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JT Allen

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  1. There's good information on the Inauguration @ WashDC.com
  2. Security issue? Weather might be bad? How can the Inaugural planners not know what time the parade starts?
  3. Obama, when elected, walked into an absolute crap-storm in terms of what he was facing re., well, everything. The GOPers should even give this video the benefit of the doubt: Obama is not perfect, not by any stretch of the imagination, but this video will better explain things. As a liberal, I thought the video was great.
  4. Please elaborate on this sentence: "if Einstein was alive, he has committed multi-fold onslaught on perpetrators of oppression." As it currently is written, it makes no sense.
  5. OK fine, after due diligence I realize the absurdity of what Newt Gingrich said in the Jacksonville, FL debate was pandering and not much more, but the man said what he said. Newt Gingrich said by his second term as president, by year 2020, that America would have a moon colony with 13,000 Americans living there and that they could apply for statehood so America would have 51 states. He also mentioned he wanted "manufacturing plants" on the moon. Reread that last paragraph anywhere from zero to one hundred times or however many times it takes to really sink in. I myself I had to rewind the DVR several times because how could his statements have been anything but grandiose rhetoric uttered by a mentally-unstable individual? A moon base? 13,000 people living on the moon?Statehood for The Moon Colony? Manufacturing plant? So by Newt's thinking, allowing Washington, DC to become a state with her 550,000 residents is, and I direct quote him, "crazy," but building the 51st United State in 8 years, on THE MOON is a great idea? Am I the only one who this completely astounds? It's one of the craziest things I've heard, ever, the reasons for which I'll expound on later while the other reasons are glaringly obvious. Anyone reading this agree with me? Per the topic title, I'm not letting this one go, not for a while anyway. I'm not 100 percent "all there," but neither am I completely ... hmm ... gotta keep this clean ... "completely off my rocker."
  6. There was a circus on Capitol Hill Tuesday April 27, 2010. Many of Goldman's top executives came to face the wrath of a bi-partisan U.S. Congressional committee, specifically, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations chaired by Senator Carl Levin. The executives at Goldman are very adept at wasting time, with seemingly relentless pleas of "I can't find the chart you're referencing," or, "I've never seen this or that, give me time to catch up." These guys are skilled at least two things: inherently difficult to understand financial instruments ("Synthetic CDO's")and really never answering any of the Subcommittee's questions directly, if at all. If Daniel Sparks (the former head of Goldman's mortgage department - he has since departed the firm) had been in a court of law the judge would have thrown the book at him with coma-inducing force. Sparks claimed to not know what a "stated-income loan" was. Really? That's roughly the equivalent of an auto mechanic claiming he doesn't know what a "headlight" is. it's that obvious. It is a loan based upon your stated income, rather than your verified income. Not a difficult concept to grasp. While we're on the subject of this stated income loan, let's take a little closer look at how this same concept would work in other areas. Say you wanted to start a business: wouldn't it be great to walk into a bank, ask for a 5 million dollar loan and when the bank says "what have you got for collateral" you reply "oh don't worry about it, I make 10 million dollars a year as a cashier at Wal-Mart" and they, in turn, reply "oh well that's no problem, let's just write you a bank-check so you can get out of here." That's what a stated income loan is. Pretty sweet deal, right? The only problem is many people (Goldman execs excluded of course) tend to stretch the truth a bit when it comes to "stated income." But I digress. The Goldman boys (Golden Boys?)are a wily bunch. Though cool as a cucumber, the 31 year old Fabrice Tourre (aka, in his own words, "The Fabulous Fab")wrote an email in which he described the financial instruments he helped create (and sell)as [sic] "pure intellectual masturbation," and "a ‘thing’ which has no purpose, which is absolutely conceptual and highly theoretical and which nobody knows how to price" yet, alas, he too is innocent. Sure, the Chairman of the Committee, Carl Levin, threw out a rather salty word (literally, the acronym for "Ship High In Transit")which there appears to be quite a flap about, but in his defense he was merely quoting an internal Goldman email which describes securities they were selling as, precisely, said acronym. I watched the entire proceedings with morbid curiosity. Lloyd Blankfein, the President and CEO of Goldman Sachs, was last to testify. At first he struck me a arrogant and smarmy and I had a profound dislike for him. Then a funny thing happened: as the testimony progressed, I almost (almost) began to like him. This may be a harsh assessment, but he reminded me of a highway accident: you WANT to look away, but you CAN'T look away. Make no mistake: this man was a key player in the destruction of an almost inconceivable number of dreams, plans, futures, college funds, etc, etc. and was compensated to the tune of tens of millions of dollars for the privilege of wreaking havoc on huge numbers of innocent people (to be cont.)
  7. Peak Bloom Period prediction has been revised: April 1 - 4, 2009, with the entire blooming period predicted for March 28 - April 11. Click here for more information on National Cherry Blossom Festival
  8. In theory, a moon base isn't really a bad idea, but we, as a country, have more pressing issues currently such as millions of people losing their Earth houses thanks to the big banks, etc. Where does Newt propose we acquire the two-trillion-plus dollars this moon base would require for construction? Newt and the Republican base are categorically opposed to raising taxes on the wealthy so maybe more talk of gutting Social Security, Medicare, Education, et. al. I somehow think I'm not the only one who believes this may be a, ahem, "bad idea."
  9. There are: "...more than 600,000 residents of rural communities still do not have the basic water and sanitation services the rest of us take for granted." So, over half a million people in the United States of America don't have running water, yet what the USA really needs is a moon base so we can have 50 U.S. states and 1 U.S Moon state? That's a pretty glaring example of politicians not having their priorities straight. Maybe a good campaign slogan would be "indoor plumbing before moon stations."
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    Commedian Cilfford Myers

    In spite of his being Canadian, (JK) this guy is really funny - check out his video and if he ever comes around def. check him out. http://youtube.com/watch?v=xtRiuM If you have a twitter account follow him!!! handle is @Cliffalus and you'll be laughing everytime he posts a tweet. One of the best.
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    Commedian Cilfford Myers

    Here is the video link:
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    The plural term Elohim

    This is a tough one. Even the myriad authors at Wikipedia are having a VERY a hard time pinning down when (and how) the hexagram became a symbol of Judaism. True, the hexagram (aka Star of David, etc. etc. et. al.) was around during the time of Constantine [The hexagram does appear occasionally in Jewish contexts since antiquity, apparently as a decorative motif. For example, in Israel, there is a stone bearing a hexagram from the arch of a 3rd–4th century synagogue in the Galilee, (i.e., the time of Constantine's reign as Emperor of Rome)] but there is not much mention of HOW it became the symbol of a religion and nation. Will investigate further and am awaiting answers from trusted sources. Stay tuned.
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    Looking for John F Kennedy Ornament

    John F. Kennedy looks about perfect to me: see above...
  14. Luke, it wasn't so much of a "financial overthrow" of Greece and Italy or a coup de etat. It was more like dominoes falling slowly over the past few years. Greece has continually been keeping it's debt at over 110 percent of GDP which, in addition to several other factors, caused them to be in deep financial trouble which most believe will lead to Greece's defaulting on it's debt. There are many different views on what this would mean. The contrarians contend it's not Greece endangering the Euro, it's vice-versa. Since I'm not an economist I'll have to do a lot more research on this to give you a really cogent answer. Stay tuned ...
  15. Let me be the first American to say CONGRATULATIONS GREECE AND ITALY! You've just handed your countries over to unelected international bankers. Welcome to the New World Order!
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    The plural term Elohim

    There are probably millions of symbols from days past and will be in the future. One thing I do not understand is "just don't shove it down my throat." Who is shoving what down whose throat?? Just curious.
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    NoVA Public Works projects

    While I'm on this particular rant, what's the deal with four (4) State Troopers at every construction site throughout the metro area? Not just VA but MD too? Have construction sites become high crime areas? A lot of drug dealing or kidnappings on heavy construction sites? This is a new phenomenon that has taken place in the past 2 or 3 years, on EVERY night time construction site. The police cruisers just sit there, lights on, all night every night. This did not used to be the situation. Why spend money on this? Why so much waste? The construction sites have high-intensity-discharge metal halide lights and make the construction sites look like the Sun is shining at noon on them Can someone please explain this waste?
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    NoVA Public Works projects

    Dear Curious: I don't know why they're doing it either, but I noticed the precise same thing they're doing now on Route 7 in Ashburn down to Sterling. There is NOTHING wrong with the asphalt pavement and they're tearing it up and laying down new roadway. I don't get it. I read in the Post about 10 years ago that it takes a million dollars a mile to repave a single lane road so we're talking about 50 million dollar USELESS project here. I don't want to hear a single member of Congress from VA talking about "pork barrel this or wasteful spending that." STOP repaving roads that most of the U.S. would give their right arm to have. It's insane. It's the equivalent of digging a hole, getting the dirt from the hole to fill in the hole you just dug and then repeating the process 10,000 times, i.e., It. Is. Senseless.
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    Whirlpool moving to Mexico

    Sigh ... when are American companies going to stop this hemorrhaging of American jobs being outsourced to foreign countries? It must stop or America is in more trouble than it already is. Come on manufactures: I'm willing to bet Americans will pay extra in order to keep the U.S. the Superpower it is.
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    Occupy Wall Street Protest

    At about 4:08 seconds into this "interview," Ann Coulter just blasts off the reservation, microscopic/myopic brain in tow as she states: ... "mob uprising’s (ed. note: read: “protestors”) are always left wing ... Russian revolution, Vietnam, Chine Venezuela, Cuba, but the founding of America had nothing to do with these other revolutions ... the founding of America was more like the modern day peaceful Tea Partiers." *Shakes head ruefully." Here is a transliteration of what she just said: 1) The Founding Fathers were "a left wing mob." 2) The American Revolution was a just a Tea Party-esque, peaceful demonstration of basic human rights that didn't yet exist. (Bill of Rights). I'll repeat that: Ann Coulter believes the American Revolution was a just a Tea Party-esque, peaceful demonstration REALLY? In her immense brilliance she forgot/ignored this little thing called the AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR in which TWENTY-SEVEN-THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED AMERICANS DIED. How, again, is a war a "peaceful demonstration?" I've never hit a woman but still I'd smile if a transformer robot falcon-punched her through an oak tree. Just sayin ...
  21. Tell me how this doesn't describe 99 percent of heavy-weight Fortune 1000 CEO's: (From the film "Limitless") "Your power ... you flaunt it and you throw it around like a brat with his trust fund; you haven’t had to climb up all the greasy little rungs, you haven’t been bored blind at the fundraisers, you haven’t done the time in that first marriage to the girl with the right father, you think you can leap over all in a single bound, you haven’t had to bribe or charm or threaten your way to a seat at that table ...".
  22. The Gen Y'ers might want to consider China is currently killing us in manufacturing: we also have a profound trade deficit with them AND they are Not. Our. Allies. Come on now.
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    Washington DC Just had an Earthquake

    Interesting the USGS can pinpoint the precise location and DEPTH of an earthquake. Are there sensors every mile or something? I don't get how they know with such precision the epicenter and depth.
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    Washington DC Just had an Earthquake

    Odd sensation. Minor vibration, then felt like a bulldozer was rolling down the street, then helicopter landing on roof, then "shake, rattle and roll" for about 7-10 seconds then subsided in about 3 seconds. Total elapsed time in DC: about 15 seconds max., but who knows unless you had a stopwatch.
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    Washington DC Just had an Earthquake

    Stuff in the house be rattlin' around - Republicans run into the streets shouting "rapture, God is coming!!"