MARRIAGE IS NO JOKE And it requires attention and work no matter how long you've been married. Wouldn't it be great if there were a formula you could use to navigate through the tough times? Well there is and the Center for Relationship Education can help. Their DIY Marriage Experience is coming up and I'll talk to my friend Jonathan Dickerson today about how you can make your marriage easier in a fun way. He's on at 2pm, find out more by clicking here.
SO ANDREW MCCABE RESIGNED. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that is. Effective immediately he will step down from his leadership role though he will remain on the FBI payroll until March when his full retirement kicks in. Why did he resign? No one knows for sure. The timing seem odd if you think there are serious allegations raised in the Nunes memo that is about to (maybe be) released.
IF I DIDN'T LOVE BRUNO MARS BEFORE, I LOVE HIM NOW (BUT I DID LOVE HIM BEFORE) In a Grammys ceremony that was steeped in hypocritical politics (more on that later) Bruno Mars was the big winner. When he won Album of the Year, this is what he said:
Thank you Bruno, for reminding people what music is all about.
BECAUSE JAMES CORDEN DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT I know because he thought it would be SUPER FUNNY to have artists and loser Hillary Clinton read excerpts from the trash book Fire and Fury AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS. Seriously? Why don't you just start the show by telling the millions of Americans who voted for Trump they can f*ck off? Oh wait, they didn't watch anyway. Maybe they should have had Hillary read from the New York Times article I'm referencing in the next story.
DID YOU HEAR HOW HILLARY PROTECTED A SEXUAL HARASSER? OTHER THAN BILL? During her campaign a young staffer was sexually harassed by one of her "spiritual advisers" turned campaign staffer. Even though Hillary's campaign manager recommended he be fired, Hillary kept him on instead. From the Saturday (timing is everything) New York Times:
The complaint against Mr. Strider was made by a 30-year-old woman who shared an office with him. She told a campaign official that Mr. Strider had rubbed her shoulders inappropriately, kissed her on the forehead and sent her a string of suggestive emails, including at least one during the night, according to three former campaign officials familiar with what took place.
The complaint was taken to Ms. Doyle, the campaign manager, who approached Mrs. Clinton and urged that Mr. Strider, who was married at the time, be fired, according to the officials familiar with what took place. Mrs. Clinton said she did not want to, and instead he remained on her staff.
Ms. Doyle was fired shortly after that in a staff shake-up in response to Mrs. Clinton’s third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses. And Mr. Strider never attended the mandated counseling, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
ONE MORE THING ABOUT THE GRAMMYS The fact that the Grammys had erebody talking about the TimesUp movement while Jay-Z, who has built his career on rap lyrics that dehumanize and degrade women is rich. Sure, he didn't win, but why doesn't a musician face the same lookback that actors are now facing? If Woody Allen is going to lose his career NOW, why don't musicians who through their own music or music they were instrumental in producing promoted misogyny and degradation have to pay? I can't keep up with the rules in Hollywood these days. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, please click through to read the lyrics to Jay-Z's earlier work Big Pimpin', but be warned, there is a lot of language that isn't so PC these days.
THIS IS CALLED ECONOMICS AT WORK AND YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS Guest what's happening with the labor force right now as unemployment plunges? Wages are finally rising. This is called supply and demand and it is the most basic force at work in economics. If you don't understand this you will get sucked into politicians who tell you it's because companies are greedy that they don't pay more. No, they don't pay more because they don't have to pay more when the labor pool is full of workers. Now that the labor pool has tightened dramatically, there is more competition for workers so wages go up. It's not rocket surgery people.
UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME IS HAVING A MOMENT And Stockton, California is doing an itty bitty experiment where they give a few dozen families 500 bucks a month for nothing to see what effect it has. This is not new, and not the only place it's happening. We'll see what happens, although I hardly see how giving someone money when they know it's going to run out eventually will give you a clear idea of possible behavior changes when the spigot is on permanently.
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, I DON'T HATE TOM BRADY I actually have his back on his decision to cut off an obnoxious sports radio jerk who made a snide comment about Brady's daughter. Don't go there, even with Tom Brady.
STUPID COLLEGE STUDENTS PROVE THEMSELVES TO BE STUPID Be reacting to a State of the Union speech that wasn't going to happen for ANOTHER WEEK.
I'M ALWAYS LEERY OF A BRAGGY MILITARY HEADLINE LIKE THIS ONE What was the headline? From Fox News:
Military defeat of ISIS can be 'measured in weeks,' top US general says
Now the military did not write the headline, but it did seem to be an accurate depiction of what U.S. Central Command General Joseph Votel said during a recent speech in Jordan. Here's hoping this isn't another "Mission:Accomplished" situation.
THIS TEACHER LET HIS TRUE FEELINGS ABOUT THE MILITARY FLY And unfortunately for him, his comments calling service members the "lowest of our low" were recorded by a student wearing a Marine Corps t shirt. To be clear, I don't give a rat's ass how this ahole feels about service members, but the second you stand in front of a classroom and spout off this sort of garbage that changes. I'm sick of teachers using their platform to spread hate, and this is exactly what his jerk is doing. What if a white teacher stood up and called black people the "lowest of our low"? The funny thing is I'm pretty sure we all know for sure what the "lowest of our low" looks like now.
NO PREVENTIVE CARE DOESN'T SAVE MONEY, BUT IT DOES MAKE PEOPLE HEALTHIER A big selling point for Obamacare was that preventive medicine saves money. Except it doesn't. At all. In some cases it will lead to higher overall health care spending because people live longer. But it does make people healthier, so there's that. Is that a good enough selling point? It depends how high the deficit goes.
THE FOUNDER OF HOME DEPOT HAS SOME CHOICE WORDS FOR DEMOCRATS And those choice words are:
Use your stupid brains
Which made me laugh. Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus said that about Democrats kvetching about $1000 bonuses given by many businesses including the Depot. You can read the whole exchange here.
SOCIALISM KILLS A FORMER ROCKIES PITCHER Who went home to Venezuela after his major league career here. Marcos Carvajal pitched for the Rocks in 2005 and later for the Marlins before returning to Venezuela. He checked himself into a Venezuelan hospital in December for a respiratory infection and is now dead because there are no antibiotics in Venezuela. None.
CHIEF WAHOO IS OUT IN CLEVELAND To appease Native Americans who found the depiction of a drunk Indian to be insulting. They may have had a point here. We'll see how Cleveland's fans react.