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Scientists have discovered that there is a condition that makes it difficult for a portion of the population to orient themselves in an environment (know where they are and where they need to go). They have isolated it to the absense of a Y chromosome and believe that as much as 50% of the population could be affected.
By now, you have all heard that the bailout was defeated (despite my congressman's voting for it - he lost my vote in November). Here is an interesting article on why bankruptcy is better than bailout written by one of the
The obvious alternative to a bailout is letting troubled financial institutions declare bankruptcy. Bankruptcy means that shareholders typically get wiped out and the creditors own the company.
Bankruptcy does not mean the company disappears; it is just owned by someone new (as has occurred with several airlines). Bankruptcy punishes those who took excessive risks while preserving those aspects of a businesses that remain profitable.
Read the article.
Well, the powers that be have come to a consensus and have proposed the updated version of the bailout. I think that it would be a lot better for the economy to FORCE the mortgage companies to restructure many of their shitty loans and use that $700,000,000,000 to fund it. Of course, the new proposal is $250,000,000,000 at a time.
No matter what your opinion of the bailout is, you better AT LEAST call your local representative. You probably should also call your 2 Senators and tell them what you think. I definately say call your congressman because he is up for re-election and will listen to his/her constituents. No matter what happens, the economy is going to suffer further and if they vote against what their voters want, they are going to get voted out.
Also, you might want to try calling both the local office AND the washington office. Why? Well...I tried calling my Senators' DC offices today. Arlen Specter's line is busy. Robert Casey's mailbox is full. I was able to contact them at the local office. But if you call AND get through on both lines, you will let your voice be heard twice.
The above witty cartoon is curtesy of Clay Bennett.
Much like the Germany of National Lampoon's European Vacation, here are some pics of Germany that I have never seen. Sierra, can we go to Oktoberfest next year?
I fully expect Mom to take a slice from a Razor to protect Sierra and I from any errant ex's intending to ruin our wedding. Kinda like this girl.
Look at the invitation more closely.
See the rest of this comic analogy on the
You might also want to watch this clip of Ron Paul on Faux News. Although he is a bit of a nut when it comes to foreign policy, I have yet to see him be wrong on the economy.
"Americans can no longer trust the economic information they are getting from this Administration... Secretary Paulson's market predictions have been consistently wrong in the last year."
— US Senator Jim DeMint - South Carolina (R)
Read the rest.
No matter what you think, you should call your local Congressman and your state's two Senators and tell them what you think.
Contact information for the US Senate.
Contact information for the US House of Representatives.
Do yourself a favor and only call YOUR Senators and your ONE Congressman. Don't call Ron Paul unless you live in his district in Texas. Don't call Obama unless you live in Illinois.
Now...for my opinion:
You know what will happen if we spend the $700,000,000,000 to buy all those worthless mortgages? Supposedly credit will be easier to get. But wasn't that the problem in the first place? Wasn't the problem that people were taking out mortages on houses that they couldn't afford, so they could live above their means? You know what? Maybe we should only take out credit when we are capable of paying it back.
Do you really think that THIS bailout will be the one that works? We have already spent $300,000,000,000 on bailing out AIG and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. If we do this, we will have spent...now get ready for it: $1,000,000,000,000 to fix this fucked up economy. Oh, by the way...when we print this money to buy those worthless mortgages from Wall Street, you know what that does to your savings? It devalues it. Alluva sudden, $1 today is worth $0.90 tomorrow. If you earn $30 in interest at 5% in a year, you still are effectively losing $30 (at 10% inflation you gain $30, lose $60).
And what happens if we don't do this bailout. They say that people will lose jobs. They say the economy will stop working. They say that companies won't be able to get everyday loans to keep their businesses running (does a healthy business need everyday loans to make payroll?). They say that mortgages will be more expensive unless you have perfect credit. Should we just trust them? What ever happened to those Weapons of Mass Destruction, anyway?
When I call my Senators and Congressman tomorrow, I will let them know (only my Congressman is up for re-election), that if they vote for this bailout, they will be losing my vote for them.
But if they were to include Sirius XM in their bailout, I will forgive them and give them my vote back.
Sierra, do any of these make the cut?
Sierra, you better get your butt back in the kitchen if you know what's good for you. Well...if what's good for you is me making more money. Studies show that "traditional" sexist men make $8500 more than non-sexist pigs.
A unknown Mount Olive, NJ Police Officer shot a yellow lab twice with his shotgun because it was agressive. He didn't call Wayne County Animal Control. He ignored the pleas of the next door neighbor that the dog wouldn't hurt anyone. Just bang.
Calls to the Mount Olive Police Department asking for the name of the shooter weren't returned.
It turns out that giving money to beggars increases the number of beggars. Also, if you force them to perform community service on the spot, beggars all but disappear. Who'd have thunk it?
Previously: The $50/hour beggar
Sorry for the two videos in a row but Ramses insisted I show this video.
Since Sierra won't let me add this to our official registry, I am adding the Beer-Belly Deluxe here. Is there a better way to spend $50? It comes with the "pleasure extender"! So what if it looks like the fake pregnancy vests.
Find yourself getting hassled every time you fly because some terrorist has the same name as you? Do what this clever Canadian did: change your name, legally. Enrique Sanchez has NO problems getting through security, now.
During his arrest, he was quoted as saying, "Well, isn't that just a FIIIINE kettle of fish?"
Scientists have concluded that exciting thrill-rides lead to a release of euphoric inducing hormones. That leads to falling in love. Coincedentally, my first date with Sierra was at Wildwood, NJ.
Turns out that Whitney lives in a battleground state in the Pop vs. Soda debate. Here's an examination of the data.
Do what THIS girl did, of course!
The California Secretary of State comissioned the University of California, Santa Barbara to perform an evaluation of the Sequoia voting system that California uses to ensure democracy. Read about how EASY it is to subvert our way of life.
Here is a link to the video that shows it all (3gp is some Quicktime movie format). Voter fraud is treason.
Surprising most New Jersey residents, the trash that closed several beaches in August weren't Guidos from Staton Island but was actually medical waste from a Pennsylvania dentist on the Main Line.
There are some hippy beliefs that just aren't worth pretending to believe in, if you just want to get laid. This is an example.
Most enlightend quote - "Bring me to this rock that has the most incredible life."
Here's a list of the 10 most expensive dogs...with respect to damage and destruction.
Wonder no more why Sierra fell for me. The first time we hooked up was in my brand new 2005 Passat TDI Wagon. AWWW yeah!
So this is a year old but I have never seen it. If YOU haven't either, just let it go on for 1 minute. By then you will be peeing your pants.
If you HAVE already seen it, WHY the hell didn't you send it to me SOONER?!?!
In Las Vegas if you're caught putting up graffiti, there are two consequences. If you're under 18, your parents will pay the fine. If you're over 18, you lose your driver's license for two years. Nice.
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