September 25th, 2008

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REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP

DEAR AMERICAN:

I NEED TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT AN URGENT SECRET BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH A TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF GREAT MAGNITUDE.

I AM MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY OF THE REPUBLIC OF AMERICA. MY COUNTRY HAS HAD CRISIS THAT HAS CAUSED THE NEED FOR LARGE TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF 800 BILLION DOLLARS US. IF YOU WOULD ASSIST ME IN THIS TRANSFER, IT WOULD BE MOST PROFITABLE TO YOU.

I AM WORKING WITH MR. PHIL GRAM, LOBBYIST FOR UBS, WHO WILL BE MY REPLACEMENT AS MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY IN JANUARY. AS A SENATOR, YOU MAY KNOW HIM AS THE LEADER OF THE AMERICAN BANKING DEREGULATION MOVEMENT IN THE 1990S. THIS TRANSACTIN IS 100% SAFE.

THIS IS A MATTER OF GREAT URGENCY. WE NEED A BLANK CHECK. WE NEED THE FUNDS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE CANNOT DIRECTLY TRANSFER THESE FUNDS IN THE NAMES OF OUR CLOSE FRIENDS BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY UNDER SURVEILLANCE. MY FAMILY LAWYER ADVISED ME THAT I SHOULD LOOK FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON WHO WILL ACT AS A NEXT OF KIN SO THE FUNDS CAN BE TRANSFERRED.

PLEASE REPLY WITH ALL OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, IRA AND COLLEGE FUND ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND THOSE OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO WALLSTREETBAILOUT@TREASURY.GOV
SO THAT WE MAY TRANSFER YOUR COMMISSION FOR THIS TRANSACTION. AFTER I RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION, I WILL RESPOND WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL BE USED TO PROTECT THE FUNDS.

YOURS FAITHFULLY MINISTER OF TREASURY PAULSON
(Volokh Conspiracy)
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Politics

Grandstanding?

I don't think so.
First Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insists that McCain is needed to help secure GOP votes to support the bailout, then he decides that's not necessary. (Funny how he didn't look to his party's nominee for any kind of leadership, innit?) Also, it would appear Teasury Secretary Paulson disagrees, and may have given McCain a "3 A.M. call". There's video clips and links in the Hot Air posts I've linked; no need to take the word of Allahpundit, Ed Morrissey, or myself for this.

Don't get me wrong, I think the bailout is a bad idea and just gives other private sector fuckups bad ideas, quite aside from the stupid political tricks that are likely to be stuck into the bailout bills. But posts like this that blindly take the word of the AP when it's transparently lying aggravate me. If you don't like McCain, fine, don't vote for the guy, but don't be spreading AP-brand bullshit around.
Diabeetus Chef

No joy for the pool participants

Tests came back full of win and goodness; my A1c number is under 7, and all the other numbers look good as well. Doc L is mildly concerned about my cholesterol, but I'm indifferent to it, especially since I plunged from 432 pounds to 424 (wearing the CircAids, unfortunately, so I'm probably more like 422) since last month. No idea how that happened. Going to check back in three months, do another battery of tests right before that, and check in with the podiatrist and Vision Services, since it's been almost a year and a half since I had my eyes examined.

I also need to have the leggings refitted, but damned if I want to drive all the way to Annapolis to get that done. Going to talk to Membership Services, see if there's somebody closer who can do the job.
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