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  • Good-bye [if I can't post my 9/11 troofer garbage to FR, I'm leaving]

    06/25/2009 12:41:23 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 224 replies · 15,322+ views
    self ^ | June 25, 2009 | ThePythonicCow
    Good-bye. A few months ago, I posted some information on bank financial strength. The post was a complex table and it took me sometime to make the post. Not long after, I forget but perhaps 10 or 20 minutes, the post disappeared. Figuring I made a mistake, I posted it again. This time I was pretty sure I posted it correctly. It disappeared within a few minutes. To verify that this was what was happening, I posted a third time. It again disappeared immediately. I never received any feedback from FreeRepublic on this matter. It annoyed me, but since I...
  • 9/11 FEMA videographer at Ground Zero goes public

    06/24/2009 10:52:26 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 3 replies · 1,406+ views
    Silvia Cattori ^ | 22 June 2009 | The Voltaire Network
    Kurt Sonnenfeld : Exclusive interview 9/11 FEMA videographer at Ground Zero goes public As official videographer for the U.S. government, Kurt Sonnenfeld was detailed to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, where he spent one month filming 29 tapes: "What I saw at certain moments and in certain places ... is very disturbing!" He never handed them over to the authorities and has been persecuted ever since. Kurt Sonnenfeld lives in exile in Argentina, where he wrote « El Perseguido » (the persecuted). His recently-published book tells the story of his unending nightmare and drives another nail into the coffin...
  • Margin Call, Gentlemen?

    10/10/2008 12:07:48 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 4 replies · 472+ views
    Jesse's Café Américain ^ | 10 October 2008 | Jesse
    This is something going around the trading desks. Suddenly tightening margin credit is a precipitant to artificially steep market declines as those students of the Crash of 1929 will well remember. That is something one does on the upside of a potential asset bubble, not in the decline. If this is true, then there is an obvious need for the Fed to step in and provide credit relief even if on high rates, moreso than propping up a few banks by buying their worthless assets at above market prices. Forced margin selling because of arbitrary private bank policies is going...
  • When the bubble burst [Good explanation of CDS's]

    10/05/2008 11:49:06 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 14 replies · 1,780+ views
    While some blame the greed of Wall Street investment bankers and the dangers of a totally unregulated system for the current financial crisis, what can’t be denied is that lives, and lifestyles, have been suddenly changed across the social spectrum and careers built up over a lifetime have vanished in an instant. Apart from the revised $700 billion bailout plan, can the U.S. government do enough to restore confidence and assuage the trauma? The real question is: Who is going to compensate the common investors across the world who have lost their wealth in the resultant market meltdown? The...
  • BoA to close credit cards for approximately 60% of customers? [Bogus]

    09/29/2008 12:48:44 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 62 replies · 2,220+ views
    iTulip ^ | Sept 29, 2008 | Unknown
    From the front page of itulip.com, comes this unsubstantiated rumor: BoA to close credit cards for approximately 60% of customers? “I work in Credit Department at BoA (Senior Level Credit Analysist Boa Bldg 3rd fl, Char, NC). We just received memo indicating that all BoA credit cards are being closed as of 10/1. Credit score and income do not matter, all accounts are closed as of 10/1.” Executive VP Bank of America“This is true, but not as bad as he/she says. We are closing accounts, but only ones with credit scores under 750. We will reopen cards within a year...
  • Credit Rout for Wachovia, WaMu

    09/26/2008 5:29:32 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 31 replies · 967+ views
    Minyanville ^ | Sep 26, 2008 12:10 pm | Bennet Sedacca
    Have you ever walked up to a diner really hungry and seen a "closed for business" sign on the door? Welcome to the credit market, folks - it's officially closed. After Lehman, Fannie Mae (FNM), Freddie Mac (FRE), AIG (AIG) and Washington Mutual (WM) debt and preferred holders have been unmercifully tossed under the bus so Jamie Dimon can be given banks, do you really think many want to get in front of this train wreck? Me thinks not.   For what it's worth, I was just offered Wachovia (WB) 5.8% hybrids at $0.10 on the dollar, and I passed. A block of...
  • Responding to Turbulence

    09/26/2008 12:49:37 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 5 replies · 272+ views
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas ^ | September 25, 2008 | Richard W. Fisher (Dallas Fed President)
    Responding to Turbulence (With Reference to Bob Dylan, Alan Brooke, Washington Irving, Anna Fisher and Marcus Nadler) Remarks before the Money Marketeers of New York University New York City September 25, 2008Thank you, John [Partlan]. I haven’t been in these rooms for some 30 years. The Downtown Association used to be a haunt of some of the partners of the firm where I started my career—the venerable, now 190-year-old and still-thriving private bank, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. I went to work there for the legendary Robert Roosa after graduating from Stanford Business School in 1975. He and the partners...
  • Fed's Fisher Says Bank Rescue Plan Would Worsen Fiscal `Chasm'

    09/26/2008 12:00:47 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 6 replies · 441+ views
    MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | Thursday, September 25, 2008 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said the proposed $700 billion rescue of financial institutions backed by Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke would plunge the U.S. government deeper into a fiscal abyss.
  • $138 Billion -- Just Inferences, We Hope [Another bailout -- Hidden!]

    09/25/2008 9:10:59 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 31 replies · 713+ views
    Elliott Wave International ^ | Wed, 24 Sep 2008 19:30:00 ET | Robert Folsom
    It may seem like a long time ago, but it was only on Monday of last week (Sept. 15) that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy; the equally big news was that the Federal Reserve declined to bail Lehman out. I've read several details regarding Lehman's demise and learned some interesting facts. The bankruptcy filing was "pre-dawn" on the 15th, according to Bloomberg. The filing document is available in PDF form on the internet: it names Lehman's largest unsecured creditors, and the dollar amounts of their claims. "Citibank, N.A., as indenture trustee" is listed as Lehman's largest unsecured creditor, with a...
  • Democrats claim Wall St. bailout breakthrough

    09/25/2008 3:26:20 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 45 replies · 1,146+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:16pm EDT | Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro
    Democratic Rep. Barney Frank said on Wednesday Democrats had reached an agreement to stem one of the worst U.S. financial disasters in decades, and that there would be enough votes to pass the measure and send it to President George W. Bush to sign into law. "We now have between House and Senate Democrats an agreement on what we think should be in the bill, and we have a meeting scheduled at 10 a.m. tomorrow to meet with the Republicans," said Frank, chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.
  • 3 Month Treasury Yields Effectively Hit Zero [Lowest since World War II]

    09/17/2008 1:55:57 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 1 replies · 131+ views
    MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    A massive global rally in treasuries is underway and gold may be headed for its biggest one day advance in history as global systemic distrust sets in. ... Treasury 3-Month Bill Rates Drop to Lowest Since World War II. ... I just happened to be checking on rates exactly as the low was hit. 3 month yields are now .04.
  • Two Reserve Money Market Funds&Colorado Diversified Trust Lowered [A second money market loss!]

    09/17/2008 12:19:29 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 2 replies · 343+ views
    The Alacra Store ^ | Sept 17, 2008 | Standard&Poor's
    NEW YORK (Standard&Poor's) Sept. 16, 2008--Standard&Poor's Ratings Services said today that it has lowered its principal stability fund rating on the Reserve Funds - Primary Fund, Reserve International Liquidity Fund Ltd., and the Colorado Diversified Trust (CDT) to 'Dm' from 'AAAm' due to exposure to defaulted Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. commercial paper. Additionally, Standard&Poor's has placed on CreditWatch with negative implications the ratings on nine other Reserve Funds (see list below) and has withdrawn their ratings, as CDT will cease to exist effective tomorrow, Sept. 17, 2008. With the exception of the three funds, which paid out less than $1.00...
  • Money market giant freezes redemptions

    09/16/2008 5:03:22 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 20 replies · 226+ views
    Moneywatch ^ | Sept. 16, 2008 | Sam Mamudi
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- [The Reserve] has put a seven-day freeze on redemptions after the net asset value of [shares of its "Primary Fund"] fell below $1.
  • A Liberal’s Lament [Princeton professor laments Obama, in Newsweek!]

    09/01/2008 12:00:06 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 17 replies · 252+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Aug 23, 2008 | Sean Wilentz
    A Liberal’s LamentTo win, Obama must convince the country that he is a man of substance, not just style. History suggests this won't be easy.
  • New McCain Ad "Remote Control

    08/28/2008 4:45:30 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 52 replies · 270+ views
    YouTube ^ | Aug 28, 2008 | JohnMcCain.com
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nA1MwOE86U
  • Ten Financial Entities On The Brink [Failing Banks]

    08/22/2008 3:48:01 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 16 replies · 131+ views
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | Friday, August 22, 2008 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    Financial Entities On The Brink Lehman (LEH)Washington Mutual (WM)Fannie Mae (FNM)Freddie Mac (FRE)Corus Bank (CORS)BankUnited (BKUNA)Downey Savings (DSL)Wachovia (WB)Regions Financial (RF)MBIA (MBI)Ambac (ABK)
  • The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Jack Abramoff [Book by Gary S. Chafetz]

    08/22/2008 2:52:25 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 9 replies · 800+ views
    Amazon.com ^ | August 22, 2008 | Gary S. Chafetz
    This is an upcoming book, available on Amazon.com for pre-sale,presumably due to release closer to the November 2008 election to do more harm to McCain. Here is the book description, as provided on Amazon: The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Jack Abramoff (Hardcover) by Gary S. Chafetz (Author) Product Details Hardcover: 480 pagesPublisher: Martin & Lawrence Press (September 5, 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 097738988XISBN-13: 978-0977389889 Product Description Gary Chafetz is a liberal Boston journalist who set out to chronicle the scandal involving conservative gun-for-hire and super-lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. Instead he uncovered a Shakespearean tragedy of deceit, betrayal and political...
  • Derivatives the new 'ticking bomb' ... $516 Trillion bubble [was $100 Trillion]

    08/06/2008 9:27:30 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 91 replies · 173+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Paul B. Farrell
    Derivatives bubble explodes five times bigger in five years Derivatives grew into a massive bubble, from about $100 trillion to $516 trillion by 2007. Data on the five-fold growth of derivatives to $516 trillion in five years comes from the most recent survey by the Bank of International Settlements, the world's clearinghouse for central banks in Basel, Switzerland. To grasp how significant this five-fold bubble increase is, let's put that $516 trillion in the context of some other domestic and international monetary data: U.S. annual gross domestic product is about $15 trillion U.S. money supply is also about $15 trillion...
  • Credit Tsunami Approaches Shore.....

    08/04/2008 5:52:44 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 81 replies · 355+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | Monday, August 4. 2008 | Karl Denninger
    Credit Tsunami Approaches Shore..... .... while politicians ignore.The economic news of the day is that personal income and spending were quite weak - better than expected, but weak.  Real income, measured with price inflation counted, fell."And the band played on" in political circles.It won't for long.Folks, everyone has said this is a "subprime" problem, then a "housing problem."  People have assumed that prime loans would be "ok."For 30 year fixed mortgages with 20% down payments and 36% DTIs, where no HELOC has taken place, this is almost certainly true.  They will not default in serious numbers.But to think that this...
  • Western Medicine Fails Tim Russert

    06/19/2008 4:05:11 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 206 replies · 636+ views
    Wellness Resources ^ | Wednesday, June 18, 2008 | Byron Richards, CCN
    The shocking death of Tim Russert last Friday has left an entire nation wondering what happened.  He was a model patient, doing everything his doctors asked.  All major media have run articles trying to explain the nuances and difficulties in treating coronary artery disease.  These articles find little fault in Russert’s care, trying to create the idea that his heart attack was just too hard to predict and that all that could have been done for him was done.  I beg to differ.  His death represents the failure of standard medical care to produce a positive result – an occurrence...
  • Where no enemy has gone before [Good rip on leftist media]

    06/15/2008 4:57:26 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 42 replies · 648+ views
    Renew America ^ | June 11, 2008 | Erik Rush
    There's an axiom in Recovery (as in from addiction) circles which asserts that addictions are but symptoms of deeper emotional or psychological problems. Leaving aside the debate as to whether this holds water, I submit that the tremendous success of Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama is but a symptom of the broader disease: The establishment media (which includes broadcast news and print sources as well as the entertainment media) has finally subverted enough of the collective mind of America to usher in the era of socialism toward which the far Left has been maneuvering us for the last 40 years....
  • CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS: DERIVATIVE DISASTER DU JOUR

    05/01/2008 11:48:07 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 14 replies · 225+ views
    webofdebt ^ | April 10th, 2008 | Ellen Hodgson Brown
    When the smartest guys in the room designed their credit default swaps, they forgot to ask one thing – what if the parties on the other side of the bet don't have the money to pay up? Credit default swaps (CDS) are insurance-like contracts that are sold as protection against default on loans, but CDS are not ordinary insurance. Insurance companies are regulated by the government, with reserve requirements, statutory limits, and examiners routinely showing up to check the books to make sure the money is there to cover potential claims. CDS are private bets, and the Federal Reserve from...
  • Derivatives the new 'ticking bomb'

    05/01/2008 10:53:58 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 15 replies · 121+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 7:31 p.m. EDT March 10, 2008 | Paul B. Farrell
    PAUL B. FARRELLDerivatives the new 'ticking bomb' Buffett and Gross warn: $516 trillion bubble is a disaster waiting to happen By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch Last update: 7:31 p.m. EDT March 10, 2008 ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- "Charlie and I believe Berkshire should be a fortress of financial strength" wrote Warren Buffett. That was five years before the subprime-credit meltdown. "We try to be alert to any sort of mega-catastrophe risk, and that posture may make us unduly appreciative about the burgeoning quantities of long-term derivatives contracts and the massive amount of uncollateralized receivables that are growing alongside....
  • How do I subscribe to a Forum/Topic?

    04/30/2008 10:30:43 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 8 replies · 303+ views
    self ^ | May 1, 2008 | ThePythonicCow
    How do I subscribe to a Forum/Topic? I have several Forum/Topics that show up on my sidebar, which I can rearrange off the Configure Sidebar link. But I'll be danged if I can figure out how to add any more Topics to this list. I just realized that there is a "tech-news" Topic/Forum that seems to overlap with the "computers-chat" Topic/Forum, and I'd like to add it to my sidebar. But I can't figure out how to do that.
  • Missing link' memristor created: Rewrite the textbooks?

    04/30/2008 5:01:51 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 34 replies · 1,382+ views
    EE Times ^ | 04/30/2008 1:00 PM EDT | R. Colin Johnson
    PORTLAND, Ore. — The long-sought after memristor--the "missing link" in electronic circuit theory--has been invented by Hewlett Packard Senior Fellow R. Stanley Williams at HP Labs (Palo Alto, Calif.) Memristors--the fourth passive component type after resistors, capacitors and inductors--were postulated in a seminal 1971 paper in the IEEE Transactions on Circuit Theory by professor Leon Chua at the University of California (Berkeley), but their first realization was just announced today by HP. According to Williams and Chua, now virtually every electronics textbook will have to be revised to include the memristor and the new paradigm it represents for electronic...
  • Bear Stearns Closes in on Deal To Sell Itself to J.P. Morgan

    03/16/2008 2:25:19 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 62 replies · 1,495+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2008 | Dennis K. Berman, Susanne Craig and Kate Kelly
    Bob Brinker is reporting on the air now (his Sunday evening radio program) that JPMorgan is working a deal to buy Bear Stearns, and hopes to announce before the market opens, Monday morning. He says they are valuing Bear Stearns at about $2.2 billion. This works out to over $18/share. Bear Stearns opened Friday at $57 and closed down at $30. Brinker's referencing the Wall Street Journal for this. The Wall Street Journal Online has the following article: Bear Stearns Closes in on Deal To Sell Itself to J.P. Morgan By Dennis K. Berman, Susanne Craig and Kate Kelly Word...
  • Obama and the Power of Words

    02/26/2008 10:11:22 PM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 109 replies · 1,659+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 26, 2008 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    ... One Reagan adviser had predicted such a win shortly after Reagan had become the de facto nominee the previous spring. In a memo about the coming general election contest with Jimmy Carter, Richard Whalen wrote Reagan's "secret weapon" was that "Democrats fail to take him very seriously." Are Republicans making the same mistake with Barack Obama? ... In just the past week, conservative commentators have accused Mr. Obama of speaking in "Sesame Street platitudes," of giving speeches that are "almost content free," of "saying nothing." He has been likened to Chance the Gardner, the clueless mope in Jerzy Koscinski's...
  • Not Every Leak Is Fit to Print

    02/10/2008 5:07:57 AM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 18 Feb 2008 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    Not Every Leak Is Fit to Print Why have federal prosecutors subpoenaed a New York Times reporter?by Gabriel Schoenfeld 02/18/2008, Volume 013, Issue 22 Investigations of national-security leaks in Washington are not all that rare. But until Judith Miller of the New York Times was sent to jail for 85 days by a special prosecutor digging into the Valerie Plame imbroglio, investigations of such leaks in which journalists are subpoenaed were about as common as unicorns wandering the National Mall. We now have another such unicorn. On January 24, a federal grand jury in Alexandria issued a subpoena to...
  • (March 20, 2000) Will `Ace' McCain Flame Out Again?

    02/04/2008 12:32:58 AM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 23 replies · 1,297+ views
    Find Articles. com ^ | March 20, 2000 | Kelly Patricia O'Meara
    Will `Ace' McCain Flame Out Again? - Brief ArticleKelly Patricia O'Meara Over the years he's played many roles and worn many titles, including Navy aviator, prisoner of war, hero, congressman, U.S. senator, Washington insider, maverick outsider and, now, presidential candidate. But the one title of which few are aware is that of "service ace." John Sidney McCain III is known among many of his Vietnam flight buddies as "Ace" McCain. This title has not been bestowed upon McCain because he destroyed five enemy aircraft. On the contrary: It was five on our side -- in fact, five of his own....
  • How the Clintons will Destroy John McCain

    02/03/2008 12:25:04 AM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 207 replies · 1,621+ views
    To The Point News ^ | Thursday, 31 January 2008 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    HOW THE CLINTONS WILL DESTROY JOHN MCCAIN Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler    Thursday, 31 January 2008 The number of fellow Senators who think John McCain is psychologically unstable is large.  Some will admit it publicly, like Thad Cochran who says, "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine." Others relate times when McCain screamed four-letter obscenities right in their faces in the Senate cloak room, like Dick Shelby, Rick Santorum, or Jim Inhofe.  "The man is unhinged," one Senator told me.  "He is frighteningly unfit to be Commander-in-Chief." That John McCain is clinically...
  • The Real Terror Paymasters

    10/21/2007 2:24:07 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 17 replies · 495+ views
    The New American ^ | September 3, 2007 | William F. Jasper
    In 1972, the Kremlin decided to turn the whole Islamic world against Israel and the U.S. As KGB chairman Yuri Andropov told me, a billion adversaries could inflict far greater damage on America than could a few millions. In the quote above, Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, head of the DIE, the KGB’s little sister in communist Romania, reveals a conversation he had with chairman Andropov, the Soviet leader. “We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world,” Andropov told Pacepa, “and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel...
  • Google News borked - not just Limbaugh

    10/17/2007 3:32:59 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 38 replies · 82+ views
    http://news.google.com ^ | Oct 17, 2007 | ThePythonicCow
    A half hour ago, Kowdawg posted an article under the Subject "Google Blocks Rush Limbaugh News Stories". That article was pulled at his request by the Admin Moderator because he suspected his firewall. I don't think it was his firewall. Something is borked at http://news.google.com, and its not Limbaugh specific. Here's what I found and was about to post on that thread,when it was pulled. It's not specific to Limbaugh. Doing a search in http://news.google.com for "Kennedy" or "Clinton" comes up empty as well. But when I did a search in regular http://www.google.com for Limbaugh, one of the hits was...
  • Defendant owes $222,000 for illegal downloading

    10/04/2007 4:15:18 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 35 replies · 1,390+ views
    Salon and USA Today ^ | Oct 4, 2007 | ThePythonicCow
    A staff write for Salon, Farhad Manjoo, and USA Today (which I can post from) are reporting that a Duluth, Minnesota jury has ordered Jammie Thomas to pay record companies $220,000 for illegal downloading and sharing of copyrighted music.
  • Looking for good home budget software

    08/08/2007 6:47:46 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 9 replies · 239+ views
    ThePythonicCow
    I'm looking for suggestions on how to handle a home budget. It's for a friend, who is a 'people' person, not a 'numbers' person. She will soon be in a tight money situation, including a mortgage and a home business, and is afraid that she won't be able to manage her personal money without getting into debt. The alternatives I am aware of include good old paper, Quicken, Money, MVelopes.com, and brute force in a spreadsheet. The problems I can see with these alternatives in this case are: Paper and pencil requires doing the calculations by hand, or calculator -...
  • Press Conference: Organic Pastures Dairy Company - Fresno, California, Friday, September 29 at 2 pm

    09/29/2006 12:45:26 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 11 replies · 808+ views
    Natural Newswire ^ | September 28, 2006 | Unknown
    Press Conference: Organic Pastures Dairy Company - Fresno, California, Friday, September 29 at 2 pm ALERT: RAW MILK NEEDS YOU NOW Our access to raw milk is at stake! Please join fellow raw milk drinkers for a press conference at Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, California, Friday, September 29 at 2 pm. On Sept 21st Organic Pastures Dairy (OPDC) received notice from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) of a "possible" link to bacterial contamination of OP milk and milk products. As of 9/22 all pathogen tests by state investigators, outside labs and OPDC have proven negative for...
  • Good first gun for teenage son?

    06/25/2006 2:59:07 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 73 replies · 995+ views
    ThePythonicCow ^ | June 25, 2006 | ThePythonicCow
    My 17 year old son would like to learn to shoot a gun. I used to shoot a .22 rifle as a kid, and had to qualify once a year with a handgun in the military, many decades ago. But since then I've not used a gun, and we've never had guns in our house. There is apparently a good gun range nearby in Livermore California. I'd like to sign up my son and myself for a beginner's class. I think that means I will need to first purchase a gun. What gun would be good for this? I'm not...
  • Defense Lawyers Plan Challenges Over Spy Effort

    12/27/2005 7:23:57 PM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 73 replies · 2,011+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 28, 2005 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
    December 28, 2005 Defense Lawyers Plan Challenges Over Spy Efforts By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 - Defense lawyers in some of the country's biggest terrorism cases say they plan to bring legal challenges to determine whether the National Security Agency used illegal wiretaps against several dozen Muslim men tied to Al Qaeda.The lawyers said in interviews that they wanted to learn whether the men were monitored by the agency and, if so, whether the government withheld critical information or misled judges and defense lawyers about how and why the men were singled out. The expected...
  • FDA Puts New Restrictions on Accutane

    08/12/2005 11:26:11 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 246+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | August 13, 2005 | LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer
    FDA Puts New Restrictions on Accutane By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON - The thousands of Americans who take the acne drug Accutane — and people who prescribe and dispense it — must enroll in a national registry, part of a major government program to tighten access to the medicine that causes birth defects. Food and Drug Administration enacted unprecedented curbs Friday in trying to keep Accutane and its generic competitors on the market while ensuring that women who use the risky pills don't get pregnant. Critics see it as the drug's last chance, after two decades of safety...
  • Something's Amiss in the Linux Community

    06/08/2005 10:55:20 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 34 replies · 806+ views
    Really Linux website for Linux beginners ^ | June 08, 2005 | Walter V. Koenning
    Something's Amiss in the Linux Communityby Walter V. Koenning for the Reallylinux.com OPINION/EDITORIAL section. Maybe something is amiss in our beloved Linux community? This is the same unique self sufficient, self sustaining realm where I can sit behind my monitor at 2am and immerse in the concerns regarding Bitkeeper, getting intimately close to the thoughts of Linus and Andrew. I don't know either personally, but that's the amazing thing about this community. It is tight, it is personal and it is greatly beneficial. It is also the realm where the support so many keep pressing as a Linux weakness exists...
  • Bloggers narrowly dodge federal crackdown

    03/25/2005 1:30:26 PM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 12 replies · 549+ views
    CNET News.com ^ | March 24, 2005, 8:50 PM PST | Declan McCullagh
    Bloggers narrowly dodge federal crackdown Published: March 24, 2005, 8:50 PM PST By Declan McCullagh Staff Writer, CNET News.com Political bloggers and other online commentators narrowly avoided being slammed with a sweeping set of Internet regulations this week. When the Federal Election Commission kicked off the process of extending campaign finance rules to the Internet on Thursday, the public document was substantially altered from one prepared just two weeks earlier and reviewed by CNET News.com. The 44-page document, prepared by the FEC general counsel's office and dated March 10, took a radically different approach and would have imposed decades-old rules...
  • Kerik a veteran of mean streets

    12/03/2004 9:28:59 PM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 5 replies · 601+ views
    New York Daily News (via CNN) ^ | September 6, 2000 - 4:36 PM EDT (2036 GMT) | PATRICE O'SHAUGHNESSY
    Bernard Kerik accepts the NYPD commissioner's badge from outgoing commissioner Howard Safir last month, as Mayor Rudy Giuliani looks on.   So ponytailed Detective Bernard Kerik took to the streets as a homeless person. He stripped off his shoes and shirt and planted himself on a stoop. He sat for hours and watched, until he had seen enough to link an apartment building to the case.
  • EX-NYPD Chief Kerik Made the City Safe

    12/03/2004 7:39:14 PM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 13 replies · 985+ views
    EarthLink.net ^ | December 02, 2004 8:38 AM PST | Associated Press
    Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik answers questions after speaking at the New York Republican State Committee 2004 Designation Meeting in Syracuse, NY in this May 19, 2004 file photo. December 02, 2004 8:38 AM PST WASHINGTON - As New York's police commissioner, Bernard Kerik became known after the Sept. 11 attacks as the fierce, sorrowful face of his reeling department. But the former undercover cop has been confronting danger for decades.His expertise as a crimefighter and his oversight of the NYPD's heroic efforts during the 2001 terrorist attacks earned him international fame and a role as a...
  • Presidential Election Maps 1940 - 2000

    11/07/2004 2:51:24 PM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 50 replies · 3,403+ views
    NationalAtlas.gov ^ | 7 Nov 2004 | NationalAtlas.gov
  • How does Google avoid Washington Post registration?

    06/13/2004 2:26:03 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 14 replies · 183+ views
    Google News ^ | 13 June 2004 | self
    Any javascript gurus out there who might answer this? When I find a link to a Washingon Post article on Google News, and click on it directly from the Google page, it goes directly to the article, without stopping at the Washington Post Registration page. But if I copy out that exact same link, and try to go to it by pasting it into the Address field of my browser, or try to use it in a FR posting, then the link sends me to the WP Registration Page. Does anyone have a clue how Google does this? Since clicking...
  • U.S. Troops to Lift Cordon Around Northwest Falluja

    05/05/2004 1:39:03 AM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 8 replies · 129+ views
    Reuters, via Yahoo ^ | Wed May 5,12:47 AM ET | Anon
    U.S. Troops to Lift Cordon Around Northwest Falluja Wed May 5,12:47 AM ET FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Marines said they planned to lift a security cordon around the volatile northwest of the city of Falluja on Wednesday and allow traffic in for the first time in a month. The cordon had previously been tightly enforced in the hope of trapping guerrillas inside the Golan district, a hotbed of resistance to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq (news - web sites). "We expect to open the roads at checkpoints jointly manned by marines and Iraqi forces on Wednesday," Lieutenant-Colonel Gregg Olsen,...
  • Rush Limbaugh Statement on Prescription Pain Medication Stories

    10/10/2003 12:17:21 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 568 replies · 2,878+ views
    PRNewswire (Yahoo) ^ | Friday October 10, 2:55 pm ET | Rush Limbaugh
    Press Release Source: Premiere Radio Rush Limbaugh Statement on Prescription Pain Medication StoriesFriday October 10, 2:55 pm ET NEW YORK, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Rush Limbaugh today issued the following statement on his radio program:"You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life. So I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication. "I first started taking prescription painkillers some years ago when my doctor prescribed them to treat post surgical pain following spinal surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery...
  • President Bush Addressed the Nation Sunday Night (text of speech)

    09/07/2003 6:16:49 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 97 replies · 551+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | Sept 7, 2003 | George W Bush
    President Bush Addressed the Nation Sunday Night Address of the President to the Nation The Cabinet Room 8:31 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. I have asked for this time to keep you informed of America's actions in the war on terror. Nearly two years ago, following deadly attacks on our country, we began a systematic campaign against terrorism. These months have been a time of new responsibilities, and sacrifice, and national resolve and great progress. America and a broad coalition acted first in Afghanistan, by destroying the training camps of terror, and removing the regime that harbored al...
  • Prediction: The future of the USA stock market

    08/02/2003 11:04:34 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 72 replies · 878+ views
    UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences ^ | July 17, 2003 | D. Sornette and W.-X. Zhou
    Based on a theory of cooperative herding and imitation working both in bullish as well as in bearish regimes, we have detected the existence of a clear signature of herding in the decay of the US S&P500 index since August 2000 with high statistical significance, in the form of strong log-periodic components.Please refer to the following paper for a detailed description: D. Sornette and W.-X. Zhou, The US 2000-2002 Market Descent: How Much Longer and Deeper? Quantitative Finance 2 (6), 468-481 (2002) (e-print at http://arXiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0209065). For a general presentation of the underlying concepts, theory, empirical tests and concrete applications, with...
  • Meet the Failing Press

    08/01/2003 11:22:59 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 31 replies · 109+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 1, 2003, 10:10 a.m | Peter J. Wallison
    The public's esteem for the press and the media continues to fall along with the ratings of the presidency and Congress. This is a strange phenomenon, somewhat akin to the frog and the scorpion going down together. But several recent episodes illustrate why this is happening. On last Sunday's Meet the Press, Tim Russert interrogated Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of Defense, about whether he had made a mistake in his assessment of the number of troops that would be necessary to bring order to Iraq after the cessation of formal hostilities. Wolfowitz resisted admitting this, obviously thinking of...
  • Vice President's Remarks on War on Terror at AEI

    07/24/2003 7:26:01 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 23 replies · 623+ views
    whitehouse.gov ^ | July 24, 2003 | Dick Cheney
    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Please. Thank you very much, and good afternoon to all of you. It's a pleasure to be back at AEI, where I spent a considerable period of time, and among so many friends. AEI, of course, is home to some of our nation's most distinguished scholars - one of whom also serves as the scholar in residence at the Naval Observatory. (Laughter.) If you think Lynne gives good lectures here, you should stop over at our house sometime. (Laughter.) But I do want to thank Danielle Pletka for her introduction this afternoon, and I...