3 Jun 2015 Ferado

America’s Bill of NON-Rights

We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights.

ARTICLE I:

You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II:

You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone – not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc, but the world is full of dummies, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III:

You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV:

You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V:

You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI:

You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you get the blue juice.

ARTICLE VII:

You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII:

You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX:

You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over-abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X:

This is an English speaking country. We don’t care where you came from, English is our language. Learn it!

Lastly:

ARTICLE XI:

You do not have the right to change our country’s history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, sorry if you are uncomfortable with it.

— Mr. Napper (or someone else)

30 Oct 2010 Ferado

I do NOT cut corners, and neither should you!

In hopes of motivating myself, I read. Most of the books in my library are about motivation. One book, in particular, Dave’s Way.

On page 10 in the book, something stood out that I thought I would share with all of you. It has to do with quality service, and giving people what their money deserves.

… a magazine reporter asked me why Wendy’s hamburgers were square. I answered, off the top of my head, “At Wendy’s we don’t cut corners.” It dawned on me then that not cutting corners was a lesson I learned from…

Folks, readers, viewers – name your slang – I, Michael Barton, offer you services that will be of amazing quality, and I promise, I DO NOT cut corners.

I can be reached view comments, my contact form.

Thanks,

Michael

30 May 2010 Ferado

A handful of Social Monitoring Tools

Have you ever wanted to monitor your social media buzz? Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t, regardless, you’ve wanted to keep track of something, a search term, a product, etc. A great of way of doing that would be to use one of the following 5 social monitoring tools:

  • socialmention offers Real-time social media search and analysis
  • BlogPulse is a great tool to search blogs and current trends
  • Omgili is a forum search engine that lets you find communities, message boards, discussion threads about any topic
  • Google Alerts is a real-time/daily email alert tool that can be configured to track any search phrase using Google indexing
  • Twitter is very handy for tracking real-time buzz

There are more tools available if you search hard and long enough. If you’d like to have any others listerd here, just give me a shout! Thanks.

14 Jan 2010 Ferado

The Roadmap To Becoming A Professional Freelancer

I came across this article about The Roadmap To Becoming A Professional Freelance Web Designer. It’s a great article. I’m just not a fan of the name because the tips in the article can be used for a Web Developer, Programmer, Small Business & any type of product. Just to name a few. I think it’s weird that so many good blogs out there are geared for Web Designers and not everyone else. How unfortunate.

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Regardless, it’s a great article and I hope you take down notes. The key thing you should take a way from this is “branding” because it has a powerful affect on people. If you’re branded in a good way, like Honda for instance. Honda is known for quality, right? Among other things. Now, if you were branded as “quality” then people would pay more for your service even though there are cheaper services. Like non-America for instance. Non-American labor is known for being cheaper than American labor. However, I feel strongly about this – America is the best damn country in the world – and I am so proud to be an American. Take that one to heart. My point being. America is so branded in my heart and in my soul that I will never outsource as long as I can help it. Of course I can’t guarantee any of my clients will feel the same way I do, but I try my hardest to push (& force!) my belief about America being the greatest onto other people.

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23 May 2009 Ferado

Notes from Napolean Hill

I’ve studied Napolean Hill a lot. He’s a great guy from 100 years ago. I’m not sure if a lot of people still know about him, but he’s done many great things and wrote many great books. One of which, Think and Grow Rich, is my favorite.

Now I believe heavily in competition and sharing knowledge. In honor of my belief, I’m going to give you some of my notes from the Hill:

Why some men succeed

  • They succeed because they have the habit of completing everything one begins, first having learned what to begin and what not to begin.
  • Procrastination is the thief of time.
  • Anybody can start something; Not everybody can finish what they’ve started.
  • Most successful people are no more smarter or better than us “average” folk. But they do have the ability to release the action that is stored up in their heads and keep it concentrated on a task, great or small, until completed.

It’s funny. Napoleon Hill is a man of the past, but his knowledge and research is still current in today’s world.