A Week in Review


A weekly summary of key events in no particular order with no attempt to be fair, politically correct, or remotely thoughtful.


Newt kicked Mitt’s ass in SC and then spent the Florida debate talking about making the moon our 51st state (not Puerto Rico).  Mitt cried all the way to the bank (21 big ones at 14% tickle down percent). Obama set out the state of our nation, including making Mit pay more tax, but everybody was more interested in his Al Green pipes.

The NFL conference championships offered no respite from a circular political dialogue. The Pats won on a chip shot and Giants on a fumbled punt. Backing it in, so to speak.

The Oscars nominated perhaps the weakest field in recent memory (where was Dragon Tattoo?). There is no King’s Speech here, just a book turned into a film called racist for it’s dialogue by just about anyone who would have reason to know (“Black Women Historians Come Out Against The Help) and another book by a sports guy whose last Oscar nomation (Blind Side) made a certain offensive lineman want to puke because of how he was inaccurately portrayed.

I’d even put up with a pathetic Black Swan acceptance speech by Natalie Portman at this point. But no dice. It’s a silent movie and Brad Pitt non-acting.

Go Bridesmaids! Oh yeah it didn’t get nominated for best picture either…

On TV, Idol is back, with Steven Tyler–of the memory lapse anthem and the man boobs–leading the way. The Good Wife has lost its way, just IMO even though it’s still must-see-TV, but Castle and Blue Bloods are still producing good mind numbing crime drama.

The best-selling book of non-fiction in America this week? American Sniper: “He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book.”

George Soros told is to prepare for class riots just as Facebook prepares to go public. Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook has a real problem. Apple has $98 billion of cash—yeah that’s one quarter the state budget of California—and doesn’t really know what the hell to do with it. And, oh yeah, Steve Jobs’ (a guy who I once called  an “assaholic” done good) company became the most valuable in the world, edging out some fossil fuel dinosaur.

In Boston, I watched my first Celtics game (they beat Superman and the Magic) and went to a BC basketball game (they got murdered by Wake Forest). Then the sun came out and melted the snow long enough for me to go for a bike ride. I noticed that there is no ice in the Charles River for the first time ever in January.

I’m not complaining since I hate the cold.


P.S. Yeah that’s Donny Wahlberg, of the New Kids. I’m a huge fan. You got a problem with that?


About Tom Matlack

Thomas Matlack is a venture capitalist.


  1. Todd Mauldin says:

    Donny was great in “Band of Brothers” too.

  2. Interesting about the american sniper book.
    In it he describes the criteria for his targets:
    Males,ages 14 to 60.

    No one questions this, males are the designated targets,and designated killers.
    How very convenient for those not in that designation,enables them to verbally ‘snipe’
    males at will on forums such as this,never having known real danger due to profile,nor never will.

    How much should we give?
    (“Fortunate Son” Dan Fogerty)

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