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Feds Blame Schumer for Indymac Failure by American Elephant

Rick Moran at American Thinker has the story:

This may be a first in the history of the United States Senate. Federal regulators have cited New York Senator Charles Schumer as the proximate cause for the run on mortgage giant Indymac’s deposits. That run caused the feds to take over the ailing institution to guarantee its remaining deposits. [read more]

Will there be any accountability?

The Wall Street Journal has more on Schumer’s connection to the bank’s failure.



Secret World Bank Report: Biofuel Caused Food Crisis by American Elephant

Add rising food prices, riots and hunger to the long list of casualties of “environmentalists”:

Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% – far more than previously estimated – according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body. [read more]

As we have noted before, in addition to causing high food prices, shortages, hunger, and suffering, they are much worse for the environment and they are driving species to the brink of extinction. If you haven’t already, call your federal representatives and demand that the government stop subsidizing biofuels. And contact your local governments as well: if they are anything like mine, they are using biofuels in government vehicles in an effort to be “green.”

And keep this tragedy in mind when politicians tell you they want to do something to stop global warming.



Tony Snow Succumbs to Cancer by American Elephant

We were very saddened to hear that Tony Snow lost his long battle with cancer early this morning.

Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit who bedeviled the press corps and charmed millions as a FOX News television and radio host, died Saturday after a long bout with cancer. He was 53.

A syndicated columnist, editor, TV anchor, radio show host and musician, Snow worked in nearly every medium in a career that spanned more than 30 years. [read more]

I loved watching Tony spar with the press — especially after the incompetent boob McClellan. It was a joy to see him bat them around like a cat with a ball of yarn, always one step ahead. It was reassuring to see that he was sometimes as exasperated with their biased inanities as the rest of us.

During a tenure marked by friendly jousting with journalists, Snow often danced around the press corps, occasionally correcting their grammar and speech even as he responded to their questions.

“Tony did his job with more flair than almost any press secretary before him,” said William McGurn, Bush’s former chief speechwriter. “He loved the give-and-take. But that was possible only because Tony was a man of substance who had real beliefs and principles that he was more than able to defend.”

Above all, it was always clear that Tony Snow was a very good and decent man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and three children.

President and Mrs. Bush’s statement.

Tributes pour in from journalists and politicians.

Watch Brit Hume’s tribute.

Watch Bret Baier tribute.

CBS tribute.

Nancy Pelosi releases classy statement. Good for her.




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