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If you didn't manage to get through last night's somnolent debate between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain, worry not. As a public service, reason.tv has condensed the 90-minute snoozefest in Nashville down to an easily digestible sixty-three seconds.
Inexplicably, despite the Salvation we received on Friday from the 535 Anointed, the Dow closed down 369. Could have been worse, at one point it was down (insert down arrow here) 800, but rallied as it staggered to the closing gun, er bell.
In Other News:
The bail out, that just had to happen, right got dam now, apparently is not that popular with the Wall Street crowd.
Sources close to Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch indicated the banks
might choose not to participate in the bail-out as there is a growing
view on Wall Street that the market may be bottoming out.
OJ Simpson is GUILTY of Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.
Yesterday was the 13-year anniversary of OJ Simpson’s acquittal on
charges of murdering his ex-wife and her lover. To celebrate, maybe, a
jury of his peers found him guilty of something completely different
yesterday - robbery! kidnapping! - presenting him with the prospect of
having to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Oh, the irony. Or
metonymy, maybe. Definitely hyperbole anyway.
Sometime contributor, No Star, has cautioned TWC that during times of upheaval and uncertainty (like right fargin' now) that, Wine Is The Only Answer.
Wait. TWC said that.
No Star actually said, with mostly bad news, now more than ever we
need wine reviews. And he's obliged us with.....
A NoStar Wine Review:
Life does not get better than this: I was sitting out on a veranda watching a
foursome zig zag their way down a fairway, and a beautiful blond, whom I am
crazy over, brought me a glass of 2005 Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon. The setting sun filtering through
the trees danced in the deep garnet liquid like a hyper-active firefly. The wine is anything but hyper-active.
The nose is a mellow mélange of blackberries and a touch of
blueberries. The bottle touts
blackberry, cedar, and chocolate notes. I won’t argue about the cedar and chocolate, but I can’t verify it
either. It doesn’t matter though; the
wine is delicious and relaxing. This Cab
is medium dry with a structure that is not overpowering, with just enough tannin
to support the berry flavors.
As the sun set the mosquitoes came out and chased us
inside. Their timing could not have been
better as the barbecued chicken with red onion pizza was ready to be pulled
from the oven and, as it turned out, Lou Dobbs was on television lambasting Bush-lite
and both parties in Congress. Proving
its versatility, the Benziger is just as satisfying with food and Lou’s
commentary as it is by itself.
I usually try to discover and write about economy priced
wines that are worth drinking. This wine
is out of that price range going around $22, but is worth it. Of course, that is easy for me to say since
my lovely hostess pulled it from her own wine collection. If you don’t have the mistress of a Thomas Kinkade
inspired chateau serving you wine, you should buy a few bottles and stash them
away to delight the next fair maiden or handsome prince who visits.
On the NoStar three-tiered scale, the Benziger vaults over Spillable and Swillable to land firmly in the Refillable category. However, if you are in a less intimate
setting with more than two people you probably won’t get the opportunity to
refill your glass.
Editors Note: Benziger Cabs are priced in the mid teens here in the Great State of Californicate. Benziger is not technically organic, but they produce the wine with a minimum of interference in the natural process. No, I will not say the winery is Green (a ghastly, plastic term of the terminally hip-heh). But they are.
As you well know by now, the Senate voted yesterday to hijack your wallets. Since most of us were spared the indignity of High School Civics classes, I want to point out that the Constitution clearly states that spending bills MUST originate in the House of Representatives, not the US Senate.
To circumvent the process, the Senate amended a bill that the House of Representatives has already approved. A handy little trick and a perfect illustration of my position that the entire legal facade, from traffic court to the Supreme Court, is about tricks and technicalities rather than the pursuit of justice.
There is a glimmer of hope though, the bill goes back to the House for a vote on the 450 pages of changes.
After the vote.....
Democrat senator Chris Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking
Committee and a leading architect of the bill, said he understood
people wanted to "stick a finger in the eye of the bankers and tycoons".
No, Senator Dodd, we want to stick our finger in YOUR eye as you are the primary villain responsible for this catastrophe. As Kent has pointed out, it is you who should be answering questions, not asking them. And let's not even get into your cup that overfloweth with two decades of Freddy Mac's bling.
Long story short, Dodd and the Democrat party stopped mortgage reform dead in it's tracks in 2005. That legislation would have prevented Fannie and Freddy from holding 20% of their assets in junk mortgages by requiring that borrowers actually be credit worthy.
TWC acknowledges that the presentation tends to paint Senator McCain in a favorable light. IMO, it is undeserved in light of his putting the arm on House Republicans this morning in a desperate search of the elusive Ayes on behalf of the bailout effort. Yet, it is also indisputable that McCain supported reform when it was apparent that we needed it.
Finally, excerpts from the 2004 hearings into the practices of Fanny and Freddy.....
More than one email correspondent has called this a McCain Hit Piece, which implies a bias or lack of truth. The video may, in fact, be exactly that. However, clever editing notwithstanding, reality is exactly what it is.
This mess is an illustration of the Law of Unintended Consequences. The good intentions of government social engineering gone horribly, but predictably, wrong.
Owning a home is a fine thing for a family. All we really wanted to do at the outset was to help regular folks by offering government guarantees so banks would make long term mortgages at decent interest rates.
Instead, we created a volatile real estate market that just crashed and burned for the third or fourth time since 1970.
Without fundamental changes in the way Americans view the role of government, it will happen again.
TWC, whatever do you mean?
I mean that the role of government is not to ensure that Americans have Little Pink Houses with convenient, low interest mortgages.