You Know Things Are Bad When….the Mortgage Bankers Association Puts THIS On Sale….

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

The Washington Business Journal is reporting that the MBA is putting it’s nearly-new headquarters building up for sale:

MBA puts new headquarters up for sale – Washington Business Journal

The Mortgage Bankers Association is putting its new downtown headquarters building up for sale, citing the economic downturn.

The MBA’s headquarters, a 170,000-square-foot, 10- story building at 1331 L St. NW, was completed in the summer of 2008.

Spiffy "green" MBA Headquarters

The Association’s chief executive officer has decided that it would be “imprudent” to hang onto the building, which is one of a very few in Washington D.C. that meets “green” building standards:

“Since its purchase in May 2008, the U.S. economy has suffered one of the most severe recessions in a century, and the residential and commercial real estate markets have deteriorated,” said MBA chief executive John Courson in a letter to members.“ These factors, coupled with a challenging leasing environment, led the MBA board to conclude that continued ownership of 1331 L Street was economically imprudent, and over the long term would impair MBA’s ability to continue providing out members with MBA’s full range of services.”

I”m not exactly what services they provide to members, but I hope they’re giving them free lessons on how NOT to make crummy loans…

…’Nuff said…

Make Your Plans for Inauguration Day NOW!! Important Info on Alternate Events to Help Get Through the Day!!

~~By Chicago Correspondent Leslie & InsightAnalytical-GRL)                                                     

(Alternate activities planned here at IA and Partizane.com follow Chicago Ball Information!)

GRL writes:

OK, gang! With the inspiring images of Democrats and Republicans joining together yesterday in the spirit of “bipartisanship” and the media’s glow about how this was SO MUCH better than Bill Clinton’s pre-election activities (what happened to “W”?), don’t you think it’s high time YOU started planning how you’ll be celebrating Inauguration Day on January 20th? If you check out the official Countdown Clock, you’ll note EXACTLY how long you’ve got to finish your preperations and get ready for the joyous celebrations possible riots in the streets of D.C. on this historic day!

Now, in case you couldn’t come up with the change for a ticket to the D.C. celebrations, here’s the latest on the big blow-out in Chicago! YES, YOU CAN ATTEND THE CHICAGO INAUGURAL BALL!!  

Here’s your OFFICIAL INVITATION courtesy…Chicago Correspondent Leslie! Leslie is in a real party mood (well, not really), BUT she’s offering her place to those who decide it’s an event they can’t miss!

CC Leslie writes:

Let’s all meet in Chicago – you can stay at my place and do the Inaugural Ball !!!

I do wish I could get excited about this inauguration. I know this is a historic
event – despite the person who is being “crowned”.
Alas, I cannot. I may not even tape it.
And I’m sure as shootin’ not paying $175 for a ticket to this party. — Leslie

—– Original Message —–

From: Chicago Inaugural Ball

To: undisclosed-recipients
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 3:27 PM
Subject: Invitation to Inaugural Ball

In honor of
The President of the United States,
Barack Obama, and Mrs. Obama
The Vice President of the United States,
Joe Biden, and Mrs. Biden
the Chicago Inaugural Committee
requests the honor of your company
at
the Inaugural Ball
Tuesday evening the twentieth of January
two thousand and nine
in the President’s home city of Chicago

Formal attire          seven o’clock

Not everyone can be in Washington, DC to witness the historic
Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.  If you can’t be in the
nation’s capital, why not celebrate this event with other supporters and
friends right here in the President’s hometown?  We will be toasting
Barack Obama’s swearing-in on the evening of January 20th, 2009 at the
Skyline Ballroom in McCormick Place — and you are invited!

For more information and tickets: http://chicagoinauguralball.com/index.html

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Special Announcement from InsightAnalytical-GRL

Well, I have to say, that’s impressive.  But is Chicago REALLY his hometown??

Now, if you really can’t make it to THIS event, then here are some alternatives.

First of all, Partizane.com is planning to hold it’s own “PUMA BAWL.”  Here’s your special invitation !!!!!

Everyone is invited to the World Famous Partizane PUMA BAWL Open Chat

Tuesday January 20, 2009 10:30 ish AM until Whenever.

The only time management can gaurantee a presence is at night but the chat room will be open in the morning.  I will open the chat room in the morning so folks can chat throughout the barf barf Inauguration.

Dress Code:  Black tie for the boys, red for the girls.  No other clothing required but if you really want to wear a gown, please do.

Please join us.  BYOB BYOK (kleenex)

~~New Hampster

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We here at IA, of course, have our own party planned…which ties in nicely with the PUMA Bawl!  If  you want to take a break from the festivities there, maybe to go to the ladies’ or gents’ room or to vomit in private, please stop by IA, where we will be an entirely OBAMA-FREE SAFE ZONE!!

We’ll be offering up a lovely selection of soothing pictures of sunny NM skies, mountains, and loving animals– as well as perhaps some other goodies–to help offer a place to work off all that partying !

And, if any other PUMAs who stop by care to announce their OWN plans, please DO provide a link and a brief description if possible in the comment section and we will gladly post them here at IA on Inauguration Day!!

SO, MARK YOUR CALENDARS and plan to drop by on the big day!!!

Martinis with Michelle, 2nd Round: Ladies,There IS a Different Way to Join the Post-Modern Feminist Party!~~

~~Introduced by InsightAnalytical-GRL

Editor’s Note: Are you upset that you don’t like Martinis and that you won’t be able to fully enjoy the class and savoir faire that Michelle Obama will bring to the White House?  Worried that out there in Podunk, USA there’s no way to really be close enough to the warmth and grace of Michelle so that you can absorb her amazing qualities (as described by Sarah Vine), that aura of being “invigoratingly intelligent, proud of her urbanity, but also unafraid of showing her abilities”? (You know, those talents she exuded when she shooed away the poor folk from the hospital where she was employed?) Or, are you concerned about how you’ll manage to COPE with all the pressure to assimilate into the Oprah-Obama universe? Are you secretly afraid that you’re too old to master the concepts in Vine’s wonderful resource “The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls” and just might not be able to transform into a true post-modern feminist? (DO review Ms. Vine’s eloquent ode to Michelle Obama here for more information on that “bible” for young women.) On the other hand, are you just plain distressed about how you’ll manage to numb yourself in preparation for dealing with years of  facing the Obama spousal unit??

Well, Average Women of America, our own kenosha Marge actually has discovered (in her words, “stole” it from a joke she found in a Traveling Pantsuits thread) an antidote for all these concerns if you can’t stand the thought of enduring a Martini even if it IS a drink that fully reflects the class and taste of our new First Lady, our new beacon of inspiration. Oh, what kM has discovered is a far humbler, more small-town,  but OH SO GOOD concoction for the rest of us who live in places outside the Washington cocktail circuit.  It even carries a woman’s name!!! Read on…

~~Contributed by kenosha Marge

(From an unknown source)

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
Do you suffer from shyness?
Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Margaritas.

Margaritas are the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions.

Margaritas can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you’re ready and willing to do just about anything.

You will notice the benefits of Margaritas almost immediately and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had.

Stop hiding and start living…with Margaritas.

Margaritas may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Margaritas. However, women who wouldn’t mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include:
– Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration
– Erotic lustiness
– Loss of motor control
– Loss of clothing
– Loss of money
– Loss of virginity
– Table dancing
– Headache
– Dehydration
– Dry mouth
– And a desire to sing Karaoke

WARNING:
The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

WARNING:
The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can sing.

WARNING:
The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

WARNING:
The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.*

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So, Average Women of America, start imbibing Margaritas, now, well ahead of the Inauguration!! But here’s another WARNING I’d like to add.  Be sure to read the chapter on FALLING in Sarah Vine’s book (see link above)…not the part about the way to perform a fake “stage faint” but the real information about how to take a fall so that you don’t break your neck as you begin to acquire all the benefits of this nectar from the goddess.  After all, you don’t want to muss up your efforts to emulate the elegance and style of Michelle Obama…

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*It has not been ascertained whether this reaction applies to “friends” who have become Obots.