Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt Click here to download a pdf
Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy By the Rev. Robert Sirico Is written so well and so conversationally it is a very easy read. Buy it on Amazon here.
WEBSITES AND BLOGS I LOVE! Click on the name to get there.
BY THE NUMBERS BLOG This is my nerd friend David's blog about economics. You've heard him on the show and now you can read his stuff too!
BLUEGRASS INSTITUTE Free market solutions for Kentucky
MICHELLE MALKIN Great blog site with interesting links
BREITBART.COM Even dead he's still shaking things up from the grave
BLUEGRASS POLITICS If you are glutton for punishment
What a great ride we've had! When I saw a job posting in Louisville three and half years ago, I thought to myself...Louisville? I knew nothing about Louisville. But I knew a wonderful friend from Louisville named Marsha and adored her, so I thought, what the heck, I'll apply. I really didn't think I would get the job, but I sent my tape thinking I could get feedback on how to make it and me better. Spoiler alert: I got the job.
Many of you may not know that The Q and I came her first, leaving Chuck behind for three months while our middle child graduated from high school. I packed a picture our first nanny gave me of Q for Mother's Day yesterday and was struck by how she got here a baby, literally, and leaves here well on her way to being a little girl. She has had the BEST time here. The Zoo, Cherokee Park, her wonderful time at Hayfield Montessori (the BEST school EVER imho) and with some great friends and nannies. This has been a great place for her to spend a chunk of her childhood.
For me, this experience defies explanation in the best possible way. The people of Louisville are simply the best. The. Best. Warmest, kindest, most open and caring community I've ever seen. I tell my friends who are incredulous that I live in Kentucky that Louisville is the most surprising city I've ever been in. So much to do, so many amazing restaurants, a strong sense of community, and caring and generosity of both spirit and funds. Being a part of the Crusade for Children has been wonderful. That very special event is and will always remain unique to Louisville, because Louisville doesn't forget it's past. I met someone when I was new to the area who had moved away after college and moved back years later, and he told me once you live here, you want to come back. It's as if Louisville sings the song of a siren that follows you when you leave and pulls you back...happily.
I didn't quite get it then, but I get it now. We are already planning a return trip for Derby, and I'd still like to see a moonbow and rent a houseboat on Lake Cumberland. We just didn't have enough time.
Politically, I hope I've been good to Louisville. Many of you have been thanking me for waking you up to the reality of what's going on with our government. Please don't go back to sleep! Kentucky needs you to be involved like never before, to push elected officials to stop denying the serious problems coming down he pike and take them on. The pension system is perilously close to disaster. The Yum! Center saga is far from over. Transparency needs to be forced onto Frankfort. And the Metro Council members who shamefully voted to keep the unethical Barbara Shanklin need to lose their seats to challegers who understand what it means to do the right thing. Don't stop banging away on the mess at JCPS until SOMEONE does away with the asinine bussing plan. Volunteer at a persistently low achieving school. Be a part of the solution to some problem in Louisville instead of merely complaining about it.
Someone else will be hired to do this job. Please be kind and give them a chance! I would remind many of you that when I arrived, many were not happy. I was not Francene, would never be Francene, and you were not happy. I have the emails to prove this, lest you be in denial. But it worked out. You got used to me. I settled in. So I ask you to give the next host a chance. You will get used to them. They will settle in. You may even like them better! Seriously, it could happen. I hope it does, because I love this audience that much!
Finally, I must say thank you. For all the gift baskets, the "welcome to Louisvillles", for the kind words via email, for the challenging phone conversations, the support of Special Olympics and Annie's Angels and Crusade for Children, for the lunches, dinners and invitations to speak. For thinking of me when you had a question about policy, for telling your friends they HAD to listen, for laughing at my dumb jokes, for getting angry with me when anger was called for. For making phone calls to Legislators, for reading my blog, for being great callers and loving the most exciting segment on the radio of it's kind IN THE WOOOOOORLLLLD...of the Day.
I wake up every day and get to do a job I love in a city I love with listeners I adore. There are not words to express the gratitude I feel. Nothing is sufficient. It all seems too little or inadequate. But know this. I am proud of the work I've done here, and I'm proud to have been a resident of Kentucky. This state is not perfect, but it is remarkable, and that is the story I will always tell. Someone asked me if I was going to leave and start talking bad about Kentucky. It won't happen. There are too many good people here who've left an indelible impression on my heart. Will I make fun of how the state is run by drunken monkeys? You bet. Will I make the occastional shot at UK for fun? Absolutely. But I will also wear my Cards gear proudly and host my own Derby parties just to introduce Denverites to mint juleps and Benedictine spread. I love this city. I love you people. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
With Love and Gratitude,
TERRY MEINERS IS DOING HIS SHOW LIVE AT BEARNO'S by the Bridge, and I'll be joining him at 5 for a Farewell to Mandy event! Bryan will be there too, and we'd love for you to stop by for a hug and a goodbye. It's at the corner of Main and 2nd, and you can park across the street or under the YUM! Center. We'll be hanging around until 8ish. See you there!
KIDS AREN'T AS FAT. EXCEPT IN KENTUCKY The news is not all bad for the Commonwealth on childhood obesity, but it's not great. Kentucky is one of the many states who have held steady on childhood obesity rates, which is better then increasing. But some states are seeing a decrease in the rate of childhood obesity, which is where we all need to be. But hey, stopping the bleeding is progess!
BESHEAR HIRES ANOTHER POLITICAL CRONY. YAWN. Why is it that everyone gets all hot and bothered when it's revealed that politicians appoint people who help them to positions in government? It's happened again. And no one will care. Because Beshear is a Democrat. I wish the media would spend more time asking him why his political appointees gave made up information about Medicaid costs when the Request for Proposal for managed care went out. But hey don't care about that either.
THEY AREN'T SPYING ON US..OH WAIT...EXCEPT OUR EMAILS PrezBO yukked it up with Leno the other night and assured Jay that the government was NOT spying on Americans. But the NYTimes tells a different story, one that has the NSA checking ALL email communications or certain catchwords, names or email addresses. Well not ALL, just email going overseas. As far as we know. But right now, PrezBO doesn't have much credibility on the issue. Or basic coastal geography.
REMEMBER WHEN GEORGE W BUSH WAS STUPID? Everytime GWBush made any kind of verbal misstep, the media pounced on it with glee to prove how stupid he is. But the current POTUS goes on Jay Leno and says four totally dumbass things and the news media...ignored it. Shocking, I know.
DO YOU LIKE YOUR NEIGHBORS? I hope they fit the right criteria the government sets for diversity. Otherwise, will they tell you that you must move? Sounds cray cray, but read this.
I LOVE THE BOURNE MOVIES But Matt Damon's politics suck. And now he's proven himself to be a total hypocrite. Shocking. He pimps public schools for everyone...else. While putting his own kids in private schools. Do as I say, not as I do! That's the liberal mantra.
ON MY COMPUTER, NOT ON MY PERSON and the only reason I mention it is this particular virus was very interesting. It gave me a very official looking screen that said my computer had been locked by some government organization because I had looked at something offensive, like pictures of children being abused or child porn. Other than the fact I was looking at neither, you know what tipped me off that it was a scam? It offered several ways to "unlock" my screen by providing payment through Moneypal. It was interesting. And now my virus software is battling it. We'll see who wins.
SENATOR RAND PAUL AT 9:35 He will be on to discuss his Egypt amendment getting shot down, I'll ask him if he considers himself an isolationist and also to not get into a public battle with Christie.
INDIANA CONGRESSMAN LUKE MESSER AT 10AM We'll find out what's happening in DC.
CONGRESSMAN THOMAS MASSIE A 10:35 My last chat with one of my new favorites in Congress
MEDICAL MARIJUANA AT 11:10 I've got a bunch of people spearheading the medical marijuana bill in Frankfort coming in to make the case.
SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP GUVNAH A rather unflattering assessment of how our money is spent by Kentucky Emergency Management was issued yesterday by Auditor Adam Edelon. Money was wasted on booze and dinners, and records were altered to cover it up. The most alarming accusation was one that leadership threatened subordinates with retaliation if they spoke openly to the auditor about waste and abuse. The head of this organization, Brig Gen John W. Heltzel, needs to be fired now, but the Guvnah doesn't want to kick his own appointee to the curb. Remember what we just learned from the Shanklin case though: Democrats are allowed to abuse taxpayer dollars. And though I don't know his party affilation, I know John Heltzel gave $250 to the Democratic Central Executive Committee, so draw your own conclusions.
I'M SURE NOTHING WILL GO WRONG HERE. I'm not a computer person, but I know some people who've made their livings for a long time working on the backside of computer programs we know and love. I've heard countless tales of all nighters as the coders try to insure nothing major fails on a commerce site, and tales of epic failures and what happens when a company does a release before something is ready (Windows 8 anyone?). So I'm sure nothing will go wrong here when the HHS keeps missing it's deadlines to test the security of the Obamacare database. And now has pushed it's final deadline for certification of security to the day before the launch date. This is a DISASTER waiting to happen. And I hope some enterprising, small government loving hacker breaks in and steals the info of everyone who signs up. I don't want them to DO anything with the info, just steal it, and let everyone know it's been stolen. With the weak Republicans, this may be the only chance left to prove the government doesn't deserve this kind of power.
YOU COULDA KNOCKED ME OVER WITH A FEATHER When Mayor for Life Lt. Guvnah Jerry Abramson announced yesterday he isn't running for Guvnah. You have to wonder what internal polling looked like on his run vs. other Democrats.
BEVIN FIRES BACK AT MCCONNELL And apparently, it's gonna be this kind of party until the primary.