Today we celebrate the acts of 56 courageous men who chose to meet at the First Continental Congress and (mostly) agreed to revolt thus sacrificing their lands, wealth, titles and lives to topple an oppressive regime.
Today we celebrate the acts of the 3% who took up arms, spades and pitchforks against that tyrant who tried to levy his taxes and refused to hear from the people he ruled over.
Today we celebrate the 10% – who provided funds, food and support to those soliders.
Today we acknowledge the other 12% who agreed with (in theory) the revolution but stood on the sidelines to wait and see what happened.
Today we should forget, as we always do, as history does that 75% of Americans Colonists opposed the revolution.
We should forget them because they are irrelevant to history – they were unwilling to recognize their own condition, unable to see tyranny while it stood on their doorstep and reached in their pockets. History has forgotten those cowards and you and I should too.
So let’s remember the 56, the 3% and the 10% for without that tiny minority America would not exist.
Let us also remember the document a handful of men, knee deep in war, battling a tyrant and seeing how he oppressed people with limiting speech, with not allowing the press to freely print, with disarming the population, with illegal searches and entry into homes by military and law enforcement, with reading private transmissions and papers, with travel limited by checkpoints, where citizens could be detained without cause or charges.
These men saw conditions that were unacceptable. Conditions that nearly 90% of the population refused to see. These few stood up and demanded action from their government, and when it did not respond they took what was rightly theirs by force and history was made.
Today let’s celebrate the tiny minority that makes history, that creates a better world through their actions, that has the willingness to face death and do it anyways because it is right, because it is just. God give us the ability to be like these men, give us the courage to stand, the ability to see injustice and to act, even when the cost of action is everything.
PS – while we are at it lets not forget one other great man Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier AKA Marquis de La Fayette for without him the rest may have ended up at the end of a rope.
I’ve got this friend who means well and is very sincere but … there is this guy. When they were first introduced he seemed like Prince Charming, he said the right things, did the right things, he was charismatic, dynamic and seemingly an open book – he knew what my friend needed and man did he make promises.
Over time it became apparent that he promises things with eloquent words but he never follows through. Anytime he gets questioned on why he hasn’t done what he promised or if he is caught lying he blows up. There are even rumors he’s done some pretty nasty things to people that have spoken against him. But still my friend defends him, claims he doesn’t mean to deceive, blames it on others, says he can change, he just needs time. Yet, time and time again he doesn’t change. My friend keeps pointing out minor things he has done to show how much he cares but those things are trivial in perspective to his deception in all the promises he has yet to fulfill.
There was even this one guy that did everything he could to hurt my friend and back in 2007 he swore up and down he would expose him, bring him down so he could never do it again. Yet last year he hired this jackass and put him in charge of everything my friend buys at the grocery store!
Last October, after 4 years of saying he didn’t want marriage – he actually changed his tune and sang from the rooftops how he changed. But here we are thirteen months later and he seems to have forgotten that promise too.
It’s also has come out time and time again he’s cheated, going behind close doors and got in bed with people that he claims publicly he doesn’t know and doesn’t care for.
Mark Twain said it is easier to fool someone than to convince someone they have been fooled. Man isn’t that true.
Recently it came to light this creep has my friend’s Facebook password, has been viewing profiles, stalking friends, accessing email, texts, listening in on phone calls, he’s crazy!
He has even admitted publicly that he has been lying in order to keep his job and now that he is cornered he is trying to make everyone believe he did it for greater good. Seriously, what kind of sick, perverted superiority complex he must have to think he knows better than everyone else how they should live. Now sadly (for him) even his closest friends are turning against him, blaming him, pointing out that he is not the kind of person anyone should follow yet my friend STILL vehemently defends him and holds on to the hope and change he has promised.
Over and over my friend keeps trying to defend him and now my friend’s new line of defense is trying to show how he is no worse or at least only equally as bad as her past relationships.
Recently as so much of his deception has been publicly exposed I thought my friend had finally caught on to his betrayal, closed doors, lies and deceit yet he comes out and talks about his big plans how he wants to work on this, how he needs our help, and again she swoons. Same thing, different day.
How do I convince my friend to stop protecting him and wake up, how do I convince my friend to end this cycle, break away from his deception and finally admit that we need … a new president.
He has a new book out Chat Republic.
Here is my review
Winston Churchill said that “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”. Today history is being tapped out on keyboards and touch-screens of emergent digital Churchills. Chat Republic is the lexicon of that social language used by today’s Churchill’s. The book provides the origins, applications and parables of its emergence, power and influence. If you’ve had a blind eye to the Chat Republic this book will restore your sight by taking you through the significance of the amplification of conversation that only could have arisen in the age where history will be written in 140 characters.
Check out his new site www.ChatRepublic.net and pickup a copy of the book.
Hi everyone – been a couple months since the last show.
As many of you know I tend to go crazy and do a show every week for awhile the crawl back to my cave only to reemerge when I feel I have something to contribute.
Right now. I am in the cave. Pondering, exploring and wondering what is next. I have something I want to say. But because of the nature of it … so until next time.
In his current role, Bruno is responsible for the operational strategy of Dell’s Global Sustainability efforts. This includes governance, information management, measurement & reporting strategy, as well as supporting advocacy, policy & objective setting across internal and external stakeholder engagement.
Prior to making a shift to sustainability in 2010, Bruno held a number of E-Business leadership positions over 15+ years at Dell and Charles Schwab. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and stays closely connected to their School of Sustainability where he teaches as an Adjunct Professor and is a consultant for the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. Bruno is a native of Paris, France and currently lives in Phoenix after stints in Northern California, Ireland and Texas.
Regular listeners are familiar with our Hearts.com pals and their origin of turning disgarded waste into a fashion statement. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hearts.com, here’s their philosophy:
They design with a purpose. Their products are a synergy between artisan strengths and the natural materials their environments provide. Every design that is made is unique, exclusive, and most importantly, made with love.
During the month of February, consumers can get a FREE Valentine’s Day gift with a $50 purchase.
Join us February 13th, 12 EST to hear more!
Discover what everyone is talking about here:
George Benjamin Brooks, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resources from the College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He applies his knowledge in sustainability particularly in sustainable agricultural systems, to address the mounting challenges facing the urban environment. A founder of the urban aquaculture firm RighTrac, Brooks is a frequent contributor to the Arizona Republic on sustainability, green jobs, water, diversity, and community awareness. A Phoenix native, he a past member of the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors, a member of the PlanPhx leadership team creating the new City of Phoenix General Plan, the Vice Chair of the South Mountain Village Planning Committee, the chair of Urban Ministries at Southminster Presbyterian Church and the Vice Chair of Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, an ecumenical organization dedicated to fighting climate change.
It is good to do sustainable things. George Benjamin Brooks
Derrick is thrilled to welcome the folks from Hearts.com
If you are a regular listener you know that Derrick has been talking about Hearts for the past month.
Sustainable business looks different than what we are use to seeing and Hearts.com perfectly reflects that. Turning disgarded waste into a fashion statement is what Hearts is all about and on this show we will be discussing the origin, the vision and the passion that makes Hearts an innovative force to be reckoned with.
We will be doing this show live from Hearts offices in Scottsdale. So please feel free to join us live and as questions via phone at (718) 305-6537 we also will be taking questions live via twitter @your3bl
Join Derrick, Stephanie and Kara live Wednesday January 16th at 12EST at www.blogtalkradio.com/your3bl
Stephanie Petro: Creative Design Director
Stephanie’s passion for teaching designers and artisans how to design with respect for the earth stems from her earlier experiences. While studying for her BS in Interior Design at Northridge University, she interned at a sustainable design firm where she was shocked at the unbelievable mass of unwanted materials left by the wayside. From that point on, she promised to always find a way to incorporate some form of upcycled material into her designs and to improve the fabrication process while respecting people, the planet and its resources.
She was invited by her younger sister, Jessica to display her latest jewelry collection at her workplace. One of the buyers was H. Cunningham who found the pieces so unique, he asked to meet the artisan.
They shared a common vision, to help others and the respect for people and the planet.
It was the beginning of Hearts…
Kara Logan: Design Manager
Kara’s open heart and mind leaves room for unlimited possibilities where everyone is welcome.
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Mr. Dick is a founding member of Quest Resource Management Group. As the Chief Executive Officer of Quest, Mr. Dick has taken Quest from a startup company with $0 revenue to a growing, vibrant enterprise with over $140 million in revenue in less than five years. Mr. Dick developed the first and only nationwide organics food waste recycling program, which resulted in over 820 million pounds recycled in 2011. Mr. Dick brings over 13 years’ experience in multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions, management of sales and operational staff, routing, customer service, budgeting, marketing as well as regulatory compliance and safety. Mr. Dick is a 1997 graduate of Pittsburg State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and a Minor in Physical Science.
Quest Resource Management Group provides clients throughout North America with comprehensive sustainability programs, innovative recycling solutions and proven environmental protection. Quest delivers targeted solutions exclusively tailored to our clients’ needs. We have proven success at designing and managing sustainability programs for Fortune 500 companies. When our Return on Investment (ROI) and Return On Sustainability (ROS) based road map are approved, we will design the programs, design and manage RFP, write programs and detailed procedures, complete all training, implement the programs, and manage the day-to-day operation by leveraging our network of audited service providers.