September 30, 2008

Steel City


The Steelers just got by the old Cleveland Browns last night. I've been a fan of the Steelers since i was little back in the 70's. With Franco Harris as my all time favorite. Last nights game was a tough one. It was a needed win against a rival division team. Though we didn't make it without injuries.

The Pittsburgh franchise has set precedence time and time again. They have a rich history and unwavering fans. I can see a lot of great things coming from Tomlin.

Only thing i don't agree with was the draft. We didn't need another QB. What we did need was a stronger front line. With our defense always in the top rated, an unmovable front line would mean dominance. A stronger front line would give us a new era of the old Dallas Cowboys. There is a lot of talent on the Steelers team. Time to open Pandora's Box and let loose the demons within.



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US Govt. - The Modern Day Mafia That Sunk America

Okay, so the $700 Billion bailout failed. Nothing new. Now i'm not an economist nor a politician. But i knew that it would not pass. Too much "I want this and we need this" bullshit in the govt. I'm neither a Republican or a Democrat. I'm an Independent. Maybe a little different then other Independent's, where i look to what is on the table and vote for what good will come of it. Not what will get me by until the next election. But looking at what has transpired in the last few days, one has to look back to when Clinton held office.

Now, i'm not gonna go on a Clinton bash, i actually liked the guy for some reason. But it was Clinton who signed into law, letting companies like Fannie and Freddie make loans to Hispanic's and Blacks who could not afford homes get them. He repealed the Glass-Steagle Act. Appointed Franklin Delano Raines, who basically sunk Fannie and Freddie over the years. Just two years ago, Mr. Raines was sued to recover $50 million that was paid to him.

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With this information, we could say that it was the Democrats that have caused what is happening today. in a sense, they are what started it. But if you look at the bigger picture, it's the government in general. Because they have ignored what was laying in front of them on the plate. Pocketing money when ever they could.

Speculators are one of the biggest reasons were in the boat were in now. They use what ever little thing they can to make money. And speculators make money whether prices go up or down. So it's a win/win situation for them.

This past friday, Obama mentioned a possible fix to all of this. Though subtley it was, not a lot of average people picked up on it. It took a friend to point it out to me, as well as a little research on my part. And it's something that most incumbent's don't want because it will take money from their pockets. Currently the Bailout plan wants to borrow money from countries like China and Saudia Arabia. Thus putting us further into our national debt. Kind of like Hoover's Reconstruction Finance Corporation
, that's what this current plan will do. What needs to be done is the re-instatement of the Securities Turnover Excise Tax (STET). The exact thing Obama mentioned int he Presidential Debate.

What the STET does is, taxes all stock trades, swaps, derivatives or any other trade. Plus it would remove speculation while bringing in investments. Wall Street could bail itself out plus raise extra capitol for investments and help bring us out of our own debt. I found a good article discussng this here. Read it for yourself and come to your own conclusions.

But in the end, the current deal is enough to slow down the inevitable, give Bush and his administration time to fly through the remaineder of his term, and kill the American Economy even more. Are we doomed to repeat history all over?








 
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September 14, 2008

The Death Of An Old Friend

Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for
sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in
bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such
valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.


Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children,
are in charge).


His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.


Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly
children.


It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could
not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an
abortion.


Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common
Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar
in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.


Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.


Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his
wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He
is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now,
Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.


Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If
you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do
nothing.
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September 10, 2008

Childhood Dreams

Everyone at one point in time tries to re-live a part of their childhood. Doesn't matter what it is, we've all done it or are doing. Including myself. Years back as a kid, like all boys, i rode BMX. Over the years of the early 80's freestyling became huge. Tricks on BMX. Now a days there are the Dew Tour and XGames with extreme stunts on bikes, that were created back in the day.

So as i grow older, call it an early mid-life crisis or what you will, i decided after talking with a guy at work, to get back into BMX. I found a few sites here and there, one in paticular, The BMX Museum. Excellent site of both ladies and gents, full of information and good people. Not to mention the stories!!

Anyway, I bought myself the same bike i had BITD (back in the day). Had it stripped and re-painted. Took six months to find the parts. But after seeing what some of the parts go for, i opt'd to build it as close to what i had. Got it all together with the exception of the brakes. Which have gone to the painters tonight. Still searching for the proper brake cables and white pedals. But other then that, I've ridden and she rides smooth as hell. But anyway, enough talking, here is my project, a 1986 GT Pro Performer...




















Now, can i do all the tricks i used to when i was younger? Hell no. My balance is off, i've grown alot. Especially around the mid section...hahahaha

But i can still perform some of the basics.







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