Knives For Sale On The Boardwalk

The local weekly newspaper, The Maryland Coast Dispatch, published a long interview with Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro, beginning on page 8 in the Aug. 30, 2013 edition. It’s well worth a read. Chief Buzzuro’s comments on one particular issue touched a nerve with me: “We talk about beer bongs, underage drinking, explicit T-shirts…

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Is It Economic Contagion? Or Only the Flu?

February sales are a “total disaster” for Walmart? That’s what the cable news channels report. It must be a slow-news Saturday. Sounds to me like a desperate stretch for a headline. The month is barely half over! You say Europe is in recession?  Fuh-get about it! Europe is peanuts. Europe went out with the 20th…

Truth And Lies About Business And Jobs

Let’s expose a few lies that Americans hold dear. “Small businesses create most of the jobs.” TRUTH:  Small businesses are what? SMALL. By definition, small businesses have few employees. “Small businesses fuel economic growth.” TRUTH:  Most small businesses FAIL within the first five years. Often within the first year. When they close their doors, they…

Worshipping False Gods — Americans Bow Before Business

Americans worship at the altar of BUSINESS. The faith was renewed at the Republican Convention. Nearly every speaker gave praise to BUSINESS, voicing both devotion and reverence. Blessed be BUSINESS. The delegates, all devout practitioners of BUSINESS, rose to their feet and clapped their hands in spontaneous outbursts of adoration. Many are converts from the wretched…

Business Owners Only

Based on the rhetoric, I conclude that all delegates to the Republican convention in Tampa were business owners. Specifically, men and women who built their businesses themselves, from scratch, with their bare hands. Proud people! Independent people who neither need nor accept help, not from God or anybody. The delegates do acknowledge, however,   the…

Mitt Romney and WaWa: “Amazing”

Mitt Romney’s reaction to WaWa is, in his own words, “Amazing!” The part about WaWa is near the beginning of this three-minute video, and especially at the end. You have to endure a fascinating anecdote about a dentist and government bureaucracy in between, but it’s  worth it. Mitt Romney appears to be a very knowledgeable…

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Selling e-books direct to your readers has just got a little easier, thanks to a new company called Gumroad. I heard about them through indie author Sarah Billington on Friday, had my store up and running on Saturday, and fully pimped out by Sunday. (Cost = Zero!) But before we get…

America’s Can’t-Do Attitude

Here’s a glimpse of government in America, as reported in my hometown newspaper. The City Council is concerned about the large crowds waiting at bus stops, often watching three or four buses pass without stopping because the buses are already jam-packed standing-room-only. The transportation administrator (we’ll call him H.A.) assured the City Council that his…

“Whomperjawed” (via The Clueless Farmer)

The “Clueless Farmhand” has now become the “Clueless Farmer.” Step one (buy a few acres with a livable house) is complete. Sounds like the new farmer-entrepreneur, Diana, and her husband, will be focusing on the chicken business, and also growing quite a variety of vegetables. Diana, aka “Farmer Di” and “Doodi,” is methodically learning all…

Oil, Water, Sin

What has gone wrong with the world? Good grief, where did we fail? How did we fall so far? If I’m going to blog, I may as well try to tell the truth. There’s oil gushing from a hole in the bottom of the ocean floor. It’s a horror movie come true. The mob screamed…

Summer Business Likely To Be Disappointing

The relatively small community where I have taken refuge — the community that I now call “Home” — is a summer beach resort with a very seasonal economy. During the winter and spring, many locals were concerned that the economic crisis would prompt people to forgo their weekends and vacations at the beach this year.…