State lotteries can be bad for your health. At least, they can be – if you win. No, seriously. According to the experts, people who experience “sudden financial windfalls” can ultimately expect to feel anxiety, depression, anger, distrust, lack of identity and a sense of loss. Whoa. We all like to think that a fat … Continue reading
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IT’S LESTER & CHARLIE’S NEW BOOK Who are the real winners, here? Find out at Amazon! Excerpt from the introduction: Lotteries. They have been called both a tax on stupidity and a math tax. The odds of losing are so high as to be practically guaranteed. Yet 57% of the US population buys a lottery … Continue reading
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville, born this day in 1805. ***
“Life shouldn’t be printed on dollar bills.” ~Clifford Odets, born this day in 1906. ***
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much — it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945
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This week was all about the apology. It wasn’t just that the New York Times had to apologize for mistakenly referring to Dick Cheney as the former president of the United States. Apologies abounded! Like the one from Jacob Dorsey, the 19-year-old Republican candidate for the Wisconsin Assembly, who not only apologized but dropped out … Continue reading
Big business has a big mouth these days, but what comes out isn’t always pleasant. Chick-fil-A hates gays. Hobby Lobby has its panties in a knot over contraception. Taco Bell fires managers for hiring too many Mexicans. It doesn’t seem to end. Then we read about the firestorm surrounding Mary’s Gourmet Diner, a restaurant in … Continue reading
THE WEEK OF WHATEVER Everything you need to know about last week’s politics for this week’s cocktail party. This week, an AP-Gfk poll called “Midterm Schmidterm” found that about half of the voters in American don’t give a rat’s ass who controls Congress and about 32% — when asked which party they’ll vote for — … Continue reading
CROSSING THE LINE This week, the Golden State Fence Company, which was contracted to build a fence along the California-Mexico border, was fined $5 million — for hiring illegal immigrants to build the border fence. Also this week, Senate Republicans announced that they will address immigration reform in about two years. *** Get … Continue reading
WHERE’S THE DOUGH? It’s no secret that the dreaded Koch Brothers have spent almost $500 million of their bulging fortune on pet Republican candidates and ultra-conservative, narrow-minded “think” tanks. The Kochs have become the poster boys of white-bread American illusions. They’re a three-way cross between Norman Rockwell, Ronald Reagan and a wallet. They want everyone … Continue reading