Oh hey, here's Monday's blog!

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HONOR FALLEN TROOPS You want to hear about the upcoming TAPS event where you can help raise money that will help families of fallen soldiers and police officers.  It's a great event and you should go! Click here to get your tickets!


YOU DON'T HAVE TO BAKE A GAY WEDDING CAKE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO So says the Supreme Court of the United States in the Masterpiece Cakes ruling.  But it's not a very broad ruling and the justices went out of the way to assure everyone this isn't necessarily a precedent setting case by any means.  The real issue for the majority seemed to be the way the Colorado Civil Rights Commission treated religious objections as a nuisance.  We'll talk with attorney Bill Berger about it today at 2pm.  Read the coverage of the ruling here and here and here


YES, TRUMP CAN PARDON HIMSELF And as soon as we have actual evidence of actual crimes we can dig deeply into whether he will or he won't.  Until then, I don't really give a rat's behind.  You can read about it here though


COULD OUR OWN BODIES POSSESS THE SECRET TO BEATING CANCER?  It appears that way, at least for SOME of us.  Immunotherapy is in it's infancy, and yet it's been used successfully to "cure" several cases of otherwise deadly cancer.  The sad part is that it didn't work for others.  Researchers now have to figure out why it worked so well for some, and not at all for others.  


UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME COMES TO THE US And it's happening in Stockton, California as part of a privately funded experiment some people would get $500 simply for being alive.  No one is saying how the people will be chosen, or what criteria they must fall under to get the windfall, but this follows on the heels of Finland's two year experiment which wraps up at the end of the year.  This experiment is being funded by one of the co-founders of Facebook, who wants a 50% tax on dividends to pay for it.  If he gets it, say goodbye to your 401k.  


WE'VE HIT PEAK SMARTPHONE SALES And I must say, I've given up the cell phone rat race.  We bought a cheaper version of smartphone recently and have no cell phone payments on our bill now, and guess what?  It does everything I need it to do.  Have your smart phone buying habits changed?  It seems a lot of us are keeping our phones longer than ever before.


THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE LABOR MARKET TIGHTENS A Chik-Fil-A franchise in Sacramento is offering it's worker $17 an hour as a starting wage.  The owner says he wants to provide a wage that will keep employees there instead of having them leave for a better paying job and having to hire and train new workers.  This is a perfect demonstration of what it looks like when we move into a workers economy.  As the economy gets better, more and better options become available and workers move up.  I guarantee this will put pressure on similar businesses in the area.  


WE JUST WEREN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR OBAMA My eyes are stuck in the back of my head after reading this Maureen Dowd column about how truly amazing Obama was.  Or thinks he was.  I just didn't want to the be the only one who saw this.  


WHY BELIEVING EXPERTS ISN'T ALWAYS THE BEST IDEA And it comes from this article about former National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes being picked up by MSNBC as a political commentator.  Hotair.com grabbed part of an old New York Times Magazine feature on Rhodes and it's rather telling:

As Malley and representatives of the State Department, including Wendy Sherman and Secretary of State John Kerry, engaged in formal negotiations with the Iranians, to ratify details of a framework that had already been agreed upon, Rhodes’s war room did its work on Capitol Hill and with reporters. In the spring of last year, legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters. “We created an echo chamber,” he admitted, when I asked him to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”

Did you get that?  The "experts" came out in droves to defend something using the talking points the Administration gave them.  Nice huh?  


THIS FEATURE ON MR. ROGERS WAS THE BEST OF CBS SUNDAY MORNING 

 

STEP AWAY FROM THE WEATHER RADIO AND ALL THE BAD NEWS Because it could be harming your health.  A constant onslaught of horrible news about horrible events is not good for us.  Why?  It stimulates our natural fight, flight or freeze response and in today's 24 hour news cycle we never have time to recover.  So go outside and play or something instead of being glued to the news all day. 


DO YOU FEEL SMUG BECAUSE YOU RECYCLE EVERYTHING??? THEN YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM And a big reason why MANY recyclables still end up in the landfill.  The New York Times did a huge piece on the fact that many of the items we carefully separate for recycling have simply ended up in the landfill since China decided to take our dirty garbage.  Read it and weep. 


YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS VIDEO ON HOW #METOO HAS BEEN WEAPONIZED This is the link to the Sharyl Attkisson story YOU MUST SEE! Click here to see the video.

QUICK, LONDON NEEDS MORE BLACK AND INDIAN BIKE RIDERS This article is so, so, so, so stupid.  But this is what passes for Important Work by London's diversity obsessed mayor.  



Mandy Connell

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