Back In-Action

Well that was a heck of a few weeks! But I am back from my extended vacation and catching up on the over 200 emails that accumulated in my in box as my daily routine resumes.

However on a more sober note, this month my family said goodbye to my grandfather. Husband, father, District Attorney, FBI Agent, and WWII vet, he will be missed.

Vacation

I am doing the holiday rounds visiting the grandparents and will be gone untill the 26th. For some reason goat ranches in the middle of nowhere don’t have internet, go figure.

But let me at least plug my grandmother’s recently published novel, Goat Diary. It is a good read about the trails and tribulations of my grandparents leaving their cosmopolitan downtown lifestyle and embarking on the Texas dream of slowly morphing into a pair of true rednecks… and enlisting their grandchildren as unpaid labor to turn 1,000′s of acres of hill county wilderness into a profitable venture in livestock. To bad I still hate goats.

Road Trip

Well my first weekend home was fun. Visited the family and got my car. The 8 hour drive through Texas was a nice way to get reacquainted with my crazy state. Tomorrow both the Army and the blog start again in full and the tales, trials, and bitching about my life go on.

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Home

I’m back in the states and catching up on a mountain of current events. Check back on Friday and I will have some juicy articles for your consumption!

Packing

Spent all day packing stuff into containers, so SSSD in effect untill I get some shut eye. I’ll try to toss an article or two up by afternoon(ish) in America.

Also, I am now on Twitter at @AActual, and could use some followers for my most up to date inane rantings.

Sleepy tiems nao.

Sean Hannity Rewrites History…Again

Last Tuesday Sean Hannity told an abject lie, That the housing crisis was caused by President Barak Obama. Are you fracking kidding me? I don’t know what’s more offensive, memo driven news, or the contempt FOX (in this case) executives must have for their own viewers. I understand the economic collapse was complicated; in fact the legalese in which it was penned was designed to make understanding the whole affair rather hard.

Even now, when I bring up the topics of Credit Default Swaps and Mortgage Backed Securities, I can visibly see the eyes of my fellow shop officers glaze over until it’s their turn to hit back with insipid, easily refutable, talking points.

But for the record, The Economist, first started warning about the bursting mortgage crisis in June…2005. Nearly 4 years before Obama was elected.

According to Bloomberg, housing prices were crashing in July 2007. For those who care, This American Life (an amazing NPR program) in conjunction with Planet Money have put together hours of reporting on what really happened.

So sure thing Mr. Hannity, Obama caused this crisis because the alterative would be that your network will report damn near anything if it raises anti-incumbent sentiment. But we can’t reasonably expect anything better from NewsCorp and its continuing decent into hacking and ethics scandal. It sure wasn’t an honest mistake as several organization have petitioned for a retraction, which I am sure will be printed any day now.

 

P.S. Several of the comments on my old blog pointed out that Clinton passed several laws that set the conditions for the trouble. Which misses my point is that legislation is nasty buisness, just blaming the president (whoever he may be) white washes the effects of lobbies, congress, regulators, and other independant actors.