Posts bythebubbler

Underestimating the overestimation

I’ve seen enough of leftists arguing with conservatives on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and comment sections of conservative websites to have seen a very distinct pattern. Leftists routinely don’t give conservatives enough credit. The constantly underestimate them and, therefore, quickly stoop to name-calling and ridicule instead of taking the arguments seriously and addressing the counterpoints. Many conservatives will tell you it’s because leftists can’t win on the merits. That’s probably true, although I’ve debated with a few leftists who could hold their own and didn’t resort to such tactics. But I believe it’s because most leftists enter the conversation…

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Lack of aspiration

Nearly two years ago, I wrote about how Obama ushered in the age of reality leadership. Reality leadership is accepting what is and then impressing upon people that it’s the best we can do. Sometimes it’s the “new normal.” Other times, it’s “sacrificing” or “considering others.” Leftists were all impressed with Obama because he would “tell it like it is.” He wouldn’t sugar coat or talk about things that aren’t true. He would analyze the worst in every situation, tell us what was really going on, and then go on to accept it. I thought of this post when…

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Happy 2022

2021 was an amazing year for the sheer amount of horrible that went on. In comparing notes with others, I believe I won for the worst 2021 of all. (Hardly a contest I’m proud to win…) But that’s all behind us, and the time to look forward is always now. Last June, I stopped writing here regularly to focus on my new book. It’s just about finished and undergoing the fine tooth comb of an amazing editor, as we speak. Likewise, our crack design team is putting the finishing touches on the cover. Last year, we said we’d publish…

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The lessons of Pat Fish

On Saturday, August 2nd, 1986, a few friends and I found out that The Jazz Butcher was going to be playing that night at The Underground, a bar (at the time) in downtown Milwaukee. The Jazz Butcher was the brainchild of Pat Fish (aka Pat Huntrods), who along with lead guitarist Maximillian T. Eider and the rest of the band was touring the United States for their first time ever. Pat Fish was an absolutely critical player in my youth and my wide and deep interest in music. Back in the 80s, when I was in high school, any…

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We’re not taking this seriously

A few days ago, I chose to engage in a Nextdoor.com thread about a woman who took her daughter to Burger King drive-thru only to be met with workers who weren’t wearing masks. (It’s important to note she took great pains to point out she was not proud of taking her daughter to Burger King, and she would probably never do it again, lest you’re judging her right now.) For a neighborhood thread involving COVID, it stayed remarkably on-topic. Sure, there were a few posts of COVID or mask studies, but generally, the conversation was centered around whether people…

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A recession is the perfect time to promote conservatism

Many think the best time to advertise is during a recession. The ads are less expensive. Your competition is in expense-cutting mode. There’s less clutter on the airwaves. You can establish a reputation in the quiet time so when business heats up again, people are familiar with you and what you do. Instead of only reacting to every single Tic Tok video abnormality, Biden misstatement, COVID statistic, proposed vaccine mandate, and piece of bad economic news, there’s a better strategy. Sure, in real time, those things are standard operating procedure. But with the election over and the mid-terms still…

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When did we get so excited about work?

Back in the day, families and friends were high on the list of priorities for people who went to work. My Dad went to work to support and pay for his and our family’s personal endeavors. He would often say, “No one ever lied on their death bed and lamented that they didn’t make more time for work.” Life is about experiences with friends and families. Sure, it’s about accomplishment, and people accomplish some noteworthy, if not great things, at work. But when it’s all said and done, you’re going to remember all of the unique, interesting, and impactful…

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If you don’t do what I want, you should die

Isn’t this what leftists are saying about pretty much everything these days? If I want you to get vaccinated, and you don’t, you shouldn’t be allowed access to society, and we hope you die. If you think we need ID to vote, you don’t deserve the right to exist within any community. If you don’t wear a mask, we hope you catch a terminal disease and die. If you don’t believe that all whites are racist, you need to be destroyed. If you don’t believe the events at our Capitol on January 6th was the worst insurrection in the…

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Always pay more than they ask

A few years ago, I was looking to hire a copywriter. My budget was around $65-$70K. A few weeks into the process, I found an excellent copywriter who had a lot of great experience and had proven her ability to write truly concise and impactful copy. I had a good feeling about her, and sure enough, she went on to quickly become one of my most effective writers. When it came time to start talking to her about logistics like benefits and salary, I asked her how much she was looking to make. She sheepishly said, “$35,000? Is that…

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