Should'a had a better lawyer.

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 03/04/2010 - 09:20


From David Michaels at MercoPress 

Russian billionaire looses 53 million USD deposit on villa purchase


Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov lost 53 million US dollars deposit on a 530 million USD villa in southern France after a court ruled Tuesday that he failed to complete the purchase.



The moral to this story of course being;


In the event that the deposit is forfeited, we agree that That Lying, Greedy, No Good Broker, That Didn't Do Jack Shit On This Deal Anyway, Inc. shall retain one half ( ½ ) of the deposit, but not in an amount in excess of the full commission, as full payment for services rendered.


 I believe that's how it's done.


Jim Bunning

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 03/03/2010 - 08:00

 Jim Bunning

U.S. Senator from Kentucky.

Hall of Fame pitcher.

100+ wins, 1000+ strikeouts and a No-Hitter in each league.

Seemingly somewhat ill tempered, with an oversized pair of cajones.

I like him.

Always have.

The above photo links to the Baseball Almanac


It's the Spending Stupid!!!!!

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 03/03/2010 - 07:16


With the following set of Charts, The Heritage Foundation does a very nice job of demonstrating just exactly what our issues are with respect to the deficit.

All the below charts link to The Heritage Foundation's site, and another dozen or so thought provoking items.











Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 07:50

Two Americas

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 06:58


The two charts and excepts below link to a brief report from Josh Barro of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research titled,

Two Americas: Public Sector Gains in Recession



The problem:  During the recession, public employees have continued to see strong wage growth, well ahead of the private sector.

From the first quarter of 2007 through the last quarter of 2009, the average value of hourly compensation (wages plus benefits) rose by 9.8 percent for employees of state and local governments, compared to 6.9 percent in the private sector.[2]

After adjusting for inflation, public employees have seen a rise in real hourly income over this period, while private employees have not. 

What should be done? 

The trend in the third quarter—when public-employee compensation was flat—shows that a freeze on public-employee compensation is possible.

States and localities should take the following steps to get employee compensation under control:

Governments should freeze employee compensation at least until public-employee wages have returned to levels matching the private sector trend.

They should take this action when negotiating new public-employee contracts.

In some states, governments may have powers to freeze pay even in the middle of an existing contract.

States should also look at reforming binding arbitration laws that force governments to pay unaffordable wage increases.

Such laws should be repealed or reformed to properly take into account private-sector wage trends and the ability of governments to pay wage increases.

Unfortunately, the trend reverted to form in the fourth quarter, with public-employee compensation again rising faster than private sector pay.

Getting budgets under control will require state and local lawmakers to put taxpayer interests ahead of the interests of public-employee unions.



Your State Of Happiness

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 06:39


New research by the UK’s University of Warwick and Hamilton College in the US has used the happiness levels of a million individual US citizens to discover which are the best and worst states in which to live in the United States.

The new research published in the elite journal Science on 17th December 2009 is by Professor Andrew Oswald of the UK’s University of Warwick and Stephen Wu of Hamilton College in the US.


Andrew Oswald/ Wu ranking of happiness levels by US State


  1. Louisiana
  2. Hawaii
  3. Florida
  4. Tennessee
  5. Arizona
  6. Mississippi
  7. Montana
  8. South Carolina
  9. Alabama
  10. Maine
  11. Alaska
  12. North Carolina
  13. Wyoming
  14. Idaho
  15. South Dakota
  16. Texas
  17. Arkansas
  18. Vermont
  19. Georgia
  20. Oklahoma
  21. Colorado
  22. Delaware
  23. Utah
  24. New Mexico
  25. North Dakota
  26. Minnesota
  27. New Hampshire
  28. Virginia
  29. Wisconsin
  30. Oregon
  31. Iowa
  32. Kansas
  33. Nebraska
  34. West Virginia
  35. Kentucky
  36. Washington
  37. District of Columbia
  38. Missouri
  39. Nevada
  40. Maryland
  41. Pennsylvania
  42. Rhode Island
  43. Massachusetts
  44. Ohio
  45. Illinois
  46. California
  47. Indiana
  48. Michigan (Admit it, you thought we'd be dead last)
  49. New Jersey
  50. Connecticut
  51. New York


To quote Ian McAvity

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 06:43

A nice heads up from R.E. McMaster

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 07:08


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