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With No Direction Home

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“Whatever [Washington, D.C.’s] drawbacks — and we acknowledge some — the number of politicians who come here and ‘never go back to Pocatello’ would indicate that the nation’s capital is a pretty good place after all.”
 
That got to me, and the size of the hometown has little to do with it. I came down here in 1969 to work in the White House and never moved back to Manhattan.

Safire On Language

Borrowing from Bentsen’s famous riposte, I’ve worked in Manhattan; and sir, Pocatello is no Manhattan.

Fact is, I’ve been at the very center of both nuclear cores for my particular professional position: in a key unit down on Wall Street in Manhattan; and on some of the highest powered teams in primary decision-makers’ rooms (including Bentsen’s) in Washington, D.C. And I know from experience that not only can one leave Washington, D.C. (or Manhattan), but that there are very grave dangers to one’s vision and work if one fails to realize that leaving must be done, even if only in spirit, but hopefully dragging the body along.

Such truths remain like a complete unknown to the pretty people among the Beltway elite.

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2 February 2009 at 7:15 am

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Rough Morning?

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Some days it’s just not worth rolling out of the nest, eh?

Stepping out the front door this morning to look for my morning paper (undelivered again, second time this month), I noticed a bird sitting on the grass off to the right, near the border of our yard. Even with peripheral vision through the bush, something looked odd about the way he was sitting, so I took a step forward to get a better view.

It was a hawk. Which promptly flew off when I took that step. With part of his breakfast still in his beak. Leaving behind him only what’s shown in this post’s snapshot.

Yes, I know, the hawk was only doing what he had to do to eat. So I would not wish the hawk warts. Still, my heart is with the turtledove. I know the feeling, far too well.

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28 January 2009 at 7:58 am

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Decorate How?

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dsc01620No offense, but this local job of exterior holiday decor reminded me of those science experiments of spiders on caffeine.

But at least they did make the effort. Most all the houses in this cul de sac (nudge nudge, Carol) didn’t bother this year. Even Green Tee, usually so well-known around here for lavish yard and house decorations, was mostly dark, with the brightest lights coming from the line of cars still performing the traditional drive-through tour through the mostly meager display of those who did display at least something.

We ourselves didn’t bother with the lights along our house roof. Heck, let’s just call that blue tarp our rooftop decoration for the year, let it be a landing pad for Santa perhaps. And our yard snow people finally bit the dust this year, yielding to real snowmen.

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24 December 2008 at 10:22 pm

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Not As We Did

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Did the poster flow and was free from grammar/stylistic errors?

one of the grading guidelines
for a poster project for a UH class

Teaching by counter-example.

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30 November 2008 at 9:24 am

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What Doesn’t Matter

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My personal blogroll includes the RSS feed from the White House news page.

So I’m wondering if President Bush was just showing off his Administration’s irrelevance to the public interest by pointedly disregarding what yesterday’s main White House news really was. Or if he was just being as clueless as ever.

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11 November 2008 at 1:23 pm

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New Box, Same Old Noodles

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Packaging along the same lines as that of a certain maverick-wannabe. “Voters react negatively to negative campaigning, so I’m going to run a clean campaign.” . . . “No wait, hold on, I do still want to win at any cost, so let’s go with traditional politics.”

New box. Same old noodles.

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12 October 2008 at 12:13 pm

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Signs of the Times

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Indications of economic weakness:
bankers change their names,
while gas prices drop back below $3.

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11 October 2008 at 11:28 pm

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Price Ain’t Right

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QGuess how many billion more that $850 billion bailout package (as in, $700 billion for Wall Street, plus another $150 billion for special interests needed in order to swing the votes necessary to get Congress to swallow the bill) would have been needed to extend the bailout to Social Security account-holders if President Bush had managed to push through enough of his economic plan to get Social Security privatized as he has insisted it must be.

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7 October 2008 at 4:24 pm

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Institutional Finance ≠ Financial Institution

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The term `financial institution’ means any institution, including, but not limited to, any bank, savings association, credit union, security broker or dealer, or insurance company, established and regulated under the laws of the United States or any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the United States Virgin Islands, and having significant operations in the United States, but excluding any central bank of, or institution owned by, a foreign government.

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, §3(5)

Even with the extensive – almost totalitarian – powers granted to the Administration by this bailout (yes, bailout) legislation, I don’t see any reasonable reading of that definition that would reach far enough to include pension funds, whether public or private.

Then again, the text does say “including, but not limited to.” So any institution at all might be eligible? Perhaps any U.S. institution at all, even a mental institution, could unload a troubled asset on the taxpayer?

In exercising the authorities granted in this Act, the Secretary shall take into consideration–

* * *

protecting the retirement security of Americans by purchasing troubled assets held by or on behalf of an eligible retirement plan…

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, §103(8)

Backstage, state and local governments may already be honing their arguments for lining up behind California in the next bread line that has already started forming, one of many additional “necessary” bailouts that will be required through the coming months. What, did anyone seriously believe that $700 billion would be the end of it?

But while banks can hold hostage the credit they extend to ordinary citizens, and while state and local governments can claim they are Main Street America, what will pension plans be able to employ for leverage? Will a municipal pension plan or two have to stop paying retirement checks to widows before pension funds can justify getting their share of bailout bounty?

Seriously, though. Any pension plan – even a public pension plan – that faces liquidity problems that might be traced to the sub-prime mortgage quagmire will encounter numerous other legal problems long before they get to any point of seriously endangering “retirement security of Americans,” which in reality may be more at risk from plummeting 401(k) account values invested in equities than from the mortgage market. And whereas the purchase of a troubled asset from a bank might arguably polish up a bank’s balance sheet enough to ease up some credit in the general market, the purchase of a bad mortgage at any fair price in a mark-to-market climate is not going to change anything in a pension plan’s financial status, at least not immediately. So what if anything might the Treasury Department have to offer to pension plans?

Time will tell. Meanwhile, any pension plan running to get in line at the Department of Treasury, hoping to unload bad mortgage-based securities? Not just yet. Wait for the regs.

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3 October 2008 at 3:08 pm

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Pink Goat

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Question
i saw a car with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness but it had a goat what does the goat indicate

Answer
A goat bumber sticker can signify they either own a farm or a goat.Thanks for texting ChaCha!

Visit Source Website

chacha

Ummm, no, not quite. Read the rest of this entry »

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2 June 2008 at 7:40 pm

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Birthday Blessings, Bob

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24 May 2008 at 6:57 am

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Fortune Zero

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The 2008 Fortune 1000 has finally been released. If I were grading their work for timeliness, I’d give them a flat zero. Five years ago when corporate annual statements were due March 31, Fortune actually released their list earlier in April than they’ve finally managed to drag their sorry butt through the door today, when they had a full extra month since this year’s Sarbanes-Oxley February 29 filing deadline.

I could have published this list myself as early as the Ides of March from spare-time hobby puttering done in connection with my interests in pension plans. If Fortune is as late next year, perhaps I will.

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21 April 2008 at 6:27 am

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Bumper to Bumper

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Aftermath is the Sticky Site of the Moment over at Internet Bumper Stickers®!! Slap a new bumper sticker over that grin on my face!

In case it isn’t rather blatantly obvious, I’m a huge fan of IBS®. I’ve relied on their brand of fun since I hacked a way to post some of their stickers over at opendiary way back when that journal-wannabe site was too backward to presumably permit images in journal posts, then went wild using over 130 bumper stickers in my tenure over at ADASTWjournal (aka livejournal). So naturally, IBS® was one of the first things I have brought into my posts here at WordPress.

Here, I am using the bumper stickers to denote different categories of my blogging, as well as to link to those categories and to listings of category posts. The stickers I’ve brought back into my journalling so far are listed on aftermath’s background check, along with a brief description of that particular journal category corresponding to each sticker. Here within the blog itself or on that background check page, clicking the bumper sticker will link over to a listing of the posts under that category. (The sole exception so far to that rule is the bumper sticker on this post, which in honor of Sticky Site of the Moment and in thanks to IBS®, in this one instance links to Internet Bumper Stickers®.) Each bumper sticker is then displayed again at the bottom of each category listing; in that instance, the bumper sticker links back over to aftermath’s “tab” corresponding to that category.

So for instance if you’re chancing to read a poetry post here at aftermath and then at the bottom of that poetry post click the “Write Hard Die Free” bumper sticker — the newest one added to my restarted collection here at WordPress — then you will be redirected to a listing of the poems I’ve posted so far. Clicking the bumper sticker at the bottom of that listing will then bring you back to a sorted version of aftermath, showing only the poems.

Thanks to IBS® for the sticky moment. And even more thanks for the years of fun you’ve already given me, and the years of more fun ahead!

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3 March 2008 at 6:53 pm

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what’s another word for “huh”?

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anil dash via points us to WordWeb‘s free version license, which includes as one of its terms –

“You may use the program free of charge indefinitely only if

  • You take at most 4 flights (2 return flights) in any 12 month period
  • AND you do not own or regularly drive an SUV (sports utility vehicle).”

nice little marketing stunt, since the software has garnished enough interest over the trick to pick up more business, never mind whether or not anyone who uses their software actually bothers to follow its irrelevant and uninforceable terms

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10 November 2007 at 6:46 am

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