October 4, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (100407)

Note: Because of business commitments, this will be the last post today.

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Hillary Clinton: “I helped start and support (institutions) like Media Matters and the Center for American Progress…” Glad that’s clear now.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer “Blacks three times more likely to pay higher mortgage interest, study says.”

Possible (emphasis possible) missing sub-headlines:

  • “Blacks more likely to have a bad credit history, a low credit score, or to be overleveraged, justifying higher rates.”
  • “Computers not to blame, as credit scoring programs do not have a data entry field for race or sex.”
  • “Blacks more likely to get taken by shady lenders and/or bad loan deals because of awful public-education system.”

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AP Plays Dumb on Hillary’s Baby Bonds Idea:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 “baby bond” from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.
Clinton, her party’s front-runner in the 2008 race, made the suggestion during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.

“I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that downpayment on their first home,” she said.

The New York senator did not offer any estimate of the total cost of such a program or how she would pay for it. Approximately 4 million babies are born each year in the United States.

Math lesson for AP writer Devlin Barrett: $5,000 times the estimated 4 million babies born each year equals an estimated $20 billion a year. My guess: Devlin knew this, but didn’t want to tell readers who would be justifiably concerned about the number.

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So now that we’re back into prime TV viewing season, how are the Big 3 evening news shows doing?

Not well:

EveningNews092507

The total of under 21.5 million is a 9% hemorrhage from the same time last year.

Faster, please.

The Definitive Iraq War Justification Graphic

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:04 am

I really like this one.

If you click here, it will open in a new window, and show you the 21 reasons for going into Iraq, and who (often multiple parties) uttered them.

Nice resource.

Positivity: Unknown Donor Saves Woman’s Life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Saint Clair, PA:

9/24/2007

At a time in her life when she had so much to live for, Edna “Eddie Lou” Blankenhorn was dying from a rare form of leukemia.

Last November, the 53-year-old Saint Clair woman found out she was gravely ill and that she needed a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

A woman who has given so much to others in her life – as a dedicated nurse for 31 years at Pottsville Hospital, a loving wife, mother and grandmother to five, and a devoted daughter who moved next door to her elderly aunt and mother to be there for them when they needed her – Eddie Lou found that she desperately needed to depend on the compassion and charity of others.

The search seemed grim after several members of her family were tested to see if their bone marrow was a match for a transplant. No family members matched.

“I was surprised to find out that only 25 percent of the time, the donor is a family member,” Eddie Lou said.

She became registered on the National Marrow Donor Program registry and waited anxiously while the disease progressed. She prayed and hoped for a miracle.

And one day, an unknown 42-year-old woman, a perfect stranger but a perfect match for Eddie Lou, saved her life by donating her own bone marrow to someone she had never met. The transplant operation took place in February.

In about a year, if both parties agree, the marrow donor registry program will connect the donor and recipient, and Eddie Lou may get to chance to thank the woman who saved her life.

“I don’t even know her name, but she gave me a second chance at life,” she said. “How do you find the words to thank someone for saving your life? It’s overwhelming.

Go here for the rest of the story.