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Now Appearing in an Extended Engagement! Join Dave Robison as he takes you into his world and his daily life of reviving a stand-up comedy career. Prepare for side trips exploring Public Relations, marketing and business ethics. Enjoy some frequent detours describing his observations on life. Read the exploits of this self-proclaimed Renaissance-man and blooming blogger as you go On The Road With Dave.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

The Return Of The King--Martin Luther King

Click Here to View "Boondock's The Return Of The King" Adult Language and Racial Slurs Abound

Back in 2006, on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 77th birthday; Cartoon Network aired an episode of their acclaimed animated series, The Boondocks of the comic strip of the same name. In the episode, an alternative history is told of the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr. The episode's name was taken from the The Lord of the Rings volume The Return of the King. It won a Peabody Award.

The episode was controversial and funny and told the story of MLK alive in the 21st Century shortly after the 9/11 tragedy. Series creator, Aaron McGruder displays his comic genius and never-ending talent for commenting on popular culture and our sensitivities to race relations and politics in the classic episode.

As a long-time viewer of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, I consider this one of the best episodes of the series(and there are many favorites of mine) and thought it both appropriate and down-right funny to reference today on Martin Luther King Day.

Take 20 minutes and watch it, laugh and think.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Bloody Monday; And Would This Week Ever End?

If you currently google the phrase, "Bloody Monday"; you'll read countless media stories about the some odd 71,000 people that lost their jobs this past Monday and this week. It was like all of the nation's employers got the same memo and decided to downsize en masse.

Oddly enough, my employer got the same memo. No, I didn't lose my job. I lost my position. I'm not unemployed, I've been re-employed. The option of lay-off was presented to me matter of factly; and the alternative was a new position in my employer's business partner's other business. I had little choice at the time, except to take the new position.

So this week, I've been learning a new job, while staying in the same building with my former employee friends. We pass by each other, still talk, still take "smoke breaks" together or go to lunch--except now we don't really work together. We are in different parts of the building and my new position is far removed from my old position. It's not like I was "down-sized", but rather "re-sized". Suffice it to say, it's been stressful, different, and challenging. The week seemed as if it would never end and frankly I'm glad it's Friday and I have the weekend to breathe and evaluate what just happened. But, I am grateful that "Bloody Monday" only wounded me, and that I was not a fatality.

On a "up" note, I checked out a nightclub here in Mobile, Alabama called The Blind Mule that offers an "open mike" night and I am gonna schedule a night in a week or two to tell a few jokes. I may even invite my bosses, as long as they remember I'm not on their time when I'm doing stand-up comedy and every topic is fair game.

Speaking of "every topic" and lastly for this entry--I discovered a new blog this week and I've added it to my "Links That I Like". The Gun Toting Liberal has enough controversy and opinion to suit anybody. For me, I can agree with one entry and then in an instant, think the author is way off base. The author(s) are "Liberal-tarian". So, they say stuff that will both infuriate and inspire residents of both Blue States and Red States. And the site owner is a fellow resident of Mobile, Alabama and has had an interest in Quixtar and Amway like myself; so that's a plus. Go take a look and comment, if you dare.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Did Obama Win The Election?

I'm not sure if Barack Obama won the Presidential election last night. I haven't seen any news or heard any analysis of the election yet.

Okay, that's a lie. I watched the election coverage all the way through to John McCain's concession speech and Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" victory speech. (Sorry Tex, but my recent streak is intact)

And I've listened to a good deal of today's analysis and recap of last night's historic election. Barack Obama is the nation's President-elect.

I'm not even going to attempt to re-analyze what other smarter people than me are saying. By now, a lot of you are looking at the news coverage and saying, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Yackity-Shmackity". We call it the "Katrina effect" around my house. (After Hurricane Katrina; we experienced it, we watched it, and finally we grew tired of hearing about it) Yeah, it's important, we want to stay informed. We want to either celebrate or commiserate, but the "news-fatigue" begins to set in.

So, let me just bring up two points about the election and I'll call it quits for now.

Number One--If you'll recall; my wife cast her vote for Independent Ralph Nader. I haven't seen any news coverage about Ralph Nader's efforts, but I found it interesting to note that Nader received 6609 votes in the State of Alabama, of which 1 was my wife's. I was surprised by the amount considering the overwhelming win by McCain in the state and the remaining votes for Obama. 6609 Alabamians voted "out of the box". That's promising.

Overall, Nationwide Ralph Nader hit the 1% mark with 658,393 Total US votes. This was accomplished with just $4 Million dollars in donations over 8 months. (Obama's budget for one day) Continued little steps for Third Party candidates to build upon.

Number Two--The election is over. I'm a comedian. When Obama takes office, it is my hope that he governs the country well. But...BUT, he will be President and Presidents make mistakes. He will and SHOULD be fair game to all comedians, improv players, film makers, purveyors of parody everywhere. I will mention his middle name. I will mention his big ears. I will make references to his race. I'll even make fun of his girls' new puppy if it pees in the Oval Office.

He should be caricaturize, cartoonified, and classified by his gaffes as well as his successes. He'll be President, it comes with the territory. And I don't want to hear anything about racism or that a subject is "off-limits". If it's funny, I'm gonna mention it on stage.

God Bless America.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day 2008 / "Getting Political"

Let the record show that at approximately 7:30AM this morning, My wife, my son, and I exercised our Constitutional right to vote. My daughter followed shortly thereafter.

Let the record also show that regarding my workplace, all my fellow employees minus two people, also voted. About two weeks ago, my wife and a fellow employee managed to register the "un-voted" that remained in our office, except the aforementioned two people. One co-worker registered and voted for the very first time. She is finally convinced that voting is a right not to be ignored.

If you'll recall two years ago, the political fervor of my workplace was less than stellar. This election, I'm proud of their renewed participation in the political process.

Less than 12 hours since I cast my ballot, I'm now watching Election coverage on CNN and already the reporters, commentators, and pundits are beginning to predict winners in each state. My goodness, the polls only closed 15 minutes ago in my state. "C'est la vie."

I'll continue to watch the coverage into the night, and look forward to the process playing out. After the winner is announced, it'll be time once again to support the new President, criticize the new President, and make sure the new President knows that this whole process starts again in just over two years as challengers will begin to announce their intentions for 2012.

Well, 24 months without an election advertisement is about all we can hope for.


Monday, November 3, 2008

"On The Road With Dave" Makes Presidential Endorsement

As a private citizen of the United States of America, I believe wholeheartedly in the secret ballot. A voter enters a voting booth and casts his vote according to his conscience, in private.

But, as a blogger, I write about my opinions and my views on topics that interests me. The 2008 US Presidential Election interests me.

I have heard many times over that this election is "Historic". My belief is that every election is historic. During the primaries, a woman was running for President, though this was not the first time a woman has campaigned to be President. During a previous election, and also during 2008, Alan Keyes ran for President. Keyes is an African-American conservative Independent. If the gender or race of a candidate makes an election historic, then the candidates of this year's election are not historic or groundbreaking.

What might be historic about this election is the phenomenal interest, money, and excitement generated by the nominees of the Democrat and Republican parties. Hopefully, the topic of "Change" espoused by the Democrat nominee, Barack Obama, will not only be change from the current administration, but more importantly; a change in how we view elections, and how we, as Americans, involve ourselves in the election process. This is the kind of change future elections need.

With that being said, change is taking place in the Robison household as we go to the polls tomorrow. My oldest son, who had Republican leanings during the primaries has decided that he will vote for Barack Obama in tomorow's election.

My wife has decided that she will encourage further change in the election process by advocating and supporting the dissolution of an archaic two-party system and encouraging a more diverse candidate pool. She will be voting for Independent Ralph Nader.

And the moment you have all been waiting for--I have carefully considered the issues most important to me and have decided to break with my Democratic party and I will be voting for Senator John McCain.

I agree that this is a time when the country needs change; we need a transition away from the last eight years. John McCain represents this transition. We do not need a revolution against the past, but rather an evolution toward the future.

Whether you agree with me or disagree, I encourage each of you to make the trip to your voting booth tomorrow. Stand in line, smile, chat with your neighbor, and make a little history for yourself, as you should on every election day.


"People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing."

--Walter H. Judd


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Presidential Election Memories: Part 4 / "Getting Political"

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.

--Alexander Woollcott

When I began this series of Presidential Election Memories last Thursday, my aim was to analyze my thought processes regarding my choices for President throughout my voting history. But, now our country is less than forty-eight hours away from electing the 44th President and on Monday, November 3rd, I will reveal my choice here at "On The Road With Dave".

Time will not permit a detailed description of the remaining elections that I haven't covered. So I will try to briefly described today my choices for the remainder of the previous elections.


Michael Dukakis – Lloyd Bentsen (Democrat)
George H. W. Bush – Dan Quayle (Republican)
Ron Paul – Andre Marrou (Libertarian)
Lenora Fulani – (various) (New Alliance)

In 1988, I felt as many voters today feel; I did not want George H.W. Bush to continue the policies and "feel" of the previous administration. I did not want a "second" Ronald Reagan. My choice was Michael Dukakis.

Dukakis' pick of Lloyd Bentsen and Bush's choice of Dan Quayle factored in to my choice. But, I had other choices in the Democratic primaries, that did not garner the nomination. In the end, Dukakis was a vote "against" Bush, and not a positive for Michael Dukakis.


Bill Clinton – Al Gore George (Democrat)
H. W. Bush – Dan Quayle (Republican)
Ross Perot – James Stockdale (Independent)
Andre Marrou – Nancy Lord (Libertarian)
Lenora Fulani – Maria Elizabeth Muñoz (New Alliance)

The 1992 election generated, for me, the same excitement of this year's election has done for many Democrats. I watched every news story and talk show featuring Democrat nominee Bill Clinton. I had first heard of Al Gore back during the 1988 election and was impressed with Gore. I watched every debate, even recording them on VHS to watch again.

The addition of Third Party candidate Ross Perot's coverage furthered the excitement. I had been initially impressed by Perot's biography and his financing his own Iran Hostage rescue for employees of his company. His use of his own money to finance part of his campaign was also impressive. In the end though, I felt his volatility would not make him a good President.

I eagerly voted for the man from Hope, Arkansas; Bill Clinton. To this day, somewhere in my storage is a VHS videotape with Bill Clinton's inauguration speech on it.


Bill Clinton – Al Gore (Democrat)
Bob Dole – Jack Kemp (Republican)
Ross Perot – Patrick Choate (Reform)
Harry Browne – Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian)
Howard Phillips – Herb Titus (Taxpayers)
John Hagelin – Michael Tompkins (Natural Law)

I respected Bob Dole, although I believe that Bob Dole of today is much more "Presidential" than the Bob Dole of 1996. That being said, I was and still am pleased with Bill Clinton's re-election in 1996. My critique of Clinton is not because of the Monica Lewinski affair but more targeted to his Military decisions. It was during Clinton's term that I began to understand "measured responses" and what I perceive as a weakness in that strategy.


Al Gore – Joe Lieberman (Democrat)
George W. Bush – Dick Cheney (Republican)
Ralph Nader – Winona LaDuke (Green)
Pat Buchanan – Ezola Foster (Reform)
Harry Browne – Art Olivier (Libertarian)
Howard Phillips – Curtis Frazier (Constitution)
John Hagelin – Nat Goldhaber (Natural Law)

Plain and simple, I voted for Al Gore and still feel Al Gore should have been elected and would have been the President that all great Presidents would have been compared to.


John Kerry – John Edwards (Democrat)
George W. Bush – Dick Cheney (Republican)
Ralph Nader – Peter Camejo (Independent/Reform)
Michael Badnarik – Richard Campagna (Libertarian)
Michael Peroutka – Chuck Baldwin (Constitution)
David Cobb – Pat LaMarche (Green)

In 2004, if it had been my choice the Democratic ticket would have again had Al Gore as the nominee. Since that did not happen, my second choice would have been a transposing of the ticket with John Edwards in the top spot and Kerry as the VP. Still, I threw my support to the Gentleman from Massachusetts, John Kerry.

It is my contention that if the events of September 11th had not happened, George Bush would have been a one-term President.

And that, dear readers, leads us to the 2008 Presidential Election. At this juncture, the minds of the American people should be made up. It is doubtful that anyone will walk into the voting booth on Tuesday and flip a coin. My opinion will not matter. If I can have any influence, I hope that I can persuade you to vote on Tuesday for your candidate. Do not fail to cast your ballot. Your vote does count. The election is not over. The "fat lady" has not sung. And, if your candidate does not win, embrace your new President with the respect of an American who exercised his right to be represented in a Democracy that still works after 232 years.

I'll reveal my choice tomorrow.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Presidential Election Memories: Part 3 / "Getting Political"

During Ronald Reagan's first term as President of the United States, I got married and had my first child. My wife and I were broke. Due to my extreme immaturity, I was unemployed for a while, my wife was our sole support and we even made use of the Food Stamp program for about 6 months. (Shame forced me to withdraw from that assistance)

Oddly enough, it was at that time that I made my first attempt as an Amway distributor...which led to the writing of "On The Road With Dave".

Being an Amway distributor gave me an insight into being a business owner, but while the "leaders" of my Amway Motivational Organization espoused entrepreneurial ideals and Republican ideology; I was cold toward the ideology. I was in favor of entrepreneurship and making money, but I seemed to want to do business in a different way. I thought more about how "business"--both large and small--affected people. I remembered how I felt and was feeling about "being poor".

Reagan's ideal economy was falling short of pleasing me on a personal level. I was in favor of "Government" being fiscally responsible, but I felt "Reaganomics" was not working where it mattered. I suppose History proves me wrong on certain levels.

But, my ideals of how politics should work were taking form. I was ready for a change. In 1984, I followed the primaries of both the Republican Party and the Democratic party. After Walter Mondale was confirmed as the Democrat nominee and his running mate, Geraldine Ferraro was chosen, I went into the voting booth and cast my ballot for Mondale-Ferraro.

The rest of the country didn't see it my way.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Presidential Election Memories: Part 2 / "Getting Political"

In November of 1980 I was attending the University of Mississippi, majoring in Theatre. I spent most of my time learning to act like a tree blowing in the wind, lifting imaginary rocks and once starred in an adult version of Jack and the Beanstalk. (That's adult, not porn)

Besides those academic activities--I was consuming large amounts of alcohol and going to movies(that's porn). But, an election was coming up; my first Presidential election.

President Jimmy Carter and Vice-President Walter Mondale were running against former actor and California Governor Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Third Party candidates included:

John B. Anderson – Patrick J. Lucey (Independent)
Ed Clark – David H. Koch (Libertarian)
Barry Commoner – LaDonna Harris (Citizens)
Gus Hall – Angela Davis (Communist)

My memory of those November days were of high gas prices and my parents talking about high interest rates and inflation. Dad was working a second job. People were disappointed in Carter's handling of the Iran Hostage crisis and a failed rescue attempt and slow diplomatic manipulation for the hostages' release.

On the campus of Ole Miss, students were talking about Ronald Reagan running against Jimmy Carter and there were fears Reagan was a "war hawk".

I stumbled upon a "Students for John Anderson" booth. I had no clue who Independent, John B. Anderson was, but I was attracted to the female telling me the merits of Anderson. On a more intellectual note, I was intrigued by the possibility of a Third Party candidate winning a Presidential Election.

Based on the experience of an 18 year old, I voted for John B. Anderson.

Anderson garnered 6% of the US vote and Ronald Reagan won easily in 44 of the 50 states.

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave".
While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination;
"Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.


Presidential Election Memories: Part 1/ "Getting Political"

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age.

--Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964

As Election Day 2008 approaches, I've been thinking back to my childhood and the events I remember surrounding the Presidential Elections that make up my history.

Around 1968, thanks to living in the South, I remember George Wallace being shot while campaigning as a Third Party Candidate against Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey.

I know my parents voted for Nixon.

By the time I turned 10 years old, and thanks to Mad Magazine and television, I was fairly aware of the 1972 Election and Nixon's landslide re-election against Democrat George McGovern.

I have vivid memories of Nixon's resignation later on in that term, and his
second Vice-President Gerald Ford taking over the office of the Presidency.

By that time, the "news" that colored my perception of the events were Cheech
and Chong and Firesign Theater and the Watergate Comedy Hour albums I listened to, courtesy of an older brother.

By 1976, I was reading the hometown daily newspaper sporadically and saw the editorial cartoons parodying Gerald Ford's "Whip Inflation Now" program and the infamous WIN buttons. I was watching "Saturday Night Live" and seeing Chevy Chase portraying the "clumsy" Jerry Ford, falling down in the White House.

Our house was decorated in Bicentennial regalia as our country celebrated a year-long 200th birthday. I remember everyone gathering around the TV each evening for the Bicentennial Minute series shown every night on CBS. (After about 3 months, watching this "minute" of television seemed like too much time)

I remember an unknown peanut farmer and Governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter, running for President and capturing the hearts of the American people and spurring curiosity about what this young Democrat from the South would do to change the previous policies of 8 years of a Republican White House. I knew that he had "committed adultery in his heart", thanks to late night TV comedians.

He had a great smile, a soft voice and he loved his Momma. I liked Carter.

My parents voted for Carter.

As I headed toward high school graduation, Carter faced a foreign policy
nightmare when on November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran and took approximately seventy Americans captive. This terrorist act triggered the most profound crisis of the Carter presidency and began a diplomatic ordeal for Jimmy Carter. News reports aired nightly on the hostage crisis and the American people endured the crisis and empathize with the hostages' families for 444 days.

The beginning of the crisis and the American peoples' reaction reminds me today of our similar thoughts regarding the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center.

In May of 1980, I turned 18 years of age. I reluctantly registered for Selective Service at my local post office and went next door to City Hall and registered
to vote.

I graduated High School a week later and began a "last summer" before college. I could drink alcohol legally, I could smoke legally, I could drive, and plans of stardom filled my head. There were girls to date, parties to attend, and the summer was for squeezing in as much fun as possible. An upcoming Presidential election seemed years away.

How would I vote?

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave".
While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination;
"Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Last Honest Reporter? / "Getting Political"

Orson Scott Card is a science fiction writer, critic, columnist, memebr of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a confessed Democrat.

My scant research on the man revealed to me that along with his Democrat Party views, he holds many views of the conservative, Republican Party. He has been quoted as being a follower of Tony Blair and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. I suppose one could say Orson Card is a Liberal, but not too Liberal.

The reason I write all this is because of a recent article by Card criticizing the state of Journalism and its coverage of the Housing crisis and the upcoming Presidential Election.

"Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?" is an open letter to all of the nation's local newspapers and in effect, the national media machine and its seemingly orchestrated agenda of electing Barack Obama as our next President of the United States.

Quoting bits and pieces of the article doesn't do the author's rant any justice. So, I'm asking my readers to read the article and come back here and give me your opinion. Agree? Disagree? Attack the writer?

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave". While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; "Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Palin Versus Biden

The much anticipated Vice-Presidential Debate is less than hour away and I'll be watching.

Will Sarah Palin be able to answer questions with specific answers and not ramble? Will she remember the names of Heads of States of Third Party Countries?

Will Joe Biden be tough? Will he put his foot in his mouth? Will he ask paralyzed people to stand up and take a bow?

I'll be tuning in. Will You?

Comment and tell me who you thought won when it's over.


10:09 PM

I just finished watching the Vice-Presidential Debate between Sen. Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin.

In my opinion, both candidates exceeded expectations.

Sarah Palin spoke with humor, grace and showed a knowledge that she has seldom been credited with in the past few weeks.

Joe Biden defended his ticket with force and yet appeared friendly.

I would say that Sarah Palin proved that if she were not on the winning ticket in November that her political career would still be promising after her stint as Governor of Alaska was finished. She would make a powerful and effective Senator or Congressman for her home state and would likely rise in the Congress to effectively lead on committees and write good policy.

Joe Biden proved his career as a Senator would continue pass November 2008 if the Obama/Biden ticket were unsuccessful.

But on the whole, Joe Biden defended his ticket, his running mate and their proposed policies much more effectively than did Sarah Palin. I thought that I would come away from the debate saying Palin won. I still like Palin. But the point goes to Biden.

In my opinion, the debate was a close call, but the victory goes to Joe Biden.


Monday, September 29, 2008

Make Me Vote Obama / "Getting Political"

Make me vote for Barack Obama.

I'm a liberal. I'm a Democrat. It seems natural that I would want to vote for the new face of the Democratic Party. Liberals are supposed to be knee-jerk with their reactions--emotional. I should be ready, willing, and passionate about a candidate that promises hope and change away from the status quo. I'm not.

I need convincing.

Today marked the day that the Stock Market dropped over 700 points; the day that The House of Representatives voted against a bail-out plan for the Wall Street Mortgage crisis. Some are saying that today may mark the beginning of an economic depression that could surpass the Great Depression of 1929.

Here's the chance for all Obama supporters to convince me that he can make it better.

Tell me why I should vote for Barack Obama as our next President of the United States.

A few things first:

1. Don't use the words "change" or "hope".
2. Don't mention George W. Bush or "failed Bush policy."
3. Don't mention John McCain.

Remember, I'm a Liberal. I want to hear about some issues important to me; Health Care, Environmentalism, Alternative Energy, Education, Foreign policy.

Remember, I'm also kind of moderate. I still believe in The Constitution, free enterprise, and I just became eligible for a 401K program from my employer.

Can anybody convince me to vote for Barack Obama without using a "talking point" I've already heard. Specifically, why are YOU voting for him?

I'm a salesman--I can be sold. My problem is that nobody, including Barack Obama, is selling me on WHY I should vote for Obama. Yet, I get plenty of rhetoric on why I shouldn't vote for John McCain.

Give me some facts. Send me links to verify.

Somebody, please...make me vote for Barack Obama.

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave". While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; "Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin: Stand-Up Comedian? / "Getting Political"

As a self-professed "bleeding heart liberal", I'm watching the upcoming Presidential election with more than a passing interest. My candidate of choice has long since been vanquished in the primaries, and my political party's choice hasn't exactly "wowed" me as he did audiences earlier in his campaign.

Of course, I've heard that people on the other side of the spectrum weren't exactly enthused with their party's ultimate choice, at first. That is, until Senator John McCain chose as his Vice-Presidential running mate, a certain female, conservative, Governor of the State of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

I like Sarah Palin.

I've been listening to all the pundits analyze her, her personal life, her political career, her speeches, and her potential. Today, I received an email from Comedian Judy Carter directing me to a blog entry analyzing Palin as a Stand-Up Comedian.

Judy Carter wrote "The Comedy Bible" and "Comedy In A Box". She blogs irregularly at "Stand-Up Comedy Tips".

Judy has taken Sarah Palin's GOP Nomination acceptance speech and has analyzed the speech from a speechwriter and comic's point of view.

Sarah Palin’s Comedy Set at the RNC.

How VP Nominee Became a Candidate for the Improv

I may not agree with her politics, but Sarah Palin made me laugh. Whether you are Democrat, Republican or listing with Lieberman, all comics and speakers can learn from the comedy techniques used in Palin’s zingy speech at the Republican National Convention.

Palin used the Jay Leno strategy–keep them laughing–and got more laughs than a Vegas headliner. As a comedy coach and the author of "The Comedy Bible," it's worthwhile evaluating the way that the Republican nominee for VP avoided becoming a joke by telling jokes.

It shows the power of turning problems into punch lines.

It’s hard to question policy when you are laughing away your skepticism. "Read My Lipstick" packs a hell of a lot more punch than former Presidential candidate John Kerry's "27-Point Plan."....

So, Senator Barack Obama communicates his message through great oratory and Governor Palin uses some self-effacing comedy to win the hearts and minds of her party. Two different approaches, two different messages, and a hundred different policy differences--who will eventually bring the house down and close the show with a success? That remains to be seen.

Currently, it seems to me that the Obama/Biden ticket has entered the middle portion of the act. Not as good as the first 15 minutes, but supporters hope for a strong closing. The McCain/Palin act has had a good opening and seems to have hit their stride and found a rhythm with the audience. Do they have the material to stay on stage?

I'm reserving judgement.

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave". While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; "Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Make That Change

Oddly enough, tonight's blog entry has nothing to do with a politician talking about changes on a stage.

This video first came out over 20 years ago and the lyrics to the song were about changes we needed to make in our lives so that we could change the lives of people around us. The imagery displayed in the video was of problems, strife, and accomplishments that we had made over the previous 4 decades leading up to the end of the 1980s.

Funny thing is, is that the imagery conjured up by the accompanying lyrics today haven't changed much and no amount of rhetoric spoken from a stage can make any changes...it's still up to us.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Dave For President?


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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Keep Our Tanker In Mobile


Mobile, Alabama was chosen as the location by the U.S. Air Force and Northrop-Grumman and EADS were chosen to build the next generation of Tanker Aircraft, The KC-45.

Boeing is contesting the decision as unfair.

If the process was "fair" before Boeing lost, then it's fair AFTER they lost.

Every State in the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States could benefit from this contract. Many Vendors will be chosen to support the production of this aircraft. This project could have long-lasting benefits for the Gulf Coast area and beyond.

I support the project and the decision to build it in Mobile, Alabama.


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Friday, January 25, 2008

Presidential Calculator / "Getting Political"

In my "day job", I spend a considerable amount of time driving. Thus, I spend a considerable time listening to the radio. For part of the day, that means listening to some "talk radio".

Most of my readers know that I'm a liberal. I'm a Democrat. But, I listen to conservative talk radio.

I think Glenn Beck can be hilarious and enjoyable to listen to. I admire Rush Limbaugh's analysis of the political scene; and I think Todd Schnitt is much more moderate in his rants than sometimes expected. And yeah, I do still YELL at the radio when they say stuff I totally disagree with. I do draw the line at listening to Michael Savage--he's a loon.

I suppose you could equate my listening to these right-wing conservatives as "liberal re-con" or getting inside the mind of "the enemy". And surprisingly, sometimes...just sometimes...I agree with or understand their viewpoints. It keeps me open and informed.

All of these radio hosts with their considerable talent "on loan from God" are brought to me daily on my radio through area radio station, WBUV News Radio 104.9. WBUV's website alerted me to an interesting tool I would like to tell you about.

If you listen to "talk radio", read political blogs or watch the evening news, you may be aware that voters for the 2008 Presidential Primaries are frustrated with both political parties' roster of available candidates. The statements rise often: "I'm just not sure who to vote for" or "I don't want to vote for any of them" or "I just don't see a clear choice."

So, how do you make a choice between Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards? Is John McCain really going to be better than Mike Huckabee? Is Mitt Romney more conservative for me than Rudy Giuliani?

Now, you can match your stance on the issues with the candidates by using the Presidential Calculator from VA JOE.COM

VA JOE aims to be your source for all things military. They are building a community of military servicemembers, veterans and retirees from all branches of the armed forces, along with their spouses and families.

The Presidential Calculator gives you a list of 24 top issues in the 2008 campaign. The issues range from Abortion Rights and Assault Weapons Ban to The Fair Tax and Internet Neutrality. You pick your stand on each issue and gauge its importance to you. If you are unsure of your stance, you can read a very well written, yet brief summary of the issue and objective views "for" or "against" the topic. Then you have the calculator match you to the candidate that best supports and defends your interests.

You shouldn't let the calculator TELL you who to vote for; but it does give you the percentages of what candidates best suit you. From there, you can do further research on the candidate.

I took the calculator test knowing full well that MY candidate would be certainly confirmed by the answers I plugged in. I was shocked to find that The Calculator had another candidate in mind. My candidate only matched 77% with my concerns. You can bet that I did some further reading on my choices, although I'm still not sure I agree with the Calculator's results. I can also tell you that my wife's original choice was not who the Calculator chose, either. But, her Calculator match was certainly a surprise for us. (Don't worry...it's liberal; wayyyyyy liberal)

On February 5, 2008, 24 states go to the polls to pick their parties' candidate for the General Election. I encourage you to try out The Presidential Calculator and then do your research. Pick a candidate that best suits your convictions and your vision of where you want America to be. You may think there is no "clear choice", but it is your duty to make the most clear and informed choice.

And hey...if you'd like; come back here after you use The Calculator and let me know who you were going to vote for, what the Calculator showed you, and if it affects your choice.

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave". While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; "Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Super Tuesday or Fat Tuesday? / "Getting Political"


For the first time in many years, Alabama is holding a statewide Presidential Preference Primary Election on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, also known nationally as "Super Tuesday" since a number(23) of other states will be conducting similar elections on the same date.

For Mobile County, however, February 5, 2008, represents another "super" day known as Mardi Gras Day! As you can imagine, it would be very difficult to hold an election in Mobile County on Mardi Gras Day when as many as 200,000 people are in the streets along with floats, beads, candy and moon pies, schools are closed, and most public offices and buildings are closed throughout the County!

To address this situation, Mobile County voters will be allowed an Early Voting Day on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, whereby you may vote at your regular neighborhood precinct. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No vote totals will be posted at the precincts on that day

If you cannot or do not vote on January 30, 2008, you will have an additional opportunity to do so on February 5, 2008 – Mardi Gras Day – at the Main Office of the Mobile County Revenue Commissioner, 3925 Michael Blvd. at Azalea Road in Mobile, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. This will be the only voting center open on Mardi Gras Day. All election results will be tabulated on the evening of February 5, 2008 after closure of the voting center.

If you will be unable to cast your ballot in person on either January 30th or February 5th, you may apply for an absentee ballot by calling the Absentee Election Office at 574-6400 or by visiting their office at 205 Government Street on the First Floor of the Mobile Government Plaza building. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for either election day is January 25, 2008.

I've heard of all kinds of "special elections", to replace resigning incumbents, or deceased office holders; but this is the first time I have heard of scheduling an election around a party.

Mobile County and neighboring Baldwin County petitioned the Alabama State Legislature for special permission for the January 30th option. Each county will carry out the option in a different manner. While Mobile County will vote at all regular polling places on January 30 and just ONE polling place on February 5th--Baldwin County will have just ONE polling place on January 30th and will have all regular polling places open on February 5th.

At least this will cut down on voters showing up at the polls drunk, topless, and asking for polling workers to throw them some Mardi Gras beads.

Stick around, I'll have another entry of "Getting Political" tomorrow.

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave". While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; "Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Here's To "The Dream"


Tuesday, November 7, 2006

My Vote Counted / "Getting Political"

I Love Election Day! I love to vote. Granted, Election Day is not as fun as Christmas, and it doesn't come around as often, but I get giddy when I vote.

I spend the day asking everyone, "Didja, vote?" "Have you voted yet?" "Are you going to go vote?" I'm obnoxious.

Which is why I can't understand why anyone would choose NOT to vote.

I think I work with some intelligent people. People that handle Medicare and Medical Insurance billing, salesmen to physicians, pharmacists, pharmacist's techs, and wealthy business owners.

So, who votes at my office?

My wife, myself, one delivery driver, and one repair guy. (but, he only votes during Presidential elections)

That's right folks, I took an informal poll today at work and found out that there is one woman that not only does not vote, but has NEVER even registered to vote. She's 45 years old!

When I asked another employee who he was voting for in the Alabama Governor's race, he asked, "Who is our Governor, anyway?"

Most of the employees' attitude was the tired excuse that, "My vote doesn't really count."

C'mon people! It counts.

Votes For, Votes Against: they all get counted, analyzed, researched. Margins of lost, and margins of win determine a candidate's or elected official's strategy, platform, and message to the masses.

Even if you decide to NOT mark an unopposed candidate's box, tells the candidate the ratio of actual voters to his number of votes. Something I'm sure he takes notice of for his next re-election bid. It tells the opposing party whether they may need to mount an opponent the next time.

Yeah, I know, it seems like the guy with all the money always wins. Why? Because he has more supporters. If you vote against him, you narrow the lines, you decrease the money he may receive next time. And...and...if you donate to his opponent AND vote for said opponent; guess what? The opponent wins. Your Vote Counts!

So, I voted today. It Counted.

I did not vote straight party lines.

But, I did change one long-standing trait of being a Southern voter. The trait is really not indicative of the South, but it's strong in the region.

It's the habit of voting for long-term incumbents in the Legislature, in order to have a more powerful state representation on Senate and Congressessional committees. Long-term incumbents tend to provide extra "pork" to their home state, that helps the state overall. But this practice does not always help the country overall.

This election, I bucked that tradition in favor of voting for a representative that I identify with on issues nationally, rather than what he may solely provide locally.

I have no dreams that the incumbent will be defeated, but again, my vote may show support for a more viable candidate in the future. Yep, my vote will still count.

So, didja vote today?

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave". While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; "Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Reach Out And Spy Someone

Image via BoingBoing
Thanks Wil


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Alticor Media Blog Fighting Back / "Getting Political"

It's an odd feeling, having others who don't know our company make claims about us in the course of the Michigan governor's race. Opinions are one thing, and everyone's entitled to them. But we do not intend to sign over ownership of the facts.

--Alticor Media Blog

I don't have a dog in the hunt for Michigan's new governor, but I do recognize a problem candidate Dick DeVos may have.

In order to tout his credentials for running the state of Michigan, he has to rely on his experience with running the multi-billion dollar Alticor Corporation.

On the other side, in order to run a multi-billion dollar corporation; Alticor has to maintain somewhat of a distance from "politics" and protect its own name and practices despite it's president running for Governor.

Alticor Media Blog is on the defensive/offensive with two recent articles "clarifying" issues brought up by Candidate DeVos.

The first involves their operations in China and the investment of money in that pursuit and how it might affect US and local Michigan jobs.

The second covers an issue over a DeVos quote about manufacturing in India via Amway India.

DeVos made the comment that Alticor did not have manufacturing facilities overseas except in China,

"With the exception of the China plant that has been so carefully exposed, thanks to my friends at the Democrat Party, who've helped us to tell that story, about the fact that we have a plant in China, despite that, having that plant there, and I'd be happy to address that issue in particular, we have no other manufacturing facilities outside the United States."

Well, Michigan Dems say this is a lie. Alticor and Amway DO manufacture in India. The Dems' article does not explain that the China plant is owned by Alticor and that the India operations use a contracted third-party facility, much like Alticor's own Access Business Group facility.

Alticor's Media Blog explains the discrepancy.

As I said, I'm not really following the Michigan race closely as it has little to do with my local political scene, (except for that keen sense that DeVos' governor bid may be a prelude to a national contest in the future) so my opinion means very little.

But, I do think that Alticor may be experiencing a touch of what Quixtar and Amway distributors go through. As IBOs we are often judged by other less-than-reputable IBO actions or we are plagued by "an Amway image" problem.

Alticor may be scrambling to quickly dispel any stumble a candidate may make that brings a bad light on the company itself. How do you tell the boss that you don't want him to lose the business while he may be winning the political race?

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave". While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; "Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.


Thursday, April 20, 2006

"Dave's Getting Political"/Introduction

Welcome to a fledgling new feature at "On The Road With Dave" called
"Dave's Getting Political".

As a self-described "bleeding heart, tree-hugging, liberal"; I usually stay out of the political arena with my blogging efforts for several reasons.

1) I write a lot about the Multi-level Marketing Industry and Quixtar, which are predominately populated by members of the GOP.

2) Politics is a volatile subject with many divergent trains of thoughts; and I have a fragile ego, that could easily be upset if I offended my readers and they in turn decide I'm not worth reading.

3) Politics is a volatile subject with many divergent trains of thought; and I simply don't have the knowledge to discuss or debate them all intelligently.


I have from time to time made my political beliefs known to my readers. I certainly have tried to insert my social causes, thoughts, and stances into some of my blog entries. And, I have tried to give my readers a glimpse into my moral compass by some of my favorite "Sunday Thoughts".

Since, a great deal of the blogging world is made up of personal opinion and rants; I think I can rant and opine with the rest of them. Also as a fledgling comedian, much comedy material is derived from political topics, and so if I shall rant occasionally on stage, then ranting in blog form should also be available to me.

So, we're gonna try it out on a semi-regular basis and see how it works. Stick around.

"Getting Political" is a semi-regular feature of "On The Road With Dave". While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; "Getting Political" allows him to stretch that imagination.


Friday, August 13, 2004

My Political Affiliations

There seems to be some confusion going on about political parties, political ideologies, and even religious affiliations; and how they relate to Quixtar IBOs.

Apparently, because some of the large Lines of Sponsorship in Quixtar are vocal about their Republican affiliation and their strong religious convictions; most outside the Quixtar world believe these things to be true of all IBOs.

One recent blogger has gone on record as saying (paraphrasing)that if you are against Quixtar, then you must be a commie pinko liberal Democrat.

Well, I'm not against Quixtar. But, neither am I a Republican.

In case anyone is wondering about MY affiliations, here's the scoop.

1) I'm a registered Democrat.

2) I'm morally against abortion as a means of mere birth control, but I stand behind the Supreme Court.

3) I grew up in a fundamental Christian faith rooted in the Restoration Movement, but I am a "student" of religious history, and do not blindly go with theological doctrine on all matters.

4) I believe in prayer, just not led by anyone in our schools. If you were Jewish, would you want your child to be led in a Christian prayer, in Jesus's name?

5) I believe that every American should have affordable health care provided for them

6)I believe oil companies are gouging the American public.

7)I believe that environmentalism is a good thing, and should not be counterproductive to business, but embraced.

8)I disagree with PETA, but defend their right to take that stand.

9)Michael Moore makes great movies.

10)Rosie Perez is a "hottie". (okay, that's a universal truth, not just my own)

Will any of these beliefs of mine affect how I do business? Sure. They will attract some people and repel others. That's the nature of owning a business.

Yes, I may be a tree-hugging, ACLU-defending, liberal whack-job, Democrat, but I'm also a Quixtar IBO. And as long as I conduct my business properly, that is okay with the folks at Quixtar Corporation. We have the Right to Differ.


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