To end the year - I thought I would post just a few laughs here (we all need them).
I look forward to conversing with you all in 2014!!!! - COB
"The mayor said the upgrade was the result of a detailed financial presentation and tour that city officials gave to representatives of the Standard & Poor's bond rating agency last month. He said the agency called him Tuesday morning and told him it was increasing the city's rating from A-plus to AA — a rare two-level increase."I wonder if Haverhill's unfunded liabilities and Ponzi structure of pensions was part of that presentation? Not to mention the rating agencies themselves will rate anything you tell them or pay for. Fitch, S & P and Moody's are all paid by issuers whereas an agency like Egan-Jones is paid by investors for ratings. See where the might be a problem? Like I mentioned on The E-T page, they're all being sued, although the courts have stated what they offer is opinion only. In this case, the incriminating emails show that those "opinions" were full of fraud. Some have even gone further stating the "Big 3" are really just a loose extension of whatever the government tells them to say, because these days, the truth must be silenced.
"A defiant Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua refused to admit defeat yesterday after a recount confirmed City Council Vice President Daniel Rivera is the city’s new chief executive, but one expert said it will be an uphill battle if Lantigua chooses to challenge the results in court.He truly believes he still has a chance, sadly, he does in fact have a large contingent of devout supporters, minus the friends & family on the payroll. The local Spanish media have been remarkably silent on the issue as well, but we all know what's coming next: We're racists.
“I am not conceding,” Lantigua said after the results were announced.
Rivera won by 81 votes — a wider margin than on Election Day — after the city’s Board of Registrars certified the results in which he tallied 7,628 votes to Lantigua’s 7,547."
"Councilors said they had too little time to consider the new proposal, which they said they received Monday. They voted unanimously last night to continue the city’s temporary ban on such facilities to Feb. 25."Kind of amusing since it was passed overwhelmingly by ballot measure in 2012.
"The proposals have drawn opposition from neighbors in both areas, including a petition signed by 100 Ward Hill residents."I hope all 100 don't drink, or we have this thing called hypocrisy.
"In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.Anyone not asleep called this out before this, but when the media purposefully gives the current Administration freedom to do whatever it wants without question this is what we get. While our Banana Republic isn't as bad as say Russia's, we apparently have a need to step up to the plate to compete for that title too.
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed.
The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.
And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it."
"People out on the streets like Richard Phillips says, “It could impact us and it’s going to cause problems because you’re going to come to find out that people are going to steal and do what they have to do to survive.”Utah was a poor example to run with this story. Devout Mormons have at least a years long supply of food as a matter of course. Also, unlike liberal bastions of the coasts, middle and red-neck American love their guns. If past disasters and city upheavals are any precedent, they will use them to protect what they worked hard for.
“What this means if there’s not a deal, if Congress doesn’t reach a deal to get federal government back up and running"It's baked into the cake to create more theater and hysteria. A deal will get done, Americans will be screwed (again), and $900 billion of deficit spending and $1.2 trillion of QE will continue, the illusion of a 150% return in markets will continue (for now). No way do 48 million Americans get cut off, cities would burn to the ground. FALSE FLAG.
“Even though the (U.S.) Attorney General said the federal government is not interested in pursuing medical marijuana growers in states that allow it, that allayed the fears of many people, but administrations change and the next election is not too far away,” said Dr. Joel GornI'd go one step further; to The DEA under federal law pot is still illegal. So even if you get approval, there's yet another issue about underwriting. Were you purchase or lease a building, the owner of such property would still be on the hook should The DEA come sweeping in. In theory (or in practice), they could come in and seize everything, including the property. So while "the voters have spoken" here in Massachusetts, which Haverhill politicos seem to conveniently ignore, The Feds can still ruin the party. I could care less what The People do to themselves, including ingesting, smoking, or injecting as long as they don't harm others when they do. However, I find it ironic and even more glaring in the hypocrisy where alcohol seems to be more destructive than pot, and the pharmaceutical industry are arguably the biggest drug dealers on the planet.
"That's a problem. There are a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced," Colman said. She planned to reach out to local officials. "You don't want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity," she said.I think a bigger problem might be when the nearly 48 million (unbelievable) Americans don't get to eat and buy "stuff" at Walmart. I think that would qualify for a very violent changing of the guard in CONgress, but then again, if the L.A. riots taught us anything, it would be our own cities that would burn. No one seriously thinks The Fed would go without one of their scheduled Primary Open Market Operations do they? If they missed one of those, TBTF/SIFI banks would go into withdrawals from not receiving their monetary heroin.
"And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
*CoB - Could you check the margin settings please? I don't have access.