Tuesday, September 30, 2008

No bidders?

The talk of the federal "bailout" perplexes me.

Why do "we" need a federal bailout?

I don't get the illiquidity of the giant mortgage pools.

They're not illiquid at all.

The owners of the mortgage pools simply want more money for the pools than the market will pay.

My proof?

I'll offer $100 (CASH) for every $10 billion of "illiquid" bunch of mortgages the wizards of wall street can't sell.
Maybe Warren Buffet would outbid me, probably.

But my point is that there ARE bidders for these mortgages but the sellers (Wall Street crooks) want more money than anyone will pay. More money than they are currently worth.

And they think they can con us dopey taxpayers into paying our tax dollars to buy their crappy investments for far more than they are worth.

Much like homeowners who say "my house is worth $xxxx and I won't sell it for anything less".

The difference is that dufus homeowners can't get innocent taxpayers to bail them out.

Wall street crooks can....maybe......

Only if our elected politicians allow it.

And only if we voters let them do it to us again.

Debates Don't Always Reveal Character

Debates Don't Always Reveal Character
"As everyone saw that evening, he was not a politician. He was a fighter-pilot ace, a Medal of Honor recipient, and a wonderful dad and human being. During his eight years as a POW, he slit his scalp and beat his face with a stool to prevent his captors from parading him in the streets for propaganda purposes. He gave starving men his food rations when he himself was starving. And at home, after his release in 1973, he was a respected leader, scholar and writer. He considered himself a philosopher."

Read the entire article about our American hero.

James H Warner- How we got here

This was sent to me by my friend itazuke:
The BEST explanation of the current crisis I've read.

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The Democrats are correct. The financial crisis was caused by "failed policies," including a refusal to permit meaningful regulation of financial institutions. However, they are deliberately lying when they associate these policies with President Bush. Since taking the oath of office, President Bush has called, 18 times, for adequate regulation of the financial institutions which have done the most to create this crisis: two government-sponsored entities (GSE's), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. ("Freddie Mac") and the Federal National Mortgage Corp. ("Fannie Mae"). Each time it was Democrats, not Republicans, who willfully blocked regulation. Why?

The Democrats have been protecting the failed policies of Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. In 1977, under Jimmy Carter, the Democrat controlled Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which was designed to stop the practice of "redlining" by forcing banks to invest in low income neighborhoods. In 1995, the Clinton administration rewrote the regulations governing the manner in which the CRA ratings were applied to banks. The new regulations require banks to make mortgage loans to borrowers who would not normally qualify – “subprime” mortgages. Frequently these subprime loans were made without a down payment or any documentation from the borrower.

The CRA, with the new regulations, gave “community organizers” a powerful tool with which to pressure banks to do their bidding. Before any bank can open a new branch, or merge with another bank, it has to petition the bank regulatory authorities for permission. This calls for a review which includes review of the bank’s CRA compliance. Complaints, even if spurious, by "community organizers" could threaten permission for the proposed move. In order to prevent such complaints, banks began to buy off the “community organizers.” By the year 2000 these groups had received nearly $10 billion from the banking industry. In that year, the banking industry came up with a proposal under which “community organizers" would receive funding over the next several years. For example, ACORN Housing was scheduled to receive $760 million. (ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has been investigated repeatedly for fraudulent voter registration attempts.) While this is legal, it bears a very close resemblance to extortion.

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae bought subprime mortgages and created "securitized" packages -- bundles of mortgages which included some of the sub primes and some sound mortgages. These are the dubious investment instruments which are leading to the failures of so many financial institutions. Freddie and Fannie themselves failed because their portfolios were very heavily invested in subprime mortgages. When Andrew Cuomo was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) he stated that he wanted these mortgages to be 50% of their portfolios. As they were two of the largest financial institutions in the country, it was clear to observers that the situation posed a serious threat to the economic stability of the country.

The need for regulation was made clearer when the CEO of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines, was forced to step down in 2004. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) accused him of being complicit in accounting irregularities, which resulted in overstating earnings by more than $6 billion, making it possible for the senior executives of Fannie Mae, including Raines himself, to receive huge performance bonuses. He is reported to have received more than $100 million during his five years as CEO of Fannie Mae.

When a congressional subcommittee investigated this, the Democrats on the subcommittee saw nothing wrong and saw no need for regulation over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. This at a time when other banks were required to have 10% reserves behind their mortgages, and Freddie Mae back and Fannie Mae were required to have only 2 1/2%.

The failed policies that led to the current crisis were the policies of Democrats, not Republicans. It was Democrats, not Republican, who blocked regulation. In 1933, when FDR took office, banks were failing all over the country. Roosevelt proposed, and Congress enacted, a number of regulatory measures designed to prevent a repeat of the events that led to the economic collapse. Roosevelt recognized that the greater the economic enterprise, the greater the threat to the country if it should collapse, and for this reason felt that regulation was absolutely necessary to protect the country against foolish speculation by such institutions. Thus, FDR asked for the creation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The same reasoning led President Bush repeatedly to request meaningful regulation of the GSE's. It also led Sen. John McCain, in 2005, to introduce legislation to create a body with authority to exercise oversight over these GSE's. The legislation failed because Democrats blocked it.

It was Democratic policies that forced banks to grant subprime mortgages to people who were not creditworthy, and in amounts that could not help but put the country at risk ( in 2006, banks were forced to issue $600 billion in subprime mortgages). Rational economists, but not Democrats, trembled to contemplate what might happen if these mortgages started to turn bad.

The only argument Democrats have that the subprime mortgages issued pursuant to CRA were not the cause of the crisis is the fact that a large number of these loans were made by independent mortgage brokers who are not subject to CRA. This is irrelevant since the independent mortgage brokers were acting as agents for banks or sold the mortgages they issued to banks, which needed to have them in their portfolios in order to show compliance with CRA.

I agree with the Democrats that greed was a contributing factor to this crisis. It was greed on the part of the Democratic executives at Fannie Mae that caused them to lie about their earnings in order to be granted large multimillion-dollar bonuses.

I agree with the Democrats that foolish speculation helped cause the crisis. Forcing banks to grant subprime mortgages was every bit as foolish as any speculations made by financiers during the roaring twenties.

I agree with the Democrats that the people whose failed policies caused this crisis should not be trusted to fix it -- they are the failed policies of Democrats. I agree with the Democrats that it was a lack of effective regulation that permitted the two largest holders of subprime mortgages to fail -- it was congressional Democrats, including Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi who blocked John McCain’s attempt to impose regulations and who failed to heed President Bush when he warned the Congress about the risk of these entities failing.

If, 85 years after the multiple bank failings of 1933 pushed the country deeper into the Great Depression, the Democrats do not have the same good sense that Franklin Roosevelt had to recognize that large financial entities should be regulated and should not take such foolish gambles as granting billions of dollars of subprime mortgages to people who are not credit worthy, then they cannot be trusted to govern. Furthermore, when they lie about their own complicity, one wonders if it is even worthwhile to continue to listen to them.

James H. Warner is a retired attorney. He served as a domestic policy advisor to President Ronald Reagan from 1985 until 1989.

The HopeChange GroupThink Mindthoughts Song

Confederate Yankee: The HopeChange GroupThink Mindthoughts Song

Sing for our new Messiah!


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Comparison of original Paulson bailout to compromise proposal

"House Republican Whip Roy Blunt's office provides this side-by-side comparison of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's original Wall Street bailout proposal with the final compromise agreed to over the weekend by congressional and Treasury negotiators:
Side-by-Side Comparison of Rescue Legislation"

Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son's Bracelet... Where is Media?

Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son's Bracelet... Where is Media?
"Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son's name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family"

Obama is a despicable panderer.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Study: Students in advanced math classes do worse

Study: Students in advanced math classes do worse
"Once unavailable to many minority and poor children, algebra is becoming widely accepted as a must-have for eighth-graders.

Algebra is considered a “gateway” course for higher learning. Students who take it that year are on track for calculus as seniors. President Bill Clinton made eighth-grade algebra a priority, and an influential 1995 book labeled algebra “The New Civil Right.”"

Why is algebra necessary simply to graduate?
What about reedin', ritin' and addin'?

Senate OKs $25B loan for automakers

Senate OKs $25B loan for automakers
"The largest federal aid ever offered to the U.S. auto industry passed the Senate today, as a $25-billion loan program won final approval from Congress after a three-month industry blitz."

Obama emotionally recalls fallen soldier: What's his name?

Obama emotionally recalls fallen soldier: What's his name?
"Getting some notice -- not enough -- is Obama's failure to remember the name of the fallen soldier on his bracelet. At least Fox is covering it:"

Media Mum on Barney Frank's Fannie Mae Love Connection

Media Mum on Barney Frank's Fannie Mae Love Connection
"Frank has argued that family life “should be fair game for campaign discussion,” wrote the Associated Press on Sept. 2. The comment was in reference to GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her pregnant daughter. “They’re the ones that made an issue of her family,” the Massachusetts Democrat said to the AP.

The news media have covered the relationship in the past, but there have been no mentions since 2005, according to Nexis and despite the collapse of Fannie Mae. The July 3, 1998, Reliable Source column in The Washington Post reported Frank, who is openly gay, had a relationship with Herb Moses, an executive for the now-government controlled Fannie Mae. The column revealed the two had split up at the time but also said Frank was referring to Moses as his “spouse.” Another Washington Post report said Frank called Moses his “lover” and that the two were “still friends” after the breakup"

Ah, the wonderful "unbiased" MSM.

Global warming has paused

Global warming has paused
"Recent studies by the Hadley Climate Research Center (UK), the Japan Meteorological Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of East Anglia (UK) and the University of Alabama Huntsville show clearly that the rising trend of global average temperature stopped in 2000-2001. Further, NASA data shows that warming in the southern hemisphere has stopped, and that ocean temperatures also have stopped rising."

Friday, September 26, 2008

School counts suffer as families flee area

School counts suffer as families flee area
"School districts already dealing with declining birth rates are suffering another 'worrisome' hit this year -- drops in enrollment as students' families seek jobs elsewhere.
School officials counted their students Wednesday -- counts that will be used to determine how much per-pupil state aid districts will receive. In Muskegon County, enrollment fell by 485 students, a 1.6 percent drop."

It's ALL about money, not kids.
Nor parents.
Nor taxpayers.
No gleeful "class sizes smaller, better!"
No giddy "Smaller classes mean less need for taxpayer dollars for teachers!"
No hopeful "Parents to see lower taxes and kids closer attention from teachers!"
It's ALL about the money...... and that says everything about education and its willing cheerleaders in The Chronicle.


The David Letterman has descended, over the years, into a sort of a one man "The View".

A good friend of mine who has been an avid fan for decades has finally stopped watching.

He said it's just too sarcastic and politiaclly biased.

Too bad Letterman cares not.

Four Pinocchios for Biden's Tax Fabrication - Fact Checker

Four Pinocchios for Biden's Tax Fabrication
"However, Biden conveniently overlooks the fact that the Republican nominee is offering tax-payers a credit that should cover the cost of going out and buying insurance."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dems paid $1.4 million for failed state ballot proposal

Dems paid $1.4 million for failed state ballot proposal
"The Michigan Democratic Party provided nearly all the $1.4 million spent supporting a failed ballot proposal that would have rewritten several sections of the state constitution, according to campaign finance reports submitted Wednesday."

And those democrat scumbags and their willing enablers in ithe Michigan media covered up this attack on freedom!

Sick and disgusting!

Drunk driver hits K'zoo police cruiser

Drunk driver hits K'zoo police cruiser: "A Kalamazoo man is behind bars after allegedly hitting a police cruiser and taking off."

Kids, don't try this at home!

Obama's $100K Englewood garden grant being probed :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: The Watchdogs

Obama's $100K Englewood garden grant being probed
The Watchdogs: "A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent.
The garden was never built. And now state records obtained by the Sun-Times show $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of Kenny B. Smith, the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association, which was in charge of the project for the blighted South Side neighborhood."

Chronicle among papers letting go young carriers

Chronicle among papers letting go young carriers
"Those papers will come from The Chronicle in downtown Muskegon until Oct. 20, when printing of the paper will be moved to the Walker facility of The Grand Rapids Press. The Chronicle and The Press are owned by the same company.
Only those 18 and older will be allowed to pick up bundles of newspapers at the depots and have a route in their name."

Exhibit A in why The Chronicle is a dying "news"paper.

1. No explanation of WHY the kids are being fired. Just a mention that The Chronicle is "among" other papers making similar business destroying decisions.

2. No mention of future delivery rates or "time of delivery" changes.

3. No mention of ANY benefit to either The Chronicle, its owners OR the customer.

This smelly paper has gone beyond being worthy of wrapping dead fish.

Ba bye Commie Chronicle........

Sports fans = Political Fans

The Volokh Conspiracy - -: "How Political Fans are Like Sports Fans - Why Voters are Highly Biased in their Evaluation of Political Information"

How do we get out of the dangerous box in which public policy is determined in elections where most voters are either rationally ignorant about even basic political information or highly biased in their evaluation of what they do know? There is no easy answer to that question. In the article linked above and in some of my other scholarship (e.g. - here), I suggest that we consider making fewer decisions through the political system and more through free markets and civil society - where people have much stronger incentives to both seek out information and evaluate it at least somewhat rationally.

Biden is a fool!

Sheep sex doesn't make man a sex offender

Judges: Sheep sex doesn't make man a sex offender
"A Calhoun County man who sodomized a sheep will not have to register as a sex offender because the sheep cannot be considered a victim of sexual assault under Michigan law, a court ruled this week."

Shari Lewis must be giddy in her grave!
(what WAS her hand doing up LambChop's shirt for all those years?)

If Someone Has Sex with a Sheep, Must He Register as a Sex Offender?

If Someone Has Sex with a Sheep, Must He Register as a Sex Offender?: "If Someone Has Sex with a Sheep, Must He Register as a Sex Offender?"
Is Michigan going to displace New Zeeland as the haven for sheep love?

Florida Democrat Congressman: Palin 'Don't Care Too Much What They Do With Jews and Blacks'

Florida Democrat Congressman: Palin 'Don't Care Too Much What They Do With Jews and Blacks': "said Hastings. 'Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks."

... and this is what democrats elect to office.
Anyone hear Obama's response to one of his own supporter's racist comments.............?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Democrats to let offshore drilling ban expire

Democrats to let offshore drilling ban expire
"Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in an months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer."


Friday, September 19, 2008

Woman Gets Life Sentence for Sex With 5-Year-Old

Woman Gets Life Sentence for Sex With 5-Year-Old
"Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for having sex with a 5-year-old boy.
Kelly Lumadue, 33, was found guilty Thursday of having sex with the boy 12 years ago, when she was 21, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Lumadue told the jury she had sex with the child under the direction of her now-deceased husband, who was a professional pornographer, the paper said.
Police arrested Lumadue in 2003 after a garbage collector found the tapes in a box on the curb of Lumadue's Volusia County home, the Sentinel said."

"Conservatives have stronger startle reflexes?"

Lucianne.com News Forum: "Conservatives Have Stronger Startle Reflexes?
National Geographic News, by Brian Handwerk
Original Article
Posted By:Sector7G, 9/18/2008 11:31:10 PM
As Barack Obama and Joe Biden tussle with John McCain and Sarah Palin over the mantle of change in the U.S. presidential race, they may all be losing a little-known constituency: people who startle easily. Voters with heightened physical reactions to perceived threats—blinking or sweating when exposed to 'threatening' images—may be less likely to vote for change, a new study says."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Instapundit.com -

Instapundit.com -: "I would put together a commercial that said…
James A. Johnson - former Fannie Mae CEO and Obama Advisor
Just cost you billions in taxes
Franklin Raines – former Fannie Mae CEO and Obama Advisor
Just cost you billions in taxes
Barack Obama – If we can’t afford his advisors, how can we afford him?"

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thinking Outside the Lox - WSJ.com

Thinking Outside the Lox - WSJ.com: "I shall probably vote for John McCain in this year's presidential election. But I am not locked in on my vote, and if the McCain-Palin campaign gets dramatically stupid, I could go the other way. I make no claim to be an original political thinker, but, unlike so many of my co-religionists, I feel a nice sense of freedom, knowing that I am able to think, so to say, outside the lox."

Atlantic Magazine Might Sue McCain-Smearing Photographer | NewsBusters.org

Atlantic Magazine Might Sue McCain-Smearing Photographer
"The magazine's editor, James Bennet, told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Monday that he was deeply sorry about this incident, and that The Atlantic isn't taking it lying down (audio available here, partial transcript follows, h/t NBer blonde) :
JAMES BENNET, EDITOR 'THE ATLANTIC': I'm already drafting a letter of apology [to McCain]. I mean, this photographer went in there under our auspices to take a covershot for us. Again, we stand by the picture, and we produced a terrific story on John McCain...But while she was there, she behaved in an incredibly underhanded and unprofessional way. [...]
MEGYN KELLY, HOST: What do you do to shut down her use on her website, not just of that covershot, but the disgusting things she has done to John McCain's image on her website which I won't repeat here?
BENNET: She's violated the terms of our agreement with her, or our contract with her. So, we're taking steps. We're looking into steps we can see to do something about that.
KELLY: Are you considering a lawsuit?
BENNET: We're looking into what we can do.
KELLY: Would that be including legal action?
BENNET: If we can, if it's available to us, yeah.
KELLY: Has she been paid?
KELLY: Will she be?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Frantic day on Wall Street as banks teeter - International Herald Tribune

Frantic day on Wall Street as banks teeter - International Herald Tribune: "In one of the most extraordinary days in Wall Street's history, Merrill Lynch is near an 11th-hour deal to avert a deepening financial crisis while another storied securities firm, Lehman Brothers, hurtled toward liquidation, according to people briefed on the deal."

Climate change chicanery - Telegraph

Climate change chicanery - Telegraph: "There has also been an acclaimed new paper by Michael Mann, the creator of the iconic 'hockey stick' graph, purporting to show that the world has recently become hotter than at any time in recorded history, eliminating all the wealth of evidence to show that temperatures were higher in the Mediaeval Warm Period than today."

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cleared: Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent

Cleared: Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law
"The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than £35,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station, a jury decided yesterday."

Friday, September 12, 2008

Probe into how Google mix-up caused $1 billion run on United - Times Online

Probe into how Google mix-up caused $1 billion run on United
"The comedy of errors began with just one reader who went to the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s website and viewed a 2002 article on United Airlines’ bankruptcy.
That single visit in the early hours of Sunday morning, a period of low traffic, apparently bumped it into a 'Popular Stories' in the business section.
At 1:37am, an electronic Google program swept through the paper’s website for new stories and spotted the link.
Google says its program scanned the piece and, seeing there was no 2002 dateline, indexed the article for inclusion on its news pages.
Three minutes and two seconds later, Google News readers started viewing the story on the Sun Sentinel’s Web site."

This is either a miserably written article (duh!) or more likely a Google employee who found a way to take the date tag off the United story.

Lots more to come on this scam......pity the poor investing friends/family of those Google workers who had the ability to de/re-tag posts.

bummer dudes!

Hateful or fools?

Instapundit.com -: "September 12, 2008
OKAY, I THOUGHT THE OBAMA COMMERCIAL MOCKING MCCAIN for not using a computer was dumb because it would alienate older voters. But it turns out it's a lot dumber than that:
The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. . . . McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.

Oops. Another unforced error from the Obama campaign, which seems to have had a lot of those lately. The above is from 2000 -- don't these people know how to use Google? Or NEXIS? Or something?
UPDATE: Ouch: 'It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief knows how to send an e-mail ...but not how to do a five-minute Google search.' Or even how to hire someone who can . . . .
ANOTHER UPDATE: On that note, reader Amy Lopez notes that Obama was recently touting his experience managing his campaign as evidence of his executive ability. That argument isn't looking as strong after the past couple of weeks.
MORE: Epic Fail: 'This whole Obama thing has *got* to be a put-on by the DNC. Any minute Allen Funt will pop out and they’ll announce the real ticket is Hillary Clinton and Phil Bredesen (or Mark Warner) or something, right?'
posted at 07:14 PM by Glenn Reynolds"

Is this the "real" change these folks want to bring to America?



WAY cooler than any E map out there!

Click and travel.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

TheHill.com - Mad about Sarah

TheHill.com - Mad about Sarah: "What is it about Sarah Palin that seems to have driven so many smart, thoughtful Obama supporters around the bend?

Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School, wrote that Palin’s “greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman” and denounced “the Republican Party’s cynical calculation that because [Palin] has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies … she speaks for the women of America.”"

Pension Time Bomb - washingtonpost.com

Pension Time Bomb
"Mayor Osby Davis, who has lived in this waterfront city across San Pablo Bay from San Francisco for 60 of his 62 years, says: 'If you have a can that's leaking two ounces a minute and you put an ounce a minute in it, it's going to get empty.' He is describing his city's coffers."


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Paul says he turned down appeal to endorse McCain

Paul says he turned down appeal to endorse McCain: "Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas lawmaker who attracted a devoted following in the GOP primaries, said Wednesday he rejected an appeal to endorse John McCain's presidential bid."

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth - For Good rehersal PBS

Kristin Chenoweth:

Communities' water battle heads for court

Communities' water battle heads for court
"'It appears that over the years Muskegon Heights has routinely borrowed from the water fund and/or failed to make payments to it, without proper notice to (much less the approval of) Norton Shores and also without paying any interest,' Rose's letter said.
Heights mayor Paige called the dispute 'a matter of opinion.'"

Wicked the Musical - Defying Gravity

CAFE: Most Perverse Product Regulation in History

CAFE: Most Perverse Product Regulation in History
"$50 billion won't turn CAFE into effective policy. It will do just fine, though, as an indicator of Washington's willingness to throw good money after bad rather than admit the folly of its own long-running handiwork."

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Hunt for Sarah October - WSJ.com

The Hunt for Sarah October - WSJ.com: "The latest Washington Post/ABC Poll shows John McCain taking a 12-point lead over Barack Obama among white women, a reversal of Mr. Obama's eight-point lead last month."

Al Franken wins Senate nod amid 7 state primaries

Al Franken wins Senate nod amid 7 state primaries
District of Columbia: Former mayor Marion Barry easily held off four challengers seeking his city council seat in the Democratic primary. Barry is expected to win a second four-year term in November in the overwhelmingly Democratic city."

How sick is the district of columbia.... and how sad....

McCain's Brain: Checking Out His VP

Monday, September 08, 2008

Feds give Muskegon cash for Chicago flight

Feds give Muskegon cash for Chicago flight
"There are now only three daily flights to Detroit from Muskegon.
Lakeshore Congressman Pete Hoekstra announced the Muskegon airport will get a $650,000 grant to help develop flights to O'Hare International Airport. The last time Muskegon had a direct flight to Chicago was 2002."

MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors

MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors: "MSNBC's more liberal outlook has boosted its ratings, though it remains the third-place cable news channel. But both parties began castigating its coverage last spring. Steve Schmidt, McCain's top strategist, called the network 'an organ of the Democratic National Committee,' and Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said Matthews was 'in the tank' for Obama."

Saturday, September 06, 2008

BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | Wilson row over green 'alarmists'

BBC NEWS UK Northern Ireland Wilson row over green 'alarmists': "'Resources should be used to adapt to the consequences of climate change, rather than King Canute-style vainly trying to stop it,' said the minister."

My Brain Tumor by Robert D. Novak on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent

My Brain Tumor by Robert D. Novak on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent: "I had thought 51 years of rough-and-tumble journalism in Washington made me more enemies than friends, but my recent experience suggests the opposite may be the case.
But Joe and Valerie Wilson, attempting to breathe life into the Valerie Plame 'scandal,' issued this statement: 'We have long argued that responsible adults should take Novak's typewriter away. The time has arrived for them to also take away the keys to his Corvette.'
Thanks to my tumor, the Wilsons have achieved half of their desires. I probably never will be able to drive again, and I have sold the Corvette, which I dearly loved. Taking away my typewriter, however, may require modification of the First Amendment.
Support for me and promises of prayers sent for me poured in from all sides, including political figures who had not been happy with my columns. I'm told that President George W. Bush has not liked my criticism, particularly of his Iraq war policy. But the president is a compassionate man, and he telephoned me at 7:24 a.m. on August 15, six minutes before I went into surgery. The conversation lasted only a minute, but his prayerful concern was touching and much appreciated."

Friday, September 05, 2008

My Way - TV

My Way - TV: "Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (2000)

11 WZPX: Friday, September 5 9:00 PM
2000, NR, **, 01:51, Color, English, United States, Made for TV

A woman (Jane Seymour) becomes estranged from her husband (Keith Carradine) after she begins to help slaves on his family's Southern plantation.

Cast: Jane Seymour, Keith Carradine, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Janet-Laine Green, Arlene Duncan, Eugene Byrd, Sharon Washington Director(s): James Keach Executive Producer(s): Susan Cooper, Paul Taublieb, Austin Hearst, Jane Seymour, James Keach

Get more movie info at My Way Movies"

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Nearly 125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer

Nearly 125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer
"Total Is About Double The Death Toll In Iraq"

Is McCain Palin's Bitch?

John McCain (parody of Eric Claptons

Poll: 51 percent say reporters are trying to hurt Palin

Poll: 51 percent say reporters are trying to hurt Palin
"Forty-two percent (42%) say Obama has better experience to be president, but 37% say Palin does."

Two very disturbing stats that will keep demo-libs to double their prozac consumption.


GR says: Show me the Hollywood money!

GR says: Show me the Hollywood money!
"The state of Michigan send movie producers a check for 42 percent of what they spend. Does the added business make up for the tax break? Time will tell.
Producers won't share the cost of the production or the size of the incentive - and neither will the state. The information, they say, is confidential"

The state is funding this boondoggle and our Gov Jenny is keeping the "confidential" money a secret from all of us?!!!!!!!!

And why is the GRPress so complacent with this stonewall?

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Water floods new JW Marriott

Water floods new JW Marriott
"When the pipe broke, engineering could not turn off the main water line. Floors 3-5 were flooded."

"could not turn off the ...water..."?

The Large Hadron Rap

The 23-year-old Michigan State University graduate and science writer's particle physics rap is a hit on YouTube with half a million views and counting.