Monopoly for Millennials. We Kid You Not.

“Forget real estate. You can’t afford it anyway.”

The fine folks at Hasbro have come out with a new version of the classic board game Monopoly called “Monopoly for Millennials.”

Money doesn’t always buy a great time, but experiences, whether they’re good — or weird — last forever. The Monopoly for Millennials game celebrates just that. Instead of collecting as much cash as possible, players are challenged to rack up the most Experiences to win. Travel around the gameboard discovering and visiting cool places to eat, shop, and relax. Interact with other players via Chance and Community Chest cards, (which are super relatable). And players don’t pay rent — they visit one another, earning more Experience points. This board game is a great way to bring a fun and relaxed vibe to a party or casual get-together.

Oh yay. Doesn’t this just warm your heart?

Unboxing video:

This Picture Could Be A Crime.

Last week we talked about the mascot of the United States Air Force Academy being injured in a “prank” gone bad between the Air Force Academy and the Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. We ran an image of the injured falcon to accompany the article and never thought anything about it.

It turns out we may have broken the law.

In 2008 the US Fish Fish and Wildlife Service passed a series of regulations dealing with falconry, which the Service defines as:

Falconry is caring for and training raptors for pursuit of wild game, and hunting wild game with raptors. Falconry includes the taking of raptors from the wild to use in the sport; and caring for, training, and transporting raptors held for falconry.

The rules require that states adopt the rules the Service created or have rules that are at least as strict or more strict. Whatever the Fish and Wildlife Service says, goes.

The Fish and Wildlife Service requires that for a person to practice falconry, they must have a license.

There are provisions in the US Code and the license that require bookkeeping on obtaining, care, transportation and selling of falcons. In that falcons are a threatened species, we can see this regulation as perhaps being positive. After all, if falconers love their birds and their sport, they should want to make sure there are records to protect the illegal trafficking of birds. Those documents should be made available to inspectors at any time. The rules also require that the areas in which birds are housed be open to inspection without notice or warrant.

But here’s the really strange part of the rules:

Fourteenth Amendment Is Dying A Slow Death.

We don’t talk about the 14th Amendment much because to us, it is such a simple, basic rule that goes beyond the Constitution, but rather into the lives of people and how we should treat people.

Section I of the amendment reads:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The clause “equal protection under the law” means that people should be treated identically regardless of race, creed, gender, and also station in life. It means that where you work and live shouldn’t matter to the blindfolded lady holding the scales of justice.

For years now, we have slowly seem the idea that we are all under the same set of laws eroded.

The latest case is former FBI Director James Comey.

You may remember Comey and his heading of the botched investigation into the Hillary Clinton email servers where he determined there was wrong doing and Hillary had broken the law, but that he felt prosecutors should ignore the infraction.

R.I.P. Stan Lee.

Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics and what is called the “Marvel Comics Universe” passed away this past Monday. It is difficult to imagine how many people Lee touched with his work, and even more difficult to know how many people he inspired through his characters and his art.

We have often thought that the best writers and artists are those who can take you to another place – to suspend reality for a bit. Even historical authors and artists that depict people and times from the past can do that. Reality is so, so….so real, and the ability to suspend reality – even for a second – and transport you to another time and place in your mind is a talent not many people have.

Lee’s characters will live on, but he will be missed.

(image courtesy Tibsey on Deviantart.)

Someone Tell Us How This Is Right?

The Downtown Hope Center in Anchorage, Alaska, does what can only be considered yeoman’s work in helping people in need. In over 30 years, the Center has grown to:

Provide Women’s Shelter, Culinary & Bakery Job Skills Training, Daily Meals, Laundry, and Clothing Handout
Home of Feed Me Hope Bakery and Culinary School
Serving neighbors in need for over 30 years
Over 160 individuals volunteer weekly
450-600 cups of soup served daily
142,000 meals prepared annually
Majority of funding from individual donations

The center is a religious based endeavor. While the Center is funded mostly by individual donations, it receives no funds from any state or federal agency. The group provides services that help people get back on their feet. One of the things the Center provides is shelter for women who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

Count All The Votes – Even The Illegal Ones.

(image courtesy Getty Images)

As the fight rages over votes in south Florida, charges of incompetency are flying. We have no idea how an area with more poll workers per capita than Brevard County screwed this past election up so badly. In a just world, heads would roll, but this is politics and government jobs which means no one is ever accountable for anything.

However, one incident that has happened should anger every law abiding citizen who believes their right to vote needs to be protected.

While counting votes on Friday, a provisional ballot was discarded because the person who had cast the vote was not a US citizen. Seems easy, right?

The lawyers for both DeSantis and Gilliam objected to the ballot not being counted which means they wanted a non-citizen’s vote to be counted. Here’s a partial transcript of what happened:

Lawyers for the Florida Democratic gubernatorial and Senate candidates objected Friday to the rejection of a provisional ballot cast by a noncitizen, according to a transcript obtained by Fox News.

Veterans Day.


It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Today is Veterans Day, a day in which we in America should pause and recognize the service of the men and women who protect our freedoms, defend the innocent, and act a deterrent to evil in the world.

As long as there are people and nations seeking to deny rights and basically enslave others, there will be a need for the military to stand up and say, “no. Not today. Not on my watch.”

You have to admire, appreciate and honor that stance – that devotion – that willingness to lay your life on the line so others can live in freedom.

Today, we take time to thank veterans for their service.

Why Avocados Shouldn’t Exist.

Who knew?

The avocado is highly regarded by many people as delicious and nutritious, but the most extraordinary thing about avocados may be their very existence.

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