Fourth Financier Suicide After Brutal Self-Torture

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Yes, the headline sounds appalling and weird, because the story is appalling and weird.On Tuesday, the lifeless body of Richard Talley, 57, the CEO of American Title Services was found in his Centennial, Colorado home.Talley's death was a strange one indeed. The Denver Post reported:A coroner's spokeswoman Thursday said Talley was found in his garage by a family member who called authorities. They said Talley died from seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired … [Read more...]

A cynical president has earned a cynical doubt – UPDATED

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The Chicago Machine insults the intelligence of the whole nation with this one. After this administration has told defense contractors to not advise their employees of impending layoffs (and promised to pay the fines employers will incur for breaking the law!), they play the "we really think you're all stupid" card: one month before the elections, and on the heels of a disastrous performance in debate, they miraculously produce the "biggest jump" in employment numbers" of the whole presidency. … [Read more...]

Obama and Welfare Reform: Gutting Bill Clinton’s Best Legacy?

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Mickey Kaus has been writing about it: Obama weakens welfare reform (again):Here are some quick initial reactions to the administration’s apparent surprising (and possibly illegal) attempt to grant waivers of the work requirements written, after great effort, into the 1996 welfare reform law. I’m posting Thursday night; the story should break for real tomorrow (Friday). This will be updated over the next few days if possible.Well, the story has broken, indeed, and you should go read Mic … [Read more...]

Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney and the Credentialists – UPDATES

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Although I use it during the day mostly to promote Patheos writers, after hours I consider Twitter to be something of a virtual pub; it's a place to wind down, engage in some casual conversation, yell about baseball and then say goodnight.Last evening, I tootled in to find the tweets flying fast and um, furiously. "Wha'd I miss?" I asked someone.It seems lobbyist and Dem operative Hilary Rosen had gone on CNN last night and spoken unwisely not once, but twice, first declaring that the … [Read more...]

Prayers for Kitty and Three Others…

Some of you may remember that about six months ago my son's fiance "Kitty" dealt with a burst appendix and many complications. She's been having increasing pain and discomfort for the past few days, and today it reached the point where she really couldn't function, so they are waiting for doctors to tell them whether they can do an office visit or must go back to the ER.I haven't spoken to Kitty, but I can imagine she is feeling pretty upset, if not by the pain, then by the potential havoc … [Read more...]

US Economics Headlines, Circa 2005-2006

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I happened to be looking for an old post which seems to have been lost in my moves, but while searching I a link to this headline from 2006:U.S. Economy: Growth May Slow From 5.3% Annual Rate (Update4) U.S. economic growth rose at an annual rate of 5.3 percent in the first quarter, slower than forecast and reflecting less momentum in consumer and corporate spending.I read that and thought, imagine what the headlines would read, now, with a Democrat in the White House. I'm pretty sure … [Read more...]

Pawn Shop Shopping? I do it!

Drudge links to this story:Doing your holiday shopping at the pawn shop? WWJ’s Sandra McNeill reports that’s not so odd anymore.Tom Blaine owns the Garden City Exchange and says his business though October is already up 49 percent over December of last year. The bad economy means he’s getting people selling new and high-end electronics like iPads and he says the popularity of reality shows mean people aren’t as embarrassed to shop there.If you know a good pawn shop, one that is cle … [Read more...]

OWS: This Food is for the Privileged! UPDATED

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Delicious Irony:The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday -- because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.They will also pr … [Read more...]

President O-Irony

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Hot Air, taking another look at the "bungled" negotiations that will prevent the U.S. from having any presence in Iraq, after December 31.They link to this piece by McClatchy News, in which it is suggested that neither the president nor the vice-president got involved with negotiations, instead allowing State Department lawyers to break down the options for them. Allahpundit asks: How much of that was due to “bungling” and how much was due to Obama’s and Biden’s studious disinterest?A … [Read more...]


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