Water Cooler 5/9/16 - OPEN THREAD - RedState trending, Poor retirees, Naked students forget needy


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If you’re getting close to retirement here’s something a little disconcerting.  I’ll let the opening paragraph from this Washington Examiner article get you in the mood:


“President Obama has budgeted $17,613 for each of the estimated 75,000 Central American teens expected to illegally cross into the United States this year, $2,841 more than the average annual Social Security retirement benefit, according to a new report.”

FTR, the story says the average SS retirement benefit is $14,772. The full report from the Center for Immigration Studies which the Examiner article links to, outlines the programs involved and why it costs taxpayers so much.

College students need another reason to get naked

At Colorado State University Friday night hundreds of students gathered to run around the college in underwear.  The annual ” Undie Run” originally started as a way for the young Einstein’s to de-stress before finals and was designed to be a charity since clothes were donated to the needy after the run. Now, after a few years, it’s morphed into a mess. Denver’s CBS4 says “..the founders now condemn it after more clothes end up in the dump than in the hands of those in need.” CSU officials urged students to forego the event this year, so naturally more students showed up than ever before.

Sensing a trend here

First it was the IRS holding up the charity status of conservative groups. Now this. Seems Facebook employees  held back on conservatives stories keeping them from ‘trending’  says Gizmodo. Several sources in the article point to how subjects were manipulated.


” This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.”

And there was THIS gem from one of the “curators”:

Every once in awhile a Red State or conservative news source would have a story. But we would have to go and find the same story from a more neutral outlet that wasn’t as biased.”

The article also gives insight into how they made sure some topics got your attention even if they weren’t trending.


  • Aaaaand Bobby Jindal decides to pull the lever for Trump.
  • I’m having a root canal AND a separate tooth extraction tomorrow.  No prayer requests necessary but sympathy and pity are appreciated.
  • Mother’s Day 2016 is history. I have yet to meet a single person who took mom to Hooter’s for their “free meal for mom” promotion.   Now, mark June 19th on the calendar. It’s Father’s Day. Do the Chippendale dancers have a Father’s day promotion going on the dads might like?
  • Primary election day tomorrow!!! Yeah, I know it doesn’t gin up the same enthusiasm it once did but I’m just the messenger. West Virginia and Nebraska both have primaries tomorrow. Quite a few delegates up for grabs but even if Trump wins all delegates in both states he’ll still not have enough to clinch the Republican nomination. It might actually be fun just to see how many people don’t vote for him and instead write in the name of their pet goldfish.

Today is a liberating day. It is Tear the Tag Off the Mattress Day.  The tag is your friend. It tells you the bedding is brand new and not recycled from old pre-used, bug infested stuffing which was a problem in the late 1800 and early 1900’s. So don’t buy a mattress without the tag, but once you buy it, you are free to legally tear it off.

That’s the water cooler for today. It’s OPEN THREAD so you can sip on these for awhile or dump anything else you may find down below. Enjoy.

* all emphasis mine


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