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Sunday, April 5, 2009

March Madness Brings April Hope That Bankers Will Get It Together

obama basketballI am a more of a football kind of guy and plan on making football a large part of upcoming installments of my "Obama Taco Underwear" Painting Series", especially once the 2009 season starts, but in the spirit of bi-sportisan unity and to somewhat emulate our great basketball-loving President Obama, I've been watching a few basketball games during the NCAA March Madness tournament and think the championship game between Michigan State and North Carolina should be a compelling one. Here we have two teams who represent two very important news issues in America recently. Michigan State, of course, being in East Lansing, MI, is not far from Detroit who has been suffering all sorts of woes and upheaval concerning their auto-industry which has always been vital to the American economy. North Carolina, being a major grower of tobacco in the nation, has been having to deal with price increases to cigarettes ever since Wednesday when the largest federal tobacco tax hike in history was implemented, raising the federal tax from .39 cents to $1.01. Being a smoker who has long wanted to quit, I actually welcome the tax increase, and the higher price has motivated me to set a date for finally quitting soon. All revenue from the tax hike go to the children's insurance program, SCHIP, and who can argue with wanting to be able to provide better medical care for kids? Oh wait, George W. Bush vetoed it once, didn't he? . . . .. . . click here to read more

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bank Of "America" And It's Auspicious Acquisition Of The Merrill Lynch Mexican "Bull" Logo

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bank of america fat catBank of America was one of the banks to receive money from the TARP legislation but from what I understand it wasn't technically "bail-out" money because it was used by Bank of America to buy out and take over the troubled Merrill Lynch. The only reason I'm somewhat defending Bank of America is because they gave me my first credit card, and at the time I really appreciated it. Yes, they are greedy corporate crooks just like all the rest, more than likely. They are known for their aggressive tactics and extending large credit lines at high rates to people who perhaps shouldn't qualify. If you are late on a payment they will call you day and night until you pay up and if you are late for too long, well, prepare to see your finance rate skyrocket. But still, they are the Bank of AMERICA and they have volunteered to integrate an important symbol of Mexican culture into their corporate mythology and that is the symbol of the BULL, as in bullfighting which is one of the most popular sports in Mexico. Where did the bull symbol come from? It is the logo of Merrill Lynch which Bank of America took over, of course. I couldn't help but think that this whole thing was by design, that the Bank of "America" adopting the Mexican bull as its own may very well be a sign of the increasing importance of Mexico to the American economy, culture and way of life. I am already trying to get a headstart on the mixing of both culture's symbols in my "Obama Taco Underwear" painting series.

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Obama Says, "Tacos And Not Drugs!"

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mexican santa sleigh driverFeliz Navidad! To me there is no better thing to eat on Christmas day than delicious,zesty Mexican food. The spicy hot sauce and savory seasonings put a jalapeno in your heart and splatter your holiday spirit full of hot sauce happiness. Though he was not yet officially President yet, on Christmas Eve Barack Obama put on a Santa Claus suit and asked a few Latino-Americans to volunteer to help him as he flew about the country giving tacos to those in need in an effort to promote multi-culturalism and awareness of the growing problems in Mexico. Not only do we have the persistent dilemma of immigration to deal with, there are dangerous drug wars that are increasing in their savagery in Mexican border towns like Tijuana and Juarez. This war has spilled over a bit into our country as a few Americans in San Diego, California and El Paso, Texas have reported opening some of their Christmas presents to find the severed head of a Mexican drug dealer in the box! As the debate rages on as to whether the U.S. government should consider legalizing drugs to stop this madness, President Obama and his Mexican buddies have a different idea which is best expressed through the slogan, " TACOS AND NOT DRUGS!!

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