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Dukakis in a tank, Obama: USMC

August 20, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

dukakis_tank.jpgAlert Readers will recall that Your Business Blogger(R) served as an Armored Cavalry Officer and trained in our nation’s Main Battle Tanks before moving on to the air transportable Sheridan.

The public and the military, voters all, were amused when presidential candidate, Dukakis, the liberal from Mass, donned a CVC helmet and went joy-riding in a tank.

It was incongruent.

It was inauthentic.

It was laughable.

Dukakis was no war-time leader: He is a liberal.

obama_usmc_basketball.jpgB. Obama is attempting the same military suck-up.

It will not work.

Obama wearing United States Marine Corps apparel is inauthentic.

And is that a woman he’s playing with?

If elected, Obama would put her in direct ground combat.

The following comes from John Howland and his readers at USNA-At-Large,

“Now comes BO impersonating a warrior…but the fact is that this incident is characteristic of BO’s MO –

USMC? Since When????

Even though this isn’t illegal or against military regs, who in the world does this [salty language description] think he is?

You didn’t earn it, you don’t wear it! I don’t care if already thinks he’s the commander in chief, this angers me.

Sure I’ll let my … wife wear mine, but she has to sacrifice just as much as I do for my country…”

Obama, the accomplished community organizer, should leave the heavy lifting of leadership to grown more experienced men.

He might also want to protect that basketball — bring it in a little closer in to his body. Does he think no one will take it from him? Like, maybe, a warrior like John McCain?

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Charmaine still wears my old ROTC t-shirt. My kids occasionally wear my old fatigues — they are cool now-a-days. (I rather like that…) The Penta-posse can pull it off, but not Obama.

William F. Buckley Jr. Rest In Peace

February 27, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Charmaine and Bill Buckley, 2005 William F. Buckley Jr., died this morning in his study in Stamford, Connecticut.

He will be missed. Our prayers go to his family and his extended family at National Review.

Standing athwart history and yelling, Stop!

Only Bill Buckley could make a movement move by yelling “stop.”

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Thank you (foot)notes:

My favorite Bill Buckley quote was concerning women in combat. He asked a liberal-lesbian-who-wanted-women-in-war-but-never-wanted-to-fight, “Is the phrase, ‘Women and Children First’ anachronized?” I didn’t know ‘anachronized’ was a word. But it must be, if Buckley said it…

See William F. Buckley, Rush Limbaugh, George Will at NR’s 50th. Not Cheney

Monkey On Your Back Ad Campaign and Carnival Selections

June 6, 2007 | By | 6 Comments

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A Monkey on Your Back?

Dodge commercial Monkey on Your Back is a phrase that has come to mean an assignment, and the one who carries “the monkey” is responsible for the next step. In the Army, the responsible manager was called an ‘Action Officer.’

Which clearly pegged who was responsible for what project.

Dodge is using this accountability analogy, Monkey on Your Back to depict a guy who has to buy a cool car for the family. Forgive the extra click thru at advertisementave.com.

He got a Hemi — for the children.

Every male likes muscle (cars).

And everyone should embrace office politics. For survival. See Office Politics by MAD KANE’S HUMOR BLOG, via Verve Coaching’s carnival.

Visit the Urban Monk via the Life Carnival.

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Courtesy: Mike Luckovich at

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Visit and Vote

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Monkey on Your Back was popularized by the William Oncken Corporation, which is a client of Your Business Blogger at Managing Management Time of DC, LLC.

The Neo Eclectic has more on the history on the beloved Hemi at 50th Anniversary of the 392 FirePower Hemi Engine.

The Majority Accountability Project: New (Im)Media and The Long Tail of Journalism

April 25, 2007 | By | 2 Comments

“Why don’t they pick up this story?” Michael Brady is questioning the mainstream media’s lack of attention on a Democratic scandal in the making.

And he’s doing something about it.

Too many good stories are not covered in DC or across the nation and Michael Brady and his business partner, Michael Giuliani have built a new media start-up to fix this. The Michaels 2X believe that the traditional media outlets do not report on important stories either from bias or from the lack of resources.

A blog is the solution. The immediate media.

Brady and Giuliani are professionals who have made careers in writing and researching and believe that the immediacy of the blogosphere will sell.

The (im)media.

The blogosphere is divided into linkers and thinkers. Drudge is a landing page that does the linking. The Majority Accountability Project (MAP) does the thinking. With original reporting.

MAP is breaking Freshmen Democrats turn to embattled lobbyist for cash.

Which would be a page one, above the fold splash-scandal on The Washington Post. If committed by a conservative.

Rob Bluey, recently introduced MAP to his weekly blogger meeting at Heritage. He writes,

The two men behind the just-launched Majority Accountability Project want to shake up Capitol Hill. Michael Brady and Michael Giuliani, two longtime congressional staffers, have decided Washington’s entrenched journalists aren’t doing a good enough job reporting the facts about Democrats in Congress.

And MAP knows where to go to get world-class advice. Bluey continues,

David All, who taught congressional Republicans how to blog while serving as an aide to Rep. Jack Kingston, is now helping Brady and Giuliani turn their website into the GOP’s best online endeavor in a long time.

Brady and Giuliani have a business model they feel can make money on news and content. They plan on making a profit. (Which would set them apart from the dying print media.)

They will sell ad space and subscriptions. Which they claim will put them in the black.

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The Long Tail

by Chris Anderson And Your Business Blogger thinks they might just do it. We now know from The Long Tail: The New Economics of Culture and Commerce, Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, by Chris Anderson, that statistical outliers can make money.

The long tail is a graph with sales volume on the vertical axis and market competitors on the horizontal.

The Long Tail tells us that money can be made in the digital economy even if provider is not in the top 10 or top 100 or with in the two or three standard diviations of a traditional belt curve or F-Curve of sales volume.

Even as we slide down the tail, an outlet such as MAP can make money, because the marginal (digital) costs are zero. And there are sales to be made out there.

MAP may not hit the 800,000 daily circulation of The Wall Street Journal — who would sit at the head or top of The Long Tail — but money can be made at 5,000 hits a day: a long way on the right of the tail.

Michael Brady and Michael Giuliani have found a niche and will fill it with content.

And I bet they make a buck.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Rob Bluey also has the best photos. But he left out the Youngest Blogger (who was warmly greeted) at the last meeting with MAP:

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Boo Baby seated to the right of David All (at right at laptop)

The Alert Reader will complain that Your Business Blogger is mixing atoms and bits: the comparison should not be with dead tree products with products by 1 and 0′s. In this post we consider only the market segment of original content news outlets.

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The Diva at Disney

February 18, 2007 | By | 4 Comments

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The Diva and I are in Orlando for the annual meeting of the National Religious Broadcasters. So our first stop when we arrived Friday evening: Disney, of course. There’s a section of the Disney Empire called Downtown Disney that is just shops and restaurants where you can walk around for free, so that’s where we headed. Fortunately, our cab driver suggested dropping us off by the Lego store — outside were tables with a bin in the middle full of legos and kids building all kinds of creations!

What I found most interesting though was how amazingly upscale everything was.

What happened to Everyman Disney?

For dinner we dropped in to the Wolfgang Puck cafe. . . and had four-cheese pizza, complete with little dollops of goat cheese. The Diva looked at me skeptically and wrinkled her nose, but she did eat it. We got a side order of the best cole slaw ever. I think I tasted horseradish in the dressing.

To top it off, we headed over for hot fudge sundaes. No Hershey’s syrup, here, no sirree. Ghirardelli’s natch.

charmaine_diva_ice_cream.jpgI’m certainly not complaining. It was a lovely evening. And I was very happy to have grown-up food. But still.

And that isn’t even addressing the merchandising! What happened to cheap, overpriced Mickey ears?

Now Disney is hawking “Classic Pooh” bone china. And tastefully monogrammed golf shirts by Greg Norman. I really wanted to get the one with Grumpy breaking his golf club over his knee. . . but a quick call to your Business Blogger verified that yes, indeed, he would not wear it no matter how funny I thought it was. No fun at all.

What Do Parents Want?

January 8, 2007 | By | No Comments

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The American Enterprise Institue In 1998 Charmaine wrote a piece for The American Enterprise Institute during the Hillary heyday. The data and the debate have changed little.

What Do Parents Want?

When the President and First Lady recently announced their plan to increase federal spending for day care by $22 billion over the next five years, they said such action is necessary to address a “silent child care crisis” that is afflicting the nation. Is there a child care crisis in America? What is it that parents want that they are not getting?

To help answer these questions, Wirthlin Worldwide recently conducted a national poll for the Family Research Council. A representative sample of parents were asked which kinds of child care they believed to be most desirable. The overwhelming first choice in child care: Care by a child’s own mother. The next favorite choice was care by a child’s own grandmother, aunt, or other family member, followed by care from a child’s own mother and father working in a tag team. Then came care by a church-run center, care by a trusted neighbor or family friend, care by a home day care provider, and care by a nanny or au pair. Ranking eighth in popularity was care by a commercial day care center, followed by care in a government-run day care center in last place.

Continue reading at the jump.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

What do Parents Want? By Charmaine Yoest. See The American Enterprise Institute on line article here.

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Young Politics Carnival is up at eFIPO.com

October 16, 2006 | By | No Comments

With the best in politics from the past week. Be sure to catch WenchyPoo’s take on Social Security.

Vist eFIPO.com for the carnival.

The Best of Me Symphony Carnival is Up at The Owner's Manual

June 19, 2006 | By | No Comments

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The Owner’s Manual Emo Philips is the host of this well crafted carnival. A must visit.

Your Business Blogger has an entry. Here’s Emo’s comment:

When I was a kid, my goodness, corporate America was a bunch of stolid white guys in gray suits trying to be serious, and now it’s stolid white guys in gray suits trying to be funny.

Not quite as bad as TBogg’s comments:

Oh wait. It’s business humor which is usually only appreciated by administrative assistants who mentally convert all punchlines into “Jesus. What an *ssh*le” while grinning maniacally and saying, “Good one, boss.”

And Seth Godin says this is good

…now that’s funny. I guess.

But do visit The Owner’s Manual.

And continue reading his take on the entries. For another example see his comment on Adam’s Blog:

I think of my body as a temple. Or at least a relatively well-managed Presbyterian youth center.

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100K Is The New Six Figures

January 13, 2006 | By | One Comment

Cross Post from Jack Yoest

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John Stansbury at

MacStansbury.orgNot so long ago, hitting Six Figures was everyman’s dream. A goal attained. Respect.

Today it’s 100,000

Hits.

The number of visits or “hits” to a web log is the new measure of success, not money.

Money is easy to make.

Wealth is easy to fake.

But building a loyal readership is difficult. Web site visits cannot be faked and can be verified by any one.

MacStansbury will surpass the coveted 100K page views some time tonite. Check out his site meter to learn if you were the one.

Then let’s find this guy a wife.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

A hat/tip to My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy for Drudge gets it in 30 minutes

2005 Weblog Awards

November 17, 2005 | By | No Comments

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Wizbang has the 2005 Weblog Awards page up. . .