Market Mover Friday: March Jobs Report…

Should be a doozy..will be released at 8:30 am EST…

God Bless America, try to attend a Tax Day Tea Party(now with online RSVP) to get the STOP SPENDING message to the Congress Critters so we can have JOB GROWTH…

Here is a blessing/wish for all of us, may we all have jobs, cause aint nothin goin on but the rent as Gwen Guthrie said….

April 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. Leave a comment.

Flashback: Veggie Burger Hill…

TheNoseonYourFace:

The Democratic nominee’s dream of a military career imagined.

April 2, 2009. Politics. Leave a comment.

Dollhouse: The Awakening

Courtesy of hannamayh

I’m so excited! Next week is the awakening!

Arcade Fire- Wake Up


April 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Music, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Obama Budget Framework Passage Update..Cap and Trade Delayed..Sebelius Vote Cancelled….Market Update: FASB sends averages higher..Go Gadget Go!

Update from WSJ  on Obama Budget Framework passage in Senate /House:

Here is the money quote on the Senate Amendment on FED loans, it does not have the force of law but it certainly puts the kaibosh on feeling the war on capital is over IMO….the HUGE IRONY is it is our only socialist, Bernie Sanders of VT demanding they NAME NAMES, BWAAAAHAAA!!! Through the Looking Glass baby!

One amendment approved by the Senate would require the Federal Reserve to disclose the companies that have benefited from Fed programs aimed at reviving the banking system. “We need to name names,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and chief sponsor of the measure.

Looks as though cap and trade was thankfully saddled with a nonbinding provision to not go through reconciliation so we will have warning next time it rears its ugly carbon  hating head….

they removed the TARP funds so Team Obama will have to come back for more later, good luck with that after the WE HATE BANKERS campaign…

And healthcare is still being debated..the scary thing there IMO is they are, like the stimulus,  leaving it seemingly blank open to discussion, but IMO it is because they don’t want to tell us about rationing at this point b/c Americans will stop the plan before it gets off the ground once they understand the government panel on efficiency or whatever the hell they call it…we need to keep an eye on that one..

Also interesting the scheduled vote on Sebelius WAS CANCELLED in committee an unnamed GOP Senator is blocking the vote, YAY! Make a call to a Senatorial critter near you, no more tax evaders making policy and telling us to sacrifice, it isn’t THAT much to ask for is it?

Contact your Senator here

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April 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized, Wall St. Leave a comment.

Holmes Demonstrates proper application of Queensbury Rules….

Jeremy Brett kickin axx and takin names fancypants style, LOL, RDJ take note! Queensbury Rules are below…

Clip courtesy of waldomason:

Holmes demonstrates the “Queensbury Rules” whilst putting a cad in his place, demonstrating why Jeremy Brett was the best Sherlock ever. Pay attention, Mr Ritchie, Downey Jr has some big shoes to fill…

“Swine!”

“No sir, A gentleman. Only a ruffian deals a blow with the back of the hand. A gentleman uses the straight left….THWACK!…. and I am a gentleman!”

The Queensbury Rules

1. To be a fair stand-up boxing match in a twenty-four foot ring or as near that size as practicable.

2. No wrestling or hugging allowed.

3. The rounds to be of three minutes duration and one minute time between rounds.

4. If either man fall through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, ten seconds be allowed to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to his corner; and when the fallen man is on his legs the round is to be resumed and continued until the three minutes have expired. If one man fails to come to the scratch in the ten seconds allowed, it shall be in the power of the referee to give his awart in favour of the other man.

5. A man hanging on the ropes in a helpless state, with his toes off the ground, shall be considered down.

6. No seconds or any other person to be allowed in the ring during the rounds.

7. Should the contest be stopped by any unavoidable interference, the referee (is) to name the time and place as soon as possible for finishing the contest, to that the match can be won and lost, unless the backers of the men agree to draw the stakes.

8. The gloves to be fair-sized boxing gloves of the best quality and new.

9. Should a glove burst, or come off, it must be replaced to the referee’s satisfaction.

10. A man on one knee is considered down, and if struck is entitled to the stakes.

11. No shoes or boots with springs allowed.

12. The contest in all other respects to be governed by the revised rules of the London Prize Ring.

April 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . 18717358, Detective Stories, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Mystery, Popular Culture, Suspense. 1 comment.

FASB Eases Fair Value Rules – Bloomberg

Bloomberg:

From Norwalk, CT: Interview with Patrick Finnegan of CFA Insititute (Bloomberg News)

April 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

WoT: TOR Announces ‘The Gathering Storm’, Book 12 of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series!!! 11/3 Release Date for Volume One…yes ‘A Memory of Light’ has been split!!

WOOHOO!!!! See our previous post on WoT here

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TOR:

Tor Books is proud to announce the November 3rd, 2009 on-sale date for The Gathering Storm, Book Twelve of The Wheel of Time and the first of three volumes that will make up A Memory of Light, the stunning conclusion to Robert Jordan’s beloved and bestselling fantasy series. A Memory of Light, partially written by Jordan and completed by Brandon Sanderson, will be released over a two-year period.

Robert Jordan, one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th and early 21st centuries, passed away in 2007 after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis. Brandon Sanderson, the New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan’s editor—his wife, Harriet McDougal—to complete the final book.

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Harriet McDougal said on the process behind A Memory of Light: “The scope and size of the novel was such that it could not be contained in a single volume. It was a piece of marvelous good fortune that Brandon Sanderson undertook the work. He is a great pleasure to work with, as well as a wonderful writer.”

President and Publisher of Tor Books, Tom Doherty, also expressed his happiness with A Memory of Light, saying: “It is a magnificent closure to a great American epic fantasy whose journey began almost twenty years ago. There is no way Robert Jordan would have squeezed it to a single volume, and somehow it seems fitting that what began as a trilogy will also end as one.”

AND A FILM, word to the cranky Legend of the Seeker commenter, I suggest you dont go see it OR read these final books, and yes I HAVE read them all, several times, and I have even met Robert Jordan, God Bless Him, and I am STILL going to read these books AND see the films AND enjoy them for what they are not what I want them to be..AND when I do see the film I will be aware of the BUDGET they have in film that TV and thus Seeker does not, so there! /fantasy rant off – LOL!!

This year will also see major publications of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time comic books and graphic novels with the launch of The Eye of the World comics in May and the New Spring graphic novel with bonus material in November. The Dabel Brothers will be releasing the comic book series, which will then be collected and published as graphic novels by Tor Books.

Universal Pictures acquired the movie rights to The Wheel of Time in August 2008, and currently plan to adapt The Eye of the World as the first movie.

wot

April 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Stimulus Deadline Friday….

dum dum dum DUM……

Kansas City Star:

…governors facing a Friday deadline to seek their states’ shares of $48.6 billion in the recovery package’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, Orszag’s opinion puts more pressure on a handful of Republican governors who oppose the stimulus plan Obama signed into law Feb. 17….

“For a state to access its allocation of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, the governor must submit an application to the secretary of education, and there currently is no provision in the Recovery Act for the state legislature to make such an application in lieu of the governor for a state’s allocation,” Orszag wrote to Graham.

Last month, the Congressional Research Service, the research arm of Congress, concluded that it likely would be unconstitutional for a legislature to supplant a governor in accepting and using economic stimulus money.

So the Governors have to ASK but the state legislators can override them? or maybe not…

… The Republican-controlled South Carolina General Assembly has crafted legislation to request the money, but Orszag’s letter suggests the Obama administration wouldn’t recognize or act on such a law were the legislature to pass it….

SC Update:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has until Friday to choose between the philosophical and the fiscal as the deadline to accept $700 million in federal stimulus money approaches, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sanford wants authority over the funds, earmarked for education and public safety, and has pledged to refuse them unless the legislature agrees to pay down debt—an action it says it can’t afford.

The State:

Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said the governor has already compromised from his original position and said lawmakers still could prioritize education while paying off debt.

“They’re writing an intentionally irresponsible budget in an attempt to raise public pressure,” Sawyer said.

Wednesday, the White House resolved the debate about who could request the money, agreeing with an earlier opinion by S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster that only Sanford had the authority.

Sanford cheered White House budget director Peter Orszag’s opinion supporting his authority.

“We’re glad the White House concurred with the state attorney general in validating what the governor has long believed — that he should be the one directing this money,” Sawyer said.

Yeah maybe someone briefed the Constitutional Law Professor on the pesky Amendement giving states you know rights and such lol….

The Republican-controlled South Carolina Legislature has crafted legislation requesting the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund money, but Orszag’s letter suggests the Obama administration wouldn’t recognize or act on such resolution were the Legislature to pass it.

Working with the Republican leaders of the South Carolina General Assembly, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, had crafted a provision in the stimulus bill authorizing state legislatures to seek stimulus money that governors reject.

But the Congressional Research Service, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress, concluded last month that it likely would be unconstitutional for a legislature to supplant a governor in accepting and using economic stimulus money.

Sanford has said consistently that the debt created by the stimulus would harm future generations, and paying down debt is the best option for offsetting what he deems to be irresponsible borrowing.

April 2, 2009. Tags: , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

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