Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2-2-16 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Karen Leland: Hillary, Can You Feel the Bern?
2. Lowell Ponte: Enter Chinese New Year of the Monkey
3. Wayne Allyn Root: Iowa Didn’t Hurt Trump... But it Destroyed Hillary

4. James Hirsen: Campaign Ads Go Negative in Iowa & New Hampshire
5. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Apple and Google Battle it out to be King of the Tech Mountain
6. Daniel Greenfield: Why the Left Can’t Understand Islam
7. Joe Messina: Lying, Cheating and Stealing... an American Way of Life?
Hillary, Can You Feel the Bern?
By Karen Leland

With last night’s Iowa Caucus action, the personal brands of the candidates became front and center once again. As a personal branding consultant, I’ve been watching this election cycle closely. Last night was no exception. Winning isn’t always winning. Despite Clinton’s ultimate and minuscule victory over Sanders, who really won the night? The degree to which Sanders inspired millennials, who are disenchanted with politics as usual, to participate is in many ways a much more important and longer-term gain that could make the difference in the end. He’s obviously in it for the long term. When it comes to building a personal, business or CEO brand, it’s all about the long game.  [more...]

Enter Chinese New Year of the Monkey
By Lowell Ponte

On Monday, February 8, the ancient Chinese Lunar calendar, based on a 12-year cycle of different animal years, exits the Year of the Sheep or goat and enters the Year of the Monkey. Chinese astrologers warn that 2016 will be a year of competition and challenge, youthful energy and fun, curiosity and creativity, intelligence and trickery, like monkeys themselves. This Year of the Red Fire Monkey is auspicious for bold new enterprises, say Chinese soothsayers. Those who take daring entrepreneurial risks this year are more likely to succeed – and old political and business empires to fall. [more...]

Iowa Didn’t Hurt Trump... But it Destroyed Hillary
By Wayne Allyn Root

I can hear it now – every so-called “political expert” telling us how important this loss in Iowa is for Donald Trump. They’ll tell you it’s a big deal; it’s the end of Trump; it proves Trump will under-perform the polls in other states too; it proves he’s not invincible; the bubble has burst; Trump is wounded. This is all nonsense. As usual, the experts know nothing. As usual, they are clueless blowhards trying to sound like they know something the rest of us don’t. As usual, they have it all wrong. [more...]

Campaign Ads Go Negative in Iowa & New Hampshire
By James Hirsen

Negative attack ads are flooding the airwaves in Iowa and New Hampshire. Front runner Donald Trump, his chief rival Ted Cruz, climbing centrist Marco Rubio, and mainstream media favorite John Kasich are the targets of countless advertising buys that are crafted to direct attention toward the perceived shortcomings of each of the GOP presidential candidates. Florida Senator Rubio is being targeted in New Hampshire and in national ads by Right to Rise, a Jeb Bush-friendly super PAC. One political advertisement depicts Rubio as a perpetually twirling weathervane that changes positions on immigration with the fluctuating political winds. [more...]

Apple and Google Battle it out to be King of the Tech Mountain
By Michelle Seiler-Tucker

For much of 2015, Wall Street speculated Apple may be the first company to reach a trillion-dollar market cap. Last February, Apple saw its market cap peak at $774 billion, a record setting number. Now, not even 12 months later, the company has shed $240 billion in value. How did this happen? Last week, Apple posted its fourth quarter earnings and, in the words of Forbes Magazine, got “creamed.” Across the board, Wall Street slammed Apple for subpar numbers. The already declining stock dropped another 5% after the report. Why are investors dropping Apple? Apple confirmed investors’ worst fear: stalled growth. Last quarter, Apple stopped growing, and in fact, CEO Tim Cook predicted a decline in future sales. Silicon Valley is filled with the skeletons of once strong companies that stopped growing and lost investors soon after. Wall Street worries Apple will join them. Remember when BlackBerry was the biggest name in the tech world? [more...]

Why the Left Can’t Understand Islam
By Daniel Greenfield

The left’s greatest intellectual error is its conviction that the world can be divided into a binary power struggle in which both sides agree on the nature of the struggle, but disagree on the outcome. For leftists of a certain generation, it was class. Marx began the Communist Manifesto by laying out a primal class struggle throughout human history. For Marxists, everything in the world could be broken down to a class struggle with the wealthy oppressors on one side and the oppressed on the other. It didn’t matter that this model didn’t fit a reality in which Communist leaders came from wealthy backgrounds and their opponents were just as likely to be poor peasants. To the left, everything is defined by the model. Reality is an inconvenience that is suppressed with gulags and firing squads. [more...]

Lying, Cheating and Stealing... an American Way of Life?
By Joe Messina

Over the years I have watched the American people and the legal system back down on truly criminal issues because we have too many people in jail. They say our judicial system is overloaded and can’t take anymore. So now we stop enforcing laws or shorten jail sentences? We basically give up? Are we afraid to call them out as bad actions? Has political correctness made it so wrong to call thugs, thugs; terrorists, terrorists; and so on? For example, General Petraeus was sentenced to two years parole and a $40,000 fine for giving classified material to his girlfriend and biographer. It pretty much ruined his career because he swore on his outgoing paperwork from the CIA that he had returned or destroyed all classified material. He obviously didn’t! (This may be a bad one.) [more...]

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