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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


The Charleston Gazette massages a couple of stereotypes with this bit of idiocy that comes to us in the way of an editorial this morning:
Halting votes

Time after time around America, Republican Party officers have employed various tactics to block voting by low-income blacks, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic. Now one of the most heartless strategies is afoot in a hard-hit Michigan sector near Detroit.

Macomb County GOP Chairman James Carabelli provided party agents with lists of foreclosed homes and instructed them to challenge each vote by a person who lost a home, on grounds that the voter no longer lives at the registered address. Since less-affluent blacks have suffered an outsized share of foreclosures in the Detroit region, this ploy is a clear attempt to obstruct black votes. (link)

I'm not sure what these geniuses mean by "the Detroit region" (and neither do they, I'm certain), but do they have statistics to prove that "blacks have suffered an outsized share of foreclosures" there? I'll bet not. Blacks just always suffer more in such circumstances right?

No, no racism in that ditty.

But look what tortured reasoning these tortured minds had to come up with to go after the Republican Party - the one that routinely adopts "various tactics to block voting by low-income blacks." The Macomb County GOP chairman provided lists of foreclosed homes to party agents for the purpose of challenging black voters there?

It couldn't be a very lengthy list. Of the 832,861 residents of the county, a whopping 6.3% are black. 88.9% are white. Beyond that, in order for this nefariousness to make any sense Mr. Carabelli would have to have had information on the racial makeup of those who foreclosed - information that is barred by federal law from being acquired.*

So it comes down to an assumption on someone's part that those who lost their homes were all black. In a nearly all-white county.

Who are the racists here exactly?

* Source.

This Will Hurt

It's the healthy thing to do, but ... wow:
HP surprises Wall Street with size of EDS job cuts
By Jordan Robertson, The Associated Press

San Francisco -- When Hewlett-Packard Co. announced five months ago it was acquiring technology-services firm Electronic Data Systems Corp., Wall Street expected big layoffs from the combined company.

But the size of the job cuts _ 24,600 jobs over the next three years, nearly 8 percent of HP's 320,000-employee work force _ came as a shock when HP laid out its plans Monday for integrating EDS.

Most of the cuts will come from within EDS's ranks, and nearly half will be jobs in the U.S., HP announced Monday after the stock market closed. (link)

Regarding the merger thing, and the standard line that is fed to employees of the two companies being merged - "Personnel-wise, nothing will change" - don't believe it for a minute. Change - in this case, big change - always follows. And jobs are always affected.

But 24,600 job cuts. That's big-time.


Must be the result of all those tough new gun laws. Oh, wait ...

Violent Crime Fell in 2007 From Previous Year

There'll be many explanations for this phenomenon put forth. None of them will include the phrase "gun control."

We've moved on. Finally.

Sarah Takes New York

Who would have thought this possible a month ago? McCain has a shot at winning the liberal bastion of New York? I wouldn't take that possibility to Las Vegas but there's definitely a message being broadcast here:
Ladies' Man Mac Is Player In NY
By Frederick U. Dicker, The New York Post

Boosted by the selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, Republican John McCain has experienced a surge of support among women in heavily Democratic New York state - where he has closed the gap with Barack Obama, new private polls show.

The internal Republican and Democratic polls, details of which were provided to The Post, have stunned members of both parties - and produced deep worries among Democrats.

One great concern for Democrats is that the data show a continuous movement toward the McCain-Palin ticket by women, a majority of whom traditionally favor Democrats.

The movement by women toward McCain is being credited to Democratic attacks on Alaska Gov. Palin, last week's "lipstick on a pig" crack by Obama and to the continuing unhappiness by female Democrats over Obama's failure to pick Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate. (link)

A Republican putting New York in play. Who'da thunk it?

I Get So Confused

I thought Barack Obama wanted us out of Iraq immediately. Wasn't this Mr. Cut-&-Run just one year ago?

"The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq's leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year -- now."

So a year later, with the war being won, and an election to be won, what does this principled politician have to say?
Obama Tried To Stall GIs' Iraq Withdrawal
By Amir Taheri, The New York Post

While campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview. (link)

Just another indication - as we learn more and more about this clown - that he's nothing more than an unprincipled lowlife Chicago politician.

On Deanna Durbin ...

After I ran that YouTube video of the incomparable Deanna Durbin in the 1936 short film "Every Sunday" on the weblog on Saturday I was contacted by the gentleman who runs a tribute site to her and her illustrious career. It's entitled "Deanna Durbin Devotees." You can access it here. You too can be a devotee.

All things Deanna. I'm bookmarking it.

Only The Beginning?

That 500-point drop in the Dow yesterday got everyone's attention. Finally. But will it provide the right lesson? The Democrats in Washington wanted to make it possible for people of no considerable means to own a home, making easy money available to them through Fannie May and Freddie Mac in order to accomplish that goal,* and their efforts have now caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The home loan industry collapse is now affecting lending institutions across the planet, with no end to the nightmare in sight.

Will this provide the lesson that Americans need to learn about government programs that purport to help those who can't help themselves?

Social Security anyone?
Ticking Time Bomb Explodes, Public Is Shocked
By Robert Higgins, The Independent Institute

The failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, setting in motion the biggest government bailout/takeover in U.S. history, brings a grim sense of fulfillment to competent economists. After all, what did people expect, that water would flow uphill forever?

In the future, we will see a similar breakdown of the U.S. government’s Social Security system, with its ill-fated pension system and its even more inauspicious Medicare system of financing health care for the elderly. These government schemes are fighting a losing battle against demographic realities, the laws of economics, and the rules of arithmetic. The question is not whether they will fail, but when—and then how the government that can no longer sustain them in their previous Ponzi-scheme form will alter them to salvage what little can be salvaged with minimal damage to the government itself.

Our political economy is rife with such catastrophes in waiting, yet the public always seems startled, and outraged, when the day of reckoning can no longer be deferred, and another apartment collapses in the state’s Hotel of Impossible Promises, loading onto the taxpayers more visibly the burden of sheltering the previous occupants. (link)

Everyone knows the Social Security system in its present form is unsustainable. But nobody is willing to do anything about it. Will Fannie and Freddie get them off their butts? Probably not. Not as long as that "free money" keeps flowing.

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* Note: "This was not some criminal activity that the Bush administration should have been investigating more thoroughly; it was a thorough, massive, systemic mispricing of the risk attendant on lending to people with bad credit. (These are, mind you, the same people that five years ago the Democrats wanted to help enjoy the many booms of homeownership.) Lehman, Bear, Merrill and so forth did not sneakily lend these people money in the hope of putting one over on the American taxpayer while ruining their shareholders and getting the senior executives fired. They got it wrong. Badly wrong. So did everyone else."