• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Boycott Foley Family Wines

    We’re living in our eloquence, another old lang syne

    It’s a blue moon and the Wine Dog will be holed up in the bunker with the Hellhoundz tonight.  For the most part I think New Year’s eve is amateur night.  I’d say “take a cab” but I remember one night years ago in the City where in fact we did take a cab.  Several cabs.  And I got myself a little stupid.  And the last cab ride home it was like 2:30 in the morning and the guy was driving like a complete asshole.  Now, I know a little about driving like an asshole.  So I said to the cabbie “Dude.  Stop the cab.  Right now.”  He did.  I…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Corporate Wankers,  Photojournalism,  Title Insurance

    But we all live with the scars we choose

    We’re all singing “Happy Days are here again” right? Everyone has had their salaries restored to pre-mortgage meltdown rates, right? Your bonuses and commissions have all been restored by Mr. Foley right? Everybody is holding hands and singing “We are the World” at the Evil Empire, right? Oh let’s just quote the earnings call. During the earnings call Al Stinson said: Open order counts continue to accelerate in October, as we averaged nearly 10,000 open orders for the first two weeks of October. We focused on moderate head count reductions during much of the third quarter eliminating about 850 positions. Despite a 16% sequential drop in closed orders and $101…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Title Insurance

    I killed the Czar and his ministers

    PBE is like the Post Office. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” PBE delivers.  Just the other day Doctor Capone asked about the Mercury/Alliance debacle.  This morning, I look in my inbox and POOF! 10-20-09mercury letter The operative word in the letter is “might”.  Most of the Alliance, Mercury, and Financial folks will remember that David Balter is the attorney for the State of California Labor Commission.  He was on this like a duck on a junebug back in 2007.  Mr. Balter really cares about the folks who got caught in Jerry & Patty’s scheme.  This is about recovering the lost wages, vacation pay stolen by…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines

    I bet a fiddle of gold against your soul

    We all know I love sports analogies, most are baseball centric. My clients get to hear them all the time. You can’t hit the ball if you don’t get into the batter’s box. They all know that one. Another one I was using just yesterday was “Don’t serve up a steaming hot meat pie if you don’t want me to hit it over the fence”. Right now I feel a little bit like Carney Lansford in Angels in the Outfield. Carney played the grizzled nemesis who dug deep into the batters box intent on hitting the ball out of the park. He was big and strong and very serious about…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Title Insurance

    Save the complaints for a party conversation

    FNF earnings soar in 2Q The Burgermeister must be thrilled. They shed a lot of blood but they got the Evil Empire back into the black. Ethics be damned! The Evil Empire earned 40 cents per diluted share up from 3 cents per share q2 2008. Orders increased 61 percent. Of those 61 percent, I wonder how many people actually chose to do business with them as opposed to the thousands who were illegally strong-armed into doing business with them because of pre-existing back room deals cut with unscrupulous banks. To me that’s the same mentality as a spurned spouse who continues to force themselves into somebody’s life after the…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid,  Title Insurance

    Lucky to be coming home again

    The luckiest man in America this morning. He’s still not a Democrat, but I didn’t see a moment of coverage yesterday on a guy who should have been bent over a barrel by the media. The second luckiest guy in America is Ryan O’Neal and that I can get behind. On probably the worst or one of the worst days of his life, he got handed a get out of jail free card. The white hot glare of the media got distracted by the death of the King of Pop and good Lord willing, he’ll be able to grieve the loss of the love of his life in peace. I…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    Let’s talk about no one some one any one

    Oh Lordy, isn’t this the oldest real estate scam in the world?  Let’s see, Eugene Borelli?  Hell, he even had the balls to name his company Pyramid Real Estate didn’t he?  Who remembers that?  I guess we were supposed to think that Pyramid referred to the Transamerica building, not the scheme.  Or the preliminary reports with 32 deeds of trust?  Zev ben Simon essentially did the same thing.  He should have never left this country.  I think he’s still sitting in an Israeli prison.  He’d have been done with his light time in Lompoc by now if he’d stayed here.   I hate to see the Cuesta name dragged through all…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Corporate Wankers,  Rant

    But in his heart he knows what it brings

    The tone of the news in this country has changed. I can barely watch the local news. Somebody’s laying off 1200 workers, this company is closing it’s doors and this family has fallen on hard times. I’m living it on the front lines and watching some stuffed suit talk about it just pisses me off, because I’m sure they don’t understand what they’re talking about. I’ve been in the middle of several financial stories over the years. What gets reported and what really happened are always parallel universes. So when 60 Minutes got the World Savings debacle right I thought “Baby it’s a brand new world”. And it is. While…