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17 October 2005

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Volume IV, Number 124
Ad in Virginia Governor’s Race Brings up Hitler, Removes Reason -- The race for the governor’s job in Virginia is a particularly ugly one. Democrat Tim Kaine, currently the lieutenant governor, opposes the death penalty because of his Catholic moral beliefs. Republican former attorney general Jerry Kilgore’s campaign is running an ad that says, “Tim Kaine says Adolf Hitler doesn't qualify for the death penalty. This was one of the worst mass murderers in modern times.” A classic example of a debate that is generating heat rather than light.

Iraqis Approve Constitution in Tiny Step Forward -- Iraqis went to the polls on Saturday to decide on the fate of a draft constitution that few of them had read. While most Sunni voters appear to have rejected it, the rules are such that the referendum has approved the document. President Bush hailed this as “a severe blow to the terrorists,” and former Democratic candidate for president, retired general Wesley Clark said, “I wish this were the end of the story in Iraq, but it isn't.” The truth, as usual, lies somewhere in between the two.

Refco Shares Plummet as CEO Faces Mismanagement Allegations -- Refco is not a household name, but it is a big player in the commodities and foreign exchange world. The company’s press releases describe it as “a diversified financial services organization with operations in 14 countries and an extensive global institutional and retail client base. Refco's worldwide subsidiaries are members of principal U.S. and international exchanges, and are among the most active members of futures exchanges in Chicago, New York, London and Singapore.” Its CEO and Board Chairman, Phillip R. Bennett, just repaid $430 million a firm he controlled owed Refco. Will they never learn?

“You Are Germany” Campaign Hopes to Cheer up Deutschland -- Dealing in national stereotypes is dangerous, as it is just a mere breath away from outright racism. However, there is something to it. As the story goes, in heaven, the police are British, the cooks are French, the mechanics German, the lovers Italian and it's all organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the chefs are British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss, the police German and its all organized by the Italians. The whole idea of a new $35 million ad campaign “You are Germany” is to make the Germans cheer up -- a most unGerman idea. Frankly, it’s not enough money.

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