Recent comments by Blackhalo

Belmont wrote:

has been reading this site for 4+ years

And yet you are unfamiliar with Nemo's monkey, that has already posted to the next thread?

Jackdawracy wrote:

suffer an epic political loss to a complete nobody and be handsomely rewarded

Be real now. The reward is to show those still in office what they get when they "play ball.

Cinco-X wrote:

I was yanking your're awfully thin skinned for a Nazi...

I don't think the Germans hold their recent past, in the same regard as Alabamans do.

Yoringe wrote:

more durable than forgivness....

Was Greek debt, forgiven?

1 currency now -yogi wrote:

Goldman Sachs and didn't even demand the same terms that he got.

"derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction" -- Warren Buffett - In my 2002 letter to shareholders

Buffet was in a better bargaining position, in that he was not, at the time, holding a metric fuck ton of toxic assets. So he could negotiate an explicit guarantee.

1 currency now -yogi wrote:

You know, when he was on the phone to the White House, etc.?

At the time, I'm pretty sure the Bush White House was calling Buffet, or at least Timmy and Hank were, hat in hand, wanting him to put his good housekeeping seal of approval onto BoA, to try an keep it from going BK.

Doc Holiday wrote:

Bill doesn't seem to be out there playing the role of hambone and super-saint investor god...

Oh, sure he was a revered saint, when it comes to business practices.


Over time, most of Buffett's $44 billion in stock holdings will be given to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Buffett Gift Sends $31 Billion to Gates Foundation : NPR

Where is the CEO of Bain Capital's giving pledge?

The Giving Pledge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bunch of freaking libs!

robj wrote:

1st amendment

That amendment guarantees the god given rights of corporations to give unlimited sums of money to elected officials, not the god-given access to fully automatic weapons. That is, unless you consider bullets to be a from of speech...

robj wrote:

The question is whether you're fer taxes or agin' taxes.

Can't we just abolish taxes and borrow from the Fed?

poicv2.0 wrote:

I heard Donald Trump loves BKs

Laughing out loud

robj wrote:

Bain, on the other hand, buys companies, tears them apart, lays off most workers, restructures, and sells to any buyer, as a "job-creator."

You forgot the part where they load them up with debt, and pocket the proceeds.

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

Robber had a gun that shot plastic pellets ... cop shot the soundman.

When does THAT episode air?

Doc Holiday wrote:

rapid and spontaneous guerilla warfare that explodes out of nowhere...

Mostly out of US inflicted power vacuums, created when our puppet "democratically elected" dictator pisses off enough of the locals.

Doc Holiday wrote:

he's such a F'ing whore/crook .

Would you say the same about that Bain Capital exec with the mufti-million dollar IRA in the Caymans? At least Buffet has the sack to say, ~"Me and my peers pay too little tax. Please tax us more. Close the loopholes. But until you do, my businesses would be at a competitive dis-advantage if we do not avoid the IRS in the same way, as the rest of my tax avoidance brethren."

poicv2.0 wrote:

So now Canada sucks because

Well, most of the stuff in Wal*Mart is made in China, an actual communist country, but you don't see them getting bent out of shape about jobs being off-shored there, because, you know, unions.

sdtfs wrote:

Of all the companies moving their tax status out of the US, this is the one people get upset about?

Well, unlike iPhones, pretty much everything about a Whopper, is made and consumed in the USA. Canadian tax status for such things is a tough burger to swallow.

poicv2.0 wrote:

What about banking?

Those are the Johns. Congress the pimps, and the public...

Lobbyist Ben Dover wrote:

4 wasted college years to get a 30K job...

But teaching, is a noble profession.

sporkfed wrote:

where else does skill/talent alone payoff


Humans Need Not Apply - YouTube

sporkfed wrote:

the costs have risen but the reward has

23 yo coder who's a python savant, making 70K with no degree, on my team. College does not (necessarily) give you the keys to the middle class in the 21st century. Perhaps it's time to stop pretending it does.

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

I would love to see more data on wealth and income broken out by age.

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - The Atlantic

Sebastian wrote:

all of us start out "poor" when we're young and as we age and advance in our lives and careers we begin to accumulate assets.

You, clearly, are not of noble origins. Peasant.

Yoringe wrote:

Republicans don't want to reduce carbon pollution...

Are you kidding? Carbon? Hell they'd give BP a medal.

azurite wrote:

life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"

Nice. I never knew the etymology of that expression.

Cinco-X wrote:

Of course, the power to do that is also the power to turn your cell phone on remotely and listen...

Hey! No spoilers!

Firemane wrote:

When the taper is done


Rob Dawg wrote:

Normally (there's that word again) that's enough to keep the boat upright.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Why the long face?

Has Sarah Jessica Parker had work done?

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Everyone would be poorer...

I doubt it. We might be poorer on average, but the median would prosper.

poicv2.0 wrote:

how come

I don't need Rose Colored Glasses to see S&P 2K.

burnside wrote:

More precisely, 1956.

I might be on-board for that. What was the top marginal tax rate? Cap gains? 10-year bond? 30-year mortgage?

Outsider wrote:

O for the days when dogs were their biggest work hazard.

NEWMAN: "I'll handle this, Violet. Why don't you take your three hour break? Oh, calm down, everyone. No one's cancelling any mail."
KRAMER: "Oh, yes, I am."
NEWMAN: "What about your bills?"
KRAMER: "The bank can pay 'em."
NEWMAN: "The bank. What about your cards and letters?"
KRAMER: "E-mail, telephones, fax machines. Fedex, telex, telegrams, holograms."
NEWMAN: "All right, it's true! Of course nobody needs mail. What do you think, you're so clever for figuring that out? But you don't know the half of what goes on here. So just walk away, Kramer. I beg of you."
SUPERVISOR: "Is everything all right here, Postal Employee Newman?"
NEWMAN: "Yes, sir, I believe everything is all squared away. Isn't it, Mr. Kramer?"
KRAMER: "Oh, yeah. As long as I stop getting mail!"

Cinco-X wrote:

Ooooh! You want a "scary" story...

Not for the USPO... That would be the good old days.

Yoringe wrote:

People are only valuable to this system...

I wonder how good our corporate overlords will be at managing that system. For example, Wal*Mart on minimum wage, raising it would would be expensive, but might be off-set by increased buying power of their customers, in contrast to say Goldman Sachs...

Sebastian wrote:

If I had a nickel...

How many nickels did you have in December 2007?

justaskin wrote:

a manageable amount for most.

At current interest rates...

gruntled wrote:

maybe some else beat me to it.

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, is it really first?

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

Buy the house, HELOC the appreciation to pay for the child, and then lose the house.

The 21st century American Dream!

mr_clueless wrote:

they can't just decrease. this is where economics comes in. it's about demand and supply.

Let's talk when the Fed's MBS holdings are down YOY...

mr_clueless wrote:

bull doze a few homes and we would see an exponential increase in home prices.

How much of a homes value is the access to roads, sewer, water and power? If only Enron had been trading MBS.

Cinco-X wrote:

$1,099,360.85 from 26 tournaments

Yeah, but who is going to pay for his concussions carpal tunnel?

Sebastian wrote:

they should move to North Carolina,

But who the hell wants to live in W. VA?

Buffett backs Burger King deal with $3 billion - Yahoo Finance

Boehner Joins Camp in Profiting From Corporate Effort to Escape U.S. Taxes - Yahoo Finance

The cynic in me, sees a US branded company, seeking off-shore taxes, arbitraging the convenient differences between US tax policy, and everyone else.

I sure which I had dual citizenship, where I could live and work in the US, and pay the US VAT, and "be employed" in the EU, and my income take place in Bulgaria.

dreamer wrote:

Eliminate corporate tax, seriously

If corporations are entitled to extra-constitutional protections, as persons, why should they be tax-exempt.

RE wrote:

As it cuts income it is therefore likely to rob Peter to pay Paul.

So FIRE and wages take a hit, but disposable incomes go up? Freeing Dollars for things like cars, computers, entertainment, craft beer...

IMHO Peter can fuck-off.

Whiskey wrote:

This just in: CNN is utter crap.

It might be a challenge to fill 24hrs worth of news, short of a disappearing air liner, or a war in the ME.

Cinco-X wrote:

Someone has to mine Facebook, Twitter, et al...

I think the trick, in the past, has been to mandate they do it themselves, that their own expense, of course.

Cinco-X wrote:

The White House Gives Up on Making Coders Dress Like Adults

the feds are trying to do tech in a clueful fashion.

Something about the unforgiving nature of code, in that it does not care how you are dressed, weather or not you have an Ivy degree, or if you have a recommendation from one of the top 3 consulting firms. Beltway and code, seem an unlikely mix.

resusitate wrote:

If there is no top line growth, then corporations must reach into their tool bags of financial engineering, stock buy back, job cuts, tax evasions, at least show bottom line improvement.

Hmm, with little to no real wage growth, it may be a bit difficult to get gains from the peeps and actual, you know sales and service. So more shenanigans it is, I guess.