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"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." ~ Jim Rohn

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Stupidity of Republican Politics

Election year politics are Dingbat and Quack Central. Not only do all of the candidates suck up to the voters like snake oil salesmen, but pundits and voters alike begin speculating as to who might be on the short list of vice presidential contenders. This act alone does not lump voters in with the pond scum of politics. It's part of the process. We'd all like to think we know who constitutes the "best" president and vice president.

But, the selection of potential vice presidential candidates being discussed suggests that Republicans are just as short-sighted and idiotic as their Democratic counterparts. Allen West is at the top of the Republican's fevered pitch right now, but, Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan have all been mentioned as potential vice presidential candidates.  Each and every one of them is a Republican star player in Congress.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pathetic Advertising Methods

There's a problem with marketers in the United States. It's not just that they are showing increasingly less creativity. McDonald's! It's not just that some study suggested that memory isn't engaged until the third iteration resulting in commercials blasting their phone number, web address or other contact information exactly three times. It isn't that commercials are disruptive and annoying ALL DAY LONG. But, yes all of these are vile aspects of marketing in the United States.

However, more pernicious than all of these is the lead-on. You know what I mean. These are the ones who advertise that they have an amazing solution but NEVER EVER divulge anything conclusive in the ad. Instead, they lead you on and on. Some lead you to a product with great promises but no supporting information. Some lead you to a website where the leading-on continues ad infinitum never getting to the meat and substance of the matter.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Libertarian Party Newsletter

Libertarian Party


March 30th, 2012

"Marco Rubio, Withdraw Your Endorsement of Mitt Romney. He's a Big Government Politician."

Mark Hinkle Libertarian Party Chair urges Congressman Marco Rubio

"With all due respect, Congressman Rubio, you failed to do your homework. As an alleged 'Tea Party Republican,' your endorsement of Mitt Romney misleads the true Tea Partiers from coast to coast," said Mark Hinkle, Libertarian Party Chair.
"Congressman Rubio, you assert that Mitt Romney was a 'successful' governor in Massachusetts. Which part of Mitt Romney's record as Governor do you consider a success?

  • Mitt Romney raised scores of taxes - every year, all 4 years as Governor.

  • Romney proposed and signed into law Massachusetts government spending hikes every single year he was Governor.

  • Mitt Romney boosted his state government spending by $5 billion.

  • Governor Romney initiated, lobbied for and signed into law RomneyCare - the father of ObamaCare - and railroaded Republicans in the legislature to vote for it

  • Governor Romney ushered in ObamaCare. If he's the Republican Presidential Nominee, he leaves Republicans no ground to oppose ObamaCare - and is seen as a hypocrite when he pretends to oppose it

  • Governor Mitt Romney endorsed and voted for New England's version of Cap and Trade.

  • Romney passed enabling legislation that raised business property taxes.

  • Governor Romney "Closed loopholes" to enforce sales tax collection on Internet purchases.
"Congressman Rubio, please explain: If these Big Government Mitt Romney measures were a 'success' - what would failure look like?"

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