Please Big Daddy Government Save Us!

New York State Senator Carl Kruger really feels with every fiber of his little bleeding heart that government is the solution to all the really pressing problems in society. In particular he thinks that government is the best way to stop stupid people from doing stupid things. But further he believes that since stupid people do stupid things everyone should be treated like stupid people.

I guess I shouldn’t complain much. After all, it is people like Senator Kruger who provide me with a copious amount of idiocy to discuss each and every week.

See, the senator has his finger on the pulse of what matters and is pushing for legislation that would make it a crime to use your iPod, cell phone, or other electronic device while crossing the street. And better yet, he wants to make it an offense punishable by a $ 100 fine.

Why? Because recently two pedestrians were sadly hit and killed while trying to cross the street as their latest digital toy with flashing lights and nifty sounds distracted them.

Ok, forget the fact that millions of New Yorkers cross the street every day and that, dare I say, thousands of them do so while using their cell phone, video game or iPod successfully and without dying. Just forget it. Because if you don’t forget it you would be forced to understand that the chance of a distracted pedestrian being struck by a vehicle while said pedestrian is more interested in seeing if he can get to the next level of his video game, eat the magic mushroom and save the princess is almost nonexistent.

But Senator Kruger wants to use this statistical non event, which occurs mostly to people who are overly qualified for the Darwin Awards, into a reason to control everyone’s behavior.

He wants to turn the actions of a few people who simply don’t think that it is important to pay attention when crossing the street into a new way to make criminals out of Americans and also a new revenue stream for government.

Perhaps government doesn’t have enough on its plate. I mean honestly, with all the other meaningless regulations and laws that government has passed over the years doesn’t it have enough to worry about? Maybe Senator Kruger is just looking for some jobs for a few of his friends by forming the iPod Police. Perhaps he is just concerned that if he is not at all times working to pass some law to cover some aspect of people’s lives he will be seen by his constituents as not doing “his job”. Or maybe, just perhaps, he is actually delusional enough to believe that by placing one more shackle on the liberties of the people it will make them freer.

I can already see it now. Today it is a ban on using electronic devices while crossing the street. Tomorrow it will be some numbskull sitting in a restaurant, distracted by his cell phone ringing and accidentally ordering the Beef Wellington instead of the Chicken Marinara! Of course this will cause Senator Kruger to run to the floor of the New York Senate and introduce a bill to prohibit electronic devices in restaurants because of the dangers of distracted dining!

Senator Kruger is worried about people being distracted while crossing the street? Ok, let’s expand upon his agenda! First, we should also fine anyone caught not looking both ways before crossing a street. But then we should move to ban talking, chewing gum, looking at the sky, thinking about what you are going to eat for lunch, and any and all distracting behaviors at all while crossing the street. After all, doing anything but being completely focused on being safe while crossing means that you might run afoul of the, I suppose soon to be issued, New York State Pedestrian Street Crossing Manual (NYSPSCM).

In the NYSPSCM you will find a thousand pages of dos and don’ts for crossing the street. The violation of any of which will result in a $ 100 fine. Don’t worry, each street corner will be equipped with new video surveillance equipment and specially designed software that will be able to tell the second you violate any part of the NYSPSCM and automatically debit your checking account.

Heck, let’s just make crossing the street in and of itself a finable offense! Each street corner can have a credit card reader where you must promptly deposit your $ 100 fine just to cross.

But why stop there? Perhaps it is time to start considering a ban on any activity that can potentially cause the death when someone is not careful? We can start levying fines against all sorts of activities. We can’t stop with just tackling distracted pedestrians.

Sky diving will be on the agenda. While few people die partaking of this activity, I am certain that somewhere someone has been killed while sky diving because they were not paying attention. Maybe they were looking a little too long at the miraculous view they had and just simply failed to pull their chute until it was a little too late. I think we should make jumping out of a plane punishable by a $ 100 fine. After all, people die because of it.

Oh, and flying alone is dangerous! Each year people die in plane accidents because the pilot was distracted or made an error in judgment. Every time you step on a plane you will get hit with a $ 100 fine. So for our sky diving friends you’ll get hit both coming and going.

Next up has got to be swimming pools. Every year many people drown because they simply are not good swimmers. And someone somewhere has had to of died because they were distracted by a shiny penny on the bottom of the pool which they tried to get. Yes, I know that every year millions of people go into swimming pools, but because a few people die, if you are caught in a swimming pool you will be slapped with a $ 100 fine. Of course use of bathtubs, lakes, rivers and oceans will also be regulated.

And let’s not forget the numerous deaths each year that are caused by people driving automobiles. Just driving in your car exposes you constantly to distractions by other drivers, the radio, billboards, a nagging spouse, etc. So every time you get into your car you will be fined $ 100. Hey, it’s dangerous after all! Besides maybe this fine will stop people from contributing to Global Warming by cutting down the number of times they drive each year!

The list of things big daddy government can fine us for because of the carelessness of a vast minority is endless. And it’s for our own good of course! I am sure that the politicians and bureaucrats will be more than willing to exert as much control over our lives as we let them.

So please big daddy government save us from ourselves! We simply are not capable and your wisdom is so infinite! Just please make sure you slide my government approved meals, designed to be completely safe of course, through the mail slot of my front door. You know, since I will not be able to leave my house because even that has been deemed hazardous and worthy of a $ 100 fine per offense.

J.J. Jackson is the owner and Lead Editor of American Conservative Politics – The Land of the Free and American Conservative Daily. His weekly articles along with exclusive content can be read at Liberty Reborn

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Emergency Usa Passport Services – Faster Processing For Unexpected Travel Plans

International travel is one of the most exciting things anyone can experience but while you are enjoying the experience, a lot of bad things can happen regarding your travel documents. You could be enjoying a boat ride off the coast of Israel and suddenly drop your passport in the water. You might be shopping in Madrid. Someone bumps you and later you realize your passport is gone. Maybe you were enjoying some authentic Italian food and wine and left your passport on the table. It’s import to know what to do when you need Emergency Pass Port services.

An emergency passport is basically a passport that is rush shipped to you. If you go online, you have many options that are open to you. The USPassportNow, that can get you your passport in as little as a day. So if anything should happen to your passport, you don’t have to worry about waiting for months and months for it to get to you.

There is more to handling a passport emergency than just getting a new one. What you should do depends on your situation. We’ll start with the most common: losing a passport. Especially if you don’t travel very much, it’s so easy to lose track of your passport. If you’ve looked around for it and still can’t find it, then you need to apply for a new one. This isn’t a big deal, but once you get your new passport, be sure to keep it in a very safe place so as not to lose it again. The process for replacing a lost passport is almost exactly the same as replacing a stolen passport, so we’ll cover that next.

The first thing to do is notify the authorities so your missing passport can be cancelled. If you are in a foreign country, contact the local authorities and also the U.S. Embassy to report the lost or stolen passport. If you are in the United States, contact your local police department if you suspect it has been stolen. In either case, contact the United States Passport Office in your community also. You will fill out either a Lost Passport Affidavit or a Stolen Passport Affidavit to accompany other necessary paperwork and documentation.

Once the proper authorities have been notified, you can proceed to getting it replaced. There are local offices that can help you but none is more convenient than online passport sites like US Passport Now. Through these secure sites, you can fill out your new application and submit it with the necessary accompanying document. There are expedited services available if you have the need to receive your replacement passport quickly.

You may have experienced a damaged passport. There is also a special reporting form for this type of incident. You will fill out a report regarding the damaged travel document and mail it to the proper agency.

Yes, traveling is supposed to be fun, and yes, bad things can happen. But being prepared means never having to worry about the worst case scenario. Should something bad happen, there are Emergency New Passport services from companies like US Passport Now at your fingertips to help get you wherever you’re trying to go.

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When you look to take a child out of the country for any reason, you will need to make sure that you have a passport for them. If you do not have one, then one needs to be obtained. However, what you will also find is that you will have to get familiar with the child us passport application. There is a separate application that you have to fill out for children.

The first thing you will find is that you will have to prove that the child is an actual citizen. The reason for this is because only legal citizens can get a passport. You can use the birth certificate to prove this. If the child was born elsewhere like on a military base or if they became a legal citizen later in life, you will need to show these papers as well.

The other thing that you will have to have is parental consent. This means that both parents have to agree to this for children who are under sixteen years of age. However, when you go to turn in your application, some of you might wonder if you both have to be there. We have the answer to that.

The last thing they have to be able to prove is that this is their child. This goes hand in hand with the previous item. The child’s safety is the most important factor in this process and proof of identity and parenthood is vital to be sure a child is not being stolen. That is why the United States makes vital that this information be proven.

For the child, you must prove the legal citizenship in the United States. This can be done with the birth certificate. They have to show two proofs of identification. There are a number of things that can be used as identification so you do not have to worry. You can check online concerning what documents are acceptable to prove citizenship and identity.

If the other parent does not go, they have to explain why they could not be there. They understand that for some reason or another, the other parent can’t be there. However, they have to know what this reason might be. That is why a statement has to be written. Along with this, you will have to also submit proof of identity.

It is also required that you submit two different pictures and the fees which are needed to process the application. Remember that with the pictures, there are guidelines and they have to be taken at a place that does United States passport pictures. You can’t smile and you can’t wear glasses. These are just two things to remember. They have to be a certain size and they have to also be on a certain backdrop.

The last item you have to add are the photos. These have to be done by those who tell you that they can do us passport photos. The reason for this is because they have to use a special backdrop. You also have to strike a certain pose and are not permitted to smile. Knowing these things can prepare you to get your new USA passport application for children.

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What Makes You Unique? What Makes Your Product or Service Special? What’s Your Unique Selling Proposition or USP?

Interested in cranking things up a notch or two (or ten!) and taking things to the next income level? Want to make a huge difference in the lives of others?

Do you need generate more business or sales to help reach these goals?

If your answer is yes to the above questions, then I strongly suggest you focus a great deal of your time and attention to the following…

Aggressively share with the world your unique selling proposition or USP!

Several examples of rather well known USP’s include:

Domino’s Pizza: “You get fresh, hot pizza delivered to your door in 30 minutes or less — or it’s free”

FedEx: “When your package absolutely, positively has to get there overnight”

M&M’s: “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand”

Every day you’re exposed to USPs. Some are good and immediately get you to start thinking about a particular company or service. Other USPs are so bad that you’ve forgotten all about them after 5-10 minutes.

So what exactly is a good USP? Well, an effective USP explains and satisfies the following criteria…

1. What the benefit is
2. What the specific message is (clear, concise and to the point)
3. Is easy to understand, is realistic, and easy to remember

The idea is to create a USP that can and will be the marketing foundation to your business. It is a persuasive and memorable message that everything else will be built around.

In fact, a well crafted USPs can be based on price, product or type of service. You can also focus an effective USP on color, size, location, business hours or almost anything else you can think of.

Because of this, you need to be able to clearly state your USP. It needs to be easy to for consumers to identify with. Your long-term marketing plan will be to develop and promote your USP so that it will bring YOUR company, product or service to the center of attention when it is mentioned or heard.

It’s important to keep in mind that USPs can and will change over time. Market conditions, technology and consumer perception can and will require you to make changes over the lifetime of your product or service.

OK. Now that we’re clear about what a USP is, the next logical questions for most of us is…

“How do I create a good USP?”

Before I answer this question, it’s important for you to first figure out what is truly unique about you or your business. What do you do better than anyone else? What makes you better or different that anyone else who does what you do or who sells a product or service similar to you?

Think hard and think outside the box. We’re all different and we all bring our own uniqueness in to this crazy and exciting world. What’s yours?

Now, keeping in mind what makes you different, review the following 8 steps. It make take an hour, a day, or even a week to complete the following task. Just make sure you focus and get it done. Your success may depend on it.

1. Realistic and Doable: First, keep in mind that you need to be able to fulfill the promise placed in any USP you develop and use. Remember this simple but important detail. This single fact is critical to your long term success. After all, if you can’t walk the talk, your chance of long-term success is zero.

Ask yourself, “Can I really do this?”

2. Understand Your Target Audience: Before you can develop and use your USP, you first need to understand, with crystal clarity, who you will be marketing to.

Who are your clients? Who would you like to have as clients or customers?

3. What’s the Problem You Can Solve?: How can you help a client or customer with their problem or needs? How can your business help benefit someone experiencing this particular problem?

What are my clients’ problems and how can I solve them?

4. Distinctive Benefits: Make a list of 3-5 benefits that only you can offer your customer or client. These five benefits should be specific and describe what sets you apart from your competition. Your USP must be focused on the benefits your product or service provides to your customers. A feature might be a new state-of-the-art medical device your practice is using to treat patients. A benefit is that your patients will no longer experience lower back pain. Benefits are the ONLY thing clients and customers are truly interested in for the long haul.

What benefits are my clients looking for? What benefits can I offer that my clients may not even be aware of?

5. Describe and Write Down Your Promise: A good USP makes an implied or express pledge to your customers or clients. What is it? Make sure you can write it down in a single sentence.

6. Write a Paragraph: Take steps 1-5 and combine the info. Write it all down in a nice long paragraph. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. Just start writing and creating your USP based upon the indicated steps.

7. Rewrite: Review and rewrite your paragraph 2-3 times eliminating duplicate thoughts and merging similar statements. Your final paragraph should an easy to read paragraph.

8. Single Sentence: Now rewrite your paragraph in to a single sentence. Be specific and remember to prominently include the benefit to your customer shared in a specific message that is realistic and easy to understand and also easy to remember.

Keep working on this last step for at least a couple of days. Use your early morning creative mind to give you clarity and good perspective. Continue to fine tune your USP sentence until it is perfect in your mind and looks good on paper. Share your work with others and get constructive feedback.

Summary: The fact of the matter is that this process isn’t easy but it is essential to the success of your business. Businesses lacking a good USP simply get by and rarely achieve great success. In fact, most have a high failure rate and are doomed for a lifetime of mediocrity.

Use your USP in every marketing message that leaves your office. Incorporate your USP in to your answer to the question, “So, what do you do for a living?” Teach everyone at your office to do the same.

Successful companies prominently display their USP on their marketing material and on their web sites, blogs, and social media networks. They put energy and time in to educating potential clients and customers with the answers to these questions.

Generate more business and increase profits by using an effective USP. Make it easy for others to share your business by educating them about the benefits you offer. Use a clear, concise and easy to remember USP to take things to the next level.

When you’re finished, I’d love to see your USP. Email it over. Need help, feel free to bounce ideas off of me. I’m standing by to hear from you!

So, what’s your USP?

“Remember to make today your masterpiece and to remind your family and friends to do the same!”

Jon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson, Esq.

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