Tag: John Hollon

Another Stupid and Forgettable Trend From California — Splitting It Into 3 States

LOTS OF NEW IDEAS come out of California, and although some are revolutionary and game-changing, a lot of them are just stupid and dumb. This idea easily qualifies as one of the latter. Here it is, as reported by the Los Angeles Times: California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for

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Here’s More Proof That in Life, It’s Never Too Late to Make An Apology

JUST WHEN I’M ABOUT ready to finally give up on human nature, something happens that helps to give me a little hope again. And believe it or not, this new hope comes courtesy of controversial radio personality and “King of All Media” Howard Stern. I’ve watched or listened to Howard for many years, and although I don’t

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One Last Lesson From Charles Krauthammer: How You Die Speaks Volumes About How You Lived

EDITOR’S NOTE: Charles Krauthammer died June 21 at age 68. RIP Charles — we will miss you! SOMETIMES, I FEEL THE PULL of my Native American ancestors. My Indian blood lines are from my great-grandmother Marion Beaver, who was from the Narragansett tribe, and I  feel them tugging at me sometimes, particularly when it comes

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Starbucks Training Day Was More About Changing Culture Than Anything Else

HERE’S THE BOTTON LINE on the recent anti-racial bias training at Starbucks, and it was captured perfectly in the headline on The New York Times story about the big event. It said: Starbucks’s Tall Order: Tackle Systemic Racism in 4 Hours Yup, the NYT is right; it’s unlikely that Starbucks, or any other company, is going to make much

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Queen Elizabeth Should Be Proud: Her TV Counterpart Is Finally Getting Paid Properly

LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE, one of my very favorite shows on TV today is the Netflix original The Crown. I love it for the same reason’s I loved Mad Men — it brought me up to speed on an era I was too young to fully appreciate but just old enough to vaguely remember. But,

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Retiring in Your 30s? It’s Just Another Bad Idea Coming Out of Silicon Valley

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS has been that it’s hard to find highly skilled job candidates. But what if a number of the best and the brightest decide they just want to stop being the best and brightest and retire while still in their 30s? This is the latest big idea coming out of California’s Silicon Valley, a

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The “Sanctuary State” Pushback Ratchets Up a Notch as Orange County Jumps In

IT TOOK A WHILE, but I finally have some faith in some of our elected officials. I’ve been pretty blunt in my criticism of them, particularly the State Legislature. We send them to Sacramento to solve the many problems the less-than-Golden State is facing, only to find that once they get there they waste time

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The One Big Lesson I Always Take Away From Palm Sunday

I’M ALWAYS STRUCK BY the quiet lesson of Palm Sunday. Last Sunday, in my little church here in Yorba Linda, we waved palm branches and sang hosannas as we remembered Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago. We were not alone. Hundreds of millions of Christians around the world celebrated much as we

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One Brave Little California City Doesn’t Want to Live in a “Sanctuary State” Either

IT LOOKS LIKE I’m not the only one who doesn’t want to live in a sanctuary state. Last October, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that designated California as a so-called “sanctuary state,” I wrote a long blog post here — titled Dear California Legislature: What if I Don’t Want to Live in

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Amazon Is Amazing, But They’re Hardly the Most Effectively Managed Company

If you read a lot of business coverage, you know this to be true: The last thing we need is yet another list touting the “best” companies. As my PR friend Robin Hardman points out, “Each year you see them — shouting from business journals, websites, magazine covers… “Best Companies to Work For” lists are everywhere: there are

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