It's a Free For All! And How Old is Too Old to Go Clubbing?

WHAT IN THE WORLD SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT?  Here's some stuff, but today is a free for all, and frankly, you guys have been GETTING IT lately on the Free for Alls so I think today will be a good one. 

TODAY'S IT'S A LIVING IS CERTAINLY RARE As we have a custom saddle maker coming in.  Talk about a specialized field, but DANG some of these are expensive. Tad Knowles will be happy to make a saddle for you, and you can find out more about him by clicking here.   He's on at 3.  

HOW OLD IS TOO OLD TO GO TO A NIGHTCLUB? In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I have spent more than my fair share of time in night clubs.  I love to dance, so nightclubs were where I spent a lot of time in my youth.  But am I too old now to hit the club?  According to a new survey, the answer is a resounding "YES".  As a matter of fact, 37% of respondents say it's "tragic" to see 40 and 50 year olds surrounded by 20 year olds.  And it is, a bit.  The good news?  Most of us over 40 long ago gave up going out because we tired/kids/no money/binge watching/asleep by 9 or something.  

JAMIE DIMON DID NOT HAVE KIND WORDS FOR OUR GOVERNMENT And the Chairman of JPMorgan Chase is spot on when he says that DC is full of "stupid sh*t".  The meat of his comments during an earnings call this morning.  

I don't buy the argument that we're relegated to this forever. We're not. If this administration can make breakthroughs in taxes and infrastructure, regulatory reform —we have become one of the most bureaucratic, confusing, litigious societies on the planet.

It's almost an embarrassment being an American citizen traveling around the world and listening to the stupid s--- we have to deal with in this country. And at one point we all have to get our act together or we won't do what we're supposed to [do] for the average Americans.

And unfortunately people write about this saying like it's for corporations. It's not for corporations. Competitive taxes are important for business and business growth, which is important for jobs and wage growth. And honestly we should be ringing that alarm bell, every single one of you, every time you talk to a client.

No matter how you feel about Big Banks, he's right.  We can't have wage growth without business growth, and we can't have business growth if we restrict our businesses time and time again.  

HUFFINGTON POST IS SEEKING "REAL AMERICANS" And they are heading on a trip through the Heartland so they can learn what "real American" are REALLY like.  Only they are only stopping in cities that went to Hillary.  Mostly anyway.  If you could provide a piece of advice about life in the sticks for these city folk, what would it be?  

HERE IS A CREATIVE WAY TO STOP PEDESTRIAN DEATHS AT AN INTERSECTION Turn all four sets of lights red for 26 seconds.  This has stopped all pedestrian car accidents at this intersection, where there were 8 in the previous year, some where people died.  I could be down with this, although I do wonder what it does to traffic patterns. 

NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY IS SUNDAY!  HERE'S WHERE YOU CAN GET FREE ICE CREAM! It's a real thing!  And I'm going to one of these places for some free tasty goodness. 

GREAT ADVICE FROM A SUCCESSFUL DAME ON HOW TO SPEND PART OF YOUR TIME Climbing the ladder is hard but a senior exec from GE says no matter how busy you may be, you need to spend time discovering things.  Here's what she means:


"The first thing you have to say to people is: Make room for discovery. If I manage myself, I manage a team, I manage a division, there's a certain amount of your budget, your time, your people that need to be focused on what's next.

"And it could be 10% — you know for yourself. I think usually 10% is a pretty good way to think about it.

"Think about how you manage your own time. Can I spend 10% of my time a week reading, going to sites like Singularity, TED, talking to people, going to industry events, asking people: What trends are you seeing? What are you nervous about? What are you excited about?"

Great advice that we should all follow, climbing the ladder or not! 

KID ROCK RUNNING FOR SENATE IS TERRIFYING!  TERRIFYING I TELL YOU!  At least according to this breathless exhortation by a writer of The New Yorker.  TERRIFYING I TELL YOU!! 

THIS UNION GRIEVANCE IS JUST BAAAAAAAD The staff at Western Michigan University really got the union's goat when it brought in ACTUAL goats to chomp down on grass rather than mowing.  So the union filed a grievance about it.  Nothing says WE MATTER like putting some goats out of work.  

IF THE FBI LOOKED INTO HILLARY'S COLLUSION WOULD YOU BE HAPPY?  I am STILL getting emails about my stance on DJTJ and they make the same moral equivalence that annoys me so.  So how about this.  The new FBI Director did seem open to investigating the Clinton campaigns interactions with Ukrainian officials offering dirt on Donald Trump.  AS HE SHOULD.  We'll see if it happens.

THE DEA SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN ZERO DEATHS FROM MARIJUANA USE.  ZERO.  And you can read all about it here.  Too bad we don't get the numbers of people who die daily from prescription meds.  Alcohol, which is not on the Schedule 1 of narcotics, kills six people A DAY from alcohol poisoning.  

COULD WE JUST STICK TO ACTUAL FACTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE?  The wonderful folks at City Journal (which you should be reading) make a fantastic point about climate alarmists.  They will sing the praises of ANY and ALL work that supports the conclusions they themselves already believe in, even if they are stupid hot garbage.  And they do so at their peril if you ask me.  Read all about it. 


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