Mar 272011
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Back from the Snowpack!

Back from the Snowpack!

The Coots spare no expense to bring our readers the news you won’t get from your local rag. This week we sent our correspondent to check out the record snowfall in the Sierra Mountains. The Snowfall stopped just long enough for him to make it through the pass and get settled in a lakeside cabin. Then the snow returned and proceeded to trap him in the cabin for days. Normal weather at Lake Tahoe for this time of year is 60 degrees with hot chicks skiing in bikinis.   Not this year!  One would have thought that Al Gore was in town what with the unnatural cold and snow. Anyway, our correspondent is safely back where the snow don’t stick trying to warm his frostbiten fingers and get this report out.

Latest winter storm adds to monster Sierra snow pack


In all the excitement of the harrowing trip through the mountains yesterday, it seems I missed Earth Hour.

“What?” you say. “You don’t know about Earth Hour..” Earth Hour is when you turn off all the helpful energy using devices that make civilized life so pleasant for an hour.

“What?” I can hear you say again. “Why would I do that?” This answer reveals that you are a spoiled, insensitive, greedy bastard intent on destroying the loving and nurturing planet that has done so much for us. Turning off that TV set for an hour shows your sensitivity and how in tune you are with mother nature- a lesson which might have benefited the Japanese. Anyway , it seems that fewer people are hearing the call of Mother Earth these days because Earth Hour seems to be losing it’s appeal.

Earth Hour may be losing steam as novelty wears off

There is good news in California which has finally managed to create 100,000 new jobs after years of decline. Despite this increase, California is still second only to Nevada in unemployment at over 12%.

California jobs pick up nearly 100,000 in February

To clean the tarnish off the Golden State, something more is needed. It just might be California seniors that can push California back to economic health. It’s time for seniors to back away from the expected jobs like Walmart greeters and burger flippers and go entrepreneurial.

Retirement Entrepreneurs

Illinois may do better than California with employment today but that may be changing. Illinois decided to fix it’s budget problems by increasing taxes and the impact is having mixed results. Revenues are up but may drop soon.  Big employers like Caterpillar and Oprah are fleeing the state

Caterpillar CEO’s letter talks of leaving Illinois

‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ ends May 25. What’s your favorite Oprah memory?

Raising taxes only works when companies actually pay them. Some clever companies manage to avoid this unpleasant pastime and even better, manage to get money from the government on top. You may have wondered what kinds of business our President actually likes. You might think that it would be the profitable companies who just make high quality products and please customers resulting in high profits and nice tax revenies for the government. Well, you’d be wrong.

White House defends embrace of G.E. CEO despite report company didn’t owe taxes in 2010

We can’t leave this summary with bad news so to close out this weeks CNS report, there is good news from New Jersey The last episode of Jersey Shore reached the highest ratings ever for the show. This means that we can look forward to more of Snooky and her buds next year.

Jersey Shore Has Highest-Rated Season Finale Ever

So keep your spirits high, CNS readers. There is good news out there and our irrepressible reporters will track it down for you. Stay tuned.



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  4 Responses to “Coot’s News Service – March 27, 2011”

  1. “Jersey Shore” is a hard one to leave untouched; and a must for your weekly recap. It warms my heart that that group of east-coast greasers and their tramp girlfriends had their best season finale ever. What did they had to do to get that? Let me think……..

  2. Hansi,
    I’m happy to have found the perfect coda for the CNS wrapup for this week. Your wise observations are valued here at Coots because we find it so hard to stay on track with all the bewildering options in modern life – as Bob so aptly demonstrates. Be sure to check tomorrow for a special announcement I think you will enjoy.

  3. Ralph…you don’t really believe corporations…ANY of them…pay taxes, do you? Raising taxes on corporations doesn’t make them pay more, it makes them collect more, from the end user (individual) and pass them along to the greedy bastards in Washington so they can waste yet more money.

    The individual is the ONLY entity that actually PAYS taxes.

  4. Bob,
    So you are telling me to buy GE products because they are too smart to pay the taxes that other manufactures get stuck with?

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