Unconventional Wisdom

David Letterman announces his retirement

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[VIDEO] I never thought I’d see the day when David Letterman would retire from his program. Perhaps that day was coming as Letterman is a senior citizen already and spent a long time in the public eye with 12 years as host of NBC’s Late Night show and then 20 years as host of CBS’ Late Show. Without a doubt he has had a good run.

Over the years I have considered myself a Letterman fan starting with his Late Night show. In the case of Late Night with David Letterman it was safe to say I was not in the target audience of his show. I was too young, but that show made me laugh in more ways than one when I did get a chance to see the show.

When Letterman left NBC for his CBS show I followed him and consistently found him more interesting than Tonight Show host Jay Leno. There are some bits from the Late Show I still find myself reciting and remembering today even though he no longer does those bits.

Even better if you look on YouTube you will find nothing but Letterman clips from his TV programs over the years. The funniest ones involve his Late Show announcer Alan Kalter who is treated terribly. Kalter is either a pervert or a temperamental guy who goes off at the slightest provocation. Sometimes for humorous effect Kalter is assaulted, but kudos because any bits involving Alan is often very hilarious!

Now it’s time to figure out who shall succeed Letterman on Late Show. Could it be Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson? My personal idea would be to bring Conan O’Brien back from basic cable to broadcast TV. Well at least no one from CBS would likely read this so my idea may not see the light of day. Still Conan could be as likely a successor as Ferguson.

Anyway, the future without Letterman on TV will be here before I know it. The late night landscape has changed over the years and will continue to change. We saw it with Jimmy Fallon hosting Tonight and we’ll surely see it with the future evolution of the Late Show.

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April 5th, 2014 at 11:18 am

To ask for it and/or to follow-up…

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[VIDEO] Since I’ve started job hunting, there has been a lot of time used for Googling advice. Then one morning I found this link via Ask a Manager which linked to an article from The Onion which contained a video. We know that The Onion is satirical and as a result it’s safe to say that what’s included herein isn’t fact. Perhaps gumption isn’t or wasn’t the way to find a job at least as the above grandfather attempted to state.

This leads me to the next topic I want to discuss, following-up. In my current job hunt, I have been loathe to do that and it seems always have been. It hasn’t been entirely true however as there have been times where there were attempts on my end to follow-up on applications and such.

Thankfully with tools such as e-mail available and you know some contacts at a particular employer it should be made easier. Although another question is whether or not the employer will respond and give you an up-or-down vote.

Since I’ve been looking recently there have only been only two attempts at following-up. Both times I learned that I wasn’t going to get the job and one of those situations was illustrated here. The other one was spur of the moment at the encouragement of a friend and it feels even worse getting the bad news in person!

In that spur of the moment instance, I only talked to the hiring manager and never the manager who interviewed me. While the hiring manager gave me information that suggested I likely didn’t get the job, he did give good advice that I never took. He suggested I call the interviewer to follow-up and never did so.

Another way I’ve followed-up over the years is straight asking if an employer – mostly stores – were doing any hiring. This was primarily done via e-mail – as stated I find that easier – and got some responses although not always. This helped guide me as I continued my search.

Years ago I made a crude attempt at following-up by sending in resumes and applications via “snail-mail” and unfortunately netted utterly no response. Then again that was when I knew very little about job hunting and it’s various nuances as there’s a way to follow-up that would allow for someone to actually talk to you.

It’s really tough out there, but the bottom line is that there is advice that suggest that you shouldn’t follow-up. However, there are managers who are approachable enough to ask about opportunities and even with regards to following-up on applications or even hiring timetables. Again there is a way to do this to gain some success however whether you do or you don’t should be done on a case-by-case basis.

BTW, at the end of The Onion article the grandfather interviewed also found his wife at the place where he found his job. I suppose it all takes initiative doesn’t it?

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April 3rd, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Happy April Fools’ Day

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Ya know, today is April Fools’ Day. Not only that baseball season has started finally although I rarely kept track of spring training during the month of March. It just lets me know that much warmer weather is coming around the corner and thank goodness.

You know this is the time for a humor based post in keeping with this special day. I’ve learned over the years that I’m not that good with humor, all the same it’s just another mark after this really harsh winter we’ve had. So now I’m glad that this day has come around the corner!

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April 1st, 2014 at 10:56 am

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When one asks police a question about gun confiscations…

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[VIDEO] I generally try to respect police officers. If we respect them then hopefully they will respect us so long as we’re still within the bounds of the law. All the same, police officers while they have authority especially when it comes to enforcing the laws are still human.

Not that I would condone this, because if there is a law out there that you disagree with that’s what the court system is for. It’s OK to ask questions about certain aspects of the law that we as citizens are unsure about. In this case we may have to ask questions of those people who are on the front-lines, the police officer who would likely come to our homes if we’re not within the bounds of the law.

BTW, the video you’re watching is a phone call by Ashley to a Lt. Vance of the Connecticut State Police. Lt. Vance apparently was the spokesman during the course of the unfortunate Sandy Hook massacre. After he realized the nature of this call he refers to this caller as “anti-American”. Lt. Vance also refers himself as “the master” and at that point he falls off the rails. He shouldn’t even be a spokesman for a police agency if he uses such language.

Police officers do already have a tough job, but I’m sure the last thing many of our dutiful officers need are other police officers causing a noose to be tightened around the neck. Besides the beauty of America is that we’re free to ask these questions not only of our lawyers but also our leaders and even our police officers. Although if you do question our officers let’s hope you’re not doing it in a situation where you could find yourself arrested.

Hat-tip Newsalert!

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March 14th, 2014 at 12:26 am

Reason: What’s Wrong with American Politics?

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[VIDEO] Christopher Kay is interviewed by Reason.tv asking why Americans are frustrated by democracy. Mr. Kay is responsible for a documentary Of By For and seemingly evoking the historical Gettysburg Address. He traveled the nation asking not only American citizens but also the many powers that be in Washington, DC. I wonder when this doc will eventually be available.

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March 12th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Taxes in America!

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[VIDEO] This roughly 40 minute video is of an episode of John Stossel’s FOX Business program on taxes in America. Basically this will be an attack on taxation and how harmful it can be to not only individuals but businesses. So basically Stossel and his various guests talks about proposals for a flat tax, the issue of state taxes, “obamacare” taxes, and even takes on those celebrities and politics who often advocate for higher taxes. Also you will see a bad IRS Star Trek parody that Stossel, former MTV VJ Kennedy, and Reason editor Matt Welch effective dismiss..

Tax season of course is around the corner and it’s time for us to do what Stossel does which is pay someone else to do our taxes. The tax code is ever expanding, but only because there are those who hopes to use taxation to influence behaviors. Stossel illustrated this by driving around in a golf cart after he discovered that he could get a tax break for driving an electric vehicle. And we need electric vehicles for the environment! :P

Check out the end, Stossel and an author Amity Shlaes chronicles the policy of the 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge. They marvel at the fact that he not only cut spending, but also shrinked the size of government between his tenure in office 1923 – 1929. He was popular for his time unfortunately he gets a bum rap – fair or unfairly – for the economic collapse that started under his successor Herbert Hoover.

Via Newsalert!

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February 11th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

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So “Obamacare” will reduce working people’s income…

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urlYou know sometimes I wonder how much analysis of “Obamacare” I should believe. It’s certainly a laudable goal to make healthcare more accessible financially by many people. The only question is a matter of how.

The President got dinged for his statement on if you like your coverage you can keep it. And then he got dinged on the awful roll-out last year. It’s probably on many fronts that he got dinged for how this was managed.

This article by Byron York via Instapundit shows another was “Obamacare” was dinged:

Brookings scholars Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless sought to determine the law‘s impact on income in 2016, when almost all of Obamacare will be in effect. To do so, they adopted a broad definition of income — not just a person’s wages, but also pension income, employer health coverage, government cash transfers, food stamps, other benefits, and now, subsidies from Obamacare.

They found quite an impact. “The ACA may do more to change the income distribution than any other recently enacted law,” Aaron and Burtless wrote. Obamacare provides billions in subsidies to those who qualify, expands Medicaid benefits, cuts Medicare, fines those who don’t purchase government-approved coverage and levies new taxes — all of which will change how much income millions of Americans bring in each year.

Aaron and Burtless’ first finding is no surprise: Obamacare will mean more for the lowest-income Americans. It will increase income by 9.2 percent for the lowest bracket — households making below about $21,000 a year — for those in their working years, age 25 to 64.

Then the surprise. Obamacare will reduce, by an estimated 0.9 percent, the incomes of working-age Americans in the next-lowest income bracket, households making between about $21,000 and $40,000 a year. And in the next income group, households making between about $40,000 and $65,000 a year — Obamacare will reduce their income, too, also by 0.9 percent.

A 1 percent reduction in income is relatively small. But it is still a reduction — and not at all what President Obama and Democrats in Congress promised. When the president pledged that Obamacare would make the health care system “better for everybody,” it’s doubtful Americans interpreted that as meaning it would reduce their income.

Why? There could be a number of factors, but the authors suggest that because the Affordable Care Act will make health care more expensive, a significant number of people who receive health coverage through their job will be affected. “Incomes fall … primarily because the expansion in employer-sponsored insurance is predicted to cause a modest drop in money wages as employers devote a larger share of their compensation payments to health benefits,” the researchers wrote.

Like I said, I’m not entirely certain how much of this to take to heart or not. What’s acceptable to me is that the Affordable Care Act is a significant change that unfortunately isn’t going away so easily. Unfortunately we will have to continue to deal with the fallout of the significant provisions of this significant piece of legislation.

Another piece of analysis, “Obamacare” discourages able-bodied people from working. This almost feels like piling on!

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February 4th, 2014 at 11:59 pm