OSU redshirt senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been named one of five semifinalists for the Outland Trophy, a prestigious award given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.One of the team captains for the 2016 season, Elflein is starting for a third consecutive season. This year, the two-time first-team all-Big Ten lineman transitioned from guard to center, taking over after the departure of Jacoby Boren.Before the start of the season, there were questions surrounding the front five for OSU. Outside of Elflein and fellow All-American candidate Billy Price, the Buckeyes offensive line includes three first-year starters.Elflein has had a big role in an Ohio State offense that finds itself first in the Big Ten in rushing (267), yards per carry (5.7) and total offense (511.4). The Buckeyes also rank second nationally in scoring (46.5 ppg).Along with the Outland Trophy, Elflein is also one of 20 players in the running for the Lombardi Award, awarded to college football’s best lineman or linebacker, and is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center.
TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Haiti will not agree to terms laid out by the British and the Turks and Caicos Islands and so a Memorandum of Understanding is not signed and sounds as if one may never be… well at least not in the near future. Minister for Border Control and Labour, Hon DonHue Gardiner confirmed this in the House of Assembly this week and while the Minister would not agree that talks have broken down with Haiti, he did say this.“Having made the best endeavors to reach certain accommodations with the Government in Port Au Prince (Haiti), and having experienced several shifting of the goal posts as and when agreements were thought to have been reached we have – and certainly – this Minister has taken the view that it is unlikely; because no agreement is better than a bad agreement. It is unlikely that we will come to any accommodations with the government in Port Au Prince.”At least two Governors have been involved in this negotiation to get the MOU signed, meanwhile the country continues to spend over a million per year to repatriate Haitians who breach our borders illegally. All costs for towing, housing, feeding, treating and returning Haitians home are borne by TCIG; well except in the case if the Haitians are deceased. The Haitian government after a boat capsized in Christmas of 2013 repatriated the bodies of 17 of their countrymen who died in that tragedy. Related Items:donhue gardiner, haiti, MOU Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation
18Mar Franz welcomes local students to Lansing State Rep. Ray Franz met with Leelanau County 4-H students today during MSU’s 4-H Capitol Experience. Pictured from left: Franz, Olena Radulova from Glen Lake High School, 4-H leader Karin Stevens, and Andrew Roberts from Leland High School. The annual MSU conference focuses on civic engagement by teaching participants how to influence public policy, helping them increase their leadership and citizenship skills, and providing greater understanding and knowledge of state government. Categories: News
Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report Dear Reader, David Stockman needs no introduction, but I’ll give him one anyway. He’s a former US Congressman who, upon assuming responsibility as Ronald Reagan’s budget director in 1981, became the youngest presidential cabinet member of the 20th century. Following a 20-year career on Wall Street, David is now an outspoken critic of government stupidity. He argues on behalf of outdated notions like a balanced budget, free markets, and for the government to just plain leave us alone. Below, David shares a scathing financial analysis of Tesla… and that’s putting it nicely. He argues that Elon Musk’s company is a crony capitalist creation that owes its very existence to government handouts and bailouts. Here’s David.
– So, word got out here in Argentina that I was turning 70. And that meant a fiesta was in order. I hate celebrating my birthday, but it would be churlish to wave off people who like that sort of thing. I was invited to a party put on by some of my neighbors. Vintners, horse breeders, ranchers, farmers, and the like. An interesting group. Rich, sophisticated; the local upper crust. I’d only met perhaps a third of them before that evening. It turns out that most of them get together weekly, at one estancia or another, and have an exotic asado cum drinking party. I served as this week’s center of attention and entertainment. It was different from similar parties I’ve been to in Buenos Aires in that everyone here was speaking Spanish, with a smattering of English. In BA, the conversation at a dinner table is typically multilingual—Spanish, English, French, German, and Italian can all be used. People were patient with me, understanding that Americans, among their other faults, generally lack linguistic sophistication. My French (now rusty and affreux) is still better than my Spanish, mainly because I went to school for a year in Switzerland. My German is even worse, even though the 500 basic English words are all German cognates. I’ve always envied Sir Richard Burton, who, it was said, could speak 10 languages fluently and 15 more reasonably well. But that is now, I suppose, a quaint 19th century skill. Soon, your smartphone will give you simultaneous translations in a hundred tongues. Anyway, back to the party. Argentina, of all the countries in the world, most resembles ancient Rome. The whole country revolves around BA, the way the early Roman Empire revolved around Rome. Successful people all have a place in the capital, one in the country, and another on the ocean for when it’s hot in the summer. And they socialize like the Romans, with dinner parties that last well into the wee hours, as a matter of course. First, you’re served hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Then various sausages and warm meats. Then the main course and vegetables. Then pasta. Then fruit and a desert. You’re now halfway through. Next come the after-dinner drinks and cigars. Finally, coca leaves, which most everyone chews for the rest of the evening; they’re a delightful digestif. And conversation for the whole six hours. What did we talk about? Many things, of course, including the economy, the world situation, politics, and the recent Argentine and upcoming U.S. elections. And, for exotica, my recent (a couple weeks before) visit to Zimbabwe. Everyone had heard it said that Hillary was going to be the next president. Nobody liked the idea, if only because Argentina has had uniformly disastrous experiences with populist female politicians. Perón’s first wife, the famous Evita, acted as a shadow president and set the tone for the country’s long decline. Then came Perón’s second wife, Isabel, an Evita look-alike/act-alike, who was first his vice president and then succeeded him as president after he died. Then came Cristina Kirchner, the wife of another president who died in office. Who supported Evita, Isabel, and Cristina? Exactly the same type of people who support Hillary in the U.S.—the 50% receiving state benefits, the envy-driven, the stupid, the naïve, the ignorant, and, of course, those members of the moneyed classes who use their political connections to steal massive quantities. Everyone (including myself) was shocked, but extremely thankful, that Cristina’s surrogate was beaten by Mauricio Macri. Macri is hardly John Galt, but my guess is that the country will experience a boom in the next few years. Why? Agricultural products are at rock bottom after a long, deep bear market; tens of billions of additional money will flow into Argentina with higher ag prices. The new government has discarded agricultural export taxes ranging to 40% (before income and other taxes); as a result, production will likely go up 50%, bringing in many more billions. Some of the estimated $200 billion that Argentines have abroad is now likely to come back. And with the settlement for the holdouts from the government’s $100 billion default 15 years ago, lots more money will flow into the country. A general deregulation of the economy, now in progress, will further increase prosperity. Rickards: “Warning, I’ve Changed My Thesis On Gold” I firmly believe we’re at the beginning of the BIGGEST move the world has ever seen in gold. “Simple math” says $10,000 gold is all but certain. But, you’re not going to believe what I have to say next… BEFORE you buy a single ounce of gold, read this important message. Editor’s note: Today, in place of our daily market commentary, we’re sharing a recent essay that’s been extremely popular with our Casey Report and International Man readers. In it, Casey Research founder Doug Casey tells us about his recent trip to Zimbabwe. As you may know, Zimbabwe is in a genuine economic crisis…which means there’s an opportunity for big investment gains, if you know where to look. (If crisis investing interests you, make sure to check out the bottom of today’s essay, where we describe a fantastic deal you can still get in on.) Recommended Links