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Finally a scientific study that means something…


This is investment wisdom that I can understand.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today.20
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received a $214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.

It is called the 401-Keg.

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon! Makes you proud to be an American!

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Finally a scientific study that means something…


This is investment wisdom that I can understand.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today.20
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received a $214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.

It is called the 401-Keg.

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon! Makes you proud to be an American!

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>Press Conference to address Town Hall and Cultural Arts Center Contamination

>On Monday night Oct. 6th, Middletown Democrats for Township Committee, Patrica Walsh and Jim Grenafege will be holding a press conference outside of Town Hall to discuss the recent disclosure of  environmental ground contamination at Middletown’s Town Hall and the Cultural Arts Center.

“This township administration has concealed the fact that there are seriousenvironmental concerns where it regards underground oil tanks.” Grenafege said.

“This environmental issue not only involves the Town Hall but also the Middletown Cultural Arts Center” Walsh said. “This environmental issue could cost the taxpayers of Middletown literally millions of dollars. And, taxpayers are looking at this problem only because the Republican Administration in this town has ignored this problem and built their projects on poor planning.”

According to Grenafege, the press conference, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 outside the Police Entrance of Town Hall, will include outstanding issues where it regards billing irregularities with Township Attorney Bernard Reilly. “But, the recent revelations about the environmental situation and contamination at Town Hall and the Arts Center are so serious they have to be exposed for the public’s perusal immediately.”
Melissa Gaffney has posted  a number of comments recently about this issue over at her SableMinded blog site. Her posts are very informative and seem to be right on target as usual. I encourage you to check them out and get up to date on this issue, it has the potential to cost the tax payers of Middletown millions in clean up costs.

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Press Conference to address Town Hall and Cultural Arts Center Contamination

On Monday night Oct. 6th, Middletown Democrats for Township Committee, Patrica Walsh and Jim Grenafege will be holding a press conference outside of Town Hall to discuss the recent disclosure of  environmental ground contamination at Middletown’s Town Hall and the Cultural Arts Center.

“This township administration has concealed the fact that there are seriousenvironmental concerns where it regards underground oil tanks.” Grenafege said.

“This environmental issue not only involves the Town Hall but also the Middletown Cultural Arts Center” Walsh said. “This environmental issue could cost the taxpayers of Middletown literally millions of dollars. And, taxpayers are looking at this problem only because the Republican Administration in this town has ignored this problem and built their projects on poor planning.”

According to Grenafege, the press conference, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 outside the Police Entrance of Town Hall, will include outstanding issues where it regards billing irregularities with Township Attorney Bernard Reilly. “But, the recent revelations about the environmental situation and contamination at Town Hall and the Arts Center are so serious they have to be exposed for the public’s perusal immediately.”
Melissa Gaffney has posted  a number of comments recently about this issue over at her SableMinded blog site. Her posts are very informative and seem to be right on target as usual. I encourage you to check them out and get up to date on this issue, it has the potential to cost the tax payers of Middletown millions in clean up costs.

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>Debate Wrap-up

>Biden Won, Because He Made Forceful Case Against McCain.

Greg Sargent of Talking Points Memo wraps up last nights debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin pretty well and I agree with him. 
“Many people will analyze this debate by asking whether Sarah Palin outdid her previous disastrous interview performances, and hence proved she just might have the mettle to be a Vice President, after all.

But a better way to decide who “won” tonight is this: Which Veep candidate most forcefully made the case against the opposing presidential candidate?

By that standard, the winner by that measure was unquestionably Joe Biden. He made a far stronger case against John McCain than Sarah Palin did against Barack Obama. It wasn’t even close.

Tellingly, Biden was the first to target the other ticket’s presidential candidate, laying into McCain over his “fundamentals of the economy” gaffe, a core contrast point for the Obama campaign. That immediately forced Palin to go on the defensive — in the context of a discussion of the presidential candidates — which she did with the silly argument that McCain’s “fundamentals” line was a reference to American workers.

Biden also drew a devastatingly sharp contrast between Obama and McCain on Iraq. While Biden admittedly wasn’t at his best at times during the first half, when the debate drifted onto foreign policy turf, Biden clearly found his footing, and then some. He stared right into the camera as he made the case as clearly as you could ask for.

“We’re spending $10 billion a month while the Iraqis have an $80 billion surplus. Barack says it’s time for them to spend their own money,” he said. “This is a fundamental difference between us: We will end this war. For John McCain, there is no end in sight to end this war. Fundamental difference: We will end this war.” And Biden hit a very strong riff on how McCain’s foreign policies are indistinguishable from those of George W. Bush.

To be clear, Palin did outperform in many ways tonight, and did clear a basic competence bar. She was far more in command of the material than she has been in her catastrophic interviews. And there’s no reason to doubt the reports we’re hearing about relief and even elation in Republican and conservative circles.

It’s also true that Palin did get in some blows on Obama, hitting him somewhat effectively over his willingness to meet with foreign leaders and blasting him for waving the “white flag of surrender” in Iraq.

But here’s the key: Even on those issues where Palin did score with base-pleasing hits on Obama or Biden, the unshakable reality underlying all this is that public opinion agrees with the Obama-Biden view on the core questions discussed tonight. And Biden seemed to proceed from a firm understanding of this point, articulating a big-picture contrast between Obama and McCain on the economy and on foreign policy with gusto and intensity.

That will prove far more consequential than whatever narrow success Palin had in outdoing previous expectations, and in proving her own baseline competence. And as a result — this being a race between two would be presidents, after all — the public will give this debate to Biden by sizable margins.”

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Debate Wrap-up

Biden Won, Because He Made Forceful Case Against McCain.

Greg Sargent of Talking Points Memo wraps up last nights debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin pretty well and I agree with him. 
“Many people will analyze this debate by asking whether Sarah Palin outdid her previous disastrous interview performances, and hence proved she just might have the mettle to be a Vice President, after all.

But a better way to decide who “won” tonight is this: Which Veep candidate most forcefully made the case against the opposing presidential candidate?

By that standard, the winner by that measure was unquestionably Joe Biden. He made a far stronger case against John McCain than Sarah Palin did against Barack Obama. It wasn’t even close.

Tellingly, Biden was the first to target the other ticket’s presidential candidate, laying into McCain over his “fundamentals of the economy” gaffe, a core contrast point for the Obama campaign. That immediately forced Palin to go on the defensive — in the context of a discussion of the presidential candidates — which she did with the silly argument that McCain’s “fundamentals” line was a reference to American workers.

Biden also drew a devastatingly sharp contrast between Obama and McCain on Iraq. While Biden admittedly wasn’t at his best at times during the first half, when the debate drifted onto foreign policy turf, Biden clearly found his footing, and then some. He stared right into the camera as he made the case as clearly as you could ask for.

“We’re spending $10 billion a month while the Iraqis have an $80 billion surplus. Barack says it’s time for them to spend their own money,” he said. “This is a fundamental difference between us: We will end this war. For John McCain, there is no end in sight to end this war. Fundamental difference: We will end this war.” And Biden hit a very strong riff on how McCain’s foreign policies are indistinguishable from those of George W. Bush.

To be clear, Palin did outperform in many ways tonight, and did clear a basic competence bar. She was far more in command of the material than she has been in her catastrophic interviews. And there’s no reason to doubt the reports we’re hearing about relief and even elation in Republican and conservative circles.

It’s also true that Palin did get in some blows on Obama, hitting him somewhat effectively over his willingness to meet with foreign leaders and blasting him for waving the “white flag of surrender” in Iraq.

But here’s the key: Even on those issues where Palin did score with base-pleasing hits on Obama or Biden, the unshakable reality underlying all this is that public opinion agrees with the Obama-Biden view on the core questions discussed tonight. And Biden seemed to proceed from a firm understanding of this point, articulating a big-picture contrast between Obama and McCain on the economy and on foreign policy with gusto and intensity.

That will prove far more consequential than whatever narrow success Palin had in outdoing previous expectations, and in proving her own baseline competence. And as a result — this being a race between two would be presidents, after all — the public will give this debate to Biden by sizable margins.”

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>My thoughts on the Biden/Palin debate

>After watching tonight’s Vice-Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin I have to say that I think it was a toss up with a possible slight edge to Biden.

I feel that Gov. Palin scored points for her folksiness and head strong, full speed ahead approach to the debate, while Joe Biden did a great job attacking John McCain and pointing out the differences between the two Presidential candidates.

Palin looked nervous to me at first but settled in and found her comfort zone at around the 25minute mark. Biden on the other hand started off slower and seemed like he didn’t want to come off as to arrogant or pushy. Joe Biden played it cool on a number of occasion when Sarah Palin zinged him.

As the debate went on however, Biden’s knowledge and expertise on foreign affairs had really shown through.

Under the circumstances, PBS’s Gwen Ifell did a credible job of moderating this debate. After all of the talk about her forth coming book about Barack Obama, she must have felt a need to tone down her questioning. Seldom if ever did she ask a follow-up question and she addressed both candidates to answer the same gotcha types of questions.

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