The Eggman’s Midterm Political Litmus Test

Litmus Test

Only Two simple questions that I believe every candidate for office should answer before any others.

These answers will help determine whether their candidacy deserves further serious consideration.

Once we have your commitment that you do not place yourself above the people you govern, we can move on to other issues such as immigration, education, security and the economy.

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Strategic Web Design

Flow Charts and Site Maps

Plan Early – Plan Ahead – Plan Smart – Plan Strategically

Unless well integrated into your strategic plan, your Website will be little more than an expensive business card and could possibly harm your mission.

If you work through the questions and forms presented here before you think further about producing or updating your Website, I can guarantee that you will save time and money, possibly a significant amount of both.

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A Few Random Web Design Tips and Reminders

HTML

A disturbing number of individuals, small businesses, large corporations and governments are actively impeding business, stifling communication, irritating their customers and turning away prospects. They are doing this with the best of intentions, and often at considerable investment. They don’t know any better — but they have sucky Websites! Don’t be one of ‘them!’ As a broad rule, 70-80% of a Website’s design should … Continue reading

The Oaths of Office

Washington Taking Oath

The history of the Oath for Federal employees can be traced to the Constitution, where Article II includes the specific oath the President takes – to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Article VI requires an oath by all other government officials from all three branches, the military, and the States.
Here are the Oaths of Office for government employees, the President, Congress and more.

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It’s Not Islamophobia, It’s A Very Real Fear

Internment Announcements

It was arguably the darkest, most shameful action taken by the U.S. Government in the 20th Century. I’m referring to the paranoid forced relocation of Japanese-Americans to prison camps during World War II.

Paranoia is a baseless fear. Today, however, there are nearly two million Muslims living among us and little doubt that their loyalties lie with their Nation of Islam, and not our Nation of Liberty.

We will never be free of this threat until our level of commitment to saving our country exceeds the fervor and dedication of the militant Islamic enemy.

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Economic Death by a Thousand Terrorist Cuts

grenade-for-sale2

How should we deal with an organized effort to inflict these Million economic cuts, when all it takes to inflict one is a circuit board and battery taped to an empty Propane can, or even a simple paper bag left in an ‘inappropriate’ place?
One plane crash doesn’t change the fact that flying is statistically the safest way to travel.
Likewise, One crazy person, killing Twenty Six people in a school doesn’t change the fact that our primary and secondary schools remain statistically, the safest place for your child to be.

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Writing for The Web and Social Media: Part 1 – The Prime Directive

The Quill Pen

Flawless grammar and perfect punctuation are rarely seen or expected in today’s environment of Instant Messaging, Tweeting, Texting, Blogging, Facebooking and other social media. Credibility is everything, and credibility suffers when ideas are presented in a less than credible manner.

Have you ever been reading a blog post and right up front the writer screwed up a word?

The writer’s point might be strong, and their logic impeccable, but if the Silver lining is wrapped in a dark cloud, many people will never see it.

What I hope to do here is kick-start your thinking — not about your message, but about the way you present it, starting with the “Prime Directive.”

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Web Writing Part 3: Cut the extra words, less really is more.

New Challenges

Where writing for eMedia is concerned, less really is more Documents destined for computer screens follow a slightly different set of rules than those written for print. The traditional 10-20 words per sentence is out the window. According to Jacob Nielsen, you should cut ‘traditional’ text by at least 50% when writing for the screen. Cutting overall length by half makes your writing easier … Continue reading

Web Writing Part 4: Odds, Ends and Pet Peeves

Brain Fire

In any communication, be it graphic, written or verbal, do it as if … “You’re Sending a Telegram to a Moron at a Thousand Dollars a Word!”

Just because others abuse the language doesn’t give you permission

While on the subject of the widely misused and abused words, I’d like to point out a few of my pet peeves.
(FWIW)

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Parents of Special Needs Children Want Cops to Know …

First Responders

Persons with special needs and their care givers are twice as likely to have encounters with police and other first responders than the ‘average’ citizen.

Just recently, a child with Down’s syndrome was subdued by TASER in a situation that could have been easily defused by the parent or care-giver. In another incident police arrested a woman who was in diabetic shock, pulled her from her ‘parked’ car, threw her face-down on the pavement, handcuffed her and treated her like she was intoxicated.

With the above in mind, the special needs community would like for you to know a few things.

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I Am Joe’s Gun!

Firearms

NOTE: The Eggman had to write this for me because, as I say later, I have no brain, no muscles and no ability to reason or think. I’m neither good nor evil — Like most other tools, I’m a simple inanimate object.

I’m as much a part of Joe’s daily outfit as shoes or socks. In fact, Joe goes without his socks more often than he goes without me.

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You Don’t Know Me — And I Have a Gun.

Firearm

You don’t know me, or maybe you just don’t know that you do.
I am your neighbor, doctor, clergyman, nurse or just another nameless, faceless stranger in the crowd.
I have a state authorized, court issued permit to carry a concealed handgun.
I do so whenever possible.

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Things Cops Know (and want the public to know)

Law Enforcement

The police [understandably] don’t want you to know many things, from interrogation techniques to their home addresses. The average LEO, however, does want the public to be more aware of some other bits of wisdom. Many are common sense, most should be obvious, a few are “Officer” Murphy’s Laws and a lot are hilarious! In response to numerous requests, I have just started a … Continue reading

Things Citizens Want Cops to Know

Law Enforcement

If you have something that you want the Cops to know, leave a comment here and the better ones will migrate to the “Official” list.

Note: “You Suck” does not indicate the degree of thought and intellect I’d like to represent here, so if you have nothing constructive to say …

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