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Batman Rises and the Colorado Shootings: Hollywood Should be Ashamed!

Batman Rises and the Colorado Shootings: Hollywood Should be Ashamed!

No, I don’t blame Hollywood or The Dark Knight for the 2012 Colorado movie theater shootings. But, I do blame Hollywood for the deterioration of its product, the resulting desensitization of our kids, and the overall lack of concern for what it produces and the impact it has on our souls.

The recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado in which a young man, dressed in full protective gear, wrought havoc, death, and mayhem on an innocent movie crowd is no accident. He was a lover of The Joker, the “star” of the second Dark Knight movie, portrayed by the late Heath Ledger. He was a lover of violent role-playing video games. He chose the new Batman movie crowd as his target; he didn’t choose the latest Pixar movie.

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Top 10 Reasons I Never Visit Your Blog Anymore

Top 10 Reasons I Never Visit Your Blog Anymore

During my weekly blog escapades, I find new blogs I love, some blogs I like, and others I stop reading altogether. A number of circumstances influence my decision to totally abandon a blog, but here are 10 reasons I will stop reading yours:

 

 

 

 

1. You are Annoying

You “mention” me or “DM” me on Twitter with your latest post link almost every day, you constantly “stumble” your posts my way, you frequently ask if I’ve read your latest post, and you generally do everything you can to shove your blog down my throat. Sometimes your intensity is frightening, and I wonder if you are more stalker than blogger. I don’t care if your blog is the next masterpiece on the interwebs, if you do crap like that, I will  hate your blog.

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5 Types of Mommy Bloggers I Hate That Most Likely Hate Me Too

5 Types of Mommy Bloggers I Hate That Most Likely Hate Me Too

Mommy Blogger:  (Mom-ee Blawg-er) A maternal- type person that keeps an online journal, often referred to as their “J.O.B.” even if they don’t make any money. Because since it’s a J.O.B. it totally justifies sitting on the computer all day. The Mommy Blogger started out as a Farmville Fanatic on Facebook, but figured out they could get free stuff and coupons if they moved to a blogging platform, usually Blogger. Eventually, Mommy Bloggers will take up another part time job as forum troll to harass people that don’t like Mommy Bloggers and to make sure the world knows that “BLOGGING IS MY JOB BITCHES AND I’M STILL THE BEST MOM IN THE UNIVERSE…wait where’s my kid. Can’t find my kid…”

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5 No BS Leadership Lessons From the Fiscal Cliff

5 No BS Leadership Lessons From the Fiscal Cliff

This past weekend I watched a CEO summit on Bloomberg Television. The idea was to bring on CEO’s of leading global organizations to discuss the rapidly approaching fiscal cliff and for these global business leaders to provide some insight into how they feel these delicate matters need to be treated.

 

 

 

The panel was comprised of a number of high power CEO’s including:

Laurence Fink (Blackrock)
David Cote (Honeywell)
Robert Greifield (Nasdaq)
Scott Davis (UPS)

For a summary and review of the event you can visit here.

I watched with a conflicted combination of interest and apathy as I have grown increasingly tired of all of the rhetoric and the complete lack of progress that we have made in the past several years. However as a proud citizen and someone who genuinely wants the best for America I was definitely interested in what these gentleman (Yes, all men except the moderator) had to say.

While I think it is wonderful that our global business leaders took the time to discuss their ideas to fix our biggest problems. I also felt it was sort of a double edge sword as most of the world cannot relate with these leaders nor do they actually see them in a positive light. Regardless of how they “Should” be seen, (Many F500 CEO’s are brilliant and Admirable) I have always said that “Perception is Reality,” and the overwhelming perception of Fortune 500 executives isn’t positive . Again, not saying I agree or disagree, just stating the facts.

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Sloppy vs Disciplined – Leadership Lessons from the #DallasCowboys and #DenverBroncos

Sloppy vs Disciplined – Leadership Lessons from the #DallasCowboys and #DenverBroncos

I live in Denver, and I love to watch the Denver Broncos (and Denver Nuggets in case you are wondering). We had an exciting an unorthodox playoff runlast year, courtesy of Tim Tebow, and this year started with astronomical expectations when we signed one of the all-time greats: Peyton Manning.

I grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan, and the Denver regional coverage and NFL schedule have been kind to me this year because I’ve seen several Cowboys games. Well, I say “kind” – perhaps they are punishing me because I will diligently watch a Cowboys game even though it can be an affront to the sensitivities of a devoted football fan. The stark contrast in these two teams led me to write this blog post!

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In Defense Of The Fence!

In Defense Of The Fence!

The attack ad campaigns in this year’s US Presidential election have been utterly despicable. I would say something dramatic like “they’re the worst I’ve ever seen” but, alas, I’m only 25 so that doesn’t really mean much. Nevertheless, I was around for the previous election and I don’t recall the debate being quite as vicious on Facebook four years ago. It just makes me sick. I’m tired of it.

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Why I’m Not A Feminist (And It’s Okay If You Are)

Why I’m Not A Feminist (And It’s Okay If You Are)

The thing about having a kid in crew is that you spend A LOT of time standing around at regattas while your kid is doing nothing worth  watching. Rigging boats, loading and unloading boats, de-rigging boats, cleaning boats. Which means you spend a lot of time talking to other parents. Sometimes that really sucks, which is why I usually bring a book. Very rarely, it’s awesome. Like when a brilliant woman you don’t know engages in hours of conversation about meaty subjects, and doesn’t shut down when you say something that makes her hair stand on end and clearly hits her in her core.

Like when you say, “I’m not a feminist.” And mean it.

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5 Social Media (Buzz)Words That Have Lost Their Way

5 Social Media (Buzz)Words That Have Lost Their Way

I tackled a topic that was driving me crazy…Buzzwords that are being used in business that have lost their meaning.

I’m really not one to jump on a blog theme or usually even cover similar topics in back to back fashion but I realized after writing the first post that this whole buzzword thing is an epidemic of sorts and it is infecting more than just business leaders.

 

Enter Social Media…

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Things You Can Be On Halloween Besides Naked

Things You Can Be On Halloween Besides Naked

Who made the rule that good Halloween costumes for girls meant that they needed to be slutty, sexy and show lots of skin? Before you brand me a raging feminist and hit the “ignore” button, when was the last time you took a good look at Halloween costumes marketed to girls and women?

With six year-old twins, I’ll admit to spending a bunch of time lately thinking about it. Oh, and the fact that I’m a teensy bit of a fan of building up girls and their confidence and self esteem and focused on ways to empower them. Yeah, there’s that. So I’ll admit, right up front, to a bias on this topic. Back to costumes. Who decided sexy was the direction we need to go when it comes to Halloween costumes?

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#NFL Rantitude – Leadership Starts At The Top

#NFL Rantitude – Leadership Starts At The Top

I became motivated to write this post while watching the Dallas Cowboys self-destruct against the New York Giants.

The Dallas Cowboys are widely considered the most under-achieving NFL football team over the last decade. In many cases, they have to get downright creative to find a way to lose the game. It is my assertion that this losing culture starts at the top. Although the Cowboys prompted this post, I will use four different case studies to illustrate my point:

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