Sunday, March 22, 2009

Obama needs to take a lesson from Reagan

Remember when the air traffic controllers went on strike in the early 80's? No one could believe it when Reagan fired them all. And it turned out to be a great decision.

Obama needs to do something similar with AIG. Just let it go bankrupt and take back every cent from those greedy fuckers who were paid the bonuses. They have no idea how much they are hated. AIG says they need to pay them bonuses to retain them? Well, not if there's no fucking company for them to work in. And who else is going to hire any of those assholes anyway?

This is a great example of throwing good money after bad. Obama says the economy will go into a tailspin if AIG goes under. Hello!! Barack!! It's already in a death spiral so pissing off the sheep who voted for you isn't going to make it any better.

Yeah, we needed change from Bush but somehow I think if McCain were running things, there wouldn't be any of this pussyfooting around.

None of this shit affects me personally because about 18 months ago, a friend in real estate who saw the subprime fiasco coming told me to make sure I had a roof over my head with no mortgage and to put 1/2 my equity in gold and the other 1/2 in cash. It took me a while to come to grips with what he was saying, and although I didn't take 100% of his advice, and foolishly kept a few stocks that are now worth 1/2 what I bought them at, I did follow enough that I sent him a case of Cristal for Christmas.

I'm back

9 months between posts. Kept you guessing whether or not I was finally dead, right? Not yet, but I've had a couple of close calls in that time including getting my ass kicked after giving the finger to a biker I was racing.

I was in my new toy (I'll tell you about when I am finally over the grief of totalling it last month) at a stop light in SCal. This biker with his girlfriend on board made a nasty comment about the color of my car. So I took off from the light in a blaze of smoke and left him behind but he soon caught up to me in heavy traffic. At the next light he told me I drove like the old man I was. I laughed and said the only reason he couldn't keep up was because of the fat broad sitting behind him. Again I got away from the light quickly but he caught me again and gave me "the stare" so I flipped him the bird. Big mistake-you'd think I'd know better by now.

Long story short-he followed me until I finally stopped. I had considered calling 911 but I figured since I had gone a few rounds with tough guys in the past I could do so again. Problem is, the past is probably at least 20 years but my adrenalin was flowing. As soon as I opened the door, he went into action and I was on the ground taking his boots to the back. Fortunately, a couple of guys in a passing pickup saw what was going on and came to my rescue threatening him with baseball bats, telling him they had called 911. The biker walked back to his bike and as I got up, I yelled "You may be tougher than me but your old lady is still fat." He stopped, thought better of it and took off.

The cops arrived before I could leave as I was thanking the guys. When I told them the story and told them I didn't get a plate # (I did but I guess I deserved what I got, so......) one of them said "Are you suicidal? Those guys often carry weapons. You drive a car like this, you want to keep a low profile." I agreed and after declining a trip to the hospital (I hurt for about 2 weeks, but no damage other than a chipped tooth), left, realizing that no matter what your age, flipping a bird to a biker is going to have a consequence.