Wry & Dry


Last words...

"Fund raising is what you do in August.  Voters aren't paying attention.  They're not watching television, they're not going to rallies, they're not thinking about politics.  And all your donors cluster in places that are easy to access, like The Hamptons."

-  Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a Democratic think-tank, on Mrs Clinton's fund-raising.

Hillary pulled in $14m in two days in The Hamptons, a somewhat nice part of Long Island, New York.  Mrs Clinton plans to raise $1,000,000,000 to finance her presidential election campaign.  It's a good thing that she worries about the poor people.

First Samuel client events calendar

Oct & Nov  FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series

Dennison Hambling

"Investing for the next three years"

Over 30% of clients' share portfolios have now been 'refreshed.'  

Hear how and why at one of a series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer

Various restaurants in Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula. Invitations have been sent.

Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

In June, a police watchdog agency in Dublin, Ireland, asked officers ("garda") across the country to try to carry out house raids at "reasonable hours" so that they do not disturb the occupants.

There had been a complaint; the garda staged a 3:15 a.m. raid to search for evidence of stolen vehicle accessories. 

(Irish Independent)

The Irish have always been courteous.

Market factors at play

New York Times reporter, describing in June the rising prices of prescription pharmaceuticals, noted that a popular pain reliever (probably describing oxycodone) was available on the Paterson, New Jersey, black market for $25 a pill.

Heroin was going for $2 a baggie.

(New York Times)

Ah, the invisible hand of price competition.


Gary Durham had served 10 years in prison after an aggressive road-rage episode in 2001 in which he pursued another driver and knocked him to the ground, causing the man to hit his head, fatally, on the pavement.  

In August, Durham, now 40, was involved in another heat road-rage incident in Plant City, Florida.  And was himself was shot to death.

(Tampa Bay Times)


Have a wry and dry weekend