This will come in really handy:
Who’d have thought you could tell by someone running in the rain?
These are Seattle fans, waiting for a traffic light to change so they could cross the street and celebrate their the Seahawks 2014 Super Bowl slaughter of the Denver Broncos.
These are Louisville fans, not caring what traffic lights are doing, as they celebrated the Cardinals 2013 NCAA Men’s basketball championship after beating the Michigan Wolverines.
In both cases, birds beat mammals.
But in this case, even as a Louisville resident, I have to admit Seattle looks like the more pleasant — and law abiding — place to be.
I saw this movie a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoyed it:
It was truly a celebration of rich people behaving badly, and Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent in it.
Technically, it’s not supposed to be an inspirational movie. You know, bad people doing bad things and all that. Apparently, some stock brokers don’t see it that way (from the London Evening Standard):
Cinemas across London are preparing to welcome thousands of bankers, brokers and traders to bespoke private screenings, the Standard has learned, and a cinema booking company says there is more corporate demand for this film than any they can remember.
With one company planning to dress up Nineties Wall Street-style for the occasion, the City’s buzz about [Jordan] Belfort has the ring of an enthronement. It is tempting to think that DiCaprio’s character might be a new cult hero for a new generation of bankers, as Gordon Gekko (protagonist of 1987’s Wall Street) was to their bosses. You can imagine the Square Mile’s new generation quoting Belfort’s corny phrases about money, drugs and women like their pre-crash predecessors did Gekko’s.
A comedy email flying around between bankers in London and New York this week makes the link, plotting a market index since the Eighties with arrows showing major price falls on the release dates of Wall Street and its 2010 sequel Money Never Sleeps, and a Wolf of Wall Street arrow pointing at today’s high price. Will the Wolf consign so many bankers and traders to therapy and rehab that the markets will plummet on its release, the jokes goes. At least I think it’s a joke.
For those of you not familiar with international financial markets, “the City” referred to here isn’t London. The City is what the Brits call their version of Wall Street. They’re treating this movie like it’s a blueprint for success. Maybe they’re thinking all they have to avoid will be the drugs, the prostitutes and the money laundering. That way, they can steal people’s money legally, I guess.
Oh, by the way. The Wolf lives. Jordan Belfort is now a motivational speaker in California. Here’s an interview with him:
Got to admit. The guy is smooth.
At first this was interesting:
Then it became annoying:
Then I wondered, are blacks smoking more pot?
And now I see it’s just pure racism:
The only way to stop these unjust arrests, and they are unjust, is to legalize pot everywhere. When one group is so overwhelmingly treated unjustly by a law, the law has to change.
This is supposed to be a happy game-show story:
Should I break it to her that she’s not going to keep the car? I mean, she looks so happy.
I’m just going with the odds here. I was on a game show once. Won a significant chunk of money and a trip to Europe. I also had to pay taxes on the winnings. Federal tax, taxes to the state I lived in, and California taxes, because that’s where the show was taped.
Now, for argument’s sake, I’m guessing the taxes all together are going to be AT THE VERY LEAST 30 percent of the total, so somewhere in the vicinity of $60,000.
She doesn’t have that kind of money. She said so. Remember when she turned over the first card and got $4,000, and she yelled to her significant other in the audience, “$4,000 is a lot of money.” Yes, when you don’t have a lot of money, $4,000 is a lot of money.
And $60,000 is a lot more money. I’m not going out on a limb here when I say she doesn’t have $60,000 laying around to pay the taxes on $170,000. The $10,000 in cash she won isn’t going to cover it.
So, she won’t keep the car. She’ll probably turn it over to an Audi dealer, who will take it off her hands for far less than the retail price, because as an owner, she now makes it a used car (pre-owned as they say in the classy television ads). And I’m not a tax lawyer here, but she still did get $170,000 from “The Price Is Right.” That’s income. Income is taxed. She still owes about $60,000. All told, she might walk away with cash in the low five figures. But nowhere near this “Price Is Right” moment. Maybe “The Price Is Right” folks have this all figured out and they’ll offer her a cash deal that covers everything. I doubt it, though.
I guess this dose of reality makes me the grinch who stole “The Price Is Right.” But I didn’t steal it. The tax man did. And the folks on “The Price Is Right” know this is going to happen. They also know this is great television. That means higher ratings. That means they can charge more for ads. You know, like giving Audi this six-minute ad for a car that’s never going to go to the contestant who won it.
Oh, you thought Audi gave “The Price Is Right” the car, or the show bought the car from Audi? No, this is product placement. The car will be back in the showroom next week. No cost to Audi. No cost to “The Price Is Right.” A $60,000 cost for the poor lady who’s having the happiest moment of her life.
(By the way, I did pay the taxes on my game-show winnings. Spent Easter in the sun in southwestern Europe. It was very nice.)
Uh, yeah, these are pretty insane. Why would you shoot a whale from your car in Tennessee?
We haven’t done enough. Since the Newtown massacre, a year ago yesterday, states have passed 39 laws with tighter restrictions on guns and have passed 70 laws that loosened restrictions.
Since Newtown, we’ve had the Navy Yard shootings, not far from where I live.
And this story ran this morning:
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – The teenage gunman who badly wounded a fellow student then shot himself to death at a suburban Denver high school apparently acted in retaliation for discipline he received months ago from the school’s debate club coach, the county sheriff said on Saturday.
The pump-action shotgun and multiple rounds of ammunition used by the suspect, Karl Pierson, in Friday’s shooting were legally purchased from local retailers, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. He said Pierson bought the shotgun on December 6 and the ammunition the morning of the shooting.
Pierson, a senior remembered by classmates as studious yet argumentative – and described by some as socially awkward – was 18 when he made the purchases, the minimum age for buying a shotgun or other types of rifles in Colorado.
The sheriff’s comments at an afternoon news conference shed new light on circumstances of a shooting that unfolded in less than a minute and a half and marked the latest of more than two dozen spasms of gun violence to shake U.S. school campuses this year.
We’re not going to do anything to stop this. Some of us will wring our hands and say “tut, tut” the next time it happens. Some of us will mourn the family members who die in these shootings.
And some of us will say that this shows we need more guns to protect ourselves. This third group represents the people who have been winning the gun debate. So far.
Can’t even say this is something to think about when the next horrific mass shooting happens. Because since Newtown, we’ve had the Navy Yard, just a few blocks from where I live.
The gun lobby wins again. It will always win.
Didn’t we all know this guy was going to be trouble, like, forever?
Authorities confirmed to The Orlando Sentinel that Zimmerman had been taken into custody.
TMZ also confirmed that Zimmerman was involved in the domestic violence incident in Orlando. …
Update, 3:30 p.m. EST: Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Zimmerman’s girlfriend claimed that she was pregnant, making the domestic violence charge an automatic felony. Zimmerman reportedly was not eligible for bail.
Update, 5:14 p.m. EST: ABC News reported that Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief in connection with the incident.
So he murders Trayvon Martin and gets away with it. Then a few months later, he pulls a gun on his ex-wife and her father and gets away with it. Now, he’s busted for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and threatening her with a shotgun.
This is one of those situations where you ask, “who does this guy have to kill before he is finally put away?” But thanks to the state of Florida, he already knows he can get away with murder. So I’m sure he thinks, “What’s the big deal? I only pulled a shotgun on a pregnant woman. I didn’t shoot her. Which I would have done if she threatened me with a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles.”
Florida is such a cesspool.