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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Hiatus probable

For reasons not worth getting into, I may be unable to post for a few days. That means no Friday Night Music, in case anyone cares. I did post Crosby, Stills and Nash today, so that makes up for it a little bit.

Public hearing on Charter Tuesday

We here in America sometimes let our “democratic” principles get the better of us. For instance, there is a school of thought that proposes that since requiring a majority to pass something is good, requiring a super-majority must be even better. In California, as in a number of other states, this has led to constitutional […]

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Colbert

Harmony not quite so sweet as in the past, but that’s okay.

High finance

Merrill Lynch just dumped some of its more toxic assets for what looks like a purchase price of 6.7 billion, already a steep discount from their nominal value: Merrill sold the investments at a steep loss. The United States super senior asset backed-security C.D.O.’s that Merrill sold were once valued at $30.6 billion. As of […]

99 days. It will seem like years.

It’s going to be a long hard slog until November. The Republicans may not know how to govern, but they know how to play the press corps. They bring their A game every time, and the Democrats never seem to know what’s hit them. Just a few odds and ends that illustrate what Obama is […]

Sunday Evening Political Music

Harry Shearer (via Jesus, General):

Ben Stein: Everything’s still fine, just like he told us last year

I must admit that Ben Stein is one of those Republicans who really gets under my skin. Perhaps it’s because he’s put himself forward as a poylmath, and operates on an idiot level on so many fronts. He writes on economics for the New York Times, though his credentials for doing so are something of […]

Swallow that cracker, or pay the consequences

Things have gone dangerously awry in this country. Could Thomas Jefferson or James Madison have predicted that the religious freedom they promoted could have turned the U.S. into not only the most religious country in the Western World, but the most religiously intolerant? More to the point, would they believe that the separation of church […]

Groton Dems Picnic

The Groton Democratic Picnic was a great success. Great quantities of food were consumed, and much to our surprise, Barack Obama made a surprise appearance! Frankly, I was a bit disappointed. Maybe it was jet lag, or the letdown after the overseas trip, but to me he seemed a little stiff, besides being a little […]

Friday Night Music-Summertime

The Seasons right. I think I managed to find a version in which Brian Wilson actually appears. Check out the girls in the background.