January, 2013 archive
Stray Question, Television Dept. 0
Have you ever wondered why there were no black folks in Mayberry? In North Carolina? In the South?
I cannot think of a pretty answer.
Gun Nut Paradise Approacheth Apace 0
While I was attending to family business (probate stuff) today, I gather there were additional outbreaks of politeness amongst the gunnuttery contingent.
No doubt the NRA will attribute this to a leftist conspiracy to undermine their talking points.
“A Fundamentally Stupid Idea” 2
Contradict Me explains at the link.
Light Bloggery 0
Update from the Foreclosure-Based Economy 0
Go south, young man.
Six Florida cities rank among the best places to buy foreclosures in 2013, according to a report by RealtyTrac.
Topping a list of 20 metropolitan areas is Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, the Irvine, Calif.-based real estate data firm said.
RealtyTrac looked at four criteria in tallying the “best places:” the supply of foreclosure inventory; foreclosure sales as a percentage of all transactions; the average percentage discount on foreclosures; and the annual percentage change in foreclosure activity in 2012 compared with 2011.
Also among the top 20 metro areas for buying foreclosures is Lakeland (No. 5), Tampa (No. 6), Jacksonville (No.7), Orlando (No. 9) and Miami (No. 12), according to the RealtyTrac report.
More “best places” at the link.
Methinks ’tis not a good way to become a “best place.”
Nothing To Do, Nowhere To Go 0
A little worse:
Initial jobless claims rose 38,000 in the week ended Jan. 26, the most since Nov. 10, to 368,000, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. Economists forecast 350,000 filings, according to the Bloomberg survey median. The increase followed a combined 45,000 drop in the prior two weeks.
The number of people who continue to collect jobless benefits climbed by 22,000 to 3.2 million in the week ended Jan. 19. The continuing claims figure does not include workers receiving extended benefits from the federal government.
Those who’ve exhausted their traditional benefits and now are collecting emergency and extended payments jumped by about 418,000 to 2.11 million in the week ended Jan. 12.
Just wait till Republican sequestration sets in, if it does. Then you’ll see jobless claims.
On second thought, sequestering Republicans might not be such a bad id–oh, never mind.
Self-sequestration! That’s the ticket!
Via Bob Cesca. Follow the link for more.
“It’s Been the Ruin of Many a Poor Boy” 0
The House of the Republi-can.
Dick Polman sums it up in a column on immigration:
Ah yes, the Republican House – the Bermuda Triangle of lawmaking, where common sense often vanishes without a trace.
Git-Fiddle Fiddle Faddle 4
Trying to visualize this makes me fret.
You’d think it would cause band cramp.
Police in Cherry Hill, New Jersey are looking for the man who stole guitars on two occasions by putting them down his pants.
His female “accomplice” (as they call her in the story) would string along the clerk as the thief inserted the ax in his wardrobe.
No mention whether she used a g-string.
The stores need some way to fender off the thieves.
Gun Nut Paradise Approacheth Apace 0
MIA CNN 0
News, Ripped from the Ticker 0
Great Moments in Regressiveness 2
Virginia Governor Bob McDonald has a bizarre plan to fix Virginia’s chronically underfunded highways (underfunded because raising the gas tax is verboten in Virginia, though the gas tax is one of the lowest in the country, having been lowered by Republicans), by eliminating the gas tax, raising the sales tax, and imposing a special tax on owners of hybrids.
I can’t quite figure out the reasoning behind it, other than legacy! innovative thinking! ground-breaking! Plus, it’s deeply regressive, skewing more taxes towards those who have the least.
Maybe Dan Casey of the Roanoke Times can help make sense of it.
The same sort of thing is going on in other places ruled by
the party of the takers Republicans.
The Fee Hand of the Market 4
It would seem that this is what passes for innovation these days.
New regulations that capped certain credit card fees, coupled with a dip in card usage, have resulted in consumers paying millions less in penalty fees over the past three years.
The bad news? Credit card issuers are busy dreaming up new types of fees to make up for the shortfall.
Consumers soon could find themselves charged for a lost or second card, for paper statements and even for not using their card enough or for making too many calls to customer service.
Some issuers have started charging from $1 to $5 for customer service calls beyond a certain limit per billing cycle, Mr. Hammer said.
Innovation as defined by Paulie Walnuts.
School Days, School Days 0
Good old Golden Rule Days,
Readin’ and Ritin’ and Marksmanship,
All to the tune of a thunderstick.
Jeez oh man, you can’t make this stuff up.
“Regrettable Crowd-Related Incidents” (Updated) 0
Addendum, Later That Evening:
In related developments, Bob Cesca points out that
but omits mentioning that it makes you a bigger pr–oh, never mind.