Well, I Jumped and Become An Official Twitter Person

While I haven’t gotten the complete hang of this thing yet I’ve opened a Twitter account. My ancient cel phone, like the ancient laptop, can actually SMS so I’ll try and do something memorable, or not, fairly often. My life is anything but boring. My forehead is flat from banging it against so many walls. I think you sign up/login then go to my homepage to ‘follow’ my posts. My screen name there is stuarto. If you want to see my page from the outside I guess the address is Twitter.com/stuarto . I’ll figure it out as I go. (I’ve been called a lot of things, most of them unprintable here at DemDaily. Yet I don’t think yet I’ve ever … Continue reading

Wachovia Dumps Citicorp and Marries Wells Fargo-Great Econ Sign

Wachovia Bank has had serious net worth and financial issues for months. Just last week Wachovia agreed to be merged with Citicorp for $1 a share and an FDIC guarantee against certain losses. Just yesterday Wells Fargo offered $7 a share with no FDIC involvement. It has Citicorp pissed to the walls which is reflected in the linked article. Wells and Wachovia have signed a definitive agreement that has already been approved by their boards. Wells with mark down Wachovia’s loan book of $498 Billion by $74 Billion and its Pick-A-Payment $122 Billion portfolio by $32 Billion. [Pick-A-Payment loans allow the borrow to choose from 4 different payment choices each month: minimum payment (less than interest only meaning the loan … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Big News in Digestible Bits

Well, it looks like, with a little help from her handlers (and a trusty earpiece) Palin made it through last night’s debate without breaking down like a South Carolina beauty queen.  But, then again, I was enjoying Lemon Meringue Martinis, last night and following along on my Blackberry.  I’m sure I missed the really good stuff. It’s Friday and I am up to my ears with “to-do” lists, so still keeping the Ten Post Round-Up simple, today. It being the weekend and all, if you are dateless, you might considering using this very interesting dating service to find someone to while away the rest of this political season with. On with today’s round-up:

Palin Ducks Questions on Health Care

During the vice presidential debate it became clear that Sarah Palin had not boned up too much on health care as she ducked and dodged Gwen Ifill’s questions on the subject.  Biden ended the talk on health care with the zinger of the night.  The CNN transcript speaks for itself with my editorializing italicized.  Joe Biden leads with the McCain quote on his plans to deregulate health care like banking.  IFILL: Governor, please if you want to respond to what he said about Sen. McCain’s comments about health care? PALIN: I would like to respond about the tax increases…Now, that’s not what we need to create jobs and really bolster and heat up our economy…Government is going to have to learn … Continue reading

Note to Readers: Tune In to Special ‘VP Debate’ Edition of ‘Mike Malloy Show’ Tonight (Thursday)

Note to Readers: 1) I want to apologize for not having a chance to post at all today. I had to get the hitch installed on my car this morning for my big move across country, coming up in less than 2 1/2 weeks. It took longer than I expected, and I’ve been spending the day since sorting through papers that needed to be tossed or shred. 2) My good friend Brad Friedman of BradBlog is guest hosting on the ‘Mike Malloy Show’ this week. Tonight he’s doing a special ‘VP Debate’ Edition of the ‘Mike Malloy Show’ that will feature an “in-studio “Bloggers Roundtable” until 9pm PT (Midnight ET), featuring world class bloggers” (including yours truly): MARCY WHEELER of … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Big News in Digestible Bits

Tonight is Palin’s big night!  The gawker in me is tempted to watch and play our typical speechification drinking games.  But, if I’m going to spend an evening listening to incoherent people, I’d have much more fun at a neighborhood bar. Still keeping the Ten Post Round-Up simple, today. Before you check out the debate, tonight, you might want to check out Obama Girl promoting her new Sarah Palin movie. On with today’s round-up:

Playing the Odds with Candidates’ Health

A somewhat interesting, though morbid, story from the AP earlier this week by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reviewed actuarial data to estimate the odds Barack Obama or John McCain would finish a term in office.  Actuarial data has been a valid tool used in medical studies for decades and still provide the basis for many principles in medicine. This Atlanta company that specializes in individual life insurance quotes estimates that John McCain would have a 24.44% chance of dieing in office compared to 5.76% for Obama.  Ah, but what about disability?  They crunched the numbers on this one too.  Obama is expected to have another 21.9 healthy years compared to McCain’s 8.4.  This report did not account for unforeseen reasons for finishing the first term … Continue reading