Epic Collapse

The Red Sox have fallen down and they are not getting up. What an epic collapse.

Yanks face the Tigers starting tomorrow.

Go Yanks! And Go Gators!

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    Go Tigers! (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:03:29 AM EST
    Got the AL batting champ AND Verlander won the Triple Crown!

    It'll be doubly sweeter to beat the Yankees because, well, their the Yankees.

    They ARE (none / 0) (#8)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:49:07 AM EST
    Not their.



    And the Mutts... (none / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:07:55 PM EST
    have the NL Batting Champ, in bush-league style.

    Mets can't even win their first ever batting title right...can anybody here play this game???


    Boyfriend is a Mets fan (none / 0) (#16)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:11:25 PM EST
    Even he thought it was a bush league move.

    Totally bush... (none / 0) (#22)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:29:01 PM EST
    and once again, as with many a Met-woe, management is to blame.

    Playing 9 was the proper play, sitting a not so bad 2nd best...anything but the travesty we witnessed.


    I heard this morning (none / 0) (#23)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:36:09 PM EST
    (At least, someone speculated) on sprots talk radio that the Mets are in a delicate balancing act with Reyes, who is now a free agent.  Could have been his call, so as not to chance it, and the Mets went along with it so as not to hurt his delicate widdle feelings.

    I understand Reyes,.. (none / 0) (#24)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:41:01 PM EST
    having injury worries, if that is the case sit out the last game...a lot less of a cheesy manuever.

    At the end of the day Mets fans are Wilpon's customers, it's his job to provide a quality product we can be proud of...he failed us again.


    I don't think it was injury worries (none / 0) (#29)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 01:01:22 PM EST
    I think it was worries he would get out and lower his batting average and cost him the title.

    Then he should have sat... (none / 0) (#33)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 01:26:49 PM EST
    on his .336 or whatever it was.  Bunt single and ridin' pine is uber-bush...sitting only half-bush.

    I thought it was (none / 0) (#46)
    by CoralGables on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:29:07 PM EST
    an equally bush league performance by the Yankees last night when they pulled all their starters and used a dozen pitchers. I'm a Rays fan since they are from Florida, but last night they came back against a Triple A squad making it far less exciting that it's made out to be.

    Bush league like that.... (5.00 / 1) (#84)
    by kdog on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 08:16:22 AM EST
    has a way of biting you in the arse...baseball gods may see to it that the Rays outlast the dreaded Yanks.

    Go Protestors! (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:24:08 AM EST
    Time magazine weighs in on the Wall Street protest a little more well-rounded and truthfully than some of the other rags and MSM have of late :)

    If people just won't go home and keep showing up, there might be something tangible to this protest that the rags and the media just flat out refused to see at first.

    cnn today (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by CST on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:45:25 AM EST
    did too

    Very positive.  This is finally starting to make waves.


    Getting more local press everyday... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:06:01 PM EST
    it's a shame civic-minded women have to get maced by goons to get people to notice, but thats usually the way it goes.  Seems more people are joining in everyday...political activists, hippies, and the homeless.  Very cool sh*t.

    I gotta get over there and pay those noble souls a visit...maybe Saturday.  I'll be sure to report my findings on the scene.


    Hilarious (none / 0) (#51)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:50:21 PM EST
    One of the cops in NY commented about the pepper spray something like 'at least were aren't using our batons'.

    I love NYPD mindset, it's never about maybe we shouldn't have, always with at least we didn't...


    Double hilarious (if it wasn't so sad)... (none / 0) (#83)
    by kdog on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 08:15:05 AM EST
    that they maced one of their own who was in the process of snaring two young ladies in an orange net, yet another tyranny gadget at their disposal.

    Though I suppose it is easier to get that mace dead in the eyes when the victim is already ensnared in a net.


    Scary (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:40:25 AM EST
    This fall, there will be a "Personhood Amendment" on the ballot in Mississippi. Ballot Measure 26 will:

    ...change the meaning of the word "person" in the state constitution. Under the new language, human life would begin not at birth but at the moment of fertilization. If the amendment passes, it will outlaw abortion in the state entirely, even in cases of rape or incest. It might even leave some forms of contraception, and procedures such as in vitro fertilization, on life support.

    So Can People... (none / 0) (#14)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:06:39 PM EST
     ...vote at 17 years and 3 months ?  Or are you negative 9 months old at conception ?  Think of all the implications of changing the age of entire state by 9 months.

    One would think with real problems facing this country and presumably Alabama, that one, they would have their focus on the beings that are actually out of the womb, and that no-one would have a penny to spare on BS that we all know will get tossed in court.

    To me Alabama and Mississippi are the classic examples of what happens when republicans get everything they want in terms of policy.


    "everything they want " (none / 0) (#40)
    by NYShooter on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 02:42:08 PM EST
    like the #1 & #2 worst schools in the country.

    The citizens there should be grateful their "leaders" have their priorities in order.

    That's what you get when you vote for pols whose #1 goal is to produce more stupid voters.

    And you thought schools were to educate youngsters?



    who needs secular education (none / 0) (#42)
    by jondee on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:01:03 PM EST
    when all the information you need can be gleaned from a literal interpretation of the Bible?

    Plus, you don't want workers needed for those Right to Work plants and factories reading about Eugene Debs, Mother Jones, Big Bill Haywood, and other "secularist" subjects.


    A greeting here, (none / 0) (#50)
    by NYShooter on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:49:20 PM EST
    "how are you?"

    A greeting there,

    "when were you saved?"

    Like the atheist's say,

    "God help us."


    next step (none / 0) (#18)
    by CST on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:18:04 PM EST
    criminalize miscarriages.  Or what google refers to as 15-20% of all documented pregnancies.

    Or maybe we will get lucky and they just call that "suicide".

    What nonsense.


    Don't Drop the Fertilized Eggs in the Lab... (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:42:31 PM EST
    ... or you will be the biggest mass murderer in all of human history.  

    Speaking of, once someone conceives, aren't extra fertilized eggs considered waste, is Alabama literally going to have to grown them in test tubes.


    way to rub it in (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CST on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:44:41 AM EST
    go Tigers!?

    Uh yeah. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:48:42 AM EST
    And Go Lions while were at it.  3-0, baby!

    Just being factual (none / 0) (#10)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 11:12:42 AM EST
    Yankees $uck (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by CST on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:21:47 PM EST
    Also just being factual.

    The one time anyone in Boston actually WANTS them to win and they blow it.  If I were a suspicious person (I am) I might think they intentionally threw that game.

    That being said, if you can't win anything in september you probably don't deserve a playoff spot.


    Heh (none / 0) (#25)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:43:55 PM EST
    27 and working on 28.

    what do you know (none / 0) (#28)
    by CST on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:56:50 PM EST
    the yankees and I have something in common.

    I better get there before they do.


    So the way I see it, 2 teams have surpassed (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by ruffian on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 01:54:35 PM EST
    the '69 Cubs September Swoon. the curse has lifted!

    Say it with me now: We'll get 'em next year!

    Oh, ruffian, thank god I am not (none / 0) (#53)
    by caseyOR on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:56:07 PM EST
    alone in my misplaced Cubs optimism. This season is finally over. Next year will be great! I can feel it.

    That's just the relief of not (none / 0) (#70)
    by ruffian on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:38:11 PM EST
    having to look at the standings every day. It just feels like optimism!

    Went to the dr. today (5.00 / 1) (#81)
    by loveed on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 12:42:17 AM EST
     Good news all pneumonia cleared. Off oxygen and all meds. The dr are still mystified about this type of pneumonia. want me to comeback in 4months for more x-rays.
     I will admit I was a little frighten. And missed my mommy. But something good came from this,I stop smoking (mom and grandkids happy),the thought of smoking makes my chest hurt. Lost about 15 pounds (I hope that it). I never wanted to be a super thin person. My husband like a little junk in my trunk LOL.

    This is good news, loveed. (none / 0) (#82)
    by caseyOR on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 01:31:25 AM EST
    Not smoking is a good plan. Why make it even harder for your lungs to work?

    It sounds like you had a very rare type of pneumonia, if the doctors mystified. Hopefully, you will get x-rays in four months that show your lungs are clean as a whistle.


    Glad that pneumonia is gone (none / 0) (#86)
    by MO Blue on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 08:57:29 AM EST
    I don't think you need to fret about your weight loss. Normally when people quit smoking they put on 15 - 20 lbs so you should soon be back to the same junk in your trunk as before rather than carrying around more extra baggage. ;o)    

    I so did not need (none / 0) (#87)
    by sj on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 09:11:40 AM EST
    to hear that. I haven't experienced a weight loss lately...

    I guess you could use this (none / 0) (#89)
    by MO Blue on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 09:35:24 AM EST
    as an opportunity to go the "Total" good health route if you are not currently doing that. IOW, make better and healthier food choices (less fat, and less calories), increase the number of steps you take each day and design a regular exercise program.

    Those steps should help you stay off the cigarettes too. Also find ways to keep your hands busy especially when you are sitting down. Knit, cross word puzzles etc rather than having your hands available for food or cigarettes.

    Good journey.  


    Al-Awlaki killed by US airstrike ... (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by Yman on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 01:21:10 PM EST
    ... in Yemen.


    Glenn Greenwald will be on fire (5.00 / 1) (#94)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 02:23:42 PM EST
    and burning down the tubes with righteous constitutional lawyer fury.  No teary eyes in this house though.

    Good call (5.00 / 1) (#96)
    by jbindc on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 02:27:13 PM EST
    Here you go.

    After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.).  It almost certainly was able to find and kill Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens to help the U.S. murder its.  The U.S. thus transformed someone who was, at best, a marginal figure into a martyr, and again showed its true face to the world.  The government and media search for The Next bin Laden has undoubtedly already commenced.

    What's most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar ("No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law"), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What's most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government's new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government.  Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President's ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki -- including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry's execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists -- criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed.

    He is brilliant (none / 0) (#97)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 02:32:47 PM EST
    But terrorists in Yeman orchestrating attacks on us is a battlefield.  It is where I disagree with the brilliant Greenwald.

    Situational ethics is going to be, (5.00 / 1) (#99)
    by Anne on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 05:34:11 PM EST
    if it has not already played a significant role in bringing about, the downfall of this country.

    I'm not, by any means, excusing whatever it is that al-Awlaki has done or is alleged to have done, but once you can justify the assassination of one American citizen - however evil he or she is deemed to be - you can justify it for anyone else.

    It's the reason our privacy rights have been steadily and severely eroded - because someone decided  that national security trumped constitutional rights, and chucked it into the gutter.

    I remain exponentially more afraid of my government than I am of terrorists or terrorism.


    Thank you, Anne, for putting words to (5.00 / 1) (#100)
    by caseyOR on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 06:16:59 PM EST
    the uneasiness I have been feeling about this assassination of an American citizen. Slippery slope is way behind us; we are now careening down a cliff toward giant rocks below. The end game will not be pretty.

    By all accounts (if those accounts can be believed) al-Awlaki advocated violence against Americans.  Still, he was an American citizen. And he was hardly the first citizen to encourage violence against the U.S. Except for the fact that he was a muslim, al-Awlaki does not strike me as all that different from the many rightwing militia groups operating in the U.S. and advocating the violent overthrow of the government.  

    If advocating, encouraging, preaching (choose your verb) violence  is now an offense that permits the president to order assassination, how long before American citizens living here are targeted? Are we only going to assassinate muslim Americans? Or are Christians also to be targeted? Are we only going after fundamentalists, or will the President decide that those on the left are also fair game?

    This is bad, this is very bad. We have entered a dark night of the soul. I fear we will never find our ay out.


    Me too, casey (none / 0) (#101)
    by Zorba on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 06:45:56 PM EST
    I don't even recognize this country any more, and am profoundly saddened by the direction it has taken.

    If you felt any different Anne (5.00 / 1) (#102)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 03:48:43 AM EST
    I would be very disappointed in you.  I'm in a different place in this and I accept that.  Al Qaeda is the reason why my husband deploys though, if they get through again there will be fresh Americana insanity and more soldiers going to war.  At no point if and when we are attacked again will that inspire us to just give up and accept a new norm of being attacked by terrorists.

    I sit on a cusp, the success of al Awlaki and others changes my life and what everyone here will deal with on a daily basis.  I know that many people don't feel the war or see the war but I feel the war and see the war.  If we are successfully hit tomorrow morning my life will get real different once again real quick.


    Perhaps you should write a counter to (none / 0) (#103)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 11:09:22 AM EST
    Greenwald's meme.  (You just did.)

    Juan Cole's post is interesting. (none / 0) (#104)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 11:36:05 AM EST
    A few holes.  

    Trying Awlaki in Abenstia? (5.00 / 1) (#107)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 05:58:58 PM EST
    Al Qaeda would laugh their butts off and he wouldn't be here to provide any defense of self, how does that work?  Sounds so stupid to me.  Awlaki joined a war effort, was a propaganda machine for a war effort.  He was in my opinion a warrior on the battlefield.  In any war, since when has the place of your birth mattered...the only thing I've ever known to matter in a war was who you were fighting for and I know who he was fighting for.

    Truly a show trial. (none / 0) (#108)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 06:57:26 PM EST
    Well said, MT (none / 0) (#110)
    by christinep on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 09:21:09 PM EST
    I think that what some people are suggesting--after one reads the something-like "first we'll have a procedure/trial, and then after he's found guilty...."  IMO, a show trial would have even been worse. Also, IMO, as-Awlaki did more than talk & inspire: he acted; he joined forces & operations with the legally declared enemy.  This is not a criminal case; it is a classic combatant situation.

    I did a Friday get together (none / 0) (#105)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 02:24:32 PM EST
    Lots of really nerdy brainy people but all military or GS, most of the GS are ex-military and one shrink included too who has never been military but works within the structure now.  I think I'm the only true blue liberal at any of these things, I know I'm the only admitted one, but we still have community in spite of it.

    It was brought up though that having 1% of the population, all volunteers and responsible for the safety of the nation that a military affords, allows the facts and the need for suvival to become too skewed in the public debate.  I'm not so sure of that.  The debate seems fine to me and healthy, God forbid if nobody shows up to argue for our better angels.

    If we had mandatory public service and more public skin overall on the military side of things would anything be improved for the better?  I'm not sure of it at all.  I know that because our forces are volunteer and extremely self motivated and competitive we have amazing people who handle the very worst things and they do it with extreme skill and competence.  And no matter how much skin and varied skin is in the real ground game we will always have those arguing for world peace NOW.  I do have a diary that I want to write about the recent Al Qaeda successes.  But I need to approach it all from a very respectful place, I know my audience by now :) I've been so P.O.d at Obama lately though it is very hard to write a diary in praise of his military effort.

    It seems awful to me that our Commander in Chief is supporting, allowing, and arguing for polices that are doing horrible damage to the citizens of the country.  The military is supposed to be standing on the wall, protecting this area so that the Democratic process can take place and voices be what is heard instead of power, violence, and force being all that is heard.  But is that what is happening at this time?

    It is mighty kind that the oligarchy hasn't gouged me and screwed me over yet, because they need me and they know it. But I also recognize an oligarchy when I see one, paychecks and guaranteed healthcare for my family has not made me blind to the facts and what is really going on out there.


    Draft during Vietnam War did not (none / 0) (#106)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 02:50:51 PM EST
    foreclose decisions many civilians objected too--strenuously.  

    To be honest, I'm torn (5.00 / 1) (#98)
    by Yman on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 05:18:20 PM EST
    No tears for Al-Alwaki by any means, but I am concerned about the precedent.

    Buh-bye! (none / 0) (#93)
    by jbindc on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 02:22:22 PM EST
    I made the huge mistake (5.00 / 2) (#95)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 02:25:48 PM EST
    of asking this soldier person if Al Awlaki would really be missed in the Al Qaeda network and I was told doesn't matter, the hellfire didn't. Ba Da Bum

    Adrian Gonzalez goes from SD to Boston... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:01:43 AM EST
    ...and his team folds exactly the same way the Pods did last year.  That extra hundred mil should salve the "wound" though.

    Did Gonzalez choke too? Pretty (none / 0) (#31)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 01:14:35 PM EST
    good season batting average but only 27 HR.

    Yo Adrian (5.00 / 2) (#44)
    by CoralGables on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:25:03 PM EST
    had an excellent year. It was Boston pitching that went south.

    My wine snob friend says that there is an (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:58:53 AM EST
    awesome wine out there that I think is a blend.  We have a get together tonight so I will write the info down then because telling me something on the phone does nothing if I'm not writing it down.  But I did recall that it is from Herding Cats Winery.  I looked them up, there are many ways to embibe with herding cats.  Very reasonable right now too, but if they are good that will change.

    I'm interested (none / 0) (#11)
    by sj on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 11:42:44 AM EST
    Is it a red wine?  I've found I often like red blends.  Be sure and post.

    The blend highly spoken of (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:50:15 PM EST
    is Herding Cats Merlot/Pinotage the older the better .  She also gave me the name Jirdilede 2004 at around $13, but this was after several sampled wines.  I can't find a thing online about it though and I swear I wrote her words accurately on my hand. I think several wines have come in between the information and the actionable intelligence :)  She is bringing me a bottle though sometime next week and surely we will all be able to read the label accurately then and I will report back:)

    I will (none / 0) (#30)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 01:04:43 PM EST
    I just realized I spelled embibe wrong.  Must be too much imbibing going on around here.  We are having a meet up at a local wine bar this evening.  We have one now, I hope it stays open.  

    Here is kind of a fun site... (none / 0) (#12)
    by desertswine on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 11:52:08 AM EST
    If We Don't, Remember Me

    Just to get your mind off of the horrors of American Politics. It's a gallery of "living" movie stills.

    very cool, thanks n/t (none / 0) (#19)
    by The Addams Family on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:19:38 PM EST
    Always (none / 0) (#61)
    by ZtoA on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 05:43:19 PM EST
    like your links.

    So, here we go (none / 0) (#17)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:15:27 PM EST
    Bank of America will start charging a $5 monthly fee for using your debit card.

    I will now start carrying my checkbook again and will hold up lines all over town while I write checks. Or maybe kdog has it right - cash only.

    Of course I have it right...:) (5.00 / 3) (#21)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:26:36 PM EST
    Your merchants will thank you...cashish, it is everywhere you want to be, and leech-free to boot.

    Just called my bank (5.00 / 2) (#45)
    by MO Blue on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:28:41 PM EST
    They will not be charging a fee for using debt card. They are eliminating their rewards program though.

    I find it handy not to carry much cash or a check book so I do use my debit card quite a bit. Would definitely quit using it if they ever start charging me for allowing them to generate fees from merchants when I use their card.  


    Or...you can take your money and put (none / 0) (#26)
    by Anne on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:43:55 PM EST
    it in the credit union, where I suspect - more and more every day - that it is a lot safer than it will be at BoA.

    I've encouraged my daughter and her boyfriend to do that; they are saving to buy a house, and have managed to save a lot, and I'm not liking what I'm reading about BoA's condition.


    That would be great (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 04:03:46 PM EST
    And then, of course, I'd have to come visit my money (not that there's much) - say, every February for a couple of weeks.  I even have a place to stay, as my aunt lives in Kailua!

    But I wouldn't mind (none / 0) (#60)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 04:26:00 PM EST
    Coming to visit my money.  :)

    I'd like to (none / 0) (#27)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:51:34 PM EST
    The problem is finding one where I qualify for membership. I will also probably keep the BoA account (at least minimally) for the mere fact that there is a branch near my mom's house in metro Detroit, so when I go visit, I am not hit with stupid ATM fees, or she can put money in my account if I desperately need it (which, unfortunately, I have a couple of times in the last year).

    Maybe PNC - they still aren't doing these fees (although, it's probably a matter of time) and they also have branches here and back in Michigan.


    Many credit unions belong to a nationwide (5.00 / 2) (#52)
    by caseyOR on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:53:55 PM EST
    ATM network. You can use network ATMs anywhere at no charge, just like you can use BoA's all over w/o charge. You could withdraw $$$ in Michigan, and your mom could deposit $$$.

    There are credit unions that are open to everyone in a geographic area. It's not like the sold days when credit unions were only open to employees of specific companies or union members. Just off the top of my head I can name five CUs here in Portland where I qualify for membership simply because I live in Portland.

    Look for the word "community" in the name. That often means the CU membership is determined by location.


    Thanks, (5.00 / 1) (#55)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 04:01:43 PM EST
    You can try (none / 0) (#49)
    by me only on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:47:06 PM EST
    Never (none / 0) (#64)
    by chrisvee on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 06:58:14 PM EST
    I will never pay those types of fees even if I have to put my ATM on ice and go back to checks/cash. I will suffer any inconvenience not to give in to these craven banks who first eliminated the jobs and now want us to subsidize their incompetence and unrestrained greed.

    I agree re: credit unions. I'm trying to figure out the logistics of moving my accounts.

    I will end where I began. I started with Hill Financial who got taken over by Meridian Bank during the S&L crisis. Who got taken over by Core States. Who got taken over by Wachovia. Who got taken over by Wells Fargo.

    Just the classic story of a girl and her bank.


    Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank (none / 0) (#68)
    by caseyOR on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:25:52 PM EST
    are owned by BNP Paribas, a giant multinational finance corporation headquartered in Paris, France. I believe they are the largest, or second largest, financial corporation in the world.

    Although 1st Hawaiian came through the crisis in decent shape, it is still part of the international banking industry. It executives fight against sensible regulation right alongside Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein.

    IMO, the better choice is to find a local credit union or a community bank, one with no ties to the mega- financial companies. I prefer an institution that is focused on and committed to my community.

    Sadly that would mean no trips to Hawaii to visit your money.


    BNP Paribas took over complete control (none / 0) (#80)
    by caseyOR on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:52:09 PM EST
    in 2001, I believe.

    For some background and info on BNP Paribas and its various parts, here is a link.

    I pretty much despise the financial services industry and the large multinationals that have come to define it. Their massive share of the world's wealth is so out of proportion to the relatively small amount of good they do.


    My bank, Regions, is starting (none / 0) (#35)
    by ruffian on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 01:52:49 PM EST
    to charge $4. So I am going to stop using the card.
    I am afraid I will forget once in the month and end up paying $4 for one use.

    I know (none / 0) (#37)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 02:06:18 PM EST
    That's what I worry about too.

    they are so sneaky. The' 'reminded'me after Sept 1 (none / 0) (#38)
    by ruffian on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 02:13:11 PM EST
    that it was starting in September. I had already used the card. Maybe they notified me earlier, and I missed it. So I have used September to retrain myself to carry cash and my checkbook.

    Grr (none / 0) (#39)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 02:26:20 PM EST
    I hate them.  Dirty buggers.

    Channeling George Thorogood... (none / 0) (#41)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 02:52:24 PM EST
    "I said I know.  Everybody dirty.  Now you dirty too."

    Bad to the bone (none / 0) (#71)
    by ruffian on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:39:47 PM EST
    Gogol Bordello (none / 0) (#32)
    by Dadler on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 01:16:08 PM EST
    If you've never seen or heard them, damn, they are wild and fun.

    Wanderlust King (on Letterman)

    Start Wearing Purple (from Coachella 2008)

    Peace, y'all.  

    And some righteous anger (none / 0) (#34)
    by Dadler on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 01:29:55 PM EST
    Bankster snakes take note.

    Snake by the glorious PJ Harvey. (LINK)



    You snake
    You crawled
    My legs
    Said "Want
    It all?
    It's yours
    You bet
    I'll make
    You queen
    Of everything
    No need
    For God
    No need
    For him
    Just take
    My hand
    You'll be
    My bride
    Just take
    That fruit
    Put it
    You snake
    You dog
    You fake
    You liar
    I've burned
    my hands
    I'm in
    the fire


    You salty dog
    You filthy liar
    My heart
    It aches
    I'm in
    The fire
    You snake (You snake)
    I ate (I ate)
    A true (A true)
    Belief (Belief)
    Good Lord (Good Lord)
    That fruit's (That's fruit's)
    Inside (Inside)
    Of me (Of me)
    Oh Adam (Oh Ad-)
    Please (-am please)
    You must (You must)
    Believe (Believe)
    That snake (That snake)
    Put it (Put it)
    In front (In front)
    Of me (Of me)
    That snake
    Put it
    In front
    Of me
    In front
    Of me


    PJ Harvey is so great. n/t (none / 0) (#58)
    by lilburro on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 04:08:48 PM EST
    Blue Angels are practicing on my (none / 0) (#43)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 03:15:26 PM EST
    roof today.  Time to get in the car for Disney Hall to hear Ravi Shankar play the Sitar.  (I hope, as he has postponed twice due to ill health.)

    There up here next weekend for (none / 0) (#73)
    by nycstray on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:58:35 PM EST
    fleet week. Think I'll hop the ferry in with mom to see them.

    Smokin' hot (none / 0) (#62)
    by jbindc on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 05:53:58 PM EST
    #1 and #9 not so much (none / 0) (#63)
    by MO Blue on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 06:23:03 PM EST
    #13 definitely. I also like #25.

    My pics are (none / 0) (#67)
    by caseyOR on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:16:28 PM EST
    Nos. 22 (love Archie Punjabi), and 30 (nice to see Poppy Montgomery back in TV).

    Ahem (none / 0) (#65)
    by chrisvee on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 06:59:40 PM EST

    Ahem (5.00 / 0) (#66)
    by MO Blue on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:02:59 PM EST
    Go Cards!   ;o)

    lol (none / 0) (#75)
    by chrisvee on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 08:44:08 PM EST
    Good luck with that. ;-)

    My godson is a HUGE Cards fan so things are tense in my family right now.


    Happy to hear that you have (5.00 / 0) (#91)
    by MO Blue on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 11:07:19 AM EST
    a godson with good judgment and impeccable taste. ;o)

    Spammer Alert!! (none / 0) (#69)
    by caseyOR on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:29:16 PM EST
    Jeralyn, spammer xueer19898711 is hitting several old threads. What is with these spammers? It seems like this site is getting hit with more than usual.

    I foolishly concluded the (none / 0) (#74)
    by oculus on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 08:17:12 PM EST
    The Cardinals were out of the running this year. Nemesis of Pads. Always. Although I enjoyed watching them beat KC @ the new Busch.  

    Never wise to count the Cards out (none / 0) (#76)
    by MO Blue on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 08:45:42 PM EST
    As one friend put it, "They are just drama queens and have to make sure they do everything the hardest way possible."  

    Let them eat cake (none / 0) (#77)
    by chrisvee on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 09:08:08 PM EST
    Wall Streeters drink champagne while watching protesters

    h/t to Digby

    Hard to believe this is real but I guess it is.

    Thanks for the link (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by cal1942 on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:13:24 PM EST
    I fantasize that they're waiting in line for their moment on the Guillotine.

    in health care (none / 0) (#85)
    by CST on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 08:51:23 AM EST
    the insurance companies are not the only problem.

    In one of the most self-interested moves possible:

    "American Hospital Association is rallying hundreds of hospital leaders to descend upon the Capitol on Tuesday and urge legislators to consider increasing the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 as one way to save money without reducing payments to hospitals"

    "The hospitals would be walking away with a windfall because people would be covered privately, which pays a higher rate than Medicare,''

    Also it's hospitals, not insurance companies, that are the biggest problem right now when it comes to curbing health care costs in MA.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#109)
    by lilburro on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 07:52:08 PM EST
    the hospitals don't come off well at all in Suskind's book either.  No interested party really does and of course I am still naive enough to find that shocking.  The health care section has made me a little more sympathetic to Obama than I had been before, actually.

    I am so... confused (none / 0) (#88)
    by CST on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 09:23:10 AM EST
    Is she really this far gone?  Link

    "Rep. Michele Bachmann blamed President Barack Obama's stand on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks for the uprisings against autocratic governments across the Arab world"

    "You want to know why we have an Arab Spring? Barack Obama has laid the table for an Arab Spring by demonstrating weakness from the United States of America," she said. "The No. 1 duty of the president is to be the commander-in-chief."

    Wait, so we're supposed to be upset about "uprisings against autocratic governments"???  What about spreading Democracy?  And blame Obama?  Really?  THIS is how you're gonna try and spin it?  My brain hurts.

    Sounds about parr for the course (none / 0) (#90)
    by MO Blue on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 09:39:34 AM EST
    for Michele Bachmann. Just Michele being Michele.

    Think she and Coulter should take their show on the road as a comedy team.