Probably going to regret this

From Property Shark:

COVID-19 was a complete game-changer in many areas, including the real estate market. Many New Yorkers sought alternatives to city life and, although prices for homes in New York City remained steady, the number of transactions dropped by 28% in NYC between March 2020 and February 2021. 

Residents found the things that made city life unique and exciting were mostly shut down temporarily, and as companies switched to remote work, time spent commuting was no longer a factor. As a result, areas outside the city soared in popularity with homebuyers.

To see which areas won out in the dash for the suburbs, we analyzed and ranked NYC’s suburbs based on the increase in home sales in 2020 compared to 2019.

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428 Responses to Probably going to regret this

  1. grim says:

    Commence shitposting.

    Got to say though, New Yorkers looooooove Packanack Lake.

  2. Ez says:

    Coldwell Banker has released a 132-page report detailing insights into the luxury market and how people are fleeing taxes and ‘restrictive COVID-19 mandates’
    ‘Ideas about wealth itself also shifted as the affluent set sights on ‘intangible luxuries,’ like family, health, safety, security, and space,’ the report reads
    Phoenix, as well as Denver and Dallas, were listed as ‘secondary markets on the rise’ or cities where luxury buyers had not previously bought as many home
    Louie Lee, with Coldwell Banker in Colorado, said ‘it was relocation on steroids’ when companies gave employees the freedom not to come into the office
    Luxury markets that exceeded real estate experts’ expectations included Salt Lake City and Sacramento
    Molly Jones, with Coldwell Banker in Salt Lake City, said ‘it was like a flip switched’ in May as the Utah capitol saw its ‘best year by far’

  3. leftwing says:

    Nice title. After mudwrestling over CW I’m mentally drained, will see you guys in Week 63b…..I’m not engaging lol.

    The measure of the survey appears to be rate of change, as such the highlighted areas ought to be previously sleepier ones that have sprung to life. Good for Wayne. As for areas around me, they went from red hot to just plain ludicrous…Was at a gathering with the most used broker in town, she’s barely sleeping there is so much volume……

    SX, on wealth….one of my first major points on this forum over a decade ago was posting about wealth in NJ…I remember it well because moving to this area was such a shock to me….people earning top levels of income across all levels based on dollars but having shitty quality of life…I remember even referencing $250k earners who were 6am to 8pm door-to-door with no savings in a 1970s split not as ‘wealthy’ but indentured servants, spending their lives laboring away to live…the ‘NJ poor’

    Wealth is as it always has been…..the resources to actually create time and space for yourself where none existed……

    It took a year of WFH for the suited, commuted corporatocracy to figure this out….

  4. 3b says:

    He will be on shortly, and there will be hell to pay, especially after yesterday.

  5. leftwing says:

    CPI coming in hot….0.8% v 0.2% expected….

    Getting tired of the party line of “huh, what inflation?”….

    Fresh berries at my local veggie market yesterday, per pint have doubled…cauliflower head, bought one yesterday, 4.99 vs. 3.00 earlier in the year….I wrote the increases off thinking maybe it was opportunistic with maybe transportation difficulties around Colonial…..

  6. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Knocked it out of the park with my call for Wayne as the last great value in north jersey back in 2018-19.

  7. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Let’s be serious. A lot of extremely wealthy people are obsessed with work and making money. They enjoy that more than spending time with their family. Maybe the wealthy are realizing they don’t need to keep making money, just enjoy what you have already? Ask buffett….guy is beyond wealthy, and loves working.

    ‘Ideas about wealth itself also shifted as the affluent set sights on ‘intangible luxuries,’ like family, health, safety, security, and space,’

  8. BRT says:

    He will be on shortly, and there will be hell to pay, especially after yesterday.

    Spot on.

  9. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I really believe this in only a short term trend. Long term trend is still low inflation, with a possible fight with deflation. Unless the population of the world starts rising, and/or innovation stops having a deflationary effect, I just don’t see how we should be scared of inflation.

    leftwing says:
    May 12, 2021 at 8:34 am
    CPI coming in hot….0.8% v 0.2% expected….

    Getting tired of the party line of “huh, what inflation?”….

    Fresh berries at my local veggie market yesterday, per pint have doubled…cauliflower head, bought one yesterday, 4.99 vs. 3.00 earlier in the year….I wrote the increases off thinking maybe it was opportunistic with maybe transportation difficulties around Colonial…..

  10. Phoenix says:

    Guess some who like to shop at Whole Paycheck might just have to go to Aldi’s instead.

  11. Juice Box says:

    Phoenix – lol looks like a new car too. Hope they lock her up.

    Give it a few more days… just like Hurricane Sandy after the first week there were lots of fights at the gas stations.

    Colonia pipeline is beyond incompetent. The CIO will be canned, and they whole C-Suite should go too when this is over for sure. White House said it was OK for them to pay the RANSOM too, as it is a “private matter”.

  12. Bystander says:

    Phoenix,

    I rarely shop there except for decent deals on seafood during summer. I have to get special vegetable bites for kids at Whole Foods and I decided to get pack of croissants which he also eats for brekfast. They were $2.50 each. Seriously, am I out of touch? I get 4 at Trader Joes for $3. You can go to French bakery and pay less. WTF are people doing at that store?

  13. Fast Eddie says:

    US Core Consumer Prices Explode Higher At Fastest Pace Since 1981:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/us-core-consumer-prices-explode-higher-fastest-pace-1981

  14. Phoenix says:

    Bystander,
    It’s a status symbol. In my town they have been clamoring for one, every mommy for miles around her is dying to get one, it makes them feel better about themselves. At least they still have the local farm store where they can pay four dollars for a single tomato.

    It’s the only one Parker will eat after all.

  15. Bystander says:

    F-Wayne. Fairfield CT blew it out the water. I have been telling you all that I am a real estate genius…durhhh..

  16. Phoenix says:

    Eddie,

    “To the moon, Alice”

    You and your grocery prices.

  17. Phoenix says:

    New Yorkers drive with blinders on.

    They don’t even know there are 3 more lanes to their right, even after midnight.

  18. Fast Eddie says:

    “It was about 8:30 in the morning, just driving along and all of a sudden I see them there, beside the bank, here on the river, five little baby girls all by themselves, hungry, crying. One didn’t have any clothes on,” the farmer told Gonzales, adding that he first called Border Patrol and then reached out to the constable.

    https://keyt.com/politics/2021/05/11/5-migrant-children-found-alone-along-us-mexico-border-including-an-11-month-old/

    50 days and Camela still hasn’t made a trip to the border.

  19. grim says:

    CT – cut that little tail off and give it to NY.

  20. grim says:

    Chi is a genius as well, Middletown and all. It’s not North Jersey, but that’s OK.

  21. Fast Eddie says:

    Re: Wayne – A friend of mine has owned a house in Wayne since 1989. He says Wayne is white trash with money. lol. His words, not mine. ;) I actually was looking in Wayne and even made a bid on a house around 1o years ago… 95% of the asking price. The seller was insulted. I didn’t even bother to check what they ultimately accepted.

  22. grim says:

    GOP is an embarrassment.

    Anyone else ready for term limits?

  23. SmallGovConservative says:

    Way to go, Joe! Only took a few months to complete the Jimmy Carter trifecta — War, Inflation, Gas Lines.

    https://johngaltfla.com/economics/president-biden-completes-the-jimmy-carter-hat-trick-war-inflation-gas-lines/

  24. Phoenix says:

    Eddie,
    Kamala,
    But your statement is still correct.

    This one is a haha. Why do we elect brain dead individuals and expect a good outcome?

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ohio-state-senator-caught-driving-during-zoom-call-house-considered-n1266678

  25. Phoenix says:

    SGC,
    Even Carter was better than this.

  26. Fast Eddie says:

    Phoenix,

    I had it correct the first time. Actually, it’s Camel-a.

  27. Phoenix says:

    How about age limits? We are electing dinosaurs now.

    “GOP is an embarrassment.

    Anyone else ready for term limits?”

  28. 3b says:

    It’s going to be a crappy commute from Wayne, when all those NY ers return to the office. As per a guy I work with, the commute to downtown NYC “blows”.

  29. Ez says:

    This seems to matter more and more.

    One of the biggest items on your retirement budget is taxes. If you’re thinking of moving somewhere else, consider one of the 12 states that don’t tax distributions from pensions or defined contribution plans such as 401(k) plans.

    https://feeds.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2020/states-that-dont-tax-retirement-distributions.html?_amp=true

  30. Phoenix says:

    Wanna talk about a gift. How to escape a felony.

    https://youtu.be/Bw9Pst1778Q?t=2224

    And the comedy one.

    https://youtu.be/Bw9Pst1778Q?t=1045

  31. The Great Pumpkin says:

    My wife’s friend put in an offer on 2,000 sq ft split level asking 699k in that location. Sold for 750k.

    grim says:
    May 12, 2021 at 6:36 am
    Commence shitposting.

    Got to say though, New Yorkers looooooove Packanack Lake.

  32. leftwing says:

    Not engaging with you pumps….I did yesterday because for the first time in about five years you seemed interested in discourse and sharing ideas and not being the clanging can dragged behind the car here….

    I’ve done my shift, no way in hell I’m getting involved in a Wayne/wealth/NJ dialogue with you while you blast your trumpet off-key at full volume….someone else’s turn for this graveyard shift…have a good day.

  33. Fast Eddie says:

    The liberal media loves Cheney now. Lol. Sure.

  34. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Crack…..! Nailed it with best value in north jersey in 18-19 with Wayne.

    3b says:
    May 12, 2021 at 8:30 am
    He will be on shortly, and there will be hell to pay, especially after yesterday.

  35. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Lefty,

    Wayne is a diverse middle class town. It has over 50,000 people. It’s not some little two sq mile town.

    Each neighborhood is like a little town. They all have different characteristics and demographics.

    At the end of the day, it’s a great place to live. It’s down to earth and a good place to raise your family.

    Current govt has done a great job holding down taxes.

  36. Libturd says:

    Inflation is crazy right now. What do you expect when the government prints money and sends it to people who don’t need it? Deficit spending has been out of control since Bush 1. It’s gone completely off the rail since Bush 2. It kind of explains the longest bull market in history. Sadly, the only way to stop the inflation is to stop printing and raise interest rates. The 70s are really coming back. I’ve been letting my sideburns grow in preparation.

  37. Libturd says:

    Amazon has a P/E of 60! And everyone is buying crypto. Crazy.

  38. Juice Box says:

    Crypto is now a 2 trillion dollar market, where a few years ago they were worth nothing….so I will definitely invest now, it makes perfect sense to buy high…..

    Madness that is not going to end well. Look Look at me !! We have 3X long or 3x short options too and look just like a real options exchange….

    https://ftx.com/markets

  39. Juice Box says:

    BLS numbers today….”Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 4.2 percent”

    People will be screaming for raises…… even used car prices are up 21% YoY….

    https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm

  40. Libturd says:

    At my investment club meeting last night. Find out my two newest members are high on XPR. I told them to move all of their gains into Amazon and leave the original investment in XPR if they want to believe. That way, this time next year, they will have probably made 30% in Amazon, while still holding valueless XPR.

  41. Fabius Maximus says:

    I love Aldi and Lidl. How supermarkets should be. Cheap, basic and great quality.

    For the rise in home prices, this is a fun calculator. Hat Tip to JJ for it.

    https://www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Tools/Pages/HPI-Calculator.aspx

    I’m up 25% since I bought.

  42. 3b says:

    Juice: Something is wrong when what was and should be a depreciating asset is increasing in value.

  43. JCer says:

    I don’t know about that list, as some have mentioned it’s about growth in transactions which favors secondary, reader cheaper and somewhat less desirable areas. The situation in suburban Essex/Union/Morris county is actually nuts. A good many people gave up on places like Summit, Chatham, Millburn, Montclair, Livingston, Glen ridge, Maplewood etc and have moved further west to Basking Ridge. Prices are up 50% vs. 4-5 years ago and time on the market is way down good properties move in weeks. Even West Orange which has been in the doldrums for many years as a result of the atrocious tax situation is seeing brisk sales volumes and price increases. I’m seeing ugly houses sell at high prices, it was looking up prior to COVID but now it’s literally on fire. My friend in Westchester was telling me the same, the trade up is all but unattainable, they either need to go further north(Armonk, Bedford, Chappaqua, or CT) or move to Jersey literally my friend mentioned Ridgewood, Summit, and Short Hills as places he could move to to save money both on the house price and property taxes, which is insane!

    Pumps the issue in Wayne is the taxes that is what was holding values down pre-pandemic. Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff effectively have similar commutes better schools and much lower property taxes (plus are in Bergen county), a similar property in Wayne to one in the aforementioned towns needs to trade at a discount. A good many people do not like “economic diversity” which also limits the market and impacts prices at the higher end. What you are seeing now is the buyer who was looking at Franklin Lakes, Wyckoff, Ridgewood, etc is now effectively priced out and competing for limited inventory so Wayne is now a viable option and your Wayne buyers are getting pushed further down the food chain in the town, you’ll start to see flips and people paying higher prices in traditionally not so hot neighborhoods.

  44. BRT says:

    Bystander,

    Whole foods has the best price on fresh crab cakes in Princeton. Also, Skirt steak 10.99 and buffalo steaks are priced to sell. Most everything else, waste of money

  45. JCer says:

    Car prices are insane. My car went back and I was looking and it’s hard to get a new car, the prices are high, no good deals and you won’t even be able to get what you want. Then looking at lightly used vehicles 2 years old or less and what I’ve noticed is in the span of 6 months the prices are up 20% vs. what they were around thanksgiving. Don’t worry the stupid fuel mandates aren’t helping things either, they have already caused ridiculous inflation in car prices.

  46. Juice Box says:

    Lib – In 2017 a high net worth person I know bought the Ripple coin and invested in XRP with allot of money. This person is a VC, they were pumping it like mad and then it’s coin price collapsed. That is what happens when the price is too high and nobody will pay more for it. Housing, Tulips you name it, crash always happens.

    Again they used to call it something different it was a labeled “coin” as you could not call it legally crypto dollars or crypto money. Only the government can use those labels. They used “coin” and now they have subtlety switched it to use “currency” as a label, and with these new trading platforms you can buy and sell their crypto “currency” and buy and sell options and take out margin accounts and even traded it like it was forex.

    They want to replace the banking system as we know it with their proprietary encryption for all money and transactions. There are a ton of startups that have been pitching this for years and years and even FB got into it their Libra coin.

    Here is an old slide about 8 years old from XRP. They want to replace the banking system and replace the functions the government does today.

    https://ripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/payment-stack.png

    My only question to them is you and what Army? This is going to end badly.

  47. BRT says:

    never paid attention but the growth in Dominoes Pizza as a company is ridiculous. I guess the rest of the country loves that garbage.

  48. JCer says:

    BRT whole foods especially after the amazon buyout is good for limited things, some stuff can be a good deal. Organics fruits and veg is typically cheapest at whole foods and certain sale items are a good deal. Some of what they sell the quality warrants a premium but so much of it is identical to what you get at Trader Joes only 30-60% more expensive. I find the cheese and a lot of the beef to be extremely overpriced if it is not on sale.

    Aldi is the cheapest and Lidl is pretty cheap as well, we pay much less for groceries in NJ than in many parts of the country. Shop Rite is also very cheap. Inflation is definitely a concern though and it is noticeable, I notice the shrinking packages of dry goods in literally the span of 6 months and not shaving an oz or 2, I’m talking visibly smaller and 20% by weight so they can maintain the same price point.

  49. The Great Pumpkin says:

    My brother-in-law owns his own architect business. Get a lot of good information from him.

    The Jews are leaving Livingston and being replaced by Asians (lots of Indians who barely speak english, but made it big on wall st tech).

    “Livingston”

  50. BRT says:

    Each store has products they sell below cost and they try to rip you off on the rest. We actually go on food store run, Whole Foods, Wegmans, Shoprite, all in adjacent strip malls on Rt 1. Bison/skirt steak at Whole Paycheck, Milk, Eggas, and Chicken at Wegmans, Beef/Pork at SR.

    Shop rite has really transitioned their meats into stocking high quality meats the past few years.

  51. JCer says:

    BRT I’ve always wondered who buys that cr@p pizza, I don’t understand how they even exist in NJ. The only people who really like dominoes pizza also like chucky cheese pizza(which is arguably better than dominoes), so small children. My daughter and her friends would prefer dominoes to to Neapolitan style pizza, they turn their noses up at the Margherita pizzas I make in my wood burning oven, it seems like the parents wind up eating it all(including what the kids don’t eat, nothing like an excuse as to why you should eat more Pizza) and the kids always ask for chicken tenders or pasta when presented with fancy pizza.

  52. JCer says:

    Yes BRT, I find if you buy the prime beef at Shop Rite it is basically the same as the best they sell at WF’s and is WAY cheaper.

  53. Ez says:

    10:14 *respect is the word you are looking for.
    So rare amongst the GQP now.

  54. BRT says:

    Juice,

    Not saying this is going to happen, but it’s possible that these things actually take off from other countries, especially the third world. There’s got to be a country or small island out there that is eyeing this up and become what Switzerland was to banking.

  55. Ez says:

    11:25 I respectfully disagree.

  56. BRT says:

    We’ve talked about this before, but LaFrieda beef patties are a superior product for making burgers. Such a great product at the same price as everyone else. Shop rite carries them.

  57. The Great Pumpkin says:

    This is why I said Wayne was a value. The spillover didn’t hit it.

    Eventually, based on what Wayne offers in location and good schools, it’s going to continue to become more expensive and attract people with money. As will most of north jersey.

    “What you are seeing now is the buyer who was looking at Franklin Lakes, Wyckoff, Ridgewood, etc is now effectively priced out and competing for limited inventory so Wayne is now a viable option and your Wayne buyers are getting pushed further down the food chain in the town, you’ll start to see flips and people paying higher prices in traditionally not so hot neighborhoods.”

  58. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I live in Wayne because it’s a great place to live. It hold its own against most towns in what it brings to the table. I don’t know why you would pay more more for wyckoff when it’s basically the same living standards as Wayne, but to each and their own.

    Also, wayne’s taxes are not that bad anymore. Like I said, current govt in place has done a hell of a job holding down tax increases. Lots of other towns have caught up to wayne and even passed them. At the end of the day, Wayne offers a lot for those taxes. They really do a good job with this town.

  59. BRT says:

    Whole foods used to sell fresh ground short rib which was fantastic for ground beef. That option disappeared when Amazon took over.

  60. Juice Box says:

    It’s called “loss leaders”, peruse the coupons and flyers that arrive every Friday in the mail and look for deals and then buy in bulk..

    By us it’s

    Whole Foods
    Shoprite
    Stop n Shop
    Food town
    Dearborne
    Costco
    Lidi
    Target

    For Liquor best deals by far are Bottle King..

    Our Shoprite bought the old Sears building across the highway and is going to town now for a complete remodel it will be huge..Saker family owns that one including our Dearborne market.

  61. Ez says:

    Grass beef at Whole Foods
    Feed Lot at Costco

    Both are far superior.

    I only buy filets & the occasional NY Strip.

  62. Juice Box says:

    BRT – Venezuelan Petro coin to get around our sanctions backed by their oil, tied to the price of oil. Foreigners could buy them with Euros, dollars, Yen, Ruble etc. Trump issued and executive order in 2018 banning anyone from participating in it.

    It was bungled badly by the Venezuelan Government and has died, otherwise our military would have bombed their servers out of existence either literally or digitally.

    Same thing that will happen if crypto does not die a natural death. There will be no challenge to the reserve currency by crypto as for you see they have no army to back them.

  63. Bystander says:

    Lib,

    The 70s might be returning but I can assure you the wage jumps are going to be fought tooth and nail by US companies. They are outsourcing as much as possible. Biden is going to have to force hand with legislation. This is not 70s with a manufacturing base where product has to be created onshore. There is no corp goodwill with millions of service jobs or tech jobs that can be done elsewhere.

  64. JCer says:

    I used to work in a kitchen in a restaurant that primarily served steak and seafood, WF’s beef is a far cry from what restaurants get from their suppliers. If you are going to spend big money on beef either buy from Pat LaFrida or Debragga in Jersey City. If not you can get pretty decent results from commodity beef and the grade is the biggest distinction.

    Especially since the AZ take over, WF sources most of it’s meat from commodity suppliers like Cargill, Purdue and Tyson. Unless it says “Local” you are getting some grade of commodity product, perhaps sourced with different “Ethical standards” but graded and processed like commodity meat.

    https://www.foodbeast.com/news/whole-foods-meat-suppliers/

  65. leftwing says:

    “They want to replace the banking system as we know it with their proprietary encryption for all money and transactions….They want to replace the banking system and replace the functions the government does today.”

    Centralized government banks are relatively new phenomenon in history…they were really the replacement of a diverse group of currency issuers, in this context crypto could be viewed as step back towards ‘normal’….remember, the Fed was only established in the early 1900s….the Brits financed many of their explorations and wars through family banking dynasties like the Rothschilds and Warburgs, JP Morgan stepped in personally to end the Panic of 1907 …..even although ostensibly the Bank of England was founded in the late 1600s it never assumed a central banking role as we use that term today until late 19th century….

    We’re still quite early, historically speaking, in this reserve bank and fiat currency experiment. And we’ve added some interesting catalysts to the test tube in the last century. As we watch it percolate over the bunsen burner I hope it ends well.

  66. Bystander says:

    My town has 5 beaches, mostly private, on LI sound, 2 D1 universities, a swimming lake with walking trails, beautiful downtown, 1500 seat concert venue with great acts plus one seat direct 70m train to NYC. Schools are top notch as well. My taxes (after winning appeal) will be maybe 9400/year on 2150 4BD colonial. My brother lived in Wayne for 5 years. No, thanks. No wonder we blew Wayne out of water. 17k taxes?

  67. JCer says:

    EZ, grass fed beef especially in a steak does not taste as good as corn fattened steak. It is much healthier, better for the environment, etc but for flavor corn fed fattened dry aged USDA prime beef served medium rare tastes the best. Costco beef is good but a lot of the steak they sell has been mechanically tenderized.

    Bystander you are right, there are too many forces at work, what the core economic backbone in the US(service economy white collar middle class) will see is stagflation. Costs rising but wages flat to down and our competitiveness will continue to take a hit, higher wages at the low end will cause more manufacturing to leave.

  68. leftwing says:

    Why not Switzerland? Especially with the history and infrastructure? Asset backed crypto. The new reserve currency.

    Solid interview with Stanley Druckenmiller…somewhat long but worth the listen for his view on the dollar and crypto….remember, he was part of the team at Soros that broke the Bank of England….

    Basically says dollar is no longer the reserve currency of the world 15 years out…

  69. joyce says:

    leftwing,
    There were de facto central banks in the US prior to the Federal Reserve. They were much less powerful and not as centralized but they did exist (Bank of NA, First Bank of US, Second Bank of US).

  70. BRT says:

    Central Banks have always cheated, but the gold window was a cap on how much they would cheat. Removing that has led to absolute insanity. Gold may be a barbarous relic, but was a much better option than the clown show we have now. Long term, you may be able to stop cryptocurrencies, I don’t think it will happen. But tokenization of assets is going to force sanity in monetary policy at some point.

  71. Bystander says:

    I have commuted many different ways into city and my least favorite option was bus so F- Wayne. You could not pay me to do that again. I was on Westfield-Cranford route for 5 years and the anger and dismay of full buses would push people over the edge. Waiting for next was demoralizing at 7:30AM. I remember our bus breaking down on 78/EWR overpass and looking over edge at Turnpike below. Scary sh*t. That was before you got to helix distaster that occured daily. I can’t imagine the misery people are about to endure if commuting from Wayne.

  72. 3b says:

    Jcer: How much manufacturing is even left in the USA? And Biden is supposed to be building it back better! Wages have been flat, and we still have this madness in the real estate market, where the low rates don’t even matter vs the price.

  73. Phoenix says:

    “For every 10 pounds of extra body weight you carry, there’s an added 50 pounds of pressure on your hips and knees.”

    So maybe inflation will counter inflammation if you eat less.

    https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/ss/slideshow-ease-hip-pain

  74. leftwing says:

    Joyce, yes, First Bank of US was Hamiltonian vision of the central banks as we know them…died with the Jeffersonians. Second Bank US died with hard money debate with, yeah lol, Jackson and the Presidential election that year…..

    Those who ignore history, etc….rhymes not repeats…..

    Neither of those banks had nearly the powers of current central banks.

    Based on those two examples the Fed should be DOA by the end of the decade….

    I’m not advocating, just informing.

  75. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Appreciate what you have. Sounds like you have it pretty good.

    Bystander says:
    May 12, 2021 at 11:54 am
    My town has 5 beaches, mostly private, on LI sound, 2 D1 universities, a swimming lake with walking trails, beautiful downtown, 1500 seat concert venue with great acts plus one seat direct 70m train to NYC. Schools are top notch as well. My taxes (after winning appeal) will be maybe 9400/year on 2150 4BD colonial. My brother lived in Wayne for 5 years. No, thanks. No wonder we blew Wayne out of water. 17k taxes?

  76. Juice Box says:

    They must be reading this blog.

    “The company targeted in the biggest pipeline hack in history began searching for a cyber-security chief two months ago.

    Colonial Pipeline sought someone with a master’s degree in computer science to develop and maintain “an incident response plan and processes to address potential threats,” according to the company’s website. The ad also was posted on LinkedIn and job-seeking sites.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-12/colonial-pipeline-sought-cyber-chief-months-before-criminal-hack?srnd=premium

  77. Bystander says:

    It helps being smarter in your real estate choice. Obviously I am a genius for picking the right town as I could foresee this happening, given demographics. Can everyone give me validation?

  78. The Great Pumpkin says:

    We all become out of touch the longer we are away from the ghetto. It’s natural.

    You guys might think places like Paramus and Wayne are not wealthy areas, but to the majority of the population, they can only dream of living in a town like Wayne or Paramus.

    I know what I have and I appreciate it. Yes, I’m not rich by millionaire standards, but too 99% of the population in this world, I have a winning lottery ticket and so do most of you.

  79. Libturd says:

    “I notice the shrinking packages of dry goods in literally the span of 6 months and not shaving an oz or 2, I’m talking visibly smaller and 20% by weight so they can maintain the same price point.”

    Yes. Yogurts have gone from 6 oz. to 3 oz. Lot’s or orange juice brands and milks are no longer quarts and half gallons but come in uniquely shaped bottles with much less volume. Heck, I made pasta the other day. A pound is plenty enough to serve 5. It only made enough for three. I looked at the box. It was 10 ounces.

    All of the food comments by JCer are 100% correct. The red meats down in CR are all free range, grass fed by law. The cows are all skinny. The meat sucks. Has no flavor or tenderness since there is little to no fat. Factory farming is illegal there.

    Captain Cheapo has mastered grocery shopping. #1 You absolutely must look up the double deals at http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com. In many cases, you will get paid to purchase a lot of products which you use. It is time consuming, and it will take you about and hour to compose your shopping list, but you will easily save $100 on a $200 order. We are a buy in bulk when things are on sale family. We generally do a major order every two weeks.

    Best supermarket for dry goods is Shoprite. Weekly, you must go through their digital coupons online and click on every one, unless it’s a product you don’t use. You should also be using a credit card to purchase groceries that gives you 6% back on them. Their produce is terrible. Their price on dairy and juice blows too. Their seafood is also mediocre and not priced well. Stick with the dry goods and what is on sale.

    During Covid we joined Walmart +. It is by far the best grocery delivery service. Not only are Walmart’s grocery products the cheapest. But the customer service and the website is brilliantly designed. They integrated Ibotta beautifully into their interface as well. Walmart’s produce is actually fantastic. I put it right up there with Whole Foods, but incredibly reasonable. Their meat is very good quality too and priced well. Though without coupons, ShopRite still tends to be cheaper since they take them. For example, cereal can be had almost for free at ShopRite. Same with toothpaste and lots of other personal hygiene products. Walmart prices like Lidle and Aldi on eggs and dairy. The local groceries rip you off on dairy something severe.

    For meat and seafood, there is no place close to Restaurant Depot in quality or price. From low end to high end, you just can’t touch them. It’s a pain in the ass to shop there, much like Costco. So you better have a second fridge and a chest freezer to store their stuff in. I swear, there is a great business opportunity to consolidate meat orders from multiple households where you can break the meat down into quantities more fitting the average family, and then buying it at RD and doing the distribution. That place is truly the rare case where the highest quality is somehow the most reasonable price.

    Of all the places where I save money, grocery shopping provides the greatest savings. Eating out with offers is probably number two. Credit card offers is probably my number three and mainly in fuel savings and free travel.

    On the car front, the semi-conductor shortage is responsible for it and it’s going to be really bad. We have a Nissan car salesman in our club and he said the waitlists are 6 months to a year on normal cars and people are actually extending their leases like never before. He said his lot is literally empty and it’s expected to get worse. He’s seriously concerned about his living if he has no cars to sell. Then again, he’s the Crypto guy.

  80. Bystander says:

    Here is why Dimon want US people back in office asap. His cheap operations and tech outsourcing is getting crushed. Corporate traitors that sold country out.

    “JPMorgan is offering 24-hour access to ambulances, hospital beds for quarantining employees and payment for vaccines for its staff in India as large banks offer aid the country amid a spike virus cases.

    The US investment bank, which employs around 34,000 people in India in a number of technology and support centres, has rolled out a series of new measures to support staff and raise money to tackle “devastating impact of a second wave of COVID-19 infections” in the country, according to a memo seen by Financial News.

    The bank has committed $2m to India’s coronavirus relief efforts and plans to match donations from its staff that will go towards Covid-related causes in the country, the memo added.

    Banks are battling to both keep their employees in India safe amid a surge in Covid-19 infections, and keep their operations running as the huge spike in cases has forced some firms to shift functions to other countries.”

  81. Nomad says:

    Gas Buddy reporting % of metro areas without gas. Looks like NC in general has 60% or so stations with nothing to sell.

    PS – the $9.99 / LB Salmon at WF is a good value.

    https://twitter.com/GasBuddyGuy?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

  82. Nomad says:

    North Carolina update:
    78% of Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville/Anderson stns no gasoline
    72% of Raleigh/Durham stns no gasoline
    71% of Charlotte stns no gasoline
    69% of Greenville/New Bern/Washington stns no gasoline
    65% of Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport stns no gasoline

  83. Libturd says:

    You can find wild salmon on sale for $6.99 at times. Just saying.

  84. leftwing says:

    “We have a Nissan car salesman in our club and he said the waitlists are 6 months to a year on normal cars…”

    Oldest trying to get a mid-range mountain bike….no inventory and what is sells out as soon as online drop occurs around 2am….six month wait on popular models….

  85. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Idiots. The lemmings created a run on gas.

    Is this the power of the internet and headline news for the masses (that never read the article, but only the headline)?

    Can’t fix stupid. And you wonder why there is rapid chase for quick money going on right now…team FOMO is full of tards.

  86. Phoenix says:

    Why rush to fix the pipeline when you can jack up the prices and profit?

    Never let a good crisis go to waste.

  87. Phoenix says:

    Our government could force the banks to onshore anything and everything. But they don’t.

    Just keep waving your flags.

    Soon enough they’ll start some sort of war to try and get Americans united about something. That should work for about 10 minutes until you get back in front of your big screen TV.

  88. dollarbill says:

    Over a few months time we stocked a large freezer with Whole Foods meat sales. Prime members get an extra 10% off plus another 5% back on your card. Fighting inflation one day at a time.

  89. Libturd says:

    The best part of this crisis is how many times Colonial screwed up. Just so many.

  90. The Great Pumpkin says:

    -52%
    The drop in the number of active home listings on Realtor.com during the week ended May 1, compared to a year earlier. The shortage of homes on the market is affecting home shoppers around the country.

  91. Phoenix says:

    “Robby Younes, chief operating officer for Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. He said he’s reported people who have refused to return to work — even hiring a private detective to collect evidence.”

    The “Employment Police.”

    https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2021/05/you-have-to-pay-me-cash-some-workers-asking-to-be-paid-under-the-table-to-keep-unemployment-benefits-nj-employers-say.html

  92. JCer says:

    Yes Lib RestaurantDepot really is very good on meat, and seafood, except for the quantity you have to buy you cannot beat the cost(impossibly cheap) to quality(pretty good), it’s not even close. That place is very cheap but I find it to be dangerous(for your health!) to shop there, for example this past weekend I wound up buying a gallon of chocolate syrup, why I don’t know but it was so cheap it’s $4 for a little container at shop rite vs. $10 for a gallon. I’m pretty sure my kids will be drinking straight syrup. They even sell some darn good cheese there, you have to buy 20 lbs at a time but they had cheese you literally would find in Whole Foods for less than half the price per pound. The past must be accelerating, I noticed when a lb became 12oz for certain varieties of pasta but 10oz is pretty new. I get my pasta at shop rite when it goes on sale(usually too much) usually you can buy garafalo pasta(Pasta di Gragano IGP) for around a dollar which is insanely cheap, sometimes brands like colavita are like 5 for $4.

    The shrinking packages are easy for me to spot, I organize my food like a restaurant so new goes behind old, when the packaging changes it’s really obvious. We keep enough food in the house to survive 6 months without going to a grocery store. People think I’m some kind of a prepper but it’s really inventory management, I buy when things are cheap and do not buy when they aren’t, I can avoid temporary price spikes as a result and as long as you always eat the oldest shelf stable goods there is very little that goes bad. Fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish are all that’s needed on a weekly basis.

  93. Phoenix says:

    Prosecute them for not working?

    I posted a video earlier with a woman who should have had a felony firearm charge dismissed to a 100 fine with no record. Yet the judge was incensed at the name one guy had listed on his profile as if it was a lack of respect. You could tell by the look on his face he had no idea, his sister logged him in.

    Each day it gets better and better.

  94. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Sometime people suck. Create a welfare program to help people, and the losers take advantage.

    Phoenix says:
    May 12, 2021 at 1:34 pm
    “Robby Younes, chief operating officer for Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. He said he’s reported people who have refused to return to work — even hiring a private detective to collect evidence.”

    The “Employment Police.”

    https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2021/05/you-have-to-pay-me-cash-some-workers-asking-to-be-paid-under-the-table-to-keep-unemployment-benefits-nj-employers-say.html

  95. The Great Pumpkin says:

    You shouldn’t be allowed to collect welfare and not pay rent if you can GET A JOB.

  96. JunkieEddieStillATraitor says:

    Libturd,

    What do you expect? Is a Georgia based company. The south is know for its brawn, not its brain or money. In fact the Confederate States of America sent Junkie Eddie a free membership card. The CSA knows a traitor when it sees one.

    Talking about Junkies, anyone saw the HBO Documentary “Greatest Crime of the Century”. Is really a great movie and how cheap bad suits loving Trump supporting congressman, among many sold everyone out for profits. Frankly, I have respect now for the Mexican cartels, they are upfront about what they do

    They have a great scene when they talk about Florida and how all those pain clinics opened up. The closing scene of Part 2 with the 911 called played in the background is haunting to say the least. Phoenix you should not see it, you might go off the deep end.

    And to those that complained about Jimmy Carter, at least he was not Brehznev little comprised puppet or try to overthrow the USA’s elected government.

  97. Phoenix says:

    Most Americans don’t need more pasta.

    Just sayin’

  98. Phoenix says:

    Junkie,

    Nothing I see on media will affect me. You have no idea what I have seen in real life.

    I’m numb to it.

    Question is are you?

  99. Fast Eddie says:

    JunkieEddieStillATraitor,

    If you’re going to post something, at least correct your grammar and be a little more coherent in your sentence structure.

  100. JCer says:

    Bystander any kind of “bus” commute to NYC is like a portal to hell. Lets see get on a crowded bus with a bunch of stinky people, if it’s not an express bus it makes like 900 stops, it still gets stuck in tunnel traffic even with the bus lanes, they are usually driven by the grumpiest meanest SOB’s they can find and after all of that you wind up in the PABT, which is essentially hell on earth, where you likely need to catch a subway to get work which is it’s own kind of special. Personally I like car(drive to Harrison it’s like 15 minutes and the traffic was almost always manageable, parking was reasonable until they started building all the apartments) to the PATH to downtown, that is not a bad commute. NJTransit train to midtown is fine as well provided it is on time(something that sadly NEVER happens. A 70 minute train sounds long fyi, when I was at MS I worked in Times Square and lived in Jersey City, the 20 minute PATH ride + the subway(or walk if the weather was nice) plus the walk to PATH, waiting time, etc meant a 45 minute commute. A 70 minute train, then a subway plus getting to the trains and walking time means like a 1.5-2 hour commute on most days! That doesn’t really sound NYC commutable, really if you have to commute you want to be first ring like Scarsdale or Nassau county or Montclair, ideally 40 min train max. I think the economic situation prior to COVID incorporated that. Meanwhile since no one is really commuting people are pushing the boundaries of what is really commutable in a daily sense, if people ever need to return to the office there will be a lot of regret over these inflated purchases.

  101. Phoenix says:

    Facebookers where I live are already whining that they will have to return to the grind-some companies are forcing this, maybe just to get rid of old dead expensive wood, who knows?
    Some posted they thought WFH was forever. Oh well.

    Some are considering career changes. Guess its time again to see more designer cupcake bakeries.

  102. Phoenix says:

    Jcer,
    It’s quite a sacrifice to work in NYC and use public transportation to NJ.

    You wake up in the morning, your hair is grey, your children are grown, and your wife is with the soccer coach in town as he is available and you are not.

    Well, don’t feel bad, cause if he is anything like the coach in my town, he is not only with your wife, but about eight others, including one who hands out the “body of Christ” in the local church…

    People talk…

  103. Libturd says:

    A friend of mine at Benjamin Moore has WFH Fridays as a compromise.

  104. BRt says:

    So maybe inflation will counter inflammation if you eat less.

    In some countries, yes. In the US no. People’s idea of cheaper products are sugary fatty packaged foods. In other countries, they all just go beans and rice.

  105. Libturd says:

    The one thing I really hate about RD is that I always feel like I am about to get run over by a forklift. In Home Depot and Lowes, they close half the store when a fork lift comes through. At RD, they zip around at high speeds and expect the customers to avoid hitting them.

    The whole fish, btw, are incredibly fresh and they will tell you exactly where they were caught.

  106. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Wow! People are f’ed up.

    You have seen it all, that’s for sure…

    Phoenix says:
    May 12, 2021 at 2:25 pm
    Jcer,
    It’s quite a sacrifice to work in NYC and use public transportation to NJ.

    You wake up in the morning, your hair is grey, your children are grown, and your wife is with the soccer coach in town as he is available and you are not.

    Well, don’t feel bad, cause if he is anything like the coach in my town, he is not only with your wife, but about eight others, including one who hands out the “body of Christ” in the local church…

    People talk…

  107. Phoenix says:

    BRT,
    Well, that’s simple. It’s a calories/dollar equation. The calorie/dollar ratio is different for a tomato/salmon/beef vs a bottle of Coke.

    You get more fuel (calories) per dollar in sugar based foods. It’s why we grow so much corn to make corn syrup (that can be put into almost everything.)

    Healthy food costs more. And the masses can’t afford it. So it’s a downward spiral, with being overweight and diabetic.
    Of course, its not like they have cornered the market on this. Plenty of wealthy overeating as well.

    Now look at these two hoarding gasoline. I’d bet they hoard other things as well. Picture 12. Twice as much gasoline as their car tank itself. He doesn’t look like a landscaper but hey, who knows?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9570811/Fight-breaks-NC-gas-pump-amid-Russian-cyberattack-fuel-crisis.html#i-d01b0402176c6471

  108. Bystander says:

    JCer,

    I learned one cold hard fact of commuting – get off the highways (unless on road by 6AM) and go for ‘sit and ride’ direct into NYC. 10-15m difference on the printed timetable is meaningless but some people will pay 100K premium for that town. A 50m with switches or transfers just creates list of x factors that will screw you and make it 65+ minutes. It is a long ride from my town – but if I can sit and sleep, it is tolerable. Wake me up when we reach GCT.

    Hah, boo-hoo. Crack down on the piss poor folks who want to scrape by. If we cracked down on this, how would NJ survive? Go after people taking cash on side? Geez, would a developer do a damn deal in this state? Politicians would be out half their income.

    “Arnold Kamler, chairman and CEO of bicycle manufacturer Kent International, who has 60 employees in New Jersey, said the Labor Department should “aggressively go after cheaters who are collecting unemployment and working on the side for cash.”

    “I think we spoiled workers with this extended unemployment,” said Kamler said.

    Reis and other employers say short of reinstituting the “looking for work” requirement, the solution could be to offer an incentive, such as a tax credit or one-time bonus, to get people back to work.

    “They are spending tax money now on having people simply stay home. Have them return and give them a bonus for doing so,” Reis said.

  109. BRT says:

    This is so dumb. The easy fix is the same as I always said. Unemployment should decay $25 each week until it hits zero. Give them an incentive to go back. Give them a countdown to nothing.

  110. Ez says:

    I used to take the train from Totowa.

  111. JCer says:

    Bystander, I traded my NYC commute for a job in Jersey when I had kids and my apartment for a suburban home shortly after that. I know the reality of the commute from my coworkers at the time. Westchester people had the most reliable train commute(but still not perfect Metronorth has more delays than realtors like to admit), followed by LI people but they still had a fair amount of disruption, people from Jersey had the widest range of methods of commute(some came on a boat, others a bus, some NJTransit trains and other drove). Believe it or not the folks driving definitely had a faster commute than the bus people, the boat folks had a longer commute but it was predictable, NJTransit train people had the longest and the shortest commute depending on the day(seriously it’s a sh*tshow, if you take a 10am train though it’s pretty good). None of it is very good, it is like a best of the worst situation, NYC needs a serious transit infrastructure investment.

  112. JCer says:

    Phoenix, it’s not just sugar it’s processed foods. Americans love processed foods, they are cheap, easy and filling but unfortunately wildly unhealthy, in general the poorer the american the fatter they are. Nutritious food is expensive, white bread is cheap, corn syrup is cheap, and vegetable oil is cheap, feed lot meat, all of these things Americans eat a ton of, add some preservatives and some glyophosphate and it’s no wonder why so many americans are fat and unhealthy.

  113. Bystander says:

    BRT,

    Time is x-factor in capitalism. These businesses need workers now for banquets, weddings, fat f&rt country club waddlers and rest of summer season of food stuffing that provides them income. You going to wait out Biden or pay up? Like me, I had two people contact me for BoA role that want to pay $68/hr no benefits. India continues to get worse. Longer this India Covid situation goes, the more onshoring of jobs will occur.

  114. Brt says:

    My brother did the under the table on two jobs while collecting. Triple dipping. The economy is moving underground.

  115. Juice Box says:

    I wonder what the are going to do down the shore. Jenkinson’ and Seaside all had kids from Ukraine and other places working cheap. Are they even allowed to come back?

    There is a Reddit thread today on inflation and wages. It’s wild what is going on lack of labor in warehouses causing truckers to be late then truckers demanding huge bump ups in rates to deliver product etc. $100 dollars for a sheet of 1/4 lumber etc. It’s going to be wild if this keeps up.

  116. The Great Pumpkin says:

    People better be careful hoarding gas. School buses won’t have gas and you will be stuck “home schooling” again!

  117. Ez says:

    Working without tenure in the schools out here is fun!
    Kind of like tightrope walking.

  118. Brt says:

    Juice, guy in Belmar, 3 brothers pizza had trouble last year getting migrants. 20 years ago, all the local kids from point pleasant worked there. I knew a lot of them at the time. Probably needs to go back to that.

  119. Phoenix says:

    Pumps,
    Most school buses use diesel fuel.

  120. Bystander says:

    Phx,

    Not the short bus that Blumpy rode.

  121. joyce says:

    https://www.nj.com/news/2021/05/forced-labor-allegations-at-nj-temple-are-unfathomable-murphy-says.html

    I’m glad the FBI is investigating, but weren’t state laws violated as well? Surprised I didn’t read anything about a state criminal investigation or one pending or not being able to comment on one, etc.

  122. Grim says:

    Pretty damning allegations.

  123. Juice Box says:

    Joyce – They should search the members homes, they are bound to find a few more female servants from the lower castes there as well.

  124. Juice Box says:

    They did nothing wrong, let’s go by Murphy’s mansion and watch the army of undocumented indentured landscapers. I did a drive by myself last week armies of them all here working off the books on the surrounding estates. His entourage drives by dozens of them every morning as they chauffeur him to work. We have at least 1/2 million working in the underground off the books economy. Murphy wants to give them all some stimulus money too.

  125. grim says:

    CDC approves 12-15 with PFE – good news. CVS offering an option for 12-15 is a big plus. Both PFE and Moderna expected to have full approval in a month. US vax program is the envy of the world.

  126. Ez says:

    A trio of Morris County bars have been accused of overserving alcohol to the driver involved in a triple-fatal crash on Route 80 in 2019, a new report says.

    Iron Bar, Revolution Social Brew House and Horseshoe Tavern in Morristown are accused of “employing incompetent and inadequately trained bartenders” in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Ronald Francois, one of three victims in the Oct. 18, 2019 crash in Parsippany, NJHerald reports citing court records.

    Dumont car salesman Miguel Botero, 29, was driving westbound on the eastbound side on the highway when his Jeep Cherokee struck another vehicle, killing Francois, 28, of Newark, Jalen Davis, 20, of Stanhope, and Julia Wells, 20, of Mine Hill, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said at the time.

  127. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Cheating at School Is Easier Than Ever—and It’s Rampant
    With many students at home, and with a mass of websites offering services to do their homework, schools have seen a surge in academic dishonesty

    https://apple.news/A15ualpYPR7uKaVi6FfQh9A

  128. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Andrew Yang’s Insider Campaign
    How did a former CEO of 100 employees become the front-runner to govern a city of 8.5 million? Not simply by being a national celebrity and an excellent campaigner.

    https://apple.news/A0Z7y5qYrQh-zdOG4wPYzYg

  129. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Spillover is real..market rebalancing itself, searching for value.

    “The red-hot U.S. housing market is giving an extra boost to the cheapest houses, including many in historically stagnant neighborhoods that have suffered from a lack of investment.”

    https://apple.news/AQLcxJ8OqQUGJ3SzpZdX1ng

  130. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Even the sh!t of the sh!t in the real estate market eventually sees higher highs and higher lows if you hold long enough.

  131. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Phoenix, this is what you were talking about…a lot of people doing dangerous things outdoors.

    https://patch.com/new-jersey/scotchplains/explosion-kills-union-co-man-pouring-fuel-fire-pit-officials

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  133. BoomerRemover says:

    I spent $22 in Balthazar’s bakery today:

    1X plain croissant
    2X chocolate croissant
    1X small cheese danish
    1X Apple turnover

    21.something

  134. BoomerRemover says:

    Bystander – my kid likes brioche bread, which we get at TJ’s.

    Something happened in the supply chain and my wife asked me to get same in Whole Foods($6.99) Ay caramba! but hey, it was made in France.

  135. Fabius Maximus says:

    Boomer,

    When I head to Englewood I will drop a Grant or a Benjamin in there. They are the A+ standard for French Patisserie in the TriState. The PatLaFreida of French Pastry.

    One of my kids wanted a tea party for a birthday. I went Full Mad Hatter with a table full of their pastries.

    I think this Mad Hatter quote should be the Tagline for this Blog!
    “We’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad”
    “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
    “You must be,” said the Cheshire Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

  136. Fabius Maximus says:

    Gas Buddy reporting % of metro areas without gas

    Why are people not buying Hybrids. I don’t care what the Gas price is at the moment. My 2007 Prius just got a new battery so its back up to full power. I have the Prius Prime and Mrs Fab just ordered a F150 Hybrid.
    The F150 has a 7.5Kwh generator on board that will be tied to the house transfer switch so I am not beholden to that expensive NG Generator.

  137. The Great Pumpkin says:

    There are people right now in this nation with plastic bags filled with gasoline in their houses, who won’t take a vaccine because it’s unsafe.

  138. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Genius.

    “I think this Mad Hatter quote should be the Tagline for this Blog!
    “We’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad”
    “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
    “You must be,” said the Cheshire Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.””

  139. Fabius Maximus says:

    ” I am about to get run over by a forklift”

    When I go into RD I approach it as I am stepping into a place that is full of professionals. On one side are the RD staff stocking and turnover and trying to get you out in the shortest possible time. On the other side are the customers trying to fill their orders as they don’t qualify or cant afford the delivery. And then there are Inerlopers like me (and You).

    I defer to all in that store I will move my cart or whatever they call it out of the way of everyone. Stocking where I want to be, I’ll move on and come back or dump the cart in a safe space and walk what I need out.
    ATEOTD, I’ll work round them for the prices.

    On a side note, Grass fed beef is the best. For me, I cant get what I really want, but Argentinian is a close second.
    I buy meat in Bulk, I go to RD for high end primal cuts for Sirloin or Tenderloin or full Brisket. If it need meat portioned, I go to Sussex Meat in Wharton NJ where they package all the commercial stuff.

  140. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Tesla’s Musk reverses course on taking bitcoin, citing climate concerns reut.rs/3y2uuXz

    https://twitter.com/reuters/status/1392662170375270401?s=21

  141. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Someone should start a rumor about a shortage of jobs so everyone will panic and get one.

  142. Fabius Maximus says:

    So the biggest story of the day has had no real traction in here.
    Today marks the day of the death of the GOP. Welcome to the GQP,

    I have never been the biggest fans of the Cheneys, but I always said that I was glad that Dick was VP, as even though I disagreed with him on almost every policy issue, I was grateful at least there was an adult in the room. As so we have the same today with Liz.

    I read and interesting piece today on why they though Liz was doing it. It came down to her and her father knowing how compromised all the others are. When it comes down in the next few months with Donnie getting indicted in NY and all the other shoes dropping, Liz will come out smelling of roses.

    The GOP is not an embarrassment, it is rancid to the core.

  143. Fabius Maximus says:

    “had a faster commute”

    JCer, the problem with this is that all are probably dropping 3 to 4 bills a month to commute to the city.

    What I am seeing anecdotally is that people are saying F that. I am one of them. I am campaigning to be able to work out of a Satellite office of one of our acquisitions if I ever need to set foot back in the office.

    For all this talk of being unable to find staff. Unemployment assistance is not the issue. It comes down to a lot of people taking the time to cross train to higher paying careers and also if Job B is paying $15, I’m not going back to job A.

  144. joyce says:

    Yeah, whatever. The Democratic party was done X years ago and the Republicans were done X years before that. Yawn.

    Always glad Dick was VP?… hmm, it hurts to do but let me channel someone else, Roll Tape!!? How similar is this to your criticism of others when they say ‘I would definitely have voted for [insert Democrat] if only they were nominated.’

    Lastly, I’d be ecstatic to see a rich, powerful person – especially a politician – go down for crimes they’ve committed… wake me up when it happens.

    Fabius Maximus says:
    May 12, 2021 at 10:31 pm
    So the biggest story of the day has had no real traction in here.
    Today marks the day of the death of the GOP. Welcome to the GQP,

    I have never been the biggest fans of the Cheneys, but I always said that I was glad that Dick was VP, as even though I disagreed with him on almost every policy issue, I was grateful at least there was an adult in the room. As so we have the same today with Liz.

    I read and interesting piece today on why they though Liz was doing it. It came down to her and her father knowing how compromised all the others are. When it comes down in the next few months with Donnie getting indicted in NY and all the other shoes dropping, Liz will come out smelling of roses.

    The GOP is not an embarrassment, it is rancid to the core.

  145. Fabius Maximus says:

    Is this true greatness Gary? Are you GOP or GQP? All will have to make a decision soon.
    All credit to Shore Guy, he was right. He bailed on the party early, when he saw the writing on the wall.

    More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort.
    The statement is expected to take aim at former President Donald J. Trump’s stranglehold on Republicans, which signatories to the document have deemed unconscionable.
    “When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice,” reads the preamble to the full statement, which is expected to be released on Thursday.
    The effort comes as House Republican leaders are expected on Wednesday to oust Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming from their ranks because of her outspoken criticism of Mr. Trump’s election lies.
    “This is a first step,” said Miles Taylor, an organizer of the effort and a former Trump-era Department of Homeland Security official who anonymously wrote a book condemning the Trump administration. In October, Mr. Taylor acknowledged he was the author of both the book and a 2018 New York Times Op-Ed article.
    “This is us saying that a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans think that the situation has gotten so dire with the Republican Party that it is now time to seriously consider whether an alternative might be the only option,” he said.
    The list of people signing the statement includes former officials at both the state and national level who once were governors, members of Congress, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, state legislators and Republican Party chairmen, Mr. Taylor said.
    Mr. Taylor declined to name the signers. Reuters reported earlier that the former governors Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey will sign it, as will former Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters and former Representatives Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma.
    Mr. Taylor declined on Tuesday to reveal the specific changes that the coalition was planning to demand of the Republican Party in its statement.
    “I’m still a Republican, but I’m hanging on by the skin of my teeth because how quickly the party has divorced itself from truth and reason,” Mr. Taylor said. “I’m one of those in the group that feels very strongly that if we can’t get the G.O.P. back to a rational party that supports free minds, free markets, and free people, I’m out and a lot of people are coming with me.”

  146. Fabius Maximus says:

    “How similar is this to your criticism of others ”

    I have always been consistent in this. I always said that it was not the Dems role to pander to disaffected GOP voters who lost their party. The Dems put forward their platform. The GOP voters had to decide what side of the Sh!t sandwich they would bite. Go vote Joe or vote Donnie.

    I still have faith in the wheels of justice. Here’s a short list of the top of my head..

    David Patreus, Jesse Jackson Jr, Scooter Libby, Denis Hastert, Rod Blagojevich, Bernard Kerik, Tom DeLay, Larry Craig, Anthony Weiner, Michael Flynn, Chris Collins, Paul Manafort

    The wheels move slow, but they get there.

  147. leftwing says:

    Miles Taylor of Anonymous fame? LOL.

    “I’m out and a lot of people are coming with me.”

    Uh, no. And don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.

    Ridge? Whitman? Bush era Establishment retreads. Good riddance.

  148. joyce says:

    I know that’s why I brought it up and asked the question. Do you know how to read?

    I look forward to seeing previous comments about how you were so pleased with VP Cheney during the train wreck that was that administration… I’m sure your comments now are not just revisionist hindsight.

    Fabius Maximus says:
    May 12, 2021 at 11:53 pm
    “How similar is this to your criticism of others ”

    I have always been consistent in this. I always said that it was not the Dems role to pander to disaffected GOP voters who lost their party. The Dems put forward their platform. The GOP voters had to decide what side of the Sh!t sandwich they would bite. Go vote Joe or vote Donnie.

  149. joyce says:

    You should recheck your list. If your definition of “go down for crimes they’ve committed” includes resignation, probation and convictions being overturned on appeal before any time is served … Phoenix would like to have a word with you to educate you on the concept of justice.

    I bet Robert Richards (DuPont) learned his lesson too after all the justice he received.

  150. Juice Box says:

    Nice Crypto short Musk put out there, did he sell the 1.5 billion worth the bought in February? We all knew it wasn’t green four months ago, where is the SEC filing this time?

  151. Fast Eddie says:

    Can someone explain how the use of fossil fuels and Bitcoin mining is connected?

  152. BRT says:

    It’s bizarre that people on the left now embrace neocons like Bush and Cheney now. They’ve even taken on some of their policies.

  153. BRT says:

    If Tesla really were on track to “disrupt” the energy market, wouldn’t mining Bitcoin become a non-issue. From a mathematical standpoint, the whole “environmental disaster” narrative is way overblown. It can obviously be modified to be more efficient, but it’s a crumb on the whole pie. The biggest environmental disaster is the entire nation of China…because they are content to poison the earth with real pollutants.

  154. BRT says:

    MIL got into an argument yesterday at the park. My son and daughter were on the playground playing alone, near nobody, no mask. Some old woman kept having her grandkid go up to my daughter and tell my daughter to put her mask on. After 10 minutes of this, the woman than proceeds to start going off to her husband about how she wasn’t wearing a mask. At what point do these people realize they are now the fringe?

  155. 30 year realtor says:

    Fast Eddie,

    Would you care to explain how Biden is responsible for the current situation in Israel? You blame him and I would like to understand why and for what.

  156. SmallGovConservative says:

    Fabius Maximus says:
    May 12, 2021 at 10:31 pm
    “…biggest story of the day…death of the GOP.”

    Typical ‘Baghdad Bob’ Democrat. Pay no attention to the ongoing disaster at the border (care for tens of thousands of unaccompanied children being put on taxpayers tab, felons being set free to roam our streets, no accounting for the amount of disease and illness being imported), or the escalating violence in the middle east (which had been largely quiet for the past four years). But express outrage because congressional Reps decide to shuffle party leadership.

  157. Juice Box says:

    Eddie – Proof of work (PoW) via crypto mining requires miners the members of the coin network to expend massive computing efforts to solving arbitrary mathematical puzzles to prevent anybody from gaming the system. Estimate for Bitcoin alone is 130TWh, a continuous draw of 15 gigawatts of electricity, size of the country like the Ukraine uses today. Lots of energy sources used mostly from dirty coal in China, natural gas, nuclear and some greener hydro, solar, and wind.

    Point is it’s extremely inefficient, the energy used in these systems has become a substantial portion of the world’s energy production.

    Elon knew this and still decided to spend 1.5 Billion of his companies money a few months ago, now he shorted the entire crypto market because he had some epiphany now that it is not green, when all along it never was. Pump and Dump in my opinion.

    Watch now as the worm turns, all the fan boys will be blasting him in another waste of electricity Social Media.

  158. Phoenix says:

    The biggest environmental disaster is the entire nation of China…because they are content to poison the earth with real pollutants supplying Americans with all of the “things” they need to feel good inside.

    Fixed it for ya.

  159. BRT says:

    Yes, but those “things” don’t need to be accompanied by poisoned rivers and smog. And I’ve argued that the system in place in the 60s where all those things were built to last was much more beneficial economically and environmentally. We need to go back to that. While we are at it, we need to go back to cardboard, paper, and glass for our packaging needs.

  160. 30 year realtor says:

    SmallGovConservative,

    Love watching Republicans double down on the big lie and go all in on Trump! Republicans are now the party of conspiracy theories and lies. They have no policy other than to oppose Biden, even if opposition is counter to the interest of their constituents.

    Cheney isn’t a hero. She is a rational Republican and a dying breed. Never agreed with any of her positions and not sad to see her go.

    You should change your handle to NoPolicyConspiracyTheorist.

  161. Fast Eddie says:

    Would you care to explain how Biden is responsible for the current situation in Israel? You blame him and I would like to understand why and for what.

    Just the idea that a weakling like O’Biden was elected was enough reason for Hamas to commence missile launch. Trump brokered four peace deals and normalized relations between former hostile countries while the fake media was probably discussing gender bathroom habits.

    Under Trump, not a peep was heard from the middle east. And then comes O’Biden and the horses left the starting gate!! Even O’Biden’s response to the escalating war was weak. He said said he hoped the violence “will be closing down sooner than later” but said Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas’ attacks. Gee, way to send a strong message of support, Jimmy… I mean Joey!!

    The democrats have a long history of “disliking” Israel and the Jewish state because they see the Israelis as the prime representatives of this supposedly Western idea called capitalism and capitalism is ev1l according to the l1beral philosophy among other things.

    But, closer to home here, we know full well when democrats threaten with “crossing the red line” which is code for we talk a lot, use symbols and statements but it doesn’t really mean anything. So go ahead Hamas, b0mb away, O’Biden is napping and doesn’t really know what’s going on anyway!!

  162. Ez says:

    8:46 or maybe this was inevitable.

  163. Ez says:

    “The democrats have a long history of “disliking” Israel and the Jewish state because they see the Israelis as the prime representatives of this supposedly Western idea called capitalism and capitalism is ev1l according to the l1beral philosophy among other things.“

    Perhaps your most asinine statement yet. Congratulations.

  164. 30 year realtor says:

    Eddie,

    Only one thing is clear from your commentary, you have no clue as to the cause of the problem. What is going on is in no way related to current US policy. This is all about Israel grabbing land in East Jerusalem and bullying the Muslim occupants of East Jerusalem.

    What is it that you believe Biden should be doing that would change what is taking place in Israel currently?

  165. Phoenix says:

    “Yes, but those “things” don’t need to be accompanied by poisoned rivers and smog.”

    American corporations outsourced manufacturing for both environmental and labor savings, and pocketed the difference.

    “And I’ve argued that the system in place in the 60s where all those things were built to last was much more beneficial economically and environmentally.”

    Economically? Never heard of planned obsolescence? It’s baked in the product, why do you think you cannot get a cell phone with an easily replaceable battery anymore? Or limited software updates?

    Go tell your wife you aren’t going to update her kitchen, as it was built in the 60’s and is still going strong. See how that goes when you tell a woman she is not allowed to redecorate cause the kitchen counter is still in good shape, or the blue bathroom tiles look like new. Let me know how it works out for you.

  166. SmallGovConservative says:

    Ez says:
    May 13, 2021 at 8:52 am
    “or maybe this [war in middle east] was inevitable.”

    Haha! You Dem apologists are funny. You sound like a woman I know who admits that things have gotten worse under Biden and is angry that DeBlasio is trashing her beloved NYC, but supports them both because “they’re for the little guy”. I suspect you guys also recognize, although won’t admit, that modern Democrats are simply unfit to govern, and that the problems we’re now witnessing are in fact a result of Slow Joe’s policies. As for the middle east, it’s quite simple; Joe has decided to ignore the template for middle east peace that Trump put in place…
    – isolate an pressure Iran (Joe has approached Iran from a place of weakness and desperation, and has appeased in the hopes they’ll give him a deal)
    – ignore the corrupt and incompetent Palestinians (Joe gave them $235 million; do you think it’ll be used to improve the lives of the people, or to purchase arms and pay the families of young schmucks who become ‘martyrs’?)
    – convince rational Arab leaders it’s in their interest to engage Israel (Joe’s not interested; more interested in having them join him in appeasing Iran)

  167. Phoenix says:

    Biden is not napping.

    He is having a bowl of Grape Nuts with organic milk.

  168. BRT says:

    Tesla is a car company, taxi cab service, solar company and a power company. I wonder how long until Musk introduces us to Tesla Coins.

  169. Ez says:

    9:07 whatever the outcome this is not really a Biden issue.
    You can choose to pretend it is….

  170. Ez says:

    In the words of Biden….hey man, this is the deal….

    They don’ like each other see?

  171. SmallGovConservative says:

    Ez says:
    May 13, 2021 at 9:33 am
    “They don’ like each other see?”

    They didn’t like each other for the past four years either, but there was virtually no violence. I wonder what changed in the past three months…

    Keep up the good work. Slow Joe wouldn’t be where he is without putzes like you.

  172. Libturd, on his soap box for a change says:

    I think one can have an opinion of the other party, but it’s clear Fab’s is your typical retread, follow the narrative opinion direct from the playbook.

    I see it this way.

    Trump was godly popular among the right. His populist themes sounded pretty good to the less academic, less educated and more blue collar members of our nation. His positions were the usual fodder of corner tavern conversations. You know. Buy American. There ARE some good people among the Klan supporters. Lies about how China is about to invade the United States and claims of illegal immigrants being responsible for all the crime and all Muslims terrorists. Lots of ear candy for the ill-informed, Honey Boo Boo/Tiger King crowd.

    Trumps strategy to win was actually brilliant. The problem though, is that the lies and maintaining them were impossible. The easily swayed and wonks would play along the whole way. The problem is there simply aren’t enough of them. As time wore on, the easily swayed will always show their true colors. That parochial school kid who thought it was funny to mimic the same bully tactics as Trump used against Chief Banging Drum ended up being a pretty good precursor of what was to come. Of course, we know that the looniest and most conspiracist loving of the Trump supporters and might I add the absolute dumbest too, as nearly all of them actually thought they would be pardoned by Trump, ruined any chance of the movement to gain ground fortunately, when they broke into the Capitol Building to try to disrupt the certification of the results.

    The alternative (and less biased view) is that Trump beat HRC. This was the case of a protest candidate beating a poorly chosen DEM candidate. Would HRC have been able to toe the party line? Sure. Was anyone excited about her doing it? None but the wonkies. Four years later, the protest vote switched sides. Suddenly, a candidate even more unlikeable than HRC and one who the party establishment clearly forced the other more popular hopefuls to step aside for, would somehow beat Trump in the most participated election in over 50 years.

    Though, I’m fairly certain Trump supporters will blame Covid. It’s a lame excuse. Most politicians use disasters and crisis to their advantage. Look at our own Murphy for example.

    It’s crystal clear that Trump’s populism drove the record Democratic turnout. With the continued indoctrination of science and more liberal positions in our countries schools, this protest against populism will only grow greater in the coming years.

    For all of these reasons, I think the red team is being really stupid in continuing down the path which has already damaged the party greatly. I worry about the dangers that establishment Dems pose, but not nearly as much as I worried about the damage that Trump did to our country in a short four years. I vote for moderate Republicans over establishment Democrats. For instance, I didn’t vote for HRC or Trump. It’s people like me that I think swing elections. The wonks will always be the wonks. If the Republican Party chooses populism based on lies and scapegoating, then I am left with just the safer choice of pulling the lever for the establishment Dem. And if I’m right and people like me swing elections. The Republicans are in for a lot more trouble if they choose to out all of their moderates who smartly realize the fraud which Trump and populism represents.

  173. Libturd says:

    “They didn’t like each other for the past four years either, but there was virtually no violence. I wonder what changed in the past three months…”

    As usual. You are wrong.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel_in_2017

    Change the last two digits to show how much of a Fox News parrot you have become.

  174. Ez says:

    Lib swings and hits one over the fence. I’m a liberal obviously but not particularly aligned with Israel hate. Admittedly Trump was pro-Israel but it was Kushner Brand Israel. Clearly Conservative. Clearly Orthodox. Any Questions?

  175. Phoenix says:

    “Trump was godly popular among the right. His populist themes sounded pretty good to the less academic, less educated and more blue collar members of our nation. His positions were the usual fodder of corner tavern conversations. You know. Buy American. There ARE some good people among the Klan supporters. Lies about how China is about to invade the United States and claims of illegal immigrants being responsible for all the crime and all Muslims terrorists. Lots of ear candy for the ill-informed, Honey Boo Boo/Tiger King crowd.”

    Except that there are many highly educated, academic, non blue collar members of our nation that voted for Trump as well. But they did it for money and greed, and couldn’t care less about his lies.

    Also, there is nothing wrong with “buying American.” It’s not a crime, its not “uneducated.” It’s about helping your fellow Americans have work to do.

    What exactly is the purpose of being an “American” if you don’t support your fellow Americans? If your love for a country is anything other than America, why are you here in the first place?

  176. Libturd says:

    I support buying American, when I can and it makes sense. My generator for example. Seriously, most American made products are superior in quality. But the truth is, you can’t compete on the environment and wages if price is to be a factor for most products. We shipped manufacturing out of this country ages ago.

    BTW, I am seriously considering buying a Dodge Durango with the captain seats (made in Michegan) when the CX-9 dies.

  177. Phoenix says:

    “Except that there are many highly educated, academic, non blue collar members of our nation that voted for Trump as well. But they did it for money and greed, and couldn’t care less about his lies.”

    I should add to this. Plenty of Trumpers believe in hard work and reaping the rewards of it as well, and not necessarily greed-or that some on the other side of the fence are lazy, which for some, is true, and Trump voters tend to agree with this, and they are not wrong here.

    Plenty of greedy libs as well, and liars. Just look at who signed NAFTA and the elimination of Glass-Steagall.

  178. Juice Box says:

    Over a 1.2 Billion in Bitcoin liquidated overnight on Seychelle island based bitcoin exchange. Founded in China it moved surreptitiously to the Seychelle islands in 2017 after it was banned in China.

    Any questions where your dollars are going?

  179. SmallGovConservative says:

    Libturd says:
    May 13, 2021 at 10:00 am
    “As usual…”

    Thanks for the wiki link. Notice you linked to the first year of Trump’s presidency and even then, you’re looking at lots of “one rocket”, “two rockets”. By 2020 the Palestinians were launching explosive-laden balloons. Take the time to add up all of the rocket attacks between 2017-2020 and I bet it’s less than the 1000+ launched in the past week. But go ahead and keep apologizing for Joe.

  180. Grim says:

    Elon will release Zero Carbon Solarcoin after he has mined the first 10 billion.

  181. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Zach Wilson vs. Sam Darnold in Week 1? That should be fun.

  182. Libturd says:

    The timing here is happenstance. It’s like saying Trump is responsible for the clean air we experienced last Spring and Summer since no one was driving.

    Trump and Biden have nothing to do with Israeli/Palestinian fighting. And I already told you what those near needless peace agreements were about. Window dressing at best.

  183. Phoenix says:

    “Trump and Biden have nothing to do with Israeli/Palestinian fighting.”

    Sure they do. There is no part of the world that America doesn’t attempt to meddle in at one time or another.

  184. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Is crypto the next big thing or is it the greatest scam in history? Trillions of dollars from nothing.

    Imagine how high the stock market or real estate would be if all this money wasn’t diverted to crypto…

    Juice Box says:
    May 13, 2021 at 10:21 am
    Over a 1.2 Billion in Bitcoin liquidated overnight on Seychelle island based bitcoin exchange. Founded in China it moved surreptitiously to the Seychelle islands in 2017 after it was banned in China.

    Any questions where your dollars are going?

  185. Phoenix says:

    “Any questions where your dollars are going?”

    https://youtu.be/el66jnuItYc?t=27

  186. Juice Box says:

    Not before Zuckerberg.

    Diem Stablecoins his rebranded Libra coin is set to launch in USA only after failing to register with the Swiss. They are registering with the US Treasury as a “money services business” and are going to run their ops with a “real” bank. Silvergate Bank out of California…tiny bank but the have the all important Federal Reserve member bank status.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/SI/

  187. Ez says:

    10:15 Dodge make a very decent car. Wait a bit.
    Cars are mad pricey right now. I’ve consider a challenger .

  188. Phoenix says:

    Dodge should take Dogecoins as payment.

  189. Fast Eddie says:

    And I already told you what those near needless peace agreements were about. Window dressing at best.

    And what do you call Obammy’s Nobel Peace prize? As he was ordering drone strikes on civilians overseas, I might add. Yet, Reagan was snubbed for ending that minor annoyance called the Cold War. lol.

  190. Libturd says:

    Darnold will destroy the Jets.

    In a football game where both teams have the suckiest of offensive lines you must look at the defenses. Carolina is significantly better here. Then factor in three years of experience versus never having even been on the sidelines for a pro game makes this one a no-brainer.

    Why the Jets keep rushing QBs onto the field instead of properly developing one while working on (drafting) an offensive line can be squarely blamed on their moron owner.

  191. Phoenix says:

    “And what do you call Obammy’s Nobel Peace prize? As he was ordering drone strikes on civilians overseas, I might add. Yet, Reagan was snubbed for ending that minor annoyance called the Cold War. lol.”

    So sayeth the shepherd. So sayeth the flock.

    https://youtu.be/_XoifYo9JCM?t=21

  192. Libturd says:

    I’ll be the first to admit that the Nobel has become a joke as has everything political in this country. Trump’s pardons alone are cringeworthy.

  193. 30 year realtor says:

    Eddie,

    How did this become about the Nobel prize? Who cares about Reagan? Try to stay on topic.

  194. Juice Box says:

    Read the fine print…..Zuckerberg wants to replace the banking systems now and collect all the fees, just like many of the other crypto coins out there. They are using the GAS model where the gas price, and hence the transaction fee, should rise-and-fall based upon processing demand on the blockchain. It rises with Demand…

    Look we already have a regulated set fee on debit card transactions. It was made fairer in 2010 during Dodd Frank legislation and is now a fixed rate. Why would I ever want to be subject to a GAS model while waiting inline at the supermarket checkout during a high demand period on a Saturday afternoon?

    https://www.diem.com/en-us/economics-and-the-reserve/#the-libra-reserve-and-protections

    Send in the Military…..bomb it all to hell.

  195. Nomad says:

    Lib,

    Cars with highest domestic content:

    https://www.cars.com/american-made-index/

  196. Bystander says:

    Lib,

    If you were Catholic, I would say you have the patience of a saint. I don’t know how you can continue to argue with people who are deliberately obtuse. We are not Biden cult members, like they are with the Orange idiot. Put up a good candidate..banking on Dumpy to run and save your party in 3 years at 78? Good luck. Deep down -they know their party is a trainwreck. Blaming left for Bush’s acceptance now? That is priceless stuff. They voted that war-hawking moron twice. Murdered millions, killed thousands of young men, spent trillions in Iraq because of the right’s dumb, violent, flag waving dog whistle schtick. We all agree how dumb Bush is now but the right only found it after he rationally sided against Adolph von Trump. They are crazy.

  197. Phoenix says:

    Juice

    There is no limit to greed.

  198. Fast Eddie says:

    Who cares about Reagan Trump? Try to stay on topic.

    There, fixed it.

  199. Juice Box says:

    hahaha Lying Liars…Fire them all…they paid the ransom….last Friday and it still took a week to restore the pipelines.

    “Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the country’s largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction.”

    The company paid the hefty ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, underscoring the immense pressure faced by the Georgia-based operator to get gasoline and jet fuel flowing again to major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, those people said. A third person familar with the situation said U.S. government officials are aware that Colonial made the payment.

    Once they received the payment, the hackers provided the operator with a decrypting tool to restore its disabled computer network. The tool was so slow that the company continued using its own backups to help restore the system, one of the people familiar with the company’s efforts said.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-13/colonial-pipeline-paid-hackers-nearly-5-million-in-ransom

  200. The Great Pumpkin says:

    That’s the best part. This entire crypto movement is selling you something you really didn’t need in the first place (like you point out). They used the fear of the FED’s power and hate for fiat currency to sell this bs to develop a base. Then they manipulate the price to suck in the rest of the participants with pure greed (momentum and FOMO).

    *not saying this is correct, but sure seems like it.

    Juice Box says:
    May 13, 2021 at 10:53 am
    Read the fine print…..Zuckerberg wants to replace the banking systems now and collect all the fees, just like many of the other crypto coins out there. They are using the GAS model where the gas price, and hence the transaction fee, should rise-and-fall based upon processing demand on the blockchain. It rises with Demand…

    Look we already have a regulated set fee on debit card transactions. It was made fairer in 2010 during Dodd Frank legislation and is now a fixed rate. Why would I ever want to be subject to a GAS model while waiting inline at the supermarket checkout during a high demand period on a Saturday afternoon?

    https://www.diem.com/en-us/economics-and-the-reserve/#the-libra-reserve-and-protections

    Send in the Military…..bomb it all to hell.

  201. Bystander says:

    Ed,

    Did you ever comment’s on Reagan racist african countries comment? I thought not. Obsessed with Obama as usual like Orange clown who wasted a year trying to hurt Obama’s ACA legacy rather than do anything proactive. What a waste. McCain got him good. Classic.

  202. Juice Box says:

    Hahaha….here is the conversation from President Joe Biden’s FBI, DOJ, and Dept of the Treasury this week… to the BITCOIN Network node owners.

    We want you to undo the transfer of $5 million in BITCOIN to the Eastern European hackers who planted Ransomware on Colonials Pipeline network. It’s a matter of upmost importance and here is a National Security letter signed by Joe Biden.

    BITCOIN Network owners to FBI, DOJ, Treasury etc. FU!!!

    Ok 2nd demand then tell us who the holder of wallet “1BvBMSEYstWetqTFn5Au4m4GFg7xJaNVN2” is and where it is. Under Penalty of perjury if you lie….

    BITCOIN Network. FU Again and again…..

    Joe Biden is going to have to burn it all down. Let me know when that happens…..

  203. Phoenix says:

    Juice,
    Their best and brightest are using their skills to make money by hacking.
    Our best and brightest are using their skills to make money in the stock market.

    Just make the money. ATEOTD it’s what matters. Everywhere.

    Episode of the Blacklist the other night, now that Liz has gone rogue, her comment:

    “Whoever said crime doesn’t pay wasn’t very good at it.”

  204. Juice Box says:

    Phoenix – you mean take the money. Neither endeavor makes anything really.

  205. The Great Pumpkin says:

    It’s wild, it’s how north korea is supporting part of their income. Training hackers to go find their leader money.

    No one talks about it, but a bunch of people are living the good life hacking away.

    Phoenix says:
    May 13, 2021 at 11:11 am
    Juice,
    Their best and brightest are using their skills to make money by hacking.
    Our best and brightest are using their skills to make money in the stock market

  206. Libturd says:

    Poor poor ARKK. About to head back into double digits. Has now given up 6 months of gains and 30% away from giving up a year’s worth.

  207. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I hope it falls the rest of the year. Creating insane long term opportunity.

    Libturd says:
    May 13, 2021 at 11:30 am
    Poor poor ARKK. About to head back into double digits. Has now given up 6 months of gains and 30% away from giving up a year’s worth.

  208. leftwing says:

    “That parochial school kid who thought it was funny to mimic the same bully tactics as Trump used against Chief Banging Drum ended up being a pretty good precursor of what was to come.”

    Not true. I understand bullying is a trigger with you but watch the full video, not the edited MSM/MSDNC one. The Indian came to the kid, kid just stood there before, during, and after.

    “It’s crystal clear that Trump’s populism drove the record Democratic turnout. With the continued indoctrination of science and more liberal positions in our countries schools, this protest against populism will only grow greater in the coming years. For all of these reasons, I think the red team is being really stupid in continuing down the path which has already damaged the party greatly.”

    Disagree strongly here. The protest vote in 2020 was against Trump the Person not Trump the Policy. Populism in the hands of an idiot knocked out every frontrunner in the Repub primary and disrupted the odds on favorite to walk into the WH in 2016.

    Intelligent populism and soft nationalism (America First) is the way forward, near term. The party that can define and capture it will take and keep government.

    Listen to the Republican whiners, from McCain’s widow, to Romney, to the Bushes, to Cheney and everyone in between. They are the Establishment. They are what was referred to as Country Club Republicans, Rockefeller Republicans, and RINOs. That ship sailed, and missing it left the Republicans wandering in the desert for decades costing them the blue collar vote.

    That reversed under DJT, but with the worst messenger possible.

    The fight occurring now, and the existential fight for the Repubs, is to take Trump’s policies but somehow shut down Trump.

    The message needs to be extricated from the messenger. The Repubs understand populism is the way forward to making serious inroads into the Dem bases of blue collar workers, minorities, and the young. They just need to disassociate from DJT.

  209. Phoenix says:

    No shortage of Karens. A 911 call no less.

    https://youtu.be/tDOzkkjeIVw

  210. Juice Box says:

    Bloomberg Opinion on Biden’s enhanced on steroids IRS enforcement targets.

    “The biggest source of the tax gap, the amount of money owed to the IRS that doesn’t get paid, comes from underreported income that flows to owners of pass-through businesses”

    Here they are ranked.

    1) Pass Thru owners
    2) Crypto Investors
    3) High-Income Non-Filers
    4) Offshore Account Holders
    5) Deceased

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-05-13/will-biden-s-irs-be-coming-after-you?srnd=opinion

  211. Bystander says:

    Wow left, I actually agree with most of your post…except the way he delivered the message is exactly why he got voted in. McConnell and Graham are not old school Rs..cmon? Your side has made litmus test about how loyal you are to a crazy man. There is no separation from him as scared of losing his votes.

  212. Phoenix says:

    “Intelligent populism and soft nationalism (America First) is the way forward, near term. The party that can define and capture it will take and keep government.”

    I agree with this statement. Why wouldn’t you support your own team, unless it turns on you?

  213. Phoenix says:

    So why hasn’t this woman been arrested and charged with a crime? Calling 911 over being refused to enter a store? I think one year in jail should be sufficient.

    It’s things like this that make people resort to cancel culture and street justice.

    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/10/gay-store-clerk-almost-lost-job-accosted-anti-masker/

  214. leftwing says:

    “Poor poor ARKK. About to head back into double digits. Has now given up 6 months of gains and 30% away from giving up a year’s worth.”

    Investment math sucks….a 100% move up is entirely erased by a 50% move down…..

    She loses 30% she is down to 70. Since she started ARKK in 11/2014 at 20, my back of the envelope calculation for her annualized return would be…..

    21.3%.

    NASDAQ during the same period….

    23.3%

    Purely pedestrian for the risk level of the portfolio stocks. What’s everyone going to do when she is no longer a seer but just another market matching schmuck?

  215. The Great Pumpkin says:

    That’s why it’s clearly oversold. It might get pushed down another 30%, and don’t think for one second that won’t be the best buying opportunity of the decade on disruptive growth tech. It’s like taking candy from a baby, but most people are going to look at it like you…run, when they should be buying.

    “She loses 30% she is down to 70. Since she started ARKK in 11/2014 at 20, my back of the envelope calculation for her annualized return would be…..

    21.3%.

    NASDAQ during the same period….

    23.3%”

  216. Juice Box says:

    More crypto absurdity.

    Vitalik Buterin donates 50 trillion Shiba Inu (#SHIB) coins to India’s COVID Relief Fund, coins supposedly worth a Billion Dollars….

    How did he manage to come into possession of 50 Trillion coins? It was gifted to him to pump it..

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/ninabambysheva/2021/05/12/ethereums-co-founder-vitalik-buterin-donates-over-1-billion-to-india-covid-relief-fund-and-other-charities/?sh=1539e3146548

    More importantly did he pay taxes on his gains and is he deducting this donation?

  217. The Great Pumpkin says:

    That’s what I learned so far in my life. The market is never fair valued…what does fair value even mean. It’s always oversold or overbought. Aka buy low, sell high.

    Like the .com bust. The time to start dollar cost avging into tech was after the bust. If you started buying after, and played it long term, you would make a lot of money. Problem is, nobody wanted it, blood in the streets, which is exactly when you should be buying it.

  218. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Same with housing. The time to buy was when no one wanted it. You just have to have balls to buy when everyone thinks you are an idiot for doing so. Easier said than done.

    I bought in 99 when they called me an idiot for buying real estate instead of stocks.

    I bought last month of 2011 again, when it was not cool to buy real estate. In most locations that was bottom, but for wayne, I was a couple years of total bottom. Does it make a difference if you are playing it long term? All that matters is that you are buying when not many people want to and hopefully selling when a lot of people want it.

  219. The Great Pumpkin says:

    So my point. The best investments are usually the ones most people will laugh at (at the time of purchase). That’s why the majority of people lose money on investments.

  220. leftwing says:

    “Wow left, I actually agree with most of your post…except the way he delivered the message is exactly why he got voted in. McConnell and Graham are not old school Rs..cmon? Your side has made litmus test about how loyal you are to a crazy man. There is no separation from him as scared of losing his votes.”

    Worth repeating, for the record, I am not nor have I ever been an R. I’m Libertarian, or classic liberal, fiscally conservative and socially liberal. So I don’t have a ‘side’ in this discussion, just observations…

    He didn’t get voted in because of his delivery, it was because of the massage…MAGA, America First, economic and military nationalism. His specific delivery, the insults and anti-intellectualism, always held him back with a not insubstantial portion of the electorate.

    McC and Graham old school? Of course. Both were smart enough though to pivot to support the message and the messenger when the messenger had power – unlike other Rs like Romney. They’ve gone separate ways now, both supporting the message but McC agnostic on messenger and Graham supporting DJT. This encapsulates the challenge perfectly…message is in, many (most) want the messenger out, and others are placing their (free) bets on DJT.

    On a DJT litmus test, and I mean this in the nicest least inflammatory way possible, you are watching too much CNN and MSDNC.

    There needs to be a new messenger.

    best thing that could happen to Rs is that DJT gets indicted/convicted in NY or something else takes him out…clears the pathway. The populism genie isn’t going back in the bottle.

  221. The Great Pumpkin says:

    And this is all “long term” talk. Short term is a different animal where I will lose all day and every day….why I don’t play it.

  222. Libturd says:

    Leftwing,

    About the Indian and the kid.

    An Indian (yeah, not woke) banging a drum in front of the Lincoln Memorial is a bonafide cooke regardless of his actions. The kid clearly was not. He was going for laughs playing the bully.

    In the end, it’s the most nothingist burger of the nothingburgers. But I don’t defend either of their actions. Though, if that was my kid, I’d kick his ass verbally. If the Indian was my son. I’d kick his ass too and then would have him committed.

  223. leftwing says:

    “That’s why it’s clearly oversold.”

    You will be making one of the largest, most commonly known rookie investment mistakes ever by defining oversold as the distance of the decline from the top…

    Not that this will stop you, so go for it. Just make sure you have gains elsewhere to offset your capital losses.

  224. Libturd says:

    Leftwing,

    The genie might be out. But I don’t think he’s going to obtain any of his wishes. Why? Because it only emboldens the left. Biden? Come on.

    We’ll see who is right. Maybe you get your bottle back.

  225. Libturd says:

    I also have a strange feeling that we’ve seen the top of crypto.

    Even Musk knows it.

  226. 30 year realtor says:

    Leftwing,

    How do you change the messenger and not lose the 35% of the party that is wing nuts and conspiracy theorists? Without them the party is dead.

    “The fight occurring now, and the existential fight for the Repubs, is to take Trump’s policies but somehow shut down Trump.”

  227. leftwing says:

    Lib, you are high as a kite.

    Sourced from your side, not mine….watch the entire video. The kid doesn’t move, the Indian seeks him out. Gets right in the kid’s grill, singing inches in front of his face. Drum banging in his ear, it is so close it obscures the video from the left side. At one point it makes contact with the kid.

    All the time the kid never moves. Never says a wrod.

    In what fcuking twisted liberal universe is the KID the bully? Seriously, how does that math work?

    And that’s without addressing the kid is a minor and the Indian a grown man….

    That kid showed as much restraint as any human I’ve seen….

    I’ll say it here for the record…if I were that kid about two minutes in when the guy is an inch from my face and I can taste his spit, the drum is in my ear, and contact is made I’m coming straight off my right shoulder and splitting his glasses and nose wide open.

    That’s what I would do to the Indian…if the kid were mine I would compliment and reward him for having the restraint of a saint.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/01/20/686988268/video-of-kentucky-students-mocking-native-american-man-draws-outcry

  228. Libturd says:

    I think you lose simply because you will never shut down Trump. He is ruthless even more than your average politician. As long as he’s alive, he’s going to be splitting off your vote. Even if he doesn’t run, he will never ever endorse anyone but himself.

  229. Libturd says:

    Restraint? I would have walked away. The kid made it political. Until then, it was just a looney veteran.

  230. The Great Pumpkin says:

    If an individual liked these growth stories long term last year, why would they not like it now?

    I’m not calling bottom, I’m simply stating that anything bought now and held long term, will MAKE MONEY. Probably lots of it…

    leftwing says:
    May 13, 2021 at 12:56 pm
    “That’s why it’s clearly oversold.”

    You will be making one of the largest, most commonly known rookie investment mistakes ever by defining oversold as the distance of the decline from the top…

    Not that this will stop you, so go for it. Just make sure you have gains elsewhere to offset your capital losses.

  231. Fast Eddie says:

    There’s nothing more vicious than a l1beral who’s been thwarted.

  232. leftwing says:

    “How do you change the messenger and not lose the 35% of the party that is wing nuts and conspiracy theorists? Without them the party is dead.”

    Ignoring your characterization they were there before DJT, voted R, and will be there long after DJT.

    Not really sure what a wing nut is….

    Conspiracy theorist? If you mean people who have an issue with election laws being changed randomly and capriciously that will be a winning point for the Rs….watch.

    The Left has framed the argument around the count because they are correct on that point. The hijacking of the process resonates with average Rs.

  233. Libturd says:

    Actually, I watched the video again. Without the MAGA hat, there’s really nothing political about it. Take off the hat and it’s just a case of a kid being a little childish and an Indian being a loon. I stand corrected. Though, I still would have backed away and let the loon through. Obviously, the news networks made this political.

    So tell me, since I really haven’t watched this dumb video since the day it happened. What exactly was the Indian doing and why?

  234. leftwing says:

    “Restraint? I would have walked away. The kid made it political. Until then, it was just a looney veteran.”

    So standing expressionless and holding your ground when confronted by someone is being political and you are the bully.

    And not being a bully is walking up to another human, getting in his face, and expecting him to walk away.

    Interesting definitions.

    What color is the sky in your world right now? Because it is most certainly not the same pale blue I see right now.

  235. Libturd says:

    “The hijacking of the process resonates with average Rs.” Do you really think so. And gerrymandering and so many other dirty games of politicking isn’t?

    Isn’t it crazy how making it easier to vote actually brings out more voters? How can anyone be against this? I just signed up to vote for every single election from home. Why wouldn’t you?

  236. Libturd says:

    Left…did you see my correction?

  237. Ez says:

    1:16 when was the last time liberal seditionists raided the Capitol and killed cops?

  238. Juice Box says:

    Lib – agreed that stupid red hat combined with that edited snipped video uploaded to Instagram by a Guam indigenous activist, is the best thing that ever happened to Nick Steadman. He is now walking around flush with Bezos cash as well as cash from Warner Media and soon enough NBC Universal. Hopefully he does not put it all into the crypto scams.

  239. leftwing says:

    “What exactly was the Indian doing and why?”

    Who the fcuk knows. Which is why the press or you running immediately to “the kid is political” is so one-sided and ridiculous.

    And, just so I know the liberal rulebook, if one were say pumping gas into your car while wearing a Biden hat and I pulled up next to you and got out of my car and starting yelling an inch from your face it would be a political statement on your part if you didn’t get in your car and drive away?

  240. Libturd says:

    Forget the killing cops. It’s not the real story. The real story is that these devout followers of Trump all though Trump had their backs. That’s really, really sad.

  241. leftwing says:

    “Left…did you see my correction?”

    Got it. thought you sane (somewhat)…lol

    Out to mow some grass…..

  242. 30 year realtor says:

    Leftwing,

    The winning strategy based upon a proven lie? Trump lost. Any strategy based upon Trump’s loss being from voter fraud is a strategy based in a lie. Those who believe the lie are the wing nuts. The wing nuts overlap with the conspiracy theorists who believe in the Q Anon nonsense. This is the mainstream of the Republican party. If you don’t play ball with buying into the lie, there is no place for you in the Republican party. The US has a two party system. One of the parties has it’s core belief based on a proven lie. How does this end well for Republicans or the country?

  243. leftwing says:

    “I think you lose simply because you will never shut down Trump.”

    Agree. Really hoping for an indictment. Need to shut him down otherwise he will intentionally tank the election if he’s not involved just out of malice.

  244. Libturd says:

    Left,

    There’s really no story there. At best, it’s a story of indoctrinated religious zealots butting heads with a protestor supporting aboriginality.

    If it were me, I would have just let the moron through.

    You are free to disagree. If it would pain you so much to let a moron banging a drum walk by even if he got in your face, then so be it. At the end of the day he was just a loon.

  245. leftwing says:

    30 year, you used to be normal…..sheriff’s auctions, real estate development, balanced exchanges….

    what did they do to you? who did it?

    I’m sorry man, seeing you post that gibberish which requires a map and some secret decoder ring to even begin to understand is like finding out a distant uncle you never really knew but kinda liked has a sever case of dementia.

    Be well, man. And stay away from heavy machinery and moving parts.

  246. Juice Box says:

    The governor did not attend the DJ’s VIP card party this year.

    https://twitter.com/GovMurphy/status/1392564444161523715

  247. Phoenix says:

    Christie Whitman in the news again. Hasn’t this muppet done enough damage already? That one woman wrecking ball. So arrogant to think anyone should have anything but contempt for her.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9575323/The-150-Republicans-including-four-former-governors-threatened-form-party.html

  248. Bystander says:

    On a DJT litmus test, and I mean this in the nicest least inflammatory way possible, you are watching too much CNN and MSDNC.”

    For a libertarian, you sure seem emotionally engaged in what Rs are doing. They are completely divorced from any of things you mentioned, particuarly fiscal conservatism. For the record, I don’t watch networks. I do know that Dumpy’s inflammatory rhetoric and Apprentice persona led to many Rs voting for him , more than policy. He was entertainment value and people love to be entertained. The left leaning media ate it up too. You can’t replace the big obnoxious personality. Having people kill other citizens for you in our Capitol is hard core.

  249. Phoenix says:

    “The US has a two party system. One of the parties has it’s core belief based on a proven lie.”

    And the Dems are better? I don’t see it. Just as dirty, but a different type of dirt.

  250. Juice Box says:

    No more masks for the vaccinated? That is not enforceable. Queue a billion new Karen outrage videos….

  251. Libturd says:

    Karen videos and mRNA are the two good things to come from the pandemic.

  252. grim says:

    Wow, that’s nuts. I’m all for getting back to normal, but its a free for all.

    The actual intent of this, is to scare the hell out of the unvaccinated.

  253. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Think you are on to something.

    “The actual intent of this, is to scare the hell out of the unvaccinated.”

  254. SmallGovConservative says:

    One thing that’s clear to me is that the Dem apologists here lack any awareness of the goings-on outside the blue state bubbles in which they exist. I would argue that huge numbers of people in other parts of the country are incensed at the radical policies and policy proposals of the Dems and view them as the extremists — not the R’s. And if you think people in the heartland, south, red/purple states believe Trump destroying democracy is a bigger threat than Dems taking away guns and turning our cities into third-world cesspools, you’re more detached from reality than I thought. And an anecdote, having just driven back from Fla and detoured off of 95 a few times, the latent support that exists for Trump is staggering. It’s going to be very interesting — and amusing — if/when he restarts his arena tours and relentlessly bashes the Dems in front of tens of thousands of supporters while Slow Joe hides in the WH.

  255. 3b says:

    Both parties core beliefs are based on a lie. Flip side of the same coin.

  256. Libturd says:

    Believe what you want. Just because Trump supporters are vocal doesn’t mean they are large in number. This is essentially why I was so willing bet on the election.

    The joke will be on you when the Dems win the next election without opt-out mail-in ballots. And last I looked, the cities aren’t burning anymore and Covid is being handled in a manner which does not require the firing of every health and science expert who tries to tell the truth. Embrace Trump and his bullsh1t lies at your own peril. You are splitting your party.

    See the problem is. They are not for Trump policy. They actually LIKED the bullying and the name calling and the scapegoating. It’s good to be the king.

    BTW, Last time I spoke with my Republican Dad and former Trump supporter. He said DeSantis is the biggest asshole of a politician Florida has ever had. There’s my litmus test. If you lose my dad, you lose everything. This is a man with an advanced degree in engineering from Columbia University. He loved Reagan. He respected Clinton. He liked the way Trumped talked to him. He is 88 years old, by the way.

    The populists may get their nominee, but they will never get the votes to win the electoral with a split. Look how well it worked for HRC.

  257. Libturd says:

    And yes 3B. They are both the same. The way you can tell a wonk from a swing voter is that a wonk always assumes that when you bash a member of their party, you are supporting a member of the other other party. Have I ever complimented Biden? Do I bash him when he’s being an idiot too? Sure. Like with his mistake about wanting to share the mRNA recipes.

  258. Hold my beer says:

    The CDC just announced fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks or maintain social distancing indoors or outdoors. I just got the notification on.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/health/cdc-masks-guidance.html

    Maybe this will encourage the people still thinking about getting the vaccine to get it?

    I’m going to keep wearing mine until June when my youngest kid will be fully vaccinated. Don’t want to risk being a rare carrier or breakthrough case until the whole household is fully vaccinated.

  259. Libturd says:

    By the way. If anyone believe the Washington Post has integrity. Look at the reporting on the Indian/Kentucky Maga kid story. The bias is overwhelming.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/20/it-was-getting-ugly-native-american-drummer-speaks-maga-hat-wearing-teens-who-surrounded-him/

  260. Juice Box says:

    Cue the clown car…”In deference to local authorities, the C.D.C. said vaccinated Americans must continue to abide by existing state, local, or tribal laws and regulations, and follow local rules for businesses and workplaces. ”

    I can see a few hundred Karen videos uploaded by tonight due to this ambiguity over the new mask wearing guidance from the CDC.

    When does our Governor announce no masks for the vaccinated? We all know that he won’t until it suits him, he better make a statement soon.

    He has to repeal his executive order 163 ASAP.

    122, 125, 135, 142, 152, 154, 155, and 157 (2020), all individuals shall continue to wear face coverings in indoor spaces that are accessible to members of the public, such as retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses, areas of government buildings open to the public, and mass transit buses, trains, etc etc etc.

    https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-163.pdf

  261. Libturd says:

    HMB,

    It won’t. Trump and his populism turned masks purely political. This is what I mean by making it impossible to separate the man from his policies. His policy was to not wear a mask since the mask showed you believed Covid was real. The number of people this position alone probably killed is frightening to think about when it shouldn’t have been one.

  262. 3b says:

    Lib: I have been saying that for years. I have been labeled on both sides, and simply don’t really talk politics any more. I have always been a centrist/moderate, no room for us in American politics today.

  263. Juice Box says:

    Also seems the CDC has settled the “variant” mania. No issues with the current vaccines protecting against the variants. I thought that to be the case since it only targets the covid spike protein.

    BTW – AS far as the spike protein the gain of function “conspiracy” still has some teeth too it. Fauci and Rand Paul sparred over it two days ago. Fast forward to 5:00 minutes if you don’t want to watch the whole thing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MndwrOzDvo

  264. Juice Box says:

    3B – “no room for us in America”. We are polarized as we ever were.

    OK BOOMER is the latest one. I get that from my kids and I am not one of them.

    The Holderness family made a nice funny video about it for Gen X. Nice 3 minute watch..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stgq7ZDVnQg

  265. The Great Pumpkin says:

    This girl that I graduated with moved to Florida. On her facebook feed, she decided to share the board of ed meeting with her and other karens yelling/crying about the mask. It was hilarious. I can’t believe she had the balls to share this on her feed. “My kid can’t breath for god’s sake, and you people claim to be for the children?!”

    I wish I could share. It reaffirms why I don’t want to raise my daughter in Florida.

    Libturd says:
    May 13, 2021 at 2:40 pm
    HMB,

    It won’t. Trump and his populism turned masks purely political. This is what I mean by making it impossible to separate the man from his policies. His policy was to not wear a mask since the mask showed you believed Covid was real. The number of people this position alone probably killed is frightening to think about when it shouldn’t have been one.

  266. 30 year realtor says:

    Leftwing,

    Dismiss me and call me names if you like. Fact remains that Trump lost the election and his claims of voter fraud are lies. This week Cheney was replaced for challenging Trump’s lies. No gibberish. No decoder rings. Trump promotes Q Anon and panders to the believers. This is today’s Republican party and it is a sad state of affairs.

    Since there isn’t usually a viable libertarian candidate on the ballot, likely you find yourself historically pulling the lever for Republicans. Doesn’t this nonsense disturb you in any way at all?

    Sorry you don’t appreciate my characterizations of Republicans who believe Trump’s nonsense, but your reaction to me is just childish.

    I enjoyed reading about how you would have punched the Native American guy in the nose. How does it feel to be an internet tough guy?

  267. 3b says:

    Juice: We have never been this polarized in my memory, or indoctrinated on both sides. I don’t know how hold you are, but if you are 50 and over, you get lumped in with the Boomers: that’s what I have heard.

  268. Phoenix says:

    “I wish I could share. It reaffirms why I don’t want to raise my daughter in Florida.”

    As if it doesn’t happen here as well…

  269. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Phoenix,

    I’m sure it happens up here too, but this was over the top.

    It was epic. One mother threw the mask down in front of the board members and started stomping on it. I was like wtf am I watching? Is this real?

  270. BRT says:

    Christie Whitman in the news again. Hasn’t this muppet done enough damage already? That one woman wrecking ball. So arrogant to think anyone should have anything but contempt for her.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9575323/The-150-Republicans-including-four-former-governors-threatened-form-party.html

    Between her WTC 9/11 lies and Murphy sending patients into nursing homes, how many people have NJ governors killed?

  271. Juice Box says:

    3b – Although I was not around the 1960’s were way worse.

    Kennedys killed, Vietnam, MLK killed, cities burning in the race riots etc, then Kent State and all of the massive protests many much bigger and more violent that we have seen in the last year. We just did not have camera phones to record it all and the internet to broadcast it unfiltered or even worse doctored.

  272. Phoenix says:

    “By the way. If anyone believe the Washington Post has integrity. Look at the reporting on the Indian/Kentucky Maga kid story. The bias is overwhelming.”

    I wouldn’t use that paper to wipe if I was 5 miles into the woods with a terminal case of steatorrhea.

  273. Juice Box says:

    Pumps – never get between a mama bear and her cubs. There are plenty of Karens in NJ that will gladly do the same. I attended our online meetings for the development of the Covid safety protocols when they whipped them up last year several parents had to be silenced on Zoom.

  274. SmallGovConservative says:

    Libturd says:
    May 13, 2021 at 2:31 pm
    “…And last I looked, the cities aren’t burning anymore…”

    So as long as a city isn’t literally on fire, everything is OK? Here’s a quick example of third-world Dem governance — this resonates outside of your blue bubble.

    Chicago Shootings: 27 shot, 5 fatally, in weekend violence across city — https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-shootings-violence-gun-weekend/10606862/

  275. 3b says:

    Juice fair points. I don’t remember much of it, as I was a little kid. At least in those days, they were real issues, as opposed to some of the created empty reason of today.

  276. Phoenix says:

    BRT,
    We really have had a bad run of governors in NJ.

    Broken Leg McGreevy, fell on beach.
    Broken Leg Corzine, speeding down the highway.
    Broken Leg Christie Whitman, Bankrupted the State, went on to her 9/11 mistake.

    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/chris-christie-leaves-office-without-broken-leg/509024/

  277. Phoenix says:

    Pumps,
    There is a pattern to Karens. Look at each of the videos, many that I have posted, and look for the similarities.

    The run of the mill Karens, well, they just say whatever they want, camera or not.

    The hidden ones are the dangerous type. It’s usually when you catch them in the act of doing something wrong and you confront them. Those are the ones that will attack, or call the police and lie to try and get you shot. They become more and more aggressive and confrontational, lying and threatening.

    The run of the mill types just say the dopiest things. You almost feel sorry for them.

  278. Juice Box says:

    3b – My parents were little kids during WWII. They don’t remember that either and that is the way it is, the next generation always thinks they have it worse.

    Liberal Snowflake has fallen out of use. I gather after it’s rise to prominence during the election cycle in 2016, the next generation has decided they don’t want to be called that anymore and fought back.

    Here is a video circa 2017 just after Trump was inaugurated into office, the left’s retort was created, and the labels for the Trump supporters.

    SNL’s Trump loving dog….worth the 4 minute watch…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfCCwEf_J5A

  279. Phoenix says:

    And the aggressive types- they will be coming towards you as you back up, while calling the police and claiming they are being attacked, like Amy Cooper.

    Normal people run in fear. Liars do the opposite.

  280. Phoenix says:

    Juice,
    Funny vid. Not sure what they needed the old school arthroscopy shaver for in the background, but brought back memories.

    The dog was great.

  281. Juice Box says:

    More on the latest coin pump and dump.

    SHIBA Inu – Price is up 1155.10% in 7 days…(Yes you read that right one thousand, one hundred and fifty five percent).

    394,796,000,000,000 coins in circulation all mined way in advance in China. That is Trillions…..it was created 9 months ago and they say it’s worth 7 Billion.

  282. Juice Box says:

    CNN front page shows a grocery shopper and huge headline vaccinated can mask less for indoors etc.

    This is fake news, until our Governors say it is legally ok to go maskless indoors it is not. It’s irresponsible reporting and is going to cause huge problems in the retail stores.

    Biden is speaking now too, let’s see him take credit.

  283. Juice Box says:

    And here comes the scramble…

    Masks still required, rules remain in N.J. as Gov. Murphy reviews new CDC guidance

  284. leftwing says:

    “The CDC just announced fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks or maintain social distancing indoors or outdoors.”

    Does anyone still listen to these people? I started ignoring them some time in the Summer 2020…

    New party, the M&Ms…..since it’s run by Mooch and Miley, lol…..there’s a duo I’m sure people will beating down the doors to register to follow……

    Cheney got whacked (in less than 15 minutes on a voice vote, lol) because you can’t lead an organization you publicly berate. Internecine arguments are settled behind closed doors. If you can’t abide, you can’t be in a leadership role. Party, corporation, family, sports team, whatever…

  285. BRT says:

    The CDC just announced fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks or maintain social distancing indoors or outdoors

    It was only a few months ago that anyone claiming they were immune to the virus through infection or vaccination was a science denier.

  286. Fabius Maximus says:

    Small

    The Gaslighting and Projection are strong with you today. Everytime you try and deflect this onto the dems, you remind me of Frank Drebin.

    http://gph.is/1iwpc6W

  287. Fabius Maximus says:

    Left
    Libertarian and socially liberal are mutually exclusive. You can be one or the other, but not both.

    The definition of a Libertarian is a Liberal without a conscience.

  288. Fabius Maximus says:

    One thing to remember about Donnies Middle East plan is that it was all about grift. The Saudis got thier hands on Nuclear Tech, Jared got his 666 bailout. Isreal are getting their gas pipeline. There was no way Donnie was able to hand over the tech to the Saudis without Israel signing off on it.

  289. leftwing says:

    Fabs, no reply here other than…..

    Fabs is to politics as Pumps is to Wayne real estate.

    Not going to engage in either. Have fun.

  290. Fabius Maximus says:

    Quite funny and on point.

    All aboard the GOP Express. Next stop crazy town
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1391753010200682498

  291. JCer says:

    We are still talking about big Orange? My thoughts on the Israel situation, this was invited by Democrat policies, we are emboldening Iran, giving money to the Palestinians and prominent democrat politicians are painting Palestinians as the victims. If splinter group in the US was attacking our cities with mortars, the response would not be as soft as Israel’s yet they are decried as brutish, invaders. News flash Palestine has never been a country, there has been a big push to assert sovereignty since the creation of the Jewish state, and this territory has been occupied for thousands of years. If the Palestinians have a claim to territory the Greeks have claim to Istanbul and costal Turkey. Terrorism against non-combatants should never be accepted. Instead of emboldening terrorists they should be condemned.

    As for all of this talk of Trump losing the election, it took a botched pandemic response, a coordinated effort that included elements of the Republican establishment/the media/government agencies, and very questionable election procedure changes that were very likely illegal in order to have Trump barely lose the election. Quite literally the level of media manipulation was like something orchestrated by Gobbels.

    3B what is playing out now played out in the 1920’s and 30’s in Europe, everyone had to pick a side. You were either a communist or a facist, you were not permitted to be anything else. Policies are getting more extreme on both sides, just look at the democrats putting forward legislation to expand the Supreme Court, codify unconstitutional election procedures, eliminate the filibuster, etc. The truth is the vast majority of people are centrists until they are bullied by one side or the other, most people just want a country that works, some freedom, and moderate amount of security. What we get is a circus and there really is no such thing as a moderate Democratic Party anymore, this isn’t the Clinton era anymore.

  292. joyce says:

    He makes up his own definitions

    leftwing says:
    May 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm
    Fabs, no reply here other than…..

    Fabs is to politics as Pumps is to Wayne real estate.

    Not going to engage in either. Have fun.

  293. Bystander says:

    JCer,

    We agree on many things but we will never agree on this. He lost AZ and GA and well as much watched Senate run-offs. Perhaps people just hated the guy bc he was a sh&t candidate, like Rs argued about Hilary in 2016. She won popular vote too.

    ..very questionable election procedure changes that were very likely illegal in order to have Trump barely lose the election. Quite literally the level of media manipulation was like something orchestrated by Gobbels.”

    His own lawyer after fraud jig was up.

    In a motion to dismiss a complaint by the large US and Canadian voting machine company Dominion, lawyers for Sidney Powell argued that elaborate conspiracies she laid out on television and radio last November while simultaneously suing to overturn election results in four states constituted legally protected first amendment speech.

    “No reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact,” argued lawyers for Powell,

  294. Libturd says:

    I pick Costa Rica. And I don’t care if they’re bankrupt. There are no police there as it is.

  295. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Israel sending in the ground troops.

  296. Fabius Maximus says:

    Left,

    AS I usually say to Joyce, when you reach for the personal insults, it sort of shows you have lost the discussion.

    I will look forward to enjoying the silence.

  297. Fabius Maximus says:

    Jcer we will give Palestine about $250 mil in aid, we will give Israel around $3.5 Billion.
    you cant cherry pick one number without the context of the other.
    Also any solution to peace has to involve both sides. What was the point of Jared trying to even attempt a solution, if he only ever intended to engage one side.

  298. The Great Pumpkin says:

    When I see the sharks swarming around $ARKK , I want to ask an expert to come up with a better top 10 list of companies to hold between now and 2026. This is about 45% of ARKK.

    https://twitter.com/dilksjay/status/1392960823300087808?s=21

  299. Bystander says:

    Hey wait, the Bush family is not all bad. There is another unscrupulous one ready to spit on his family’s pride and legacy to get a shot at the Orange crazy title:

    George P. Bush Says Liz Cheney Should Have Been ‘Reigning Fire’ on Joe Biden, Not on ‘The President’ (ie Trump)

  300. joyce says:

    Stop deflecting, projecting and gaslighting.

    Fabius Maximus says:
    May 13, 2021 at 5:52 pm
    Left,

    AS I usually say to Joyce, when you reach for the personal insults, it sort of shows you have lost the discussion.

  301. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Everyone asking me about Cathie and Ark. let me make this clear. $arkk has averaged 33% a year since inception in 2014. Its an innovation fund. Stop harassing her over the short term results. It’s insane. She built a $50 bil company.

    https://twitter.com/gerberkawasaki/status/1392476544585453576?s=21

  302. The Great Pumpkin says:

    @CathieDWood and @elonmusk have made a lot of people wealthy. Never seen two people, with such a track record of success, get so much hate.

  303. leftwing says:

    Some very serious volume coming through on options trades for expiry on 5/21 implying upside in ARKK by that date……

  304. leftwing says:

    “Everyone asking me about Cathie and Ark. let me make this clear. $arkk has averaged 33% a year since inception in 2014.”

    Averages are misleading. If my ass is in the oven and my head in the freezer on average I’m warm…..I don’t think I’m healthy

    “Stop harassing her over the short term results. It’s insane.”

    Jesus pumps, it’s your money, at least take two minutes to look at a chart and think….her returns you boast about are entirely short term….

    For five years, inception to the date the Fed dumped liquidity to support the repo crisis, her return was 17.6%. Five years. Nov 2014 to Sept 2019.

    That is a very ordinary long term return for that asset class…..She doesn’t hit anyone’s radar with that.

    From Sept 2019 through today, 20 months, she returned 57%…..

    She did not return 33% each year….she was uninspiring until the Fed dump caused her concentrated holdings to pop. All her excess returns were during the last 20 months alone…..

    Short term, bouncing ball lands on Red 25 returns……

  305. chicagofinance says:

    My thought is that the Israel conflict is not necessarily caused by Biden, but make no mistake about the timing. This type of situation wouldn’t have come on Trump’s watch. It is a combo of right-wing Jewish zealots, an emboldened and cash refreshed Iran, and also Hamas having a bunch of old geezers in charge that are trying to avoid looking weak and irrelevant. Where do you think Gaza gets all this stuff anyway?

    From the standpoint of Hamas/Iran Islamic Jihad, this is possibly a last gasp before they expire. There is going to be a new guard of crazies (Gen Y)…. still the East Jerusalem stuff is out of line.

    Bottom line, you throw this at Biden’s feet, although he is not 100% at fault.

    JCer says:
    May 13, 2021 at 5:32 pm
    We are still talking about big Orange? My thoughts on the Israel situation, this was invited by Democrat policies, we are emboldening Iran, giving money to the Palestinians and prominent democrat politicians are painting Palestinians as the victims. If splinter group in the US was attacking our cities with mortars, the response would not be as soft as Israel’s yet they are decried as brutish, invaders. News flash Palestine has never been a country, there has been a big push to assert sovereignty since the creation of the Jewish state, and this territory has been occupied for thousands of years. If the Palestinians have a claim to territory the Greeks have claim to Istanbul and costal Turkey. Terrorism against non-combatants should never be accepted. Instead of emboldening terrorists they should be condemned.

  306. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Lefty, but you are leaving out her big hits. That’s misleading. How can you ignore her big hits in the data? Should I ignore this current run down because it never happened before in her fund’s existence?

    Look how well she did without her picks popping, that’s what your avg shows me. She’s a long term winner. She is really good at what she does.

    “For five years, inception to the date the Fed dumped liquidity to support the repo crisis, her return was 17.6%. Five years. Nov 2014 to Sept 2019.”

  307. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Understand, wall st and hedge funds can’t stand her. She is transparent and values good ideas that actually help society. These slime balls can’t stand her.

  308. The Great Pumpkin says:

    At the end of the day, a 17% return is fabulous. Almost double in 5 years.

  309. The Great Pumpkin says:

    ARK’s Fall Marks the Genesis of a Buying Opportunity: @BruceKamich

    https://twitter.com/jimcramer/status/1392989287357030401?s=21

  310. Juice Box says:

    Pumps – ” slime balls can’t stand her”

    You again speak about something you don’t even have a very very basic comprehension of. Why would a quantitative hedge fund even care about a bunch of retail ETFs? You think they are watching Cathy on CNN all day or something? How about a Global Macro Fund that invests betting for or against interest rates and currencies?

    There are trillions of AUM with Hedge Funds. They don’t blink an eye about someone with 52 billion AUM. Heck look at Vanguard with 7 Trillion AUM or Fidelity with 5 Trillion AUM. She is a still a small fish in a big ocean. Wake me up when a sovereign wealth fund wants her to manage their assets.

  311. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Juice,

    It’s about pride. They have to secretly make their money while she is transparent and beats the living sh!t out of them. She is what they aspire to be, but can’t. So they must hide in secrecy…

  312. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Can’t let a women win at a man’s job, right?

  313. The Great Pumpkin says:

    She is a unicorn because she created an entirely new way of investing. Not in entire sectors, but instead on disruptive trends that are actively managed. Never been done before.

  314. Juice Box says:

    Fab – Sometimes you really go off the deep end. Saudi Arabia did not get the tech from us. They have had the missiles since 1988 and first paraded them around in 2014 when you know who was president.

    They got them from the same people that they are selling a part of Aramco too now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAQr8pBUwTU&feature=emb_logo

  315. Libturd says:

    I told you all, you are wasting your time. You have a better chance of turning your cat into a vegan than getting through to Pumpkin.

  316. Juice Box says:

    Pumps – You are now doing a disservice to all of the many great women that work in finance. I am sure Cathy would not agree with your comment.

    Beside you need to give it a rest, all of this stress is making your hair grey and fall out albeit slowly, and your wife’s boyfriend might actually want you to move out once you hit it big and get rich! Nobody said you could keep it you know, hair and money.. They both magically disappear when you get older.

    Look please for sanity’s sake give it a rest. Yes I am joking about the boyfriend. I kid about lots of stuff as life is too short to be short and unfunny too.. I went too far….Please forgive I promise to only do it only a few more times until I am a billionaire or dead whichever comes first….

  317. Notapumpsupporter says:

    Pumps was right on NNJ Real estate.

    Also why are losers from CT hanging out on NJ forums…

  318. Fabius Maximus says:
  319. Hold my beer says:

    BRT

    Wilson set the bar on governors and body counts. He got us into WW1 which also gave us the Spanish flu.

  320. JCer says:

    Bystander, you are missing my point. In order to unseat Trump they literally needed to throw everything and the kitchen sink at him. Crazy QAnon theories and bizarre claims aside, it took a tight control of the media, social networks, manipulation of search results, hundreds of millions of dollars in “election funding” from the likes of Zuckerberg, election procedure changes, etc in order to eke out victory in a few swing states. All of this was not only partisan but required implicit support from within the Republican Party. My point being as Left has indicated the message of populism resonates with huge swaths of the country and still does and also Trump is still more popular than anyone wants to admit, so much so that in the face of his tone-deaf handling of the pandemic and a faction of his own party trying to take hime down he still received a large number of votes. Frankly I don’t care that much but am disheartened that the dems have essentially full control and are contemplating legislation I view as very bad for America.

    Fab regardless of how much aid is given, Israel took a strip of desert and built a modern democracy with freedom of religion and western ideals contrast that with the Palestinians who arguably are as poor as ever and have poured all their resources into terror and growing the population. The Israelis developed desert agriculture and have built a high tech economy where the Palestinians have spent the last 50 years building rockets and indiscriminately firing them at civilian targets. Until the terror ceases there should be no peace negotiations.

  321. joyce says:

    JCer,
    What are your thoughts on if the US took a step back from the region?

  322. Hold my beer says:

    Cuomo doesn’t want to follow the cdc on masks.

    Meanwhile a year ago he was saying to follow the science.

    https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/05/06/cuomo-following-science-pays-off/

  323. 3b says:

    Wilson was one of the worst Presidents ever, and he despised the American system of government.

  324. Juice Box says:

    Fab – Saudis bought the tech from the Chinese in the 1980s. That is not in dispute, what is in dispute is whether they are now trying to convert yellowcake into bomb materials at home or just outright go to the ShopRite in Pakistan.

    This all happened when Biden was a Senator from Delaware. Get another new source other than Pravda.

  325. Chicago says:

    Pumps: Cathie gives you Wood because of her big t1ts?

  326. BRT says:

    Cuomo doesn’t want to follow the cdc on masks.

    Meanwhile a year ago he was saying to follow the science.

    https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/05/06/cuomo-following-science-pays-off/

    This is the same guy that was doubting the vaccine as it was getting approved.

  327. BRT says:

    wtf, why are all my news feeds being bombarded with positive PR press for Gavin Newsome?

  328. Ez says:

    Former NYT columnist used her blog to denounce the likes of AOC, the Hadid sisters and Dua Lipa for their comments in support of Palestine. Weiss writes: ‘When it comes to Israel, memes have replaced morality’. She also blasted ‘The Narrative’ which she argues ‘holds that all Hamas’s violence is the justified reaction to the original sin of Israel’s existence’. Weiss adds: ‘The big-picture reason this is happening is that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are genocidal terrorist organizations that want to wipe Israel…off the map’. ‘The goal here is the eradication of the Jewish people,’ she added. The Hadid sisters on Wednesday sparked a firestorm over an Instagram post that said Israel was not a country, but rather a land settled by colonizers. Dua Lipa – who is dating Anwar Hadid – shared the #SaveSheikhJarrah hashtag. ‘Squad’ member Rep Ilhan Omar on Monday accused Israel of ‘terrorism’; Reps AOC, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley advocated for Palestinians. Weiss’ post on Wednesday comes amid escalating tensions in the region.

  329. Juice Box says:

    Too much RHONJ. & COVID lockdowns are a bad for marriages.

    My cousins wife just filed for divorce, stay at home for 20 years, youngest
    Child finishing high school now.

    He was pushing her for years to get a job, any job even 30k a year, get out of the house do something with your time, and so she did, just served him with divorce papers.

    He ain’t rich this will kill him, two colleges to pay for and alimony? Of course she wants the house too.

  330. Libturd says:

    Juice,
    I have 2 brothers and 4 sisters. The divorce count is up to 4 (about where it should be expected to be). The whole marriage construct is stupid and like religion, really for the feeble minded. I really didn’t want to get married. I look at mothers who have had children out of wedlock as pioneers. They are the smart ones, as long as they were not poor uneducated teenagers. I really didn’t want to get married. It would have killed my parents. They still can’t get over that I didn’t send my kids to Hebrew School.

  331. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Some cultures create something out of nothing while others destroy.

    Just look at neighborhoods in the United States. How is it that some immigrants are so successful, and some never improve their lot. Hmmm?

    “Fab regardless of how much aid is given, Israel took a strip of desert and built a modern democracy with freedom of religion and western ideals contrast that with the Palestinians who arguably are as poor as ever and have poured all their resources into terror and growing the population. The Israelis developed desert agriculture and have built a high tech economy where the Palestinians have spent the last 50 years building rockets and indiscriminately firing them at civilian targets. Until the terror ceases there should be no peace negotiations.”

  332. Bystander says:

    JCer,

    It is not Trump per se. It is nearly impossible to get rid of incumbent. Look at history, even Bush Sr may have pulled second term without Perot, but he also was dealing with horrible war and economy. Carter had horrible economy and bad foreign relation situation. Trump had bad virus and reeling economy. It was not the effort of fraud. It is has been disproven eveywhere and Trump’s narcisstic personality when into lie overdrive with Sidney Powell and old vamp Guiliani. Lie so much and so big that you can’t even fathom if there is truth. He was sh&t and people came out in force to repudiate him.

  333. BRT says:

    By, I’m not sure about the sentiment with war on Bush 1. I was only in 4th grade, but my parents brought us to the NYC parade. I think there was overwhelming positive sentiment after Desert Storm. Economy and Perot tanked him.

  334. 3b says:

    Juice: Sorry to hear that. I believe the numbers say 50 percent of all first marriages and 60 percent of all second marriages fail. His soon to be ex wife will make out with alimony in NJ. He will be paying it for years, happened with a friend of mine about 10 or 12 years ago. His wife made much less than him, and gets alimony until she is 65. NJ not a good state to get divorced in for a man.

  335. Hold my beer says:

    BRT

    And yet the media still loves him cause he has a D instead of an R for political party.

    I hope the Bull Moose party makes a comeback soon.

  336. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Sorry to hear. That’s terrible after that many years.

    That’s why you have to appreciate what you have, you never know when it will be taken away from you.

    “My cousins wife just filed for divorce, stay at home for 20 years, youngest
    Child finishing high school now.”

  337. Phoenix says:

    Juice,
    Sorry to hear this. As you know, been down that road. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions.
    Between me and Left I’m sure you can gain some knowledge.

    It ain’t Judge Judy, that’s for damn sure. And the guy/gal that represents you has their own agenda. Unless it’s amicable, it’s a _ _ _ _ show.

  338. BRT says:

    And once she gets the house, the new boyfriend moves in for the next 10 years.

  339. leftwing says:

    “Look how well she did without her picks popping, that’s what your avg shows me. She’s a long term winner. She is really good at what she does…At the end of the day, a 17% return is fabulous. Almost double in 5 years.”

    NASDAQ returned 18.5% over the same period…..

    Pumps, I tried to help because it’s your family’s money your playing with but I’ll have to take Lib’s advice and tap out…..there is no malice, no breaking your balls in this statement but literally everything you said last night was just flat out factually incorrect….

    Wall Street is a special place…there is no gender hate, there is no jealousy, there is just money. An equity salesguy would hire his ex- if it made the desk money, and offer his mother if the commission was juicy enough. And the really neat part? It’s not a fixed pie so there is enough for everyone…

    Those informed here and in the financial press have tried to help you…what you are sensing as ‘hate’ I would classify as bemusement…..they are watching a dog that was chasing a car and then the car stops, what’s the dog going to do now? Or even better, a distant cousin who inherited a fcukton of money….what’s he doing this weekend and going to overspend on next?

    I’ve given hard data points on the excess risks you’re taking with her…the strategy she employs is incompatible with the fund structure and size, she is not only entry price agnostic but irresponsible, and there is operational risk not faced in indices or other similar funds.

    Your response was late night infomercial quality…yelling the same uniformed points over and over about a product you don’t understand because you have a vested interest.

    To be clear, I’m not saying she’s going to zero and given that at some point you’ll get back to par…it was just painfully obvious at the time that your Feb investment would be dead money for a couple years and underperform relative to general markets for a couple years after that.

    Good luck.

  340. Phoenix says:

    That’s why you have to appreciate what you have, you never know when it will be taken away from you.

    Problem is when the person your married to doesn’t feel the same way, then takes advise from relatives with the brain power of a one ounce piece of gravel. Combine that with the greed of the average attorney (and worse, “the firm,” which is like the stock market for attorneys-they want to make partner, they need to cut your carotid) and the next thing you know you are dropped into the totally dysfunctional legal system.

    Not sure this quote is 100%, but someone wrote somewhere something like this:

    “Lawyers see a divorce like a piñata, its full of goodies that have accumulated for years and they know the exact amount of. Their goal is to beat this piñata as hard as they can and collect all of what is inside, then settle when nothing is left to take.”

  341. BRT says:

    It’s also worth noting, her investments in Grayscale. YTD, GBTC is up 16% to BTC’s 71%. You pay her fees to pay grayscale fees to miss all that upside in price. Goldman has an index of “non-profitable” tech companies. At many points, there was a .98 correlation with ARKK. The index is visually indistinguishable from ARKK when you bring up the chart.

  342. Libturd says:

    My pinata is filled with Ebola-carrying murder hornets.

  343. BRT says:

    I’ve tried to convince people not to get married to their boyfriends/girlfriends on a few occasions. It’s always the same reason, they are not working, milking disability in their 20s acting like they will get a job once they are “better”. Most recently, my brother was the last target. Getting married in that scenario involves nothing but downside as you are forced to earn all the money and if they divorce you, you are going to lose by default. My female cousin was in the same situation. Early 30s, very successful, but the BF was a leech who didn’t work.

  344. leftwing says:

    “….the Hadid sisters and Dua Lipa….”

    I am so happy and feel I am such a better person for having no idea who these people are and having less than zero desire to google them and find out….

  345. SmallGovConservative says:

    For those on here willing to share, I’m curious to hear a bit about people’s philanthropic endeavor — specifically the charities that you regularly donate money to, and the amounts of money that you donate. Especially interested to hear from those in their 50’s or above who’ve managed to acquire some wealth.

    As for myself, and though not proud to say it, I donate mostly token amounts to my chosen charities; not much more than I did in my 30s/40s. I’ve never donated to a political party/pac or to an individual candidate, and don’t plan to. I donate to my local volunteer fire/rescue squads, two local animal welfare orgs, Nature Conservancy, Salvation Army and St Jude Childrens Hospital. I’ve stopped donating to Rutgers for a number of reasons, and decided to let my football season tix be my only support. As I think about significant increasing my donations, I’m specifically focused on the animal welfare orgs because I think I can make the most difference and actually see the impact.

    Curious to know where philanthropy fits for others. Are you mostly a ‘token’ donor like myself, or are your donations more significant — either as a pct of your income, or in the impact they have on the orgs you support?

  346. Phoenix says:

    Getting married in that scenario involves nothing but downside as you are forced to earn all the money and if they divorce you, you are going to lose by default.

    Well, this is all part of the problem with the legal system that could be corrected but isn’t.
    For instance, how much child support to pay? How is that supposed to be tied to your income after a certain amount? There should be an upper limit, the lower limit is just the actual ability to pay. But as you can see with celebrity divorce, the amount of “extorted” payments are extreme. Why not just give a normal base payment, but then allow dad to give as much to the child on his own that he would like?

    It’s a business, they don’t care about your child one bit.

    “Sure, Charlie Sheen has a net worth of a reported $150 million, but it still hurts every time he cuts a child support check– about $110,000 a month. He pays $55k to ex-wife Denise Richards for their daughters Lola and Sam, as well as another $55k to ex Brooke Mueller for their twin sons Bob and Max. Sheen constantly feuds with his exes, threatening to withhold child support, so who knows how much the kids have actually seen.”

  347. leftwing says:

    “Economy and Perot tanked him.”

    Even with the bad economy he wins absent Perot. Just like DJT would likely be in office absent COVID.

    But those are alternate universes which by definition don’t exist….

  348. BRT says:

    I give money to nobody. I have met a couple of people involved in charities or “non profits” in the Princeton area where I know their hand has to be in the cookie in some form or another. I will donate my time, or food to the food bank or local soup kitchen. I also do Toys for Tots and other Christmas gift programs.

  349. Juice Box says:

    BRT – My cousin is bad with money. I would say he sucked every single bit of money he could in equity etc from his home he has had for 20+ years. I know one of his investment properties when into foreclosure a few years back during the bust. No idea if he went bankrupt or not.

    As I said this will kill my cousin. He is not a great businessman, he does ok but really is probably broke on paper. My understanding is in NJ for alimony the husband can no longer write it off, if you negotiate it privately you might do better but if you leave it up to a judge you will get creamed. It’s something like 25% of income pre tax. So if he was making $200k a year he would have to pay $50,000 to her in alimony for the next 15 years as they are both 50 years old now. She pays no taxes he covers it all. There is no way she can pay a mortgage on $50k a year and survive. She does not work, hasn’t in 20 years and I suspect has no intention of working ever again.

    He also has a small business with a partner too. How is he going to divide that up? Maybe he has a few $$ in his 401k, but you cannot use that to buy out someone from a business.

    I feel bad for him. I know life goes on and all etc but really starting over again and paying for the next two decades can be debilitating. Crap I am the family member that lives closest to him hope he does not ask for me to put him up…

  350. Phoenix says:

    Up until recently, you could just fill this application online and the state will gladly go after your ex for money, pretty much no questions asked. I was paying my ex, she lied, next thing they garnished my paycheck.

    Never went in front of a judge. Female judge just signed off on it without even notifying me. No hearings, no evidence, no chance for me to prove receipts. Boom, Done.

    You guys haven’t even heard 1/1000th of what I have learned.

    And, up until recently, this website would have a popup when you went to check your account from an organization telling you how you can be a better father. Yeah, you heard that right, not better PARENT, but better FATHER.

    https://www.njchildsupport.org/Services-Programs/Custodial-Parents/Applying-for-child-support-services.aspx

  351. BRT says:

    The Taiwan stocks all fell off a cliff the past couple of weeks. Interestingly enough, a lot of companies that were exclusively in Taiwan are now considering opening up operations in the US. I wonder if they just want to be able to fully escape China in the event of military conflict. Kinda like Bicardi fleeing Cuba for Puerto Rico.

  352. Ez says:

    Kids sometime ask me about “marriage “.
    I tell them this: unless you are prepared to
    crawl over broken glass for this person, don’t
    bother.

  353. BRT says:

    that’s a whole another bag of sh1t…supporting a family member. My father literally supported two of his brothers for 20 years post divorce. Paid for their houses and even tried to open up a bar/restaurant for them with our old family liquor license in Teaneck. They sank that one quick. Overall, probably sunk at least 800k to a million into both of them combined. When he lost his contract with the hospital, the free money spigot shutoff and they both haven’t spoken to him to this day. They resent him for it.

  354. Phoenix says:

    Juice,
    With his limited money he won’t make it to trial. My judge, when I refused to agree to some freak crap my ex wrote, threatened to garnish my retirement to fund the attorneys. I refused, she blinked. Got another court date but by that time got a better deal.

    As far as the house, he can force the sale and kick her out. His attorney will not suggest it-as he knows it will cost money and time to sell vs having her buy you out. Your attorney wants to be paid and will not suggest anything that won’t fatten his/her own wallet. So if he want’s her out of the house, he can force the sale, she can delay, but he can do it if he so wishes.

  355. 3b says:

    Juice: I assume between the alimony and her job, she figures she can keep the house. I think she is clueless. What about child support as well?

  356. Phoenix says:

    “And once she gets the house, the new boyfriend moves in for the next 10 years.”

    That’s what happened here.

    https://patch.com/new-jersey/parsippany/nj-cop-was-uniform-during-alleged-murder-wife-911-calls

  357. Phoenix says:

    3b
    She may have another man lined up. So she may be able to afford the house. Many women won’t jump until they have another man lined up.

  358. Libturd says:

    Con,

    I used to spread it around like you. Then I learned the hard way how a lot of the more established charities are businesses designed to enrich the employees at the charity. Though they do give varying amounts to whatever cause they claim to be helping. The truth is, it should all go to the charity with perhaps 1% reserved for expenses.

    St. Jude, I’ve learned, has some pretty big negatives. Besides the million dollar salaried CEO and 13 other highly compensated execs, they have a history of knowingly covering up medical information that hurt their patients when their studies backfire. Additionally, they often push kids into medical protocols that are not the best option. If you won’t participate in their study, well they won’t help you. Be careful with them.

    The local ambulance, volunteer fire squad, even the PBA are excellent organizations. The higher up the food chain you go, the less likely your money is doing as much help.

    Our favorite charity is named Kisses For Kyle, the person who runs it takes the absolute minimum to get by (she lives in a tiny studio apartment in a cheap town in Pennsy) and gets almost all of the charity she gives donated from businesses. She was incredible helpful to us when Daniel got sick and runs absolutely amazing events for the kids she helps. She is very frugal and has dedicated her life to helping others. She does not take a salary. She only covers her own meager living expenses while raising about half a million a year to help 1,500 families. Much of the help she gives is through gift cards for gas and groceries or when a family calls up in desperate need for a drug or something else they can’t obtain so life can go on. They have so many volunteers too. It’s really the way a charity should be run. So ALL of the donations go to the people who need them. To promote her charity, she sets up a table at various events such as various festivals, street fairs, etc. All free. Volunteers will help work the table, who tend to be former charity recipients since they know how great of a cause it is. Look them up.

  359. Juice Box says:

    I hate the fact that every time I make a purchase somewhere like CVS there is a prompt to round up my purchase for a donation on the pin pad. If CVS wants to give money they should do so without asking me for it.

  360. Libturd says:

    Pet stores do that too.

  361. Phoenix says:

    Juice,
    I second that. And other stores that do the same.

    I supported the Girl Scouts when my daughter was there, but was never fond of that whole cookie thing. I saved this post from 5 years ago on here-it was classic.

    Alex says:
    June 13, 2017 at 9:17 am
    Hypothetical Montclair Girl Scout cookie sales meeting:

    Troop Leader: Next year girls, we were thinking about sponsoring the funding of a single Montclair classroom through sales of Girl Scout Cookies!

    Scouts: Yeah!!

    Troop Leader: For every $4 box of cookies we sell, 84 cents will go towards the classroom.

    Scouts: Yay!! Troop leader, how many boxes of cookies will we have to sell to fund one classroom?

    Troop Leader: 476,190 boxes.

    Girl Scouts: Is that a lot?

  362. Phoenix says:

    I wonder how many boxes it would be today…

  363. Phoenix says:

    Lib,
    Some pet store humor for you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB99lPAYi8A

  364. Hold my beer says:

    I am my favorite charity.

  365. Libturd says:

    Me thinks Chifi might have been right for the reason for this temporary sell off.

    Cheers.

  366. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Sure seems like it….nice call.

    Libturd says:
    May 14, 2021 at 11:18 am
    Me thinks Chifi might have been right for the reason for this temporary sell off.

    Cheers.

  367. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Appreciate it. It just felt like it was coming from a place of hate, so I was reacting defensively.

    I still believe in my strategy for this decade. I think she is a winner for another decade. I just have to stick to my gut.

    “Pumps, I tried to help because it’s your family’s money your playing with but I’ll have to take Lib’s advice and tap out…..there is no malice, no breaking your balls in this statement but literally everything you said last night was just flat out factually incorrect….”

  368. Fast Eddie says:

    Murphy says keep wearing your face diaper until he feels otherwise. I see these snowflake lawn signs that claim science is real and all that good shit but I assume that’s just another form of code or symbol those people like to use. I guess you have to be a bleeding heart phony to understand that vernacular. What is the state “reviewing” to determine if they’ll comply with the new CDC guidelines?

    And, you do realize the order to lift the restrictions came from the white house because the O’Biden administration is in desperate need of a win.

  369. Phoenix says:

    Eddie,
    I know what keeps me here. What keeps you here?

  370. Fast Eddie says:

    What keeps you here?

    Gravity. ;)

  371. joyce says:

    It’s a positive step, scrutinizing the existing state of US law enforcement, but as you and I have mentioned multiple times… when will it be the turn of prosecutors, judges, et al ?

    The case of the Fresno cops stealing and being individually shielded by QI… what was stopping the local prosecutor from conducting an investigation for grand larceny?

    Phoenix says:
    May 14, 2021 at 11:36 am
    Interesting take. Watch this Joyce.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/opinion/police-officers-usa-global.html

  372. Phoenix says:

    LW,
    Thank you for your contribution to my vocabulary with your use of the word “internecine.”

  373. 3b says:

    Phoenix: For me marriage was a one and done thing. If it did not work, I would not do it again. I know men in their 50 s who got royally screwed on divorce, and are still looking for the right woman, and would marry again! Not to be sexist, but I would say there are a lot of women out there who are on the hunt for another man and looking for security, while the dumb ass man is looking for love.

  374. Phoenix says:

    3b

    From a comedy routine, but the humor is the truth of how they feel. Buyer beware.

    Title: After 50 you just stop caring about the little things, and luckily Karen Morgan is 55 and over caring about the little things.

    Comments:
    “It’s even better at 70 ! Now I choose to be charming and get away with a lot of old lady crap, lol !🥰”

    “I’m looking forward to yelling inappropriate things at Thanksgiving dinner. Or anywhere important. Lol. But I’m not waiting til 70. I’m planning early onset obnoxious behavior. 😂”

    “I love the old lady crap. You get attention. Not the good attention, but sad attention. Still it gets things done.”

    “Absolutely – it’s fantastic what we can get away with….love it.”

    “I’m in training to be a little old lady by saying young man could you help me?”

    ” I do too. Mid 70s, white hair with big blue eyes, and big boobs. I just smile at males to get them to lift a heavy box of sodas for me. Lol”

  375. Juice Box says:

    Who wants to have a mask burning party in front of the governor’s mansion?

    That coc@sucker better lift the mask mandate today!

  376. Phoenix says:

    Who wants to be on the no-fly list after attending a mask burning party at the Governor’s mansion?

    Cause that’s how they will handle your “non-compliance.”

  377. Ez says:

    My buddy used to have a saying about “love”.

    “…One loves, one decides to be loved…”

    Sounds simple enough. Now apply that to real life.

  378. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Powerful stuff right there…

    Ez says:
    May 14, 2021 at 1:11 pm
    My buddy used to have a saying about “love”.

    “…One loves, one decides to be loved…”

    Sounds simple enough. Now apply that to real life.

  379. joyce says:

    Juice Box,
    No one knows the science better than Murphy.
    https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2021/05/nj-to-keep-indoor-mask-mandates-despite-cdc-change-murphy-says-but-vaccinated-people-ditch-masks-outdoors.html

    “With all respect to the CDC, we have made extraordinary progress,” Murphy told reporters during a public event tin East Orange to boost vaccination efforts with Whoopi Goldberg. “We have gone in the past month of being the state with the highest per capita hospitalizations and fatalities. It has dropped … over the past couple of weeks 78% on the key metrics.”

    “And a big part of that reason is that folks are getting vaccinated and folks are doing the right thing,” the Democratic governor added. “And so as far as we can tell and as much as we want to get there — and we will get there, as it relates to indoor masking, it’s only a matter of time — if you’re in a business and a public setting, we’re not there yet. We’re frankly not there yet.”

  380. leftwing says:

    “My understanding is in NJ for alimony the husband can no longer write it off…”

    True. Can’t imagine that. Mine was done beforehand, I would likely go back now and run her to change our current terms but have been advised that renegotiating is a trigger to move mine from deductible to not…

    “…but if you leave it up to a judge you…”

    Highly unlikely a judge will ever set the terms. Ever. The MO is the Court keeps throwing you in a room together with the attorneys rapidly depleting the assets until it becomes so painful emotionally or financially one side folds, which ‘agreement’ the Court then blesses.

    “It’s something like 25% of income pre tax. So if he was making $200k a year he would have to pay $50,000 to her in alimony…”

    My data is happily somewhat dated as I’m more than five years post divorce but the rule of thumb I was told by all attorneys at the time (pre- the tax changes) was 40% of the delta between the two wages.

    If wages are not easily discernible, eg. he’s not a long time stable W2 earner there were benchmarks….if the payer was college educated and in the workforce no chance in hell they would be valued at less than $160k a year (an honest attorney will tell him that is the judges pay and they are not going to let anyone off for less, especially since they feel underpaid). A non-working spouse who has been out of the labor force was pretty much valued at $30k. Suspect those numbers have changed and the bottom end could be levered up considerably if he wants the fight.

    Keep in mind on non-discernable wages they will hire an expert who will write a report for the Court. For both parties. Not that horribly expensive, $10k or so each IIRC.

    “She does not work, hasn’t in 20 years and I suspect has no intention of working ever again.” LOL, that will change when reality slaps her across the face. Problem is, these dumb c*nts believe that divorce is simply a way to get rid of hubby but maintain the exact same lifestyle afterward.

    “He also has a small business with a partner too. How is he going to divide that up?”

    He is fcuked. No Court is going to catch that suicide pass, another expert hire. For a small business I had it’s similar to a soft audit by an accounting firm. Since all aspects of it are highly negotiable buckle up for some serious fees. The fees to value my sole proprietorship hit $75k before I shut their work down.

    “I feel bad for him. I know life goes on and all etc but really starting over again and paying for the next two decades can be debilitating.”

    Remember recent changes right before Christie left did away with permanent alimony. The term could be less than what he is expecting.

    Kids? If so, I presume he puts them first and needs to be around. If so, yeah, he is really going to suffer….I hate to give this advice but if I didn’t have the boys who mean the world to me and if I didn’t succeed in getting straight up joint custody even I may have just pulled the plug….If he’s going to be blown up financially, have no access to his kids (6 days a month), have his kids believe regardless of any facts (which he can’t really relate to them anyway) that he is the worst parent ever, and live a pauper’s life…what’s the downside of going nomadland? Seriously. I’m not kidding.

    One last thought on the kids…my situation is pretty unique in having 50/50 and I drew hard line in the sand upfront. More usually it is split weekends plus one day every other week. Remember, kids essentially have their own standing and the Court is very serious about that. It is one area of family law in NJ that is not up for negotiation. You can log onto the website and there is a child support calculator, spits out the specific number based on each party’s income and the number of custody days. His soon to be ex- will very quickly realize that the more days she gets the more money she gets as well…Bad incentive there to be reasonable….

    And last thought, in hindsight even though I had a number of wins I did leave too much on the table. Major area for me was the details….I did not realize how much variability there could be and how in the aggregate smaller items can add up quickly. Also, how tied I would be to interacting with the ex- because of ambiguities in the support (to this day). If I could do it again, and this is in a game where I came out with the winning score, I would negotiate the details a lot harder and get to the point where future payments are well defined and not ambiguous to minimize future interactions with the ex-…..I can’t tell you how much of my life has been wasted, right through today, on these items. And it is a point of friction with the kids.

    Good luck to him.

  381. leftwing says:

    “Thank you for your contribution to my vocabulary with your use of the word “internecine.””

    Ha. Yeah I was likely spectrum before there was spectrum. Used to sit down regularly as a kid and read the dictionary. Page by page. Like a novel. Frightened my parents lol.

    ““I’m looking forward to yelling inappropriate things at Thanksgiving dinner. Or anywhere important. Lol. But I’m not waiting til 70. I’m planning early onset obnoxious behavior.”

    When my boys hit those teenage years where they were ungovernable I found one “punishment” that would keep them in line….I threatened absolute abdication of any semblance of sanity regarding social order…my personal favorite, down the shore, was that I would put on white knee high socks with my bathing suit, heavy leather ‘Jesus’ sandals, and walk the boardwalk up and down loudly talking to myself. They said NFW you would. My reply, do you really care to find out. Compliance ensued.

  382. Bystander says:

    The words of wisdom – never marry a girl from the islands..Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan Island

  383. Nomade says:

    Ironically, Scott Galloway, NYU bus prof on his weekly notes writes about divorce:

    https://www.profgalloway.com/divorce/

  384. Hold my beer says:

    Leftwing

    I tell my kids I will do shirtless yoga on the front lawn, or show up to their schools to have lunch with them wearing the most hideous clothes I could find at a thrift store.

  385. leftwing says:

    HMB, lol, it works!

    That’s the funny part.

    Galloway is a favorite read of mine. Didn’t look at this week’s email, looking forwrad to it now.

  386. Juice Box says:

    So now we are doing a mask-querade as these many Governors just tossed science aside. The unvaccinated adults should all get a scarlet letter and be forced to mask while the rest of us get on with our lives.

    A quick check of states around here.

    PA – is following the CDC guidelines so thumbs up
    NY – Cuomo is a science denier
    NJ – Murphy is a science denier
    Conn – implements CDC guidance May 19th so thumbs up
    Delaware – still undecided but Governor looks to be caving

  387. Ez says:

    1:18 “…pick up the receiver, I’ll make you a believer. “

    https://youtu.be/u1xrNaTO1bI

  388. Juice Box says:

    Left – I will pass on your advice. Thankfully the kids are grown, youngest if finishing high school next month. Not sure what the situation will be with all the things you mentioned. I just found out but apparently they are pretty far along with the whole split.

    I am not kidding about RHONJ. She is living in that fantasy land and has been for a while, very detached from reality. They live 10 miles from me and although I have invited them a few times out to dinner in Red Bank or over for adult GTGs she never wants to meet up and has been skipping larger family events all together for a while now do to a tiff with his sister that happened like six years ago. Really shitty skipping the family GTGs over the years, as most were for the kids milestones etc. Last time I actually saw her was at a sweet 16 party for her daughter three years ago.

    No offence to the crowd here but I did not want a Jersey Girl, Manhattan Girl, Long Island or Staten Island girl no way no how. Had plenty of experience will all of the above from my single days running around with my crew. I married a nice California girl who is not BATSHIT crazy like the vast herd around the NY Metro. How she puts up with my nonsense I will never know and really don’t want to….

  389. Ez says:

    I met a stunning PA girl in FL after she inadvertently relocated there.
    I was setup on a blind date with her and next thing you know we’re engaged.
    That was 1993. She’s had an enormous impact on my life. I definitely outkicked my coverage as the saying goes.

  390. Libturd says:

    Murphy needs to milk this until the gubernatorial. Lord knows, he’s been a complete disaster and was only saved by THIS disaster. If too much time lapses between the end of Covid and the election, he’ll probably be in trouble.

    I’m waiting for him to offer mask immunity in exchange for those who vote for him in the Primary in June.

  391. 3b says:

    Juice: You are older than I would have thought. I thought your kids were all in grammar school. Congratulations on your last one graduating from high school.

  392. No One says:

    Leftwing,
    I think I’ve been a little on the spectrum my whole life, even more so as a kid. I also had a dictionary I kept near. And memorized most of the jokes in one joke book one year when I was 8. Now I don’t know a single joke any more, society provides them now. The summer when I was nine, I planned to read the whole Encyclopedia Britannica, but after about 20 pages of “A”, I found the plot lacking. So I changed my plan and picked up the largest novel on the bookshelves, Atlas Shrugged, with its 1168 pages, and finished that over the next week.

  393. Libturd says:

    I was a sucker for sci-fi. Loved Asimov as a kid, but really loved both the Hitchhiker’s guide and L. Ron Hubbard’s Planet Earth series.

  394. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Commodities are the bubble, just like Cathie said. I’m sorry, I’m not buying the massive inflation talk…no way, no how. Made this call the other day, and I’ll stand by it.

    * Lumber down four straight sessions

    * Copper on pace for worst week since April

    * Retail sales miss.

    Tell me again about the overheating.

    https://twitter.com/carlquintanilla/status/1393186399390769152?s=21

  395. leftwing says:

    Juice good news no young kids involved. Good luck to him.

  396. BRT says:

    Murphy is created a powder keg here. There’s going to be a lot of people walking into stores maskless putting store owners and restaurants in an awkward position. People are going to be fighting. You have the people who think they are the mask police, you also have the antimaskers, you have vaccinated people that are more than fed up and ready to move on, and you have people that have already had the virus.

    The numbers and the conditions have changed. If he wasn’t such a dumb***, he would have just said, we plan to ditch the masks by memorial day if we can just get another 5 to 10% vaccinated.

  397. leftwing says:

    No One, ha, I remember picking up the encyclopedia and just getting lost in random topics….still do it, so much easier with the internet…Forget which topic I googled but three hotlinks later it’s early AM and I can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Erie Canal lol.

    Hitchhikers Guide is classic, introduced my oldest to it, still sits on his bookshelf. Had a period right after college where I decided to deep dive American works I missed, Atlas fell into that period….hanging out in prospect park with a book and a good beer….no worries in the world….good feeling

  398. Fast Eddie says:

    I had a thing for maps… road maps, topographic maps, road atlases, world almanacs, farmers almanac, etc. I can read the world almanac for hours.

  399. 3b says:

    Left: Used to do the same thing. Read everyone from A to Z, not in their entirety but fairly close whatever popped into my head on any subject. I remember reading about the Soviet Union, and the old East Germany, both write ups basically said they would be permanent. And that’s why history is important!

  400. Juice Box says:

    3B – I am not, kids are in grammar school. I was speaking of my cousin who is getting a divorce.

  401. 3b says:

    Juice: Sorry, read it wrong. Feel bad for your cousin, and college on top of it. She could have waited a few more years.

  402. Ez says:

    Mom was an English Teacher for a while and we had a good library at home. Whenever i was ‘bored’ as a kid the answer was usually….Read a Book.

  403. The Great Pumpkin says:

    “Ea­gles are strong enough to carry a 12-pound salmon, so a four-pound dog is noth­ing,” says Mark Robokoff, owner of AK Bark pet shop in An­chor­age. His shop sells Coy­ote­Vest, a pro­tec­tive jacket cov­ered in Kevlar and spikes, in­tended to pro­tect small pets from coy­otes. Mr. Robokoff im­me­di­ately rec­og­nized its po­ten­tial in a state with an es­ti­mated 30,000 bald ea­gles. The vest is topped with bright red ny­lon whiskers that he says scare off the birds from above.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/bald-eagle-population-endangered-pets-vancouver-11621012685?st=3ujzop4f7id0jkr&reflink=article_copyURL_share

  404. The Great Pumpkin says:

    But Ms. Pesce, who owns a con­sult­ing agency, has had to ex­plain some Na­tional Ge­o­graphic-wor­thy en­coun­ters to her 5-year-old daugh­ter. “One day I watched an ea­gle drag a Cana­dian goose back and forth across rocks for hours,” she says. “I was told that’s how they ten­der­ize their meat.”

  405. The Great Pumpkin says:

    To­day, as Amer­i­can cap­i­tal­ism faces the chal­lenge of rein­vent­ing it­self for a post-pan­demic fu­ture, the story of Brown Broth­ers of­fers cru­cial lessons. Its legacy is by no means sim­ple: Like cap­i­tal­ism it­self, the firm ex­hib­ited a panoply of virtues and not a few vices. Brown Broth­ers helped to un­lock im­mense wealth and spurred the growth of Amer­i­can cre­ativ­ity and power, but its part­ners too of­ten equated the pub­lic good with what was good for the firm.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-capitalist-culture-that-built-america-11621004177?st=drjliq6xghg4fr3&reflink=article_copyURL_share

  406. The Great Pumpkin says:

    What I always said on this blog…majority are not moving for tax reasons. Headlines love to sell that easy mark.

    “Clients Are All Talk, Little Action When It Comes to Moving for Tax Reasons”

  407. tripstar385 says:

    Lived in NJ my entire life, now that I am making real money, I can’t possibly defend the math or the “NJ Premium” as I like to call it.

    On NJ state income tax alone, I am paying more than $150 PER DAY, to live in the garden state vs a zero income tax state. Over the next 20 years of earning, that’s the difference between me retiring or paying multiple gov’t t!t suckers retirement. Only a sucker would stay, the recent froth in the real estate market by me was the final hurdle to clear. I would not buy my house at the price I could sell it today, kids are young enough to make an easy transition.

    What I always said on this blog…majority are not moving for tax reasons. Headlines love to sell that easy mark.

    “Clients Are All Talk, Little Action When It Comes to Moving for Tax Reasons”

  408. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Trip,

    I’m going to be brutally honest. Just because you feel that way, means nothing. YOU ARE WRONG.

    If you naively think you can make the same money everywhere, go do it. You take jersey for granted, go live somewhere else. Learn the hard way. Hard to beat an upper middle class lifestyle in jersey…

  409. The Great Pumpkin says:

    You can feel however you want about jersey. Fact of the matter, there will be a bidding war on your property. Sell. Go make your big money in the cheap location.

  410. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Btw, add private school costs for your kids into the equation for wherever you plan on going.

    If you were old and retiring, why not. If you didn’t hit peak earning years yet, why are you losing opportunities to make big money for taxes? At the end of the day, you want to be the location that maximizes the money in your pocket. A lot of the time the higher taxes location puts more money in your pocket.

  411. Fast Eddie says:

    Murphy believes in following the science so when the CDC, an organization that’s in the science business, says that masks are no longer required, he announces that he’ll decide when you can remove your mask. He said, maybe in a matter of weeks. WEEKS!

    Connecticut will remove all restrictions this week. I’m going there next weekend to shop and have dinner like a normal person.

  412. Phoenix says:

    Need to score a pair of Hamilton tickets. Seems you need some sort of special code in order to even purchase. My kid has earned this, it’s the only thing she is asking for. Does anyone know how to obtain a code so I could purchase the tickets?

  413. Fast Eddie says:

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Friday that authorities at the border in Texas have apprehended enough fentanyl to kill every single person in the state of New York, slamming the Biden administration for appearing clueless about the severity of the crisis.

  414. BRT says:

    Masks are all he has left. He just can’t let it go. This is a hard lesson on totalitarianism. Unfortunately, people are blind and still revere him, even after he waxed every nursing home in the state.

  415. Fast Eddie says:

    Within days, the shutdown of the pipeline had induced panic buying of gas at the pumps, resulting in a sweeping closure of gas stations from Delaware to the Gulf Coast.

    As alarming as the ransomware attack was, more alarming is what it portends if cybercriminals abroad can, with the flick of a switch, inflict such instant damage on the U.S. economy.

    If cybercriminals can pull this off, what can our adversaries, with their sophisticated and superior weapons of cyberwarfare, not do to the United States?

  416. Libturd says:

    https://www.ticketmaster.com/hamilton-ny-new-york-new-york-09-29-2021/event/03005AA5D05A3BA9

    I can get them without a code.

    Though the rapping is pretty bad.

  417. Phoenix says:

    I’ll try. All I saw were ones with circles, they asked for a code. My kid likes it, she is into history.
    Thanks Lib

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