Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving... To Remember Why We Celebrate...

As President, on October 3, 1789, George Washington made the following proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish
constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

NFL Picks for Turkey Week

So, yeah, here are my picks for the three Turkey Day games... None are real good... In addition, I'll pick games for the local NY teams...

Tennessee -10.5 DETROIT
TEN 20 Det 7

DALLAS -13 Seattle
DAL 24 Sea 10

ARZ 31 Phi 17

Nyg 20 WSH 17

NY JETS -8 Denver
Nyj 24 DEN 17

Picks by Spread: Tennessee, Dallas, Arizona, Washington and Denver

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Change You Can Believe In?

Here is yet another commentary on the Third Clinton Admin...oops... I meant the Obama Administration... From Rich Lowry and National Review...

Barack Obama has succeeded where Hillary Clinton failed. She hoped to win a third Clinton term, but it is her vanquisher who is reconstituting the Clinton Administration.
Very true. This begs the question of whether some kind of back room deal was made between the Clintons and Obamas.

Few would have guessed back when Obama rose from the snows of Iowa that highly
experienced economic technicians would represent “change we can believe in.”
Thankfully, Obama’s airy rhetoric about a new kind of politics was more a pitch
for impressionable new voters than a description of his governing style.

True... Impressionable voters (see, youth vote and folks who like free stuff...) were responsible for his victory. While all of a sudden it seems, the 'change' promised is turning out to be a lot like what Hillary's presidency would have brought...

Read it all...

NY Post Editorial

Today's lead editorial in the NY Post lambastes the management at Citi for running the business into the ground...

Already gone, though not soon enough, is former Director Robert Rubin - the one board member who seems to have been wide awake the whole time. Rubin, the Clinton administration treasury secretary who successfully engineered the bank
deregulation that made so much of the current mess possible, was appointed to the Citi board in 1999. Then, it seems, things began to happen. That is,
Rubin apparently undertook to test the limits of his new banking rules.

In a 4,076-word autopsy of Citigroup's "rush to risk," The New York Times on Sunday labeled Rubin "an architect of the bank's strategy." It describes him as having "pushed to bulk up the bank's high-growth fixed-income trading," including risky debt instruments. Risky is hardly the word for it - though in mid-2007, according to the newspaper, Citi brass claimed that the likelihood of subprime mortgages actually defaulting "was so tiny that they [were] excluded from their risk analysis."
Robert Rubin is also a main economic advisor to President-Elect Zero. So, clearly, he has his hands in too many cookie jars...

Read the entire piece...

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Great Example...

I guess President-Elect Zero wants to really further anger those who decry him as a 'phony' Christian...

Obama Skips Church, Heads to Gym...


Civic Literacy Test

Go ahead, take it... Give it a try... Our Congress critters score in the 40% range...

Comment and post your score...

Civic Literacy Test

Citi Needs A Bailout? Ugh...

Well, we keep printing money for these global conglomerates and they keep taking it... Does it do ANY good? Do they go about changing their business practices that got them into this mess? Doesn't really seem like it...

Ahhhh... I'll bet Citi wishes they did not come to a 20 year naming rights deal with the Mets for Citi Field now, eh