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1  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: January 03, 2009, 05:48:26 PM

The govt was anything but laizee faire in this situation.  The government, both federal and states, actively promoted the banks giving out these loans because they reaped huge taxes off of this mess. 

The local governments loved this chaos because they were able to raise property taxes on everyone based upon higher appraisals.  They increased spending exponentially thinking this ponzi scheme would go on forever. 

The government created this mess as much as the banks and reckless borrowers, flippers, speculators, appraisers, mortgage brokers, all did.

Excellent point, the libs profitted politically from a situation they helped create-- everyone must own a home regardless of credit-worthiness (OR FOR THAT MATTER, CITIZENSHIP).  Then, when it blows up, they scream "lack of regulation" ergo it's the fault of the conservatives.
2  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: January 03, 2009, 05:11:02 PM
It's not "Nanny Government".

It's been very much a laissez-faire government over the last eight years instead.

If the Fed rate is low, and taxes are cut during an economic boom, it will lead the housing market to expand like a gigantic bubble.

Because mortgages are affordable, and saving money in the bank is not a good deal, since the rate is so low.

I guess you can be all smart about it and write stuff about "Nanny government" and piggy banks, et al.
Trying to be funny.

But the fact is that we're in an economic situation.

I don't know if that is all that funny TBH.


Hedge, I don't find the situation "funny" at all (although I appreciate your "smart" comment).  I just don't understand why it's the government's role to tell us not to borrow too much and live within our means, which seems to be one of your chief problems with the Pres.  It  used to be called common sense, now the government tells us not to let our kids drink too much soda at school, we are headed down the wrong path.
3  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: January 03, 2009, 05:07:01 PM
QFT.

Brilliant political analysis Al.  Thanks for your contribution.
4  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: January 03, 2009, 04:58:41 PM

So you believe there were absolutely no political measures George W Bush could've taken to make the households save more money and loan less money?



What is this "Nanny Government?"  My parents saved their money because you're supposed to save money.  Now, George W is supposed to be our Daddy, saying "Junior don't empty your piggy bank and spend it on candy because you want to buy a bike next summer."  Without intending, you have identified (or at least illustrated) the problem, if we don't have a society where people want to do the right thing, or have the right values, no government program will help. 
5  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: January 02, 2009, 07:31:19 PM
his are the ramblings of a child.

Don't you think you're being a little hard on Al?
6  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: January 02, 2009, 02:59:46 PM
So, you're argument is that there is no connection between the actions of the President and the state of the country, economic or otherwise. Whatever happens happens and the actions of the person in office are irrelevant?

Nothing of the sort, the argument is that you cannot presume a cause and effect in a blanket statement without further analysis or evidence.  Example, Jimmy Carter becomes president and within three years the Iranians take hostages.  Does that mean Carter created the crisis?  Maybe, but not necessarily.  There are certainly worldwide economic forces which are beyond the powers of our elected officials to prevent.  Some leaders happen to be in the right place, or the wrong place, at the right time.
7  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Celtics win 16th straight and improve to 24-2 on: December 31, 2008, 11:49:10 PM
Their best start ever.  Rondo is starting to turn into a great player.  The truth is in the shape of his life this year. 

Celts a great team.  Absolutely.  Rondo a great player?  Yes, the same way Travis Knight was great when the Lakers won the title.  Ty Lue also.  Good god, put Rondo on the Sacramento Kings and you have a prime candidate for the developmental league.
8  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: is golf a sport? on: December 31, 2008, 11:35:49 PM
Answer:  No, it's a game.
9  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: December 31, 2008, 11:34:03 PM
Well, we have the last 2 presidencies to look at...

Clinton started the DOW at 3000, and got it to 10,000 when he left office.
not too bad.  333% growth in 8 years.



Ahhh.. I wore a red shirt last Friday and it rained.  Therefore, the red shirt made it rain.
10  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: December 29, 2008, 10:07:30 PM
True, but they've done it for decades.  It allows them to see if a guy improves his public perception or not backed upon actual job performance.

And since so much of our economy is based on confidence - the confidence we have in our leaders is VERY important.

I mean 50% more americans approve of Obama than they do of Bush.  82 to what, 30?  28? lol...



Wait until the economy is even worse two years from now, then check the numbers.  To use a sports analogy, take Eric Mangini's approval ratings among Jet Fans versus coach X.  Coach X is going to smoke Mangini.  But wait until the Jets are even worse next year.
11  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: December 29, 2008, 09:43:37 PM
They've been polling the popularity of incoming guys for decades - the article talks about Reagan and Bush 1 as well.

As so much of our economic woes are directly tied to PERCEPTION of the current siuation (and resulting confidence or lack thereof), the attitude of Americans regarding the next leader is a highly important one.  Part of the reason we're in this clusterfvck of an economy is that people have no confidence in our President currently.  The fact is, they have more confidence in Obama, and their PERCEPTION of our competence of leadership will increase greatly on Jan 20th.

Regardless of whether pollsters are idiotic enough to take the poll, the premise is foul-  job approval before you hold the job.  Barrack even has been sending press releases from the "Office of the President Elect."  He actually invented a new office which does not exist.  His egomania will ultimately be his undoing.
12  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Celts Asta La Vista Streak on: December 29, 2008, 09:38:43 PM
We got out gift late last year with a NFA finals win over the Lakers  Wink

Yep, you did.  However, unlike the Celts on Christmas Day, I'm focused on this year.  Call it a little Zen, with apologies to Phil Jackson, called living in the present.
13  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama approval ratings highest ever for a president elect. on: December 25, 2008, 07:29:48 PM
There's a poll on approval ratings of Obama, and he's getting more and more popular by the minute.

Seems like the only ones disliking him are the gays and Rush Limbaugh at the moment. Cool

The full article is here:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/24/obama.approval/index.html?iref=nextin

But instead of copy and pasteing the whole thing, here are the highlights:

Story Highlights
Poll: More than eight in 10 approve of how Barack Obama is handling transition

Obama has higher ratings than Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan did at same time

Poll: Fifty-six percent say Obama's Cabinet picks are outstanding or above average


Okay here's a rule-- you need to actually HOLD the office before you have an approval rating.  Otherwise it's "approve of what . . . the job you're doing for a job you haven't started yet?"  It's like political premature ejaculation . . .
14  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Celts Asta La Vista Streak on: December 25, 2008, 06:00:20 PM
My exile from the sports board is over.  Thanks for the best X-Mas gift ever Lakers.
15  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: Is Fish a good alternative to chicken/steak on: August 20, 2008, 03:03:54 PM
wild caught Alaskan halibut tonight
16  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Positive Bodybuilding Discussion & Talk / Re: Getting Back Into It After a Layoff on: August 15, 2008, 04:26:48 PM
Hey Rambo...great job of getting motivated to get back in the game!  (That's a start...just to WANT to get back into it).

I had emergency surgery in May to get my apendix taken out.  I was told not to touch weights for 4 weeks.  The two weeks after that or so I was lazy from the prior weeks of doing nothing.  I lost my appetite and felt like I lost some size.  All it took for me was a friend to notice that I looked smaller.  I am now just about where I was just before that surgery.  It was almost like starting over with a clean slate.  Take your time, with a fresh mind and a newly found drive and you'll be right back where  you were (or even further ahead) I'd say within 4 weeks.  Just eat right, rest, train hard...you know the basics.  Just keep a positive frame of mind, surround yourself with positive things and it will all come together.  Good luck to you.

Good luck to you as well.  I'm back today from a little r and r in  South America for two weeks, tanned, rested and ready to kick some ass.
17  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Brazilian Cuisine on: August 02, 2008, 11:36:28 AM
I am off for a two week vacation to Recife and Natal.  In addition to two a days workouts at the health club at the resorts I am staying and lots of runs/walks on the beach (no swimming, the worst shark area in the world there) I have been researching the local cuisine.

What I'm finding is alot of charcoa-roasted meets (beef, pork, filet mignon, lamb, chicken, duck, ham, sausage, fish), white rice, black beans, yuca flour, acarajÚ (muffin w/ white beans, onion) and caruru (mashed okra with ground cashew nut, smoked shrimp, onion, pepper and garlic).   Plus an emphasis on seafood, shellfish, Coconut and tropical fruits including mango, papaya, guava, orange, passionfruit, pineapple, sweetsop, "hog-plum", and Soursop. 

Then there is Feijoada, the national dish, pork cooked with black beans, with many different smoked and sun-dried meats, smoked sausage and served with a number of side dishes, including sliced oranges, cold cuts, farofa (stir-fried manioc flour), couve mineira (thinly sliced kale) and white rice.

Sounds good, doesn't it? (beats canned tuna, cottage cheese and brocolli which I have every day of my life).  If you have a Brazilian restaurant near you, give it a try for your "cheat meal"

In sum, I plan to come back about ten pounds heavier, tan and very energized.  See you in two weeks, my friends.
18  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Mike Tyson at his peak Vs Ali at his on: August 02, 2008, 11:11:20 AM
Ernie Shavers was scary.  Do you guys think Tyson could have knocked out Randell Tex Cobb.  He could take a punch bigtime.  I met him a few times in the club I worked at and he really does have the biggest head of any human I have seen except for Andre the Giant.

Don't forget Scott Ledoux (the "Fighting Frenchman") AKA "the Human Punching Bag

http://www.eastsideboxing.com/news.php?p=11928&more=1

"The Fighting Frenchman: Scott LeDoux
02.08.07 - By Ted Sares: Scott LeDoux was a road warrior out of Minnesota who fought the very best during the golden age of heavyweights in the 70s. Big boppers like Frazier, Ali, Quarry, Norton, Foreman, Shavers, Chuvalo, Terrell, Mike Weaver, Jeff Merritt, Mac Foster, Joe Bugner, Leroy Jones, Jimmy Young, and Jimmy Ellis, among many others, roamed the landscape..."

19  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: Fish on: July 29, 2008, 01:31:33 PM
Salmon Classic Grilled Fillets

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    * 100 calories per fillet.
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This stuff is quick / easy and good. 20 mins @ 375 and your eating!



Good product for sure, but right after having fresh caught Alaskan salmon it pales in comparison!  (the price, free, was better too)
20  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: Fish on: July 29, 2008, 09:40:54 AM
My buddy just returned from an Alaskan fishing trip.  He have me some of the best salmon I have ever tasted.  Yesterday, I seared it on an electric skillet with a thin coating of olive oil at high heat.  No seasoning was required, no fishiness at all.
21  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: Fish on: July 28, 2008, 01:59:21 PM
Grill it outside, get only fresh fish
22  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Mike Tyson at his peak Vs Ali at his on: July 27, 2008, 11:23:33 PM
I've watched a bunch of Ali fights. 

Which of Holyfield's opponents do you put in the class of Foreman, Frazier, Norton, and Shavers? 

Iron Mike of course
23  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Mike Tyson at his peak Vs Ali at his on: July 25, 2008, 06:19:08 PM
the best imo..pero he jabbed faster and with more freq than any heavy weight in history

I don't like Holmes, but he had a good jab, not as fast as Ali but maybe a little stiffer.
24  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Mike Tyson at his peak Vs Ali at his on: July 20, 2008, 08:17:40 AM
I was at the gym last night and ESPN2 was showing a 26-year-old Lennox Lewis vs. a 35-year-old "Merciless" Ray Mercer.  Lewis won on a split decision.  Both his eyes were almost swollen shut.  What a dog that guy was. 

Even a washed up Ali was never knocked out (twice) the way Lennox was (Ali was only TKO'd).  Ironic, "Lennox" is a popular brand of glassware and the guy had a glass jaw.
25  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: I kid you not this sandwhich is DAMN GOOD! on: July 19, 2008, 10:27:00 AM
Grab two slices of Hawaiian bread, a can of chunk white tun and some Natural skippy PB.  Slopped each slice with loads of pb
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