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.