RABID DOG MISTAKEN FOR CANDIDATE

Andy Borowitz wrote this and we lifted it. He is a political humorist. Normally the Frugal Yankee stays away espousing a political bent, but with the nation's discourse so coarse, this particular blog had us smiling.

September 6, 2011
Rabid Dog Briefly Mistaken for Tea Party Candidate
Receives Standing Ovation at Missouri Rally

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (The Borowitz Report) - A rabid Doberman Pinscher jumped on stage at a Tea Party rally in Missouri on Labor Day and barked at the crowd for nearly twenty minutes before people realized he was not a candidate.

The dog, later identified by its owner as "Mister Buster," held the crowd spellbound as he barked, growled, and frothed at the mouth, eventually receiving a standing ovation for his exertions.

Gwendolene Thomason, 42, a Tea Party supporter from Jefferson City, was one of the hundreds on hand who were convinced that the Doberman was a Tea Party candidate until he was outed as a dog.

"I liked what he had to say," she said. "He reminded me of Glenn Beck, only furrier." Read more »

THE PETS AS CHILDREN SYNDROME

There's a new dog food commercial which starts off with the following premise. You wouldn't feed dry, bagged food for your son or daughter, so why would you do the same for your dog?

Obviously the marketing mavens who put the ad together know that more and more people are considering their pets, like dogs, family.

OK, so if dogs are to be treated like kids is the opposite also true? Kids need rabies shots. Add that to polio, diphtheria,measles and the rest of the childhood inoculations because one never knows when sweet little Tommy or Mary Kate might go bite to bite with a rabid raccoon.

And let's make sure the kids go out in the morning and the evening to pee and poop in the back yard. Bring your popper scooper especially if you live in one of those tidy suburban nirvanas.

Forget about any unwanted teenage pregnancies, just spay or neuter them. And of course, those nasty heats where the kids are dragging their butts on the living room floor looking for a little satisfaction will enhance any home. Read more »

Legendary Bill Morrissey

Sadly, legendary singer/songwriter Bill Morrissey, has died. Here is an interview we had with him when his album Come Running was released. Witty, literate and soulful, he talks about his music, his album and three decades of being an artist in New England.
We had history with Bill. Vaya con Dios old friend.

Enjoying Life, Spending Less

ANOTHER EARTH'S director Mike Cahill

Sundance winner ANOTHER EARTH features Connecticut director Mike Cahill. We sat down for an in-depth conversation including some never revealed personal details, making "indie" films & growing up in New England.


Listen to ANOTHER EARTH writer/actor Brit Marling as well.

Enjoying Life, Spending Less

CONGRESS - WRONG, AGAIN

As the Republicans and the Democrats strut and pose and posture and wiggle, they, of course, miss the point. One side wants to stop 'entitlements' to working people. The other side wants to raise taxes on the wealthy. If these alleged leaders would fix what's wrong we all would be better off.

For example, let's look at the corporate tax rate. Keeping American companies competitive is essential and the tax rate on the books is 35% for companies doing business in the U.S. In reality, the effective tax rate is 17.2%. That's the rate the average American company pays to do business here. Of course, some companies pay zero % for example, General Electric. Some companies have over 150 tax shelters to hide their money. The most egregious offenders of this are CitiCorp, Morgan Stanley and News Corp (home of Fox News). It's so nice to see them spending so much money to save so much money and then complain about 'entitlements'. Uh, guys, by definition, those are entitlements and trying to be as snarky as possible, what makes you so entitled? Read more »

NEWS CORP SCANDAL

The scandal rocking England and the News Corporation says many things. It is about arrogance and illegalities in pursuit of sales. It is about high tech and low morals. It has all the elements of a great scandal. Many are enthralled as it enfolds and wonder who will be the 'collateral damage'. The question I have is simple. So how come so many organs of the News Corp's seem to be ignoring it or down playing it? Why are the so-called media outlets of the commonsense people, hardly telling us about some rather nasty business in its own house? Read more »

HOT SUMMER CONCERTS! Really?

Summertime is big concert time. Venues all over the country are luring ticket paying people in with classic acts, new acts, novelty acts, you name it.

The concert industry is touting how 2011 is the best year in many a moon. Business is 11% better than last year. Take a closer look at those numbers and it tells a different story.


Yes revenues are up, so are ticket prices. The actual number of people who are attending concerts has declined by 2.1%. A quick check on the numbers also shows prices are up, over 13%, according to industry trade magazine Pollstar.

For the record, here is some average ticket prices for some top acts:
Andre Rieu - $113.72, U2 - $97.65, Roger Waters - $112.99, Kylie Minogue - $100.33, Bon Jovi - $96.26, Lady Gaga - $96.77, Usher $83.28. To put the increase into another perspective, 22 tours are charging $90 or more per ticket versus just 12 last year. Read more »

13 COLONIES, 13 PATRIOTIC FILMS

Just for the July 4th, the LA Times has an article on the 12 Most Patriotic films. of all time. Number 12 on their list is CAPTAIN AMERICA. You know, the new SFX laden imagining of the classic comic book. It hasn't been released yet, and it's being touted as one of the 12 best patriotic films of all time? Gee, I wonder who knows whom to plug the film like that?

Everyone knows LA is a company town. Plugging a film is as normal as a rush hour traffic jam. However, the LA Times list points out to failure of far too many list compilers. They choose 'patriotic' films based on some very simple criteria. It's a war film. It has characters dressed in red, white and blue. It takes place during a very specific time.

War films are a genre of themselves and yes, some can be considered patriotic, but simply being an inspiring war story does not make a film patriotic.

Wrapping oneself in red, white & blue may work for shallow politicians, but it too will not make a film patriotic Read more »

CASH ON THE TABLE

Credit card companies lure you with cash or "points" incentives. Use us, they exhort, and you'll get freebies except for one thing. They know full well that they are not redeemed at full value. One study revealed that nearly 1/3 of all cash incentives accrued on credit cards goes unredeemed. That's $16 billion over all or $205 per person of money left on the table.

There are several reasons why this decidedly unfrugal behavior occurs. People forget. People move. People lose things. But the simplest answer is the average household is enrolled in 18 rewards programs. Just keeping track of 18 programs is a big time suck. Thus in reality, Americans really only participate in 8 or fewer. Thus 10 programs lay fallow. People realize that these programs take a long time to accrue in value. They end up focusing on those few that offer an immediacy. Read more »

BURN & FRECKLE

I call "celtic pink". That's my skin color. When it sees the sun to either burns or freckles. Back in the day it would burn & blister. Bro #4 & I would peel each others back trying to get the longest piece of skin possible. It was great fun.

Of course many years later a nasty bit of fun became a nasty bit of skin cancer. So these days sunscreens are essential unless a carcinogenic toss of the dice is desired.

So what is the latest?

Don’t be fooled by price. In tests of 22 sunscreens, Consumer Reports found nine to be effective against UVB and UVA and ranked three of these as “Best Buys”

Up & Up Sport SPF spray (88¢/oz) at Target; No-Ad With Aloe & Vitamin E SPF 45 lotion (59¢); and Equate Baby SPF 50 lotion (63¢) were their 'Best buys". They also said La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 40 cream, at $18.82 an ounce, scored well in effectiveness. Price doesn't mean deal, but as a Frugal Yankee, you already knew that. Read more »

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