I got to see a lot of old friends from school, many I had not seen in years. We did a lot of catching up, and the food was AMAZING.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
CashCall to pay state $1M for loan shark tactics
ANAHEIM - Anaheim-based fast-money lender CashCall Inc. has agreed to pay the state $1 million in civil penalties and legal expenses to settle allegations that it ran deceptive ads and used loan shark tactics against its customers.
The state alleged that the company, which has used former child star Gary Coleman in its ad campaigns, runs advertisements falsely suggesting cheap loans are available to all borrowers.
In fact, low interest rates are available only to active-duty military personnel and their families while other borrowers are charged more than a 139 percent annual interest rate, according to the state's complaint.
Why all the hate? "Right-hand man", "gentleman's agreement", "Dark Days" and "whiter than white" are phrases being "banned". Well, what about hateful derogatory phrases like "Loan Shark"? Why is that still acceptable? This kind of blatant stereotyping and discrimination needs to end.
There has never been a documented case of a shark loaning people money - ever. If we did, we certainly would never do things like so-called "Loan Sharks" do. We may be predators, but even we have standards of decency.
It's time to do away with phrases like "Loan Shark". It's hurtful.
And by the way, stop with the whole "Lawyer/Shark" comparisons, too. We're not monsters.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This is the dramatic moment a terrifying Great White shark attacks two baby seals.
Travelling at 35mph, the two-tonne monster rockets out of the sea, tossing the shocked pups into the air.
And although one of the slippery little chaps manages to execute a nifty mid-air spin and escape the jaws of the Great White, the other wasn't so lucky.
This extremely rare sight was captured by British photographer Dan Callister at Seal Island, South Africa, where 64,000 Cape Fur Seals go to breed between April and September every year.
Local Great White expert Chris Fellows, 36, said: "A seal can be cut in half in an instant, which is actually a blessing in disguise, as it is one of the most humane deaths in the animal kingdom."
Humane. That's me. The pictures are here.