Monday, September 1, 2014

HOUSING, ATLANTIC CITY AND OTHER SIGNS THAT THE US IS BECOMING A THIRD WORLD NATION

If you listened to the MSM and unnamed economists, everything is coming up roses and happy days are here again. However, if you talk to the average person of any race and is not in the 1%, you get the feeling Armageddon is right around the corner. Facts are, this country is falling apart and our Congress and Obama seem incapable of doing anything to fix this major problem. The Republicans want to eviscerate the safety nets and give all that money to rich people, which will NEVER work, as it never has ever in human history, while the Democrats and Obama twiddle their thumbs and look the other way.
(The Atlantic Club casino is scheduled to close in January 2014. (Cartoon by Rob Tornoe)
Obama has been out to lunch lately with his unbelievable statement that the administration has no plans for Ukraine or Isis, which seems stupid beyond words. Yes, there are no good options, but you better have some sort of plan because fate will intervene if you won't. Think JFK here, not W. Just a suggestion.

I have been telling my regular readers that there are three cities currently falling behind on the housing market, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Well all three are red lining right now as even the highest priced houses are slowing down, with an almost total collapse occurring in SF. The Northeast, Mid-west and Western states all saw double digit declines with only the South rising by about 8%, most likely due to lower cost of living expenses in these states. If housing starts to sink soon, and all indicators are that it will, the stock market will follow.

Atlantic City sure isn't seeing that so-called economic recovery as their newest casino, Revel, is closing after two years of operations. That's $2.4 billion wasted and thousands of jobs lost. Awesome. It joins Showboat in extinction, which closed earlier this year, and Trump Casino that closes in a few weeks. What happened?
Well first off, casino revenue is down everywhere, from Vegas to CT. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun both dropped nearly 10% from last year, suggesting that the "recovery" is an illusion as people have cut back immensely on entertainment this past year. Movies died in the box office, golf is down as much as 74% in some places, restaurants are seeing huge declines and gambling now is dropping as well. If people do not have disposable money, and we don't as salaries are dropping, things like this go first. America needs a raise and no one seems to be fighting for it, unless you are Market Basket employees who deserve a big round of applause for being the first US citizens to finally take a stand against corporate greed. Where are the rest of you?

As for Revel, they made every idiotic decision one can make. They started building during the Great Recession, ran out of money and had to borrow a billion dollars to finish it. Then they banned smoking, had NO buffet, offered no bus trips from other cities to the venue, stunningly had no Players Club to establish loyal return customers and had sky high prices on rooms and food. Shockingly, they never made a profit. Even the design of the place was confusing and not well planned. This was ineptitude at its finest.

Atlantic City itself has struggled for years as the only thing worthwhile is the Boardwalk but step one block off the strip and its crack whores, pimps and other lowlifes. The fact that no one ever tried to clean this area up, like San Antonio or Baltimore did much better, cemented this city to failure. I've been to AC and to casinos like Showboat, which were very nice. But when no one has any money, gambling becomes a luxury no one can afford.

The Brookings Institute came up with a new study that shows the US has now officially entered third world status. Around 5% of the population now survives on less than $2 dollars a day, or worse than places like Vietnam, India or even Bangladesh. How is that possible. Here more from that study:

Slightly more than one American household with children in every 25 is surviving on less than $2 per day of income from all sources. One quarter of that 4.3% (that’s 1% of all Americans with children) receive less than $1.25 per day. One third (that’s about 1.33% of all Americans) receive between $1.25 and $2. Another third of that 4.3% receive enough government benefits to be living on between $1.25 and $2 a day. A tiny 0.1% of that 4.3% are even surviving somehow on “Negative income & benefits.”

It would be wrong to conclude that the U.S. safety net is strong, or even adequate, when the number and proportion of households with children surviving on less than $2 per day has risen so dramatically over the past 15 years, even after accounting for means-tested transfers. 

The Republicans want to take even more from the poorest and give that same money to rich people. Obama has signaled in the past his willingness to go along with cutting SS and Medicare, only to have the GOP say that's not enough. Democrats may be scum sucking money whores, but a majority of them at least do NOT want to cut the safety nets, and some like Liz Warren and Bernie Sanders, want to increase the amount. If any idiot votes for some one wanting to cut these necessary programs, they are voting the country away they supposedly love so much. There are only two choices to vote for right now and the GOP is a vote for guaranteed fascism. Give the democrats all the power they can handle and demand more from them. Or vote for the right and watch your money disappear. Your choice America.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK: A TIE BETWEEN PUTIN AND ISIS. WHO WILL DESTROY THE WORLD FIRST?

Had to give a rare tie to two forces who seem hell bent on ending all life on the planet. Will Putin start a nuclear war in his unadvised return to Cold War politics or will Isis make life unbearable for every single Muslim on Earth with their extremists positions? Only time will tell but we seem to be headed for a cliff from which survival seems unlikely. Let's see those runner ups.

1)Chris Christie and Pension Reform- Chris Christie is a bloated tick who lies more than just about any politician alive and yes, that includes Obama, who if was he was Pinocchio would have a nose that circled the Earth. Many see him as a straight talker but that's only for the MSM and morons who get all the news from right wing loons. Everything is somebody else's fault for Christie, ala the bridge scandal, and things like unions and pensions are bankrupting the country. Actually, the thing bankrupting the country are greedy Wall St. douchebags getting fifty cents off the dollar on all pension plans nationwide. Then, when they start to fail, it's the fault of regular people demanding a real pension and not rich losers stealing from us blind. With this guy it is constantly not his fault, but the greedy (insert group here) unions, teachers, public officials, or whatever makes right wingers get a hard on. The funny part is the whole pension crisis was caused by the Republicans under Whitman when she borrowed from a then surplus and never paid it back, just like Social Security which we keep being told is going broke for the same reason. The government is stealing from you and corporations are all for it as they are the ones making a mint off it. Keep voting for Republicans douchebags and see how far we fall next year.

2)Ultra-liberals- I hate liberals sometimes as much as the far right. This week, mostly liberal women who must have some sort of genetic need to complain, faulted the late Robin Williams for a bit from the eighties that pocked fun at Islam and Iran. In it, Williams grabbed a scarf, put it around his head like a hijab, and said "Welcome to Iran. Help me." Women, and a few men, screeched about racism, not realizing that this was actually sacrilegious as this was about religion not race. Morons. Iran is not our friend (the government, not the people) and Islam is definitely not a Western ally. Can we please stop having this false outrage over EVERYTHING? There are real things to bitch about, the economy, the environment, the Republican party to name a few, so can we stop already with this nonsense? Then we had the same group attack Liz Warren for her reasonable stance that Israel is allowed to defend themselves when she authorized funding for the obviously needed Iron Dome system. Some on the left screamed bloody murder about this, not realizing that war is sometimes inevitable and people, including children, die every day because of it. Funny how these same lunatics kept quiet during the last few Gulf Wars which killed millions of children between bombs, bullets and sanctions.

3)Black Racists- This week, a group of black racists beat Ralph Weems nearly to death in the parking lot of a Waffle House in Mississippi for the crime of being white. Even more surprising, police are NOT treating this as a hate crime, even though it fits every definition of what happened. Why are black people allowed to be racist against white people with zero repercussions, but if a white guy says something innocuous like "pot calling the kettle black," it's racist and that person should be vilified? There is WAY too much racism right now in the black community, a fact echoed by my black friends who live in some terrible neighborhoods. Fact is, this is turning a lot of white people more and more racist. So keep it up black people if you want to see what real racism looks like as there are a lot more of us than there are of you.

4) Christine Lagarde- The head of the IMF is in trouble as she is being investigated for fraud and corruption charges. Why are the French so often embroiled in charges of corruption? The IMF has backed her against the charges but I wonder if she not actually guilty considering her awful tenure so far. She has acknowledged that her plans to save the EU has not worked and that austerity measures have done little good. In response to this momentary spark of reason, she then chose to do absolutely nothing on response. Stunning. She is now caught up in the same scandal that has gotten former President Sarkozy which involves some sort of pay or play deal worth almost 300 million euros. Is there no one on Earth we can trust anymore?

5)Arizona Gun Laws- This week, a nine year old girl shot her gun instructor in the head when the Uzi she was firing rocketed back in her hands, shooting her instructor in the head. This is the exact same circumstances that took place here in MA in 2008 when a boy firing an Uzi shot himself in the face. And while the nine year old, who will be facing years of therapy, has zero blame in this, the parents from NJ do and especially the gun range that allows a nine year old to fire such a powerful weapon that has proven fatal in the not too distant past. Gun experts say the instructor did everything wrong from where he stood, to the amount of bullets in the gun. And he's the expert? I am all for letting people own whatever guns they want but no one under the age of sixteen should be using these types of weapons. Period.

6)Zara's- In a bit so mind bogglingly stupid, you have to wonder if IQ's are not dwindling rapidly world wide. These ass clowns said to themselves, "You know what be great fun. Concentration Camp chic." So these brainpowers went and designed said shirt with stripes and a huge star of David on it and actually put it in their stores. Guess what group had a giant conniption with this and rightfully so? The shirts were pulled quick but way to damage your rep Zara's.

7)Will Hayden- The star of the now cancelled Sons of Guns was arrested this week for repeatedly raping an 11 year old girl. What a douche. Anyone who rapes a child deserves the hell they are going to get because one thing I know about prison from some of the people I know still there, is that they LOVE child molesters in jail. Prisoners cannot wait to explain to these lowlifes how much they hate what they have done. Criminals may be evil but even they toe the line when it comes to kids and animals. On a quick side note, some idiot reporter said a Sons of Anarchy star had been arrested, instead of Sons of Guns so way to fact check douche.

8)Death- Will someone please tell the Grim Reaper to lay off funny comics and go after some of the less talented. We just got over the death of Robin Williams and now it looks like the supremely funny Joan Rivers may join him. I am not into fashion and still watch her Fashion Police show to see what quips she had for the week. At 81, she was still sharp as a tack. But now she in a coma and things look bleak. I wish her only the best and hope Death will go after Tom Green, Pauly Shore or some other unfunny douchewad instead.

9)Burger King and Warren Buffet- Had the world not been set to flame broil, these two would have been my douchebag of the week. Burger King unwisely has decided to move their HQ to Canada in what appears to be a blatant tax dodge. Warren Buffet put up $3 billion for the move, proving that their are no good billionaires out there and the whole group should be tarred and feathered for this nonsense. Walgreens faced such a backlash they stopped their inversion tactics. Fate will see if BK will follow suit, or if boycotts doom the franchise. I know I have eaten my last Whopper.

10)Isis/Putin- Who will end the world first? Will it be Isis by doing an act of terror so heinous that the rest of the world commits genocide against all Muslims? Or will Putin start a nuclear war by invading Ukraine? It's a toss up. Isis has gone so far to say they are targeting the Pope, which would be the start of another World War, just like when Gavic Princip killed Archduke Ferdinand and set the stage for hundreds of millions of deaths world wide for the next forty years. One man set the world ablaze in 1914. It could happen again if Pope Francis gets assassinated by one lone nut bag. Or Isis could set up bubonic plague bombs as one recovered laptop of theirs suggested. There is supposedly a lot of chatter about an upcoming attack either in London or on our Southern Border. Either way, Muslims will become the new Japanese of the late 1930's and we all know what happened to them. And then there is Putin who bravado is reaching dangerous territory. He repeatedly reminds people Russia has nukes, apparently oblivious to the fact that the rest of the world does too. The EU has given Russia one week to pull out of Ukraine or face more sanctions. Considering all 28 countries have to agree on this, that threat may be unlikely but you never know. Either way, Putin is putting the world at risk for old school land conquests. So congratulations Isis and Putin you are both douchebags of the week.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

INEPITUDE, CORPORATE SUBSERVIENCE AND OTHER REASONS THE DEMOCRATS CAN'T MAKE SIGNIFICANT GAINS VERSUS A STRUGGLING GOP

Last year, all signs pointed to a massive loss by the GOP for shutting down the government and acting like spoiled children. The democrats had it in the bag. All they had to do was not do anything stupid and run a smart advertising campaign. Then the President somehow blew the launch of his signature program, named after him for God's sake, to such an extent that it STILL isn't really working yet in some states like here in MA where the website is still somewhat broken. The one thing, ONE THING, that had to go right, blew up in their faces and they are still reeling from it. But the Republicans are still acting like drunken Nazi's, not that you'd never know it from the deomcarts incredibly inept ad campaign that borders on a dive mentality.

Take Tom Cotton from Arkansas. I watched a lot of political ads while there recently. The ones from Tom Cotton were filled with half-truths, misleading statements and outright lies. Helpful hint, if you ever see any "information" from the beyond awful Heritage Foundation, realize that there is zero chance of it being true. They specialize in using fake data to set their right wing agenda and if their building should one day be set ablaze from an angry mob, I will hold up my hand in solidarity. Anyone who works for these douchebag extremes are terrible human beings.

But his opponent, Mark Pryor, is running a spectacularly bad campaign as well, not helped by outside ads that are some the dumbest I have ever seen. Cotton is a Koch backed lunatic, yet that doesn't appear in ANY ads I have seen. The most prevalent one is this stupid idea that anyone in Arkansas gives a crap that Cotton voted against funding for a children's hospital and then said he did vote for it. OHHHH, that'll get people to the polls. Cotton is a dangerous man if he has the backing of the Koch brother. They need ads that highlight minority and women positions that will be headed for the shredder if the GOP gets complete control of Congress. Or how about ones that say the GOP will eliminate unemployment, minimum wage hikes, and food stamps, something that a majority of the people in that state use? Where are those ads? Whose running these campaigns?

As for the MSM, they can take a flying leap as well for the stunning lack of reporting about Mitch McConnell's interview with Politico when he said point blank that if the Republicans get control of the Senate, they will grind everything to a halt with riders that will force the President to use his veto power on a near daily basis. None of this will fix anything and actually make things worse. So who in their right mind would vote for this?

An audio tape has also surfaced from that meeting last month headed by the Koch brothers and attended by people like Tom Cotton, Jody Ernst and other GOP hopefuls, as well as the usual brand of retards like McConnell. In the audio tape linked below, McConnell explains in detail what his plans are if the GOP takes the Senate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v87Lr-wmU0I

Here an excerpt:

“So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board (inaudible). All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it.”

So if you vote for a GOP candidate, understand that their ultimate goal is to bring this country down. How American is that? At least his opponent is running ads that highlight McConnell willingness to drown the poor by cutting services and his desire to eliminate the CPA which is the only thing at this point protecting us from the evil Koch brothers and his equally douchey billionaire associates. Hell even Warren Buffett looked like quite the ass this week for investing in Burger King's unwise move to the north, which is something that may doom the franchise if a major boycott does happen.


McConnell is a stain on society and anyone voting for this jerk deserves the hell that will come with it. Depend on food stamps? Not in a GOP world. Can't get by without unemployment? The right has killed any chance of that, unless of course Obamacare gets repealed. Tuition going up? The right has guaranteed that.

So by all means vote for a Republican this fall is you really hate America because not only will their ideas not work, they will destroy us. Look no further than Europe who have done the exact things the GOP is clamoring for. How well has that worked there? Oh that's right, it hasn't. Yet the yahoos of the US only care about abortion and gay people, which matter very little in the long run, as we are in a period of epic decline. The democrats have done little to help because of nonsense like the Citizen's United Act which ended democracy in this country once and for all and they now have to bow down to the corporate overlords like the rest of us. If they don't play ball, they don't get any money. No money, equals epic loss. And that is the unfortunate truth. Ha, Heritage Foundation. That is what truth looks like. Drink it in, because I highly doubt you will ever see it again in your world.