The housing bubble, it is said, was the catalyst of the recent Great Recession. In mid-summer of 2008, when oil peaked at $147/barrel, the 30 year interest rate for home loans was at 6.5%. The crash came, and by the end of the year, this interest rate had dropped to 5%. Today, it is at 4.5%.
EA, I snarkily say again, when did Malcolm McDowell get so old? Not as good as Superbad in 2007 or The Hangover last year, but pretty entertaining summer youth lifestyle fodder.
442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity. It has been 60 years since Go For Broke, that film with Van Johnson and a cast of American-Japanese actors. Robert Pirosh, who wrote the screenplay was actually nominated for an Oscar in 1951. But there is something a lot more fulfilling about this new film. I was touched, maybe even with a tear or two or more. Senator Daniel Inouye was particularly featured. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (much later, in 1963, I was part of this group), which included the 100th Battalion, was the only military unit personally honored by a president, Truman. 14,000 (two-thirds from Hawaii) served, earning 9,486 Purple Hearts (I worked for U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga, who won one of these, and carried a shrapnel in his knee after being injured). These volunteers also earned 21 Medals of Honor, including a recent awardee, Senator Inouye (1945 photo to left), who lost his right arm during the battle for which he was honored. I guess because I owe so much to them, I thought this final film was the highlight of the three.