Clint is Right on Afghanistan

Now that the Republican National Convention has come and gone like the Obama apparition in the Clint Eastwood chair, all political eyes turn to the Democratic National Convention. Bill Clinton is set to be the Keynote speaker and he’ll try to convince the world that he really doesn’t despise President Obama. Vice President Biden and POTUS Bam will try to woo small business owners, women, gays (people love gays during election cycles) and seniors.… [Read more]

Make The RNC Must See TV!!

Most assuredly, my partner is going to want to kill me but this week I will be hijacking the flat screen in the living room to watch the hottest band in the country strut its stuff in Tampa, Florida – Hurricane Isaac and the Birther Brigade. There will be several days of birth certificate blundering, Jesus-loving, and personhood pontificating.… [Read more]

Ryan’s Hopeless

Last week, Conservative Nation was basking in the orgasmic afterglow of Paul Ryan. Two Saturdays ago when Ryan was named Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential running mate, I went on The Drudge Report. I do this from time to time. It’s like watching a really bad porn. You keep watching and watching hoping to see something interesting and, yet, nothing actually happens.… [Read more]

Game Change: I’m Smelling a Sequel

 So the pick is Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand’s not so secret lover and author of the budget that would gut several important social programs. I can’t say I’m shocked. For conservatives, it’s a pick to rejoice over. For liberals, it’s a pick to rejoice over. But game-changer? Eh…

As far as game-changing picks go, I think Sarah Palin still has that one covered.… [Read more]

Mitt the Twit…ter Man

Recently, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that his campaign was poised to pick his running mate. A collective, “OK Whatever” rang out, especially when more and more political pundits and registered voters are becoming increasingly interested in Mitt’s tax returns. Sensing that the running mate selection game was losing steam, if it ever really had any, Team Willard decided to go the way of social boldness by declaring that the next potential Vice President of the U.S.… [Read more]

Seamus the Dog, Tax Controversies, and Magic Underwear – Why None of it Matters

In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado midnight movie tragedy, I’m going to make this brief. After all, sometimes there are more important things in the world than politics. Of course, I have no doubt that this nightmare will turn political in the coming days but for now, for today, I’ll forego my usual Friday column and leave you with this one paragraph from an article I was working on last night:

I often have a hard time with titles.… [Read more]

Big Business Swings and Misses at a New Fan Favorite – A Small Biz Case Study

Big corporate types are always saying how important small businesses are to economic growth. They say this, but do they ever really mean it? Perhaps, as long as the little guy isn’t smarter, craftier or more creative. As long as the little guy isn’t slicing out a piece of the pie. Allow me to introduce Darren Meenan, unfortunately not Meehan.… [Read more]

Now The President’s Social Security Number is Under Attack. Who’s Next, The Family Dog?

A good chunk of my work day is spent managing social media. I scroll through Twitter feeds looking to engage in conversations. It’s fun. It’s also pretty sad. As much as I love Twitter, it really can be the Land of the Stupid. From misspelling of the word “The” to just plain old asinine chatter, Twitter is not a place for the faint of heart.… [Read more]

Oh Ron Paul, You Crazy Old Goat!

Like Kelly Clarkson, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Congressman Ron Paul. I’ve never been one of his staunch supporters but I could respect some of his Libertarian viewpoints, especially his anti-occupation sentiment with regard to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also admired that he’s been a true maverick sharing ideas that ruffle the feathers of his party.… [Read more]

June Pop Quiz – What Begins With P and Ends in E?

A funny thing happens every June. It’s akin to a seasonal awakening, a biological imperative. Just as the birds fly south for the winter and the flowers spring to life in May, the gays begin to sprinkle out of their slumber. At first, it starts with a smattering; a gay guy here, a gay girl there.… [Read more]

Topics to Avoid at Holiday Dinners: Politics, Religion, and Sports?

Last Friday was a pretty important day for New York Mets fans like yours truly. Johan Santana pitched the team’s first no-hitter after more than 50 years of waiting. I wept. But that’s not the only random thing that happened. Bill Maher became a minority stock holder in the team. I suppose it’s some sort of cosmic financial crisis thing: The Mets were burned badly by Bernie Madoff and Maher was taken to the portfolio woodshed by Lehman Brothers.… [Read more]

The Face-Eating Guy, The Collegiate Cannibal, and Why They Can Make Liberals Look Foolish

I think by now we have all read and heard about the zombie attack, sorry I mean face-eating horror, in Miami. But what you might not be familiar with is a Jeffrey Dahmer-esque murder in Maryland, which I read about in The Huffington Post. Some psycho college student thought it was a good idea to kill his roommate and then dine on part of his brain and all of his heart.… [Read more]

When It Comes to the Markets, Welcome to Bizarroland

The U.S. economy is a funny thing. It’s even funnier during a presidential election year. Ultimately, regardless of the true health of financial indicators, every four years it’s about the economy, stupid. And stupid is as stupid does. With that, I bring you Meg Whitman, the Stock Market, and Mitt Romney.

Yesterday, Hewlett Packard (HP) CEO Meg Whitman put a plan in motion to cut 27,000 jobs from her company.… [Read more]

Keeping a Little Known Estate Tax Avoidance Strategy Under the Hoodie

Today, Mark “The Hoodie” Zuckerberg took over Wall Street. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that Facebook’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) hit the stock market earlier this morning. Personally, I couldn’t tell an IPO from an IRA or an IOU so I’ll spare you the Wall Street color commentary. But what I have found interesting in the Hoodieverse is the decided lack of investigative reporting surrounding the public offering.… [Read more]

The Most Boring and Phony Man in The World

I’ve been trying to put my finger on exactly why I dislike Mitt Romney for several months. Dislike might even be too strong a word. He seems like a perfectly nice robotic caricature of a rich dude with a nice coif and a socially awkward charm. I personally don’t care that he’s Mormon because, to me, all religion is creepy.… [Read more]

When Did Adding Jobs Become a Negative?

The April jobs report came out today and by the grumblings and groans heard out of John Boehner’s tanning room, you would think the economy lost over 115K jobs instead of gained. I’ll admit I’m no great economist but I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around positive job growth being a bad thing.

When the January and February job reports were released, the Right had a problem.… [Read more]

Rethinking the Four Year Degree

Education is going to be a hot button issue during this election cycle. The GOP will call President Obama an elitist for insisting the youth of America learn stuff. Liberals will yell that the real elitists are rich white kids who get into Harvard and Dartmouth on legacy merit alone while the poor and middle class try to compete.… [Read more]

Lessons Not So Learned: A 2008 Redux?

Let’s turn back the clock to that very special time in 2008 when the economy nearly collapsed. What lovely memories. Lehmann Brothers, AIG, Skank of America, and ShittyBank almost succeeded in making the dollar as valuable as pinkish Monopoly money. People were freaking out. Wall Street was freaking out. Congress was freaking out. It was a total freak fest.… [Read more]

Ann Romney – Mother of the Century

For a while there, it looked like the culture wars had been put to bed, if not for good then for a lengthy slumber. Turns out it was for slightly longer than a cat nap. And whom do we have to thank for this latest wake-up call? None other than Ann Romney.

In a recent tweet, Mrs.… [Read more]

Conservatives Hate Amnesty, Most of the Time

Tax Day is rapidly approaching. I have envelopes of receipts a mile high and expense sheets a mile long to prove it. I take the art of penny pinching to new heights. Still, at the end of the day, the very end of that day, I file and pay. But apparently if you have boat loads of dough stashed offshore, you can relax.… [Read more]