100th Post & Happy New Year


Hello everyone. Today marks my 100th post. WooHoo!

Thank you for all of your feedback and support. Out of the 100 posts I have received over 230 comments. There would be no point to this blog if you were not here to read it. Thank you.

Goodbye 2008

2008 was a difficult year in many ways. Many things died this year. Ron Paul’s hopes to win the primary, Brook Audio, and my Grandfather among others.

Hello 2009

On the plus side 2009 seems to be the year of New Beginnings. I am rethinking my life. Every part of it. There are a lot of things on the table right now.

Questions for 2009

  • I am thinking about moving to either New Zealand or Austin, TX. What do you think?
  • What do you think about me getting an MBA at UT Austin or Acton ?
  • The publishing industry is in a panic and not putting out many new books right now. Should I self publish Digital Cancer?

9 Predictions for 2009

  1. Obama will pass the Fairness act but it will only apply to political talk. It will be the best thing to happen to the conservative movement. Conservative talk radio needs to die.
  2. 5 of my current blog readers will start their own Podcasts. One will hit the big dim with his or her podcast.
  3. There will be continued violence in the middle east. (I need at least one to be right 🙂
  4. Texas will experience a major natural disaster of some kind.
  5. The economy will end 2009 at about the same strength it began 2009.
  6. Apple will buy Adobe.
  7. Obama will maintain ridiculously high support ratings while failing to get anything done other than the fairness act.
  8. Another Patriot Academy alum will declare intentions to run for something (no it won’t be me :-).
  9. Half of you will start using Twitter .

Thomas Umstattd Jr. is the author of Courtship in Crisis, the former head of PracticalCourtship.com, and co-founder of the Austin Rhetoric Club, a homeschool speech and debate club in Austin, Texas. He is a professional speaker and CEO of Author Media. He sits on the board of directors for several nonprofits, including the Texas Alliance for Life.

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4 thoughts on “100th Post & Happy New Year

  1. You’re very welcome.

    You could choose your school by democratic vote, I’ll cast mine for UT. I could see any of your predictions coming true. Well, except maybe the 5th one. Under our new President and Congress, I could see the economy rising until mid-summer and then crashing like a lead balloon.

    Keep it up. Just think where you might be another 100 posts from now.

  2. I am grateful for your 1st 100 & can't wait to read the next 100… and as for a school… umm… U of M is always a good choice 🙂

  3. My 3 answers to the above questions:
    1. I am thinking about living in either Williamson or Travis County.
    2. I stopped thinking about getting a post graduate degree, probably in law, after the birth of my 5th child.
    3. A shift in business paradigms in certain industries such as banking, lending, publishing, automobile manufacturing, dating, the news media, shopping malls, oil production and ninja identity theft will be manifested in 2009.

    My 9 Predictions for 2009, following up on Thomas’ above:
    1. Obama will become president in 2009, and may remain as such the entire year.
    2. Many may learn how to find and get pod casts down loaded into their iPhones, just before this technology becomes obsolete, me included.
    3. Hamas will shoot a missile filled with ham at Israel in 2009.
    4. Texas will not have a natural disaster, sorry Thomas, of any kind in 2009, not even a category 3 hurricane. It will be a relatively boring year as natural disasters go. But it will rain.
    5. The economy, sorry Paul, will continue to slide downward until near the end of the year, when the bulls will begin to wake up.
    6. Apple’s per share price may get close to 1/2 of what we bought it at last spring.
    7. The media insanity that follows Obama will continue. Fox news will report that Aliens from the Dragnot system will ask Obama to spell out what his universal health care plan actually means, or else they will threaten to conquer Antarctica.
    8. Patriot Academy alumni will take over America’s conservative voice from talk radio with their websites, pod casts and Twittering.
    9. There will be a plethora of new “must have” computerized communication techniques introduced in early 2009, which will revolutionize the world for weeks at a time. By the end of 2009 they will all be obsolete.

    I will be living in Travis or Williamson county.

  4. Congratulations! Keep up the good work. One quick question: why do you believe conservative talk radio needs to die?

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