Alan Funt Lives


Posted on : 10/20/2010 05:09:00 PM | By : Dann | In : ,

What do youse tink is up dere?  Only way ta know is ta look!

Alan Funt would have loved this.  I'm willing to bet that somewhere there is video of him using it on his black and white!!

I Could See Stars


Posted on : 10/19/2010 07:56:00 AM | By : Dann | In : ,

Like most kids, I grew up looking up.  At the stars.  One of the hobbies that I never really got around to trying was astronomy.  Or astrology.  One of the two.  There were stars involved.

And telescopes.  But the telescopes that were available to me were pretty minimal.  Which is probably why I stopped reading the paper.

Had it been possible to buy a telescope that was closer to the one Daryl Hannah's character in Roxanne, I might have been more interested.

Now I can buy...time....on some pretty big telescopes and really see the stars! Sometimes, technology produces some pretty neat stuff.

Barney Frank - Then And Now


Posted on : 10/17/2010 05:36:00 PM | By : Dann | In : , ,

When....ahem....Republican.....President George W. Bush wanted to overhaul the mortgage lending industry, Mr. Frank stood solidly opposed.

''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''
 Now that the damage has been done, he sings a different tune.

“Low-income home ownership has been a mistake, and I have been a consistent critic of it,’’ said Frank, 70. Republicans, he said, were principally responsible for failing to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants the government seized in September 2008.
Emphasis added.

Tar and feathers are too good for him.  Links to the respective stories may be found here.