Let’s Cut the Crap About — Tax Returns and Teddy the Cruz

Big Red Car here in the ATX. The Boss is back from Mexico and he is sunburned to a crisp. [Boss, sunscreen even for you.]

So, the Big Red Car was watching the Sunday morning talk shows in anticipation of Super Tuesday.

There was a lot of chatter about tax returns. Tax returns and Mafia connections. The Big Red Car wants to mansplain it to y’all. Continue reading


Political Campaigns as Art — Feeling the Bern, Talk Bernie to Me, Baby!

Big Red Car here enjoying the final throes of the South Carolina campaign.

It is a time of high drama, emotion, and ………………………………..POLITICAL ART.

Art encapsulates all that drama and emotion and delivers it to our senses as visual and audio art. There is the combination of this as a damn good video.

Are you feeling it, America? Cause the Big Red Car is, baby. Oh yeah!

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CEOs at the Nexus — For CEOs Only — Throwing Off the Winter Blues

Big Red Car here on a day when he could not come up with a good Google Adwords title for the post. Sorry.

But, hey, not to worry, going to be 85F today in the ATX. Ahhh, a Texas winter!

So, I’m eavesdropping on The Boss and a couple of his CEOs chattering about this and that and the subject comes to — “How does a CEO grab the company and shake them up a little when things are going fine? No crisis but needing a little shaking up? Throw off the winter blues?”

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NASCAR = Politics?

Big Red Car here in the aftermath of the Republican debate in Greenville, SC last night with some observations.

First, it was a Saturday night, the prelude to Valentine’s Day and one could feel the love in the air. I am betting that Donald Trump and his Melania are probably enjoying a nice brunch down in Charleston with Jeb and his bride right now. Think so?

The country needs to understand something and that something is called NASCAR and how it relates to politics.

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Bernie v Hillary = When Ancient Battled Vintage?

Big Red Car here in the gray hours before the dawn contemplating the spectacle that was the Democrat debate in Milwaukee last night.

The next primary is in South Carolina, so let’s have a debate in…………………………………………..Milwaukee. How about Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Myrtle Beach? Huh?

The Big Red Car finds it odd that the progressive banner is being fought over by an ancient 74-year old white man and a vintage 69-year old white woman.

Talk about “old wine in new bottle”, eh?

But, there was some interesting observations made which bear acknowledging and commentary.

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Donald Trump the Junk Food of Political Discourse?

Big Red Car here and thinking about Donald Trump.

Famously, the man has been supposed to have crashed and burned at least a hundred times since the adventure that is the Trump Presidential candidacy launched.

“This is the end of Trump!” Yes, yes, yes,yes, uhhh, no.

The GOPe, and any number of political operatives including fellas named Rove, have been taking a hit out on the guy for months, quarter years, half years. No bueno!

Then, the actual primaries were to have unmasked this charlatan. Not so much, as it turns out.

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When The Trend Is Not Your Friend — Twitter & Sriracha

Big Red Car here on a particularly sunny and pleasant Texas morning, y’all.

At 60F right now and headed to 85F shortly. Ahhh, a Texas winter can be so nice.

It is a trend to follow. Follow that trend to ATX and move here, y’all.

Traders say, “The trend is your friend.”

By which they mean follow the trend and let it inform your investing.

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Musings On Turning 65

Big Red Car here walking on egg shells because today The Boss is turning 65 and I’m not sure how the old boy is going to take it. [Probably a micro-aggression calling him the “old boy,” Big Red Car, you dumbass.]

So The Boss has made it to 65 and with his end of the gene pool is likely only at the halfway point of his life. Haha. [Big Red Car trying to make up for the “old boy” comment, no? You suck up, Big Red Car. Shameless.]

How did this happen and what does it mean?

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Stop Pimping Our Veterans

Big Red Car here. Sunup not quite here but it will be shortly and it will be bringing the warmth of a Texas winter.

So, Donald Trump skips the Republican debate in Iowa and instead stages a veterans event raising $6,000,000 for veterans?

You OK with that?

Let me be a bit as crass as Trump — I am perfectly fine with rich people giving money to veterans but I am more than a little pissed off with the way Donald Trump used veterans as a personal imprimatur.

Let me tell you about that.

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Taxing Anything Good — the Democrats or Just President Obama?

Big Red Car here in the sunny ATX but it is a little chilly. Will be 65F this afternoon from a low of 35F this morning. That is a Texas winter. An idea we can all get behind, no?

So, have you seen the President’s proposed tax on the low price of oil? That will warm you on a cold morning.

Haha, you didn’t think that taxing rascal was going to let you keep that bit of declining gas price lagniappe, did you?

You are so cute when you have that stupid look on your face. You did think he was going to ignore it, didn’t you? So cute!

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Shop Talk — Boards, A Pragmatic Checklist

Big Red Car here, y’all. Oh, it’s cool and sunny here in the ATX. [Shut up, Big Red Car. We’re getting tired of it.]

So, today we start a new thrust that is going to be called “Shop Talk” for all of you in the trenches.

Today’s chat is about Boards of Directors. It is a checklist in the spirit of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. Remember him?

So, read it already.

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You Can’t Handle the Truth — Musings About YAHOO, MySpace, AOL

Big Red Car here on a cool, crisp impossibly sunny Wednesday morning in the winter that is Texas, y’all.

It is 40F which is pretty damn cold for a Texas winter. It will get to 60F before the sun scoots home this afternoon.

Of course, that snow where you live is so ……………………………………….. lovely, no?

Yahoo, the ship that Marissa Mayer is boxing the compass on, is adrift or, maybe, headed in every direction that the compass will spin. Who really knows?

Marissa — the Big Red Car is on a first name basis with many powerful CEOs (in his dreams) — arrived with Yahoo enmeshed in a world of deteriorating and suspect revenue to the tune of some $5B but she was the woman to firm it up. Get it over to the gym and finally get serious about Pilates.

She famously urged everyone to “lean in” and even wrote a book on the subject. [Ooops, Big Red Car, actually Lean In was written by a woman named Sheryl Sandberg. I know that all business women look alike to a misogynist Big Red Cars but you ought to get the big stuff right, Big Red. Dumbass!]

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Hillary Clinton Emerges From Sniper Fire to Win BIG in Iowa

Big Red Car here on the tail of Hillary Clinton’s HUGE victory in Iowa, a feat that eluded her in 2008.

Now, she has boxed her compass and is headed toward the White House with confidence and certainty. A huge victory!

You go, girl!


Not so fast, Big Red Car. Not so damn fast.

Let’s look at the numbers, please.

May I have the envelope?

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The Lost American Decade

Big Red Car here and awaiting the results of tonight’s Iowa caucuses. Why do we care what a bunch of very white folk in Iowa care about anyway?

Foggy and 80F today. Ahhh, winter in Texas!

So, we’ve heard of the lost Japanese Decades, right?

Did you know we’ve got our own Lost American Decade? The Lost American Decade! Continue reading