February 14, 2016

GoFundMe: Skylar Shifflett

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:01 am

A friend has asked me to make people aware of a GoFundMe effort.

With great sadness, I will oblige:

Saturday my world was flipped upside down with just a phone call…

As most of you know (daughter) Skylar was in a bad car accident and had to be air cared to UC. As they were not aware of her age that is where they decided to fly her to. From there we made the decision to transport her to childrens hospital.

As of right now shes able to open her eyes and is responsive but there is bleeding and swelling on her brain. The doctors say she will make a recovery but they’re not sure how much of a recovery she will make. The money that is raised will go towards the medical expenses.

As we are going threw these hard times we ask for all the prayers and donations that are possible. Anything will help and we are praying for a safe recovery.

February 9, 2016

Salon Headline Claims Cam Newton Endured ‘Racist Vitriol’ After Super Bowl — With No Evidence

Filed under: General — Tom @ 2:28 pm

The headline at Nathaniel Friedman’s Monday column at Salon.com is unmistakably clear: “Racist vitriol pours down on Cam Newton: Single-minded haters rush to judgment after a rough Super Bowl.” Naturally, I went there expecting a long series of hateful tweets, social media references or other comments.

Friedman’s column content, however, has no reference to “racism” at all — or to “racists,” or even to “race.” Perhaps the far-left website expected the writer to cover that topic, and then he didn’t. Or perhaps the money-bleeding operation just wanted to put a clickbait headline out there to garner traffic. Regardless of how or why it happened, the headline’s presence is irresponsible, as Friedman didn’t even look at the criticism of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s relatively poor play and post-game conduct through a racial prism at all.


February 4, 2016

RIP, Maurice White

Filed under: General,Lucid Links,Marvels — Tom @ 11:35 pm

Mauric White (bottom row, center), the leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, who orchestrated some of the best music ever made, has died:


Listen (more here).


That’s the Way of the World:

Can’t Hide Love:

Shining Star:

Maurice White’s music will shine on forever.

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year to All!

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:01 am


November 1, 2015


Filed under: General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:11 pm

Fred Thompson.

October 12, 2015

RIP, Blog Pioneer Mark Garbett (1976-2015)

Filed under: General,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 9:36 am

Mark Garbett, who entered God’s kingdom early this morning, and co-blogger Matt Hurley were blogging before 99.99% of the people who are currently at it even dreamed of doing it.

Matt’s tribute at Weapons of Mass Discussion is here — “He was an American, conservative, Republican.  In that order.”

What a profound loss.

August 19, 2015

So There’s This Video …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 7:39 pm

… of attractive University of Alabama coeds promoting their sorority by overindulging in eye candy:

This video is soooooo outrageous that the University has ordered Phi Mu to take down the video because it “is not reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens.”

Oh … wait a minute.

I messed up.

The video above isn’t the one that was withdrawn.

It was posted last year, without incident. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that were a dozen or more such videos produced by U of A sororities.

But this video below somehow become the embodiment of all that is evil, was disavowed by the University’s administration, and has been taken down from its official perch — but obviously not until it was saved by someone else (HT Ann Althouse via Instapundit):

I don’t care why people didn’t like this video. I do care about why busybodies with wayyyyyy too much time on their hands got so incensed that they called for its removal, and I do care about a university administration which folds at the first sign of outside objection.

Geez, the people who are determined to be offended by anything and everything they don’t like or understand seriously need to get a life of their own.

June 19, 2015

Ben Carson’s Statement on the Charleston Massacre

Filed under: General,Positivity — Tom @ 10:59 pm


Last night evil walked the streets of Charleston. My heart aches for the families of the victims. I pray for the families left behind. I pray for the community scared and hurting. I also pray you and I can conquer hatred.

In my lifetime I have seen such great progress. Though racial based hate is still very much alive as last night so violently reminded us.

But I worry about a new hate that is growing in our great nation. I fear our intolerance of one another is the new battle ground of evil. Today many feel it is ok to hate someone who thinks differently than you do.

The left hates the right. The right hates the left. This attitude is poison. Poison that will sicken all of us.

Just because someone is for Obamacare and another is against doesn’t change the fact we are all brothers and sisters. All Americans.

As a brain surgeon I can assure you that all of our brains look the same, no matter what our skin color or party affiliation.

The America I know and love has fought evil all over the world to protect evil’s victims. At home we must dedicate ourselves to not hating anyone based on their politics.

Our leaders have walked our country down this path and it is up to us to change course.

Please join me in praying for those who lost their lives last night. Please join me in praying for comfort for their families. Please join me in praying for our great nation, that we may heal ourselves before it is too late.
Dr. Ben Carson

February 22, 2015

Ten Years Ago Today, BizzyBlog Began

Filed under: General — Tom @ 6:25 am

This post will stay at the top on Sunday.


Ten years ago today, I launched this blog.

The intent was to use it as an adjunct to a training business.

It has evolved into the hub of a personally rewarding and at times influential alternative career.

To all who have visited, from those who have been here virtually from the start to relative newbies: Thanks for visiting, reading, commenting, linking, and caring.

In fact, “thanks a million” is insufficient, given that the site has had over 1.4 million page views since I began using Google Analytics on June 11, 2007, and probably over 1.6 million since inception. Thanks to all who have read my columns and posts at NewsBusters, PJ Media and elsewhere; the number of page views at those two just-named sites has surely been a large multiple of those occurring here.

What follow are the titles and brief descriptions of the first day’s posts.

“Rollout day” on February 22, 2005 was unusual in that it was a test-post day with multiple entries. Most of the very early days had only one post, and — gasp! — some days even had none. I was just getting used to this cute little program called WordPress:

  • Social Security Point of the Day (SSPOD) — The point was that the higher your average annual earnings while working, the less your benefit is as a percentage of your working-career income. Sadly, that’s still true.
  • Corporate Outrage–Would Someone Please Fire Me? — This was about HP CEO Carly Fiorina, whose reward for mismanaging one of the world’s great companies was a $42 million golden parachute. Fiorina is now considered an influential Republican said to be thinking about running for President. There’s a reason the GOP is often called the Stupid Party.
  • Quote of the Day — “Sometimes it’s really hard to see the forest for the sleaze.” *
  • Marvel of the Day — about Quill, the office supplies mail-order/online giant, now a part of Staples.
  • Card Sharks on the AttackMy attack was on the idea that a creditor could raise your interest rate because you’re late paying someone else. That is among many horrid practices which should never have taken hold, and which ultimately partially contributed to today’s climate of over-regulation and micromanagement of the card industry and financial institutions in general by the federal government.

* – Not much has changed, has it? (except that there’s a lot more of it)

February 1, 2015

Sad, But Not Surprising

Filed under: General — Tom @ 6:30 pm

Move to the top for overnight Sunday.


From WCPO, at a friend’s reqest:

Prized possession stolen from man’s Covedale home, days after he died

A Covedale man died late January and thieves took a prized possession from his home just after he passed away.

The night Jesse Musick died, burglars broke into his home. The following night, they came back for the belonging that mattered most – a custom motorcycle that he and his daughter built from scratch.

Musick, 46, owned Avalon Tattoo and Piercing Shop on Glenway Avenue. His family said many people knew him around the Covedale area, and they suspect one of his neighbors is behind the burglary.

Traci Gibson was married to Musick for 10 years.

“He had a lot of friends and a lot of bikers, they all rode together, including my daughter. She rode with them too,” Gibson said.

She’s the person who found Musick’s body. Doctors said he died from an overdose.

“It’s something that he had a lot of trouble with,” she said. “He was fighting a lot of demons as well.”

Brighter memories were made with their 16-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. Last summer, she and Musick spent many days building a one-of-a-kind Hayabusa motorcycle.

“They rode that bike together, they built that bike together, and that bike is something very special to both of them,” Gibson said.

I’d like to believe that the person who stole the bike would return it, but it’s probably too much to hope for, given the nature of the kind of person who would do such a thing in the first place.

But that bike was taken by thieves, she said, who removed it from Musick’s basement garage.

“Instead of being able to grieve over the fact that he had passed away, we’re having to catch people that have robbed him,” she said. “He has been robbed twice.”

“He was a good husband, he was a good father and he was just loved by many people.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Sadly, I don’t hold out much hope for recovery. The kind of person who would steal such a thing isn’t the kind of person who would have the integrity to return it.

January 23, 2015

Re: ‘Deflategate’

Filed under: General,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:46 pm

Given the team involved and their history, I certainly understand the suspicions.

But the following quote made me entertain another possibility I have heard no one bring up:

“I did not believe what (New England Patriots quarterback) Tom (Brady) had to say. Those balls were deflated. Somebody had to do it, and I don’t believe there’s an equipment manager in the NFL who, on his own initiative, would deflate a ball without his starting quarterback’s approval,” (former NFL quarterback Mark) Brunell said.

Well, what would cause an equipment manager to do such a thing — something he knows is against the rules but would benefit his team’s quarterback — “on his own initiative”?

Hint: It’s green, and it would come from people who would financially benefit from the Patriots beating the Colts by more than the point spread.

This could hurt the NFL the way the Black Sox Scandal hurt baseball 95 years ago.

Maybe the reason no one is mentioning what I believe is a pretty clear possibility is that they’ve been told not to.

January 19, 2015

@Sierra Marlee Won Twitter Twice Last Week

Filed under: Activism,General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:00 am

January 11 and January 12, the former with the help of @haff_j:


January 4, 2015


Filed under: General — Tom @ 6:18 pm

ESPN’s Stuart Scott.

November 25, 2014

Ferguson: No Guard Presence

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:05 am

So, naturally, there’s looting, fires, and mayhem. Gateway Pundit is, as would be expected all over the ongoing outrages.

Thanks, Governor Nixon.


UPDATE, 7:10 a.m.: Gateway Pundit“Ferguson Mayor Called For National Guard – REQUESTS WERE IGNORED!”

UPDATE 2, 5:25 p.m.: “Missouri governor orders 2,200 Guard troops to Ferguson”

The correct headline would be: “Nixon tries to save his sorry a** by overcompensating”

November 8, 2014

Saturday Night Music Video: ‘In America’

Filed under: General — Tom @ 11:52 pm

Awesome, seemingly effortless musicianship, great and hopeful message, and perhaps a harbinger of things to come, thanks to Tuesday election results: