Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday afternoon hoping-for-41-votes tab dump 

Sadly, I am off in a little bit for a 48 hour business trip to Puerto Rico, so I will miss the exciting election returns tomorrow night and no doubt much more. I do, however, have time to dump my tabs before I leave for Newark.

Intrade has been gyrating all day, but remains strong for Scott Brown. Of course, there is always the chance that sympathetic traders are pushing him up for political purposes, but these "prediction markets" have a pretty good track record. Or at least they did the last time I checked.

You can make calls for Scott Brown from home, even if you do not live in Massachussettes, by registering at this link. Yes, it is a bit like carpet-bagging, but it is nothing the unions aren't doing for the other side.

Jules has a big Bay State round-up, including lots on the weather.

I'm thinking of going to CPAC 2010, at least on Friday and Friday night. If you have gone before, let us know in the comments whether you think it is worthwhile, or at least fun. Registration details here.

Candidly, I'm amazed that there are even this many travellers checks still outstanding. But then, I can't figure out the reason for physical bank branches, either, not having darkened the door of one more than twice in the last 16 years.

Via Glenn, why all that cardio doesn't keep the weight off. A very interesting essay that sounds right to me -- I do much better at keeping the fat to a minimum when I mix up strength training with endurance exercises.

Is President Obama going to throw in the towel on trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court in New York? With the incremental security costs now estimated to be as high as $1 billion, one would certainly think there are better uses for that money than proving to the world -- which generally does not accord us much credibility in such things, anyway -- that we can give a confessed jihadi and declared enemy due process of law. If so, then at least some of the credit goes to Andy McCarthy, who has been tireless in his opposition to this particular farce.

I am absolutely persuaded that this conviction is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. Sorry. It happens.

Call me a softy, but now is not the time for conservatives to be complaining because Barack Obama refuses to deport Haitian immigrants, legal or otherwise, back to Haiti.

He had a dream, and it was a good one. Whether or not all the people who claim his legacy have lived up to that dream is a different question, but not for today.

More later, or not.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Jan 18, 03:05:00 PM:

"the reason for physical bank branches"

It's retailers that handle cash. The banks figured out that retailers go to the closest branch bank location, without any institutional loyalty. Hence the proliferation of bank locations.


By Blogger TigerHawk, at Mon Jan 18, 03:09:00 PM:

Interesting. That's the first good reason I've heard.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Jan 18, 04:51:00 PM:

And, it's why there will always be branch networks. Even as electronic value transfer flourishes, Americans will keep using older forms. We still use cash, checks, gold and even barter to transfer value. The "market share" for cash and checks might get decline over time (and quite dramatically in the case of check use in retail transactions), but probably never go away completely!

TH, check out this story concerning the mysterious electronic run on our money market system. I remember the event, like this author, don't remember any more information ever becoming public. Who was it that ran for the hills back then?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Jan 18, 11:44:00 PM:

"I am absolutely persuaded that this conviction is an outrageous miscarriage of justice"

Why? There's really not enough information in the links to tell.  

By Blogger John, at Tue Jan 19, 08:33:00 AM:

As one of my favorite blogs to stop by in the morning I had to do my duty on exercise...

This power Yoga workout added two years to my rugby career...


Via Diamond Dallas Page - enjoy, it is a beast of a workout if done in the proper mindframe.

Go S. Brown!!!  

By Blogger HKatz, at Tue Jan 19, 09:28:00 AM:

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