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Tue Mar 04, 2008 at 10:12 AM PST

Letter to a tax hater

by pangle

Coming up to election time and the "evil govenrment, evil taxes" robo-emails are flying around the office.
They moved me to compose the following. My audience work in the financial markets. Hope you enjoy!

It’s taken me a while to compose this, but I thought it was worth the effort. What bothers me about much of what passes for political communication these days is not the nature of it, but rather that no one seems to put the time into developing their own ideas and thinking for themselves. I have no issue discussing how we can make our country a better place with someone who might have a differing view so long as the view is their own and honestly held. So here goes! What you see below was not cut-and-pasted from a website or received in a chain email. I actually wrote it myself.

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Wed Jan 14, 2004 at 12:30 PM PST

Bush as Christ

by pangle

This is doing the rounds today. Has GWB ever even been to Walter Reed?

At Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC recently the Sergeant Major of the  Army, Jack Tilley, was with a group of people visiting the wounded soldiers. He saw a Special Forces soldier who had lost his right hand and suffered severe wounds of his face and side of his body. The Sergeant Major of the Army wanted to honor him and show him respect without offending, but what can you say or do in such a situation that will encourage and uplift? How do you shake the right hand of a soldier who has none? There was a man in that group of visitors who had his wife with him to visit the wounded He seemed to knew exactly what to do. This man reverently took the soldiers stump of a hand in both of his hands, knelt at the bedside and prayed for him. When he finished the prayer, he stood up, bent over the soldier and kissed him on the head and told him that he loved him. A powerful _expression of love and Christ-like example, for one of our wounded heroes. What kind of a man would do such a thing? The wounded man's Commander-in-Chief, George W. Bush; President of the U.S.A. This story was told by the Sergeant Major of the Army, at a Soldiers' Breakfast held at Red Arsenal, AL, and recorded by Chaplain James Henderson, stationed there. Pass it on... the press won't.


Thu Oct 16, 2003 at 11:02 AM PDT

Russia moves to price some oil in euros

by pangle

This just in from the UK's Spectator (Hollinger property/Daily Telegraph): a good primer on the Euro/Russian machinations currently in play against the US.

I buy the hypothesis but wonder if the Europeans would call off the assault over the body of the Republican party or complete the geostrategic endgame.

Teasers from the article:

"The lengths to which the eurozone will go to supplant the dollar can be seen in reports, last week, that Russia is considering selling its oil in euros rather than dollars".
"The idea came from France and Germany and its aim is to undermine the dollar. The fact that oil and other commodities are priced in dollars underpins America's role as a global reserve currency and by extension its economic supremacy"
"The plotters do not believe this [a market crash] will happen, says one well-placed City economist. Faced with the prospect of a collapse in the dollar, they believe the US will come to the negotiating table, just as they did with the Louvre Accord in 1986, the last time there was a collapse in the dollar. The result will be a new, pegged exchange rate system that will prevent the dollar-euro exchange rate from falling too far. Instead, the US will be forced to unwind its imbalances by raising interest rates and cutting spending. According to this European dream, America will have to scale back its overseas adventures and to share global leadership with the EU"

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