Some slivers of sunshine amidst the economic clouds today. First, retail sales are up for the first time in six months, perhaps signaling that consumers aren’t as bearish on the economy as President Obama appears to be. I like the President and certainly wish him success, but his mantra of “we have nothing to fear except a shortage of fear” isn’t going to be celebrated at the Smithsonian anytime soon. All in all, retail sales climbed one percent in January – the largest increase since December, 2007. The spike may not last, especially if gasoline prices rise, but it’s good …

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I’m a big fan of satellite radio. I have XM Radio in my car, and right now, at my desk as I’m writing these words, I’m listening to Frank Caliendo on XM's Laugh USA on channel 151. So I was very excited to hear last year that Sirius Radio and XM were going to merge. Subsequently, I spent many a happy Sunday afternoon listening to my beloved Patriots on Sirius’ football channel while raking the leaves, working in my garage, or just playing catch with my boys on a glorious autumn afternoon. Now, however, it looks like Sirius XM is …

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The End.