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January 20th, 2009

Great job, Bush

From an article on MarketWatch:

Bush's final week as president left the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 Index -- as of Friday's close -- down 5.5% on an annualized basis during his second term. In combination with the 1% gain eked out during his first four years, Bush leaves office with the stock market down 2.3%, annualized, over eight years.

The devaluation of the stock gauge gives Bush the dubious distinction of being the first president of the past five to oversee any decline at all, according to Wilshire Associates.

Ronald Reagan presided over a annualized gain of 12.1% in his first term, and then a climb of 16.1% during his second, translating into an overall annualized rise of 14.1% when he left office in 1989.

In his one and only term as president, George H. W. Bush presided over a 14.5% advance in annualized returns on the DJ Wilshire 5000.

Bill Clinton had the best results overall, at least in looking at yearly returns from the broad market gauge. The Wilshire rose 17.7% during his first term, which ended in 1997.

Of course, Clinton fared less well, in both political and in Wall Street terms, during his second term. Yet the index still climbed 13.5% for a collective 15.6% during his eight years in the Oval Office.

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Trapped sheep & Loose coyotes

I wondered why I hadn't seen the sheep all afternoon.  It's unlike them to remain in the barn and not at least peek their heads out when they hear my voice.  I finally went out to check on them.  Good thing, since a fence panel being stored in the barn had fallen over, trapping the sheep in the rear of the barn.  They had alfalfa, but couldn't get to water.  I moved the fence panel to where it shouldn't fall again, and the sheep happily went outside, straight to the water buckets.  Poor things.

I was about to go back into the house when I heard a bunch of coyotes howling nearby.  Our fence should keep them out, but I didn't want to take any chances.  I released the dogs and they ran barking towards the fenceline.  I ran inside, grabbed The Judge and loaded it with shotshells.  By the time I got back outside, the coyotes had passed around the property and were heading off into the fields, and before I could get to the fence they were long gone.

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The Future of Music is Here!

For those of you who've been living underground for the past few months, Microsoft Songsmith is a program that lets you sing into the computer and it will automatically compose music to accompany you. This demonstration is probably better than Microsoft's own commercial. People have started running various classic songs through Songsmith just to see what it would come up with. The results are often hilarious.

"Roxanne" by the Police

"Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys
"White Wedding" by Billy Idol
"Tom Sawyer" by Rush
"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zepellin


Barack Obama

Songsmith takes on Songsmith