Posted: November 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Tags: AIDS, CPAC, HIV, Thanksgiving
It’s always strange to consider the holiday of Thanksgiving and especially if you receive bad news before it. This blogger still remembers back in 2009 when a family friend who was gay, had HIV and other problems decided the week before the holiday was the perfect time to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head. It changed my perspective on a number of social issues which ultimately got me in trouble with a fair number of people in the Republican party.
Ironically, it also caused me to make a lot of friends in the party too. What can you say, some experiences just change one’s view of the world as well as people and you just can’t go back. Life is just a series of events which create an appreciation of gratitude or insanity.
There are good times and bad times but that is one Thanksgiving, this blogger is happy not to repeat.
Posted: November 22, 2014 at 8:02 am | Tags: Al Sharpton, Ed Gillespie, Lana Del Rey, Rand Paul
It’s the Saturday Surprise.
Facebook Does Matter
According to evidence from the Gillespie campaign’s work in Virginia, Facebook does really matter in elections. Click Here.
A week ago, we posted a story in this space suggesting that there appeared to be a correlation between an increase in a candidate’s Facebook engagement in the last weeks of the campaign and the candidate’s success on Election Day.
For example, we noted, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., had a nearly 2700% increase in “engagement” — likes, shares, posts and comments on his Facebook page — between Sept. 1 and Nov. 4. By comparison, his GOP opponent — Ed Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee — had “only” an 840% increase in the same period. Warner narrowly won the race.
Most people who know social media understand the value of Facebook and a good social media campaign overall in furthering a cause or group.
Eh, What the Duckie?
Rand Paul had a sit down with Al Sharpton as covered by the Business Insider. Click Here. Neither of them look good in the picture for the article either.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who is likely running for president in 2016, had a meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Washington, D.C. Thursday morning. Both men characterized the conversation as an attempt to foster dialoque across party lines.
Lana Del Rey
If you haven’t gotten into Lana Del Rey just for the weird rebellion and easy listening….as a guy, this blogger suspects you will thanks to her new Maxim shoot. Actually, this blogger wouldn’t really know, but her album “Ultraviolence” is awfully fun. Click Here.
Yeah that’s about it. That’s your Saturday Surprise.
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Tags: Arlington County Board, Arlington Streetcar, John Vihstadt
The proposed Arlington Streetcar project which has launched a thousand new changes, just by it’s mere proposal is over. Click Here.
Update at 3:55 p.m. — The County Board voted 4-1 in favor of Fisette’s motion to stop the streetcar project. The dissenting vote was Walter Tejada, who said the streetcar would have reduced congestion and helped the Columbia Pike’s revitalization. “Turning away from a modern streetcar system is a dramatic step backwards,” Tejada said. “Arlington’s credibility in the region will now be adversely affected.
It’s amazing to see the streetcar project end when so often overspending and expansion seem inevitable for bad projects. Really, John Vihstadt’s campaign for County Board was based on his opposition to the project which gave him support among Democrats, non politicals and Republicans in the county.
Posted: November 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Tags: Democrat, political life, Republican
If there is anything in life, that’s important, it is that you have to be true to yourself and who you are in any case. It’s worth saying about the political world, because this blogger has known so many people who went off in different directions and left politics or did something different career wise who never changed political parties. If you were always with one party and that’s where you feel you belong, there is no reason to change.
Furthermore, in today’s culture people are often ostracized if they leave their own party and get into the opposite or opposing party in the political world. New members who came over often get hazed or treated poorly, at the same time they lose contacts in their old party. It’s a lose-lose situation.
And most people can happily do whatever they want in their lives as long as they leave politics at home. For example, this blogger knows a guy that is a straight up Democrat who works with Republicans, all day long, it’s all he does and those are the people he needs for his issues, it doesn’t matter for him because he is a good professional. Just a case in point.
Posted: November 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Tags: outreach, sales
Sales post –
This blog post is dedicated to the weirdest behavior and most common in sales/outreach and their equivalents in non-profits. It is the weird sales person that and this is the most weird behavior, basically tries to sell sex as an undercurrent in their sales presentation or interactions. You know the type, anyone with life experience has met this type of person. It’s gross.
What’s especially bad about this sales technique is that, it has disastrous effects. Most people get grossed out when they encounter someone who acts this way, and you have to consider the other possibility. You may and will run into people who will get angry if you can’t deliver the goods so to speak. And worse, you have to ask yourself, are you a prostitute? Do you sell sex or actually stand for an idea or organization? It’s important to know.
Think about it, you could seriously turn off a potential buyer for life because you were too aggressive with the charm on them in that manner.
It doesn’t matter whether you sell clothes at Victoria’s Secrets, work for a charitable cause or work on a big corporate sales team, it’s a problem and not professional. Doesn’t matter if you are fat, thin, pretty or ugly – although some scenarios are definitely more weird – it’s important to be professional and sell the product.
Anything else is just gross and most likely to bring bad results.
Posted: November 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Tags: Dave Brat, Eric Cantor, U.S. Congress
Dave Brat who won Eric Cantor’s old seat this year was sworn in, early today. Click Here.
Dave Brat will be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington this evening, taking office as the 7th District’s new representative in time for the lame-duck session of Congress.
It was really interesting to see the race earlier this year in which he unseated the Majority Leader of the U.S. House. While Dave Brat is not the only politician that this blogger admires, he is a good example of the kind of person who should go to Congress. He’s intelligent, a professor of economics and a hard worker. It will be interesting to see what kinds of plans he puts together.
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 8:03 am | Tags: Thank you, Veteran's Day, Veterans, War
Veteran’s Day is a special often overlooked holiday, it’s not like Memorial Day where those who’ve fallen in service are remembered. It is a day when those who have actively served and returned with whatever memories they have are celebrated. Active duty is hard and it’s important to remember that not everyone who comes back from serving, comes back the same as a friend put it to me who served in the way in Iraq twice. His mind certainly never forgot the images of war, heck, I can’t forget some of the things he told me.
That said, the Concert for Valor tomorrow looks pretty awesome, but there is nothing awesome about the havoc it will play on DC traffic and commutes.
Posted: November 9, 2014 at 8:57 am | Tags: Election 2014, Elise Stefanik, Joni Ernst, Mia Love, Senator Scott, U.S. Senate
This week many celebrated and some were saddened by the results of the mid-term elections. For all the wins on the GOP side there were some losses, but overall you could definitely say the balance of power is now evened out in Washington, DC. And that’s a good thing for everyone. Balance. Ok fine, some people hate it. Not me!
For this blogger the take back of the U.S. Senate reminded her of how much Obama’s presidency has mirrored George W.’s. Both men enjoyed same party control of the U.S. House and a super majority in the Senate at one point, then the Republican’s lost the U.S. House and then the U.S. Senate finally in 2006 to the Democrats. This is life, the American voters like to take on a throw the bums out mentality when they get fed up as my former boss at The Washington Times put it. It doesn’t matter which party is in power, the voters just switch it up!
Yes, this blogger is jaded by the swings in control at this point, but what happened to me over the years is that I stopped thinking as much about the party bit and started thinking more about policy and specific issues based on life experience. People can stop holding their breath to see if I’m going to switch parties. I am going to be who I have always been, an independent thinker! I’m like Cartman from South Park “I’m bad and I do what I want!!”
That’s why I supported someone like John Vihstadt who worked with a variety of people to get elected once and again this year!
Picture with my friend Brandon who organized volunteers for John Vihstadt!
What Was Nice About this Election’s Results
This year, the GOP made some records and broke some rules for THEMSELVES!
Mia Love was the first black woman elected to Congress, Elise Stefanik was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Joni Ernst was elected to the U.S. Senate and Senator Scott is now the first black man elected to the U.S. Senate.
There’s a whole long list of game changers from this election which you can Google.
Actually there are now more than 100 woman in Congress. Things are just moving along into the future.
If You Are Sad About It All
Try out this clip of a teddy bear.
To be clear, this blogger is debating about switching from culture blogging and blogging about just marketing, development and PR. It would be a big switch, but it would go better with my life! We’ll see.
Posted: November 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Tags: Election 2014, Halloween, Into The Woods, John McCain, Shake It Off
It’s the Saturday Summary.
Halloween – It came and went, but did it really, for some reason there are always parties after the actual day for Halloween and costumes in addition – to CANDY. Com’on you know you still have some pumpkins (Halloween style) as well as candy around at work or home.
The Election – Yep, the GOP turned the U.S. red and took back the U.S. Senate. Click Here. It was a good night for a lot of people although some articles have been circulating that it’s not really that great, well, it was for the rest of the country where states turned Red, but for the U.S. Senate it doesn’t really mean anything will change because now power is just at a deadlock between the two parties.
John McCain – It seems that he is running again. Ok. Click Here.
Into The Woods – The musical that integrates a fair number of fairy tales has been made and will be out at Christmas. The new trailer has singing for those fans who wondered how it would work out.
Buzzfeed broke it down too this week. Click Here.
And In Some Funny News
It turns out Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off” matches up with an old aerobics competition opening….heh. Click Here.
Have a good week-end, enjoy those remnants of Halloween as the season heads into Thanksgiving and then Christmas, those holidays are smashed together this time of year thanks to the push by retailers.
Posted: November 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Tags: GOP, Jay McConville, Pat Mullins, Virginia
As many of you know Pat Mullins the Chair of the GOP in Virginia is stepping down. Click Here. There were rumors that he might be stepping down after he sent a proxy to the national GOP meeting earlier this year. It seemed like prep.
He’s had a good run but it’s always good to have some fresh blood. The party needs someone fresh who can really connect with people in the state and especially work on NOVA. NOVA is not a lost cause, but the party does need someone who has an idea what the pulse point is up here and who can keep it from being just a dead blue zone on election day.
Personally, this blogger likes someone like Jay McConville , if he’s interested, he seems to know how to talk to a variety of voters. But there are tons of people for the position and some maybe even younger.
Whatever happens, the seismic movements did not stop on November 4, they have continued right along after the election with some events that should have happened awhile ago, happening finally in this post-election time period.