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Sunday, October 02, 2011 ISSUE #675

Wealthy stockbrokers get criticized by college students
Oct. 2, 2011           
    COLUMBUS: On Wall Street for three weeks straight, college students have been protesting against the stockbrokers. The stockholders ain’t too thrilled about them either.
    These students say they are protesting because greedy Wall Streeters make more money than the students. Well, of course they do. And these students will be even worse off financially when Daddy finds out they have cut class for three weeks.
    But these protesters are not alone. There are plenty of company presidents who say the economy is falling apart. They are cutting jobs faster than Obama can create them.
    President Obama killed another Al-Qaeda leader, al-Awlaki in Yemen. If we keep taking out the top guy, maybe those Muslim terrorists will take the hint. They have been recruiting other Muslims to sign up for suicide missions; they are just now learning that taking over as the top guy is also signing up to die.
    The ACLU objected to the killing because al-Awlaki was an American. Well, in World War II do you suppose that General Patton, before shooting him, would have asked the guy commanding a German battalion, "By any chance, were you born in New Mexico?" 
    Andy Rooney, 92, retired from "60 Minutes." He said he was proud to be a writer (starting in World War II) and never wanted to be famous on television. I admire him for that. Many television folks are famous simply because they read what others write for them. Andy wrote hundreds of great essays for the CBS show, but my favorite was one on store-front displays in which he decided, "I never met a mannequin I didn’t like."
    With Andy retiring, that opens a job for a younger fellow, maybe in his early 70s.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

    "It looks like the financial giants of the world have bungled as much as the diplomats and politicians. This would be a great time in the world for some man to come along that knew something."
DT #1611, Sept. 21, 1931

    "I believe if it was announced that (this Depression) couldn't be solved, why people would go back to working on their own problems, and maybe first thing we knew we would be doing pretty good. I think just the announcement that it couldn't be solved would be a blessing. It's this uncertainty of not knowing that's a worrying us more than the actual discomforts of it.
    I will bet you in the next Presidential race, you won't get candidates coming out saying they can fix it. They have learned their lesson. The most that will be said in the next campaign platform of either party will be: "Now boys, we are going to try and check it, but we are not saying we will, but we will promise you this, we are not going to let it spread any more than we can possibly help."
WA #569, Nov. 19, 1933

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