Fourth Financier Suicide After Brutal Self-Torture

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...]

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Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney and the Credentialists – UPDATES

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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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OWS: This Food is for the Privileged! UPDATED

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...]

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President O-Irony

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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Church, Economic Reform and Consolation – UPDATED

In the comments section of this piece, some appear to be wondering whether I am simply "dismissing" the Note on Financial Reform. I can't do that, as I still have not read it.I do think the church is, as ever, caught upon the same wire it has danced upon since its founding, with one foot poised for the next step, hovering between earth and heaven and trying to reconcile both to each other, and trying to do so in the language and sensibilities to which its churchmen have been formed. Some … [Read more...]

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As with every Vatican Pronouncement…

. . . take media reports of this one with a grain of salt.When my Southern Baptist friends read press accounts of news or statements coming from the Vatican, they sometimes write me saying, "what fresh hell is this? Was Jack Chick right? Is the Vatican a bunch of commies?"And I always have to remind them to "ignore the headlines; the headlines are about the press framing their preferred narrative, because they know that two days of blaring headlines promoting one narrative will … [Read more...]

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"Up-to-$800" My Precious!

I have to be honest, I don't really understand this:The president’s Labor Day speech in Detroit featured an assertion that contained a number of warning signs that it might be an errant fact: “biggest middle-class tax cut in history.” [. . .] We decided to put the president’s claim to the test.We took an informal survey in our office and asked people what they thought the president’s statement meant. Everyone agreed he was claiming the biggest tax cut in terms of dollars.Imagine our surpr … [Read more...]

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