Monthly Archives: September 2008

“The insane complain about madness in the world”

Yes, the title of this post is a quote, from a poem. What is really happening in the current financial crisis? Well, for one thing, the American economy is besieged with bad financial practices promoted by the government that were … Continue reading

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The Five Families of local government

Of the five outfits who have a hand in local New Paltz government the one I know least about (thankfully) is the Ulster County legislature. It has been making noises in the direction of interferring more egregiously in local matters, … Continue reading

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Monday morning journal and notes (9-22-08)

Let’s start with New Paltz, before moving on to the less consequential world outside its boundaries. Local Democrats chose Jeff Logan to run for the final year of an unexpired town board seat. Logan seems like a good guy. He’s … Continue reading

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“Why the Surge Worked”

A fascinating interview with Gen. Jack Keane, who was President Bush’s backchannel go-between with Gen. David Petraeus in Baghdad. Bush had to worry about more than the insurgents, the Shi’ite militias, and al Qaeda in Iraq. He was also fighting … Continue reading

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CORRECTION

See my “cascading dyslexia alert” here for a correction of some backasswards comments I made this last week about interest rates on Treasury issues. I was clearly typing faster than I was thinking.

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Pete Hamill

I’m not sure that anyone under 35 would have any idea who Hamill is. Maybe I should make that 45. But the Morning Joe outfit on MSNBC had him on this morning. He looked pretty good. But by the silly … Continue reading

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John McCain’s secret weapon

Honest to God. This woman is revolting. She talks like a hospital administrator explaining why the treatment you need is currently unavailable.

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Are you ready for your close-up, Mr. Raines?

McQ has the McCain ad linking Obama to former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines, plus the expected squak about race. What is Karen Tumulty going to say as Jerry Wright makes a series of encore performances?

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Awaiting the McCain campaign’s next move

After its blockbuster maneuver bringing Sarah Palin on as vice presidential running mate just before the Republican convention, the McCain campaign has done little since, other than throw a few jabs Obama’s way, as it watched the Palin pick settle … Continue reading

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Let’s get ready to rumble

Watching MSNBC this morning, it was clear that the Morning Joe show has dropped the last pretenses of any balance in the presidential contest. It sank this low: Larry Kudlow came on, not as a partisan (he does support McCain), … Continue reading

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Now gold is starting to soar

CORRECTION–A mea culpa cascading dyslexia alert: Sometimes my left hand and my right hand get into an argument about which is which. The crossed out comments about U.S. Treasury issues and their interest rates were upside-down and backasswards. Moving as … Continue reading

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Why not? Because they would not, that’s why

David Freddoso asks why MSNBC, in reporting on Congressional inquiry into the collapse of mortgage giant Fannie Mae, doesn’t mention that Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former CEO, is now a senior Obama advisor. They don’t mention it because they wouldn’t … Continue reading

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The AIG rescue

The Federal Reserve has loaned the insurance giant AIG $85 billion to keep it from going under, if that’s even the correct phrase. Then the Fed went to the U.S. Treasury to, if I’ve got this right, sell Treasury bonds … Continue reading

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McCain is the new Mel Torme

This is hilarious: McCain sings Streisand. And much livelier than Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.

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Truth still funnier than fiction

Remember the Saturday Night Live version of the Democratic primary debates, where the debate moderators were falling all over themselves to accomodate Barack Obama, even asking him if he would like a pillow for his chair? On Fox this morning … Continue reading

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“The High Cost of Racial Hype”

Thomas Sowell writes about identity vs. reality: Sometimes you don’t know when you are lucky. Certainly I did not consider myself lucky when I left home at seventeen and discovered the hard way that there was no great demand for … Continue reading

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