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Archive for November, 2011

Dave Duffy

Good riddance to Barney Frank

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

I received this news release from Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today, and I agree with it completely. BHM has editorialized about this in past issues, at the onset of the housing bust.

For Immediate Release
Nov. 28, 2011

Rep. Barney Frank retires, ALG responds: “Good riddance!”

Nov. 28, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today in a statement responded to Rep. Barney Frank’s decision not to seek reelection in 2012:

“Barney Frank has been a staunch defender of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac throughout the buildup of the housing bubble, even accusing critics of exaggerating the risks posed to the Government Sponsored Enterprises in the 2000′s.  Under legislation Frank voted for in 1992, Fannie and Freddie only needed $900 of capital behind a $200,000 mortgage they guaranteed.

“From 2007 until the end of 2010, Frank was the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and when the crisis hit was blindsided by the bankruptcy of the GSEs.  Frank led the House’s efforts to bail out Fannie and Freddie and other financial institutions in 2008.  To his departure, American taxpayers say good riddance.

“When the time came to reform the financial system, Frank excluded Fannie and Freddie from his signature legislation, even though the GSEs were ground zero of the financial crisis.  Frank ignored the warning signs of the crisis, and then when it hit, did everything in his power to cover for Fannie and Freddie.  Meaningful financial reform would have been to unwind government involvement in housing finance, instead of affirming it.

“Frank leaves behind a disastrous record that will have consequences for years if not decades to come.  His departure comes about twenty years too late.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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Dave Duffy

Wood splitting a bit harder these days

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

My wood pile is starting to get the best of me. I’ve got a cord of seasoned, but gnarly oak and fir left over from last year, and a couple of new cords of barely seasoned oak. I have to pick through the pile to find something I can split. Maybe it’s finally time for me to get a wood splitter. I hate to admit that I lack the strength I used to have, or that I’m afraid of injuring myself if I go at the wood with too hefty a chopping stroke.

Luckily, Jake and Robby will be home this evening for Thanksgiving, so Jake will split a lot of wood for me. He, like me, loves splitting firewood. And he’s as strong as an ox.

Dave Duffy

Tiger Woods wins President’s Cup

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

He didn’t exactly win the President’s Cup, but he scored the clinching point after playing brilliantly. Take that, Stevie Williams!

The week prior, Tiger played well to take third in the Australian Open.

I’m a big fan of Tiger. I like people who excel at what they do. I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretsky, Michael Vick, etc.  I would love to see Michael Vick succeed because he’s a brilliant athlete who got too much punishment for his bad dog rap .

Golf has made Woods a millionaire, but it’s not all about the money. He’s lost many endorsements since his car crash in 2006, such as AT&T, Accenture, Tag Heuer, Gatorade, and Gillette. Last week he gained a deal with Fuse Science, Inc., a Florida-based sports nutrition company, and before that with Rolex watches.

Next week Lenie and I will watch Tiger in person at the Chevron World Challenge in Southern California, my old home town area (I lived in Oxnard and Ventura). I expect him to win it.

Dave Duffy

Steve Williams comment about Tiger Woods

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

I’m one of those pissed off about Steve Williams comments about Tiger Woods. How stupid can you be! This could cause a lot of damage to golf at a time when golf is at a low ebb due to the loss of its greatest star, Tiger Woods. I don’t think Stevie is a racist at all, but how else could much of the non-golfing world interpret his comments. Golf is a great game, and it needs to be represented with proper conduct.

I’m hoping a good Tiger performance the next couple of weeks at the Australian Open  and Presidents Cup will revitalize golf.

Dave Duffy

Another deadline for a powerful issue

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Working on deadline again. Annie, Lenie, Lisa, Rhoda, and I really whipped the upcoming issue into shape today. Very powerful issue, though not the extra signature (additional 16 pages) we had planned to produce. Instead we stuck with our usual 100 pages, but the articles are tightly written with good info. The issue will be among the best we’ve produced. Annie has become a good conductor of a strong BHM orchestra of writers.

I use the word “writers” vaguely. BHM writers are “deep” in knowledge and analysis. You should sit where I am to see the array of talent that gives its best for BHM readers. I’m very grateful to them. I have the luxury of watching the performance, and helping my daughter assemble all the parts into a cohesive issue.

Tomorrow I’ll settle into my own editorial. It’s been swirling in my mind for a couple of weeks. I’ve never been a quick writer who knows what to say. I need time to think.

Yesterday I hit a drive 260 yards on Hole 7 of Cedar Bend Golf Course. That’s 40 yards longer than what I normally hit. I discovered something about how to hit a golf ball a long ways. This is one of the things that’s important at 67 years of age. Most people lose distance at my age, but I am gaining in distance. I’ll work on my editorial in the morning, then go out and try for 265 yards. Just thinking about that will make me sleep well tonight.

Molly is doing pretty well. Her medicine agrees with her, she’s walking a little better, and she’s wagging her tail a lot. We brought her into the office today and will again tomorrow.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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