Saturday, March 29, 2008

One Bad Decision Leads to Another

"A 19-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday in connection with a series of highway shootings near Charlottesville, Va., that left two people with minor injuries, the state police said. . . .

"Police officers said [Slade Allen Woodson] was the owner of an orange 1974 AMC Gremlin that appears to match the one seen in a surveillance tape of the shooting at the credit union on Thursday."
-- The New York Times

Friday, March 14, 2008

Street Economics - 1Q 2008

The brilliance of Street Economics is such that it doesn't have to wait until the end of the month to sum up the the U.S. economy. Learn from the facts:

Internationally, ticket vendors at the Taj Mahal refuse U.S. dollars and Bolivian banks urge customers to save in euros.

Domestically, the price of a drink at La Bodeguita del Medio in Palo Alto, Calif. is up 25 cents and a gallon of gas in the tank of its customers' Bentleys costs $4.11.

Really, is there anything else than can or should be said?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What Spitzer Should Have Said

New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer resigned because he got caught fooling around with high-dollar prostitutes. He said something to the effect that the citizens of New York deserved better.

Just once, I'd like to hear an embarrassed public official stand up and talk straight. Maybe something like:

"It is true I visited prostitutes and on more than one occasion.

"I have been asked if I intend to resign. My answer is no and here's why:

"If every elected official who committed adultery was to resign, our state and our nation would descend into chaos. Modify "committed adultery" with the phrase "by visiting a prostitute," and things might improve some, but less than many might think. I refuse to buy into that game of moral hypocrisy.

"Instead, I will allow the constitutional and political processes to play out. If the voters attempt to recall me, I will make my case to them directly and respect their judgment. If the legislature attempts to impeach me, I will wage an aggressive battle armed with the constitution and the law.

"The only legitimately aggrieved people are my wife and daughters. Their feelings and what happens to our family because of my actions are nobody's business."

"I will say nothing more about this situation until events require."