Monthly Archives: September 2009

A Crisis Plan for Acorn

Here is what I would have told Acorn if it had asked me to handle the crisis involving two employees who were videotaped advising a fake pimp and prostitute how to defraud the government: Fire the people and immediately announce

Posted in Business Matters

Goofus and Gallant at the G-20

A few more demonstrations took place at the G-20 conference in Pittsburgh after my post of September 25. Most significantly, there was a peaceful march from Oakland to downtown (where I saw it) and then to the Northside, organized by

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G-20 Ideological Subtext in Pictures

The White House created a series of photo opportunities, each of which was meant to communicate a basic message of the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh, a classic example of ideological subtext being as important as the explicit message in words. 

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Locking Down a City

I think that we proved to the world today that Pittsburgh authorities know how to impose marshal law, at least when given four months notice. Law enforcement officers from as far away as Chicago and Phoenix have certainly locked down

Posted in Social & Political Issues

Pro-Gun Lobby Rhetorical Update

In a blog entry last week I anticipated the argument of someone opposed to gun control when I pointed out that stiffer gun control laws would most likely have prevented virtually all of the recent spate of mass murders.  In

Posted in Social & Political Issues

Pittsburgh G-20 Should be a Celebration of Freedom

Since the Obama administration first announced several months back that the G-20 was going to meet in Pittsburgh on September 24-25, the town has been in a frenzy of anxiety.  City, state and federal government are intent on turning the

Posted in Social & Political Issues

The Big Lie or Check Your Facts, Part 2

If you read yesterday’s blog entry, you know that I’ve been investigating the facts behind the many reports of large numbers of people at the Taxpayer March of September 12 with the help of my assistant. Virtually all the news

Posted in Media & Marketing Matters, Social & Political Issues

Check Your Facts

If I’m a little late in commenting on the vast differences in the reported head count at the so-called Taxpayer March on September 12 in Washington, it’s because I took the time to do some homework (with the help of

Posted in Ideological Subtext, Media & Marketing Matters, Social & Political Issues

Notes from the Overground

From a September 17 story in the New York Times exploring why gourmet teas are thriving even as the global economy sags, Mark Daley, chief executive officer of Dean  & Deluca says, “Demand for quality products has remained strong.”  Now

Posted in Media & Marketing Matters, Social & Political Issues

How Not to Get a Job, Part 3

I’ve reserved for its very own blog entry what may be the most important tip I have for job-seekers: Never lie on the resume or in the interview. Employers detest lies and usually can smell them. And a half-truth is

Posted in Business Matters