A very bitter, nasty, fear mongering and entertaining Ontario election came to a close last night, with the Liberals doing their impersonation of Lazarus and rising from the dead (politically dead after corruption scandals that would have toppled most governments). When an election includes catch-phrases from the Simpsons, “Think of the children!”, and then a photoshop of a candidate walking away from an exploding hospital (ala the Joker from the Dark Knight), was most assuredly entertaining. I am astounded by the results, and would have laughed in your face if you had told me on Thursday there was going to be a Liberal majority, but that is why politics is so interesting.
It is Father’s Day on Sunday, and just remember to leave Dad the big piece of chicken, and it will all go well. My favorite Father’s Day TIL was in the early 90′s the day that had the most collect (i.e. reversed charges) calls was? Anyone? Bueller? Father’s Day, of course. We Fathers have broad shoulders to support the world (I hear). My Father taught me a great deal, hopefully my kids have learned something from me too.
The stories about the NFL awarding the Super Bowl to Minnesota and the promises that had to be made, pale in comparison to the alleged World Cup financial shenanigans. I don’t really have much skin in this event, although I will be cheering hoping that Britain doesn’t shart their shorts, I am more interested in the World Cup of Rugby in the UK next year.
I almost have 2000 actual followers on Twitter. I say actual because I have not “bought” any of them, they are mostly real folks, wow. Know any friends who’d like to be annoyed by my Twitter-Diarhea tell them to look for the Big Cajun Man on Twitter.
It is Friday the 13th today for those who worry about such problems. I don’t really remember too many bad things happening on a Friday the 13th for me, but I will also not be going sky diving or other dangerous activities today either.
My Writings for Week Ending June 13th
If you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia my condolences (that is the fear of the number 13):
- Some OK news, I suppose from Stats Canada with More (Part-time) Jobs in Canada in May 2014, the economy seems to be creating lots of part-time jobs, but where are the full-time economy growing jobs?
- There was actually someone who stood up for the Mutual Fund sales guy on my Atrociously Dangerous Investment Advice piece this week. Interesting, I suppose there are two sides to every story, maybe there are fun-loving thrill-ride seeking 70+ year olds out there who want to buy on margin and such. On the plus side, Rob Carrick mentioned it on his Twitter feed and I had my biggest day from Twitter mentions ever!
- To help all of you folks who didn’t know what to get your Dad for Father’s Day, I went a little off topic to explain as a Father, what we want with: Dad What Do You Want For Father’s Day ?
This Week’s Finest
A week of fun and games and an election too? Who could ask for more? How about these gems:
- Speaking of Father’s Day, if your Dad is a Scotch drinker, the Wall Street Journal gives us a helpful Diagram to Help Decide What Kind of Scotch to buy your Dad.
- Not sure if he is a Scotch lover but the Blunt Bean Counter brings us Are Estate Freezes the Wrong Solution for Family Business Succession? I have little to leave my children, aside from my collection of belly-button lint, and I don’ t think that stuff freezes that well.
- A noted Scotch lover Michael James points out that Stock Volatility Grows Slower than Expected, as he studies stock price correlations.
- The USA Today published an interesting statement that Caring for those with Autism runs $2M plus for life, a happy thought for those of us with kids on the spectrum.
- I found out that with writing on the internet, as with dancing, Timing is Everything (sorry did I step on your foot).
- Barry Choi is on vacation and thus writes about The Biggest Travel Ripoffs, I guess you write about what is in front of you.
- Hadn’t realized that Canada is only #46 on the Blomberg Highest to Cheapest Gas by Country List, yet another reason not to live in Norway.
- Mark at 2nd Career Search is still studying for his CFP exam and he writes about it with Government Benefits are Job #1 for Canadian CFP
- Our amigo Dan Bortolotti wrote about ShareOwner: Canada’s first ETF robo-advisor, over at MoneySense, I like the idea of a Robo-Advisor, however, I’d like to meat the programmers of it first, before using it.
- A Gallup Poll in the US suggests about 42% of Americans believe that Humans in their current form were created on earth 10,000 years ago by God. Interesting.
- Mark from My Own Advisor has a mysterious question for you What is the greatest retirement asset you’ll ever have? You’ll have to read to figure out what that might be.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did an article for Esquire Magazine about 20 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 30 , I got a longer list than he does, which is scary.
Good Guy Marlins and Cubbies Fans
Good sportsmanship at a Cubs game? That’s a sentence you don’t see very often.