The recent hurricane was a reminder of just how important a radio is to have on hand. You can't rely on your TV or smartphone during a storm, and an AM/FM battery operated radio may be your most reliable source of information. Here is a radio I really like, and as part of an arrangement with the seller we will receive a portion of each sale to fund our operations. This is a win-win, and we hope you will grab one of these radios to add to your survival gear. Once your Kaito Pocket Radio arrives in the mail you’ll... Read more →


If you’re an employee somewhere, chances are your company has some kind of retirement plan in place, and if there is, chances are also very good that it’s a 401(k). And if you DO have a 401(k) available at work, it’s very possible that your employer offers matching contributions. What are matching contributions? Let’s start with this: they’re free money. More specifically, their additional contributions made by the company to your 401(k) account, beyond those you make on your own, and up to a specified limit. A typical matching arrangement might be one in which an employer agrees to contribute... Read more →


There are surely a lot of people who think that despite all of the ominous talk coming from both Washington and Pyongyang, that war between the U.S. and North Korea is not really going to happen. Those folks may want to re-think whatever bets they’re considering placing on that. In addition to the heated rhetoric, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley saying on Sunday that diplomatic options have run dry and she’s prepared to turn the North Korea problem over to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, it has been learned that U.S. bombers and stealth fighters spent... Read more →


Did Jamie Dimon talk down Bitcoin only so his own firm could buy it at a lower price? Is China completely banning Bitcoin, and what does this mean for the future of the digital currency? What should Christians think about the September 23rd prophecy prediction? The surreal story of financial fraud in Detroit's public school system, and why we need an alternative to Facebook, and the truth Jim's experience with PayPal buyer protection. Read more →


St. Louis continues to be on edge as police battle with rioters, but what really happened in the 2011 shooting of 24 year old Anthony Lamar Smith? Trump retweets video of him hitting Hillary with a golf ball and the media goes crazy. What preparedness lessons Jim says he has learned from going through so many hurricanes, and the Equifax data breach and why it is really a big deal. Read more →


Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has sounded an ominous warning on North Korea, suggesting that the U.N. Security Council can no longer do anything to leverage NK back into line, and that it may finally be time for an earnest look at a military solution. Speaking Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Haley said, “We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point. Haley added that she was fully prepared to pass off the problem of North Korea over to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. An... Read more →


There has been a lot of news since the election about those American communities - including whole states - that have felt the need to ‘resist’ Trump and his agenda. It’s probably fair to say that the most vocal anti-Trump community in the U.S. has been the entire state of California. In fact, what makes the anti-Trump noise coming out of the Golden State so noteworthy is how much of it is made by elected officials there. So how is the anti-Trump resistance movement actually going in California? As it turns out, not so well. According to CALmatters, a nonprofit... Read more →


In the past, this space has highlighted the ideas of highly-successful people who think there’s only one kind of day to work: hard and long. As a matter of fact, according to an article over at USA Today, a full 40 percent of U.S. employees are toiling away at their labors over 50 hours each week, and 20 percent go over 60 hours a week. Clearly, American workers are not slackers. But that same article reflects on another idea – that maybe putting in lots of hours actually hurts productivity as it relates to certain kinds of jobs. For one... Read more →


So it has come to this. A high school in California felt compelled recently to issue a warning of sorts to students…about chanting “USA” at school sporting events. According to CBS Sacramento, school officials at Del Lago High School in Folsom are concerned about the message the chant conveys to other students. The Del Lago principal, Lori Emmington, sent an email to families letting them know that the school had discussed the appropriateness of the chant in terms of “sportsmanship, empathy, and kindness.” The resolution of the discussion? Del Lago staff decided that while the chant is OK at events... Read more →


According to Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Donald Trump’s upcoming address to the U.N. General Assembly will emphasize strength and confidence, and clearly let America’s enemies know who they are. “I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with (the) U.S. being very strong, in the end,” Haley said on Friday. There is great interest in just what Trump will say to the gathered on Tuesday. Although the president campaigned, and was elected, on a platform made up largely of nationalist and populist ideas, there has been growing... Read more →


Highly-rated Fox News host Tucker Carlson is at it again, pointedly calling out Republicans – and President Trump, in this case, specifically – for the party’s most recent example of fecklessness with regard to illegal immigration. Carlson slammed the administration on his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, on Thursday for reportedly coming to terms with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, on the matter of what to do with the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy instituted by the President Obama. As Carlson outlined the “deal,” the 800,000 undocumented immigrants presently... Read more →


According to an item over at The Christian Post, the state of California has said a ballot initiative that would criminalize abortion as “first-degree murder” may officially begin gathering signatures. California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, announced on September 8 that the effort’s first hurdle had been cleared. Should the initiative manage to gather the requisite number of signatures, it would be placed on the 2018 ballot as a state referendum item. The initiative was filed by Danny Ehinger, identified by the Post as both a resident of California and a pro-life activist. According to the piece, he now has... Read more →


Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and, until very recently, a senior fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, has decided to resign his position at Harvard. The reason? Harvard University decided to make Chelsea Manning a fellow. Yup…that Chelsea Manning. As reported by the New York Post, Morell explained his decision to resign by flatly saying he could not be part of an organization “that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information.” “Senior leaders in our military have stated publicly that the leaks by Ms. Manning put the lives of U.S.... Read more →


Hillary Clinton; another of those gifts that keep on giving. Or, more precisely, it’s her new book, What Happened, that keeps on giving. Ok…it’s both. According to her memoir, released Tuesday, Clinton’s frustration over the attention paid to her use of a private email server was clearly getting the best of her. As her own words reveal, Hillary, true to form, barely acknowledges her own culpability in the scandal, while saying the reaction to what she had done was the real problem: “It was a dumb mistake. But an even dumber ‘scandal.’ It was like quicksand: the more you struggle,... Read more →


Interview questions may come and go based on trends in human resources, but one query typically made of applicants will likely never go away: “What’s your biggest weakness?” Ugh. It’s funny, though. As often as it has been asked, and as often as it will continue to be asked, there are still far too many job candidates who are woefully ill-prepared for the question when it’s posed. And there’s just no excuse for that. An article over at CNBC by contributor Suzy Welch addresses how to deal with the uncomfortable question, and says that even though the inquiry may seem... Read more →


I just found out that my personal Equifax file was exposed in the data breach. Since the reports are that 143 million credit files were breached last week, I guess I am not surprised. Now, Equifax wants to give those affected a free ID theft membership for a year! What a joke... the people that allowed my information to be exposed are now going to protect me? There is not a chance that I am going to fall for that. What makes matters worse, is that some reports are saying that by joining the free credit monitoring you may be... Read more →