blog move

July 25, 2008

this blog can now be reach at:  http://clickback.wordpress.com

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bailout

July 24, 2008

So there are a lot of a’hooting and a’hollering over the “bailout” of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Both sides of the aisle disagreed with it but the moderate (and mostly left) felt that it was necessary to stabilize the market.  In the house hearing committee last week the mostly GOP side advocated that such explicits commitment to the the failing banks will endanger the public and cost billions if not trillions of dollars.  Personally I’m not a big fan of government intervention and over regulation but in this case i would i to say that backing up fannie and freddie is (as mentioned) necessary.  some points to consider:

1) the reason for fannie and freddie being in this mess in the first place is that they were extremely under-regulated.  Instead of having the proper capital needed to maintain a secured buffer in case turmoils in the market, they spent it on lobbyist to persuade politicians that they didnt need that buffer.

2)  the bill would require an independent regulator to oversee both fannie and freddie.

3)  400 million are going to communities to buy up foreclosed homes and help stabilize local markets.

4)  just a couple months ago with bear stearns was going under, the GOP noted that this company must not fail and support (funded) JP Morgan buy out if them.  They argued that if an entity so large and global failed, the world market will collapse.  Yet with fannie and freddie, whos wroth is 4000x that of bear, they turn a blind eye to that very same fact.

Watchmen

July 23, 2008

Watchmen was definitely a good read but it didn’t quite lived up to my expectation.

the characters’ individual stories were unique and interesting, but once they all came together it was simply unrelatable and felt force.

the entirety of the book was dark and tense, except for the climax.

the insert pages gave clues at unlocking that mystery of the book, but it became unrelated and arbitrary.

the hidden villain…well was quite obvious. so obvious in fact, that no way it was him.

i can live with the heroes not having superpowers and rarely fighting, but c’mon! there were barely any conflicts at all.

there’s more but my head hurts from thinking about it too much…and thats a good thing about the book.

o crap

July 19, 2008

i can be expected to put my foot in my mouth from time to time, but rarely (i hope) do i stuff both my feet, the week old socks I’ve been wearing, and my sneakers in there.  Then instead of shutting up and climbing out of the hole i dug for myself, i decided to rolled my sleeves and plowed away some more.  Now I’m stuck here laying on the dirt looking up at the stars thinking (which i should never do) why is it i keep talking.  is it my unwavering desire to always be right?  is it my subconscious need to thoroughly and exhaustively explain myself even to the detriment of the situation?  or is it the simple fact that i like to hear myself talk?  Either way, im still here on the ground watching the ants crawl all over my legs.  Hopefully i havent fucked the situation so much that there’s no one out there ready to pull me out of this hole.

Painting disaster

July 8, 2008

This is ludicrous: The US refutes the notion of a timetable, even though it’s being suggested by the Iraqis themselves.

Now we’re not talking about immediate withdraw or even a “rigid timeline”. All they want is some sort of chronological framework to go about getting back their own country.

Imagine this, you want to paint your living room and so you asked a friend to come over and help (well in the case of the US it was more like the friend thought it was a good idea to paint the room and force his way into your house). Anyways, once he’s there, he’s screwing the whole thing up; there’s paint on the carpet, the lamp is broken, he stepped on the cats tail, hit u in the back of the head, and on top of that…he’s not even using the right color! Finally you ask him to leave, politely, and he refuses! He’s saying something about seeing this through to the end and making sure you’re happy, all while having no clue what he’s doing. Now what would you do in this situation?

Bakersfield Man, Arrested for “Pussiness”

July 4, 2008

Yesterday night, a Bakersfield man was caught hiding in his basement while burglars were making off with his possessions.  When confronted by the police, the man confessed that he was too scared to approach the thieves and decided it would be safest if he hid in his basement.

As a result, police have no leads or clues on thieves and arrested the man for impeding an on-going case.  The man is claiming in his defense that he is the one pressing charges and should be released.  His trial is still pending.

Sgt. Adams, the arresting officer at the scene noted that the man was”quite hysterical and aggressively refusing to answer critical questions.”

Miles James, a neighbor of the defendant said that he did not expected this at all.  “We watch WWE together and go hunting every few months.  I can’t believe he’s such a pussy”.

In light of the court results of the Texas man, Joe Horn, law enforcement are cracking down on citizens who hesitate to protect their own home or property.  Thus leading to an increase in workload for the already depleted police force.

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work out

July 1, 2008

Ballys has a free guest pass for 14 days, 24hr Fitness for 7 (you are lame 24 hr Fitness).  i have decided to make resolution (for this month) and start working out.  i’ll be trying to ride my bike (and metro) at least once a week, and will go to the gym twice a week and my meals will be kept in checked my by beloved girlfriend (whoot to weight watchers).  want me some abs and buff guns.

a few things

June 19, 2008

This is along overdue but, R.I.P. Tim Russert.  You will be miss

I miss traveling; even though they have not all been wonderful, some can’t even be consider remotely good.

Kobe is not Jordan.  I’m tired of comparison.  And though i’m just adding to the gluttony of the conversation, I still just want to make this clear.  The reason Jordan is Jordan, is also the reason why NO ONE will/can/should be consider as Jordan.  Kobe is Kobe.  Just like Magic is Magic.  Like Doctor J is Doctor J.  Lebron is Lebron.

And on the same note…the only reason people want to kick this dead horse is because the era of jordan and kobe was in our lifetime.  Imagine if Jack Nicklaus and Tiger were within a decade of each other.  Look at Federer and Sampras.  Think of Payton and Brady.  People will always compare, but when they do, they marginalize the achievement of the other.

i need to come up with a new design for my site.  no more cutesy kitsch graphic.  i want to go with something bold, abby, shinny.

tears for the lakers lost.  applauses to Rayray, KG, and Pirce, you guys deserve it.

i should watch “He Got Game” again.  Totally forgot what happens.

it’s late

GO LAKERS!

June 9, 2008

I’m confused to why so many of my friends want the Lakers the lose the finals.

i have always like the Lakers, tho i dont have bumper stickers confessing my love for them spread across my car, or follow each and every game and know all the stats of every players, or even care to watch the news or highlight reels of them. i can say, by all measurable standards, they are my favorite team in the NBA and if possible, i want them to win every game they play. It’s quite obvious to see why i feel this way. i mean they are my home team, they have been since i can remember, my dad loved them, they’re a dynasty and who doesnt love winners.

but of course if you were raised somewhere else, our your family follows other team, or you have a favorite player elsewhere, i can see why the Lakers arent for you. However, my friends are none of these. like me, they were raised here, in southern california. They have been watching the Lakers since they were small and can remember the time they once rooted for them. But what happened? What made them into haters of their own home team? is it that they dislike kobe? sure his style and attitude can be repelling, but would you really root for some other team (to win the finals) simply because you dislike a certain player? do you not understand that every team in every generation will have that player you love to hate, but it should pale in comparison to the overall pride you should have for your team as a whole. Maybe its the fact that the other team has such a wonderful story and great players who deserve, after years of close calls, finally their chance to win the world companionship. OK. i see your point. i agree that they do deserve it. hell, if they did win, i’ll probably clap for them. But this doesnt change the fact that i am a lakers’ fan. and as mentioned…more so than any other team. hence, i WANT the lakers to win and not someone else.

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June 14th

June 4, 2008

So I’m seriously thinking about joining the cause and doing something for a change with regards to The Co$. On June 14th, 2008, Anonymous will be holding another protest and damn if i dont want to get involve.

Years back when i first heard about the Co$ and its beliefs i didnt give it much thought. Sure it sounded stupid, but so does most of the religions out there. Even when stories of child abuse and political and corporate conspiracies were spreading, i just thought “Eh”. It wasn’t until i started working for a certain company that i started to see what makes them so evil.

You see, my boss at this particular company was a Scientologist. He has been for the past 20+ years. At fist i didnt think much about his encyclopedia of scientology books displayed permanently at his desk, or how he would spend (literally) hours a day trying to explain to me how the study of scientology made him a better person, and how it can make me one too. I listened intently, trying to give off the inkling of interest, after all, he was my boss. and after god knows how many hours i’ve wasted in his office, i can tell you 2 things i know for sure about scientology:

1) They repeat the hell out of their rhetoric that even though it’s false, they believe it to be true.

2) They see everyone else as “others,” and that they are the better of the two.

Sure these two things might just sound like the characteristics of a few of your friends, maybe it even sounds like you. But in the case of scientology, they made it into a religion. But unlike most other religions, you cannot question their teachings; in fact, there are no room for interpretations at all. Also, you have to pay for this religion. i mean c’mon, what religion do you know of that requires you to paid for being enlighten.