Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Then again, having definite proof of the existence of such creatures would probably ruin the mystique.
(Hmmm...North Carolina. I wonder where Congressman Bob Etheridge was that night.)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
After watching the report, my second thought was this: Doesn't the fact that the NAACP considers this evidence of racism pretty much suggest that racism might not be much of a problem anymore? One can't help but wonder.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
- For Alex Pemberton and Susan Reboyras, foreclosure is becoming a way of life — something they did not want but are in no hurry to get out of.
Foreclosure has allowed them to stabilize the family business. Go to Outback occasionally for a steak. Take their gas-guzzling airboat out for the weekend. Visit the Hard Rock Casino.
"Instead of the house dragging us down, it's become a life raft," said Mr. Pemberton, who stopped paying the mortgage on their house here last summer. "It's really been a blessing."
A growing number of the people whose homes are in foreclosure are refusing to slink away in shame. They are fashioning a sort of homemade mortgage modification, one that brings their payments all the way down to zero. They use the money they save to get back on their feet or just get by.
This type of modification does not beg for a lender's permission but is delivered as an ultimatum: Force me out if you can. Any moral qualms are overshadowed by a conviction that the banks created the crisis by snookering homeowners with loans that got them in over their heads.