It is the best of times... it's the worst of times for Americans and the world right now. It appears that the President has much less convincing power than most people think. So Treasury Secretary Paulson wants to pass a bill giving the government $750 billion to buy distressed mortgages from banks in order to alleviate the credit squeeze going on right now.
So after addressing the nation on the urgency of the crisis, encourages Congress to pass the bill before them. But with public support at 95-98% against bailing out Wall Street - the House of Representatives does not pass the bill. If the President had as much authority - power - persuasion as people thought (or if there was a conspiracy - you'd think this bill would've passed).
The House Vote Roll Call
As I've said before - Presidents have very limited control over the economy. And merely ride the business cycle along with the rest of us.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Hurricane Ike photos of my aunt's apartment in Galveston. I'd never seen anything like this before. Water is such a powerful force - the water had reached about 4 feet into her 1st floor. The tv, tables, couch were in total disarray. She stayed with me during the duration of the hurricane until I could take her back to the island. I'm very grateful - I've never had to deal with the complete loss of my possessions or even a partial loss. So my heart goes out to those who've lost homes, pets, possessions, etc.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Save the Single Mom's : Save the World
You probably had plans to go out to The Penthouse Club tonight, have a nice drink, chat with a perky young gal working her way through grad school by pole-dancing, pay her twenty bucks a for a lap dance, then head home to the wife and kids.
You're out of luck.
District Judge Mark Davidson has given the city a rare victory in its never-ending battle to crack down on Houston's most famous tourist spots, ordered the Penthouse Club closed immediately. (No "judge's special" for him tonight.)
Davidson ruled the club was violating several of the city's ordinances and was a nuisance to its neighbors.
The club had -- and you have to love the chutzpah -- argued it wasn't a sexually oriented business.
City officials have suffered a string of setbacks in their attempts to kill the "gentlemen's club" business, so we guess they'll be celebrating this decision pretty heavily.