I would like to first say that i appreciate all my readers and as this year comes to a close, we put the first full calender year of blogging to rest..i want to wish you all a merry christmas and happy new year. this is the last post i will be sending from NYC for a while so the next post will be from a remote,relaxed location..you may see a seperate side to old stinky so stay tuned!
(Reuters) - Bernard Madoff, the longtime Wall Street executive, is accused of cheating investors worldwide out of $50 billion. Here are some of Madoff's public comments over the years: - On his trading approach: "It's a proprietary strategy. I can't go into it in great detail." - Barron's, May 7, 2001 - Speaking on a panel called "The Future of the Stock Market" at the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination in New York on Oct 20, 2007, Madoff said: - On regulations: "In today's regulatory environment, it's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time." - On the dynamics between investors and Wall Street firms: "The nature of any human being, certainly anyone on Wall Street, is 'the better deal you give the customer, the worse deal it is for you.'" - On the subject of large swings in the market: "Take my word for it, for the most part you can ignore those moves." - On the costs of regulatory compliance: "No one is going to run a benefit for Wall Street." Here are some other quotes from Madoff, cited in various publications: - On electronic trading: "All we're doing is passing our savings on to our client base." - Fortune Magazine, Nov 19, 1990. - On a canceled crab race at the Securities Industry Association Convention in Boca Raton, Fla.: "There's enough happening in the securities industry without taking on animal rights." - Wall Street Journal, Dec 2, 1994. - On day-trading: "If the bull peters out, day-trading will die of its own weight." - Forbes, April 6, 1998. - On the dangers of the Internet bubble: "I don't like to see this type of activity. Eventually, if this bubble bursts, I think that people will be left holding the bag. I don't want to be around when that happens."
BCS DECLARES GERMANY WINNER OF WORLD WAR II - US Ranked 4th After determining another year of championship game participants, the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today the BCS declared Germany to be the winner of World War II. "Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning with the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland and continuing on into conference play with defeats of Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. Their only losses came against the US and Russia; however considering their entire body of work--including an incredibly tough Strength of Schedule--our computers deemed them worthy of the #1 ranking." Questioned about the #4 ranking of the United States the BCS commissioner stated "The US only had two major victories--Japan and Germany. The computer models, unlike humans, aren't influenced by head-to-head contests--they consider each contest to be only a single, equally-weighted event." German Chancellor Adolph Hiter said "Yes, we lost to the US; but we defeated #2 ranked France in only 6 weeks." Herr Hitler has been criticized for seeking dramatic victories to earn 'style points' to enhance Germany's rankings. Hitler protested "Our contest with Poland was in doubt until the final day and the conditions in Norway were incredibly challenging and demanded the application of additional forces." The French ranking has also come under scrutiny. The BCS commented " France had a single loss against Germany and following a preseason #1 ranking they only fell to #2." Japan was ranked #3 with victories including Manchuria, Borneo and the Philippines.
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." Cicero - 55 BC
I started this blog with the premise that there is no end in sight and damnit i meant it. evidence of this is the celebration of the century mark, its like the Benjamins Baby, pure C note style kid. The world keeps turning and i keep blogging. And you dont stop. 100 posts down and im just getting warm. The kid from Ttown is coming down the Hudson like an ole steamer and im blowing the whistle with the throttle wide open. nothing like making a wake and pressing ahead..i think i read that in a Hemingway novel, or cliff notes. Ever notice that cliff notes for a Hemingway novel read much like the novels themselves? "I went hunting. It was good. We shot stuff, then we went home. "
All i can say on this 100th post is you better have a bullet or a bus to stop Ole Stinky!!!! No End in Sight till there aint no breath in me and they have to pry this keyboard from my cold dead fingers.
I feel blessed that i have the opportunity to express myself in this format and i appreciate all my readers sending in content and heads up for whats out there and how weird things can get so that we can share them as a community and have a collective laugh, often at my expense (dabbing my eyes with old newspapers so that my mascara doesnt run as i cry and look back on the good times and the great posts). As we say here at NEISheadquarters, "we are only as good as our last post and the readers that contribute." So thank you. I will keep on keepin on, just so happens i got me a bad case of keeping it real, and i dont want no panacea.
Plax Plax Plax, what were you thinking?????????????? I dont even know what to say other than that i am glad you arent dead or that you didn't blow your leg off. By the looks of the sentences he is facing he will be blowing a lot of other things in the next few years anyway. you all know i am a huge giants fan and that if it weren't for plax and the catch that he made to go up on the Pats in the Bowl we may not have been the Champs. Since that unreal day in AZ things seem to have gone from touchy, to bad, to downright awful. I think it started with skipping the ticker tape parade, then missing mini camps because of contract disputes. All of these incidents make me think that these guys really believe that once they get that contract they don't have to give a shit about anything..even scarier is that they feel they may need to pull out a gun and shoot someone to defend themselves. the only problem with that is that once you shoot and kill someone its murder (usually) and secondly, the person trying to shoot you typically has a lot less to lose than you do. In this case it is a nice wife, a child, and a 35 million dollar contract with the Super Bowl champs. i saw Plax at the hospital last monday night when he was getting an MRI on his hammy and i was getting one on my ankle. I gave him the "get better Plax, we need you out there" (typical dbag fan shout out), to which he said thanks. i could not have imagined where one week would lead us. This has been an unreal turn of events. Smart people have always told me that it is what people do with the opportunities they are given that matters, not that they were given the opprotunirty it in the first place. Rest up Plax, and your lucky you didnt shoot off your man meat or you would have been forever clowned in the prison shower room. not that there still isnt that chance. I hope he gets it figured out and can turn this thing around but the last 72 hours are as bad as they could be for him. Thug living just cost him millions and i dont think he will ever (or should ever) wear the giants uniform again. The organization is too classy for this kind of shit. We dont want to look like the Ravens with Ray Lewis or the Cowboys with Pacman or any other guy like that. The NFL, much like every other job in life can usually find someone else to the job you have if you dont like it. In this case they can probably get someone to do it cheaper and with a better attitude, until we give him 35 million!! The Gmen found a way to win without him and i think will continue to do so, we need to. Onward and upward, lets get back to the title game!!!!!!!
below is an email sent from one of my buddies about our fantasy football league. this is why i love these types of things....
Dear Honorable Hoya League Commissioner, Can we get a clarification on the following scenarios: 1) If two teams score the same amount of points in a regular season game, is there a tiebreaker (the total points scored by their bench?) or is it just a tie? 2) If two teams have the same record at the end of the season, is the first tie breaker the head to head match-up and second tie breaker the overall points?
The reason for my inquiry is that I believe tonight’s performance by Steve Slaton will impact all but two teams in the Hoya Paranoia 2008 Fantasy League (those two unaffected teams being the LOWLY Madd Dogs and Joe Fitz).
Overview: The Swaniacs (record: 6-6) currently trail Mean Machine (record: 5-7) by a score of 118-108 with the one remaining player to go being the aforementioned Steve Slaton. If Steve Slaton were to score 11 or more points, then the Swaniacs would improve to a record of 7-6, placing them in a tie with the Dean Dogs (record: 7-6). The Swaniacs, however, own the head to head match-up, as well as the overall point total match-up against the Dean Dogs, so I believe the Swaniacs would earn the third and final playoff birth in the Blue Division (not to mention, seal one of the all-time great regular season collapses by the Dean Dogs…through week 8, Dean Dogs 5-3, Swaniacs 2-6). In that scenario, Steve Slatons 11+ points would result in Mean Machine dropping to 5-8, which would eliminate them from the playoffs, giving Michaels Marauders the third and final playoff spot in the Grey Division with a 6-7 record.
If Steve Slaton scores less than 10 points, however, then Mean Machine would beat the Swaniacs in week 13, improving their record to 6-7, and placing them in a tie with Michael’s Marauders. Michaels Marauders/Mean Machine split their head to head match-up, however, Mean Machine has more total points, so I think that would mean Mean Machine would make the playoffs and the Marauders would be eliminated. In that scenario, the Swaniacs would drop to 6-7, eliminating them from the playoffs with the Dean Dog train wreck sneaking in for the last playoff spot in the Blue Division.
If Steve Slaton scores exactly 10 points, then either it results in a tie, in which case Dean Dogs and Michaels Marauders both make the playoffs, or if it reverts to bench points, then the Swaniacs would win (41 bench points vs Mean Machine 31 bench points), in which case the Swaniacs and Marauders would make the playoffs.
Steve Slaton’s impact on the fate of Swaniacs/Mean Machine/Deans Dogs/Michaels Marauders, also has a corresponding impact on the four teams who have already clinched playoff births, as it will affect the first round playoff matches, and potentially second round playoff matches (ie Vegas has Oberballers as a 29 point first round favorite over Dean Dogs and only a 7 point first round favorite over Swaniacs)
I have also cc’d the honorable XXXX (former owner of the now extinct Bean Machine franchise and current Chief HFL Dispute Resolution Advisor) for additional guidance.
BEIJING (Reuters) - A panda at a zoo in southern China attacked a student who snuck into its pen hoping for a cuddle with the endangered bear, state media said Saturday. The 20-year-old male student surnamed Liu jumped over the fence at the zoo in the tourist city of Guilin, ignoring warning signs not to, Xinhua news agency said. "The panda, named Yangyang, was wide awake. Apparently scared by the intruder, he bit at Liu's arms and legs," it quoted an unnamed worker as saying after zoo keepers managed to calm the bear and rescue Liu, the report said. "Yangyang was so cute and I just wanted to cuddle him," Liu was quoted as saying from his hospital bed. "I didn't expect he would attack." Scientists believe fewer than 2,000 giant pandas live in the wild in China.
I am not a war monger at all but i think some of these videos of what our troops are doing to fight terrorism are amazing. First, these are people who are threatening our lives and second, the guys in these planes are working to protect them. And the dog gets out alive, although i personally would have taken him out as well. Because it is thanksgiving time and because i did not serve in the armed forces i would like to thank the men and women who serve this country every day and who will not be home with their families to enjoy the day. I will be enjoying time with my wife and family, and having family that has served and are currently serving i think i owe them the thanks and the prayers for their safety. Without their courage i couldnt sit here and blog like i do. notice how there arent a lot of blogs coming out of places that dont live in democratic societies? Thanks again. No turkey day post would be complete without the phrase "triptophanic coma" so here goes. After POP guzzles grog and stuffs his face with so much turkey he begins to grow feathers, he will have achieved a "triptophanic coma." there i said it. This is a video taken inside the cockpit of an A-10 by the pilot and it was a night view. What you see is from 9700 feet away (almost two miles). The four terrorists had no clue there was someone watching them from almost 2 miles away. The A-10 was using a 30 mm cannon WITHOUT injuring the dog nearby who escaped unharmed. You can see the gun camera shake a bit as the pilot fires; then count about 4 seconds for the rounds to travel 2 miles.Every tenth round is a tracer, so the bullets you actually see are every tenth; they are getting hit with hundreds of rounds, but the dog is unscathed. Muzzle velocity on the 30mm is 2430 feet per second.
A friend of mine sent me a CNN link to an article about a restaurant in Asia using monkeys as waiters. This of course struck me as a genius idea and immediately made my mind race off to chores/tasks that monkeys may be able to do for me..like come to work so i can free up more time to blog, things like that. parking the car when i return from a long weekend and cant find a spot. hailing me a cab when they all pass me by because they can recognize the STINK EYE from a mile away. You all know i love the ape species so this warmed my heart. not saying i want to eat there. also not sure as a former wait staffer my self that is a good sign for the profession that monkeys are now doing your job.
Anyway check out the link, and please ignore that the sight i frequent is called weirdasianews. its all on the up and up, but as the name implies, there is some weird stuff going on, and thats just the way i like it. happy Monday
ESPN drops ad campaign that was to portray college stereotypes
By Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY ESPN canceled plans Thursday for a TV ad campaign touting its college basketball coverage after learning that the actors were to depict sometimes crude stereotypes of students at specific colleges. A leaked memo from Anomaly, a New York agency that has produced past ESPN ads, described a casting call for actors in which it sought someone to portray a Tennessee student as "a slutty girl who would hang out at the cowgirl hall of fame" and a Notre Dame student who is "an Asian kid ... who's always fighting." The concept of the ad was to have students working at an ESPN call center, representing their schools as they phoned people to try to get them to watch ESPN college basketball coverage. The campaign was killed as soon as the memo leaked. "Our marketing department just learned of this casting call today," said ESPN's Mike Soltys. "The language and approach reflected in that document were not approved by us and in no way represent ESPN or the respect we have for the college community." In the memo, which first appeared on awfulannouncing.com, the "defining characteristic" of the Marquette student is that "you don't really remember her." The Kansas student "takes great pains to point out that Kansas is very cosmopolitan." Syracuse would need a "Jewish kid" who loves college — "all you can eat buffets in the cafeteria, who knew?"
"The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today. And that's how I look at my life. I will be better as a golfer, I will be better as a person, I will be better as a father, I will be a better husband, I will be better as a friend. That's the beauty of tomorrow. There is no such thing as a setback. The lessons I learn today I will apply tomorrow, and I will be better."--Tiger Woods
Now lets go and take this thing by the neck and choke it out! POP
Had to post my favorite picture of any Gmen, the one we miss OSE!!!
The Gmen did it again. Making punk bitches look like punk bitches. One week its T HO, the next its Ray "the mouth of the midatlantic" Lewis. Guy has a lot to say but couldn't talk for two years after his involvement in a deadly stabbing. Love how the guy speaks like he has found a higher power (ala Deion Sanders after railing lines of cocaine and beating hookers for over a decade) and how he is pretty much exempt from earthly consequence, except that is, when he plays the NY Giants.
Sure, the guy can play and is one of the best the league has seen, but he got his ass handed to him several times and missed key tackles yesterday (the whif on the 70 yard run was the best.)
The Giants roll on and get ready to take on the rest of the schedule. I don't think at this point anyone doubts the Gmen are the team to beat. Skins fans, i don't hear you anymore, what happened? Eagles fans, did the Pillies just tire out you out or what? I guess its lonely at the top.
Im not taking anything for granted, we were the team to knock off an 18-0 Pats squad so anything can happen. Nuttin but a G Thang!
This is an incredible story! This is an Incredible story!In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully.He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant's foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.Probably wasn't the same f*cking elephant
I was sitting around thinking, that was my first mistake!
It occurred to me that my first recollection of wanting to go on the paper chase and stack mad loot was when i was about 7 years old and i was watching the old show Duck Tales and scrooge mcduck goes into his huge mansion and starts diving into a vault full of gold coins and cash (video link below, thank my research assistant, DONNY). I remember thinking that i could get pretty good at swimming around in cash. i wish i had known then that was highly unlikely and that luck and timing would have to meet at a deserted country road and decide to take me along for the ride if that was going to happen. i am now swimming in a cesspool of economic abyss where no one is quite sure what to make of this whole mess. One thing i know is that there are less Scrooge McDucks then there was a few years ago and that Scrooge better be careful because the pool isn't as deep as it used to be. You think the three little ducks got their allowance cut?? I wonder if they regret buying that pro hockey team? Imagine the "true Hollywood story of the Ducks."
"You know we were just little chicks when all that money came pouring in and i think it really spoiled us, the cars, the other hot chicks who used to come over after we hit the club, all of it. if you had told me that i would be giving bill to other ducks in the men's room of a bus station i would have said you were a liar."
SO, that explains why i dont just sit around and think that much..it gets weird quickly.
This past weekend a group of our friends from college decided it would be fun to head to Atlantic City to do some gambling and drinking. The saturday night cap was the Don Rickles show at the Tropicana. The show itself deserves several of its own posts but it was one of the best live comedy show i have seen. He had the crowd in stitches the whole time.
Watching an 80 plus year old man keep a crowd (a very eclectic one at that) laughing for 2 hours was impressive. It also became clear that Donny is grandfathered in under the non-political correct act, allowing comedians to come out gloves off. He was also positive and patriotic so he really makes you feel like you are happy to be where you are.
The trip was like a bachelor party but without a bachelor. We stayed at the Chelsea hotel and it was really nice. the Trop, not so much. it is depressing version of an outdated Disney set. There were some people in this place who were knocking on heavens door and still pulling slots. i saw a lady rubbing bengay on her elbow to keep at it. This place was evidence of the fact that drinkers always drink, and gamblers always gamble, even in the economic downturns. Makes me wonder how the places in Vegas are getting hammered. I guess these are the die hards, not some punk flying into Vegas, this is the Greyhound bus to the Trop and the Trop to a little place called Hell.
Most of us won money for a change and we really put the pedal to medal. It felt good. sometimes even in the worst of times you have to step back and enjoy your friends and the good times they provide. It was an oasis on the shore for us. Much needed.
I apologize for the delay in the post but was tied up yesterday. We only have 48 hours to ACDC.....the train is in the depot, getting some work done but will be back better than before.
CHOOOOO CHOOOO!!!! if you see smoke on the horizon and you hear a whistle blowing step back from the track..the POP express has left the station. Took it DEEP. the amber current soothed my sole and i am still left wondering how jack daniels is not $400/barrell. it is so much better than oil and gas. Hit some bars and had some laughs to get ready for the southbound train to Don Rickels at the Tropicana in AC with 8 of your best friends from college. If you are a regular reader of NEIS you know i love the Rickels, Dangerfield, Carson era of comedy. Irrereverence if you have not noticed, is something i hold near and dear to my heart.
Rickels is to comedy what Plato was to philosophy, a cornerstone really.
Heres to life and heres to living, gambling,whiskey, steaks, cigars and rickels...John Wayne, are you out there? call me.
i have a rotor rooter appointment for my colon on monday. last time i had a fishing lure and a boot in there, who knew. my belly makes the east river look like a lake in the canadian rockies.
Out of office reply: OLE STINKY will not be returning any calls today so if it is an emergency you are pretty much fucked.
I was out last night for a work dinner and put back a lot of red wine into old port. i couldnt sleep and was awoken at 5 AM to garbage trucks but instead of just getting up i let it get me really bent out of shape. 7 Am- no hot water in the shower. things are off to a good start. I feel like i have a hobo who pissed himself sleeping in the back half of my head, where a brain should be. walk to the subway and cant stop sweating. whats w 70 degree weather this time of yr? i get to my usual iced coffee stop, it allows me to fire off rapid fire posts, so we all benefit. as i go to get a straw for my drink a woman reaches across to get sugar and knocks a large coffee all over my suit and shoes. looked like i shit myself, and i almost did. the coffee burned the back of my leg and could not help just yelling "mothafuka" as loud as i could. i looked up and in the split second, i learned a lot about myself. when a man stares rage in the face but doesn't let it OUT, that is the true measure of patience (and a flawless repression mechanism). i said "Accidents happen, don't worry about it. " at this point im as red as Lucifer and ready to explode but i just walked home, cursing to myself to shower again and change into another suit to schlep to the Cole mines. this whole mahamudra and meditation thing is really taking me places. next stop, shangri la.... life deals you lemons, make lemonade. POP- optimism is the only FREE thing we got, but dont let anyone know that, they are thinking of taxing you 40% on that under the new regime.
So the Knicks, in their infinite shitheadery cut Patrick Ewing Jr from the team. He was the last man cut. I pisses me off for several reasons. They are as follows: 1) I am a Georgetown grad and have seen and been brainwashed by the Ewing machine. 2) I have seen the young one play and the guy can add some fire to this roster, while Stephon sits on the bench for 18 million/year. 3) The Knickshaven't made a good decision in years and this one is likely to stick. they guy was getting full on cheering sections in practice and everyone wanted him on the team. Except the team it turns out. Roberson better turn out to be a pretty solid addition to this team. The more i think about it maybe he is better he never got mixed up with this team.
There are few greater pleasures than watching a bunch of overpaid and under performing players act like their hearts were in it all the way, for the "team." i love this clip of T HO from last year after they lost to....you guessed, the GMEN! now, this year he has the balls to send t shirts to the giants taunting them? I guess that's the kind of free time you have when no one is throwing you the ball and you are on the sideline for 75% of the game. Tell you what T HO, go yell at your offense to throw it to you some more, that seems to have worked in all the other cities you played in..then act all surprised when the teams and fans turn on you. Next stop, AZ for the final frontier of D bag pro ballers. At least you can drive nice cars out there.
Gmen are 7-1, please watch mr. T HO as he just says "it aint right" is his own little bitch way.
According to Winston-Salem police, Daly appeared “extremely intoxicated and uncooperative” when he was found outside a Hooters restaurant early Oct. 27. With no other means of transportation, he was taken to the Forsyth County jail for 24 hours to get sober. Daly said it could have been avoided if his friends had realized he tends to sleep with his eyes open when he’s tired, stressed and has been drinking. He said the driver of his private bus, parked near Hooters, panicked when he saw Daly and called the paramedics. [...] “The bus driver called 911 because my eyes were open,” Daly said. “I said, ‘What’s going on?’ He said, ‘We thought you were dead.’ Anybody who knows me … when I’m tired, I sleep with my eyes open. They know it takes awhile to wake me up.”
Five surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.. The first surgeon, from New York , says, 'I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.' The second, from Chicago , responds, 'Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded.' The third surge=on, from Houston , says, 'No, I really think librarians are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order'. The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles chimes in: 'You know, I like construction workers.. Those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over.' But the fifth surgeon, from=20=Washington , DC shut them all up when he observed: 'You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no= brains and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable
So we are off to another NBA season...poor shooting, bad defense and overpaid talent. sounds like a bad night at a strip club but its not, its the KNICKS...again! they are going to be miserable as long as the Dolans own them. Talk about inmates running the asylum. i cant blame Isaiah Thomas for wanting to kill himself the other day. It is going to be dark and stormy this year. And i dont mean in the back of StephonMarburys SUV. Ticket prices have gone up too. Sweet. We need more guys who get paid 18 mill a year to not dress, and bitch about what they are owed..in my opinion they are owed a nice tall glass of shut the fuck up...
I had one for the ages last night...when you realize you only live once you can really put the pedal to the metal. I was out with a real skelly crew and while i am not in the best standing with the pillars that are my life, i had a damn good time. i look forward to more. no end in sight. get some bad enough to take some.Bitch Slaps and Dirt Naps. I welcome someone to step on the tracks of the Downtown P train...Its an express...
Check out the videos at the end! 1977: Pres. Jimmy Carter signs the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) into Law. The law pressured financial institutions to extend home loans to those who would otherwise not qualify. The Premise: Home ownership would improve poor and crime-ridden communities and neighborhoods in terms of crime, investment, jobs, etc.
RESULTS: Statistics bear out that it did not help.
How did the government get so deeply involved in the housing market? Answer: Bill Clinton wanted it that way.
1992: Republican representative Jim Leach (IO) warned of the danger that Fannie and Freddie were changing from being agencies of the public at large to money machines for the principals and the stockholding few.
1993: Clinton extensively rewrote Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's rules, turning the quasi-private mortgage-funding firms into semi-nationalized monopolies dispensing cash and loans to large Democratic voting blocks and handing favors, jobs, and contributions to political allies. This potent mix led inevitably to corruption and now to the collapse of Freddie and Fannie.
1994: Despite warnings, Clinton unveiled his National Home-Ownership Strategy which broadened the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in ways congress had never intended.
1995: When Congress about to change from a Democrat majority to Republican, Clinton ordered Robert Rubin's Treasury Dept to rewrite the rules. Robt. Rubin's Treasury reworked rules, forcing banks to satisfy quotas for sub-prime and minority loans in order to get a satisfactory CRA rating. The rating was key to expansion or mergers for banks. Loans began to be made on the basis of race and little else.
1997 - 1999: Clinton, bypassing Republicans, enlisted Andrew Cuomo, then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, allowing Freddie and Fannie to get into the sub-prime market in a BIG way. Led by Rep.Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd, congress doubled down on the risk by easing capital limits and allowing them to hold just 2.5% of capital to back their investments vs.10% for banks.
Since Freddie and Fannie could borrow at lower rates than banks, their enterprises boomed. With incentives in place, banks poured billions in loans into poor communities, often "no doc", "no income", requiring no money down and no verification of income. Worse still was the cronyism: Fannie and Freddie became home to out-of work-politicians, mostly Clinton Democrats. 384 politicians got big campaign donations from Fannie and Freddie.
Over $200 million had been spent on lobbying and political activities. During the 1990's Fannie and Freddie enjoyed a subsidy of as much as $182 Billion, most of it going to principals and shareholders, not to poor borrowers, as claimed.
Did it work? Minorities made up 49% of the 12.5 million new homeowners, but many of those loans have gone bad and the minority homeownership rates are shrinking fast.
1999: New Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers, became alarmed at Fannie and Freddie's excesses. Congress held hearings the ensuing year but nothing was done because Fannie and Freddie had donated millions to key congressmen and radical groups, ensuring no meaningful changes would take place.
"We manage our political risk with the same intensity that we manage our credit and interest rate risks," Fannie CEO Franklin Raines, a former Clinton official and current Barack Obama advisor, bragged to investors in 1999.
2000: Secretary Summers sent Undersecretary Gary Gensler to Congress seeking an end to the "special status".
Democrats raised a ruckus as did Fannie and Freddie, headed by politically connected CEO's who knew how to reward and punish. "We think that the statements evidence a contempt for the nation's housing and mortgage markets" Freddie spokesperson Sharon McHale said. It was the last chance during the Clinton era for reform.
2001: Republicans try repeatedly to bring fiscal sanity to Fannie and Freddie but Democrats blocked any attempt at reform; especially Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd who now run key banking committees and were huge beneficiaries of campaign contributions from the mortgage giants.
2003: Bush proposes what the NY Times called "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago". Even after having discovered a scheme by Fannie and Freddie to overstate earnings by $10.6 billion (in order to boost their bonuses), the Democrats killed the attempt to reform.
2005: Then Fed chairman Alan Greenspan warned Congress: "We are placing the total financial system at substantial risk". (His warning proved to be true.) With two others, Sen.McCain co-sponsored a Fannie/Freddie reform bill and said, "If congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, to the overall financial system and to the economy as a whole". Sen. Harry Reid accused the GOP of trying to "cripple the ability of Fannie and Freddie to carry out their mission of expanding homeownership" The bill went nowhere.
2007: By this time Fannie and Freddie owned or guaranteed over HALF of the $12 trillion US mortgage market. These mortgage giants, whose executive suites were top-heavy with former Democratic officials, had been working with Wall St. to repackage the bad loans and sell them to investors. As the housing market fell in '07, subprime mortgage portfolios suffered major losses. The crisis, which took 15 years in the making, was on.
2008: McCain had repeatedly called for reforming the behemoths, Bush had urged reform 17 times. Still the media have continued to repeat the Democrats' talking points about this being a "Republican" disaster.
True that a few Republicans are complicit, but the long and the short of it is that Fannie and Freddie were:&nbs p; Created by Democrats, regulated by Democrats, largely run by Democrats, and protected by Democrats.
And now taxpayers are being asked for $700 billion!! For whom? For Wall Street? For Mortgage insurance companies? For poor home owners? Or to protect culpable government officials?
If you doubt any of this, just click the links below and listen to your lawmakers own words. They are self-condemning!
POSTCRIPT: ACORN is one of the principle beneficiaries of Fannie/ Freddie's slush funds. Both funds are currently under indictment or investigation in many states. Barack Obama served as their legal counsel, defending their activities for several years.
Feel free to share this with everyone you know. Send it. Print it. Talk about it. America needs to know!!! Below is the link to the IDB editorial that the author of the above article used to develop the chronological dates leading to where we are today.
As you all know i am a BIG Giants fan and last year was part of a crew that hit some amazing games. My leg was the London trip last Halloween where they beat the Dolphins and POP and Company put a hell of a bender together in the London Town. We finished it up last year at the Super Bowl in AZ. We all know what happened there. It was the best sporting event i have ever seen, and i have seen some doozies.
As a result of the Bowl weekend a new character was born. He is a man to be reckoned with on any Sunday of the year but particularly when the Giants are playing, and particularly when he takes his show on the road.
The picture here is of the one, the only CHICKEN HAWK!! I got this jersey made for my friend because he adopted an amazing persona that weekend in AZ and as most of Hollywood will tell you, the HAWK don't take no mess (he even got a police escort home on Saturday night of the game so he could get rest for the big one..that and he was in the median of the highway, at least he was shouting at Patriots fans.)
This picture shows him preparing to piss in the river of that dirt hole of a City. They love that river so THE HAWK decided to give it some Gmen love. As you can see he had to back up a bit because he didn't want to overshoot the river. If he had people in Ohio would have thought it was a quick thunderstorm.
I knew that having the force that is the HAWK and the other die hard fans down there was going to be a big support for the gmen but that win made a lot of people think the Giants are looking pretty solid, even when they dont play tip top. A coworker said to me "they look even better this year and i am a Dolphins fan." Indeed they do, even as they bench their best player for half the game and are hurting with injuries.
HAWK, i know your out there with a lipper and a smile. Your undying support of the team, along with the Chairman Mr. MCO, is to be commended.
I forward to getting to a game so we can again get the forces of the universe by the balls and put em' on roller skates once again.
Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read"Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again Ilaughed as he had given away his political preference--just imaginethe coincidence.When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained tohim that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept.He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going toredistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--thehomeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank theserver inside as I 've decided he could use the money more. Thehomeless guy was grateful.At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn,but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earneven though the actual recipient needed money more.I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow inconcept than in practical application.
Do we really deserve this? am i part of the problem because i am blogging about this topic? Madonna? Lets get serious. She is loaded, no question about that but what other redeeming qualities does this old bag of bones have? Kabballah? Again, lets be serious. That sounds like something i order from the street vendor. Babe Ruth just rolled over in his grave. A sad day for Yankees fans. We will have to see her ugly mug on the big screen every game...i just spit on the floor and slapped myself in the face with a metal ruler. like the ones architects use. only i use to measure something else. Oh right, he owed 100 million on his contract too...the Yankees are starting to look a lot like the Knicks.
After reading this article it makes me reconsider leaving corporate america to join a rogue biker gang and pillage and plunder my life away. What they dont mention in the article is that they had full benefits for all members. all the meth addled tweakers had porcelain veneers. imagine being these guys dentist? their version of a 401k was a blood soaked mattress stuffed with cash. Maybe its best they disband this crew after all. im not against the concept(hoping mongols dont read blogs but you never know), im just saying this one seemed a little off kilt. DCD thanks for the contribution.
I got this email from a cousin of mine who is still in college and it made me think two things 1) it is awesome to be in college and 2) i need a good old fashioned road trip to get me dialed in. here is his quick summary of the SEC 2008 football road trip that he is on with his buddies. I am just plain jealous..
"ok so we are 2 days into Fall Break 2008 SEC road trip. 5 lacrosse players and two of our other goon friends. our first two days were at the U of Tennessee where even girls' undies are that unique but obnoxious sherbert orange color. sick place to see a game, despite the kid to my right talking/spitting on me with his dip spit. he couldn't have been drunker and kept apologize for spitting chew on me while he spoke. we are in "memfrica, tn" now at our teammates house which should be on cribs. i haven't shaved in 12 days and look like kevinyoukalis from the red sox. Going to Graceland. Leaving for Ole Miss tomorrow, then up to Vandy for a girls lax party and then Lil Wayne/Lupe Fiasco concert on Thursday which will be life-changing."
me? i will be at my desk for the rest of the week dreaming of being in college again..why did i rush to get out in four years again!?!?!?!? those of you who know me know there was not an opportunity to extend the contract.
As many of you know i like to attend live events such as games and concerts. recent developments in the total raping of fans of the aforementioned live events had led me to believe that the people who run these groups are smoking crack. AGAIN!! if you take just the NY market (grant it one of the most expensive in any era) the Yanks, Mets, Giants, Jets and Knicks are all in the process of outright rape. plain and simple. Each one of these teams has set ridiculous records with what they expect to get for seats. of the teams mentioned only the Giants have had any success in recent history (I dont mean making the playoffs.) The same thing is going on with the music industry and i think it is a crime. People cant afford to go see shows of the bands they like because you cant get a good seat at MSG or any other venue for less than $250. i am all for capitalism but haven't these people see what is going on in the rest of the world? If you cant afford to see your favorite band live you are probably not going to get the real feel for their performances and what you can get on Itunes. Live is live, the rest is just recorded history. Part of this would go away if i could afford the seats to the events i wanted. Part of it makes me feel like they are killing the entire fun part of events, the other people you are there with. There is a reason that some of the games we watch sound like insurance seminars, it is because there are no true fans left. There are a lot of guys who are corporate this or that but they are not fans, and that takes away from everything..Watch the World Series as an example. Two mid to small market teams whose fans cant afford to see their teams in the biggest games of their lives. Ratings will be at an all time low if people cant get on board of the Young Rays story and the constant comparison to the 86 Mets. In conclusion, i am willing to come clean your apartment and do your laundry if you will buy me 2 seats for AC DC..the seats are $300 each and get you the blue seats so i may need a few extra dollars for binoculars. and tour T shirt for my lady, those are $54. Thanks, Anger Management
George Carlin on aging! (Absolutely Brilliant)IF YOU DON'T READ THIS TO THE VERY END, YOU HAVE LOST A DAY IN YOUR LIFE. AND WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED, DO AS I AM DOING AND SEND IT ON. George Carlin's Views on Aging Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. 'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key. You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. 'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life ! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!! But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling.. What's wrong? What's changed? You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.But! wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would! So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and make it to 60.You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into ! your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!' May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!! HOW TO STAY YOUNG 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.' 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.3.Keep learning. ! Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's family name is Alzheimer's. 4. Enjoy the simple things. 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. 7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your home is your refuge.8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 9. Don't take guilt trips.. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.10. Tell the people you love that you love them , at every opportunity. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!
money isn't everything...it's just almost everything...but not everything. can't pay any amount of money for a good laugh...though a good laugh is much better over alcohol and need money for alcohol. so, basically, money can't get you everything, it just helps a hell of a lot.
LOS ANGELES - Matt Stairs had been waiting for a moment like this. Funny, but Phillies fans have been waiting for a moment like this, too. It's just that their wait has been a little longer. Stairs crushed a majestic two-run, pinch-hit home run to right field in the top of the eighth inning last night at Dodger Stadium to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, 7-5. The Phillies lead the best-of-seven series, three games to one, and need just one more victory to play in their first World Series since 1993. "You've been here for a month and you want to get that one big hit where you really feel like you're part of the team," Stairs said. "Not that I don't feel like I'm part of the team, but when you get that nice celebration coming in the dugout and you're getting your ass hammered by guys, there's no better feeling than to have that done." A game-tying two-run home run from Shane Victorino and the two-run moon shot from Stairs in the eighth - along with a big four-out save from Brad Lidge - have the Phillies on the brink. One more win, folks. One more. "We believe we can do it," Lidge said. "All our focus is on winning Game 5. We have Cole on the mound. It's a great opportunity to wrap this up. Winning tonight gives us a huge advantage, especially the way we did it." Beat the Dodgers tomorrow night in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium - and aren't you just thrilled that manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee stuck with their plan and didn't have Cole Hamels pitch on short rest last night? - and the Phillies can start relaxing and thinking about the Boston Red Sox or Tampa Bay Rays.
I know i have said it before but i REALLY mean it this time. We, as a people are totally screwed. forget about the environment, forget about the economy, forget about world peace...the shitheads at the network (pick one) approved a show that will document a man going in for what looks like a gender change and come out of the whole thing a different person. The result is what appears to be a much uglier female version of the formerly already ugly, unsure, male. The self hate has to run to the core when you are considering going from one sex to the other. i feel for these people and their personal pain..So why take that pain and then sign up for a TV show about it?isn't the whole point of being a full on Tranny is that you can convince people you never were a dude in the first place? these are a few of the Tranny burning questions i have.
i don't know about you, but i dont know any single guys (and i know some REALLY weird ones), who would be able to keep a straight face over dinner when "tammy" says she used to be "Tommy" and that he/she/it just wanted to come clean before anything got too serious. Too serious? Too serious is lopping off your man meat in exchange for female plumbing, then add onto that the hormonal fits from the boob boosting meds they give these guys. so now you got a grumpy dude who had his junk cut off and on top of it has the raging hormones of a menopausalClydesdale horse. Seems like a volatile mix if you ask me. This takes Daddy issues to a whole new level. I would like to see a former meat head WWF wrestler, newly Trannied, sitting in his room smearing make up all over his fat over puffed face and asking if it was all worth it, then on a dime, going up a few octaves and saying "yes Cindy, you are worth it." i am now officially on the look out for Trannys looking to stomp me out..if they do find me i hope they can tap their new found feminine side and be a little sympathetic in their beatings, and i hope they cant wear heels, they hurt more than steel tips!! Tranny TV, coming to a major, talent starved network near you. enjoy, or watch in horror. i only saw the pre view and i gagged twice. once because i watched the whole ad, twice because i thought i recognized somebody!!!!
A man kills a deer and takes it home to cook for dinner.Both he and his wife decide that they won't tell the kids what kind of meat it is, but will give them a clue and let them guess.The kids were eager to know what the meat was on their plates, so they begged their dad for the clue.Well, he said, 'It's what mommy calls me sometimes'. The little girl screams to her brother.'Don't eat it, it's an asshole.'
In an effort to get myself off the old schnide and back in the game, i got a tall iced coffee this morning.my usual routine. today was different. i got a ham and cheese sammy on top of the coffee, hot..with spicy mustard. not a decision i will make twice. i am dealing with one of the worst cases of heart burn i have ever had. any reader feedback on old style remedies or really anything that may rid me of this would be fine. i dont think bud light works on this specific ailment but i could be wrong...please advide. Management.
i just went to the bathroom and tried to hit my head on the toilet in an effort to knock myself out and hopefully wake up somewhere else, with some else's life....it didnt work and im still here..if you think you are having a bad day call me.212-gof-ursf. POP
Beverly Hills Chihuahua, a movie about a dog that goes to BH and lives like ParisHilton...are the execs at Disney smoking angel dust? probably, but who approved a movie like this??? if this is not proof of where we stand and how close we are to being taken over by dogs i don't know what does. Did you pick up your dogs poop this morning? how many times has he done that for you? Exactly The Geico Cavemen were alright with me until they tried to make it a sitcom. This takes it to a whole new level of moronic.anything for a buck i guess..I I just opened up a CHUWAWA (i spell it phonetically) breeding camp. its messy and its loud but hell, lot of folks want these critters and i think after this movie every child under the age of 12 who sees it will beg for one. Supply and Demand, simple really.
There are so many good things about this video but for me the characters took the cake with their attitudes and the pure craziness of paddling into shark infested waters to drop the bait so your friends can catch great whites from the shoreline. Brilliant. Makes the desk job feel a little less exciting. I'm not saying I want that job either! This link was sent courtesy of Liquid G from down in Jupita (in Boston accent), FL.
this makes the George Brett story seem a little more plausible. it was the damned crab legs!
Taylor Dana, a pre-med freshman from Toledo, said she had grabbed one for a quick lunch Tuesday. By her afternoon varsity crew practice, her stomach was hurting so badly that she thought she was going to be sick while she was out on the water, she said. At a seminar afterward, she excused herself and vomited in a bathroom, then dragged herself back to her dorm in the rain, she said, throwing up again along the way. Her roommate brought her books and key back after class, and found her on the floor in the hall. She and the resident adviser on the hall persuaded Dana to get help and called an ambulance to take her to the emergency room.
POP goes the weasel when the weasel goes POP.Welcomeback P.O.P - you've been using that moniker for too long to not use it now.Plus we always have O.P.E. (ole pink eye) to keep us entertained withhis nickname..Blog on playa, Blog on....
the Mets crushed the hopes of many a new yorker this weekend when they 100% blew what was a chance at the postseason. 29 games blown with the lead? out of 180 games that aint so good! i think I am glad i just stuck to being a miserable Yankees fan. always next year...i guess.
After a lot of reader feedback and in light of the fact that i want to take this act to Hollywood, i am going with my god given name, the P.O.P. Ole Stinky just doesn't roll off the tongue to corporate sponsors and the like. It actually feels good to be in my own skin and name and quite honestly the little one eyed creature was creeping people out. As if the name itselfwasn't creepy enough.
OLE STINKY is HOT like a skillet, many a post have been shot out there, try to keep up!!! LIQUID ASSETS If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today.If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today.If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today.But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received $214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink a lot of beer & recycle. It is called the 401-Keg.
from an Apple ad. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore.They create. They inspire.They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy.How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.Because the people who are crazy enough to thinkthey can change the world, are the ones who do.
I dont know where this whole blogging this is going to take me, and thats part of the fun BUT if i blow up this is what i would like to tour in. What says you are ready to rock and roll more than this? if you got something, send it along.
This is a sad picture that i got from one of my buddies on the PD squad...Mr Met tried to off himself due to unbearable stress..that and he was heavily vested in Bear and Lehman.
As you know i am a Yankees fan but since i am a New Yorker and have many friends who are Mets fans, i have decided to cheer on this group of cardiac arrest causing guys since my team sucks and cant make it to the post season. I don't know how Mets fans do it, i watched both games in the last two nights and each game comes down to the last hit. there is nothing better than a walk off hit like Beltran's last night BUT the night before they blew a 5-1 lead and had to burn through pitchers and tire out the squad. they cant afford to keep teams around like that. i like the fire that the team shows and will continue to root for them but i almost cant watch at points and i have a feeling they are in for more of the same with that bullpen.
To all my met fan friends, OSE is with you, but i don't know how you do it for the entire season.
Can anyone find out how many situations they have been in this year where it comes down to the last hit for either team? Jerry Manuel deserves a long vacation on the beach after this year. his coaches were bothcing signs to the batters and they were lucky to get out of there after the bunt for strike three. that kids not a bunter!!!!
While A Rod is picking up women who look like men, and Hank Steinbrenner continues to mumble to no one in particular about how to turn things around i am going to watch this NL race develop. its nice to watch other people agonize over sports!!
good luck, and make sure you have a cold one in hand, October is right around the corner.
holy smokes..i have waited my whole life for this moment..
my buddy just informed me that ACDC is coming to MSG 11/12 and 11/13 and i think it would be awesome to get as many people as possible together for a serious party. I'm thinking we do a back in black theme and let it rip..any takers? if so i will do a pay pal and we can get a bunch of seats together..if so, leave a comment.
Some of my first memories are of listening to ACDC on the old white cassette and i used to watch my older brothers rock out to all the classics and i was pretty sure then, as i am now, that rock and roll aint noise pollution!!
my high school wore silver and black and we used to come out to hells bells then back in black for sports..i just got goosebumps.its a shame to peak at 17 but what can you do! Ole Stinky never knew nothing BUT taking it DEEP!
ACDC at the Garden, that's all i am going to say.
it looks like the 13th is a Thursday which is probably better than struggling through 2 work days post ACDC. so many good memories are going to come back when that first sound hits that night. lets get it on.
a guy i know from high school is in a sick bluegrass band that is really gaining notoriety and i think is going to be blowing up sometime soon. check out some of their live stuff on you tube. what i really like about them is the fact that is so original. both albums they have made are really good but the one listed on the link below is well worth it. you can get it on itunes...chicks dig it. http://thestringdusters.com/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBvhKDlD8NA
Got to give it up for the comedians who make us laugh, especially with all this great news coming our way! i don't know any particular order but i would think it would have to be something like this: 1) Bill Murray- Caddyshack 2) Jim Belushi- Animal House 3) Chevy Chase- Fletch 1 4) Chris Farley- Tommy Boy 5) Eddie Murphy- Trading Places and Coming to America
shoot me some other ones that i am missing. I may put together a audio montage of the best lines from those movies..i say i may because "audio montage" i pulled out my A and i dont know if i have the tools for that job..one thing you know OSE will get someone on it, may not be my best man but someone will be on it.
So we have some major turbulence going on around the world right now. World financial markets are in the worst shape in recent history, massive floods and draughts, world jihad with daily attacks, the yankees missed the playoffs and it gets worse! we are not at the bottom..like gregallman said, "you cant lose what you never had.."
so, to spice it up a bit and to divert some attention from how bad it is i would like to start a forum for worst injuries people have had,. Lets focus on intense internal pains from the past to help cope with current external pains...i will get it started, if you post some good ones in the comments section i can get them into the rankings on the main page. i hope for your sake you dont take the number one or two spots from me!!
1) hit by car, broken hip/leg at 12- think this left some brain damage too, although i dont recall much before this accident so maybe it knocked me straight!
2) 5 broken ribs and a fractured sternum last year from a ski accident
3) had my leg run over by a trailer with a boat on it and broke my foot and ankle, tore all the muscles,ligaments and tendons as well as some nice skin loss. that was this April.
4) hit my face on the side of a curb and fractured my orbital bone and a broken nose, required several plastic surgeries- thats how OSE keeps his youthful looks..the pleasure with this one was that i had to go in and get the pebbles and debris removed from around my eye over the course of the next few years. a gift that kept giving. thats why OSE only has ONE EYE!
5) broken shoulder and shoulder blade from falling of a scooter in college. that broken arm did enable to play a Fletch like extension of the broken arm for almost a year, and helped me get some extensions and exemptions for testing, so see, there is a positive to every situation..had to go to the hospital dressed as a member of the mensOlympic gymnastics team (it was Halloween and a killer costume, chalk bag and all.)
So i started it out with 5, i have 22 majors and about a dozen minors that i have been able to chronicle/remember. after this last one with the leg my doctor thought it would be a good idea to list all of my injuries to get an assessment of things. so thats the assessment. i am worth more in parts than i am as a whole. good thing i checked that organ donor box!! Let me know what you got, also, lets be honest and post it is an ARI if it was an alcohol related incident..those readers out there know who im talking about!!!
this has the makings of a great story.storm rolls in, drunks like to get drunk but the only place to do that is at Robert Laffite's. see, we can ALL GET ALONG, especially with the help of alcohol..i knew it all along!!!!
wow, a pretty powerful post title huh? so i am driving down the road this weekend and i had the windows down, feeling mellow and enjoying the day and i flip around on the radio and hear a song with a good beat, good guitar solos and i catch myself kind of jamming out when all of a sudden some D starts asking jesus to save him and how he has laid down his heart for the lord.. very commendable indeed. let me first say im a catholic so this is not a christian bashing effort but it is indeed a christian rock bashing session. if you want to be saved call the coast guard or ski patrol...if you are looking for jesus in your life church is a good place to start. if you want to lay down your heart, become a priest, but please DONT pick up a guitar and GO THERE. there are three things that will forever be linked..they are sex, drugs and rock and roll...most of us achieve at least two of those in our lives..not a whole lot of wiggle room in there for arena based christian rock and virgins and all that is good and wholesome in this world (for which there is a lot!) anyway, i was duped and felt pretty stupid..i had to look around because i was glad i was by myself at the time..to cleanse my brain of that goodness i broke out some Alice and Chains and cranked it up. "YEAH HERE COMES THE ROOOSTER" i like my rock stars just as they are thank you. totally and utterly out of touch with reality and if not dead already they are working damn hard at getting there..anyone ever hear of Kurt Cobaine, Jimi Hendrix,Jim Morrison, Jerry Garcia, the list goes on and on...people eat it up.