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10 Poorest Cities in America

10 Poorest Cities in America and how did it happen

City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

1. Detroit, MI      32.5%
2. Buffalo, NY      29.9%
3. Cincinnati, OH   27.8%
4. Cleveland, OH    27.0%
5. Miami, FL        26.9%
6. St. Louis, MO    26.8%
7. El Paso, TX      26.4%
8. Milwaukee, WI    26.2%
9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%
10. Newark, NJ      24.2%

U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007

What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961
Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954
Cincinnati, OH – (3rd)… since 1984
Cleveland, OH – (4th)…  since 1989
Miami, FL – (5th) has never  had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO – (6th)… since 1949
El Paso, TX – (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee , WI – (8th)… since 1908
Philadelphia, PA – (9th)… since 1952
Newark, NJ – (10th)… since 1907.

Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’

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I have one word for you, Tablets!

I have one word for you, Tablets!

I have a home office and spend my mornings working at home with the Financial News on TV in the background, as I day trade stock.

Microsoft has been stuck in the high $25 low $26 per share range for a couple of years now — going absolutely no where. Use to be when they’d release something like Windows 7 (remember when everyone upgraded from 95 to 98 and 98 to XP within weeks after being released), Microsoft would make a fortune. Dell hasn’t been doing to well either — and I use to make a fortune day trading both.

On the other hand — Apple (which use to be holding at $18 a share for years) is the stock I day trade most. It has gone from $185 to over $360 a share in six months.

Yesterday I heard a pretty good explanation for why the old guard is losing ground — and Apple is becoming the new bad ass in technology. Tablets.

Apple started its comeback years ago with the iPod — putting the Sony Walkman in the grave almost immediately. Then the iPhone was their next deal — merging a phone, Internet, and iPod into one device. My wife, I, and four of my five kids have iPhones — as do most of my 29 nieces and nephews. It is a pretty hot device. I had lunch with my wife the other day at a Sushi Bar — and about half of the people in the restaurant had an iPhone in their hand — doing something or another with it.

However, even though iPhone has just opened the market with Verizon and is no longer being an AT&T exclusive — Apple’s money maker is really the iPad tablet. There are other tablets — but they can’t equal the new iPad. Plus Apple has cult status with young people, who are the big spenders.

I bought my wife an iPad for Christmas. Since she’s severely technology challenged, I set everything up for her and played with it for a night before wrapping it. It is too cool. It handles 99% of what most home users have a home computer for. Internet, email, games,… plus reading your books. My wife spends 10 hours a day on the damn thing — and her iPod sure gets a Hell of a lot more action in bed than I do.

The new iPad announced yesterday is 30% thinner and lighter, faster, has a better screen, a protective screen cover that puts it to sleep, front and back camera for “Face to Face” communications, video editing, and a lot more. My birthday is in June — and that’s just enough time for me to feel comfortable that it isn’t “Bleeding Edge”, and that any bugs are worked out.

The point is that just like the notebooks replaced the desktops (again, my wife, I, and all five kids have a notebook instead of a desktop) — the tablets will be replacing the notebooks for all but those who use the PC for business — and even many of the business notebooks at that. 90% of what I do can be accomplished on the tablet — but there is a lot a computer is still required for me as I’m a computer geek — but not so for anyone else in my immediate family. For them, a tablet can completely replace a PC for all of them. I suspect in another year of two — with application software and data residing on the cloud, and a little Blue-tooth keyboard accessory — the tablet will do anything expected of a notebook.

So between the tablet, the Crackberry, and people using their Play Station and TV for the Internet — Microsoft and Dell are losing the important home market, and Apple is gaining it. I see Apple’s stock hitting $450 a share by Christmas.

Secede Texas

Are you a Texan who feels like America has left us behind and is forcing a culture on us that we don’t want? Do you feel like we’re past the point of no return?

If you answered no to both questions — then consider on of the 168 “Secede Texas” items in the Chairman Obama Gift Shop to start the conversations.

From bumper stickers and coffee mugs, shirts and sweat shirts, yard signs and banners, and many little stocking stuffing trinkets like drink coasters and fridge magnets.

Check it out: SECEDE : Chairman Obama’s Gift Shop

Money Wasted On Awkward Christmas Gifts

Money Wasted On Awkward Christmas Gifts

Something for Everyone: Gifts & Wish Lists

Something for Everyone: Gifts & Wish Lists

Amazon Wish Lists Solve This Problem

Amazon Wish Lists. Everyone is hard to buy for — and that’s why everyone has a closet full of unused Christmas gifts. If people were smart — they’d spend an hour on Amazon adding the stuff they wish they had to their personal wish list. Then they can be searched by email address, and when a gift is purchased — it is removed from the list viewed by potential gifters — but not to the giftee. If everyone did this — less money would be wasted with awkward gifts. Set up your gift list — and check for the email address of those you’re buying gifts for this year.

If you use Firefox – there’s even an addon that allows you to add anything to your Wish list from any site.

Your wish list should include items at every reasonable price level. My wish list includes items from $7 to a couple of hundred. Get your wish list started quickly — as people will start looking for it by your email address — to help them give you a gift you actually need.

Buyers To Give Sellers a 1099 After January 1st

Private Sellers To Pay Taxes on Private Stuff They Sell

A stipulation built into Obamacare is that anything that anyone sells for more than $600 after January 1st will required the buyer to send the seller and the IRS a 1099 and the seller claim it on his taxes.

While many feel like this might get repealed — now might be the best time to sell the junk laying around the house, which might be useful to others.

It is estimated that the average home has $25,000 (resale value) worth of stuff laying around their home that they’ll never again use.

Get a roll of masking tape and tag stuff just collecting dust to get an idea what’s around your house — then list it for free at:


List with photos (free) at a reasonable price and you will quickly turn your junk into cash for you and treasure for another.