In an apparent attempt to rally unemployed and low-income voters who make up so much of the Democratic Party’s base, candidate Hillary Clinton says her administration would provide free Wi-Fi throughout the country. There will, of course, be nothing free for taxpayers.
Clinton, in a statement about her plans to improve American technology infrastructure, insists that free or low cost high-speed internet access should be a right rather than a luxury in 21st century America.
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Peter Thiel, founder co-founder of the tech giant PayPal, told an audience at the Republican National Convention that establishment politicians from both political parties are using the smoke and mirrors of social issues to distract Americans from government’s massive economic failures.
Despite pockets of economic prosperity and American success stories like Thiel’s rise to the top in Silicon Valley, Americans across the country are facing the worst wage stagnation they’ve seen in decades while cost of living continues to increase exponentially.
Thiel contends that Washington insiders like Hillary Clinton have for too long been isolated from such harsh economic realities and, therefore, are only capable of making matters worse.
“Americans get paid less today than ten years ago. But healthcare and college tuition cost more every year. Meanwhile Wall Street bankers inflate bubbles in everything from government bonds to Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees. Our economy is broken,” he said. Read more »(513 words, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
Too many people leave too much money on the table when managing their IRAs. It’s not surprising. IRA rules and strategies can be more complicated once the early contribution and accumulation years are behind us. There are various tricks and traps in the IRA rules and there are strategies for maximizing IRA values that aren’t intuitive.
Of course, IRAs are among the most valuable assets many people own, especially after 401(k) balances are rolled over to IRAs. One or two oversights can put a lot of extra money in the IRS’s hands.
Though many IRA owners aren’t aware of the pitfalls, the IRS is. A few years ago the IRS did a study that found that many people don’t follow the rules properly and that the IRS was missing a lot of extra taxes and penalties by not closely auditing IRAs. The IRS has since modified its procedures and is taking a closer look at IRAs. Read more »(1645 words, estimated 6:35 mins reading time)
Another day, another unarmed, non-aggressive person shot by police.
This time the victim is a behavior therapist trying to calm down an autistic patient who ran away from a group home. So much for the shibboleth pushed by “law-and-order” conservatives that only thugs and those who don’t immediately and mindlessly obey police commands will be harmed by police.
Some hypersensitive knuckle-head created in his or her mind a “weapon” out of a toy truck and told police a man was walking around with a gun threatening suicide. So police arrived prepared to accommodate him.
Cell phone video shows Charles Kinsey lying on his back with his hands in the air and a young man sitting cross-legged at Kinsey’s feet — seemingly oblivious to what’s going on – playing with the truck. Police are seen hiding behind their cruiser with guns drawn, barking orders.
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America is in decline. There are some that still attempt to deny this, but the reason why Donald Trump’s campaign slogan has so strongly resonated with the American people is because deep inside most of us realize that America is not as great as it used to be. Our economy is a mess, we are 19 trillion dollars in debt, our infrastructure is crumbling, crime is on the rise, moral decay is all around us, other countries don’t respect us as much anymore, and our nation is the most divided that it has been in decades. Anyone that believes that America is better than it has ever been in 2016 is either completely delusional or simply has not been paying attention. Read more »(1089 words + 1 image, estimated 4:21 mins reading time)
On Wednesday, I was contacted by someone on an ISIS kill list. Of course there are probably lots of people out there that believe that “ISIS is after them”, but this particular individual and his wife were actually told that they are on an ISIS kill list by the FBI. Not only are they on the list, but so is their pastor. It turns out that ISIS has apparently been pulling names off of church directories on the Internet, and so now an entire church has ended up on an ISIS kill list. In the past perhaps many of us would have been less alarmed by this, but the attacks in Orlando, Dallas, Nice, and Baton Rouge are all still fresh in our minds. Innocent people are being targeted and killed just to make a statement, and nobody knows who will be next. Read more »(1039 words + 1 image, estimated 4:09 mins reading time)
One of my geeky habits is to follow the Baltic Dry Index (BDI).
Before I explain what this is, and why it matters, I want to say that this isn’t a piece about BDI as much as it is a look at a number of indicators telling us the same thing: beware.
BDI is one of the major global economic barometers in the world of statistics. It basically represents all the cost of “dry” shipping in the world at any given point in time. Dry shipping means the index doesn’t include oil.
It includes iron ore and other industrial metals as well as other raw materials. It’s been a reliable real-time indicator of how well the global economy is doing. When the index is low, it means the global economy is in decline. When it’s up, it means the global is economy is booming. Read more »(738 words, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg soiled herself and laid bare the lunacy of those that think the Supreme Court is some kind of impartial arbiter of the law last week when she stepped into the political fray and began advocating for the Witch of Chappaqua to be elected president.
In a series of interviews, Ginsberg called Trump a “faker” with an “ego” and said “I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president.” In classic Trump fashion, The Donald responded with a tweet claiming Ginsberg’s “mind is shot.”
She also delved into other political issues, attacking the Senate for not voting on Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and she called Justice Anthony Kennedy “the great hero of this term” for voting on cases that upheld abortion rights and affirmative action. Read more »(852 words, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
I wasn’t going to write about this. I was trained as an attorney and I am skeptical by nature, and so I generally don’t like to write about things that I can’t prove. But in the case of this bizarre winged creature, a couple of factors changed my mind. First of all, we actually have physical evidence which has been scientifically tested. When it comes to things like this, people are always crying out for some real physical evidence, and now we have some. Of course the existence of evidence does not mean that we can necessarily find answers to all of our questions, but at least we have something to work with. Secondly, a highly respected researcher named L.A. Marzulli has spent a great deal of time extensively investigating this case. I have personally interacted with L.A. Marzulli, and I have followed his work for years, and so I know how credible he is. Read more »(1081 words + 2 images, estimated 4:19 mins reading time)
In 2006, U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s voice thundered across the Senate floor as he boldly declared that “increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” That was one of the truest things that he ever said, but just a couple of years later he won the 2008 election and he turned his back on those principles. As I write this article, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of $19,402,361,890,929.46. But when Barack Obama first entered the White House, our federal government was only 10.6 trillion dollars in debt. That means that we have added an average of 1.1 trillion dollars a year to the national debt under Obama, and we still have about six more months to go. Read more »(1160 words + 1 image, estimated 4:38 mins reading time)
SANDUSKY, Ohio — Conservative author and TV personality Ann Coulter warned California Republicans on Wednesday that the nation could become like California if Donald Trump is not elected president in the fall.
“Trump’s slogan is make America great again. Hillary’s slogan is make America California without the nice beaches, without the good stuff,” Ann Coulter told the state’s delegates at a breakfast meeting.
“You’re always ahead of the curve,” Coulter said. “You sent us two of our greatest presidents, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. And now a Republican can’t get elected statewide in California. That is because of immigration. This is why Trump’s campaign is absolutely crucial.”
Coulter, who was applauded by the Californians, contended the influx of immigrants over the past four decades had given Democrats an edge, and that the Republican establishment betrayed its base of supporters on immigration and trade issues. Read more »(299 words, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
The social media platform Twitter permanently banned Breitbart.com Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Monday after he engaged in a weekend Twitter-spat with Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones following a less-than-flattering review of the movie.
It’s not Yiannopoulos’ first tiff with the social media network. His account has been suspended and restored several times.
Jones, a foul-mouthed, racist (as evidenced by her tweets) comedian, apparently took offense to the review and she and Yiannopoulos began exchanging insults until Jones complained to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. However, it was not Yiannopoulous who was making racist and vile tweets to Jones, but followers of the two people’s spat.