October 28, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (102807)

This is worth watching (scroll down a little past halfway) — “Stan Lee swears $225,000 reported by Hillary Clinton to the FEC was not his!” That would be Stan Lee of Spiderman and other comic-book character fame.

Also worth noting: The guest list at the event in question (scroll down to the bottom).

Finally, there’s this.

These things would bury the candidacy of anyone, Democrat or Republican, not named Hillary Clinton. Why shouldn’t it bury hers?

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Don Surber, in an article primarily about the how the press doesn’t seem to mind how much money is in political campaigns now that Democrats are getting most of it, starts with this nugget about Team Hillary:

HILLARY Clinton’s campaign for president is a bigger business than the city of Charleston (WV). As of Sept. 30, she had hired 697 people, and raised just slightly less than $80 million.
Charleston’s budget is less than $70 million.

It takes a village.

It figures that the City of Charleston would have more employees (850 as of 2005) and spend less money.

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Keith Ellison’s fact on Paul Wellstone’s death are very shaky.

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Melanie Scarborough, on police overaccommodation of protesters (HT Instapundit):

Just because a few protesters arrive in town, police make life a nightmare for everyone else. And they do so not because it’s necessary for security, but because it’s convenient for them.

Now, there’s something to protest.

Indeed.

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Is the New York Times a buyout candidate? I think this comment at Don Surber’s blog post on the topic reflects a more likely and stumbled-upon scenario:

Far more likely than a takeover is a leveraged buyout by the Sulzberger family. If the Sulzberger clan can get the financing the low stock price will be a boon.

Was that the plan? Put half-wit Pinch in charge, drive down the stock price and then re-purchase at a low cost.

NYT stock, which closed the week at $20.32, is worth at least $3 billion less than it was just 5 years ago. That’s a high price to pay for Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Positivity: New Mexico’s miracle Child of the Year’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:35 am

From Bloomfield, NM:

10/20/2007 12:00:00 AM MDT

There are true stories of terrible accidents and heartbreaking recovery more moving than the most well-written movie scripts.

The facts regarding how Steffan Hobbs’ life changed, and nearly ended, on May 12, 2000, when he was hit by a pickup truck after wandering out onto U.S. 64 on his bicycle, is one such story.

The 13-year-old Mesa Alta Junior High eighth-grader should be dead. The accident was so bad that his legs snapped in half and his skull shattered in parts.

“He was not expected to survive,” said his mother, Janet Hobbs.

Janet, who found her son moments after the accident and still has nightmares about the scene, can’t believe her son has made this much progress.

One medical emergency followed another: Steffan’s internal organs swelled, significant portions of his brain and skull needed to be removed, and his brain activity was minimal until early June 2000.

Even after pulling through multiple head surgeries, through reconstructive surgery on his face and eye socket, and speech and movement rehabilitation, Steffan wasn’t in the clear. Two days after the two-year anniversary of his accident, Steffan had a violent 22-minute seizure that was so serious it caused his skin to turn blue.

After that seizure, and to everyone’s surprise, Steffan’s health began to improve significantly. The story of his progress has proven remarkably upbeat.

For as miraculous as Steffan’s recovery has been, Janet has no doubt that if it were not for the treatment her son received at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque, he would not be the person he is today. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.