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January 26, 2015

The folks we spoke to told us loud and clear:  they don’t buy anything that Belichick is saying.  In fact – his press conference is more like a “what not to do” in communications.  Here’s the breakdown…

 

SHOCK?  We are in awe that he would expect us to believe that he was shocked to learn about the situation.  Why would he lead with his reaction to the accusations?  He should have gone straight to the heart of the matter.  No one believed that he was shocked to learn the news… or that he had no knowledge.  No one that we spoke to.  Anywhere.

 

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January 22, 2015

 

This year, the White House’s approach to the State of the Union was different than it has been in the past. Instead of guarding the content and tone of the President’s address, it was freely shared. The State of the Union “striptease” as the media started to call it.

 

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January 22, 2015

By now I am sure you have read about the unfortunate New England Patriots “deflate-gate” debacle.  Before I start, I just want to make it completely clear that I have absolutely no dog in this fight. I’m from the teamless state of Hawai’i, thus am woefully unaligned to any pro sports team. So for all you Pats fans, please tag someone else in your hate-tweets. May I suggest whoever’s in charge of inflating your balls.

 

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January 22, 2015

How did the SOTU resonate--or not--with the American people? Lee Carter joins FOX & Friends' Brian Kilmeade with the answer.

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January 21, 2015

Imagine a TV salesman says that as you read this, your friend from college, who you’ve always rather unsecretly had a kind of semi-twisted bromantic rivalry with, is getting a much bigger TV than you. Also much, um, crisper. Where the blacks are blacker or some nonsense.

 

Perhaps a few people would shout “Ohhhhhh no. Trevor is NOT upstaging me, TV-wise!” These people are mostly sitcom husbands.

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January 21, 2015

We gave our advice to President Obama and now that he has delivered his sixth State of the Union address, we have some feedback on language we loved and language that made us wonder whether what we heard was what he really meant to say.  

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January 20, 2015

It’s that time of the year again.  No, not THAT time…  We aren’t here to talk football.  But some might say we’re talking about the Super Bowl of speeches.  That’s right.  You guessed it!  It’s time for the State of the Union address. The time where language geeks everywhere (or at least here) get pretty excited…  We can’t wait to hear what the President has to say. 

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January 15, 2015

Michael Maslansky joined Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor to discuss the phenomenon of Google today. Michael and Bill discuss both the influence on our lives it has, as well as how it operates as an often unsourced and privately managed information provider.

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January 14, 2015

Office moves can be great for office morale—everyone likes new spaces and a chance to start fresh.  But they can also be a little dangerous.  Someone always seems to take the opportunity to criticize everyone else’s messy desks and less-than-hygienic habits.

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January 14, 2015

Coaching 8th graders to pitch a new shoe to Nike isn’t exactly something that happens every day at m+p.  But this past December, our entire company found ourselves doing just that – with over fifty 8th graders!  

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