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A story of someone who should have known better

CNN is running an article called “From $70K to food bank, one family’s struggle”. Yes, it tugs at the hearstrings. Yes, I have sympathy for Patricia Gurrero and her two children’s plight. But, it is also likely that the direness of their circumstances could have been mitigated, if not eliminated. How?

“She has had to take extreme measures to pay for her interest-only mortgage of $2,500 a month.”

She is obviously paying for a house she couldn’t afford in the first place. Yes, I realize they live in Southern California. Yes, I also realize that it’s likely that her house has lost value given the depressed real estate market in that area. Still, she really should have known that getting into an interest-only mortgage was a really buy accutane online uk bad idea since:

“A former loan processor, Gurrero knows all about that [the subprime mortgage crisis]”

So, one who was involved in the whole process of giving large loans out to folks who probably shouldn’t have gotten them put themselves in the same boat, and now it’s sinking. I’m sure there’s some out there who would take some schadenfreude away from this, but I don’t.

It does mention in the article that Ms. Gurrero is “estranged” from her husband, but not why. Certainly that is a contributing factor to her situation since it is unlikely (read “estranged”, not “divorced”) that her husband is providing anything in the way of child support. Of course, perhaps her husband have a peek at this site is providing some support; if he wasn’t, I’d expect the story to also play up the “deadbeat dad” angle. In either case, one lesson to take away is that stable families are less susceptible to economic upheaval. I am not saying that she should immediately go back to her husband – for all I know he could have been abusive to either her or the children – but I am making the general comment on society that marriages are too often looked upon as simple personal arrangements that can be rearranged at will.

Of course, CNN’s real intent by this article is to portray the middle class as under seige by the rich who control banks and are now squeezing the little men because they can’t pay the bills they said they could. Unfortunately for CNN, they accidentally tell the truth in their article that – this person at least – probably should have known better.


A sane voice at CNN?

Glenn Beck is certainly one of the few sane voices on CNN’s payroll. This commentary available through CNN’s website is right on the money.

Remember the kid from that interminable 1980s commercial whose father caught him using drugs? The father incredulously asked, “Who taught you how to do this
stuff?” and the kid responded, “You, alright? I learned it by watching

Well, we are that kid and our government is that drug-using father who
doesn’t think that anyone notices his bad habits.

Our government is leading us by example, and I don’t mean that in a good way. For years, it has spent us into oblivion, mortgaging our future for programs we can’t afford, and Americans have happily followed suit, running up credit card bills and home equity loans for things they never should’ve bought.

Unfortunately, we’re also learning something else from our government: how to avoid taking responsibility for our actions.

From Eliot Spitzer’s alleged hooker craze to the revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger commutes to work in a large private jet even as he preaches the dangers of carbon dioxide emissions, there’s never been a shortage of “do what I say, not what I do” hypocrites in politics.

Read it all.


Time Magazine: Amazing, Incredible News

Everybody, and I mean everybody is going to be lining up for gastric
bypass surgery whether they’re obese or not! Why, you ask? Look at the

Headline on the article: “Gastric Bypass Lowers Risk of Death”

Something lowers the risk of death? Incredible, absolutely incredible!
I’m looking forward to never dying, after I have my gastric bypass
operation for such purpose.


Katie Couric at the White House

Katie Couric on CBS’ web site has made this post about a “deep background” press briefing at 1600 Pensylvania Avenue that she participated in. The post’s theme is Ms. Couric looking around the room and finding she’s the only woman there. To that point, I say, “so what?”

The quote I took away from the post is: “And even though I’ve been in this business for more years than I’d like to admit, and interviewed countless Presidents and world leaders, it’s still thrilling—and even a little awe-inspiring—to get “briefed” at the White House, no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office.” [emphasis mine].

Let a liberal – politician, reporter, whomever – rattle on long enough, and their true colors will always show! Does anybody think she’d have written the “no matter who…” part if there was a Democrat in the White House?

To address her main beef though – Ms. Couric, especially since we just celebrated MLK (you know, the guy who said “I have a dream that one day men will be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”) day, shouldn’t the people “at the table” be the ones who got their on their merits, not their sex or some other naturally occuring physical attribute?


ABC’s “The Path to 9/11”

Jason over at Texas Rainmaker does a great job of dissecting all of the liberal whacko furor over the upcoming ABC mini-series “The Path to 9/11”.

What’s even more appalling is that this television program is the top issue over at the Democratic National Committee’s website. I missed the Commandment in the Book of Exodus that said “Thou shalt not criticize Clinton”, I guess.

I am sorry more than ever that I voted for that sleazy, lying, megalomaniac, self-centered, add-your-own-insult-here ex-President in 1992. Thank God I had my conservative awakening a few years later!