"Black Monday", 9-15-08, was Wall Street's "Financial 9-11-01".
hanging by a thread
friday, september 19th, 2008
it's very hard to notice through the twin-filters of both a Texas-sized hurricane, and the biased, liberal-demokkkRAT media hubris surrounding Gov Sarah Palin, but history has been unfolding in the nation's financial system, for about 3-4 weeks. Bad history is happening right before our collective eyes, and hardly anyone is paying attention. And it's going to get worse.
Who could have imagined that the government would take over the nation's two biggest mortgage companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, only to be orchestrating what will either turn out to be the sale or the liquidation of a 158-year-old investment bank (Lehman Brothers), the very next weekend? Who could have imagined that, in the same week, the nation's largest savings and loan, Washington Mutual, would fall to a $2 stock, casting its solvency in doubt? And who could have imagined that in the very same week, investors would be panic-selling the stock of Merrill Lynch, the nation's largest retail broker, and dumping shares of the insurance giant AIG, all while they worry, whine and whisper about other financial giants that once seemed invincible, including the likes of Wachovia and GE Capital. And what about the impending buyout of Lehman Brothers? Who will save that marque? Bear Sterns, JPMorgan, WAMU, UBS; who's next in-line for bailouts by the US Taxpayers? Not even the Brit's venerable bank, Barclays, will touch/ buyout "troubled" Lehman Brothers, as there are too many "bad assets" there, to deal with. Lehman Brothers is a "financial time-bomb", ready to collapse, any day now. They're filing for bankruptcy, right now.
Sooooooo, is the US Financial System all that financially-sound and healthy? Yes and no. There are close to 8,500 banks in the US, according to the FDIC. They have $13.3 trillion in assets and $8.6 trillion in deposits. How many are in trouble? Officially, there are 117 on the "problem list". Fully 98 percent of the banks it monitors, are "well-capitalized". Of course, the FDIC covers both commercial banks and savings institutions. The shaky investment banks are another story, entirely. Hopefully, we can derive some comfort from knowing a lot of the bad news is already out there — that's what the $500 billion in "write-downs of bad assets", is all about.
The bad news, is that "it ain't over yet". Or are we just "in the eye of the storm", right now? (Metaphor for Hurricane Ike; heh.) "The corrupt, criminal US Congress spends weeks and months in totally-useless hearings about steroids in baseball, and zero time in hearings about this Nation's Financial Sector's health. WTF cares about steroids in baseball? WTF cares about The US Congress, anymore? Vote the criminal scumbags out. Start over." The shit-for-brains NY-FED, is still idiotically-meddling with dangerously-low interest rates, and calling it "a good and necessary thing for the market". It isn't; it's a very, very bad thing. And neither is the FDICs buyout of those failing banks, replete with the multi-million-dollar "golden parachutes" that the criminal CEOs are getting, for ruining those companies with bad investments in sub-prime mortgage deals. They should be tried and in prison; not rewarded for what they did to millions of peoples' 401-Ks and IRAs. Wall Street is on a Red Alert.
Ben Bernanke is an incompetent, corrupt, criminal asshole, from the shithole, piracy firm of Goldman-Sachs. He's just another Wall St asshole, IMO. The banks who fail, should be allowed to do so, with no federal bailouts, using US Taxpayers' monies. Instead, use the hundreds-of-millions/billions of dollars, from all of the firms' corrupt and criminal officers's bank accounts and personal assets, who've criminally-profited, while leading their unknowing investors into abject bankruptcy. Then, jail and execute all the officers; KILL THEM. Zero recidivism. Throw their families into homeless shelters; no BMWs or MBs for them! Beans & rice; rice & beans, for the foreseeable future, folks. I have ***minus sympathy*** for all of them; aka, NONE AT ALL!
Even the senile, mentally-ill, old scumbag, almost-always-wrong, Alan "The Schmuck" Greenspan, "agrees" that lowlife, piece-of-shit criminals, like he and Bennie "The Turd" Bernanke, have screwed-up the US Economy to the point of a "once-in-a-century" financial crisis, with "possible recovery by 2009-10", the dumbass-putz said in a recent interview. Take both of those assholes outside to a wall, blindfold each, and shoot them. They're criminals, who've profited by others' misery and losses. They and the friends should be "cleansed of every asset they have ever made", and those illegal assets paid-back to corporate stockholders and the US Taxpayers, IMO.
[NOTE: The above copy was written on Saturday (9-13) & Sunday (9-14) — during my preliminary research on the subject of this week's "Journal" — well-before the "shit hit the fan", this past "Black Monday", and the market dropped 504+ pts, the largest drop since 9-11-01.]
This is not a time to try and catch a falling knife (heh). I'm no "Wall Street Financial Genius", but here's a few very simple steps to fix the morass we're in, right now:
•Improve the financial industry regulation, and replace substance-over-form, in the regulation we now have.
•Place absolute leverage limitations on financial institutions at much lower levels, than the 30:1 levels, that led to this crisis.
•Place an absolute limitation on hedge fund leverage.
•Regulate Wall Street compensation, by basing it on multiple years' performance, add clawbacks and high water marks, and limit cash compensation that is paid-out, and weakens these firms' balance sheets.
•Tax private equity firms' carried interests at ordinary interest rates, rather than capital gains rates, and restrict private equity firms' ability to go public.
•Outlaw off-balance sheet entities.
•Re-institute the "uptick rule", with respect to short-selling.
•Arrest/try-convict-execute all those who refuse to go along with the previous points. Zero recividism; end of problem.
•Make me "King For A Day", and I'll fix all of the Nation's "problems", in 48hrs. Count on it.
The corrupt & criminal NYC FED, just (announced at 11:15pm Tuesday, 9/15/2008) rescued ailing-AIG, with $85 billion of your & my hard-earned tax dollars, BTW. Are you comfortable with that? I'm not! AIG should have been allowed to fail; it's subsidiaries would have done just fine & dandy. The AIG Holding Unit, would've gone gone down into the crapper, and rightly-so. It's a fait accompli, now. Hey, what's "our money" for, if they can't spend it on worthless things?
So, the DJIA drops 333pts on Wednesday morning, on the AIG news. By the end of the day, it was 449+ pts in the dumper, again. I wish I could shed as much weight as my 401-k and IRA are doing, right now.
Yes, shit-for-brains SEC Chariman, Chris Cox (ASSHOLE-CA), removed decades-old rules protecting stocks against aggressive short-selling by hedge funds. Chris Cox and his crowd of criminal academics and theoreticians, did "almost" more to destroy the confidence of this market with their adherence to free-market destruction of stocks than any of the managements of the companies themselves, IMO.
Neither Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae nor AIG should have been bailed-out by US Taxpayer monies, IMO. There should be serious consequences to stupid business decisions and actions, and all the top execs should be prosecuted and imprisoned, with several dozen being publicly executed. Fuck the markets' reactions. Enron and WorldCom were mere "butterffly farts", as compared to this crap! And guess what? The Senate and House Banking Committees, chaired and run by criminal, corrupt, lowlife, dirtbag liberal-demokkkRATs, with 100% regulatory oversight over all those companies and the Financial Sector markets, are 100% responsible for it. What a surprise!
The DJIA finished up 440+ pts, for Thursday, as Wall Street rallied on "rumors of a long-term government solution" to its crisis. The solution? Keep the f•cking corrupt, criminal gov't assholes out of the Financial Sector! There's the solution! Government is the problem, not the solution!
Around The Garden Center™.
It started raining last Friday around 12noon, just as I had to go out to a couple of site visits, deposit receipts in the bank, and mail-off some LSCP Design packages, for three customers who'd paid for James' design work, and my estimates. We do put together a very nice a slick package for our prospective customers, BTW. After getting soaked twice during that trip's site visits, and returning around 2:30pm, I decided to close down and send everyone remaining, home for the day. The idea of sitting around, twiddling our collective thumbs, for another 2½ hrs, waiting until 5pm to close down, was idiotic not logical. Losing money by having staff on-payroll/computers/lights/AC units/fans etc running, with no income, just isn't the profitable way to run a business, IMO. Shutting down is the smartest way to handle that "unprofitable period of time", regardless of what the "Hours of Operation" sign says. Did I mention that I have a "McCain for President" lawn sign planted, at the front drive of the property, along Rt24's boulder/stonewalls? And as soon I can get some "McCain-Palin 2008" lawn signs, I'll get two signs-up, down front. Damned right, I will. Screw anyone who 'complains' that I shouldn't be "mixing business & politics"! I went through that BS in 2000 & 2004, when some asshole lib-dem customers called me and complained, and I told them to f•ck-off! Haven't seen them since, and don't miss them or "their $7.35 spends", one damned bit.
Saturday started-off as a rainy, warm and humid day, and quickly turned into a sunny, warm and very humid day. Wheeew, it was muggy. Customer traffic was an unexpected moderate-to-occasionally-heavy, and we did 10x what I thought we'd do; I was very pleased at the day's receipts. If the weekends continue/get better at that pace, and we can recoup the $200,000+ revenues we've lost over the past 2 seasons, then my/our working 7-days-a-week, will have been worth it, IMO. We'll continue with "Open On Sundays", from next Spring 2009, thru the Fall, next season. I can take it, at 58 years old, I guess. Actually, I don't have a choice. As always, my Company comes first and foremost. Good thing I'm divorced, and don't have a family, anymore. More t-storms and rain coming from the west, pushed toward us, thanks to Hurricane Ike. I can enjoy/relish the rainfall, but the oppressive humidity from the Gulf Area, truly sucks.
This thing is fun!
During a break in the hubris of customer business, I took a break and rode around in the company's slickly-painted (AAP Signs, Red Lion, PA) E-Z Golf Cart, and parked over at the run-off/retention pond, just across from the handicapped parking spaces for about 15-20mins. I enjoyed the cool shade & breeze, aquatic life, water plants (water lilies etc), and I thought about much I missed my little friend and companion, Pickle, who died 3 years ago, on August 15th, and about how very much I missed my Mom, who's retired as Corporate VP (and is still very much alive, Thanks God) who used to run and supervise my entire greenhouse operation, many years ago, before her back and spine problems caused her to retire from active, daily duty. Time changes all things, and nothing we can do will change that immutable fact. After >20mins, I'm back to reality and so many "needy customers" and their niggling, truly-unimportant problems. It's only 9:30am, and many, many hours still to go. (sigh)
I'm finally caught-up on all of James' current LSCP Designs/Plans, right now. A few of those who've received my LSCP Estimates, are now coming-in to take advantage of our once-a-year, 25%-Off Fall Sale prices, but not nearly as many as I'd wished would happen. At least the retail traffic has picked-up, with this weekend being only our 2nd Sat-Sun opening. Between 50 and 60 customers were through on Saturday; very good receipts (did I mention that?).
In less than two weeks — October 1st is formal cut-off date — I'll have canceled, with a 30-day legal notice, my 18-year advertising contract with The (local) ComCast Weather Channel, and stop using their weekly "Crawl" ad message (blue-band/white type, scrolling message at the bottom of the screen), which I've owned since early May/June 1991, when I was the only advertiser on that fledgling CATV venue station. I remember in May 1990, when we were just under-construction, that I'd come home after an 16-18hr day, all filthy-dirty, muddy and tired, sit in my condo's "loft" (on a towel, so as not to soil the hammock-sling chairs), watch TV and drink a cold Rolling Rock™ beer, before taking a shower, getting some clean clothes on, and going out to eat dinner, come back and sleep a few hours, and get back-up at "0-Dark-Thirty" 5am, to go back down to the 20ac job-site, to do it all over again (I was the GC — General Contractor — for the $1.1 million project). I remember seeing a fleeting message — "PLEASE ADVERTISE WITH US, CALL 717-000-0000" — on my then-27" Sony Trinitron™ screen. I called them from my Motorola™ mobile "Bag Phone", the next day and bought all 10 rotating CATV daily "In my company's 'early days', I owned The Weather Channel's entire advertising inventory; all 10 rotating spots per day, belonged to me. None of the other garden centers/nurseries wanted anything to do with it. Back then, TWC was a 'great media buy'; now, they're just crap and garbage, as is 'The York Daily Record,' as are all of the York (PA) newpapers: junk, crap, garbage, trash. They're just 'fishwrap'." spots, for a mere $10/25-sec spot, beginning the following Spring 1991. I owned that entire Weather Channel's adv inventory. And it paid-off handsomely: 100-300 people each week, poured-into my brand-new GC&N Center's facility, with our then-meager offerings, and bought everything we had! My gamble paid-off beyond my wildest dreams. This went-on for many years, as my inventory expanded and slowly became the rare, unusual and hard-to-find inventory it is, today, second-to-none, anywhere in the USA. It was the best/smartest advertising buy I'd made in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Market. But, hey: we're a "weather-driven business, in a weather-driven industry, catering to people with a weather-driven hobby". Where the hell were Shiloh, Stauffer's, Farrell's, Rockelman's, Christmas Tree Hill, Hively, Strathmeyer and all the other so-called nurseries and garden centers? They were nowhere, and I owned that venue. Over the next 18 years, they all tried to crash my exclusive contractual ownership of that CATV station, but I prevented it through my corporate attorneys. After many other non-competing advertisers came on to the line-up, and the price per spot skyrocketed from $10 to $50 to $75 and to now $125, I backed-off (at $50) to 2 of the 10 daily rotating spots, per week, per month. The price was increasing, the message-size and length, was shrinking, dramatically. As the years passed, ComCast became difficult to deal with and very dictatorial, after they'd bought-out the original owner, Susquehanna Broadcasting, a local owner. Now, after 18+ years, The Weather Channel's market penetration is terrible, their 'crawl' has gotten shorter and smaller and much, much more expensive, and it isn't worth the CPM (cost per thousand), anymore. So I've "thrown it under the bus", "kicked it to the curb", and will use the $1,350+/mo for other marketing efforts. My new PR Agency, Infinite Solutions With Marketing, is advising me with numerous options as to how use those extra monies, along with other canceled Yellow Pages etc funds. I'll consider her advice, and act-upon only the ones which I feel will be beneficial to my company. BTW, my new marketing company is owned for my former ComCast sales rep, who advised me to dump TWC, and go into other efforts. She and I are already planning for the 19th Open House, next April and ways to reach the BRAC-Aberdeen Base's 22,000 new execs/families, who'll be moving into the area, through 2011.
So far, I haven't see any gas prices really "spiking" in the York County (PA) area yet, but just a 10¢ rise from last Friday's prices: Unleaded Regular (87oct) is now at $3.45/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is now at $3.55/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) is now at $3.75/gal. So far, they're all holding fairly steady, at those 1-2 week-old prices, BTW. Nothing's much changed, despite Hurricane Ike's impact upon the Galveston Area's oil rigs, oil refineries & distribution points, nearly 25% of US fuel production. If I see another 10— rise on Monday or Tuesday, then I'll attribute it to "price-gouging", and expect that it'll get even worse, in the coming weeks, until all those oil rigs, refineries and distribution points get back "into-synch", from ***petroleum interruptus***. Ha! Other cities are doing much worse than we are, BTW. Have you seen what's left of Galveston or Houston? Nothing and not much, BTW!
Sunday was truly a miserable day: 92°F and 93% humidity. A-W-F-U-L! The record was 95°F, set in 1952. By 9:40am, it was already 79°F and rising fast. By 12:30pm, it was already 88°F with 93% humidity. Gaaawd, it's awful out there. My AC'd office is wonderful. But no thanks to the scum-sucking criminals and dirtbags in Harrisburg, the "Indoor Clean Air Act Senate Bill 246" has gone into effect, and neither I, my employees nor my customers can smoke in my retail showroom. (The corrupt, socialist, liberal-demokkkRAT "Nanny State", marches onward.) I have placed a sign on my door, warning people that "This is a smoker's office", warning them not to enter. By 2pm, it was 92°F with 90% humidity (% dopping?), and a heat index of 99°F. By contrast with Saturday, which was very busy, Sunday was a dead day. We has 5 or 6 "paying customers" in, through the register, as opposed to 50-60 on Saturday. People (the smart ones) just stayed home and out of the oppressive heat and humidity. I closed-down at 3:15pm, and sent everyone home. I took a nice, long shower and cleansed the sweat, grime & grit-off; nice to *feel clean*, once again.
My good & long-time, Dear Friend, D••••, in Western PA, lost all power & phone, after Hurricane Ike blew-thru her Pittsburgh Area, on Saturday/Sunday, and only her *sterlng character* & *outright guts* (aka Staunch Conservative Lady), saw her through that 1-2 day mess; she called me late (10:05pm) Monday evening, with the good news that her power/electric/phone had been restored. Bravo, D••••! As she well-knows, she and her hubby are always welcomed out here, "if things go badly, out there", BTW. I have plenty of guns, ammo, food, water and a very nice spare bedroom etc (*priorities*!), out here, for many, many, many Family & Friends, who may need such things. D••••'s a Most Dear Friend, and she also knows "such true priorities", as do I.
On the way home from work on Tuesday, I noticed that gas prices, at the pump, had gone up another 14¢ since the morning's drive into work. Unleaded Regular (87oct) is now at $3.59/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is now at $3.69/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) is now at $3.89/gal. Yowzer; I'd expected that to happen, but not within a 1-2 day period. That's 24¢ in just 4 days. That's a "spike", primarily-due to Hurricane Ike's "visit" to the Gulf, and the wrecking of scores of oil drilling platforms. Also, 14 of 26 Texas refineries, producing about 3.8 million barrels of fuel/ day, are now shut down after Hurricane Ike hit the state's refinery base head-on. That's about 23% of US oil production. I'm expecting gas to go above $4.15/gal, within 10 days, easily. But, is it "irrational consumer behavior" or actual production & distribution shortages? After hearing and seeing what I've heard & seen, over the past 1-3 days, I'd have to say that it's "us", who are to blame. Yes, I've noticed gas lines forming in many of the stations, and have seen others "topping-off" their tanks — $3, $4 or $5 — instead of waiting until their tanks are empty, and then filling-up, like normal drivers. They hoarde gas and drive-up the prices, as do the schmucks who bring 5-30 red plastic gas cans along, and load-up the car with them. The hardware stores are already cleaned-out of those ubiquitous "6-gal Polyethylene Jerry Jugs", BTW. (sigh). Pretty soon, we'll be well-up over $4.15 - 4.25/gal, no thanks to those idiots, who are panicking right now, and really screwing-it-up for all the rest of us. Dammit.
I'm still scanning many "Hurricane Ike" web articles, for *somewhere* to donate food/personal care supplies/money, to Hurricane Ike Survivors, but I'm having trouble finding any who are truly-reputable. Sure, there are scores of places who want you/me to send them money/donate by credit card (potential fraud & identity theft), but I don't trust any of them. Sadly, The US Red Cross is proven-garbage/liars/trash/crap etc, and I wouldn't give them 3¢, after the bullshit they pulled, right after 9-11. Not a damned cent, ever! The others listed, are *not credible*, IMO, and I'm still searching for someone whom I recognize as *credible*. If you find a worthy, trustworthy charitable organization, which you *know* to be legit & credible, please let me know. Thanks. Otherwise, save you hard-earned monies for your Family & Neighbors, in case the murderous muslim-islamists revisit 9-11 upon us, which they will; guarranteed.
Fat, stupid, bloated liberal-demokkkRAT Gov, "Fast Eddie" Rendell (CRIMINAL-PA) has finally realized that to end his wateful, "red ink administration", he has to stop spending money he doesn't have. Normally, he'd just taxes *again*, like liberal-demokkkRAT always do, but this time, he's put a freeze on wasteful spending. This f•cking state doesn't need 5,000 more state jobs! We have too many damned people on the bloated gov't payroll, now! Fire 20,000 and let them get REAL JOBS, in the private sector, dammit!
As an "Recovering Hippie" from the 60s — I'm a devotee of The Beach Boys; Jan & Dean; Buddy Holly; The Beatles; Rolling Stones; Steve Miller Band; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Marvin Gaye; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Argent; Dave Mason; The Byrds; Jefferson Airplane; Ten Years After; Moody Blues; James Taylor; Jimi Hendrix; Isaac Hayes; Billy Joel; ... you get the idea — I was saddened to hear that Richard Wright, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, had died on Monday, from cancer. Another founding member, mentally-ill, Syd Barrett died in '06. I'd not seen PF, in all those years, but had watched their performances in the many available videos, and always missed them, in concert, since they were usually a quick sell-out. This Pink Floyd Concert is one great 85-minute event, IMO; perhaps the best they've ever done, IMO. Have a listen, for yourself.
I took Thursday off, since Dad, Jennifer & Bob had first choice this week, and took the remaining day, Thursday. Jennifer was off all week, Bob was in all week (he's got next week off) and Dad had numerous doctor app'ts with Mom, so I got "what remained". Next week will be more of the same: Thursday for me, as the other 3 have their week already planned. I'm grateful to get a day off, these days, what with working Sundays, now. I was up at 6am to feed the cats; then slept-in until 11:30am. I made french toast & coffee, for myself. I had basement lightbulbs & furnace filters to change, basement (cat litter boxes) floors to sweep, clean, disinfect, refill cat litter boxes, sweep the garage out, wash & vacuum the Jeep, do loads of laundry, shop for a new 'fridge, as my condo's (OEM) 19yr old RCA is about ready for replacement, clean my Kimber .45cal... some day off, huh? That's only about half of what I needed to get done, so I'll have to save the balance for next Thursday.
Why haven't we heard anything about ***illegal immigration*** (20-35 million spics, at last count?) or ***islamo-fascism*** (15 operational cells ready to strike?), so far, in the national debate between John McCain & Hussein Obama-Osama-Lama-Ding-Dong, the AntiChrist? Why is it "pigs and lipstick"? Why is it "stinking fish"? Why aren't we hearing what we need to hear, in the so-called 'debate', to keep America safe, secure and free? Am I nuts to think that the so-called 'debate' is being steered away from the 'hard issues', of what a Presidential Ticket, should be all about? Huh? help me out here, folks. Is this merely a 'one-party system', and nothing else truly counts? (sigh).
Awwww, Sarah; I disagree. Hussein-Obama-Osama-Lama-Ding-Dong-Sambo, the AntiChrist, the half-breed, mulatto, lowlife dirtbag muslim-islamist, terrorist-supporting, lying coke-head, sodomite filth, isn't fit to wipe my cats' asses, let alone be POTUS. Hussein-Obama-Osama-Lama-Ding-Dong is a ****NIGGER****, not a black American; f•ck that "African-American" SHIT!
No, I never liked Karl Rove, and always thought s/he was way-too overrated, and s/he was a fat, bald, little asshole puke/punkette. Which s/he is. He's a turd-polishing, cross-dresser scumbag. Rove is a pathetic, lowlife douchebag. F•ck you, Karly-Girly-Boy! Eat shit and die, Karly-Girl!
Disgraced, do-nothing lowlife US Sen, Hussein-Obama-Osama-Lama-Ding-Dong-Sambo (), the AntiChrist, the half-breed, mulatto, lowlife dirtbag muslim-islamist, white-trash-whoe for a 'mother', terrorist-supporting, lying coke-head, sodomite filth, can't even exhibit solemnity and reverence at Ground Zero, in NYC. The Nigga™'s a subhuman piece-of-shit, IMO. Where's Lee Harvey Oswald when the country really needs him?
Alaska Sens Hollis French and Kim Elton, both lowlife, degenerate, alcoholic, drug-addicted sodomites, and Stephen Branchflower, the former Anchorage prosecutor hired to investigate shit-for-brains, inveterate-liar's, Monegan, firing, are all being being sued by Gov Sarah Palin. The lawsuit alleges that Elton, French and Branchflower "are conducting a McCarthyistic investigation in an unlawful, biased, partial and partisan political manner in order to impact the upcoming Alaska general and national presidential elections." The DNC's liberal-demokkkRAT, paid-subordinates — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, NYTimes, LATimes, Washington Post, TIME, Newsweak, etc etc etc — are covering-up Palin's exonerating evidence, and parading the lowlife, child-tasering scumbag, State Trooper Mike Wooten, Palin's ex-brother-in-law, in a concerted effort to make Palin look bad: aka "October Surprise". Wooten is cowardly dogshit, a puink, an asshole and an drug-addicted, alcoholic.
It really didn't dawn upon me just how dangerous Hurricane Ike had become, until Friday after noon: CAT3 and probably a CAT4 by the time it made landfall, overnight or early Saturday morning. "Get out or die" warnings were issued by the US Gov't, for the first time in my 58-year memory, and spectacular USCG rescues were becoming commonplace, it seemed. By Friday evening, it's become "stay where you are; too dangerous to flee." Okey-dokey: bend-over and grab your ankles, and hope for the best! BOHICA! (bend over, here it comes again).
Yeah sure, Anita Snow, AP bitch skank. Her idiotic "lesson" from Ike: "Nobody does evacuations like Cuba". Huh, moronic liberal-demokkkRAT asshole? WTF are they evacuating to, Anita Snow, dumbass AP reporter bitch scumbag? Gov't shelters? Answer the questions, Anita Snow whorebag! What a worthless f•cking statement and article! Read her shit article, and take a long dump! Stupid f•cking bitch.
While gas prices may have zoomed-up in the states around the Gulf, they were actually dropping 7-10¢, in the York (PA) area, on Saturday: Unleaded Regular (87oct) has dropped to $3.39/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) has dropped to $3.49/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) dropped to $3.69/gal. Almost 25% of US fuel production has supposedly been shut-down by Ike, and prices at the pump will almost certainly rise, by mid-week. Right now, that's not the case. I'll report on local stations' prices, for the next week, BTW.
What did dawn upon me was the bullshit criticism from all corners of the world, about "how slow America was to respond, and how cheap America was in donating money to so many other worldwide disasters outside of America", like the devastating 2005 tsunami in Thailand, several years ago. Huh? Really? F•ck the world! Fuck you, yellow gook-slope-dink filth! America has always been there, to help, usually within 24hrs or less, while other countries of Europe and Asia, just whine, bitch and piss & moan. I don't remember ***anyone from the rest of the f•cking shithole world, "coming to our aid for the SF earthquake in the 80s, Katrina/Rita, or Ike***, do you? Are the other so-called nations of this shithole world, lining-up with billions in aid, and supplies, and manpower, to help Texas rebuild? I don't f•cking think so! Where the f•ck were they when Katrina trashed that shithole, New Orleans? THEY WERE F•CKING NOWHERE TO BE SEEN OR HEARD, THAT'S WHERE! I truly hope that the next tsunami wipes most of turd-world Asia off earth's map, forever.
Okay, that well-considered opinion of mine said, Houston looks like a war zone; massive destruction everywhere.
By Sunday, gas prices were up only 10¢/gal, as prices nationwide, rose dramatically, in Ike's aftermath: Unleaded Regular (87oct) has climbed to $3.49/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) has climbed to $3.59/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) climbed to $3.79/gal. Is this the return of $4.00/gal gas? If it does, it's only temporary; trust me on that. Until the rigs and refineries get gas flowing to the distribution points, the prices are going to be "artifically-inflated". After the flow gets moving, prices will drop to pre-Ike levels, whatever those were, in your particular area. Count upon it.
Awwwww, gee whiz: The Peoples' Republik of Chicago, a stinking, filthy, socialist, Marxist, dogshit liberal-demokkkRAT hellhole of White Trash, Niggas, spics and other assorted subhuman, lowlife shit, trash & garbage, can't handle a lousy 6.5" of rain in one day, without screaming, "Oh Please, Hep me, Hep me, Hep me, Mr Powerful & Nice White Man! Hell, we've had 5½ - 6" in one day, and have never declared a "disaster", screaming, whining, crying & begging for US Gov't Aid, paid by The White US Taxpayer, who pays 89% of all taxes, with the Niggas™, spics and other assorted subhuman, lowlife shit, trash & garbage, paying >11% of the total bill. Deal with it, Chicago, you shithole sewer! F•cking, lowlife dirtbags, all of you scum-sucking trash!
Sorry, but I don't have any sympathy for those who chose to stay behind and "ride-out Ike". None. Zero. Anyone and everyone who was given 5 days warning, and didn't evacuate, and who cried for help, during and after the storm: F-U-C-K Y-O-U, assholes! Die, if you can, please, and cleanse the Human Gene Pool, scumbags! Don't waste your time, rescue crews; let 'em alone. They chose their beds, and they can 'sleep in them'. F•ck 'em.
FEMA not doing all it can, when it can? Oh, gosh, it sounds like the liberal-demokkkRAT, lowlife, shitscum DBM (drive-by media) is having a 'PMS-fit', doesn't it?
The Global Warming Money Pit™.
Have you seen this video: "BBC: The Great Global Warming Swindle"? It was outright-banned from leftist, hate-filled, dirtbag lowlife scumbags, Google.com's and YouTube.com's websites, by the mentally-ill, left-wing, global warming idiot wackos, but I've preserved it, for posterity, aka you, me and *ours*. Watch, be informed and download it for others to see. It's on my corporate server, and will stay there, BTW.
Here's everything you need to know about Global Warming, and why it's a good thing.
The "Greenhouse Effect" is a natural and valuable phenomenon, without which, the planet would be uninhabitable. Global Warming, at least in recent times, is real. CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas; 95% of the contribution is due to Water Vapor. Man's contribution to Greenhouse Gasses is relatively insignificant. We didn't cause the recent Global Warming and we cannot stop it. Solar Activity appears to be the principal driver for Climate Change. CO2 is a useful trace gas in the atmosphere, and the planet would actually benefit by having more, not less of it, because it is not a driver for Global Warming and would enrich our vegetation, yielding better crops to feed the expanding population. CO2 is not causing global warming, in fact, CO2 is lagging temperature change in all reliable datasets. The cart is not pulling the donkey. Wake-up, folks.
Here's a listing of The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet.
Hey, fat, shit-for-brains, bloated, liar, huckster, fraud, criminal, charlatan, scumbag, loser, disgraced ex-VP AlGoreBore (LIAR-TN), is back using $300 million of OPM (Other Peoples' Money) to promote his Global Warming Bullshit, after the worst Winter in over 100 years. Welcome back, fatso huckster asswipe, AlGoreBore!
Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Harvard University and University of California San Diego, spits on the lying scumbag, AlGoreBore. My, my, oh my. (((snicker)))
There's another "ice age" coming, not the AlGoreBoreLiar 'glob-bull warming' crap. Fuck you, AlGoreBoreAsshole!
Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapses in 2002 = Glo-bullshit Warming? Fuck you, AlGoreBoreAsshole!
Read this idiocy. Go ahead; I'll wait.
AlGoreBore's "hypocrisy"? See it right here!
You need to watch this 30 minute film; it's an eye-opener if you think that we're running out of crude oil, and that America has no reserves. We have more oil and natural gas in Alaska alone, than all the rest of the world's known reserves, COMBINED! Grab an adult beverage, and watch it.
Better get out your Winter coats, 'snuggies', wool socks and snow shovels, as it seems we've got an 80-year "Little Ice Age", on the way. Yawn; no biggie.
AlGoreBore's "Glo-bull Warming Bullshit" has spawned so-called 'cottage industries' around the world, worth hundreds of millions and probably billions of dollars, for green corporation validation, carbon credits, foundation & university climate studies, grants and a host of other BS-related crap to his lies and garbage. Global warming competes with cancer and competes with AIDS for a finite amount of money.
Lowlife, Subhuman Filth™.
Disgraced, lowlife, dirtbag, scumbag-shitfilth, former US Rep Gary Condit (MURDERER-CA), (suspected) murderer of US Congressional Intern, Chandra Levy, has "re-surfaced", like a turd bobbing-in-a-toilet, and come out of 'hiding', to give an interview to California Conversations, a small magazine published by a Sacramento lobbying firm. You have to read this bullshit article, to believe it. And I don't. I stick-by my original 2002 Journal Entry, that Condit had Levy killed, or did it himself, and had the 'evidence, removed and disbursed'. The evidence against him, as I cited, is overwhelming. Why that piece-of-shit is still not in prison-for-life, is beyond me.
Once again, the stinking turd-world Chi-Comm Chinks can't be trusted anywhere near the world's food supply; more children sickened and dying. Or toys. Or anything else, IMO. Keep the yellow-dog gook Chinks away from the 1st/2nd world products! Fuck China!
islam Is A Criminal Organization™.
Soooo, muslim-islamist-arab bitches are spewing hate, violence and death threats, at a UK pig-f•cking mosque? Deport the stinking muzzie-bitches! No; better yet, KILL THEM ALL! End of problem, IMO.
These videos are must sees & reads, IMO. The "Undercover Mosque" video series, reveals the subhuman, murderous, dirtbag Saudi Wahhabi influence overtaking the UK that is well on its way here in America, in our religious establishment and at our colleges. This undercover documentary, produced by Britain's Channel 4, is excellent at showing the deception practiced. The MSA — muslim Student Association — is a terrorist group, and all of its members should be lined-up against a wall, and shot/killed, IMO. This is why DAFKA chapters will be calling for divestment from Saudi funding at American college campuses. Of particular note, is the quote from a lying scumbag, lowlife dirtbag Saudi representative, that "the Saudi government does not fund terrorists", when in fact they are the biggest donors to pigshit-eaters, Hamas Filth Garbage. Kill all of the Hamas trash!
Watch this video series, in full:
This 6-part series should awaken you to "The Enemy Within™"; murderous, subhuman muslim-islamist-arab filth, who are lobbying for "protected religious minority" status, with the liberal-demokkkRATs. Once that happens, as with Canada and the UK, any derogatory statement will mean serious jail/prison time for the speaker of that truth, even from the Bible. Our US Constitution's First Amendment is effective trashed, as a result. If Hussein Obama-Osama-Lama-Ding-Dong is elected POTUS, it will happen and he will gladly accommodate his fellow murderous, subhuman muslim-islamic-arab filth; count on it!
This horror is ongoing in Europe and Canada. And it is also underway here in America, led by the lowlife, subhuman, terrorist-supporting filth at CAiR. Other than deporting the murderous muslim-islamist-arabs, which merely shifts the burden of terror to others, the solution is to duly-charge, try, convict, sentence and execute all of them, IMO. I'd have zero problem in doing that. Zero problem. Just make me "King For A Day", and that problem would disappear, along with hundreds of other "problems", which plague America. That's guaranteed!
This is so wrong: thinking that subhuman, murderous, al Queerda filth, is "rehabilitated" and can being released back into Iraqi society! They need summary killing, IMO, and complete and total "removal" from all societies worldwide, IMO. Zero recidivism! They will "pop-up" and begin killing, once again; count on it, dammit! KILL THEM, KILL THEM, KILL THEM ALL! No damned exceptions! I will be proven right, within >2 years, after we leave, and the al Queerda subhuman murderers resurface, once again, and start the killing all over again! I'll bet $1,000,000 that it happens in >2 years! Any takers?
Soooo, a pig-f•cking, boy-buggering, lowlife, subhuman dirtbag, muslim-islamist dog-f•cking senior Saudi "cleric", Saleh al-Luhaidan, chief justice of the supreme judicial council, the highest judicial authority in the ultra-conservative shithole, Saudi kingdom, has issued a religious decree, saying the owners of television networks broadcasting "depravation and debauchery" may be killed. I say, "Invade that stinking Saudi hellhole, kill all their leaders, and convert them to Christianity" (Ann Coulter's quote, BTW); if those scum won't convert, KILL THEM! I agree 101%, Ann baby! Subhuman muslim-islamist garbage need wholesale killing/slaughter, worldwide, IMO. They are the cause of horror, terror, destruction & death on a scale, worldwide, since the 7th Century, which has murdered more innocent people, than all of communism, nazism, socialism, Marxism, Stalinism, Leninism, Maoism, and all world wars, combined. Fact. The liberal-demokkkRAT assholes call that "population control", BTW. Funny stuff, huh?
Some People Just Need Killing™.
It's not my intention to be judge, jury & executioner here — that God's "job" — but rather to "hasten the meeting" so that He can send the following subhuman filth to the Fires of Hell, River or Lake of Sulphur, or whatever. I'd volunteer, at no cost to any Hard-Working Taxpayer, to headshoot these murderous, lowlife dirtbags and rid American Society's innocents (children, the elderly) of them, once and for all. And yes, I'd rather see one innocent man convicted and executed, than 10 guilty freed, to rob, rape and murder again.
Subhuman, illegal alien, drug-addict, murderous spic filth, Felix Sandoval, needed killing and a Martinez (CA) Police Officer did just that, but after the lowlife, dirtbag spic, murdered another heroic police officer, Martinez police officer, Sgt Paul Starzyk, a 47-year old former banker, with a wife and 3 children. RIP, Hero Sgt Paul Starzyk. The spic is dead, and rotting in hell.
The Payphone Project.
From Peruvian islands to Vietnamese markets, from the Sydney International Airport to the basement of the Vatican, there isn't a spot where a pay phone is not. Or so it used to be. Since 1995, The Payphone Project has been amassing public telephone numbers, documenting the world's colorful collection of booths, and generally extolling the character of that humble servant of the common space, the public pay phone. And though the curator behind this project claims no worries about the future of the hardest-working instrument in telecommunications, the site's news section reads like a chronicle of an endangered species. For that very reason, a trip through the project's photo galleries is in order. Tour the stylish designs of Milan, mourn over a Long Island City graveyard, and gawk at the tele-venders of Benin. And maybe, if you can find one that still accepts incoming calls, ring someone up in a far away land.