Financial Follies

In going through the financial news stories on various sites tonight, this one from the NY Times struck me as particularly insightful.  Lets see what they have to say about the state of the financial institutions…. The story starts with this: Somehow, $4.4 billion just evaporated at Merrill Lynch. Less than two weeks ago, Merrill […]

Privacy Policy

As I was sending an email responding to a reader tonight, I happened to realize that we didn’t have a privacy policy posted on Effor.com.   Oops! Suffice it to say that it was an oversight, and that Effor.com has never – and will never – sell or distribute your personal information or email address […]

Shooting Warrants

In case anyone is interested, here’s a link to the search warrant for David Adkisson’s home.  It’s linked from WBIR’s site, as the Knoxville News Sentinel is once again way behind the other local media in publishing up to date information. Warrant #1 Warrant #2 I also have copies of the warrants stored locally in […]

Economy of Bush

Here are the current top three stories in the NY Times Business Section as of 9:30pm ET, July 28th: Record Deficit of $482 Billion Forecast By ROBERT PEAR and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN 4:17 PM ET The White House predicted on Monday that the Bush administration would bequeath a record deficit of $482 billion to the […]

Knoxville Church Shooting Coverage

The Knoxville News Sentinel deleted a lot of comments on its’ story during the day Sunday.  I left a few comments regarding deleting the comments and their coverage of the story in general.  Guess what – my comments were deleted….  Here’s what they posted as a reason this morning: Posted by KNSemily on July 28, […]

Foreclosures make up 41.9% of CA home sales

Wow, here’s an interesting tidbit that you should keep in mind when you hear something about home sales increasing.   According to an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle today, 4 out of every 10 home sales in the state were foreclosures. Among the California homes sold in June, 41.9 percent were foreclosure resales, compared […]

Is “Junk Science” telling the truth?

I read this article on FoxNews.com today from “Junk Science” publisher Steven Milloy.  The article is titled “Is T. Boone Pickens ‘Swiftboating’ America?” and basically says that Pickens is lying and that he has his facts wrong. After I did a bit of research it appears that Junk Science really IS junk science – at […]

Heat Pumps – Part 3

The new Trane XL15i was installed today.  The installers from Cook’s Comfort Systems were very nice, they worked quickly, and cleaned up everything before leaving.  I had quite a few conference calls this morning, so I wasn’t able to watch everything, but I don’t think they checked the ductwork for leaks. There was a mixup […]

Political quote of the day

From boston.com, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this about Obama:  “I would say that he is well-equipped — physically, mentally and politically,” she said at a news conference today, adding that she wouldn’t be averse to a Bush-style backrub. So it appears that Angela has the hots for Obama….  That’s a foreign policy…. gk

New Federal Reserve Chairman

I ran across this tonight and just had to post it here.  I nominate Richard Fisher as the replacement for Helicopter Ben.  Finally, someone who can add! I don’t have explicit permission to post this, so if Mr. Fisher objects I will remove it immediately – but this is very important, and I think it deserves the […]