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October 17, 2008   13 Comments

Bad Timing

Yesterday I received an offer to meet with a UBS broker to discuss “my options in a volatile market” via snail mail. I might have been more inclined to listen if I hadn’t see an article on the BBC site titled: Switzerland unveils UBS bail-out.  If they can’t handle their own money, why would anyone else accept their advice?

The problem with all of the mergers and the expansion into other areas is that that if any unit has a problem, they all feel the heat.

October 17, 2008   Comments Off on Bad Timing

Gathering Signatures

Unless you are totally off the grid [which you can’t be or you wouldn’t be able to read this] you have heard of the ACORN kerfuffle*. A lot of voter registration forms have been turned in that are self-evidently bogus, and this is a crime.

Now, it doesn’t matter what state you are in, or what your election laws say for this to be a crime. The election laws may make it multiple crimes, but there is always the basic crime involved – fraud. Not election fraud, which is dependent on local law, but common, everyday fraud, and the victim is ACORN.

We have a lot of initiatives in Florida which has led to having a lot of companies that specialize in gathering signatures. California suffers from the same disease, but every attempt to stamp it out fails because certain people know the only way of making their hare-brained schemes law is by ballot initiative. They also know that they can’t get enough volunteers to gather the required signatures within the average human lifespan, so they need paid gatherers.

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October 17, 2008   19 Comments

Tropical Storm Omar – Day 5

Tropical Storm OmarPosition: 31.5 N 52.8 W [10 PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [040°] near 16 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Minimum central pressure: 989 mb ↑.

It is 705 miles [1135 km] East of Bermuda.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 17, 2008   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Omar – Day 5

Friday Cat Blogging

Curious & Crazy

Friday Cat Blogging

You can release me, I’m not dangerous.

[Editor: CC [Crazy Cat] was hand raised by my Mother, and now lives with her neighbor. Originally named for her habit of joining you in the shower, she has had some world class cat fits. The neighbor has all of his cats on leads when they are outside.

Friday Ark

October 17, 2008   6 Comments