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Debates, Protests, and a Good Mystery

Debates, Protests, and a Good Mystery

I want to protest the debate tonight, but I don’t know how. I think it’s ridiculous that the Dems & Repubs nominated Hillary and Trump. I think it’s even more ridiculous that Gary Johnson isn’t going to be in the debate with them, even though he’s on the ballot in all 50 states.
 
So, I was thinking of taking a knee when it starts, but it seems like that’s been done to death lately. I thought of picketing in front of my TV, but our 8th grader likes to study in the living room, and my wife says that might be distracting. I thought about going to downtown Carmel to smash things and loot, but you can’t get anywhere close because of all the intersections being turned into roundabouts this fall.
 
In the end, I’ve talked it over with my dog and we decided to keep the TV turned off and read a Carl Hiaasen novel instead.
 
Carry on, Citizens!
The Real Madness Comes in April

The Real Madness Comes in April

Last year, Americans spent $9 Billion betting on March Madness. (NOTE: The NCAA has informed this blog that we can’t use the phrase “March Madness” (darn, we did it again) unless we purchase a sponsorship for more money than we make in a decade. So, we’re not going to say March Madness again. We promise.)

A lot of people think that American’s waste a lot of money on sports. They think that sports are pointless. Could a lot of that money be used on things like education or research? Sure, but are you certain that research can’t be pointless? Well, if the government is involved it may very well be. Consider that last year your government took the money you sent them in April and wisely invested it in:

  • $387,000 to study the effects robot-provided Swedish massage has on the physical recovery of rabbits after exercise.
  • $856,000 to train three mountain lions to run on a treadmill in order to measure the energy consumption of the cats’ hunting techniques.
  • $171,000 to teach monkeys to gamble in order to determine if monkeys, like humans, believe in the concept of a “hot hand.”
  • $1.97 million in grants to create a new communication network for “fossil enthusiasts and professionals.”

Are you going to tell me that any of those uses of your money are any less ridiculous than picking Villanova to beat Kentucky in the National Championship? Of course not. Especially if your second bracket had Kentucky beating Duke. My point is, left to their own devices, most American’s can do better with their own money than government. Want proof? Last year American’s gave over $300 Billion to charity.

Carry on, Citizens!

The 2015 Baseball Book Festival

The 2015 Baseball Book Festival

Save this date on your calendar: February 28th, 2015. The Baseball Book Festival is in Indianapolis this year at the Rathskeller. There will be an author panel, keynote speaker, and book fair. Some great authors will be there and if you love baseball, this will get you ready for Spring Training. Check out the website here. 

Tickets are $30 and 100% of the proceeds go to support Play Ball Indiana and the RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities). Can’t make it on the 28th? You can join the Virtual Baseball Book Festival. For a $30 subscription, you get free downloads from today’s top baseball authors for an entire year!

Carry on, Citizens!

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