Monday, July 25, 2011

What in the Hell is a "Debt Ceiling" anyways...?

Ok what in the HELL is a “Debt Ceiling” anyways? If you’re like me (and most of you are) you had to look that new hot button political phrase up! Now, there’s a lot out there and depending on who you listen to…you could become even more confused. So, don’t worry just read what I’ve researched for you below (and tell your friends too).

Debt Ceiling(limit) for dummies (like me!?)

Many of you less informed may be asking “why are they raising the debt limit anyways”? Well first, they’ve raised that limit 70 times over the last 50 years! So, why haven’t you heard of this political process before? (Because politics have changed over the past 10 years or so) Those 435 members up there in D.C. used to resolve their disagreements among themselves. Now, it has become more common place to whine and complain they are not getting their way to YOU (the less informed). Now, correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t we vote to send them the D.C. because they were far smarter than “us” in regards to these very complicated measures? OOoppss I’m on a tangent again…(where was I?)

Oh yeah, the Debt Ceiling or limit was created as a simple watch dog for the President on borrowing and spending “carte blanche” during WWI.  Denmark is the only other country that has one (yep... we finally have something in common with Denmark!). Now, each of us has or had a credit card at some point in our life. We also received a limit on that card based on what other folks thought we’d be able to pay back. The difference with the National Debt limit (ceiling) is they are giving a limit to themselves!? HUH, yep it’s like you getting a credit card and placing a limit yourself on “said credit card”. Then you argue with yourself about being fiscally responsible. Then... you get bored with yourself and you call your neighbors over and complain to them!

You’ve heard that if we go into default, we will soil our credit name with the world. The fact is we owe very little of our debt to others (our biggest debtor is China and that accounts for about 8% of the monies owed out). Most of the money owed is to ourselves (Military checks, SSN payments, Interests payments on US Bonds, etc…). At the start of a fiscal year Congress approves a budget and that budget included bills to be paid and money to be spent. If the debt limit doesn’t cover that budget EVERY SINGLE TIME THE LIMIT GETS RAISED….except this time???  In other words, the US ordered all this stuff and now the bill comes and they’re saying we don’t have the money because we’re being fiscally responsible (call me crazy, but isn’t that supposed to happen before you order the meal?)

Here’s the Kicker…the limit is supposed to handcuff the President. But, if it isn’t approved the President will have the executive power to decide what bills get paid and which won’t. In other words, he can and will get blamed for ALL spending and the entire Republican Party can say “we had nothing to do with all that crazy spending that the “immigrant half white/half black guy did”.

Well now that wasn’t too difficult was it? 
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Milano Flascucci~ 

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Vamos a Celebrar...Nidia Oritz!!

Nidia Ortiz is a Dominican born songstress who is now based out of Germany and is setting the world on fire with her melodic soulful songs and collaborations. Back in Santo Domingo, D.R. Nida found her love for music from her father (who played classical guitar) and the Church. She remembers Puerto Rican missionaries coming over to spread Christianity and how they communicated much of that through gospel music. She’s said she grew up loving many forms of music from gospel, classical, soul and jazz!

Seven years ago, while working biding time, she met the love of her life (Harald Mantai) who would soon wisk her away to Germany where both her social life and career would thrive! Her husband Harald has certainly been a support and influence for her growth in Europe and the World. I recently had an opportunity to interview Nidia on my talk radio show “The Conversation”; and, I can now describe her as a wonderful talent with passion for her craft, life and “love".

***Interview with Nidia Oritz on the Hottest Talk Show out...."the Conversation"
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Latin Jazz, soul fusion, Latin Lounge, blues, and Nu Jazz are just a few categories listeners and industry leaders have tried to compartmentalize her music. She simply says she sings from her heart with footprints of the many genres of sounds she grew up with back home. Nidia says “Music is a form of communication between herself and GOD”.

“Cosa Bella” is a collaborative CD with wonderful musicians and her friends from “Rumba Del Sol” (Andreas Wagner & Jurgen Dahmen) featuring tracks “Quiereme Maria” and “Cosa Bella”. She also performed with other musicians Rodrigo Sanchez, Velvet Lounge Project and Egotrip to name a few (my favorite is “El Verano”). You can find Nida Ortiz at MySpace, Facebook youtube and her website at 

Let’s support this Diva and help her become a household name. In an age of declining serious musicians and singers it’s always wonderful to find an International shooting star….


Milano Flascucci~

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Buy "AKAI" T.V.'s at your own Peril!!!

Normally, I would never use this platform as a means to blast anyone or any company simply because it’s too time consuming! But, enough is enough!!!

“AKAI” is a JOKE!!!! Akai electric co. ltd is an electronics company allegedly based out of Singapore. I say allegedly because I’ve not been able to nor do I know anyone who has confirmed this fact! Hell, it would not surprise me if they were based out of Boise, Idaho (no offense Idaho, but hey no one living there views my blog anyways J ) What I’m most upset with is that I recently bought a Akai 32inch T.V. with DVD and after less than 2 years the darn thing will not come on!  Now, I’m sure I’m not the only one  who’s bought an electronic device and had it go 
"kerplunk"; however, when I surfed the web to find out what could be the issue I found hundreds of other consumers with the same damn complaint.

***ok footnote, the company was originally created by Akai Denki Kabushiki in 1929. It's now a subsidiary of Grande Holdings. Just wanted you to that I've done my homework :-)

(this link is just a few hundred of them or so…trust me there many more)

Every one of them with the same issue….somewhere around the 2nd year their T.V. mysteriously won’t come on. Wow, I got played. I sure wish I’d done my due diligence before I bought this T.V.? This is my admonishment to Akai and to Costco & Sams club the way will not do a thing for you or any one of the thousands of unhappy American consumers who’ve bought this defective company’s product. Can you imagine what an Asian country would do if an American company sold trash products to their citizens and would not even try to correct or acknowledge the issues?

That’s right folks “Akai” reps give you the run-a-round, they will not answer emails sent, and the (800) number on the back of the T.V. not a in service (go figure)!!! Too boot, if you take the T.V. to a repair shop, they won't work on it. One repairman states, "I can fix it but the problem is going to happen again"; ... REALLY!? 

It is my goal to see < that > this company along with Costco & SAMS Club (who also do absolutely nothing, yet they have no problem selling this crapola) held accountable and to re-enforce my belief that Asia does not actually OWN America?

Perhaps I am a bit delusional~


Milano Flascucci~

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Child is Dead...Do You Really Care....?

A child is dead so what do you care? Many of you are in an uproar about the recent decision in the Casey Anthony case. You weep, moan and roar that baby Caylee is dead. But do  you really care? After all, that was 3 years ago and we Americans can't concentrate on a tragedy that long (Hell, we're already over the oil spill in the gulf!!!) Are you more upset that Casey Anthony was not sent to prison of a crime you know she committed or are you honestly sharing a universal vitriol? Are you willing to bet your eternal soul on her guilt?

I’ve been around this angry world long enough to see so many humans have been sentenced to a death they did not earn. Why not go back to Jesus (Oh boy the Christians are gonna be mad at me now)!!! Have you ever read about the many crimes the people of his time accused him of? Or do you think he was nailed to a cross, pierced in his sides and left to die a slow guilty death because of a traffic ticket. Don’t worry they threw stones too.

Do you know how many kids are dying in our streets each day? 22,000 children die every day from poverty globally. How about 8% of all teens who are bullied commit suicide! For each of you who used the trial as water cooler fodder, 1 dollar a day, or $365 a year from a few hundred of you (us) would cut that number in half (given to the right charity)! 

We're you upset that 1000 CAYLEE ANTHONYs die each year due to not having appropriate healthcare insurance? Yet, we “grown ups” (Republicans) are spending millions of dollars each month trying to get the current law of the land repealed because “America will crash and burn in eternal flames of poverty” if it’s not! Don’t get me started (that’s another blog article)!!!!

Ms. Anthony may be guilty. She may even do something stupid like O.J. which will land her in jail anyways. But, that’s not the focus. If you are truly outraged start transferring your anger TOMORROW by doing something about it instead of doing what we Americans are popular for doing….TALKing!

Milano Flascucci~