CODDLING AMERICANS IS RUINING AMERICA The new book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure is a very well researched confirmation of your worst fears about safe spaces, trigger warnings and speech codes. I'll talk to one of the authors Greg Lukianoff at 2pm to discuss it. You want to buy it and you can here.
STOP THE PRESSES, I AGREE WITH ELIZABETH WARREN ON THIS Responding to the anonymous Op-Ed from the New York Times, Elizabeth Warren said that instead of writing an anonymous Op-Ed, Trump's disgruntled staff should invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office. I happen to agree with this, but it would be the worst thing for the Democrats ever, because President Mike Pence would be the exact opposite of the boogeyman Trump has become to the Left. National Review does a beautiful job of articulating the same position from the Right.
MAYBE TRUMP SHOULD TAKE A NOTE FROM THE OBAMA ADMIN At least when it comes to how the former President handled leakers on HIS staff. It simply was not tolerated and if they needed to strap someone to a lie detector machine, so be it. Check the whole story here.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE ANACONDA DIET? I've always jokingly called what I now know to be intermittent fasting the anaconda diet. Why? Because the people I know who eat like this, and I've known more than one, only eat once a day, but they EAT once a day. Now science says this may be the best way to control not only your waste line, but your overall health.
THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING ON YOUTUBE TODAY.
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FELLOW SEMINOLE BURT REYNOLDS PASSED AWAY And I realized yesterday that I may know most of the words of dialogue from Smokey and the Bandit. Here is on of my favorite scenes, AND THERE IS A CURSE WORD IN IT. This scene was totally improvised by Jackie Gleason and Burt wiping the spit off his face after Jackie sprays him is perfect. RIP, Bandit.
THIS MAN IS A GOOD MAN AND NOW HE HAS ANOTHER ACTING JOB The saga of out of work former Cosby show actor Geoffrey Owens is coming to a happy conclusion because he's been offered a role on Tyler Perry's OWN show The Haves and the Have Nots. But even better than that is the example Geoffrey Owens has provided the rest of the world. I saw this in an article today and it hit my heart:
The first person Geoffrey Owens contacted after discovering an article would be published in which he would be shamed for his job at Trader Joe's was his 19-year-old son — to apologize.
"He was the first person I thought of, and I texted, 'I am really sorry if this embarrasses you.' And he texted me back a beautiful response that made me cry. And I knew I was going to be OK," said the former Cosby Show star.
So in addition to being a man who isn't too proud to work at any job to keep himself and his family going, he's also a really great dad who seems to have raised a really great son. THAT'S the story here. I wish him well.
SO HOW ABOUT THOSE LABOR NUMBERS? As more jobs were created than expected, incomes moving up and things are happening BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUTS, PEOPLE. More interesting to me is where the jobs are being created. Without going back deep into the BLS reports during the "Obama Recovery" but based on my memory, which for some reason remembers crap like this, most of the jobs that were created were in retail and hospitality, which are traditionally low paying jobs. I found an old CNN article that makes the same conclusions. Check out where jobs are being created now.
Professional and business services added 53,000 jobs in August and 519,000 jobs over the year. In August, health care employment rose by 33,000, with job gains in ambulatory health care services (+21,000) and hospitals (+8,000). Health care has added 301,000 jobs over the year.
Wholesale trade employment increased by 22,000 in August and by 99,000 over the year. Durable goods wholesalers added 14,000 jobs over the month and accounted for about two-thirds of the over-theyear job gain in wholesale trade.
Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 20,000 in August and by 173,000 over the past 12 months. Within the industry, couriers and messengers added 4,000 jobs in August.
Mining employment increased by 6,000 in August, after showing little change in July. Since a recent trough in October 2016, the industry has added 104,000 jobs, almost entirely in support activities for mining.
Employment in construction continued to trend up in August (+23,000) and has increased by 297,000 over the year.
Manufacturing employment changed little in August (-3,000). Over the year, employment in the industry was up by 254,000, with more than three-fourths of the gain in the durable goods component.
SO THIS IS A FUN COMMERCIAL TO SUPPORT WALKER STAPLETON
IS ELON MUSK THE NEXT HOWARD HUGHES? I can't help but think the CEO Tech giant is losing it. Read this about his latest interview where he got high and complained about how hard keeping Tesla afloat is.