Thursday, November 27, 2008

Fighting Government Waste One Google App At a Time

The Washington D.C. government is migrating its 38,000 employees over to Gmail and Google Apps, which it plans to use for document sharing, spreadsheets and as a wiki. Here's a look at how and why, from cost to continuity.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

American Prudential Capital can help. Please refer us to these companies.

"Small firms are drowning without access to capital," said Sen. Kerry. "We're running out of time in the greatest financial mess since the Great Depression. I hope that Secretary Paulson will use his authority to jumpstart small business lending. Countless jobs are at stake."

Alternative Funding is the only solution to keep the unemployment lines down

Wall Street Journal Blogs
Small business loans dwindle
The Tennessean, TN - 9 hours ago
SBA loan volume has fallen across the nation and in Middle Tennessee as some businesses are putting off investments in a weak economy and as access to ...
Services at Concordia DRC listed Concordia Sentinel
Loans tougher to get but still available Salt Lake Tribune
Huntington Bank Ranks as No. 1 SBA 7(a) Lender in Ohio, Indiana ... MarketWatch
New York Times - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
all 266 news articles »

Companies should turn to Alternative Funding sources to avert having to lay off employees.

Lines Grow At US Unemployment Offices
Forbes - 2 hours ago
The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits for the first time hit a 16-year high last week, pushing the rolling herd of jobless citizens receiving this type of government aid to its highest level in 26 years.
UPDATE 1-US weekly jobless claims surge to 16-year high Reuters
Dollar Falls Against Yen as Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise Bloomberg
MarketWatch - AFP - AHN - CNN
all 765 news articles »

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Powerful Video

> -- 'The penalty good men pay for indifference to public
> affairs is to be ruled by evil men.'               -
> Plato - 'The thing that separates the American Christian
> from every other person on earth is the fact that he would
> rather die on his
>  feet, than live on his knees!'            -George
> Washington-


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fwd: The Sack Lunches - Veterans Day

I had to share this from my friend Ron Acker


The Sack Lunches
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned
seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to
read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled
all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a
conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated
nearest to me. ' Chicago - to Great Lakes Base. We'll be there for two
weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Iraq '

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack
lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours
before we reached Chicago, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass
the time. As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy
if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for
just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait
till we get to Chicago ' His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I
walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty
dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms
and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son
was a soldi er in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were
seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best -
beef or chicken?' 'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She
turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a
dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading
for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to
be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down
the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not
looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my
side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out
his hand, an said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Qu ickly unfastening my
seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he
said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought
me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was
embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A
man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand,
wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed in Chicago I gathered my belongings and started to
deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped
me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without
saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip
to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five
dollars. 'It will take you some time to re ach the base. It will be
about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their
fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer
for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our
country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check
Made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to
and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people
in This country who no longer understand it.'

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Recession turn depression ahead

Now that the next four years has been determined, the right question for investors and entrepreneurs alike should be:

How can we encourage more entrepreneurs to start companies during a depression?

In a depression we will have less money available to lend to new commercial endeavors that we have in the last 50 years.  It hasn't been easy up to this point, so that is saying a huge thing.

Now, the self-sustaining method to start successful businesses will be the only real way to bootstrap a company.

Eric Standlee

Monday, November 03, 2008


Go get the newest version of Gmail for Mobile.  Mine is remembering my login now!!!!

Gmail for mobile 2.0

Save multiple mobile drafts, compose and read recent email offline, use new shortcut keys and more. Download Gmail for mobile 2.0 for your BlackBerry or J2ME phone by going to in your mobile browser.

Eric Standlee

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Make History Tomorrow

My Friend,

From the time I entered the Naval Academy at age seventeen I have been privileged and honored to serve my country.

Vote Throughout my years of service, I've been faced with challenges where I could have taken the easy way out and given up. But I'm an American and I never give up. Instead, I choose to show courage and stand up and fight for the country I love. Today, I am asking you to stand with me and to fight for our country's future.

Our country faces enormous challenges and our next president must be ready to lead on day one. My lifetime of experience has prepared me to lead our great nation. I'm prepared to bring solutions to our economic challenges, bring our troops home in victory and improve our nation's healthcare system.

Time and time again, my country has saved my life and I owe her more than she has ever owed me. I have chosen to show my gratitude through a life of service to our country and tomorrow, you will have a choice before you.

I humbly ask you to make the choice that will allow me to serve my country a little while longer by casting your vote to elect me as your next President of the United States.

Finally, I ask that you never forget that much has been sacrificed to protect our right to vote. We must never forget those Americans who, with their courage, with their sacrifice, and with their lives, have protected our freedom. It is my great hope that you will exercise your right to vote as an American tomorrow.

I thank you for your kind support, your dedication to our cause, and most importantly I thank you for your vote.

With sincere appreciation,

John McCain

Paid for by McCain-Palin 2008

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Digg Story: Test Drive OpenOffice 3 Beta in Ubuntu

Thought you might want to check this out. I am switched to OO3.0
digg user n3tw0rk3r would like to share this story with you:
"Test Drive OpenOffice 3 Beta in Ubuntu"
I wouldn't yet do any serious work with this beta release, but I haven't had any issues with it so far. OpenOffice 3 is looking good!
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