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...
I HAVE A SOLUTION...TAKE POT OFF THE DRUG SCHEDULE We are beginning to see the fresh hell that will be created as the Federal government tries to figure out ways to get around it's own laws as more states legalize pot. The easiest way to solve all these issues is to take pot off the drug schedule federally. But that wouldn't be as much fun as endless hearings on bank policy and whatnot. And never let it be said that actual common sense could ever make it in DC.
THIS IS WHY WE SHOULDN'T TRUST POLLS Rather than release a poll that showed their girl Angela Giron getting her butt kicked in Pueblo, Public Policy Polling decided not to release it. Why? Because they couldn't believe that 30% of Democrats would support recall. If they didn't feel like they were being represented, I can totally see that. Where PPP erred was in assuming that all Democrats act solely on the behalf of the Democrat Party. Read this whole thread from Twitchy to see the explanations from PPP.
MONOGAMY IS SOOOO YESTERDAY'S NEWS I'm all for people doing what makes them happy...as long as they don't infringe on the ability of someone else to pursue their own happiness. But when I see articles and stories like this one about how monogamy is out of date and having multiple partners is the new black, I have to laugh a bit. Note there are no children in play here. That is the game changer. Is this new polyamorous thing the new thing?
RELIGION OF PEACE STRIKES AGAIN, PART #4676 Trying to be a Christian in Egypt? Then pay a tribute to your Muslim conquerors. Or convert. Or be killed. Compare this story to the stupid list of grievances put forth by the idiots who thought a Million Muslim March on DC was a good idea. From the American Muslim PAC website:
In the past 12 years since 9/11 the United States government as failed to protect and promote Constitutional liberties and human life, here and abroad. We feel that accountability in government has been ignored and the time has arrived to collectively speak truth to power. Speaking will be experts and individuals on the lack of transparency and questions plaguing 9/11, steady erosion of domestic civil liberties, drone policy and the very dire effect of these on of plight of American Muslims here at home, and Muslim communities globally in the scope of U.S. imperialism, and the modern face of resistance to unmanned aerial surveillance and warfare.
Where is the condemnation of the persecution of Christians at the hands of Muslims all over the world? Oh yeah, nowhere.
NANCY PELOSI SAID WE HAVE TO PASS IT TO FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT And now that people are finding out what's in it, they don't like it in increasing numbers. Including in key Democrat demos of women and Americans making less than 50k a year. How many like it now? It's dropped to 39%. And we wonder why we're dabbling in Syria.
A BILLION DOLLAR BUILDING? It's amazing to me how quickly a government project can go from reasonably priced to OMG expensive. It seems the VA Medical Center in Aurora is now firmly in the OMG expensive category. I've never understood why they even bid these jobs out if they are going to allow cost overruns that double the price of something. And after you start building something is not the time to make changes. Don't these people watch HGTV?
THE ELECTION RULES WERE THE PROBLEM That's the excuse given by Democrat power player Ted Trimpa in this interview about the recall. You keep on believing that, pal, you keep on the believing that. I also like the part where he says "we got outsmarted" because he believes it's smarts that win, not listening to the people.
BUT SOME PEOPLE LEARNED NOTHING FROM THE RECALL As evidenced by this quote by some dingbat spokesman for Mayors Against Illegal Guns:
“Full speed ahead,” Mark Glaze, executive director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told ABC News on Wednesday. “The lesson of yesterday is one we already knew: You can cherry-pick elections, spend a lot of money, and defeat and elect candidates. We will do exactly the same.”
Translation: We will continue to try and buy elections because you people are too stupid to know how to live without us telling you.
LIBERALISM IS ALL ABOUT CONTROL And Jonah Goldberg gives a fine description of the myth of liberal libertarianism here.
PUTINS FU TO AMERICA We are not exceptional. So says Vladimir Putin in a condescending column to the American people. And to let us believe we are exceptional is dangerous. The sad part is, he makes sense in other parts of this column but obviously did not read How To Make Friends and Influence People before he wrote this. What an a-hole.
THE ULTIMATE PROGRESSIVE DILEMMA Trader Joe's enjoys a following that I don't get. For me it's a store for people who can't cook. But whatev, to each his own, right? But I'm wondering how the hipsters are gonna like it now that Trader Joe is turning out to be a mean old capitalist who just wants to sell cheap wine to cheap hipsters. Or would they prefer they raise the price of Two Buck Chuck to Five Buck Chuck? All in the name of Obamacare.
THANK GOODNESS THIS IS NOW ON THE RADAR What is the latest greatest scourge facing NYC right now? Illegal supper clubs. That's right. Illegal supper clubs. This is what passes for news in the world's formerly toughest city.
THIS WILL DRIVE THE GOD HATERS CRAZY There are two kinds of atheists. Those who simply don't believe but don't care that you do, and those that hate the very notion that you could be getting some kind of comfort in your belief in God. They are the ones who aren't content to simply not believe, they must stop the scourge of religion and faith wherever it rears it's ugly head. Well the new Pope is gonna give the latter type fits by saying you don't have to believe in God to get to Heaven. Is this revolutionary or simply an extension of the belief that God knows better than us?