A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits: Talk about money. Learn to break the law. Romance pants.

  • Are they coming for you?I was one of those kids that reached college without much of an idea how money worked. I got my first credit card by filling out an application on campus because they were offering a free pizza. These days I see more people willing to discuss what kinds of underwear Victoria’s Secret shouldn’t be selling to preteen girls than what kinds of financial products young men and women should avoid. Sex is a more acceptable topic for casual conversation than money. Accept this challenge: Talk to one person this week about money.

April 19, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Talk about money. Learn to break the law. Romance pants.

Quick Hits: Bankrupt athletes. Deputy behaving badly, part two. White House monsters.

  • Whatcha gonna do?The average NFL player earns over six and a half million dollars over his career. 78% of them go bankrupt within five years of retirement. Other professional athletes suffer similar fates, because the simple truth is that you can’t out earn stupid behavior. A million dollars isn’t as much as you might imagine, and without proper planning it can all slip away. It’s vital to learn the right way to handle money when earning just a little. When that big windfall or great opportunity comes, you’ll know how to properly scale your plan to handle it.
  • Last August I hit a story about Deputy Dominic Fornal and his incredible sense of smell. Fornal was reportedly able to discern that a car contained marijuana while it was traveling 35 mph with the windows up. (You’ll be shocked to learn that he was also wrong about the marijuana. Horribly, tragically wrong…for the car’s owner.) Well, he’s turned up again. This time he decided he needed to pour a bottle of liquor into a woman’s purse and the floorboards of her van as part of his law enforcement duties. He also called his fellow officer a ‘dumb-ass.’ That finally got him investigated by Internal Affairs which caused him to immediately resign. Good riddance, but the odds are high that another agency will soon hire him. How can you stop a bully with a badge, when they’re protected by the system they abuse?
  • If you think our current president is a blood-sucking monster, or you think the previous holder of that office was a mindless monster, then these are the toys for you. Shiver with fear as you come face to face with the Monster from the Watergate Lagoon. Stand in awe at the lumbering form of Lincolnstein. The whole set can be yours for just under $200. Order today!

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick Hits: Tobacco farmers face changes. Balko’s new book. Intercourse to climax.

  • Radley Balko, award-winning criminal justice and civil liberty investigative journalist (and all around bad-ass), is getting ready to release the must-read book on the militarization of police in America this Summer. As part of his push, he’s been posting the sordid details of a different militarized police operation every weekday to his blog (he claims to have over two years worth of material at that rate, with more coming in the time). It’s important to remember that there are no actual officially published numbers regarding these kinds of activities (SWAT raids, etc.) in America. So, until state and local agencies become more transparent, anecdotal evidence and extrapolation are the best we can do. If you want to learn more, check out this interview with Balko regarding the upcoming book.
  • How long is it from Intercourse to Climax? Well, that depends. If you’re a man, you probably take a slight left onto PA-283, and head past Harrisburg on your way to Climax, PA – a quick 4 hours away. However, if you’re a woman, you’ll likely take a left onto N Hills Rd, winding your way through Maryland until you get on the I-95 and eventually arrive in Climax, GA – which is a 15 hour trip. It’s important to keep in mind that women need to leave about 11 hours earlier if both partners want arrive at their destination simultaneously, but you probably knew that already. Next time, we’ll discuss the best routes to Coxsackie from the Meat Packing District in NYC.

March 12, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Tobacco farmers face changes. Balko’s new book. Intercourse to climax.

Quick Hits of the Week

  • I am always surprised when I hear the statistics about giving among Christians. It’s well known that people working in ministry are, in a majority of cases, underpaid. Christians are called to be generous, emulating the gift that was given to us by Christ. Our family tithes and gives as much as we feel called to, because we want our church to be able to pay our pastors well, and we want there to be margin for helping the people in our community who have difficulty providing for themselves. Now, there is some debate over whether or not pastors should depend on the financial support of the church, but I think the argument for is fairly strong. If you don’t that’s your choice, but I’m wondering how you live generously.
  • We like to measure our success, no matter how we endeavor. One of the problems with that is the way we measure our success will have an effect on how we try to achieve it. Sometimes we’re just measuring the wrong things. For example, in education: if the goal is children who love learning, are test scores the best way to measure that?
  • Alright. I’m not condoning fighting a house fire with a garden hose. I don’t actually think that it would be effective. However, faced with the possibility that a neighborhood fire might spread to my property, and no firefighters in sight, I might try something drastic to slow the oncoming destruction. It would be incredibly unwise for me to do so against the explicit order of a police officer, too, but I would expect at least a couple of verbal warnings before they’d resort to whipping out a Tazer and shooting me with it to stop me. What do you think?
  • Part of the problem that our garden hose wielder was running into was the fear of what might happen. The police couldn’t risk him even trying to stave off the flames, because if he were hurt or killed, they would likely receive some blame. We live in a society that more and more tells us that if we can do something to reduce a risk we should do it, no matter the cost, or the limiting freedom. Every time somebody dies in a tragedy, somebody is to blame.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

November 15, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week