Black Coffee: My Favorite Blogs, Money News and Opinions

Blogs I’ve Been Following This Week

Here are four blogs that I’ve been following this week and recommend you check out if you haven’t already done so…

Weakonomics – The Weakonomist has an interesting counter argument to my incessant warnings about inflation and hyperinflation.

Squawkfox – Somebody told me Kerry had an interesting article about growing grass and I’m always looking for pointers on improving my technique. Before things get out of hand, let me state for the record I’m talking about grass as in fescue and bermuda — not Maui Wowee.  After all, doesn’t everybody already know how to grow that?  ;-)

The Money Hawk – I found out this week that Kevin and I both share a love for Papa John’s pizza.  So my interest was piqued when I saw his post suggesting that Papa John’s Pizza is broken.  Three years ago I had come to that same conclusion with the franchise in my local town.  The reason I considered them to be broken was their insistence on charging a delivery fee on top of the regular price.  Blasphemy!  The local store lost my business when they refused to waive the fee.  Kevin had a different, but just as crazy, reason why Papa John’s seems to be “losing it.”   I happen to completely agree with his assessment.

PF Advice – I especially enjoyed the article on budget categories that our grandparents didn’t have to worry about.  Jennifer, may I add that not only did gramma not have to deal with a cable television bill, she also didn’t have to deal with their lousy customer service either.  ;-)

Credits and Debits

Debit: Congress passing yet another bailout bill, this one affectionately known as “Cash for Clunkers.“  This new law provides a voucher for car owners whose present car gets less than 18 MPG in fuel efficiency.  Drivers who buy a car with a 10 MPG improvement over their previous car qualify for the entire $4,500 voucher, while those who choose a car with a 4 MPG improvement qualify for a $3,500 voucher.  So let me get this straight: Taxpayers are now not only on the hook for giving $5000 “rewards” to folks who committed to buying more house than they could afford, but they’re also responsible for paying $4500 for their neighbor’s 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham that wouldn’t fetch $200 in the open market?   Don’t blame me, America; I didn’t vote these clowns into power.

Credit: After almost two years of non-stop declines home prices, in Southern California at least, have stopped falling.   I wonder if this means we’ll be seeing a resurgence of people who consider houses primarily as “investments” as opposed to “homes?”

Credit: With a budget deficit of over $40-billion and California Controller John Chiang warning that the state was, “less than 50 days away from a meltdown of state government,” the Obama administration surprisingly ignored pleas from California’s Democratic leadership for a federal bailout.   That’s one miracle down and three to go — a massive reduction in the size of state government services, a roll-back of crazy government salaries and the elimination of California state employee’s mind-boggling, tax-payer provided, pensions.

Update:  My Shameless RSS Experiment  — Week 2

It’s been two weeks since I introduced My Shameless RSS Experiment.  I saw another modest increase last week after my last update.  However, to paraphrase Robert Frost, I definitely have miles to go before I sleep.

To be completely honest, I should probably say I have parsecs to go before I can even take a cat nap!   ;-)

Carnival News

This past week I had posts featured at the following carnivals:

- The Carnival of TwentySomething Finances: Numbers Edition

- Money Hacks Carnival #69 – The Dollar Bill Edition

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7 comments to Black Coffee: My Favorite Blogs, Money News and Opinions

  • Great list.

    I didn’t vote these clowns into power either…but I sure am worried for the civil liberties of myself & my future children. Good thing it’s all in God’s hands! :-)

    Good luck w/your Shameless experiment!

  • Thanks, Matt! In my opinion, the United States can not afford to keep giving money away without an equal return in goods and or services. If this continues the dollar will soon be facing a severe crisis in confidence that the Fed will not be able to contain. Then the real fun starts.

    At least in California’s case, Arnold can’t print his own money (but he would if he could), so eventually that situation will be forced to correct itself whether government officials like it or not. As a California citizen, I firmly believe the state will survive just fine once all the services are cut that need to be cut. Ironically, that is the biggest fear of those in California warning of a state-wide economic Armageddon if we don’t raise taxes.

  • Thank you so much for the mention. :D
    LOL –> Wrong kind of grass. LOL

  • @weakonomist: I’m glad you liked them. Enjoyed your take on the inflation situation. I hope you are right.

    @squawkfox: You’re very welcome. Loved the post — even if it was about the other grass! LOL

  • coffee

    Great post! How do you go about thinking of things to write about? I often suffer from writers block. How do you power through it?

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