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Politically incorrect opions on things people face in normal everyday life. Life is what you make it and stupidity in life generally leads to stupidity across many things affecting the quality of life.

Closing Rikers Island – The Plan to Close Rikers Island

CLOSING RIKERS ISLAND

 

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants Rikers Island closed by 2026 with the idea of building smaller borough facilities in New York City. Allegedly it will make it more convenient for inmates to attend court appearances and make it easier for families of those incarcerated to visit.

de Blasio believes that housing inmates closer to their homes and courts will make New York City’s criminal justice system “smaller, safer and fairer.”

His plain for the new jails would include on-site support services to assist inmates in getting their lives back on track and reduce the likelihood of being incarcerated again.

Sure, this all sounds great in theory but I’m going to show you how absolutely fucking retarded this plan actually is!

Why close Rikers Island? Ask any bleeding heart liberal and they’ll say, “There’s a culture of violence,” or “Rikers Island is inhumane to those who are detained.” The truth of the matter is that de Blasio and liberal politicians don’t have a fucking clue!

Let’s get a few fucking things straight before I go on my complete and utter tirade! Riker’s Island is not a fucking prison, it’s a fucking county jail.

RIKERS ISLAND IS A COUNTY JAIL – Yup, Rikers Island is a county jail serving Queens, Kings, Richmond, New York and the Bronx as is in the 5 counties better knowns as the 5 boroughs that make up New York City.

Inmates on Rikers Island consist of people who are being held on parole violations, are fighting a criminal case or cases as in being detained and those who have been sentenced for their crimes to 1 year or less. Any person who is sentenced for a crime to a term of longer than 1 year are state inmates not city inmates.

The average stay of an inmate on Rikers Island is 176 days or a little under 6 months. “But what about Kalief Browder?” Rikers Island only releases inmates when the criminal justice system tells them to do so. It’s not Rikers Island’s fault that Kalief Browder spent 3 years on the island. However, it is Kalief Browder’s fault that he spent 2 years in solitary. You want to know who spends that much time in solitary confinement? Asshole inmates! The guy gets released, off’s himself and it’s the fault of Riker’s Island? Please!

THE CULTURE OF VIOLENCE ON RIKERS ISLAND

A Federal monitor was appointed in 2016 to investigate and report on the culture of violence allegedly present on the island. The findings were that staff on the island “relished confrontation” with inmates, rather than avoiding confrontation. Incidents were described such as a correction officers using pepper spray on inmates who was in restraints, and other incidents of “unnecessarily” kicking and stomping inmates.

As a result of the report changes were made that basically stripped correction officers of any “power” they had. Changes were made in regard how much time inmates who did not abide by the rules of the various jails could spend in solitary and changes made to when an officer could and could not use force to deal with inmates who were losing their shit and not listening.

The result? An increase in violence. Why? Inmates need rules and to have consequences for breaking those rules. Take away the consequences of breaking rules and what is the point of following rules?

THE REALITY OF CLOSING RIKERS ISLAND

On average 20% of the Rikers Island jail population are known gang members! Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Trinitarios, MS-13 and other lesser known gangs.

Recidivism is fucking high! That’s right most people jailed on Rikers Island and released will return. In 2015 an experiment using a Social Impact Bond primarily funded by Goldman Sachs to reduce the reincarceration for juvenile offenders was to be used for juvenile offenders to work on personal responsibility education, training, and counseling. The result? It fucking crashed and burned. A $7.2 million-dollar failure that had zero effect as in none!

Of course, the above failure was directed at juvenile offenders. What about non juvenile offenders? Let’s just say that those fuckers love coming back. Why not? Inmates on Rikers Island receive three free meals per days, free medication, free eyecare and free healthcare. Need a hernia surgery you can’t afford? Just commit a crime, spend some time on Riker’s Island and the tax payers have got your back. Addicted to heroin? No problem, just show up with that shit in your system and you’ll get methadone treatment to make sure you get high for free.

If you think I’m skirting my own question, great! I love making a fucking point. In January of 2020 New York State bail reform sets in. At that time approximately 2,000 inmates will be released from Rikers Island and will be walking the streets.

Imagine waking up one morning and finding out that 2,000 inmates escaped from jail and were now walking the streets of New York City. Doesn’t that sound fucking awesome?

Of the 363 inmates who fit the bail reform bill, in Queens, who will be walking the streets come 2020 the average inmate will have had 6 felony arrests, five misdemeanor arrests, two felony convictions and six prior misdemeanor convictions. 80% of the 363 or approximately 290 are charged with fucking felonies! Doesn’t this make you all warm and fuzzy inside?

Remember the last time a mass bailout took place? If you don’t, I’m here to tell you it happened in 2018 when a non-profit called Robert F. Kennedy Humans Rights bailed out 23 people being detained on Rikers Island. About half of those who were bailed out were rearrested a total of 14 fucking times. “It was only 11 people?” ROFL, yeah it was, however, another 8 had bench warrants placed against them. That’s a total of 19 out of the 23 who were bailed out wound right back inside yet when 2,000 assholes, most of which who are fighting felony cases are released, what the fuck do you think is going to happen?

Despite crime rates going down, arrests going down and a dwindling jail population on Rikers Island violence continues to increase so what else? Programs are the answer! Liberal states, “There will be great programs at these new borough-based facilities.” Yeah, many of which already fucking exist! An inmate on Rikers Island can earn his or her Good Enough Diploma, (G.E.D.), obtain a CDL license, earn a food handler’s license and have access to many non-profit programs to “better” themselves. There are even programs that will pay for an inmate’s rent while he or she is being detained for a fucking crime! Even better, many of these programs will assist with helping these fucks get public assistance!

So, we already know that efforts in the millions of dollars was attempted to reduce recidivism among juvenile offenders, most adult offenders go back to jail and an attempt at mass bailout by a non-profit crashed and burned yet come January of 2020 thousands of people detained mostly on felony charges will be walking the streets.

Despite all this the plan to close Rikers Island moves forward. The cost? Only $11 billon fucking dollars! Of course, this is all contingent upon the jail population of New York City remaining below 5,000.

What the fuck is going to happen once this douche fucking mayor de Blasio leaves office after a failed bid to become President of the United States? When close to 90% of the inmates who will be released come January of 2020 go back to jail and when these awesome fucking programs do nothing?

I’ll tell you what the fuck is going to happen! New York City will have again wasted hundreds of millions of dollars to solve a problem by throwing money at it even though the problem was never understood! The number of incarcerated will go well above 5,000 and these new borough- based facilities will not be adequate. What will happen then?

Nothing is being said or done to deal with many of the mentally ill inmates! New York state continually pulled funding from mental health facilities and where did most of those people wind up? Rikers fucking Island is where!

What drives me insane is that no one and I mean no one can see the obvious. Who owns the island known as Riker’s Island? That would be the City of New York. Where is Rikers Island? It happens to be just behind LaGuardia Airport. You know that airport in Queens that is not an international airport but is going under extensive renovations to become one that is also owned by the City of New York?

I wonder how much money the city of New York could generate with 400 acres of land directly behind an international airport? There would be no fucking way that real estate developers would want to pay a premium price to build condominiums, hotels, casinos and perhaps a mall to serve those millions of international travelers flying in and out of LaGuardia daily.

The plan to shutter Rikers Island has nothing to do with the well being of inmates or a more just criminal justice system but has everything to do with the almighty dollar. The land that Rikers Island sits upon is valuable and de Blasio knows it. For a plan that is supposed to take 10 years to complete what’s the rush? Could it be $$$$?

Look what New York City has become like since de Blasio decided quality of life crimes were not worthy of prosecution. There are people pissing in the middle of the street in broad daylight. There are people taking shits on the train!

What’s really pisses me off about the plan to close Rikers Island is that government retards believe that taking the same repeat criminals off a jail on Rikers Island and moving them to small borough-based facilities is going to change the criminals.

Think about this logically! You have a dope fiend named John who does 15 days jail terms every other month to support his habit. Instead of John being housed in a jail on Rikers Island he’s housed at a borough facility in Brooklyn. Will this change John’s criminal activity simply because he’s now locked up in a different location? Absolutely not!

The cold hard truth is that the plan to close Riker’s Island is illogical and absolutely retarded! Becoming softer on crime in New York City then we already are while putting the safety of citizens in jeopardy at a cost of billions of dollars when it will accomplish nothing makes zero sense.

If you agree with the plan to close Rikers Island then I can only respond that stupidity is contagious!

15 Year Mortgages are Stupid!

There seems to be a never ending debate as to which mortgage term is better. Is a 30 year fixed rate mortgage better than a 15 year fixed rate mortgage? People have different reasons for stating why a 15 year mortgage is better than a 30 year mortgage but in my opinion 15 year mortgages are stupid and in this article I’ll explain why.

For the most part the difference between the interest rates in a 15 year mortgage compared to a 30 year mortgage will be around .50% meaning that if the going rate on 30 year fixed rate mortgage is 4% the rate for a 15 year mortgage will be around 3.50%. Let’s take a look at a $200,000 15 year mortgage fixed rate mortgage at 3.50% and compare the same $200,000 mortgage on a 30 year term with a rate of 4%.

Loan #1
Loan Amount – $200,000
15 Year Fixed rate
Rate of 3.5%
Payment Amount = $1,429.77

Loan #2
Loan Amount – $200,000
30 year fixed rate
Rate of 4%
Payment Amount = $954.83

The difference in monthly payment is $474.94 less per month on a 30 year mortgage versus the 15 year mortgage. If you applied the $474.94 difference your 30 year mortgage would be paid off 12 year and 6 months faster meaning your 30 year mortgage would actually be a 17.5 year mortgage. Sure I know what your thinking….aren’t you paying an extra 2.5 years? Of course but at least your not locking yourself into a much higher payment. Using the same loan in Loan #2 but providing yourself with a 15 year amortization schedule your monthly payment would be $1,479.38 or $49.61 more per month. Pretty much $50 per month…probably less that what you pay for your cell phone or cable bill.

As of this posting the average length for a family stay in a home is approximately 7 years or 84 months. If you purchased a home today and stayed for 7 years or 84 months and decided to sell your payoff amount on the 15 year mortgage would be approximately $118,484 whereas the approximate payoff amount on the 30 year mortgage the same 84 months later would be $171,738 a whopping difference of $53,284! However in that $53,284 difference between the two loans you would have paid an additional $38,894.36 for an actual net difference of $14,389.64 over 7 years or approximately $2,055 per year. Going a step further if you were to take $1,500 per year and invest $1,500 each year for 7 years that investment be worth approximately $14,800 leaving you cash positive each year of approximately $555 or $3,885 over the same 7 year period.

If you can’t tell by now the primary reason why I feel 15 year mortgages are stupid is because no matter how you slice it or dice it you are coming out of pocket much more leaving you with less financial flexibility. However, the reason why I feel that so many favor 15 year mortgages is because most people don’t have the financial discipline to come up with a mortgage plan and stick to it. Most people as in 97% of people according to the FDIC! Unfortunately in this day and age it seems that more and more people are incapable of thinking outside the box.

I have been and always will be a fan or pre-paying loan debt. Let’s face facts…..unexpected expenditures are going to happen. Your car may breakdown you may need to make an unplanned repair to your home or a variety of things. Using the 2 above loans again wouldn’t you prefer to have the extra $474 per month if you needed it. Heck you could even back the $474 per month and make a lump sum payment to your mortgage to get the benefit.

Perhaps it’s just me but I’ll never take a 15 year mortgage. How about you? Do you agree or disagree with my article on 15 year mortgages being stupid?

Transgender Stupidity!

Yes it’s 2017 but stupidity continues to run rampant. Maybe it’s just me but for the life of me I can’t seem to figure out how .3% of the population of the United States of America is causing such a fucking stir.

Let’s get this straight……You are a man who identifies as a woman so the fact that you have a penis doesn’t matter. You feel like you’re a woman so therefor you are? You are a woman who identifies as a man and the fact that you have a vagina doesn’t matter? Fucking seriously!!?? So knowing what I have known for my forty years on this fucking earth means nothing. You may look like a man, act like a man but since you identify as a woman I have to refer to you as a woman? No I fucking don’t!

Here’s the simple fact of the matter. If you have a penis your a man. If you have a vagina you are a woman. Case fucking closed. I don’t care about what you identify as. I identify as a 1990 Chevrolet Corvette even though I don’t have an engine, transmission or tires but because that’s how I feel that’s how society should view me!

Lets call this transgender stupidity what it really is….mental illness. No it’s not about me being insensitive or hating on people that I don’t agree with it’s called reality. Can’t anyone call a spade a spade anymore. Although representing a miniscule .3% of the entire US population upwards of 40% of the transgender community commit or attempt to commit suicide and it has nothing to do with social acceptance.

This entire transgender bathroom debate is fucking ludicrous. 99.97% of the US population is non transgender yet the rest of us have to conform to transgender mental health beliefs? It’s makes no freaking sense. Even more ludicrous is transgender children….that’s right TRANSGENDER CHILDREN! Yup I actually read an article where parents have stated that they knew their child was transgender by age 3. Age fucking 3!!! Let’s be real….at age 3 many kids can’t read or even spell their fucking names but a 3 year old boy can identify as a girl? What in the hell is going on with society as a whole for this to even be considered?

Before you go ahead and call me some sort of gay basher let’s be clear…..being transgender doesn’t make one gay does it? Oh yeah you may be a man who identifies as a woman who is sexually attracted to women! Besides I have tons of friends who are gay and lesbian and have family members that are gay. I don’t have an issue with homosexuality. If your a guy who is sexually attracted to guys or a woman who is sexually attracted to women than great for you. All I know is that this takes nothing away from transgender stupidity!

Paying for Credit Repair is Stupid – Why Paying for Credit Repair is Stupid!

In my opinion paying a company to “repair” your credit is one of the stupidest things a person who walks the Earth can do. So why is paying a company to repair your credit so stupid? Simply put I feel that credit repair companies are the hugest scam business on the face of the earth.

Think about this….an “affordable” credit repair company will charge you an initial fee of say $95 plus an additional $59 per month. If it takes the “affordable” credit repair company 4 months to “repair” your credit you spent over $300 to achieve something you could have done yourself for less than $20! Of course we all pay for things that we can do ourselves but in my opinion this is because we choose to pay others to do things we find to be unpleasant such as mowing our lawns, doing laundry or even going grocery shopping. I believe this is the very reason that these BS credit repair companies continue to thrive as most people equate credit repair to be some unpleasant, needing to be a credit expert sort of thing. Why not pay over $300 to pay someone to deal with the unpleasantness of repairing credit? It’s not unpleasant, is super easy and something you can easily do yourself!

DISCLAIMER…..KNOWITALL is not an attorney, does not claim to be an attorney and is not practicing law without a license in any state within the United States of America. KnowItAll is simply sharing his knowledge about what KnowItAll has learned about credit and credit repair services!

Now that the above is out of the way lets move on. If you’ve come across this post it may be because you’re thinking about hiring a credit repair company to help you repair your credit. You have crap credit and want to join the 700+ credit score club. For whatever reason you went into Google and typed in “Is paying for credit repair stupid”…..or “is paying for credit repair stupid?” or even “credit repair for the stupid” and came across my awesome blog.

In order to understand how to repair your own credit you must first understand how credit works. Simply put there are 3 agencies that provide credit scores. When you apply for a loan of any sort or a credit card the finance company or bank that you apply with will take your median score or the middle of the 3 scores to arrive at a Yes or No also known as your mid score. The 3 credit agencies are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Each have their own model to arrive at your score. Of course I don’t know what the individual models but factors consist of things such as how long you have had established credit, what are your credit limits, the amount of credit you have out with regard to your credit limit and your payment history. Each agency is bound by the Fair Credit Reporting Act which simply put is U.S. Federal Government legislation that was enacted to promote the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.

Before I go any further I must state that you cannot dispute accurate information. If I wasn’t clear let me put this in a different way for you…. YOU CANNOT DISPUTE ACCURATE INFORMATION! That’s right people….if you had an Amex card with a $10,000 limit, maxed it out for whatever reason and Amex charged the account off and is now trying to collect you cannot dispute that fact. You did max out the card and now you have to deal with it! This $10K Amex charge off will be accurately reported, will affect your credit score and will appear on your credit report for SEVEN (7) Years from the time the account went into collection!!

There is not a credit repair company on the face of the planet that can “permanently” erase accurate information but a little more on this later. The only thing a credit repair company can do is help you erase inaccurate information. Again….THE ONLY THING A CREDIT REPAIR COMPANY CAN DO IS HELP YOU REMOVE INACCURATE INFORMATION!! To put this in other words your credit score sucks because you don’t pay your debt so there is nothing you can do about it. If this is your case stop reading now as this post will in no way, shape or form help you become a responsible human being. You’ve been irresponsible for whatever reason and now you must live with the consequences which in this case may result in being denied for a secured credit card. Go to the top of your browser, click on the ‘X” in the upper right hand corner and enjoy your deadbeat existence! Just kidding so stop being so uptight.

So if there is no credit repair company that can erase accurate information why do credit repair agencies exist at all? Great question! In my opinion it’s because most people don’t understand credit in general, don’t want to understand t it, don’t want to learn about it and feel that you need to be an expert in credit when in fact its not complicated at all. With that being stated here is KnowItAll’s guide to self credit repair for those who know that have shitty credit or in other words paying for credit repair is stupid or in other other words go FUCK YOURSELF CREDIT REPAIR COMPANY!

KNOWITALL’S GUIDE TO SELF CREDIT REPAIR WHEN YOU KNOW YOU HAVE SHITTY CREDIT

Step 1 – As you are legally entitled to receive a FREE copy of your credit report every 12 months obtain such FREE CREDIT REPORT by going to a site such as AnnualCreditReport.com. Keep in mind you won’t obtain your credit score but since you already know you have shitty credit you don’t need your score right now anyway. All you want to do at this stage of the game is to get a hold of your credit report and review it for inaccurate information.

Step 2 – Review said FREE credit report for inaccurate information.

Step 3 – Highlight said inaccurate information with something like a highlighter or better yet an actual highlighter.

Step 4 – Write a letter to the respective credit bureau and make sure to include all the below information.
– Your full name including middle initial (and generation such as JR, SR, II, III)
– Your date of birth
– Your Social Security number (if you have never been issued a social security number, please note that in your request)
– All addresses where you have lived during the past two years
– One copy of a government issued identification card, such as a driver’s license or state ID card, etc.
– One copy of a utility bill, bank or insurance statement, etc.
– List each item on your report that you believe is inaccurate, the account number and the specific reason you feel the information is incorrect.

Step 5 – Place said letter with supporting documentation in an envelope.

Step 6 – Write your return address and the address of the agency on the envelope.

Step 7 – Place a stamp in the upper right hand corner of the envelope.

Step 8 – Place the envelope into a mailbox.

Step 9 – Wait for the response letter from the agency.

Step 10 – Jump for joy or respond to response letter.

END OF KNOWITALL’S GUIDE TO SELF CREDIT REPAIR WHEN YOU KNOW YOU HAVE SHITTY CREDIT

Pretty simple, right? “OK KnowitAll, I’ve read your stupid F****ING Guide and my credit report is 100% accurate. What the F**K do I do now?” Don’t worry…I have another guide for that.

KNOWITALL’S GUIDE TO SELF CREDIT REPAIR WHEN YOU KNOW YOU HAVE SHITTY CREDIT AND THINK YOUR CREDIT REPORT IS ACCURATE

Let’s go way back to this post where you had an AMEX card with a $10K limit and banged the hell out of it like it was a chick with a huge rack, slim waist, great ass and the face of a goddess. Hold on….I’m many things but not a sexist so for you ladies who are reading this post I’ll rephrase. Let’s go way back to this post where you had an AMEX card with a $10K limit and banged the hell out of it like it was….(INSERT WHATEVER YOU LIKE HERE.)

What you want to look for is accurate information that is being reported more than it should be. Using the $10K Amex card example let’s say that Amex sold the debt to a collection agency who sold the debt who sold the debt who sold the debt. You look at your FREE CREDIT REPORT and see that it is indeed a collection account you owe but it’s being reported by FIVE (5) different collection companies but it’s the same debt. Only ONE (1) collection company can collect the debt yet the same debt is being repeated over and over again. That scenario is screwing up your credit score so admit to the debt but state that it is being over reported as just one of these account can have a tremendous impact on your score. Although you actually owe the collection account in your letter state the other collection accounts are actually one in the same and that you need those other FOUR (4) collection accounts removed. Once those 4 collection accounts are removed it will have a positive impact on your credit score.

Okay so earlier in this post I wrote that there is not a credit repair company on the face of the planet that can “permanently” erase accurate information. This is fact yet there are many credit repair companies that promise to raise your credit score. How can a credit repair company promise to raise your credit score even if they can’t have accurate information removed?

The credit reporting agencies have 30 days to respond to your dispute or 45 days if you have obtained a copy of your free credit report. What the credit reporting agencies do when they receive your dispute is to contact the creditor. If the creditor fails to respond within the 30 day or 45 day timeframe the account must be removed from your credit report. I own a credit repair company and sing my own praises by stating “I just raised your score 30 points!” In reality I did raise your credit score but I didn’t say for how long. Lets say the creditor responds TWO (2) months later with supporting evidence that the account is indeed yours. The credit reporting agency simply puts the negative account back onto your credit profile thus bringing your score back down to where is was supposed to be to begin with. Congratulations…..you just paid me for no reason!

The bottom line is that if your credit score sucks and your credit report is 100% accurate the only thing that is going to help improve your credit score is time! Yup there are no tips or secrets that is going to take you from a 550 credit score to 800 if all of the information on your credit report is accurate. However, here are a few things that you can do to help improve the situation.

1. If you have a family member that has excellent credit ask that that person include you as an authorized user on his or her account. Once the person does this for you that account and most importantly payment history will appear on your credit report thus making it seem that you are a responsible human being. Your family member or friend knows you’re not so simply tell that person to destroy the card once it comes. Sure you won’t be able to use it but it will help you.

2. If you have a ton of collection accounts paying them off is not going to improve your credit score. However if you want to be responsible and take ownership of your debt and pay the collection accounts off. However, NEVER EVER EVER pay the actual amount. Open a line of communication, admit that the debt is yours and state that you want to take care of it. The collection agency will settle for a lesser amount meaning that in most cases you can settle a $2,000 collection account for hundreds. Best of all many will enter into a repayment agreement along you to spread the payment amounts across a few months maybe even a year. Keep in mind that many employer now as part of their hiring process obtain your credit report. Having terrible credit isn’t a crime but would you be more willing to hire someone who takes accountability or a person who just shrugs his or her shoulders? At least you can stop those collection calls from coming in daily.

3. Obtain a secured credit card. A secured credit card is pretty much the same as a pre paid debit card. You pay the credit card company a one time fee of say $100 and send in a check for $300. You now have a $300 credit limit. If you place a charge on the account you must pay the bill the same way you would pay an unsecured credit card. The credit reporting agencies will place that account on your credit profile. After a while you will start getting offers for unsecured or regular credit cards again. An unsecured credit card is a great way to help improve your credit standing.

So the above is why I feel that paying for credit repair is stupid. However, you may not feel the same way. Maybe you feel you just don’t have the time or simply prefer to have a company take care of the dispute process for you. At minimum I hope this post has improved your knowledge of credit reporting, credit scoring and how to dispute errors.

FUCK YOU CON EDISON!!!!

If anyone has ever dealt with Con Edison this post should be nothing new. Con Edison is in fact one of the many things that make me detest living in New York City. Today, being May 1st I sat down on my laptop to pay those bills that never seem to go away. Normally I just pay my level payment plan installment amount without ever opening a statement but today I actually decided to open my Con Edison bill and read it and what I read has me fucking furious!

I have an energy supplier that is not Con Edison. Pretty straight forward for 414 kWh I had to pay a customer charge of $0, a supply cost of $41.36 @9.9900 and sales tax @4.5% for a grand total of $43.22. No problem here but that’s only supply charges what about delivery charges?

Flipping over my Con Edison bill and reading it is what brought this post about. Charges…..

1. Basic Service Charge – Charge for basic system infrastructure and customer-related services, including customer accounting, meter reading and meter maintenance – $16.81 – Not sure how the fuck a meter is maintained but considering they actually read my meter every other month how much maintaining is actually needed?

2. Delivery 414 kWh @11.2295 – Charge for maintaining the system through which Con Edison delivers electricity to you. – $46.49 – Now hold on for just one fucking minute! I paid $41.36 for the actual electricity but am paying $46.49 to have the electricity delivered to me? How in the fuck does this make any sort of fucking sense? That’s like ordering a pizza for $16 and having to pay and additional $18 to have the fucking pizza delivered to your door. That’s like ordering a shirt for $50 online and paying and additional $55 to the company for shipping the fucking shirt! FUCK YOU CON EDISON!

3. System Benefit Charge @0.6691 kWh – The System Benefits Charge recovers costs associated with clean energy activities conducted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and energy efficiency programs implemented by the Company. – $2.77 – So Con Edison has to pay New York State and probably required Con Edison to implement programs so instead of just absorbing the cost they feel it necessary to pass on the cost to me?! Seriously?! FUCK YOU CON EDISON!!

4. Temporary NY State Surcharge @0.1256 kWh – Covers new fees imposed by the state – $0.52 – Again, instead of absorbing the charge Con Edison is charging me for it! FUCK YOU CON EDISON!!!

5. GRT & other tax surcharges – Taxes on Con Edison gross receipts from sales of utility services and other tax surcharges – $3.40 – FUCK!!!!!!!!!
Again Con Edison has to pay taxes and AGAIN instead of absorbing this cost they are AGAIN charging me for it! FUCK YOU CON EDISON!!!!

6. Sales tax @ 4.50% – Tax collected on behalf of New York City – $3.15

Total DELIVERY CHARGES = $73.14!!!!

My total Con Edison Electricity Bill for March of 2017 = $116.36!

OK….so I just paid $43.22 for the electricity I used for the month of March but it cost me an additional $73.14 to have the electricity delivered to me which included taxes and fees that Con Edison must pay but instead of absorbing this cost they simply FORCE me to pay it for them!! What really pisses me off is that I have to pay Con Edison a tax for their gross receipts! Fucking seriously?!

WHAT A FUCKING RIPOFF!!!! Over 60% of my fucking Con Edison bill is made of delivery fees, taxes and surcharges on the fucking electricity that I used! I wish that I can say that I’m surprised but I’m not. A huge part of living in New York City is knowing you’re getting fucked for your hard earned money for pretty much everything so why would electricity be any different?

With that being said I have only four more words left……. FUCK YOU CON EDISON!!!!!

I’m More Pissed Off Than Ever!

Amazing what a short few months can do to a person. Back in June 2016 I posted an article with a title of “I’m Not Ass Pissed Off Lately.” Here I am in Late October of 2016 and I seem to be more pissed off than ever!!

I WANT A FUCKING HOUSE! I was born in a house, raised in a house and once I married I moved to a small one bedroom apartment. I now own a “fantastic” 980 square foot condominium. It’s too small and I would love to move. I would not have a problem selling it but where in the fuck would I move to?! I have to stay in New York City for my job as well as my wife’s and even if I do sell my tiny shit hole condominium for top dollar I cannot afford to purchase a house in my own fucking neighborhood. $850,000+ for a single family, attached home with no garage? You have to be kidding me. Who in the hell would pay that much for a house that also need $100,000+ of work just to make it comparable to where the fuck I live now!!!!

SICK AND TIRED OF WORK!! Nothing like taking my tired ass to work day after fucking day to the tune of 18.5 HOURS EVERY FUCKING DAY. 1 hour set aside to commute, 16.5 hours of work, sit in traffic for an hour sometime an hour plus just to take a shit, eat dinner, take a shower, get a few hours of sleep if I’m lucky and do it all over again! My job consumes every facet of my life. “Hey KnowItAll….stop bitching and get another job!” Sure if it was that fucking easy. There is not a place on fucking earth that would pay me as much and give me a pension as well. I’m too fucking old to go back to Corporate America only to get my ass laid off in my mid 50’s! There’d be nothing like unemployment as a 52 year old trying to get a job where there is nothing but shitty jobs available.

SICK AND TIRED OF NEW YORK CITY!!! Why in the fuck is New York City so fucking expensive? I don’t get it. In Brooklyn we have the most unaffordable housing market but we also have one of the poorest counties in the country in the Bronx. It costs $8 fucking dollars to cross the White Stone Bridge, RFK Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge and the Midtown Tunnel but if you have EZ pass that figure drops to an affordable $5.54?! Yeah I have EZ Pass but $11.08 just to make a 20 minute round trip from Queens to the Bronx and back? imagine if you live in the Bronx and worked in Queens or vice versa you would be spending $277 a fucking month in tolls. If you get the standard 2 weeks of vacation and never call in sick your yearly total for just tolls would be over $2,700 a year! Fuck driving I’ll just take the train. Sure but train fare is going up to $3 a fucking ride in 2017. Even without the train fare raise due to go into effect a 30 day Metro Card costs $116.50 right now! So if you have to take the train to work and get the standard 2 weeks vacation and never call in sick you would be spending over $1,300 in train fare!! In 2016 the median income for a family of four across New York City is $90,600. Let’s say you have an awesome accountant and your effective tax rate is 26% that would leave you with around $67,000 in gross income or $5,583.33 per month. Lets say you cram both kids into 1 bedroom so you have a 2 bedroom apartment somewhere in Queens for around $2,200 per month. Not too bad as it’s only a little under 40% of your gross income to put a roof over your fucking head! Deducting rent you are now down to $3,833.33. Let’s throw in another $100 per month for Electricity to Con Ed, $100 a month for basic Cable with Time Warner and $150 for a cell phone family plan and we’re down to $3,533.33. Let’s say you and the wife commute to Manhattan for work every day so lets deduct another $233 a month for Metro Cards and we’re looking at $3,300.33. Ah shit…people have to eat and feed their kids so lets say another $500 a month in groceries leaving us with $2,800.33. So a little over $2,800 left over each month not taking into account gift giving, personal care, clothing and entertainment. Also not taking into account as to whether the family four owns a car which may or may not have a monthly payment but would have a monthly payment of car insurance as well as spending money on gasoline. Its a fucking miracle that people are able to get by at all in New York City!!

FUCKING CAR INSURANCE!!! I don’t drive a fucking Lambo and my wife doesn’t drive a Ferrari so why in the fuck am I spending over $3,300 a year on car insurance! I haven’t had a car accident in over 20 years! My wife did have an accident but it was a NO FAULT ACCIDENT and that was well over 2 years ago yet still I’m getting banged for over $280 a month in car insurance. Better yet this is the cheapest fucking car insurance I can get for full coverage on 2 cars. I shopped around until I was tired of shopping around only to ultimately find that there is no car insurance company in the fucking country that can give me cheaper car insurance than the $3,300+ a fucking year I’m paying now! What’s even more ridiculous is that I was actually spending over $330 a month until I decided to get rid of my sports sedan and get something a bit more economical and affordable. What’s crazy is that New York City is supposedly 13th in car insurance premiums. If I lived in Detroit I would probably go on a shooting spree but than again I could buy a nice house in Detroit for around $150K.

I could continue to write but I would think you all get the gist as to why I’m more pissed off than ever.

AWD MUSCLE CAR!?

I love cars and I love performance but it seems the American automotive industry is missing something and something obvious. Where in the hell can I buy an AWD Performance Muscle Car that doesn’t cost over $80,000!?

I have a job where regardless of weather, I’m expected to faithfully and dutifully show up for work. I love AMERICAN MUSCLE but what I don’t and wouldn’t love is trying to get to work in a foot of snow in a rear wheel drive (RWD) monster around a tight corner.

I’ve read ridiculous crap online such as that “True American muscle is a rear wheel drive (RWD) car that produces 400+ horsepower (HP) that was inspired by the muscle car era of the 70’s.” We’re in 2016 so why not redefine American Muscle? Why can’t the new American Muscle be redefined as American Performance that isn’t rear wheel drive (RWD)?

For those of us who have to get to work “no matter what” or who live in areas where snowfall is as common as breathing there are few options for American made all wheel drive (AWD) performance vehicles. There’s the AWD Dodge Charger that is the size of a small fortress and the $80,000+ Cadillac CTS-V. Of course you can get a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT but it’s a truck and AWD. An AWD truck is as common as a peanut butter and jelly also commonly known as a 4×4.

As far as I’m concerned, the only true performance AWD car is the Subaru WRX, especially since Mitsubishi no longer makes Ralliart editions. Performance wise it fits the bill but in my opinion it’s ugly as hell. It’s like having a girlfriend with a 4 inch waist, double D’s and a nice round rump but you only want to be seen with her in public if she has a paper bag over her head.

I’ve always wanted a Ford Mustang. It growls, looks pissed off and screams “Get the hell out of my way!” but of course its only available in rear wheel drive (RWD). The Ford Focus ST looks awesome and I would buy one in a heart beat if I could get an automatic! While I’m at it why in the hell is it that performance has to be with a manual transmission? Super Cars of this era have automatic transmissions! Know why? The automatic transmission can shift faster, more smoothly and provide better performance that any person manually shifting the transmission!! If you don’t agree than I suggest you argue with Lamborghini and Ferrari who no longer offer manual transmissions!!! What I want is a badass looking, automatic, all wheel drive (AWD) American made performance car that as of this posting doesn’t exist. If it did it could be called the NEW AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR!!!

If you don’t thinks there’s a market for an AWD performance vehicle Subaru will beg to differ as they sold over 30,000 Subaru WRX/STI’s in 2015 and as of September 2016 have sold over 25,000. Granted the Subaru STI only comes in manual but the WRX can be purchased as an automatic. Why can’t an American automaker do the same thing? There is news that Dodge will be making an AWD V6 Challenger which I’m excited about but of course the Challenger is a coupe and I need a freaking sedan. The up and coming Ford Focus RS fits the bill as it’s mean looking and all wheel drive (AWD) but it only comes with a manual transmission!!

I guess I’ll just have to keep waiting or settle for a rice eater!!!!

Burnt Out and Freaking Tired!

Living in New York City is stupidly expensive and thankfully I’m making a good living and continue to climb in salary. However, I’m burn out and freaking tired and really just need to create this post to release some tension.

I’ve heard the expression time and time again that money isn’t everything but for a guy who has been 100% broke and struggling I feel with the utmost certainty that money is everything. It’s great not to stress about my next paycheck, robbing Peter to pay Paul and the oh so dreaded “Shit, I can’t pay this bill this month so I won’t.” Hell I even went out and dropped a ton of money on the car I always wanted but happiness lately is hard to come by.

I’m constantly tired, irritable, have little to no appetite and my temper lately has been short to say the least. I feel like a fucking rat in a cage. My average work day is between 14 and 16.5 hours per day. If I’m lucky I can get a solid four hours of sleep during my workdays but it’s been more like 1 to 2 hours lately as it seems I can’t fucking unwind. I hate to admit it but I’ve been severely depressed lately. It’s almost like I’m walking around in a fog. I can’t think straight, forget what I said in simple conversations until reminded and the worst part of this shit is that I don’t see an end in sight anytime soon.

It’s easy to say….”Just get another JOB!” but the reality is that I have no desire to go back to being Just Over Broke again. There is no way and I MEAN NO WAY that I will ever go back to corporate America! It’s simply not an option especially since I’m getting too old for that shit anyway.
I would love to open a side business but I barely have enough time to sleep or think straight so how in the fuck am I supposed to start a business?

I find myself constantly thinking of a way to escape my situation but the best I can do seems to be drinking myself stupid whenever I have the chance. Getting white hair and gained a ton of weight but I really have no desire to do anything else at this point. Work like a fucking slave and wait until I drop dead seems to be the only cards I have to play with.

Yup burnt out and freaking tired is all I am these days. Burn out and more like fucking tired seems more appropriate however. I hope this shit ends soon as I don’t know how much more I’m supposed to fucking take.

I’m Not as Pissed Off Latley

It’s no secret that I started this blog in order to create an outlet in which to vent. I find myself posting less and less these days and as a result my traffic has decreased steadily to a level I haven’t seen since I started this blog, going on 6 years now.

I was thinking about posting on this blog a few days ago when I realized something that startled me a bit. I had nothing to post about! It used to be super easy for me to go 0-100 on just about anything but it doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I asked myself a few questions. What am I pissed off about or what has really pissed me off lately. The answer was simply “I’m not as pissed off lately.”

I’m not pissed off lately? Seriously? Amazingly enough I can’t seem to think about much of anything that is pissing me off. But why? I think a part of it is that I’m a bit older and wiser but when I get to the root of why I’m not as pissed off lately and analyze things a bit I think that I’m just in a good place.  Why?

When I started this blog I was working job(s) that I hated and wasn’t making enough money. It was really easy for me to become stressed, as anyone would be, when you seem to be working for no other reason than to pay bills. It used to be money comes in and money goes right out. I used to rack my brain with ways to become financially stable. Fast forward and I still work a job that I absolutely hate but I’ve been getting paid really really well.  I came to the realization that there are few people in the world that are fortunate enough to do what they love and earn a really good living. If I have to work a job that I hate at least I’m getting paid well for it which is more than many people can say.

I used to get really pissed off at ignorance and stupidity in general and although it does get to me some times I find it getting to me less and less these days. I think I came to the realization that some of us are just more intelligent than others and although it appears that the stupid are winning I’m thankful I’m not one of them. Hey most people are ignorant, dumb animals but what can you really do about it?

Nothing would irritate me more than some get rich quick internet mlm business being marketed as the next BIG thing when I knew that it was absolute garbage and I would go out of my way to create posts on this blog to blow the whistle. What I found more often than not was going back and forth with believers of whatever the heck I ripped apart. What’s the point? Like I said most people are stupid and will continue to get ripped off by online money making schemes and BS mlm “opportunities.” If a person does get ripped off than good. If a person is smart enough to market what an intelligent person would deem absolute garbage to the masses of stupid people than good for that person.

I would dwell on the past and drive myself crazy with “OHHHH what could have been!” I realize now that I was doing nothing but making myself miserable. Absent of a time machine there was nothing I could do to change the past and since I have no way to travel back and time in order to change things, what was I doing to myself? I’ll admit that it wasn’t easy but I decided to let the past stay in the past and concentrate on the here and now with an eye on the future. The things in my past that I used to dwell on that would make me angry now sometimes bring a smile to my face. Many, many things had nothing more than being young and naive. Being who I am today there would be no way that I would allow myself to do those things but I guess that’s what makes me wiser. Those things were learning experiences, albeit  EXPENSIVE learning experiences but those learning experiences are what makes us who we are.

I used to absolutely hate my car and even created a post about how new cars were too expensive. Thinking back the post wasn’t really about how new cars were too expensive but more so that I couldn’t afford to buy a new car let alone the car I REALLY REALLY wanted. Things have changed. Although it was a but much on my finances I did something that was needed. I went out and purchased not just a new car but the new car that I REALLY REALLY wanted. Sure I still hate my job and there are days when I think that I would rather do anything else but the feeling goes away as I start my engine, put the radio on ear shattering levels and put the pedal to the metal and take off like a bat out of hell. My job sucks but at least it put me into a financial position to get my greatest toy ever. I love my car and little by little I’m putting a few bucks aside to make little upgrades here and there. Tinted windows? Check! Wind deflectors? Check! Awesome set of racing rims? CHECK. Exhaust system? Not yet but I’ll have that as a birthday present to myself next year. What I find amazing is that something as simple as the vehicle I drive could have such an impact on my happiness. It’s not practical as in terrible on gas and a high insurance premium, even though I haven’t had a car accident in over 10 years and never ever received a moving violation, but just like Ricky Bobby this guy likes to GO FAST!

I have an awesome wife! Stating that most marriages end in divorce is like saying the sky is blue. I’m fortunate that I was able to find someone that not only makes me happy but who is also by best friend. She’s truly is my better half. For everything that I’m not she is. She’s always supported me, mentally as well as financially (most of the time and not so much these days) , since the start of our relationship. There is nothing more that I enjoy than simply sitting on the couch on talking about how our respective day went. She’s caring, intelligent, sexy and can be the silliest person I know at times. She lives in her own little bubble and is 100% comfortable with that. She’s of course is not perfect, as none of us are, but she’s perfect for me and I’m oh so thankful. How many people can say they’ve been with their better half for half of their life and still going strong?

I have an awesome kid! My kid is my most favorite thing in the world. Sure there are times when I wanted to absolutely kill him but what parent doesn’t get that feeling? He makes me proud each and every day. He’s like an old man in a little kids body. He’s a bit shy and lacks a bit of confidence but he’s still a kid and that’s what growing up is all about. He is so much smarter than I was and I hope that he embraces education and becomes everything that I’m not. I hope that he makes the right choices in life and that he one day meets the love of his life, had a successful marriage and children of his own. I don’t know if what I hope will become a reality but I will do and continue to do whatever I can to keep him on the right path. So far so good and I’m just really thankful and happy that not only is he super smart but that he’s happy and healthy. There are people who want children more than anything but can’t have children for a variety of reasons. Thankfully I’m not one of them.

I have awesome friends. Sure I don’t see them as much as I like. It’s way different being a teenager and in your early twenties starting out life than it is when you and they become married, have children and have little to no free time. I do know that if I ever truly needed any of them they would be there in a heartbeat as I would be there for them. Times do change. No longer is going out and partying, playing drinking games or calling in sick just to hang out later than you should. Amazing how getting together at a BBQ and talking about kids, insurance, investments and just plain old BS replaces what once was but it’s still as enjoyable. Besides drinking a little too much does still happen from time to time.

I attribute all of the above as to why I’m not ass pissed of lately. I think I’m just in a really good place right now and I hope that for as much things will change throughout the years to come things will stay the same. It wasn’t always that way but this is my new reality. Stupidity is still contagious and always will be but I just don’t care about it as much as I once did.

I hope that if you came across this post and see similarities between who you are now and who I was at a time in my life it at least gives you hope that things will change and even more so provides you with a few questions and a moment of self reflection to take a look at things and how you have the power to at least change some of it.