Posts by Dustin

Life as a virus: three things I’ve learned about 15 minutes of fame

I’ve become a virus. Like herpes. Or maybe the man-bear-pig flu. You might be wondering: ‘Wuuuuuuuut is this guy talking about?’ Well, you see, back in March I wrote this blog-article-thingy that detailed, in somewhat dramatic but very well articulated fashion, the reasons why I quit my job as a police officer.  It went viral.…

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Whining through the hard times

I’m pretty sure Grandpa Hammit would tell us all to stop bitching about how bad we have it. This would be the grandpa that fought in World War II. He’s not around anymore, and I never knew him. But family tradition has it that he was a pretty tough cookie. Normandy will do that to…

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Making them understand: a rant on unbridled ignorance (and a cure!)

I was scrolling through the old Twitter-verse yesterday making myself angry. Ya know, there is nothing like Twitter to really get the outrage flowing. Twitter has none of the mental breaks of a Facebook feed: Fail Army, videos of parents pranking their kids because Jimmy Kimmel told them to, posts from your friends about what…

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Dear Tony Plohetski

Dear Tony Plohetski, I saw your article in the Austin American Statesman. It’s the one where you question whether Austin Police training is too aggressive. Being a sucker, I clicked on it. Well titled, sir, and well played. Nothing like a controversial story to really generate the clicks needed for that ad revenue. Well done,…

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Unlike me. Do it. Do it now.

Well, you don’t have to unlike me if you don’t want to. Actually, please don’t unlike me. I’m sorry for the outburst. Dammit. Let’s start over. I have a feeling that you had no clue what you were getting into when you pushed the little thumbs up button for The Insurgent Capitalist. All you saw…

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Insurgent of the Week: Melanie Fletcher

One day, The Insurgent Capitalist was stalking successful entrepreneurs and side-hustlers and begging them for their secrets. And it occurred to him: writing about business is great, but behind every business is a person. And business is way more interesting when you know the story of the people behind them. New strategy: corner the target like…

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Diving face first into the pool of entrepreneurship

I am a 36 year old man. I have a wife and four kids. And I just quit my job and dove face first into this thing called entrepreneurship. Why, you ask? Why would you do such a stupid and ill-advised thing? Why would you quit a perfectly good job to walk off into the…

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Identity crisis: are you more than a job title?

When I resigned as a police officer, the most difficult aspects of leaving the job were not the calls or the pay. It wasn’t the driving fast or carrying a gun (I still do both). It sure as hell wasn’t the politics and paperwork. No, the toughest aspects of leaving were separating from the brothers…

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Advice to a future politician (a liberal one *gasp*)

Man. I don’t want to get caught in the political arena. Thinking about politics makes me angry. Jiminy Cricket: But Dustin, everything makes you angry. You are the self-appointed King of Righteous Anger. Me: Yeah. Yeah. I know. Shut up. I’m writing here. But one young man name Sterling wrote a nice email to me,…

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