Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros:
Blocked in the house. It will pass eventually, I’m sure, but nice to see some Congress members take a stand.
I got turned down again for the Media Matters’ Progressive Training Initiative, in which they give people media training to be progressive spokespeople. This is the fourth time; I’m beginning to feel like Susan Lucci.
Actually, I did get invited to the one they had in Vegas last year — but I couldn’t afford to fly there. Oh well!
I finally got to see the prescribing neuropsychiatrist at the clinic today (after a two-hour wait and three pharmaceutical salesmen), and she agreed with me that I probably didn’t need anything right now. I told her I’ve been doing much better and she told me to check back with her in a month.
First, there were the usual questions about whether I ever heard voices, hallucinated or thought people were talking about me and ridiculing me. “I’m a blogger, of course people are ridiculing me!” I retorted.
Even though I knew what she meant.
Oh, I just love how out of touch our bureaucrats are with the pain and havoc they wreak in people’s lives:
Marc Sanders, who lost his job as a radiology consultant in October, was thrilled to find out he qualified for a federally funded program that will make up to $3,000 a month in mortgage payments on behalf of unemployed homeowners in California.
Sanders was eligible for the maximum assistance – $3,000 a month for six months – from the Keep Your Home California program, but he was shut out for an astonishing reason.
His mortgage payment is $3,180 a month and his loan servicer, Bank of America, will not accept a $3,000 payment from the program and a separate payment from Sanders for $180.
BofA – like most banks participating in the state-run program – will accept only a single, full payment.
Sanders can’t combine the $3,000 with his own funds and make a full payment to BofA because the program will only send money to loan servicers, not homeowners.
The program can’t make a combined payment either because it is not set up to accept money from homeowners, says Diane Richardson, director of legislation with the California Housing Finance Agency, which administers the program.
As a result, Sanders – like most California homeowners who owe more than $3,000 a month – can’t get help from the unemployment assistance program even if they meet the qualifications.
“It is truly mind-boggling that BofA would rather receive nothing and face a possible foreclosure than accept two payments per month for the next six months,” says Sanders. He and his wife are using credit cards to make payments on their home in Lincoln (Placer County).
BofA spokesman Rick Simon says, “California made decisions to limit the monthly benefit cap to $3,000, and to not collect and consolidate partial payments from homeowners when the monthly mortgage payment exceeds that cap. This has the result of disqualifying some homeowners with payments above $3,000 from receiving the program benefits at this time.”
Yeah, Bank of America, but you’re still dicks.
God, I hate these people. What soulless, amoral tools.
Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams dropped his reelection bid on Monday, and fired some parting shots at the Tea Party and the hard-line conservatives he thinks are hurting the party’s electoral success.
“I have tired of those who are obsessed with seeing conspiracies around every corner and who have terribly misguided notions of what the role of the state party is while saying ‘uniting conservatives’ is all that is needed to win competitive races across the state,” Wadhams wrote in a memo to the Colorado Republican State Central Committee obtained by The Denver Post.
Wadhams oversaw Republican losses in both the Senate and gubernatorial races in Colorado last fall, races that the party could have conceivably won if the Tea Party-backed nominees in both races hadn’t committed some serious errors.
“I have loved being chairman, but I’m tired of the nuts who have no grasp of what the state party’s role is,” Wadhams told the Post.
Wadhams claims to have had the votes lined up to win reelection, but wrote in his memo that a “uniting conservatives” strategy will “severely” undermine the party’s chances to lure swing voters in 2012.