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    I rec'd this alert from NY Times (none / 0) (#1)
    by mmc9431 on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 10:29:59 PM EST
    A.I.G. Seeks $40 Billion in Fed Aid to Survive

    The American International Group is seeking a bridge loan
    from the Federal Reserve as it faces a potential downgrade
    from credit ratings agencies.

    Lehman Bros goes down (none / 0) (#2)
    by bjorn on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 11:04:03 PM EST
    Merrill Lynch in deal with BofA...AIG...yuck, tomorrow may not be a pretty day for the stock market.

    AIG (none / 0) (#3)
    by befuddledvoter on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 11:11:01 PM EST
    I used to buy my malpractice insurance from them until two-three years ago.  They were triple A rated, I thought.  My premium went up substantially and suddenly so I ended up with NLADA, and cut my premium in half.  AIG rep told me they were hurting because fallout post-Katrina.

    Greenspan was interviewed this morning by Stephanopolis and he explained that what determines whether or not the Feds bail out is the extent of the interconnection of the particular company to the economy as a whole.  So, Greenspan explained that is why the bailout of some and not others.    

    IVAN WAS HERE! (none / 0) (#4)
    by EL seattle on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 11:12:44 PM EST
    ...but I disappear.

    Lehman Brothers files bankruptcy. (none / 0) (#6)
    by caseyOR on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 12:10:31 AM EST
    The NY Times is now reporting that Monday morning Lehman Bros. will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    And B of A buys Merrill Lynch. So, B of A now controls what % of credit cards, consumer loans, consumer bank accounts, mortgages, brokerage accounts? Just seems wrong for so much to be controlled by so few.

    This cannot be good for all us little people.

    How do I delete my account with your blog so that (none / 0) (#7)
    by dailygrind on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 12:13:01 AM EST
    my information will not remain on your system?

    you can't (none / 0) (#9)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 12:36:43 AM EST
    the software isn't set up that way. But only I can see your email. I did notice you have posted 100 comments in the past 10 days. And before that you were posting using another screen name. Only one screen name is allowed per user.

    All you need to do is stop posting.


    Yeap due to techincal issues I changed my account (none / 0) (#11)
    by dailygrind on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:08:07 AM EST
    now I m simply wanting to not leave my email info behind. But thanks I won't post again.

    Michael Kinsley on Palin's 'Alaskanomics': (none / 0) (#8)
    by Don in Seattle on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 12:27:10 AM EST
    Does anyone know... (none / 0) (#10)
    by EL seattle on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:00:41 AM EST
    ...what's the status of Hillary Clinton's campaign debt?  The last I heard, they were still doing fundraisers for it, but with hurricane relief and Obama campaign also needing money, it would be nice to know if that's to a managable level yet.

    Gibson/Palin unedited (none / 0) (#12)
    by nycstray on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:21:52 AM EST
    the full transcript is posted here

    Palin lied to Gibson (none / 0) (#22)
    by Dadler on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 10:49:44 AM EST
    since this is open thread we can say anything? (none / 0) (#13)
    by scourtney on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:28:37 AM EST
    i can't decide what halloween costume i'll be. the Joker costumes on ebay (purple suit, bank robber clown mask... they even have a red wig and nurse outfit from joker scene) are so awesome but expensive, like over $100!

    and yes i know i'm too old, and no i dont care, i like free chocolate. plus, in ny, we have an awesome halloween parade

    CNN reports that last Halloween (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Cream City on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 07:08:36 AM EST
    Palin went to a party as -- Tina Fey.

    And I'm not kidding.


    great topic (none / 0) (#14)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:35:02 AM EST
    I hope others weigh in. How about going as a couple, Bush and Cheney in prison garb with chains?
    Any ideas for McCain and Palin costumes?

    Palin McCain costume (5.00 / 0) (#20)
    by scourtney on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 02:05:19 AM EST
    This is really morbid so i hope nobody gets offended. This would be considered normal at the nyc Halloween parade:

    Palin in nice suit, black armband, walking next to fake coffin, dabbing fake tears, with a pageant sash that says "President Palin". Hockey stick over shoulder has pierced a hole through center of the US Constitution.

    okay, weird, i know. but in new york, it'd be a hit


    Honestly . . . (none / 0) (#19)
    by nycstray on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 02:01:46 AM EST
    Who's gonna take on Palin after Tina last night?

    One year we got together and dressed as "professional women" since our profession's dress code doesn't go there ;) We of course went to a gathering where it was understood. Another year we "adopted" personalities opposite to who we were and went to some "yuppie" bars and got hit on right and left (apologies to mom for giving out the "old" number!) I was "Susie" and from there on out it became the name known to my friends that I needed rescue, lol!~


    If you want to get ahead of the curve... (none / 0) (#16)
    by EL seattle on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:43:16 AM EST
    .. you might try for something out of the James Bond universe.  The new Bond film is slated for a November release I think, and since it will probably be mega-huge as far as the hype goes, you'll be able to catch the front end of that buzz.

    I have a feeling that this hallowe'en will be a festival of Ledger Jokers, and a good Bond or Oddjob would be sure to stand out.


    Joker may be popular? (none / 0) (#17)
    by nycstray on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:51:23 AM EST
    Is it the "newest" Joker? A Vintage Joker could be cool. There are so many different ones. Early comic, TV show, from the comics books depending on year/artists, animated series, movies . . . Ok, so I've spent a bit of my work life in the Batman/Joker world, lol!~

    My favorite costume I did was a puppet with no strings when I was in college. One of my instructors designed my face and a fellow student helped with the makeup. Ahhh, art school, lol!~ Another year we were dead 50's prom queens. Why? We were going to Rockabilly/Reggae at our favorite club as we did every Sunday night. It just happened to be Halloween :P


    oh cool (none / 0) (#18)
    by scourtney on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:57:02 AM EST
    yah i've spent quite a bit of time in Batman comics too, heh!

    it woudl be cool to be Harley Quinn

    remember her, the animated series?

    The Race (none / 0) (#23)
    by Roschelle on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 11:10:27 AM EST
    This race has become more about race than any I've ever witnessed. It will continue to polarize our country until election day and far beyond. I visit lots of sites. But I'm most astonished at African American sites that support McCain/Palin. Black Republicans? Isn't that an oxymoron?