Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007
* Blackstone to acquire Hilton.

* Blackstone to acquire U.S. Debt an issue. Bush, Pelosi in talks to assure independence; board proposed to insulate constitutional institutions from new owners. Unclear how Voting Rights Act will apply to preferred Blackstone shareholders: issue could go to Supreme Court as soon as new owners select Justices. Unnamed Blackstone source: "We might just level Iraq and reopen it as the Desert Hilton resort -- you know, a theme park with a Kismet flavor...." Meanwhile, new British Prime Minister proposes devolution of power from "executive" to Blackstone; EU may force private-equity giant to sell off portions of Al Qaeda to eliminate conflict of bombing interests....