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Jan 23, 2015 nowhiners commented on Cops Can Choke Black People for Free in New York City.
Sydney- Unless he has some other source of accumulated wealth, Pantaleo would be condidered an "empty pocket" by the Garner family's attorneys and not worth suing. It's not the OJ trial....
Jan 7, 2015 nowhiners commented on Some Interesting Details About the Woman Who Was Shot to Death by Her 2-Year-Old Son in an Idaho Walmart.
@60 How is this surprising? Most gun owners understand the correlation between gun ownership an potential harm to themselves, yet the perceived benefits outweigh the odds of such an event. Same thought process as buying a drill press, chainsaw, or welder. "I need this for a certain job, but need to be careful or I'll seriously hurt myself."

This kind of event is a statistical pimple on the Elephant's ass (1146/316,000,000) which is precisely why the story has received so much interest.
Jan 7, 2015 nowhiners commented on City of Seattle Offers Video Help for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure, But Little Else.
@10 Please explain how this portion of the Richmond program works:

This “principal reduction” prevents foreclosures that harm the community. There is no cost to the homeowner or the City.

Re: 3% downpayment - That is a BENEFIT to the borrower. It essentially amounts to a free option on home price appreciation. Home prices up 10%? Great. I'll cash out refi or sell. Down 10%? I lose 3% and have to rent a U-Haul. Fannie, Freddie, the FHA, and banks don't make loans with the hope or expectation of owning the home. They only end up with the home when the loss exceeds the downpayment they received.

Rather than throwing money at bad decision makers after the fact, we should enhance education on the basics of mortgage finance. Starting with you.

Jan 5, 2015 nowhiners commented on City of Seattle Offers Video Help for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure, But Little Else.
We are now 5 years past the peak of the housing crisis. Very few of today's foreclosures have anything to do with predatory loans made in 2003-2007, which have long since been flushed through the system.

Dec 10, 2014 nowhiners commented on City Complains About the Cost of Sending Cops to Protests, Asks Marchers to Apply for Permits.
Perhaps the demonstrations were ""(almost entirely peaceful)" because of the police presence. Almost entirely???
Sep 25, 2014 nowhiners commented on Helmet Machines Will Not Be Ready for Seattle Bike Share Launch.
Free Bern helmets? I can already picture them rattle canned a different color and on the heads of miscreant boarders at Summit Central.

Sep 24, 2014 nowhiners commented on SPD: Man Shot Near Pioneer Square Collapses With Life-Threatening Injuries.
If only I-594 had already been passed, this never would have happened.
Jun 25, 2012 nowhiners commented on Mitt Romney, Afloat on Junk Bonds.
How does sticking wth Drexel despite their bad press constitute vacillation?
Apr 16, 2012 nowhiners commented on Robert Reich Explains Bain Capital (Rmoney).
The mortgage interest deduction can be considered a "regressive tax break" as the actual dollar amount of the benefit increases as you approach the $1 million in mortgage debt limit. To the extent that real estate owned is correlated with income, it does disproportionally benefit high earners.

Whether you like the deduction or not, using a dollar amount, rather than "no second homes" policy is superior. You should get the same benefit if you choose a modest primary plus second home, or one big one.