May 12, 2010

Debt forgiveness: Do loans, like milk, have expiration dates?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Jane Stillwater @ 5:39 pm

I just got a call from Judge Joe Brown’s producer. “We are interested in having your small claims court case on our show. What’s the case about?”

“Well,” I replied, “I loaned someone some money and she promised to pay me back and then she didn’t.”

“Sounds like an interesting case. How long ago did you loan her this money?”

“Approximately ten years ago.”

“Sorry,” the producer replied. “That’s too long ago. We can’t take your case.”

“But…er…uh…but…wait!” I stammered — but the producer had already hung up.

Then I got to thinking about my case. It’s an airtight case. My case is an excellent case! The only thing wrong with it is that I had been too much of a softie and allowed the person who had borrowed the money too much time to pay me back. Does this mean that loans, like milk, have expiration dates?

According to Judge Joe Brown’s producer, apparently they do.

Does this mean that if it takes forever for a person to pay off his or her home loan, then that house will automatically revert to becoming the debtor’s property after a certain number of years — whether this person pays on the loan or not?

Does this mean that all those third-world countries that were strong-armed into borrowing money from the World Bank are now free and clear of their debts — because it took them too long to pay down their loans?

Does this mean that the Mob can no longer knee-cap you if you don’t ever pay back your bookie?

Does this mean that the U.S. government will no longer have a seven-trillion-dollar deficit if we just wait long enough for it to become the next generation’s problem?

Sure it does.

Judge Joe Brown rules!


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June 30, 2008

The Tattlesnake – Big Media Continue to Excuse or Ignore ‘Honest John’s’ McCainery Edition

And Some Questions His BM Camp Followers Should Ask Their Republican Paramour

Political junkies and other perverse creatures who tempt aching necks following this tennis match between John McCain and Barack Obama already know that if Obama had made the glaring blunders McCain has been prone to, he would have been crucified by the Big Media Punditocracy and his political carcass left for the buzzards.

Let’s look at McCain’s recent spate of arrant gaffery, just on Iraq, where he’s been anointed by his friends in the BM as an ‘expert’:

1. McCain said an occupation of Iraq of a hundred years or more wouldn’t bother him. His Pundit Pals said he didn’t really mean that and it was taken out of context.

2. On four different occasions in a 24-hour period, McCain mixed up the Sunnis and Shia in Iraq. His BM buddies excused that by exasperatedly fuming, ‘Of course, John McCain knows the difference – after all, he’s a foreign policy expert! He just misspoke!’

3. McCain has claimed repeatedly that the surge is working, although there has been no recent official report to that effect, no US general on the ground in Iraq has made that statement, and Americans and Iraqis continue to die in attacks over there. I have yet to hear the BM challenge McCain on this unsupported assertion.

4. Then McCain said on the Today Show that it doesn’t really matter how long we have troops there. He’s since backtracked while his reliable Hallelujah chorus in the Corporate Media have echoed the GOP Talking Point that he was, again, ‘taken out of context.’

On June 12, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann had a Special Comment on McCain’s statements, showing with video clips how many times the Straight-Talk Express has been circling the cul-de-sac — right turns only, of course, ‘my friends’ — and that putting his remarks in context is even more frightening than dismissing them as the senile obfuscations and precinct-captain pandering of a doddering old political fossil. It sketches a picture of McCain as a remote and careless dauphin who really doesn’t give a fig about the troops he pretends to support. Leave ‘em in there to rot as an occupation force, as long as they’re not getting shot at. This is the antiquated foreign policy of a King George III or Kaiser Wilhelm II, not a modern American president.


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