DONALD TRUMP UPSET THE APPLE CART THIS WEEKEND And the other world leaders who are very invested in continuing to take advantage of their relationships with the United States are NOT HAPPY. I must say it's sort of fun to watch the liberal intelligentsia who have never done any sort of deal or truly dealt with unfair trade practices lose their minds. My favorite part of the whole mess is the tweetstorm President Trump sent out calling out the dreamy Justin Trudeau for his cowardice during the meeting and bravery after. Heh. I am more convinced than ever that this is a starting position for Trump, not a finishing move. This should be fun to watch. It could have a big impact on the economy, along with a bunch of other stuff happening this week. As of this morning, stocks were flat, not down. That must disappoint Bill Maher. More on him a bit.
DAVE'S MAN CRUSH IS ON TODAY! His intellectual man crush Allen Guelzo, who is an esteemed historian with many, many award winning books under his belt. Today we are talking about Reconstruction, specifically his new book Reconstruction: A Concise History which you can buy by clicking here.
DENNIS RODMAN IS THERE TO HELP, MR. PRESIDENT. Proving you never know how you will remain relevant, former basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman is headed to Singapore to "help out" with the Trump-Un summit. I'm sorry, what? This is just a shining example of how absolutely cray cray some things about this Administration truly are. I'm talking about the Un administration, of course.
OBAMACARE IS WORKING EXACTLY AS INTENDED AND DON'T FALL FOR ANYTHING ELSE You are going to hear a LOT of caterwauling leading up the mid term elections about how Trump destroyed Obamacare by doing away with the mandate. Except that is hot garbage, Obamacare is working exactly as intended. Premiums are expected to rise by double digits AGAIN this year. And it's not because the mandate is gone, it's because of the ridiculous levels of coverage people are required to buy. We've got to do something to fix this, but the jerks in DC seem to have no desire to or have no new ideas or whatever. This will be uglier before it gets better.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR BUTTS THIS YEAR And resist the urge to light a fire in a super dry camp ground because we are going to have a horrible fire season this year. The 416 fire is still growing.
THE CHARADE FOR SOME FEMINISTS IS OVER. THEY ARE OUT AS MAN HATERS. And blatantly so. This column puts to rest the notion that feminists don't hate men. It justifies that hatred. From the column:
The world has little place for feminist anger. Women are supposed to support, not condemn, offer succor not dismissal. We’re supposed to feel more empathy for your fear of being called a harasser than we are for the women harassed. We are told he’s with us and #NotHim. But, truly, if he were with us, wouldn’t this all have ended a long time ago? If he really were with us, wouldn’t he reckon that one good way to change structural violence and inequity would be to refuse the power that comes with it?
So men, if you really are #WithUs and would like us to not hate you for all the millennia of woe you have produced and benefited from, start with this: Lean out so we can actually just stand up without being beaten down. Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything. Step away from the power. We got this. And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong. #BecausePatriarchy. It is long past time to play hard for Team Feminism. And win.
You don't have to hate men to have equality. You don't have to hate men to be successful. You don't have to hate men for things other men have done. This woman makes me sad.
BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS HATE BILL MAHER As he wished for a recession on his show on Friday night. He thinks it's the only way to get rid of Trump, so he hopes you and your family suffer so his political wet dream can be realized. Jerk.
WILL THIS TURN COLORADO INTO TRUMP COUNTRY? President Trump just revived a National Parks Restoration fund. Environmentalist say it wasn't Trump, it was Congress, but if Congress just had to do it why didn't the Dems do it all those years ago? The first cash infusion is $256 million for the parks, with $11 billion needed. It's a start.
AND NOW PEOPLE TRYING TO WALK THEIR CATS
HERE IS A KID WHO SOLVES THREE RUBIK'S CUBES WHILE JUGGLING THEM And he only takes about five minutes to do it.
YES, CALIFORNIA WANTS YOUR CLOTHES OR YOUR BODY DIRTY Because they've outlawed taking a shower and washing clothes on the same day. I wonder exactly how they plan to police this one.
LOOK EREBODY, ROBERT DE NIRO IS SEEKING ATTENTION! Last night Tony Awards Robert De Niro decided to remind everyone he was still alive by yelling
“I’m going to say one thing, F— Trump,” De Niro said while pumping his fists in the air. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f— Trump.”
That as he was supposed to be introducing fellow lefty Bruce Springsteen. Of course the crowd went wild and now we're all talking about De Niro for the first time in forever. Dang, I fell for it.
THIS SWEET STORY IS A WIN FOR PIT BULLS As a fiercely protective pit tried to save a baby from a fire by trying to carry her out of her apartment by the diaper.
GOOD NEWS, DENTAPHOBES, FILLINGS MAY BE A THING OF THE PAST! There is a new substance that could actually regrow enamel. This means no more artificial fillings, your teeth would simply regrow what all that candy as a kid removed.
WHAT IS REALLY DRIVING THE COST OF HEALTH CARE UP? Oddly enough, it's preventative care. From CNN:
Such preventative care is among the 30 conditions and services that saw the highest rates of spending growth between 2000 and 2014, according to a new study from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Overall, the 30 conditions on the list accounted for 42% of the growth rate in per capita spending during this period, even though they represent only 11.5% of all conditions studied. In 2000, they represented 13% of total health care spending per capita, but that figure jumped to 23% by 2014.
They go on to talk about obesity and diabetes, and diseases with newer more effective treatments available like rheumatoid arthritis, MS, hepatitis, or HIV. People are living longer with these diseases driving up costs. But note it's not HUGE PROFITS driving this up.
YES, BILL TIMES SURE HAVE CHANGED FROM WHEN YOU WERE CATTIN' AROUND This sort of flew under the radar but it really, really shouldn't have. Bill Clinton's awkward interview with the PBS Newshour was excerpted in an article. And this quote may have sounded less horrid than it reads, but I can't imagine how:
Yes, Bill, it certainly has changed.
WORDS CAN HELP YOU KNOW SOMEONE IS DEPRESSED More accurately, the words they choose. From pronoun choice to speaking in absolutes, language analysis may soon be able to help a person with a depressive disorder be able to see an episode coming on before it develops completely. This is very interesting, especially if you know or love someone with this condition. Read it here.
IHOP'S REBRANDING IS JUST WEIRD The establishment originally known as the International House of Pancakes, which became IHOP, has now rebranded IHOB. Which OF COURSE stands for International House of Burgers. WHAT? I don't know what to tell you here. I truly don't.
IT'S TIME FOR BAD LIP READING: NBA SEASON EDITION!