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Steve Jobs RIP

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Dead at 56, way too young. 

Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs had a vision and passion for his life and changed the world more than he could’ve imagined.

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Senator Dick Durbin to Bank of America customers: “Get the hell out of that bank…”

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Ladies and gentlemen, the second in command of the United States Senate:

Holding up a plastic debit card on the Senate floor this afternoon, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., had some advice for Bank of America customers angry about the new $5 monthly fee: leave.

“Bank of America customers, vote with your feet, get the heck out of that bank,” Durbin said on the Senate floor. “Find yourself a bank or credit union that won’t gouge you for $5 a month and still will give you a debit card that you can use every single day. What Bank of America has done is an outrage.”

Durbin said consumers are rightfully outraged about last week’s announcement.

“It is hard to believe that a bank would impose such a fee on loyal customers who simply are trying to access their own money on deposit at Bank of America,” he said. “Especially when Bank of America for years has been encouraging their customers to use debit cards as much as possible.”

Most basic checking accounts at Bank of America will see a 40 percent jump in monthly costs and the bank says the debit fee will be waived for customers who upgrade to “premium” accounts that require higher minimum balances.

The Dodd-Frank financial law this month lowers “interchange fees” that banks can charge retailers for debit transactions. Fees for retailers will shrink from 44 cents to a cap of 24 cents, which has led some debit card issuers to seek other ways to make up that lost revenue. Some people have blamed Durbin for his amendment, which capped the so-called swipe fees that banks can charge retailers.

You read that correctly.  Senator Durbin is encouraging a run on the largest holder of cash deposits in the country.   Am I the only one that finds this disturbing?  This, in addition to the fact that Dick Durbin is entirely to blame for the amendment to the Dodd-Frank monstrosity which forced the bank’s hand in the first place?

Is anyone surprised?  This is class warfare–pitting one group of citizens against another.  But then again, it’s part of the weaponry there at the Democrat party.

AG Holder lied to Congress on Fast and Furious

October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Breaking from CBS News:

New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious guns operation as far back as July of 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress.

 On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” 

In Fast and Furious, ATF agents allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to cross the border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. It’s called letting guns “walk,” and it remained secret to the public until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered last December. Two guns from Fast and Furious were found at the scene. And ATF agent John Dodson blew the whistle on the operation.

Corruption abounds in this White House and the media is complicit in trying to hide it all.

UPDATE.  Yeoman’s work by Doug Ross here and Nice Deb here.

Autumn is here

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

September is usually a month of cooling down, switching gears to the fall, which happens to be my favorite season right now.  Since August however, the weather here in Central Jersey has been an alternating mix of hazy, muggy days and rain.  Lots of warm rainfall.

Today we actually got a respite from that, as the midday temps dropped to around 70, and a cool, steady drizzle was falling as I write this.  Today felt like fall (still no sun) and this morning, looking out from my porch, I saw this:

tomorrow is supposed to be even cooler, so here’s hoping that we maintain some fall-ish weather.

Speaking of fall, it was in the fall of 1966 that the Beatles embarked on a mini-vacation from being Beatles, and enjoyed time on their own for those two months.  George Harrison took off to India for about four weeks.  And speaking of George, here’s the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biopic of my favorite Beatle, which looks nothing short of awesome:

 

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