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God ble$$ the U$A: Finest politicians money can buy!

Despite the soaring rhetoric and scandalous accusations, if anybody here REALLY thinks either party gives a flip about your piddly problems, you’re deluded.

As far as “voting” goes: after the Bush/Gore debacle in 2000, the powers-that-be pushed hard for electronic voting. Numerous videos have surfaced since then showing how easily (and frequently) these machines can be manipulated, yet frequently NO PAPER TRAIL is ever created to allow suspicious results to be examined after the fact. Open source code? Nah, that’s for Commies.

A few years ago, during the 2004 elections, one county in Ohio (someone please Google it) ended up with 3000 votes cast for Bush where there were 600 registered voters.  (Who needs to round up warm bodies to vote when you can just type a command and throw an election the modern way?)

…And that doesn’t even mention the good old fashioned voter fraud that has gone on essentially forever, yet any common sense solution (like voter ID) sets off waves of howling about “disenfranchising the voters”.

…Or the “directed” voting of people who are legally-eligible, but mentally deficient to vote (think group homes, nursing homes, etc. where the staff pencil-whips absentee ballots.) After her death, we discovered my wife’s aunt “voted” for 4 years in her nursing home bed, even though she was addled by a stroke, all contracted up, and unable to communicate at all.

Despite whatever BS is spewed, once in office BOTH will do exactly what the Big Money Boys tell them to do — just like always.

This whole “election” thing has about as much significance, and legitimacy, as American Idol.

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Starting a business is a daunting proposition.  It can be emotionally exhilarating and soul-crushing — sometimes in the same day.

My “take-away” advice to those reaching for the Brass Ring is as follows:

  • Avoid debt. Bankers are never your friends. They will chisel the gold from the teeth of your still-warm body if it suits them.
  • Avoid vice. Booze, drugs, and sexual adventure has ruined many a business.
  • Doing what you really don’t want to do, when you don’t want to do it, is what makes some succeed where others fail.
  • Before buying into a business plan, ask “Would I buy this product?” Seriously?
  • Overhead will kill you. Watch it at all times.
  • Any business that depends on recruiting others into “The Opportunity” to make “The Big Money” is 99% a scam. The focus should be on selling a product.
  • Using debt to start a business is a good way to burn a bunch of other people’s money “investing” in stuff you don’t need, because you have no idea yet what you are doing. This fact won’t be obvious until after the bankruptcy is final.
  • The urge to quit is strongest just before the breakthrough success.
  • You don’t own a business, often the business owns you.
  • Never hire relatives or friends. Thanksgiving dinner gets awkward after you fire a slacker, embezzler brother-in-law who thought he was 50% owner for showing up to work 10:30 to 3:00 (most days.)
  • Lawyers are much cheaper to write a good contract than to litigate an ugly dispute. People used to do things by handshakes and their honor. These days it is amazing the “assumptions”, that favor themselves, people will make without the paper.
  • Failure is not fatal, it is an expensive learning experience.
  • Everyone is good at giving free advice. If they’ve “done it”, or have skin in the game, consider it — otherwise avoid people with “Good Ideas.”
  • Everything is time or money in business. You often have to choose to trade one for the other.
  • Have a good prenup.

As requested, I have changed the “No Guns = No Money” education card. It is now formatted as a 4×6 print, which can be printed at any Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc. photo kiosk for 15-20¢ and cut in half for economical distribution. (Original post here.)

Click me, download, print out as 4x6 print, cut in half, distribute!

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It doesn’t require a hard-sell, or a confrontational discussion, to make your point.   You are seeking to put a polite, respectful face on legally-carrying gun owners, nothing more.

Launching into a Second Ammendment lecture, or fear-mongering about The Zombie Apocalypse will NOT help. (Doing so will only reinforce whatever negative stereotypes the business owner already has about “Gun Nuts”.)

Someone who is shy (like me), could just hand the card over, say something like “I just wanted you to know how this sign affects me, a loyal customer” and leave. (No stressful deep conversation required.)

The strategy is not to PUSH someone into your way of thinking, but to gently lead them to reconsider how bad theirs is with gentle pulls.  (Anyone who has ever worked with a mule will understand the technique.)

No, you can not change the world overnight, but you CAN improve your little piece of it, one step at a time!

With the heavy media stereotyping after every gun-related atrocity, is it worth 10¢ and 2 minutes of your time to RESPECTFULLY educate business owners about who their gun-owning customers really are?

Please help spread the word about this “low-confrontation” education mission to others you know.

 

I recently talked with a local business owner about his “No Guns” sign on his front door.

He stated he didn’t realize that there a number of people who can legally carry, and the sign was aimed at the thugs, not “good” people. Unfortunately, the sign (which carries the weight of law in North Carolina) does not distinguish punks from people.

He agreed he would actually like to have legitimate gun owners around if the SHTF. In this case, education worked.

Using ideas from a thread on another forum, I have produced some cards that can be printed and handed out to other business owners.

Please help spread our message in a non-obnoxious manner!

On hiatus for now.

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Battling the forces of darkness is a full-time job.

This interesting tidbit was in the January 2010 issue of Australian Shooter magazine:

“If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period.

That means you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the US, than you are serving in the military in Iraq.”

Possible conclusion: Maybe the U.S. should pull out of Washington!