With the exchange rate between the pound sterling and the dollar rapidly moving in the direction of the dollar the Royal Mint’s move a few years ago to do all pricing in Pounds now favors US collectors.

I’ve already pushed the Darwin anniversary coin but it terms of something that has real chance to gain in value you can’t beat the newly offered Quarter Sovereign.

I haven’t seen this as a coin offered or minted before. It is a gold coin just about 1/16 of an ounce at 22 ct with the same classic design front and back and the standard full sovereign or half sovereign. If you’ve never seen one this is what it looks like:

Same design used for all size sovereigns
Same design used for all size sovereigns

The glory of the British Empire is long past but if you want a chance to get something to remember it by the quarter sovereign is a solid and inexpensive choice. The mint is getting £47.95 each for them at the current exchange rate that works out to around $63 each for a gold coin in it’s first year of issue.

I grabbed 3 since that’s all I can afford, If I had a job I’d grab 10.

The web site for the Royal mint is here, or you can give them a ring at 866-519-7298.

Nordlinger’s column and the new Blame Bush catagory has prompted me to promote this from comments:

As far as the press goes I actually think that there is a chance that the worm might turn on this one. This president has already made it clear that he is above the press by his actions. It is as if he is royalty and bestowing his favors on his faithful subjects. I can’t believe that the members of the press are going to be willing to take this treatment for long. Oh they will keep their mouth’s shut for a while. Their resentment will be whispered and building, but it will take only one prominent reporter on the left to say it aloud and it will come pouring out. I actually have an opinion as to which two reporters/opinion journalists will do it. But I’m keeping that to myself for now.

It will be hard for the press to re-direct their anger to conservatives when we have so little power. Of course as we get nearer to an election their dislike of us may override their abuse, just like the fear of being alone will sometimes keep an abused woman with a violent husband. I think it can’t last for the full four years but it might make it through two. I could be wrong of course. We will see.

The whitehouse will use the Blame Bush stratagem to deflect this when it comes but I think it will come.

Haven’t talked about Jay Nordlinger lately. In his Impromptus column today he as always makes great point but has two in particular that need to be quoted at once:

“Don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh,” say the Obamas and the Powells and some other people. They are giving “free advice” to the Republicans. Well, since when has the GOP listened to Rush? If it did, we would not have nominated Senator McCain last year (for all his virtues, which are considerable). Moreover, Rush did not ask for many of the policies of the Bush administration, particularly in the domestic realm.

Rush says what he regards as true, political consequences be damned. He is not a party strategist, or a party anything. He’s a man with opinions, and they are sound, and that’s why so many people are drawn to him, and them.

Keep it up, Rush—and stay “in their heads.”

The second touches on something I wrote:

The question was raised in our office late last week, “How long will the Obama administration be able to blame George Bush for every problem under the sun?” And the answer is, Indefinitely—because the media will permit it, and abet it: participate in it (given that so many in the media share the worldview and attitudes and style of the new administration).

Is that too dark and cynical a view? Well, I hope so. Maybe we should revisit this subject at regular intervals.

I think that’s a great idea, I’m going to create a Blame Bush Category to cover that from this point on.

…because we don’t have to rely on talking heads and the government to know what’s in the stimulus bill. We can just check online at ReadTheStimulus.com.

Not only can we read the bill but we can search it to find particular things that are hidden within it.

This means we have no excuse for ignorance and puts the blame for inaction on our part squarely on us.

Peter Robinson notes something:

Although I thought I’d already grown numb to the statistics, this one very nearly brought a fresh tear to my eye: In its present form, the bill, which contemplates spending about $825 billion, runs to 940 pages. That comes to about $877 million per page.

Hey we’re paying for this bill.

As I recall Mark Foley text messages resulted not only in resignation but was as far as the media was concerned THE scandal of the 2006 election.

Too bad for Foley he didn’t represent Portland Ore:

In a surprise move (not), Democratic gay mayor Sam Adams told reporters this weekend that he would not step down after lying about having sex with a teen intern who was 17 when they first met.

Hey it’s not like he was TEXTING!

Two points here first in general we’ve already seen that particularly on the federal level scandal is not grounds for any democrat to resign, (Dodd, Rangel, Jefferson and of course Blago), hell we’ve had the president that violation of federal tax laws are not grounds to keep someone out of the office of Tresurary Secretary. I would say if a democrat resigned due to scandal it (Spitzer) THAT would be the surprise.

In particular we’ve already have the precedent that sex with an intern and lying about it are not grounds for removal for office and the precedent that any kind of Gay illicit sexual activity when done by a democrat is not grounds for resignation (Studds and Frank in Massachusetts) unless directly related to security (McGreevey remember was involved like Blago in pay for play he “came out” to play the discrimination card).

The bottom line is gay or straight this is not acceptable behavior for a public official, but if the people of Portland decide that it is not a big deal, it’s their mayor and its on them.

Now we have Russ Feingold trying to end the appointments of senators and give the states the expense of special elections.

You can make the argument that special elections are better than appointments but it isn’t that critical. The states can handle that one. Hell until 1913 ALL senators were appointed (people seem to forget this).

The choices out of Ill and NY were qualified and acceptable, this is an attempt to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. If the Democrats are embarrassed by their Governors then maybe they should run less corrupt ones. Remember that the only reason Patterson is there is because the previous Gov resigned.

In fairness the subpoenas have more to do with Blagojevich but I would think that there would be a little more press on the Axelrod, Jarrett, Emanuel and Rezko if they were involved with a republican in general or Bush in particular.

Ed Morrissey at hot air notices something that the thinker missed:

this new revelation opens a new question. Why did the internal report from the Obama team not mention Axelrod when they cleared themselves of all complicity in the scandal? It seems like a strange oversight in retrospect. Perhaps the feds thought the same thing.

Remember this is the Chicago way. And this is what happens when you investigate yourself and the press accepts it.

6:20 p.m. I know I’ve been jumping back and forth between the Comancheros and Morning Joe but did I see them copy Rush Limbaugh teasing of Robert Gibbs “I have to get back to you” montage?

I know that they were using Jimmy Kimble but did they know that Rush did it first?

What will Obama’s people say?

7:03 a.m. Mika’s reading of Maureen Dowd’s column is the talker equivalent of a striptease, it was very funny.

7:05 a.m. It seems to me the way Mika and Dowd talk about Blago it confirms the old bit about women just liking bad boys. Looks like my son’s will have to be priests (well my oldest anyway).

7:20 a.m. Chuck Todd calls us the ADD society.

7:40 a.m. Have you ever seen a network push a program on another network as Morning Joe has pushed the View today?

8:01 a.m. Mika has jumped on the “end appointments” bandwagon.

8:05 a.m. Rendell gives some reality how candidates in special elections the candidates are the choices of the party not an elected official.

8:07 a.m. I always liked Rendell he has never been shy about saying what he thinks. He is talking sense about ARM.

8:35 a.m. Bernstein points out that the same press that is going after wall street lionized them for years. It reminds one that when Bush hatred doesn’t cloud them these guys can be great reporters.

8:55 a.m. I’ve described Mika as a handsome woman but that word is not adequate to describe Mika in those boots. That she can compete in appearance with a woman decades younger is really something. All this and brains too, her husband is just like me, a very lucky man.

Had a fun little day hitting three locations with the youngest going from pinball machine to pinball machine to pinball machine. We started with The Adams Family , progressed to Theatre of Magic, and finished off with Terminator 2.

Well for $4 and a couple of small pizzas we got 3 hours of serious pinball. Its a great bit of fun and a great way to relieve stress. I recommend it as the best therapy in the world when you need to unwind.

It’s funny.

As I recall before the election the problem of what to do with those in Gitmo was not a big issue, the only issue was getting in closed.

Now that the order has been given suddenly we are seeing a lot more stories like this:

One day after President Obama ordered that the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, be shuttered, lawmakers in Washington wrestled with the implications of bringing dozens of the 245 remaining inmates onto American soil.

Republican lawmakers, who oppose Mr. Obama’s plan, found a talking point with political appeal. They said closing Guantánamo could allow dangerous terrorists to get off on legal technicalities and be released into quiet neighborhoods across the United States. If the detainees were convicted, the Republicans continued, American prisons housing terrorism suspects could become magnets for attacks.

Meanwhile, none of the Democrats who on Thursday hailed the closing of the detention camp were stepping forward to offer prisons in their districts or states to receive the prisoners.

And this:

Two men released from the US “war on terror” prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have appeared in a video posted on a jihadist website, the SITE monitoring service reported.

One of the two former inmates, a Saudi man identified as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri, or prisoner number 372, has been elevated to the senior ranks of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, a US counter-terrorism official told AFP.

Three other men appear in the video, including Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi, identified as an Al-Qaeda field commander. SITE later said he was prisoner No. 333.

or this:

The report, which could be released within the next few days, will provide fresh details about 62 detainees who have been released from Guantanamo and are believed by U.S. intelligence officials to have returned to terrorist activities, according to two Pentagon officials who asked not to be identified talking about a document that is not yet public. One such example, involving a Saudi detainee named Said Ali Al-Shihri, who was released in 2007, received widespread attention Friday when Pentagon officials publicly confirmed that he has recently reemerged as a deputy commander of Al Qaeda in Yemen. Al-Shihri, once known publicly only as Guantanamo detainee No. 372, is suspected of involvement in a thwarted attack on the U.S. embassy in Yemen last September.

or this:

The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.

One would think that the media wants to give cover to the new administration in case it takes say the first terms to decide what to do with these oppressed individuals, dangerous terrorists. It will be interesting to see what happens.