Washington Redskins Ban Signs At Games, Eject And Insult Fans

It goes without saying that the Washington Redskins are a rancid football team.  But now the team, read Daniel Snyder, has reached new lows, aside from losses to Detroit and KC.

Here are some of the highlights of the new lows for the Redskins:

  • Two fans wearing “Dumb” and “Dumber” shirts with photos of Snyder and VP Vinny Cerrato claimed security guards made them invert their shirts.
  • Fans were prohibited from chanting “We want Gruden.”
  • The team has banned media interviews of tailgating fans.
  • Fans are prohibited from having signs at the game, even signs supporting our troops in Afghanistan.  Way to go Snyder.  Great to be against the troops.
  • Redskin linebacker Robert Henson, berated Redskins fans on his Twitter page.  It Tweet: “All you fake half hearted Skins fan can .. I won’t go there but I dislike you very strongly, don’t come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!”
    • “half hearted” Henson, learn to tackle and to properly use phrasal adjectives.  You not good at either.

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Notes On Refinancing A Home

Having just completed the paperwork necessary to refinance a home mortgage, it is appropriate to share a few thoughts.

First, there is a reason people hate lawyers, to wit, the preposterous number of signatures required.  For a simple refinance, same residence no second mortgage, it required a total of 32 signatures and 14 initials to consummate all of the necessary documents.

Second, why is it essential to disclose one’s race and ethnicity to borrow money?

Third, it was in sum a positive move.  The refinance resulted in a 5-1 ARM at %4.5.

yojoe out

P.S.   Premier Lending Group, Brian Baker,  was very helpful in making this loan happen.

Marines Allowed To Smoke In Afghanistan

Be it Afghanistan or Saipan, Marines want their smokes.  Now Marines, and other servicemembers, will be allowed to smoke,

The Pentagon reassured troops Wednesday that it won’t ban tobacco products in war zones. Defense officials hadn’t actually planned to eliminate smoking — at least for now. But fear of a ban arose among some troops after the Defense Department received a study recommending the military move toward becoming tobacco-free — perhaps in about 20 years.Battle Weary, Cigarette Smoking Marine on Saipan During Fight to Wrest the Island from Japanese Photographic Print

Press secretary Geoff Morrell pointedly told a Pentagon news conference that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is not planning to prohibit the use of cigarettes, chewing tobacco or other tobacco products by troops in combat.

“He knows that the situation they are confronting is stressful enough as it is,” Morrell said, noting the wars inIraq and Afghanistan. “I don’t think he is interested in adding to the stress levels by taking away one of the few outlets they may have to relieve stress.”

yojoe out

Oregon Ducks 2009 Football Uniforms

The Oregon Ducks, with help from Nike, have done it again, they have come up with new uniforms for the 2009 football season that are even uglier than last season.  And that is saying something, considering the previous uniforms were the worst in all of sports.  Not only are the unis repugnant, they are also versatile with 80 different combinations.  Eighty combinations?  How may games do they plan on playing this season?  Put down the hippy lettuce Oregon and just play football.

yojoe Fight On!

The Jews Are To Blame For The Current Economic Crisis

In a recent study 2,768 Americans were asked about the amount of blame attributed to the Jews for the current economic crisis.  Participants in the study were asked: “How much blame were the Jews for the financial crisis?”

The possible responses were:

  • a great deal
  • a lot
  • a moderate amount
  • a little
  • not at all

The results: 24.6 percent of Americans blamed “the Jews” a moderate amount or more, and 38.4 percent attributed some blame to “the Jews.”

When the results were broken down by political party:

  • Democrats – 32% blamed the Jews
  • Republicans – 18.4% blamed the Jews

This is disquieting to say the least.

While universal suffrage is a cornerstone of democracy in the United States, this study suggests that it may be time to rethink the right to vote for the people responding to this survey who blamed an single ethnic group for our economic circumstance.  This is just a preliminary reaction, but one can not help but to be disturbed by the results of this study.

yojoe (in disturbed mode) out

The Economics Of Somali Piracy

Over at VC there is a great post by Prof Peter Leeson about the economics of Somali Piracy,

Despite the surge in Somali piracy and encouragement from some employees of the U.S. government, commercial ships aren’t choosing to put armed guards on their vessels. And with good reason: given present conditions, anyway, it’s a bad idea.

As I discuss in The Invisible Hook, like their Caribbean forefathers, Somali pirates are in the business of making money, not harming hostages. Of the 815 hostages Somali pirates took last year, only four died and two were injured under pirate care.

Pirates aren’t treating hostages well because they’re nice guys. They’re treating hostages well because it pays to do so. A dead hostage fetches no ransom and pirates’ business model would collapse if they injured prisoners or allowed them to die. The economics of piracy has a simple bottom line: for all the problems piracy may pose, the threat of dead and injured innocents isn’t one of them.

yojoe out