Checking up on Memphis it’s good to see he’s been adopted out. Looking through the current list and Rooney really caught my eye….
“This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.”
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
“A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth” – Ronald Reagan
Wish I had room at the hideaway to bring this fellow home for my girls to play with. Ginger probably wouldn’t be a fan but I’m sure Dora would fall for him quickly.. or at least until he tried to cozy up to me on HER sofa…
Update: Memphis has found his forever home!
During a recent trip to the doc I was given a short list of tests the doc wanted. I was told I could just wander anytime into lab at the regional hospital where the doc’s office is, no appointment necessary! Sounds convenient, no? But, being the regional hospital I questioned the sanity of not price shopping so put the missus on a mission to do so and the results will astound anyone who’s not been paying attention.
Of the 4 tests 3 were only about twice the price but one test was 6.7X more. Worse, it’s one of the most common tests out there for men.
Total price for the 4 tests at the regional hospital walk in lab was $445. Same tests at the local retail lab? $105.
Folks want to know what’s wrong with the cost of medicine these days? This is only a small example…
So I’m logging into my bank and you know it’s that time again; new password and 3 new security questions. I’m reading through the security questions and they are different every time they have to be reset. Mother’s maiden name, Spouse’s father’s name, what high school did you attend are all ones we’re used to seeing. But this last couple of rounds they’re getting more specific. Grandfather’s middle name (Mother’s side), Mother’s Birthday (mm/dd) and so forth.
What occurred to me as I’m trying to pick one out of a dozen for each of the three is how much potential data these guys are collecting about you over time. The caveat is how many use real life answers??
I know I don’t.
I’ve never seen a gun shop employee without a sidearm and this illustrates why. About 48 second mark the clerk tries to get to something – not sure if it was a gun but robber #2 wasn’t going to let it go. Rule number 1, have a gun.
And it’s being reported by USA Today, not Fox News… seems the veil is slipping…
This month a 31% increase in my Anthem healthcare insurance premiums goes into effect and what do they do? Today they gave $1 million to Marion County for preschool. And here I thought the insurance companies were going broke from skyrocketing claims and that’s why they need to jack our rates. But then they’re just agents of the government now so why am I surprised they’re redistributing my wealth?
I ran across this little gem in the IndyStar Let it Out section and had to comment on it but don’t do Facebook.
For those who argue tax breaks for the wealthy help the economy, while a wage of $15 per hour will hurt the economy: watch what happens when the general consumer has a little extra money due to low gas prices.
Seems the gasoline price argument actually reinforces the argument that raising minimum wage will hurt not help. Raising minimum wage should be equated with what happened to the price of everything else when fuel skyrocketed. Fuel and labor are both ingredients to creating products and offering services and minimum wage hike proponents don’t seem to get that. Raise the cost of production, fuel or labor, you raise the cost of that product – be it durable goods or services.
What’s more, the folks that get the raise will have the same purchasing power as before because of rising prices due to increased labor cost. Then, everyone above minimum wage will LOSE purchasing power. So minimum wage earner break even at best and yet again the middle class looses ground because prices went up but their pay did not.