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Grande Old Elephant, I hardly knew ye

I’m not a history buff.  But I do love a good story that’s rooted in fact and not the typical hero worship, half-truths, and fiction written by the winners or current incumbents.

One mystery is what happened to the Republican party.   I remember them positively as a teen (yes, in an ancient era) as the party of economic opportunity.  That was long before its hijacking by first religious fundamentalists and then the super-rich.  Going back much further, the party roles were reversed.  How can you not root for Abe Lincoln and the GOP, fighting for justice to end slavery against the wealthy landowners?

According to Bring Back the Party of Lincoln,  the recent change in the GOP isn’t new.  Republicans are historical flip-floppers.  Author Heather Cox Richardson concludes,

Twice in its history, the Republican Party regained its direction and popularity after similar disasters by returning to its original defense of widespread individual economic success. The same rebranding is possible today, if Republicans demote Reagan from hero to history and rally to a leader like Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower — someone who believes that the government should promote economic opportunity rather than protect the rich.

Change is inevitable, especially amid a changing electorate that reduces the Republican power base every year.  The only question is when.

While anything is possible, it’s unlikely to happen soon.  The Super Recession was nearly as bad as the Depression.  It had no effect on the party.  There have been various Republican branding initiatives.  They’ve gone nowhere.  The party has virtually shut down Congress.  Not a budge.  And there is no savior in sight.

Instead the party has used its power to enfranchise its legitimacy by redrawing voting maps and giving the rich even more influence.  It’s drawn the Democrats far right of where they were 30 years ago, thus providing far less GOP maneuvering room.

I suggest nothing is going to happen until the party runs out of all its tricks and loses both houses of Congress and the Presidency at the same time and that’s probably 20 years away at best.

 

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Midnight Window Shopping
Our speaker warning convinces these kids that the store is truly closed … and protected.

2 Copper Thieves Nabbed by Police
A wire fence doesn’t stop these thieves. But live monitoring does.

Rooftop Trespasser Breaks Ankle
Bad things happen when you’re stranded on a rooftop and the police arrive.

4 Masked Robbers with Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer meets speaker. Who wins?

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Your July Stealth Monitoring Dispatch, f

Your July Stealth Monitoring Dispatch, featuring Stolen … and Returned Weedwacker
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#StealthCatch of the Month Winner: Our latest video shows how we teach thieves it’s better to give than to receive. Speaker warnings not only scare off thieves, they can also prompt them to bring your property back!

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Winner! June 2014 #StealthCatch of the M

Winner! June 2014 #StealthCatch of the Month – Stolen & Returned Weedwacker – Commercial Real Estate Security Watch @ http://youtu.be/A2TsazMnB9Q Speaker warnings not only scare off thieves, they can also prompt them to bring your property back! A pickup truck drives behind a flex office warehouse. The driver steals a weedwacker and starts to drive away. A Stealth operator activates the on-site speaker. The robber hears the warning and has a change of mind. He raises his hands in defeat and brings the equipment back. Vote for the nest #StealthCatch of the Month @ http://StealthCatch.com Stealth Monitoring, the leader in live video surveillance. http://StealthMonitoring.com

One Giant Leap for Frogkind

Unfortunate  frog in NASA photo

7 Steps to a Successful Startup Aug. 4 in Dallas

Dallas 7 Steps to a Successful Startup

7 Steps to a Successful Startup

Thursday August 4 6pm, Hotel ZaZa, Dallas

$10 Early Bird, $15 Online, $20 Door

Naeem ZafarAuthor, serial entrepreneur, and Haas School of Business at Berkeley professor Naeem Zafar visits from the Bay Area to present 7 Steps to a Successful Startup.

Naeem shares the basic building blocks of startup life from how to be sure you’re an entrepreneur to concept validation, team building, fundraising, and understanding the life of a founder/CEO.

Whether you have a great idea … are starting a small business … or are an entrepreneur yourself, you are sure to receive invaluable tips from Naeem’s insights and experience.

Naeem Zafar has written six books on entrepreneurship, including the law, finance, and funding.  He is currently working on his 7th startup in the area of enterprise mobility.

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We’re so not into you

Remember when you were nine and that twerp during school recess called you a booger head.  Your mom sympathized and your dad told you to suck it up and forget about it.  Those days are back.

Protecting your reputation is a joke in the Internet age. Sure, employment, social, and dating services either don’t permit negative comments or give you control.  Don’t be fooled.

You may think you date in anonymity.  But … your bad behavior can and will be reported to the world at places like Don’t Date Him Girl, Never Date HerPeepSheets, aLoveLinksPlus, Cheater News, Cheaters Expose, and Liars, Cheaters & Bastards

The Internet is so large, ubiquitous, and anonymous that you can’t even pretend that you have control.

Companies, at least the smart ones, gave up years ago.  They provide a multiplicity of means (phone, chat, email, web, forum, Twitter, etc.) so you can contact them.  They employ reputation management systems so they know when and where they’re smeared.  When they can they respond courteously, professionally, and directly, regardless of the venom.

Do the same in your personal life.  Michael Arrington has some good tips at  Reputation Is Dead: It’s Time To Overlook Our Indiscretions.

My advice – Go back to the playground and remember what your dad said.

This is a fight you can’t win.  It IS nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune than to take arms against that sea of troubles.  Let your good work outshine a few nasty cuts. As Monty Python said, it’s just a flesh wound.  Really.

You couldn’t avoid school and you can’t avoid the net with a literal web of job, business, and social droppings.  You can’t control what people say about you.  Not then.  Not now.

If you’re an HR Manager researching a candidate, beware crossing professional-personal boundaries.  You don’t waltz into her house checking out her choice of panties and adult entertainment accessories. You shouldn’t be surprised to find an embarrassing photo on Facebook.

If you’re reading your own personal or company bashing, consider the context.  The truth is that they’re just not that into you (assuming a modicum of self-awareness).  Such diatribes say far more about the writer than the subject.  Response only breathes life into dying sparks.  Let it die, to be swallowed by the relentless and growing maw of the Internet and its hundreds of billions of web pages.

Everyone has dirt.  Life will go on.   Time heals all (or at least most) wounds. [Insert your own aphorism here.]


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