1537 - Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward.
1973 - Jane Seymour excited Bond fans throughout the world, in Live and Let Die. She has been repeatedly called one of the top 10 sexiest Bond girls.
COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!
“The assumed instinctive belief in God has been used by many persons as an argument for his existence. But this is a rash argument, as we should thus be compelled to believe in the existence of many cruel and malignant spirits, only a little more powerful than man; for the belief in them is far more general than in a beneficent deity.”
-- Charles Darwin
FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:
a)Ashley Todd (R-Texas-confused girl)
Evidence is mounting that Ms. Todd, a 20 yr old former Ron Paul supporter, who now volunteers for John Bush McCain's campaign, was NOT attacked by a 6'4", bearded, evil -ni. .- er, black man, but instead, she gave herself a black eye, then, scratched the "B" backwards on her own cheek.
Ashley, honey, sweetums, I know you were afflicted by the infamous Texas Skule Cystern, (unless you were home-schooled, which might explain a lot), but by the age of 20, you should realize that a mirror reflects everything BACKWARDS!
Or are you claiming that that while he attacked you, that big black man told you he was dyspeptic? or dysentery? Discombobulated? Disaffected? Disheartened? AH! Dyslexic!
b) Alan Greenspan: "I may have miscalculated slightly."
As Dr. Watson was never quoted as saying, "No $hyte, $herlock."
Business decisions by financial services firms were based on "the best insights of mathematicians and finance experts, supported by major advances in computer and communications technology," Greenspan told the committee. "The whole intellectual edifice, however, collapsed in the summer of last year because the data inputted into the risk management models generally covered only the past two decades a period of euphoria."
He added that if the risk models also had been built to include "historic periods of stress, capital requirements would have been much higher and the financial world would be in far better shape today, in my judgment."
And that wasn't the only bad data being crunched by IT systems. Christopher Cox , chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission , told the committee that credit rating agencies gave AAA ratings to mortgage-backed securities that didn't deserve them. "These ratings not only gave false comfort to investors, but also skewed the computer risk models and regulatory capital computations," Cox said in written testimony.http://www.nytimes.com/external/idg/2008/10/23/23idg-Greenspan-Bad.html
Translated into English, Greenspan admitted that he expected market forces to cause banks to self-regulate their worst urges, as they worked to insure shareholders' value. To paraphrase Condi Rice, "Who wudda thunk that the top execs would use ever escalating derivatives and swaps paper values to award themselves huge multi-million dollar bonuses, knowing that the values of the underlying paper was built on a house of cards?"
What is truly offensive about Greenspan's testimony was his solution. How to solve this collapse in the financials? Despite acknowledging a "flaw in his reasoning," his advice is simple: Little regulation, and rely on free market forces. But only after we bail out his friends at Morgan Stanley, Lehman, AIG, etc., with taxpayer dollars totaling more than a trillion dollars. Oh, and his basic plan was sound, but the data going in was bad.
Why does Greenspan's advice remind me of Guiliani's efforts to make his criminal partner, Bernard Kerik, the head of our nation's Department of Homeland Scrutiny?
In other words, "Trust me." Again.
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c) RNC Spendthrifts.
Apparently, the RNC spent more on Sarah's delish outfit than they did on advertising in six states, including some closely contested contests. The best response comes from John McCain, who does not understand the value of money, unless it comes from other people, like Keating, Jack Abramof, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or the telecommunications industry whose lobbyist denied that their recent affair was sexual. "She needed clothing."
Silly Sarah herself has backtracked, either suggesting that she doesn't actually wear the clothes ("Most of them are STILL packed away in my big white campaign jet! And doncha know, there are some darling outfits there! Oh, and tax cuts! and Ronald Reagan!") She also suggested that she:
i. might donate the clothing, but take a tax write off on their value
ii. auction the clothing, with the proceeds going to her favorite charity - Vote for Palin 2012!
iii. would let the First Dude try on that lovely black silk skirt and matching bra
iv. keep the clothing, "because it is so me!"
v. give back the clothing, "because it is not me!"
vi. nobody could really follow her 114 word, grammatically incorrect, confusing, contradictory sentence
So, that explains cutting all revenue to Congresscritters Mustgrave and Bachman, two women who were among the most conservative in congress.
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e. The art of headline writing thrives at the Suntimes:
Toasted Kellogg students flake at Field Museum
Sue, Chicago's iconic T. rex, likely saw some pretty wild stuff 67 million years ago, but a Northwestern University grad school party at her Field Museum home was a real fright, too. Students of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management reportedly got drunk, vomited on the floor, spit at people, passed out and threw things at Sue herself.http://www.suntimes.com/index.html
Sure looks like these MBAs are perfecting their final training before taking their places in Wall Street, assuming we are foolish enough to ever take Greenspan's advice ever again.
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f. The kookie kristian reich - they can't even give money away!
A contest that would pay $10,000 to an engaged couple, as long as they abstain from premarital sex, hasn't gotten any takers. The deadline for the Marriage for a Lifetime contest is Oct. 31. The prize includes free flowers, invitations and other wedding treats.
So far, organizer Phillippia Faust hasn't gotten any entries.
She said, "In our society it's going to be hard to find" a couple that hasn't had premarital sex.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/10/23/national/a123456D50.DTL
Either this whole abstinence garbage doesn't work (as every study has shown) or $10,000 doesn't mean much anymore.
In unrelated news, Democratic Congresscritters continue to duck the question of why a majority of them voted to support the $200,000,000 Bush abstinence program. All experts agree that this program directly resulted in increased single parent teen pregnancies, (say Silly Sarah, know anything about that?) and an explosion in teens with STDs, including HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HPV. Oh, and those federally supported Purity Bowels that are so popular with proud daddies in the south and west? Their lovely daughters suffered from even higher rates than the rest of the population.