Friday, February 20, 2009

Just Some of Them

There are a few HUGE banks about to fold. Now, to suppress American panic, the names of these banks are not being exclaimed by the media, but I'll tell you who. They rhyme with: "Skank" of America and "Shitty" Bank.

Well, when you make your bed out of shit, you have to sleep in it. Tell me if you or someone you know have heard this or in some way like this, "It's the American Dream, to own a home. Sure, you have no money down. But, we at ___ Bank have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage that will give you the dream everyone else has. Yes, your mortgage rate will reset in 12/18 months, but don't worry.... I will re-finance with you when that time comes."

These banks, especially the C.E.O.'s... actually mostly the chief executives... made millions and millions off these Adjustable Rate Loans. The banks, though, were stuck with these volatile assets. So who came running to their aid? Like Mother Theresa to starving children? The Government. And what did the banks say? "Give us the money, and WE promise to start loaning again." What did the do? Gobbled up all the money like the Cookie Monster stumbled into a Tollhouse factory and bought private jets and continued Executive Bonuses.

How can we solve this problem? Be like China. We may be owned by China, but we do not act like China. When 2 businesses in China supplied, to school children, milk which was tainted with melamine, China sentenced the two company's C.E.O. to DEATH!

Now, am I saying that any person who took part in the SCAM perpetrated on the American people by DICKS who watched "Boiler Room" too many times, and thought they were smarter than they actually were should be put to death? No, not all of them.

Just a few of them. Just like the poem Beowulf, use some the antagonists body parts and place them all around the perimeter of the Wall Street sector. Just as a reminder that "this could be you." Otherwise, the banks will keep getting the bailout money, the jets will still be purchased, the exurbanite amount of raises will remain steady, cubicle-living-creeps will still con a Grandmother into a new predatory loan, and ...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

chump in writing

check this out. let's turn chump upside down and see if it works.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Nascar and Drug Testing

I found this pic while stumbling. It's an actual reggae album cover. Who knew Joe Gibbs was a reggae/pot fan before coaching and owning a race team.

BTW, you can see the other album covers here.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tax-Payer Money To Save Them For This?

Will downturn put brakes on Nascar?
By Kevin Connolly
BBC News, Daytona, Florida

Daytona International Speedway, Florida Across the states of the Old South, where the first hesitant warmth of spring is starting to make itself felt, the air is filling with the smell of barbecue smoke, burned tyres and brake-fluid.

America's favourite motorsport - Nascar - is back for another season powered as always by a rich cocktail of beer, testosterone and high-octane gasoline.

For 70 million or so Americans, this is car-racing as it should be - a world away from Formula One, which many Nascar enthusiasts find effete, over-regulated and out of touch with driving in the real world.

Nascar is tuned for the American palate.

Cars which are essentially over-muscled versions of the vehicles you drive yourself are packed together on to an oval track and raced over hundreds of miles until a winner emerges.

The speeds are dangerous (over 200mph), the spectacle gladiatorial and the passionate crowds extraordinary.

The Daytona International Speedway, where the season starts with a 500-mile challenge, holds nearly 170,000 - and millions more will watch the opening races of the season on TV.


It is a loyal, largely blue-collar demographic, concentrated in the sport's south-eastern heartland but found throughout the US.

No wonder that sponsors have always flocked to it - and not just the obvious sponsors like Ford and Chevrolet.

Advertisers like sports where it is easy to grasp the profile of the crowds; so they love Nascar. It is a vehicle for selling everything from whiskey and beer to cheese-flavoured crackers and indigestion tablets - at least it always has been until now.

Car sales have plummeted in the US in recent months and the leaders of the big three auto-makers (Ford, GM and Chrysler) have been exploring the chances of a federal bailout.

So can they afford to keep pumping dollars into this money-guzzling sport, when those dollars might come from the American tax-payer?

Jenna Fryer, who covers the sport for the Associated Press, says she doubts it. "It's very hard to justify spending $10m, $15m or $20m a year on a race car going round and round right now... they've got to be very careful how it's perceived in Nascar."

Ailing car industry

American sport in general, for all its astonishing capacity to generate and spend money, will not be exempt from the national downturn - the most serious economic crisis since either World War II or the Wall Street Crash (everyone has their own favourite historical benchmark to fit in at the end of that sentence).

The issue has already surfaced briefly here and there.

"I think the situation is hard on everybody, not just Nascar and F1, but every sport"
Juan Pablo Montoya

Alex Rodriguez, the big-hitting third baseman for the New York Yankees, is probably lucky he got the team's owners to sign his 10-year, $275m contract a few months before it became clear that the national economy was falling off a cliff. (And before it turned out he had been pumping up his batting average on steroids, back in 2003.)

And Citigroup, one of the now bail-out-funded family of humbled American banks, appeared to hesitate before confirming that its $400m sponsorship of the new home of the New York Mets would be going ahead.

But Nascar is particularly vulnerable to recession - its fortunes, after all, are inextricably linked to the fortunes of America's ailing car industry.

In the old days, when the cars you saw racing on the track were basically the same vehicles you saw in your local Ford or Chevy showroom, the link could not have been simpler: "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday", the old-timers will tell you.

There are plenty of cars likes the Oldsmobile 88, the Ford Galaxie and the Chevy Impala 409 that got a flying start in the American imagination through their performances on the Nascar track - and racing success still makes a huge difference to sales. Hence the readiness of the Big Three - and their Japanese rivals - to spend big on Nascar.

But if those car makers aren't shifting product, and customers cannot afford to buy cars - will the flow of money into Nascar dry up?

Recession's impact

I went down to Daytona Beach, Florida, for the season's media launch and put that question to some of the drivers who were wheeled out to meet the media.

To be fair to the star racers, they were really there to answer questions like "Are you looking forward to this season?", but they were polite enough to answer.

Juan Pablo Montoya, who just made the transition from Formula 1 to Nascar, said simply: "I think the situation is hard on everybody, not just Nascar and F1, but every sport... you always hope the grandstands will be full and so far people have come."

Rising star Martin Truex Jr said the sport was resilient even though the economic situation was making itself felt: "I think it's changed drivers, sponsors and owners... but it's still going to be the elite racing series in the world, no matter what."

Those effects are real though. There are rumours that ticket-sales and prices for TV advertising slots are down.

And perhaps the biggest sign of how the economy is hurting is that the winter schedule of testing - a costly ritual that keeps the fans interested during the off-season - was scrapped.

Nascar president Brian France said that decision had been taken for the overall good of the sport - effectively acknowledging the impact of recession.

"Our decisions impact so many people - race fans, track operators, TV partners and sponsors - that has to be reflected," he explained.

As the season proper kicks off with the Daytona 500, how will the downturn affect this vibrantly American, cheerfully consumerist sport?

In the best recent movie about Nascar, Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell plays a down-on-his luck star driver whose team is struggling to attract sponsors - at one point in place of the usual oil company and soft drinks logos on his car, he is reduced to taking personal ads.

No-one is suggesting that Nascar is quite there in real life - but this is going to be a tough season around the oval theatres of dreams.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friday, February 06, 2009

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

It's F%#kin' Distracting

this kid is on EVERYTTHING!!!

Stoned Little Kid After Dentist Visit - Watch more free videos

maybe i should go to the dentist more regularly if this is what happens. i've NEVER been that messed up leaving the dentist.