I’ll Believe It When I See It * (see last item)
Posted by Nancy on September 18, 2008
Our area is still recovering from hurricane-force winds Sunday, with about 100,000 residences and businesses still without power. The township’s phones are ringing off the hook with people asking for pickup of downed limbs. That’s usually a scheduled service but this time we will pick up whatever is out there. Which is a lot. And that’s a major understatement.
Meanwhile, I had the opportunity to talk with about 50 local residents yesterday. We joked, we shared “war stories” of life without electricity and running water, we speculated on how long it will take to get back to normal (the power companies are saying maybe by Saturday), etc. I was able to direct them to our fire stations to get water for drinking or to flush toilets, also to a place to take a shower (what a great local YMCA we have!).
I’ve been scheduled for months to address a local group about the state of the township this evening. Good timing.
It’s back to work this afternoon, but first I pick Drew and Kelli up from the airport. He spent two days at BYU recruting for his employer, while I spent two days babysitting the world’s most pleasant toddler. I wll miss K~ when she goes home.
Meanwhile, politics on the national front brings this tidbit of information about John McCain. From The Corner on National Review:
John McCain. 25 May 2005, speaking to the Senate:
Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.
The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets.
Franklin Raines is currently an Obama senior advisor, as is James Johnson, another former CEO from Fannie. The following video illustrates the problem.
Then there’s the Fordham Institute’s take on what to do with the nation’s failing schools, some of which are in as much trouble as Wall Street. You can read the whole article here
The Detroit Public Schools is the AIG of education. It’s big, it’s bad, and it’s broken.
What’s needed is a fresh start, a do-over, a clean slate for Detroit. Simply put, the state should declare Detroit Public Schools bankrupt.
Some of the day’s other interesting headlines:
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/09/18/palins-e-mail-hacked/ No wonder it’s hard getting good people to run for public office.
http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=35838 Hope this comes back to bite them. Drill here, drill now.
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YzhlZGMyYjJjZjcwNGQ1MjY3ZGQ2ZjEyMGNmNTFlN2Y= WHAT??!!???!!! Hollywood is making a movie poking fun at the LEFT???!!!???! And it will be out before the election??!!??!!? Get me the smelling salts I’m having a heart attack!