End of Hiatus
I must again apologize for the long hiatus from posting. I tried several times since Friday to post, and either fatigue or other obligations interfered. I was not home to see the presidential debate - I heard many Europeans watched it. I hope they found it enlightening, but right now I have no idea what happened, having been submerged since Friday in urgent matters.
I did hear about Paul Newman, a great actor (I temporarily suspend judgment on his politics). His death was expected, but you always hope that they can beat the odds. I will always admire The Verdict, a great tour de force for all the actors, but Newman was phenomenal. His earlier roles in Sweet Bird of Youth and The Hustler were also major accomplishments. He was good in everything he did. At the end of his life he performed on stage in Our Town, in the role of the Stage Manager, directed by Joanne Woodward. It was shown on PBS, and I realized he had come full circle: it immediately conjured up memories of his 1955 appearance in the same play when he took on the role of George Gibbs to Eva Marie Saint's Emily. Frank Sinatra was the Stage Manager then and the play was set to music by Jimmy van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. One of the songs that became popular was Love and Marriage. Unfortunately it was never preserved on video - I don't think there exists a kinescope copy of the single performance. But I was about 14 years old and have always remembered that performance.
As far as the financial "crisis" is concerned, even some French blogs have realized that it was primarily an affirmative action scam, orchestrated by the Bush administration, to give quality homes to immigrants and other unreliable people. The loans were thus granted under pressure, not to say at bayonet's point, by mortgage companies and banks that did the deed unwillingly. It may be more complicated that, but that is the crux of the matter. Else, why would so many default on their mortgages? Obviously they couldn't pay. And they couldn't pay because they were high-risk to begin with. Bush will never admit the truth, and I doubt McCain will either.
Three new posts will be put up within a few hours, with more to come. But next week-end will be another time of "limbo" for me, due to the hospitalization of a relative. Right now I'm trying to catch up with both French and American news from last week.
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