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Classic Colbert

This 2006 video of Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is getting lots of fresh looks today after the final installment of the Colbert Report last night.

What a ballsy way to launch your career as only a political satirist from the left could do.

More Retirees at Risk

Via this Marketwatch story detailing the latest U.S. retirement survey data comes the chart below depicting how less than half of U.S. retirees will be able to maintain their standard of living after they pick up their golden watch and their last paycheck.

Of course, one easy solution to this worsening problem is to lower your standard of living (i.e., spend less) while you’re working so that the transition into your golden years is much easier, but that’s kind of an un-American thing to do.

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Future historians will no doubt have some fun with 20th and 21st century Americans’ propensity to buy stuff that they really don’t need with money they don’t have and then go store it in some shed. Businessweek recounts the dramatic increase in self-storage capacity in this story today, from which the graphic below was drawn.

While much of this is no doubt temporary storage due to life changes (divorce, relocation, etc.) much of it is likely akin to people who mindlessly pay the minimum balance on their credit cards every month, not really thinking about how this sort of thing adds up over the long haul, and, like banks, storage companies are more than happy to take their money.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been canceled due to bad weather so he decides on other means of transport.

As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, “Shower Curtain Ring Salesman” and all-around blabbermouth, who is never short of advice, conversation, or bad jokes.

And when he decides that he is going the same direction as Neal…

This morning, a brief departure from the normal fare is in order to recall the 1987 John Hughes classic Planes, Trains, and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Over the years, the viewing of this film on Thanksgiving eve has become a family tradition – this summary is provided to readers courtesy of IMDb and various fan sites.

Owen: I’m to drive you to Wichita to catch a train?
Del: Yeah, we’d appreciate it.
Owen: Train don’t run out of Wichita… unlessin’ you’re a hog or a cattle.
[Clears his throat]
Owen: People train runs out of Stubbville.

Cue the music – doooo, doooo, doooo.


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