Recent comments by Blackhalo

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 |

lawyerliz wrote:

I'd. Like some easy money. Where do I get it?

Become a government sponsored, rent-seeking, middleman.

Whiskey wrote:

You need to listen to Iggy Nore and the Stooges.

YouTube - The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog ?

Yoringe wrote:

Only if they Escort you to a Overdose...

Leaving Las Vegas, was a tax doge?

Nemo wrote:

My own unit is NOT FOR SALE

Not for ANY price?

Here's the new worry that's consuming Wall Street

companies from Wal-Mart to Rent-A-Center have warned that slack consumer demand

Companies that cater more to the .01%, rather than the 47%, are probably showing better results.

yuan wrote:

socialism is coming...

the millennials I know are more conservative than I am.

I guess the anecdotal evidence pales, compared to data.

azurite wrote:

Just a few bucks every month.

It's rent seekers and middle-men, all the way down. Kind of like some states banning Tesla, for not having a dealer network, or Miro-brews being illegal to distribute except through one of the big 3, beer distributors.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

it's not invulnerable to market irrationality or oversupply either.

Moar H1-B's!

Dickeylee wrote:

the wars are winding down.

Peace dividend?

Outsider wrote:

Good thing we learned that lesson, so as not to repeat it.

How are the Iraqi and Ukraine bond futures, compared to the Greeks?

lawyerliz wrote:

People in Detroit should have water.

Hmm, that you Jake Gittes?

unrepentent catalyst for ... wrote:

We in Georgia and SC..

That awkward moment when Sen. Inhofe votes against government help for Sandy victims and then Oklahoma gets hit by a tornado.

sm_landlord wrote:

Pimpbot 5000 on Conan O'Brien - YouTube

josap wrote:

Wal-Mart could, say, pay each of its 1 million lowest-paid workers an extra $10,000 per year

One of the best perks of First Class, is the chumps back in coach. If the flight only has 1st and business class, that diminishes the appeal of the premium seating.

Comrade Kristina wrote:

Not everyone should have a gun

Equal protection, under the law!

arthur_dent wrote:

The idea is basically a one way bubble, you can enter but not exit.

Hotel California bond program?

Rickkk wrote:

Seriously , Do you think he is anymore than a puppet of Goldman Sachs?

Which pols are not?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines recently when it was reported that Goldman Sachs – the quintessential illustration of the politically influential Wall Street bank — paid her an estimated $400,000 for two speeches.

According to a report at Politico, Chelsea Clinton was paid $600,000 by NBC to act as a special correspondent for the network...

Nine of them sit on either the most powerful committee in their chamber or committees charged with regulating the Wall Street giant. Moreover, seven of them are among the 25 wealthiest members of their respective chambers, according to the Center’s research.

And of the six lawmakers who fall into neither category, two are the most influential Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Many Influential Lawmakers Invested in Wall Street Giant Goldman Sachs | OpenSecrets Blog

poicv2.0 wrote:

Obama and the left purposefully, and willfully, threw it all away.

Wasn't there an issue with the Democratically elected government of Iraq kicking out the US, and/or refusing to exempt military service-persons from Iraqi law? Or treaty obligations and draw-down schedule set by the prior admin?

steelhead wrote:

The US Taxpayer paid for Darth Cheney's heart...

Sure, sure.

"The way I think of it from a psychological standpoint is that it’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart," Cheney continued. "And I always thank the donor, generically thank donors, for the gift that I’ve been given, but I don’t spend time wondering who had it, what they’d done, what kind of person."

The seeming lack of empathy from Cheney, who's been out promoting his new book, "Heart: An American Medical Odyssey..."

Dick Cheney: 'It's my new heart, not someone else's old heart' - Yahoo News

Nemo wrote:

It's a good thing our Iraq invasion paid for itself...

I worked out rather well for the defense and energy interests. Hell the Halliburton interests probably paid for Cheney's new heart.

josap wrote:

Lots of stuff to do.

My job sent me to Limerick, and I loved it there. Scenery was awesome, and the ladies especially so.