I’ve been to a number of these gatherings since. They’ve featured speakers ranging from US congressmen, state representatives and senators to nationally respected authors and diplomats. I’ve been as intrigued and fascinated with Deb as much as any of her featured speakers.
This is a very busy lady. In addition to her business, political, organizing and oratory skills she’s an author, who has a book coming out his fall. She’s also a keynote speaker who lectures about management techniques. For 25 years, she created and led sales and marketing organizations within Fortune technology companies such as AT&T, IBM, and Arrow Electronics.
In 2015, she moved beyond the business world and founded “We the People”, now a 500-member grassroots organization based on Amelia Island that attracts attention throughout northeast Florida.
“I created We the People with a mission to rebuild traditional American values; encourage critical thinking; foster respectful, healthy dialog on matters of importance to our community, state and nation; and motivate citizens to vote,” she explains.
This outspoken and articulate lady, who also found time last year to head up the Amelia Island Women’s Newcomers Club, doesn’t hold back. When she’s passionate about a subject she speaks her mind. For example, she recently hit back at what she feels is the overwhelming power of wealthy technology firms to restrict speech and dictate political thinking. Here’s what she had to say to friends online:
“I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty sick and tired of Google and Facebook restricting and/or suppressing content that doesn’t support their political agenda.
It’s bad enough that the mainstream media routinely chooses to not report on a wide variety of newsworthy items of the day. It’s bad enough that they report, over and over again, fake news created by unverifiable sources. At least we know they do this and at least we have a few alternative resources for news (i.e. OANN, Fox Business, Drudge Report, etc.). But when the one resource most of the world uses to research just about everything under the sun, Google, admits to controlling what we see or don’t see, that’s it.
Check out this article about an undercover video released by Project Veritas:
I cannot knowingly utilize services that use such Nazi and/or Communist regime-style tactics.
So, here is my first action step: I will be removing myself from Facebook [I’m tired of being hacked. I’m tired of my friends’, family and We the People members’ Facebook accounts being hacked. I’m tired of Facebook making it increasingly difficult for their users to report and get resolution on such issues while they benefit financially by “sharing” our data with whomever they choose in exchange for beaucoup bucks in ad and other streams of business revenue].
To those of you who are my Facebook friends, my pulling the plug on Facebook is nothing personal against you. I still “like” you. We’ll just have to utilize other means to communicate going forward.
Next action step: Finding alternatives to Google’s services will be a challenge of a whole different magnitude [I’m using Google’s Gmail to communicate with you right now]. They know they have us hamstrung. But no one, not even Google, is too big to fail. This is something I will have to start working on.
It will be interesting to see how Prager U’s lawsuit against Google, scheduled for August 27th in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, plays out.
Here’s to our first amendment rights.”
As I said, Ms. Boelkes doesn’t hold back. While toiling in the corporate world she was equally candid. She dedicated herself to what she explains was “transforming the American business world into a better place, one where employees could thrive and anticipate going to work daily.” Outside the corporate arena she continued that mission by founding “Business World Rising” a decade ago to accelerate the advancement of high-potential leaders to the top of “Best Place to Work” organizations.
To get on her mailing list for “We the People” sessions go to Deb.Boelkes@BWRising.com or call Deb at 904/310-9602. The next session will be Monday, August 5, 5-7 p.m. at Deb’s and husband Chris’s home, 11 Sound Point Court (in Long Point on the Plantation) and feature Supervisor of Elections of Nassau County, Vicki P. Cannon, who will discuss “Election Security, Safeguards, and Misinformation.” Unlike the local far-left sessions populated by loud, screeching, fist-shaking, uninformed activists, attendees at “We the People” are a diverse, articulate, polite crowd respectful of opposing opinions and free speech.
Deb’s book — “The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a ‘Best Place to Work’ Culture” – will be released this fall. She collaborated with renowned psychiatrist and international best-selling author, Dr. Mark Goulston, in its writing. “The WOW Factor Workplace” includes candid, in-depth interviews with over a dozen notable leaders from award winning “Best Places to Work” – organizations with products, services and camaraderie so amazing that the best, brightest and most talented people line up to get in them,” she says. The book, she claims, also offers an abundance of helpful advice and action steps useful at any step on the career ladder.
“Now with the US economy at near full employment, and with a talented workers’ market upon us, the book that will help organizations of any kind become better places to work,” she adds. Go to http://www.BusinessWorldRising.com for book details.
This is an amazing lady.
Who Pays For This Craziness? The loopy Democrat presidential candidates advocating free stuff such as a college education leave out a few details. If the American electorate loses its collective mind and actually votes one of these loons into the Oval Office, that means the American taxpayer will be forced to foot the bill for a neighbor’s college-bound slacker kid even though their own kid may opt not to attend. I guess we’ll also pick up the tab for coaches salaries including University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban’s $8.3 million-dollar annual paycheck; university presidents’ generous multimillion-dollar annual renumeration; and salaries for tenured professors who spend just a few hours a month in a classroom and earn in excess of $200,000 annually. If, as wacky Bernie Sanders and equally nutty Elizabeth Warren say, college will be free if they are elected, then I assume all money brought in by the college athletic departments will be turned over the federal government to help foot the bill. To keep costs low, maybe they should put everybody at the universities on their proposed minimum $15 an hour wage plan. How can anybody take these people seriously?
The Best Place To Lose Your Wallet: Researchers turned in more than 17,000 wallets containing varying amounts of money at public and private institutions in 355 cities in 40 countries around the world to measure whether people would report the wallets to their owners.” The lowest rate of reporting was in China; of the top 10 “honest” countries, nine were European. Researchers found that in virtually all countries people were more likely to return wallets that contained the most money. Source: Science via Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
Ammunition For Thought: If you’ve been listening to the Democrat presidential candidates you’ve heard their opposition to guns and the Second Amendment. Their stand enables violent, immoral and intellectually bankrupt social-justice warriors screaming to prevent others from bearing arms with which to defend themselves from groups of left-wing vicious extremists.
Think about the black-masked Antifa thugs brutally attacking conservative gatherings; leftist college campus groups chasing and beating right-wing conservative speakers; Democrat representatives like Maxine Waters calling for public harassment of administration officials while their leaders like Nancy Pelosi say nothing; the hounding of Trump cabinet members, elected Republican representatives and administration spokespeople out of restaurants; leftist groups harassing conservative radio and TV show hosts and their families at their homes; staffers of Democrat congressional representatives releasing the home addresses of Republican senators and representatives; the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise; the violent anti-police screeds and destruction of property by Black Lives Matter; appearances by Democrats with the vile anti-Semitic white-hater Louis Farrakhan, and the disgusting race-baiter Al Sharpton, and so much more.
These violent loons shriek in outrage about plastic straws while defending the nasty Rep. Ilhan Omar’s, (D-MI) incessant anti-Semitic and pro-Islamic terrorism remarks such as describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an incident in which “some people did something” and promoting a boycott of Israel. The other vile Minnesota anti-Semite, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), emphasizes her anti-Jewish diatribe saying: “There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports.” She left out that during World War II the Palestinian leaders allied with Hitler and that they reacted with the same notions about wiping out the Jewish people. How did these despicable anti-American loons get in the driver’s seat of the Democrat Party bus?
Antifa hijacked the name of a German organization known as Antifaschistische Aktion, a front for the Communist Party in Germany, a group spawned in Moscow and known for political repression, and violence. It was banned in Germany in 1956 by the same court that prohibits pro-Nazi organizations in that country. But they’re going strong here as these half-baked fascist idiots forcibly suppress its opposition. Law enforcement in sanctuary cities is nonexistent as exemplified by the Portland, Oregon Police Department that stands by and watches as the Antifi thugs beat bystanders senseless.
Based on the spittle-flecked speeches from leftists like recently elected fruitcake Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, wannabe Democrat presidential nominees Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, etc. it’s obvious the left — wild with hate and spite — will launch frenzied attacks on anyone and anything they fear, distrust or dislike. They’ve become a frightening, unreasonable, leaderless, vigilante mob and nobody is safe. These are very scary people.
Drinking, Dining & Dancing: Local Marketplace columnist Steve Nicklas reports that “the always bustling crowd at Espana Restaurant (22 South 4th Street, 904/261-7700) had emptied out by 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when a phone call arrived. It was a request from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to accommodate a special guest. ‘They said it was a bigwig,’ recalled Espana owner Roberto Pestana. The bigwig turned out to be Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones – in town for a concert tonight (Friday, July 19) at TIAA Bank Field.’It’s the highlight of my career,’ says Roberto, who has entertained other notable celebrities like Fergie. ‘He was very approachable, very cool. There was nothing snooty about him.’ When he learned that Roberto’s wife was attending the concert Jagger upgraded her seats. According to Steve, Jagger’s quiet appearance at Espana is the latest by hungry celebrities. Faith Hill, Demi Moore, John Travolta and Michael Jackson have all been there he says. Steve’s columns can be found at SteveNicklasMarketplace.com. A friend of mine recently dined at a popular area restaurant and ordered what the menu listed as a ribeye steak at “market price” then suffered “sticker shock” when the bill arrived following the meal. He said, “………..when specials are verbally delivered (without prices) and I order the ‘ribeye’ – I just assumed it was priced for the planet earth. I’ve never in my life had a $50 cut of beef on Amelia Island. This won’t happen again. The sides were fries with Parmesan cheese (didn’t eat them) and a broccoli floret wrapped with a piece of bacon.” I tend to side with my friend, as I certainly would not order a fifty-buck steak, except maybe on a corporate expense account, but I probably would have asked what the “market price” was before ordering. While shopping in one of the three local grocery stores the other day I thought about my pal’s 50-dollar ribeye and decided just for fun to put together a ribeye steak dinner for four based on the store’s prices. When I visited this grocery ribeye steaks were on sale for $7.99 a pound. I found russet potatoes for 69 cents a pound and asparagus for $2.99 a pound. At these prices I figured I could feed four people at my house providing each person a grilled 16-ounce ribeye, a baked potato and a quarter pound of grilled asparagus for a total of $40.09. Since I haven’t hit the $50 mark, I’ll add a tossed salad of romaine lettuce, with slivered carrots and grape tomatoes. And because I’m a generous host I’ll toss in two bottles of Trader Joe’s “Three-buck Chuck” Merlot, bringing my total to $49.39, but since I’m trying to stay under the $50 Market Price, the Champagne flute of raspberry sorbet topped with crème de cassis is on the house. I have no idea where the restaurant gets its beef, if it’s aged, comes from Kobe Japanese mooing cows, or whatever, and I’m sure that’s a factor in its pricing. So is overhead, such as electric, water, servers, rent, etc., still 50 bucks for a 14-ounce steak seems pricey to me, and I think the server should have told him the price when he ordered. But, maybe I need to get out more. Earlier this week I drove by a restaurant and pub I haven’t frequented in quite some time and decided to check it out to see what’s new. I pulled up a stool at the spacious but empty upstairs bar and was informed — only after I asked — by the heavily (arms, hands, fingers, head, throat, forehead, cheeks, neck, etc.) tattooed barkeep with ears that had been surgically altered to resemble upside down Mr. Spock-like spikes, that it was happy hour and that draft 16 ounce Bud Light beers were going for $2.25 until 6 p. m. I placed my order, then watched as another restaurant employee took a seat across the bar from me, opened a sack of Zaxby’s fast food he brought in from that 14th Street chain, and chowed down. I finished my beer, paid and left, fully understanding why the place was empty.