Friday, January 26, 2007

Who's The Criminal?

(deuddersun and damagster, back in the "day")

Lawmakers Target Rising Credit Penalties
By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers challenged credit card executives Thursday over rising late fees and other penalties and marketing practices they portrayed as predatory.
The credit card industry and its practices came under scrutiny at a session of the Senate Banking Committee. Several Democratic members of the panel are proposing legislation to require companies to provide more details to consumers on how long it will take them to pay off their debts if they make minimum monthly payments, and to rein in solicitations of college students.

...A study by congressional investigators released in October found that fees for paying credit card bills late averaged $34, up from $13 in 1995, while some card issuers impose penalty interest rates of more than 30 percent on consumers who pay late or exceed the credit limit.

Folks, I have been both a "loan shark" and a "bookie". I never charged 30% interest for anything! I have never made threatening phone calls or tried to hang someone's debt on a family member. In fact, the only "threat" I have ever had to make is, "Look, if you screw me, where are you going to go the next time you need something?" Face it, if you're coming to me for a loan you're in trouble and you can't get it anywhere else, so why screw it up? No-one ever beat me for a dime and many folks were forgiven their loans because they had paid enough interest to cover the principle and more. Good customer relations. I never loaned to junkies or compulsive gamblers. Most of my clients were hard working folks who didn't make much and couldn't qualify for conventional loans. Their families weren't much better off, so they couldn't go there either. They were caught in a jam because the transmission on their 1962 Piece-o-shit crapped out or their water heater broke or they were in the midst of some other family calamity - health care was a big one! (What's that tell ya?) Had I employed some of the techniques currently being used by the Cedit Card Companies and their attack dogs, the Collection Agencies, I would have been jailed long ago.

So you tell me, who's the criminal here?


Lawmakers Target Rising Credit Penalties - NEWS - POLITICAL -

March Against Bush!

The time for talk is almost over. The time for Action is upon us!

Join us in Washington, D.C. on January 27th, 2007 and let Congress know that we expect them to do their jobs and stop Bush's Escalation of the War In Iraq!

This is shaping up to be a monumental Demonstration, the likes of which we haven't seen in over 30 years!

Be a part of history! Do your part to thwart the plans of Bush, Cheney and the Neo-Conservatives for World Domination!

Help Save America and The World! Bring our Troops Home NOW!

No more lies! No more bullshit! Let Congress know we expect them to investigate the lies leading to the war and the profiteers who have made billions off the War!

They impeached Bill Clinton for oral sex while Bush & Company are fucking our entire country!

If you can't make it to D.C., find out where a Rally or March is being held in your area and participate!

Go to
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(This will remain on top until after the March! Newer posts below!)

(Thanks to Anne from Cozy Shack for the above video!)

I'm a Minotaur!

What mythical beast are you?

What mythical beast are you?

You're a minotaur. You're a bully (or at least you'd like to be) and you enjoy it. You don't like people and tend to be a loner; this may be because they don't like you either. Strength is one of your natural advantages. Though most minotaurs are sadistic, a few have been known to have deeply hidden "nice" sides. Your alignment is most definitely *evil*.
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Found this over at blondesense posted by redstatesblue, who by the way, is a Unicorn, so I guess we are diametrically opposed.

Do you think the fact that I indicated I wanted to be President of The United States had anything to do with my reults?

Which mythical beast are you?


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Post SOTU...

After watching the State of the Union Address I came to the conclusion that I would rather have Beetlejuice from the Howard Stern show in office than Bush!

The above video says it all!


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Confounded by Blogger

I wanted to do a couple of posts this morning but Blogger isn't taking my edits for some reason. (See For Fixer & Gordon Two posts down). I kept trying to get the title under the pictures instead of all strung out along the side like it is. for some reason Blogger isn't getting it. I've tried it in both the Compose and html modes and it shows up okay in Preview, but it isn't translating to the page itself. I just don't have the time or the enegy this morning to fuck with it anymore, so my post of the SOTU will have to wait. Anyway, it's a good story about a used car. If you're wondering why it's dedicated to Fixer & Gordon then you haven't been to the "garage". Check them out in the sidebar under Fellow Scholars!

Pax Tibi


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

For Fixer & Gordon

Used Car Sells For $5,500,000.00!

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. � Shelby muscle cars solidified their reputation as the kingpins of the classic-car market Saturday when a 1966 Shelby Cobra 'Super Snake' sold for $5.5 million at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction."
Holy Shit! And it doesn't even have a front bumper!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Tag, I'm It

Got tagged by spadoman over the weekend to do a meme, whatever that is. Based on what I've seen, it's basically a bunch of questions one answers that's supposed to give other's insight into the responder's lifestyle, feelings, thoughts, etc.

Well, I don't know how accurate all this amateur psychology is, but here we go...(if you see something here I've missed about myself, let me know and I'll get right on it!):

1.) Name a book that you want to share so much that you keep giving away copies:

What kind of question is this? Who buys copies of books to give away? Other than birthdays and Christmas? Who? Who does this? Have you? Tell the truth. I've lived in Big Cities for at least half of my life. I live in Philly now and I work in New York. Millions and millions of people! No-one has ever come up to me, pressed a book into my hand and said, "Here, I'm giving these away because I think you should read this!" Jehovah's Witnesses don't count! Okay, I haven't done that either. I have passed along books I have read to others and asked them to pass them along also. If I were to do that, the one book I would choose to do it with is, "Big Lies", by Joe Conason. "Big Lies" exposes the inner workings of the Rightwing Spinmachine, it's history, it's hypocrisy and the purveyors of mistruths' own twisted histories. Great book for anyone who wonders what happened to the "Lib'rul Media" and the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.

2.) Name a piece of music that changed the way you listen to music:

What? ... Changed the "way" I listen to music?... None. 8 tracks changed the "way" I listen to music. Cassettes changed the "way" I listen to music. CD's and DVD's changed the "way" I listen to music. Satellite radio changed the "way" I listen to music. Am I taking this too literally? Do you mean what musical inspiration was my muse? None. I like too many things to be pinned down on one. If I had to say the piece of music that represents a major change in my life, then I would have to say "The Marine Corps Hymn". After they played that at my Graduation from Parris Island, nothing in my life was the same anymore. To this day, when I hear it, I stop whatever I am doing and snap to attention. Not because I'm an idiot, (which is understandably arguable), but out of respect for my Brother and Sister Marines.

3.) Name a film you can watch again and again without fatigue:

Debbie Does Dallas! (Hey! You asked!) OH! You mean mainstream films? None. I work in the business. It is very hard for me to watch a picture without dissecting it technically. I guess if I had to pick one it would be Drums Along The Mohawk, not so much for the film itself as much as the warm memories it generates of watching it while a young boy with my family. (Actually, I had to come back and edit this. I must add Pirates of The Carribean with Johnny Depp. Of course one needs to be stoned prior to each viewing.)

4.) Name a performer for whom you suspend all disbelief:

There's only two. While I love Robert De Niro and have worked on some of his films, (most recently Hide And Seek) and I have gotten drunk with Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford, when we're talking about raw talent I have to go with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Just finished "The Devil Wears Prada" with Ms. Streep and I am happy to report that she is still a doll to work with.

5.) Name a work of art you'd like to live with:

The Magster, and I do live with her. It continually amazes me thath she wants to live with me! Only God could have created such feminine perfection. If you mean "art" art, the cover of Zap Comix "Captain Pissgums & His Pervert Pirates". (See featured picture) I have always wanted to be a pirate and the nastier the better! I kinda think I am a pirate, secretly disguised as an old hippie! "AAArgghhhh! Bite me crank, Matey! "

6.) Name a work of fiction which has penetrated your real life:

What the hell does this mean? "Penetrated" my real life? None. That's why it's called "Fiction". If I had to choose I'd say "Old Yeller. I always loved dogs and this movie just super reinforced my love of our "Best Friend". Other than that, it tore me up for years and severely damaged my little developing psyche. Probably why I think Capt. Pissgums qualifies as "art".

7.) Name a punch line that always makes you laugh:

Always? That's a tall order. The more you hear something the less impact it has. The one that brings a smile to my face though, is from the Smothers Brothers, "Mom always liked you best!"

Well, there you have it. Did you learn anything? Now here's one for you!

If you could be a bottle of scotch, which one would you be? Why?

Tune in tomorrow for my answer.

Pax Tibi


Sunday, January 21, 2007

Psychedelic Sunday!

Dreams of Lost Youth

Like, Welcome to a far out new feature at deuddersun's, man, Psychedelic Sunday!

Each Sunday I will post like, some groovy vids of songs, bands and poets dredged from the graveyard of my mind, (and YouTube - far out!). At some point, man, I may take some songs, like, I can't find on YouTube, man, and create my own vids, man, cannyadiggit? But, like, that's only if, like, I have the time man.

So dig it, man, like the buzz is this, the first three vids are, like, to give the younger folks a birds-eye view on life back then man, courtesy of Ed Sullivan, a far out old dude who was hip to the scene. Oh wow, now you get to, like, see what yer L-7 parents were doing, far fucking out man!

So spark 'em up, sit back, and groove the tunes, man.

Oh yeah, the featured poster is, like, best viewed totally stoned and with a black light, man.

Trivia question, man...Like who knows where the term "Heavy Metal" came from? Like, first one to answer correctly gets a quarter tab of frozen Sunshine!

Oh WOW! Nobody, man?

The answer is, like, tripped out in the far out vids below, dig it!

Outta sight!

Let 'er roll, daddy-O!



WOW! If I wasn't so stoned man, I woulda, like, downloaded these and, like edited them into one far out groovey piece, been cool...outta sight...yeah...right on!

Bummer, I, like, didn't do that, man!

That's it for the first outta sight Psychedelic Sunday, man. See ya next week!

Tune in, Turn on and drop out!

Far out.