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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hooray for Rahm Emanuel!

Mayor of Chicago (former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel won re-election this past week on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in a runoff election; and, he beat back a more progressive challenger in the process.

Read all about it in the story Rahm Emanuel wins runoff in Chicago by Kyle Cheney.

I still say:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Call Your Parents and Grandparents. I agree with J. K. Simmons.

This year, actor J. K. Simmons won his first Oscar for his role in the movie "Whiplash."

In an unusually moving personal moment at the Oscar ceremonies, during his acceptance speech, Mr. Simmons encouraged viewers to call their parents if they have any living ones remaining ("Don't text, don't email, call").

Check it out over thisaway:
J.K. Simmons Uses Oscar Win To Promote Calling Your Parents

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A United States of America President Of Whom Republicans Can Be Proud!

Republicans are fond of bashing President Barack Obama.

Perhaps. Republicans should brag about their very own Richard M. Nixon, the only President in the history of the United States of America to have resigned from the office of the Presidency and who did so in disgrace.

Take a look at the following embedded link:
Herblock's History - Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium, “I am Not a Crook”

You may also see some interesting stuff in this other embedded link:
'I Am Not A Crook': How A Phrase Got A Life Of Its Own

Watch and listen:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hey, Conservatives And Tea Party Movement People! What About President Obama Now?

Gasoline prices in the United States of America are at the lowest level in many a year. Prices are now below $2.00 per gallon. Funny thing, though --- I do not hear American political conservatives and followers of the Tea Party Movement crediting President Barack Obama for the low gasoline prices; but, they sure were quick to place blame on President Obama when gasoline prices were high.

Please visit and read this previous Roland Hansen Commentary: Thursday, April 28, 2011, Rising Gasoline Prices: Blame President Barack Obama!

The gas prices are better, the housing market is better, the overall economy is better, unemployment rates are falling, and President Barack Obama's popularity ratings are rising --- BUT, I do not hear American political conservatives and followers of the Tea Party Movement giving any credit to President Barack Obama. They are so hypocritical!

I said it before AND I say it again:
Dumb Obama Bashers Need To Wake Up And Support President Barack Obama!

For sake of clarifying my perspective regarding Obama opponents, I am addressing only those who bash, bash, bash without citing objective factual information and/or who claim that their opinion of situations are indeed factual. I is not my intent to disparage or demean those Obama opponents who state their perspective is one of personal opinion and/or provide factual information on which they base their opinion.

FYI: More Roland Hansen Commentary entries concerning our American President Barack Obama may be found over here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Don't Blame Others For Your Own Choices! Take Responsibility For Yourself.

I freely and openly admit that I am a social liberal and an advocate for social programs that may help people. However, I also believe that people make choices in this world that have a dramatic impact on their personal lives. All too often, I have heard people try to blame society and/or other persons for their situation in life. That is a total copout. People need to take responsibilty for their own actions and the choices they voluntarily make in life decisions.


I hasten to add that I do not include those situations in which one is forced to do something against their own free will, such as James Meeker alleged of me when he responded to my posting the above meme on my Facebook Wall. This is what James Meeker wrote in response to my FB posting of the meme:
"Okay, why don't you choose to be a billionaire? Prove me wrong and do it.
Furthermore, if it's only about choice, why did so many blacks choose to be slaves in the 18th century? What a terrible choice that was! They must have been stupid, right?!
And all those Jews that chose to march into the extermination camps. What a dumb choice!
Sorry, but I don't buy into this FOX News, neoliberal, Republican sounding crap."
If by chance you have an account with Facebook, you may see the entire Facebook exchange on the subject by clicking over here.

While I realize that social conditions may be an impediment to improving one's situation in life, I am also a firm believer that people may make life decisions that may be a catalyst to improve their situation in life. What about the willingness to deprive oneself of luxuries in order to obtain and maintain the necessities? What about setting goals? And, how about taking whatever hard work may be neccesary in order to reach those goals? Do the words initiative and motivation mean anything? People need to take responsibility for their own life choices and quit blaming others for their own personal shortcomings.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Who Is Carole Hujber Sanek? Florida Realtor, Social Butterfly Media, Friend, or Who Knows What? A Facebook Exchange.

PREFACE
Many, many years ago, my wife (long before she became my wife, like back in 1966) told me about a friend of hers with whom she had a strong, positive, close bond. Then, a few years after my wife and I had wed back in 1995, we took a trip to Florida. It was then at a restaurant where we dined with this old friend and her husband that I was personally inroduced to my wife's close friend. Indeed, I had thought that I also had become a friend of the friend of my wife as over the years she and I exchanged e-mails that were very pleasant and became connected on the social media.  The key phrase there is "I had thought."

There were several instances where the "friend" made comments on my Facebook wall that other friends of mine felt were arrogant, abrasive, and insulting. Consequently, I was a bit more careful in monitoring the contents of my Facebook wall that were visible to "THE FRIEND" whose name is Carole Hujber Sanek.

Apparently, I was not careful enough nor discrete enough in a posted message thread of mine on Facebook that I had made visible to the public last month(i.e. November 2014). And, I must also admit, as the message thread went on I was not as tactful, courteous, and polite as I should have been. Well, reardless, the fact remains that Carole Hujber Sanek removed me as a "friend" and has blocked me on Facebook; and, she no longer communicates with me.

I am going to post the contents of that message thread (which I copied and saved in my computer) here on my blog in order for you to read the Facebook exchange yourself.

But before I do that, I am first going to share with you other information that was on the Facebook pages of Carole Hujber Sanek herself that I had also copied and saved in my computer before she took the action to "unfriend" and block me on Facebook.

Here is that Facebook information:
Carole Hujber Sanek
WORK
The Social Butterfly Media Marketing
Chief Content Creator/Owner/Social Media Marketing Specialist · January 1, 2011 to present · Brooksville, Florida
Click here to go to my page: http://www.facebook.com/socialbutterflymediamarketing

After Breast Cancer Reviving Surviving Thriving
2011 to present
Inspirational breast cancer wellness page

Bar Camp Sarasota
Presenter · In 2013
Did a Twitter session to SRO

Castle Dream Real Estate LLC
Director of Marketing and Sales Agent · In 2007 · Tampa, Florida
Virtual real estate company covering the state of Florida, specializing in short sales. Lawrence Sanek HAFA certified Broker/Owner is the negotiating Broker you want on your side. I like him by mine too.

New Homes Realty, Inc.

Realtor · March 2005 to March 2008
buyers agent for new construction housing

Inspired to Thrive

EDUCATION

Parma
Class of 1964 · Parma, Ohio

Cuyahoga Community College
Class of 1981 · RN · Cleveland, Ohio

CURRENT CITY AND HOMETOWN

Current city
Brooksville, Florida

Hometown
Cleveland, Ohio

OTHER PLACES LIVED
San Jose, Costa Rica
Moved in May 1995

Contact Info
Phone +352 54 00 17 7
Email carole@carolesanek.com
Website http://www.carolesanek.com
carolesanek(Twitter)
Website
http://carolesanek.com
http://afterbreastcancerrevivingsurvivin...
http://isurviveddamnneareverything.com
http://www.twitter.com/carolesanek
http://thecrazymarketingladiesshow.com
http://www.twitter.com/socialpapillon
Email
Ask for Carole's email
Facebook
http://facebook.com/carolelynnesanek

BASIC INFORMATION

Birthday
November 26

Gender
Female

Religious Views
yes

Political Views
Independent

ABOUT CAROLE
CEO Of The Social Butterfly Media Marketing, Published Author,Winner of 1 of 23 Best Breast Cancer Blogs with healthline.com, Public Speaker with Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, Director of BCW Ambassador Program,National Winner of the Amoena USA Breast Cancer Thriver Cruise 2011, Expert International Real Estate Specialist & Director of Marketing with Castle Dream Real Estate LLC. Creator of 365 Things to Do in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. Breast cancer survivor 19 years, wife & Great Friend. I speak the language of reality. Check out my web pages below! PS If you send me a friend request and I cannot find anything about you, sorry, the answer is no. I like friend requests with personal messages telling me more. Thx.

OTHER NAMES
Carole Hujber

Other
FAVORITE QUOTES

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all the doubt.-Mark Twain
I am very easily satisfied with the very best! Winston Churchill

And then there is this one dedicated to a certain person who needs to read this "Just how small do I have to get to fit into your world?"

I own my thoughts, no one else owns them, or speaks for me. I will not be drawn into drama because that is a very negative place to be. I will not get angry because anger kills your T-cells which you need everyday, all the time, to keep you healthy. I will not judge your opinion, because you own it. I may not agree with your opinion, but I will not argue it, or argue with you. If you think I am wrong to feel this way, then push the unfriend option - you own your decisions, you own your choices.

LIFE EVENTS
2013
Started Working at Bar Camp Sarasota
2012
Awarded 1 of 23 Best Breast Cancer Blogs in 2012
Created 2013 Breast Cancer 7th Annual Thriver's Cruise page, Pinterest, Twitter
23 Best Breast Cancer Blog of 2012
Painted the whole house inside bold beautiful colors.
2011
Started Working at The Social Butterfly Media Marketing
Installed as President Elect Tampa Chapter Women's Council of Realtors
Elected President Elect Tampa Chapter Women's Council of Realtors
2008
Left Job at New Homes Realty, Inc.
2007
Started Working at Castle Dream Real Estate LLC
2005
Started Working at New Homes Realty, Inc.
2000
Got Married
1999
Got Engaged
1998
Hawaii
1995
Sun Fun
Moved to San Jose, Costa Rica
1994
Got a Real Estate License
1993
The Mammogram that changed my life
Bavaria/Austria/France for Christmas 1993
1991
First Trip Across the Atlantic
1985
Wheel of Fortune contestant
1981
Graduated from Cuyahoga Community College
1964
Graduated from Parma
Born
Born on November 26

NOW for that Facebook exchange.

Here is the Facebook News Feed 0f Roland Louis Hansen activitity update posted on November 5, 2014 at 2:14pm:
House for Sale in the 55+ community of Dreamland Villa, a Maricopa County Island subdivision in Arizona completely surrounded by the City of Mesa.  Any serious offer with a realistic price will be considered. It's time to move on!
My little house in Dreamland Villa, Arizona.
My Valley of the Sun home in Dreamland Villa, Arizona.
The gigantic Rosemary Bush in the backyard of my home in Dreamland Villa, Arizona.
Roland Louis Hansen added 3 new photos.
House For Sale:
Dreamland Villa 55+ community Maricopa County Island Mesa, AZ 85205; built 1966, cinderblock construction, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 924 taxable square  foot excludes enclosed Arizona room, laundry room, and workshop; car porch (2) with 99.9% UV protection siding. covered front porch, large covered  back patio porch; mesquite tree, 2 young palms, 1 grapefruit tree, 2 orange trees. Purchased in January 2003 for $77,000; since then - new (30 year  guarantee) roof, new roof mounted HVAC heat pump, new hot water tank, new carpeting and seamless flooring, new window in laundry room. An added  positive feature of this cute house is that it faces south. That is a real plus for homes in the Valley Of The Sun when considering the solar seasonal  effects.
Wednesday, November 5 at 2:14pm
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Elaine Soukup, Patricia Lieberman and 2 others like this.
RESPONDING COMMENTS

Corey Novick: You might want to get some better photos, including pictures of the interior
November 5 · Like · Reply · 1

Genessa Nessie Ginsberg Hollander: Can't believe you are actually doing it. I will call you on the weekend. Love
November 5 · Like · Reply

Carole Louy: GONNA STAY IN LUCAS CO?
November 5 · Like · Reply

Marti Collier: Where you moving to? Back here full time?
November 6 · Like · Reply

Dale Zolciak: How much
November 7 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Cut the middle man and make a direct purchase offer. You and I both save unnecessary realtor-related fees. You get a house at  a much lower purchase price and I save the hassle of listing with a realtor and all the malarkey that goes with that. I do not seek profit, only a return on  the costs and expenses that I have invested since January 2003. Look at the following link to see what Dreamland Villa homes are being sold for:
Dreamland Villa Homes for Sale - Dreamland Villa, Mesa AZ - MovotoView over 20 homes for sale in Dreamland Villa, Mesa,...
November 8 · Like · Reply

Jan Charles Hansen: What is a serious offer, give me a range, such as _ to_
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: malarkey? well anyone who makes an offer needs to do inspections and an appraisal - malarkey? I have nothing against FSBOs as long  as people are educated about malarkey.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Carole - I despise real estate agents - my opinion is based on dealings I have had on several occasions since 1971 with both  seller and buyer agents.
AND BTW, Carole Sanek, Inspections and appraisals may be performed by means other than using a realtor!!!!
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Patricia Cardarelli, Patricia Cardarelli, Dale Zolciak, Jan Charles Hansen, and others who may be interested in the selling price of  my Dreamland Villa Arizona home:
You can get a good idea of what I mean by "reasonable" when you consider previous statements I have made on what I had paid, what improvements I  have made, the comment I made stating " that. I do not seek profit, only a return on the costs and expenses that I have invested since January 2003"  and if you check the link I placed above showing prices of 'Dreamland Villa Homes for Sale'
Anyone interested in making an offer to purchase this home may contact me via personal Facebook message, yahoo e-mail, gmail, or telephone call.
As an aside, I wonder why people who are not interested in even considering the purchase of the house would even ask. I see that some have asked  and then removed their questions.
On another note, if folks wish to ask me personal questions such as my future plans, where I might choose to live, etc. and/or to have a one-on-one  personal dialogue with me -- that is why I have e-mail - please use that medium to do so. My e-mail address is in the contact information section on my  Facebook "About" page. AND, of course, a telephone conversation is always nice - as is conversation during personal visits.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Carole Sanek (a real estate agent) has chosen to write about my comment about "listing with a realtor and all the malarkey that  goes with that" on her Facebook page and to do so without tagging me. What a gutless move on her part!!! Self-serving on her part; that is just one  example of why I have a low opinion of real estate agents. Check out her message thread for yourself (it is a public posting as is mine here).  https://www.facebook.com/carolelynnesanek/posts/10204308205578116
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: I did that you are right and I would do it again because buyers need to beware of buying without guidance and guidance doesn't have to  come from any REALTORS® - it can come from a title agency, from a lender, from a relative who has had a bad experience in buying, from an attorney  who would tell you all the steps to complete before signing on the dotted line. Google can even assist people in the steps of buying a FSBO. I have no  problem with anyone trying to move a property on their own - none at all. I do have a problem when anyone profiles all agents as you did. I have a  problem with people who resort to insults and ugliness as you have and I would like to point out that I never called you out by name even though for 10  seconds I was tempted to do that but I didn't. So now that you have called yourself out on my wall with your post made in anger have a nice day and I  wish you luck in selling your home.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: I am not angry, Carole. I just call them as I see them. Apparenly, you are intolerant of those who do not share your perspective.  You have actually proved my point in your "unprofessional" and "unethical" and "unfriendly" behavior in the manner in which you have hijacked my  message thread for your own personal purposes.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: Roland why are you feeling so persecuted? I never named you by name, you did that. You came onto my post and identified  yourself.....why? You have the right to your opinion as I do mine so I am a tad confused as to why you seem to think you are the only person allowed to  have one. When one chooses inflammatory words, one should be aware that is akin to throwing down a verbal gauntlet. You are still calling names and I  have been nothing but sincere with you I wish you luck and happiness!
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Carole, you insist on hijacking my message thread. You continue to write in order to divert everyone's attention. Fine. Be that  way. Have a wonderful life, enjoy your day, and make lots of money in your pursuit of happines in the real estate business.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: I am not in the real estate business......haven't been for years so bye now
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen Carole Sanek -- Keep on writing, Carole. It seems to give you pleasure to hijack my Facebook wall and my message thread.
November 9 · Like · Reply

And here is the Facebook News Feed Of Carole Sanek activity update posted on November 9, 2014 at 8:37 am:
I copied this out of a post here on FB from someone selling their own property:
Cut the middle man and make a direct purchase offer. You and I both save unnecessary realtor-related fees. You get a house at a much lower purchase price and I save the hassle of listing with a realtor and all the malarkey that goes with that.
Sunday, November 9 at 8:37 am
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Peter Diulio likes this.
RESPONDING COMMENTS

Carole Sanek: It's malarkey to know you should still get everything inspected right? It's malarkey to know that a seller should disclose anything that they know is wrong with the house right? It's malarkey to know that a buyer should still get it appraised right? I have nothing against a FSBO as long as people understand all that malarkey could cost them in the long run.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 2

Steven Retalic: Do not forget to mention we check and help close open permits liens and other hidden things that could cost the buyer thousands
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Carole Sanek: Spot on oh and what about all that malarkey that could happen if there are problems - you know being sued malarkey which will always be more expensive then paying unnecessary realtor-related fees right?
November 9 · Edited · Like · Reply · 1

Bill Luther: Should be illegal! Lol!
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: I am "this close" to tagging this person - giving him a shout out to his malarkey.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 3

Bill Luther: Reading your post pissed me off so much I've gotta have a Bloody Mary to calm down.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 2

Carole Sanek: I know and the seller said he made all kinds of improvements - hope he pulled permits.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 2

Sherri Elaine: You wouldn't pull your own tooth would you? No, you'd go to the dentist. So that seller wants to sell himself short and get less than market value to save a few thousand dollars? So many FSBO don't realize that they will actually make back the real estate commission and then some by listing with a REALTOR. And Buyer Beware! That seller is probably hiding something and been told by a professional that he should or shouldn't do something.... All that malarky!
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Carole Sanek: well said Sherri Elaine
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek I am waiting to see if he takes my opinion down from his post - then I will invite him here LOL
November 9 · Like · Reply

Sherri Elaine: On the flip side, I see so many FSBO who are WAY over priced and think buyers aren't savvy enough to check Trulia and Zillow, where I might add the market values are way low. But we RICH REALTORS, we're all out to make a buck and fund our lavish lifestyles because we are all like the agents on Million Dollar Listing. We don't put out any of our own money BEFORE the house sells and we get paid. Nope. WE WORK FOR FREE UNTIL YOUR HOUSE SELLS... WE ARE IN THE RED UNTIL YOUR HOUSE SELLS AND THEN STILL SO EVEN AFTER BECAUSE OF THE TIME AND EXPENSE BECAUSE OF YOUR STUBBORN KNOW IT ALL ASS!!!!
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Peter Diulio: I once went with no realtor thinking "oh I'll save the commission $ fee" BOY did I get burned, NEVER AGAIN , I've bought now for rentals and ALWAYS use realtor. Well worth it.. Thank you for mentioning this Carole Sanek, people need to be aware of what's out there HIDDEN..
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Carole Sanek: Go Sherri Elaine and Lawrence F Sanek hasn't seen this status yet oh boy.......
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Lawrence F Sanek: Boy lets see at least 30 things that can make the deal go south, then how do they market their home to the WORLD like I do and all that paper work that is required to get you to the closing table. Oh and I've seen deals that could fall apart at the closing table if you didn't have a competent real estate professional.
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Lawrence F Sanek: GOOD LUCK THEN WHEN IT DOES NOT WORK HIRE THAT REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL- WHATS THAT STATEMENT ABOUT A LAWYER THAT DEFENDS THEMSELVES. LOL LOL
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: Well that was a much calmer response from Lawrence then I expected LOL - I actually copied what this "friend" wrote and posted it here based on his opinion of us as REALTORS®
November 9 · Like · Reply

Lawrence F Sanek: Oh and I forgot that's why only about 2-3% of all sales are FSBO. Don't forget about the owner of one of the largest FSBO services that hired a real estate professional to sell their home. Gee I wonder why again LOL VERY LOUD
November 9 · Like · Reply · 1

Carole Sanek: OK Lawrence is on a toot
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Obviously, you presume to know me well. Far from it, Carole. I never state anything that I am not willing to have attributed to me. I am the person to whom you are belittling. Oh, and by the way, I also stated " Carole - I despise real estate agents - my opinion is based on dealings I have had on several occasions since 1971 with both seller and buyer agents.
AND BTW, Carole Sanek, Inspections and appraisals may be performed by means other than using a realtor!!!!"
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: First of all you did the belittling of REALTORS® all I did was post your belittling opinion so let's get this in the proper order next let's get more facts straight inspections and appraisals are NOT done by REALTORS® they are done by licensed professionals in their respective fields. It is a crying shame that you made some bad choices in the past with buyer and seller agents but that's on you - there are plenty of honest ethical agents in this country blaming your issues on all of them is past the intelligence I know you possess.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Look at the entire message thread. AND, yes, I do have a low opinion of real estate agents. So, instead of belittling me, Carole and you other real estate people, why are you not trying to persuade me in a positive way to change my opinion??? Oh, come to think of it, if you believe I am wrong, then maybe you are of the opinion that two wrongs make a right. https://www.facebook.com/roland.hansen/posts/10205354712375727?pnref=story
November 9 · Like · Reply

Carole Sanek: Not going to work, done discussing this mostly because my point was buyer beware - because there are some very shady sellers out there. I know you are not one of those and that you are an honest and ethical person who would never be anything but honest and ethical in your sale. Wishing you the best of luck and happiness as you move on in your life.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Yeah, right, Carole! I really believe your sincerity as you wrote "Wishing you the best of luck and happiness as you move on in your life." -- sarcasm is an attribute of yours, I see.
November 9 · Like · Reply

Lawrence F Sanek: Actually she was being classy - and she ended the conversation I think you need to do the same.
Sunday, November 9 at 12:37pm · Like · Reply

Roland Louis Hansen: Gee, thanks, Larry. Defending your wife is the right thing to do. I see you want to end the message thread by being the one to say just that. I am game if you and everyone else is -- No need to reply to this, folks.
Sunday, November 9 at 12:39pm · Like · Reply

POSTSCRIPT:
Incidentally, here is a message I received on Twitter: "You are blocked from following @carolesanek and viewing @carolesanek's Tweets."
So, that is that; however,
I do want to remind everyone and draw your attention to the following:

From the Facebook pages of Carole Sanek:

"I own my thoughts, no one else owns them, or speaks for me. I will not be drawn into drama because that is a very negative place to be. I will not get angry because anger kills your T-cells which you need everyday, all the time, to keep you healthy. I will not judge your opinion, because you own it. I may not agree with your opinion, but I will not argue it, or argue with you. If you think I am wrong to feel this way, then push the unfriend option - you own your decisions, you own your choices."

"2011 Installed as President Elect Tampa Chapter Women's Council of Realtors"