The mainstream media continues to report on Senator Barack Obama's recent comments regarding the tendency of Americans to "cling to guns and God" when harsh economic times strike. Today, Dr. Housing Bubble scorns these same news outlets for detracting from the real issues at hand--soaring oil prices, a housing market that's tanking a la the Titanic, recession-related job losses, and more. All of which begs the question: If Americans aren't bitter, shouldn't they be? For that story and more, check out Big Builder's bi-weekly blog roundup.

Are open houses more of a marketing tool for your real estate agent than for your resale property? The Wall Street Journal seems to think so.

Seeking Alpha cautions investors to worry about Fed policy, particularly as it steers away from a compromised financial sector and into the waters of inflation.

The Housing Bubble investigates reports of still more turmoil in the troubled mortgage markets.

BusinessWeek's Hot Property draws an interesting parallel between gas prices--which continue to skyrocket to new highs--and California home values, which continue on a trajectory of decline.

Inman News takes a look at the results of the monthly Reuters/Zogby Index, which show 53.8% of participants think now is a good time to buy a home, while 41.6% declared the opposite.

Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust points out the ludicrous nature of pundits clinging to government numbers and party lines related to inflation as if they were fact rather than fiction.