Sunday, April 30, 2006

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Gas Prices

I'm sure you all hear about the retiring CEO of Exxon getting his 400 million dollar retirement package. That breaks down to about $117,000 a DAY. A fricken DAY!! Think about that. We are paying close to $3.00/gallon and dipshits like that are getting retirement packages worth $117,000 a DAY? Doesn't that get a reaction out of you?

When the heads of the oil companies testified on Capitol Hill the chairman from Alaska refused to swear them in. About a week later the Washington Post released a report contradicting the testimony they gave. Why on Earth would you not swear people in when they testifiy before congress?

The tax cuts were full of kickbacks to the oil industry for 'R&D' and the like. Wow, that worked well! These companies are making record profits, in not small part due to those tax cuts, and we are paying up the ass for gas.

Obviously, something fishy is going on here. So what does your President do? Well, calls from the Dems last week he ignored. Yesterday the speakers of the House and Senate wrote him a letter and he finally decided to ask for an inquiry into price fixing. Not that that will go anywhere with this Administration. I mean, come on. Bush's roots are in the oil industry. It's no mistake the tax cuts were aimed at them.

And now, one of the most environmentally unfriendly administrations in history is doing this. How fricken convient. Gee, I wonder how long this rollback will last?

The environmental rules are not the problem. The problem is price fixing and kick backs to an industry that has no intention of investing in alternatives when they can make record profits with a friendly administration in place. The investigation will be stone walled just like the 9/11, wiretaping, Abu G, Gitmo, Iraq, etc etc investigations have all been stone walled and we will continue to pay up the ass so these guys can laugh all the way to the bank.


Monday, April 24, 2006

Japanese Spider Man

In Japan, Spider man has his own 'bat mobile' and his own big-ass transformer.


The Way of the Master: Kirk Cameron

I think I posted about Kirk Cameron lecturing everyone about how you are going to hell if you aren't Christian OR if you are Christian, you are going to hell because you haven't converted enough people.

If you haven't seen it, it's awesome. Get Lectured by Kirk!

Anyway, here is a new one that is even better. Some teasers:

1) Theory on how a tin can was made
2) Proof that god exists is in a banana because it fits in the human hand.
3) Taking Darwin and Einstein out of context.
4) Learn how to prove god exists!

Good times. Get lectured by Kirk again!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Photos of Iran

Not sure why I was surprised about these, but Iran looks like a nifty place to visit if everyone can just get along.

Pictures of Iran

Maybe Fitzmas Soon

Pretty Please!

This would explain the 'demotion'.

Light Reading to Start the Day

Moral Clarity

The democratic state uses violence, and terrorists use violence; but these acts are not alike.


Jingoism vs Conscience Patriotism

Since no one is commenting anymore I'm just going to post for myself. Anyone that stumbles along here is welcome to read it and comment if you want.

Jingoism vs Conscience Patriotism

Crazy Canadians

Holy crap, Jen. No wonder you want to move down here:

Nuke Iran

I thought we had some crazzies down here. Yikes.

The comments are awesome, though. The one about Civ IV is classic.

Anyway, for more reasoned commentary on the whole Iran thing:

Iran and the Bomb

Attack on Iran: Can They Be Serious?

I can't believe after the fluster cluck Iraq has become anyone is even THINKING about this.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Dominate the Farket!

You know how spammers change a few letters in words to get past spam filters? Here is the best one yet:


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Monday, April 03, 2006

First Sign of Housing Market Grenading

This article and signs such as rates raising fast and people starting to forclose have been the signs I have been watching for to determine when to start thinking about selling.

The way housing prices have sky rocketed in Northern Virginy in the past five years, particularly since 03, I've suspected that a lot of people in the area have gotten interest-only loans. In 2000 that would have been an awesome thing to do. You basically are banking on the value of your house increasing so you can sell it since you are not paying any money towards the principal. As a result, the only way to increase equity is for the house to value up. The other gotcha is that these interest-only loans are always an ARM.

So what happens when you get an interest-only loan because it is the only way you can move into an expensive neighborhood like you find in NoVa and the interest rates start to climb? What happens when they climb to the point that you can't pay them anymore? Well, you sell your house and get out of dodge to a lower priced area. But what if you can't sell your house for more than you paid for it anymore? Ahh, that is when the foreclosures start and the housing values start to drop, creating more forclosures.

This is the first sign of that process. Hopefully it will just be a market adjustment and highly inflated areas like mine aren't going to crash. If it's an adjustment and the prices level out or even drop a bit, that's not too big of a deal. It really all depends on what happens with all those interest-only loans and the interest rates to determine how bad the cycle will be.

Holding my breath...

Deja Vu


Not that it is surprising, but here we go again.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Chuck Norris

When Chuck Norris does push-ups, he doesn't push himself up, he pushes the earth down.