Tuesday, October 28, 2008

On Vacation

I will be taking an extended break from posting. Here are some parting thoughts that after writing, have left me somewhat depleted. I will still visit everyones blog and try to stay current with your posts.

Quality of life is my demand. I have no current projects or true life ambitions. The only ambition I have is to wake each day and proudly announce I am an American. And this demands, on an intellectual and spiritual level, that I fight hard for the things I believe in. Sometimes my peers voice and corroborate my beliefs which assists to fortify my conviction. This is merely my spoken manifesto of how I live my daily life. I put my heart and soul into being the best that I can be, I am satisfied at the end of every day that I've accomplished a goal and proven to myself I am an asset. I'm not all about myself, I'm for my family, my neighborhood, this country, mankind and the good mother earth. You've got people from every imaginable walk of life here in the United States, and they all live like I live, in variations thereof.

But being an American includes a craving and drive to be the best. To sit at the dining room table with other proud hard working Americans. People with massive amounts of work ethic and who want to do the right thing. We don't ask for anyone to give us crap, but rather demand of those who dispute our way of life to produce to their maximum capability. It's time to repel those that wish to live here in America without contributing to society. It's time to repel those that wish nothing but civil disobedience and wishing to hide behind the curtain of "its not my fault or responsibility". Why are we shielding those that cause our very future as a free America to become so clouded with rhetoric and lies we can't tell the tail from the head? Why are we idling sitting by and writhing in pain but we don't seek any alleviation? It's time to shine the spotlight on the pride in America while also spotlighting the bad and the ugly, so that those that care about our American way of life can continue living that dream by eliminating those that thrive on the bad and ugly. Get out and vote!

I would literally alter my pursuit of happiness if I saw that it compromised yours. But what I can't compromise or alter is that I'm an American first, above everyone else, and that my country comes first, above all.

The very concept of a bailout, as a rule, is to encourage irresponsible behavior because someone is there to bail you out. I'm no economist, but I'm now cognizant of my income and I'm now cognizant of my expenses. I only purchase a home and a vehicle with credit. I lived the nightmare of using a credit card to the degree that I can't pay it off the minute it became due. I've been in that nightmare and I can't even wish this scenario upon my worst enemy. Get out and vote!

So when I see the politicians of the world literally rewarding irresponsible and deadly behavior, I cringe every time I receive a paycheck with taxes taken out. It's not the Democrats fault. It's not the Republicans fault. It's our fault for allowing BOTH parties to succumb to greed. Our political system, both Republican and Democrat, have handed out welfare checks to those companies that sought to bleed us working Americans for every pennies worth through penalties of late payments, mortgage schemes and fraudulent salesmanship. Just because the "law doesn't say its unlawful" doesn't make it morally correct. And our very Government is entertaining the thought of bailing out foreign companies. This deadly game of political maneuvering during a Presidential election is the costliest in history. The open-ended authority to write bailout checks in irresponsible and giving away our hard earned money. Don't think its open-ended? Read here. Obviously you've not read my blog recently.

The biggest curse is Americans who know better and do nothing about it. It's the apathy that is strangling this great country. Get out and vote!

Don't vote on emotions. Vote on facts! I don't care if your Republican. I don't care if you're Democrat. I don't care if you're Independent. I don't care who you're voting for and all the facts that go with the decision. I don't need to hear all the rhetoric, lies, misinformation and any other form of why I'm wrong. I am a person with intelligence, maybe not genius levels, but intelligence nonetheless. Either you're with me or against me. Yes...I've laid down the gauntlet and challenge each and every American citizen who reads this post.

Either you're an American or you're not.

To those Americans that try and challenge my American status by reading more into this post or because I didn't side with a politcal party of your liking and simply cannot read the simple statement of "Proud to be an American", I simply respond: Fuck you.

Remember, quality of life is certainly my modus operandi. Get out an vote!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Where is my Lunch Money Bailout Package?

US Ag Sec.: USDA may assist ethanol plants that suffered losses by speculating

This is a prime example of a government program being created to tackle the unintended consequences of bad public policy…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture may use its rural development money to assist ethanol plants that have suffered losses in the volatile corn futures markets, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said Friday in Des Moines.

"Some plants are under pressure because they've been speculating on corn," Schafer told reporters after speaking at the World Food Prize symposium breakfast.

The secretary said the department wouldn't buy or sell grain or cover trading losses. Rather, he said, money could come from the USDA's Rural Development office, which can provide up to $25 million to keep rural businesses operating.

This next part is revealing…

The ethanol industry was rocked last month with the news that publicly traded VeraSun Energy of Sioux Falls, S.D., which has ethanol production plants at Fort Dodge, Albert City, Hartley and Dyersville, would take a quarterly loss of up to $103 million because of losses in the corn futures market.

This is rather interesting. Speculators are blamed and demonized for increases in oil prices so we’re supposed to find alternative energies. In fact, we’re supposed to publically fund boondoggles like ethanol. Ethanol plants are projects that very few individuals will invest in. Because of that fact, taxpayers are forced to invest in ethanol schemes.

So what do we do to ethanol plants that speculated and lost hundred of millions of dollars? We bail them out of course!

It’s good politics to throw away money by giving it to ethanol plants. Because of that fact, don’t expect public policy to change anytime soon.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Work in Progress

Not much going on here at Dazd Central. My premiere show at RadioNC Online went relatively well considering it wasn't decided until that morning to air. So I've been burning brain cells forging new material and solidifying the format. Rock and roll is where its at baby! A Seriously Weird news segment from Shelly Ryan and feeble attempts at humor by yours truly. So tune in damnit!

Something that just popped into my head a couple of weeks ago. Still working on it and not sure where its going. But here ya go...

a man when I walked into the world
home is where inside I ran
taught myself to be a man
head held high where I stand

If I died tomorrow
wouldn't be a funeral
Not that they don't love me
but that they don't know me

I feel alone just lonely on life's path
all by myself, no one to lead me
wish I could see someone walking the road
just to be sure I'm not alone

walking through life
no one knowing who I am
forced to walk a lonely path
denying the world who I am

I fear being alone
loving and trusting someone
enough to let them in
open myself risking pain
walking the lonely path again

And don't forget Quiet on the Set Tuesdays at 8 pm!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dazed at Night

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday Funnies

My kinda computer accessory!


For those of us, me included, with bad eyes...

Futility: No matter how determined you may be, no matter how great your patience, true wisdom comes with the acceptance that some goals will forever remain beyond your abilities...like teaching a blonde to play chess.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Christmas Tree Bill to Pig Slop

The House Resolution 1424, commonly referred to as the Bailout Bill, has some interesting conditions buried within the bill. I've not read the entire Engrossed HR 1424 and with my schedule its very unlikely that'll happen in the near future. So what I've done is highlight those issues I deem important AND kept form the common people. Yes, we should all be ashamed that our elected officials, of all parties, races, religions, etc.. underestimated the intelligence of a very large crowd of people. Even I, the Dazd One, has the ability to read and write/type. I also can perform mathematics and have a decent analytical thought process.

It doesn't matter of your Republican, Democrat or Independent in your political views. It all boils down to we got screwed.

I invite comments and would ask you answer this question: How does this arrangement differ from the creation of Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac, a government creation?

Anywho...read more by hitting the "Read More" button.

House Resolution 1424

There is some assistance for homeowners:


(b) Homeowner Assistance by Agencies-

(1) IN GENERAL- To the extent that the Federal property manager holds, owns, or controls mortgages, mortgage backed securities, and other assets secured by residential real estate, including multifamily housing, the Federal property manager shall implement a plan that seeks to maximize assistance for homeowners and use its authority to encourage the servicers of the underlying mortgages, and considering net present value to the taxpayer, to take advantage of the HOPE for Homeowners Program under section 257 of the National Housing Act or other available programs to minimize foreclosures.

(2) MODIFICATIONS- In the case of a residential mortgage loan, modifications made under paragraph (1) may include--

(A) reduction in interest rates;

(B) reduction of loan principal; and

(C) other similar modifications.

(3) TENANT PROTECTIONS- In the case of mortgages on residential rental properties, modifications made under paragraph (1) shall ensure--

(A) the continuation of any existing Federal, State, and local rental subsidies and protections; and

(B) that modifications take into account the need for operating funds to maintain decent and safe conditions at the property.


The Secretary shall coordinate, as appropriate, with foreign financial authorities and central banks to work toward the establishment of similar programs by such authorities and central banks. To the extent that such foreign financial authorities or banks hold troubled assets as a result of extending financing to financial institutions that have failed or defaulted on such financing, such troubled assets qualify for purchase under section 101. I'm wondering if Iceland will be available for purchase.

The most important one, IMHO, is Section 115:


(a) Authority- The authority of the Secretary to purchase troubled assets under this Act shall be limited as follows:

(1) Effective upon the date of enactment of this Act, such authority shall be limited to $250,000,000,000 outstanding at any one time. In other words, the Secretary of the Treasury is able to release this amount without any approval from anyone.

(2) If at any time, the President submits to the Congress a written certification that the Secretary needs to exercise the authority under this paragraph, effective upon such submission, such authority shall be limited to $350,000,000,000 outstanding at any one time.

(3) If, at any time after the certification in paragraph (2) has been made, the President transmits to the Congress a written report detailing the plan of the Secretary to exercise the authority under this paragraph, unless there is enacted, within 15 calendar days of such transmission, a joint resolution described in subsection (c), effective upon the expiration of such 15-day period, such authority shall be limited to $700,000,000,000 outstanding at any one time.

(b) Aggregation of Purchase Prices- The amount of troubled assets purchased by the Secretary outstanding at any one time shall be determined for purposes of the dollar amount limitations under subsection (a) by aggregating the purchase prices of all troubled assets held.

(c) Joint Resolution of Disapproval-

(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the Secretary may not exercise any authority to make purchases under this Act with regard to any amount in excess of $350,000,000,000 previously obligated, as described in this section if, within 15 calendar days after the date on which Congress receives a report of the plan of the Secretary described in subsection (a)(3), there is enacted into law a joint resolution disapproving the plan of the Secretary with respect to such additional amount.

(2) CONTENTS OF JOINT RESOLUTION- For the purpose of this section, the term ‘joint resolution’ means only a joint resolution--

(A) that is introduced not later than 3 calendar days after the date on which the report of the plan of the Secretary referred to in subsection (a)(3) is received by Congress;

(B) which does not have a preamble;

(C) the title of which is as follows: ‘Joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008’; and

(D) the matter after the resolving clause of which is as follows: ‘That Congress disapproves the obligation of any amount exceeding the amounts obligated as described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 115(a) of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.’.

(d) Fast Track Consideration in House of Representatives-

(1) RECONVENING- Upon receipt of a report under subsection (a)(3), the Speaker, if the House would otherwise be adjourned, shall notify the Members of the House that, pursuant to this section, the House shall convene not later than the second calendar day after receipt of such report;

(2) REPORTING AND DISCHARGE- Any committee of the House of Representatives to which a joint resolution is referred shall report it to the House not later than 5 calendar days after the date of receipt of the report described in subsection (a)(3). If a committee fails to report the joint resolution within that period, the committee shall be discharged from further consideration of the joint resolution and the joint resolution shall be referred to the appropriate calendar.

(3) PROCEEDING TO CONSIDERATION- After each committee authorized to consider a joint resolution reports it to the House or has been discharged from its consideration, it shall be in order, not later than the sixth day after Congress receives the report described in subsection (a)(3), to move to proceed to consider the joint resolution in the House. All points of order against the motion are waived. Such a motion shall not be in order after the House has disposed of a motion to proceed on the joint resolution. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion. The motion shall not be debatable. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the motion is disposed of shall not be in order.

(4) CONSIDERATION- The joint resolution shall be considered as read. All points of order against the joint resolution and against its consideration are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the joint resolution to its passage without intervening motion except two hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. A motion to reconsider the vote on passage of the joint resolution shall not be in order.

(e) Fast Track Consideration in Senate-

(1) RECONVENING- Upon receipt of a report under subsection (a)(3), if the Senate has adjourned or recessed for more than 2 days, the majority leader of the Senate, after consultation with the minority leader of the Senate, shall notify the Members of the Senate that, pursuant to this section, the Senate shall convene not later than the second calendar day after receipt of such message.

(2) PLACEMENT ON CALENDAR- Upon introduction in the Senate, the joint resolution shall be placed immediately on the calendar.


(A) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, it is in order at any time during the period beginning on the 4th day after the date on which Congress receives a report of the plan of the Secretary described in subsection (a)(3) and ending on the 6th day after the date on which Congress receives a report of the plan of the Secretary described in subsection (a)(3) (even though a previous motion to the same effect has been disagreed to) to move to proceed to the consideration of the joint resolution, and all points of order against the joint resolution (and against consideration of the joint resolution) are waived. The motion to proceed is not debatable. The motion is not subject to a motion to postpone. A motion to reconsider the vote by which the motion is agreed to or disagreed to shall not be in order. If a motion to proceed to the consideration of the resolution is agreed to, the joint resolution shall remain the unfinished business until disposed of.

(B) DEBATE- Debate on the joint resolution, and on all debatable motions and appeals in connection therewith, shall be limited to not more than 10 hours, which shall be divided equally between the majority and minority leaders or their designees. A motion further to limit debate is in order and not debatable. An amendment to, or a motion to postpone, or a motion to proceed to the consideration of other business, or a motion to recommit the joint resolution is not in order.

(C) VOTE ON PASSAGE- The vote on passage shall occur immediately following the conclusion of the debate on a joint resolution, and a single quorum call at the conclusion of the debate if requested in accordance with the rules of the Senate.

(D) RULINGS OF THE CHAIR ON PROCEDURE- Appeals from the decisions of the Chair relating to the application of the rules of the Senate, as the case may be, to the procedure relating to a joint resolution shall be decided without debate.

(f) Rules Relating to Senate and House of Representatives-

(1) COORDINATION WITH ACTION BY OTHER HOUSE- If, before the passage by one House of a joint resolution of that House, that House receives from the other House a joint resolution, then the following procedures shall apply:

(A) The joint resolution of the other House shall not be referred to a committee.

(B) With respect to a joint resolution of the House receiving the resolution--

(i) the procedure in that House shall be the same as if no joint resolution had been received from the other House; but

(ii) the vote on passage shall be on the joint resolution of the other House.

(2) TREATMENT OF JOINT RESOLUTION OF OTHER HOUSE- If one House fails to introduce or consider a joint resolution under this section, the joint resolution of the other House shall be entitled to expedited floor procedures under this section.

(3) TREATMENT OF COMPANION MEASURES- If, following passage of the joint resolution in the Senate, the Senate then receives the companion measure from the House of Representatives, the companion measure shall not be debatable.


(A) IN GENERAL- If Congress passes a joint resolution, the period beginning on the date the President is presented with the joint resolution and ending on the date the President takes action with respect to the joint resolution shall be disregarded in computing the 15-calendar day period described in subsection (a)(3).

(B) VETOES- If the President vetoes the joint resolution--

(i) the period beginning on the date the President vetoes the joint resolution and ending on the date the Congress receives the veto message with respect to the joint resolution shall be disregarded in computing the 15-calendar day period described in subsection (a)(3), and

(ii) debate on a veto message in the Senate under this section shall be 1 hour equally divided between the majority and minority leaders or their designees.

(5) RULES OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE- This subsection and subsections (c), (d), and (e) are enacted by Congress--

(A) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, and as such it is deemed a part of the rules of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in that House in the case of a joint resolution, and it supersedes other rules only to the extent that it is inconsistent with such rules; and

(B) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rules (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.

So as you can see, this "One-time" Bailout now has unlimited lending potential without any authorization. Of course I didn't read every word nor did I claim to thoroughly understand this bills implications. But I do understand when I'm being bullshitted.

Here's a look a some obscure measures:

• One-year extension for wind and refined coal energy tax credits. A production credit for electricity produced from renewable marine energy sources (meaning through wave power and river power, or by exploiting the differences in ocean temperature). Energy credits for "small wind properties," geothermal heat pump systems, and energy-efficient residential properties.

• New renewable-energy bonds. Up to $800 billion in energy bonds may be offered to the public, with a third from "public power providers," a third from governments, and the remainder from "cooperative electric companies."

• Tax credits for "cellulosic biofuels" and for "carbon dioxide sequestration." An extension of an alternative fuel credit. Tax credits for "new qualified plug-in electric-drive motor vehicles." Bicycle commuters get a nod, as do regulations aimed at "residential top-loading clothes washers."

IRS undercover operations: Privacy invasion?
The bailout bill also gives the Internal Revenue Service new authority to conduct undercover operations. It would immunize the IRS from a passel of federal laws, including permitting IRS agents to run businesses for an extended sting operation, to open their own personal bank accounts with U.S. tax dollars, and so on. (Think IRS agents posing as accountants or tax preparers and saying, "I'm not sure if that deduction is entirely legal, but it'll save you $1,000. Want to take it?") That section had expired as of January 1, 2008, and would now be renewed.

There's another section of the bailout bill worth noting. It lets the IRS give information from individual tax returns to any federal law enforcement agency investigating suspected "terrorist" activity, which can, in turn, share it with local and state police. Intelligence agencies such as the CIA and the National Security Agency can also receive that information.

The information that can be shared includes "a taxpayer's identity, the nature, source, or amount of his income, payments, receipts, deductions, exemptions, credits, assets, liabilities, net worth, tax liability, tax withheld, deficiencies, overassessments, or tax payments, whether the taxpayer's return was, is being, or will be examined or subject to other investigation or processing, or any other data received by, recorded by, prepared by, furnished to, or collected by the Secretary with respect to a return."

The law authorizes the Treasury Department to create a so-called Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP, as well as a separate insurance fund.

The TARP program permits the Treasury to purchase mortgage-backed bonds or any other "troubled assets" from financial institutions. The idea is that because banks have become so hesitant to lend to each other, this law will help unstick the gears of the modern financial economy.

The Treasury Department is authorized to "guarantee" home mortgages, essentially becoming a kind of co-signer, to reduce the number of foreclosures. If the home owner stops paying his or her mortgage, taxpayers would be on the hook. The Treasury Department can also eliminate a "reasonable" amount of a home owner's mortgage debt, under section 109 of the new law, which would likely delay the process of house prices falling.

In response to grassroots pressure from Americans upset about Wall Street executives cashing in, Section 111 is titled "Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance."

Section 115 of the law says that the administration can, after notifying Congress and waiting 15 days, purchase and hold $700 billion of assets "at any one time." (It can buy and hold $350 billion without waiting.)

This allows the Treasury Department to buy up $700 billion of bad assets in 2008. Then sell those assets off loss, and repeat the same process in 2009, 2010,2011, etc.

If the TARP ends up costing taxpayers money, the president may ask Congress to consider enacting a law to recoup "from the financial industry an amount equal to the shortfall," presumably through higher taxes. But Congress is under no obligation to do anything; a mechanism to cover the shortfall does not exist in this law.

Some bullets of interest:

• This may be just the beginning of bailouts. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that the state may need a $7 billion loan from the U.S. Treasury, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

John McCain is taking some credit for the bailout's passage: "I'm glad I suspended my campaign and went back to Washington to bring, and help bring, House Republicans to the table," he said on Friday. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama described the law as "absolutely necessary to prevent an economic catastrophe."

• U.S. jobs fell by 159,000, a decline of 760,000 this year. Technology firms have also contemplated hiring freezes and some, including Hewlett-Packard and Dell, have already laid off employees, as my colleague Ina Fried reports in a separate article.

It doesn't matter of your Republican, Democrat or Independent in your political views. It all boils down to we got screwed.

I invite comments and would ask you answer this question: How does this arrangement differ from the creation of Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac, a government creation?