• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    They got you thinkin’ that what you need is what they sellin’, made you think that buyin’ is rebellin’

    I think my head is going to blow off of my shoulders this morning. (CNN) — Three violent deaths in two stores marred the opening of the Christmas shopping season Friday. A Wal-Mart employee at this Long Island location was killed in a rush early Friday morning. In the first, a temporary Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death in a rush of thousands of early morning shoppers as he and other employees attempted to unlock the doors of a Long Island, New York, store at 5 a.m., police said. …..”Several minutes” passed before others were able to clear space around the man and attempt to render aid. Police arrived, and…

  • Bush is a Moron,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    Three scientists who are engaged in diabolical, avant-garde experiments previously performed only on insects and other small, meaningless creatures.

    Where to start this morning?  Let’s start with the fun stuff.  Sonofabun wanted to be mentioned on PBE, he was feeling a little lonely I guess, so he did what any interloper would do.  He opened a spectacular bottle of wine.  It was a double mag of Marcelina 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon.  It was an excellent offering.  Marcelina is a product of the third generation of Gallo’s.  The grandkids make better wine than any of their forefathers.  I’ve had numerous fine offerings from their projects.  The same can be said for the Mondavi family.  This wine was smoky, with subtle fruit.  The tannins had mellowed properly with the time in the…

  • Title Insurance

    NASCAR Teddy speaks

    From: LandAmerica CEO Communication To: DL – Everyone at LandAmerica Sent: Wed Nov 26 02:14:31 2008 Subject: LandAmerica Agrees to Sell Title Operations to Fidelity Yesterday, we signed an agreement <http://landam.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=544 <http://landam.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&amp;item=544> >  to sell our principal title operations to Fidelity. This positive development is good news for our title insurance customers, employees and those who support them. Some employees will become part of the Transition Services team to assist with the orderly transition of our title operations to Fidelity. For those working in non-title subsidiaries, we will continue to assess the ongoing operations of those businesses. As we move forward, we will know more about the general impact of…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance

    Kid, have you rehabilitated yourself?

    Our girl is singing in Richmond this morning. This makes me extremely sad. I’ve been screwing around for the better portion of a year picking on NASCAR Teddy, but this shit is serious. It’s people’s jobs. Thousands of jobs. Thousands of lives. I sure hope the board sat down and pulled all executive compensation, barred all dividends and sent NASCAR Teddy and his pit crew to the wood shed. Those assholes had better be working for $1 a month until they get this straightened out. I just hate when these dumbass executives sit around and and blame market conditions. It’s not market conditions. It’s your asinine egos and operating on…

  • Title Insurance

    No sweeping exits or offstage lines

    Ahh, gentle readers. Y’all are so kind to me. Internal memo that goes something like this: Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 2:07 PM Subject: 1031 Residential Customer Questions.pdf – Adobe Acrobat Standard Our company is at a critical juncture, and you are on the front lines fighting for our survival. Thank you for that. I know you want answers, and I will do my best to describe where we are at this point in time. When LandAmerica released third quarter 2008 results, we identified a „liquidity‰ problem inside our 1031 operation. For years, we have invested 1031 exchange funds in a type of investment called “auction rate securities.” These are…