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Friday, October 31, 2008

Public Service Post - Does the IRS Owe You Money?

I actually got a useful email from Senator Boxer - How to get money back from the IRS! So I thought I would pass it along in case anybody surfing by would like some money (and is owed some - bummer huh? I wish I knew a secret...)

"Does the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) owe you money? Currently, the IRS owes refund checks worth a total of more than $103 million to more than 104,000 Americans. And it owes stimulus checks worth a total of about $163 million to about 279,000 people."


Mainly, people have moved and have, for some strange reason, forgotten to tell the IRS! You can use this link to see if you are due a check from the IRS!

Happy Spending!

RH

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Then and Now - The Great Depression, Act II

"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it"

Meaning: We didn't learn our lesson yet so that lesson will now be repeated.
"If expansion of the brokers loan account gets to the place where it is dangerous and borders on unwarranted speculation, the American banking fraternity itself would correct the situation." Former Governor Roy A. Young of the federal reserve system, quoted in 1928. He said he could recommend no legislation to that end.

Meaning: What me worry? The banks don't need to be regulated! They will self-regulate and everything will be hunky-dory!
Event: 1929 Stock market crash, the Great Depression, Misery, Poverty and a distinct absence of Hunky Doriness.

Event: Glass-Steagall Act Of 1933 - set up a regulatory firewall between commercial and investment bank activities, both of which were curbed and controlled. See Source

Meaning: By 1933, people were not so happy with the results of banks regulating themselves so they decided to help out - (Hunger tends to make folks grumpy)



... Hunky Doriness ...




Event: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act 1999 - to the delight of many in the banking industry (not everyone, however, was happy), in November of 1999 Congress repealed the Glass-Steagall Act with the establishment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which eliminated the Glass-Steagall Act restrictions against affiliations between commercial and investment banks. Furthermore, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act allows banking institutions to provide a broader range of services, including underwriting and other dealing activities.


Meaning: Representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa) and Senator Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) owe us some money.

I would also like to see money paid back from the following people:
  1. Daniel Mudd - Fannie Mae, the biggest U.S. mortgage finance company, said that it paid its chief executive, Daniel Mudd, salary, bonuses and stock valued at $14.25 million in 2006, an increase of 25 percent.
  2. Richard F. Syron - 5-Year Compensation Total $29.06 mil - Richard F Syron has been CEO of Freddie Mac ( FRE) for 4 years. Mr. Syron has been with the company for 4 years. The 64 year old executive ranks 34 within Diversified Financials
  3. Kerry Killinger - Washington Mutual lost $3.3 billion in the second quarter, on top of more than $1 billion of losses in the first quarter, as it scrambled to raise reserves for loan losses. Killinger received no 2007 bonus amid huge losses and a 70% stock price drop. That cut his pay to a mere $4.9 million. His board decided in March to exclude the financial damage from WaMu's subprime lending from the operating profit figure used to calculate his bonus. Directors backed off in April after shareholders forced former finance committee head Mary Pugh to resign.
  4. TBD


If you care that we taxpayers are being asked to foot the bill for this bailout, then join me in getting our money back from the people who stole it. And yes I mean stole it. Since when does one deserve bonus pay for driving a company into the ground? I want that money back - These people had no business taking on a job that they were so obviously not qualified for. I want consequences!!!

RH

PS Consider this a lesson in Home Economics. - My list will continue to grow and if you know of somebody who should be on this list, by all means nominate him/her!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Obama, Your Pastor, Same-Sex & Child Sacrifice

I got an email where the above was in the title, sent to me by: Rabbi Yehuda Levin and Dr. O'Neal Dozier. I just wanted to say to Rabbi Yehuda Levin and Dr. O'Neal Dozier...

YOU STINK!



Thank you for listening.

RH

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Is This My Country?




There are intelligent reasons to disagree when it comes to choosing a candidate in this upcoming election, and then there is the ugly face of ignorance and stupidity.



Hello people in these videos - I was just wondering whether you knew this lady?

There are plenty of reasons to be angry these days - we are in real trouble as a nation and I have to say the worst is yet to come. Unless we channel that anger into really understanding how we got into this mess, it is only going to get worse.

There are many people who have the public's ear who do not have the public's best interest at heart and are not being truthful with their viewers and listeners. To them I say: You live in this country too. You may get your ratings and you may get your bonuses from spewing the nonsense you do, but where are you going to spend all of your money if the country crashes? Where are you going to live?

When I hear people say out loud that Barack Obama is a terrorist because of his name - or perhaps in reality because of his skin color - I start to lose hope that this country will come out the other side intact. Have some self respect! If you know nothing, then consider keeping your mouth shut.

If you care about this country at all, then please show some respect for the democratic process and the candidates it produces. Labeling a candidate for president a terrorist implies that the very fundamentals of our country are broken - if it were really true that our democratic process were allowing terrorists to be nominated for the highest office we have.

There is nothing to be proud of in being an idiot. Flaunting your ignorance emboldens our enemies as it makes us look weak.

Our founding fathers did not prize ignorance - they valued knowledge, wisdom and justice. They were the elite of society and feared for the well-being of the country in the hands of the the ignorant masses - which is one of the rationales behind the delegate's freedom to cast his vote as he sees fit, instead of being bound by the popular vote.

Just remember, people in these videos, It is better to be silent and be suspected of being an idiot than to open your mouth and prove that you are.

RH

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Another Case of the Palin Syndrome

"Nanny accused of dumping children at unlicensed day care" reads the headline of an article in the LA Times. We are supposed to be horrified at the evil nanny who outsourced her babysitting duties to a cheaper provider in Hollywood - an "unlicensed daycare" or in reality, a lady who watches kids in her appartment. The Nanny

"agreed to care for children in the Hancock Park and Larchmont areas, but dumped them off at an unlicensed day-care center in a Hollywood apartment so she could work selling produce."

The "victim" in this case? An attorney and mother of twins who has been left "feeling betrayed". She even goes on to say this about the nanny:

"I treated her like a member of my family. I trusted her with my children, who are the most precious things in my life," she said. "I believed she was a good person, and I was shocked to find out that I could have been so wrong about somebody."

I was shocked that Ms. Betrayed Attorney wasn't arrested for child abuse/neglect. You see, she employed this nanny for SIX YEARS. What kind of mother doesn't clue in for 6 years that her kids are being dumped off at some Hollywood appartment on a regular basis? Did she ever talk to her children? Call home to check in on her kids? Ask them about their day?

What gets me is the unmitigated gall of this women to claim that her children are the most precious things in her life when it is quite obvious that she has nothing to do with them. She can consider herself lucky that her nanny only wanted to sell fruit instead of watch her kids and didn't get any more sinister ideas.

Yacking about how precious your children are and then abandoning them for 12 hours a day to be a lawyer is just gross. Gag me.

RH

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Boomer Nation

Dear Baby Boomers,

Please leave at least some of the country intact for the rest of us! You don't want to go down in history as the ones who killed America, do you? Isn't it just a little embarrassing to be the ones to pummel and flub just about everything your (far more competent ) parents built?

Maybe we take that $700 billion and build 2 huge communes - one hippie style and one Waco style - one each on either side of the country -(far, far away from each other) - then we start up a convoy of peace trains/freedom freighters - you'll know which one to get on, is my guess - and y'all can have a nice, peaceful retirement being one with nature/shooting things.

And we'll be safe.

RH