C19 Open Discussion Week 50

Real Estate, Liquor, and the Grim Reaper … Damn I’m good.

Pandemic Tax Windfall for NJ: Receipts from House Sales and Liquor Boost State Revenues

At first the coronavirus pandemic slowed New Jersey’s real estate market, but a huge rebound followed, even as many other industries struggled.

“It’s COVID-19, that’s probably one of the main reasons,” said Robert White, a Monmouth County realtor who noted buyers fleeing New York City have driven demand in his region.

The surge in home sales means a boost for New Jersey’s bottom line since it generates more revenue from a tax on real-estate transactions.

And real estate is not the only industry seeing a rise in sales during the pandemic and with it a corresponding lift in state revenues.

Taxes from alcohol sales have been surging in New Jersey during the pandemic, as have state Lottery revenues.

State tax data shows that transfer-inheritance tax receipts have also increased significantly amid the health crisis. But there may be more to that than just the grim reflection of the deadly pandemic.

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156 Responses to C19 Open Discussion Week 50

  1. Phoenix says:

    First

  2. ExEssex says:

    Second. Man am I glad I left America. I really don’t consider California to be a part of the USA.

  3. Hold my beer says:

    Third

    Back flow valves are closed (I double checked today to make sure I had done that). Could not find the valve that feeds them. Wound up wrapping exterior faucet in a towel and taping a garbage bag over it. Faucet cover hasn’t shown up yet and didnt want to risk it overnight. Bonus found a dormant snake that was wintering under the mock rock that covers the back flow valve. Non venomous. Like a garter snake. And found an anole lizard frozen in there. Snake was frost free. Anole covered in ice crystals.

  4. Hold my beer says:

    Anyone heard of blockchain trading cards? Instead of physical cards you own a digital card with a unique id number. Bubbly fad or here for decades?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhLAm5qrF30

  5. notapumpsupporter says:

    So Grim puts an article on RE, covid market etc and we got some bored guys posting some crap on back flow valve, snakes and lizards… What a weird world…. WTF
    Who the F wants to listen to some weirdo’s backyard story ??

    What the F is wrong with people these day?

  6. Phoenix says:

    “What the F is wrong with people these day?”

    Well, for starters, they need to learn grammar. It would be a start. :-)

  7. notapumpsupporter says:

    Hahaha…

    The nurse…. not the nurse when you start a sentence. There are four main times when you’ll capitalize words:

    The first word of a sentence.
    People’s names and proper nouns.
    Capitalize the first word of a quote – but only when the quote is a complete sentence.
    Capitalize days, months, and holidays

    Phoenix says:
    December 30, 2020 at 10:18 pm
    the nurse can shoot someone, anyone.

  8. Hold my beer says:

    How bored do you have to be to comment about a bored weirdo’s boring post?

  9. BRT says:

    Anyone heard of blockchain trading cards? Instead of physical cards you own a digital card with a unique id number. Bubbly fad or here for decades?

    Chamath said he’s got a ton of digital cards. With respect to collectables, they are crazy. My friends got me to play magic the gathering with them when it first came out in the 90s. We basically had every rare card. I pulled a Black Lotus out of a pack. I even got it signed by the artist at a tournament once. When the game caught on, it went up to $450 while I played. I sold it 15 years ago for $1000 thinking I was a genius. I pulled it out of a $2 pack. Someone just sold a graded one for $251k.

    Pretty much took home $12k on most of my collection back then. I figured things could never go higher. It was a really dumb move in hindsight. Those things are all up 1000%. But as the game evolves, old cards that nobody wanted somehow become in demand and skyrocket to a few hundred dollars.

    Still to this day, I can go through the boxes of cards I have in the basement and find a bunch of cards that were worthless that I can now flip for a few thousand. Did it last week and found about $3k worth of cards that were previously worthless.

  10. Juice Box says:

    Bonus snake! Nice…

    We are covered in a sheet of ice here on top of the snow do to freezing rain last night.

    Family of mine sent a screen shot this morning of the temp in the mid west. -20 F.

    34 more days until Spring!

  11. Fast Eddie says:

    The mic drop in the end was f.ucking classic:

    https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1360926618022248448

  12. Juice Box says:

    BRT – The card companies want to take a piece of the secondary market for the collectibles. Fees etc for the Blockchain process etc.

    Idea is non-fungible makes it even more rare. We shall see.

  13. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Supply and demand… huge demand coming, and there’s not enough quality to go around for everyone.

    “Bidding wars are off the charts, as home listings fall to a record low”

    https://apple.news/AWCNs0kA6SPilJujvDhOd_w

  14. The Great Pumpkin says:

    “Sellers have also pulled back, not wanting to go through the ordeal of putting their homes on the market during Covid. The number of newly listed homes in January was down 29% year over year, pushing the total inventory down 47%, according to realtor.com.”

  15. Juice Box says:

    Eddie -Doctored evidence was presented to the Senate and the reporting on it yup, sad day for this country. Not everyone will believe it, as that requires energy to work through all the unreality that is presented. Some people will inevitably resolve their own cognitive dissonance by blindly believing whatever they wanted to believe. It is just an easier out for them, and there is no questioning it anymore and if you do you will get cancelled etc.

    However it’s over for now, but the real problem is the unreality is here to stay. I don’t watch the MSM…for that very reason.

  16. Juice Box says:

    Pumps – Move to where? You do have to move somewhere when you sell. You are going to pull your kids out of school midyear so a realtor can make a commission?

    Also this gem. “The low cost of money now has buyers able to be more aggressive and willing to overpay for properties”

    So what happens when rates rise??

  17. crushednjmillenial says:

    Fast Eddie at 9:27 . . .

    Great video. That lawyer speaking truth about how twisted the media is is correct. Because he is correct, he will not likely be invited back much to speak in the media.

  18. 3b says:

    Juice: Yep! That last gem says it all!!

  19. Bystander says:

    Please, acquittal was pre-determined outcome. You could have shown Trump breaking down Capitol door and cowardly Rs would not do a thing. They are crazy, damaged brand jockeying for cult members.

  20. BRT says:

    Speaking of collectables, I saw an interview of a guy who has been giving investors a way to get into the art market. He’s been buying up paintings from artists like Basquiat, issuing ownership shares that can be bought/sold. Then, they flip them because the art market has been on fire over the years.

  21. Fast Eddie says:

    F.uck the left… they s.uck beyond belief. The media spin by the fake left is nauseating and is slanted 90/10 in their favor. Manipulating evidence for the “cause” is not crazy?
    The deranged left is not a cult? You can all believe what you want but the democrats no longer exist as a party. That interview was perfect. That lawyer slammed that broad and she deserved it.

  22. crushednjmillenial says:

    Here’s my take on the Capitol Riot and the ensuing impeachment now that it is over. I’ll spit it out here once, because I refrain from speaking much about politics in real life.

    (1) I think the Democrats, at least in their public narrative, don’t understand why the Capitol Riot happened. There is a lot of dissatisfaction with the DC Establishment (both Pelosi and McConnell) and the mainstream media (right and left) that serves as a mouthpiece of the DC Establishment. Underlying this dissatisfaction is a diminishment in the relative economic position of the average American. Most normal people don’t care about the “political-controversy-of-the-day” but they do notice their relative economic position. You can see the dissatisfaction bubble up from both the right and the left in Tea Party 2009, Occupy Wall Street 2011, Bernie 2016, Trump 2016, and the Gamestop saga (targeting hedge fund elites) on Wall Street. In my opinion, the Capitol Riot is a further manifestation of the fact that people are angry at the DC Establishment and other global elites.

    (2) I think the Democrats, in their public narrative, are pushing an idea that I suppose those on the Left believe in, but that right-of-center people find simply nonsensically silly. Ridiculous. Absurd. If you’ve seen the video of Capitol Riot participants walking in, while staying inside the velvet ropes and mostly not bearing firearms, it is difficult to take seriously the notion that these were bloodthirsty maniacs intent on actually instigating a coup. (Of course, the Capitol Riot was plenty dangerous for the physical safety of individuals, so it is bad. But, these rioters were not going to materially affect the procedure of peaceful transition of power.).

  23. crushednjmillenial says:

    (3) I personally find it extremely distasteful that any member of Congress is publicly crying about what happened. 15,000 people are murdered in the US every year. 70,000+ per year dead from overdose. 45,000+ dead per year from vehicle accidents on our US roads. All these people had families that love them. How many people facing other deprivations (heat’s gonna get cut for non-payment, food insecurity, can’t afford their medication, etc.) These Congresspeople preside over all of this. The Congresspeople are, by and large, multi-millionaires and have the best of everything. On the day of the Capitol Riot, the congresspeople had armed security escort them to safe rooms, and ultimately they were not harmed. I find it hypocritical that in a world where these powerful people preside over so much deprivation, they have the audacity to cry publicly because they faced an attentuated possibility of physical harm for one day. I’ve never seen Jamie Raskin cry about the loss of the overdose families

  24. crushednjmillenial says:

    (4) I further believe that right-of-center people see as absurd that the same elites shrugging their shoulders when a police station was burned down in MN and yawning amidst 125 riots burning and stealing billions in private property all across the nation now want to act like the Capitol Riot was an unspeakable tear in our societal fabric. I would not have objected if BLM protestors went into the public property of the MN police station, filled it up with sitting people who locked arms and sung protest chants – I however object 100% to anyone hurting people or damaging property for political reasons. Similarly, if the Capitol Riot participants occupied the public property of the Capitol without hurting people or damaging property, then that is, to me, acceptable political protest. The line, to me, is physical injury to people or property, not trespassing. Also, protest aimed at public property or public officials is very different than the same aimed at private property or private individuals – it’s more problematic if BLM wants to fill up a Nordstrom and sing protest chants than somewhere public. You don’t hear much about prosecution of the arsonists and murderers of the BLM summer of 2020, but we’re using the intelligence services to track down every single person who stepped foot into the Capitol – this inconsistency is politically illogical unless, politically, we accept the idea that our political elites are “worth” more than our liquor store security guards. I disagree with the idea that our political elites are worth more than our liquor store security guards.

  25. Phoenix says:

    Well,
    He’s no Jordan Peterson, but he got the job done in that interview. She did phrase it the way he stated, like lying a little bit or doctoring some evidence is perfectly fine.

    Yeah, been through that in life with another woman I know. Seems to be their gig. Mainly because no one holds them accountable for doing it.

    And when she said, “but for me to ask a question” reminded me of this..

    https://youtu.be/DPXZFy6YVrU?t=52

  26. Phoenix says:

    Haha.
    “I was just asking, I’m allowed to ask”

  27. crushednjmillenial says:

    (5) I further believe that right-of-center people see as absurd someone like Maxine Waters having anything to say about the Capitol Riot when she previously advocated for harassment of Trump Administration people who are out and about in their personal lives at restaurants and such.

    (6) I personally believe bringing the impeachment was silly because from Day 1, because it was known that not enough Republicans would vote to convict. So, this again is just another form of daily political theatre presented to the jury of the American voting public. However, let’s not forget that by engaging in this kangaroo court theatrics, congress has now again diminished the seriousness of bringing an impeachment.

    (7) At the end of the day, you can look at Trump as the cause of the problem or the effect of the problem. The cause, to me, is the Establishment’s steering of this nation for the last few decades made it possible for an absurd figure like Trump to become the US President. I nonetheless do believe it is reasonable for someone to believe that Trump caused some of the anger out there, I just simply disagree that his effect is material compared to what the DC Establishment has done.

  28. Phoenix says:

    Hey crushed,
    Stealing from private citizens bothers you? How about when the police and the courts do it to you? When you are ejected from your house on a false allegation, they prevent you from protecting your items, and effectively help the thief rob you blind, then tell you to forget it?

    Well, sir, it happens every day to people. So yes, it works both ways.

    You can’t blame all of the people when your system itself is the problem. Every bit of what is going on right now is a symptom of the disease. Yeah, that blood tainted turd you just passed- it’s not the blood that is the problem, its the cancer that is causing it.

    And the justice system in America is one giant cancer.

  29. Phoenix says:

    Plus the drama of AOC how she was so “fearful.”
    Lay on the tears. Play the role. You were not there.
    It’s all so American.
    Can’t picture someone in Norway, Sweden, or Switzerland laying on the drama so thick over everything.

  30. Phoenix says:

    “I however object 100% to anyone hurting people or damaging property for political reasons.”

    Well, hate to tell you, but your military and government have been doing this for years.
    All over the world. For what it wants, for whom it would like to control.

  31. crushednjmillenial says:

    Phoneix . . .

    Yes. I read the misanthropy bubble in January 2013. I remember the month, because it was a huge turning point in my life. It made me question the notion of getting married one day.

    The first crack in that notion was years earlier when I learned that, theroetically, a family court judge could order a man to pay more in child support than he was actually earning. The example being a former $200k per year corporate executive who opts to become a golf coach making $50k per year after his divorce, because he was only working the tougher job to provide for his now no longer intact family, could legally be held to that $200k per year standard. I thought this was ridiculous, but it’s reality. Certainly, some of our legal standards are mixed up.

  32. Phoenix says:

    “That lawyer slammed that broad and she deserved it.”
    That is what happens when you are caught in a lie and are trying to spin it.

    She had no defense. He schooled her.

  33. 3b says:

    Crushed : Are you saying the Judge can force you to get a job paying a higher income.? What if you can’t?

  34. Phoenix says:

    Crushed,

    Some woman marries a ball player, has a kid with him, leaves a year later.
    Court system nails the guy for millions, then his kid needs 30k per month in child support.

    You know how many kids I could raise with 30k per month? You see the sickness? But we accept this as a society, so it is used as a profit motive.

    Why do you think single women who want kids don’t just go to a Genetic Bank, pick number 72, tall, dark, handsome, high IQ, Harvard educated, and do a squirt squirt?

    Nope, number 72 does not provide child support. He can’t help with the down payment and credit you need for the Disney castle of your dreams. You can’t yell and scream at number 72, he won’t listen. So even though you can buy his services for less than the Iphone in your hand, the rest you would have to come up with yourself.

    Just get some small business owner drunk, keep him for a few years, then kick him to the curb. Take your cut, kick your feet up, and when the kid is big enough get a cat from the local shelter.

  35. Phoenix says:

    “Just get some small business owner drunk, keep him for a few years, then kick him to the curb. Take your cut, kick your feet up, and when the kid is big enough get a cat from the local shelter.”

    And if you have the looks, and can do this from a young enough age, you can rinse and repeat at least 3 times.

    Zsa Zsa Gabor

    “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.” — The Bob Hope Show, 1961

    “I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.” —The Observer, August 28, 1957.

    “A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.” —Newsweek, March 28, 1960

  36. Fast Eddie says:

    Why hasn’t Cuomo resigned yet? Why did he send those seniors to their death instead of using the USS Comfort and the Javits Center? When will he be prosecuted for the coverup?

  37. Phoenix says:

    “When will he be prosecuted for the coverup?”

    Don’t hold your breath.

  38. Phoenix says:

    Eddie,
    How you feeling?

  39. Fast Eddie says:

    Phoenix,

    Doing okay. Leg is mostly swollen but no warmth or very little in the knee. I’m wearing the compression stocking and alternating between moving around, walking a bit and icing the knee.

  40. Phoenix says:

    Sorry to tell you but your career as a field goal kicker is over. :-)

    Glad to hear you are vertical.

  41. BRT says:

    The government steals all the time. My brother didn’t go to college and has had a hard time getting work. I told this story before but when my brother was 28, he was finally getting his career going as a mechanic. They are usually required to bring all their own tools in private garages. He invested all the money he had at the time, $6k into it. He was doing pretty well, but apparently, the owner of the garage was evading taxes. The IRS shows up and tapes off the place. All the mechanics who showed up for work that day were like, “let us go get our tools”. They wouldn’t let anyone in.

    The IRS seized them all as the property of the garage owner and “auctioned them off”. All this occurred without trial or guilty plea of the garage owner. I’m sure most of those just ended up in the garages of the agents themselves.

    That incident set him back years as he was out all his money and his tools. It’s much harder to get a gig if you don’t have your own tools. Instead of going back in, he worked at Joey Leone’s deli in Point Pleasant and later drove a catering truck delivering food from Maryland to NYC. He’s only gotten back into the mechanic gig since the pandemic because he was able to purchase his own tools again after all these years and he’s been furloughed from his truck driving job since April.

  42. Grim says:

    Shot 2 was not terrible for me, a bit tired the day after, kind of groggy as I didn’t sleep well. Really mild fever, 99, two Advil took care of it quick.

  43. Fast Eddie says:

    Sorry to tell you but your career as a field goal kicker is over. :-)

    It’s my plant foot… no contract extension for me.

  44. Fast Eddie says:

    Grim,

    I got some good meds, want some? ;)

  45. Phoenix says:

    I chose to avoid Advil/Tylenol in order to let the vaccine do it’s thing. To each it’s own. The reaction is what I was looking for. Don’t know if it made a difference or not.

  46. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Dear Financial Samurais,

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I will be surprising my wife with her favorite 7-layer chocolate cake and some flowers this morning. I’ve been pretending to be completely aloof and unaware about today. Happiness = surprising on the upside!

    In other news, it looks like the abridged CNBC-version of my post, The Biggest Negative To Paying Off Your Mortgage, caused somewhat of a ruckus on social media this week. Please read my original version with a lot more meat and details.

    Some were angry about my belief that paying off debt could cause one to chillax and not maximize one’s true wealth-building potential. I get it since being able to enjoy life more is the ultimate goal. However, what if you are still in the wealth-building phase?

    For all you young guns questioning my logic, there is really only about a 20-year window before your fire to earn and hustle dies out.

    By the 20-year mark, you will no longer have the same amount of enthusiasm to work long hours, go above and beyond at work, suffer through office politics, take entrepreneurial risks, and more.

    If, for whatever reason, you don’t try and maximize your wealth-building potential when you have the most energy and motivation, you may end up regretting your choices when you’re older.

    Eventually, you will get sick of the grind. You may also eventually have dependents and elderly parents to take care of too. Taking care of people properly costs a lot of money.

    If you are still at the beginning or middle of your financial independence journey, please take heed of my warning. You will build much more wealth from your day job, side hustles, and investments than you will by paying off debt during your prime earning years.

    Of course, you can always do both, as I suggest in my FS-DAIR framework. It is the most rational framework.

    Hedge Against The Inevitability

    It’s better to put in years of hard work up front so you have more optionality when you’re older. For most of us, life is long and short.

    The YOLO lifestyle is fine. Just make sure you are OK with the repercussions that come out of it. After all, everything is rational.

    I’m in my 13th year of writing on Financial Samurai. I’m beyond tired. I see the same cycle of burning out repeating itself after spending 13 years working in finance. Therefore, my 20-year window is really more like 13 years.

    I bet for many of you, your 20-year window of enthusiasm is much shorter as well. In order to be set for the rest of your life, don’t waste your hunger!

    If You’re Lacking Motivation

    Let’s say you’re under 40 and burned out. Or maybe you feel like the world owes you more than it should. Totally normal! I feel like I deserve 6-pack abs all the time while writing this newsletter instead of working out.

    To gain back that hunger, you must seek different perspectives. Hedonic adaptation is real. Our minds are always playing tricks on us or making excuses for us.

    For example, in a pandemic, we all know we should maintain an ideal body weight to increase our chances of living longer and healthier lives. But most of us don’t because we lose motivation when life gets a little too comfortable (parallel to paying off your mortgage early).

    Now, every time I’m feeling lazy or need a wake up call, I read these posts to help get going again.

    The psychology of money is always throwing us for a loop. But at least it makes slicing through money’s mysteries more fun.

    We are living in the greatest bull market ever. It’s up to you to decide whether to maximize the current times by making bank or take it easier because your investments are doing most of the heavy lifting.

    I should have hustled a little harder after that one mortgage was paid off in 2015. If I did, I would have been less stressed about taking care of two young kids with no job or subsidized healthcare once the pandemic began. But I can only learn from my past and move forward.

    Today, I won’t make the same suboptimal move. I plan to focus on building as much wealth as reasonably possible while most things are shut down and then re-retire once there is herd immunity. Hopefully, the bull market will cooperate until that time comes.

  47. Phoenix says:

    “Grim,

    I got some good meds, want some? ;)”

    Drop them in the box at the local police station. They will be grateful for your donation.

  48. relo says:

    Ex, a lot of us do not consider CA to be a part of America either.

  49. relo says:

    While the Democrats insisted that all senators should “vote their conscience” that only meant if their conscience supported their side.

  50. relo says:

    The above is a quote from Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times.

  51. No One says:

    BRT,
    What the IRS did to your brother is as bad as gangsters. Lawless bureaucrats running amuck.

  52. Fast Eddie says:

    leftwing,

    That was an awesome link. I love Gabriel, his voice and sound is so distinct. I was recently watching some early Genesis with Gabriel dressed in outlandish costumes. I wonder if he can still do 26 minutes of “Supper’s Ready?”

  53. Juice Box says:

    Making some dinner now….homemade sushi appetizer and lobster tails for dinner.
    My wife’s diet is all no dairy, so trying to accommodate. Clarified Butter is the only dairy allowed.

    Sushi appetizer. – Made sushi rice, rice wine vinegar, salt, sugar toppings are avocado, boiled shrimp with sriracha sauce topped with jalepeno

    Dinner is Broiled Lobster tails made with clarified butter, smoked paprika and garlic

    Dessert is a vegan key lime pie topped with coconut whip crème.

    What are you folks having?

  54. Hold my beer says:

    BRT

    Have you thought of having those cards graded by PSA? If they come back as a 9 or higher they would be worth a lot more

  55. leftwing says:

    “Are you saying the Judge can force you to get a job paying a higher income.? What if you can’t?”

    Bankruptcy or cuffs. The most egregious issue for me is the “freezing in time”….basically what the divorce law is saying is that at time of the divorce the two parties (not three, meaning not the payor but the ex and children) have a ‘right’ to that standard of living ad infinitum. Very unrealistic. Where else anywhere can one obtain that level of job security? That level of LIFE security? Why should an ex have more rights as an ex than as a spouse? How many intact families relocate, downsize, or otherwise make similar lifestyle choices over two decades? If one is married the spouse has no ‘claim’ on your life if work just becomes too much and you as the breadwinner decide to take a slower, lesser earning path at age 45, but if she files to become your ex you are locked into that earning level (and geographic location) forever? And that again is to preserve her lifestyle, not yours. There is zero provision in the law giving you an equitable right to that current lifestyle. It’s ridiculous.

  56. Hold my beer says:

    Left

    One more reason nj is not a great place to live

  57. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Juice,

    Sounds delicious. 👍🏻

    Happy wife, happy life.

  58. 3b says:

    Left : Even if that requires the spouse to relocate far away to get the kind of income needed?

  59. leftwing says:

    Not a family lawyer but if income levels for each spouse aren’t easily discernible or not agreed the court will appoint an expert to evaluate your earnings potential. That number is then used to determine your responsibility. It’s your issue to make it work.

    Don’t know what will happen if someone just decides to say fcuk it (once the kids are emancipated) and move to a different lifestyle (which ought to be one’s right).

    At the very least the ex will sue, you’ll have to go to court, and somehow offer an explanation why your rights and desires outway the ‘agreement’ you made at that level years ago….and then get the court to rule in your favor by overruling its prior determination….lol good luck there

  60. chicagofinance says:

    BRT says:
    February 14, 2021 at 1:05 pm
    That incident set him back years as he was out all his money and his tools. It’s much harder to get a gig if you don’t have your own tools. Instead of going back in, he worked at Joey Leone’s deli in Point Pleasant and later drove a catering truck delivering food from Maryland to NYC. He’s only gotten back into the mechanic gig since the pandemic because he was able to purchase his own tools again after all these years and he’s been furloughed from his truck driving job since April.

    https://youtu.be/5F-VQtEfbTU?t=55

  61. chicagofinance says:

    BRT:
    Is this your brother?

  62. leftwing says:

    Oh, and don’t forget should your income go up though your ex has a claim on it.

    My agreement defines income subject to that rule. It includes lottery. Specifically. In writing. Just for clarity, you know.

    LOLOLOL. Not making this sh1t up.

  63. 3b says:

    Left: I had heard from others that was the case but never understood it. The men really do get screwed in divorce.

  64. BRT says:

    Lol Frank Rizzo

  65. BRT says:

    Have you thought of having those cards graded by PSA? If they come back as a 9 or higher they would be worth a lot more

    I only have one that is still above $1k. The $3k I put together other week is a bunch of cards running for $100 a pop, not super rare, but in demand. But, if this were 1998, you could have had them for a dollar or two.

  66. BRT says:

    BRT,
    What the IRS did to your brother is as bad as gangsters. Lawless bureaucrats running amuck.

    At this point, many of our government agencies seem to have factions that act more like an organized crime racket.

  67. leftwing says:

    “Left: I had heard from others that was the case but never understood it. The men really do get screwed in divorce.”

    The payers. Court is gender neutral.

    Need to be careful here but I know a woman who was part of her family’s generational business. Fairly substantial. Husband was a real POS. Never held a real job, off the back of the wife’s money started his own ‘business’ which was nothing more than a front to allow him to purchase a new tricked out pickup on the ‘company’ every year and expand the base of stay at home moms he was banging. She’s paying him alimony and to add insult to injury the court found (i) her portion of the family business was a marital asset so she actually had to write him a fairly substantial check out of her share of the assets at divorce just to keep her piece of her family’s business and not have an interest go to him and (ii) the ‘perks’ that came with her job at a family business – company car, generous benefits, etc – were deemed ‘excessive’ and therefore additional income. That meant that despite not receiving any additional cash she had to come up annually with additional money for alimony than what her actual W2 would indicate.

    The system is very badly broken. Ironically, as such, it is not working for even the payee as the absolute inequity means nothing will ever be ‘settled’ for the term of the divorce.

  68. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Used car market is like game stop mania. There are 3 m3’s available in the United States on carmax. Crazy.

    My car basically didn’t go down in value in the past year. Wild times.

  69. Phoenix says:

    Pumps,
    It appears teachers are overpaid. Buying 60k used cars and fleecing taxpayers at the same time.

  70. Phoenix says:

    BRT

    “At this point, many of our government agencies seem to have factions that act more like an organized crime racket.”

    Trust me, you don’t know 1/4 of my story. And when you listen to what Left posted, add tearing children apart to the list of damage that is done in family court.
    Money is one thing, but kids are another.
    And when they claim they make decisions for “the kids,” trust me, they couldn’t care less.

    https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2049780311285/nj-couple-who-starved-children-inflicted-years-of-extreme-punishments-sentenced-to-probation

  71. Phoenix says:

    LAPD officers ‘shared image of George Floyd with the caption “You take my breath away” ahead of Valentine’s Day’
    LAPD on Saturday confirmed it had launched an investigation into the reports
    An officer claimed ‘Valentine’ images of Floyd were circulated among the force
    Chief Michel Moore said the officer would be interviewed on Monday

  72. The Great Pumpkin says:

    There is a reason I’m the only teacher that has one at my school.

    Some people are good with money, and some are not. That’s the bottom line. It doesn’t matter what your job is, what matters is what you do with that money starting at a young age. The more you sacrifice in your late teens and 20’s, the better your life will be in your 40’s and 60’s. Simple as that.

    Remember, I never rented a day in my life. I was collecting rent at the young age of 19 turning 20.

    Phoenix says:
    February 15, 2021 at 9:38 am
    Pumps,
    It appears teachers are overpaid. Buying 60k used cars and fleecing taxpayers at the same time.

  73. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Wild, just wild.

    Sure you want me move down south to educate your kids? Between this and gorilla glue, no thanks. I’ll take my chances in nj.

    Phoenix says:
    February 15, 2021 at 9:45 am
    2nd grade??

    https://nypost.com/2021/02/08/georgia-teacher-arrested-after-she-was-caught-masturbating-in-class/

  74. Chicago says:

    Pumps masturbates with Gorilla Glue? Isn’t that a Dice joke?

  75. Phoenix says:

    “There is a reason I’m the only teacher that has one at my school.”

    Cause you wanted to be “that guy.”

  76. Phoenix says:

    Sure you want me move down south to educate your kids?

    Honestly, since teachers don’t want to show up, I’d be happier paying less taxes and pensions and just using online teachers from the Philippines.

    They are educated, speak good English. Hell, everyone in America loves Filipino nurses. So why not the teachers at 1/8 the price, no health bennies, no pensions, and no molesting. No teachers suing the school district over gender issues. No fake slip and falls in the parking lot.
    Sounds like a win.

  77. Phoenix says:

    Gorilla Glue is job security for me. Lube up all you want.

  78. BRT says:

    I have a coworker who has 2 Teslas and 2 Porsches. He makes $60k a year, but he obviously comes from money.

    When I was at my last school, one of the parents at a board meeting referenced the cars in the parking lot during contract negotiations. She referenced an audi convertible and a porsche 911. Both teachers were males who’s wives earned 10x as much as they did and bought them their cars.

  79. Phoenix says:

    BRT,
    And how many small business owners use their spouse’s govt funded health insurance instead of buying it on their own.
    Just having a spouse as a secretary in a school with the health plan is a boost.

  80. Phoenix says:

    Gee,
    And all along I hear women complain about how much they are discriminated against and how they earn so much less than men do.

    “wives earned 10x as much as they did and bought them their cars.”

  81. Phoenix says:

    Stopped for takeout last night at a local joint. Place was mobbed with couples out for Valentines day, and groups of women that were single.

    Place I went to will be a superspreader event. No distancing, people waiting in the hall and vestibule, minimal masks, and so backed up that they were there for long periods of time. No ventilation.

    At least I had an N95 and 2 covid vaccines. I guess that was a test.

  82. 3b says:

    Phoenix: I think after Covid there will be a bigger push for school choice. My kids went to the town blue ribbony school system and overall not that impressed. There were some good ones, particularly the older ones. The younger ones I encountered some were more interested in spending their summers down da shore! Was shocked they were teachers. And others old and young just didn’t give a crap. Overall thoughts mediocre, beautiful facility, but education wise ? Meh!

  83. Phoenix says:

    Well, if one wants to know, just join the mommy page of your town. Every complaint about the school, IEP’s, teachers, etc, it’s non stop. The whole site is a complaint fest. Where I am the schools are overall okay, some really stupid staff, but decent teachers.
    Yet the women whine and complain about everything.

  84. Phoenix says:

    Why should the youth or young teachers care? They are treated as second class citizens by the establishment.

    Grandfathering. Nasty crap. Makes everything 2 tier.
    When a guy with a 700k house and a Lexus is collecting Social Security- and a teenage boy at McDonalds is paying in to Social Security, but is not going to collect, well, that’s generational theft.

  85. 3b says:

    Phoenix: I agree, overall Ok, but that in my mind does not say much. For the cost, overall OK, is not OK.

  86. 3b says:

    Phoenix: They should care, they took the position. Not saying they don’t have valid complaints, but the kids know when the teacher does not give a crap.

  87. The Great Pumpkin says:

    3b,

    Keep taking it for granted. Some people are never happy. You don’t know what a bad school is. You live in Bergen County for god sake, and raised your kids during peak Bergen county north jersey in the 90’s. You had the best of the best and take a dump on it.

  88. 3b says:

    Pumps: You made a comment last week that the majority of workers in corporate America are slackers and losers. And yet when I make a comment that I was not overly impressed with the blue ribbony schools/ teachers you have an issue with it? And accuse me of taking a dump on it?? Seriously?? Like I have said to you for years now, you have absolutely zero self awareness.

  89. BidenIsTheGOAT says:

    Told you the Sicknick story was propaganda. The only one killed at the capital was the MAGA girl. The media is at war with us. We need to recognize it.

  90. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I didn’t say majority of workers in corporate. I said workers in general. Majority are slackers (do the bare minimum to keep their job)and that’s why they don’t get paid the big bucks. I stand by it.

    Teachers are no different. You have the bare minimum people, you have the losers that end up on newspaper headlines, and you have over achievers. What’s different about a blue ribbon Bergen county school in the 90’s compared with a school in the south? The Bergen county school has rabid parents that hold these teachers accountable. So the teachers are much better in Bergen county compared to the rest of the country. They have much higher standards to reach. School test scores drive real estate, the nj parents don’t mess around. Nj parents wouldn’t accept what the south calls education…that’s why they don’t live there.

  91. 3b says:

    Teachers are different?? What a noble calling only for those who care as opposed to those slackers who do the bare minimum? Get over yourself!

  92. The Great Pumpkin says:

    You really think the avg worker gets up, and goes above and beyond at their job? They look to make their job easier rather than reaching up the ladder. So that’s what I meant by slackers. They are capable of better, but don’t have the motivation to go get it.

    The other regions are slower paced than the northeast. The fast food workers are even held to a lower standard (like teachers) in the rest of the country. They would get fired up here working that slow.

  93. ExEssex says:

    I think many many people exceed the hell out of the minimum.
    They get bored otherwise. They exceed because average is boring.

  94. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Essex,

    And those our your good students, good workers, and good entrepreneurs.

    Remember, Homer Simpson is supped to be your avg American dad. Doh!! Not everyone is a Ned Flanders.

  95. Phoenix says:

    New Jersey school official sends student’s mother photos of her family sledding without masks and he tells her she’s the ‘precise reason’ schools remain closed after she complained

  96. Phoenix says:

    http://www.nj.com › 2021/02 › paren…
    Parent rips district over all-remote school. Official fires back photos …

  97. BRT says:

    Phoenix, the official is a hypocrite….especially when they see fit to run sports while school is closed. It’s ok to tackle each other in football and line up at the line of scrimmage screaming, but not sled? Our district that I work in has been able to maintain in person instruction with no transmission in the building regardless of all the stupid stuff people do outside of school.

  98. BRT says:

    And how many small business owners use their spouse’s govt funded health insurance instead of buying it on their own.
    Just having a spouse as a secretary in a school with the health plan is a boost.

    I’m not sure anymore. Back then, everybody. But these days, our massive health plan costs me 11k out of pocket. I’d rather run with a smaller plan elsewhere at this point. But like I said, I don’t know what the numbers are for other people anymore.

  99. Fast Eddie says:

    Phoenix: I think after Covid there will be a bigger push for school choice.

    It’s not about the kids, it’s about a money laundering operation known as the teacher’s unions. The public school teaching syndicate and realtors have a lot in common; how to offer a minimal product while making a profit. An private entity operating with this business model would fail as quickly as a lightening strike. My spouse is a Catholic School teacher and they’ve been in the classroom since September.

  100. joyce says:

    BRT,
    It’s still based on percentage of salary, right? A lower paid public employee with a family plan is still paying a pittance. As you said, it’s definitely different now then years ago but still room for improvement.

  101. BRT says:

    No, it’s not based on salary percentage anymore. It was always percentage of the plan itself, with people lower in salary contributing less. But, over the course of 6 years it worked it’s way toward 30% of the plan. So six years ago, someone making $65k was likely paying about $5k. But it basically was an increase of $1k a year until you got to the 30%. Like I said, I don’t know enough about plans outside of the industry anymore to know which way they are going but it’s not a bargain on this side anymore.

    Besides, the old cadillac benefits plan has turned into the same crap everybody else has at this point. Our copays are now $25. $150 if you go to the ER. The first year I taught, I contributed nothing and my copays were $5.

  102. Trick says:

    Neighbors listed there house last week and started showing on Friday. No house in the neighborhood for sale, 2 were on the mark over the last two months and lasted less then 5 days. Purchased in 2016 after sitting on the mark for over 7 months for mid 400’s. Current listing mid 500’s. 2-3 family’s at a time looking at it Friday and Saturday. There was at least one offer, but guessing more. Lets see where the gavel falls.

  103. Hold my beer says:

    Power is back. No power and no internet all day could not even get on iPhone. Our planned 15-45 minute rolling blackout lasted over 8 hours.

  104. The Great Pumpkin says:

    The problem is that a lot of those openings are in industries that require in-person work, like construction, delivery services or warehousing — exactly the types of jobs now being shunned by many Americans in the midst of a fearful pandemic.
    Martin says he has tried it all to hire workers. His company has offered higher wages and even posted good old-fashioned “We’re Hiring” signs.
    Julia Pollak, a labor economist at employment recruitment site ZipRecruiter, says Martin is not alone in struggling to find workers.
    Most job seekers, she says, are looking for remote work. The problem is that those are not the jobs available right now.
    In fact, only 1 in 10 job postings in the ZipRecruiter marketplace offers remote work as an option, she says.
    “There’s this huge gap between the kinds of conditions under which people are prepared to work and the kinds of conditions that they actually find in the jobs that are available,” Pollak says.
    That is leading to a mismatch in filling jobs, and it’s contributing to the painful, slow recovery in jobs.
    “We are 10 million jobs in the hole,” she points out. “So ideally what you’d want to see is the number of job openings to be much higher to compensate.”

    https://apple.news/A3ir4yOAISEaJrb5rmeag-A

  105. The Great Pumpkin says:

    3b,

    See what I’m talking about. Jobs, but they won’t do it. Enough said.

  106. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Hold,

    Stay safe. I was wondering if you lost power.

  107. chicagofinance says:

    Same crap? Are you kidding? Without significant factual evidence, my anecdotal opinion is that however you see your plan relative to when you first started is similar to how someone in the private sector considers theirs.

    Restated, the degradation is consistent everywhere, and people are equally disgruntled. The solution is not to complain about reducing costs. The solution is to make more money, or else simply stop complaining.

    BRT says:
    February 15, 2021 at 3:20 pm
    Besides, the old cadillac benefits plan has turned into the same crap everybody else has at this point. Our copays are now $25. $150 if you go to the ER. The first year I taught, I contributed nothing and my copays were $5.

  108. Fabius Maximus says:

    The problem with the back to school movement. Even those that can stay open are seeing a significant remote population. One local school district is removing cohorts as with 35% of kids in school, its not needed. In fact the kids in school are complaining as they are the ones in class, they are the ones getting called on to answer more.

  109. RentL0rd says:

    ‘effin Eddy, At what point do you think a President-Reject can be convicted or go to prison? You and everyone who still support Trump are nothing but traitors.

  110. Fast Eddie says:

    ‘effin Eddy, At what point do you think a President-Reject can be convicted or go to prison?

    As soon as Hunter turns state evidence against his demented father.

    By the way, did you see how quickly the democrats ended the impeachment “trial” when it was discovered they created false evidence?

    And where the f.uck is this covid plan from the O’Biden syndicate? They claim they had a plan. Where is it? Another false promise to dupe the people who believed him.

  111. EddiesKnee says:

    Well, at least hell froze over.

    You all got to admit the mid/central state and frankly all of Texas are hellish, plus they all fall under Carlo Cipolla – Laws of Stupidity in the “Stupid Corner”.

    It could not happen to better people. Eddie, I hear you Ayn Rand cryogenically frozen is melting somewhere in Texas, go get her boy, save your hero. At least she was a nitwit, unlike your Tumpolini traitor that you love so much.

  112. Fast Eddie says:

    Bend over and lube up with gorilla glue as your utopian l1beral government promises to manage the life that you failed to provide for yourself. The same l1beral authority that gratifies pathological dependency… the same mentality that enhances rudimentary feelings of resentment and inferiority. To be a l1beral is to be paranoid and deranged because they keep telling you that you’re a victim. Cower to them, you f.ucking weaklings. S.uck that government c0ck and satiate your infantile claims to salt and compensation.

  113. BRT says:

    Same crap? Are you kidding? Without significant factual evidence, my anecdotal opinion is that however you see your plan relative to when you first started is similar to how someone in the private sector considers theirs.

    Restated, the degradation is consistent everywhere, and people are equally disgruntled. The solution is not to complain about reducing costs. The solution is to make more money, or else simply stop complaining.

    Fair point, I don’t know enough about private plans these days and I’ve stated as much. But my point was, I don’t think it’s much to be envious anymore. That being said, I’m not sure they view it the same…since my effective costs in healthcare went from about $50 a year to $10000. And, in a lot of cases, the no contribution in many districts was done under the understanding that they take less salary during negotiations for that privilege. Other districts opted for more salary and non-zero contributions. When Christie stepped in and ordered contributions, he instantly renegotiated contracts by forcing those who bargained for free healthcare under less salary to now make less salary and still contribute more. But it’s ok, I did leave, and I did make more money. I’m currently 40k higher than what I would have been under my previous district’s contract. So I’m not complaining and never was. Just trying to frame perspective. There’s a lot of reasons to be annoyed with public workers, teachers unions in particular, especially after this no in person learning crap. I wouldn’t consider health care benefits one of them anymore. Long story short, we all get screwed by health insurance companies.

  114. joyce says:

    Long story short, we all get screwed by health insurance companies.

    And healthcare providers, too.

  115. BRT says:

    And healthcare providers, too.

    Some. Maybe most. I gotta say, my physical therapists at Trinity were amazing. They have a cash program for people who can’t go through insurance that is very reasonable.

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  117. ExEssex says:

    Texas looks like it completely shits the bed after a dusting of snow and some cold cold temps.

  118. ExEssex says:

    7:26 I’ll take that over hillbilly insurgents and the Grifters that inspire them.
    I’m so happy Trump is not the President. By every single metric he will rank as the worst leader in the US’s history.

  119. ExEssex says:

    Like many Donald Trump supporters, conservative donor Fred Eshelman awoke the day after the presidential election with the suspicion that something wasn’t right. His candidate’s apparent lead in key battleground states had evaporated overnight.

    The next day, the North Carolina financier and his advisers reached out to a small conservative nonprofit group in Texas that was seeking to expose voter fraud. After a 20-minute talk with the group’s president, their first-ever conversation, Eshelman was sold.

    “I’m in for 2,” he told the president of True the Vote, according to court documents and interviews with Eshelman and others.

    “$200,000?” one of his advisers on the call asked.

    “$2 million,” Eshelman responded.

    Over the next 12 days, Eshelman came to regret his donation and to doubt conspiracy theories of rampant illegal voting, according to court records and interviews.

    Now, he wants his money back.

    The story behind the Eshelman donation – detailed in previously unreported court filings and exclusive interviews with those involved – provides new insights into the frenetic days after the election, when baseless claims led donors to give hundreds of millions of dollars to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory.

    Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party collected $255 million in two months, saying the money would support legal challenges to an election marred by fraud. Trump’s staunchest allies in Congress also raised money off those false allegations, as did pro-Trump lawyers seeking to overturn the election results – and even some of their witnesses.

    True the Vote was one of several conservative “election integrity” groups that sought to press the case in court. Though its lawsuits drew less attention than those brought by the Trump campaign, True the Vote nonetheless sought to raise more than $7 million for its investigation of the 2020 election.

    Documents that have surfaced in Eshelman’s litigation, along with interviews, show how True the Vote’s private assurances that it was on the cusp of revealing illegal election schemes repeatedly fizzled as the group’s focus shifted from one allegation to the next. The nonprofit sought to coordinate its efforts with a coalition of Trump’s allies, including Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the documents show.

  120. Juice Box says:

    Seems that Texas power generation is as badly managed as California. Just wait until the demand of charging millions of electric cars overnight blows up the grid. They are going to need to build allot of Nuke Plants.

  121. Fabius Maximus says:

    BidenIs

    Please stop with the gaslighting. I cant want to see this 911 style commission for the events of Jan 6th. It all needs to come out.

    https://twitter.com/rudepundit/status/1360206808435015683

  122. Hold my beer says:

    Lost power again from 7 pm till 6 am. Kitchen sink cold water pipe is frozen. Trying to defrost it with hair dryers. It’s got one handle for both hot and cold. I’m guessing cold wasn’t open enough or completely closed so it froze overnight. Was -1 with a windchill of -10 to -20.

  123. BRT says:

    Please stop with the gaslighting. I cant want to see this 911 style commission for the events of Jan 6th. It all needs to come out.

    Because it all came out from the 911 commission

  124. Fabius Maximus says:

    Gary,

    You post that crazy screed, yet you blow sunshine up Peter Gabriel’s a$$.
    You understand that Pete rails against pretty much everything you stand for. Do you know the story of Steve Biko? Do you get the meaning of that song?

    Stick to Ted Nugent, he’s more your style.

  125. Fabius Maximus says:

    BRT,

    When they unredacted the last 28 pages, it confirmed what we all knew. It was the Saudis.

  126. Juice Box says:

    FAb -Absolutely and it should be focused on the influence of social media and the MSM. I mean follow the money too. Where did it all go?

    Apparently allot of it is organized too. They should also include the investigation into the hundreds of riots many deadly that occurred over the summer. I mean really why should they be given a pass for the death and destruction? For example the 1983 bomber of the US Capitol the convicted far-left revolutionary terrorist Susan Rosenberg is now the vice-chair of the board of Thousand Currents, they are folks who manage the fundraising for the far left including BLM. She would still be in jail if Bill Clinton did not commute her sentence and now she is fundraising for far left many of whom want to destroy our Democracy. No stone should be left unturned, drag them all in front of a commission to testify under threat of perjury and empower a special prosecutor and fund them with enough $$$ to mete out Justice. Prosecute them all regardless of politics, we are a country in the Middle ruled by Law.

  127. BRT says:

    When they unredacted the last 28 pages, it confirmed what we all knew. It was the Saudis.

    We knew that by week 1

  128. chicagofinance says:

    Too bad that grim has not redacted all your posts from week 1.

    Fabius Maximus says:
    February 16, 2021 at 10:28 am
    BRT,

    When they unredacted the last 28 pages, it confirmed what we all knew. It was the Saudis.

  129. Phoenix says:

    Lying next Tuesdays like my ex get off all of the time. Well, here is the proof our court systems are worthless.

    BREAKING NEWS: Manhattan prosecutors DROP the charges against ‘Central Park Karen’, 41, because she ‘learned a lot in therapy’ – a year after she called 911 on innocent black birdwatcher claiming he threatened her life
    On Tuesday morning, the Manhattan DA dropped the charges against Amy Cooper

  130. Phoenix says:

    HMB,
    You need a welder. Not the man, the machine. And a generator to run it, or for it to be a gas powered one. Unless you have pex….

    Thaws pipes very well.

  131. Phoenix says:

    “Seems that Texas power generation is as badly managed as California.”

    Why should infrastructure for the general public be of any concern to it’s government?

    Didn’t even require the Chinese to hack it. Or maybe they hacked the weather itself.

  132. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Wow, they are def going to have a lot of broken pipes in Texas. Life won’t be going back to normal for quite some time in Texas now. Hang in there.

    Hold my beer says:
    February 16, 2021 at 10:10 am
    Lost power again from 7 pm till 6 am. Kitchen sink cold water pipe is frozen. Trying to defrost it with hair dryers. It’s got one handle for both hot and cold. I’m guessing cold wasn’t open enough or completely closed so it froze overnight. Was -1 with a windchill of -10 to -20.

  133. No One says:

    Well guys it looks like I’m moving to Florida next week. Sarasota area and near the beach. Golf, tennis, warm weather, outdoor dining are all in my immediate future. I still expect to be in NJ several months a year so not selling my NJ home.
    FL house is priced to cost nearly twice that of my NJ place. Gated entry, country club a short walk away, this is all about an upgrade in lifestyle and health, not about saving money. Though stiffing Phil Murphy and his gang will cover the additional expenses.

  134. Fast Eddie says:

    Stick to Ted Nugent, he’s more your style.

    You have no idea what my style is. Don’t even assume you know what lurks in the depths of my psyche. You’re making an assumption that’s so far off, you might as well be drifting in a raft somewhere in the South Indian Ocean.

  135. leftwing says:

    “Too bad that grim has not redacted all your posts from week 1.”

    LOL, post of the thread.

  136. leftwing says:

    “Well, here is the proof our court systems are worthless…Manhattan prosecutors DROP the charges against ‘Central Park Karen’, 41, because she ‘learned a lot in therapy’ – a year after she called 911 on innocent black birdwatcher claiming he threatened her life…”

    Unbelievable.

  137. leftwing says:

    “You have no idea what my style is.”

    Of course he does.

    He’s a modern liberal.

    That means he has the arrogance to believe that he has a monopoly on positive traits and the absolute and binding ability to pass final judgment on anyone he, and he alone, deems unworthy.

    Eddie, do you really need the pathology of today’s Left framed for you? C’mon….

  138. leftwing says:

    Got my second jab this morning. Moderna.

  139. Fast Eddie says:

    It’s so easy to spot a l1beral. Look for what they value and devalue. They lack total passion for intrinsic value. What they value is anything to do with an arthritic, d1seased mentality. The world is pitiful and anyone he has become successful did so because they stepped on the little guy, women, the poor, the s1ck and weak.

    They’re passionate about a world filled with sorrow, poverty, mistrust and victimization. If you self-identify, you’re ev1l and the reason why others cannot succeed. You took advantage of people and exploited them. You’re not compassionate; a l1beral is because they care and caring is enough.

    Workers and minorities are exploited and bear no responsibility for their problems. That’s why extorting taxes from those who produce is the only tonic to make things right. If soc1al conditions fail to lift the weak and poor, it’s because of ethn1c and gend3r discrimination and capital1sm.

    Cradle to grave government will take care of you, ensuring your material comfort through services and status transferred, se1zed by force. What melodrama! What a teary-eyed, d1ck jerking love story!

  140. leftwing says:

    I just find it amusing that people like Fab believe they are the only ones with virtue.

    And very ironically, given he’s lecturing you over Steve Biko, the condescending attitude. If he knew anything about the black nationalist movement much of its energy arose because those oppressed felt the white liberal elite were out of touch with them despite the white liberal ‘support’.

    Sound familiar?

    But Eddie, don’t you DARE touch that Sirius dial to tune in Peter Gabriel!

    What an arsehole.

  141. Fabius Maximus says:

    Left

    “those oppressed felt the white liberal elite were out of touch with them” that has to be the dumbest thing I have read in here in a long time.

    John Vorster, the great “liberal elite” was out of touch with them.

  142. Fabius Maximus says:

    Juice,

    Investigate it all. Add FOX, OAN, Newsmax etc to your list. Lets follow the money and see how much flowed to the groups in Portland. Lets find out who was funding what and who. Get it all out in the open.

    I called the Tea Party movement a front back in 2008. When someone shows up in a wrapped bus on day one, its not a grass roots movement. A lot of money funded Jan 6th. and it continues to flow.

  143. Fast Eddie says:

    I’m in the mood for some “Sister Ray.” Do I need a disclaimer to listen to such an anti-conservative song or to fill out a l1beral form asking permission? You know, since the left dictates each individual life when they’re not ab0rting them.

  144. Fast Eddie says:

    I called the Tea Party movement a front back in 2008.

    The democrat party has been a front since 1965.

  145. leftwing says:

    OK, sure, whatever you say, oh virtuous one…..

  146. relo says:

    No One, Godspeed. Can’t wait to get back down there. May be sooner than we tbought if all goes well tomorrow.

  147. BRT says:

    So wait, is Microstrategy now exclusively a bitcoin play?

  148. Hold my beer says:

    Pumps thanks for your thoughts

    The hairdryer trick worked. Took a few hours. Was up to a drip a second and we lost power again for another 3+ hours. When it came back on did the hairdryer again. It stopped dripping completely. Then a few minutes later cold
    Water was coming out like normal. We know so many people who have had all their faucets frozen. If there’s a way to invest in a Texas plumbing company or plumbing supply could have banner earnings this quarter.

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