September 16, 2008

Quick Evening Hits (091608)

Well, the office and residential electric is back, but the Internet isn’t. So this is coming to you from a Fedex Kinko’s store, which has actually been renamed Fedex Office, in one of the dumbest corporate naming moves I’ve ever seen (someone at Fedex REALLY didn’t like the old Kinko’s culture, and is stamping out any and all remnants — to their detriment, I believe).

I see that Nix is still without power. Gordon Gekko at Taxman Blog and Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion have been picking up the Greater Cincinnati slack very nicely. It’s been a bit hard to keep up with goings-on in the past 48 hours, but here are some relevant items I picked up:

  • The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas HusseinObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) is still blowing through cash as fast or faster than he can raise it, according to Newsweak. The Obama-Dem stash is about half that of the candidate I refer to as JS3M3 (John Sidney the Mad Maverick McCain III) and the RNC.
  • I’ll pick Brent Baker’s NewsBusters post for the link. The story is all over the place, as it should be. Obama’s risible claim that he will cut taxes for 95% of Americans is statistically impossible, as at least 1/3 of filers have a tax bill of zero or less (because of the Earned Income Credit). I’ve also seen figures as high as 40% who don’t pay tax. This higher figure may come from adding in those who don’t have to file at all.
  • This one is gaining currency too, as it should — “Obama Tried to Stall GIs’ Iraq Withdrawal.” As Rush and many others, including Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey, pointed out today, Obama’s denial was really an admission that he interfered as alleged.
  • Not that this is a point of pride, but the Proportional to GDP, the amount of money Russia’s finance ministry has said it might pour into its system after the equity market dropped 17% before trading was halted is much larger than what the US Fed has promised. There’s less substance to Russia’s economy, so a financial meltdown there would appear to be more possible than here, and would be more damaging than it would be here if it were to happen …. but it’s not as if it can’t happen here.
  • I think Larry Kudlow has it right on the Fed’s decision to keep interest rates where they are — “Even though inflation indicators have been falling and today’s CPI dropped one-tenth of a percent, 12-month growth is still 5.4 percent for headline inflation and the core rate is 2.5 percent. The CPI less energy is up 3.1 percent, and non-energy prices in fact kicked up by three-tenths of 1 percent. So it would appear that the Fed wants to defend King Dollar and hold down prices. This is good.”

Positivity: ‘Guardian angel’ rescues girl

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:25 pm

From New Brunswick, Canada:

Published Saturday September 13th, 2008

When Michayla Benjamin walks past the home of Shawn Shephard, the young girl beams a smile in his direction and waves. Really, that’s nothing unusual but what’s behind the wave and smile is.

Michayla knows she’s waving at her guardian angel, the man who saved her life Sunday when play turned to terror.

A weekend deluge of rain had turned culverts in her neighbourhood from a trickle of water into mini rivers running along the sides of area roads, but as the water moved down the ditch and into a culvert, it became a torrent. The 10-year-old was playing in flood waters in a ditch with a number of other area kids when she was sucked into the culvert.

Shephard was a block away and standing on his deck in socks and a house coat talking to a friend and eating a bowl of noodles. It was around noon and a day like any other, but not for long.

He was just about to screech out to the kids and tell them to get out of the water when he saw something colourful pop up in the flooded ditch.

“I thought I heard a little yelp,” he said.

Then the little splash of colour he had seen disappeared, his vision blocked by his jeep that was parked in the driveway.

Shephard leapt off his deck and bolted toward the waters that raged past his home.

“That’s when I saw her floating like a little rag doll – head down in the water.”

The 35-year-old jumped into the water that was about a metre deep and grabbed hold of the drenched little girl. As he struggled to get to his feet, the pair drifted a few feet before he climbed out of the ditch with her in his arms. Soaked to the bone, bruised and scraped, Michayla only wanted to know where her pink Croc shoes had gone.

The raging water had carried the little girl more than a block as she bounced off the culvert’s concrete walls, rocks and debris. Shephard still can’t believe she even made it out of the culvert, considering she glided through the concrete without getting snagged on something and drowning.

“I’m just glad I saw her because I think she would have been dead if I hadn’t,” said the reluctant hero.

Rhonda Benjamin, Michayla’s mother, said her little girl had a guardian angel that day.

“Divine intervention – just so happens he had company at the right moment,” she said about Shephard being sent to rescue her little girl at the urging of a higher power.

Doing handstands and playing with the family dogs, Michayla said little and remembered even less about her brush with death.

“I was trying to swim and it took me,” said Michayla, wearing her prized pink crocs.

Her mom just smiles.

“I got them for 50 cents is the states,” her mother said. “She really has no idea how lucky she is.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.