At 5:15 this morning, Annie alerted us to a strange cat on the back step. She was using her built-in intruder-alert siren, which is a modulated low-frequency rumble. It’s a distinctive sound – once you hear it, you won’t forget it. Imagine the baritone in a barbershop quartet doing vocal exercises.Read more "encroachment"
The 149-year old Rocky Mountain News has stopped publishing, and the 144-year old San Francisco Chronicle isn’t likely to make it through this year. If the Pennysaver falters, then we’re done for.Read more "after the gold rush"
President Obama appears to have a strong working relationship with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner – Geithner seems to be taking part in every summit and financial initiative. I ran across this interesting fact about Geithner: his father, Peter F. Geithner, is the director of the Asia program at the Ford Foundation in New York. During […]Read more "small world"
On my neighborhood run last night, I tripped and fell. No major injuries sustained, just a little road rash here and there. When I was 5, I probably fell down a lot more and didn’t feel compelled to tell everybody about it. But now I am compelled to do so, because of this blog.Read more "hit the road running"
About President Obama’s speech to Congress last night – it has been a really long time since a Democrat has been in position to propose an ambitious progressive agenda, with a strong likelihood that he’ll achieve it. President Johnson would have been the last one, I guess – 45 years ago.Read more "we’ve earned this"
The brick house on our street had a serious price reduction three weeks ago, (from 568K to 495K) and it is still unsold. I’m surprised – although there’s probably tons of work to do, it’s on a nice-sized lot in a good neighborhood. I guess there are even more attractively priced foreclosures out there.Read more "down we go"
Everybody (including me) has an opinion about what’s wrong with the economy and what should be done. I just ran across a post elsewhere that talked about half-measures delaying the inevitable, and that “sometimes, you get a bigger bounce from a hard landing”. Is that so? There weren’t any examples cited to back up that […]Read more "some expert tell you that?"
Another thing that’s bugging me is the use of “inherited” to disassociate yourself from your responsibility. Presidents say this all the time regarding difficult problems that they have to work on, but don’t want to be blamed for. I can recall that first-term Clinton and Bush both said they’d “inherited” a weak economy and/or recession. […]Read more "our inheritance"
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