Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nov
28

Dump the EPA

Like a bad lover, the EPA is a nagging, beguiling mooch. The EPA unconstitutionally barged into our lives and we need to break free from this destructive relationship; let’s give the EPA a two-letter title beginning with ‘E’ and ending with ‘X.’

President Nixon formed a group called the President’s Advisory Council on Executive Organization to help him sidestep Congress and mold public policy. On April 29, 1970, the Council wrote a memo advising Nixon to establish: “an Environmental Protection Administration, a new independent agency of the Executive Branch. … [and the] Executive Branch should be so structured that a high order of public interest is served in making policy, rather than a narrower advocacy position.”

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Nov
21

Piping Up Oil Jobs

Like a good neighbor, Canada is there—offering America tens of thousands of jobs, protection against soaring gas prices and up to 700,000 barrels of crude oil a day for Oklahoma and Gulf Coast refineries to process—if America accepts TransCanada’s proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast.

Let’s say your neighbor invites you over to her holiday party and you respond: “No way, you’re an animal killer. Last year, you served meatballs at your party and I’m against animal cruelty.” Don’t expect your neighbor to ever talk to you again.

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Nov
16

Make KT’s Cranberry Crumble

Baking is creative, festive and it taps into your entrepreneurial spirit. I hope you try making my cranberry crumble this Thanksgiving. You can top it with ice cream for a delicious dessert or serve it with bacon, coffee, tea and milk for a day-after-Thanksgiving brunch. It’s super easy to make and it adds a sweet and tangy punch to your holiday menu.

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Nov
10

Taking a Safari with Jamal Hashi

I love trying new food. I also love entrepreneurship. Combine the two and you get “Safari Express” – an exciting new fast-casual restaurant in Minneapolis run by Jamal Hashi.

Hashi is a friendly, energetic go-getter who immigrated to the United States from Africa. He quickly discovered that “Africa is a neglected market” and he set about starting a restaurant that would “introduce people to Africa.”

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Nov
07

Flipping students the bird

Steve Jobs was suspended from high school for playing a salacious prank on the graduating senior class. Biographer Walter Isaacson says Jobs and his friends tie-dyed a bedsheet with the school colors and enlisted one of their mothers to paint a large hand extending its middle finger across the sheet. Jobs hung the homespun banner from a school balcony and flipped off the seniors during their commencement procession.

It was as if the eventual college dropout and entrepreneurial billionaire wanted to say: “Eff formal education. I will learn and earn on my own terms.”

Today, President Obama is effectively giving college students and their parents his middle finger. Whereas Jobs’ prank was harmless and symbolic, the President’s plan to bail out student loans will derail the entrepreneurial dreams and financial security of countless young people.

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