Standing for Last Man Standing

This ain’t Walt Disney’s company any more. It really hasn’t been for some time. I don’t think that is news to anyone who has been paying attention. The recent examples of Disney CEO Bob Iger choosing to put political correctness and possibly his own political aspirations ahead of the interests of maximizing stockholders’ value and carrying forward the legacy of Walt Disney prompted me to compose this post.

Walt Disney

I have tremendous respect and admiration Walt Disney and all he accomplished and created for the company that now bears his name. His influence on entertainment and technology in the 20th century and beyond is second to none. That has not changed. I do believe he would have steered the company in a different direction than it has been headed the last several years. That is pure speculation on my part but it is based on a pretty good understanding of who Walt Disney was and the values he wanted his company to promote.

I remember…

I remember a time when parents could turn the TV to The Disney Channel and trust they would get wholesome family entertainment for their children to watch. That is no longer the case.

I remember a time when you could go to Walt Disney World and expect to have a family experience without alcohol and the issues that often arise where this is served. That is no longer the case.

I remember a time when you could take your family to a Disney movie based on a classic fairy tale with confidence it would be wholesome family entertainment with a moral lesson or two, good would defeat evil and the ending would be “happily ever after”. That is no longer the case either.

I think I remember when ESPN covered sporting events and the commentary was related to the sporting event and its participants, not that particular announcer’s political or social agenda. That has not been the case for some time and was part of reason for the recent ESPN layoffs.

Nostalgic

I admit it. I am nostalgic for those earlier times and am sad they will never return. I am one of those people who could spend the entire day on Main Street USA in Walt Disney World and consider that a wonderful day. There is a lot of truth in this Walt Disney quote.

“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old.” ~ Walt Disney

Maybe a lot of people do actually believe this quote but misunderstand its meaning. He didn’t mean people should act like a 12-year-old. There are a lot of people doing that. He meant if more people lived with the wonder, curiosity, innocence and sense of fun of a 12-year-old the world would be a better place.

Meanwhile back to the reason for this post

In case you missed it ABC recently announced the cancellation of its 3rd highest rated show after it had received its highest ratings ever in the most recent season. That show was one of my favorites I looked forward to watching every week and it is called Last Man Standing.

As a…

As a Disney stockholder, I am angry because ABC cancelled their 3rd highest rated show without even entering into negotiations with Fox. This was not a good business decision for Disney or its stockholders. Shows with high ratings bring in high advertising revenue. That is good for business.

to cancel the show as it obviously does not line up with the corporate liberal philosophy of Disney and its subsidiaries. When giving the show a less than desirable time slot on Friday night, which it proceeded to dominate, didn’t work they had to do something.

As a Christian, father and conservative I am sad characters like Mike Baxter can no longer be portrayed positively in today’s entertainment world and especially on a Walt Disney Company network. Mike Baxter is a successful businessman, a husband, a Christian, a father with a sense of humor and also a conservative. Not all family members share his conservative beliefs. Yet, they work through their differences and all get along and support each other as families should do, despite their differences.

That says a lot about ABC and the society we live in today.

What if this was still Walt and Roy’s company? What would they do?

I believe Walt would have looked at the traditional family being portrayed and the fact it was entertainment the entire family could watch, laugh with, learn from and even cry with from time to time. That IS the Walt Disney entertainment brand legacy. The decision would have been a no-brainer for him. Politics would not have been a consideration at all and he only considered the financial details after the entertainment criteria was met. Then he would have told Roy to make the finances work. Unlike many of their other ventures, this one would have also been a no-brainer for Roy. ‘It’s our 3rd highest rated show on the network.’ He would have probably done his due diligence to see if terms could be improved and then he would have gladly given it his approval and stamped it RENEWED.

Sorry, just my nostalgia kicking in again. Now back to today.

Petition to save Last Man Standing

There is a petition at Change.org to Save Tim Allen’s Show “Last Man Standing” with almost 350,000 signatures when I last checked so I know I am not the only one who feels the same way about the cancellation of this show. I really don’t expect ABC to bring this show back but am hopeful some other network might. It would have to be done soon because I expect the actors are now all looking for new work or getting an opportunity to do something they have had on hold due to working on the series. They are all professionals and will all be fine. I will be fine too. It is a TV show after all. I just wanted to share my thoughts on the illogical business decision and true motivation behind this cancellation.

We all have choices

As a consumer, I realize a 55-year-old white male is probably not the primary target market for the sponsors of this show but this is one viewer from that demographic who is seeing fewer and fewer of any ads on Disney, ABC and ESPN networks. The Walt Disney Company and its advertisers have choices and so do I. I am sure my one consumer vote is not a concern of Disney or its sponsors.  It is obvious, however, based on over 350,000 people, so far, taking the time to sign an online petition I am not the only one who feels this way. Maybe our collective stand for Last Man Standing will be noticed.

Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 5/19/2017

Time for choosing…again

On November 8th the United States of America will once again choose its next President. Some have made this decision more complex than it really needs to be. I cannot and will not try to tell anyone who to vote for. I wouldn’t expect you to listen or keep reading if I did. I can, however, share some of my thoughts on the election and try to simplify the choice we will be making on Election Day.

Since I published this post I have read and seen a few more articles from others that shared the same theme but expressed it much better or more detailed than I did so I have included links to those at the end of this post. Continue reading Time for choosing…again

Well Done Enterprise! Don’t stop now!

we-are-enterprise-logoYou know how you see athletes interviewed after an important victory and they are asked how they feel? Their answer is often something like, “It hasn’t sunk in yet“. That is exactly how I felt last month when we learned the election results from the city elections in Enterprise and it lasted a good week at least for me. Continue reading Well Done Enterprise! Don’t stop now!

Time for Choosing in Enterprise

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The choices in front of you are:

  1.  Re-elect the status quo with the same people who have been running Enterprise for years, some out front and others behind the scenes, the way they see fit. This includes a mayor who warns citizens when they simply ask for information that is public and owned by the people he works for, a city council who says they are “as transparent as they need to be” and an environment where speaking freely about city issues is squelched.
  2. Elect new faces, perspectives, ideas and leadership that will work to provide a more transparent and open city government that will make all financial and other information conveniently available, address the issues facing Enterprise honestly, will welcome and listen to input from citizens and will create an environment where speaking freely is encouraged.

The decision looks pretty straightforward to me but it is up to you, the citizens of Enterprise.

If you need to refresh your memory

I expect most of you have already made up your mind as to who you are going to vote for. However, if you do want to review any of the information I have shared here in the last 3+ years beginning with A City Divided on 7/5/2013 there are a couple of ways you can do that on my website. There is a Search Peculiar Perspective box just below Recent Comments where you can enter any word or name you want to find. This will show the blog posts where that search term is mentioned and does work pretty well. Underneath this there is a Category drop-down list where if you select the Local category that should provide most of the blogs related to all things Enterprise.

If you are viewing this on a computer you should see these options in the sidebar to the left. If you are viewing this on your mobile device you just need to keep scrolling down below the current post to find these options.

It will take action to make change happen

It will take action on your part if any change is to be realized. Sitting at home and expecting “someone else” to do it rarely works in your favor. Going to the Rec Center Tuesday and voting for the candidates of your choice is your opportunity to individually and collectively stand up and make changes in Enterprise if that is what you desire.

2012 Elections

In the last city election in 2012 three councilmen and the mayor ran unopposed and in the two council seats that were contested the margin of victory in District 2 was 155 votes and in District 3 was 106 votes. You can refresh your memory here Enterprise Incumbent Council Remains if you are interested.

The numbers needed for new leadership to be elected in Enterprise are well within reach for you, the Silenced Majority in Enterprise, if you decide to act.

Don’t miss this opportunity

I hope you never neglect your privilege and your responsibility to VOTE whenever you have that opportunity! Many have died so you can exercise this privilege. Until that day arrives, don’t neglect your opportunity to get involved and help bring about the change you seek. The next city election is Tuesday.

Take the action Tuesday that will allow you to say on Wednesday “I am glad I did” instead of “I wish I had.”

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Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 08/22/2016

Enterprise Works

350px-boll_weevil_monumentLadies and gentlemen I will tell you, contrary to what the mayor says at the top of his ad in the Southeast Sun Wednesday, Enterprise works because the people of Enterprise work, not the mayor.

I was surprised at the arrogance and utter disregard for the people of Enterprise conveyed in his ad. I have been told this arrogance exists and witnessed it on occasion (You Can’t Please Everyone and Loud and Clear are two examples) but seeing it displayed in an ad that is trying to get people to vote for him was unexpected.

Enterprise WORKS. Because Mayor Kenneth Boswell WORKS.

I disagree. Continue reading Enterprise Works

Huge Contrast in District 3

350px-boll_weevil_monumentI was reading the Southeast Sun online today and noticed all of the campaign ads, which is to be expected. Next Tuesday, August 23rd, is the day Enterprise will choose who will be serving as mayor and city council for the next 4 years. Anyone who reads what I write here should not be confused as to what I would do if I had a vote.

However, just in case any of you are confused and I don’t get to mention it again before next Tuesday here is the executive summary, I would not vote for anyone running for RE-election and for Mayor, since there are 3 candidates, I would vote for Milton Shipman. Continue reading Huge Contrast in District 3

Drive-by bail bondsman

350px-boll_weevil_monumentDrive-by media “journalism” is nothing more than sensationalizing a story, sometimes news, sometimes not, for the purpose of playing on the emotions of the audience to advance an agenda. After the initial story has achieved the intended effect they move on, ignoring facts discovered later that often completely contradict or prove the original story false. The damage has been done and the intended effect achieved. If they ever do post a follow-up story providing the factual information it is often buried and never has the same prominence as the original false story. Then they keep moving or drive by on to their next “story”.

A recent example of this was brought to my attention this week with the source being an area bail bondman who also has a website. Continue reading Drive-by bail bondsman

Hire Your Boss Day

350px-boll_weevil_monumentIt will be Hire Your Boss Day 2016 in Enterprise for hundreds of city employees on August 23rd. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the opportunity you have this year and don’t miss it. It is one that doesn’t even come along every 4 years in Enterprise.

Bad Bosses

For those of us who work in the private sector if we have a bad boss, we normally have three choices. Continue reading Hire Your Boss Day

Ominous Clouds

350px-boll_weevil_monumentIt is heating up in Enterprise

After all it is July in South Alabama. However the weather is not the only thing heating up. Election season is in full swing and is heating up as well. I suspect the bullying and intimidation I wrote about in The Silenced Majority has only intensified as the prospect that some are losing their grip on the reins of Enterprise has become a real possibility.

Ominous Clouds

Those ominous clouds of intimidation that have existed in Enterprise for years can be rolled away if the people of Enterprise are ready to make that happen. Continue reading Ominous Clouds

Talked with the Mayor

350px-boll_weevil_monumentI had a conversation with the Mayor the other night. It was an informative conversation, at least for me. It was an honor to talk with a true patriot who has served our country admirably for many years and is now serving our community. Enterprise is fortunate to have a man of his caliber willing and motivated to be a servant leader with the best interests of all its citizens at heart. If that surprises you, keep reading… Continue reading Talked with the Mayor