Forward to Detroit: Prominent Chicago mayoral candidate suggests a commuter tax

By John Ruberry Democrats, particularly Chicago Democrats, love political dynasties. Before Mayor Carter Harrison Jr. there was Carter Harrison. Before Richard M. Daley there was Mayor Richard J. Daley. In Mike Royko's indispensable study of urban machine politics, the Pulitzer Prize columnist wrote, "The Dan Ryan is the expressway that [Richard J.] Daley takes to … Continue reading Forward to Detroit: Prominent Chicago mayoral candidate suggests a commuter tax

Chicago leftists off Target in their store closing protests

By John Ruberry As I've written many times, Chicago is a city in decline. It is the only major American city losing population. Its pension debt, a reward--or should I say payoff?--to public-section unions in exchange for their support for Democratic politicians is an unsustainable millstone. This morning on a local television show, Flannery Fired … Continue reading Chicago leftists off Target in their store closing protests

While Divisive Political Stunts Rock DC in Real World America Asha Nicole & Rebecca Akins Roll On

One of the most interesting things about this vacation has been the fact that it's been an ACTUAL vacation. Other than an interview at EWTN yesterday and a radio show I recorded with Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life (who I ran into accidentally) I've not been obliged to cover anything and I've only … Continue reading While Divisive Political Stunts Rock DC in Real World America Asha Nicole & Rebecca Akins Roll On

Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

I Spoke to Gerard Hasenhuetti about his book Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice at the Catholic Marketing Network event in Lancaster PA Make sure you don't miss what he had to say about socialism. If you're a regular reader it will make you smile. You can buy his book or … Continue reading Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Starbucks Handles its Business … Poorly

by baldilocks One might say that Starbucks is defecating on its own market share, but I hate going for the easy poop joke. Yes, I'm lying. Seriously, it’s sad to watch as a thriving business dies, even when it Deserves to Die.TM Even when it is committing suicide. Monica Showalter: The ever well meaning Starbucks … Continue reading Starbucks Handles its Business … Poorly

The Importance Of Customer Interaction

Customer engagement has always been important to a business, and with the rise of the digital age, there are now so many ways for that to be optimized that it is now no longer an option, it’s a priority. From the ways that they can discuss your business on your website to the ways that … Continue reading The Importance Of Customer Interaction

Attention Delta / Corporate America, Georgia’s Legislature is the Rule NOT the Exception on the NRA

Get woke go broke Glenn Reynolds Time doesn't permit me to finish my longer post on the subject so in the interest of brevity let me give a reminder to the corporate sheep who are being played by the media and twitter activists concerning the NRA. Georgia is far from the only state where candidates … Continue reading Attention Delta / Corporate America, Georgia’s Legislature is the Rule NOT the Exception on the NRA

The West Coast’s war on energy and prosperity

By John Ruberry While I'm watching snow fall outdoors at Marathon Pundit world headquarters in Morton Grove, Illinois, the rest of my family is vacationing in southern California. When they drove into California at Needles, just as the Joads did in The Grapes of Wrath, they were also greeted by more desert, as well as … Continue reading The West Coast’s war on energy and prosperity

Seattle Tax Killing local Business so Let’s Make it Statewide!

There is nothing more dangerous than liberal with power as business owners in Seattle are finding out  It's amusing to watch Seattle tell us that this tax is designed to get people to drink less sugary drinks, that is, to change their eating behavior, while at the same time saying that it won't change … Continue reading Seattle Tax Killing local Business so Let’s Make it Statewide!

Three More Trump Wins UNRWA/Common Core/Apple

I'm pretty busy today working on the Trump Year one Lunch and Panel event in Leominster MA at noon today (you can still buy tickets here or at the door for $20 which includes an all you can eat buffet) so I don't have a lot of time for a long piece on shutdowns, Tom … Continue reading Three More Trump Wins UNRWA/Common Core/Apple

How to Attract Local Customers to Your Business

Trying to attract new customers to a business is something every company tries to do, though for the small business it can be particularly hard. You have smaller budgets for advertising, and you rely more on local custom than larger companies. However, there are still things you can do to get the new customers you … Continue reading How to Attract Local Customers to Your Business

Waking to a Christmas Layoff the True minimum wage remains at Zero Goal $3600 or 95 $20 subscribers ($5736.74 & 7.5 subscribers so far) Another Update

I was planning to write a piece this morning on the Arab threats that if we recognized Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel they would not make peace with them (as opposed to the every other reason that they have not made peace with Israel over the last 70 years) when I got a phone … Continue reading Waking to a Christmas Layoff the True minimum wage remains at Zero Goal $3600 or 95 $20 subscribers ($5736.74 & 7.5 subscribers so far) Another Update

My return to Detroit

By John Ruberry Last week I had some time off from work and I did what few people do. Before sunrise I left home and drove to Detroit for a pleasure visit. It was my second trip to the Motor City. My first Da Tech Guy account, from 2015, is here. What follows is a … Continue reading My return to Detroit

Trump one year later: The Deplorables knew all along

By John Ruberry "'Many are the strange chances of the world,' said Mithrandir, 'and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.'" Mithrandir (Gandalf), in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Simarillion. This week greets the first anniversary of Donald J. Trump's historic election to the presidency. Historic? Yes. Trump is first … Continue reading Trump one year later: The Deplorables knew all along

Illinois businesses and jobs escape to Wisconsin

By John Ruberry Last Monday I had a errand to run for work--which brought me to Milwaukee's suburbs. And for the first time in five years I drove on Interstate 94 north of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line--on what is known as the Milwaukee to Kenosha I-94 Corridor. A lot has changed since 2012. As I … Continue reading Illinois businesses and jobs escape to Wisconsin

Long quiet Chicago area taxpayers push back–and win in soda tax battle

By John Ruberry "And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back..." Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Overtaxed residents of Cook County, where Chicago is, are finally waking up. After decades of being slapped by tax after tax--folks are fighting back. Last week the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to repeal a … Continue reading Long quiet Chicago area taxpayers push back–and win in soda tax battle

The Bad News: My Layoff Bleg Goal $2500 by August 10 ($1410 down $1090 to go)

Update: $1410 of $2500 raised so far (8-14-17) A few weeks ago I and the rest of the people on 3rd shift at the warehouse where I've worked since 2015 were informed that said 3rd shift was to be eliminated. On Friday with 30 minutes left to our final shift our small Band of Brothers … Continue reading The Bad News: My Layoff Bleg Goal $2500 by August 10 ($1410 down $1090 to go)

Voices At the 2017 Catholic Marketing Network Alex Jacobs of 3 Planets

Not all my interviews were from vendors at the Catholic Marketing Network, Alex Jacobs of Three Planets a web service I use lives in Chicago and he stopped by. It's a great pleasure to finally meet someone you known for years in person. If you're interested in his services (and you should be) you can … Continue reading Voices At the 2017 Catholic Marketing Network Alex Jacobs of 3 Planets

Be Careful What You Sign

My late father was fond of many truisms. One of his favorites was, "Keep your words sweet; you might have to eat them." Being one who has far too many times made a meal out of self-baked Alpha Bits, I fully testify to the aforementioned statement's accuracy. This came to mind yesterday when learning of … Continue reading Be Careful What You Sign

9 Simple Tactics to Improve Your Ecommerce Website

  Do you ever wonder if there is more you could do to improve your ecommerce website? Well, maybe there is. We have put together a list of useful tactics that can help you improve your ecommerce website and turn a lead into a customer. 1.  Start Upselling Upselling is a great way to encourage … Continue reading 9 Simple Tactics to Improve Your Ecommerce Website