Home / Category: Politics

Quick Take: Credibility

In light of tonight’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on evolution and creationism, I thought of this quote from Man of the Year: If everything seems credible then nothing seems credible. You know, TV puts everybody in those boxes, side-by-side. On one side, there’s this certifiable lunatic who says the Holocaust never happened. […]

The Unchanged State of Cable News

I wrote this original short post about three and a half years ago. It’s sad that only has cable news not really changed, but in many cases, it has only gotten worse. In fact, research proves it. Here’s a snippet from a Huffington Post article I read today: The [Pew Research Center] study’s authors found […]

Obama’s Path to Subscriber Recovery

Last week, I taught my third Email Marketing 101 course for an Internet Marketing class at Weber State University. One of the key points I bring up to these students during my lecture is this: If you’re going to lose a subscriber, it’s better that they unsubscribe rather than mark your email as spam. You’re […]

Repost: Is Twitter the Solution to Sluggish, Confusing Government?

As I’m rebuilding this blog with the posts from the past, I came across this post I wrote over three years ago that somehow, given the political climate, raises a question that’s still relevant today. So, rather than put it back into the archives with the old posting date (originally, September 14th, 2009) , I’m deciding to post it as a “new” post today. Let me know what you think.


capitolbuildingThe other night, after reading through some of the media’s junky coverage on Obama’s healthcare speech (as well as the completely unnecessary hoopla over Obama telling school children they should work hard and stay in school), the following idea popped into my head that I promptly tweeted:

“What would happen if Congressional bills were forced to be written and presented as 15-20 slide PPTs? Better, more understandable laws?”

It’s a little reminiscent of my ramblings previously on politics, but think about it. How great would it be if laws weren’t written like the Magna Carta, and rather presented in PowerPoint presentations?

15-20 slides (at most) using definitive bullets on what the law covers. Give the sponsors of the bill 5 minutes to present the bill (kind of like #IgniteSaltLake). Follow with a 15 minute Q+A session, then make the slides publicly available for a given period of time.

Get rid of the 1000+ page omnibus bills. Simplify it so people know who their representatives are voting for. Heck, simplify it so there can’t be spin about what the bills mean in the respective camps.

Continue reading »

Random Thoughts from Quarantine

I’ve got a sinus infection and the flu. No, I’m not writing this post for sympathy. Let’s face it, sympathy doesn’t get me anywhere. (Though I do appreciate it). No, I’m writing this post because I’ve been quarantined to my bedroom at home. My wife–in equal parts reason and paranoia–has barred me from walking around […]