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No bailouts, not for anyone

Well the pigs are running to the Federal trough.  GM, Chrysler, Ford came the other day.  Citibank bellied up to the trough.  Fanny and Freddie are in line.  Who else is going to come to feed at the Federal trough filled with the taxpayer’s money; your money and my money?  Perhaps the airline industry, insurance industry, print industry, cattle associations or milk producers?  The line will never end.

We should let all these companies fail.  The auto industry foolishly entered into agreements with the UAW unions that forced them pass vehicle costs on to consumers in the form of higher car prices to pay for ridiculous UAW union worker wages and benefits.  Add to that perceived lower quality than other manufactures and building cars nobody wants to buy.  Why should we pay for this failure of all these highly paid experts?

As for Fanny and Freddie let them fail.  I’d like to have a large house but instead bought a condo I can afford.  I could have had a big house with a zero percent loan or no principal loan but I didn’t.  Banks that gave out loans to poor credit risk consumers should pay for their mistakes as should people who bought beyond their means.  No redos.  Corporations that bought band loans from banks too bad, eat your losses.

I wish someone would bail me out of my condo loan or my car loan or my student loan for graduate school.  Somehow I don’t see any bailout money coming my way or to any other normal person trying to make it.

Here’s an idea.  Take the bail out money what ever it ends up being and give it back to where it came from.  Yes, back to you and I the taxpayer.  It is our money to begin with.  Prorate it for everyone who paid taxes over a certain period.

We’d save the money, perhaps we’d invest it.  Maybe we’d spend it.  Perhaps we’d pay off our mortgage.  Maybe we’d buy a car from Ford, GM or Chrysler.  Let us put the money back in the economy where we want to rather than rewarding failure.

That’s how I think we should spend some 750 billion dollars.  Give back to those who created it in the first place.  We’ll spend it better than any faceless government or corporate bureaucrat.


November 26, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inward Journey

With the approach of winter I’ve put my road bike away and haven’t been looking forward to going back to the gym on the elliptical machine.  I decided that I would mix up my routine and try something different; so I am now taking Yoga.  The gym won’t go away but some gym time is being replaced with yoga.

After a bit of searching, visiting yoga studios and talking to people I’ve settled on Thrive Yoga in Rockville.  The owners, instructors and atmosphere at Thrive is wonderful.  It’s a great place to be exposed to yoga or if you’re more advanced to move to higher levels.

I’m specifically taking a fundamental yoga class at the moment.  The fundamental class is based on Hatha Yoga.  Hopefully I can get to the point where I feel comfortable taking the Vinyasa Flow yoga classes.  That seems to be the more popular classes once you’ve got the basics down.

Much of what I’ve read about yoga talks about the inward journey you have embarked upon.  I can’t say I’ve figured this mystic part of yoga out yet.  But I can tell you this.  I never really thought much effort was needed to practice yoga.  I was wrong about that.  I’m finding that yoga is physically hard and mentally demanding.  Much more so than I had ever thought it was.  If it wasn’t for those blocks I think I might snap in half!!!!

After my weekly yoga class I feel great for a 2-3 days afterwards.  All of my little bodily aches a pains are gone or diminished. I’m sure there is a connection here. Thanks to Susan and Claudia for getting me moving in the right direction! (I was going to say straight, but that didn’t seem like the right word)  lol

If you haven’t tried yoga before give it a try.  One great thing about yoga is that it is all about you.  It doesn’t matter what the people around you are doing only that you are improving with each class.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Fans Never Sell Your Tickets If Your Team is Playing the Shittsburgh Squealers

I watched the Washington Deadskins game against the Shittsburgh Squealers and felt bad for the Deadskirts fans last night. A very unusual situation because the Deadskins deserve every bad thing that happens to them but not all those piss yellow jerseys in the stands last night.  As usual a stadium, in this case FedEx Field in D.C., which is relatively close to Shittsburgh was over run with a large amount of Squealers fans.

As a Ravens fan I run into this problem regularly.  Squealers fans are dedicated I’ll give them that and they travel to see their team.  As a matter of fact I think that’s great.  However for the home team it is disappointing to see large amounts of Squealers fans cheer the visiting team in your house.

slide1This problem could be fixed easily.  If you’re playing the Shittsburgh Squealers at home don’t sell your tickets. NOT TO ANYBODY FOR ANY REASON. Even if you can’t go it is better to eat the ticket price than have Squealers fans in your seats.  That’s the only way to ensure that your stadium isn’t looking piss yellow on game day.

Now your Shittsburgh Squealer fan comes in two varieties.  The good kind is the die hard unemployed Shittsburghin who luckily scores some tickets to a local game and goes to cheer their team on.

The other and by far the worst is the transplant traitor.  This is a Squealers fan who left Shittsburgh for a number of reasons but usually because the city is historically economically depressed and the person can’t get a job.  This person assimilates into his new community usually living until retirement even cheering for the home team.  But when the Squealers come to play they break out their piss yellow jersey and go the game cheering for the Squealers.  If you talk to one of these “Manchurian” fans they’ll aways give you some line like this; “I grew up in Shittsburgh as a kid, bla bla bla.”  Come on get over it you moved away 20 years ago.

So what is the point: NFL fans and ticket holders if you’re playing the Shittsburgh Squealers at home don’t sell your tickets. NOT TO ANYBODY FOR ANY REASON.

For some good old fashioned NFL rivalry check out 🙂

November 5, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Still Wacco for Flacco

Well Baltimore Ravens fans are still “Wacco for Flacco.”  Flacco has certainly improved with each game this season.  He has proven his value as a number One draft pick.  Today’s victory over a division rival, the pumpkins ,i.e. the Brownies, was huge!! Again Flacco’s play along with those of many others contributed to this victory.

The Ravens over the years I’ve been a season ticket holder haven’t had the ability to usually score 21 points or more let alone come from a 14 point deficit to win. Usually when the opponent scores 17 points or more the Raven lose.  However in this game the Ravens defense gave up more points than they typically do.  The D did however in the second half consistently force the pumpkins into 3 and outs.  The O then scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead and secure the win.  The D then capped it off with an interception by LB Suggs that was returned for a TD.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 2, 2008)

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 2, 2008)

Finally lets put an end to this BS “Suggs” package.  The “Suggs” package and the Miami “Wildcat” are just gadget plays.  These type of plays work occasionally if never used.  But when teams game plan for them like the Ravens did against Miami or the Brownies did against the Ravens today they don’t do anything.  Although it was fun watching the Smith to Flacco 43-yard play I cringed watching the Oakland linebaker dive on Flacco after the play.  Yes I know any player can get hurt on any play in the NFL.  Still why do want to increase the risk of injury to your QB?  Remember when the NY football Giants put CB Jason Seahorn back to return punts?

Joe Flacco is the Ravens QB for the foreseeable future.  He’s earned it by proving it on the field on game day.  He’s getting better each game. All you Smith fans need to get over it and move on.  Smith is not starter QB material in the NFL.  If he was the Ravens would never have drafted Flacco to begin with.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 2, 2008)

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 2, 2008)

I can’t say enough about the running attack that both Ray Rice and LeRon McClain bring to the Ravens. Congrats to both Rice and McClain; what a huge game!!!!!!  That Rice 60-yard run broke the Brownies back and the McClain steam roller over the Brownie’s safety Sean Jones got the Ravens back in the game.

November 3, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment