Musings from Brian J. Noggle
Friday, June 19, 2009
I Am Like The Obama
Sorry to brag about myself, but I have personally saved or created 300 million American lives by not killing anyone today.

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Forget Yoda
Treasury to Auction $104 Billion In Debt Next Week, a Record:
    The Treasury announced Thursday a record $104 billion worth of bond auctions for next week, part of its herculean efforts to finance a rescue of the world's largest economy.

    The sales will exceed the previous record of $101 billion set in auctions that took place in the last week of April and consist of two-year, five-year and seven-year securities. That record was matched by another $101 billion week in May.
Call me a wee bit skittish in the 2009 Obama Economic World, but sooner or later these headlines are going to have to include the word try instead of assuming someone while buy what could become junk bonds.

(Link via Instapundit.)

Sharing A Ministry
I have shared triumphs like this:
    And finally, after months of cajoling and correcting, I seem to have made a convert! I just edited a draft document in which the writer used the serial comma consistently throughout! Also, another one is halfway there -- he seems to get the general concept, but is confused about the placement of the final comma in relation to the "and" -- he writes, "thing, thing and, thing" instead of "thing, thing, and thing." But at least now I can tell how many items he intended to list, so that's an improvement.
I beat that into enough designers that they do it correctly, years later and in different positions. And if only one of them passes the lesson on, I'm totally reaping the Amway benefits of knowledge-spreading.

(Link seen on Dustbury.)

Robin Carnahan and ACORN
24th State asks some questions about Robin Carnahan's involvement with ACORN.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Let's Hear Him Say Ninety-Nine, Ninety-Nine
Obama Blueprint Deepens Federal Role in Markets:
    The Obama administration last night detailed a series of proposals to involve the government more deeply in private markets, from helping to steer borrowers into affordable mortgage loans to imposing new limits on the largest financial companies, in a sweeping effort to curb the kinds of reckless risk-taking that sparked the economic crisis.
How long until the government actually holds the paper on your home, and you live in it at its pleasure? That's called state property, ain't it?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Some Catholic Churches Will Try Anything To Improve Attendance
American Idol auditions attract thousands in Mass.

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Book Report: Back to the Future III by Craig Shaw Gardner (1990)
Last autumn, I read Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II. Back then, I said:
    Unfortunately, I don't think I have the third novelization of the movie (although I do have the trilogy of movies, which this book encourages me to watch). And I want it.

Well, I didn't have to go to Ebay or anything since it turned up serendipitiously at a school rummage sale I attended last week. So I jumped into it as soon as possible. The novelization is from the same guy who did the second one, so he still overuses the question marks and the exclamation points. But he does neat things to cover visual effects, such as the Eastwood Gorge sign change in the end. In the film, it's a visual effect, and the author seamlessly has Marty notice it. Other times, though, he seems to bang it a little bit.

The movies are very visual experiences, and some of it is lost. But a good nostalgic read never the less.

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The Public Plan Deception

As it so often seems to be, any federal plan is the nose in the tent. On purpose.

How's that competitive passenger rail thing working out for you?

(Link seen on Gateway Pundit.)

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."