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...
YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO THE WORK See, on Free for All Friday, you guys are supposed to call in and aks questions and tell me what you think we should talk about. See? It's easy. Just do it. Thanks!
COULD INFLATION BE COMING (FINALLY) AFTER ALL THE MONEY PRINTING? For those of us with a sense of history and a basic understanding of economics, we've been worried for some time that the endless flood of new dollars flowing into the market will cause hyperinflation. Throughout history (the Roman Empire, the Wiemar Republic, most recently Zimbabwe) the overproduction of money has lead to dire circumstances that either crashed the economy or actually lead to the downfall. You can not, repeat NOT, continue to print money and have it not affect the value of every greenback in circulation. What I don't understand is why everyone at the Fed seems to think the basic laws of economics don't apply HERE. Maybe I do, and it's spelled E-G-O. The dollar is falling and gas prices are rising. Do the math.
FREE SPEECH ISN'T SO FREE ANYMORE...EXCEPT ON FACEBOOK Two unconnected yet connected stories here. One, a police chief in a small town in Pennsylvania is gonna get canned because, according to his attorney, he posted inflammatory, profanity laced videos about protecting the 2nd Amendment on his website. The town says it's because he broke rules, but the Mayor and others are on record saying they found his videos offensive. On the flip side of this, the courts have decided that hitting the "Like" button on Facebook is protected by the 1st Amendment. Let's not forget that the reason we have a free speech protection is specifically to protect political speech.
GOVERNMENT CREATED DISCRIMINATION OR A BOUNCER DOING HIS JOB? A man in drag goes to a gay bar, but this time he's in drag. The bouncer says, sorry pal, your gender doesn't match your id. The guy in drag says this is a "transphobic" policy. I say he's making a mountain out of a molehill. But the bar has the right to refuse anyone who has a questionable id, lest they get in trouble with the law for serving someone underage. Sticky wicket? I'd say so. Transphobic policy? Not hardly. Does the business have a right to only allow certain TYPES of gay folks?
THIS POPE ISN'T AFRAID TO MIX THINGS UP Pope Francis is sending shock waves through the religious community with a new interview that is full of love and compassion and low on judgment and shame. This just might be what brings people back to the church. Or maybe it will drive people away. We shall see.
SUPER CREEPY AD MAKES A GREAT POINT Watch this ad and see if you aren't creeped out. It's part of a new campaign to get people to opt out of Obamacare. I think it's very well done. Check the website optout.org for more info, it's very interesting.
IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR MEXICO...One Denver City Councilman offered what may be the stupidest reasoning for us to assume poor people wouldn't be adversely affected by the five cent bag tax. They do it in Mexico. Seriously. Check it out from RevealingPolitics.com:
Well by gosh, let's do everything they do in Mexico. Maybe we can build shanty towns like they have outside Mexico City. If it's good enough for them....
MYRMIDON NANCY RIDES AGAIN! Nancy Pelosi is straight up delusional. She does a sit down with Politico and says, with a straight face, that President Obama:
"I think that’s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take him down politically, because they know he is a nonpartisan president, and that’s something very hard for them to cope with.”
Uh....what? Is she serious? Is she mentally ill? She needs some kind of check up. Don't forget this is the woman who SO respected the presidency of George W Bush she flew to Syria to meet with Bashar Al-Assad AGAINST the wishes of the White House. She's not worthy of respect. Click the clicky above and watch the whole breathless interview. It's truly a work of fiction.
WHEN DID YOU GIVE UP ON YOUR APPEARANCE? I'm not sure this holds completely true in this day and age of aging vain boomers, but it's kind of interesting. Women keep up their appearance until the ripe old age of 59, but men give up at 46. Is this true? If so, how do men get away with it? I think it has to with how successful men are. The richer they are, the less appearance matters.
THIS IS WEIRD BUT SOMEHOW KIND OF AWESOME So a guy keeps getting randomly drunk during the day. His doctor's think he's drinking on the sly, but turns out it's way more sneaky than that. He has too much brewer's yeast in his gut and it's making booze out of food while he digest it. Talk about a cheap date. Buy him a bagel and get him tanked.
HIPSTER FOOD IS A THING NOW I have a deep seeded sense of annoyance about hipsters. And I've known for some time that hipsters are driving the food truck craze, but now I find out that there is status attached to some of these food fads like the Cronut or the ramen burger. I guess I'm old because I don't need to eat some weird food to get status.
THESE PARENTS SUCK AND THEIR CHILDREN ARE SPOILED A former NFL player had his vacation home destroyed