We already stocked up on our Harvey Milk stamps from the U.S. Post Office now we need some LGBT friendly mailing labels and you can score them now for free. Just fill out the form to get Free Human Rights Campaign Address Labels. Sometimes it’s the little things that count!
Suze Orman is certainly one of my favorite if not most entertaining financial guru on TV. “The Suze Orman Show” final days are upon us on CNBC and will be ending in March. The financial diva is developing a new show called “Money Wars” with Telepictures, a production company that specializes in syndicated shows like “Ellen” and “TMZ on TV.”
Telepictures says the new show will have a five-day-a-week format, with Orman settling financial arguments between family members and friends similar to “People’s Court”. Telepictures is under the parent company of Time Warner which also owns CNN. We can only hope she does something similar to the “Can I Afford It” segment or does a Youtube show for that.
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An escape from today’s economic reality may be one word that may actually help stimulate the economy…Halloween which has turned out to be a retailers dream this year instead of last years nightmare. On average we are expected to spend around $66 each on costumes including all the decorations we are placing outside our homes which is up almost 20% from 2009. If you aren’t sure what to do for Halloween this year, you don’t have to resort to being a ghost and throwing a sheet over your head. Halloween costumes are better than ever; from silly homemade projects to upscale boutique outfits, check out these trends for 2014.
See a blog with 2014 Halloween Costume Ideas here.
Wizard of Oz- Whether your kids are going trick-or-treating with friends or your family is invited to a spooky Halloween party, group costumes are a popular theme. Try dressing as characters from the Wizard Oz. Girls can put their hair in pigtails and dress in a plain blue dress to be Dorothy. Just don’t forget the red shoes! Any gender can dress as the Tinman, Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow with monochrome clothes and a little face paint.
Frozen and Avatar have both now been blockbusters in theaters – so Avatar costumes were a trendy Halloween costume for 2010 now this year we will see everything Frozen. If you have a significant other, you each can dress as Jake Sully and Neytiri. The guy should dress in normal clothes but cover his face and hands in blue face paint, while the woman should wear tight blue clothes and cover her face in blue face paint.
Sexy sailor- This is another Halloween costume that works either as an individual or as a couple. For a sexy sailor costume, dress in tight white clothes and tie a small navy blue scarf around your neck. Buy a sailor hat at a local craft store and write SS Sexy on the front with a permanent market. This outfit works for either gender, but it’s especially dramatic as a His and Hers costume. We found some of the hottest guys costumes here.
Witch Tea- Although witches are a classic Halloween costume, it’s hilarious when men dress up as a “scary” witch. Just wear a frumpy dress, don a scraggly wig, and carry a broom. For added effect, use face paint as makeup to add fake warts and extra wrinkles. This year the Witch may be back with Christine O’Donnell running for the Delaware Republican Senate in this Fall’s election. Another idea is to have all of your friends become tea bags or tea cups and that goes back to Lady Gaga carrying around a tea cup but in this case a tea cup for the tea party.
Hippie-The 60s and 70s flower children have made a comeback just in time for Halloween. Long, flowing hippie skirts were a big hit in Spring 2010, and they are expected to show up in Halloween costumes as well as women incorporate their own pieces into their costume to save some money. Along with the hippie skirt, tuck a flower behind your ear, and cut some fringe into an old long sleeve shirt to complete the look.
Pirate- The last Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out a few years ago, but that doesn’t stop fans from reliving the magic on Halloween. Pirate costumes are a trend that’s here to stay, partly because they are so versatile. Pirate Halloween costumes can be sexy, silly, or scary, depending on your accessories.
Mummies- No Halloween would be complete without a healthy dose of scary Halloween costumes. You can buy an intricate mummy costume from any specialty Halloween store, or make your own with an outfit of white clothes and pieces of toilet paper hot glued to the clothes. Cover your hair with baby powder, and use face make up to look like a “real” mummy.
Death- The Grim Reaper is a classic Halloween costume, but it shows no signs of fading away in 2010. Try it out with a black outfit and a plastic scythe from a Halloween store. A black hoodie is best to cover your head. Use white face paint around the eyes to look especially creepy this Halloween.
Ketchup- This is a creative costume that is gaining popularity. Wear a red monochromatic outfit and spray paint a traffic cone red. Use the cone as your hat, and paint a ketchup brand name across your chest so people get the hint.
Politicians- Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton masks are trendy this Halloween, just like George Bush masks were hot a few years ago. Depending on your political views, you can buy a politician mask and dress accordingly. Do you want to be a sexy Sarah Palin or a Hillary Clinton in a business suit? The choice is up to you.
Lady Gaga seems to be dominating all costumes this year especially for the gays you will see lots of boys dressed up as the Pop Princess. She is outselling Michael Jackson’s costumes from 2009. My award for the best costume would be something political though towards the actions of BP such as the BP Costume depicting a dead fish covered in oil and possibly even a dead dolphin with the BP logo. Hey, its all about getting creative! I think the new afro wig look she is doing with Tony Bennet in their Jazz sessions may be a good look with a taste of retro to it.
Your Pets- Around 11% of consumers are expected to spend on this Costume. Now this is the funnest part and maybe the hardest part. The top sellers seem to be Halloween pumpkins with four legs, hot dogs, bees, and witches.
Just make sure you do all of this in a frugal way and find some discounts or coupons online before doing any shopping. One thing about Amazon.com is that it is tax-free but not free shipping. We found a costume shop that has free shipping here.
Gay marriage is not legal everywhere but here is one cool loophole or way to get extra credit and card bonuses for you and your partner who live in the same household.
The CARD Act caused some problems when it came online and previously required banks to evaluate borrowers based on their own income instead of household income or income from others. This meant that stay-at-home partners, Graduate students with student loans – or anyone who relied on someone else for their income – were having trouble getting their own credit cards and the sign-up bonus and perks that come along with credit cards. A new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has amended the CARD Act so now partners living in the same household can apply for credit cards once again.
The CFPB new rule says that banks can consider any “income or assets to which consumers have a reasonable expectation of access.” Keep in mind this is only for people over 21 years old.
If you’re a stay-at-home partner with a joint checking account or investment account you can now list these accounts in the application as an asset because you have access the funds in the accounts. Or you can list the portion of income from your wage-earning partner’s account, which you can use to pay back your debts. You could even list your partner’s entire income with this new rule.
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It’s been awhile since we had a Pope to have “hope” in and as much as that rhymes we were definitely glad to see him takeover the cover of Time and the Advocate magazines as Person of the Year. How about a freebie to celebrate with a Free Pope Francis Sticker. Get it here! The sticker is free while supplies last!
The fight to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the United States is finally getting closer and closer to it’s tipping point. Bill Maher claims this is the new ‘Gay Marriage’ issue although we are still fighting for gay rights. Most Americans are starting to agree that we should not only have our civil rights but freedoms to grow any plant we want to use for at least medical purposes. A recent Gallup poll found a solid majority of Americans in favor of legalizing the drug and The Department of Justice recently said it won’t interfere with Colorado and Washington.
We have the Republican President Nixon to thank on declaring a War on Drugs but that may be coming to an end soon. This makes way for a lucrative business opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs. This could also make way for a huge tourism industry.
Legal marijuana is a $1.4 billion industry and is one of the most rapidly expanding markets in the United States. Arcview Market Research predicted the industry has the potential to reach over $10 billion within five years and experience growth outpacing that of smartphones in a recent study.
This would be a major economic change in the United States and has the potential to disrupt many long-standing industries.
Who will profit and be the winners in Pot Legalization?
The most obvious profit center from the legalization of marijuana is the cultivation and sale of the plant to consumers. Since pot is currently outlawed at the federal level, it’s difficult for economists to pin an exact figure on the size of the black market. However, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron has estimated the overall size of the marijuana economy, which includes both illicit sales and legal ones made in the 21 states (including Washington, D.C.) that allow medical marijuana, at around $20 billion per year with the majority share going into the black market. A 2006 study out of George Mason University put annual domestic cultivation at somewhere in the neighborhood of 22 million pounds. Read the rest of this entry »
When asked Wednesday evening on an Italian radio show if he would consider using a same-sex couple in an advertisement, Barilla Chairman Guido Barilla responded that he believes LGBT-headed households do not reflect a “classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role.” The homophobe then went on to challege the LGBT community, saying, “If gays don’t like it, they can go eat another brand.”
Consumers have the power to vote with their dollar and send a message to companies that practice corporate social responsibility. Barilla pasta does not come out as one that agrees with equal rights for everyone. We have found some other pasta companies that will help you with your carb cravings tonight. A few included are from the HRC’s list and we have added our favorites on top-
Whole Foods 365 brand and Walmart has the Good Value brand with whole wheat elbow pasta. There are also tons of great pasta at Whole Foods including Vita Spelt and De Boles. Maybe even ones sold at Trader Joes or Target below. Although I am not too fond of Target lately after their political donations to extremists on the right. Basically if you pick any pasta that is not from Barilla or Eden you should be fine as long as it is healthy and not bleached pasta with no nutrients.
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Keith Olbermann opened his ESPN show last night with a rant against Russia’s anti-gay laws and the International Olympic Committee’s (IAC) response to calls for a boycott of the Winter Games in Sochi. Great commentary from one of our favorite former MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann who says even the Pope could be arrested in Russia after these new anti-gay laws passed. The irony though with the Coca-Cola ad in the background during this rant and that is one of the brands we should be banning not just because of the high fructose fake sugar alternative but because they have not pulled out of sponsoring the Olympics in Russia.
Olbermann’s speech didn’t stop at mocking the amount of backpedaling currently being performed by groups with a financial interest in the 2014 Olympics. He also highlighted the similarities of the political climate surrounding the upcoming Winter Games regarding LGBT people and attitudes against other groups of people during the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin.
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