June 4, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (060407)

Note: This post has been moved to the top for the rest of the day because of the importance of some of the topics in it.

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Sneak preview: Based on my look at the last Daily Treasury Statement for May, it looks like federal receipts for the month are going to be down from May 2006 (yes, I said down) when the May Monthly Treasury Statement is released on June 12 — perhaps by 5% or more.

The big collection months of June and September, when most individual and corporate estimated taxes are due, will really tell the tale on the rest of the fiscal year’s receipts.


Guess who was listening in on phone conversations in 1992?


Matt at RAB is definitely correct about this — When there’s outrage over $80K in bonuses in 2006, vs. silence over $1.2 million in bonuses in 1994 (i.e., 15 times more, even before considering inflation), there’s no reason to take those who are currently outraged seriously.


From a Friday Wall Street Journal editorial (requires subscription):

What further economic harm can a despot do once he’s plundered all of his nation’s wealth? Robert Mugabe has an answer: Loot the foreign assets left in Zimbabwe.


Amanda Carpenter at Townhall is on the Clinton/InfoUSA trail. She needs to pick up on the Opinion Research/CNN polling issues discussed here (towards the end) and here.

Fauxtography revisited.


Ruffini at Hewitt’s place on last night’s “presidential” debate:

The key moment in the debate came when Dennis Kucinich said he would take no action if there was actionable intelligence about Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts. It was meaningful not for what happened, but for what didn’t happen. None of the candidates used this to tee up their Commander-in-Chief credentials …..

Not exactly “presidential.”

This interview fooled me. Content originally here has been removed. Lesson learned.


Tiananmen Square was 18 years ago today. Last year’s post on it is here.



  1. The claims of cell phone monitoring is not that surprising. In fact seeing McDermott involved listening to Boehner’s private conversation made me wonder how much this goes on. McDermott isn’t exactly a trend setter or a genius, so someone else had to have coached him.

    Comment by largebill — June 4, 2007 @ 9:24 am

  2. Thanks for the link- I think the bonuses at the state house were also just as bad. I worked at the House at the time, and the list of who got the bonuses was the same list of staffers who were overly involved in all things political. And bonuses aren’t supposed to be based on that.

    Comment by Matt N. — June 4, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

  3. #1, it’s probably happening more than you think. A major Prez or Senate candidate without secure lines is probably taking an unwarranted risk.

    #2, the more things change, the more they stay the same….

    Comment by TBlumer — June 4, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

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