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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War (Nelson Books, 2015)

I heard of Joseph Loconte’s recent book on an Art of Manliness podcast interview with Brett McKay.

Loconte puts together the influences J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had in their writings. Through the cultures at play in society before and after the war and their service at the frontline in World War I. He even delves into the relationship both men forged after the war.

“I think the goal here is to ensure taxpayer dollars are utilized properly, and that government spending doesn’t increase too dramatically in the effect of economic improvement,” said Jeremy Cady, director of the Missouri branch of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots organization that advocates for lower taxes and less government regulation.

Date: February 21, 2017
Appearance: Proposed state amendment would eliminate income tax, cap state spending
Outlet: Columbia Missourian
Location: Columbia, MO
Format: Newspaper

Judge Gorsuch has continued that mainstream appeal throughout his tenure as a federal judge. Most importantly, he is known for his strict adherence to the text of the Constitution and his high regard for the Bill of Rights. He does not allow his own policy preferences to interfere with his interpretation of the law. “In our legal order it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws,” he said, outlining a judicial philosophy that should hold broad appeal.

Date: February 20, 2017
Appearance: Gorsuch deserves a swift confirmation
Outlet: Southeast Missourian
Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
Format: Newspaper

Hug Your Haters – How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers (New York: Portfolio / Penguin, 2016)

Could it be that easy to make more money in your business? All I have to do is keep more customers?


Tweet: “On a logical level, it really is the baseline for every business: making customers happy.” — @jaybaer

In 1990, Harvard Review published a study showing a five percent increase in retention could boost your profits between twenty-five to eighty-five percent.

This concept is well known.

Many of us continue to struggle with this idea, and if you do too, I recommend a Jay Baer’s latest work, Hug Your Haters.

Tweet: “Advertising is a tax paid when you’re poor at retaining your current customers.” — @jaybaer

In Hug Your Haters, Jay outlines the changes occurring in the customer service industry, the role the internet and social media now play, and what your business needs to do to keep up. Better yet, with his research, Jay gives the insight to excel at service, giving you what you need to know to become a trendsetter yourself.

Luetkemeyer Introduces Legislation to Defund United Nations’ Green Climate Fund

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer

Just hours before the end of President Obama’s term, he sent another $500 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to the unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats at the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund,” Luetkemeyer said. “There has now been $1 billion in contributions over the last 10 months, however, Congress has never authorized or appropriated money for these programs. Working with President Trump, Congress now has a real opportunity to defund these global warming programs once and for all and I look forward to finally cutting off the previous administration’s frivolous slush fund.”

AFP Applauds Missouri House for Reducing Regulations on Hair Braiders

House passes HB 230, relaxing regulations on hair braiders

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity – Missouri today applauded the Missouri House for passing HB 230, removing unfair regulations on hair braiders in the state. African hair braiders are currently subjected to 1500 hours of schooling in order to obtain a license – schooling that provides no training in African hair braiding.  Further, braiders are forced to pay up to $15,000 for this schooling.