Today mr. gyma and I moved money from one local bank to another local bank. We decided to move the money because bank #1 sends us obnoxious letters once a year advising us our account is going to be placed in inactive status because we haven't made a withdrawl or deposit in the last 12 months. This account happens to be our emergency fund account which is why there isn't any activity on it.
Because interest rates are so pathetically low, I've moved all the rest of our money into online banks like Ally and Discover Bank. The online banks are paying 10x to 20x as much in interest so it's worth not having immediate access to the money.
When we opened the new account this morning, the "personal bankster" advised us that we could make 4 "free" withdrawals per month but additional withdrawals would cost $1.00. WTF?
And the interest rate? A measley .01%. The only benefit is this savings account is with the same institution as our checking account so money can more easily be moved back and forth.
As a rule, when filmmakers/television makers decide to throw every silly idea that enters their noggins on the screen absolute crap results. But every rule has an exception and the exception to this one is Fox's Sleepy Hollow:
Tom Mison plays Ichabod Crane, the type of plummy, deferentially charming Brit who exists solely in the imaginations of swooning Americans. Crane is an Oxford professor turned spy in the American war of independence, and the 1781-set prologue sees Crane facing Death – both conceptual and corporeal – on the battlefield, where he manages to decapitate the Horseman before succumbing to wounds sustained during their dust-up. Crane then awakens in Sleepy Hollow in 2013, as does Death, albeit with a severely impaired ability to wear interesting hats. The Horseman promptly takes an axe to Sleepy Hollow’s sheriff, bringing his murderous, bonce-less antics to the attention of Lieutenant Abbie Mills. Mills (Nicole Beharie, one of the depressingly few black female lead actors in American TV) forms an unlikely alliance with Crane, and the two battle the Horseman’s plans to resurrect his three Apocalyptic Horsemates and bring about the End of Days. Crane and the Horseman’s fates are entwined, you see, for daft and largely irrelevant reasons that gradually unspooled over the show’s riotously entertaining first season.
It’s a hard sell. But Sleepy Hollow is brilliant.
For those of us who are up-to-date and are feverishly awaiting the season two premiere[*], Crane is still buried alive, his son is the second Horseman of the Apocalypse, Abbie is trapped in a doll house in purgatory, and it’s all looking grim.
And for anyone who hasn’t been watching, I appreciate that must look like a very stupid sentence indeed.
"Brilliant" is too strong a word, I think, but I can't recall a show that is so thoroughly entertaining without any pretensions at being more than it is. And as for historical accuracy, who knew that Benjamin Franklin built a Frankenstein's Monster with which he hoped to battle Moloch the Destroyer?
So it's educational, too!
*For us Americans, the fourth episode of the season aired this past Monday.
In the cases of women who claim they feared for their lives when confronted with violent intimate abusers, prosecutors say the Stand Your Ground law shouldn’t apply.
“(The Legislature’s) intent … was to provide law-abiding citizens greater protections from external threats in the form of intruders and attackers,” prosecutor Culver Kidd told the Post and Courier. “We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.”
On October 3, Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson sided with Jones and granted her Stand Your Ground immunity, meaning she is exempt from trial on the charge. In response to Kidd’s argument that individuals could not invoke Stand Your Ground to defend against violence in their own homes, Nicholson said that dynamic would create the “nonsensical result” that a victim of domestic abuse could defend against an attacker outside of the home, but not inside the home – where the most vicious domestic violence is likely to occur.
Kidd is unsatisfied with this reasoning, and is appealing the case to argue that Jones and other defendants like her can’t invoke the Stand Your Ground law so long as they are in their home. The Post and Courier reports that there are two other similar cases coming up the pike that are being pursued by the same prosecutor’s office. In one, a judge who dismissed a murder charge against a women who stabbed a roommate attacking her called the charge “appalling.” In another, the defendant’s attorney plans to ask for a Stand Your Ground hearing.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, the top prosecutor for that office, is also siding with Kidd.
So making with the bang-bang (or, in the case above, the stab-stab) applies only to white (Christian?) men. Good to know.
There's a horrific story out tonight about Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist, blogger and gaming critic, who has pulled out a speech she was going to give at Utah State University after an emailer threatened a "Montreal Massacre style attack" if her speech wasn't canceled … University officials, in consultation with law enforcement, had apparently decided that it was safe to proceed with the event. But Sarkeesian, not unreasonably, asked for extra security, including pat downs at the gate and metal detectors.
If I'm reading Sarkeesian's tweets correctly, University officials seem to perhaps agree to this (not clear on this point). But whatever searches they did, if they found people coming into the event with firearms they would not disarm them "as long as attendees [had] a valid concealed firearm permit in accordance with Utah law."
Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman has filed a lawsuit against President Obama for “providing material support and aid to international terrorism and facilitating terrorism” by not implementing a travel ban on people from countries facing an Ebola outbreak.
“I do not advocate violence, and I want Obama to be taken alive to be deported and pay for his inadequacies under the rule of law,” Klayman writes. “But he must be forced from office as soon as possible, before all is lost.”
[WorldNetDaily columnist Mychal] Massie contends that undocumented immigrants may bring Ebola and other diseases into the U.S., arguing that Obama will give “a free pass for illegals who are invading our borders” and offer “safe harbor for those he has to know are infected disease carriers” in order to create chaos in America.
Then, Obama might use the resulting chaos as a pretext to cancel the election, declare “martial law to prevent a run on banks and to allow government-controlled media blackouts.”
Massie, of course, insists he is just asking the question about Obama’s secret plot.