The Past Week: January 25-31, 2009 (Two Ex-Presidents Acting Like Misogynistic Jerks; Coins; Grammy Awards Sound Truck Stops by for a Visit [Pics!])

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

By far the most aggravating part of this week involved the disrespect shown by the Bush I-Clinton banter from the past Monday.  The video is self-explanatory and is a disgrace.  Our “leaders”…and now Obama playing around with women as a bargaining chip (failed) with the Republicans. Birth control BEFORE pregnancy for Medicaid recipients…it could have been a real WINNING issue if Rahm Emanuel and Chicken Obama hadn’t set it up as a “negative.”  I guess all those “pastors” filing in to discuss all the taxpayers’ money that they’ll be getting as Obama continues Bush’s “faith-base” crap must be feeling mighty fine.

I’ve been looking up information on some old coins we have had for years. The one I like the best looks like an old silver dollar, but it’s 5 French francs with King Louis Phillipe pictured as Caesar which dates from 1847.  I haven’t looked into this coin but I’m figuring it might be worth something.

Along the way I’ve picked up a couple of useful sites to share…

The first one is a guide to the grading of coins from the U.S. Mint; the second is a guide to coin value trends. It’s really fascinating to look at!   And there’s some basic information about buying gold and silver at the site of the American Numismatic Association and some really interesting articles on subjects like the value of the Kennedy half dollar.

In another exhausting week, the one bright spot was the quick, overnight visit of one of my nephews, whom I haven’t seen in 5 years. He’s on his way to California from the East Coast in one of the XM sound trucks that will be used during the Grammy Awards. He’s driving the smaller of the two mobile studios that are being ferried to Los Angeles  from New Jersey. He’s spending the next week getting the sound right during rehearsals, then will be working with about 5 or 6 computer screens in the main truck, keeping things on track during the actual live broadcast February 8.

Here are a couple of pics showing the “Truck behind the Stars” parked outside my house!

Grammy Sound Truck 1

Grammy Sound Truck 1

Grammy Sound Truck 2

Grammy Sound Truck 2

Grammy Sound Truck 3

Grammy Sound Truck 3

Grammy Sound Truck 4

Grammy Sound Truck 4

Grammy Sound Truck 5

Grammy Sound Truck 5

I have to say that it was sort of nice seeing Jersey license plates again!

I’ll be taking a few days off to re-group.  Lots to catch up with and a few things I’m working on need some more research. So, unless I just can’t tear myself away, we’ll be quiet here for a few days this week…Besides, Groundhogs Day (Prairie Dog Day in these parts) is on Monday and that’s a big day for me…another birthday that I’d like to forget!

THE PAST WEEK

Molly Ivins: 2 Years After Her Death, People Who Knew Her Are Putting Words into Her Mouth (Are They Holding Seances?)

The Bush I-Clinton Roadshow Takes the Low Road in New Orleans at Guess Who’s Expense? (Hint: Women, of Course)(UPDATE 1X–FULL VIDEO)

PALIN LAUNCHES “SarahPAC”!! (Updated 1X–It’s Not Just the Alfalfa Club for Palin This Weekend)

Take Action: Call Your Representative about the House Vote on the “Stimulus Package” Today! (Info on the Bill, Including ACORN, too) (Update 1: Birth Control OUT OF BILL!)

Drip-Drip-Drip: Obama Top Aides, Associates Named in U.S. Attorney’s Subpoena (Last Friday’s News Dump)

Environmental Three-Card Monte? Obama *May* Grant Emissions Waivers to States Today? (”Immediately Work on It” vs. “Reconsider”) (But Other Policies Already Having a Negative Effect on Bears–Warning, Pic!) (Updated 1X) (Update 2X–After Announcements, NY Times Still Pushing Obama Kool-Aid) (Update 3X–Gore Surfaces)

The Past Week: January 18-24, 2009 (Condi Rice Getting Booked; Pat Paulsen, We Need You!; VOA and wwiTV.com; Questions)

The $700 Billion Bailout Bait and Switch

~~By American Lassie

In an earlier post, on November 4, 2008 before the Presidential race was called, I expressed a worry about where the $700 billion bail-out money was going. It didn’t seem to be going where we were told it was intended to go.

Now Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is addressing this in same manner.  On Saturday, November 15, he said we should take back the remaining money given to Henry Paulson in that “blank check.”

First we were told it was to buy mortgage-backed securities.  Then Paulson shifted gears and said it was to use $250 billion to buy stakes in banks.  The “Troubled Asset Relief Program” (TARP) would enable ailing banks to start lending money again and thus boost the economy.

-No homeowner has yet been helped and foreclosures are multiplying.
-Senator Chris Dodd said Paulson’s actions are “beyond belief.”
-Paulson told Charlie Rose  – “The driver is to have healthy banks be well capitalized so they can play for our country right now.”
-Paulson diverted $250 billion to buy stakes in healthy banks to spur lending, but they are not doing this with the money.
-Charles Schumer, Democrat-NY, fears the banks might stuff the money “under the proverbial mattress”.  It appears this is exactly what they are doing.
-Treasury hired the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. as “custodian” of the TARP program.  They also picked Mellon to receive a $3 Billion investment as part of the Capital Infusion Program.

Heads should roll !!!  Greed, corruption, and incompetence – where does it end?
Martha Stewart was imprisoned for lying – but then, she is a woman. Administrators’ neglect brought on this crisis.  It has been coming on for some time.  There were ample warnings (Bush and McCain) but Congress did nothing.  Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is one of the prime culprits.  When warned about Fannie Mae he said there was no problem there.  At the time his live-in partner, Herb Moss, was an administrator at Fannie Mae.  Conflict of interest?  I’d say so, but to paraphrase Katie Couric, “Who am I to judge anyone?”

Now everybody wants a bail-out.  The auto industry appears to be next on the list and Governor Schwarzenegger of California thinks that his state should be bailed out because California has shown discipline. (This has nothing to do with the fire – this is another matter).  Give me a break – when has California shown any discipline?  And why should that entitle them to bail-out money from us tax payers in the rest of the country?  What’s next?  The health industry, the remaining 49 states?  (Except for Alaska which seems to be doing fine, thanks to a smart governor).  Next we will have government-owned 7-11 stores.

I’m with Jim Inhofe.  Let’s demand our money back. It’s our money and we didn’t agree to this giveaway.  In my opinions, bankers can’t be trusted.  Remember Mr. Potter in “It’s a Wonderful Life”?  Greedy, crooked, conniving piece of scum…

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