Recent comments by Blackhalo

Yoringe wrote:

Direct from Count Graphs Liar??

CR's pic on the main page does kind of have that Lord Voldemort vibe.

Cinco-X wrote:

I have zero ignored messages ATM...

You have a heroic tolerance for stupid.

vtcodger wrote:

No great improvement if you ask me.

All fixed now with Karzai.

EngineerJim wrote:

Ike was our last adult president.

Beware the Military Industrial Complex? Tinfoil Hat

Yoringe wrote:

Star Ship Troopers

Thought you sad BAD movies?

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

There were episodes of Star Wars other than IV-VI ?

You have clearly consumed the correct level of spirits.

Yoringe wrote:

They make Sequels to Bad Movies nowadays... Hint: they arent better...

The Nolan Batman reboot, was a marked improvement over the Clooney Batman. I sure hope the new Fantastic Four is better than that last one.

The Disney Star Wars, has GOT to be better than Ep I-III.

Yoringe wrote:

i dont think she can improve on the positive if it gets though....

I can hear Karl Rove already... "She's never been the same, since the stroke."

Yoringe wrote:

Watch out for Hillary running for POTUS .

How much worse could she do this time around?

poicv2.0 wrote:

Two is much better as it gives the semblance of choice.

But MY oligarchs are less evil than yours...

EngineerJim wrote:

In CA the "house as investment" mind-set was prevalent as far back as the 1970's.

My San Diego relatives sure thought so, in that time-frame.

TheEconomist wrote:

Those retirees bought houses because for them buying houses had always been a very easy way to make money.

It worked for their parents.

poicv2.0 wrote:

brand of Democracy

Isn't it more efficient to have a single band of oligarchs selling out the peeps, instead of two?

Jackdawracy wrote:

Would that hurt the value of a $700k 1963 SFH 3/2 in a marginal 'hood in LA if you turned on the faucet and nothing came out?

At what $/gal does that become an issue?

Jackdawracy wrote:

Relax, ever since all them there injun casinos came on line, it's not as if anybody needs Vegas anymore, do they?

Vegas has it's own unique vibe. Atlantic City on the other hand...

Jackdawracy wrote:

it got all rusty

Might regain some of it's luster, when the western aquifers run dry.

azurite wrote:

the US that's having difficulty modernizing

What? You expect actual services for your tax dollars? Insanity!

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

banking is a strong arm of our central government to one where our government is a strong arm of central banking

I'm having a bit of a hard time identifying any line between central banking, and the government. Can you point out where that is?

Comrade Kristina wrote:

Breaching Multiple Government Computers...

I'm glad that NSA store of all our e-mails and phone data is secure.

vtcodger wrote:

Things don't look all that bright just now in much of our chemical export marketplace?

4.4% YOY growth seems pretty good.

Nemo wrote:

Whatever happened to Bob "the builder" Toll?

Same thing as Baghdad Bob, I hope.

Baghdad Bob Quotes - Iraqi Information Minister Quotes

JP wrote:


Opportunity cost. When that big gig opens up, I'll be ready to go.

Nemo wrote:

how bad does a bank have to be...

Less bad I suspect, than a TBTF.

Congress threatened to "not pay the bills" in 2011.

I wonder how that would work out for me, and my landlord. I expect their sentiment would be negatively affected too.

sm_landlord wrote:

Yup, we should have have the military design a rocket that will fly to Mars, AND be suitable for delivering payloads to orbit, AND be suitable for delivering warheads to Antarctica, AND be shoulder-launched. On a no-bid, cost-plus contract.

-- Dick Cheney?

sm_landlord wrote:

Times they are a-changing.

Yeah but it sure is slow, and the racist blue-hairs are well organized, or at least well motivated by a black man in the white house.

Antipodes wrote:

Oh, and locally acquired Dengue Fever in Florida, as well...

You live in a crazy place.

Cinco-X wrote:

religious liberty

Like the liberty for an employer to decide what birth control is best, instead of patient/doctor?

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

Switzerland, for whatever reason, is chock full of private boarding schools

Can I get a student loan for that?

lawyerliz wrote:

Force the poor to eat right.

Frito Lay, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, and their congressional representatives, might not like that. Even Wal*Mart may be coming around on that minimum wage thing.

For The First Time Walmart Annual Report Cites Changes To Food Stamps ‘And Other Public Assistance Plans’ As A Risk Factor

picosec wrote:

E.g. You sign up via internet --> You can cancel via internet.

I find that non-payment tends to work.

sporkfed wrote:

After while, in denial.

Who killed the blog, poicv2.0?

Doc Holiday wrote:

“It [the real estate industry] will soon hit the iceberg in front of it,”

I'd expect the Chinese central bank to be at least as active as the Fed, in propping up that market.

JP wrote:

you have to kill off one of the neighbors in order to get the fiber slot open

I can't wait to see that episode of Law & Order.

sm_landlord wrote:

So their delivery trucks could pay higher tolls.

Just raising the gasoline/diesel tax, to cover any shortfall in revenues, might drive them to convert their trucking fleet to nat gas, and maybe put in nat gas pumps at their gas stations...

picosec wrote:

Is there any record of Trump ever paying off a loan?

Trumpy? "I'd gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today?"

sm_landlord wrote:

User fees are probably the fairest approach

I'd argue that Wal*Mart investors disproportionately benefit from public funded infrastructure, more-so than their customers.

sm_landlord wrote:

I take pleasure in knowing that they legally have to maintain a lot of expensive copper infrastructure due to their intransigence.

That might pay-off one day.

Smaller businesses are relocating to the areas that are first to get the symmetrical 1 Gbps services, impacting property values despite the fact that the services have barely gotten off the ground.

Google Fiber Raising Property Values - As KC Businesses Relocate to Get Connected | DSLReports, ISP Information

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

Trump has made a career as a serial bankrupt ... he'll do just fine I'm sure.

First, Trump doesn't get personally involved. He knows how to protect his personal finances. In both instances, Trump's corporations have filed for bankruptcy; Trump personally has not. Hence, when his casino fell into about a billion dollars in debt, the corporation filed for Chapter 11.

How Does Trump repeatedly file for Bankruptcy and still stay on top? |

sm_landlord wrote:

The latest is the talk of finding a way for economy car drivers to pay extra taxes, since they aren't paying their "fair share" of gasoline taxes. I kid you not.

Perhaps cover the shortfall from the less regressive income, or property tax bucket? Or just make 'em all toll roads, and sell them off to a hedge fund that will convert them into tranches of fee backed securities, for a tidy, short-term budget surplus?

sm_landlord wrote:

Geez... Detroit doesn't even qualify as 2nd world for you?

I bet there are safer neighborhoods in Mogadishu...

sm_landlord wrote:

Instead of cleaning the pool, they will dump the water in the sewer when it gets cloudy and re-fill the pool when they want to use it.

Applying 1st world solutions, to a 3rd world problem, rarely works out well. But I'm sure the Iraqi people will greet us as liberators.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap (HBO) - YouTube

EngineerJim wrote:

You could also call them the IGMFU crowd -- the founding members of that club.

I wonder which centile forms that club?

YouTube - Wealth Inequality in America, Perception vs Reality

sm_landlord wrote:

It doesn't seem to matter how you get to a conclusion like that...

Your uphill neighbor, dumping his shit in the street, is just him exercising his liberty. Mmmm cholera, smells like FREEDOM!

Whiskey wrote:

LA will get water. Detroit, on the other hand, ...

38% of Detroiters live in poverty. That per capita income for city residents is $14,861. That the reported unemployment rate is 14.5%. That the water department’s shutoff policy is uncompromising, making no exceptions for households with infant children, elderly or disabled residents.

Then ask yourself how cutting off water to impoverished residents benefits anyone.

Better yet, ask Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr. His spokesman, Bill Nowling, said the shutoff policy is a necessary part of Detroit’s restructuring.

“No other major city in America has let accounts go delinquent for so long,” Nowling said. “These are difficult decisions. ... We have to run the system so it runs for everybody; when we don’t collect the bills, it doesn’t run well. We have a plan in place for lower-income people, or people who have trouble paying their bills..

I wonder if that plan involves selling to an urban renewal project that turns a tidy profit?

Editorial: Why Detroit water shutoffs are not an open-and-shut case | Detroit Free Press |