Happy Birthday Milton Friedman! (Video)

The great Libertarian economist Milton Friedman would have been 100 years old today. I have posted items about Milton Friedman before at this link. Above, you’ll find a video that Reason TV put out last year in celebration of Milton Friedman’s 99th birthday which Nick Gillespie so eloquently tells us about the man’s accomplishments.

Below is an excerpt of an appreciation of Milton Friedman by economist Stephen Moore which you find in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Moore writes:

It’s a tragedy that Milton Friedman—born 100 years ago on July 31—did not live long enough to combat the big-government ideas that have formed the core of Obamanomics. It’s perhaps more tragic that our current president, who attended the University of Chicago where Friedman taught for decades, never fell under the influence of the world’s greatest champion of the free market. Imagine how much better things would have turned out, for Mr. Obama and the country.

Friedman was a constant presence on these pages until his death in 2006 at age 94. If he could, he would surely be skewering today’s $5 trillion expansion of spending and debt to create growth—and exposing the confederacy of economic dunces urging more of it.

Read more at this link.

Happy Birthday Mr. Friedman!

Website Leaks Possible iPhone 5 Photos (Video)

A Chinese-language repair site called iLab leaked photos of what it says is the new iPhone 5. Are they real or are they fake? Newsy explains. And yes, you will need a new charger.

Gin Blossoms ‘Mrs. Rita’ #MusicMonday (Video)

One of my favorite songs by the group from their first album New Miserable Experience. For more information about the Gin Blossoms visit this link.


Robert Griffin III Makes Mark Conner’s Dream Come True (Video)

Via WJLA, nicely done RGIII. Just look at the smile on Mark Conner’s face.

HTTR!

Serenity Prayer – July 30, 2012

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

Thank You Mike Sellers

Via Real Redskins, one of my favorite Washington Redskins players Mike Sellers is hanging up his cleats and retiring from professional football.

Per Chick Hernandez, Mike Sellers is retiring from the NFL. He played 12 NFL seasons, 11 of them with the Redskins.

Sellers’ best season in terms of statistics came in 2005 when he caught 12 passes and scored seven touchdowns. But his real contributions came as a lead blocker and, especially, on special teams. Nobody wanted to see that 260-lb. body barreling towards him. Sellers also was a great locker room character and a fan favorite for his ability to bowl over defenders when he caught the ball in the open field.

Sellers will make his retirement official on Monday.

Mike Sellers was one of the Washington Redskins best special team players since Pete Wysocki. Thank you Mike Sellers for your outstanding play.

Use A Credit/Debit Card To Pay For Things? Get Ready To Pay A Fee

Credit card companies have settled a lawsuit with retailers over swipe fees. Will retailers now charge consumers a fee for using credit/debit cards?

Via CBS 2 New York

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Every time you use your credit card, the store pays up to 3 percent of your total purchase to the credit card company. It’s called a “swipe fee” and now some fed-up retailers are getting ready to pass this cost on to you, in the form of a surcharge.

While others want to reward you for paying with cash.

Paper or plastic? It’s a simple choice, but it’s about to get a lot more complicated, CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported.

“You’re going to start to see retailers really weighing what they’re going to charge consumers for using a credit card,” said Kelli Grant of Smart Money magazine.

That’s right, major retailers — from supermarkets to drug stores — may soon be charging you more if you choose to pay for an item with a credit card, instead of paying with cash.

“An extra 2 to 3 percent,” Grant said.

It’s all because Visa-MasterCard and several major banks settled a long running lawsuit alleging they conspired to fix “swipe fees.”

As part of the settlement, retailers are now allowed to charge customers a surcharge if they pay with plastic.

“It’s going to be, for consumers, an interesting dance of convenience versus cash,” Grant said.

Grant, a consumer expert, said up until now most business owners rolled the cost of processing a credit card into the prices customers pay. But for businesses that sell small-ticket items and are hit hard by 3 percent swipe fees, it may make more sense to ask for the surcharge.

Read more at this link.

(H/T Fox Nation)