Archive for February 24, 2012

Wells Fargo Loses $10 Million Thanks to SF Churches

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In the last year, people across the country have been moving their money out of the big banks that are responsible for inflicting economic suffering on so many American families. Religious leaders have been at the forefront of this movement, helping organize their houses of worship and congregants to only work with financial institutions that uphold their religious values and maintain ethical business practices.

The New Bottom Line coalition has been coordinating and tracking these efforts with over $58 million dollars reportedly moved so far.

This week, a group of clergy in San Francisco added another $10 million to that total with an Ash Wednesday press conference calling on Wells Fargo to put an immediate freeze on its foreclosures and repent for their misconduct.

Mr. SayItAin’tSoAlready and I closed our checking account at Wells Fargo in 2008 and moved to a credit union (felt so good) after we heard CEO John G. Stumpf  make a snide let-them-eat-cake remark about us little people after his bank took $25 billion (with a b!) of our tax dollars.

So bravo to the churches in San Farn.

As an aside:  We love our credit union and we wish we’d dumped Wells Fargo way before we did.

February 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM Leave a comment

Ann Romney Drives Two Cars, Each of Which Cost What the Average American Makes in a Year

My favorite factoid of the day (see photo caption below) is from this article in the UK’s Daily MailMitt Romney the Millionaire Strikes Out Again as he Relates to a Michigan Crowd by Saying his Wife ‘Drives a Couple of Cadillacs:’

The Cadillac SRX, of which Mrs. Romney owns two, retails for $35,000 to $49,000 new. The average median annual income in the United States in 2010 was $49,445.

Don’t know what to say other than I can’t decide if I hate all-thumbs-Romney or if I feel sorry for him.  I’d love to talk to a psychologist about why he keeps making not-so-vague references to how rich he is while ahem, trying to seem like a regular guy by talking about how trees in Michigan are the “right height.”  (Who says stuff like that?!!!!)

February 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM Leave a comment

The Japanese Tsunami — During and After

March 11, 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the terrible tsunami in Japan.  The Atlantic put together a series of during or immediately after photos, and photos taken earlier this month.  Check them out here.  (Click on the photos themselves to see the change.)

Here’s an example:

Tsunami waves overflow a barrier in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture on March 11, 2012:

Photo: Reuters: Miyako City Office and Toru Hanai

The same scene on February 17, 2012:

Photo: Reuters / Miyako City Office and Toru Hanai

The amount of water that welled up from the sea was just unthinkable.

 

 

February 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM Leave a comment

Crazy Busy at the Food Bank Today

Regular readers of this blog know I volunteer at a food bank on Friday morning and wow, was it crazy today.  I think it was one of the busiest days in my three years volunteering there.  We had to have walked through at least 50 people between 9:30 a.m. and noon.  That means we fed 50 families, not just 50 people.

We were out of some of the basics like spaghetti noodles and ramen, but we had treats like butter (two sticks per family), yogurt (three little individual-sized tubs per family), sour cream (one large (16 oz?) tub per family) and fresh pears (four per family).

I spent about an hour breaking a gigantic bag of bagels into packs of three and cutting 12-count egg cartons in half.  (In an effort to distribute all of our food to as many people as possible, we break almost everything down into small or smaller portions, i.e., a dozen eggs becomes two packs of six eggs.  A box of four individually wrapped saltine crackers becomes four separate portions, i.e., we wouldn’t give the whole 4-pack box to one family.)

Oh, and we little bottles of shampoo donated by Target and some clothes soap — super rarities.

It was a good day.

February 24, 2012 at 3:53 PM Leave a comment

Romney Tries to Make 65,000 Seat Stadium Look “Crowded”

If I were Mitt Romney I’d fire the boneheaded campaign aide who booked a Romney speech into the 65,000 seat Ford Field in Detroit today.  Of course the place is going to look bare:

Before:

Photo: Patricia Beck / Detroit Free Press

After:

This move was either stupid or arrogant.  Or both.  Whatever, the optics are awful and one can’t help but compare the pitiful pictures above to the crowd at Invesco Field in Denver in 2008 on the final night of the Democratic National Convention when some 84,000 people packed the place to hear Barack Obama speak.

February 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM 2 comments


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