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Posts by Pragmatic_View

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  • Number of Unsold Homes Hits Record High

    02/27/2006 12:40:41 PM PST · 27 of 35
    Pragmatic_View to iPod Shuffle
    "Even with the softening in sales, prices were up in January with the median price climbing to $238,100, up 4 percent from December, but below the all-time high of $243,900 set in October.

    Seiders predicted that home price gains, which were running around 12 percent last year, will slow to about 6 percent this year.

    Bucking the national trend, sales in the West posted an 11.3 percent increase in January after a 6.3 percent gain in December. "


    Oh, the horrors, what'll we do, what'll we do!

  • Doctors face ethics showdown in California execution case

    02/22/2006 4:01:44 PM PST · 47 of 48
    Pragmatic_View to lizma

    I think they should do the "humane" thing and dehydrate him to death. Stop giving him even a drop of water, not even to wet his lips, and no food, of course.

    Liberals and some doctors thought that was a "peaceful, euphoric" way to die for innocent Terri Schiavo, so why wouldn't it be a "peaceful, euphoric" way to die for this murderer?

  • Bush to Tout Surveillance Program at NSA Headquarters

    01/25/2006 10:11:39 AM PST · 1 of 7
    Pragmatic_View
    Good article, more detail, than most other articles I have seen about this.

    They also mention that the Senate Judiciary Committee will open hearings Feb. 6. How can these hearings be open?! Are the Senators trying to leak more helpful info for the terrorists?!

    And of course McCain makes some comments, that makes one think, "with friends like this, who needs enemies" (see article for more detail). Instead of saying that he is confident based on many who came forward assuring the legality of this, he says this:

    Asked if he thought Bush had broken the law, McCain replied, "I don't know. I want to be perfectly clear. I don't know the answer. That's why I welcome the hearings."

  • CA: Governor knocked in polls

    01/16/2006 11:27:10 AM PST · 6 of 11
    Pragmatic_View to NormsRevenge
    Article: "He's in a statistical dead heat with Democratic gubernatorial rivals Phil Angelides, the state treasurer; and Steve Westly, the state controller"

    NormsRevenge: " I'd be very worried about keeping him in the office"

    Do you prefer Democrats Angelides or Westly to Schwarzenegger? It sure seems so from your comment.

    I thought this was a conservative forum, not a Democrat one.

  • Murtha's War Hero Status Called Into Question

    01/13/2006 2:25:21 PM PST · 145 of 646
    Pragmatic_View to paltz

    Murtha and Kerry, two peas in a pod.

  • The Butcher with the Terror Ties - The evidence mounts. (Newsweek reports on Atta in Prague, 2001)

    01/13/2006 2:24:19 PM PST · 39 of 84
    Pragmatic_View to neverdem
    Detailed Timeline about the Information on Atta in Prague at Edward Jay Epstein's website. I don't know who he is, but it looks well researched.

    Question:

    What is the status of the meeting in Prague between September 11th hijacker Mohamed Atta and Iraqi embassy intelligence officer, Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir Al-Ani?

    Answer:

    The basic information has not changed: Czech counter intelligence determined that an Iraqi official under its surveillance met Atta in April 2001. The interpretation of it, however, has undergone a number of vacillations. Here is the chronology:

    Please go to link above for specifics.

  • 'Affluent beggars' Couple supports family through panhandling...

    01/10/2006 12:32:09 PM PST · 29 of 156
    Pragmatic_View to EveningStar
    "He claims the family sometimes makes $300 a day asking for money and has made as much as $800. The family also receives $500 a month in food stamps."

    Isn't there an income limit for eligibility for food stamps? Your tax dollars at work.

  • Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime

    01/10/2006 12:20:48 PM PST · 27 of 97
    Pragmatic_View to laney

    "A piece of legislation recently signed by President Bush makes it illegal to send an e-mail or a message over the internet that will annoy someone without revealing your full name. "


    This is clearly oriented towards spammers.

  • Iran can now produce its own yellowcake

    01/03/2006 12:57:05 PM PST · 23 of 33
    Pragmatic_View to West Coast Conservative
    Maybe some of Iraq's "non-existent" yellow cake found its way to Iran:

    Missing Iraq uranium 'secured'

    21 June, 2003

    The United Nations nuclear watchdog has accounted for most of the uranium feared stolen from Iraq's largest nuclear site, Tuwaitha, reports say.

    About 1.8 metric tons of "yellow cake" and 500 tons of unrefined uranium went missing as the Iraqis left Tuwaitha unattended during the war.

    Tuwaitha was heavily looted for a period during the war, and there has been particular concern about barrels which once stored low-enriched uranium, known as "yellow cake".

  • German media: U.S. preparing Iran strike

    12/30/2005 10:17:57 AM PST · 4 of 52
    Pragmatic_View to jmc1969

    I certainly hope so!

  • Justice Department going after leakers! - Fox News

    12/30/2005 10:17:04 AM PST · 674 of 1,225
    Pragmatic_View to Pukin Dog
    Story at ABC News:

    Justice Department Has Launched an Investigation Into Leak of NSA's Domestic Surveillance Program

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1456114

    The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush's secret domestic spying program, Justice officials said Friday.

    The officials, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, said the inquiry will focus on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.



    I hope they will investigate and prosecute vigorously.

    I want to see some perp-walks from both those who leaked it to the NYT AND journalists and editors at NYT, who published, even though the President personally met with them, explained the top secret nature of the information and that national security will be harmed if they publish the info.
  • Existing-Home Sales Ease as Mortgage Rates Rise

    12/30/2005 10:11:18 AM PST · 26 of 26
    Pragmatic_View to Hugin

    "Houses are being reduced from the original listing price. "

    ===

    Sure there are, because people were raising their listing price 20% per month and they are starting to realize that houses aren't going up that fast anymore.

    But how much did houses sell for in the same neighborhood a year ago and how much do they actually sell for now?

    The market is cooling, it's not going up 25-30% a year, "only" 10-15%. What a disaster! (/sarcasm)

  • Existing-Home Sales Ease as Mortgage Rates Rise

    12/29/2005 3:31:20 PM PST · 10 of 26
    Pragmatic_View to ninergold3

    You might want to encourage your friend to get a fixed rate mortgage, if she can qualify for that, that way she never has to worry about the payments going up, and interest rates are still pretty low.

    Also sounds like she should see a financial advisor -- not one to tell her how to invest, but someone to help her assess her situation.

    If she can't feed her kids, or uses that excuse for the kids to eat at relatives, if she isn't in big trouble now, she will be, and this is the time to do a serious assessment, not wait until she ends up not being able to make her mortgage payments.

    I don't know if she will listen to you, but you, as a friend can at least try to help her get some good advice and help.

  • Existing-Home Sales Ease as Mortgage Rates Rise

    12/29/2005 2:06:07 PM PST · 3 of 26
    Pragmatic_View to Hugin

    It may hurt speculators or unwise investors, but if people bought their homes to live in it, and are able to make the payments, in the long run, real estate does go up.

    I came across a detailed historical summary of home prices since 1968:

    http://www.huduser.org/periodicals/ushmc/fall05/USHMC_05Q3.pdf

    go to page 65 of the document.

    The median price in 1970 was $23,000 and in 2004 it was $185,500, an average appreciation of over 6% or so.

  • Existing-Home Sales Ease as Mortgage Rates Rise

    12/29/2005 1:40:08 PM PST · 1 of 26
    Pragmatic_View
    First I read the news articles in the MSM, but just about all of them omitted the key info of what was the change from a year ago, to be able to compare apples to apples. I had to go to the source, the NAR, to find that info. News sources were so busy trying to spin this as negatively as possible, that most of them also omitted that prices were up in double digits from a year ago.

    While the drop in sales from Oct to Nov. was 1.7%, the drop in sales from 2004 Nov. to 2005 Nov. was only 0.1%.

    The national median home price from Nov. 2004 to Nov. 2005 was up 13.2%, not too bad at all. (See details of regional sales and prices in second half of the article).

  • New Navy secretary to be sworn in next week

    12/29/2005 12:52:03 PM PST · 8 of 9
    Pragmatic_View to All

    Well, I did more research and the result is a surprise:

    "Two senators, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Trent Lott of Mississippi, both Republicans, have put holds on England’s nomination. The snags aren’t related so much to England personally, officials have said. But both senators represent states where there is significant shipbuilding activity and may have concerns about the Navy’s future shipbuilding plans."


    http://www.marinetimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1437622.php

  • New Navy secretary to be sworn in next week

    12/29/2005 10:39:55 AM PST · 1 of 9
    Pragmatic_View
    Bold is mine. More Dem obstructionism that the MSM hasn't been highlighting. This is the first I heard that here we are in time of war and the Dems are playing politics with key defense related appointments. Does anyone know who are the two Senators who blocked England's confirmation as DDS?

    Now it's becoming clear, why President Bush did the "succession reshuffle" at the Pentagon now. He had to make England a recess appointment.

    Bush shifts Pentagon pecking order

    The three military-service chiefs have been dropped in the Bush administration's doomsday line of Pentagon succession, pushed under three civilian undersecretaries in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's inner circle.

    A holiday-week executive order from President Bush moved the Pentagon's intelligence chief to the No. 3 spot in the succession hierarchy behind Rumsfeld. The second spot would be the deputy secretary of defense, a position currently vacant since the Senate has not confirmed Rumsfeld nominee, Gordon England. The Army chief, which long held the No. 3 spot, was dropped to sixth.

    The changes are the second in six months and mirror the administration's new emphasis on intelligence-gathering versus combat in 21st-century warfighting.

    Update 1: Defense Department's Order of Succession

  • You choose: Civil liberties or safety? by James P. Pinkerton

    12/29/2005 9:55:09 AM PST · 55 of 229
    Pragmatic_View to Nicholas Conradin
    "mass surveillance became normal"


    His initial assumption is ludicrous to begin with.

    Since when is monitoring terrorists "mass surveillance"? Or if there are so many terrorists in the US that monitoring them is "mass surveillance", then we darn well better do it before they blow us up, killing hundreds of thousands of innocents.

    Since when does the right of terrorists to commit mass murder supersede the right of thousands of innocents to continue to live?
  • A Different Christmas Poem (Vanity)

    12/28/2005 2:38:29 PM PST · 2 of 4
    Pragmatic_View to 95 Bravo

    This is so beautiful and touching.

    Thanks for posting it and for the author for writing it.

    Good Bless Our Troops.

  • Bush was denied wiretaps, bypassed them (FISA Court denied them in unprecedented numbers)

    12/28/2005 2:01:58 PM PST · 487 of 580
    Pragmatic_View to Cboldt; ndt; Howlin

    An excellent article discussing the legal aspects:

    FISA vs. the Constitution

    http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110007734


    -- snip --

    "Ultimately, as the courts have noted, the test is whether the legitimate government interest involved--in this instance, discovering and preventing new terrorist attacks that may endanger tens of thousands of American lives--outweighs the privacy interests of individuals who are communicating with al Qaeda terrorists. And just as those of us who fly on airplanes have accepted intrusive government searches of our luggage and person without the slightest showing of probable cause, those of us who communicate (knowingly or otherwise) with foreign terrorists will have to accept the fact that Uncle Sam may be listening.

    Our Constitution is the supreme law, and it cannot be amended by a simple statute like the FISA law. Every modern president and every court of appeals that has considered this issue has upheld the independent power of the president to collect foreign intelligence without a warrant. The Supreme Court may ultimately clarify the competing claims; but until then, the president is right to continue monitoring the communications of our nation's declared enemies, even when they elect to communicate with people within our country."