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Dear Graduate: Welcome to the Real World

May 21, 2013

Dear graduate.

Your education is just beginning.  Welcome to the real world.

As you begin your job search, you’ll notice that there are few jobs for people with your lack of experience.  If you have a liberal arts education, you’re ill-prepared for a real job anyway.

The college that provided you with your degree in journalism or women’s studies may make money off of it, but you won’t.  Now, don’t you wish you chose a major that was a little more challenging?

Kill the Beast!

May 20, 2013

"Maybe there is a beast. ... maybe it's only us.'"

William Golding, Lord of the Flies

 

The anarchy of the Internet is one of its greatest attractions.  Anyone can say anything.  And, when leaving comments, we’re all equals.

So what should I make of the discussion I began in the LinkedIn group Public Relations and Communications Professionals that has attracted more than 250 comments?

Tax Advocates Should Pay Taxes

May 16, 2013

Maybe the IRS should be investigating tax-exempt organizations.

Instead of targeting conservative organizations, though, the IRS should consider targeting liberal organizations.  You know – the ones that pay no taxes, but want to raise everyone else’s taxes.

When organizations are tax-exempt and are not paying to support the government, those of us who pay taxes are indirectly supporting them with our tax dollars.  Why should my tax dollars benefit organizations that want to raise my taxes?

Death by Snipping For Dr. Gosnell

May 15, 2013

Baby killer Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been sentenced to life in prison.  A more appropriate sentence would have been death by “snipping.”

Snipping” is the term for killing a person by cutting the spinal cord with scissors.

That may sound like a horrible punishment for a 72-yaer-old man, but it’s the method he used to kill hundreds of babies in his abortion mill.

IRS Not Making America a Better Place to Live

May 14, 2013

So who should the IRS investigate?  Groups that want to “make America a better place to live” or groups that want to destroy our freedom?

The folks at the IRS, possibly with direction from higher up, determined that anyone who wants to make America a better place to live has to be a conservative and should, therefore, be targeted for scrutiny.  Those using terms like “Tea Party,” “Patriots” or “9/12 Project” in their case files when seeking tax exemption were also targeted, as were those who were critical of how the country is being run.

To Three Mothers

May 12, 2013

My Mom

“What are your plans for Thanksgiving?” my mother asked on a Saturday in November.

“Mom, Thanksgiving was Thursday.  We picked you up, brought you to our house for dinner, then brought you home.”

My mother, at 85, no longer remembers what day it is, but she still remembers me and she remembers my sister.  She is happiest when she asks about her grandchildren, even if she can’t remember that my oldest son is married and that she attended the wedding two-and-a-half years ago.  Or that my youngest son is not married, but has long since graduated from college.

Defining “Public Relations” – Part 2

May 10, 2013

In a recent post, I asked readers to define “public relations” in three words or fewer.

In addition to the comments on my blog, the post has received 75 comments so far on the Public Relations and Communications Professionals LinkedIn Group.  Some of the responses are quite good.  Here are a few examples:

One Space Will Do

May 10, 2013

In a previous post, I bemoaned the missing space.

Having been taught at an early age that a sentence ends with two spaces, I was critical about the lack of respect two spacers get.

Attention Startups: Don’t Hire A PR Agency

May 9, 2013

Attention entrepreneurs … “nothing could be more dumb (sic) than throwing your hard-earned venture capital money at a public relations firm.”

So says Kevin Leu, a PR specialist himself who worked in-house with PR agencies before founding GirlsOnAMap.com.  In an article in Venturebeat, he concluded that using venture funding to hire an agency is about as smart as allowing your company to be acquired by Groupon in an all-stock transition for five reasons:

How Much Entertainment Can $3.6 Billion Buy?

May 9, 2013

The National Mortgage Settlement may not be solving the housing crisis, but it’s providing plenty of entertainment.

Under the terms of the settlement, some of the country’s largest mortgage lenders are paying out $3.6 billion to former homeowners whose homes they foreclosed on.

As we previously reported, some of the checks from third-party vendor Rust Consulting have bounced.  So first homeowners were foreclosed on, then they received checks from their banks that bounced.