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More Realistic Anniversary Gift Traditions

New Anniversary Gifts Destined to become Traditional My wife and I have been married for 20 years today. Over the past 20 years I made efforts each year to observe the traditional anniversary gifts. Some of them are certainly more difficult than others, and many of them are hard to find gift worthy in the modern age.
Therefore, I offer you a modern take on anniversary gifts. How many of these will become traditional?
First Anniversary – The Ramen Noodle anniversary. Let’s face it, you blew $30,000 on the wedding, and your student loan debt hasn’t gone anywhere. Share a Cup O’ Noodles. Eat with chopsticks on the floor because you can’t yet afford a couch.
Second Anniversary – The Puppy Anniversary. She’s been looking at you with those eyes that say she wants to start a family, but you just bought a new couch. Get her a puppy instead.
Third Anniversary – The Kinky Lingerie Anniversary. Leather, silk or lace can re-fire the engines after a year of flannel pajamas that smell like the puppy,…
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An open letter to Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Dear Pres. Macron,

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been invited for the celebration of Bastille Day, a day for celebrating democracy and independence of the French people.

As a citizen of the United States, I encourage you to revoke the invitation. Donald Trump does not represent the vast majority of the American people. As you have stated publicly, if the United States is not going to support science, you have offered US scientists the option of emigrating to France for the continuation of their studies on climate change.

Additionally, Donald Trump has made his nationalist and blatantly racist feelings known on multiple occasions, again something I know that you personally find offensive.

The majority of Americans would support the decision for France to revoke his invitation. Citizens of the United States need to take responsibility for removing their country from a position of influence on the world stage. Our previous president, Barack Obama, strived to be a …

How United Airlines Should Have Handled the Situation

United Airlines is under fire for a viral video that shows them removing a passenger forcibly from an airplane bound for Louisville Kentucky.
Here are the bullets:

The plane was already loaded and full.The airline needed to fly four employees to Louisville Kentucky on the plane. The employees needed to go to prevent another plane from departing late.The airline offered $800 in compensation to the first four people who would volunteer to give up their seats. No one took the offer.The airline went to a lottery, drawing for people at random. These four people were asked to leave the plane, and they would receive the compensation.One of the passengers refused to leave. It's unclear how things escalated, however he was removed by security officers. Reports are conflicting about whether the officers were police officers, TSA workers, or airline staff.The gentleman was literally physically dragged down the aisle receiving while screaming in protest and physically abused in the process.Ap…

Tax Return 2016 Public Disclosure for Donald Trump

April 15 is tax day!  This is my actual tax return. I figured that if our President isn't obligated to share his information with his employer's, as a constituent of the federal government, I've decided that I'm going to withhold some information from my tax return, while enhancing it with other vital information.

I will, however, publicly disclose the non-redacted version as soon as Donald Trump does the same.

Enjoy!

(Click to enlarge, it's YUGE!)



Only Two Ways to Fix Healthcare and You'll HATE Them Both!

There are only two ways to fix US health care, and you're going to hate them both! Seven years ago today the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was signed into law. Today is the first vote on the AHCA, a heavily debated replacement.

Here's the problem. Neither of them works. Here's the other problem, there is no perfect plan or compromise. Only two methods can fix the US healthcare system, and you're going to hate both of them!
100% CAPITALIST HEALTHCARE 
Health care began as a service where doctors, medical professionals, and snake oil salesman offered services to those who could afford them. Pricing is based on what you could afford, the quality of the service, and the ability of the marketing person to convince you to part with your money.

It was a horrible system, however, it was also very fair. Pricing for services was low, lower than ever. Organize groups of capitalists got together and advanced medicine, albeit, extremely slowly. The first surgeries and drugs were d…

Donald Trump Hates Freedom of the Press, But Why?

Donald J Trump is challenging the concept of free press. He has publicly ridiculed ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, and many other news organizations. Some have called out his twitter rants as being distinctly fascist.
This past week on Meet the Press, John McCain, a Republican member of the U.S. Senate, while not mentioning Donald Trump specifically, called suppression of the press "how dictators get started". Freedom of the Press in the Constitution
Freedom of the Press isn't a new concept. Our founding fathers put it into the original Bill of Rights. Even in the 1789 they realized that a free press was essential for maintaining checks and balances to the power of government.

The Press in Colonial America
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison understood the power and value of the press. But what, exactly, was the press in pre-Constitution America? In colonial America around 1760 there were only 24 new…

Friday Funnies: Car Repairs

Everyone wonders what all those dashboard symbols mean. Well, some dude named Dave has created this handy guide. I recommend you print it and glue it to your windshield.



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Morris the loudmouth mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted the famous heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his Mercedes. 

Morris shouted across the garage, "Hey DeBakey! Is dat you? Come on ova' here a minute." The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where Morris the mechanic was working on the car. 

Morris straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked argumentatively, "So Mr. Fancy Doctor, look at dis here work. I also open hearts, take valves out, grind 'em, put in new parts, and when I finish dis baby will purr like a kitten. 

So how come you …

Can smiling increase your happiness?

Yes, three separate studies dating back as far as 1987 indicate that the physical act of smiling can have a psychological impact on how you feel.

Studies at the University of Michigan, University of Kansas, and an independent clinical study arrived at similar conclusions using three different methodologies.

In the most comprehensive study at the University of Kansas in 2012, 169 people were assigned one of three different facial expressions; a neutral expression, a typical mild smile, or an extreme smile lifting the cheeks known as a Duchenne smile. Then researchers used chopsticks to physically hold the expression in place. Participants were then asked to do a series of multitasking tasks, some of them quite stressful.

When asked about their mood and emotional state, the participants forced to smile were dramatically less stressed and happier.

It's quite possible that the physical act of smiling, as well as the extremes to which you smile, can have a psychological effect on your…

What is Brain Freeze or Ice Cream Headache?

“Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia” sounds like a terrible disease, and, certainly, it can be painful. But for most of us, sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is a punishment worthy of the crime— the crime of eating ice cream. 
Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the affliction better known as “brain freeze” or “ice cream headache,” the stinging sensation one feels at the top/front of the head after eating too much ice cream too quickly.

Many of us have experienced it— one study in the British Medical Journal (yes, there’s a study on ice cream headaches) suggests as many as one-third of the population has been so afflicted.

Why does it happen? The most common explanation suggests that, in a sense, brain freezes are caused by our brains malfunctioning. Your face has a nerve called the trigeminal nerve that contains three parts. One of the three parts carries sensory information from your forehead to your brain while another one does the same for the roof of your mouth. (The third one focuses o…

Predictions on President-elect Trump (Video)

Okay, this isn't a Trump versus Hillary issue, nor is it meant to bash anyone for their point of view. This is simply a prediction. It's written to be funny, a bit, particularly if it comes true.

A federal judge has ruled that Trump University will be heard on charges of fraud. At that point a Democrat will push for impeachment, and a Republican will request a closed door session.

The Republicans, who like being in charge, but don't like Trump will be able to impeach without voting publicly. One will seal the record citing "national security" issues. They will make a deal with the Democrats, let the inauguration go forward, and we will kick him to the curb. They will appease the Democrats who could sue for a special election if it happened prior to inauguration.

Trump will resign citing a witchhunt, elevating Mike Pence to POTUS, and he will quickly appoint Paul Ryan to VP. Trump will go quietly, and in exchange Pence will pardon him for crimes he "may or ma…