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The difference between Betsy DeVos and Past Education Secretaries

The difference between Betsy DeVos and Past Education Secretaries

I profiled the qualifications of two past education secretaries alongside the resume of Trump's nominee, Betsy DeVos' and the comparison is both stark and shocking. ... (Continue reading)

SHOCKING: I just found out the hard way how dangerous Facebook can be.

Shouldn’t Facebook have a big WARNING label on it telling people about their webcams being on even when not in use... and the risks associated with posting personal information and family photos on their pages? Here's what happened to... (Continue reading)

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Thanks a lot Volkswagen… 

Thanks a lot Volkswagen... 

Personally, I would rather see VW forced to pay the $18 billion to the people who bought their poison spewing cars... and they could give the EPA let’s say... $100,000. That’s more than the agency deserves for doing such... (Continue reading)

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Top 10 Most Extreme Sports (that haven’t been invented yet.)

Top 10 Most Extreme Sports (that haven’t been invented yet.)

Type “extreme sports” into YouTube’s search bar today and you may not even believe what you see. There’s no question that extreme sports have gotten way more extreme than they’ve ever been in the past. In fact, some of what... (Continue reading)

Gifts From My Father… And Mom Let Him Live.

Gifts From My Father... And Mom Let Him Live.

But, make no mistake about it… that evening back in the late 60’s… Mom let him live. She let him off with a song about a Kenmore dishwasher from Sears… a song that sounded a lot like “Home on... (Continue reading)

Was it worth it?  Yeah, to me it definitely was. (For you maybe the reverse is true.)

Was it worth it?  Yeah, to me it definitely was. (For you maybe the reverse is true.)

If you switch your traditional mortgage to a reverse mortgage and you miss a payment, no one cares… if you miss three payments, no one cares… want to take the whole year off and make no mortgage payments… perfectly fine…... (Continue reading)

Even on Some of the Most Progressive Porches in America, Foreclosures Not Well Understood

Even on Some of the Most Progressive Porches in America, Foreclosures Not Well Understood

Okay, so I decided that I would do it… I’d bring up the topic of the ongoing foreclosure crisis. These were my peeps and it’s not like I don’t know a thing or two about the subject matter… maybe... (Continue reading)

Pittsburgh in the 1970s – Terrible Times & Terrible Towels

Pittsburgh in the 1970s - Terrible Times & Terrible Towels

But watching them... well, it's just never been the same as it once was, back in the days when the Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the NFL, and commanded the attention, respect and adoration of a city to such a degree that... (Continue reading)

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I’m Betting We Get Extended Tax Relief on Forgiven Mortgage Debt for Christmas This Year

I’m Betting We Get Extended Tax Relief on Forgiven Mortgage Debt for Christmas This Year

Some are starting to worry about what is likely to happen if they let the Act’s tax relief provisions related to foreclosure avoidance expire. I simply don’t think there’s any real chance they won’t extend the Act for at... (Continue reading)

I SAY GIVE HIM TWO – Ernie Banks Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

I SAY GIVE HIM TWO – Ernie Banks Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Today, Ernie Banks was at the White House being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. It is the highest civilian honor that this country bestows, and this year was the 50th anniversary of the award,... (Continue reading)

GUEST POST: Don’t Be Concerned Martin Is Dead Wrong, by Michael Pines

GUEST POST: Don’t Be Concerned Martin Is Dead Wrong, by Michael Pines

My article was nonsense, according to Michael Pines? Well, that would certainly be disappointing, I wasn't aware that I had ever written an article that was considered nonsense by anyone. I'm not saying that everyone likes what I... (Continue reading)

Painless Saving: Tricking Yourself into Saving a lot More Money

Painless Saving: Tricking Yourself into Saving a lot More Money

So, now I’m going to attempt the impossible. I’m going to show you how to beat back the obstacles to saving more… by tricking yourself into saving more… painlessly. Without you feeling it at all. Seriously... you... (Continue reading)

I Don’t Care How Much You’re Saving for College… It’s Not Enough

I Don’t Care How Much You’re Saving for College... It’s Not Enough

Recent estimates are that American consumers owe over $1.1 trillion in such student loan debt, and one look at the cost of college tuition makes it easy to see why. They say the average graduate is coming out of... (Continue reading)

Im Back in the Saddle Again… Whatd I miss? Nothing, unfortunately.

Im Back in the Saddle Again... Whatd I miss?  Nothing, unfortunately.

I know many have been wondering where I’ve been for the last two months from the slew of emails I’ve received, I thought I’d explain what I didn’t want to explain at the time... and let everyone know that not... (Continue reading)

Take this Awareness Test… BRILLIANT!

Take this Awareness Test... BRILLIANT!

Take the test yourself right now and see how you do. It only takes a minute or two. The question is... How many times does the team in white shirts pass the ball?... (Continue reading)

Okay… Im back. After all, theyre cancelling Jersey Shore.

Okay... Im back.  After all, theyre cancelling Jersey Shore.

I’m going to choose to go on believing that it was done for me… one small concession to a man who’s endured. You want to believe otherwise, it’s a free country. Either way, it’s a win for the... (Continue reading)

Two Weeks in the Life of Mandelman Matters

Two Weeks in the Life of Mandelman Matters

It’s hard to describe what I do when I say I help homeowners. I’m not a lawyer and I never offer anything close to legal advice. I'm not a mortgage expert either. I think my value is... (Continue reading)

My Name is Martin.

My Name is Martin.

I learned about death from Martin King. I learned about peace from Martin King. I learned about hope from Martin King. I learned about struggle from Martin King. I learned about my country from Martin King. I learned to love... (Continue reading)

DOJ Arrests Attorney Mitchell Stein at LAX – A Mass Clusterf#@k

DOJ Arrests Attorney Mitchell Stein at LAX - A Mass Clusterf#@k

Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced today that attorney Mitchell J. Stein was arrested on Sunday, December 18, 2011, at Los Angeles International Airport on charges related to his alleged role in a... (Continue reading)

Mandelman on The News Dissector Radio Show with Danny Schechter

Mandelman on The News Dissector Radio Show with Danny Schechter

I was a guest on the News Dissector radio show with Danny Schechter out of NYC. And I was joined by one of the Occupy Wall Street organizers and Capt. (Ret.) Ray Lewis. Check it out... given the... (Continue reading)

Bringing UP the Rear Neil Lipschutz, Managing Editor, Dow Jones Newswire

Bringing UP the Rear  Neil Lipschutz, Managing Editor, Dow Jones Newswire

Obviously, either Neal has the cognitive abilities of a fruit loop soaked in milk, or he’s just disturbed. What do you suppose he thinks “spread” to Europe and its banks? I mean, I don’t think loans can spread…... (Continue reading)

I Failed… and Im So Very Sorry

I Failed... and Im So Very Sorry

I don’t know what to say except that I am so very sorry that I let them down. So deeply sorry… and I’ll never forget them… I’ll try never to let something like that happen again. ... (Continue reading)

The Independence Rap Video: Because the children ARE our future.

The Independence Rap Video: Because the children ARE our future.

Several classes later, when we were entering the year 1976, I used the opportunity to jump into a musical time machine to travel back to the year 1776 in the City of Philadelphia at the Continental Congress. I was... (Continue reading)

FOR THE FATHERS

FOR THE FATHERS

But, it’s hard for me to be happy without thinking about the hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of fathers who while they smile through their day, are also worrying about what will happen tomorrow because they know that, despite... (Continue reading)

On Friday I turned 50 years old, and although I havent changed, this country sure has…

On Friday I turned 50 years old, and although I havent changed, this country sure has...

What’s changed is this country. It’s not at all the same as it’s been throughout my lifetime, in fact it’s very different in quite a few substantive ways… do you feel it too, or is it just me? ... (Continue reading)

Martin Andelman, Bio & Backgrounder

Martin Andelman, Bio & Backgrounder

At 49 years old, and having originally founded my firm back in 1989, it’s been some time since I’ve been asked for a resume, as one might imagine. So, it’s also about time to commemorate what’s gone on over... (Continue reading)

Bringing Up the Rear: Me, Martin Andelman

Bringing Up the Rear: Me, Martin Andelman

It’s a credit crisis, a global financial crisis, a foreclosure crisis, an economic catastrophe, the total destruction of the secondary mortgage market, the end of pension plan investing and Wall Street’s investment banks, and an ongoing example of why derivatives... (Continue reading)

Books I’ve Loved Reading… The Great Depression Diary

Books I've Loved Reading... The Great Depression Diary

Tweet The Great Depression Diary By Benjamin Roth Benjamin Roth was born in the last years of the nineteenth century, passed the Bar Exam during the Roaring Twenties and was a practicing attorney in 1929 when over a few days... (Continue reading)

Ding Dong, Ding Dong Bad Biz Finders Erin Baldwin Hit By Bucket of Water! The Flying Monkeys Are Free!

Breaking News: In a freak accident earlier this morning, Bad Biz Finder’s Erin Baldwin was doused by a large bucket of water. A witness reported seeing steam being emitted through her skin, and then she began shrinking in size... (Continue reading)

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It’s Been a Year Since I Lost My Friend to Suicide

It's Been a Year Since I Lost My Friend to Suicide

I wanted to write something about Alvar's death because I wanted to share my feelings with others who have lost someone to suicide, because I think when you lose someone that way, the wound never heals. And maybe it helps... (Continue reading)

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Bad Biz Finder’s Erin Baldwin is Awe Inspiring…

Anyway, then she goes on to say that I’ve never worked anywhere I said I did, that no one’s ever heard of me at those companies, that my companies either don’t exist or they’re suspended, and frankly I'm relieved that... (Continue reading)

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