McMafia by Misha Glenny

I don’t read as many books as I’d like to.  But I just finished one of the biggest and best that I’ve read in a very long time.  It’s left me cynical, angry and nearly hopeless – but naive no more.  The book is McMafia by Misha Glenny and it’s a global view on the…

Tea for Texas

I’m not sure just what is going on with the whole “Tea Party” movement, but I’m pretty sure I like it a lot better than what’s going on in Washington.  Hey, when this gets big enough to include the expats in the Czech Republic, write me for the rally in Prague, eh?  My wife has…

Once a Texan…

…always a Texan.  President Bush gets the applause he deserves.

Obama and the Federal “Tech” System

The President’s folks are setting up shop at the White House and seem appalled with what they are finding.  Now, just imagine coordinating the relief effort of one of the largest hurricanes to hit the USA with this technology.  Then, consider that you are using that tech to command a largely Federal work force with…

Long Winter’s Nap

It seems like I’ve been taking a bit of a blogging nap of late.  In truth, I was back in Russia just last week and the time before that was spent, sweaty palmed, focusing on the upcoming trip.  I gave a presentation on “new media” to a bunch of experts in the field.  I was…

MS Supports the Troops

A Microsoft buddy of mine just sent me this: We’re doing something very cool at Microsoft this weekend.  We’re sponsoring, with the USO, a Salute to the Troops weekend in NYC starting Friday.  I don’t get to go unfortunately, but its cool.  Taking about 60 wounded warriors up from Walter Reed on Friday.  They get…

Georgia, The Real Deal

I’m back and they were great.  The Georgians are full of ideas, initiative, and true grit.  The reputation of their wine and food matches the description their people – full of character, hearty and something that, once experienced, one can’t help but love. I wish them the best and thank them for their hospitality and…

Global Village [READ: Bank]

I’m in another airport now, sipping another beer.  There’s something comforting about this repetition.  I’ve even been in this bar before and might have even been sitting at the same bench.  I’m not the same as I was then, that’s for sure. On the flight from Prague, I heard a fellow talking to his wife…

Child’s Play

I’m sitting in the Prague Airport, having a nice cold Czech beer while the world around me appears to be going to hell in a hand basket.  Bombs in Islamabad and the US markets in utter chaos.  No one knows what is going on with the markets.  Everyone knows what is happening in Pakistan, but…

Ike

So there is a shortage of gasoline in Houston right now because of Ike.  There is irony in there somewhere. I spent yesterday hauling a generator, gasoline, ice, and water to some relatives in SE Texas, near Beaumont.  They do not expect to have electricity for 4-6 weeks.  It took me almost an entire day…

Black Monday

Unprecedented times on Wall Street.  I recommend this article in the Journal today, which documents the dramatic events over the past weekend.  I am having a hard time finding the right perspective on this, but we are witnessing Lehman Brothers, a 158 year old institution that had never reported a quarterly loss before the 2nd…