Nov 1, 2007

The greatest economic story never told

Syndicated financial columnist and TV personality Larry Kudlow (pictured) says despite the gloom we are having more Bush boom.

The Bush economy is the greatest economic story never told.

Why does the media ignore the excellent economic news since George W. Bush was elected to the White House?

The media has a distinct liberal bias and would rather not report news that is favorable to the president. The Bush tax cuts have been working but you will never see that reported in the main stream media.

The stock market roared after the Federal Reserve cut its target rate on Wednesday by 25 basis points to 4.5 percent.

The rate cut was a small insurance policy, just in case the subprime credit crunch and the housing downturn take a larger toll on the economy.

But listening to the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, you'd think it was 1929 all over again.

Kudlow asks, if things are so bad, whey are they so good?

Well, it’s all Bush’s fault. No, really.

If the president would just get a spine and stand up to all the unwarranted accusations against his administration, some of it would stop and the rest would get a fair hearing in the media.

The longer the president sits back and allows baseless charges to go unanswered, the worse it will get.

Makes one shudder to think what will happen to the economy if the anti-business, pro big government, tax and spend liberals gain control of the both the White House and Congress.

The American economy has been doing well because of the Bush administration policies but the liberal media ignores the story.

Link to the well-written Kudlow article here.

Oct 30, 2007

Sleeping pill awakens another patient from coma

This is another story of a sleeping pill bringing a patient in a persistent vegetative state back to full consciousness.

This 23-year-old girl was in a coma unable to eat or breathe for herself since falling unconscious in 2001.

She is one of 360 people taking part as a world-wide trial of Zolpidem as a treatment for people in comas. Sixty per cent of patients taking part in the study have started showing signs of life.

The ability to awaken some patients who have been in a persistent vegetative state is a fortunate side effect of the sleep drug Zolpidem.

The sleeping drug Zolpidem is sold as Ambien in this country.

We reported on this fortunate side effect of Zolpidem (Ambien) two different times. Our postings can be found here and here.

The current story from the Telegraph is here.

Oct 29, 2007

Hillary wins another poll: scariest Halloween costume

The results of this poll came just in time for Halloween.

Once again, Hillary Rodham Clinton leads in a poll. This time, she was top choice when people were asked which major 2008 presidential candidate would make the scariest Halloween costume

Asked about costume choices, 37 percent in an Associated Press-Ipsos survey this month chose New York Sen. Clinton, the front-runner among Democratic presidential contenders.

Fourteen percent selected former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who leads Republicans in national polls.

No other candidate exceeded 6 percent.


Oct 28, 2007

Country music star Porter Wagoner dead at 80

Porter Wagoner, known as “The Thin Man from West Plains,” died Sunday at age 80, the same day country music dignitaries gathered at the Hall to induct its three newest members.

A hit-maker for more than a quarter-century, he was a Country Music Hall of Fame member and a three-time Grammy winner whose best-loved singles included “A Satisfied Mind,” “Misery Loves Company” and “Green, Green Grass of Home.”

1970 photo shows Porter on left with Dolly and Mel Tillis

His syndicated television show allowed him to serve as an ambassador for the genre, and it proved invaluable in spreading the fame of Wagoner’s hand-picked “girl singer,” Dolly Parton, with whom he had hit duets including “Just Someone I Used To Know” and “Making Plans.”

An Opry star since 1957, the well-loved Wagoner had been the show's goodwill ambassador for many years and was photographed by fans millions of times as he clowned onstage in the flashy rhinestone suits that became one of his trademarks.

After suffering a near-fatal stomach aneurysm in 2006, he later recorded a new album, Wagonmaster, released earlier this year.

I enjoyed watched the Porter Wagoner TV show in the 1960’s.

When Norma Jean left the TV show in 1967, Wagoner auditioned dozens of "girl singers" to replace her and finally picked a 20-year-old blonde bombshell from the hills of East Tennessee named Dolly Parton.

Parton proved to be Wagoner's finest moment as a talent scout. Beneath Parton's obvious beauty lived a powerful singer-songwriter whose artistic stature grew with the passing years.

Parton also became a perfect duet partner for Wagoner. He got her on the Grand Ole Opry and RCA Records and, of course, featured her on his road shows.

The years of their association (1967-1974) produced a stunning 14 Top 10 duet hits as Parton the solo artist matured and prospered under Wagoner's supervision.

Dolly Parton would have eventually gained fame on her own, but it was Porter Wagoner who advanced her career at a young age.