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Public pursues clues in Mountain Lake mysteryNot mentioned in the article, but brought up in a segment on one of the local TV stations, is the fact that investigators have also uncovered tattered remnants of a pin-stripe suit near where the bones and personal effects were found. Hmm.
Pembroke, Va. (AP) -- Giles County investigators are getting lots of help as they try to track down whose bones were discovered in the dried-up lake bed at Mountain Lake resort.
With intriguing clues like an old class ring, shoes and an engraved belt buckle, numerous amateur sleuths have showed up to help solve the mystery.Investigators believe the person might have died as long ago as 1920. Coins found near the remains dated from 1907 to 1920, and a class ring was marked '04. In addition, a Virginia Tech student found a brass pocket watch nearby that Gautier said was from the 1800s. (link)
Barack Obama has repeatedly blasted "Bush-McCain" economic policies as the cause, as if the two were joined at the hip.
Funny, because over the past 8 years, those who tried to fix Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — the trigger for today's widespread global financial meltdown — were stymied repeatedly by congressional Democrats.
This wasn't an accident. Though some key Republicans deserve blame as well, it was a concerted Democratic effort that made reform of Fannie and Freddie impossible.
The reason for this is simple: Fannie and Freddie became massive providers both of reliable votes among grateful low-income homeowners, and of massive giving to the Democratic Party by grateful investment bankers, both at the two government-sponsored enterprises and on Wall Street.
The result: A huge taxpayer rescue that at last estimate is approaching $700 billion but may go even higher.
Here's the worst part. There will be no fundamental change. A check in the amount of $700,000,000,000 is about to be handed over to those Democrats on Wall Street, and it'll be business as usual.
Sure, there'll be lots of new "regulations" and an army of new bureaucrats tasked with the responsibility of "oversight," but when it comes to the cause of the collapse of Wall Street and the mortgage industry, nothing will change. Nothing.
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Here's how you can judge. If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are killed off, then Congress has truly changed the way business is conducted on Wall Street. If not, we have nothing but smoke and mirrors.
Preserving California’s ConstitutionIs that priceless? The Constitution - ratified in 1879 - that contained no such recognized provision for lo these 129 years - is now at risk of being defiled by the voters because a protection that was created only months ago - by four California residents - is at risk of being overturned. A year ago the Times editorialists would have been arguing just the opposite - Change the Constitution!
California voters will have a chance in November to protect the rights of gay men and women, and to preserve the state’s Constitution. They should vote against Proposition 8, which seeks to amend that Constitution to prevent people of the same sex from marrying.
The measure would overturn a firmly grounded State Supreme Court decision that said everyone has a basic right “to establish a legally recognized family with the person of one’s choice.” (link)
Union Leaders Confronted by Resistance to Obama
By Steven Greenhouse, the New York Times
In battleground states like this one, union voters could be vital to the outcome of the election, and the labor movement has mounted a huge push on behalf of Mr. Obama ...
But many union members have a history of basing their votes on noneconomic issues, giving Mr. McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, a shot at winning their support. Mr. Pyne, who knocks on doors wearing a Steelworkers for Obama T-shirt, witnessed that firsthand while visiting Scott Siegel, a union plumber, and his wife, Amy.
“We basically vote pro-life,” said Ms. Siegel, a mother of five. “As a ‘little person,’ I don’t feel that any of these candidates have our best interests in mind. So if there’s a specific thing that sways our vote, it would be abortion.” (link)
God. Guns. The Gift of life. Union members are no different than the rest of us on these critical cultural issues. Add taxes and defense and you've got a solid voting base. Union leadership will someday figure that out.
Until then, watch the bizarre story unfold in which a few (fabulously wealthy) union bosses speak for ... nobody other than the Democratic Party.