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NACA is the real deal

July 26, 2009

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (“NACA”) is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization. NACA’s primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership. NACA has made the dream of homeownership a reality for thousands of working people by counseling them honestly and effectively, enabling even those with poor credit to purchase a home or refinance a predatory loan with far better terms than those provided even in the prime market.

The paragraph that you just read comes directly from the website.  I was blessed enough to attend the “Save The Dream Tour” in Chicago, at the McCormick Place,  on Saturday, July 25, 2009.  I say blessed because I was able to meet directly with my mortgage company, Citimortgage, and work out a plan to lower my interest rate to a level that I can afford.  We have to get a final approval from FHA, which actually owns my mortgage, but the entire process was very informative, organized, and well worth the six hours that I spent there.  Yes, I said six hours, but I’m sure that was only because I attended on Saturday morning which was probably the busiest time of the event.  Special thanks to my mom for telling me about the event after hearing about it on WVON-AM.

I am sharing this news with you because so many people asked me after I attended if it was worth going to.  YES!  I encourage you to check out the NACA website and allow them to help you too.


Redbox’s $1 vending-machine video rentals worry movie studio

March 30, 2009


Redbox movie kiosks are popping up by the thousands in supermarkets, drugstores, restaurants and convenience stores around the country. The kiosks stock DVDs that rent for $1 a day, a remainder-bin price that is less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Consumers are pulling DVDs out of the Redbox kiosks in record numbers.

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AIG Paid $218M in Bonuses, More Than $165M Disclosed

March 22, 2009

Connecticut’s attorney general says documents turned over to his office by American International Group Inc. shows the company paid out $218 million in bonuses, higher than the $165 million previously disclosed

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AIG chairman says retention payments distasteful

March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – The chairman and CEO of American International Group acknowledged Wednesday to congressional interrogators that some of the insurance giant’s executive bonuses are “distasteful.”

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The “Breastaurant” business is booming

March 9, 2009

I learned a new term today via ABC News.  That term is “breastaurant”.  You have to see it to fully understand.  CLICK HERE to see and learn.  The story talks about how restaurants like Hooters, Twin Peaks, and Bone Daddy are doing very well even in the midst of the current recession.  There are a couple of reasons for that.  One is that most of the food is less than $10 and the other is the very friendly wait staff.   Would you like to see one of these breastaurants near you?  Please leave your comments.


Funeral Funds Come Up Short In Illinois

February 28, 2009

Thousands of Illinois families thought they were safe in pre-paying for their funerals, but the trusts that those funds were held in have lost much of their value and now there doesn’t appear to be enough money left to pay for the funerals. Now what?

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Merry Christmas 2008

December 25, 2008

It’s Christmas morning 2008.  This is a joyful day.   It’s a day of celebration,  It’s the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, my Lord and savior!  That alone is good news, but the fact that he still lives and still loves you and me is even better news.  But the best news is that he wants us all to have a personal relationship with him and share in his inheritance.  It doesn’t cost a thing, all you have to do is say that you want a personal relationship with him and invite him into your life.  Then you gotta believe, have faith, and seek him by reading and learning his holy word, (The Bible), and he will direct your path through the Holy Spirit that he promised all of us that love him (John 14:15-21).

Our country is going through some rough waters.  Unemployment is at an all time high. I’m even looking for work.  Our financial lives are in turmoil.  Our country is still at war.  The definition of marriage is being debated in the media.  However, there are some signs of hope.  We have CHANGE coming to the White House.  Gas prices have fallen back to a reasonable level; and I still believe that God will supply all of my needs.

Happy Birthday Jesus.  Thank you for loving me.  Please order my steps and help me take care of my family.  And help me do what is right and pleasing in your sight.  Amen.


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GM To Return Two Leased Jets…After Asking Taxpayers For Money

November 21, 2008

General Motors Corp(GM.N) will return two of its leased corporate jets amid intense criticism in Washington this week on the luxury travel arrangements of its chief executive even as the company pleads for federal aid.

Seems like the public outcry and the comedians jokes did some good in this case.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Joe the pumber has no plumbers license

October 16, 2008

HOLLAND, Ohio – Joe the Plumber said Thursday he doesn’t have a license and doesn’t need one. Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, the nickname Republican John McCain bestowed on him during Wednesday’s presidential debate, said he works for a small plumbing company that does residential work. Because he works for someone else, he doesn’t need a license, he said.

But the county Wurzelbacher and his employer live in, Lucas County, requires plumbers to have licenses.

To continue reading this story CLICK HERE.

I found it intersting…I hope you do too.


Wall Street Turns To Prayer

October 3, 2008

I saw this article, CLICK HERE, on Christianaity Today.  Just like in our everyday lives, it often takes a crisis to make us fall to our knees and call out to God.  That should not be the case, but at least the people in this article had enough sense to call on God instead of jumping out of windows like some have done when the money goes away.  I encourage us all to pray on a daily basis and not just to ask for stuff.  How about thanking God for all that he has already done for us…how about that breath you just took…thank him for the little things daily.

I found it interesting…I hope you do too.