Friday, March 28, 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008

Thinking Of Joining the Army? Check Out This Website First

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ING Direct CEO Sends Members Uninspired Dribble

Here's the email I got:

I am happy to report that ING DIRECT's 2007 financial results are complete. Your confidence in us helped us deliver a record number of new savers, deposits and home mortgage loans. Further, we acquired ShareBuilder so we could offer you a low cost way to invest in stocks and ETFs. I'm proud of our first 7 years, but there's work to be done ...

Further? Should I not be excited about ShareBuilder? Sell it man! Don't you hire someone to write this stuff for you? If not then why do you send them to us?

The fact that ING DIRECT was not adversely affected [by the subprime mortgage market crisis] is a testament to our operating philosophy that, as Americans, we should only buy houses we can afford. That way we can keep them for years to come. We believe a mortgage is a contract that both parties should execute in good faith and expect to see through to its conclusion. We will not waver from our sworn promise to provide you with great value, service and convenience.

As Americans? What about Italians? Japanese? What if housing isn't affordable? Aren't the risks working families take to put a roof over their heads worthy of far less condemnation than the risks taken by big banks and financiers to get even more exceedingly wealthy by offering people "easy money"?

To whom did you swear? I'll look back at the original contract I clicked "Yes I agree" to.

Thank you for your continued trust in us. Stay tuned in 2008 for new ideas we'll offer to help you save your money.

Arkadi Kuhlmann
The CEO of Saving


I don't really trust you Arkadi; I just put some money in your online account because I wanted a higher interest rate (which incidentally keeps going down lately). I have an idea for helping me save my money: don't spend time or money sending out these messages. They are pointless and cause me to waste time on my blog.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

TERROR STRIKES NEW YORK CITY!

A bomb exploded outside of a New York City military recruiting station and police are looking for a man on a bike (although it is possible that he is not on a bike right at the moment; he may be on a unicycle or roller blades; anything is possible). According to Mayor Bloomberg the "coward" attacked New York City. He added, "The fact that this appears deliberately directed at the recruiting station insults every one of our brave men and women in uniform stationed around the world fighting to defend our freedoms and the things we hold so dear."

OK I don't condone this act, mostly because it will probably taint all the nonviolent protests going on at recruiting stations around the country. Look at how Bloomberg already appears to say that directing something at a recruiting station is an insult to all American military personnel, everywhere in the world, who, by the way, are all fighting for freedom and "the things we hold so dear" (he must mean cheap gas). So bombs, rocks, paint balls, shouts, sit ins, letters to the editor - whatever you direct at buildings that hold military recruiters, you direct against every single soldier, all our freedoms, and all we hold dear. Wow.

And how is this guy a coward? Bush always uses that line against anyone he describes as "terrorists" also, so this is not a new tactic. Perhaps this guy is a coward because he rode off on his bike instead of waiting around to accept his punishment? Considering the potential consequences I'd say the assailant had some guts, just not so much wisdom.

I also thought it was interesting how the online news sites were handling the story. The New York Times described it as a "small blast" and it was a small headline, relatively low on the page. But the 24 hour cable news tabloid networks naturally had it as the major story of the day. Check it out ...







Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Want to Reduce Crime? Try Deporting Citizens.

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No that's silly. But new data from the Public Policy Institute of California reinforces the fact that "immigrants are far less likely than the average U.S. native to commit crime ..."