Tuesday, October 05, 2004

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A elderly Romanian man mistook his penis for a chicken's neck, cut it off and his dog rushed up and ate it, the state Rompres news agency said Monday.

It said 67 year-old Constantin Mocanu, from a village near the southeastern town of Galati, rushed out into his yard in his underwear to kill a noisy chicken keeping him awake at night.

"I confused it with the chicken's neck," Mocanu, who was admitted to the emergency hospital in Galati, was quoted as saying. "I cut it ... and the dog rushed and ate it."

Doctors said the man, who was brought in by an ambulance bleeding heavily, was now out of danger.

via The Poor Man
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Monday, October 04, 2004

More than I can chew 

My grandfather passed away this weekend. He lived to be 99, and is survived by an older brother. Seeing cars and planes come into widespread use, two world wars, the beginning and (near) end of communism, space travel, 9/11... that's quite a breadth of experience. When he was a boy he helped run his blind father's farm in heavily Amish Lancaster County PA, then became a mounted policeman near Pittsburgh, then a plumber, then moved to Florida to help construct the space center at Cape Canaveral. He had only a grade school education, but read history his entire life, and was always mentally and physically active-- perhaps that was his secret. Recently he had me do some geneaological research for him, which was interesting because while most of his Mennonite ancestors settled in the Pennsylvania Dutch country, there was an offshoot that settled in New Orleans a couple hundred years ago. Last summer I tracked down some of their descendants, and we traded family trees and some stories.

Anyways, the family is going up to Pennsylvania for the funeral where we'll pay our many respects. I'm bringing Lovely and Colicky, and we'll take a train over to NYC where wife and daughter can have some fun while I meet up with an innovative investing group I'm part of. So posting will probably be suspended during this crucially important week of politics and economics.

Update: Grandad actually was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He had no formal education after elementary school, until he was 18. Then he returned and completed his senior year at high school. His family thought that was a waste of time, and didn't attend the graduation. But he was very proud of the accomplishment.
A few quick takes:

Big Dick shouldn't be underestimated in tomorrow's debate. Edwards must boldly and credibly pounce on Cheney's rampant non-truths without looking lawyerly or disagreeable. He's well equipped to do that.

The jobs number that comes out this Friday is beginning to worry me. Recently, there have been rumors and market movements predicting a very strong jobs report. I'm skeptical, especially with all the hurricane distortions, but I suppose we'll just have to see. Between 100-200k is spinnable either way. So is a 200k+ new jobs number coupled with a rise in the unemployment rate. A sub 100k result will be greeted most unpleasantly by the markets. That would be political gold for Dems. It's the final jobs number before the election, and could significantly color the coverage of Friday evening's Presidential debate. I still think there is more downside risk for Bush than Kerry.

The promised LBJ commentaries will be postponed as well. I'm ambitiously trying to distill a couple thousand pages of reading into a few dozen insightful sentences. And they say I'm a dreamer...

Stinging quote of the day from Matt Gunn:
The fact that Bush has proved incapable of putting bin Laden in hell by now may be forgivable. His lack of focus and effort on that goal is not.

I wish I had a bullhorn so I could shout this at Bush: Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri are responsible for knocking those buildings down, and we've heard a lot more from them since 9/11 than they've heard from us.

Check out the new additions to my blogroll.

And don't... or perhaps do. Yes do.
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