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Posted by Snarkoleptic in General Discussion
Fri Jul 15th 2011, 10:51 PM
Funny LOTR take on the state of the republiClown party.
Wherein Gandalf visits the GOP in Edoras, only to find it under the evil spell of Grover Wormquist - and the sway of even darker forces!
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Posted by Snarkoleptic in General Discussion
Sun Jun 12th 2011, 07:57 PM
I suspect we'd hear something like...

"Now it was there. Now it grew out of me like a tumor, like a second
head and it was part of me, though it could not belong to me at all,
because it was so big. It was there like a huge, dead beast, that had once,
when it was still alive, been my hand or my arm. And my blood flowed
both through me and through it, as if through one and the same body.
And my heart had to make a great effort to drive the blood into the Big
Thing; there was hardly enough blood. And the blood entered the Big
Thing unwillingly and came back sick and tainted. But the Big Thing
swelled and grew over my face like a warm bluish boil and grew over my
mouth, and already the shadow of its edge lay upon my remaining eye.

Rainer Maria Rilke (on Schizophrenia)

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Posted by Snarkoleptic in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Oct 15th 2010, 09:49 PM
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Posted by Snarkoleptic in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun May 02nd 2010, 04:23 PM
now that NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has mentioned 'a white man in his forties' as the driver of the bomb-laden vehicle left to (not) explode in Times Square.

Anyone have an update to this list that was posted last June?
Wednesday, January 21 -- the day after the inauguration -- 22-year-old Keith Luke goes on a rape and killing spree in his Boston neighborhood. He rapes and kills one woman, and kills the sister who tries to help her. He then goes out onto the street and shoots a passing homeless man. Police intercept him on his way to a local synagogue, where he tells them he intended to "kill as many Jews as possible during bingo night." He also tells investigators that he was fighting the extinction of the white race, and had stockpiled 200 round of ammunition to that end.

Tuesday, February 10 -- In Belfast, Maine, radioactive "dirty bomb" materials are found in home of James Cummings, who had been killed by his wife after years of domestic violence. Cummings was an admirer of Adolf Hitler; a large collection of Nazi memorabilia and a filled-out application for the National Socialist Movement were found on the scene.

Thursday, February 26 -- In Miramar Beach, FL, 60-year-old Dannie Baker walks into a neighboring townhouse where 14 Chilean students -- all in the US legally -- are gathered. He fires, killing two and wounding five. Those who know Baker describe him as a mentally ill man obsessed with the fear that immigrants are taking over the country.

Sunday, April 5 -- Budding white supremacist and recently discharged veteran Richard Popalowski shoots and kills three police officers following a standoff in Pittsburgh. They were responding to a domestic disturbance call. He believed they had been sent by the Obama Adminstration to take away his guns.

Tuesday, April 28 -- US Army Reservist Joshua Cartwright shoots and kills two sheriff's deputies in Fort Walton Beach, FL. His wife called police from the emergency room after he beat her. In the incident report, his wife reported that her husband believed the U.S. Government was conspiring against him, and was severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected President.

Wednesday, May 6 -- Stephen P. Morgan of Middletown, CT kills former NYU classmate Johanna Justin-Jinich, whom he had been harassing since at least 2007. A diary found in his belongings included an entry: "I think it's ok to kill Jews and go on a killing spree" and "Kill Johanna. She must Die." Justin-Jinich was Jewish, and the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor.

Sunday, May 31 -- Dr. George Tiller is shot to death while ushering at his Lutheran church in Wichita, KS. His killer, Scott Roeder, is captured by police within hours. Roeder is found to have ties to several violent right-wing groups, including the Montana Freemen and the Sovereign Citizen movement. He had also been committing acts of vandalism against abortion clinics for years, most recently just days before the assassination.

Wednesday, June 10 -- Well-known anti-Semitic blogger James Wenneker von Brunn walks into the national Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and opens fire, killing a security guard. Von Brunn had been prominent in Holocaust denier circles for several decades, and considered Holocaust museums to be a crime against white history.

Eight episodes of right-wing extremist violence in four and a half months. We haven't gone four weeks since February without some poor guy -- always with a long history of mental illness, usually with a record of military service and/or domestic violence, and invariably jacked up on a toxic cocktail of white male privilege; us-versus-them enemy seeking; fury at women, blacks and/or Jews; and a belief that the world as he knew it was ending unless he took up arms -- taking out his gun and offing innocent Americans in a suicidal bid for glory.
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Posted by Snarkoleptic in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Feb 24th 2010, 10:36 PM
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Posted by Snarkoleptic in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Nov 20th 2009, 12:45 PM
Have you heard the HUM?

The Hum is a mysterious and untraceable sound that is heard in
certain locations around the world by two to ten percent of the population.
Historically, the area that has been most affected by the Hum is the United
Kingdom, where reports have been frequent since the early 1970s. In the United
States, Hum reports date from the early 1990s, with the two most publicized
locations being Taos, New Mexico, and Kokomo, Indiana. The source of the
Hum has never been located. The Hum does not appear to be a form of tinnitus
and may not be an acoustic sound.

Papers on the subject-

Yahoo forum for "Hummers"-
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Posted by Snarkoleptic in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jun 12th 2009, 05:41 PM
I've posted this on a banking industry website that I've been sparring with RW'ers on.
They're still trying to push the "von brunn was a liberal" meme that Limbaugh and the rest of the republiclown talkers are pushing.
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Posted by Snarkoleptic in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Nov 24th 2007, 12:38 PM
There are bad apples in any industry, but the overwhelming percentage of brokers are decent, moral people who look out for their clients best interests.
Looking at the example of the elderly lady, we can only speculate as to how she landed in this terrible situation. How do you know that a mortgage broker got her into this jam? The article doesn't mention mortgage broker involvement. It says 'lender' which implies retail, not wholesale lending. Life is messy and shit happens. She may have lost income when her spouse died, had disability benefits denied, had a renter/boarder move out, a family business may have failed, she may have been screwed out of her pension by a recently bankrupt former employer, etc.
Mortgage brokers perform a valuable service and can use wholesale 'backchannels' to get a less expensive, more suitable loan than most local banks.
The internet lenders such as Lending Tree, Ditech, and the rest can be beaten on price/fee by any experienced mortgage broker.
Mortgage brokers increase a borrowers options and provide much needed liquidity in the market.

If you're looking to blame someone for the current spike in foreclosures and the present liquidity crisis, I suggest you look at-
The Federal Reserve...for lax monitary policy (in hopes of having the housing sector spur the economy)
Wall Street...for their greed in greenlighting a mindbending expansion of exotic products (esp. in subprime and Alt-A)
Bond Rating Firms...who were asleep at the switch and consistently mis-rated CDO's and MBS's as 'investment grade'
Lenders...for responding to Wall Streets open floodgate by reducing underwriting standards to a cursory overview
Investors...for using the lenders easy money to play a risky game of specualtion in real estate
Borrowers...many buyers lied about their income, job history, and intent to occupy the property (Lenders turned a blind eye to this as well)

As a mortgage broker, I specialize in mortgage planning and go beyond the loan application to find out what the borrowers short and long term goals are.
Try getting solid mortgage planning advice and a competitive rate from the industry newby $25K/year loan clerk at the bank.
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