Thursday, October 16, 2008

Behold The Prodigal Bastard Returneth.....

It's been like 2 weeks since I've blogged. How time flies when you are busy and blogger's block is catching up with you.

For those of your who read my blog on the regular, I am sure you are more than aware of my dislike for flying within the States. This story further affirmed my beliefs. If a dude who works at an airport can take that much out of it, I would venture to say that it should be just easy for someone to bring stuff in. And lest I forget, if you stay here long enough you realize that everything out here is toned by race, so when it came out that the baggage thief was black (as area large number of TSA employees), cue the racist comments from some quarters.

Unless you have been living under a rock, I'm sure you're aware of the housing crash that's been going on. it's gotten so bad that some people are electing to take their lives.

In Massachusetts, a housewife who had hidden her family's mounting financial crisis from her husband sends a note to the mortgage company warning: "By the time you foreclose on my house, I'll be dead." Then Carlene Balderrama shot herself to death, leaving an insurance policy and a suicide note on a table.

In the note she also told the family to pay for the house with the insurance money. My sympathy to the family but that is where she gets a big fail, life insurance doesn't pay out in the case of suicide. Anyway the bullet has already left the magazine so me analyzing the situation won't do much good.
As I was telling a friend of mine, part of the problem here in the States came from the fact that the government decided that everyone should have the right to the American dream which is to own their own home and passed legislation to give the means for that to happen. Since not everyone has the financial means, in come the sub prime lenders who made it possible for those who wouldnt ordinarily have been able to own a home to get a piece of the pie. Of course the lenders never had a worst case scenario for what would happen the day the borrowers wouldn't be able to come through so here we are now.

I blame the following statement on long lines in the supermarket that make me end up flipping through the tabloids at the cashier's. Why is it that despite slinking in and breaking up Jeniffer Aniston's marriage to Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie still gets great press (apart from when she loses some weight and they think she is dying)? While on the other hand Jeniffer Aniston is always shown as a loser when it comes to love? I do know Angelina's philanthropy does earn her some plus points but it still doesn't explain all the love the tabloids give her. Anyway let me not think about it any longer lest I start watching TMZ and other showbiz crap that comes on tv.

Well, I have a longer work day to attend to with this temporary 4 day work week so till next time..................


Anonymous said...

Luggage theft was the order of the day at OR Tambo International (previously known as Johannesburg International)for quite a while especially just before the airport management changed hands. Things are a bit better now but still you count your lucky starts when you get your bag back intact!

Acolyte said...

That problem has also lessened in Kenya, I remember how they offer to plastic wrap your luggage for you when you leave the country but that may bring issues when you get to the other side and they decide they want to search your stuff.
And peeps wonder why I dont get giddy at the idea of flying around.

donworry said...

Is it true that we have not seen the true face of this sub prime under-sea monster and that there is yet more financial turmoil to come?

Acolyte said...

@ donworry
I honestly believe its going to get alot worse before it gets better. This isnt something that can be bounced back from in one short year or so.