BY THE NUMBERS BLOG My nerdy friend David who is degreed in economics as well as a small business owner writes a very cool blog where he pulls together figures to demonstrate the folly of today's current economic policies. Read it by clicking here.
THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR This book should be required reading for all high school seniors. It blows apart the media myth of how millionaires really live. Buy it on Amazon here.
THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND Want to know why we have the Federal Reserve? If you don't, you should and everyone should read this book. Buy it here.
More stuff to read as I think of it...
TIME MAGAZINE HAS NAME POPE FRANCIS MAN OF THE YEAR And I have been watching this Pope with great interest as he has turned the heads and softened the hearts of a lot of former Catholics I know. How did he do it? And is he the most influential man in the world this year? Who made the short list? Who got left out? We shall discuss. Check the history and list of past honorees here.
THE SEXUAL HARASSING 6 YEAR OLD STORY GETS AN UPDATE Once again, we have adults projecting nonsense onto our children. In yesterday's story, we reported little 6 year old Hunter had been suspended for kissing the hand of a little girl he called his girlfriend. Now the mother of the little girl has spoken out, and she says the kissing was unwanted, unasked for and an ongoing problem. She also commends the school for taking care of the "sexual harassment" of her daughter. Hunter's behavior is still not sexual harassment, it's just a little boy with no impulse control. But let's make this little girl a victim for the rest of her life, because that's always helpful.
NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS At least that's what some are saying about newly minted state Senator Rachel Zenzinger. And learning that she was Evie Hudak's campaign manager and Hudak's choice to replace her doesn't exactly inspire confidence that Zenzinger will be any different.
SPEAKING OF RECALLS A Democratic focus group put together to discuss why Angela Giron was recalled came to one conclusion: no one liked her. They didn't vote because of gun control, they voted because they didn't trust her. Let's hope Dems take this to heart and continue to believe it isn't their policies and overreach that did in Morse, Giron and Hudak.
HOW DO YOU "ELIMINATE THE NEED" FOR THIS? Good follow up on the Air Force Academy story and the head of the Academy has now said she intends to "eliminate the need for cadet confidential informants in the cadet wing." That sounds great, but the issue isn't the need for informants, but rather how the informants were used and abused by OSI and had their careers destroyed by the process. It seems that some cadets are always going to try to get away with something, but good luck with that.
SHOULD THE STATE MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO OPT OUT OF VACCINES? This is what's being considered as Colorado deals with relatively high rates of opting out for childhood vaccines. Vaccines have become a very hot button issue and it's impossible to have a rational conversation about them with either medical professionals or parents scared to death because they know someone personally who has been adversely affected by a vaccine.
ADAMS COUNTY TAKES ON A LOSER Hey Adams County taxpayers, you just got yourself an airport! I know nothing about the Front Range Airport except it is a money loser. And it's fairly close to DIA, so growth at this point is probably not likely. But rather than admit defeat, the county is doubling down on failure and promising to invest more resources into a thing most Adams County residents will never use. But I'm sure someone closely connected to the county commission does. How else could you explain this?
THERE IS A SEX WORKERS UNION? California hookers are fighting for the right to seek money from a victim's compensation fund if they are beaten up or raped. I have a few thoughts on this, as you can imagine. Some of them are indelicate.
I MEANT TO DO THIS STORY EARLIER IN THE WEEK But I forgot, so I've cut and pasted from an earlier blog. EVER WONDERED WHAT NAKED ADVOCACY BY A NEWSPAPER LOOKS LIKE? Then read this article in the Denver Post. The SOLE purpose of this article is to begin the march to single payer by complaining about how NOT poor people are being adversely affected by the kind of high deductible plans being sold on Obamacare. Because the whole "we need to help the poor" angle of Obamacare is proving to be an epic fail as the people who thought all this stuff was gonna only stick it to the RICH are finding out otherwise. So now we have to make sure we all know how GROSSLY unfair it is to expect people to actually be held responsible for the choices they make. I am sorry these people suffered a loss and an injury that lead them to the ER, but they are complaining about the insurance plans THEY chose to enroll in. They have not taken advantage of a Health Savings Account to cover their deductible and they want the insurance companies to NOT negotiate prices down until AFTER they meet their deductibles at which time they will surely take the lower rate. GET A GRIP, PEOPLE. More on this later. But grrrrrr. Just grrrrrrr.
THIS IS 100% CORRECT As a parent of a 4 year old, I see a lot of stupid toys. But when I saw this earlier this year I immediately shared with my friends that if you buy this, you are a crappy parent who doesn't deserve to raise children. And I stand by that.
THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO AVOID REVENGE PORN And that is simply don't take nekkid pictures of yourself doing dirty stuff. That being said, should a teacher lose her job if her Iphone in stolen and someone posts a nekkid picture on a revenge porn site?
SMARTS ARE NATURE, NOT NURTURE At least according to a rather comprehensive study of twins in the UK. It showed that genetics plays a bigger role in academic performance differences than environment. This is really sort of revolutionary and I suspect will be used by some to reinforce the notion that some are incapable of achieving greatness. Which is not at all what the study says, but folks looking to control others will certainly want to utilize this for more power.
PRESIDENT OBAMA LOVES TO SHAKE HANDS WITH DESPOTS And though Raul is not his brother Fidel, the President of the United States hopping up the stairs for an up close and personal with the leader of a nation we've had an embargo against for over 50 years is unseemly. But that's not all, folks! He also found time to take a selfie with David Cameron and some lady and give some man hugs to other world leaders. Why does he seem like an overenthusiastic frat boy when he's supposed to be representing us? Can you imagine Vlad Putin acting this...well...undignified? Maybe I'm overreacting, but can we all decide that the man hug chest bump should be kept between friends? I actually credit Michelle Obama for looking annoyed at her husband in this one. At least she understands the magnitude of the situation. Check it out for yourself.
HOW DID THIS GUY GET HERE DOING THIS? Click on this link to watch the video of some guy standing on the stage making random hand gestures when he was supposed be translating speeches at Nelson Mandela's funeral. I kind of love this guy for having the stones to do this.
THANK GOD THEY DIDN'T PLAY DOCTOR Or he'd be in the sex offender registry. What am I talking about? A six year old boy who has been suspended from first grade for kissing a girl on the hand. Yes. That's it. And he's been suspended for violating the school's sexual harassment policy. At age 6. For real.
A NEW DAME ON THE BLOCK Democrats have appointed a relative newcomer to statewide politics to replace Evie Hudak in the Colorado Senate. Rachel Zenzinger currently sits on the Arvada City Council as Mayor Pro Tem and will assume Hudak's seat in the next legislative session. Who knows if she is as dismissive of her constituents as her predecessor.
SHE SHOULD BE CHARGED A mother who is resonsible for the death of her own child bears a burden for the rest of her life. But it doesn't mean she shouldn't be charged. A mother who left her 3 year old (!) at home alone so he could find a poorly secured gun is now facing charges in that child's death. As well she should.
THERE'S A BUDGET DEAL Which means we are going to get screwed. I am having trouble understanding how I am supposed to be excited about cuts which don't total a double digit percentage of our deficit. Am I missing something? And in hindsight, all the gloom and doom predictions of how bad the sequester was going to be and how it was going to destroy the economy turned out to be wrong, so why is it bad again? And if Democrats believe that cutting off unemployment insurance is going to damage our "recovery", how real IS the recovery? Just things I'd like to know.
JESUS IS A HECK OF A TIPPER And I love this story about tips for Jesus. It just makes me happy.
WE'VE ALL HEARD ABOUT OVERPAID CEO'S But what about overpaid actors? Check this list out and see if your favorite is on it.
THE END OF THE YEAR LISTS HAVE BEGUN! And I am taking a little too much joy in this one, as one of my least favorites is on this list at number 9. The question to look at going forward is who makes a comeback. Let's hope we've seen the last of Weiner's weiner.
I LOVE COLORADO SO MUCH! I just spent am amazing weekend in an extremely cold Winter Park, Colorado. I am so excited about exploring this entire state, but for our first venture out, this was perfect. I love to give kudos to people who do a great job, and honestly, everyone we met gave great customer service. Well except, ironically enough, at the Winter Park Welcome Center. It just wasn't very welcoming. I highly recommend (not a paid endorsement) Winter Park Lodging Company. They kicked some serious butt with our house rental and were GREAT to work with. We ate REALLY well at the Strip and Tail (not a paid endorsement) and got great service from every young person who had ventured into the Resort for a winter of adventure. I love seeing young people following their dreams when they are still young and have few real responsibilities. It warms my heart. We will be going back to Winter Park soon!
IF YOU ARE A TEACHER WHO DOESN'T WANT YOUR MONEY DONATED TO DEMOCRATS Then you need to click this link to get your money back. It's easy and only takes a few minutes and would maybe, someday make them reconsider where to donate money. Nah, that won't happen, but at least your money won't go to support nincompoops.
NOW ON TO THE GAY CAKE I simply can NOT believe this story. I can't believe that sexual orientation now outweighs religious beliefs according to a judge. I can't believe that in this day and age, we must run to the government to get our way. I can't believe there isn't a premier gay baker in Denver that the gay community couldn't have consciously catapulted to the top of the wedding cake business by word and mouth alone. And I'm in favor of gay marriage. But this offends me and may create a huge backlash. We shall discuss this today at 7am.
EVER WONDERED WHAT NAKED ADVOCACY BY A NEWSPAPER LOOKS LIKE? Then read this article in the Denver Post. The SOLE purpose of this article is to begin the march to single payer by complaining about how NOT poor people are being adversely affected by the kind of high deductible plans being sold on Obamacare. Because the whole "we need to help the poor" angle of Obamacare is proving to be an epic fail as the people who thought all this stuff was gonna only stick it to the RICH are finding out otherwise. So now we have to make sure we all know how GROSSLY unfair it is to expect people to actually be held responsible for the choices they make. I am sorry these people suffered a loss and an injury that lead them to the ER, but they are complaining about the insurance plans THEY chose to enroll in. They have not taken advantage of a Health Savings Account to cover their deductible and they want the insurance companies to NOT negotiate prices down until AFTER they meet their deductibles at which time they will surely take the lower rate. GET A GRIP, PEOPLE. More on this later. But grrrrrr. Just grrrrrrr.
POLLS ARE LIKE ELBOWS Erebody has 'em. But this one is from a polling outfit that leans well left and the news is not good for Democrats at the state level. Check it here.
GREAT FOLLOW UP TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY STORY And this makes me madder and madder. These young people work so hard and do so much to get accepted to a service academy. They deserve better. If not honesty, than how about dropping the character assassination of those screwed over?
THE BEST PART OF THIS ARTICLE About a guy who retired before he could afford to but is now stoked that the rest of us will pay for his healthcare costs is in the comments, which I cut and pasted here: