Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Dollar Tree now sells stuff for 1.25. The First World is triggered. Nothing new to see here.


"Influencers" and "Bloggers" are outraged.  So are pathetic trailer trash addicted to low prices on junk which have conned them into believing that they are financially stable.  Trash which thinks it has some kind of god-given right to rock-bottom-priced garbage Because Reasons ("America," most likely.)

The rest of us are just getting on with our lives because other than having to drive past them, we have nothing to do with this dirty, smelly stores, their down-on-their-luck employees, and the sad, depressingly fertile trolls wandering their aisles looking for lead-infused toys and lemon snack pies. 

Monday, January 17, 2022

Sirius XM Tiktok Radio, because the Universe continues to hate me.


Because the dumpster fire of rank Stupid that is TikTok certainly deserves it's own radio channel, doesn't it?  I mean, how else can you keep up with the wall of noise only "influencers" and other talentless mouth-breathers can provide during those few minutes every day you can't be on your phone because of lame Boomer Traffic Laws?

Look, I know this channel wasn't created for me.  And I know that all I have to do is not tune in (and believe me, I won't.)  But that's not going to spare me from the endless commercials for this auditory toxic waste dump (being scheduled on the SiriusXM Classic Radio channel, of all things.  As if the average customer for TikTok Radio is an elderly white female.)

Sunday, January 16, 2022

TurboTax is FREE FREE FREE... until it isn't.


Sigh.  It's this time of year again....

(Full Disclosure:  I have been a highly satisfied TurboTax customer for close to twenty years now.  On average I can complete my forms and send them out electronically, with Direct Deposit selected to receive my refund, inside of 30 minutes.  It really helps when you don't own anything.) 

TurboTax is FREE.  It's FREE.  It's FREE.  Unless, of course, you want to file electronically, or you want to file your State form along with your Federal form, or if you want any guarantee of accuracy from TurboTax, or if you want to use Direct Deposit to get your refund.  If you don't care about any of that, then yes, there is a version of TurboTax that is FREE.  Do I have to add that I really, really don't recommend that version AT ALL?

It costs me about $100 to file both State and Federal taxes with TurboTax, and I have never had an issue with the IRS, and I've received my refund very quickly- once, only three days after official Approval.  So again, I have ZERO problem with TurboTax itself.  But these "do it for free" ads which pop up every. Single. January. are not particularly honest.  Simply put, you get what you pay for. And when it comes to something like taxes, it's worth a small investment to do it right.  

Saturday, January 15, 2022

MassMutual suggests this guy's family is out to get him, but wants to check some boxes off first...


Well, I suppose the FIRST thing that would happen if these ridiculous ghouls get their obvious wish and the breadwinner of the family is injured and has to miss work is....they have to go out and get jobs to keep the mortgage payments on that ridiculous house current.  Seriously, I see at least three potential paychecks here other than this guy being hounded to do something before he inevitably gets injured (or gets scurvy.)  And if their combined efforts can't keep that house, well, they are living beyond their means and I really don't care.   And neither should he.  

Friday, January 14, 2022

Tom Brady wont' be there to bail you out when the bubble bursts, Crypto-Idiots!


The radio version of these stupid Crypto Scam ads starts with "everyone is getting into crypto!  Are you?" which makes negative sense to even ask; if "everyone" is getting into crypto, doesn't that mean that I'm getting into crypto By Definition?  Or is that ad actually asking me if I am not part of the set of people which includes "everyone?"

In this particular commercial we are told that Tom Brady and his wife- sitting in one of their ridiculous palaces, with more money than they could possibly spend- are "in" on putting a sliver of their vast fortune into an imaginary non-asset whose value is entirely built on hype well mixed with confusion and greed.  Which is just fine for Tom Brady, who won't even notice the next time Bitcoin drops from $50000 per unit to $30000 because Elon Musk accidentally drops a truth bomb on late-night TV, but might be a bit more impactful for one of the millions of stupid knobs who move their retirement funds into something they can't even begin to comprehend because a quarterback who owns multiple vacation homes and is married to a supermodel sort-of endorsed it in a commercial once. 

I'm not "in."  I will never be "in" until there's some semblance of regulation connected to this crypto-stupidity.  But then, what do I know about investing?  I probably would have missed out on that awesome tulip deal back in the 1630s, too. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Chevy Silverado plays the Helicopter Dad Trope. Because we can't ever get enough of that, can we?


So this guy was willing to invite his daughter's boyfriend on their little trip to the Great Outdoors, but considers holding hands in the back seat "funny business?"  Jeeeeesus, buddy- you guys Jehovah's Witnesses or what?  If you are so worried about this kid that you need to use half a dozen cameras (none of which show the back seat, interestingly enough, making pointing out that you have these cameras kind of a moot point) why did you invite him along?  You DO know that this boy is your daughter's BOYFRIEND and not her BROTHER, right? 

I also notice that Mom seems to have no problem with with what is "going on" in the back seat.  See, that's because Mom is Totally Cool and sees her daughter as a daughter and not a possession, like Dads do.  As the cool kids say nowadays, this is so cringe. 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Jamie Foxx: From Oscar Winner to Addiction Enabler?


Way back in 2004, Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his portrayal of the inexplicably overrated Ray Charles in the equally inexplicably overrated film Ray.   In the 17 years since that breakout performance, Foxx has starred in twenty-nine films- most of dubious quality, but many of which have been box-office smashes and combined have brought well over $2 billion in revenue, has made multiple television appearances besides this commercial, and has his own programming on Sirius/XM radio.  His net worth is currently estimated at $150 million.  

And here he is, hamming it up for a gambling app designed to make it effortless for its users to spark  and grow a gambling addiction which in 99 percent of its "customers" will lead to far more financial distress than growth.   Because someone handed him another fistful of money to throw on the already-massive pile, and Mr. Foxx clearly doesn't give a damn who suffers because they bought in to this con.

Nobody would praise MGM if it was promoting a meth addiction, but far more people lose their livelihoods every year to a gambling addiction than will ever even TRY meth.  Go to hell, MGM, and please take Jamie Foxx with you.  And btw I'd like to apologize to Shaquille O'Neal, Joe Namath, JJ Walker, George Foreman and all the other Anything For A Buck spokeschoads who lent their names to soulless hucksters, because you are all saints compared to Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck, and anyone else who rents out their name to pitch this life-destroying crap.