Archive for September, 2008

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/30/08

We should accustom the mind to keep the best company by introducing it only to the best books.”   —   Sydney Smith

Jumble Spoiler – 09/30/08

SIONE = NOISE, SNAPY = PANSY, MYSLOB = SYMBOL, LETTEK = KETTLE   —   Giving us:  SEPSSOTTL

Visual Description:  D.I. giving a beginner the run-down.

Clue/Question:  What it takes to become a ballroom dancer.

Answer:  LOTS OF STEPS

Rejected Bail Out

Subtitle: “Is it any wonder you are too cool to fool?” – David Bowie, Fame

The architect/author of the bail out bill was George W. Bush appointee Henry (Hank) Paulson.  An ex-Goldman Sachs chief executive, whose comp package in 2005 was $37Mil, and was (projected) $16.4Mil in 2006, before being named United States Secretary of the Treasury on June 3, 2006.  His estimated net worth is north of $700Mil(US).

With this little bit of wording, in the initial version:

Sec. 8. Review.

“Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.”

. . . is there any wonder why anyone responsible would be hesitant to approve anything submitted by this man?  A guy FROM Wall Street wants to give $700Bil (of our tax $s) TO  Wall Street, and he has the stones to insert such a Rovian/Bush escape clause???  From this point on the guy’s credibility (like his boss’) was shot.

Bush Job Approval           Survey Date          Apprv%      Disapprv%    Unsure%  

USA Today/Gallup 9/26-27/08 27 69 4 -42

Even IF the version that came up for vote today had all the necessary provisions for protecting the tax payers – and we’re hearing there were still substantial loopholes – there was always going to be a George Bush/Hank Paulson stink to this thing.  They could very easily remove half of this stink if Paulson RESIGNS (Are we to believe that – for the past two years – Hank didn’t know what was going on at: Bear Stearns, Lehman Bros, Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual, Wachovia Bank, etc.?) and they get someone who doesn’t smell like a fox, working on the inside of the hen house.

YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/29/08

A football coach is a fellow who is willing to lay down your life for his school.”   —   Author Unknown

(The guy/gal must’ve watched Cold Case last night.)   YUR

(Mis-directing) Jumble Spoiler

CEEPA = PEACE, CLATH = LATCH, FIMITS = MISFIT, LEPHER = HELPER   —   Giving us:  EATHSFTELE

Visual Description:  Older (PoliGrip) couple trying to get to sleep while cats fight outside their window.

Clue/Question:  In for dinner, but frequently out all night.

Answer:  FALSE TEETH

The Anchorage Palin Protest

Of course, this is far from being current, but this is one of the photos that I found to be particularly representative of the cross-section of Alaskans who KNOW that Sarah Palin is NOT ready, NOR qualified, to be John McCain’s running mate.  Men, women, a little old, a little young . . . and even a guy who could – kinda sorta – pass for your dear old Uncle Rave!

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/28/08

Not to know the events which happened before one was born, that is to remain always a boy.”   —   Cicero

(In our current fervor to emphasize Math and Sciences can we really afford to ignore the Humanities?)   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 09/28/08

SNEFTA = FASTEN, ABHORR = HARBOR, BELTOG = GOBLET, CASIMO = MOSAIC, TUBECK = BUCKET, FIGYEF = EFFIGY   —   Giving us:  TNRORGOOAIKTEF

Visual Description:  Couple shopping for upscale coutertops.

Clue/Question:  When the countertop salesman was paid, he . . .

Answer:  TOOK IT FOR GRANITE

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/27/08

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”   —   O.W. Holmes

Jumble Spoiler – 09/27/08

YOPPP = POPPY, OPSOW = SWOOP, TOATER = ROTATE, GLINTE = TINGLE   —   Giving us:  PYSPTANGE

Visual Description:  A snippy photographer with a blase model.

Clue/Question:  What a photographer can do with a bored model.

Answer:  GET SNAPPY


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