What are you up to lately, Les?

November 2, 2011

Knights and other community stuff.

Doing a book outline.

1.7 million Brothers can’t be wrong: Unsafe at any Brand

February 1, 2009

For 32 years I have been carrying around this type of card in my wallet.


Another 1.7-million Catholic men are doing exactly the same thing,  at this very moment in several countries. We call each other Brothers.

They like me are Knights of Columbus. We are men who choose to live their lives in support of these principles:

  1. patriotism,
  2. charity,
  3. unity and
  4. fraternity.

We are not only a service club or some goofy society with a secret handshake. We do not forget what happened when we rode the goat. There is nothing to be concerned about from even the least of our Brothers: unless you’re wanting to harm someone.

You may not know me directly, but I imagine everyone reading this post, knows someone like me.

Let them know from me that they shouldn’t let anyone buy a franchise. I will explain in detail to them but You’d grab some stranger if they were about to step in front of bus, wouldn’t you?

I was a Columbian Squire for four years before becoming a Knight.

Columbianism started with a young priest wanting to help Irish widows.

Symbols: Strength through Unity

September 19, 2008

Michael Webster over at Misleading Advertising Law picked up on my recent posting: Franchising is the latest Big Con.

I absolutely agree with him: the best defense against post franchisor opportunism is a well-funded, professionally managed independent franchisee association, IndFA.

There is no substitute for collective action and only a fool thinks otherwise.

The power of “sticking together” has historically been represented by rods that are bound together, often with an axe in the middle (fasces: from the Latin meaning “bundle”). The English word fascist is also derived from this root.

  • In ancient Rome, the bodyguards of magistrates carried fasces and it came to symbolize authority. On early American coins, the fasces symbolizes the unity of the colonies, strength in numbers (A single stick may be broken, but a number of sticks bound together are invincible).

Fasces show up on seals (state of Colorado, two of them crossed on the seal of the U.S. Senate, the Knights of Columbus, {above), the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and the fascist party under Benito Mussolini.

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