Monday, September 29, 2008

Elvis Has Left the Building~Houston, We Have a Problem

Say goodbye to Disneyland.

In a vote that shook the government, Wall Street and markets around the world, the House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, leaving both parties' lawmakers and the Bush administration scrambling to pick up the pieces.

Dismayed investors sent the Dow Jones industrials plunging nearly 800 points, the most ever for a single day.

This isn't a good thing, my friends. It is just the beginning of a financial crisis that will leave America reeling for many years to come. I'm mad that it happened; I'm mad that good honest taxpayers will be footing the bill.

We are being played. Wall Street, Big Government, Golden Parachutes, Gordon Gekko, Greed.

Who is funding the nonsense?

Main Street (that's you and me and any other taxpayer in America!)

Thru our tax dollars, mortgages, accumulation of "stuff" and general consumerism we continue to line the coffers of big business, bankers and industry, leaving our hard earned dollars disrespected and misused.

We've had our heads in the sand.

They've played us and we trusted them.

Yes, we've been conned, because we forgot whose pockets the money is coming from. It is OUR money that has been mismanaged and misused. OURS. It will be OUR MONEY that funds whatever buyout agreement finally passes.

I'm so upset about all of this I can't even see straight.

We are paying for the gasoline for our politicians, for crying out loud! We are paying for their CARS! We are paying for expenses regular people cannot even afford for themselves!

We've been conned by the best...those that gained our trust and distracted us, even as the walls were tumbling down.

I know the consumer created this along with the liberal lending, and outrageous spending. I don't have my head in the sand, but I probably was in some sort of pink cloud denial.

However, I'm one consumer who never needed to over extend myself, have a second mortgage, max out my credit cards, etc. to feel good or provide luxuries. I've never even had a car payment! We have luxuries because we saved for them and had the money to pay cash.

I hate debt; it makes me nervous. Saving and planning feels good to me, yet I feel the responsible citizens are on the short end of the stick. Other than dire circumstances, why did so many overextend and default?

I realize, the bailout is inevitable. It will happen, that's for sure. We have to get the economy moving and it won't move without a bailout.

I know that credit drives big business, and there is a major freeze on it right now, and that people could lose jobs, etc. But, if we had controlled that credit to begin with, wouldn't we be better off?

Am I one of the ones who aren't getting it?

I want to wrap my mind around WHY this happened. Because I've been very aware of money, credit and debt since I was a child, thanks to a very astute father. Am I understanding it all, from a laypersons point of view?

It doesn't help that today, out of our household income, we bring home about 55% after taxes, SSI, insurance, etc. (I live in the beautiful, yet very expensive, So. Cal.)

My area is one where foreclosures are rampant, because money was loaned on $600K houses to households with incomes less than $75K with zero down, interest only, ARM's.

Now, those houses are worth half that....and you know the rest of the story.....

The beauty has faded, Elvis has left the building, and yes, Houston, we have a problem.

Friday, September 26, 2008

If Sarah Palin Was Your Mom~What Would Your Name Be?

Sarah Palin has picked out an unusual set of names for her children. I must say, these are some very interesting choices for her babies.

Her children are named as follows: Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper.

Ever wonder, What would your name be if Sarah Palin was your mother? Well now you can find out! Maybe you've run across this little gadget on the web before, maybe not. Put in your real name and hit submit! Funny!

Enter your Name:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Time the Conqueror

Jackson Browne World Tour 2008 - 2009

Jackson Browne Launches World Tour in Support of
Time The Conqueror, his first album of new material in six years.
(I waited to post this until the album had dropped.)

Here is one of many fabulous reviews.

Review of Live Show : Hail the 'Conqueror, Jackson Browne triumphs at Orpheum

By Christopher John Treacy : Boston Herald

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jackson Browne refrained from mouthing off about his "Running on Empty" copyright infringement suit against John McCain Tuesday night at the Orpheum. The nearly 60-year-old songwriter charmed the audience through a night that leaned heavily on brand new music, a tricky maneuver but one he pulled off admirably.

Indeed, Browne made a good case for his new CD, "Time the Conqueror," which arrives in stores next week (Note: this CD is available everywhere now), mainly by demonstrating how little he's changed.

His last two releases have been eager-to-please concert recordings culled from solo shows. Full band tours leave less room for flexibility, but the fullness of the arrangements more than compensated for his sticking to a set list.

"Boulevard," from 1980's transitional "Hold Out," made for a lively opener, featuring harmonies from piano man Jeff Young and impeccable backup singers Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills.

The first set included four new songs, including title track "Time the Conqueror" with its gorgeous melodic pop, the Laurel Canyon-inspired "Off of Wonderland" and "Live Nude Cabaret," which showcased the raunchy, blues guitar of Mark Goldenberg. more

Listen to Time the Conqueror

All Jackson Browne~All the time

Sunday, September 21, 2008

So, Why Do We Blog?

Why do I go to the trouble of blogging, expressing my feelings and sometimes, baring my soul?
Why do any of us do this? It's certainly not for any monetary gain, I would guess for most of us.

Maybe it's just plain old narcissism. That's just part of the human condition, after all....

Why do I blog?

Sometimes, to help others...other times, to amuse myself. I love words and pictures; symbols, icons, pop culture, philosophy, new age wisdom and the teachings of the masters.

If a smile can be shared, I want to blog about it.

If wisdom AND KNOWLEDGE equals power, I want to further the cause. If something delights my heart and soul, I want to share it with YOU!

My reasons are at once selfish and selfless; a dichotomy.

I am a Renaissance woman and I am ever evolving, as is my blog. I have no focus group or demographic...that will be revealed in time.

Still, my answer and the reasons for blogging captures the essence of ME, from my heart and soul and not what others expect of me......

This is true and it is MY truth.....

In amusing and educating myself, I hope to do so with others....... and contribute to the realization that we are all part of the whole.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Disturbing, Amusing and VERY, VERY STRANGE!

What was the advertising agency thinking, for crying out loud?????

There is so much about this video that is disturbing.
OMG! It sounds like he's saying "prostitute".

Also, is it just me, or does that little dude look a tad (ahem) phallic??????

Not only does it sound like "prostitute".. the little guy clearly says "were all gettin some"..
Gives a whole new meaning to "thirty minute delivery". YIKES!!!!!
Is this subliminal or a joke????
I can't believe it's a real commercial!
(maybe I should just get my mind out of the gutter!)

Take It Easy....FLASHBACK!

So many folks don't know that Jackson Browne wrote most of the song "Take It Easy".

When Jackson didn't finish it, his buddy Glen Frey asked if he could complete the song.

After many discussions....Jackson said, "okay".

You all know the end result was a HUGE hit for the Eagles.

Here is some rare footage of the Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt performing the classic song, "Take It Easy".

VERY RARE to have this group performing the same song at the same time!!!! Fabulous!

I have no idea who's in that audience, but I shudder to think that's what we all looked like,back in the day!
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