It is amazing to me the difference between the car maker request for money and the banks request for money.Â The difference in the amount of money is the first thing.Â The car manufacturing companies are asking for a fraction of the money that the banks are getting, but they employ far more people.Â It truly is a case of bikeshedding to a fairly high degree. I have to admit that congress did ask some questions of the bankers when they came before them, but no where near as stiff as they are of the car manufacturers, or at least I didn’t hear about it if they did.Â Â It is amazing.Â I also found a little graphic that shows a visual representation of the banker bailout.Â it is after the jump.
All I could hear at the end of this is “How many Communists do you know of in the government, Senator McCarthy?”
It is amazing how far we have come to be right back where we were.Â Replace the word communist with terrorist and you now have McCarthyism again.
A couple weekends agao we got some good pictures of Julie at the farm and with the 56.Â I thought I would post them up here.
I think the last one is great.Â It should be entered into a contest or something, because it could win.
While Pauline and I were watching the Colbert Report the other night he had a guest on speaking about the NothingButNets.net charity and how 10 dollars would deliver a net to people in Africa so that they could sleep without getting bitten by mosquitoes and is an effort to stop the spread of malaria.
Pauline and I decided that was a very worthwhile donation to make since they are a funded charity and all of the donation goes to getting the nets out there.Â None of it is used for “administrative” costs.
We also donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital as well.Â It is a hospital near here and there are often times segments on shows talking about all the great work that they do for kids who have awful illnesses.Â The amazing thing is that no family at St. Jude has to pay a medical bill and that is truly amazing.
If you have a chance please think about donating something to either or both of these causes.Â These charities may not have Bono or P Diddy (or whatever his name is now) talking about them, but they are perhaps better for it in my opinion.
More talking about our house payments and also about a housing project that is going to be coming up near our house.Â Don’t jump unless that is what you are interested in.
I guess I will attribute the lack of posting here to that.Â Things have pretty much just been static around here.Â Julie is getting bigger, smarter, more active, but there haven’t been any crazy changes.Â She says a few single words every now and then, but she isn’t really talking a bunch yet.
P is getting close to finishing her thesis for her Masters.Â I think she is planning on trying to defend it here in a month or so.Â I don’t know if I had mentioned it on here yet, but she went back to working everyday right around Julie’s birthday.Â Julie has been in daycare with a lady that lives just a bit down the road, and she seems to really like it.
i have just been working around the house a little.Â It has been cool the last few days, so I took that chance to trim all the bushes around the house back down to a more normal size.Â Some of them are getting big and we are going to have to move a couple of them because there just isn’t any room in the bed anymore.
P and I put down a edging around some of the beds that made them look a little better and should make it a lot easier to keep the grass out of the mulch.
I guess things are just moving along really.
Julie had her first birthday last Friday and her first birthday party on Sunday.Â Things went really well after a minor error on when everyone was supposed to be at the house.Â I think Julie had a good time with the people being there and with the things that she got.Â It was obvious that she enjoyed the cake, but then who doesn’t.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the two days: