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Even More Voters Now See America As A Divided Nation - Rasmussen Reports™

Voters don’t share President Obama’s upbeat assessment of the nation and strongly believe the United States is coming apart. Even the majority of his fellow Democrats share that gloomy assessment.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters believe America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago. Clearly voters think things are getting worse because that’s up 11 points from the 61% who felt that way just before Election Day two years ago.

Only seven percent (7%) say the country is less divided than it was four years ago, while 19% think the level of division is about the same.


Bachelor on the Cheap: Reclaiming Furniture

Mike ThayerBy Mike Thayer

If you have a friend that's giving some items away, or you find something at a garage sale that's 'iffy', or you see something you like at a thrift store, take it!

20160812_182358 (2)Today's project. Reclaimed furniture. This used to be a glass top coffee table. The glass top shattered, and rather than shell out the bucks for tempered glass, I gave the metal frame a fresh coat of hammered black paint, put on a wood top and stained it. Total cost, $24.

A little imagination and a few bucks can turn something functional, into something that also looks really good!


Bachelor on the Cheap: Buy your cleaning supplies at Dollar Tree

Mike ThayerBy Mike Thayer

If you're not a fan of Dollar Tree, then I must ask, "Why not?"

Have you shopped there?  Have you given it a shot?

Dollar Tree 001Full Disclosure:  I had never stepped foot inside one of their stores until after my divorce, a few years back.  I only did so, upon recommendation from some work friends and the need to supply my apartment in 'starting out' again from scratch.

Today, I was in need of re-supplying my cleaning supplies and a few personal hygiene items.  Check out the list, look how cheap it is!   You would pay perhaps four times the amount for the name brand stuff at THE local big-name grocery store.

I got all the basics for cleaning and then some, for only $16.13!  Try doing that at HyVee, or even Walmart!   You just flat out, can't. 

"But Mike," you say, "Are those products as good as the name brand stuff?"

For the most part, yes, yes it all is.  To be fair, some of the products aren't as strong or seem to be watered down compared to some of the name brand counter-parts, but for the price, it's still well worth it.  The Dollar Tree offerings of laundry soap for example are every bit as good as something like Tide.  The hand soap, I can't tell a difference from name brands.  Mouthwash, same thing.  The Pine Sol copycat is watered down, but it works, and no, it doesn't take four times the amount to clean in comparison to how much you would pay for the real deal.   The foil, a bit thin, but I can double up in wrapping if need be and still will not be paying out what I would for the name brand.  Palmolive dish soap, that's a name brand you can get for $1 at Dollar Tree, how much did you pay for it at THE 'Name Brand' grocery store?  Too much!  And why pay too much for something as basic as a scrub sponge?  Get two sponges for the price of one at Dollar Tree.

Just remember that when it comes to the name brand stuff, in most cases you are being marketed, don't buy into their hype.  And don't take my word for it, do your own homework.  Test some products out that you purchased from Dollar Tree.  I think you'll be pleased with what you buy there.

Related Story:  Good Sense Trash Bags at Dollar Tree

‘This Is a Very Unusual Case’: Alleged Burglar Dies After Alabama Homeowner Ties Him to a Tree |

“I would say this is a very unusual case,” Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer told WALA.

According to WALA, Nathaniel Johnson, 68, told authorities that he was tired of his home being burglarized, so he hid his car at a neighbor’s home to make it appear as though his home was empty — and then he waited.

When Cleveland Gully, 31, allegedly entered his home, Johnson tackled him and dragged him to a tree.

“He began to tie him to the tree still in the standing up position,” Stringer said.

Stringer said that Johnson detained Gully with electrical wire and rope in addition to “multiple layers of masking tape that he had wrapped around his mouth and all the way around his head.”

“I don’t think he was intending to kill the intruder,” Stringer said. “I think he wanted to capture him and have him arrested.”


DePaul University Reportedly Bans Conservative Speaker Ben Shapiro: ‘This Is How Free Speech Dies’ |

Another university has reportedly banned conservative pundit Ben Shapiro from speaking at a campus event.

The decision was announced Monday in a blog post published on Shapiro’s Daily Wire. In the post, John Minster, vice president of DePaul University’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, lamented the collapse of free thought and discussion on the increasingly liberal American campus scene.


Uber is planning on investing $500 million dollars to map the world’s roads | The Verge

Uber relies heavily on Google’s extensive maps, but it appears that the ride share company is getting ready to stand on their own. According to The Financial Times, it is planning to invest half a billion dollars into creating its own worldwide maps, a crucial step towards using autonomous cars.


$15 minimum wage shutters old-school Brooklyn diner | New York Post

Say goodbye to the late-night fries and gravy.

One of the last classic Brooklyn diners is biting the dust — and soon they’ll all die off due to the state’s minimum-wage increase and other factors, restaurateurs and economic experts predicted Friday.

The owner of the four-decade-old, 24-hour greasy spoon, Del Rio Diner in Gravesend, said his place is closing down because he can’t afford to pay cooks $15 an hour, along with rising rents and expensive Health Department inspection fees.

“The minimum-wage law was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We’d need to raise the burger to $9 from $6.45. I don’t want to do that to my customers. They’ve been good to me. These are middle-class people,” said owner Larry Georgeton, 66.


Shooting deaths of law enforcement spike in 2016, report reveals | Fox News

Shooting deaths of law enforcement officers spiked 78 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year, including an alarming increase in ambush-style assaults like the ones that killed eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, according to a report released Wednesday.

However, data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that firearms-related deaths of officers in the line of duty are still lower than they were during previous decades like the 1970s.

Thirty-two officers died in firearms-related incidents so far this year including 14 that were ambush-style attacks, according to the report. During the same period last year, 18 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty including three that were considered ambush attacks.

"That's a very alarming, shocking increase in the number of officers who are being literally assassinated because of the uniform they wear and the job that they do," said Craig W. Floyd, who heads the organization.


Find the cheapest gas prices in the Corridor area, July 18, 2016

By Mike Thayer

Don't pay too much!

Go to 'Gas Buddy' at

The lowest prices as of this writing:

Cedar Rapids:  $2.06 per gallon at HyVee, 3935 Blairs Ferry Rd NE near Edgewood Rd.

Coralville:  $2.08 per gallon at Costco, 2900 Heartland Dr near Commerce Dr.

Iowa City:  $2.22 per gallon at Sinclair, 2875 Commerce Dr & 420th St SE.

North Liberty:  $2.65 per gallon at BP, 1 Hawkeye Dr & IA-965.

Tiffin:  $2.19 per gallon at Kum & Go, 101 Village Dr & Ireland Ave.