Big jump in contracts in January

From the Otteau Group (no link):

NJ Home Sales Record 31% Increase in January

Given the malaise in the housing market in recent years, a double digit increase in purchase demand is a big deal. What’s even more impressive is that this increase occurred in the month of January, and without homebuyer tax credits stimulating demand. Housing demand in New Jersey exploded off the chart in January with 4,700 home-purchase contracts which equates to a 31% increase compared to one year earlier. That performance exceeded the 4,600 recorded in January 2010 when home sales surged due to the availability of home buyer tax credits, and was the best since 2008. Certainly the mild January weather had a hand in this compared to last year’s heavy snow accumulations. But an increase of this magnitude extends beyond a weather related influence.

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252 Responses to Big jump in contracts in January

  1. Mikeinwaiting says:

    One month does not make a trend. I understand the magnitude but I’m still not buying it (or a house either). Let the price of fuel work its magic over the next few months, then we can revisit the numbers.

  2. Feh. Probably fabricated.

    Let’s see how many of these deals were actually DOA.

  3. Last of the dumb money, itchy to pull the trigger…sucked into the dying Ponzi?

  4. Wasn’t Lehman leveraged at about 36:1 when they went into death spiral mode?

    “…the ECB’s leverage is 36.6x. This, according to Ben Bernanke, is “well-capitalized.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/ben-bernanke-ecb-well-capitalized

  5. Fabius Maximus says:

    #113 Lib (previous thread)
    If you are stuck in the middle of summer with a window A/C. If the AC and fridge kick in at the same time, the generator will trip. Or even the sump pump and fridge might trip it.

  6. Fabius Maximus says:

    #114 (previous thread) Moose

    Why does there have to be “something in it for the blues”? Does every action have to have a reward or payback?

  7. njescapee says:

    You’re kidding right?

    Fabius Maximus says:
    February 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm
    #114 (previous thread) Moose

    Why does there have to be “something in it for the blues”? Does every action have to have a reward or payback?

  8. Libtard at home says:

    Fab (5) : See how I just did that?

    I would never try to run AC on my generator. That’s crazy. But you are right. The draw of the compressors kicking in would cause havoc.

  9. Fabius Maximus says:

    #117 Pain

    The reason I put that up is the map. PA get back $1.17 for every dollar they send out. So it is not just the full time workers supporting that 2.7mil on assitance.

    PA has a population of 12Mil. There are 22% under 18 and 15% over 65. That leaves around 8mil available for work. best case take out the 7% unemployment that PA has and you get 7.2 Mil available for work. Now they report 5.9 mil in full time work, that means that there has to be a proportion of the full time employed are on assistance.

    In reality I think that there will be some of the 1.8mil seniors as part of the 2.7 assistance number. Add in the fact that working a minimum wage level job will put you well under the federal poverty level, you add to that numer on assistance. That Welfare guy does not pass the smell test.

  10. Fabius Maximus says:

    gary,

    What size should I order you?
    http://www.despair.com/solyndra.html

  11. Fabius Maximus says:

    #142 (previous thread) Pain

    When I first came over here I was shocked that every college course has a requirement for 60 Credits GE. You don’t get that in the rest of the world.

  12. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    Fab that is because we are well rounded

    I had 80 credits in biology that is the difference between a BS and a BA still had to take 48 credits of BS

  13. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Meat #2 “Last of the dumb money, itchy to pull the trigger…sucked into the dying Ponzi?”
    BINGO!

  14. Fabius Maximus says:

    #7 njescape

    In a lot of ways I’m not kidding, but it is a hard concept to explain/ For me there are things in life that you should and should not do. My definition of what is the right thing to do and what is the wrong thing to do will differ from others. At that point I need an arbiter to define where the line is. For me (and the blues) there is no real issue with an arbiter as we are usually far enough away from the line. Red seem to have an issue with the line even existing and seem more inclined to ignore it.

  15. Fabius Maximus says:

    #8 lib

    The smaller capacity generator will burn out a lot quicker under its full load than a bigger capacity just idling under the load. I would always factor in at least one window AC to cool one room. When its 100F outside, window fans just don’t cut it.

  16. Fabius Maximus says:

    #12 Pain

    Here is my colleges curriculum for Biochemistry. There is no BA electives, no GC requirements, you get in and start studying the subject. Well rounded is what you come in with.

    Stage 1
    Biochemistry
    Genetics and Molecular Biology
    Introductory Skills for Biosciences
    Micro-organisms
    plus two modules in Chemistry
    Stage 2
    Biochemical Methods
    Enzymology
    Mammalian Biochemistry
    Microbial Metabolism and Physiology
    Molecular Genetics
    plus one other module, usually either Virology or Work Placement (3-year programme)
    This gives students a sound foundation on which to build their final year. Throughout the Stage 1 and Stage 2 years, practical classes in Biochemistry reinforce and complement the theory.
    Biochemistry with Professional Studies students undertake a one year, course-related work placement between Stages 2 and 3.
    Stage 3
    In their final year all students carry out a two-module research project under the supervision of one or more members of the academic staff. The research project generally involves practical work carried out in the laboratory in one of the many active areas of biochemistry research in the School. In addition, there are four taught modules:
    Biochemical Basis of Disease
    Biomolecular Structure
    Cell Signalling
    Genetic Manipulation and Biotechnology (3-year programme)
    Professional Studies (4-year programme)

  17. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [16] fabius

    That goes to the difference in structures between US and non-US programs. Your program was likely the equivalent of a partial undergrad program and an entire grad program here. Personally, for law, I like the european model as you incorporate law into your degree program immediately and then serve what amounts to the modern day version of an apprenticeship.

  18. njescapee says:

    Fabius, We’re governed (dc, state and local) by gangstas. Geithner, Heinz-Kerry, Warren Buffet like to use OPM to “spread the wealth” along with Romney and his ilk. As Leona Helmsley famously said: taxes are meant to be paid by the little people.
    Fabius Maximus says:
    February 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm
    #7 njescape

    In a lot of ways I’m not kidding, but it is a hard concept to explain/ For me there are things in life that you should and should not do. My definition of what is the right thing to do and what is the wrong thing to do will differ from others. At that point I need an arbiter to define where the line is. For me (and the blues) there is no real issue with an arbiter as we are usually far enough away from the line. Red seem to have an issue with the line even existing and seem more inclined to ignore it.

  19. gluteus (14)-

    For me, the list begins with this:

    1. Neither you nor your offspring shall ever back Arsenal.

    “For me there are things in life that you should and should not do.”

  20. escape (18)-

    Precisely. We are all brutes, in a land governed by brute force and maudlin, treacly sentiment.

    Rule of law is dead.

  21. Fabius Maximus says:

    #20 Clot

    You forgot the rest of it.

    1. Neither you nor your offspring shall ever back Arsenal to lose.

  22. still_looking says:

    Congratulations, Pain!!

    Happy Double O Everything! You two must be over the moon!

    sl

  23. grim says:

    From the Record:

    One in 10 N.J. home sales in 2011 was a foreclosure

    One in 10 New Jersey homes sold last year was in the foreclosure process, RealtyTrac reported Wednesday. That was much lower than the national rate, reflecting the slowdown in the state’s foreclosure process in the wake of reports that lenders were cutting corners in the rush to evict homeowners.

    Foreclosed homes sell for a steep discount, according to RealtyTrac, a California company that follows the foreclosure market. In New Jersey, foreclosure properties sold for about 40 percent less, on average, than similar non-foreclosure homes. Nationally, the discount was about 33 percent last year.

    “Sales of foreclosures in the fourth quarter continued to be slowed by questions surrounding proper foreclosure paperwork and procedures,” said Brandon Moore, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac, in a statement. “Even so, foreclosures accounted for nearly one in every four sales [nationwide] during the quarter and for the entire year. We expect to see foreclosure-related sales increase in 2012, particularly pre-foreclosure sales, as lenders start to more aggressively dispose of distressed assets held up by the mortgage-servicing gridlock over the past 18 months.”

    In Bergen County, RealtyTrac counted 770 foreclosure sales in 2011, making up 8.6 percent of transactions, with an average sale price of $350,506, a 27 percent discount to regular properties.

    In Passaic County, there were 677 foreclosure sales, making up 16 percent of deals, with an average price of $191,432, 36 percent less than the average of non-foreclosure properties.

  24. Mike says:

    Good Morning New Jersey Double Congrats Pain

  25. Juice Box says:

    1 in 10 with low inventory, wait till the forclosure settlement kicks in. I bet
    The Sherriff in every county is looking at outsourcing evictions.I remeber back in 91 when my boss was evicted for not paying his rent, the dreg the Bergen County sherriff sent over was a fat dude about 500lbs with a bad attitude and a fake badge.

  26. Juice Box says:

    Mentioned this before, make sure anyone you know of draft age is keeping busy.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/02/28/gen_mccaffrey_privately_briefs_nbc_execs_on_war_with_iran/singleton/

  27. grim says:

    25 – Pipeline is finally moving through Sheriff sale, it’s been a while since I’ve seen any real action. Really, nothing in volume, but we’re finally moving again.

    http://www.bcsd.us/Pages/Sold%20properties.aspx

    http://www.pcsheriff.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=11

    http://www.mcsheriff.org/sales/

    http://salesweb.civilview.com/SalesListing.aspx

  28. Juice Box says:

    Beware the Ides of March!

  29. Another day in hell.

  30. Here’s what Gubmint Sacks thinks of yer phony housing recovery:

    “Regular readers are all too familiar with the saga of Goldman Sachs, which back in December 2010 called for a new American golden age, only to crash and burn as the economy not only slid right back into its depressionary glidepath but had to be bailed out by the Fed yet again. Sure enough, back in December of last year, the same firm made a surprising forecast, being the first of many (as others naturally jumped on the Goldman bandwagon), calling for an imminent housing bottom. Naturally, we scoffed at said proclamation. Two months later, which have seen two months of deteriorating conditions and declining prices, Goldman is out, saying that it may have just been kidding. From Goldman’s Hui Shan: “In December 2011 we published a new house price model for 147 metro areas that pointed to a decline of around 3% from mid-2011 through mid-2012 before stabilizing in the year thereafter. Excess supply and negative house price momentum were the main drivers of the projected decline over the subsequent four quarters. In the year thereafter, the model suggested that house prices would stabilize as the negative momentum faded. Our model also pointed to substantial variation in house price appreciation across metro areas. Although city-by-city house price dynamics are particularly difficult to model, we projected increases in Detroit, Miami and Cleveland, but significant declines in Portland, New York and Atlanta during the next two years. Since publication of this forecast–which was based on Case-Shiller house price data up to 2011Q2–house prices have weakened anew….The implications of these changes are threefold: First, we now see a somewhat weaker near-term house price outlook. Specifically, we forecast that house prices will decline by 3.3% from 2011Q3 until 2012Q3, and by an additional 1.1% between 2012Q3 and 2013Q3. Second, the expected bottom in house prices is pushed out from end-2012 to mid-2013. Third, the long-run outlook for house prices is not significantly affected by our update.” So for anyone basing their housing recovery call on Goldman, sorry – Goldman was only kidding. Again.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/goldman-backpedals-housing-recovery-delays-housing-bottom-forecast-mid-2013

  31. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Meat 30 You can’t make this stuff up. LOL

  32. grim says:

    Beige book:

    Fed Beige Book – Second District–New York

    Construction and Real Estate

    The home sales market has been mixed but, on balance, slightly softer since the last report, while the residential rental market has continued to firm. Northern New Jersey’s home sales market has stabilized but has yet to show any significant signs of a pickup; one industry contact surmises that underlying concern about pending foreclosures and their potential impact on the market continues to weigh on potential buyers. Apartment rental markets in New York City and northern New Jersey have continued to strengthen, with effective rents (factoring in the withdrawal of concessions) up 9-10 percent in Manhattan over the past year. However, New York City’s co-op and condo market has softened somewhat thus far in 2012: in Manhattan and Brooklyn, apartment prices have held steady but sales volume has tapered off a bit, while in the other boroughs both home prices and volume have edged down. On a somewhat brighter note, real estate contacts in western New York State report continued gradual improvement in home sales activity.

  33. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    BTW what is up with Hillary Clinton? She is F-A-T!!!

  34. 3B says:

    # 1&2 I am not buying it either, lets see if this is real or just a temporary surge. And as pointe dout rising gas prices are a problem. Also I know a local attorney who has several house sales pending, and he tells me all of the deals are falling apart for one reason or anther; and he is just one attorney

  35. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    thanks SL getting by

    Fab I was being sarcastic, the progressives have to get their indoctrination in, we just get the joy of paying for it. The Bullsh*t I had to take drove me nuts and led to me having a god awful GPA becasue I hated going.

    If I was in Europe I wouldn’t have gotten into college because I was a F-up and would not have tested in. But if I had, I probably would have gone on to an MD program because in most countries you get to start in your third year of university. Not the ridiculous system we have here

  36. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    For all you sci fi and engineering buffs. At least we will have something for the coming arachnid war and my kids will have the opportunity for full citizenship

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-57387939-52/navy-tests-railgun-that-can-shoot-up-to-100-miles/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=

  37. gary says:

    Contracts ≠ Closings

    Any questions?

  38. grim says:

    37 – with no propellant/charge I wouldn’t have expected such a massive muzzle flash. Incredible.

  39. grim says:

    Jobless claims at 351k, 4 week average down to 354k.

  40. Juice Box says:

    re: #39 – Grim, there is a conventional charge as well to start the projectile moving and perhaps some metal dust mixed in from the erosion of the projectile and the barrel. I would think these guns cannot be fired too many times before the barrel needs to be replaced or relined.

  41. gary says:

    I just received a company-wide email outlining the procedures for performance goals for 2012, career development and compensation rewards. A question for the forum: in what “manner” should I forward this email to my “boss” and let him know that I’m just a manual temp worker in the belly of the Titanic and not a member of the privileged class; thus, I shouldn’t be receiving such emails?

  42. Anon E. Moose says:

    Fab [6];

    Way to quote out of context. No response to the observation that the total welfare state installs the leftists as administrative lords?

  43. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    Breitbart dead. Of “natural causes” right after he gets some MSNBC presence.

    Not a conspiracy theorist but I see that a not insignificant number of wealthy administration critics have a developed a habit of dying suddenly.

  44. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    gary this is from experience a sthe same thing happened to me years ago

    “Blank,
    I have forwarded an email for performance goals that I received in error, as you know I am a temp employee. Unless I have been converted to full time without my knowledge. If that is the case I would immediately like to have my benefits begin and participate in the company 401K program. Also the sign on bonus i was to receive if converted should be deposited in my account post haste. Now that I have vacation days and have not had one in two years I will also be taking next week off. Regarding my work ethic, you will see a precipitous drop in my effectivity to mirror those of my new compatriots and I will expect a temp to be hired to make up for my new found lack of productivity. I thank you for your support and look forward to reducing your bonus each year now that I am full time.

    Regards,
    Painhrtz”

    My boss had a really good sense of humor

  45. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    Nom maybe he was “poisoned”, Kick A$$! I always wanted to live in post Soviet Russia.

    juice there has to be an excelerant there is no way a rail gun produces muzzle flash but will prodcue sparks

  46. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    Pain, I am not going there, but I am looking forward to the burn in hell gloating from the same lefties that accuse the right of pure unadulterated hate.

  47. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    Nom it will be epic

  48. Mikeinwaiting says:

    February ISM Manufacturing Index: 52.4 vs. 54.6 expected (54.1 previous). New orders 54.9 (57.6 previous), Production 55.3 (55.7), Employment 53.2 (54.3), Prices 61.5 (55.5), Supplier Deliveries 49.0 (53.6).

  49. gary says:

    Pain [45],

    Beautiful! I think I should have a liquid lunch and kick that letter up a notch before sending! I was supposed to be “converted” a month ago. I don’t ask anymore nor proactively take on tasks without even asking. Anything that needs to be done, I wait for instruction.

  50. Mikeinwaiting says:

    (Tempe, Arizona) — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 31st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 33rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

    The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “The PMI registered 52.4 percent, a decrease of 1.7 percentage points from January’s reading of 54.1 percent, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 31st consecutive month. The New Orders Index registered 54.9 percent, a decrease of 2.7 percentage points from January’s reading of 57.6 percent, reflecting the 34th consecutive month of growth in new orders. Prices of raw materials increased for the second consecutive month, with the Prices Index registering 61.5 percent. As was the case in January, new orders, production and employment all grew in February — although at somewhat slower rates than in January. Comments from the panel continue to reflect a generally positive outlook for the next few months.”
    PERFORMANCE BY INDUSTRY

    Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 11 are reporting growth in February, in the following order: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Machinery; Primary Metals; Transportation Equipment; Petroleum & Coal Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Paper Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; and Chemical Products. The four industries reporting contraction in February are: Furniture & Related Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; and Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components

  51. All Hype says:

    “Let’s see how many of these deals were actually DOA.”

    A few houses that I toured at have fallen through multiple times either because of the home inspection and/or issues with the appraisal.

  52. njescapee says:

    never put something in writing that you will later regret.
    gary says:
    March 1, 2012 at 9:37 am
    I just received a company-wide email outlining the procedures for performance goals for 2012, career development and compensation rewards. A question for the forum: in what “manner” should I forward this email to my “boss” and let him know that I’m just a manual temp worker in the belly of the Titanic and not a member of the privileged class; thus, I shouldn’t be receiving such emails?

  53. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    escapee – I don’t think Gary cares at this point

    rail gun update, it is not gunpoweder but the heat generated by hyper sonic speeds within the gun generate super heated plasma behind the projectile. You definately do not want to be standing near it when it goes off

  54. gary says:

    njescapee [53],

    I won’t do it, I agree with you. It just irks me that they don’t have the courtesy to add the temp workers into a separate email group. I can’t change anything here so, I ramp up my search, yet again, to look for other opportunities.

  55. gary says:

    Pain [54],

    You’re right, I don’t care but I gotta use a little common sense and patience here. :)

  56. Anon E. Moose says:

    Gary [50];

    Anything that needs to be done, I wait for instruction.

    As memory serves, according to a recently declassified OSS document addressed to sympathetic ‘citizen-saboteurs’ living in Axis countries, this was one of a number of ways that civilians could sack the efficiency of Axis powers’ war/supply infrastructure.

  57. JJ says:

    Now you tell me?

    njescapee says:
    March 1, 2012 at 10:32 am
    never put something in writing that you will later regret.
    gary says:
    March 1, 2012 at 9:37 am
    I just received a company-wide email outlining the procedures for performance goals for 2012, career development and compensation rewards. A question for the forum: in what “manner” should I forward this email to my “boss” and let him know that I’m just a manual temp worker in the belly of the Titanic and not a member of the privileged class; thus, I shouldn’t be receiving such emails?

  58. Anon E. Moose says:

    NJE [53];

    How about “Thank you for this informative E-mail. I will redouble my efforts.” Never says efforts to do what… (per Gary@[55] I ramp up my search, yet again, to look for other opportunities.)

  59. Fabius Maximus says:

    #43 Moose
    Are you suggesting that the Left would never lose an election.
    Remember that Tea Party lady shouting “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!”

  60. gary says:

    Moose, remember this Seinfeld episode? This is approximately the way I feel! LOL!
    ==
    [Day, interior of Brand/Leland, KRAMER’s in LELAND’s office. LELAND’s a greying man.]

    KRAMER: What did you want to see me about, Mr. Leland?

    LELAND: Kramer, I’ve.. been reviewing your work.. Quite frankly, it stinks.

    KRAMER: Well, I ah.. been havin’ trouble at home and uh.. I mean, ah, you know, I’ll work harder, nights, weekends, whatever it takes..

    LELAND: No, no, I don’t think that’s going to, do it, uh. These reports you handed in. It’s almost as if you have no business training at all.. I don’t know what this is supposed to be!

    KRAMER: Well, I’m uh, just–tryin’ to get ahead..

    LELAND: Well, I’m sorry. There’s just no way that we could keep you on.

    KRAMER: I don’t even really work here!

    LELAND: That’s what makes this so difficult.

  61. njescapee says:

    Moose, I’m old school and would just let it go especially if there is still a possibility of being hired on. No sense taking a chance that the receiver will take the message as sarcasm which it probably would be. Full disclosure: I worked for my last employer for 24 yrs and my current employment is 13+ years. I love my job which has allowed me to work remote full time for 6.5 years and counting.

    NJE [53];

    How about “Thank you for this informative E-mail. I will redouble my efforts.” Never says efforts to do what… (per Gary@[55] I ramp up my search, yet again, to look for other opportunities.)

  62. pain (37)-

    Note to self: start building rail gun in garage.

  63. gary says:

    61 cont…

    Except, they LOVE my work and extended my “contract!” Isn’t that nice of them?

  64. gary (42)-

    Attached to a dead rodent.

    “I just received a company-wide email outlining the procedures for performance goals for 2012, career development and compensation rewards. A question for the forum: in what “manner” should I forward this email to my “boss”…”

  65. gary says:

    Note to self: go in dumpster behind building and smash a rat with tire iron.

  66. Bystander says:

    Gary,

    Whatever you reply, please change it to Hindi script font so that they understand it. Just so you know – “development plan” means load you up with attainable goals because we laid off half the team. “Compensation rewards” means we will give you nothing and be happy to take it yo..or Amit who just arrived from Banglore is waiting.

  67. Bystander says:

    Unattainable goals, I meant.

  68. seif says:

    “Nomura’s analysts expect “the pace of foreclosure activity [to] accelerate this year, [meaning] many distressed properties in pipeline will become visible and flow into the market.”
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2012/02/28/why-more-foreclosures-and-falling-home-prices-are-a-good-thing/

    When is this going to start happening in Bergen County? And how many foreclosures will we really see in towns like Ridgewood, Cresskill, Closter, Wykoff…will it be significant enough to bring prices down another 10-20%?

  69. JJ says:

    The only three true job interview questions are:
    1. Can you do the job?
    2. Will you love the job?
    3. Can we tolerate working with you?

    Now Gary it looks like you can do job. But if you were hired on would you ever love the job after how your employer used you and would your boss every love you. I mean he never went to bat to get you hired on full time.

    I would cut bait and move on.

  70. chicagofinance says:

    Do you ever just show up to work in an interview suit and tie for no reason from time to time? I know it seems a little bush league, but I’ve also seen it work….

    gary says:
    March 1, 2012 at 10:06 am
    Pain [45], Beautiful! I think I should have a liquid lunch and kick that letter up a notch before sending! I was supposed to be “converted” a month ago. I don’t ask anymore nor proactively take on tasks without even asking. Anything that needs to be done, I wait for instruction.

  71. gary says:

    Bystander,

    LOL! Affirmative! :)

  72. gary says:

    ChiFi [71],

    I haven’t but it’s food for thought.

  73. gary says:

    JJ [70],

    My boss has asked upper management many times when can they convert me. Each time they strum a different chord. It’s all bullsh1t. If they convert me, I’ll “love” the job as much as is required.

  74. chicagofinance says:

    I’ve seen enough corporate environments to know that workers/managers get institutionalized……you lose perspective as to what is important, and you lose a conscience in terms of how people are treated…….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsiFanovOSI

  75. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [21] fabius

    Better dead than [Arsenal] Red.

  76. gary says:

    F*ck um… I simply put my paperwork out there and search again. No biggie. Now, it’s off to lunch to eat my crackers like Cosmo Kramer! ;)

  77. JJ says:

    You know what is funny, I am hiring again. I noticed their are alot of sad resumes out there of people who graduated college between 2001 and 2007. Somehow timing has worked against them. Next thing you know they are 5-11 years out of school and still applying for junior jobs, they appear to miss getting that high paying great job out of school as internet bubble already crashed and we had 9/11 and a recession in 2002. Then they were low man on the totem pole come the 2008/2009 recession and either missed promotions or were let go. Flash Forward to 2012 and they are still at junior level applying for junior jobs. But the bigger question is who wants them. I mean Someone who graduated college in 2008/2009 knows only hard times. They got some bottom of barrel job where they worked like a dog for peanuts. Now Spring 2012 I can hire them with 3-4 years experience and they will be happy, energetic, hard working. The older 30 year old is bitter, wants to make up for lost time, looking for promotions right away and next thing you know time off honeymoons, babies etc. Plus they want more money. A friend told me once workers from 30-45 are the worse. They want want want and wear you down. You hear about their sick kids, high mortgages, flex time, telecommuting, kids braces, day care, blah blah blah. The older guy/gal just happy to have a job and kids under 30 just happy to have a job. They don’t bring their home life to work or make big demands.

    Have the needy 30-45 year olds elminated their usefulness in the workplace? Your high mortgage, car payments, kids tuition, wifes career, taking off every time kids are off from school and long commutes and desires for huge pay increases to pay for it all are tiresome. I once managed a team of young asians professionals on a project in NYC, nearly all single, nearly all lived near office, no vacation requests, no sick day requests, worked as late as I wanted and no pushness for promotions because surely I as their boss would give it to them when deserved. AHHH the joy.

    But I think the kids who graduated in 2008-2011 will most likely be good workers even in their 30’s as they are not the snot nosed spoled brats who graduated collect in the late 90s or 2005-2007 when jobs were plentiful. They know bad times. I like the scrappy ones.

  78. I think John Wayne Gacy said this first.

    “I like the scrappy ones.”

  79. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [60] fabius

    Hell, I’ll suggest it.

    I harken back to a couple of quotations from my favorite socialist (aside from my friend Adam in Philly):

    “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

    and “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

    He said these things in the 1940s.

    For me, the analysis has always been about the tipping point. Have we reached that Tytler moment when everyone just starts raiding the treasury, and hence each other? I think the raid started a long time ago, but when you look at the steeply progressive nature of our taxes compared to peer countries, and the increasing percentage that is borne by a smaller subset of the populace, you have to question what happens when the tipping point is reached. I see the potential for massive capital flight, which is why the left is trying to mollify the 1%ers (and why I believe that if OWS ever threatened to take over the dems the way the Tea Party was perceived to take over the right, we’d be in a depression right now).

    So what is the tipping point? I think we reached it when we kept up extend and pretend for benefits, and when the administration proposed even more benefits. Now benefits may be charitable and nice and keeping with our traditions, but they are also a form of buying off the rabble to keep them from rioting. So far, we are tottering on that tipping point, and there is time to right the ship so to speak, but I don’t see that happening. Too much global assymetry and no real change here, just fiddling at the margins with redistribution, making it easier to be a parasite. People who will be increasingly suffering will vote their pocketbooks and look to generous Uncle Sam for more. Between this and Ruy Texiera’s prediction that demographics favor the left the rats will all flock to the left side of the ship. Now, at some point, the overload on the left side of the ship will capsize it because there is no one left on the right side.

    Then you get your leftist utopia. It will resemble Europe in a lot more ways than you can imagine.

    ——————————————————————————–

  80. Personally, I can’t wait for annual summer riots, mass work stoppages and car burnings.

  81. Brian says:

    Man I told you, apply to as many jobs as you can each week. Even stuff you think you might not qualify for. There’s no law against applying. I see technology managers scare of so many good candidates because they list every application/skill they can think of. They have no idea what somebody actually does on the job.

    And don’t use a recruiter and don’t apply to anything that says temp to perm or contract. It’s okay to take a contract job if you’ve got nothing else but, you’re going for the upgrade.

    42.gary says:
    March 1, 2012 at 9:37 am
    I just received a company-wide email outlining the procedures for performance goals for 2012, career development and compensation rewards. A question for the forum: in what “manner” should I forward this email to my “boss” and let him know that I’m just a manual temp worker in the belly of the Titanic and not a member of the privileged class; thus, I shouldn’t be receiving such emails

  82. Sima says:

    Gary’s comments about the workplace are so true. What I am noticing is that companies are filled with contract workers, and so many of them signed on with the promise that “if it works out” they will be hired permanently. HAH!
    So of course they toil and toil to prove themselves, but as soon as a project is done – so long to them (with no notice of course). Lucky you to at least get your contract extended.
    Don’t you know? – the new norm is that we’re all disposable workers.
    And it seems to me that the contract hourly rates are lower than they used to be. It’s a race to the bottom….

  83. Happy Renter says:

    [30] “we projected increases in Detroit, Miami and Cleveland, but significant declines in Portland, New York and Atlanta during the next two years. Since publication of this forecast–which was based on Case-Shiller house price data up to 2011Q2–house prices have weakened anew”

    Please refer all questions to Gary.

  84. Happy Renter says:

    Oh, and Pain … congratulations x 2!

  85. seif says:

    and the red-staters love accepting socialism…in fact most of them would be starving and homeless without it

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jan/26/blog-posting/red-state-socialism-graphic-says-gop-leaning-state/

  86. JJ says:

    I know someone at Chase who was just hired as a contractor to audit mortgage files. They hired 500 of them and top 10% guaranteed a job. Why the heck should Chase hire the other 90%.

    I went on a job interview once for a white shoe firm and was asked to you know we are interviewing 800 candidates for only 10 jobs how do you fee about that? Which I answered I feel bad for the other 799 candidates as they are fighting for only 9 jobs. I knew I did not have to know who the other candidates were I knew and the interviewer knew I had brass balls. And why take whimpy balls when you could have brass balls?

    Sima says:
    March 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    Gary’s comments about the workplace are so true. What I am noticing is that companies are filled with contract workers, and so many of them signed on with the promise that “if it works out” they will be hired permanently. HAH!
    So of course they toil and toil to prove themselves, but as soon as a project is done – so long to them (with no notice of course). Lucky you to at least get your contract extended.
    Don’t you know? – the new norm is that we’re all disposable workers.
    And it seems to me that the contract hourly rates are lower than they used to be. It’s a race to the bottom….

  87. Whimpy Balls says:

    You hurt my feelings, jj.

  88. Brian says:

    That’s funny but don’t waste your energy on the rat. Anger is good, you just have to channel it into the right place.

    Years ago, when I just worked the help desk answering call after call and taking crap from people I thought, gee, maybe I should get my microsoft certifications so I can get a better job. A buddy of mine (in the same department) casually asked a bunch of my co-workers if they thought Brian had the skills and detirmination to finish my certifications. They all said no way. When He told me that I was so pissed off I studied like crazy. Passed. Fk em.

    Another time, when I really needed a raise, I worked up the b@lls to ask my boss for a raise. He said okay, you deserve it. Let me call HR. He had the HR director on speakerphone and I don’t think he knew I was in the room. He said “but that guy doesn’t even have a degree”. I never forgot that, I was so pissed off. I made it my life’s mission and finally finished my degree in 2008. I left a few months later for a big raise.

    66.gary says:
    March 1, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Note to self: go in dumpster behind building and smash a rat with tire iron.

  89. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    Happy thanks

    Seif it isn’t so much the socialism they have a problem with it is the lack of God and abortions. when team red does it, Ok no problem. When the godless other side (team blue) does it then we have socialism.

    I’m so glad I don’t belong to anyone team

  90. Brian says:

    I like your new handle. It suits you.

    88.Whimpy Balls says:
    March 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm
    You hurt my feelings, jj.

  91. gary says:

    Sima,

    I’m in a small sea of cubicles. The majority are occupied by people with names I cannot pronounce and don’t contain a picture, a plant, nothing. The very few mixed in that have been home to the company veterans will soon be consumed by yet another expendable cog.

  92. gary says:

    Brian,

    Degree, no degree, certifications, no certifications…. it doesn’t matter. Today, it’s whoever is going to put on knee pads and a chin strap for the cheapest price.

  93. gary says:

    Brian,

    I just did an “SU – root” and then a “rm -rf” on this UNIX server. I think I shouldn’t have done that. Is this is a bad thing?

  94. Anon E. Moose says:

    Nom [47];

    I am looking forward to the burn in hell gloating from the same lefties that accuse the right of pure unadulterated hate.

    On cue. http://storify.com/Danny_Glover/twitter-hate-the-left-s-breitbart-memorial/

  95. Bystander says:

    JJ,

    You are double-talking again. The 40 year old with kids, cars, summer home, country club memberships et al is the reason you have a job. More debt to churn out for you. Now, you don’t want to pay them? 25 year olds with no homes, no kids and crappy car are not the lifeblood of finance world. You should be thankful to them for everything you have. They are willing to take the monetary grenades.!

  96. Brian says:

    Ha ha yes very funny. Don’t get too drunk with power. It’s exactly that kind of person managers think of when they think of outsourcing us guilt free.

    I’m in this business because I enjoy fixing things and installing infrastructure that I know will improve people’s jobs. It’s incredibly difficult to fix something under immense pressure WHEN IT MUST BE FIXED RIGHT NOW!!! or to design and install a system that will be reliable etc.

    As is the case with anything in life it can all be destroyed in a second.

    94.gary says:
    March 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Brian,

    I just did an “SU – root” and then a “rm -rf” on this UNIX server. I think I shouldn’t have done that. Is this is a bad thing?

  97. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [86] seif

    thanks for the laugh. I suppose you also believe that Clinton rescued the economy with his tax hike?

    Come to a GTG sometime, buy me a pint, and I will educate you on why the reliance on state lines is meaningless for that issue, and why other forms of “socialism” are actually government expenditures on things the left actually wants and has to put somewhere. Finally, when you look at payors and recipients, and their residence, you assume red or blue. That simply isn’t so. The upshot is this meaningless comparison. Further, I can explain to you why it isn’t hypocritical (as you imply) for conservative thinkers to claim insurance that they were forced to pay for in the first place. I’d do it here but that takes more time and bandwidth than I or grim have.

    Or you can go the lefty route and call me something nasty.

  98. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [95] Moose,

    The silver lining in a red v. blue civil war is that you actually get to shoot some of these parasites.

  99. seif says:

    “Or you can go the lefty route and call me something nasty.”

    like this lefty?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2ZvdF-N_2g

  100. gary says:

    Where’s my f*cking pony?!

  101. Meanwhile, Abe Vigoda munches on a tuna sandwich.

  102. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    I shot it to feed my family

  103. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    Wow. Someone finally decided to ask the next question.

    http://thehill.com/polls/212643-hill-poll-likely-voters-prefer-lower-tax-rates-for-individuals-business

    ” . . . The new data seem to run counter to several polls that have found support for raising taxes on high-income earners. In an Associated Press-GfK poll released Friday, 65 percent said they favored President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” that millionaires should pay at least 30 percent of their income. And a Pew poll conducted in June found 66 percent of adults favored raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 as a way to tackle the deficit.

    But The Hill poll found that a dramatically different picture emerges when voters are asked to specify the “most appropriate” rates. “If you ask people, ‘Should families with more than $250,000 pay a higher tax rate?’ you would get a lot of yeses on that,” said Clint Stretch, managing principal of tax policy at Deloitte Tax LLP. “And yet … you’ve got 75 percent of the answers are suggesting high-income people should have a lower tax rate, and that’s an astonishing result.”

    One possible explanation is voters may not know how much the nation’s top earners are already being taxed. The poll did not ask voters to identify current tax rates before saying what rate they favored.

    “It might be that people are underestimating how much the rich pay now,” said Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan adviser and Treasury official under President George H.W. Bush. . . .”

    /snip

    I think that is correct. People have this visceral reaction to the idea that the rich aren’t paying their “fair share” but their notion of “fair share” is only slightly more than they are paying.

    One criticism of this poll, however, is that it doesn’t go one question further and ask about effective tax rates (and what we tax wonks call horizontal equity). Which gets, ultimately, into the question of whether we go after unearned income like cap gains and dividends, and muni interest. If those ever get put on the table, be prepared for interesting times.

  104. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [101] seif,

    Yep. And I hope that the irony of you trying to imply hypocrisy on my part in response to my suggestion that you’d resort to insult is not lost on you. I’d hate to think you don’t have a sense of humor.

  105. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [89] brian,

    “He said “but that guy doesn’t even have a degree”. I never forgot that, I was so pissed off.”

    Nothing motivates like anger. That reminded me of a time in DC when I was speaking to a recruiter about a position at Sidley Austin. I was perfect for it, but the recruiter came back and said “the hiring partner likes you but he also said that he’d have a hard time getting a XXXXXXXXX graduate past some people here.”

    I told the wife, who has been in-house for major pharma. She went to the same law school and won’t use Sidley unless she has to.

  106. seif says:

    not lost…and not calling hypocrisy on anyone…but labeling it “going the lefty route” when the door swings both ways wasn’t necessary.

    it is interesting that people are surprised by “twitter hate” on breitbart when peddling hate was his trade. one might think he would be majorly disappointed had his opponents not come out with hateful words toward him after his untimely death; what’s the saying? boos on the road are cheers…or something like that. he would revel in it.

  107. seif says:

    but getting back to RE…when is that wave of foreclosures going to hit Bergen county? is there any traction on that 75-day legislation for banks to respond to short sales? the market is down but in NNJ it just doesn’t seem like it has broken yet…am i wrong?

  108. Brian says:

    You’ll get it. Be patient.

    When you do get it though, it will probably be starved, emaciated, old and have the life beaten out of it.

    102.gary says:
    March 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    Where’s my f*cking pony?!

  109. Problem is I have taken on too many of them as staff. I can’t afford anymore right now. If I want to take of Presidents Week, Easter Week, I need to come in late as kids have something before school or leave early or go to doctor etc. I need someone to cover. Problem is when I was staff I was told come to work sick, never be late, never leave early never take off until after Boss picks his days etc. And one day I will have the corner office and be the boss and get the days. Trouble is flex time, telecommuting, manternity leave, employer of choice iniatives and a disillusioned generation of dual income couples who are happy to spend their lives in cubes no longer work and toll till 40. They want their pony now. Problem is you can be the nice flexible boss and let the staff leave early come in late, take off every time a kid has a sniffle is every single employee is a dual working couple with kids with a long commute. You need, young single people, men with stay at home wives and people with older kids who are’nt in your office every five minutes with day care issues, buss issues, school meetings, class trips etc. I figured out I can at best only hire 50% of those people as someone has to cover. I don’t want to be the one always covering. I did my time covering. Employer of Choice initiatives sometimes backfires as when you have multiple people going to school, telecommuting, flex time, etc. You can’t afford any more of them so after all while no one wants these people. In the days of facebook when you see someone with multiple activities, school mom, 60 miles from office who vacations a lot with young kids you wonder how are you going to get a lick of work out of them.

    Bystander says:
    March 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    JJ,

    You are double-talking again. The 40 year old with kids, cars, summer home, country club memberships et al is the reason you have a job. More debt to churn out for you. Now, you don’t want to pay them? 25 year olds with no homes, no kids and crappy car are not the lifeblood of finance world. You should be thankful to them for everything you have. They are willing to take the monetary grenades.!

  110. Brian go get your masters right away otherwise when you are up for Vice President you will hear the degree stuff again, he does not have an MBA etc.

    Comrade Nom Deplume says:
    March 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm
    [89] brian,

    “He said “but that guy doesn’t even have a degree”. I never forgot that, I was so pissed off.”

    Nothing motivates like anger. That reminded me of a time in DC when I was speaking to a recruiter about a position at Sidley Austin. I was perfect for it, but the recruiter came back and said “the hiring partner likes you but he also said that he’d have a hard time getting a XXXXXXXXX graduate past some people here.”

    I told the wife, who has been in-house for major pharma. She went to the same law school and won’t use Sidley unless she has to.

  111. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [108] seif,

    IMHO, the response of most on the left whom I debate is to resort to calling me some form of “-ist” when the facts go against them. But I concede the existence of bombthrowers on the right.

    As for twitter hate, I am not surprised, and I don’t condemn it. Reap what you sow. But if a noted liberal died and conservatives made similar remarks, the liberal outrage would be (and has been) fast and furious in coming.

    Now, back to real estate. . . .

  112. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [12] JJ

    Brass is such a soft and malleable metal. Surely you can do better?

  113. Brian says:

    What you don’t understand JJ, is that I am in the technology industry. If you are a dummy in my field it automatically puts you on the fast track for management ;)

    112.Brass Balls AKA JJ says:
    March 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    Brian go get your masters right away otherwise when you are up for Vice President you will hear the degree stuff again, he does not have an MBA etc.

  114. Fabius Maximus says:

    #108 seif
    The greatest irony here is that his vitriolic comments on Ted Kennedys death set the precedent and showed how low the bar of decency could be set.

  115. joyce says:

    (116)

    Ted Kennedy’s death set the precedent? Ted Kennedy’s death in 2009 set the precedent? There were no ridiculous insults going back and forth prior to then?

    Pain is correct, please stop with this right vs left nonsense

  116. gary says:

    Brian,

    I feel like a total dumb @ss and have no chance of sniffing a management title any time soon. I’m doubly blessed! :)

  117. gary says:

    Oh, I get it, only liberals get a hug and a pony. I think I’m better off with a book of matches and a glock 9.

  118. gary says:

    Brian,

    My whole application dashboard monitor is flashing red all over the place since I hit that “rm -rf” thingy. Can I reverse this or should I just lock my laptop and leave?

  119. Brian says:

    Apply for the management program now.

    121.gary says:
    March 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    Brian,

    My whole application dashboard monitor is flashing red all over the place since I hit that “rm -rf” thingy. Can I reverse this or should I just lock my laptop and leave?

  120. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    My balls were made of adamantium they will be disconnected after this week. I’ll still have them but their effectiveness will have been lost.

    Meat the Dead Kennedy’s were how I got into punk back in the early eighties that and living next to lodi and seeing the misfits all over town with Glen Danzig driving that stupid black hearse with the misfits skull painted on the doors.

    Seif – i cheered when Old teddy boy bit it for no other reason that he negliently caused Mary Jo Kopekny’s death, was a profound hypocrite, and a world class A$$hole. If there was any justice in the world that whole entitled clan wouldn’t have survived the potato famine so as to not been a plague on New England. They put the elitist in democrat.

  121. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    Then again I’ll cheer loudly when most of the neocons like Chaney pass gladly into that goodnight.

    I really don’t like many if any of them

  122. Brian says:

    Dead Kennedys:

    “Home taping is killing record industry profits! We left this side blank so you can help.”

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bc/Home_taping_is_killing_music.png

  123. gary says:

    seif [109],

    Something we agree on. Flat to declining wages for a decade coupled with rising everything means that too many are holding on by a string. Here, it’s been discussed ad nauseum but any remotely mainstream outlet with a vested interest won’t admit it. The stink is obvious. We’re down greater than 30% from peak and still in free-fall. A few years ago, most laughed at the notion. Who’s gonna say it doesn’t go further? Is Sue still researching? Did the squirrels get fed? Follow the recently closed prices, that’s the new benchmark. Meanwhile, keep throwing body blows.

  124. The slow rot of everything.

  125. Q: What do you call three white guys and 72 Indians?

    A: An IT Org Chart.

    Brian says:
    March 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    What you don’t understand JJ, is that I am in the technology industry. If you are a dummy in my field it automatically puts you on the fast track for management ;)

  126. Dont get me started on Ted, cleaning his vomit off my dads crush valor was not an easy job. Although he did hand the remainder of his bucket of KFC to my Dad as a tip and nothing tests better than eating Ted Kennedys left-overs while cleaning up his vomit.

    Painhrtz – I ain’t dead yet says:
    March 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    My balls were made of adamantium they will be disconnected after this week. I’ll still have them but their effectiveness will have been lost.

    Meat the Dead Kennedy’s were how I got into punk back in the early eighties that and living next to lodi and seeing the misfits all over town with Glen Danzig driving that stupid black hearse with the misfits skull painted on the doors.

    Seif – i cheered when Old teddy boy bit it for no other reason that he negliently caused Mary Jo Kopekny’s death, was a profound hypocrite, and a world class A$$hole. If there was any justice in the world that whole entitled clan wouldn’t have survived the potato famine so as to not been a plague on New England. They put the elitist in democrat.

  127. cobbler says:

    nom [105]
    re. taxing the muni interest: pulling away the tax-exempt status of the muni bonds to increase the fed tax take will (assuming the same infrastructure gets built) either require further RE/state income tax increases, or federal subsidy to the local governments (a la Build America bonds), or DC directly paying for the construction; thus, Congress (whether red or blue) will not allow it to happen.

  128. 3B says:

    #26 gary: And most Bergen Co towns are looking at 5% or more property tax increases (local, school, county) again this year.

  129. Jill says:

    #113: Take comfort, the wingnuts are doing the full Vince Foster treatment on Breitbart’s death. Get ready for people shooting watermelons in the yard again.

    And here I thought only the 60’s were back (and 70’s, if you’ve seen that Viking is making harvest gold kitchen appliances again). Not ready for the 90’s again.

    Anyhoo…funny how they regard Obama as totally feckless but still capable of having his enemies murdered.

  130. seif says:

    #131 – where did you get that number? the bergen county rental home i am in actually had the taxes reduced this year

  131. 3B says:

    #31 That is what I am seeing in some of the blue ribbony train towns.

  132. 3B says:

    #32 Jill: Harvest Gold!!! When I was a little kid that was the height of fashion!!!

  133. chicagofinance says:

    JJ: for you…..
    http://www.go-girl.com/

  134. Juice Box says:

    re: 132- “capable of having his enemies murdered.”

    Bin Laden is dead is he not? O man took credit for that one.

    Anyhow, Breitbart was recently claiming to have some videos of the O man in college, no idea what the content is.

    “I’ve got videos. This election we’re going to vet him” is what he said at the CPAC conference.

    LA coroner is doing an autopsy is what I have read, most likely cause is what at 43? Myocardial Infarction caused by excessive stress and perhaps stimulants and I am not talking about coffee.

  135. The Original NJ Expat says:

    Meat [63] …And turret atop Nompound.

    Note to self: start building rail gun in garage.

  136. morpheus says:

    cant figure out which is more gross: my recent bout with the stomach flu or nom’s comment in #114. bad visuals on both.

  137. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [132] Jill,

    Why waste watermelons? Pictures of chairman O work well. Actually, we used to glean fields of overripe squash and pumpkins on our way to target practice and use them. So target practice was called dead squash hunt.

  138. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [132] jill,

    And I don’t know anyone that considers Obama feckless. If he were merely feckless, we wouldn’t worry about him.

  139. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [123] pain,

    I’m from Mass, and have been to a few parties on the Compound, so I can tell you from experience that a-hole runs in the family.

    Right, JJ?

  140. Mocha says:

    3b,

    Judging from your posts you and I are looking in the same areas. Have you noticed that anything halfway decent and near the 417k loan limits seems to fly off the market while 500k homes sit?

    I was looking to get into a home but my pricing models can’t account for irrational buyers.

  141. BearsFan says:

    ties into our economy indicators discussed yest…

    http://www.oftwominds.com/blogfeb12/recession-indicators2-12.html

  142. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Presented without comment:

    Andrew Breitbart Drops Dead in Los Angeles: ‘I’ve Got Videos…That Nobody Has Seen’ ; ‘Wait Til They See What Happens March First’

    http://cryptogon.com/?p=27839

    ?????

  143. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Good morning Mike.

  144. Dan in debt says:

    What….. Property down in Manhattan? Don’t they realize they’re close to River Edge?

    NY REAL ESTATE RESIDENTIAL Updated March 1, 2012, 11:04 p.m. ET Property Slips in Manhattan Article Comments more in NewYork-Real Estate | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ »Email Print Save ↓ More
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    By JOSH BARBANEL
    Despite chirpy predictions by brokers about a strengthening Manhattan real-estate market in 2012, a slowdown in co-op and condo sales has deepened so far this year.

    Sales were off 6.4% so far during the first quarter, compared with the year-earlier period, which was the worst quarter for sales since the Manhattan market hit bottom in 2009.

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    CloseThe decline occurred despite a pickup in sale of apartments selling for $4 million or more, including the most expensive apartment sale ever in Manhattan—an $88 million penthouse at 15 Central Park West.

    Greg Heym, an economist at Brown Harris Stevens and Halstead, said the slowdown likely reflected weakness in the local job market, including last year’s loss of 4,300 jobs in the securities industry between April and December.

    “For the first time since the recovery, the U.S. is growing at a quicker pace than New York City,” he said. “It had been the U.S. holding us back. That is no longer the case.”

    The quarterly sales figures are based on a preliminary analysis of data from the city Department of Finance, and include closings filed as of the end of the second month of each quarter.

    When sales dropped in fourth-quarter reports, the plunge was viewed by industry figures as an aberration—the result of a temporary economic shock from a gyrating stock market and uncertainty over the European debt situation.

    But the new figures indicate that the weakness in sales persisted into the new year, and is likely to produce lower final numbers for the full first quarter.

    Brokers said that new deal signings have been rising lately, especially in the last two weeks of an unusually warm February. Residential sales often rise sharply during the spring, usually the peak selling season in New York.

    The analysis for the year so far showed that sales of apartments selling for less than $1 million, the largest segment of the market, fell by the most, 7.9% overall, including a steep 14.9% decline in sales of co-ops at that price point.

    At the same time, sales at the top end of the market, for apartments selling for $4 million or more, rose by 15.6%, as brokers reported a continuing influx of foreign buyers and strong sales in new condominiums.

    At the Laurel, a 31-story new condo on First Avenue and 67th Street, brokers at Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group said they posted $23 million in sales in February, helping to sell out 80% of the building.

    Median prices in Manhattan rose, in part because of a drop in the number of less pricey sales. The median price of a Manhattan apartment rose by 5.7%, while the average sale price, boosted by the record $88 million sale, rose by 21.2%.

    Still, several brokerage firms said their new contract activity was running ahead of the same period last year.

    Pamela Liebman, president of Corcoran Group, said that sales may have been depressed lately because of falling inventory, especially of well-priced apartments. Typically there is a surge of new listings in the spring.

    “Anything that comes on in a good building at the right price is selling extremely fast,” she said. “Open house traffic is up, the number of buyers is up. There is a severe shortage of new development product.”

    Hall Willkie, the president of Brown Harris Stevens, said that his new contract figures show that the number of deals with signed contracts rose in January and February compared with the same period a year earlier.

    Another brokerage executive, Diane Ramirez, the president of Halstead Property, said: “It is a good, lively, active market across the board.”

    Jonathan Miller, an appraiser and president of Miller Samuel Inc., who prepared market reports for Prudential Douglas Elliman, said the sluggish figures reflect the fact that “people just held back” toward the end of last year because of economic uncertainty.

    He said Wall Street bonuses, though down, were higher than expected, and unlikely to further damp the market.

    Even so, he said he didn’t expect a dramatic change in the market during the months ahead.

    “The real outlook is more of the same,” he said, “with significant activity at the upper echelon of the market and more mundane level and pricing at the lower end.”

    Write to Josh Barbanel at josh.barbanel@wsj.com

  145. Dan in debt says:

    Still looking for a good steak in Vegas recommendation aside from Golden Steer/Smith & Wollensky.

  146. Mike says:

    Mikeinwaiting Good Morning, Tried typing in “Good Morning New Jersey” but Grim has some kind of block posting the same wording twice in the same post

  147. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Job Market Gains Look Exhausted
    http://seekingalpha.com/article/406201-job-market-gains-look-exhausted

    “With almost any topic, one can take a positive or negative view, and that slant could be affected by the general opinion of the reviewer about that topic. Thursday’s Jobless Claims data, like most economic data, offers that same potential. The rate of jobless claims is still not optimal, but on a relative basis, it is certainly better than the last few years’ results. However, the pessimist, or maybe the realist who sees what’s developing in the global economy today, might say the latest lull in this data point, with claims stuck around the same rate, could indicate the latest improvement trend seen in the labor market is stalling. If that is the case, with the economy potentially stalling or recessing this year on various important factors, then we may have found another inflection point for labor, with a deterioration trend to follow.”

    Give it a read interesting perspective.

  148. gary says:

    CoreLogic … today released negative equity data showing that 11.1 million, or 22.8 percent, of all residential properties with a mortgage were in negative equity at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011. This is up from 10.7 million properties, 22.1 percent, in the third quarter of 2011. An additional 2.5 million borrowers had less than five percent equity, referred to as near-negative equity, in the fourth quarter. Together, negative equity and near-negative equity mortgages accounted for 27.8 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage nationwide in the fourth quarter, up from 27.1 in the previous quarter. Nationally, the total mortgage debt outstanding on properties in negative equity increased from $2.7 trillion in the third quarter to $2.8 trillion in the fourth quarter.

    Anemic job growth, stagnant wages and rising costs of everything across the board. Yes… We… Can!

  149. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [143] hehehe,

    Ordinarily I am not a conspiracy theorist but it struck me as odd that they immediately announced he died of natural causes. That is never done with a celebrity dies. And that a seemingly healthy 43 year old collapsed while taking a late night walk, an odd occurrence in itself.

  150. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Excerpt.
    “But today’s ISM Manufacturing Index decline and this week’s Durable Goods Orders drop-off seem to concur with what I interpreted from the Chicago Fed’s National Activity Index, which I believe, foreshadows economic sluggishness if not recession. Finally, unless it’s a Renter Nation you’re interested in, then housing is not faring well either, despite the gains that I see shaky in home-builders’ shares.”

  151. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Gary how about Global IT Manager, same outfit?

  152. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Nom 153 , I would tend to agree, Hmmmm.

  153. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [156] mike,

    And that was before I learned of his speech at CPAC.

  154. gary says:

    Nom [153],

    What do you think is on those tapes? Or is this just blowing smoke? But the timing of his death IS way too coincidental.

  155. Brian says:

    More on Breitbart and “The Tapes”

    Filmmaker Steve Bannon: Breitbart‘s Tapes of Obama’s College Years to Be Released in 7 to 10 Days

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/filmmaker-steve-bannon-breitbarts-tapes-of-obamas-college-years-to-be-released-in-7-to-10-days/

    On Thursday evening, Steve Bannon, a writer and documentary filmmaker (“The Undefeated”), told FOX News‘ Sean Hannity that Breitbart’s company will release the mysterious Obama Harvard tapes within seven to 10 days.

    After Hannity brought up the tapes that Breitbart said “would change this election,” Bannon gave more information regarding when the public can expect to see them.

    “There‘s a set of tapes and we’re going through it,” Bannon announced. “The staff…the guys are going through a series of tapes of President Obama at Harvard and…we’ll come back to you in a week or two and show them here on the Hannity show.”

    “In one week, we’ll have these tapes?,” Hannity asked.

    Bannon confirmed that they should be ready for release in a week to 10 days.

  156. gary says:

    Brian [159],

    The dems must be in an ice-cold panic if anything of significance is released. If it’s all to do about nothing, it could be a huge blow to the republican’s chances.

  157. seif says:

    i am sure the tapes will show him snorting cocaine and raping white women. they should be excited.

  158. Brian says:

    The whole thing is way too interesting. The guy comes out and says “wait till March 1st” and mentiones d@mning videos of Obama.

    Then he walks home from a bar and is later pronounced dead at 12:19PM March 1st.

    We’ll see how this plays out.

  159. Brian says:

    sorry 12:19AM

  160. Mikeinwaiting says:

    seif 161″ i am sure the tapes will show him snorting cocaine and raping white women. they should be excited.”
    If they do it is all over for “O”.

  161. seif says:

    i have seen the tapes. it is video of james o’keefe takit from a strap-on worn by shirley sherrod. obama is in the corner throwing money at them…money that he stole from rich people.

  162. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Better not be the white women thing, there goes everything below the Mason-Dixon line.

  163. Mikeinwaiting says:

    seif, good one.

  164. Mr. O is half black and half white. So he should be dipping his wick on both sides of the mason-dixon line, plus up in Harvard you know those white bookworm women love a long dark one eyed snake.

    Mikeinwaiting says:
    March 2, 2012 at 9:42 am
    Better not be the white women thing, there goes everything below the Mason-Dixon line.

  165. freedy says:

    Friend of mine in Dumont gets a letter from the town. Your Assessment on your property went down about 90K and as a result your tax rate will be established in the summer of 2012.

    Comment please

  166. They are saying we are adjusting tax rate so your property taxes may or may not be going down as a result of the re-assessment.

    freedy says:
    March 2, 2012 at 9:54 am
    Friend of mine in Dumont gets a letter from the town. Your Assessment on your property went down about 90K and as a result your tax rate will be established in the summer of 2012.

  167. Mikeinwaiting says:

    JJ , not going to go over well, not that I care either way. “you know those white bookworm women love a long dark one eyed snake. ” JJ the ever tactful, not that I disagree.

  168. Mikeinwaiting says:

    freedy no problem there lower assessment raise the rate, the spice must flow.

  169. Mikeinwaiting says:

    This will work out well.
    Flush with LTRO funds, Italian banks are buying Italian debt, mostly from foreigners who continue to unload it. “I wouldn’t know what to tell the shareholders if we increased our holdings,” says the treasurer of one of Europe’s largest lenders. “The LTRO cannot solve (this) problem,” says JPMorgan’s Pavan Wadhwa, who expects spiking yields by year’s end.

  170. 3b says:

    #170 freedy: Dumont, it used to be nice town back in the day.

  171. Mikeinwaiting says:

    3b 175 ah, yes I remember it well…….

  172. 3b says:

    #158 gary It would be way too obvious, don’t you think?

  173. Breitbart was a third-rate, hack journalist. Funny that so many people who knew him well mention he wasn’t particularly wedded to an political ideology. He just liked provoking fights.

    Too bad we won’t have him around when the revolution starts. It would be entertaining to see him run the other way when the real shit starts.

  174. Mikeinwaiting says:

    Off to the races boys & girls, catch you later.

  175. mikey (174)-

    Italy headed for a Thelma & Louise moment.

  176. BTW I can personally testify that the darker the berry the sweeter the juice. Kinda like saying most Irish men can out drink Japanese men, some cultures are just blessed. Unfortantely nerdy white harvard guys gifts are all above their nose. .

    Mikeinwaiting says:
    March 2, 2012 at 9:58 am
    JJ , not going to go over well, not that I care either way. “you know those white bookworm women love a long dark one eyed snake. ” JJ the ever tactful, not that I disagree.

  177. Jill says:

    Nom #153: “Natural causes” is used to describe anything where foul play is not suspected by those whose fashion statements do not involve wearing tinfoil chapeaux. You know, those of us who live in the reality-based community.

  178. 3b says:

    #43 Mocha: I am looking in Hillsdale. I have seena few good ones, but they need work, nto sure how much work we want to do. Saw a nice one that we would have put a bid on but too close to the GS Pkwy. I am amazed at how much lowere the taxes are there compared to you know where. We may also do Wash Twp, but I really don’t wnat to have to drive to the train.

  179. Anon E. Moose says:

    Dan [149];

    Not steak per se, but when in Vegas I never miss Piero’s by the convention center. Famous for the Osso Buco.

  180. Anon E. Moose says:

    Mike [164];

    seif 161″ i am sure the tapes will show him snorting cocaine and raping white women. they should be excited.”

    If they do it is all over for “O”.

    Two words: Marion Barry

  181. Dan in debt says:

    Moose,

    I think I’ve been there. I remember a car ride to an Italian restaurant and people were ordering that. Someone I’m going with mentioned going back there.

  182. Libtard and the City says:

    Dan in debt (149):

    Best Captian Cheapo steak is the Second Street Grill downtown. The Redwood will give you the beef tingles too. Don’t let the krappy ambience of the Boyd Casino’s (where they reside) fool you. Once you get into the restaurant, it’s a different world. If money is not an issue, Carnevino in the Venetian is tops. If you want mid range, try the Steakhouse at the Circus Circus (I know, it’s a lousy casino). But the downtown steakhouses offer the same quality steak at a much lower price. Nothing matches the TBone special at the 2nd Street Grill for quality and price. $19 get’s you the full monte and it puts S & W or Ruth’s to shame. To shame I tell ya.

  183. seif says:

    i have been looking at some short sales…in one case the owner no longer lives at the house but he is currently renting it. his name is listed on the assessment site…i would like to track him down and speak with him. any ideas how to do that?

  184. Anon E. Moose says:

    Dan [184];

    It almost makes me sad to think about all those baby cows growing up to walk on crutches. :-p

  185. Libtard and the City says:

    Seif,

    Knock on the door and ask the tenant for it. Just say you are an assessor or something.

  186. Bystander says:

    Dan,

    I recommend Cut at the Palazzo. Expensive but one of the best dinners I ever had.

  187. seif says:

    good idea…and then when the tenant sees me to come look at the house and says “hey aren’t you that assessor” i give him the old “i have no idea what you are talking about, you obviously have me mistaken with someone else…please step away from me you are making me very uncomfortable…i said step away and i will not warn you again.”

  188. spyderjacks says:

    I think this whole “Obama tapes” is yet-another-republican-fantasy. If they had killer info… then why not wait for the September-October circus to release, for maximum impact? The repubs need ANY distraction from the reality that they cannot field a candidate. Romney running unopposed would still lose… that’s the republican reality ;-) So maybe with Obama out of the way… somehow Newt will win the nomination (or some other fantasy). Take Romney’s money… and give it to Paul – that might have a chance! Anything you hear on Fox… has to be taken with a grain of salt and a big glass of scotch.

  189. seif says:

    is there a way to find out what bank holds the mortgage? would i have to go to tax assessor’s office in town?

  190. chicagofinance says:

    S&W has always been garbage and Ruth’s and Morton’s have always lacked real pizzazz…….bottom line Capital Grille is pure horsemeat….

    Libtard and the City says:
    March 2, 2012 at 10:54 am
    Dan in debt (149):
    $19 get’s you the full monte and it puts S & W or Ruth’s to shame. To shame I tell ya.

  191. chicagofinance says:

    it is probably a racist anti-american rant caught on tape when he was 20….

    Anon E. Moose says:
    March 2, 2012 at 10:30 am
    Mike [164];

    seif 161″ i am sure the tapes will show him snorting cocaine and raping white women. they should be excited.”

    If they do it is all over for “O”.

    Two words: Marion Barry

  192. gary says:

    Whether these so-called tapes are an all or nothing at all revelation, it doesn’t really matter. Our Nation has been reduced to a reality show and besides, no one can oversee the decline and dismantling of America like Oblama can, so his re-election is a mere formality.

  193. chicagofinance says:

    The Snore-ax

    An explanation in verse for why it could hardly be worse!

    Dr. SEUSS’ THE LORAX

    Thneedlessly preachy. Running time: 86 minutes. Rated PG (mild profanity). At the Empire, the Kips Bay, the Union Square, others.

    I am the critic, I speak to displease:

    “The Lorax” is awful, like chronic disease.

    There’s no fun in “The Lorax,” no joy in its theme;

    It’s as boring as sales tax.

    I’m ready to ream.

    Its knickers are twisted so high and so tight It could lead the day’s news on the Daily Kos site.

    The Lorax stands small as a hectoring runt.

    Even Al Gore’s ax was never so blunt As he ground it and frowned it right into the ground, staging his raging and waxing profound, like this Muppety scold — this Sierra Club front.

    Our story’s in Thneed-ville, a plasticky place Where all things are phony and nature’s displaced.

    No tree is still present, nor one blade of grass Compared to Las Vegas, it’s even more crass.

    O’Hare is the bad guy, industrialist scum But he’s dull and unfunny, not Grinchy — humdrum.

    Zac Efron plays Ted, a young sprout with a crush On Taylor Swift’s Audrey, the cause of his blush.

    For her he is questing to find one real tree In a land artificial — how Charlie Brown-y.

    He encounters the Once-ler, a puzzling chap Who hides behind shutters, then opens his yap.

    Ed Helms does the voice of this tree-hating jerk Who once long ago the small Lorax did irk.

    The Once-ler began as a boy out to seek His fortune in business while his morals did leak.

    He raped the environment, plundering hard, Making the forest his own lumberyard.

    The Lorax, an orange and furry wee thing

    Emerged from a stump and proceeded to zing

    The Once-ler for taking his forest away —

    The latter agreeing his acts were outré.

    But the Once-ler loves mama, and at her behest,

    He changes his mind and puts cash before nests.

    Down goes each tree, every Truffula trunk

    So their tufts can be made into scrofulous junk.

    Danny DeVito’s the Lorax’s voice

    And he says he must go now to balk at this choice.

    The Lorax ascends in a beam of clean light an ascension like J.C.’s but 10 times as bright.

    Now back in the present, the Thneed-Ville you know, has just one more chance — it’s a seed fit to sow.

    With O’Hare in pursuit, our Ted scrambles to save a tree that could start a green hopeful new wave.

    It’s sad — in the climax, the main action scenes are dull and lackluster, like eating your greens.

    Ted’s run is just runny, there’s no fun here that’s funny

    Just tired old gags on pollution and money.

    There are songs here, it’s true, but they’re musical rants

    As stale as the crust on your dad’s underpants.

    You’ll forget them before this young March hits the ides;

    I have heard better tunes on Clay Aiken’s B-sides.

    This satire, it dates back to ’71, an age when the cool was remarkably un-.

    The plastics and vinyl were blooming their blooms today it’s all Whole Foods and locavore ’shrooms.

    Four decades too late to be timely on time

    The whimsy lacks whim and the rhyme doesn’t climb.

    It’s all preaching and perching on messages dry.

    Bob Dylan’s poor knees are six times as spry.

    We all know that trees are much better than sleaze

    But delight must be light and should please with its ease.

    When this story’s harrumphing and pleading its plea

    I’d prefer to get lectured by Barack O-B.

  194. I took 11th grade chemistry and boy was is boring. What do you do in all seriousness with this type of major?

    And how can you come in well rounded, it sounds like you studied your butt off in HS to even attempt this?

    Back when I was in Stony Brook I decided to be an Engineering major second semister. I heard it paid well. The people in class were all nerds with no social life who studied all the time and took all advance placment math and science course. Heck I never made it past 11th grade math or science. The work involved just for me to catch up would involve dropping my entire social life, quiting my job and stopping watching TV or any hobby and then staying up to 4am everynight studying for years on end. Two weeks later I switched majors. I find it amazing that smart people pursue this course of work. The fact alone that from ninth grade till around the age if 23 you give up you life alone would scare me off.

    Fabius Maximus says:
    February 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm
    #12 Pain

    Here is my colleges curriculum for Biochemistry. There is no BA electives, no GC requirements, you get in and start studying the subject. Well rounded is what you come in with.

    Stage 1
    Biochemistry
    Genetics and Molecular Biology
    Introductory Skills for Biosciences
    Micro-organisms
    plus two modules in Chemistry
    Stage 2
    Biochemical Methods
    Enzymology
    Mammalian Biochemistry
    Microbial Metabolism and Physiology
    Molecular Genetics
    plus one other module, usually either Virology or Work Placement (3-year programme)
    This gives students a sound foundation on which to build their final year. Throughout the Stage 1 and Stage 2 years, practical classes in Biochemistry reinforce and complement the theory.
    Biochemistry with Professional Studies students undertake a one year, course-related work placement between Stages 2 and 3.
    Stage 3
    In their final year all students carry out a two-module research project under the supervision of one or more members of the academic staff. The research project generally involves practical work carried out in the laboratory in one of the many active areas of biochemistry research in the School. In addition, there are four taught modules:
    Biochemical Basis of Disease
    Biomolecular Structure
    Cell Signalling
    Genetic Manipulation and Biotechnology (3-year programme)
    Professional Studies (4-year programme)

  195. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    Breitbart was a shameless self-promoter but he did go places the regular news wouldn’t touch which in some cases was a good thing. I think unless these videos have O doing blow I doubt anybody is going to care. At this point the lines of people who hate/love him are already drawn up.

  196. Libtard and the City says:

    ChiFi (196): “Two words: Marion Barry”

    Or closer to home, Mayor Sharpe James, or even worse, that corrupt a-hole Rangel.

  197. jj (199)-

    Sometime between 9th grade and college graduation, gluteus the j-off also became a fan of the wanking Gooners. So, he can sit on his hands at the Emirates with 60,000 other silent, nerd types and watch his team hold the ball for 65% of the game and still end up losing and conceding 3-4 goals against any team willing to attack.

  198. Bojangles long ago admitted to c@c@ine use. Seeing him doing it as a 20 y/o will end in major blowback (no pun intended) on the Rethugs.

    Everything is setting up for a massive win for O in the fall, follwed by an acceleration of our descent into permanent Third World status.

  199. morpheus says:

    let me get this straight: incriminating tapes on Obama…..Ok….I will believe it when I see it. If he was snorting coke in the 80’s or late 70’s, who wasn’t? Had a taste for someone of a different race? Ok…….big F**king deal.

    Anti-american or racist statements? Lets assume that’s true and he was in his 20’s and fresh out of undergrad, I remember the leftist bent of my poli sci classes. I see this being spun as the hubris of the young. Remember when you were in your 20’s and thought you knew everything? Not till my late 20’s did I realize that my parents were actually right most of the time. Age brings wisdom.

    Really, what is the GOP thinking…we are discussing this and birth control for god’s sake!! If they keep hitting obama on the economy, jobs and healthcare, they have a shot on winning the election. If y’all veer off message, you will lose this election.

  200. The Talibanic Rethug base only cares about regulating private behavior and hastening the end of days. Much like the Third Reich, they have now also turned on themselves.

    Whoever makes it out of the convention for that party stands to take a McGovern-like beating by O.

    I’m with gary: who better to preside over the end of the empire?

  201. Dissident HEHEHE says:

    There’s no difference between the Republicons or the Demicriminals. My point is given Breitbart lived on creating media spectacles I am willing to guess it’s something along the lines of O doing blow. I personally could care less what the guy did in law school or college, as the guy is doing as much damage now as GWB did as president. If I vote, which I doubt, I’ll write in Ron Paul.

  202. morpheus says:

    good news at least: Hanover Township issued my replacement FID card today. Now, need a break down .22 to join my Su-16. I was thinking of a marlin 70 pss papoose. Anyone have experience with that gun? Any other options?

  203. Ben says:

    I took 11th grade chemistry and boy was is boring. What do you do in all seriousness with this type of major?

    Entry level, you become slave labor and mix stuff for a living. The key is, get the PhD, become a professor, get the public to fund your research, then create a startup company based on all the research the public paid for you, and finally, wait for J&J, Merck, or BASF to buy you out for a couple of million.

  204. The Original NJ Expat says:

    JJ [199] I went the other way. At Rutgers I was a Biochemistry major, Bio major, MicroBio major, History major, etc. I switched majors whenever it looked like I would have to take Friday classes to continue in my current major. I got mostly A, C’s, and F’s for a solid C average right through my “Junior” year. I also happened to be uncannily good at both Math and Physics. A friend of mine came to me one day and said that I was wasting my time in any kind of Bio field of study because I would need to go to grad school to get a good job and I wasn’t getting good enough grades for grad school. He said that since I was good in the math courses that everyone else busted their balls to pass, I should just switch to Engineering where your grades didn’t matter so much but you could get a good job right out of school starting at $26-$28K (early 1980’s). I couldn’t see the flaw in his logic so I switched to Electrical Engineering. After 4 full years at Rutgers I was still a full year away from graduating after changing majors so many times. Instead of going one more year, I f@cked around for a year (still living at Rutgers in the dorms, for free, BTW) and then decided I really did need my degree. Instead of finishing in 2 semesters at Rutgers with a 1.0 GPA, I transferred my credits to FDU and graduated in 3 semesters with a 3.52 GPA.

    So after starting college barely 17 years old, nearly 7 years later I graduated with an EE degree and a *truly* well rounded education, 60 days before my 24th birthday.

    Most of the learning was not in the classroom.

    Back when I was in Stony Brook I decided to be an Engineering major second semister. I heard it paid well.

  205. 3b says:

    #195 Chgo: Nothing in my opinion beats the Post House 65th Street between Lex and Park. Simply the best.

  206. Libtard and the City says:

    I’m betting the tape never sees the light of day as it probably doesn’t exist in the first place. But who really cares anyway. Cheerleading for either party is akin to rooting for a venereal disease.

  207. Libtard and the City says:

    What do you guy’s think of the Old Homestead? I always found it mediocre, but my company (in it’s wasteful heyday), use to take us there about 4 times a year. Now I can’t get a raise let alone a Whopper with cheese.

  208. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [182] Jill,

    I’m not quibbling with the term. I said I found it surprising that the point was made so quickly and emphatically.

    Find me an example of a sudden celebrity death where that conclusion was made so quickly. In my reality, coroners don’t usually rule things out until they have done their tests. In this case, you would have us believe that all these tests were done in record time and in the middle of the night when labs are closed.

    But go ahead and imply that I’m a wingnut. I can think of 3 people on this board who will side with you, along with my 8yo when she is mad at me.

  209. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [161] seif,

    Sex and drugs? Sounds like a blockbuster even without obama.

    As for what’s on the tape, no idea and no interest. To me, I’d be much more interested if the tape can no longer be found. That will get our wingnut tongues going.

  210. Jill says:

    Those who are taking “tapes” that Breitbart had seriously will believe anything slapped together using Camtasia Studio. Breitbart’s sniveling little rat-faced git of an acolyte, Westwood New Jersey’s own James O’Keefe, has doctored every single video he did. Everyone has access to film editing software now. Photos have proven nothing since Photoshop was invented, and not film proves nothing. If it did, then we would believe that Roger Rabbit really interacted with Bob Hoskins.

    The same people who are all over this were insistent that the Clintons were heading up some sort of massive criminal enterprise. Don’t you think that if there was something REAL (not cooked up by the Tinfoil Hat Brigade or James the Filmclipper), the Clintons would have dug it up?

  211. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [211] lib,

    As much as a blowhard as Breitbart was, it would be the end of him to claim to have a tape then not produce it (had he lived). So I believe that there was a tape of some sort. The reason he (probably–gotta keep jill guessing) wasn’t killed for it is because it would have been a non-event. Probably a bunch of people saying nasty things about him from college days. Better for the politburo to let a fizzle happen than to snuff it out and create a fire where none would have existed.

  212. Libtard and the City says:

    Didn’t Obama’s wife say that she wished the 9-11 ceremonies would go quicker?

    It’s all garbage and you wingnuts on both sides eat it up like it’s mana. Baa, baa, baa!

  213. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [215] Jill,

    Are you saying Roger Rabbit isn’t real???????

    He is real, I know it, I’ve seen the video. And liberals never doctor video or invent stories to smear the right because video editing is a myth.

    /sarc off, in case you were still unclear.

  214. Libtard and the City says:

    Yes…both sides lie, cheat and steal. It might actual stop if we stopped supporting them. Nah, back to America’s Got Talent.

  215. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [217] libtard,

    Did she really say that?

    Of course, I can’t blame her insofar as the idea of listening to NYer’s prattle on for hours would get on my nerves too, even if the subject was as serious, inviolate, and as worthy of my rapt attention as 9/11.

  216. gary says:

    I didn’t want ‘fess up but I guess it really doesn’t matter now: Mario Manningham was really out of bounds on that pass from Eli Manning on the last drive by the Giants. I was told be sources that the guys in the control truck did a quickie on the instant replay. There…. now I feel better! ;)

  217. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [222] gary,

    Now THAT will get me out in the street with a torch and pitchfork!

  218. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    Because I had nothing better to do, I quickly searched this issue, and suppposedly his organization will release the tapes (cue suspenseful music). Thus sprake Breitbarthustra. And the fizzle will be complete.

    However, the search was not entirely mind-numbing. I came across this gem, guaranteed to make clot blow coffee out his nose:

    http://sheikyermami.com/wp-content/uploads/MythBusters-obama-in-the-wh.jpg

  219. Pete says:

    I’m still anxiously awaiting the release of Michelle’s “whitey” tape. I was told it was a bombshell that was going to ruin O’s chance at election (in 2008).

  220. Time to pour myself a wee little dram…

  221. chicagofinance says:

    I thought OH at the Borgata sucked. I can’t speak for the real one though.

    Libtard and the City says:
    March 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    What do you guy’s think of the Old Homestead? I always found it mediocre, but my company (in it’s wasteful heyday), use to take us there about 4 times a year. Now I can’t get a raise let alone a Whopper with cheese.

  222. JJ is an asshole says:

    Hey JJ. Have you ever realized that you are a pretty big putz having such overgeneralizations of people? In the event you have not realized this about yourself yet let me be the first to tell you. Oh, yeah I am Gen X and I know tough times dickwad so blow it out your ass and go hire a bunch of Asian no personality having drones for your business. I am sure you will do lovely with those choices.

  223. Anon E. Moose says:

    Lib [212];

    A cousin-in-law tended bar there for many years in its heyday, and has fond memories of the place. I haven’t been.

  224. Now asians as in yellow asians or indian asians. I was told to be politically correct and not assume all asians are yellow.
    Actually in terms of productivity the Koreans, Chinese and Japanese are all good. However, I find Japanese men want to always dominate the women so you get complaints. Now the spanish women, they bring home cooking to work, I also like Jamaican women as they used to bring me Jerk Chicken.

    The Irish men are too drunk to work for me, the Italian men eat all my pizza and the German man wan to take over department. Such problems.

    I wonder if scientifically, there is some type of study that based on race, sex and age who is the best worker. I mean they are sterotypes for a reason, right.

    JJ is an asshole says:
    March 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    Hey JJ. Have you ever realized that you are a pretty big putz having such overgeneralizations of people? In the event you have not realized this about yourself yet let me be the first to tell you. Oh, yeah I am Gen X and I know tough times dickwad so blow it out your ass and go hire a bunch of Asian no personality having drones for your business. I am sure you will do lovely with those choices.

  225. njescapee says:

    keep it up and we’ll have to send all of you to remedial diversity training aka re-indoctrination camp..

  226. Reminds me of a dept I was in where they said it was too many men. Head of department told headhunters to only send women. Well HR found out and got mad and said don’t ever do that the men have a right to apply and come in for an interview too. But boss went but if I hire a man I will get into trouble as I am trying to diversify, HR says I did not say you had to hire a guy, just bring them in. Boss goes sounds like a big waste of everyones time.

    njescapee says:
    March 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    keep it up and we’ll have to send all of you to remedial diversity training aka re-indoctrination camp..

  227. Libtard and the City says:

    Go easy on JJ. I know for a fact he’s not who he says he is. I’ll release the video shortly after I die.

    Nah…Couldn’t wait.

    http://tinyurl.com/rare-JJ-sighting

  228. Your hired!!!

    Libtard and the City says:
    March 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    Go easy on JJ. I know for a fact he’s not who he says he is. I’ll release the video shortly after I die.

  229. seif says:

    #228 – don’t take it so hard. i don’t think JJ is actually a real person. i think it is just a computer program that is an amalgamation of a profile of a caricature of all the people you would never want to be stuck in an elevator with.

  230. The Original NJ Expat says:

    Breitbart has been on borrowed time for a while now. He was supposed to be in Matt Simmons hot tub a while back, but cancelled at the last minute.

  231. The Original NJ Expat says:

    I thought that something more would come out about James MacDonald, CEO of Rockefeller & Co, but that story went cold in a heart beat and stayed that way.

    http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/09/15/james-s-mcdonald-ceo-of-rockefeller-and-co-dead-in-apparent-su/

  232. Comrade Nom Deplume says:

    [236]. Expat

    Also thought I read that he had a heart condition. Most likely explanation. Tapes come out in a week and we go back to real estate and nompounds.

  233. Prof. McDullard says:

    gary says:

    I just did an “SU – root” and then a “rm -rf” on this UNIX server. I think I shouldn’t have done that. Is this is a bad thing?

    Really bad… should use the lowercase “su”, avoid typing ‘root’ (default is root, saves some strain on your fingers), and include ‘ /’ after the ‘-rf’ (otherwise, it may end up running in the folder /root, which almost always contains nothing of importance).

    Gave a 4 mo notice — yet to send CV out. If nothing, I will save on kid’s summer camp expenses.

  234. njescapee says:

    lots a luck mcdullard.

  235. njescapee says:

    Nissan May Revive Datsun

  236. Revive Breitbart, and kill him again.

  237. chicagofinance says:

    No Snookie

  238. Juice Box says:

    I heard the O tape was Harvard’s annual cork soaking competition where he took first place. We all know Harvard graduates some of the finest cork soakers in the world.

  239. Brian says:

    Revive Breitbart and Ted Kennedy. Make them fight to the death. Kill the winner.

  240. Painhrtz - I ain't dead yet says:

    Morph the papoose is an inaccurate piece of junk. I think their are barrel takedown kits for ruger 10/22s but you would have to check

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