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Here are excerpts from a real American businessman’s letter to Obama. He is Corey Miller, a 54 year old high school graduate who started a water well drilling company when he was 29. There are millions of other entrepreneurs out there who can identify with Corey; two of them are in my family.

Entrepreneurship is the heartbeat of our economy. Liberal, conservative, or whatever – Obama’s policies amount to just plain bad economics.

You see, Mr. Obama, I’m the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I’m the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I’m the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn’t want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I’m the guy you characterize as “the Americans who can afford it the most” that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution “to spread the wealth” to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything.
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I’ve never been one to really go “all out” on Halloween and, most of the time, I end up just dressing up as a witch, if anything. Despite my less than overwhelming enthusiasm for Halloween, I’ve got to hand it to the creative folks that came up with these wacky costumes:

LEGO people. Simple, yet brilliant.

A MySpace page costume. A sign of the times

This Toy Soldier costume must have taken a lot of effort. I found this photo on Flickr and in the description, it said that the guy would approach a house, ring the doorbell, and before anyone answered, he would throw down the wooden base and assume his position on the sidewalk. Sweet.

Tetris blocks. Retro.

If Tetris blocks aren’t 80’s enough for you, how about this Transformers costume.

Forget about those cutesie costumes for dogs, this one is incredible!

This one is just cruel! Poor kid.

Happy Halloween!

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“As I have traveled across the country, I have been astounded just how many of our fellow citizens feel strongly about their constitutional rights but have no idea what they are, or for that matter, what the Constitution says. I am not suggesting that they become Constitutional scholars — whatever that means. I am suggesting, however, that if one feels strongly about his or her rights, it does make sense to know generally what the Constitution says about them. It is at least as easy to understand as a cell phone contract — and vastly more important.”

From Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s lecture to the Manhattan Institute last Thursday.

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We all deal with a little B.S. every once and a while – at work, from friends and family, and even from everyday “Joe the Plumber’s” that we run into at the store or on the subway. Well, the next time someone tries to push you around, take advantage of you, or stands in your way, think of the Little Pig That Could. This little fellah possesses a number of valuable qualities – persistence, determination and a special “can do” attitude. An inspiring tale…

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They’re 3-2, playing very inconsistent football, and Buffalo seems to be a factor in the division. But after five games it’s time to get off the fence and make your prediction.

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I frequently attend industry conferences for work and there are always two consistent elements at any conference: A) schwag (i.e. free stuff handed out by the exhibitors and sponsors) and B) schwag hags (i.e. people – some slightly resembling trolls such as the fluorescent haired creatures to the right – that roam the show floor with bags full of free crap). I am usually on the “giving” end of things, handing out free t-shirts and such for my clients, and avoid gathering lots of schwag. Its a hassle to squeeze all of those extras into your carry-on luggage and most of it is just junk anyways.

This past weekend, however, I spent my Saturday at the BlogHer Boston Conference and I took full advantage of the giveaways. 360PR was an exhibitor as well as LeapFrog, Playtex, Hooked on Phonics and others (an appropriate mix of exhibitors, given that it was an event for women bloggers).

There were only about a dozen exhibitors, which is nothing compared to behemoth conferences like the Consumer Electronics Show and Comic-Con. I didn’t hit up every table, but I couldn’t have fit anything else in my back-pack even if I tried. And, after all, its the quality of the schwag that counts, not the quantity.

In the end, I walked away with a handful of goodies for my young niece and a pair of Yahoo Shine slippers for myself – a happy camper, I am.

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The Club for Growth notes that over the last six months, Budweiser’s stock is up nearly 30% while the S&P 500 has dropped by about 30%. Hmmm…maybe there is a way out of this mess (click to see the way out): 

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