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Feb. 16, 2009 8:10 pm 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2009 9:03 am
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FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS TAX CREDIT:
 
Honestly, what is the benefit of this tax credit? I bought a home in April 4, 2008 and realized "Bozo! You aren't qualified!" while I was doing my taxes early. Besides that, in reality is this credit really going to do for those who receive it?

Unless you take the credit and invest it, for example a CD for safety reasons because the stock market is going to he!!, and earn interest then yes it does benefit you. Or, if you make an extra payment on your home, you could decrease that interest but still have to pay the credit back when the IRS/government decides to legislate a concrete way to actually obligate receivers to repay.

But let's be practical, most will probably blow it off and when it "disappears" into whatever whim they go spend the credit on, then you will be stuck paying XXX amount of dollars starting 2010.

So in reality, it is a tax credit but more like an interest free loan right? (This is from a pea minded 26 year old with no history of buying a home prior to 2008 and only doing my taxes/huband taxes.)

OVER 55,000 INMATES TO BE RELEASED IN CALIFORNIA BY 2012:
 
WTF? What about public safety? You spend all this money to put them in there, care for them while they are in prison, then BAM! early parole or early release for you because it is "cruel and unusual punishment." I do not wish for any inmates (or employees because they are just doing their job) to be harmed in prison but honestly you are in prison for something you did "wrong" (PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR THOSE WHO ARE INNOCENT AND WRONGFULLY ACCUSED AND HAVE NOT BEEN FREED). I was reading that it costs $46,000 per inmate to sustain them in prison. HOLY MOLY! In West Virginia, the state median income in 2004 was $33,933 and nationally $44,334. NOT TO BELITTLE THE EMPLOYEES OF A FEDERAL PRISON but why does it cost so much to sustain 1 prisoner to the equivalent of what some/most families make working hard and making a descent living? I just don't get it. Let's do the math... $46,000 X 55,000 prisoners =  $2,530,000,000. No wonder our economy is going down the toilet and our kids aren't getting a proper education right? (THIS IS MORE OR LESS A JOKE TO TRANSITION INTO THE NEXT TOPIC. IT REALLY ISN'T ANYTHING TO JOKE ABOUT BUT LET'S MOVE ON SHALL WE.)

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? RHIANNA AND CHRIS BROWN
 
I will be brief on this subject since it is alleged physical abuse/assault and I didn't witness it with my own eyes. BUT HONESTLY...Chris what were you thinking? I understand you turned yourself in but leaving her unconscious to later admit that you messed up is flat out ________! (fill in the blank for yourself) Rhianna and all the women out there... KEEP STRONG AND SAY GOODBYE TO THE _______! (fill in the blank for yourself)
 
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? NADYA SULEMAN
 
We all know her as the octoplet mom. ENOUGH SAID! And I heard she has a website to receive donations for her kids. I just don't understand the world.

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? MICHAEL PHELPS

2 bronze in 2004, 8 gold medals at a single Olympics, 14 gold medals in your careeer, 16 in total medals in your career. Why on earth would you even be doing such a thing? You should be high on life and not that other stuff. 

Ok. I'm done for the night. I think I got some of my frustrations out. I'm sorry for those who found this inappropriate and please leave a post of your feelings so I may know better next time I get into a whim of wanting to whine about the world.
 
*UPDATE*
 
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? ALFIE PATTEN AND CHANTELLE STEADMAN
 
If you did not see the Recipe Exchange Post written by Pmkc97 tonight Google Alfie Patten or Dad at 13 and read the article.

After reading this article, I'm seriously done with the world today. I don't think I can handle anymore. My family should just buy an island far away and hope for the best. Yes I admit I had my first child at
20 but I worked and went to school and provided like I was suppose to. My first daughter has always seen me home everyday and has yet to even see a daycare. Same goes for my second daughter.
 
Comments
Feb. 16, 2009 8:50 pm
Interesting. I'll comment on 2, as I couldn't care less about some celebrity getting beaten up by her boytoy. lol. I see the tax credit as an attempt to stimulate the economy, because you're right, many people will spend it. A recession is the worst time to hoard money, as it further hurts the wounded economy. As for Phelps... he's 23. Sure, he's a role model, but he's also still a kid in many ways. People make bad decisions. Thanks for sharing :)
 
Feb. 16, 2009 9:20 pm
True a recession is the worst time to hoard money but its also damaging the economy for those who are in debt already, decide buying a home is a good idea, getting the credit and probably spending much more than just the credit, ending up paying for what extra you spend, and paying back the tax credit. I see it more as setting yourself up for failure to spend money on what you really don't own or maybe even need. If you bought a home you should still be able to survive without the tax credit.
 
Feb. 17, 2009 3:19 am
Look on the bright side Josephine, at least your house is still likely worth what you paid for it. Most aren't as fortunate (like me for instance). A 200K house 7 years ago now worth 130K according to my realtor. Looks as though California may be one of the first States to declare bankruptcy - maybe they want to let all the convicts out to stimulate the economy????
 
Feb. 17, 2009 5:18 am
Hey, thought I would send you the link to the coasters. http://www.bhg.com/crafts/kids/craft-a-gift/clever-kids-crafts-for-dad/?page=4
Comment on the house credit. My daughter spent it on a new car (new to her), paid cash so she no longer has to worry about a car payment. I’m sure that will have her spending more money since she doesn’t have a car payment now. Chris Brown, how many chances did we give Mike Tyson…Has she even spoke out yet? Wonder if there is more to the story and she isn’t saying anything so he gets a bad rap. You never know about some people. I wish them both well. Don’t even get me started on Nadya Suleman, I think there should be a limit to the amount of money she is allowed to receive and she should not be the one overseeing it. Donations should be made to the state and the state should administer it the way they see fit. Anything left over should be giving to the kids when they are above age. If they aren’t mentally able to take care of their money, because we don’t know the extent of the damage these kids could have, then it should be given to care providers. She should not receive anything extra. If she gives interviews for money then it should be paid to the state. She should then receive vouchers to stores to purchase what is needed for the kids. If she gets her hands on money she might have more work done on her face, she might pick up and leave the kids and take the money with her…who knows..She is not right!
 
Feb. 17, 2009 5:34 am
TO Hospital Foodie: That is a bright side. We waited and waited for so long hoping house prices would go lower but finally had to settle with getting a house FAST. Our house is worth 100K but its descent and spacious enough for a family of 4. Also, hubby is Mr. Build Stuff so the entire basement has/is becoming a study/library and projection/tv room in hopes of increasing the value. As for California, who knows. I pray for everyone's safety on a usual basis but I guess I gotta pray a little harder.
 
Feb. 17, 2009 5:57 am
Thank you for the link, I will look at it as soon as possible. Pertaining to your daughter, I see myself as mature but yet not mature when it comes to spending money. I LIKE STUFF and have not yet met a girl who doesn't like one thing more over another. If I was qualified for the credit, I would just put it away on a CD for 5-7 years because if I kept it, it could be used up in ONE DAY! I think Rhianna is staying silent because she might of instigated the fight. I'm no angel when it comes to my husband and I know nothing is usually only 1 person's fault. No I don't believe any woman deserves being smacked around but I watched "scenes" between my mother and stepfather and they were not just his fault or her fault but their fault. As for Nadya Suleman, I have a very easy solution. Take them all away in hopes that they can be given to someone who actually wants kids and not for their benefits such as food stamps or disability checks. I heard she could get or is already getting $3,000 a month for all of them. $36,000 a year. That is a descent income. My brother-in-law is a high school teacher and earns about that much. Why should we be paying her for just popping out kids like a bunny.
 
Feb. 17, 2009 6:59 am
Well you know there is going to be money made off this. She should be treated like a criminal trying to profit from a book. She should be punished if she profits from this
 
Feb. 17, 2009 7:07 am
Your cakes are beautiful! My daughter asked me to make her wedding cake. I am going to need a lot of practice because I have never done anything fancy. If you don’t mind I would like your help and suggestions. She isn’t getting married till July of 2010, so I will be practicing every birthday I can. Her wedding colors are white, pink, grey and black. Men are going to be dressed in pin striped suits and their shoes are black and white..gangster look.
 
Feb. 17, 2009 8:25 am
No problem. The fondant cakes I made were quite easy but this website should help you out. This is the website for directions for the bow http://www.cakeboss.com/FondantBowTutorial.aspx You may want to experiment with the Rolled Fondant recipe off Allrecipes but here is another recipe and seems easier to me. http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm
 
Feb. 17, 2009 8:33 am
To get some ideas for your cake, I would skim the internet for images of a cake with your daughter. That's how I found my cake but it really didn't turn out like it at all. :) For the Bow, I made the loops(1/4 in thick) on Monday and they were hard enough by Wednesday. The only problem I had was the icing/"glue" for the bow. I was suppose to stay home and cook that day but ended up taking daughters to the doctor. I used Royal Icing II off Allrecipes. Whatever you use, make sure it dries for at least a day because a few hours does not work.
 
Feb. 17, 2009 8:38 am
Oh also, if you decide to do curly strings, I had 3 kabobs put together, wrapped with wax paper, and taped the ends. I curled the string fondant and let dry for a few hours. I didn't want them too dry because I was afraid they would stick so I uncurled/took them off the wax paper and recurled them and they held their shape pretty well. I suggest a pencil rather than kabobs but for the life of me, I couldn't find any pencils around the house. The strings dried from Monday to Wednesday too.
 
Feb. 17, 2009 8:40 am
Hope that helps. Keep me updated. I'm usually around the recipe exchange or looking at my blog comments if I'm on AR.
 
Feb. 17, 2009 4:12 pm
Went and signed up for a cake decorating class today. I asked if I could learn fondant and the lady said, "on a scale from 1-10 how well do you decorate cakes" I said, "I have only decorated 2 cakes my whole life and they were ok" She told me to start off with Course #1 and work my way to fondent. Ha Ha..This will be fun tho!
 
Feb. 17, 2009 6:28 pm
I'll admit, I try not to watch teh news and stuff it's just to darn depressing. So, as i was reading your blog and then I got to the 13 year old boy story (never heard it before) I googled it real quick. OMG!!!! Are you for real? Not only does the boy look 8 he acts 8. Anyway, that stinks. I had my oldest daughter at 17 and it was really hard!!! I mean really hard, but I had already graduated high school and had a cosmetology license to help me out. I couldn't imagine having to raise a child at thirteen? Crazy! I thank God that they didn't abort, but maybe they should have considered adoption, because chances are the grandparents are going to be the ones raising this baby:( I'm done ranting now, sorry if I offended anyone but geez...
 
Feb. 17, 2009 8:39 pm
Love this blog! yes, California IS in a lot of trouble! Our State prisons are a mess & the Correction Officers Union is one of the strongest around. They won't hire anyone new, so the ones w/seniority get a LOT of OverTime($$). Letting out the prisoners to prey on those of us that must work is not a very good way to treat the taxpayers. And they want to upgrade the medical care they are getting saying it's not good enough right now. ( I have not been able to go to a doctor since losing our health insurance back in '07) Luckily I am very healthy-DH borrowed some money from his folks to see a DR & get the RX's he needs for his asthma. Life seems to get tougher by the day. As for the gal having 8 kids & no means of support (except taxpayer's)~what could she (& the DR) have been thinking? I wonder how she paid him as en vitro isn't cheap & some of the previous 6 kids have some problems, so why use more of the same DNA? Phelps? Well, although a great athelete, I don't think he was a top scholar, but I really don't know, just kinda how he talks & sounds.But that mistake is really going to cost him. Keep on blogging-we've got to keep our minds sharp & current events are really important-we're all being affected by things happenning in very different parts of the country.
 
Feb. 18, 2009 6:41 am
To Kathi: Good for you. You will have lots of time and classes to become the best cake decorator for your daughter's cake. I wish I could take cooking classes. *Green with envy* :)
 
Feb. 18, 2009 6:47 am
I do too. I believe that ignorance is bliss and stay away from the news because it is downright DEPRESSING. My husband reads the news everyday so if there is something I really need to know, that's how I get it. I had my first kid when I was 20 and it wasn't TOO hard for me. Her biological father kicked me out (yes I know right) while I was pregnant with his kid! Anyways, it was 1 long 3 year long battle that reminds me of Jerry Springer shows. Geez...
 
Feb. 18, 2009 6:49 am
To goodeats: I will continue blogging and thank you.
 
Feb. 18, 2009 12:19 pm
When the 13yr old dad was asked by an interviewer how he was going to cope "Financially" he asked "What does Financially mean?!!" About sums it all up!!!
 
Feb. 18, 2009 2:26 pm
So true. Poor thing. Someone told me that a paternity test was on the way because 6 more boys said they had sex with her too.
 
Feb. 18, 2009 7:12 pm
Okay love your blog!From professional experience working with victims of domestic violence, no matter if Rhianna instigated the fight or not she most likely feels at fault or ashamed as to what happened. I personally feel no one deserves to be abused by their significant other even if they initiated the conflict. As far as Nadya Suleman, I agree with you Josephine as well as Kathi. The state is entitled to any money she makes off of publicity or the website she set up. I hope Cali's public assistance program is set up similar to the state of Iowa's and that she is only allowed to make a specific amount of money before she is not allowed to receive assistance. I agree with the doctor who filed the complaint with Child Protection Services saying she will not adequately be able to care for all 14 of those children. She expects to raise them on student loans, nice. The money the state of Cali is saving from releasing the inmates will have to pay for her million dollar hospital bill they are projecting.
 
Feb. 19, 2009 12:08 pm
To wrigleysmama: Thank you for the comment. I was just frustrated.
 
Feb. 20, 2009 2:31 pm
Great blog and VERY interesting. I think Kathi pretty much covered it with the octuplet mom. Her ideas are spot on! Keep blogging! I am just now starting to look at blogs and you are inspiring me to snoop more! lol :P
 
Feb. 23, 2009 9:03 am
TO crazycatlady: Snoop on! I like snooping around the blogs too. Some have step by step instructions on how to do things. Very interesting.
 
 
 
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