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Monday, September 29, 2008

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An Intriguing Story

Have you been following this mystery as it unfolds?
Public pursues clues in Mountain Lake mystery
Associated Press

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)
Not 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.

A mystery that cries out for answers. Who found himself at the bottom of Mountain Lake and why? His restless spirit will roam the earth until ...

Consider Me Underwhelmed

This headline does not build confidence:

Oversight Added to $700B Bill; Vote Expected to Come Today

What, we'll add another SEC to the one that has been in place for no other purpose than to OVERSEE the financial sector? What, a super-double SEC?

Gimme a break.

The War Goes On

If only those who can't see beyond their noses would finally grasp the fact that the war on terror was never simply about Iraq. A photo on the front page of the Washington Post's on-line edition this morning should be, for them, a call to put their glasses on:

This, oh blind ones, is a global scourge.

We killed tens of thousands of bad guys in Iraq. And thousands more in faraway places we've never heard of. Thousands more will die - in Afghanistan, in India, in Pakistan, in London, and, yes, in Iraq, before this war finally comes to an end.

Photo courtesy of Reuters

The Crisis At Its Core

Investor's Business Daily on the financial system meltdown:

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.

These Guys Can't Be Serious

This ought to bring a chuckle this morning. The New York Times editorial page is calling upon the people of California to uphold the decision of four (four!) liberal judges on the state's supreme court that overturned the ages-old same-sex marriage ban there. (The Shock!)

Why? Because an amendment that is coming up for a vote in November that would (effectively) reinstate the ban would defy and weaken the Constitution!
Preserving California’s 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)
Is 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!

Are these guys precious or what?

Always a Winning Strategy

It was Ronald Reagan who said, in response to someone's question regarding solid union opposition to his 1980 election, that he accepted the fact that organized labor was for his opponent; he simply wanted the union rank-and-file. And he got, in overwhelming numbers, the everyday union laborer's vote. Along with a crushing victory over his feckless - but union supported - opponent.

We turn to 2008:
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.

And Your Interest Rates Will Go Up

See how this works?

Democrats seek Wall Street tax in bailout plan

And when Wall Street sees its taxes go up, interest rates on the loans you procure are guaranteed to go up too.

You didn't think some guy named "Wall Street" was going to pay for the cleanup of this mess, did you?

Where Does It End?

Mortgage foreclosures ... insurance companies ... Wall Street ... and now:

US Congress passes 25 billion loan guarantees to automakers

Keep them presses going, boys. Keep printin' that money. Keep printin' that money.

Where does it end? Nobody knows. But it's a good bet that the 2 trillion dollar hedge fund empire gets the next wad of taxpayer cash.

Keep printin' that money, boys ...