Monthly Archives: October 2008

Last Day to Register in Illinois

Today is the last day to register to vote in the State of Illinois.

If you are a citizen and will be 18 years old on or before November 4, 2008 you can register to vote now for the election on November 4th.

There is no reason that anyone anywhere should have to register any later than four weeks prior to an election.

If you’re under 18 now, but will be 18 by the election¬† – register now.

If you’re going to move in the last four weeks before the election, either early vote in your old precinct or vote absentee there. Then register with your new address in your new precinct after Election Day and you’ll be set for the next election in your new precinct.

If you’re getting married or divorced and will be changing your name, between now and then, go ahead and vote under the old name for this cycle and make the changes just after Election Day.

Same day registration and voting is just unnecessary. It isn’t as if Elections are sprung up on people. They are planned far in advance. Even special elections are planned with enough advance notice that people can be registered in advance of the election.

Same day registration is voter fraud waiting to happen.

Monday Morning Musings

Kudos to Shelly Mandel the president of the LA chapter of NOW.

About Sarah Palin she said: “America, this is what a feminist looks like.”

Read the rest and see the video at Wizbang!

Congrats to my cousin Robin and her new husband Todd, newly married on Saturday! My daughter kept calling the bride “Princess” and she did look like one.

Now Fox News is spamming me too

I got an email today almost identical to the one noted in this post except that it says it’s from Fox News

The sender is Moin with a subject line of Autumn savings here.

The body has a grey background and an image that I refuse to download.

This message was sent to {email address}

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To stop ALL email from Fox News Newsletters, click here to remove yourself from our lists.

This email was sent by: FOX News Network, LLC. 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. All Rights Reserved.

All the links in this one go to watchpurpose.com/login/process.asp?user={email addy}&token{some number}

Biden on Mortgages

From the CNN transcript of the debate (emphasis mine):

{Biden} Number two, with regard to bankruptcy now, Gwen, what we should be doing now — and Barack Obama and I support it — we should be allowing bankruptcy courts to be able to re-adjust not just the interest rate you’re paying on your mortgage to be able to stay in your home, but be able to adjust the principal that you owe, the principal that you owe.

That would keep people in their homes, actually help banks by keeping it from going under. But John McCain, as I understand it — I’m not sure of this, but I believe John McCain and the governor don’t support that.

I seemed to have been a little prescient with my post of a few days ago.

But Obama and Biden only want to reward those who can’t or don’t or won’t pay their bills and declare bankruptcy with a readjustment for not only the interest amounts that were contracted for, but also to reduce the amount owed! So if you bought that $300K house and you could only afford a $100K house, Obama and Biden are saying that a bankruptcy judge could arbitrarily reduce the amount the owed on the house to whatever the judge wants.

This will make it harder and harder for Joe Sixpack who pays his bills to get a mortgage. What bank will issue mortgages (secured by the value of the home and land it sits on) if said value can be reduced at any time?

When one receives a mortgage, the bank pays the seller of the home the amount that you contract for when one purchases the home. If that amount is subsequently reduced via judicial fiat, it’s a straight out loss for the bank. If the bank pays $300K to the seller and you’ve paid a little towards the principle (remembering that early in the life of the mortgage one’s payment is split with a majority of the payment going towards interest) and a judge just reduces the principle to, say, $150K, the bank has lost that $150K less the small amount of your payments that have been applied towards the principle.

The bank covers much of its overhead through the interest rates it charges to loan you money. So a reduction in the interest rate also bites into the bank’s bottom line, further reducing incentive to issue mortgages even to people with good credit.

Talk about a financial crisis. That policy would just make it worse.

AP: What year was it?

Via Dafydd at Big Lizards we find an article from AP that states:

Bleak data released overnight in the U.S. added to fears for the world’s largest economy. Auto sales plummeted, and a key measure of U.S. manufacturing activity hit its lowest level since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2002 terrorist attacks.

Below is a screen shot including the url of the page.

The pertinent paragraph is below the Tidal TV ad (I’ve highlighted it below).

Click image for full size.

Is the AP from this planet?

Is the AP from this planet?

ABC News is Spamming Me – Updated

At many different addresses.

Well, it’s probably not really ABC News, but each and every email has this:

gray background

{some image}

This message was sent to [whichever of my email addresses it’s sent to]

Unsubscribe | Manage Subscriptions | Privacy Policy

To stop ALL email from ABCNews Newsletters, click here to remove yourself from our lists.

This email was sent by: ABCNews, 7 WEST 66th Street, New York, NY 10023.

I’ve unlinked the links there, but they go to www.respectyear.com/memberservices/remove.php; account.php; and privacy.php.

They also include the email address it’s been sent to and a session id number in the urls.

Every email comes from a different address and never an address that has anything to do with ABC or go.com

Subjects are generally one word like Orders or Support.

Update: some more subjects that have come in since:

Wake her up with your new long rod. (from kiwi)

Get the latest news on your health. (from Mila)

Personal huge discount (from berkant)

Breaking news (from see)

Hey, ABC News! Here’s something you can investigate. Someone is sending out spam emails using YOUR name.

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