Monthly Archives: May 2012

My book, now available in paperback

All right guys, you can now get my book (Little Man, and the Dixon County War) in paperback form.

I hadn’t planned on printing it, since I really wanted to get my next two novels finished — both are action/adventure and will appeal to a larger audience, plus they’re nearly done.

But, the book has done so well — and the demands have been so insistent — that I got it formatted and proofed.

So, if you want to buy it in paperback, it’s $9.99 and you can do it here. (The company is owned by Amazon, so you can trust them.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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The latest on a couple of big-name, chump football players

Time for a quick NFL update.

First, we’ve got Cam Newton admitting he was “very immature” and a bad teammate last year.

“I’ll be the first one to tell you, the pouting and the moping, I kind of overdid it. I know that. I was a bad teammate.”

Yeah, tell us something we didn’t know.

I can’t stand Cam Newton, primarily because I’ll never, EVER believe he “was not aware of his father’s illegal activity.” (Yep, I’m referring to his father seeking $120,000 to $180,000 from Mississippi State in exchange for Cam Newton’s athletic services.)

Oh, and his dad is a pastor. A bishop, in fact. Yep, one of those Christians… Probably judges me and you for everything.

And then we’ve got Terrell Owens — one of the most talented wide receivers ever, who was a constant ego and usually in the news more for his antics than for his actions.

Anyway, he just got cut from an Indoor Football League team for — wait for it — a “lack of effort both on and off the field.” The team said even the fans complained.

So no matter what your dreams are, remember this: Hard work often does beat talent, so go hard after your dreams. Those who intimidate you and make it look easy are usually the talented ones who’ve never had to work hard at it.

Believe me, they won’t last long.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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Can Facebook fall any faster?

Facebook plunged another 9 percent yesterday.

I hadn’t planned on posting on this, but Facebook is my number one read subject the past couple weeks, so apparently you guys care about it.

As I wrote in the beginning of May, Facebook is going down, and fast. In that post, I laid out why I thought all the analysts were wrong — remember, back then, everyone was yelling and screaming about how awesome Facebook was and how big this could be once they went public on the stock market.

After I wrote that post, another blogger who’s way smarter than me had this to say (well over a week later):

This puts Facebook’s market cap at approx. $100 billion or more. To put that in perspective, Facebook is:

• Bigger than McDonald’s
• Two and a half times bigger than Ford
• Bigger than FedEx and UPS combined
• Bigger than Kraft Foods and General Mills combined
• Bigger than Boeing and Lockheed Martin combined

This is insanity. (Link.)

Let’s not forget the $10 million a year GM yanked in advertising from Facebook, nor how the stock price dropped 10 percent after they had a totally lame stock offering. (See story: Facebook stock plummets on second day of trading.)

At this point, Facebook is no longer a giant who’s feared. It’s looking increasingly weak, and these lawsuits aren’t going to help…

So, the moral of the lesson is this…

If your stock broker was raving about Facebook before it went public, fire him. (I’m a nobody and I saw this coming, as I laid out in the dated posts above.)

If the news you rely on was raving about Facebook before it went public, change the channel or get a different source. (The New York Times was highly skeptical in almost all its coverage.)

If your blathering friends or family was raving about Facebook before it went public, remember that the next time they’re yelling and fired up about something. Most people are idiots, and your friends and family probably fall into this category.

Just as you should network up in your business life (instead of down), you should also listen to those who show more wisdom. And more than likely, your broke friend or family member with the High School degree is NOT who you should be listening to.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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Colin Powell’s big news… (not what you think)

Colin Powell made huge news last week, but not for what the media caught.

The media picked up that Powell wasn’t ready to endorse Obama for a second term.

But that news paled in comparison to what he said about Afghanistan.

“As for Afghanistan, Powell said upon reflection that ‘it was worth the sacrifice to give the Afghan people a chance at free government’ but that ‘we have to draw the line at some point,’ pointing towards the full withdrawal of American and NATO forces in 2014.

That’s right. Colin Powell, a former 4-star Army General with an unimpeachable military record, thinks we need to get out of Afghanistan by 2014.

This is huge news, because if we can get everyone agreeing that we must leave no later than 2014 (and that it’s not unpatriotic to say so), then we can begin the discussions of getting out faster than that.

Please, everyone. I’m begging you… Just, one day after Memorial Day, let’s use all these patriotic thoughts to think of how many service members are in harm’s way right now. And how many American lives we could save if we speed up the withdrawal of American troops.

My view remains unchanged: Let’s get out of Afghanistan, like now. And don’t buy the BS that more troops or commitment could help us win this war, whatever “win” means. The Taliban is stronger now than they were when we surged, according to many.

And the fact remains after ten years of war: We’ve done our part to try to help them, but as a whole, we’ve been roundly rejected. Let’s hand them the keys and wish them well.

So, what do you think?

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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Thinking of my unit, and so many others

As you enjoy your Memorial Day, let’s not forget all those serving.

Marines from the very battalion I served in are still in harm’s way. Like serious harm’s way, with one company pushing deeper into enemy territory than has been done lately; maybe ever. (See video here.)

I shudder to think about how miserable, dirty, and tired these men must be. And how that evil temptress known as boredom must be seducing them in between their bouts of contact and action, getting them to lower their guard so that her brother mayhem can strike.

I think about how these men must miss home, miss their women, miss TV, good food, showers, clean (comfortable) beds, you name it.

So, as you enjoy your day, think at least for a moment about the amount of misery and hell my former unit — 1st Battalion, 8th Marines — is going through right now.

And then remember all those who have paid the price before them, and who are paying the price throughout the rest of the world (and even stateside) to ensure our freedom and safety.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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