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Archive for 15 December 2008
So, it’s not the Obama’s house, but some lawyer’s?
And the bank is not only the lender, but the borrower as well?
I’m SOOOOOO confused.
I know JACK about real estate law, so if someone can explain this, I’d really appreciate the help.
H/T: Bear Creek Ledger
A prison’s new chapel will not contain a crucifix to avoid offending Muslim inmates, it emerged today.
Bosses at HMP Lewes have been told the traditional Christian symbol, featuring Jesus nailed to a cross, must not be used in the Grade-II listed Victorian jail’s ‘multi-faith space’.
The room – part of a £1million new block – has been split in two, with one half featuring heated foot baths so Muslim worshippers can wash their feet before prayer.
But the other side, dedicated to Christian prayer, contains just a simple wooden cross and portable alter – both of which can be removed if necessary.
Can the foot baths be removed? If necessary, I mean. (insert disgusted sarcasm here)
For 130 years they have been part of Christmas, filling the air in towns across the land with music and carols.
But one thing is missing from the repertoire of Salvation Army bands this year – the percussion of rattling tins.
Members have been forbidden to shake their charity tins – even if it’s done in time to the music – in case it harasses or intimidates people. One said she had been told it might also offend other religions.
I’m aware that the Salvation Army has done a great deal of good, around the world. They don’t discriminate because of someone’s religion.
I have to ask! Just who the hell is in charge over there????? Obviously, it’s not the British people. Not anymore!
It’s ok for the Brits to offend Christians, right? That’s just peachy. No problem. Well, not that they give a happy crap, but this Christian is EXTREMELY offended.
H/T to Connie
IN THESE uncertain times it’s tempting to cast blame on villains overcome by greed. Wall Street CEOs had their day, but the most popular target for such aspersions is increasingly Ron Gettelfinger, president of the United Autoworkers Union (UAW). James Surowiecki thinks this is unfair, but I wonder if it isn’t an indicator that America is fed up with unions, once and for all.
There is a huge chasm fixed between being smart and being wise. In America this is a truth too often ignored. In America; we tend to equate “success” with wisdom, hence the credence paid to whatever is spouted from anyone with celebrity status regardless of how inane the statement. Just because Sean Combs has amassed an immense fortune in the world of Hip Hop, or Sean Penn has garnered rightfully deserved accolades for his acting prowess, it doesn’t follow that they know what the heck they are talking about when it comes to domestic and foreign policy issues.
Yet, whenever you disagree with the absurd things that spring forth from the above mentioned Seans, and people like them, you can be sure that you will hear from someone within earshot of your conversation: ‘They must be doing something right they have more money than you”. well; if wealth is your primary indicator for wisdom and success, then, you got me. Unfortunately this sort of shallow thinking is what leads ultimately to the outcome of the last elections and to the situation in Illinois.
Read the rest here.
Real smart guy!
Anti-income-tax lawmakers are getting a head start on efforts to prevent changes to Tennessee’s tax structure.
State Rep. Brian Kelsey, a Germantown Republican, is proposing a constitutional amendment to ban a state income tax. The measure would go before voters in 2014 if it passes during two successive General Assemblies.
Former Gov. Don Sundquist, a Republican who left office in 2003, was the last governor to try to pass an income tax in Tennessee.
Incumbent Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who is barred from running again in 2010, has rejected a state income tax.
Y’know, for a Dem, Bredesen isn’t all that bad. At least compared to some others around the country. Come to think of it, he’s a sight better than some of the RINO guvs.
Should he stay in office, Gov. Blagojevich is warming to the idea of holding a special election for President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
The governor — facing criminal charges that he put the seat and other state-government decisions up for sale — was optimistic at the start of the weekend that he would sign a bill that would strip him of his power to name Obama’s successor, a Blagojevich source said Sunday.
Obviously, NOT a man of honor. The question of his even staying in office shouldn’t even come up. His resignation should have been already written out BEFORE he was arrested. Is it any wonder we don’t have any trust, or faith, in elected politicians anymore? I don’t give a flip what letter he has behind his name….”D”, “R”, “I”! Show the people of your state some kind of respect, even if you don’t have any, and get the hell out! Y’know, I use to think people of this country deserved better than this kind of crap. Now, I’m not so sure anymore.
California is bleeding so much money that without a sweeping fix, the state’s budget deficit will reach an unprecedented $40 billion in the next 18 months, a huge gap that many officials agree can’t be bridged without increasing tax revenue.
But Republican state lawmakers, whose votes are needed for the Legislature to reach the two-thirds majority vote required to approve a budget or taxes, are steadfastly opposed to raising taxes as a way to solve the state’s deepening fiscal mess.
The GOP’s anti-tax stance has routinely been part of annual budget negotiations. But this year’s situation is dire not only for the enormity of the deficit, but also because of the urgency to find a quick fix before the state runs out of cash in the coming weeks.
Hmm….well, here’s a thought. How ’bout stop the support of ILLEGALS? How much money does California spend on health care, education, etc., for those who couldn’t be bothered with coming in the front door? Seems to me those who actually foot the bill, aka as taxpayers, are leaving the state, therefore the state is losing income. It’s not all that complicated. I don’t know why everyone insists it is! There’s compassion, and then there is suicide. California has been commiting suicide for quite a while now.
Congress wanted to guarantee that the $700 billion financial bailout would limit the eye-popping pay of Wall Street executives, so lawmakers included a mechanism for reviewing executive compensation and penalizing firms that break the rules.
But at the last minute, the Bush administration insisted on a one-sentence change to the provision, congressional aides said. The change stipulated that the penalty would apply only to firms that received bailout funds by selling troubled assets to the government in an auction, which was the way the Treasury Department had said it planned to use the money.
I guess the taxpayers were right….the feckless weasels in D.C. were wrong, on this bailout B.S.! Gee, what a surprise! (insert a bit of sarcasm here) Honestly, people should be paid for a ‘job well job’. Problem is…these asshats have NOT done a good job, so why should they be compensated? A little common sense would go a loooooooong way! But this is Washington we’re talking about here. They buried Common Sense many years ago.
A United Nations envoy who has accused Israel of treating Palestinian Authority Arabs in Gaza the way Nazis treated the Jews during World War II was denied entry to Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport on Sunday night.
Professor Richard Falk was put on a plane headed back out of the country early Monday morning after officials said he had failed to first coordinate his visit to the Jewish State with the government. Falk was scheduled to meet with PA officials in Ramallah this week, despite the fact that Israel had made it clear that he would not be allowed to enter the country.
I wouldn’t let that P.O.S. Useless Numnuts tool crawl through my sewer to gain entry! It might contaminate my sewer!
Layoffs, dwindling job opportunities, anti-immigrant sentiment and the crackdown on illegal immigrants are forcing hard choices on many Mexican nationals in Colorado. Though not an exodus, some are returning to a nation they haven’t seen in years.
Buh-bye! Now, while I have no problem with LEGAL immigration, at this point in time, we’re going to have a tough enough time with natural borns finding work. Putting a further strain on the economy is just not a good idea.
As President-elect Barack Obama and congressional leaders construct a behemoth economic stimulus package, a parade of interest groups is seeking shares of the portion that will go to infrastructure construction projects.
The “ready-to-go” project lists are longer than the supplicants’ arms and for sums that would have seemed fantastic only months ago, before the depth of the recession became apparent.
The overall dimensions and details of the stimulus bill remain unclear, but there is a consensus, certainly among Democrats, that it must be big enough to provide a defibrillator-like jolt to the economy to achieve Obama’s stated goal of creating or saving 2.5 million jobs in his first two years in office.
How many times must it be said???? The gubmint does NOT create actual jobs! They create busy work. Is it possible to be more than bankrupt? If so, then that’s exactly what we’re going to be! It’s past time for those yahoos in D.C. to step back, and leave business to those who actually understand the concept. NOT lawyers and lobbyists…but those folks who actually do create the businesses that provides the jobs.
The Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President Bush during his farewell visit to Baghdad was hailed a hero in the Arab world today as thousands marched to demand his release.
Muntazer al-Zaidi tore off his shoes and flung them at Mr Bush as he stood beside Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, during a press conference in Baghdad’s Green Zone yesterday.
Y’know, Bush might not have been the strong president I would have wished, but he’s still OUR president, and that garbage is free to be an asshole now, thanks in large part to him, and our troops. You insult him, you insult us. And as far as I’m concerned, you can all blow yourselves up. I don’t really give a flying flip anymore! We have widows and orphans here too. I’d really hate to think their loss was for trash like you! And yes, if the same thing happened to the pres-elect, I’d feel the same way. You can ALL go pound sand!
“The arrest was the result of an intensive round-the-clock investigation by an interagency task force comprised of federal, state, county, and city public safety agencies,” said Marion County Sheriff Russ Isham.
The suspect was arrested in the Salem area, Isham said. No further details were immediately released.
“I’m really proud of those who tirelessly worked to get us to this point and am humbled by the community’s support,” Isham said.
Excellent. May those who did this rot in hell. Oregon does have the death penalty. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to use it. Wouldn’t this be a federal crime though?
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: