Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Is The Obama Administration The Reason All The Banks Are Charging You And Me These Multiple New FEES That We've Been HIT With?!?

If you're like me and you don't look at your bank statements every month, you might not even know about the new fees you're being charged.

If you're like me and you don't look at your bank statements for four months or so, you're in for an unpleasant surprise when you do look!

When I saw I had a new $20 monthly fee for something in one of my Bank of America accounts, an account that has always been a "no fee" account, I called Bank of America and had quite a conversation with the man who answered the phone.

This B of A account manager told me I had been getting charged this new $20 fee for four months. He was kind enough to return $40 of the $80 I had been charged and he advised me to transfer the money in that account to another kind of account, an account that would include a monthly fee of (only) about $6, no matter how much money I had in the account.

I used to not be charged fees on any of my accounts and the only way I could be charged a fee would be if I wrote a check that was for more money than was in my account, which is something that has never happened.

This nice B of A account manager told me that all the banks are charging new and higher fees and that they're being encouraged to do this by members of the Obama administration. Why would the Obama administration loosen regulations so that banks can do this to us, the taxpayers? I mean these billions of "stimulus"dollars that the banks have been getting, is taxpayer money!!! When I asked the B of A account manager that question, he said the reason was so that the banks would be able to pay back the money we gave them, faster.

Pay back OUR money FASTER?!? But in order to do that, they're being allowed to SCREW US?!?

And speaking of the Obama Administration...

Like millions of others, I voted for Obama. Isn't one of the reasons we (who voted for him) did so was because we believed he would get us out of Iraq?

Why the hell are we still IN Iraq?!?

And now we're spending additional billions in AFGHANISTAN?!?

HEL-LOOOO!!! We have millions and millions of people out of work, millions of new Americans are homeless, people can't afford health care, because of all the money we owe to China, we are this close to becoming a suburb of China and we're wasting billions on top of billions (if not trillions) in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan?!?

And if you want to know why the Republicans lost this last election, know this; The only thing any of their so-called "leaders" ever say is, "NO!" They're good at yelling, screaming and pointing fingers. But not ONE of these so-called Republican"leaders" has a constructive IDEA!!! But boy, do they know how to yell, scream, point fingers and say, "NO!!!"

Other Politically Related Stuff:

Condi Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor in 2002. We're being told that she (in some way) approved torture for enemy prisoners?!?

A lot of talk about the torture issue these days. Because we have so many other "IMPORTANT" things we have to take care of, I think all this torture conversation is a "distraction" we don't need.

If the decision is made to put people on trial for provable atrocities of some kind, fine. Gather the evidence and do your thing. But meanwhile, let's focus on making America a better place to live for all of us.

How's that trailer park crowd in Alaska doing these days?

If you're a fan of carnival barkers, have you seen Glenn Beck's television show yet?

Are you one of the growing number of Americans who thinks that Marijuana should be legalized, or do you think that's a politically incorrect thing to propose? Proponents claim that legalization of pot would generate billions of dollars in tax money for our cash-poor country.

SHOW BIZ STUFF:

Two more American Idol finalists have been eliminated. Only five finalists left. I don't think I'm the only one who looks forward to seeing and hearing what Adam is going to do each week. Is there anyone else you care about?

There are two new television shows I think are worth your time if you haven't seen them yet. They've both been on the air for three weeks.

"The Unusuals", Wednesday nights at 10 (9 Central time) on ABC. Amber Tamblyn is the main star.

"Southland", Thursday nights at 10 (9 Central time) on NBC. Benjamin McKenzie is the main star.

Rumor, rumor, rumor!!!

Anybody who pays attention to this kind of stuff knows that Lindsay Lohan has been having trouble finding work as an actress. She's only 22, beautiful, sexy and she can act, but because of her past behavior on-set, producers are whacha call "leery" of her.

Here's the "rumor". Warren Beatty wants Lohan to play his daughter in a film he plans to star in and direct. To solve the problem of her previous behavior which included showing up late or not at all, Beatty wants her to move into his mansion until the film is completed so he "can keep an eye on her". No word on how Beatty's wife Annette Bening feels about this, but if this "rumor" turns out to have "legs", I think it's brilliant on Beatty's part and I believe that Annette Bening thinks so as well.

Films I Saw While I Was Injured:

During the last few weeks, I've had a lot of time to watch television. Here are some films I saw on the various cable channels that you might want to look for if you haven't seen them.

In no particular order...

A 1996 film on the Showtime circuit. "Hard Eight". It stars John C. Reilly, Philip Baker Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson and in what might have been his first film role, Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

"The Talented Mr. Ripley". An all-star cast, but this is Matt Damon's film. He's Mr. Ripley and he's a smooth talking con man, psychopath. And what an ending!!!

A 2007 film on the HBO circuit. "Fracture". Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling in a fun to watch cat and mouse caper.

Another 2007 film on the HBO circuit. "Death Sentence". It stars Kevin Bacon, Kelly Preston, Aisha Tyler and there is one scene that John Goodman is in that darn near steals the film. And when you think the film is over, it isn't.

Another 2007 film on the HBO circuit. "Rendition". It stars Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Meryl Streep as a very mean government official.

CLINT EASTWOOD AND A "DIRTY HARRY" STORY:

This is my final item.

Can you imagine anyone else besides Clint Eastwood playing the character of Harry Callahan, otherwise known to filmgoers as, "Dirty Harry"?

Don Siegel was the director for "Dirty Harry" and he had directed Eastwood in other projects, but his first choice for the role of "Dirty Harry" was not Clint Eastwood.

It is believed by some that Frank Sinatra was Siegel's first choice and that is stated as fact in some places on the internet.

Frank Sinatra was Don Siegel's second choice to play "Dirty Harry" and Sinatra was supposedly too busy at the time.

In a 2007 book written by Sonny West, West mentions that Siegel had directed another guy who he hired to star in a film titled, "Flaming Star". And because of the actor's performance in that film, Siegel saw something that made him believe that actor was the perfect choice to play "Dirty Harry". Like he did when he turned down Barbara Streisand's offer to star in "A Star Is Born", this actor also said no to Don Siegel's offer to star in "Dirty Harry" as "Harry".

You might have heard of him. An actor named Elvis Presley.

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THE NEXT BLOG? Unless something unexpected comes up, our next blog will be written late Wednesday night, April 29 and posted early the next morning, April 30.





1 Comments:

Blogger Rich Lieberman said...

One great read and a nice addition to the blog community.

12:18 PM  

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