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Pesky feds interfering with money laundering real estate deals

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Curse our noxious interfering U.S. government! When will we be done with their intrusive rules and instead, usher in a libertarian paradise where infernal regulations to prevent money laundering are a relic of our commie socialist freedom-hating past?

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is expanding their noxious program requiring all-cash purchases of real estate above certain values be investigated to determine who the real buyer is. This misguided program has already hurt real estate prices in major metro areas and now will create further carnage. Where is the outrage? We must stand with Chinese sneaking money into the US and drug lords making dirty money clean. And please, shed a tear for the poor real estate agents whose commissions will drop because of this. Even if they knew full well what was going on.

The expanded program will “temporarily require US title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used to pay ‘all cash’ for high-end residential real estate in six major metropolitan areas,” up from the two areas designated in January, Manhattan and Miami, among the biggest destinations of global wealth:

Real estate purchases in the US have been a perfectly good way to launder large amounts of money, no questions asked. Brokers and banks and other industry professionals have played along. Everyone in the world knew it. And they came to launder their cash.

These folks don’t mind paying a little extra. So as an industry-pleasing side effect of this influx of opaque money, luxury home prices soared, from where they trickled down to the rest of the market.

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Republicans are grumpy on this Democratic Convention night

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Goodness, conservatives here and on Twitter are downright testy tonight. How dare those Democrats be friendly, perky, and optimistic Where is the fear, where is the anger?

Oh yes, Republicans were cackling with glee when the Democratic Convention began on Monday and a few Berniebrats tried to stink up the place. However, within just a couple of hours, everything was peaceful. That’s what happens when seasoned pro adults – not dysfunctional children in adult bodies – are in charge of a convention.

The Trump campaign will probably be trying to crank up more Rage and Fear when the Clinton juggernaut slams into them them. Someone, not a Hillary fan, says she’s a “cage fighter.” True. She’s also assembled a huge war machine of her own. My prediction: Trump won’t know what hit him.

I have no illusions about Clinton. I expect she’ll be like Obama, too warlike and promises will be broken. However, compared to the willfully ignorant, proudly racist Trump, the choice is obvious.

You play the cards you were dealt. And for this election, the cards are dealt and waiting.

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Scott Adams of Dilbert is officially a right-wing crackpot

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If Trump wins, Obama will declare martial law, say Scott Adams of Dilbert fame. He currently ends his increasingly paranoid blog posts with disclaimers he is for Hillary because he lives in California and fears for his life when riots break out, should he be seen favoring Trump.

He also thinks women deliberately give men dorky v-neck sweaters as presents to humiliate them. I am not making this up. So, men are becoming unmanly yet he says he endorses Hillary because he fears for his life if he doesn’t. (Huh?) Again, I am not making this up. And is this not a very unmanly, cowardly thing to do? Would not a Real Man take a stand, regardless of consequences?

You might have found it funny that I endorsed Clinton for my personal safety. But it was only funny by coincidence. I did it for personal safety, and apparently it is working. Where I live, in California, it is not safe to be seen as supportive of anything Trump says or does. So I fixed that.

Again, I’m completely serious about the safety issue. Writing about Trump ended my speaking career, and has already reduced my income by about 40%, as far as I can tell. But I’m in less physical danger than I was.

You castrating bitch women are giving men sweaters designed to sap their manhood. From his post titled “The Humiliation of the American Male 2016”

It seems to me that the humiliation of American men is now institutionalized in the media.

Check out this commercial for dishwasher detergent. And take careful note of the American man’s v-neck sweater. That’s the uniform of a man who is owned by a woman.

You’re laughing because you know it’s true. How many of the married men reading this blog have received those same sweaters as “gifts” from women? Personally, I’ve received about 25 over the years. None from men. I received three of those sweaters so far this year. I throw them away. Nice try.

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Temperance postcards from early 1900’s

The Temperance Movement was largely started by women whose husbands were trashed by alcohol. Alcohol consumption then was way higher than now and bars were everywhere in cities. Postcards of the time showed both the pro- and anti-temperance point of view.

If you’re wondering why Carrie Nation rarely got arrested for smashing up bars with a hatchet it’s because a) she was 6′ 0″, 175 lbs. and b) she smashed up bars in towns that had laws against bars but the laws weren’t enforced. Arresting her would mean authorities would have to admit the bars existed.

Temperance postcard. Sign The Pledge

Temperance postcard. Delirium tremens

Temperance postcard. Anti-Irish

Grotesquely anti-Irish card, portrays them like monkeys

Temperance postcard. Painfully sober Temperance postcard. Bitter drop Temperance postcard. Connect to brewery

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