PeggyheadshotPeggy Grande is one of the most humble people you will ever meet. She has probably met more world leaders and talked to more famous people than you or I could imagine, but you would never know it unless you asked her.

Peggy Grande had the pleasure of sitting next to one of the most iconic political figures of all time almost everyday for nearly ten years. That man was my hero and is my son’s namesake. That man was the one and only Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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Check out Peggy’s Bio:
Peggy Grande worked for President Ronald Reagan from 1989-1999 during his post-presidency years in Los Angeles.  As the Personal Assistant to Ronald Reagan for six of those ten years, she worked closely with the president on a daily basis, acting as the liaison between him and his staff, the public, dignitaries and world leaders.Peggy drafted and managed correspondence under Ronald Reagan’s original signature, reviewed invitations, scheduled visits, appointments and phone calls and attended to a wide range of office and personal needs.
She was responsible for greeting and briefing visitors prior to meeting President Reagan, ensuring that appointments stayed on schedule and ran smoothly.Peggy also directed the internship program for the Office of Ronald Reagan, assisted with event planning and advance work, and helped with the establishment of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
Coordinating black tie events, editing speeches and book copy, Peggy often accompanied the President on travel and served as the president’s personal photographer for office visits and events.Continuously involved with the Reagan Foundation for the past two decades in a variety of capacities, including assisting with the President’s interment, Peggy helped complete a centennial book published by Harper Collins and served as a full time consultant for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration in 2011.
During the Reagan Centennial, Peggy oversaw the Reagan entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade and helped coordinate academic symposia with university partners all across the nation.  She facilitated logistics involved in the Centennial birthday weekend, including the Concert for America, military ceremonies and donor events and was involved in implementing both celebratory and substantive events all across the nation throughout the year. EPSON MFP image wall
Serving on faculty for The Leadership Institute, Peggy travels the country sharing her “front row seat of history” with young people and passing on the leadership lessons she learned directly from Ronald Reagan.  She also has been instrumental in the writing and development of educational curriculum for distribution to middle school and high school students nationwide.
A graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Organizational Communications and Business, Peggy has studied two languages and traveled to 20 countries, and never could have imagined the professional opportunities and personal blessings which have come her way.  In addition to her continuous demanding work and travel schedule, she enjoys the support of her husband of over 20 years and their busy household of four diverse and accomplished children.
I told you. Peggy has truly lived a charmed life and seen a great many things. I have no idea how she doesn’t start any conversation without bragging, but that is just me.Graciously Peggy humored me and let me interview her and ask her a few questions about her time with Ronald Reagan. I hope you enjoy her answers as much as i did.

 

The Email Interview: Peggy Grande

BB: You had the most incredible opportunity to work for President Ronald Reagan in his post presidential office. What are three things you learned working with President Reagan on a daily basis?

PG: Wow.  Sharing just 3 from among the amazing ten years I worked for him is a challenge, but I would have to say that everything I witnessed and experienced can probably be summed up by the following three:

1.  People always want to know, “Was he everything I thought and hoped he would be? ” and I have to say “No — He was better!”  No matter how high the pedestal was that you have put Ronald Reagan on, he was worthy of that high esteem and was even more terrific in person than in image.

Everything you saw on the outside was who he was on the inside.  There was no difference between his public persona and his personal persona.  He didn’t behave differently when he knew people were watching than he did in private.  He was kind and humble, polite and genuine.  Always.

2.  Ronald Reagan was known as “The Great Communicator” and most of the world remembers him for his written words, his famous speeches and his public statements.  I was blessed to know him “behind the scenes” and was constantly amazed at how his actions spoke even louder than his words.  The gentlemanly ways in which he treated me as his personal assistant – holding my elbow as we would walk up and down stairs, always waiting for me to walk in front of him into a room or event and always offering to assist if there was a need.  Pure class.

3.  Ronald Reagan showed me what true leadership looks like.  And though he had been a Hollywood actor, his version of leadership is not at all what we generally see portrayed on TV or in the movies.  Ronald Reagan’s leadership was characterized by genuine humility, awareness of others and kindness toward them, trust in his staff which inspired their loyalty, and he generously gave respect rather than demanding it.

He also didn’t take himself too seriously and used appropriate humor to defuse tension or make a point.  Though not a day went by without my realizing the unique and overwhelming honor of serving such a great man, he always communicated gratitude for my work, which gave me the confidence I needed to serve him with excellence.


BB: While in the post presidential office who was the most interesting/famous person you were able to meet?

PG: Over the course of ten years “anyone who was anyone” in the world of politics, sports, entertainment, business or pop culture came by the office to say hello to Ronald Reagan and welcome him back to California after his years in Washington, D.C.

Of course there were many memorable visits, like Scott O’Grady, the USAF pilot shot down behind enemy lines who survived by eating bugs until his rescue, or the sitting President at the time, George H.W. Bush, who would come in and chat and have lunch with his friend “Ron”, or watching President Reagan interact on a personal level with Brian Mulroney, Margaret Thatcher or Mikhail Gorbachev, or other world leaders in an informal way as two regular people, rather than political allies.

As President Reagan’s personal photographer I got to be the ultimate “fly on the wall” and personally observe these interactions firsthand.  Even in “private” meetings, the photographer stays, so I was fortunate to have a front row seat to many memorable and profound moments.

As a Christian I would say that meeting Rev. Billy Graham was very special, as was meeting Mother Teresa.  As I looked at Mother Teresa’s weathered hands and feet and pictured the thousands of people she had selflessly served on the streets of Calcutta with the Sisters of Charity, it was a humbling and moving experience.


BB: President Reagan’s centennial anniversary was in 2011 and you were able to serve as a consultant for the Reagan Centennial. While traveling the country and celebrating the life of Ronald Reagan at the different events, did you learn anything new about the President?

PG: My grandmother had 26 grandchildren and every one of us was certain that WE were her favorite!  She had an incredible way of making everyone feel special and important.  Ronald Reagan was the same way – every aspect of his life that connected with the Centennial felt that they had an extra special place in Ronald Reagan’s life and his legacy – and they did.

Whether it was the sports world, radio broadcasting, political organizations, religious organizations, academic universities or the movie industry – they all celebrated him as “theirs”.

During his life Ronald Reagan connected uniquely with numerous different arenas of life and during the Reagan Centennial we were able to reconnect with each of those groups in meaningful, memorable ways that paid tribute to the impact Ronald Reagan had made on them.  It was like a “Victory Lap” of Ronald Reagan’s life, which was an honor to be part of, especially since I had known him personally and worked so closely with him for so many years.


BB: What is your assessment of the Reagan legacy today and in the future?

PG: Of course Ronald Reagan has become an iconic “superhero” for conservatives and the Republican Party.  However, as the years have passed I think that his legacy is one of strong leadership and coalition building, not only across the political aisles here domestically, but internationally as well.

Politics aside, Ronald Reagan is recognized as a savvy, intuitive, emotionally intelligent leader who had a knack for connecting in meaningful ways to people from all walks of life and all political persuasions.  No matter your politics you couldn’t have met Ronald Reagan and not liked him personally.  That is a trait of a truly great leader.  I think over time he will continually be recognized as such and esteem of him will continue to grow.

I also believe that the legacy of a President is not something that can be told the moment they leave the White House.  The implications of policies and alliances which were built during the years as President cannot fully be measured immediately – they require the perspective of time.  Not long after Ronald Reagan left office, the Berlin Wall fell, the Cold War with Russia was defused, and people all across Eastern Europe began to experience increased freedom and opportunity to varying degrees as never before.  This was all in direct response to Ronald Reagan’s challenges like “Tear down this wall……” and his commitment to personal relationship building at the highest levels of diplomacy to enact real, and lasting, change.

Ronald Reagan took office with the determination to fix the economy and bring freedom to oppressed people all around the world.  While doing so, he also restored America’s pride in itself and the belief that the best days for America were yet ahead.

I think that the conclusion of his farewell address sums it up better than I ever could:

“We’ve done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for eight years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren’t just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all. “

Here’s my list. Happy New Year!

Coffee Beans 2013
1. Drink more coffee.

2. Eat more gumbo.

3. Explore the potential of Mac and Cheese.

5. Embrace my gut.

5. Avoid running a marathon at all costs.

4. Sleep even less.

6. Talk more like Raylan Givens.

7. Make waves.

8. Go to Vegas.

9. Play with my kids…a lot.

10. Learn how to load the dishwasher (Clara wrote this one).

It all started back in 1998. I left Louisiana and moved to Southern California and providentially, my new office was located a block from a fast food type restaurant called In-N-Out Burger.  Due to the sheer convenience factor it was only a matter of time before I checked it out. Long story short is that I went to In-N-Out Burger and it changed my life.  One (not so little) cheeseburger rocked my world.

I had the Double Double with cheese, ANIMAL STYLE.  Animal style is not on the In-N-Out published menu, but is the most famous thing on the In-N-Out “secret menu” that a local customer clued me in on.

Animal style means they add grilled onions, extra pickles, extra signature sauce and mustard grill the patty. Simple additions that turn a great In-N-Out burger into a religious experience.

I fell in love with this burger and had it at least once or twice a month while I lived in Southern California. Okay, maybe more like four or five times a month.

Sadly, after a little over a year, I said goodbye to Southern California and also had to say good bye to the California-based burger chain.

Fast forward to 2012 and I’m now living in Texas and while In-N-Out Burger had expanded to some non-California locations, there was still not a one in sight and it had been a long 12 year absence since my last In-N-Out Burger visit.

Then I started hearing rumors and a few speculative news stories.  Months passed and then it happened: In-N-Out was coming to Texas! In fact, an In-N-Out Burger was opening a mere fifteen minutes from my house.

Needless to say our love affair has been rekindled and all is right in my world. I’ve eaten a Double Double Animal Style at least 4 times a month since the day it opened in Texas.

I’m not really a romantic guy or very big on love stories, but I think this story is beautiful.

Today’s Email Interview is with Raz Shafer.

Raz describes himself this way on twitter: Christian, Texan, Entrepreneur, Politico. Sigma Chi, Singer/Song-writer, Cigar/Fly-fishing/Gun Aficionado. Winger & Political hack.

I know him as the American Majority guy who has more twitter followers than anyone I had ever met. Raz doesn’t just have a future in conservative politics, he is the future of conservative politics.

The Email Interview: Raz Shafer

BB: Let’s start off with the obvious. You have over 13,200 twitter followers. How the heck did you do that and what advice do you have for other conservatives that want to dominate twitter like yourself?

RS: I’m a long way from dominating Twitter but I’ve come to love the medium. I actually was motivated to get online with Twitter by reading Seth Godin’s book, “Tribes.” My uncle gave it to me for Christmas in ’08 and I got online with Twitter about halfway through reading the book. Ever since then I’ve pretty aggressively used it as a way to track news, build relationships and share opinions. 3.5 years and 28k tweets later, here we are!

I would recommend that anybody looking to be effective on Twitter check out the American Majority “Twittivism” manual at www.AmericanMajority.org in order to get a good grasp of how it works and some basic strategies for dominating the network. From there, the recipe for success is equal parts engagement and interesting content with a dash of personality.

If I was to give one piece of advice it would be to let your personality shine through in your Twitter interactions. Show that you have multiple facets and interests. That’s going to attract followers from each of those directions rather than seeming to be a very 2 dimensional personality.

BB: So I hear American Majority has invested millions in developing campaign management software for conservative organizations and conservative candidates. Is this true and what distinguishes your software from other political software packages?

RS: I don’t have the dollar figure in front of me but we are putting some significant muscle behind developing and deploying cutting edge political software. The tool is called Gravity and with it we are reengineering the way that campaigns contact voters.

Most conservative campaigns you come across today are still using excel files of voter contacts and printed call sheets. We provide campaigns, organizations and TEA Party groups with a cutting edge voter database, automatic walk-route optimization, integrated smart-phone application for block walking and VOIP phone-banking system. It’s all very competitively priced and sold exclusively to conservative campaigns and causes. TEA Party and Liberty type organizations can actually apply for a free license to do voter contact in their localities.

I’ve been very proud to be working on the project for the last year and have been heavily involved in the development and testing of Gravity. Having worked campaigns for years as staff and volunteer I’m confident that Gravity will dramatically increase the efficiency and reach of any campaign. Groups like FreedomWorks and campaigns like Ted Cruz have been using it with great effect.

Anyone who is interested in more information about Gravity can contact me directly for a demo of the software.

BB: Traveling the country and all across Texas training conservatives give you a pretty good feel for the mood of the conservative movement. Are you more optimistic or less optimistic about November 2012 than you were going into November 2010?

RS: I’m more optimistic. 2010 was the beginning and showed the start of the TEA Party movements growth into maturity. People realized that rallies and waving signs had been great but weren’t going to have a direct impact on the votes cast in Congress unless we changed the people casting those votes.

As we move into this year we have seen most of the rallies replaced with more sophisticated political action. Candidates that we have been grooming over the past 3 years began running and winning races as the ballot boxes. Issues that TEA Partiers had been lobbying representatives from city councils to congress began to catch traction.

2012 has a different set of very high stakes than we faced down in 2010, but I believe that the maturity of the TEA Party movement and the political infrastructure that it has built will go a long way to sealing the wins we’re all hoping for on November 6th.

BB: You are young man, just 25 years old. Why did you decide to get involved in the crazy world of politics and do you really think you can make an impact when so many of folks your age historically don’t vote.

RS: I first kicked off my political activist career at 10 years old. A friend of my parents, and now one of my mentors, was running for State House and I helped my mom knock on doors in our neighborhood to get out the vote for Becky Farrar. On election day we lost by 12 votes and my heart was broken. What I took away from that loss though was that you have to give every election everything you have. In the words of football coaches everywhere, “leave it all on the field.” As in football, points scored after the clock runs out don’t count.

Since 96 I’ve been involved in every election cycle and have kept true to my promise that I’d leave it all on the field. On election night I’m the guy in the back of the watch party glued to his computer, a Jack & Diet in hand and barely keeping his eyes open.

There’s no doubt in my mind that I can have an impact. I believe I already have and look forward to growing that impact in the future. After 3 years full-time in the trenches I’ve helped train candidates that are running and winning from school board to congressional races. I’ve trained over 4500 conservative activists and ran a successful independent expenditure effort that helped elect 10 of 12 endorsed state house candidates in hotly contested races.

Here are a few keys that I’ve found to have an impact in politics as a young person:

- Find someone who believes in you and work your ass off for them. My boss, Drew Ryun, took a big chance on me and continues to give me opportunities that most people in their right mind wouldn’t give me. The reason is that we’re dedicated to the same cause and I work like a rented mule to make sure I never let him regret giving me those opportunities.

- It has to be about passion, not profession. What gets me through 60-70 hour work weeks is not a glamorous job title, big paycheck or big office. It’s the fact that I know I’m fighting for something worth saving and that if I’m good enough at it I can make a real difference.

- Make sure you have people to hold you accountable. It’s really easy to start off in politics as an ideologue and then let it just become a business over time. The only way to avoid the co-opting nature of working in politics is to surround yourself with people who are going to encourage you and make sure you stay true to what you believe in. I’ve been blessed to have a strong network of guys who do just that.

BB: I see you talking about music all of the time on twitter and Facebook. Do you care if your favorite artist is a liberal Obama supporter? Or is it all about the music?

RS: It’s all about the music. I listen to them because they write good lyrics, play good music and perform with everything they’ve got.

I’d be surprised if any of my favorites are Obama supporters but I know at least one of the bands I like a lot, Reckless Kelly, wrote a pretty strong anti-Bush, anti-Iraq war song. While I disagree with a lot of what the song says, it’s still pretty catchy.

Follow Raz Shafer @razshafer

Today’s Email Interview is with Scott Ellis.

I met Scott when my wife and I were searching for someone to help launch her new business Treataday.com. Scott came highly recommended by people we trusted in the tech start up scene in DFW. It didn’t take us long to figure out why Scott was so popular. Let’s just say: Scott is the MAN

Besides being THE MAN, Scott Ellis has been helping small and medium size businesses get the most from web, social, mobile and local technologies for 15 years. Currently, Scott is the head of Marketing for o2o Interactiveand is based out of Dallas, TX.

Scott has also begun to make his mark on the web video scene over at Geekbeat.tv. So if you’re like me and think web videos are the next big thing read below to hear what Scott has to say.

The E-mail Interview: Scott Ellis


BB: You are involved in so many things these days from web development, social media, start ups, etc. what projects are you most excited about?

SE: I’m actually in the process of scaling back and getting much more focused. o2o Interactive is now my primary focus. We’re building products that fill gaps the Social Mobile Local space and drive business across the purchase funnel. I’m fortunate to be involved with a core of individuals who are tremendously dedicated and bring a lot of good experience to the table. This group exemplifies having the “right people in the right seats on the bus.”

I’ll continue to do be involved with GeekBeat and the LividLobster team and making some contributions to vsellis.combut o2o is where it’s at.

BB: I really enjoy your web videos with geekbeat.tv. At what point should small businesses, bloggers, etc. with a web presence consider producing web videos and why?

SE: Thanks, video can be a lot of fun to do and I’ve been fortunate to have the benefit of working directly with Livid Lobster to do them. I’d say once you’ve got your online presence established (i.e. your website is live) it’s never too early to start using video, it’s a very powerful content medium.


BB: Let’s say someone is ready to make the leap into web videos to add to their web presence, do you have any tips or advice for them?

SE: It takes time and practice to get used to being on camera and telling a story through video, but you have to start somewhere. I’m still uncomfortable seeing myself on camera even though I’ve had great mentors like Cali Lewis to help me out, but you’ll get better with practice so just get going.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you absolutely need good audio. Also know that video can be somewhat time consuming, so make it as easy on yourself in the beginning as possible.

Practice, practice, practice… start with simple iPhone video’s if that works for you but get started and put them out there.

The last thing I’d tell people is that there will always be those that will make negative comments on your videos, especially on YouTube. Grow some thick skin, get over it fast and ignore them unless they have a really legitimate point about something.

I’m always happy to get feedback, even if it hurts, but don’t pay attention to those that are just malicious, negative or mean. As they say, don’t feed the Trolls.


BB: So everyone says mobile and tablet technology is the future, but if I’m not a Fortune 500 company and can’t afford to launch a mobile site and a separate mobile strategy what are some simple things I can do to adapt.

SE: Mobile doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Look for website themes that are responsive.  There are also plugins that will help make your site mobile and tablet friendly.

WPTouch for WordPress is a good example. In my mind it’s not perfect but there is a free version and it’s far better than not being mobile friendly at all.

I’m of the mind that even if you launch your desktop site first, your site planning should start with mobile. Mobile content consumption is absolutely where things are going, and fast.


BB: Do you have any bold tech/social media predictions for 2013?

Predictions are fun but dangerous, that said I’m not afraid to take a little plunge. I can tell you that if you aren’t thinking about mobile you’re loosing opportunity but that isn’t really a “bold” statement these days.

I guess I would also say that while it probably seems like there is an abundance of new apps & tech hitting the market we’re poised to see another wave come at us. There are still a lot of problems to solve; which excites me.

I also think we’re going to see most of the innovation continue to come out of the US but a lot of the big opportunity for applying those technologies will be in rapidly emerging markets outside North America.


Want to learn more about Scott Ellis visit o2ointeractive.com or follow him on twitter@vsellis.

Over the weekend, I visited GoGo Gumbo! in Boyd, Texas as part of my ongoing mission to feed my gumbo addiction.

This restaurant has received a lot of buzz and has been on my “must visit” list for over a year now.

I wrote about my experience at DallasFoodNerd.com. Hope you like it.

Online: Visit GoGo Gumbo’s website here or follow them on Facebook here.

Here is a little post I did for Campaigns and Elections Magazine. I’m sure I missed some pet peeves, but these are my top 10.


Top 10 Political Ad Pet Peeves

I love political ads. In fact, I’m not ashamed to admit that while other people are spending hours on Facebook and Twitter I often find myself spending way too much time scouring YouTube looking at nothing but political ads.

With the cost barriers to creating ads quickly diminishing and the emergence of web ads as an effective tool in campaigns, more and more political ads are popping up every day — this only exacerbates my YouTube political ad addiction.

But while watching hundreds of political ads over the years I began to notice some things that really get on my nerves, and thus a list was born.

Here are 10 mistakes I see over and over again.

1. The use of nonprofessional voice talent: This may save a few hundred bucks in production costs, but it’s the one thing that will hurt your ad the most.

2. Cramming too many words into a 30 second ad

3. Featuring a weak or awkward handshake

4. Same ole same ole: Using the same shot of the candidate working at their desk, meeting voters at the diner, or walking with a crowd of supporters.

5. The use of unnatural poses or situations featuring the candidate

6. Too much text on the screen

7. Having a microphone visible on the candidate’s shirt, tie or blouse

8. A candidate who wears the same outfit in every shot

9. Employing overly-scripted man on the street ads

10. A candidate who just doesn’t sound good on camera.

Let’s be honest, sometimes a candidate is a great human being, a public servant with a great family, but is just plain horrible when it comes to speaking on camera. The last thing your campaign wants to do is distract the viewer from the message. So if the candidate talking straight to camera is sweating, uncomfortable, unnatural, or just seems plain scary then it’s time to move to plan B.

What is Plan B? It’s spending the extra money on professional voiceover talent and good B-roll for visuals.

Look at the bright side: the professional voiceover can spend the entire ad saying great things about your candidate. If the candidate did that it would just seem like they were bragging. And no one likes bragging.

Now that the touchy feely Valentine’s mushiness is out of the way, we bring you another installment of the Email Interview. Our subject today is Scott McKay, publisher of  TheHayride.com.

Scott McKay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott is a veteran of the media business, having published Purple & Gold Magazine, an LSU sports publication, from 1997-2004. Scott’s writings have appeared in a number of national online publications in recent years, among them Redstate.com and FamilySecurityMatters.org.

The timing of this Email Interview (The day after Valentine’s Day) is perfect. Scott is not mushy or touchy feely. He tells it like it is and he certainly didn’t disappoint in our interview below:

 

The Email Interview: Scott McKay

BB: Barack Obama. Thoughts?

SM: I can’t decide if Obama is hell-bent on destroying America as a free nation or if he’s just completely incompetent, or both.

Clearly he’s got a major political tin ear – this business with the Catholic Church and contraception is one of the most heavy-handed, idiotic things I’ve ever seen a president do.

And worse, his people are trotting out poll data indicating that the country agrees with them on contraception as though somehow that makes it OK for the federal government to force religious institutions to act against their teachings.

At best he wins a Pyrrhic victory on this issue; at worst he turns virtually every religious American against him. And it’s not like that issue goes away.

The Keystone XL pipeline is another perfect example. You can’t hardly find anybody who doesn’t want that thing built, and it makes zero sense to stop it. But he did it anyway – why? Because Mark Ruffalo and Daryl Hannah said so?

You really can’t make a good argument on either policy or political grounds why Obama would kill that pipeline. That’s another issue which will resurface in a major way this summer when gasoline tops $4 per gallon nationwide and lets the air out of the economy.

There are lots of examples of actions this administration has taken which don’t make sense on either political or policy grounds.

And while the GOP doesn’t seem to have a Reagan on offer for this fall, I look for a confluence of these bad decisions to drown Obama in November. I think a fish sandwich can beat this guy when it’s all said and done, and if you go by the state-by-state polls you can already see how weak he is.

 

BB: Is Eric Holder corrupt or just liberal and incompetent?

SM: Yes.

And to that I’d add racist. He’s the most racist Attorney General this country has has since the 19th Century, just not in the way Democrats like to frame that label.

But that said, I like him exactly where he is. He’s an albatross around Obama’s neck. Nothing Holder does is at odds with what Obama or Valerie Jarrett want, and if Holder goes the next guy will be just as bad but not carry the baggage Holder does.

I’d like to see Holder stick around until Election Day and become a campaign issue. Ditto for Ken Salazar, Incompetano, Biden, Sebortionist and the rest of the characters in charge of the country.

 

BB: If you were Prime Minister of Israel what would be the first thing you would do tomorrow?

SM: Dig underground tunnels all over the country and get ready to hide the folks in them.

I fear Israel might not make it to 2013, and if Obama somehow gets re-elected I don’t see any way for them to make it to 2017.

Between the Egyptians who are coming about to where Iran was in 1979, Iran and all their proxies (including Hizbollah and Hamas) and the coming Islamist revolution in Jordan, which is entirely likely to happen by the end of the year, and even Turkey – which used to be a friend of Israel and is now an enemy – they’re beset on all sides.

That would be bad enough if they didn’t have the most hostile American administration in their history sending mixed messages about whether we even support them.

 

BB: Is Mettenberger the answer for LSU next year?

SM: I bet he is. LSU fans have been conditioned to believe Les Miles can’t run a decent offense because of the quarterback play over the last four years, but people forget that he threw it all over the place when he first got here.

There’s a big difference between having a Jamarcus Russell or Matt Flynn at quarterback and having Jarrett Lee or Jordan Jefferson in the job; the first group can run a big-time passing game and the second group will get you beat if you try it.

Mettenberger is part of the first group. He has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback and he’s cocky enough to believe he can get it done. Decent quarterback play was what stopped LSU from winning a national championship more than once over the last four years, and the team Miles has this fall might be the best one in school history if Mettenberger is a Russell or a Flynn.

 

BB: Will LSU beat Alabama next year in Tiger Stadium and why?

SM: Probably. Alabama loses an absolute ton off last year’s team, and nobody in Louisiana has gotten over what happened in the Dome last month. What’s more, nobody will get over it until LSU beats Alabama. The guess here is that’s going to be a comeuppance.

One way or the other, though, that game will have one of the most electric atmospheres of all time.

 

Follow: @thehayride

Happy Monday. Time to get inspired.

Hopefully this collection of videos will help:

 

Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address

Inspirational video – Susan Boyle

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

Duke’s Coach K on Rebuilding the Dream Team

Another Good One

And finally, a classic!

Michael Jordan “Failure” Nike Commercial

Again, happy Monday. Like Nike says: Just Do it!

Pinterest is not just for girls.

 

 

 

At least I hope not, because I have just joined the movement and I’m a dude.

In fact, it seems everyone is joining Pinterest: men, women, clothing companies, PR Firms, political consultants and even my alma mater LSU.

Just about anyone these days who wants to stay relevent in the social media world has signed up for Pinterest.

Fact: Pinterest is making big moves and is putting up big numbers. You better jump on now or get left behind. Before you doubt me, read this and this.

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