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Random Observations by Pat Ostrye

Everything is Looking Up?! 

There have been umpteen headline distractions lately but I would say that three might make the top of the list:  The Bailout, The Debatable Debate and the Dodgers' so-far-successful move toward the World Series!

Top priority would have to go to the $700 Billion Bailout/Rescue Package that was bounced around the House and Senate for a week before finally getting the signature of our Honorable Leader who was getting grayer by the minute, frantically trying to coerce both Houses into submission.  Considering these disastrous financial times, it is hard to fathom how or why our elected legislators can get away with all of those final, ridiculous and contradictory earmarks attached, making a farce of the entire reason for scalping every taxpayer just to hopefully keep the economy afloat.  

Even with the passage of "the package", people are scared silly over the loss of their few dollars, with banks, lending and mortgages still changing by the hour.  Along the way last week, I heard some so-called sound advice from a young female financial expert concerning how to cope with the situation:  Pay off your debt (just like that), be sure you have at least two months' salary on hand in case you're laid off and don't use the creddit cards!  In my opinion, that kind of advice for us median mortals, proves how out of touch the higher-ups in this business are with real worries about the next paycheck.

Now, the Debate!  In 1858, I wonder if either Lincoln or Douglas would have considered announcing right off with the first question that he had no intention of answering the questions according to the rules from the monitor or what "you might want, Joe".  Sarah Palin made it very clear that she intended to use the time to explain to the nation just how folksy she and her family are and will do eveything for the people!  Of course, if Joe Biden had challenged her idea of a debate or later on her not knowing the meaning of the 'Achilles heel', he would immediately be the villain, or even if Hillary had pulled such a stunt, can we imagine the morning headlines, vilifying her!

On February 29th, I reported in my weekly column: " Nine months to go before the General Presidential Election, and the sleaze factor has already risen from the sewers to show its wicked head. . . as Allen Raymond advised us in the excerpt from his book in the L.A. Times earlier this month.  He confesses to being a Republican ringleader and orchestrator of the very worst in "dirty tricks".  Although he has reformed after spending time behind bars for his ambitious and felonious activities, he warned us that right not (February, remember) real sleaze is inevitable, on the way and doesn't necessarily have to contain a shred of truth."  It is not on the way, it has arrived in all its ugliness and will get worse by the day until Nov. 4th.

I'm out of space, but "Go Dodgers!!  They have to win 4 of 7 against Philadelphia, starting this Thursday, the 9th, to make it to the World Series.  The 1,2,3 wins against the Cubs was their first post-season win since 1988. It's probably a toss-up but it's exciting.  And looking up!

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