Update: Part 3 fixed! Part 5 added! The Vampire Diaries Episode 1 ‘Pilot’

Update: Part 3 reloaded! Part 5 added!

Parts 2-5 after the break:

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September 10, 2009. Tags: , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Warner Bros.. 7 comments.

The Vampire Diaries: Paul Wesley – On the Set…

Courtesy of TheCWSource:

Paul Wesley tells us why he can relate to his character Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries. He also explains what would happen if Stefan took off his ring. Plus, will Stefan Salvatore show his darker side?

Produced by Catalina Walsh – Camera by Porter Versfelt III – Edited by Catalina Walsh – Production Assistant: Zenaida Gorbea —- A Tribune Interactive Production

September 10, 2009. Tags: , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Warner Bros.. 1 comment.

Obama Health Speech Translated by Rush Limbaugh

Courtesy of Dittopost

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September 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Talk Radio, Unemployment Statistics. 1 comment.

Housing: Making Home Affordable mortgage modification plan poll…

Aloha. Please take a second to click the poll below. A few emails have come in requesting an in-depth drilldown of details and expanded coverage of the Making Home Affordable Modification program and I have spent weeks researching for my own interests but before I dive in to more posts on the subject I want to get an idea of how many people want/need the additional info. Gracias.

September 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing. 2 comments.

Housing: Foreclosures still rising – RealtyTrac confirms earlier UBS’ forecast- won’t peak until 2010…

Here is our post on the UBS forecast for housing foreclosures and mortgage defaults

RealtyTrac concurred with UBS’ position today:

Team TOTUS needs to get the programs that they have already announced properly implemented (HAMP, HASP, PPIP) and either a. working or b. scrap them, cut off the funds, and try something else as far as housing is concerned or we will hit that second leg down in conjunction with a rising tax environment a la Congress and the consumer will go down for a generation IMO…

and don’t even think about anything in the Middle East happening to hit oil prices cuz then we will get another 2 years of TOTUS blaming THAT for his economic failure just as he stops blaming Boooosh!

Barney Frank and Dick Durbin are ready to reintroduce the bankruptcy cramdown bill and the banks have no one to blame but themselves at this point.

..The second-most powerful Democrat in the Senate called the Obama administration’s mortgage modification program“a waste of time” Wednesday, hours after the White House released disappointing new data about the program’s effectiveness

…Mr. Frank has been arguing that if the administration’s loan modification efforts, which rely on voluntary participation by mortgage servicers, don’t improve, then the political winds will move in his favor—and against the banks. “Let me put it this way,” he said at Wednesday’s hearing. “The best lobbyists we have for getting bankruptcy legislation passed are the servicers who are not doing a very good job of modifying mortgages. And if they do not improve their performance, then they improve the chances of that legislation.”…

Meredith Whitney mentioned on CNBC this morning that the banks have increased their MBS holdings of all things, are they buying each other’s properties to avoid taking writedowns after 90 days on foreclosed props??

Is that why people are making market offers and getting turned down by the banks? When will the banks get a CLUE that in THIS political environment their best interest is not served by artificially inflating asset values and failing to make MEANINGFUL modifications with the Federal incentive payments and taking a tiny profit, rather than not doing so and being TOTALLY rolled by Frank and Durbin and thereby starting a cycle of bad loans to people who cannot afford the homes all over again???? Hmmmnnn? Memo to banks suck it up, take the hit, walk it off like consumers do before you get reamed by Team TOTUS’ machine…

September 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Wall St. 2 comments.

‘Sorority Row’ Opening Scene…

Our previous posts on the film, and the original!!, here. Film opens tomorrow.

Courtesy of hollywoodstreams

September 10, 2009. Tags: . Entertainment, Film, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Suspense. Comments off.

Gallup: The American people believe in *themselves*, Congress is out of touch with the electorate…

Yay America! Yay Americans! Gooooooooooo Patriots!!! 🙂 Boo Legislative Dummies Booooooo! Listen to THE PEOPLES!!! VIVA LES PEOPLES!

The American People believe in themselves to do the right thing for their country 73%, this despite the constant onslaught of  messages to ‘Just Trust Us we know what we’re doing’ from MSM and DC..

Trust in the Legislative Branch is at an all time low, (go read the entire Gallup poll!):

At a time when President Obama is asking Congress to develop and pass far-reaching healthcare reform legislation, a record-low 45% of Americans say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the legislative branch of government (…) 73% trust “the American people as a whole” to make judgments about the issues facing the country…

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Gallup:

The current data also underscore the degree to which Americans believe in themselves — the people of the country.

The noisy town hall meetings on healthcare held across the country this summer may not have been representative of general public opinion, but they did call attention again to the implications of major new policy initiatives coming out of Washington that may not be in sync with the wishes and views of the people.

At this point, with trust in Congress at a historically low level, it would appear that elected representatives need to spend more time than ever monitoring the views and opinions of their constituents before passing new policies into law…

Gallup says Congress should monitor the VIEWS and OPINIONS of whom? Not the political class, THEIR CONSTITUENTS..what a novel concept!!! BUY A CLUE CONGRESS!!!!

Hall and Oates courtesy of aboutacat

September 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Ezra Klein acknowledges ‘the insurance industry is not a particularly profitable industry’…

Word up. I actually agree with something a member of journOlist said.

Ezra Klein, Wapo:

…The insurance industry is not a particularly profitable industry. To be more specific, they’re the 86th most profitable industry as measured by profit margins, with an average margin of 3.3 percent. That’s lower than drug manufacturers (16.5 percent), health information services (9.3 percent), home health care (8.4 percent), medical labs and research (8.2 percent), medical instruments and supplies (6.8 percent), biotech firms (6.7 percent), generic drug manufacturers (6.6 percent), and much else. That’s not to pretend that 3.3 percent is nothing, but it’s hard to see how that’s a primary driver of health-care spending, much less the growth in health-care spending….

But of course, Max Baucus calls for an excise tax on them anyway, one that they will be forced to pass on to we consumers, thereby preventing them from containing premium increases, and thereby hitting the Snowe ‘trigger’ and dumping us all on to the Zeke Emanuel/Liverpool Pathway to Doom.

Doom I tell you!

Washington Wire has a copy of the health-overhaul plan that Sen. Max Baucus presented to the “Gang of Six” bipartisan negotiators over the weekend.

We reported the outlines this morning, but some details struck us as noteworthy. To pay for the plan, there are across-the-board fees not just for health insurers but also for pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device makers and clinical laboratories. The hits are likely to arouse industry concerns, although companies also have a lot to gain from a health bill that expands coverage to millions of uninsured.

Like other bills, the proposal from Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee, would require most people to carry health insurance. But it slaps higher penalties on those who refuse, ranging from $750 for the poorest single people to as high as $3,800 a year for families. By contrast, employers wouldn’t be required to provide coverage for employees. They would only have to pay a contribution for employees who get tax credits to buy individual insurance.

Doctors may be irked by some of the payment changes in the Baucus plan. In particular, one measure seeks to give primary-care doctors higher Medicare payments, and funding it by cutting payments to other doctors….

Repeat, hey DC, LEAVE US PEEPS ALONE!

You know, Canada is already Creating jobs, Aussies are doing better as well. Gee wonder why USA is not creating jobs yet? Hmm could it be b/c they didn’t spend 700 BILLION in a stimulus that did not stimulate job creation but instead assured a long term contraction under an unsustainable deficit? See the Aussie CONSUMER is pulling them out of it, which the US consumer would do as well, were DC to HIT THE BRAKES!

…Central bank Governor Glenn Stevens said: “Economic conditions in Australia have been stronger than expected a few months ago, with both consumer spending and exports notable for their resilience. Measures of confidence have recovered a good deal of ground. This suggests that the risk of a severe contraction in the Australian economy has abated. The most likely outcome in the near term is a period of sluggish output, with consumer spending likely to slow somewhat and investment remaining weak. Stronger dwelling activity and public spending will start to provide more support to overall demand soon, and growth is likely to firm into 2010…

Could it be we are not recovering the way Canada and Australia are b/c the loons in DC are acting out textbook examples of what NOT to do in a recession?

ie raising taxes, raising fees, expanding every level of government, enacting layer upon layer of regulation…and in varied ways scaring the consumer and leaving no safe haven in capital markets (except Gold)..

You do not need to be a SOOPERGENIUS to see this, and maybe that is the problem. The smartest folks in the room seem to have an amazing dearth of common sense. I do not think Keynes would have written the stimulus bill ANYTHING like the way they put our spendulus together..and had he seen the size of the deficit and state of consumer balance sheets I am confident he would find a need for incentivizing job creation through TARGETED tax brakes to encourage capital investment and economic expansion…

Cameo courtesy of  DiamondChick

September 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 2 comments.

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