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:

October 20, 2014

‘It Matters’ Is Now Available on iTunes and at CDBaby.com (See Update)

Filed under: Activism,General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:35 am

(This post originally appeared on Saturday, and has been forwarded to today.)

“It Matters,” the “get informed, get involved, and vote” video K-T Live released on YouTube on Tuesday, is now available for purchase on iTunes and at CDbaby.com.

At iTunes Store, type “It Matters K-T Live” in the search box and the song should appear as number 1 or 2 in the results.

Here’s the direct link to the song at CDbaby.com.

Thanks to local blues legend Sonny Moorman for suggesting CDbaby.com, whose reasonably intuitive site and helpful support people helped expedite availability at both their home site and iTunes.

This, of course, presents the opportunity to re-post the video, which I will gladly take:


UPDATE: Here’s the reason why “It Matters” will resonate with the vast majority of those who listen to it —


Previous Post:
- Oct. 14 — Yours Truly’s “Get Involved” Video: “It Matters”

October 4, 2014

It’s October 4; Welcome to Snowhio

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:18 pm

Yes, there are isolated reports of snowflakes emanating from various parts of the Buckeye State:

“Still, don’t be surprised to see a flake fall from a dark gray cloud sometime Saturday afternoon.”

Various Facebookers are reporting sightings.

Don’t know about others, but yours truly is not in the mood for a repeat of last winter.

UPDATE: From Northeast Ohio — “Mother Nature’s reality check: Lake effect rain, wet snow flakes”

April 23, 2014

Positivity: Meb Wins Boston Marathon, Honors Those Who Died Last Year

Filed under: General,Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Way to go!


Understandably lost in the coverage of Meb’s remembrance of those who died last year is the fact that, at age 38, he is the oldest Boston winner since 1930. A marathoner winning any of the major world marathons at that age is a phenomenal achievement.

On a more nationalistic tone, Meb is the first U.S. winner since 1983.


ALSO: The best revenge

Why Nike dropped me: Boston Marathon winner

Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi says he lost his running shoe deal with Nike three years ago because of his age.

The 38-year-old distance runner signed a new shoe deal three years ago with Skechers, a footwear company more known for casual “lifestyle” shoes than hard-core running gear, after Nike dropped Keflezighi from its endorsement roster.

During an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Keflezighi said his deal with Skechers has boosted his career and helped his running mechanics.

“I’m almost 39 years old and Nike thought I was probably too old,” Keflezighi said on “Squawk on the Street.” “And with the Skechers partnership, things have been going really well.”

March 29, 2014


Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:24 pm

Noel Sheppard.

You will be already are missed.

March 8, 2014

Obama Lack (Ability to Spell) ‘Respect’

Filed under: General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:52 pm

Aretha Franklin’s song even spells it for him:

Dan Quayle, call your office.

March 3, 2014

Intrepid Reporter Gets Blasted by Plowed Snow, Carries On

Filed under: General — Tom @ 4:45 pm

Nice job:

Better you than me, pal.

February 11, 2014

A Comment on Comments

Filed under: General — Tom @ 9:27 am

My spamcatcher does a great job, but until now I’ve always reviewed captured comments to see if a legitimate one got flagged. Maybe once a month I find one I need to pull out of spam.

Overnight, I got over 400 spam comments. I suspect that frequency might continue.

I’m not going to review that many comments at a time.

So, in case that level of spam continues, I regretfully need to advise readers to do the following to make sure their comments don’t get flagged: 1) Keep it fairly short; 2) Don’t include more than one link; 3) Keep it clean.

February 5, 2014

RIP, Barry Rubin

Filed under: General — Tom @ 9:43 am

Tributes and thoughts from his PJ Media colleagues:

Rubin’s outstanding PJ Media archive is here.

UPDATE, Feb. 6: Claudia Rosett’s tribute.