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Archive for September, 2008

If At First You Don’t Succeed

by @ Tuesday, September 30th, 2008. Filed under Credit Crisis, Economics, Politics, Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis

Notwithstanding yesterday’s humilitating defeat on the floor of the House of Representatives, President Bush and Congressional leaders vowed this morning to keep pushing for a financial services industry bailout: WASHINGTON —President Bush and Senate leaders of both parties vowed on Tuesday to work toward quick approval of a financial bailout plan despite the House’s rejection […]

U.S. Mint To Unveil New Dollar Bill

by @ Tuesday, September 30th, 2008. Filed under Humor

H/T: Professor Bainbridge

U.S. Court Rules It Lacks Jurisdiction To Halt Possible Destruction Of Universe

by @ Tuesday, September 30th, 2008. Filed under In The News, Legal

Anyone who knows anything about the law wouldn’t be the least be surprised by this: A federal judge in Honolulu has dismissed a lawsuit trying to stop the running of a giant particle accelerator outside Geneva, dodging the issue of whether it could actually cause the end of the world. The judge, Helen Gillmor, said […]

52.4 Million

by @ Tuesday, September 30th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, John McCain, Politics, Television

That’s how many people watched Friday’s debate: According to data from across 11 networks, the first presidential debate on September 26 between John McCain and Barack Obama drew 52.4 million viewers. The TV audience for the first presidential debate of the 2008 election was roughly 16% smaller than the audience for the first debate between […]

Perhaps It Was Something She Said…..

by @ Tuesday, September 30th, 2008. Filed under Blogging, George W Bush, Politics

Fellow Virginia blogger Leslie Carbone reports that she was invited, and then unceremoniously booted, from today’s White House Conference Call: I dialed in a little before 11:00, got the please-wait message, and listened to the butchered music. An operator came on and asked me for my identity, which I provided, and then subjected me to […]

Florida, Ohio, Colorado All Tied Up; Obama Leading In Pennsylvania

by @ Tuesday, September 30th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, John McCain, Politics

This week’s round of Fox News/Rasmussen battleground polls are out, and the news isn’t all that good for the McCain campaign, mostly because the race is now a dead heat in three states where he had been leading, and Obama has picked up steam in a fourth. Florida decided the 2000 Presidential Election and McCain […]

Virginia: Obama 50% McCain 47%

Why McCain’s Focus On Earmarks Is Meaningless

by @ Monday, September 29th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, John McCain, Politics

A picture is worth a thousand words: Calling for the elimination of something that represents $ 18 billion out of a $ 3.1 trillion budget (less that 6/10 of 1 % of the total federal budget for 2009) and pretending that it actually means something isn’t courage, it’s trickery. H/T: Blake Hounshell

A Malfunction, Or The Universe Protecting Itself ?

by @ Monday, September 29th, 2008. Filed under Science

Apparently, there’s been a malfunction with the Large Hadron Collider that will prevent scientists from using it to recreate the Big Bang for at least several months: The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, designed to re-create conditions cosmologists agree existed at the beginning of the universe, was switched on two weeks ago. It fires […]

Congratulations Moose

by @ Monday, September 29th, 2008. Filed under Baseball, New York Yankees, Sports

In what may be his final game as a New York Yankee and a professional baseball player, Mike Mussina did something he hasn’t done before: BOSTON — Mike Mussina is not a dreamer. He knows he has just spun a season unlikely to repeat itself. He is too much of a realist to believe that […]

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