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Must-reads from the Bubbler

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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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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The cultural appropriation of Juneteenth Day

Two days ago, Joe Biden and the United States Congress officially made June 19 a federal holiday. They did this under the auspices of June 19, 1965, or “Juneteenth Day,” marking the end of slavery in the United States. Not only was this inaccurate political pandering, but also cultural appropriation. June 19, 1965, was when federal troops arrived in Texas to free the remaining slaves. This is a Texas-specific event that has been recognized there for some time. For a long time, people not from Texas weren’t even aware it was a thing. September 22, 1862 was the day…

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Definition of common sense

Many have attempted to define “common sense,” so I figured… why not? Ideally, “common sense” would be something that was, well… common. That means most people have it. I’m not sure how much “common sense” is left in this country, so it may have morphed a bit into a nostalgic romantic ideal. A sort of way of thinking that seems to have passed us by. Some will tell you “common sense” is gone because we tend to over-think or over-engineer everything. We have too much time on our hands, and we make all sorts of assumptions that usually end…

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Clearly labeled

Liberals aren’t known for taking responsibility for, well, anything. But ironically, they do love to take responsibility for one thing. Liberals love to put their causes and voting choices on everything they can. Their cars are full of bumper stickers. Their t-shirts carry their slogans. Their yards display signs with their favorite mantras. The one good thing about liberals is that they’re clearly labeled. We know who they are. We know who’s responsible. The latest entry into their symbolism is the vaccine passport. This weekend, my family was invited to a graduation party. On the invitation, it clearly stated…

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Three marriages in one

It’s amazing marriages last as long as they do. Especially for those who have kids. When you first get married, you commit to living with another person and growing with them as you both advance through life. You assume (or hope) that given the foundational elements of your personality and interests, you will grow in relatively the same direction and evolve, together, in a way that may change you both, but not so much that you grow apart. That lasts for a bit, but then you have children. Children fundamentally alter the relationship as they take your attention away…

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What if we just treated everyone well?

Women aren’t treated equally. We have to start treating women better. They’re not inferior to men. They can hold their own in the workforce. They should be paid the same. We have to treat women better. But wait a minute. What about blacks? We have to start treating them equally. Black people are no different than anyone else. We have to stop shooting unarmed black men. We have to stop putting them in jail. We have to treat black people better. But hold on, what about gay people? We have to start treating them as we treat others. Gay…

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