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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Now He's The National Laughingstock

It's apparent that Barack Obama has informed Virginia Governor Tim Kaine that the latter will not be the Messiah's running mate. Instead he's been asked to be the court jester.

Get a load of this response to a question put to the Gov in a Fox News interview having to do with the ceasefire that the Russians had agreed to honor yesterday:
It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in. And I’m very, very happy that the Senator’s request for a ceasefire has been complied with by President Medvedev.
The Russians caved to Obama's ultimatum? Is he joking?

Well, he is the jester.

For those of you who refuse to believe it, click on the link below and gaze in wonder:

It's Like a Disease

What's with high school teachers around here?
Narrows teacher accused of having sex with student
By Shawna Morrison, The Roanoke Times

The former band director at Narrows High School was arrested Tuesday on charges of having sex with a student.

John Stafford Maddy, 34, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl and resigned from his job Aug. 1, the day he was first questioned by investigators, according to Lt. Ron Hamlin of the Giles County Sheriff's Office.

Maddy, of Peterstown, W.Va., is charged with 13 felonies and five misdemeanors. The charges include taking indecent liberties with a child while being in a custodial position and crimes against nature, both felonies, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. (link)
34 years old. Old enough to know better.

As Global Temperatures Ebb ...

... so do attitudes about "global warming":
Waning Warming Debate
By Amy Harder, National Journal

For all the recent coverage of the pollution surrounding Beijing's Olympic Games, global warming has gotten relatively little attention, whether on the nightly news or on the campaign trail. While the majority of Americans still say they consider climate change a serious issue, a new poll suggests public concern over the issue has ebbed since last year.

According to a survey [PDF] from ABC News, Planet Green and Stanford University, fewer than half -- 47 percent -- of Americans consider global warming an important issue to them personally, down from 52 percent in April 2007. Although a vast majority still think the planet is warming -- 8 in 10 respondents -- that figure is also down from last year, having dropped 4 percentage points. Furthermore, in an open-ended question, the number of respondents who called global warming the biggest environmental challenge facing the world fell 8 points from 2007 and currently hovers at 25 percent. (link)

As I've mentioned before in recent years, these things always run their course. Always.

I wonder what the next doomsday scenario to grip this enlightened planet will be.

This Can't Help His Rehabilitation Effort

Says Rielle Hunter's sister:

"I've seen the pictures of the baby she looks like John Edwards [sic]. She's got his eyes and jaw line and lips, but she does have Rielle's nose."

Ouch.

Well, She Still Has Playboy

Why am I overly pleased by this news?
Appeals court upholds CIA leak lawsuit dismissal
By Andy Sullivan, Reuters

Washington (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dismissed former CIA analyst Valerie Plame's lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney and several former Bush administration officials for disclosing her identity to the public.

The Court of Appeals in Washington dealt another setback to the former spy, who has said her career was destroyed when officials blew her cover in 2003 to retaliate against her husband, Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson.

Plame and Wilson sought money damages from Cheney, Libby, former White House aide Karl Rove and former State Department official Richard Armitage for violating their constitutional free speech, due process and privacy rights.

But a three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld a federal judge's ruling that dismissed the couple's lawsuit.

The court ruled Cheney and the others were acting within their official capacity when they revealed Plame's identity to reporters. (link)

For the record, "they" didn't reveal Plame's identity to reporters. Richard Armitage, acting alone, told a columnist, Robert Novak.

That said, this makes for a good day.

This Ain't Good

Thank goodness most people are sensitive to their credit score or America would be in a world of hurt:
One Third of New Owners Owe More Than House Is Worth
By Bob Ivry, Bloomberg.com

Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Almost one-third of U.S. homeowners who bought in the last five years now owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, according to Zillow.com, an Internet provider of home valuations.

Second-quarter home prices fell 9.9 percent from a year earlier, giving 29 percent of owners negative equity, said Zillow, the Seattle-based service that offers values for more than 80 million homes. For those who bought at the 2006 peak of the housing market, 45 percent are now underwater, Zillow said.

Negative equity and declining prices are making it difficult for homeowners to sell property for a profit. (link)
I guess this means those who earned a comfortable living "flipping" houses aren't so comfortable these days. As for everyone else, hang in there. It can only get better. Sooner or later ...