Pelicans’ 10-Game Winning Streak: Are They Legit Contenders?

New Orleans Pelicans Looking Like Serious Contender in 10-Game Win Streak

By: Peter Egan

The New Orleans Pelicans are in unfamiliar territory. The perennially mediocre Western Conference NBA franchise is typically trying to make up ground in order just to make the playoffs around this time of the season. For much of the season, it looked like the Pels ceiling was 7th place in the West, and would have surprised no one had they finished in 10th place.

Even while they had a winning record at the time, the loss of DeMarcus Cousins sparked a downturn that saw the Pelicans fall to the 9th place position. However a free agent signing of a long-retired center and a blockbuster trade that brought the diverse Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans. After a five or six games, the Pels had lost the majority of games since the trade. Then the newly acquired players began to gel with guards Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo, Ian Clark and E’Twuan Moore, not to mention Anthony Davis and 3-point specialist Darius Miller (acquired from Europe in the offseason).

New Orleans Pelicans Legit Contenders

Since the team became familiar with one another, they’ve looked unbeatable. They seem unbeatable, having won 10 consecutive games, a streak second only to the West’s First-Place team, the Houston Rockets, who have won 17 in a row. During that time period, the Pels have moved from 9th place in the NBA’s Western Conference to 4th, and are only 1/2-game out of third place. The team now sits at 12 games over .500 at 38-26, well on pace to top their record the last time the team made the playoffs. That would be the ’14-’15 season, in Monty Williams’ final season as coach, when the team went 45-37 during the regular season, nearly upsetting the Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs. Had they won that game, who knows how the series would have played out, as the Pelicans traditionally play the Spurs tough.

Anthony Davis has been putting up historic numbers since Cousins’ injury, and the Pelicans appear to have figured out a way to win close games that are decided in the final few minutes.

Jrue Holiday

They also appear to have shaken their 3rd quarter woes, which have been well-documented. The Pels probably have an extra 3-4 wins had it not been for atrocious third quarters in which they blew a big halftime lead, and several close games would have never been in doubt.

In their most recent outing, a 114-101 road win over the Sacramento Kings, the Pels played the Kings to an even 23 apiece in the 3rd frame after building an 18-point halftime lead. Similarly, in their previous game before that they played the Los Angeles Clippers to a 30-30 tie in the third after the Pelicans built a 15 point halftime lead. In their win 126-109 win at Dallas, the Pels only game up 3 net points in the 3rd after building a 16 point halftime lead. The Pelicans actually outscored the San Antonio Spurs by 1 in the 3rd after San Antonio led by 9 at the break in their 121-116 loss to New Orleans.

Should the Pelicans continue this level of play through the remainder of the regular season, with 18 games remaining, the Pelicans could realistically have the conference’s best record aside from Golden State and Houston. If they revert back to their typical form since the franchise was re-branded from the Hornets to the Pelicans, they could just as possibly get edged out for the 8th and final playoff spot. As of March 08, 2018 at 7:20 pm, a grand total of 4 games separate the would-be #3 playoff seed from the #8 seed. Two additional teams (Nuggets & Jazz) are within 1/2 game of being tied with the Clippers for 8th place in the Conference.

Anthony Davis Shoots vs San Antonio Spurs

While James Harden will likely win the NBA’s MVP award for the season, a strong case can be made for Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. During the month of February, Davis averaged 35 points, 13 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.2 blocked shots and 2.5 steals per game, averaging 37.8 minutes per game for the month. For the season Davis is averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game in 36.5 minutes.

Holiday has been playing much more aggressively lately, something the Pels need to happen if they are to have success short-term or long with the amount of money they committed to Holiday. Mirovic can score in a myriad of ways, can defend multiple positions and shoots the 3 at a high clip, even with DeMarcus Cousins out for the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Pels have plenty of firepower and there’s a legitimate debate as to whether they’re a better team in general without the superstar center.

Anthony Davis - New Orleans Pelicans

My personal hope is that the Pelicans do re-sign Cousins in the offseason, providing the Pelicans with the most dominant front-court in the NBA. I like the idea of having at least one of the two in the game at all times, and I think the improvement as a team the Pelicans have experienced since the All-Star Break would have happened anyway had Boogie been present. Those two with Rondo and Holiday as your starting guards and Mirotic at the wing (3, small forward… whatever you want to call it) is as formidable a lineup as any. That lineup, especially with guys like Ian Clark and E’Tuan Moore coming off the bench (both shoot better than Rondo fro outside), all the team lacks is depth. They need another good wing player (perhaps Solomon Hill when he returns from injury) and another big (Okafor works if he can maintain the level of play he’s provided since coming out of retirement to play for Alvin Gentry’s Pelicans, provided he wants to play another season). Cheick Diallo, while he still needs to add weight, has looked very promising as an up-and-coming young player with lots of upside. Diallo recorded 13 points and 15 rebounds in the Pels’ recent win over Dallas.

This is a Pelicans team missing one of the best players in the league and arguably the league’s best at his position to injury has played their way to hosting a playoff series if the season ended today. This is a team that at 28-26, and in 9th place in the West looked like the least likely team of the ten in contention to secure one of the top 8 spots and allow the season to continue.

Perhaps the most impressive detail about this ten-game winning streak is that seven of the ten games have been played on the road, and the Pels have played some good teams during the streak, such as the Bucks, Spurs and Clippers – all appear to be playoff-bound and all three games were on the road.

Pelicans at Bucks

At 38-26, having won ten in a row, the Pels’ next three games are winnable, at home against Washington, Utah and Charlotte. Following that are the three games that may tell us more about this Pelicans team than any they’ve played so far. The team has to go back to San Antonio and play the Spurs again, this time with a presumably healthier lineup. They then come home for games against the league-leading Rockets and one of the best teams from the Eastern Conference in the Boston Celtics.

If the Pels can figure out how to go 4-2 in those six games, I would wager that barring a major injury, the New Orleans Pelicans are going to host a playoff series this season.

If they’re good enough as built to get the 3rd or 4th seed in the West without Cousins, I think that assuming he makes a full recovery and re-signs, this team will be every bit as dangerous a title contender as the Warriors and Rockets are this year. I think this year they definitely make the playoffs, perhaps win a series, then bow out when matched up with Golden State or Houston. I think next season, the Pelicans – as constructed plus Cousins, are a legitimate title contender.

The NBA’s next “super team” may well be the New Orleans Pelicans. I think next year they’ll be a legitimate title contender that can use it’s strengths to dictate style and tempo, leveling the playing field between themselves and teams like the Rockets and Warriors.

New Orleans Pelicans

Right Musicians Use Superior Intellect to Avoid Being Blacklisted

Right-Wing Musicians Must Be Clever, Well-Read to Promote Their Message Without Being Blacklisted by Music Industry

By: Peter Egan

It’s no secret an overwhelming percentage of the biggest names in all of showbusiness are not only left-of-center politically,  and that “outing” oneself (or being “outed”) as holding views that aren’t 100% in lock-step with the Democrat party, which has become the most extreme, left-wing, anti-American and either mentally ill of comprised entirely of sociopaths, can spell the end of one’s career, or for the very best in their industry, it will cost them money. This is true whether it be movies, television, print media, music, any other kind of acting as well as online media (written, and video).

311 NOLA

However not everyone sold their soul to get to the top of their respective industries. 311 has been a very popular band with global following that could sell out a 50,000 seat venue (mostly with people who’ve seen them in concert before and/or traveled from elsewhere in the country or world to attend the concert). They have revealed in their lyrics that while they’re not (as a group anyway) hyperpolitical, they do consistently write right-of-center lyrics for songs related to politics, typically from the view of a libertarian-leaning conservative. There are so many examples I could list here, but I’ll stick to a few obvious ones at first, then add more to the article as time permits.

From Chaos, Don’t Tread on Me, Evolver, Grassroots and Music all have songs for which I could make the argument.

Listen to DTOM, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Solar Flare and Still Dreaming. That’s four songs on one album that support my argument. DTOM, is widely known as beginning with the Gadsden flag. 311 was just ahead of the curve as it wasn’t until two full years after the album was released that the slogan was revived (among political activists) in resistance to Obama’s attempt at a Presidency.

311 in NOLA 2017

From From Chaos, listen to “Wake Your Mind Up” and “Reconsider Everything.” There would be no need to reconsider everything you’ve ever learned if the left hadn’t turned the education system and the media into brainwashing ideological tools. That’s another thing, 311 has made more than one negative reference to the media. Why do that if you agree with them?

While stopping short of admitting their views in unmistakable terms, they’ve made so many references, songs and verses in songs that support my claim (that 311 as a group leans right-of-center politically on most issues mentioned in their work), that if I were to list them all it would be nearly impossible to argue the assertion with a straight face.

I will give it to Lil Wayne for having read Ayn Rand and writing a song about Atlas Shrugged where he got Marshall Mathers to rap the lyrics of a character in the novel who represents views he personally strongly disagrees with. “Drop the World” is the song I’m referencing, and having read the book I can’t see any way every line wasn’t intentional, much less his Atlas pose in the video (0:55 second mark).

Lil Wayne Featuring Eminem: DroFrom p the World (Explicit Language)

Compare the two images below:

 

Plus, the lyrics (to me at least) are obviously Wayne rapping the character of Francisco D’Anconia with elements of Hank Rearden; with Mathers depicting John Galt (as in “Who is John Galt?” … Yeah, that John Galt). This is ironic because Galt is arguably the most right-wing character in the most right-wing book of all fictional literature throughout all of history, Mathers an unapologetic leftist. Wayne basically punked him in getting him to contribute to the most popular right-wing political hit song I’ve heard since 311’s “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars.” FWIW, Atlas Shrugged was written 70 years ago about present-day America and the world.


*Spoiler Alert*

John Galt was the man who “stopped the motor of the world” / “stopped the world” (both were used IIRC) in the novel. Wayne does the post right before the first time he says “Drop the World.” The novel got it’s name because of dialog between characters in which one asked another what would happen if Atlas (the producers – taxpayers) were merely to shrug. Atlas in Greek mythology was tricked into having to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders for all eternity. Wayne’s been imprisoned on victimless crimes, and had untold tens of millions of dollars stolen from him by the government. .Make no mistake, Wayne is as right-wing as they come. In “Drop the World,” he did a masterful job of communicating that message to an audience who agrees and has read the novel, using language that someone who hadn’t read all 1,200 pages could interpret differently. Leftists can’t read more than 50 or so pages before shutting the book in horror and reburying their heads in sand. They’d rather be wrong and keep their present views than even so much as contemplate allowing a new way of thinking which inevitably require consuming factual information that totally destroys their entire world as they understand it and forces them to think. They’d rather be told what to think and blindly trust those thinking for them than face the fear of thinking for themselves.

Other bands who have written songs that would imply that at least one member of the band (whoever is writing the lyrics) is likely right-of-center in my estimation would also include Metallica (their version of DTOM was more unmistakable than 311’s), Iron Maiden, Ben Folds Five, Jurassic 5, Incubus, Slaghterhose (and each artist individually in the group) and almost all country music. Even Pearl Jam songs could be interpreted as right-of-center (Greivance is the first to come to Mind, Glorified-G as well), however they have publicly advocated left-wing positions even when lyrics suggest otherwise, so who knows with them?

Rock and Roll the Right Way

 

Truth is most probably would say the leftist position as representative of their music if asked knowing that doing so can lead to free publicity and inclusion in festivals and events at which they’d otherwise not be invited to perform. Once a person exposed to the music becomes a fan, they can listen to the words themselves and where inconsistencies exist can determine what to believe to be true.

If an artist is going to use his or her platform and publicity to advocate for a political cause or criticize another, they’d better agree with me or I won’t listen to them or support them in any way. If they keep their mouths shut and say nothing at all except with their music, I can appreciate that and enjoy that. This is especially true when you have to be smart, educated, have a plus vocabulary, have above-average processing capability and be able to use the information available to extract context and eventually meaning through a heavily encoded message with all the work to encode so only the desired audience gets it is extremely impressive and beyond any of my capabilities. I lack the creativity to encode the way these artists do such that millions of people who listen to a given song won’t think twice about it’s meaning, while the same song communicates important information to those the artist(s) is deliberately trying to reach without tipping off even one from the other side.

Mark Wright Elected to Louisiana State Legislature After Fast 30 Point Swing

Maness Snatches Defeat from the Jaws of Victory in Election for LA’s Disctrict 77 State Legislative Seat

Rob Maness looked to be cruising on his way to victory after the primary election for Louisiana’s 77th District seat for the State Legislature. He garnered 12% more votes than the closest of his three competitors, eventual runoff opponent Mark Wright. All he had to do was not self-destruct and the election was his. Unfortunately for Maness, that proved to be too much to ask.

Louisiana State Legislative District 77 Primary Election 2017
Maness had a comfortable 12 point lead over his next closest competitor in the October primary.

It must have been a solemn night at the Maness headquarters on election night as election day voting followed the trend of early voting, as Wright turned a 12-point deficit after the primary election into an 18-point landslide defeat in just one month. Essentially, everyone who didn’t vote for either candidate in the primary voted for Wright in the runoff save for 18 people, at least in terms of net results.

That kind of massive turnaround in such a short period of time is rare in politics and usually requires some kind of unusual event to occur swaying undecided voters and perhaps even some of the primary winner’s voters as well. That happened, as did a few other key events.

For anyone interested in the science of political campaigning, the following can be used as a lesson in what to do and what not to do when campaigning for public office.

Before breaking down how we arrived at the final results, let’s review them. Shall we?

Mark Wright Rob Maness Runoff Louisiana State Legislative District 77
Wright & company turned a 12 point deficit into an 18 point win in just a month’s time, with most of the movement coming in the final weekl

So how exactly did such a momentous shift occur in just a month?

First, Wright focused more on promoting himself as a good candidate, whereas Maness’ primary message was that he was the ‘one true conservative’, and that powerful “political insiders” were holding him back from winning an election. Thus, once the field was whittled following the primary, Wright made quick work to secure the endorsements of the other two candidates who lost in the primary but did not make the runoff.

This was a very prudent and politically intelligent move on Wright’s behalf. Maness had been adversarial with the other candidates during the primary, levying accusations and loads of innuendo. In other words, he didn’t do anything to make any friends or even give himself a chance at winning the endorsements of either of the two candidates who were eliminated following the primary, whereas Wright was poised to court their support the moment the primary results were in.

With early voting showing a trend toward wright (albeit not enough of one to change the outcome without winning big on election day too), Maness began to self destruct.

The author of this blog, a friend and supporter of Wright, and more importantly experienced campaign operative, decided to become involved with about two weeks remaining, starting with a social media campaign that went viral, locally speaking (within the district). The posts got a lot of exposure, were eloquent and completely disarmed Maness’ unfounded claims that “political insiders” were conspiring against him by claiming to be among the people Maness was referencing as “insiders” conspiring and colluding to keep him down.

The problem this posed for Maness was that this author is more popular within the district, and more highly thought of. Therefore when people saw that I’m who he’s referring to, the claim became extremely suspect – perhaps even to the extent it backfired. For the record, there were no insiders conspiring to keep Maness out of office… Except for myself, if you define me as a “political insider.” Also, in order for there to be a conspiracy you need more than one person. I guess I conspired and colluded with myself, because I acted totally independently of anyone including Wright’s campaign, save for dropping by one time to pick up door hangers, flyers and signs (typical campaign literature).

One of the Facebook posts that was extremely effective in getting inside Maness’ head was this one:

If you click “read more” and read the entire post, you an see how that might have bothered Rob just a little.

Maness actually messaged me to ask why I had posted what I had. The reason is because what I posted was accurate.

Just a few days after that post, with polling showing Wright starting to catch up to Maness’ lead, disaster happened for the Maness campaign. To make a long story short, he had a complete meltdown on live radio, in which he make comments that appeared to be insane about nuclear weapons and him being the most qualified person in history to hold the keys to America’s nuclear arsenal (not sure how that’s relevant for a Louisiana state legislator, but it gives us a glimpse into the mindset Maness was in at the time). Then he shouted obscenities at a caller (again, on live radio) five times — FIVE — before the call screener hung up on the caller. However by that time the damage was done. Nothing he said was censored and voters of the district got to see a side of one one of the men running for state legislature that he’d rather not have shown.

The Facebook posts may or may not have played a role in his radio meltdown, but my suspicion is they did. To what extent I won’t even attempt to guess.

Following the radio debacle, Maness continued digging when rather than issue a statement apologizing and saying the pressure of the campaign had gotten the better of him and that the behavior he exhibited was not indicative of who he is. However, that wasn’t what Rob had in mind. He issued this letter to the editor of a local newspaper, which had inklings of remorse, but the overwhelming theme was to attack the columnist who had written what everyone was already thinking. That certainly didn’t do anything to help undo the damage his radio tirade had done to his plummeting numbers.

My Involvement

In the final days of the campaign Wright received some grassroots assistance from yours truly, which is actually probably a bigger deal than it may sound on the surface. I’ve worked (as a paid campaign staff member) congressional campaigns, statewide races for U.S. Senate, and have been sought out by Congressmen seeking advice on whether or not to run for Senate. I served on Newt Gingrich’s Presidential Exploratory Committee. In southeast Louisiana, I’m as formidable a campaign asset as you’ll find, particularly with regard to grassroots.

Peter Egan and Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich poses with fellow Tulane alum Peter Egan, following a meeting of his Presidential Exploratory Committee.

In addition to the campaign’s own canvassing efforts, I distributed what must have been 40-50 pounds worth of door hangers and flyers, put up about 20 yard signs including in key locations along major thoroughfares. I also got a few up in some rather unconventional locations, like the wooden beams surrounding the cement structures holding up the Interstate-12 bride over the Tchefuncte River. Every boat passing under the interstate would have seen the signs. I would estimate that number of boaters at at least 1,000 between the time they were posted and the actual election.

Mark Wright Campaign Sign
A yard sign for Mark Wright displayed to boaters along the Tchefuncte River in Covington.

Between the campaign astutely courting voters who cast ballots for candidates who did not make the runoff, the campaign’s effective advertising (particularly following the radio incident), grassroots efforts by the campaign and social media posts and grassroots canvassing areas that hadn’t been targeted by renegade volunteer Peter Egan, by election day the outcome was a mere formality. Mark Wright had won in an 18 point landslide, a result no one could have foreseen following the October primaries.

Why Did I Get Involved?

The reason I got involved was because I was unsure of the outcome of the election and wanted to erase that uncertainty – at least to the extent I could.

The other reason is well explained in a snippet from this article at The Hayride:

Rob Maness Senate John Fleming

A PAC that had supported Fleming in the 2016 Senate race was behind a series of negative ads against Maness, a little retribution for him mucking up the Senate race a year prior.

I am friends with former Congressman Dr. John Fleming, MD. Rep. Fleming was not only Louisiana’s most conservative member of the delegation, he had a much better chance of beating Kennedy in a runoff (Kennedy was a lifelong democrat until a few years ago). Maness angrily refused, allowing Charles Boustany to sneak into the runoff. Boustany is a “moderate” Republican well to the left of Fleming, as is Kennedy. So Maness in essence cost the only conservative candidate in the race with a shot at winning a chance at the runoff.

My motivation was to ensure Mark Wright won first and foremost. Secondly, I wanted to do all I could to run up the score so that Rob would never be able to impact a major election (like a Senate race) and use his presence to hand the election to a wishy-washy moderate over a conservative. Whether I had any impact and if so how much, we’ll never know. What is known is that my objectives were met regardless of whether I played a substantial role in that or not. 

I do not foresee Maness running for office again in Southeast Louisiana after he handed this race away by failing to maintain his composure when the pressure was on.

To be clear, I’m not taking credit for the outcome of this election. I’m not taking credit for any part of it. I did help out though and Mark and his campaign achieved the result I was hoping to see. Whether I personally played any role in the outcome and if so how much is anybody’s guess. I personally believe Mark would have won comfortably without my support and involvement.

After all, as a HayRide article about Maness’ future eloquently observed:

That seat was winnable (for Maness). But the problem was that Wright, who had been a conservative activist in St. Tammany and had served the movement’s cause for years before taking the plunge and running for the city council in Covington (in other words starting small and moving up, rather than the opposite approach Maness took), had already entered the race. Wright had already learned the retail political skills required to win a state legislative race and he was already building a coalition capable of winning.

Meanwhile, Maness’ approach was to immediately cast himself as the One True Conservative and bash Wright as a Washington lobbyist (which was a stretch; he’s vice president of American Waterway Operators, a trade organization for tugboat and barge companies) when Maness himself is a registered lobbyist, and to trash him as having made crooked deals with the state’s party establishment. That was never going to work, because Wright was a known commodity. People on the Northshore know him better than they know Rob, they know Mark is a conservative with a record of governing like one on that city council, and they like Wright better. And it especially didn’t resonate that Mark was a “career politician;” you don’t get to run for office three times in four years and call anybody else a professional politician. When you start running for office you become a politician, period. Accusing others of that when they run less often than you do simply pisses voters off.

Source: http://thehayride.com/2017/11/happens-rob-maness-now/#ixzz51OchvY19

International Men’s Day

There’s an International Men’s Day?

Evidently there’s an “International Men’s Day.” Evidently, that day this year was Sunday, November 19.

A gas station in Covington, Louisiana took a small extra step to recognize International Men’s Day with a twist on the traditional gender indicators on public restroom signs.

International Men's Day

According to Wikipedia International Men’s Day is about the following:

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. Inaugurated in 1992 on 7 February by Thomas Oaster.[1] The project of International Men’s Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991.[2] The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago.[3] The longest running celebration of International Men’s Day is Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994.[4]

Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, who revived the event, chose 19 November to honour his father’s birthday and also to celebrate how on that date in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago’s soccer team had united the country with their endeavours to qualify for the soccer world cup.[5][6] Dr Teelucksingh has promoted International Men’s Day as not just a gendered day but a day where all issues affecting men and boys can be addressed. He has said of IMD and its grass roots activists, “They are striving for gender equality and patiently attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society”[7]

Source: Wikipedia

According to InternationalMensDay.com:

“Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.”

With all the “days” that recognize someone or something, it’s awfully peculiar that this one is so under-recognized such that I didn’t learn of it until Wednesday, November 22.

This appears to be the official logo/flyer of the event:

International Men's Day '17

Advice Needed Regarding WordPress Programmer, Plug-In Developer

Advice Needed Regarding WordPress Programmer, Plug-In Developer

I need to hire a WordPress Developer and WP Plug-In Developer (preferably the same individual or company). I don’t know whether to outsource, do contract labor or hire a programmer/developer full-time, in-house.

I also don’t know what a fair price is for the services I require. Can someone please help me with the following questions?

I am trying to develop a site, but the functionality the site needs exceeds my skill-set.

I need to hire a programmer to develop custom plug-ins and ensure proper functionality for the site. The site is about average complexity in terms of functionality relative to most established mutli-user sites/communities.

Should I:

    • Outsource, hire contract labor or a hire full-time programmer?
    • How much should I pay for each full time and outsource/contract? (Site will be fairly elaborate but about average for sites of it’s nature.)

Does WordPress being open source cause any problems with security? I’m comfortable with the platform, but is it worth it to just trust someone else to develop a site using a platform I’m not familiar with and unable to work within?

I will publish all relevant comments so go ahead and put your link in the URL section.

WordPress Forums

I’ve developed a lot of sites but haven’t coded from scratch since 2005 (Dreamweaver days before CMS took off). I have adequate knowledge of HTML, but not great. I’ve developed hundreds of sites, but nearly all using WordPress, Weebly or some similar platform that makes it easy for people like me to make a good looking website without the development skills I would presume most on this forum possess.

For what it’s worth, I tried posting this to the WordPress development forum, where the admin shut it down on grounds that it belonged in the “Jobs” section. “Jobs” wouldn’t publish it because it’s not a job listing.

Hopefully Reddit can come through and provide me with some objective insights from people with nothing at stake to help me make a decision about what type of help I need and how much money I should set aside for those services.

Jan Dembowski

“Brute Squad” is right… As you can see, Jan was none too eager to allow anyone to potentially help me, even though (at least IMHO) she’s dead wrong about this. I know Reddit can be pretty brutal at times too, but I’ve endured plenty of other people’s superiority complex today so please go easy on me and if you can help answer my questions take the two minutes it takes to do so.

** In addition to comments, I’ll publish a followed link in this post to the site/URL of choice for whomever provides the most helpful answer. **

Robert Mann is a Pathetic Coward (An Open Letter)

Robert Mann: Disgusting Human Being, Liar and Coward

UPDATE: I’m sure no one who reads this post will be surprised to learn this but it has been confirmed that Mann is a Political Science professor at LSU. Intellectual dishonesty the likes of which Mann has displayed in his defamation of two people who’d never even heard of him is unbecoming of anyone paid by the state to teach. This guy must be terminated from the LSU faculty. He is the reason colleges and universities are cesspools of Marxism where race, gender identity and a desire to disarm law-abiding citizens trump learning.

I came upon a post by a pathetic individual by the name of Robert Mann while conducting research. The post consisted of intellectually dishonest, misrepresentations of both myself and my father. These misrepresentations were deliberate, and in my own personal case even the most cognitively-challenged individual could have figured out that the Facebook post Mann cited in an effort to attack my character was a lighthearted joke.

It’s pretty creepy to know that some weirdo that I’ve never heard of is Facebook stalking me. I’m not going to link to his site, because I don’t want to give him any publicity, but I will post my response to it below in the form of an open letter.

Coward Robert Bob Mann
Example: See “Robert Mann”

The following is an open letter to Robert Mann:

Robert Mann,

You are quite possibly the least intellectually honest person whose work I’ve ever read.

Your misrepresentation of what my father said coupled with you dragging me into it by trying to misrepresent what was obviously a lighthearted joke as a “racist comment” is as intellectually dishonest an act as I’ve ever witnessed.

For one thing, my father was absolutely right in his description of political prostitute Jay Dardenne. You totally and deliberately misrepresented what he said, and you did it with malicious intent.

You dragging me into it with yet another deliberate misrepresentation of a JOKE crossed the line.

If you can’t construct logical arguments as a means to persuade others of your political views you have no business writing or even speaking about politics.

Robert MannYou’re an angry old man and your willingness to lie and deceive is disgusting. What’s more disgusting is that low-character individuals such as yourself actually influence others. It is a sad reflection on society when someone like you is taken seriously by others.

You’re not man enough to make those same comments about myself and my father to either of our faces. If you care to prove me wrong, I would be delighted. We both know that won’t happen however… Because you’re a coward, and cowards don’t confront people with malicious, unprovoked attacks in person.

You are a lying, intellectually dishonest coward. I’d be miserable too if I had no conscience, and used lies and misrepresentations to impugn the character of people who have never even heard of you, much less wronged you in any way.

Robert Mann Sushi
This is Sushi, my now-deceased dog and best friend of 17 years. Scumbag Robert Mann used my dead dog to attack me.

I am flattered to know that you’re Facebook stalking me however. It is creepy, no doubt. But I’m more than capable of defending myself from sinister creeps such as yourself, and would welcome the opportunity to do so in person.

But seriously though, using my dead dog and best friend of 17 years as a means of attacking my character is one of the lowest, most pathetic acts I’ve ever witnessed. You really are a despicable human being.

In conclusion, you’re a loser. In the future, if you wish to attack my character with lies and misrepresentations, I kindly ask that you do so directly to me face. I have a feeling your cowardice will never allow that to happen.

Sincerely,

Peter Egan Jr.

* Update *

Unlike Mann, who wrote his libelous attacks in hopes that the subjects of his defamation would never learn of his deed, this letter was sent directly to Robert Mann via Twitter. He was notified of its existence within ten minutes of it being published.

Rather than attempt to defend his deliberate mischaracterizations and character assassination, he did what I expected him to do. He blocked me on Twitter and issued no response or defense of his sinister blog. I guess the old cliche is true that you can’t defend the indefensible.

Provided with an opportunity to explain why he felt it necessary to launch vicious personal attacks on two different people he doesn’t even know and whom he has never met, Mann took the coward’s way out. His response is fitting, and consistent with the rest of his cowardly behavior.

Robert Mann is a coward whose cowardice is his defining characteristic.

Donate to Easter Seals Louisiana

Please Consider Donating to Easter Seals Louisiana

Back in the days when Peter Egan was in the medical supply business, by sheer happenstance I came into contact with Easter Seals Louisiana when they contacted me about a product they needed that I had in-stock. They wanted to know if they could buy it, and get it within 24 hours.

Easterseals Louisiana Logo

[TL/DR Version: You can and should donate to Easter Seals Louisiana here: http://es.easterseals.com/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=2381&pxfid=143923]

Once I learned the situation, I told them they could not buy it, but that I would give it to them and would deliver it myself that same day.

They were coordinating the travel, room and board arrangements for a group of disabled guests of a former New Orleans Saints player who was a fan favorite, and was tragically diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) shortly after his playing career had ended. Anyway, he was hosting a group of kids who also had ALS or other debilitating condition(s). One of them required a special sliding bench to get into and out of the bath tub, and that’s how Easter Seals came to know who I was.

They found me online, called and I brought them the bench. I got to spend a good amount of time talking with the ladies who worked there, and they told me in no uncertain terms that the item they needed most was adult diapers/briefs. Upon learning of this, I made it a point to take a carload of them with me every time I made the trip into Covington (I was living out-of-state at the time). They didn’t care about the brand or the size. They were grateful for whatever I brought them.

In getting to know them a little bit I recognized that Easter Seals Louisiana was an elite charity in terms of the work they do and the character of their employees (at least those with whom I’ve had interaction).

While I am no longer in the online retail medical supply business, I do still try to help out this truly worthy and deserving organization to the greatest extent possible. I wish I still had product I could bring them regularly, but unfortunately (or fortunately, however you with to view it), monetary donations are the best I can offer them at this point in time.

Earlier this month, I made an online donation to Easter Seals Louisiana, and set up a donations webpage to make it nice and easy for my friends in real life, friends on social media, followers and readers to donate as well. If everyone within one or more of the aforementioned groups donated just $1, the total amount raised would be close to $10,000.

The donations are tax-deductible, and in all honesty I can’t think of a more worthy cause to whom your donated money should go.

So if you’re reading this and can afford to donate $1, $3, $5 or perhaps even more, please visit the Easter Seals Louisiana donations page and make whatever contribution you can – even if it’s only $1.

Thought Catalog Sets Record for Email Spam

Thought Catalog Inundates Email Inbox With Thousands of Daily Spam Emails

By: Peter Egan

I don’t know what Thought Catalog is. As best I can tell it’s one of those article marketing (read: “spam”) sites whereby anyone can publish blog posts to a relatively authoritative site, at least according to the various tools and browser extensions  that evaluate domain and page authority.

Over the years, I’ve received more than my fair share of spam emails, but never have I experienced anything like I have the past few weeks with this site called Thought Catalog (I’m not linking to the spam site – if you want to view it for yourself please enter the URL into the browser manually, it consists of the two words, combined as one with no spaces, followed by “dot com.”)

I’ve wound up having my email address sold to spammers dozens if not hundreds of times, and it’s a nuisance to be sure. However, I’ve never seen email spam at a volume that even comes close to approaching the amount of spam one of my email addresses has been inundated with by this Thought Catalog site. I’m not talking about a few emails a day. I’m not talking about a few dozen emails a day (which would be excessive no matter the circumstances). No, I’m talking between 500-1,000 emails every 12 hours or so. The amount of email I’ve received from this site over the past few weeks has made it next to impossible to keep track of that inbox and identify any important emails that I either did sign up for or want to receive.

Thought Catalog Email Spam

That brings me to my next point, I have no recollection of ever encountering this site before, and know I never agreed to receive 1,000+ emails per day from their spam authors.

My message is, if you’re within reading distance of this blog, my advice is to stay as far away from Thought Catalog as possible lest they parasitically attach themselves to your inbox and attack you with so many automated emails that your inbox will be virtually useless until you unsubscribe, if you’re able to unsubscribe. I’ve tried to unsubscribe several times now (it’s worth pointing out I never subscribed in the first place), yet as of the time of this writing I am still receiving about 20 emails per hour from this spamlog.

There is no legitimate reason to ever visit Thought Catalog, and if you do, or if they somehow obtain your email address via subversive means, whether or not they honor your unsubscribe request will determine whether your email address can be salvaged or if you’d be better off starting anew and hoping Thought Catalog doesn’t get a hold of your new address.

I have a log of online presences and a log of email addresses. I have or have had no less than 50 email addresses over the past ten years. Not one of those addresses has ever received anywhere close to the volume of email spam that the address about which I’m writing has been subjected to by spam blog Thought Catalog.

I don’t care what the nature or topic of your site is, if you’re emailing someone several hundred times each day, you’re a spammer who deserves to be blacklisted from the web, as is my opinion as it relates to Thought Catalog.

The bottom line is that this post is a warning, attempting to get the word out about Thought Catalog and the fact that if they get a copy of your email address, you might as well delete it because they’ll spam it so heavily you’ll never be able to find another non-spam email again, at least in that address.

You’ve been warned, please act prudently as it relates to spam blog Thought Catalog.

Thought Catalog

Why is Wikipedia Begging for Money?

WikiPedia Chooses Blind Communism Over Common Sense

I’d like to offer a very generous proposal to make Wikipedia financially solvent without the world’s largest online encyclopedia having to beg on street corners for spare change while unshaven and at least a week since their last shower.

Wikipedia Begging
Wikipedia has a page on Advertising. They know what it is. Like good liberals, they believe all money is for government and profits are earned in order to be given to the government.

Okay, so I took some license here with regard to the panhandling, disheveled appearance and putrid body odor, but the analogy is really not that far off the mark. At least to me, that is precisely the image that pops into my head when I see one of the world’s largest and most successful websites threatening to close down permanently due to financial shortfalls.

Of course, this should come as little surprise considering Wikipedia has relied on donations and volunteer for the duration of its existence. At some point the amount of work is inevitably going to reach the point of excess relative toward the good will and charitable nature of others.

Wikipedia could integrate advertising and within a month pay off any/all liabilities. Every monthly surplus thereafter could either be designated as profit (and Wikipedia changed from a non-profit to for-profit entity). That said, they could allow advertising and remain a non-profit entity.

Wikipedia is so liberal, they think advertising is inherently evil. So they want individual readers and editors to donate to them instead of just allowing advertisers to advertise.

They don’t even need to engage in such liberal blasphemy as advertising. Sure the proceeds could be used to start a foundation to raise money for feeding Africa’s poorest countries or installing a water cleansing or desalinization plant in a place like Haiti… Maybe even some plumbing to go with it.

But no, they evidently aren’t capable of allowing sponsors to sponsor pages/topics, so they won’t help solve world hunger, or provide Haitians with clean water. No, those people will have to continue to suffer an impoverished life the likes of which anyone who has ever heard of Wikipedia can so much as envision (no plumbing, electricity or clean water on an island near the equator).

Communism Killed Wikipedia
Wikipedia is so liberal, they think advertising is inherently evil.

So here’s my proposal:

Sign over Wikipedia to me, Peter Egan, effective immediately. In so doing, I will be assuming full control of both the organization’s assets and liabilities. Wikipedia will incur no additional financial losses from the moment the paper is signed.

And yet, I haven’t a doubt in my mind that I can not only turn around Wikipedia’s financial fortunes, but do so in a hurry too. If in four months, I don’t have the company solvent at the very minimum, I will incur my losses and spend as long as necessary paying them back. I’ll even agree to keep it non-profit provided I receive a salary consistent with that of an executive or an organization that size complete with healthcare, benefits, retirement, etc.

The below image is more recent than that above. They’re actually soliciting every visitor to the site with a pop-up that covers the entire screen, forcing you to close it or make a donation to view your content. Click the image to view the full-size version.

Wikipedia Begging / Panhandling
Wikipedia Doing Its Best “Homeless Vet” Impression… (Click image to view full-size.)

I don’t foresee that scenario occurring though (me going bankrupt after assuming control of Wikipedia’s assets and liabilities). You see, I am aware of a few concepts called supply-and-demand, and I have no doubt whatsoever that advertisers would be getting in line the moment the announcement was made that Wikipedia would began selling a small advertising spots in a manner that did not in any way corrupt the integrity of the information (which was always overblown anyway).

So Wikipedia, you can either fold like quitters and losers and allow one of the greatest developments in the history of the internet die needlessly because you were too stubborn to put your liberal egos aside long enoughCommunism is bad, mmkay to come to your senses and make a rational decision.

Reneging on the vow to never accept money from advertisers is far less of a breach of principle than is throwing away one of the treasurers of the internet — and all because you wanted to prove how much you hate capitalism. In other words, you’re threatening to close Wikipedia if people don’t give money in exchange for nothing, closing one of the most oft-used sites in the web’s history all because you want to show the world how devoted you are to your political views.

What will happen if Wikipedia does become insolvent financially, they’ll (I speculate) charge viewers and move to a paid membership model whereby those who pay for memberships can have access to varying amounts of content, depending on how much is paid. That would have far more influence on the site’s contents than would advertising all run through a third-party broker.

My final question is this: Since your “free,” communist utopia of Wikipedia is failing financially and on the brink of collapse, are any of the site’s founders or major contributors intelligent enough to recognize that this is merely one major example proving the point that communism is a failed economic system everywhere it is and had every been tried? Can they see that it always will fail until the end of time so long as people continue to delude themselves into thinking that it only needs one more chance to work, and that the hundreds of failures from over the past hundreds of years are all aberrations?

Granted, it hasn’t gone full communist yet (paywall model) whereby you MUST pay or you can’t have access, almost certainly with exceptions made for certain groups and individuals who are leftist nobility and/or members of high-priority interest groups. They of course would benefit from those who pay for access by being granted free access. These exceptions, while not explicitly stating as much would only be available to the left’s preferred classes and groupings of people.

Is the sun setting on Wikipedia?
Is the sun setting on Wikipedia?

This my readers and friends, is why communists being allowed to vote in a free society is a recipe for civil war and economic collapse. I’m as much for freedom of expression as the next guy, but not when said expression takes the form of mass murder, misinformation and financial calamity; which is what has happened every time communism has been tried anywhere, ever.

If Wikipedia does in fact implement a model whereby certain people have to pay while others will still be able to use the site free (socialism), I fear one of the web’s greatest creations and one of the most valuable properties on the web will be left to deteriorate in ruins, much like the abandoned housing complexes (the ones that look like college dormitories) in the old Soviet Union.

If that happens, it will be a shame and a pity. I’d be willing to risk my own financial wellbeing to prove that advertising does not have to influence content.

That said, if I have to pay for access to Wikipedia, or if I make a voluntary donation, I’d like my own page, and I’d like it to be the first one returned when one searches the name “Peter Egan.”

Communist Devil
Communist Devil