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Random Vintage Grand Prix Photoblogging

And yet still more photos from the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, which have absolutely nothing in common other than that they’re all pictures of cars. And a jeep.

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October 10th, 2008 at 06:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

McCain Campaign Clears Palin In Troopergate

Well, that’s settled.  What a relief!

In an effort to head off the [Branchflower] report, McCain campaign spokesman Taylor Griffin released the campaign’s own version of events. That report, which Griffin said was written by campaign staffers, says the Legislature has taken a legitimate policy dispute between a governor and one of her commissioners, and portrayed it as something inappropriate.

“The following document will prove Walt Monegan’s dismissal was a result of his insubordination and budgetary clashes with Governor Palin and her administration,” campaign officials wrote. “Trooper Wooten is a separate issue.”

Well, if John McCain’s campaign staff thinks his running mate didn’t do anything wrong, that’s good enough for me!  Palin’s lawyer might disagree, though:

Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said he had not received a copy of the report. Over the past few days, Van Flein has released affidavits and other documents that Palin’s husband and aides provided to investigators. That rankled some lawmakers but Van Flein said he wanted to make sure Branchflower’s report didn’t take anything out of context.

“Whenever anyone writes their own report, they’re filtering their data. And if you’ve already drawn your conclusion, you tend to filter it in a way to support that conclusion,” he said.

Imagine that.  But I guess we can’t expect a bipartisan committee to be as impartial and committed to the truth as John McCain’s campaign staff.

(h/t Attaturk)

October 10th, 2008 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Palin,Politics,Republicans

Non-Wanker Of The Day

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

I’m not entirely comfortable with Dart’s position, but it’s a stunt in absolutely the best sense. He tried to approach the legislature about banks and mortgage companies violating the law and attempted to get better oversight over their due dilligence. They blocked it and are essentially getting the sheriff’s office to due their jobs for them.


Mark Brown covers more:

It was the Albany Park Community Council and the neighbors it represents who brought to Dart’s attention the insane way banks were being allowed to evict innocent tenants whose landlords had lost their properties through mortgage foreclosure proceedings — even when the tenants had paid their rent and knew nothing of the problems.

Dart announced his office will quit carrying out evictions stemming from mortgage foreclosures until lenders start providing proof they have taken the necessary steps to identify who is living at an address and that those facing eviction have received proper legal notice.

Typical of the mindless lending practices that got the nation into this financial mess in the first place, lenders have been trying to conduct evictions without actually figuring out who lives at the property. That should come as no surprise, I suppose, since it’s now apparent they often never even bothered to find out to whom they were lending.

In the case of houses and condos that the previous owner was renting out, this careless practice has resulted in stunned tenants — rent paid in full — coming home from work to find their possessions on the curb. No notice. No opportunity to look for a new place to live. The same thing is happening with entire apartment buildings.

Dart said once he saw the abuse, he didn’t want his office to be a part of it, especially at a time when foreclosure evictions are running 400 to 500 a month — nearly triple what they were two years ago. “We’re no longer going to be a party to something that is so unjust,” Dart said.

A responsible bank should welcome the move and any Cook County judge should recognize their complicity in allowing mortgage brokers and banks to subvert the law with filings which are clearly false if they are claiming they have fulfilled their legal obligations.  The quickest way to solve the problem would be for the Bar to take disciplinary action against lawyers who submit such documents without knowing whether the process has been properly done. That would ensure pretty quick compliance.

Good for Dart.  Refusing to carry out callous, unlawful, and unfair evictions is the right thing to do.  Especially when the mortgage holders have refused to perform due diligence in any phase of the lending or foreclosure process.

October 10th, 2008 at 06:49am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy

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