employee unions can’t make employees cough up money that gets laundered through to the DNC to elect bosses.

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So, what has that got to do with Harry Reid?

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Great moments in marketing: Trump gives a shout-out to “My Pillow”…

June 28, 2018

…. and the liberal media still doesn’t get “it”.
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Last night – at a rally in Fargo, North Dakota – during his intro-salutes to attending politicians and uber-supporters – Pres. Trump gave a shout-out to Mike Lindell – founder and CEO of a company called My Pillow.

The crowd roared … and the liberal blogosphere and MSM lit up: “undignified”, “beneath the office”, “shameless marketing on behalf of a supporter”, etc.

The clip (below) is worth viewing for sheer entertainment value.

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And, here’s what the hysterians are missing…

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Quiz time: Where are the controversial immigrants coming from?

June 27, 2018

Emotions are running high … and polarized positions are hardening.

Seems like a good time for a map test, right?

Where are the controversial immigrants coming from?

I’ll give you a hint: Central America via Mexico.

Can you name the countries?

Better yet, can you spot them on a map?

Below is a map of Central America with  countries tagged A to F.

Take out a piece of paper, write down the letters and the county names.

Don’t just “imagine” the names … write them down.

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Here are the answers…

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University of Chicago drops SAT / ACT scores … say, what?

June 26, 2018

While I was beaching, my MBA alma mater – the University of Chicago recently announced that it will no longer require its American undergraduate applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.

“The new policy is meant to help even the playing field for students coming from low-income and underrepresented communities.”

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The intent is certainly commendable, but the policy strikes me as problematic…

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What I learned at the beach…

June 25, 2018

Easing back into the “real” world with a couple of takeaways from beach week…

1) While a dying breed, there are still families.  It’s fun being with your’s … and fun watching other families have fun … especially multi-generational families (<= grandparent bias).

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2) I can live without Diet Coke and TV news

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Beach Week …

June 18, 2018

Taking a break … back next week.

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Bethany Beach, Delaware

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IG lost the forest in the trees!

June 15, 2018

… and, I haven’t heard pundits argue the case either.
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I’ll give IG Horowitz the benefit of the doubt re: his team’s investigation and conclusions.

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click to read the report

But, there was, in my opinion, a glaring omission…

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Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford To Live Without.

June 14, 2018

From the summer reading pile.  I read ’em so you don’t have to …

Rath argues that “vital friends” play one or more of 8 roles.

Which of the role(s) do you play?  Which do each of your vital friends play?

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IHOP decides to kickass on burger chains… say, what?

June 13, 2018

Changing name to IHOB … or are they?
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Just in case you the news got drowned out by the NOKO Summit …

IHOP announced that the company was rebranding … from P is for pancakes to B is for burgers.

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Marketing brilliance or pure folly?

Here’s my take …

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NOKO Summit: Rodman steals the show.

June 12, 2018

One of the most amazing interviews I’ve ever seen
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Last night, I was flipping channels to see both sides of the NOKO analysis.

When I clicked to CNN, my reaction was “what the hell?”

There was Chris Cuomo interviewing Dennis Rodman – who was bedecked in a ‘Make America Great Again’ and sporting a PotCoin.com t-shirt.

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I put down the remote, figuring the interview would provide some comic relief to the looping partisan analyses I’d been hearing.

That’s not what I got.

I doubt that it was what Cuomo expected either.

My bet: the CNN storyline was supposed to be that Trump was relying on “The Worm” – Rodman’s NBA nickname – for diplomatic advice … demonstrating how shallow and unprepared Trump was for the talks.

That’s not the way things turned out.

Here are some highlights…

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Hack alert: Don’t be so quick to “unsubscribe” …

June 11, 2018

The obvious became evident to me …

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Last week, we whined about nuisance phone calls and recommended that everybody let all unidentified calls go unanswered … with an opportunity to go to voicemail, of course.

No voicemail … not important or urgent … and probably a robot.

I forgot to mention that there’s an internet variant of the pesky robocalls….

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Everybody gets more email solicitations than they want, right?

So, how to stop them?

Easy answer: click the Federally required “unsubscribe” link.

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Err, not so fast … might cause a problem bigger than an overflowing email box …

How so?

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About those pesky robocalls …

June 8, 2018

There’s a simple, low cost solution.
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Yesterday, we whined about the high and increasing number of nuisance calls – most using robocall technology.

According to YouMail – a company that tracks robocall activity – Americans are now getting almost 3.5 billion (with a “b”) robocalls each month … “equaling roughly 10.4 calls per person affected”.

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What to do besides yelling at the phone?

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Shocker: Number of robocalls annoyingly high (and still increasing)…

June 7, 2018

Which calls annoy you the most? “Sally from cardholder services”, “Selected for a free vacation”, “Detected a virus on your computer”, “Clean your air ducts” … or, something else.

Hard not to notice that the “do not call list” is an emasculated relic.

According to YouMail – a company that tracks robocall activity – Americans are now getting almost 3.5 billion (with a “b”) robocalls each month … “equaling roughly 10.4 calls per person affected”.

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Why the surging numbers?

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Don’t blame me !

June 6, 2018

This year: Social Security’s first deficit.
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Let me get this straight …

On Monday, I announce my retirement.

On Tuesday, the Social Security Trust Fund – the lockbox that doesn’t have a lock – announces that Social Security will run a deficit this year… 3 years ahead of last year’s future projection.

According to the WSJ:

The Social Security program’s costs will exceed its income this year for the first time since 1982, forcing the program to dip into its nearly $3 trillion trust fund to cover benefits.

That is, outflows (payments to 61.5 million people like me) – will exceed inflows (taxes collected from current workers and their employers … and, interest earned on the trust’s assets).

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I know there may be a temptation to accuse me of being the straw that broke the camel’s back, but ….

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FBI lovers: A gift that keeps giving …

June 5, 2018

What’s more important: character or performance?
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One of the news cycle items over the weekend was an article in The Hill by John Solomon:

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The foundation of the article was a fact-based timeline of the Russia-Russia investigation that largely debunks the story the DOJ-FBI have been peddling.

Even I am getting pretty bored by that stuff.

But, buried in the article were a couple incidental text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – the now infamous FBI lovers (and card-carrying Trump haters)….

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It’s official: I’m retired !

June 4, 2018

After more than 20 years teaching at Georgetown,  the word “emeritus” has been added to my title … I’ve learned that emeritus means “honored retiree”.

Whew!  I had always thought that it was something much more ominous.

I don’t golf (yet) … and after my stints in consulting, I’ve had all of the travel that I need.

So why retire?

Five main reasons:

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My motivation: I want to spend as much time as I can with my 5 awesome grandkids.

Frosting on the retirement cake:  more time with my 1 awesome wife Kathy, 2 awesome sons, 2 awesome daughters-in-law, and our 1 occasionally awesome dog Daisy.

Not to worry.

I plan to keep blogging on HomaFiles … to keep me reading, thinking and writing … and, to stay connected with loyal HomaFIles readers.

For now, my email stays the same: Ken.Homa@Georgetown.edu or the shorter homak@Georgetown.edu

Pass the word and stay in touch

Ken

Pundits have it wrong …

June 1, 2018

Trey Gowdy isn’t turning on President Trump … he’s doing him a favor.
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First, a disclosure: I’m a big Trey Gowdy fan.

Since I’m a fan of Forensic Files, I oft see reruns of him putting bad guys away.

These days he seems to know the law and be able to cut to the chase.

To that point, the National Review has proclaimed him to be “the voice of responsibility and reason.”

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Let’s start with Gowdy’s frequently looped remarks on CBS This Morning …

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