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93% of dog owners are convinced their dogs can smile.

The 7% who don't are afraid if they do smile, they may need braces.


I just want you to know that if I win the Powerball tonight, it won't change me.

It will change my phone number, my email address, my mailing address.


Paddy goes for a job at a chemical factory.

Factory Manager: "Have you worked with chemicals before?"

Paddy: "Yes!"

Factory Manager: "Can you tell me what nitrate is?"

Paddy: "I'm hoping it is going to be Time and Half."


Top 5 Signs you Can't Trust that Candidate:

He makes every speech with his fingers crossed.

His campaign slogan: "I'm for it unless you're against it.".

He casts no image in a mirror.

Wait... why is his hand in my pocket?

He just said he lied about how much he lies.


Oprah has chosen her "Favorite Things" again for the holidays.

Mine is very different; gas, heat, food, utility bills, mortgage payment.

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What a man believes may be ascertained not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts. – Anthony

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Vote Like Your Life Depends on It - Because it Does! by Brian C. Joondeph

This is it, the “most important election of our lifetime,” which is how most national elections are described. But this year’s Congressional midterm elections may be just that important. Much rides on which party controls Congress, state legislatures, and many state governorships in terms of the country’s direction and what everyday life looks like for Americans over the remainder of the decade and beyond.

President Barack Obama described the original plan as “the fundamental transformation of America.” It was supposed to be eight years of Obama followed by eight more years of a President Hillary Clinton, to complete the “great reset” from freedom, liberty, and prosperity for much of the Western world, to a top-down command and control society, more in line with a George Orwell novel than the vision of America’s founding fathers.

Will it be a red wave, a blue wave, or a purple trickle? I already made my case predicting a red wave, but given the propensity for Democrat electoral shenanigans, Republicans and conservatives (not necessarily the same group) need to vote like their lives and well-being depend on it because they certainly do. Libertarians too.

Hugh Hewitt summed it up in the title of his 2012 book, “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat: Crushing The Democrats In Every Election And Why Your Life Depends On It.” President Biden hinted at such cheating in recent remarks at the Columbus Club in Washington, DC.

We know that many states don’t start counting those ballots until after the polls close on November 8. That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election until a few days after the election. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner. Huh?

Days to count ballots? Since when? Since any close election where the Republican candidate is ahead, beginning with Bush v Gore in Florida in 2000 to Trump v Biden in 2020. The Mega Millions lottery can identify the winner almost immediately and know where in America he purchased the winning ticket. Most countries, including a previously more honest America, know the election winner hours after the polls close.

Biden’s comment about “a few days” suggests that once the votes are counted the first time, if the Republican candidate is the winner, counting stops until additional votes can be found or manufactured, enough to put the Democrat over the top. This is why voting is so important and that every vote counts to so overwhelm the tally that cheating is impossible, as Hugh Hewitt described.

What’s in store for the country if Democrats control Congress and, in essence, all three branches of government? Yes, the US Supreme Court is supposed to be independent, but even the high court can be pressured and politicized. Court decisions are often ignored, as in New York City Mayor Eric Adams having no interest in following the ruling of a NY Supreme Court justice requiring reinstatement of municipal employees fired for not taking the COVID vaccine.

So how do your country and life depend on the November 8 election outcome? What would Democrat majorities in Congress mean for America? All tricks and no treats.

Abortion on demand, up to and perhaps even beyond birth, would be codified into national law. Democrats had 50 years post-Roe v Wade to legalize abortion legislatively, many of those years when Democrats controlled Congress and the White House, but they didn’t. After the recent SCOTUS decision repealing Roe, turning the decision over to the states as prescribed by the Tenth Amendment, expect a donkey Congress to legalize killing babies.

Censorship is the new norm, with unelected and unaccountable social media behemoths determining “truth” and acceptable conversation. Asking questions of or disagreeing with those in charge leads to censorship or worse. Noted cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Sherri Tenpenny may lose their medical licenses and board certifications over having the temerity to challenge Dr. Fauci, and the three-letter medical agencies, just as Galileo was imprisoned for questioning the leading scientists of the day over the earth-revolving around the sun rather than vice versa.

Taxes will rise under a Democrat Congress. The government is spending money it does not have, now financing a $31 trillion national debt at an interest rate of 4 percent and rising. This translates to $1.4 trillion in annual interest payments on the debt, consuming 29 percent of federal tax receipts according to Zero Hedge. Given that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell suggested additional interest rate hikes to combat inflation, expect debt service to grow, leaving little money for other government spending priorities, with tax hikes as the only solution for Democrats to make ends meet.

Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for US adults. Democrat open borders and sanctuary city policies are supporting the Fentanyl supply chain, while other Democrat policies are choking the supply chain for the essential and non-lethal goods and services that Americans depend on.

Speaking of the border, expect Democrats to leave the border wide open, flooding America with low-skilled migrants, unable to assimilate into American culture, bringing criminal activity and economic dependence, all of which will be supported by already overtaxed American citizens.

From Trump era energy independence, when America was a net energy exporter, to the Democrat President begging the Saudis for more oil and depleting our strategic petroleum reserves, expect this trend to continue spiraling downward. Remember gasoline under $2 a gallon during a Republican administration to a doubling of gasoline prices under the current Democrat cabal? With a deliberate effort to reduce energy supplies, expect energy prices to continue rising while Biden licks his ice cream cones “like a boss” according to ABC News.

What’s the Democrat solution to unaffordable gasoline? Electric vehicles, as if electricity and EV batteries magically grow on trees. California can’t keep its lights on, but the state has mandated 100 percent new EV sales by 2035. But don’t worry if the lights go out. President Biden claims that EVs can light your homes. Aside from such a practice voiding a Tesla warranty, how will you recharge your batteries during a brownout? How will you drive to work with a dead EV battery? This is what passes for Democrat leadership these days.

Democrats have no solution for inflation, other than calling it “transitory.” Or there’s Biden’s recent proposal of windfall profit taxes on oil companies, a tactic that has been tried and was an abject failure. Democrats in charge going forward means higher prices for virtually everything.

But rest assured, government tax revenues, when not supporting interest payments on the national debt, will be sent to Ukraine to finance a proxy war against Russia, an endeavor for which America has no compelling national interest, and that could possibly escalate into a nuclear holocaust that, by comparison, would make the COVID pandemic look like a day at the beach.

Don’t forget the children. Democrats want unnecessary COVID vaccines for your children. Drag queen story hour and encouraging gender confusion, followed by surgical castration, are Democrat priorities and likely to be codified into law if Democrats control Congress.

Lastly, Democrats want to defund the police, leading to increased crime and violence. How ironic that the husband of the US Speaker of the House, herself calling for police defunding, was “allegedly” violently attacked (the emerging details are becoming dodgier by the day) in his own home. With an election ahead, Democrats deny their calls for defunding the police, but here is a 7 minute video of them advocating for that from which they now run:

Democrats will turn America into, at best, a socialist state and, at worst, a communist dictatorship with a handful of them in charge, much like the capital city in the Hunger Games.

Electoral reform is happening, but will it be enough to ensure a fair and honest election? Election reform advocate and attorney Lin Wood cries, “Fix 2020 or bust.” Does this mean we shouldn’t vote as elections are still sketchy but likely better than in 2020? Or because every GOP candidate is not the perfect solution to our current problems? How can we fix anything without electing leaders who acknowledge the problem and have the cojones to actually fix the broken and fraudulent electoral system?

Perfect is the enemy of good, and that applies to candidates as well. An imperfect Republican official will do far less damage than any Democrat and may even do some good. Leave principles and convictions in the chatrooms and think tanks.

Voting libertarian out of conviction will only split the Republican vote and likely elect the Democrat candidate. This election is a call for action, or else there may be nothing of America left to salvage after two more years of Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer in charge. Vote Republican or get the government and country you deserve.

On election day, vote like your country and life depend on it because they do! America needs and deserves better than the modern Democrat party.

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My friend claims that his dog can catch a Frisbee out of the air, that's been thrown 200 yards.

I thought that a bit far fetched.


The Terminator movie, the Kennedy family and an Anabolic Steroid walked into a bar.

They were arguing loudly. The bartender said, "Keep it down. What you are arguing about?"

“We can’t agree which one of us made Arnold Schwarzenegger big.”


The military’s recruiting woes aren’t just impacting the active-duty services. Gary Strode, 9, decided to dress as an Army recruiter this year for Halloween and missed his candy goal by a shocking 20 percent.

“For years I was the star candy-getter,” said pretend Army Staff Sgt. Strode. “You could count on me to bring in way more Milky Ways, Reese’s Cups, and M&M’s than anyone else on the block. But this year, I barely brought in enough Skittles to meet my parents’ candy retention goals.”

“I hear even Beverley missed her goal by 10%, and she’s dressed as an Air Force recruiter,” he added.

According to sources, while many adults in the neighborhood admired Strode’s costume, their support fell short when it came to providing quality treats. For make-believe Staff Sgt. Strode, the night was one big trick.

“Everywhere I went, it seemed like people didn’t want to give me candy,” said an exhausted Strode. “Some wouldn’t even answer the door when I rang the doorbell, but I knew they were there.”

Making matters worse, even though the candy supply was surprisingly sparse, many of the other children still fared better.

“Even Bobby got more candy, and he dressed as a mailman,” exclaimed the befuddled recruiter. “I tried everything. Whenever someone said they were out of candy, I’d ask if they knew anyone nearby who’d be interested in giving me some. Most of the time, they’d just shut the door in my face.”

Even to achieve the 80 percent part of his goal, Strode had to accept a lot of lower-quality candy than he wouldn’t have accepted just two years ago.

“I’m eating those little packs of raisins this year, and candy corn,” grimaced Strode. “I can’t believe I have to take those things.”

“It is a difficult time for Halloween military personnel,” said Dr. Janelle Frankenberry, a researcher with the RAND Corporation who tracks military-related candy issues. “Supply chain problems have put a lot of power into the hands of all trick-or-treaters, and there’s a massive amount of competition for candy that makes military-related costumes far less appealing than they were just a few years ago.”

Some neighbors confirmed that they were reluctant to give the young boy candy.

Leona Hedges, who lives on the same block as Strode, said there were just better costumes out there.

“Military costumes used to be so popular. But I saw lots of adorable X-Men and Avengers before little [Staff Sgt.] Gary came around. Oh! And he was here with a six-year-old Black Adam! I just had to give my last full-sized Snickers to him. That left a small box of Milk Duds and a butterscotch hard candy for Gary.”

“Frankly, I know his parents voted for Biden,” said Thomas Greene, who lives in a cul-de-sac close to the Strode home. “I normally support the kids in the neighborhood with lots of Halloween treats, but I don’t think anyone should give candy to someone with woke parents like that.”

It wasn’t just the politically conservative neighbors who made the evening’s exercise so frustrating.

“The worst was when that hippy woman looked at me like she was mad,” recounted Strode. “She threw some of those gross orange Circus Peanuts into my bag and said we should have never invaded Iraq. I just recruit the candy, lady.”


I told my daughter, "Did you know that humans eat more bananas than monkeys?"

She rolled her eyes at me, but I persevered.

"It’s true!"

"When was the last time you ate a monkey?!"


I told my daughter that I saw a deer on the way to work this morning.

She asked me: “How did you know it was on its way to work?”

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“There is no reconciliation without restitution.” – Cerno

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Since ancient times, the great civilizations have been divided into two distinct categories, land powers and sea powers. The best example is the rivalry between Athens and Sparta that culminated in the Peloponnesian wars. The Peloponnesian League was led by Sparta, the dominant land power. The Delian League was led by Athens, the dominant sea power. The great ancient conflict still casts a shadow over the West because the dynamic is still with us.

To be a great sea power requires different human capital than what is required of a land power, which makes them cultural opposites. As a result, they look at war differently and they fight their wars for different reasons. Sea powers tend to be driven by profit while land powers tend to be driven by cultural forces. Culture and economics play a role for both, but the priorities tend to be reversed. The sea power is moved to act by money while the land power is moved by cultural issues.

The Athenians were arguably the first financial empire. They built their power through shrewd business relations with the other city-states. The alliances that were established to fight the Persians quickly became a business for Athens. They provided security while their “allies” provided money and men for the ships. Their aggression toward the other city-states was driven by opportunities for trade and profit. The Athenian empire was as much about business as Athenian culture.

The Spartans, on the other hand, were not driven by profit. Their willingness to join the rest of Greece against the Persians was purely in defense. When the Athenians wanted to take the fight to the Persians after the Greeks had successfully driven the Persians back across the sea, the Spartans were not interested. Their eventual war with the Athenians was purely defensive from their point of view. It is probably why they chose not to obliterate Athens after they won the war.

We see the same dynamic today. The Global American Empire is the new Delian League, spreading democracy to the world at gun point. The Russian Federation is the new Peloponnesian League. The Cold War was often cast the same way, but it did not work as an analogy. The communists were just as obsessed with spreading their form of utopian politics as the West. This time it works as the Russians are at war with an ideological and financial empire.

The clash of cultures is clear. The Great American Empire just assumed the Russians would do what the GAE always does in war, which is systematically destroy the civilization of the opposing culture with air power. The West is still puzzled as to why the Russians never unleashed shock and awe at the start of the war. Further, the West concluded that the incremental approach was due to a lack of resources. The GAE is a sea power so it thinks like a sea power and fights like one as well.

The Russian Federation is a land power, so putting on a big symbolic light show to start a war makes no sense to them. Sea powers move like the sea, while land powers move like the land, slowly and incrementally. This is why the Russians had not bothered to put together a public relations campaign for the West. They saw no point in it as their purpose was to force the Ukrainians to submit. That happens at the bargaining table and on the battlefield, not on Twitter.

Another contrast in the two sides is in the weapons. The Russian have the best air defenses in the world. They have the best artillery in the world. The GAE has the best air force in the world and the best navy in the world. This contrast is due to the assumptions of both sides. The Russians assume their great wars will be defensive while the GAE assumes its great wars will be offensive. The two contrasting worldviews results in two entirely different military postures.

This contrast in warfighting is turning up in the weapons. Land powers assume long wars of attrition so they plan accordingly. That means squeezing the maximum from the resources available. The Russians are famous for making cheap, reliable weapons that can be used by anyone. The Kalashnikov is the prime example. The new drones the Russians are now using follow the same pattern. They are cheap, easy to operate and extremely effective against enemy targets.

Sea powers have to assume short wars. You can only keep a fleet at sea for so long so you have to inflict maximum damage up front. A naval battle is not going to last months like a land battle, so you need to prepare for the short haul. In the old days, ships were expensive, complex weapons. Today, the jet fighter is the cutting edge of technology and human organization. All of America’s best weapons are complex systems that require lots of training to utilize.

The flip side of the time preference aspect is that sea powers can take a loss and bounce back quickly, while land powers take time to recover. The GAE suffered a humiliating defeat in Afghanistan, but quickly shook it off. The loss in Vietnam stung for a few years, but then the war machine was back in business. In contrast, the Russians needed decades to overcome the failure in Afghanistan. It has only been in the last decade that they have moved past it.

What that means for the Ukraine is that barring a collapse of the EU or the global financial system, the GAE will shake of this failure too. Whatever is left of Ukraine will be ignored and the GAE will turn its sights to some new opponent. Land powers must always be on defense, because it is their nature. Sea power must always be on offense, because it is their nature. That means when one war ends a new war must start, regardless of how the prior war ended.

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A friend of mine told me about the book club she joined.

It's called, "Read between the wines."


According to a new Bloomberg Economics model, they're predicting it's 100% possible that the U.S. will be in a recession next year.

With inflation, it's actually 110%.



I think I might have seized the wrong day.

I lost my car Chapstick and now my purse Chapstick is in my room and my room Chapstick is in my car and my whole life is a mess.

Sometimes, people need to be escorted from the V.I.P. section of your life to a regular seat.

Every time someone leaves an empty box in the refrigerator or pantry, I'm wrapping it in Christmas paper and leaving it under the tree with their name on it.

Is it just me or does watching "The Watcher" feel redundant?

Boy, I'm glad I wasn't an adult when I was a kid.

Real men have curves, but also a decent fastball and slider.

Diets are for those who are thick and tired of it.

My friend is so fat he has to change the lightbulb in his refrigerator every two weeks.

You always hear the term, "fully engulfed", is nothing ever partially engulfed?


My cousin Jimmy was having a terrible time falling asleep unless he was lying on a pile of old magazines.

It turns out he had back issues.


I love October.

All the cobwebs and dust in my house have become decorations.

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“Printing money doesn’t cure economic problems: it simply skews who pays for them.” - Porter Stansberry

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The Thinnest Veneer of Civilization by Victor Davis Hanson

Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life.

To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad, and safe at home—only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival.

Civilization alone permits humans to pursue sophisticated scientific research, the arts, and the finer aspects of culture.

So, the great achievement of Western civilization—consensual government, individual freedom, rationalism in partnership with religious belief, free market economics, and constant self-critique and audit—was to liberate people from daily worry over state violence, random crime, famine, and an often-unforgiving nature.

But so often the resulting leisure and affluence instead deluded arrogant Western societies into thinking that modern man no longer needed to worry about the fruits of civilization he took to be his elemental birthright.

As a result, the once prosperous Greek city-state, Roman Empire, Renaissance republics, and European democracies of the 1930s imploded—as civilization went headlong in reverse.

We in the modern Western world are now facing just such a crisis.

We talk grandly about the globalized Great Reset. We blindly accept the faddish New Green Deal. We virtue signal about defunding the police. We merely shrug at open borders. And we brag about banning fertilizers and pesticides, outlawing the internal combustion engine, and discounting Armageddon in the nuclear age—as if on autopilot we have already reached utopia.

But meanwhile Westerners are systematically destroying the very elements of our civilization that permitted such fantasies in the first place.

Take fuel. Europeans arrogantly lectured the world that they no longer need traditional fuels. So, they shut down nuclear power plants. They stopped drilling for oil and gas. And they banned coal.

What followed was a dystopian nightmare. Europeans will burn dirty wood this winter as their civilization reverts from postmodern abundance to premodern survival.

The Biden administration ossified oil fields. It canceled new federal oil and gas leases. It stopped pipeline construction and hectored investors to shun fossil fuels.

When scarcity naturally followed, fuel prices soared.

The middle class has now mortgaged its upward mobility to ensure that it might afford gasoline, heating oil, and skyrocketing electricity.

The duty of the Pentagon is to keep America safe by deterring enemies, reassuring allies, and winning over neutrals.

It is not to hector soldiers based on their race. It is not to indoctrinate recruits in the woke agenda. It is not to become a partisan political force.

The result of those suicidal Pentagon detours is the fiasco in Afghanistan, the aggression of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the new bellicosity of China, and the loud threats of rogue regimes like Iran.

At home, the Biden administration inexplicably destroyed the southern border, as if civilized nations of the past never needed such boundaries.

Utter chaos followed. Three million migrants have poured into the United States. While some cross over clandestinely, others clear border stations without an adequate audit, and largely without skills, high school diplomas, or capital.

The streets of our cities are anarchical—and by intent.

Defunding the police, emptying the jails, and destroying the criminal justice system unleashed a wave of criminals. It is now open season on the weak and innocent.

America is racing backward into the 19th-century Wild West. Predators maim, kill, and rob with impunity. Felons correctly conclude that bankrupt postmodern “critical legal theory” will ensure them exemption from punishment.

Few Americans know anything about agriculture, except to expect limitless supplies of inexpensive, safe, and nutritious food at their beck and call.

But that entitlement for 330 million hungry mouths requires massive water projects, and new dams and reservoirs. Farmers rely on steady supplies of fertilizer, fuels, and chemicals. Take away that support—as green nihilists are attempting—and millions will soon go hungry, as they have since the dawn of civilization.

Perhaps nearly a million homeless now live on the streets of America. Our major cities have turned medieval with their open sewers, garbage-strewn sidewalks, and violent vagrants.

So, we are in a great experiment in which regressive progressivism discounts all the institutions, and the methodologies of the past that have guaranteed a safe, affluent, well-fed, and sheltered America.

Instead, we arrogantly are reverting to a new feudalism as the wealthy elite—terrified of what they have wrought—selfishly retreat to their private keeps.

But the rest who suffer the consequences of elite flirtations with nihilism cannot even afford food, shelter, and fuel. And they now feel unsafe, both as individuals and as Americans.

As we suffer self-inflicted mass looting, random street violence, hyperinflation, a nonexistent border, unaffordable fuel, and a collapsing military, Americans will come to appreciate just how thin is the veneer of their civilization.

When stripped away, we are relearning that what lies just beneath is utterly terrifying.

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A witch was flying her broom along when she noticed that all the other witches were flying on vacuum cleaners.

She thought, "Am I the only one still driving a stick?"


They say if you're an average person, you refuse to throw out leftover Halloween candy for six months.

I have several questions here. First off, who throws out candy.

Next, who has leftover candy?

And if you do, there's no way it's going to last six months!!!

Who are they kidding?


A fascinating new study has revealed that the vast majority of people, when presented with a blind taste test, can't tell the difference between candy corn and a dusty, old orange crayon we found in a junk drawer.

According to researchers, people who were fed candy corn and people who were fed the old orange crayon that had been stowed away in a drawer for the last 17 years had the same reaction: "This tastes like a waxy blob of nothing, and my life is much worse for having placed this repulsive object in my mouth."

"We had theorized that at least 20% of those surveyed would be able to detect some kind of flavor in the candy corn," said head of research Dr. Gorbo Linfield. "So we were shocked to find that over 95% of people had the same instant negative reaction to eating candy corn that they did to chewing on the old, dusty crayon."

"The science is settled: candy corn is just as tasty as a crayon forgotten in a cabinet for decades." Further research showed that over 90% of people couldn't tell the difference between marshmallow Peeps and a piece of cotton pulled from an ibuprofen bottle, Spangler Circus Peanuts and an eraser from one of those giant novelty pencils, or Dots and stale gum that has been stuck on the underside of a table at Flo's #2 Family Restaurant in Chino, California for the last 9 years.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that the remaining 5% of people actually thought the orange crayon tasted better than the candy corn.


Worth a shot...

Knock, knock.

Who's there?


Phillip who?

Phillip my bag with Halloween candy!


What do you call a scary hardware store?

Harbor Fright!

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A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. – Bellow

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Stunning report: 100 million Americans have unresolved medical debt by Marni Jameson Carey
We can generally agree that preying on someone who is sick and injured for excessive financial gain is bad form. Sadly, that’s business as usual for many hospitals across America.

Recently, the New York Times called out Providence Health System, a 51-hospital chain, and one of the country’s largest nonprofit health systems, for hounding patients, who were eligible for free care, for payments. A second story outed Bon Secours, another large nonprofit health system, for using an under-resourced hospital in a poor black community in Richmond, Virginia, to basically launder money. Bon Secours exploited a federal program that allowed them to buy drugs at a greatly reduced price and sell them for full price, up to eight times more. But rather than direct those profits to benefit their underserved community as intended, the health system pocketed the windfall.

Appalling, yes. Unusual, no.

Our nation’s tax code has been allowing nonprofit hospitals to get away with this rip-off for years. Of the nation’s 5,139 community hospitals, nearly two thirds are nonprofit, or tax exempt. They pay no taxes: no property tax, no sales tax, no income tax. In exchange for not ploughing tax dollars back into their communities like every other tax-paying entity, nonprofit hospitals are supposed to grant a commensurate amount of benefit, much in the way of charitable care. Except they aren’t. Instead, they channel those funds into exorbitant executive salaries, and cathedral-like hospital towers bedecked with museum-worthy art collections.

Meanwhile, they send financially strapped patients to collections, put liens on their houses, garnish their wages, and drive hard-working Americans into bankruptcy. According to a report from Kaiser Health News, 100 million Americans, a full 41% of U.S. adults, have unresolved medical debt. A quarter of those owe more than $5,000.

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And yet, while patients are drowning in debt, hospitals and those who run them keep getting richer. Think how far the $10 billion Providence has in reserves could go toward relieving that burden.

Providence and Bon Secours are hardly the only bad actors. According to a report from the Lown Institute, nearly three-quarters of private nonprofit hospitals don’t spend in charity care what they receive in tax breaks. If they did, Americans would benefit from $17 billion in charitable health-care services. Don’t misunderstand. This is not “free” care. We have all pre-paid for it with our tax dollars. Ironically, studies show that nonprofit hospitals actually pay less in charitable care than tax-paying for-profit hospitals.

The IRS code explicitly states that to qualify as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, a hospital “may allow no part of its net earnings to inure to the benefit of any individual,” that includes “excessive salaries.” In other words, if you’re a nonprofit, after paying reasonable nonprofit-type salaries, the remainder should go to serve your cause. Otherwise, pay taxes. The CEO of Providence makes $10 million a year. The CEO of Bon Secours makes $6 million. If that’s not excessive compensation, what is?

And, yet again, that’s not unusual. The CEO of Kaiser Foundation made $16 million, the CEO of Memorial Health System made $11 million, and the CEO of St. Luke’s Health System made nearly $9 million in salaries alone, according to a recent report.

Meanwhile, Americans are struggling under the yoke of historically high inflation, rising health-care premiums and stagnant wages. Worker pay is flat because skyrocketing health-care costs continue to eat up company profits, which otherwise could go to raises or new jobs.

To make matters worse, the healthcare industry has profited excessively by keeping their prices hidden. Unlike in every other industry, consumers of health care don’t know the price they will pay until after they get the non-returnable, non-refundable, non-negotiable care. Despite a federal law that requires hospitals to show their prices, few are complying, as little as 16% according to an August report.

Not surprisingly, none of the 35 Providence hospitals or the 33 Bon Secours hospitals assessed was complying. They continue to operate in the dark, creating a perfect breeding ground for price gouging, for the extreme price variations that commonly exist within and among hospitals, for the egregious profits that go toward excessive salaries, and for financial abuses that come at the expense of those who rely on them.

Hospitals’ predatory payment strategies, their abuse of the tax-exempt status, and their flouting of the price transparency law are unconscionable, and borderline criminal. Hip-hop artist Fat Joe put it this way in an ad playing nationwide: “They robbing us.”

As long as hospitals continue to operate in the dark, our communities will continue to get fleeced by the very people who are supposed to take care of them.

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Wal-Mart seems to think I want to put up my Christmas tree and eat turkey while wearing my Halloween costume.


The cost of Halloween Candy is up 13.1% since last year, and to make matters worse, they're giving us less in every package.

For example, Good 'n Plenty is now Not Bad 'n a Couple.

The $100,000 Bar is now the $27 Bite.

Then, of course, there's the new 2 Musketeers bar.


In promising news for murderers everywhere, the results of a new study indicate the month of October is the perfect time to bury a dead body in your own front yard.

"The Halloween season provides the ideal camouflage for the act of actually burying a corpse in plain sight," said Barry Gusey, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, where the study was conducted. "Our findings show that digging a grave and burying a body in any other month of the year is sure to raise red flags and likely draw the attention of law enforcement."

As a part of the study, researchers even went as far as to put up clearly written signs reading "DEAD BODY BURIED HERE" with arrows pointing to a mound of freshly shoveled dirt. When no unusual attention was paid even after dumping buckets of fake blood all over the yard and scattering various instruments of torture in the area, the results of the study became strikingly evident.

"This is a game-changer," said Ben Casey, long suspected by locals to be a serial killer. "I've spent a lot of time and effort over the years trying to dispose of…unwanted objects. Knowing that I can just wait until October to bury these…items…will really make things easier."

At publishing time, the research team was already eagerly planning its next study to determine if the night of July 4th was, indeed, the perfect day to bomb something.


Dusty Smith, owner of Smith's Farms in Bowersville, Georgia, has been growing pumpkins for 16 years, but this year's batch is special. He has been injecting them with a fluorescent fertilizer and the result is a pumpkin patch that glows in the dark.

That'll keep Linus awake....


Why don't you ever see an overweight ghost?

They're deathly afraid of being exercised.

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In the early 1970s Muhammad Ali fought for the heavyweight title against George Foreman. The fight was held in the African nation of Zaire; it was insensitively called the "rumble in the jungle." Ali won the fight, and upon returning to the United States, he was asked by a reporter, "Champ, what did you think of Africa?" Ali replied, "Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat!" There is a characteristic mischievous pungency to Ali's remark, yet it also expresses a widely held sentiment. Ali recognizes that for all the horror of slavery, it was the transmission belt that brought Africans into the orbit of Western freedom. The slaves were not better off—the boat Ali refers to brought the slaves through a horrific Middle Passage to a life of painful servitude—yet their descendants today, even if they won't admit it, are better off. Ali was honest enough to admit it.“ — Dinesh D'Souza

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The Middle Class Is Dying by Michael Snyder

50 Percent Of All American Workers Made Less Than $3,133 A Month Last Year!

Inflation is systematically destroying our standard of living, and the middle class is shrinking a little bit more with each passing day. The Social Security Administration just released wage statistics for 2021, and the numbers that they have given us are quite stunning. As you will see below, half of all American workers made less than $3,133 a month last year. Once upon a time, you could live a very comfortable middle class lifestyle on $3,133 a month. But thanks to inflation, such a wage now puts you just barely above the poverty level. The decisions that our leaders have been making are absolutely eviscerating the middle class, and that should deeply trouble all of us.

You can find the new Social Security Administration wage report right here. The following are some statistics that I pulled out of the report…

-More than 30 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year.

-More than 41 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year.

-More than 52 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year.

-More than 62 percent of all American workers made less than $50,000 last year.

These numbers tell us that most Americans are just barely scraping by, but our leaders want us to buy into the illusion that most people are “doing well” these days.

Of course that isn’t even close to the truth.

According to the Social Security Administration, the median wage for 2021 was just $37,586.03…

By definition, 50 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the median wage, which is estimated to be $37,586.03 for 2021.

If we were still living in 1980, that would be fine.

But we aren’t in 1980 anymore.

In 2022, the poverty level for a household of five in the United States is $31,040.

That means that a worker in the United States making the median wage would be earning just enough to lift a family of five above the poverty line.

If you divide $37,586.03 by 12, that gives you a median monthly wage of $3,132.17.

For purposes of this article, I will round up and call it $3,133.

Half of all American workers make more than that per month, and half of all American workers make less than that per month.

And it is important to remember that this figure is before taxes are taken out.


Meanwhile, the cost of living continues to spiral out of control. Recently, the average rent on a single family home in the United States reached $2,495 a month…

Rent prices for single family homes swelled during the first half of 2022, hitting a national average of $2,495 a month — a 13.4% increase compared to the same period in 2021, according to a new report from national real estate brokerage HouseCanary.

If you are only earning $3,133 a month and you have to spend $2,495 a month for rent, that leaves you next to nothing for everything else.

For example, all of us have to eat.

But these days a single shopping cart full of food will easily run you more than 300 dollars.

And that is if you are trying to be really frugal.

Gasoline has also become extremely expensive.

All the way back in 1960, a gallon of gas cost just 31 cents.

Today, gas is approaching 7 dollars a gallon in some parts of California.

I could go on and on with more examples of the rapidly rising cost of living. Heating bills are expected to soar this winter, health insurance has gotten absurdly expensive, and new vehicles cost so much that most Americans can no longer afford them.

If things are this bad already, what will conditions be like for the middle class as the economy deteriorates in 2023 and beyond?

The worst housing crash since 2008 has now started, the financial markets are on pace for their worst year since 1969, and big companies all over America are starting to lay off people in large numbers.

Alarmingly, some of the biggest layoffs are actually being conducted by the big tech companies. In fact, we just learned that Microsoft will be laying off approximately 1,000 workers…

Microsoft will lay off about 1,000 employees, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Although it is not confirmed if the layoffs are isolated in gaming divisions, employees who work for Xbox and other Microsoft-owned studios said they were being laid off, the Washington Post reported. Axios first reported the layoffs Monday evening.

At this point, almost everyone can see that a recession is coming.

Even Jeff Bezos, who is usually extraordinarily optimistic, is warning people to “batten down the hatches”…

Bezos – who is the world’s second-richest man – tweeted a video of Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon saying there was a ‘good chance’ of a downturn.

The Amazon founder – who has a $137 billion fortune – signaled his agreement by captioning the tweet: ‘Yep, the probabilities in this economy tell you to batten down the hatches.’

When Jeff Bezos starts sounding like The Economic Collapse Blog, you know that the hour is late.

These days, our impending economic downturn has even become a very hot topic among Hollywood celebrities…

Even non-billionaire-but-still-rich person Gwyneth Paltrow is losing sleep over it.

“The economy sucks,” she told the Hollywood Reporter this week. “I’m just worried about next year and how bad the recession’s gonna be.”

Other celebrities are weighing in, too. Last month, rapper Cardi B ranted about inflation and interest rates. “How are people surviving? I want to know.”

If the middle class is steadily eroding during relatively stable times, what is going to happen once the economy really begins to unravel?

There is so much anger all over the United States right now, and the vast majority of the population is simply not prepared for what is ahead.

I have been writing about the demise of the middle class for more than a decade, and the condition of the middle class has never been worse than it is right now.

At one time America had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, and that was a wonderful thing.

But now very dark times for the middle class are here, and there doesn’t appear to be much hope on the horizon.

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