It's not a recovery, it's Wall Street buying to rent back to owners


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"THR purchased the Southeast Atlanta home at auction for $90,000. The principle due on the mortgage that was foreclosed upon was $219,300."

"If banks were willing to offer principle reduction on these inflated mortgages down to the same price they are willing to sell at auction, many homeowners would likely be able to afford their payments, and stay in their homes for years to come, contributing to the stability of the neighborhood. Instead, homeowners get a flier posted on their door the day after Blackstone purchases the home, offering them the opportunity to rent the home they once owned. Meanwhile, the deep pockets of firms like Blackstone allows them to outbid virtually everyone else in the market—eliminating any chance of owner occupants looking for a new home to get a good deal while prices and interest rates are low."

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  1. FortWayne


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    gbenson says

    This one pissed me off when I saw it.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15733-SE-Powell-Blvd-Portland-OR-97236/2146092690_zpid/

    I considered it as a potential investment property, but noted that it was a HUD home and may have some funky title stuff going on. As best I can tell this is how it went down:

    You are upset that someone else bought it as investment property and not you. Isn't that just another way of saying, it's only wrong if someone else gets what I want?

    Integrity is when you see something going wrong and try to fight against the corruption and fraud. It is not integrity if you are whining because you failed to profit from the transaction.

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    bmwman91 says

    Robert don't see how anyone can spin Wall Street buying-up swaths of residential properties as a positive thing. You have said repeatedly that you don't care what the paper-value of your rental empire is, so surely you aren't rooting for valuation increases.

    Rob lives a life of vanity as a Scrooge. His view of life is a little different than normal folk, he worships idols.

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    robertoaribas says

    you'd have to kick them out when you bought the house anyways, so it is no different.

    These are people you know. Man of the people.

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    robertoaribas says

    any time you guys want to come out of fantasy land and join reality, you'll find it makes your life decisions so much better!

    Ever see what happens when animals get cornered? Reality is when the class of abusive landed gentry and the banking cabal makes living in a contracting economy miserable. Youll eventually get pushback. Then you will run to the police state to save your neck.

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    bmwman91 says

    it'll be pitchforks and AR15's from people that have had enough

    Will never happen. Americans are afraid of the police, respect authority, are brainwashed, pussy whipped and suffering from low testosterone.

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    ELC says

    Americans are afraid of the police and respect authority and are pretty well brainwashed.

    That's not what I was told to think.

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    Moderate Infidel says

    That's not what I was told to think.

    LOL! I was told to think they are brave patriots. Haven't seen the slightest sign of that. Lots of beer swilling, sports watching and masturbating to interacial porn.

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    FortWayne says

    You are upset that someone else bought it as investment property and not you.

    How on earth did you take away that from my statement? My entire point, along with a restatement of this point in a 2nd post, was that HUD is utterly incompetent and the banks are making out like bandits.

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    robertoaribas says

    Reality says

    Title insurance is not possible with occupant in the house when closing.

    you are a joke. do you always make crap up in areas that you know nothing about?

    My lawyer made that quite clear to me at the most recent closing, which took place a couple weeks go. He explicitly made sure there's nobody living there before issuing title insurance. The property was a (post-)foreclosure REO, which is the type of property that we are discussing here.

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    Mick Russom says

    robertoaribas says

    any time you guys want to come out of fantasy land and join reality, you'll find it makes your life decisions so much better!

    Ever see what happens when animals get cornered? Reality is when the class of abusive landed gentry and the banking cabal makes living in a contracting economy miserable. Youll eventually get pushback. Then you will run to the police state to save your neck.

    I have no idea what Roberto's business model is, so my comment here is not meant to refute what you wrote. Just want to make it clear that not every housing service provider is a scum of the earth. I'm in the process of accumulating a portfolio. The goal is to rescue a bunch of starter homes that would otherwise rot . . . fix them up and make them available to the rental market to help keeping the rents affordable, and eventually let some of the future tenants to buy them if they are interested in a high interest rate environment via seller financing when the government subsidy programs are gone. Some of the houses are priced so low due to neglect and repair work needed there indeed can be room for win-win plays if someone is willing to stump up all-cash purchase and fix them up.

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    ELC says

    bmwman91 says

    it'll be pitchforks and AR15's from people that have had enough

    Will never happen. Americans are afraid of the police, respect authority, are brainwashed, pussy whipped and suffering from low testosterone.

    People are sheep. All it will take is a few individuals with the balls to kick things off and feed on the masses' various angers and something will get a'going. I'm not saying that it will be a good thing, but bad things are bound to happen when the oligarchy blindly squeezes the general populace for its own gains. People like Roberto are not the problem, but most people are too dumb to tell the difference between people like him and the psychopaths that are driving this mess. Bank tellers and landlords will be the first to be strung-up (wrongfully) in a froth of populist anger if things melt down. Eventually the government will see that they need to neuter the oligarchs if they want to keep ANY of their power and they will pay the oligarchs some concessions to go off and learn to live with their piles of riches for a while. It'll all repeat again thereafter, but things will be OK again for a while.

    My hope is that we are able to get political momentum going early enough that the oligarchs can be paid-off into temporary obscurity by the government, without the whole "murdering bank tellers and landlords" thing taking place first. People like Matt Taibi and Dylan Ratigan are making some headway into the popular mind, and many people are receptive to their messages. That's one spot of light as far as I can tell.

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    JodyChunder says

    What's really insane is that the wording of your post is not hyperbolic. In more normal times, it would be, but in fact, it's just a dry analysis of things.

    Dude, tell me about it. When I read Griftopia, I started out in disbelief of what I was reading. The only way I was able to get through that book was by reading it on a nice comfy park bench on a nearby trail so that I could take periodic walks to cool off. When I tell people about what was really going on behind the financial melt-down, they think I am a nut. What is even MORE nuts is that there were NO changes to any regulatory policy after the bail-outs and it is only a (short) matter of time before Wall Street does the exact same shit all over again. Wall Street not only got bailed-out, but they also got a free ticket to ride again. It's already happening.

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    CaptainShuddup says

    gbenson says

    Who the hell is running HUD and how to we get someone in there that has a brain?

    Cross bread a helper monkey with a bingo player.

    Please leave my parents out of this discussion.LOL

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    bmwman91 says

    People are sheep.

    And sheep need fleecing.

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    ELC says

    LOL! I was told to think they are brave patriots. Haven't seen the slightest sign of that. Lots of beer swilling, sports watching and masturbating to interacial porn.

    Ok, Alex Jones.

    (Why specifically qualify the porn as interracial, by the way? I bet you're more an inter-taxonomical kinda guy!)

    bmwman91 says

    People are sheep. All it will take is a few individuals with the balls to kick things off and feed on the masses' various angers and something will get a'going.

    Maybe. Or it may be that a lot of people are too exhausted from day-to-day hustling. Depending on your station in life, the daze of self-preservation can crowd out your more philosophical instincts. Having quality time to consider and reflect is a privilege not all of us can readily afford. Try long-haul trucking or electroplating radiators in 110 degree heat 9 hours a day, and see how much energy you have for contemplating the nature of anything outside of base human instinct.

    As for a change in the weather...it better be able to compete with the litany of distractions on offer. The boredom relief industry, and technology in specific, is considerably huger today than it's ever been during any other time of uprising in history. It's helped to sustain a steady line of interference from the introspection and ennui needed to get the masses in a snarl.

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    This is true. The bread and circuses of late Roman vintage are nothing compared to Reality TV and the EBT system. Perhaps you are right...placating the base physical and mental needs of the population has been perfected and we'll continue further and further into an Orwellian nightmare.

    That'll keep up until some other country, that isn't grinding its people into mindless cattle, decides that it wants America's resources and starts a big old war. Assuming that it does not go thermonuclear and wipe out most mammalian life on the surface, that ought to wake someone up and cull the herd quite a bit (assuming we "win").

    The thing that really kills me is what you are saying though. Most people just can't muster the energy to really THINK about life and the world around them. I am glad that I have the luxury to do exactly that. A BIG part of it is not owning a TV, which induces boredom, which drives me to go source my own mental stimulation. I don't want to go off on some elitist tangent because I know plenty of smart, in-touch people that have TVs. I guess that it all comes down to how much you use it. Anyway, it has been a long time since I had to work a shit job for minimum wage or thereabout. Even when I had to support myself on $12.50 an hour in Stockton (and it actually paid all of the bills in 2005 although I had a lot of cheese & mustard sandwiches for dinner), I was fortunate enough to have a highly intelligent roommate that loved having philosophical conversations over various alcoholic beverages. I can see how working long hours at a job that isn't entirely stimulating can very easily leave one in a condition where they want to go home and veg out, eat some sort of crap pre-packaged dinner and pass out. It takes discipline and a solid support network to avoid the trap where you waste away into nothing and vote along party lines in the ever-present battle against "the other side." I count myself as lucky, as frustrating as "seeing" the world for what it is can be.

    Next time I am down in J-Tree to climb, I'll drop you a line & buy you a beer if you like.

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    bmwman91 says

    The thing that really kills me is what you are saying though. Most people just can't muster the energy to really THINK about life and the world around them.

    Don't get me wrong -- there are definitely those who seem aggressively incurious. It's like they've got muscle memory for the over-the-barrel position. What can I say...I do not understand this creature.

    For the most part, though, the people I meet who at first seem like oblivious assholes (sheeple) are really just fatigued and dazed, often from dealing with the very tensions that are a byproduct of the claw backs in American living standards to which they should be paying attention, and getting informed about, and then pissed off about. Instead, they're trying to hold their marriages together, and trying to keep their bosses off their backs, and dealing with other liabilities. These concerns crowd the portals of their better senses to where everything outside of their immediate sphere of concern is shop talk, and treated as an incursion.

    You're fortunate that you have a brain, and thoughtful friends around you. I see thinking in general as one of the greatest pleasures available to any man.

    Gimme a holler next time you're desert-bound. I was just in Joshua Tree! I discovered a shockingly great little Indian restaurant there. It's in a filling station. I'll buy the suds.

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    bmwman91 says

    that ought to wake someone up and cull the herd quite a bit (assuming we "win").

    Government is well aware of our weakness. That's why they throw so much money at the military. Deep down the people know it too which is why there's little objection when their health care is unaffordable while the Pentagon gets a raise. I'm assuming the military has learned how to deprogram these kids so they're not pantywaists.

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    JodyChunder says

    Or it may be that a lot of people are too exhausted from day-to-day hustling.

    It's the exact opposite. They're soft from living the easy life. You must have Americans confused with illegal alians.

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    Moderate Infidel says

    And sheep need fleecing.

    Great point!

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    bmwman91 says

    People are sheep. All it will take is a few individuals with the balls to kick things off and feed on the masses' various angers and something will get a'going.

    Wasn't that what Occupy Wallstreet was about? Instead the press successfully made them look like a bunch of idiots. Sheep follow other sheep to safety. They don't follow individuals into danger.

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    bmwman91 says

    My hope is that we are able to get political momentum going early enough that the oligarchs can be paid-off into temporary obscurity by the government, without the whole "murdering bank tellers and landlords" thing taking place first. People like Matt Taibi and Dylan Ratigan are making some headway into the popular mind, and many people are receptive to their messages. That's one spot of light as far as I can tell.

    The kingpins are sociopaths. A sociopath's greatest fear is being exposed. Even violence and incarceration takes a back seat to being exposed. If you notice the press is very careful at not naming names other than the totally obvious. They'll publish the names and addresses of gun owners no problem, or people accused of blue-collar crimes, but they'll never expose the real major players, what they are doing, what they look like, and where they live. Did you watch Frontline's The Untouchables? How many "untouchables" did they expose?

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    Reality says

    Just want to make it clear that not every housing service provider is a scum of the earth. I'm in the process of accumulating a portfolio. The goal is to rescue a bunch of starter homes that would otherwise rot

    Every housing service provider has a way to rationalize so they can do what they do guilt free. Your dealing in tainted merchandise and helping the banks clean up their mess. Sorry. You're just another brick in the wall.

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    They should go to jail, bankers alike. That is a start, but since they own the us gov.

    Pledge allegiance to the banks...oh well orwell

    This is the fall of the society and dark ages will ensue.

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    ELC says

    Reality says

    Just want to make it clear that not every housing service provider is a scum of the earth. I'm in the process of accumulating a portfolio. The goal is to rescue a bunch of starter homes that would otherwise rot

    Every housing service provider has a way to rationalize so they can do what they do guilt free. Your dealing in tainted merchandise and helping the banks clean up their mess. Sorry. You're just another brick in the wall.

    There are correct ways to build a portfolio that are beneficial to the public. You don't see it much now because the business has been over run by crooks.

    It's harder to make a buck when you're competing with deeper pockets, who can make a quick short term profit.

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    JodyChunder says

    Gimme a holler next time you're desert-bound. I was just in Joshua Tree! I discovered a shockingly great little Indian restaurant there. It's in a filling station. I'll buy the suds.

    I'm thinking of maybe visiting that area around Feb 15 to 18. Is it worthwhile? I've heard Death Valley is best in February.

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    The area is hit-or-miss this time of the year. It can either be 75F during the day and mid-50's at night, or 38F in the middle of the day with 40MPH winds. You just have to go take your chances, it can change in a matter of a few hours sometimes. Generally though, I have run into the best weather in mid-March. The main section of Joshua Tree natl Park is definitely worth visiting for a day, but my personal favorite place is Indian Cove. Park out at Rattlesnake Canyon & go for an awesome day hike / scramble up a creekbed. There are actually small waterfalls sometimes, depending on how much rain fell that year! It is super cool to see in the middle of the high desert.

    Also be sure to hit up the Joshua Tree Saloon Grill & Bar. Order a pastrami sandwich, and ask them to grill the pastrami (you have to ask for it specifically). Best damn pastrami sandwich you'll ever have. The joint is on the corner of Twentynine Palms Highway and Park Blvd in the town of Joshua Tree.

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    ELC says

    Every housing service provider has a way to rationalize so they can do what they do guilt free. Your dealing in tainted merchandise and helping the banks clean up their mess. Sorry. You're just another brick in the wall.

    Do you mean every house ever borrowed against or foreclosed upon should be torn down? It seems to me that my rescuing of the houses keeping them on the market available for rent at low prices (and hopefully declining prices) not only work as price competition to the bankster rental portfolio but also help people avoid the need to take on huge loans to buy houses and get ripped off by the banksters yet again. My long term goal is actually eventually letting the long-term renters own the houses that they rent from me.

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    Do you mean every house ever borrowed against or foreclosed upon should be torn down?

    It's litterally a crime scene, so yes it should be torn down. Your renters will never own the houses they rent from you. Most will lose the extra rent they are paying you to rent to own. You're selling them a pipe dream. Just because you truly believe the same dream doesn't change reality. If you want to succeed with that particular business model most of your renters will need to fail. It's not a win/win as you believe. Either you or they must fail.

    BTW, I'm not saying not to be in that business. Just don't fool yourself that there's a higher and lower ground within that business. Most doctors and lawyers are bottom feeders too and most parents want their daughters to marry a doctor or lawyer. I would even lump most pastors in the bottom feeding catagory as well, so don't worry about it.

    Most businesses and professions that truly help people don't come with high profit so in the world there's a choice to be made if you're able to be really really honest with yourself, but it's hard to choose with all the shiny little trinkets metal disks and paper strips can buy these days.

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    John Bailo says

    So are you saying that they intend to monopolize real estate and then set the prices without regard to a "free market"?

    I certainly am. Assuming that they hold onto the rentals for any appreciable amount of time, rather than dumping them onto the market en-masse when they decide that they want to cash out, they will engage in wealth extraction that makes the mid-2000's look like a kiddie birthday party.

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    bmwman91 says

    Assuming that they hold onto the rentals for any appreciable amount of time,

    I think the deal is they have to hold them for five years.

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    ELC says

    It's litterally a crime scene, so yes it should be torn down.

    Where would people live then? It seems to me the mortgage was the crime, not the house.

    Your renters
    will never own the houses they rent from you. Most will lose the extra rent they
    are paying you to rent to own. You're selling them a pipe dream. Just because
    you truly believe the same dream doesn't change reality.

    What extra rent? I'm not thinking of marketing them as rent to own, but only as a normal rental. They'd only sign up if they think it's the best deal they can find as a normal rental. I'm currently hashing out two alternative business plans:

    1. Just run them as normal rentals; then when interest rate is high in about 10 years, when the bank interest rate is very high, sell the houses to good tenants via owner financing at reasonable rate.

    2. The first year of lease would be normal. If they are good tenants that I want to keep, surprise them with a 5% rent drop. Keep doing that every year but without a contractual promise so they are not tied down by any promise but only actively choosing the place because of good price. When difference between rent and tax+insurance (no mortgage) is close enough, say $200/mo, I'd be selling it to them at the PV based on that net income, which would be $40k at current interest rate but $20k if interest rate is 10% at that time, or $10k if 20% interest rate, which IMHO is highly likely. So they get the house for next to nothing and can still avoid paying gift tax (so I hope) because the cash flow hence PV will be so low due to very low rent at that time. I would have recouped my investment by that time, and paid for my kid's college and funded my my retirement at a modest living standard . . . and the renters would have got a house for next to nothing on top of coule decades of below-market rent.

    All possible because the purchase price is low, I'm not financing, and I have no multi-million dollar salary or bonus to pay like the big hedge funds managing their portfolio.

    ELC says

    Most businesses and professions that truly help people don't come with high
    profit

    I'm not seeking high profit. In fact, in the latter years, it will be a non-profit giving things away.

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    Reality says

    I'm not seeking high profit. In fact, in the latter years, it will be a non-profit giving things away.

    It sounds good for the tenants but not so good for you. Like I said one of you will lose. You're in competition with greedy people who are going to deceive their tenants and buyers. For example someone I know buys houses then and finances them himself. He is able to sell lower because he picks people who he hopes will go bad on their loan and he gets back the house and keeps the 20-30% down payment. He even has the deed (or title?) held in escrow and has in the agreement if they miss two payments anytime withing the five year balloon loan they become a renter and are evicted under rental laws. He makes it so the payment is a couple of hundred a month less than if they would rent the same type of house. Believe it or not he has no trouble finding people with horrible credit but some cash who agree to this.

    How do you compete with that?

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    ELC says

    It sounds good for the tenants but not so good for you. Like I said one of
    you will lose. You're in competition with greedy people who are going to deceive
    their tenants. For example someone I know buys houses then rents them out and
    finances them. He is able to sell lower because he picks people who he hopes
    will go bad on their loan and he gets back the house. He even has the deed (or
    title?) held in escrow and has in the agreement if they miss two payments they
    become a renter and are evicted under rental laws.


    How do you compete with that?

    I'm not competing against someone like that for investor money. When I have the system details worked out, and when the whole enterprise is in give-away mode, it will be a non-profit. By then I may consider fund raising if there are like-minded people who are willing to put in cash and not take out any . . . a type of capital that he can not seek.

    The area where I will be competing with someone like you mentioned would be tenants. If I'm not able to give tenants a better deal than his shop can, then the tenant deserves the better deal from him. Like I mentioned, I'm not marketing the houses as rent-to-own, but only as regular rentals. There are plenty rentals that seem to keep the owners in business. Eventually, the give-away phase will exhaust whatever I put into the non-profit, but that is the point, as I don't plan on living forever. If my math is correct, in the time between now and then, I should be able to get reasonable return.

    I'd also be a much more relaxed landlord, teaching tenants how to keep homes by maintaining them in exchange for ever decreasing rent instead of going to courts seeking evictions. By the time they buy it from me for a good price, they will also have what it takes to keep the homes without the a huge mortgage burden.

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    I certainly am. Assuming that they hold onto the rentals for any appreciable amount of time, rather than dumping them onto the market en-masse when they decide that they want to cash out, they will engage in wealth extraction that makes the mid-2000's look like a kiddie birthday party.

    The only way to pull off controlling prices is if all the major banks cooperate with each other. But this seems to be what's happening. All the banks as well as the Government are pissing on the free market in unison.

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    Reality says

    If my math is correct, in the time between now and then, I should be able to get reasonable return.

    It sounds like a good idea to include fundraising in your plan. There's a non-profit out there (forget the name) settling with creditors for people in debt using donated money. You could try to put something together along those lines and use free publicity and donations to make it work if your numbers are weak.

    I was also thinking what's needed is some organization that could use adverse possession to pressure banks to either sell or start taking care of their abandoned properties.

    No one seems to be getting proactive out there. They're getting away with murder and nothing's being done. I wonder if churches or non-profits can do something more aggressive than just bending over and taking it, being that they enjoy some protections other entities don't. I figure if a church can get away with molesting children for hundreds of years they must have other powers that can be used for good.

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    ELC says

    It sounds like a good idea to include fundraising in your plan. There's a non-profit out there (forget the name) settling with creditors for people in debt using donated money. You could try to put something together along those lines and use free publicity and donations to make it work if your numbers are weak.

    Wouldn't that be rewarding the creditors that made the bad loans?

    ELC says

    to pressure banks to either sell or start taking care of their abandoned properties.

    Yes, the empty houses are a huge waste, and houses don't stay in shape for long while empty.

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    ELC says

    Jody"PuffyTits"Chunder says

    (sheeple)

    Hmmm

    I guess I should have put that in inverted commas to indicate I was refering to your blind racist-tinged misanthropy. I don't refer to people as sheeple. It's lame talk.

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    It's the exact opposite. They're soft from living the easy life. You must have Americans confused with illegal alians.

    Yeah, I'm sure you're out there busting sod (in-between episodes of onanism and posting on Patnet). Anyway, I'm not sure what the fuck an illegal alian is supposed to be...but if you mean people from countries torn apart by our drug war policy who're desperately seeking asylum -- then I'll say this: they probably bust their collective ass more than any wannabe Big Dan from Floriduh. They also tend to posses a better grasp of basic English, despite it being their second or third language.

    Puffy tits! (sniff!)

    Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. -- E. Hoffer

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    Patrick says

    JodyChunder says

    Gimme a holler next time you're desert-bound. I was just in Joshua Tree! I discovered a shockingly great little Indian restaurant there. It's in a filling station. I'll buy the suds.

    I'm thinking of maybe visiting that area around Feb 15 to 18. Is it worthwhile? I've heard Death Valley is best in February.

    Joshua Tree: I was just there a week ago, and it was very nice for this time of year, Patrick, though you won't get to see as many wild flowers as you would a month or so from now. I'm biased to the desert. I think it's some of the most beautiful landscape there is, second maybe to Arizona's Verde Valley. I very highly recommend it. Here's a neat little blog by a local sculptor and his family who built their home in the area a few years back. Good stuff.

    http://www.allenpearce.com/2007JOSHUATREEUPDATES.htm

    And here's an online review I found for that Indian restaurant I stumbled across!

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/sams-pizza-joshua-tree

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