Posted by: wiserbud at November 20, 2007 11:44 AM (IHbof)
Ok here is an even better one!
You are very narrow minded. PSAS is a
real....UUUUUUGHHHAW!!!!...disease and there are thousands of us
who......OHHHHHYEEAAHH!!!!.....have to deal with the diseases
syptommmmMMMYGODYESYESYESSs...on a daily basis.
You have no ....AHHHHHHHHH...idea what it is like!
Posted by: Kasper Hauser at November 20, 2007 11:50 AM (KeOQp)
Can being unfaithful save your relationship? Marital therapist Andrew G. Marshall reveals the unexpected benefits of betrayal
It seems like the ultimate irony – the least likely outcome to an act
of betrayal that for most people spells the end of a marriage.
Sometimes, however, instead of causing a death blow, being caught out
can end up saving it. In some cases, an affair can improve a
relationship that has for years been stuck in the doldrums; it can be a
desperately needed wake-up call, a chance to reflect and face painful
truths. Of course, this is a high-risk strategy and many couples cannot
get past the bitterness and resentment that the infidelity inevitably
brings, but some can and do get through the pain of an affair and end
Via Hot Air.
A female friend of mine has long subscribed to the theory that
marriages need two amnesty weekends per year to chase strange to wind
Usually my Sunday's are focused on grading papers. Which I did, one two of my classes ended last night (now I have finals to grade). Over the next couple of weeks 2 more of my classes will end - however I need to get back on track.
So, this Sunday was a bit different from my norm. See, I told my sister about my escrow overage check.
So, on Sunday her and my bro-in-law showed up at my house. She told me that we were going to make a list of things that I need/want to get for the house so I can start decorating it (Yes my house is rather Spartan when it comes to decorations). Within an hour we had a pretty good list:
3 Ceiling Fans Home Theater system - with DVD player 2 End Tables New Dining Room Table with Chairs Love seat or Lazy Boy More Lamps Entertainment unit or Shelving for the DVD and cable boxes in the living Room 2 hoses (front and back yard). My sister also wants to decorate part of the house LOL All she said is that I can trust her.
Man I hope this does not cost more than 2 grand! LOL
This is what really cinches everything up nicely. They will install everything and that will be their Xmas gift to me.
This way they can get me something I need and they don't need to spend any money. A WIN WIN!
Yeah, its been a busy busy day. Cleaning, yard work, getting a new tire, more repairs on the house. Finding more things wrong! Geez, it does not stop! Well, time to just relax and chill.....then I can do some grading after dinner....
Very Excellent news!!!
As I was shopping yesterday I found some good wines and some great ideas for some Chanukah's and Christmas gifts - I know I am going to totally have to revisit some of them in the very near future! I ended up getting just a few things at the World Market. Well, by about 6:30 my boss and I were just beat. So I take her home and head to my place. I did not really want get my mail, but I did and I was SO glad I did. Yeah I got some bills - but it was my mortgage statement that struck me. It was thicker than usual. I opened it and it had my statement as well as an escrow summary. In that summary, I learned two very excellent things. One I have paid FAR too much into escrow. About $4,000 too much! So, they will be cutting me a check on December 8th for $3900.00. Great news right? Well it gets better! On top of this summary is a readjustment for the next year's mortgage payment. The summary is that my mortgage payment is going down to about $300.00 a month! WHOOOO!!!! So, its like the gift that keeps on giving! This despite the increased value of the house, and thus the taxes and my insurance!
So, what to do with the money, well, there obviously is my ticket to Israel! Some additional home furnishings but the majority is going straight into my savings! Man, this is just so cool!
Great news! but how the heck did you overpay that much?, It all worked out for you though , heh heh.
Posted by: Shawn at November 16, 2007 09:42 PM (7q/ld)
Last year when I bought the house it was all based on estimates. They estimated the taxes and it came in ALOT Lower. only 80.00 bi-yearly. They even overestimated the home owners insurance about 100 too much. I kinda expected an overage check, but no where near this much.
Funny story - my trainer and I.
I can't believe I forgot to tell you guys about this! Oh well, better late than never.
As most of you probably know I have been going to the gym and I also have a nutritionist, well, the nutritionist I have is a former Olympic athlete who competed in Greco-Roman Wrestling and he trains the ASU (Arizona State University) Wrestling team and is their diet coach as well. He is a great guy full of comedy. While he might criticize one's food choices he does it with a sense of humor that takes the sting off of the criticism. One of the things he does criticize both my boss and I is Starbucks. Since we both have it once a day. He keeps telling us, are we having the starbucks or is starbucks having us. LOL I say, I am having the starbucks since I am having it at about 6 am!
He just gives me the look of death! I call it the stare! LOL And then he threatens to put me in a wrestling choke-hold. LOL Anyway!
Well, recently he has been having a rash of issues, his PC died (I got him a new one), his house flooded and he had to find a new place to live and deal with the stress that brings on, then last week he was in a car accident and has been dealing with insurance companies and then the rental car he had got a flat tire the day he got the car! So, he has gone through alot. But, he has handled everything really well and now things are calming down for him (if I can only get him online again!) Well, last week he was telling us that he went to Starbucks and ended up getting a White Chocolate Mocha drink. Well, I just totally had to get my kick in..(yes I am a total smart ass!). I said, "Oh really, now did you have the Mocha or did the Mocha have you." Yep I totally threw his word back at him. And he and my boss just paused. Deanna just started laughing right along with me and he was just speechless. Totally speechless. Just stared and gave me that stare that you are SOOO Gonna pay for that.
While we were working out his phone rang and it was another client of his and he told him what I said! That now he has to be careful about what he says because his words are being used against him. LOL!!! Man it was just TOO Funny.
It has since been a week since I said that joke and he still remembers it and even at our last workout he is like, you know you are going to pay for that! I just said right back to him I bet that mocha tasted really good! LOL
My boss gets her licks into him as well. He was going in between us on day and was telling her he was on his way over to her..and she responded, yeah and Christmas is coming too. He actually looked a little wounded and just started laughing again!
I am sure he is going to get the last laugh because between now and Christmas we are going to his office 3 times a week! Thats $150.00 per week just from us.
Total consumer inflation was 0.3% in October, equaling September's price gain.
Annual total consumer inflation rates:
6.4% - October 1977
4.5% - October 1987
2.1% - October 1997
3.5% - October 2007
Here's a link
to a good article -- especially by AP standards -- regarding that
pending lawsuit against that state law in Arizona which prohibits
companies from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and provides
As they say, read the whole thing.
It's Cold Gin Time Again
I don't know what Alaska politicos have been drinking. Or smoking,
for that matter. Hell, perhaps a winter frost has settled in up there
and frozen their collective brains.
But after reading this article
regarding the state's ongoing tax grab from the oil sector -- and
assuming the reporting is accurate and the quotes are genuine -- I must
conclude that entire state legislature and the governor need to be
force fed detailed courses on economics, finance and local government
practices. They're obviously deficient in all three categories.
Overall the stock markets have been quite volatile this week.
BTW, if you're already past 60 years of age and you've been waking
up every morning over the past few months in a panic, fearing what
might happen that particular day to stocks and to equity mutual funds,
there's a very important question you need to ask yourself: Why are you
even invested in the stock markets?
Asset allocation is not merely academic theory. It's something you need to know in real life.
Ve Hav Vays Uv Mayking Yu Tawk
I actually laughed out loud after reading the first graf of this article.
GPS systems. Gumbmint worker drones. Slackers. Public dollars. Employment angst.
Sort of like an SNL political skit -- but in real life.
Growth in retail sales has been outpacing inflation by a wide margin.
On a year-over-year basis retail sales in October were up 5.2%.
Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of all economic activity.
The inflation numbers get released on Thursday; year-over-year inflation probably will be in the range of 3.3%
Here's a link
to a very good article from the Associated Press -- sans bias and
devoid of any agenda -- concerning illegal immigrants, DHS' biometrics
technology, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the US-VISIT database.
As they say, read the whole thing.
Meritage Homes has a price-to-book ratio of 0.4. Meaning that if you
bought the company today you paid only 40 cents for every dollar of net
assets. The stock could rise 120% and it still would be trading at a
discount to book value.
The company has a price-to-sales ratio of 0.2. Meaning that you're
prospectively paying only 20 cents for every dollar of gross revenue.
Meritage is one of the best homebuilders in the country; with one of
the strongest balance sheets in that beaten-down sector. So far this
calendar year the price of the company's shares has plunged nearly by
1. Read "The Theory of Investment Value," by John Williams.
2. Be guided accordingly.
The Pits for Spitz
Eliot Spitzer had a really, really bad day.
In addition to dropping that brain dead plan for drivers' licenses
for illegal immigrants (discussed below) he was compelled to put the
kibbosh on a scheme to grab extra sales taxes from online Christmas
Here's a link to a decent enough article on the sales tax issue.
Heading Out to the Highway (to Nowhere)
The media/Democrat U.S. House passed a pork spending bill today for the Departments of Transportation and HUD:
225 / 225 - 100% - Democrats in favor of more DOT and HUD spending
45 / 192 - 23% - Republicans in favor of more DOT and HUD spending
0 / 225 - 0% - Democrats opposed to more DOT and HUD spending
147 / 192 - 77% - Republicans opposed to more DOT and HUD spending
270-147, in favor
The Senate will take up the matter either this week or next.
In any event, the Prez will be vetoing that bill. It's above his
desired spending cap. Obviously there are insufficient votes for an
Middle East Conflict and PJ O'Rourke
PJ O'Rourke is my FAVORITE Author - I am sure you could tell when you looked at my quotes on Facebook! They are all from his work! Over at Wizbangblog, Jay Tea had a post about Give War A Chance by PJ O'Rourke. Here is the post. Enjoy!
is the 60th birthday of my political and literary hero, P. J. O'Rourke.
And, ironically enough, I was re-reading "Give War A Chance" in the
middle of the night, and one passage inspired me. In that passage, P.
J. explains the current state of the Middle East, as of 1991 -- and it
still seems germane:
America is the world's policeman, all right -- a big, dumb,
mick flatfoot in the middle of the one thing cops dread most, a
To the uninitiated, what Iraq did to Kuwait seems like regular war:
Country A whacks Country B, which screams bloody murder, dragging
Countries C, D, and E into the fray. But within the large, noisy, and
exceedingly fractious family of Arabs, it's not that simple. Iraq,
Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and so forth are hardly nations as
we understand the term. They are quarrels with borders.
Until 1918 the Arabian peninsula was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, so
called because it had the same amount of intelligence and energy as a
footstool. When the Turks backed the wrong horse in World War I, the
French and English divvied up the region in a manner both completely
self-serving and unbelievably haphazard, like monkeys at a salad bar.
The huge, senseless notch in Jordan's border with Saudi Arabia, for
instance, is known as "Winston's Hiccup" because the then head of the
British Colonial Office, Winston Churchill, is supposed to have drawn
this line on a map after a very long lunch.
The British were fans of one Hussein ibn Ali, the Grand Sherif of
Mecca, who led the Arab revolt against the Turks that Lawrence of
Arabia claimed to be such an important part of. The British wanted to
make members of Hussein's Hashemite family kings of what-all and
which-ever. They crowned Hussein himself King of the Hejaz, the Red Sea
coast of the Arabian peninsula. They put his son Faisal on the throne
of Syria. But the French threw a fit, so the Brits moved Faisal to
Iraq. And Faisal's brother Abdullah -- grandfather of the King Hussein
we've got these days -- was given the booby prize of Transjordan, an
area previously known as "to-hell-and-gone-out-in-the-desert" when it
was called anything at all.
In the 1920s, Ibn Saud -- the man who put the "Saudi" in Saudi
Arabia -- chased Hussein ibn Ali out of the Hejaz. This is why the
Jordanians hate the Saudis.
The Jordanians should hate the Iraqis, too, because the military
government that Saddam Hussein now runs killed every available member
of the Iraqi branch of the Hashemite family in 1958. But Jordan and
Iraq are too busy hating Syria for Syria's attempt to achieve Arab
hegemony by allying with Iran, invading Lebanon and trying to gain
control of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The PLO, meanwhile, nearly toppled King Hussein in 1970, whereupon
the king, with Iraqi support, exterminated thousands of Palestinians.
Thus the Palestinians should hate the Jordanians and vice versa, but
since sixty-five percent of Jordanians are Palestinians, it's easier for everybody to hate Israel.
Which still doesn't explain why the people in Jordan are furious at
the United States for coming to the aid of Kuwait. Unless it does.
With that in mind, I present the following work of satire:
Rand McNally, War Criminals
I think I've finally figured out just who is behind so many of the world's wars. It's the mapmakers.
It's all a grand conspiracy by them. You see, wars most often result
in rearranging national borders, and that means new maps. And new maps
means more money for mapmakers.
Look at World War I. That was a bonanza for the mapmakers. At the
end, all the old maps of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and good
chunks of the Pacific were obsolete. Whole forests of trees were
sacrificed to the greed of the mapmakers, who had to commission
brand-new colors to represent new nations.
World War II was even better. Not only did all the same areas that
had to be redrawn after World War I need more revision, but big chunks
of Asia and even more Pacific islands had to be redrawn and recolored.
They were rolling in the dough.
The United States, however, has been a real dud for the mapmakers.
In our post-World War II conflicts, we've done very little for their
bottom line. The border between the Koreas shifted so little, it
amounted to a rounding error. And Viet Nam was just a matter of erasing
one line and losing one color.
The mapmakers don't like Israel much, either. In most of their wars,
they just have to re-color a little section and call it "occupied."
Israel doesn't oblige them by annexing conquered territory, they just
hold it and tell the former owners "you can have it back when you learn
to play nice." And the Arabs don't need any new maps of the Middle
East, either -- they have them all set, with no trace of Israel on
them, and they're just waiting for their fantasies to come true and
Israel to disappear. Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for the
rest of us), those fantasies have remained just those.
I have to wonder if the mapmakers are behind the push to Balkanize
Iraq -- splitting it into Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite states. That would
give them three countries in the place of one.
I also suspect them in the collapse of Yugoslavia. That's been a non-stop moneymaker for them for decades.
I think it's high time for an investigation into the map-makers.
Their influence on the world for their own gain has gone unchallenged
for far too long, and far, far too many people have died for their
It's time for an end to this Cartesian carnage. Say it with me, folks! 'NO BLOOD FOR MERIDIANS! NO BLOOD FOR MERIDIANS!"
A group of Swedish female activists is campaigning for women to be allowed to go topless in the country's swimming pools.
UPI mentions The Local reporting Tuesday the group, calling itself Bara
Brost (Bare Breasts or Just Breasts), launched the protest following an
incident in August involving two women who were refused to go topless
at their local pool in Uppsala.
Astrid Hellroth, one of the campaigners, told Agence France-Presse:
"Our aim is to start a debate about the unwritten social and cultural
rules that sexualize and discriminate against the female body."
According to UPI, Bara Brost spokeswomen Astrid Hellroth and Liv
Ambjornsson told Ottar, a magazine published by the Swedish Association
for Sexuality Education: "We want our breasts to be as 'normal' and
desexualized as men's, so that we too can pull off our shirts at
Astrid Hellroth, one of the campaigners, told Agence France-Presse: "Our aim is to start a debate about the unwritten social and cultural rules that sexualize and discriminate against the female body."
Surrogates for three Republican presidential candidates pledged they would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem if elected.
In a debate Tuesday in New York, campaign representatives for Rudy
Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney all promised to respect an
American law calling for the embassy’s transfer from Tel Aviv. The
debate, held at a Manhattan law firm, was organized by the Republican
“I think Jews are smart, so I think they’re going to vote for Rudy,”
said Guiliani’s surrogate, Ken Kurson, in response to a question about
the candidate’s appeal to Jews who mostly tend to vote Democrat.
Kurson said that like Bill Clinton, who was seen as the country’s “first black president” for his strong support among blacks, Giuliani would be the country’s first Jewish president, said Kurson, noting the candidate’s broad support in America’s most Jewish city.
No wonder Ron Paul’s supporters hate him. No no, just kidding; even I think that’s an unfair knock on the Paulnut. (Well, mostly.) As for Rudy’s alleged “broad support” among Jews, I can’t find any city polls online but a state poll by Quinnipiac
last month gave Hillary an 11-point lead. There are no geographic or
demographic crosstabs so we don’t know for sure how Jewish voters shook
out, but since they’re concentrated in the city and the city always
breaks for Democrats (whereas the other counties, especially in the
northern part of the state, tend to go GOP), it’s probably safe to say
his support isn’t quite as broad as Hillary’s is.
Anyway, file this one away because you may be hearing it again down
the road, albeit in whispers. The left’s already alarmed at Rudy’s,
ahem, “neocon” foreign policy team. And you know what they say about those “New York money people”…
My car settlement
I talked to my boss about the shooting. The police still have no real leads but they do believe that the shot came from inside the yard.
No my wall has not yet been fixed! I still have both bullett holes open and exposed...staring at me....telling me I can be next! LOL (just kidding).
Anyway, yesterday in the mail I had received my check from the insurance company from the guy who ran into my car! $1194.00!
I am going to put a grand toward my car. Get some clothes and I think thats about it. My car will be almost paid off. After I pay them, I will only have about 2 more payments left! WHOOOOO!!! Sometimes a car accident (when no one gets hurt of course!) can be a good thing.
Round 1 - Home Repairs
Good morning everyone! It is a balmy 62 degrees here in lovely Arizona! This is the perfect time to be in this state! Even though the temperature by the end of the day approaches the mid to upper 80's, it's still wonderful compared to the 115 degrees we were experiencing a month ago.
So, as most of you know after work I either end up going to the gym or going to work out with my personal trainer/nutritionist. I do that for about an hour and a half and then my boss and I usually end up going shopping. Yesterday we go to Steinmart and this bookstore in Chandler. Both of us were sore so we felt we needed to walk off some of the cramps we were experiencing in our legs. I end up finding these beautiful glass ornaments for a Christmas Tree and they were on sale so I bought them. I also ended up getting 3 books. One on the Eastern Roman Empire, one on Roman Voting Assemblies From the second Punic War until Caesar (by Lily Ross Taylor - I had this book before and lent it to my friend - but when I moved he never gave it back - the bastard! hehe), and one other book about forbidden art - the Sexual art in the frescoes at Pompeii. All of these books are just too cool. And, as I am walking out of the store I realize I have bought more books this year than I have in all of last year!
By the time I get home - this is probably around 7:30 going on 8 pm, it's dark already. I grab my mail, I see a message that the stucco people were at my house and they state they did their work. I basically go in and basically do some school work and crash.
This morning I wake up and about 6:40 I am leaving for work. And as I start my car, I look at my house and my mouth drops and hits the floor. My house is freaking polka dotted now! Yeah the stucco guys were there yesterday. My house now has a base of beige color with dots of stucco grey! I swear I counted at least 30 patchs of stucco. I get out of the car and walk around my house and just gazed at the "repairs" or as I call them the polka dots around my house. But, in realization I now know which houses in my neighborhood have had inspections and repairs and which ones have not.
My poor house!
Well, today the air conditioning people will be over. They have to fix my unit, a wire that is loose and a closed vent. This means I get off of work early today!!! WHOOOOO!!!
I so wanted to make some posts but I just did not have enough time in the day to make all of them and do the other things I needed to get done.
So, on November 10th was the anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corp! SEMPER FI! They are the best branch of the military because they are the best! And on top of it, how can one be better than joining a branch of the military that was CREATED in a bar! It was simply predestined that they would be the best!
Also, yesterday was the day that we remember those who have served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Veterans Day is one of the most solemn of holidays - along with memorial day. Yesterday we thank those who are protecting our freedoms from Islamofascisim and any other ideology that threatens our freedom, our constitution and our way of life. Please go out and thank our veterans for putting their lives on the line to protect ours!