Monday, January 23, 2017

Welcome... and Good-bye!


HERE'S HOW IT ALL STARTED:
(The first post...)


This is a blog about credit unions...no more, no less.  Perhaps it will provoke a dialogue, perhaps it will just provoke.  The patron saint of this blog is Thomas Paine, a designation with which he would be amused.


Here are the categories:
  • B-words ...observations about our for-profit, four letter f(r)iends.
  • Duke Street ...home of the NCUA.
  • Egosphere ...the leadership odyssey.
  • FOIA ...Freedom of Information Act. A place to look under rocks.
  • FTF ...From the field. The kind of stuff which slips through spell check.
  • Opinion ...yours or mine.
  • Pearls ...wisdom of the ages.
  • People ...profiles, mugshots and eulogies.
  • Risk ...regs, capital, ALM, TDR's, FASB, GAAP, and other dull stuff.
  • Zen ...Aha!! moments.
  • ??? ...a search for answers.

Public comments very welcome, preferably with your name.  All comments will be prudishly screened for language and civility.   Plenty of rant sites already available, let's not do another.  Emails welcome: jimblainecreditunion@gmail.com.  Upon your request, more than willing to put forward here publicly, significant questions or to submit FOIA requests on your behalf without attribution.



"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
- Thomas Paine

          ... AND WITH THAT THOUGHT,
              IS ALSO HOW THIS BLOG ENDS!


CIAO!

[jimblainenc@gmail.com]

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gonna miss you Jim. Thanks for your contributions to the industry. Thanks for your enlightening moments. Thanks for your sense of humor.

Greg said...

Thanks for everything Jim!

Anonymous said...

Been a long run... lasted longer than expected. Thanks for all you shared over the last 6 or so years. Your wit and wisdom will be missed.

Rusty said...

I hate to see it end,Jim -- your wit, wisdom, nuanced analysis and persistent belief in the value of credit union cooperative principles have provided a lot of moral [?] support for those of us who still believe.

Enjoy your retirement!

Bill Brooks said...

There is clearly no joy in Mudville tonight! The heart, soul and mind of the movement will be missed!

It is wonderful that you are going out on top!

Bill Martin said...

Jim, you will be missed by many. Any chance you would accept a nomination to the NCUA Board? I believe that's what it would take for meaningful change.

The best of luck with whatever your next chapter in life will bring. You have earned my admiration for how you ran your credit union as well as your insight into our industry.

THANK YOU!

Stephen said...

Didn't always agree with you but you always made me think. Enjoy retirement.

Chris Jillson said...

Jim, always enjoyed reading your thought provoking blog, I along with many others will miss it. Hope you enjoy your retirement as much as I have mine.
Chris

Barb said...

You are my afternoon humor/thought break -- I'll miss your take on the world...

Anonymous said...

PLEASE become CEO of CUNA!!!

Lew Stubbs said...

Thank you, I always enjoyed your thoughts on things, both relevant and irrelevant to the Credit Union universe. It helped the first cup of office coffee go down in the morning, now something else will have to brighten the day.

Anonymous said...

Please do leave this site up for a while. The archive is valuable.
Thank you very much for providing an abundance of useful education for me and for my board. Our members have benefitted from it.
We wish you only the best.

Anonymous said...

Shucks!

Anonymous said...

What will you be doing next?

Anonymous said...

What happened? I went on vacation and off you go. Is it Trump?

Anonymous said...

You quit because you knew Mcwatters was going to be appointed and finally get things fixed at Ncua didn't you.

Jeremy Gibson said...

Mr. Blaine, this is my first time posting but I've been a long-time reader of your blog. I'm sad to hear this will be your last entry. I'm a new Credit Union CEO (about to hit my 1 year mark) and I've found countless pearls of wisdom that I stole and passed off as my own with my staff, ha! Thank you, and best of luck in your next venture.

Anonymous said...

You are my favorite nutcase.

Anonymous said...

At least comment on supplemental capital will you? You've claimed it is so important for years.

Anonymous said...

How about if Dennis M. takes over the blog? Are you willing?

Anonymous said...

Where do I go for horrible puns now?

Anonymous said...

How about if we agree to subscribe?

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Kathie Philp said...

Just dropped in to get caught up on my Jim Blaine reality check and yes, I got my Jim Blaine reality check. Time for retirement! Thanks for caring about credit unions and for sharing your views. Have benefited from your perspective over the years.

Anonymous said...

You're one crazy fool.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

s.o.b.!

Anonymous said...

One final shot? Your opinion on appointment of McWatters/

Paul C. said...

Where is the "dislike" button??? ☺

Anonymous said...

Isn't it time for a PATRIOTS COMEBACK for this blog?

Anonymous said...

Have you gone to work with Donald Trump?