April 26, 2014

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Comment by goon squad
2014-04-26 03:54:06

Does it feel like 2007-2008 all over again yet?

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 06:07:18

With the HBB overrun with real estate trolls assuring everyone that “real estate always goes up,” etc., it feels more like 2006 to me at this point.

You’ll know the ghost of 2007-2008 has returned at the point when those guys either shut up or disappear.

Comment by "Uncle Fed, why won't you love ME?"
2014-04-26 16:10:00

The more scared they get, the louder they squeal.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 16:39:04

That’s true, right up until the day when they shut their yaps in the face of overwhelming evidence that prices are tumbling.

It happened in the 2007-09 episode, and it is destined to happen again sooner rather than later.

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 06:33:45

One thing about this time, in 2007-2008 we weren’t looking back on the readily recallable examples of 2007-2008 like we are now. The availability heuristic works both ways, much like leverage. So the bloom’s been off that rose for quite a while.

Much like Lola.

Comment by The Zima Guy
2014-04-26 07:27:46

Who’s our Obama this time around?

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 11:36:54

Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democrat nominee. She and her hubby are no strangers to real estate shenanigans, either.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 12:27:40

A good looking blank slate? That sure ain’t Hillary, she’s 0 for 2 by that measure.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 04:01:44

If you take on mortgage debt at current massively inflated housing prices, you’ll enslave yourself for the rest of your life.

“Debt is bondage.”~ Suze Orman, May 11, 2013

Don’t Be A Debt Donkey®

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Comment by Igor
2014-04-26 05:07:56

Hey phoney baloney, I have a question for you. What does Ronald Reagan have to do with Cliven Bundy’s brave stand against paying his grazing fees?

Comment by goon squad
2014-04-26 05:16:46

The “real journalists” at the New York Times wouldn’t touch the Cliven Bundy story until his alleged racis comments about black people, then they put it on the front page.

That is the Media/Academia Race Hustlers Industrial Complex in action.

Bundy = racis, therefore Harry Reid’s son’s land deal with the Chinese is not newz.

And Obamacare = DoublePlusGood.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 05:28:03

Reid’s son’s insider dealing with the Chinese has nothing to do with Bundy, of course, or the land Bundy grazes his cattle on, but it helps to conflate the two in the sheeples’mind. Keep ém confused and quarrelling!

Conversely, do you know the statist who, by executive order (which is so beloved by tyrants) created the law which Bundy has been violating?

Ronald Reagan.

Comment by Igor
2014-04-26 05:31:59

“Ronald Regan”

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

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Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 05:38:25

I’ve said it before, and Iĺl say it again. Weĺl never break the two-party stranglehold if we rally around every nut that opposes the US government. We need to choose our heroes more wisely, unless we want to be eternally marginalized.

Comment by jose canusi
2014-04-26 05:46:10

“We need to choose our heroes more wisely, unless we want to be eternally marginalized.”

Yeah, but they’re in such short supply sometimes you have to take ‘em where you can get ‘em. What was it Donald Rumsfeld said? Going to war with the army you’ve got, or some such thing.

I went off the MSM plantation to read about Bundy in a little more detail. If he wants his cattle, he can KEEP his cattle.

I couldn’t help but wonder, where’s that bunch of freedom fighters when border farmers and ranchers are getting overrun with drug and human traffickers?

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 05:54:55

And it was Reagan, right, not Regan? Now where do I collect this chicken dinner?

Comment by Blue Skye
2014-04-26 05:56:27

Everyone who is not conformist is a nut. You are already marginalized. It is not the two party concept that has a hold.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 06:05:52

People who brandish firearms and speak of rebellion and secession are seen as nuts by the vast majority of the population. That’s a simple truth we need to recognize, if we want to take power democratically.

Comment by Igor
2014-04-26 06:12:27

“Where do I collect this chicken dinner?”

Oddfellows Local 151 behind the firehouse. Tell them Igor sent you.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-04-26 06:21:45

‘People who brandish firearms and speak of rebellion and secession’

This country was formed by such people. Our system is set up to protect individuals from among other things, the vast majority.

I recently had some tenants that were late on their rent. At no point in my choices was surrounding the house with guns an option. If this guy owes a bill, put a lien on his property.

Flagstaff now has an armored personnel carrier, courtesy of the Feds. I understand many police departments have these now. Maybe you heard of the spontaneous twitter movement to expose police brutality recently?

I have long mentioned the BS situation of the Feds owning all this land in the west. We work all our lives to try and keep a roof over our heads, with the $200,000 lots, while we are surrounded by empty land in every direction. And ever so often, the BLM will auction off a hundred acres to developers at huge prices. And a few years ago when they couldn’t get huge prices for empty land, they just stopped the auctions. No more land for you, peasants!

What did they pay for this land? Who sets the prices that result in us paying 40% of our income for shelter? It’s a freaking racket.

And don’t give me any baloney about the Feds being “stewards” of the land. They mine it, lease it for cattle. How many endangered species have become extinct under the Feds? Right now I am surrounded by huge amounts of dry forest, because these people couldn’t manage it right for decades. So we live with the constant worry of some one, somewhere, letting a fire get out of control.

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 06:22:36
Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 06:33:37

¨This country was formed by such people¨

Yes, but that was then, this is now. If the vast majority now don’t support armed rebellion (and they don’t), then letting armed people threatening rebellion be our heroes dooms us to being a (perceived) kooky minority.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 06:38:03

¨local 151 behind the firehouse¨

Are you sure? Saturday is usually Spaghetti Night.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 06:45:18

Interesting how Igor and Oddfellow both got up early to jump on this.

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 06:47:31

Are Igor and Oddfellow the same person and isn’t oddfellow Lola, the oddest fellow of them all?

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 06:51:50

Lola is hair trigger on racial issues, so it wouldn’t surprise me.

What’s worse, being a racist or being a race baiter? Lola is a master baiter.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-04-26 06:53:20

‘be our heroes’

Who said anything about that? Do we have a constitution or not? Why aren’t the eastern states owned 60-90% by the Feds? It’s the MSM and the government that’s made this situation what it is. Would we be talking about it if it was a lien?

That was then, huh? I don’t think you know much about how this country was set up. Or even the Magna Carta. The entirety of western civilization is a history of the people and their relation to the state. Does Ukraine have the right to determine its future? Or Egypt, or Syria? What if the “vast majority” of people in Nevada feel they are being oppressed by DC?

Here’s what appears to be taking shape IMO; authoritarianism versus liberty. Militarized police. A surveillance state. And this state is beholden to globalization powers who buy politicians that make decisions that change all our lives. Is it conceivable that these globalized powers might use their influence with the governments to the detriment of the people? And that with spying and an army of domestic law enforcement, armed to the teeth, the people might resist the cage that’s being built for them? To say to their government, you no longer serve us, and we reject that future.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 06:56:53

“It’s a freaking racket.”

By definition and it’s deliberate. Why? To extract cash from citizens. ObamaCare is exhibit A if you need another example. And it’s executed and sold under the guise of “helping and caring for people”. “Bureau of Land Management”? “Fannie Mae ‘making home affordable’? Fawkin serious? LOLOLOLOLOL.

You’re either nuts, blinded by your empty wallet or a brazilian transsexual if you believe this sh1t.. Smarten up people.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 07:01:33

authoritarianism versus liberty

And whenever this choice/battle appears, the playbook is to discredit liberty through allegations of racism or of being a nutjob. Things pretty easy to allege but impossible to disprove.

From what I read on the link above, this guy just seems to have made it easy for them with some comments that were not phrased in the proper politically correct way.

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 07:02:08

It is interesting we have criminals pouring across are porous borders and immigration agents are being told to stand down when rocks are thrown at them to “avoid” violent confrontations and we are told we cannot deport illegals due to a lack of resources. Finally, we are told that illegals did not break criminal laws so enforcement should not be heavy handed. However, a rancher does not pay grazing fees, clearly not a criminal law and the government can find hundreds of agents including swat teams to deal with a civil matter. They can point rifles at U.S. citizens exercising their first amendment rights. The issue is Obama’s selective enforcement of laws and his decisions on when to devote resources. Reid’s shady land deals which involve the use of federal lands in Nevada whether they involve Bundy’s land are also important since they demonstrate that the BLM is enforcing its laws again very selectively to benefit a few.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 07:06:48

Well, if you want to go by historic precedent, we already tried the armed rebellion and secession route, and got our butts handed to us on a platter. So I think it wise to try the ballot box this time. The internet gives us the best possibility in history of breaking the two party system democratically. Lets take it, not blow it.

Comment by The Zima Guy
2014-04-26 07:22:52

So I think it wise to try the ballot box this time. The internet gives us the best possibility in history of breaking the two party system democratically. Lets take it, not blow it.

Cannot believe people still believe in this. I have my problems with Armed rebellions and what not, but if you truly believe what you just said, all you are doing is supporting the 2 party corruption, nothing else. Get a clue!

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 07:23:02

People who brandish firearms and speak of rebellion …

Brandish firearms. There it is. Thanks Mikey Bloomberg for bringing us these early morning trolls working in concert to get the anti firearms message out. I understand the shot now.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 07:26:15

What does this guy owe? 300k in grazing fees? How much has already been spent on one week of some massive militarized effort? Enough to deport 10 plus illegals I’ll bet.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-04-26 07:32:58

‘Fannie Mae ‘making home affordable’

That’s a good point. What we’re told and what the government does are two different things, and the GSE’s are a perfect example of that. They still have the nerve to talk about affordable housing, when the government and central bank has moved heaven and earth, and broke a few laws, to push prices up. To benefit who? A large price manipulation in a basic need like housing, breaks the contract with the people, IMO. It’s funny, I can go squat in a Fannie Mae foreclosure for years and they’ll hand me a check to leave. But by God I better not cross the BLM.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 07:33:11

¨ if you truly believe what you just said, all you are doing is supporting the 2 party corruption, nothing else.¨

How so?

Comment by MacBeth
2014-04-26 07:37:17

“Does Ukraine have the right to determine its future? Or Egypt, or Syria? What if the “vast majority” of people in Nevada feel they are being oppressed by DC?”

Domestic Imperialism is mighty popular among statists worldwide. Your loss of freedom is their gain.

Comment by Neuromance
2014-04-26 09:12:28

Ben Jones: They still have the nerve to talk about affordable housing, when the government and central bank has moved heaven and earth, and broke a few laws, to push prices up. To benefit who?

Really, this is what amuses me about rising prices. The net result for the average homeowner is simply higher carrying costs due to higher taxes. Homeowners do get a warm fuzzy from thinking their house has appreciated but their NET RESULT is that they lose money.

Flippers do make money in the run up, but lose more in the downturn. Just like stocks. Virtually no one’s got the discipline to stop. The people that walk away with money are the connected insiders who make money on the debt and the transaction - the “infrastructure”, the “house”, the “casino” - not the individual citizen investor/speculator/gambler.

But the government, the sock puppet for big donors, is all about telling people to get out there and gamble their life savings for the big score, be it in the stock market or in real estate.

Also, the Oil City plan (moving from high cost location to low cost location)? How many oldsters are going to want to move to a location away from their families and away from medical facilities? Not many I’d wager.

The only time I’ve seen a private citizen benefit from higher house prices is when they died, and the estate was auctioned off and their children got the proceeds. But while that person was alive? Higher taxes. And that’s why politicians like real estate run ups too - higher property taxes. Votes aren’t cheap these days.

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-04-26 09:23:58

‘However, a rancher does not pay grazing fees, clearly not a criminal law and the government can find hundreds of agents including swat teams to deal with a civil matter.’

Like I have posted before, where are the crowd-funding initiatives? I would not expect Soros to come to Bundy’s rescue, but does Hannity talk in favor of Bundy? How about he set up a crowd funding campaign? I think most of the talking heads are useless in the media unless it is to convince people they are being subjugated and need to buy their latest book. Most of America could rally for Bundy and anyone thuggered by police or in need of a kidney, etc. Probably 300 million cases of needs to be crowd-funded, but these stories that have teeth or conspicuous absence of them, well, all we do let them happen and happen and agree we are being molested and have to lie back and take it.

Comment by MacBeth
2014-04-26 09:31:57

Well done, Neuromance.

What also seems to get lost in the mix is the emotional / psychic toll caused by taking on higher mortgages.

That extra worry over 15-30 years adds a good deal to the already considerable carrying costs.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 09:55:48

I’ve been reading about why the federal government owns so much land out west. Part of the reason is that huge tracts of it were undesirable as homesteading sites, so at the time there wasn’t much to do with them. Also, conservation was becoming a big thing nationally at the time of these states’ statehood, so large parts of the sparsely inhabited states were made national parks. There was also a fear we were running out of resources like timber, so large national forests were created. The military was becoming a bigger institution at the time, and it was interested in acquiring land for its own uses, and it already had many holdings and forts in the areas in question. And we had to store the indians we’d stolen the country from somewhere.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-04-26 10:01:43

‘why the federal government owns so much land out west’

Those all sound like 100+ year old reasons.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 10:16:22

¨sound like 100+ year old reasons¨

They are, it all happened when the territories became states.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-04-26 10:24:07

It isn’t valid anymore. At least the reservations can be put to use by the occupants as they see fit. I’d bet they don’t pay $200,000 for a lot. Imagine the economic resurgence we’d have if millions out west could live in a $30,000 house.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 10:43:23

I agree there are plenty of good arguments that the federal government shouldn’t own so much land in some states. They don’t appear to be good legal arguments though, since Bundy had been making them and losing them at every level of the court system for twenty years. Perhaps at the ballot box it could pass, though, if its proponents don’t look like armed rebels, but rather like thoughtful people making a reasonable argument.

How would you recommend federal lands be divvied up if the federal government were to return them to the states? I assume the land would be auctioned to the highest bidder, so I’m not sure you would see a great reduction in prices in areas where people want to live. Most of the land in the rest of the country is privately owned, and housing seems about as expensive in desirable areas there as in the west.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 10:52:36

“This country was formed by such people.”

As was modern France. I am within 200 pages of the end of the 1400+ page edition of Les Miserables I have been reading since last spring. I just finished the climactic account of the 1832 uprising which was crushed by the king’s army.

Funny thing is, modern-day France has no king!

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 10:54:05

“What’s worse, being a racist or being a race baiter?”

That’s racis’

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 10:58:34

“A large price manipulation in a basic need like housing, breaks the contract with the people, IMO.”

Can you imagine how much money the Fed’s housing price reflation program transferred out of the U.S. into the hands of Canadian and Chinese investors? The U.S. wealth loss is incalculable…

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 10:59:51

I can also point to another sad consequence of deliberately driving housing prices through the roof, which is the rise in U.S. homelessness. It’s visible all over San Diego these days. You even see homeless bums begging for food money in tony La Jolla.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-04-26 12:03:27

‘I’m not sure you would see a great reduction in prices in areas where people want to live’

Like southern California?


‘More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.”


Or we could just let the BLM continue to rent it out for cows.

Comment by The Zima Guy
2014-04-26 14:07:55

‘I’m not sure you would see a great reduction in prices in areas where people want to live’

Yeah Einstein, the housing prices never collapsed in those “places” few years ago.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 14:50:17

Zima, I never said prices can’t collapse in those areas, I’m just saying if the lands are auctioned off to the highest bidder, it seems unlikely that you would suddenly be able to buy a seaside residence cheap. The land would sell for the market rate, which at the moment isn’t that low in desirable areas. New York has one of the lowest rates of federal ownership, but that doesn’t make an apartment in lower Manhattan cheap.

Comment by MightyMike
2014-04-26 14:51:00

‘More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

I mentioned this a few days ago. The federal government has a massive budget deficit. If these state leaders had a lot of money and offered to buy the land from the feds, that would be great. I have a feeling, though, that they want it for free.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 15:56:58

Now its seaside?

Pander much Oddball?

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 16:05:11

The land would sell for market rate, but an increase in supply wouldn’t affect that market rate? Sounds like realtor logic.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 16:23:17

Looks like the real problem is that giving the land to the federal government with no strings attached is explicitly stated in the western states’ constitutions, which is why no one ever wins in the courts. Here’s Nevada’s constitution,

“That the people inhabiting said territory do agree and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within said territory, and that the same shall be and remain at the sole and entire disposition of the United States”

Hard to get around that. All the other states have similar passages.

Comment by tresho
2014-04-27 08:08:42

Hard to get around that.
The rent-seeking financial powers have figured out a great many ways to get around laws such as those you have referred to, all nice and legal-like.

Comment by phony scandals
2014-04-26 15:11:45

End the Bankers’ Reign!
Web Team | April 8, 2014 | Comments (0)
By: Dr. A. H. Krieg | This essay is an expansion of Dr. Krieg’s book “Money a Primer” ISBN 0-9748502-6-8, published by A2Z Publications LLC and “July 4th 2016 The Last Independence Day” ISBN 0-87319-047-5, published by Hallberg Publishing Inc.

The proverbial s*** hit the fan in 1970 when France looked at their treasury and found a colossal mountain of fiat dollars and then exercised their prerogative under Bretton Woods to return the paper to the US Treasury and obtain gold at $35 per ounce in return, the Treasury was in serious trouble because they did not have that amount of gold, the dollar had by 1970 already been inflated to the hilt. In order to overcome this dilemma, Richard Nixon, the sitting president, on August 15th 1971, suspended the dollars convertibility into gold. So, in one quick move Nixon shafted every trading nation in the world and all Americans, through a tacit admission that the dollar was worthless.

The bankers through Nixon strike back: America unable to meet its international fiduciary obligations in 1970 resulted in a move by Nixon to re-collateralize America. The Nixon administration founded the environmental movement and the Environmental Protection Agency, and in its support created scores of “National Parks”, “Wetlands”, and “National Monuments”. By 2000, this land grab and its mineral asset comprised about one fourth of the entire North American continent. All this land, in essence stolen from the people, has been pledged as collateral for the outstanding debt of the United States – something that most elected officials are not even aware of. This, however, did not last, because even with a quarter of the real estate of America, the debt owed was still greater than the value of the land and its minerals. They found a new and inventive solution – they created the petro-dollar by which all oil internationally would be priced in dollars and would be paid for in dollars. The deal was finalized in 1973, but had been a sub-agreement of Bretton Woods.

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Comment by phony scandals
2014-04-26 16:13:05

“Reid’s son’s insider dealing with the Chinese has nothing to do with Bundy,”

Snopes or not, Dirty Harry is up to his @ss in this thing.


By Attorney Jonathan Emord
Author of “The Rise of Tyranny” and
“Global Censorship of Health Information” and
“Restore The Republic”
April 21, 2014

You might say Harry Reid is a family man. He likes to use public office to benefit his family at the expense of yours.

Reuters reporter Marcus Stern discovered Harry Reid’s family connections when investigating an odd set of circumstances that tie Reid to the Bureau of Land Management and to Cliven Bundy, the 67 year old rancher, whose property near Bunkerville, Nevada, is in the way of Reid family plans for the Gold Butte region.

Harry Reid says that the fight between the BLM and Bundy is not over. Reid should know. The Director of BLM is none other than Senator Reid’s former senior policy adviser on land-use issues (2003 to 2011), Neil Kornze. Kornze has no prior experience in federal land management, but Reid has often described him as “perfect for the job.” Indeed, perfect for Harry Reid. Kornze’s decision to call off the cattle seizure and to stand down rather than complete the confiscation conveniently saved Reid from an enormous political embarrassment. There is nothing like an enormous blood bath in Nevada precipitated by a Reid family land grab to stoke political flames enough to consume Reid’s weak popularity in short order. Reid knows that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and so now BLM turns to litigation as its way of obtaining judgments against Bundy that BLM hopes will force Bundy to turn over his ranch as payment.

Truth be told, Harry Reid has a long history of involvement with the BLM, peddling his influence there to achieve benefits for his family and friends. Reid worked with BLM to change the boundaries of the desert tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the planned development of a top financial donor, Harvey Whittemore. You see, the desert tortoise is only a justification against development of those who are not politically connected to Reid. Whittemore gave Reid and Reid’s Political Action Committee $45,000. If Cliven Bundy were a Reid financial backer, his fate might well be different, but he is not. Bundy opposes Reid.

Among the reasons posited by BLM in justification for its decision to seize Bundy’s cattle were two: protection of the desert tortoise’s habitat and the need for a cattle free desert to permit creation of a solar panel project for clean energy generation. The desert tortoise excuse is laughable to those resident in the Gold Butte region because they know that the few remaining ranches form oases in an otherwise barren desert and actually help keep the tortoises alive. BLM efforts to turn the ranches back to desert would likely reduce tortoise populations by depriving them of ready access to irrigated and green areas in and around the ranches. Moreover, the tortoise thrives in Las Vegas (is considered a nuisance by many there), and it was BLM, not Bundy, that euthanized hundreds of the tortoises when BLM closed the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. BLM elected not to dedicate funds to the project and, rather than free the tortoises into the surrounding environment, BLM killed them. Quite obviously, those with political clout not only get to push the desert tortoise around, they get to kill the tortoise, but those who have no beef with the tortoise but also no ins with the Reid family, like Bundy, can be accused of harming the desert tortoise (without proof) and lose their property as a consequence.

As Marcus Stern reports for Reuters, BLM’s second justification for seizing Bundy’s cattle and driving him out of business comes straight out of Harry Reid’s play book: “Reid and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert. Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project.”

Chinese magnate Wang Yusuo, with an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion, owns ENN Group. In 2011 Reid ventured to ENN’s headquarters in Langfang, China, to tour the company and then worked to get this enormous company favored by the Chinese Communist government to take on development of a massive solar energy project in southern Nevada that would endeavor to supply California with 30% of its energy needs. Wang spoke at Reid’s Fourth Annual National Clean Energy Summit last year.

Reid’s lawyer son, Rory Reid, has been instrumental in his father’s efforts. Rory helped put together the ENN deal, while Harry pushed a clean energy agenda in Nevada that included promotion of solar power, laying the foundation for allowing the Chinese energy company with ties to the Communist government in China to acquire thousands of acres of Nevada public land and build a massive solar farm on it. The ENN Group boasts that its Nevada solar farm will be the largest in North America. Do you think a solar farm less disruptive to the desert tortoise habitat than a few hundred cows? How happy do you think the Communist leadership of the Peoples Republic are in knowing that none other than the Majority Leader of the United States Senate has through family connections enabled one of that government’s favorite sons, Wang Yusuo, to acquire 9,000 acres of American soil for an enterprise that will funnel funds that might otherwise go to American business back to Communist China.

Rory Reid served as chairman of the Clark County Commission, which controls the public lands needed by ENN. With Rory’s firm pulling the strings, Clark County’s commissioners over ruled County staff and voted to sell ENN 9,000 acres of public land for a fraction of the market value. Reuter’s Marcus Stern reports that appraisals of the 9,000 acres put the value at between $29.6 million and $38.6 million, but Reid influence secured it for just $4.5 million. Not only does it pay to be on Harry Reid’s good side, and that of his son’s, it really does not pay to be in Harry Reid’s way. Cliven Bundy’s ranch is in Harry Reid’s way. Reid wants Bundy out of southern Nevada. He wants BLM to do the dirty work, to use Bundy’s failure to pay some $1 million in ridiculously exorbitant grazing fees and penalties as justification for confiscating Bundy’s cattle and shutting down Bundy’s ranch.

Then, unencumbered by 900 head of cattle roaming over territory to be industrialized, in will step ENN and transform the desert wilderness into a massive solar energy farm with solar panels cooking the already hot desert into an electrical zone capable of satisfying 30% of California’s energy needs.
Marcus Stern reports: “To advance the Nevada project, ENN retained the state’s largest and most prestigious law firm—Lionel Sawyer & Collins, where Rory Reid works.” Since January 2011, Rory Reid’s firm has been the primary advocate of ENN’s interests before Clark County government. Although the County authorized the fire sale of the 9,000 acres to ENN, it did condition the sale on ENN coming up with customers. That proved difficult, so in stepped Harry Reid. In an online chat, Reid vocalized his desires. He wants Nevada’s number one source of power, NV Energy, to become ENN’s customer. In June of 2013, ENN Group failed to come up with the customers desired by Clark County and, for the time being, has withdrawn its proposal to buy the 9,000 acres.

Harry Reid epitomizes the worst in politics today. He uses his public office for private gain. He is willing to destroy the lives of others to advance his interests and to use the clout of his office to influence the conduct and actions of BLM, where he has stationed a trusted source, his former long-time aide, Neil Kornze, available to do his bidding. To quote Thomas Jefferson (from his April 21, 1803 letter to Benjamin Rush): “. . . law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of an individual.”

http://www.newswithviews.com/Emord/jonathan347.htm - 33k -

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 06:41:22

Got up early to start a racial fight? If you guys are going to argue about this, at least provide me with a link to make it easier to see who said what (not you goon, I know you are just commenting).

I’ve pretty much deliberately avoided more than passing notice of this story because you will never get an honest discussion about race with strangers or honest reporting on racial issues in the media. But if I’m going to read about it, at least provide a little linky.

Comment by Igor
2014-04-26 07:25:27

“Got up early to start a racial fight?”

There are actually refreshingly few of the black-on-white crime reports that some seem to specialize in here. But phoney baloney seems to be sleeping in today. Of course, Dannyboy is clocked in and throwing dust as usual.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 07:28:58

I was talking about you Lola.

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Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 07:54:12

I am wondering after Lola went to a Brazilian barbeque in D.C. he/she became a person living in Rio. Now, that Lola has gone to an Outback restaurant in D.C. will she claim to be an aboriginal from Australia? Because Brazil has gone down the toilet with its socialist policies, it is a little hard for Lola to point to Brazil as an example of a country to follow. Especially since it has stalled with a per capita income a small fraction of Mississippi.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 14:44:51

Lolz. Lola.. .the aboriginal transexual.

Comment by tj
2014-04-26 15:27:21

If the vast majority now don’t support armed rebellion (and they don’t)

yeah, comrade, we know you don’t want to hear anything of that nature happening. makes your agenda a little tougher, doesn’t it?

But phoney baloney seems to be sleeping in today.

that’s ‘mr. scandals’ to you chump. normally he doesn’t post articles til later in the day.

Of course, Dannyboy is clocked in and throwing dust as usual.

yes, we know you’d like to run him off. too bad. i don’t think you’ll get it done. he’s smarter than you at every turn.

why so many names on this board? normally most people don’t try to hide who they are, but you do. i guess you want people to think that there are many more of you liberal dingbats out there than there are.

let’s see.. we’ve got ‘[non]sense’, ‘voice of [t]reason’ and i think there was another that i can’t remember right off hand. now you’re ‘ignorella’. you haven’t yet denied being any of these. wanna go on record now so you can be busted lying again?

and then there’s the gun control thing, comrade. you like to say you’re not sure where you stand. but most of us know exactly where you stand. you just don’t want a battle like that right now. especially since the gun nazi’s are starting to lose big at the local level all across the country.

the repercussions of socialism are starting to come at you from every direction, aren’t they comrade?

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 16:08:12

Mikey Bloomberg is paying a lot of little minions to make efforts banning guns.

Comment by tj
2014-04-26 16:43:39

yes, but he’s having a rough time of it. did you see the non compliance with the latest registration law? he had about 15% compliance. none of the gun nazis know what to do now.

the state gov. is out numbered and out gunned. they’s love to make an example of someone but i think it’s beginning to dawn on some of them that it could backfire big time.

Comment by RonniesLeftMango
2014-04-26 17:09:18

The War on Guns will meet with the same fate as the War on Drugs and the War on Poverty. More poverty, more drugs, more guns.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 18:03:19

The irony of it all.

Comment by jose canusi
2014-04-26 05:27:02

Great program on PBS last night about the development of rock (and roll) music on the radio from the 1950s up to the present, as presented by the disc jockeys over time. They featured many of the greats, Cousin Brucie, Robie Young, Wolfman Jack, Murray the K, Alan Freed, Jerry Blavat, Dick Biondi and so on.

Comment by jose canusi
2014-04-26 05:41:22

The segment about the “payola” hearings was awesome. One of the DJs, when asked if he took gifts for playing certain records, shot back at the Congressman interrogating him that yes, he did accept gifts and didn’t Congress do the same?

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 07:31:49

Exactly, I always wondered why “payola” was illegal or even wrong. Even when I first heard about it watching WKRP In Cincinnati back in the 70s I wondered what the big deal was. We got so much money that we can police stuff like that?

Comment by Skroodle
2014-04-26 08:47:16

Payola is legal as long as it’s denoted as sponsored.

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 12:40:49

Seems like a stupid waste of time these days. Everything is sponsored and everyone lies about everything on the internet. Repeal the payola ban!

Comment by Combotechie
2014-04-26 05:51:48

An interesting observation I ran across some years ago goes something like this:

In the early days of radio radios were expensive and scarce thus radio programming was directed to a single audience - families - and the music played on these radios was termed popular music.

Then came along cheap radios and cheap records (45 RPMs) and music began to splinter off from popular music into other types of music, such as Rock & Roll. Kids no longer had to listen to Mom and Dad’s music because they now had their own music and they had a way to listen to their own music.

So the splinter of the families began with the prevalence of radios and the splinter was extended with the prevalence of other types of media such as TV and tape decks and such and all this splintering ended up with members of families all continuing to live together as bodies but actually the family members began living separately from each as separate entities with separate values.

Older folks uses to piss and moan about what Rock & Roll was doing to American youth but it wasn’t the Rock & Roll itself, it was the expanding media choices that allowed for the prevalence for such things as Rock & Roll.

Comment by Combotechie
2014-04-26 06:05:10

Take this concept a bit farther - such as today - and you can see that media choices people have really have splintered families and have splintered other groups as well. Today, for example, a room can be full of people and each person in the room can be occupied with talking or texting to somebody else thousands of miles away and will be oblivious to what is happening with the person sitting right nest to him.

Comment by MacBeth
2014-04-26 07:04:51


I work with a pair of 20-somethings who participate in something I believe somewhat brilliant.

Want to know what that is?

Well, when they are among a group of friends - at a restaurant, for example - they stack/pile their devices atop a table and the first person to use theirs has to buy everyone else’s dinner.

They do this at sporting events (they put their devices in a bag) and elsewhere.

They say it works great and nearly every single time (to keep them talking with those in their presence).

I complimented and thanked them for their ingenuity and decency.

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Comment by Bill, just south of Irvine
2014-04-26 08:42:55


Comment by The Zima Guy
2014-04-26 07:17:15

Still nothing worse than gazing at your devices in office meetings.

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 07:38:19

This is commonly accepted now. Everyone does it.

Comment by MacBeth
2014-04-26 08:41:31

I have yet to attend a meeting where ANYONE does it.

Sounds like the meetings you attend are little more than a circle jerk.

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 09:22:43

You are lucky MacBeth and I do think most meetings are circle jerks.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2014-04-26 09:26:54

Older guy I talked to a few months ago at John Wayne Airport laughed at me when I advised him to get a smartphone. He’s been flying back and forth between Irvine and Phoenix for thirty years. I asked “but don’t you want to keep track of your grand kids on Facebook?” he said they can write him letters or call him on his home phone. His boss is even older, in his 80s and forbids any cell phon in the meetings. Just papers and pencils.

Come to think of it, the good old days were before the 90s. Yeah the 80s was a great decade.

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-04-26 10:04:24

‘Yeah the 80s was a great decade.’

No it wasn’t. It was the pre-quel to now.

Comment by MacBeth
2014-04-26 10:05:55

I’m a decade younger than you, and I refuse to use portable devices with the exception of this here laptop.

I threw out my cell phone maybe 6-7 years ago. I do occasionally purchase a $20 throwaway phone so I have a way to get help should I be stuck out in the wilderness.

I do not use Facebook, Twitter, Linked In or any other such nonsense. I graduated high school decades ago.

I do not have an “I” anything. I don’t want the hassle. (I’d rather cut the grass, if I had a lawn.)

I still receive about 15-20 snail-mail letters a year. I send out about the same. I also talk on a landline telephone. Those who want to reach me can leave me a message and I will call them back when I get home.

And, as I was taught as a kid, I will call out 10-to-10 only. Meaning between 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. All other times are verboten.

As I’ve said before, I am very lucky to have the parents I have.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 12:43:37

I threw out my cell phone maybe 6-7 years ago.

Sorry this shows you don’t live in the real world. No wonder no one is checking their cell phones in your meetings.

Comment by In Colorado
2014-04-26 12:52:55

I asked “but don’t you want to keep track of your grand kids on Facebook?”

He would probably be revolted with what he would find there.

Comment by "Uncle Fed, why won't you love ME?"
2014-04-26 15:44:25

I hate it when people think they are “multitasking” during a meeting or conversation, and then everyone leaves the room to go off and do what they all said, but the multitaskers don’t remember anything that happened, or they misunderstood everything that was said.

You regroup a couple days later to discover that your work will go nowhere until the multitaskers begin to actually start a freaking task. Then they always expect the attention-payers to remind them of their tasks because they can’t keep track of their own workload, which continues to pile up because they never start or finish anything.

So I generally ask people not to multitask during meetings that I lead.

Comment by jose canusi
2014-04-26 06:07:06

“they had a way to listen to their own music.”

Yep. Used to sneak my transistor radio into bed at night and listen to Cousin Brucie and Robie Young. What a blast.

Many years later I met Robie after he had moved to South Florida. Very sweet man who had a major problem with alcohol and stuff and turned him into Mr. Hyde. However, he was actually such a professional that he could be blind drunk, but if you propped him up in front of a microphone, he’d snap out of it immediately and read the voice over copy without a stumble. And when he was done, he’d go right back into his altered state. One of the strangest things I ever saw.

Comment by jose canusi
2014-04-26 06:13:17

Robie Young = Roby Yonge (real name) Florida boy. Rip, Robie.

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Comment by MightyMike
2014-04-26 15:06:57

So the splinter of the families began with the prevalence of radios and the splinter was extended with the prevalence of other types of media such as TV and tape decks and such and all this splintering ended up with members of families all continuing to live together as bodies but actually the family members began living separately from each as separate entities with separate values.

That phenomenon has also been described as the invention of the teenager. Way back in the 1940s people went being children to being adults. There wasn’t much discussion of a separate phase of development called the teenage years. Kids of that age listened to the same music as their parents, wore the same kind of clothing, etc.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 06:14:46

What does it mean if a real estate web site shows a property as “pending”? Does that mean someone has made an offer, but it hasn’t yet sold?

The home next to us, which we helped turn into a vacancy by moving out the former occupants, has been in this status for weeks on end now. I wonder what kind of stupid neighbor we are going to soon enjoy, given that they are buying a home that listed at a price more than 25% above the recent comps.

Comment by Jingle Male
2014-04-26 06:22:47

Pending means the seller has accepted an offer from a buyer and the property is under contract, subject to normal contingencies: inspections, appraisal, and loan closing.

About 15-20% of new home purchases typically fail, but I don’t know the typical fall out rate for used homes.

Comment by ann gogh
2014-04-26 08:14:08

So I told you about my neighbor who is Movin’ Up. Here is the link to her new Vista home. Her husband is a car buff so the 4 garages is a huge selling point. How much will this home be worth in two years?


Comment by Bill, just south of Irvine
2014-04-26 08:46:41

Looks great but being California the neighborhood is chick full of “progressives.”

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 16:20:56

Looks nice if you can afford a quarter of a million dollars for a house. Neighborhood elementary school gets a 5/10, middle is 3/10 and high school is 6/10. So add in the cost of private schools.

It’s stuff like this that drives me crazy. Seriously? The local school for the neighborhood containing quarter million dollar homes is junk like this. Someone should be hanged.

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 16:27:13

Price History
12/15/04Sold $270,000

Comment by Ann Gogh
2014-04-26 18:25:12

That’s crazy, I won’t tell her!

Comment by oxide
2014-04-26 06:45:16

I think it also means pending for financing. A couple of houses that I was following on Zillow were “pending” for a couple weeks. Then suddenly the house would be re-listed and the descriptive blurb would be edited to add “Financing fell through.. second opportunity to own this charming 3/2 rambler home in historic east bumblefibble” yada yada.

For reference, the time between my offer being accepted and my closing table was about 5 weeks. The actual sale was registered 9-10 days later. The realtor said it was a “quick settlement” because I was the only offer, I chose to use an all-in-one mortgage and closing company, I had rock-solid pre-qual, and my documentation in order. For a contentious house or shaky mortgages, it’s likely much longer.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-04-26 07:14:58

¨Financing fell through¨ sounds a lot better than ¨house inspection found termites and dry rot¨.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 11:11:47

“Financing fell through.. second opportunity to own this charming 3/2 rambler home in historic east bumblefibble”

That’s what I’m expecting, unless the offer came in and was accepted way below list.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 06:58:15

Look at the donkeys line up and walk through the gate. :mrgreen:

Comment by oxide
Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 07:11:07

tap us a dance

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 07:41:13

At least oxide is not a paid troll, good on ya oxy.

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Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 08:06:47

Oxide, wanted a house and did not want to wait until the bubble burst. Since it is very hard to know when that will happen I do think people are too hard on her. Just as it is said that the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent, it might be said the housing bubble can continue longer than some people want to delay owning a house for personal reasons. Of course, that is what the PTB are counting on. Due to the fact that we only live so long and people with children want the house before they grow up, many rational people will buy despite knowing the market is rigged. I drive small cars and live in an energy efficient house. However, I reject the belief that I can mandate that other people live similarly. If they want to drive a big pick-up truck with bull’s balls underneath the trailer hitch, they should not be denied that right.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 16:30:40

I’m there with you on the too hard on her thing. Then she’ll say something that makes me lose my mind. It probably happens both ways with commenters here, and I’m one to talk!

I think I’ve got Stockholm Syndrome (or whatever the politically correct term is for that now).

Comment by MacBeth
2014-04-26 08:48:13


It’d be interesting to see how often such terms are thrown up there by realtors desperate to generate a little foot traffic.

“Pending” “back-up pending”. By whom? Government backed “investors”?

Smells like only so much b.s. if you ask me.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 11:19:16

The thought did cross my mind that perhaps they posted “pending” on one (and only one!) real estate listing site to stimulate interest among other prospective buyers who might believe that “time is running out” to make an offer.

It’s similar to the practice of telling interested buyers that “there is another offer” on a place to drive up the potential offer price.

Though both of these examples clearly constitute fraud (unless the statements happen to be true!), who would be able to catch the Realtor® telling such lies?

Comment by "Uncle Fed, why won't you love ME?"
2014-04-26 15:35:02

Then you have the houses where the for-sale sign disappears without ever going pending, and the house goes vacant. I wonder what causes that.

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 16:36:58

If you were a builder who had built part of a subdivision prebubble but then held off on the rest once the crash started (where there were a significant number of additional lots to build on), then you resumed throwing up shacks once the echo bubble started, would it be in your interest to pay top dollar for a few of the shacks that had been sold prebubble to keep the comps for your new shacks up high?

Comment by oxide
2014-04-26 17:22:29

Unca Fed, I’ve seen that on Zillow too. It means that either the price was too high and there were no offers, or there is some fundamental structural problem that is costly to fix.

Many times, sellers are unable to lower the price because they have no cash to bring to the closing table. Just move in with Sis and throw away the bills without opening them, especially in non-recourse states. Now it’s the bank who won’t give it away.

Comment by Jingle Male
2014-04-27 23:36:54

Why, that would be a case of jingle mail! Ha, ha. ;).

Comment by albuquerquedan
Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 07:39:56

What the story also shows that a good paying job is the best way to get health insurance. Despite the explosion of government’s role in health care, the uninsured rate is higher now than in 2008. A real recovery instead of Obamacare would have insured more people. Reaganomics instead of Obamanomics is the cure, government is the disease.

Comment by The Zima Guy
2014-04-26 07:52:19

Reaganomics instead of Obamanomics is the cure,

There’s no Obamanomics. There’s only Fedonomics and it has its roots in Reagonomics. Reagon was a fraud…just accept it and move on.

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 07:55:56

Explain how the tight money under Reagan leads to fednomics.

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Comment by The Zima Guy
2014-04-26 08:01:29
Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 08:21:33

Zima, the article ignores the fact that Reagan always had a Democratic house and often times had a Democratic senate. Unlike Obama he knew that he was not a dictator and he had to compromise. We are taking about adding two trillion not ten trillion to the national debt, while winning the cold war and renewing the economy. Would he have cut government more if he would have had a Republican House and Senate? Certainly, I think so. Was he a purists on trade, no, he protected American jobs when he thought it was necessary. To get the national defense spending he thought he needed to defeat the Soviet Union he bought democratic votes with social spending. Not ideologically pure but pragmatic. If Reagan would have been handed the Congress that Obama had been handed his entire agenda would have been achieved within 100 days due to his skills but that was not the hand he was handed. Thank God that Obama is incompetent and not politically skilled like Reagan.

Comment by Skroodle
2014-04-26 08:49:21

Reagan cut the government?

Whose government?

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-04-26 09:12:36

Ronald Reagan is hated by the left since he cut taxes on the middle class and indexed them to inflation. For socialism to occur the middle class needs to accept high taxes. He has forced the democrats to live with less government than they want since they do not dare propose overt middle class tax hikes. That is his greatest legacy along with defeating the Soviet Union thus allowing defense spending to decrease. The article also shows that he was not a globalist by the fact that he was willing to protect U.S. industries. Thus, the people that lump him with Clinton and Bush I and II on this issue are clearly wrong. If he would have been president he would not have allowed China to destroy our industries.

Comment by MightyMike
2014-04-26 15:12:18

Ronald Reagan is hated by the left since he cut taxes on the middle class and indexed them to inflation.

In the summer of 1982 I knew a guy worked as a surveyor for a township government. He said that his tax cut was enough to buy two six-packs of beer a week.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 15:50:29

He was no Lyndon Johnson! Who is that great patron saint on the left comparable to Reagan? Bubba?

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2014-04-26 09:31:45

I am eager to realize more gains on my former company stock. It just had a superb earnings report and beat all precious quarters out of the ballpark. Then dropped ten percent. I saw this happen before and months later go to record highs.

Cash is king and I want to increase my cash by 50% the next three years.

Comment by "Uncle Fed, why won't you love ME?"
2014-04-26 15:25:27

Dear stock market: hurry up and crash already!

Comment by In Colorado
Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 15:56:15

About three decades too late? Do the kids even know Cheech and Chong any more?

True story. I saw Tommy Chong in an Arby’s in Santa Monica in 1989. I looked to see what he was eating, it was curly fries and a coffee. Then he got into a black Mercedes and drove off.

Seriously, curly fries and a coffee? Did the man have no concern for his bowels?

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2014-04-26 16:24:09

Fries with hot black coffee. Yech!

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 16:38:14

Not just fries, curly fries. Arby’s curly fries are covered with this spicy coating.

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Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2014-04-26 18:24:53

Makes my stomach churn.

Comment by oxide
2014-04-26 17:26:18

Yo, it’s Tommy Chong. He had the munchies so bad he was only thinking of stuff going in not coming out.

I mean seriously, that comeback was just SITTING THERE.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 19:50:52

If I recall correctly, it was even only a small fries. There are MUCH better things to feed the munchies with at Arby’s! Some people loathe it, but if I could I’d eat there til I popped.

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Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 13:08:04

Is there any chance that those high up in the unholy alliance between U.S. government officials and the real estate industrial complex who perpetrated fraud on the American people during the Housing Bubble years will eventually face prison time?

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 13:33:08

They’re not done indicting low level scum yet. I wager there is a new wave of realtor, appraiser and mortgage salesmen prosecution coming as a result of all the fraud since 2010.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 16:39:21

And a great many of the post 2010 loans were FHA loans.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-04-26 16:44:35

Why is it that only the low-level brown people get scapegoated for the real estate fraud perpetrated by the caucasian Skull-and-Bones club set?

Seems downright unfair, not to mention unconstitutional!

Comment by "Uncle Fed, why won't you love ME?"
2014-04-26 15:23:23

cray. ter.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 16:02:38

No no….. Its like this;


Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-04-26 15:30:27


That is like, weekend money, for wealthy northeasterners.


Comment by phony scandals
2014-04-26 15:45:57

Dept. of Education Fed Swat Team Breaks Down Stockton Man’s …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKn5B3HEEqU - 126k -

Comment by phony scandals
2014-04-26 16:39:48

Group of Seven agrees swift sanctions against Kremlin over Ukraine

April 26, 2014

Leaders of the Group of Seven major economies agreed to impose extra sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, where armed pro-Moscow separatists detained a group of international observers and accused them of being NATO spies.

The United States said its part of the new punitive measures, which U.S. officials said would target “cronies” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, could be unveiled as early as Monday unless Russia moved fast to defuse the Ukraine crisis.

In a joint statement, the G7 leaders said Russia had not taken any concrete steps to implement an accord, signed in Geneva, that was intended to rein in illegal armed groups.

“Instead, it has continued to escalate tensions by increasingly concerning rhetoric and ongoing threatening military maneuvers on Ukraine’s border,” it said.

Ukraine: how America’s coup machine has destroyed democracy worldwide since 1953

Nicholas Davies 18 April 2014.
Posted in News

Soon after the 2004 US coup to depose President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, I heard Aristide’s lawyer Ira Kurzban speaking in Miami. He began his talk with a riddle: “Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?” The answer: “Because there is no US Embassy in Washington D.C.” This introduction was greeted with wild applause by a mostly Haitian-American audience who understood it only too well.

Ukraine’s former security chief, Aleksandr Yakimenko, has reported that the coup-plotters who overthrew the elected government in Ukraine, “basically lived in the (US) Embassy. They were there every day.” We also know from a leaked Russian intercept that they were in close contact with Ambassador Pyatt and the senior US official in charge of the coup, former Dick Cheney aide Victoria Nuland, officially the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. And we can assume that many of their days in the Embassy were spent in strategy and training sessions with their individual CIA case officers.

To place the coup in Ukraine in historical context, this is at least the 80th time the United States has organized a coup or a failed coup in a foreign country since 1953. That was when President Eisenhower discovered in Iran that the CIA could overthrow elected governments who refused to sacrifice the future of their people to Western commercial and geopolitical interests. Most US coups have led to severe repression, disappearances, extrajudicial executions, torture, corruption, extreme poverty and inequality, and prolonged setbacks for the democratic aspirations of people in the countries affected. The plutocratic and ultra-conservative nature of the forces the US has brought to power in Ukraine make it unlikely to be an exception.

http://stopwar.org.uk/videos/ukraine-is-the-latest-of-over-80-us-coups-or-failed-coups-in-foreign-countries-since-1953 - 42k -

Comment by phony scandals
2014-04-26 16:46:57

Broadcasting from FEMA Region IV

Everyone Must Sign In

Comment by goon squad
2014-04-26 17:10:40


Was out climbing in the South Platte all day but now it’s time to check in.

Comment by phony scandals
2014-04-26 19:04:35

I worked this morning and missed my Igor attack. But as I was heading home on I-95 I did see a group of protesters with American flags waiving on the overpass. The only two signs I could read were…

Impeach Obama and Holder


Criminal Scandals

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-04-26 19:30:06

LieGore… Lola… Liberace.. it’s all good.

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Comment by LolaLOL
2014-04-26 20:00:04

Mikey Bloomberg had to get out his troops quick to make sure Bundy got no traction. It’s bad for his pro statist anti gun message. The last thing the leftists need is a readily available example of state power grabbing that resonates with the public.

On the other hand, while I do think BLM are idiots, that guy doesn’t inspire me much. He does seem like a crank. I’m not real big on tax protestors or sovereign citizens who want to get away with not paying the same taxes everyone else does. He seems like that type.

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Comment by phony scandals
2014-04-26 17:10:24

How to Get Help When Behind on Mortgage Payments

by David Rouse, Demand Media

There are many reasons good people fall behind on their mortgages. It’s not always because they are “deadbeats” or borrowed more than they could really afford. Situations happen that are out of the control of the homeowners. People lose jobs, become ill or injured, things just happen that make finances tighter than expected. It’s not shameful or bad–it’s just a situation that everyone wants to work out. The investor would rather get paid, even if it’s late, than foreclose.

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Nobody’s gonna slow me down
Like a wheel, gonna spin it
Nobody’s gonna mess me round
Hey Momma, look at me
I’m on my way to the promised land

I’m on the highway to HARP
(Don’t stop me)

And I’m going down, all the way down
I’m on the highway to HARP

Highway to Hell Lyrics - YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBnO4lAr_k8 - 132k -

Comment by rms
2014-04-27 09:02:33

“There are many reasons good people fall behind on their mortgages. It’s not always because they are “deadbeats” or borrowed more than they could really afford. Situations happen that are out of the control of the homeowners. People lose jobs, become ill or injured, things just happen that make finances tighter than expected. It’s not shameful or bad–it’s just a situation that everyone wants to work out. The investor would rather get paid, even if it’s late, than foreclose.”

That’s what the second income is for, cushion, not a higher standard of living.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2014-04-26 20:08:44

I have very close relatives who have been evicted. Found out today. It is their own fault. They are all adults and one of them works. The other two sit around all day. Social conservatives and against welfare and taxes - from their FB posts. But the two live off of one. The one drove her car into the ground. No money to maintain. This also limited her job opportunities as they all had to use a bus. They trashed their own mobile home and now evicted from the park.

I refuse to bail them out. Long story but their own irresponsibility goes back decades.the best help is tough love.

The obama care is for them. Get showers and clean clothes and use hygiene, go to get physicals, and get on track and get a job. They were told that 20 years ago too. The youngest was in middle school. So she could be excused that time.

This is why I never tell relatives what I earn or what my net worth is. It is not their business. I never post about precious metals on FB. Also an advantage of renting a place over owning: no one can assume you can afford to own that house. Far different by renting.

Only one good reason for marriage: your blood relatives have no expectation of getting any of your wealth when you kick the bucket.

My dad taught us the work ethic. You don’t work, you don’t eat.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2014-04-26 20:11:12

Reality is a hard wrench. Once OPM runs out, the gravy train stops and the thinking and effort must begin.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2014-04-26 20:25:55

“Only one good reason for marriage”

I am not saying I would get married only for removing expectations by blood relatives. But there is a deal about blood being thicker than water that tears my heart out to see them self destruct over all these years.

I sacrificed a lot to get where I am today and earned my net worth. I don’t subsidize the lazy, even if they are lazy Republicans. They have brains. They need to use them. I cannot do the effort for them. I have my own issues.

Comment by rms
2014-04-27 09:11:38

“Social conservatives and against welfare and taxes - from their FB posts. But the two live off of one.”

I have a few friends who talk and vote conservative, but they suck off of the system for food, shelter and medical care. The meme is that the DEMs ruined the economy and their economic power.

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