Saturday, February 19, 2011

Homeowner wins judgment against Wells Fargo over mortgage fees

Patrick Rodgers is living a pay-back fantasy probably shared by millions of struggling U.S. homeowners.

Frustrated by a dispute with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and by his inability to get answers to questions, the West Philadelphia homeowner took the mortgage company to court last fall.

When Wells Fargo still didn't respond, Rodgers got a $1,000 default judgment against it for failing to answer his formal questions, as required by a federal law called the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

And when the mortgage company didn't pay - does something sound familiar? - Rodgers turned to Philadelphia's sheriff.

The contents of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 1341 N. Delaware Ave., are scheduled for sheriff's sale on March 4 to satisfy the judgment and pay about $200 for court and sheriff's costs.

An executive from Wells Fargo has since met with the homeowner and is working on a settlement. But this is definitely a win for the consumer. Well done Patrick Rodgers!


One Hit Wonder

The Weather Girls - It's Raining Men (1979)

Sign of the day

A tiny Australian town is changing its name as part of a quirky road safety campaign. The town of Speed in Victoria, which has a population of just 45 people, will be known as Speedkills for the month of March after locals decided to help promote safe driving.

Beer Belly Week

Woman jumps out of moving vehicle she was driving

A Bismarck woman faces multiple charges after allegedly jumping out of the car she was driving while it was moving, leaving two passengers inside.

Christine Stroh, 21, was charged Monday with Class C felony reckless endangerment, along with Class B misdemeanor charges of second offense driving under the influence, driving under suspension and fleeing.

Stroh also was given a $20 traffic ticket for driving through a red light, according to court documents.

In an affidavit, North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Rost wrote he was following a vehicle at 12:27 a.m. Saturday when the car made an illegal right turn on a red light. He followed the car southbound on South Third Street and attempted to make a traffic stop.

The car did not stop and continued to go south until making a "hard left" onto Denver Avenue, reaching speeds of more than 37 mph in the residential area, Rost wrote. He continued to follow the car with his lights on as it turned on Richmond Drive and onto Atlanta Drive. When Rost turned onto Atlanta to follow the car, he saw the driver going the opposite direction from the moving car. The car crashed into a snowbank on the 1400 block of Atlanta, and the driver ran and hid in an evergreen tree nearby, Rost wrote. The car was not damaged.

Rost ordered the driver to come out of the tree and called for backup. Upon hearing sirens from approaching vehicles, the driver, later identified as Stroh, ran on foot down the sidewalk. She lost her high heels and continued running barefoot on the ice until she slipped and was arrested.

Rost wrote that Stroh had a strong odor of alcohol and was having problems with her balance. Her blood alcohol level was measured at .177 on a breathalyzer. The legal driving limit is .08. She was taken to a hospital for a blood test.

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Hot damn, I want to be an aeronautical engineer!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sign of the day

Here's a shocker, Russians like to drink

The World Health Organization just released a report about global alcohol consumption. It shows that alcohol is the leading cause of death worldwide for men 15-59. Highest per capita alcohol consumption in 2005 went to Moldova, with each resident downing about 4.8 gallons of alcohol a year.

Would Jose Bautista have reached his potential if the Jays hadn't waived Rios?

In early August 2009, the Blue Jays finally gave up on Alex Rios and put him on waivers. The White Sox claimed him and assumed his 5 year, $60 million contract. The move created an opportunity for Jose Bautista who was utility outfielder/3rd base. He never looked back. In the month of September Bautista hit 10 home runs and returned the next spring as the every day right fielder.

Ironically today he signed a 5 year, $64 million contract. Essentially, the same money as the player he replaced. Would Bautista have ever been the MLB home run champion if the Jays had been more patient with Rios? Most likely not. That's just the way sports works.

In 2011 Bautista will earn $8 million which is equal to what he earned in his entire major league career from 2004 to 2010.

An interesting and controversial signing. Both parties took risks though the biggest risk was taken by Alex Anthopoulos. They could have decided on a one year contract and waited to see how Bautista would do in 2011. Obviously if he could repeat 2010 then the contract would appear to be a bargain. If not then perhaps the Jays overpaid. Though judging by Rios and Vernon Wells, the Jays have been able to unload unwanted contracts. However, Bautista is not a risk taker and respects loyalty so it should come as no surprise that he signed. His family is set for life.

Are you staring at my ass?

Len (Uncle Leo) Lesser: 1922 - 2011

Good-bye, Uncle Leo: Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known for his scene-stealing role as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," died Wednesday. He was 88.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

30 items removed from suspect's rectum

Authorities in Florida said a homeless man sent to jail on Friday was found to be concealing 30 items in a condom hidden in his rectum.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Neil Lansing, 33, had been jailed following a Friday court appearance on undisclosed charges when corrections deputies performing a routine cell block search noticed a piece of condom sticking out of Lansing's rectum.

Officials said they removed the condom and it was found to contain 17 blue pills, a cigarette, six matches, one flint, an empty syringe with an eraser covering the needle, a lip balm container, an unused condom, a pharmacy receipt and a coupon.

Tell me, was it the lip balm that grossed you out the most?

Calling Jackie Chiles - woman bares her breasts in school

A Bradenton Beach woman was arrested this week when she pulled her breasts from her shirt and squeezed them together in a high school office because she was frustrated that another woman was dressing too provocatively, according to an arrest report.

A deputy witnessed the disturbance that happened around 11:20 a.m. Monday in an office at Bayshore High School after 42-year-old Laura Campanello began to protest that another adult female school visitor was showing too much cleavage.

After Campanello accused the other woman of showing too much, the deputy disagreed and asked all parties to step in an office to discuss it. The deputy told Campanello that the woman could wear what she wanted "as long as she is not exposing herself."

At that point, Campanello reportedly said, "Oh, then I can," and she pulled down her blouse with both hands, exposing her breasts. Campanello then added, "And then I can just do this," and squeezed the her breasts together.

Campanello, of the 100 block of 10th Street North in Bradenton Beach, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.

This is a case for Jackie Chiles. He knows what to do about lewd, lascivious, fallacious and outrageous women.


I want this baby gorilla!

Hump Day Hottie

Esti Ginzberg

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Why you want to avoid the New York City subways

Did this reporter have a stroke or some incredible drugs?

Thank You Kessel!

The animals weren't chanting Kessel's name tonight at the TD Garden. He finally knocked the monkey off his back and scored his first two career goals against the Bruins. The first one he just batted the puck in the air into the net. But the second goal was a beauty. Kessel picks up a loose puck, undresses Andrew Ference and then tucks in the 5 hole behind Tim Thomas.

But the star of the game was Mikhail Grabovski. He takes two crushing hits from Zdeno "Lurch" Chara, doesn't miss a shift and scores two goal. The second was the game winner where he splits the defense and roofs one past Thomas.

Employee dead in cubicle a day before being noticed

An L.A. County employee apparently died while working in her cubicle on Friday, but no one noticed for quite some time.

51-year-old Rebecca Wells was found by a security guard on Saturday afternoon.

She was slumped over on her desk in the L.A. County Department of Internal Services.

"I came in Saturday to do a little work, and I saw them when they were taking her out," co-worker Hattie Robertson told KTLA.

The exact time of death is not clear, but detectives say that, at worst, she had been dead for a day before her body was discovered.

The last time a co-worker saw her alive was Friday morning around 9:00 a.m., according to Downy police detectives.


How to avoid talking to people you don't want to talk to

Brawl breaks out in broomball game

Don Cherry would approve. In fact maybe this will make his next Rockem Sockem video.

Canada, eh? reaches 1,000,000 hits!

At 4:45 this afternoon a visitor from Leesburg, Virginia became the one-millionth hit on this blog. If you stacked one million visitors on top of each other I'm sure I would blog about it. It's the type of senseless stuff that brings people here.

So what was the one-millionth hit directed to?

This post!

Thank you from dropping by everyone.

Celebrating Hermaphrodite Week

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kenneth Mars: 1936 - 2011

Most people have no clue who Kenneth Mars was. He was in my favourite film, the 1968 comedy The Producers by Mel Brooks. Mars played a Hitler-worshipping playwright, Franz Leibkind. Goodbye Franz.

Lady survives car crash, then strips naked and thanks God

Philadelphia police arrived on the scene of a car crash to discover the female driver stripped naked, danced, and performed downward dogs while hollering, "I'm free! I'm free! Thank you, God!"

Naked Driver Hits Center City Pedestrian :

Sign of the day

400-pound woman caught shoplifting when motorized cart gets stuck

A Pontiac woman’s alleged theft attempt was foiled this week when her motorized cart became stuck at a Rochester Hills Meijer.

Jerrie Perkins, 30, is charged with unarmed robbery, resisting and obstructing a police officer and second-degree retail fraud.

Investigators said Perkins was attempting to leave the Rochester Road Meijer with more than $600 worth of stolen electronic merchandise when her cart got stuck and she was unable to drive out the door.

The door alarm was activated when Perkins passed through it and Meijer employees approached her asking for a receipt for the items. Perkins — approximately 5 foot 2 and 400 pounds — shoved a loss prevention officer and hit her in the face.

A sheriff’s deputy arrived and asked Perkins to put her hands behind her back, but she cursed at the deputy, balled her right hand into a fist and took a fighting stance.

The deputy tasered Perkins, who then complied with the deputy’s commands and was taken to jail.

Using a motorized cart with a top speed of 8 mph isn't my idea of a fast getaway. If you are incapable of using your legs then robbery and theft might not be ideal occupations for you.


Bra that comes off with a clap of the hand

A bra that springs off at the clap of a hand has been invented by an American engineer. The prototype could be the answer to the dreams of millions of men if it went into production, consigning to history the dreaded clasp-fumbling that often happens in the throes of passion.

This the kind of invention you would expect Kramer from the Sienfeld Show to bet involved with. Things could get very interesting at the theatre when the audience begins to applaud.

Happy Valentine's Day

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Morman Guilt

Christina Aguilera redeems herself with Aretha Franklin tribute

What came first Lady Gaga or the egg?

The world's greatest attention whore actually tones down her Grammy red carpet entrance. Just a translucent egg and a four shirtless dancers? I've seen more outrageous things from the Easter Bunny.

Is history being repeated in Egypt and the Middle East?

The Tunisian revolution was an intensive campaign of civil resistance, consisting mainly of a series of street demonstrations that took place throughout Tunisia beginning 0n December 17, 2010 and led to the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali 28 days later on January 14, 2011 ending 23 years in power. The demonstrations were reported to have started over unemployment, food inflation, corruption, freedom of speech and poor living conditions.

Anti-Mubarak protests in Tahrir Square.

The Egyptian revolution was a similar series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes that began in Egypt on January 25, 2011, demanding the resignation of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. On February 11, 2011 Mubarak resigned from office as a result of determined popular protest.

Meanwhile there is unrest in other areas of the Middle East. Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon are the least likely to witness similar unrest, though the last two obviously face other serious threats. While countries such as Mauritania, Morocco, Jordan and Yemen politically have more in common with Egypt and Tunisia – and in some cases have already seen protests, their low levels of political development suggest that mass uprisings could be hard to sustain.

So are we seeing history being repeated? Is this a Middle Eastern version of the fall of the Iron Curtain? Will Arab dictators and monarchs being replaced by democratic systems or will they be replaced by Islamic theocracies similar to Iran?

Anti-Communist protests at the Berlin Wall in 1989

The concept of the Iron Curtain symbolized the ideological fighting and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1989. The events that demolished the Iron Curtain started in Poland, and continued in Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Romania. Romania was the only Eastern-bloc country to overthrow its communist regime violently. The experience of these regimes under democracy and capitalism has been mixed but their proximity to Western Europe has ensured that the 1989 revolution prevailed.

Islamic anti-Shah protests in Tehran in 1979

However, the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran was a totally different experience where Iran's monarchy under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was replaced with an Islamic republic under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution. Demonstrations and strikes against the Shah began in January 1978 paralyzed the country. The American government chose to abandon its ally and the Shah left Iran for exile in mid-January 1979. In the resulting power vacuum two weeks later Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Tehran to a greeting by several million Iranians. Iran voted by national referendum to become an Islamic Republic on April 1, 1979, and to approve a new theocratic constitution whereby Khomeini became Supreme Leader of the country, in December 1979.

Happy 34th birthday to Mena Suvari

Mena in the Disney series Boy Meets World in 1996

Mena in the 1999 film American Beauty

Mena in the HBO series Six Feet Under in 2004

Best newspaper retraction


Teenage girl sleeps with pet tiger

Teenager Felicia Frisco's pet cat, Will, is cute, fuzzy and bigger than a Rottweiler. He's a Bengal Tiger. The Tampa, Florida, teen has had the tiger since the day he was born.

"My friends think it's really cool that I have a pet tiger because most of them only have a cat or dog," Felicia said.

Each night the playful tiger crawls into bed with Felicia, sleeping on her pink, black and leopard print sheets with her. The 17-year-old girl comes from a family of animal handlers. Her parents run a programme called Tiger Encounter.

"He'll be with me until he's a year old and we'll use him to educate others," Felicia said. For now, she's still feeding the six-month-old tiger milk; but in just a few more weeks, he'll eat only meat.

Sure some people take the exotic pet thing way too far. I'm just thinking this out from a practical standpoint. I don't think Petco stocks tiger milk and I'm heading down to the local zoo to milk a tiger. And how big of a litter box do you need for a tiger? I'm thinking I'd have to convert one of the bedrooms into a litterbox to handle a cat that size. And the tiger milk thing isn't so bad. When kitty is on a meat diet I'm guessing I'll be buying a side of beef every month from the butcher. Better yet this girl should plan on marrying a butcher so she can get the meat at a discount.

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