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Don Mcnay

Picking Experts and the Quest for Great Weight Loss Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 11.28.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The best way to have a successful weight loss surgery is to treat it like a business project. I have definite goals, measurements, objectives, benchmarks, time frames and a vision on where I want to be within a year.

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

Debt Collectors, Social Darwinism and William Jennings Bryan

Don McNay | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Don McNay

In the over 90 years since William Jennings Bryan's death, we have seen scores of major atrocities played out with the theory of "survival of the fittest" as a motivating factor. We are also seeing it at every level of business and society.

Debtor's Prisons in Kentucky and Other Horrors of the Justice System

Don McNay | Posted 12.13.2014 | Crime
Don McNay

What is going on in Kentucky is apparently going on in various pockets of the nation. It has to stop because it is wrong. It also has to stop unless the rulings of the Supreme Court mean nothing to people charged with upholding them.

Life Insurance Advisor: Out of the Closet

Don McNay | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Don McNay

I've called myself other titles, masking that my income comes from the life insurance industry. There are multiple reasons why my lifetime occupation became a semi-hidden secret. The industry itself went through the same kind of identity crisis.

Privacy Is Dead and We Might As Well Get Used to It

Don McNay | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Don McNay

No matter how hard I work to protect my privacy, my emails, my spending habits and the fact that I have seen several movies starring Scarlett Johansson, someone out there knows about it.

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Same Sex Marriage, Taxes and Winning the Lottery

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The first step that all seriously committed couples, same sex or heterosexual, should do is find a competent financial planner to help them plot out a well thought out strategy.

Walgreens and Inversion, Where the Tea Party and Liberals Unite

Don McNay | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The ideal way to implement change is to wait for Congress to change the laws. The most efficient way for an American citizen to make their anger felt is by boycotting Walgreens.

Why A Walgreens Boycott Could Be A Wakeup Call For Washington

Don McNay | Posted 09.12.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Walgreens becoming a "foreign" company is a slap in the face to Americans for a number of reasons. As Sorkin noted, they received $16.7 billion from Medicare and Medicaid last year, which is about 25 percent of its corporate revenues.

The Hall of Fame and Dead Kentucky Lawyers

Don McNay | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business
Don McNay

It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives.

The Five Reasons People Blow Their Money

Don McNay | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Bad habits, bad advisers, lack of knowledge. People who spend more than they make will not suddenly be "cured" when they get a lump sum of money. In fact, whatever problems they had will now be magnified by having more money to get in more trouble with.

How to Win Money on the 2014 Kentucky Derby

Don McNay | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports
Don McNay

Moderation is smart in any situation, but especially when it comes to the Kentucky Derby.

How Rand Paul May Owe His Presidential Bid to Hall of Fame Journalist Mark Hebert

Don McNay | Posted 06.22.2014 | Media
Don McNay

It took a journalist with Mark Hebert's talents, and courage, to dig out a scandal about a sitting Governor and make it a national story. With a long-term national impact.

How Facebook Can Get You Terminated and Keep You Terminated

Don McNay | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Don McNay

If your employer can prove that you spend 63 percent of your time on social media, it doesn't make any difference how productive you are during the other 37 percent of the day. Judges, juries and arbitrators are going to look unfavorably on your cause.

Clay Bigler, CSSC, Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Success

Don McNay | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Don McNay

Thank God my daughter Gena didn't listen to me. She never listened to me much, but this is one where Dad was dead wrong. She fell for him immediately, and after 20 years, you would think they were still on a honeymoon. I was right about the 30 guys that I ran off before him, but completely missed on Clay.

Louisiana and New Orleans: Goodbye to the Good Old Boys?

Don McNay | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Don McNay

Even if they weren't crooked, Louisiana seemed to pick leaders for reasons other than their executive ability. Jimmy Davis served two terms as governor on the strength of his hit song, "You Are My Sunshine."

Winning the Jackpot -- A Matter of Life and Death

Don McNay | Posted 03.31.2014 | Money
Don McNay

It can be argued that Abraham Shakespeare, David Edwards and Amanda Clayton had little in common besides winning the lottery. Along with diverse geographic differences, they were very different people with very different problems. And they are all dead. Long before their average life expectancy.

Jeff Ruby: A lifetime of being a personal brand

Don McNay | Posted 03.05.2014 | Books
Don McNay

"Oh-oh come take my hand Riding out tonight to case the Promised Land" -Bruce Springsteen The Promised Land for New Jersey-born Jeff Ruby turned out...

Republic Wireless: Game Changer in Revolution against AT&T & Verizon

Don McNay | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"The revolution will put you in the driver's seat. The revolution will not be televised." -Gil-Scott Heron I'm a middle age man with a love/hate affa...

Miley Cyrus: Birthday Advice to the Queen of Twerk

Suzette Standring | Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity
Suzette Standring

Lots of others are doing the same thing, if not worse. So why am I picking on you? On your birthday, no less! Well, I don't want to see you crash and burn. It's getting harder for me to separate the turnoff from your talent, and I fear the blur will be an unfavorable tipping point.

Keen Babbage: The Flip Side of Breaking Bad's Walter White

Don McNay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Don McNay

Dr. Keen Babbage is a middle age, extremely intelligent high school teacher who found out that he had he had stage four cancer. When looking possible death in the eye, Keen and Breaking Bad's Walt came to opposite conclusions.

Obama and Holder's "Too Big to Jail" sticks it to Main Street

Don McNay | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Don McNay

I've been a fierce critic of Wall Street and especially the Wall Street bailouts. If you study my writing over the years, there is one bank that get...

If You Can Wait Until Your Child Is Age 27 to Let Them Have Money, Do It

Don McNay | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Few 18-year-olds are prepared to handle a large lump sum of money. Laws prevent people from buying alcohol until age 21. It is assumed that people who can't legally buy a beer can somehow be responsible for handling thousands and sometimes millions of dollars.