Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8-12-14 Great Guests for Your Show

1. John LeBoutillier: The Isis Threat… and more…
2. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: The Business of Selling Pot in America
3. Joe Messina: It's Israel's Fault
4. Sandy Botkin: Deducting Entertainment Expenses
5. James Hirsen: YouTube Stars More Popular than Hollywood Celebs

The Isis Threat… and more…

On this week's POLITICAL INSIDERS, we explored the ISIS threat to "plant a flag at the White House," Hillary's attempt to separate herself from President Obama and the remarkable revelation that 71% of the American people blame the government for our problems. Watch our shows here: Sunday Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. [more...]

The Business of Selling Pot in America

Jacob Lavoro, the 19-year-old Austin, Texas man accused of making and selling brownies laced with marijuana saw an opportunity, there was a demand in the market, people were craving brownies sauteed in THC, and so he decided to take a risk. This is what entrepreneurship requires from all who are willing to put themselves out on the line for what they value. However, this kid takes the cake in what he was willing to risk - his life. If convicted, he could end up serving life in prison (he faces a felony charge that carries a punishment of anywhere from five years to life in prison). Lavoro may be perceived as an entrepreneur from one perspective; but he is a drug dealer in another’s. Some people are under the impression that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of scientific process, but all it takes is a little digging to get to the dirt beneath the grass. [more...]

It's Israel's Fault

This fight between Israel and Hamas is Israel’s fault and I’ll tell you why. The aggravation between these two groups has been going on for years, but this is the longest the fighting has persisted since the last extended conflict which lasted about 22 days. Israel has the intelligence and the manpower to eradicate Hamas. Some of you complaining about Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians are a little confused. You see, when the Palestinians were given more land and “the strip,” the Israelis left behind schools, clinics, gardens, greenhouses, and much for them to sustain themselves and have a better life. Palestinian militants were forbidden from receiving anything from the “Zionists,” so they destroyed most of the facilities Israel left behind. [more...]

Deducting Entertainment Expenses

Knowing when to discuss business and how to document it can make a HUGE difference as to whether you can deduct your golf game or costs for attending a sporting event such as a football game or even attending a play. To deduct fun activities such as tickets to a football game or golf costs, these are the overriding rules… [more...]

YouTube Stars More Popular than Hollywood Celebs

Hollywood can’t help but take notice of the power and creativity that is being displayed on YouTube. Tinseltown shows its fondness at times for the social media video Web site. In March of 2014, Disney acquired Maker Studios, a highly successful YouTube multichannel network, for $500 million. And in 2013, DreamWorks Animation purchased a YouTube channel, AwesomenessTV, for $33 million. Warner Bros. also bought a stake in a videogame oriented YouTube multichannel network, Machinima, for $18 million. Recent research now indicates that YouTube has been producing new stars that are actually more popular than traditional entertainment celebrities, who are typically sold to the public via Hollywood star-making machinery. [more...]

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