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In Topic: White House Correspondents Dinner

Yesterday, 03:12 AM

Obama was great, Wilmore not so much.


In Topic: Starting a consulting business

30 April 2016 - 02:23 PM


One important lesson I learned when I was self employed:  You are twice as smart if you cost twice as much.


Meaning: If your clients are paying a lot for your time, they will value it.  If you are too cheap, they will waste your time and frequently not listen to you.



Obviously there is a reasonable price range for the job you will be doing.  But the market range for your skill is from $40 to $150 and hour, you don't want to be the $40 and hour guy (or worse, offer to take the job for $30 or less).  You will regret it.

Back in the 70's I was asked to quote an hour rate for a job, they got back to me saying your are to expensive and don't get the job. About 3-4 weeks later they phoned me back to see if I could the job I said yeah but another $10.hour more, why they ask I said because the cheap guy stuffed up the job. They took me on.


A few months ago a cut rate barbershop opened in town.  Big sign out front:  $7 haircuts.


My barber of 45 years has his shop about 6 blocks away.  Basic haircut there is about $17.  I was in the chair one day getting what is left of my hair cut and my beard trimmed.  I said to him you ought to put up a sign: "we fix $7 haircuts."


You may not always get what you pay for, but you will most certainly not get what you don't pay for.

In Topic: Dennis Hastert in Trouble

28 April 2016 - 02:25 PM



15 lousy months, I hope it's in general population: By Matt Zapotosky April 27 at 11:57 AM

CHICAGO —"A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison — a term above what even prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly takes into account the sexual abuse allegations that generated the criminal case against the Illinois Republican."


It will be, 'til he punks out and goes into an protective isolation unit.  


BTW - the idea of "Club Fed" doesn't really exist - there are differing security level facilities, but a federal pen is a federal pen - no segregation between old white collar criminals and murderers, aside from those that individual behavioral considerations would warrant. 


Both Blago and Jared are at the Federal minimum security in Denver.  Recently Jared got the shit kicked out of him by another inmate.   I expect Hastert to go there.


Reports on Chicago TV news last night were that Hastert's medical issues (whatever they might be) limit the possibilities of what federal prison he is sent to.  The presiding judge is rumored to have had a discussion with the warden at a fed lockup in Massachusetts to see if they could provide for Hastert's medical needs.


Just throw his ass into the Cook County jail.  He won't last 15 hours.

In Topic: More bad news for the GOP

27 April 2016 - 08:19 PM

who knew we'd look back on Obama with fondness....

Too soon to print up the "miss me yet" bumper stickers with President Obama's picture on them?

In Topic: Three Year Old Exercises His 2A Rights

26 April 2016 - 10:53 PM

On the other hand, child (age not given) back seat of car, gets his hands on a gun (how not given in the story), shoots 26 year old driver.  Driver dead.