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December 2, 2010

It was 12 years ago today

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter Arnold

That may not have quite the ring of the opening line to Sgt. Pepper but on this date in 1998, I opened Arnold Consulting Group for business.  A bluff Democrat was in the White House, Congressional Republicans were overplaying their hands and the Washington Redskins were performing abysmally.  Certain things in life don’t necessarily change.

Special thanks to all my clients through the years but above all to my colleagues at AT&T and the National Structured Settlements Trade Association, both of whom have been with me since Day One.

Profound and deserved thanks should go to many, many people but two in particular stand out for their guidance and support through the years: Jim Cicconi at AT&T and Randy Dyer of the NSSTA and more recently, Ringler Associates.  For all their help, I am tremendously grateful.  Honorable mentions are also due to former White House spokesman Mike McCurry and litigator extraordinaire Christopher Wolf at Hogan Lovells, both of whom have generously imparted their considerable wisdom through the years.

Thanks to everyone and be assured that every day, we will continue to work to earn your trust.

December 1, 2010

Fair is foul

Filed under: Music Industry — Peter Arnold

GimmeShelterMovieThere’s something beyond ironic in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops commercial that’s blanketing the networks and picking up an impressive 2.7 million YouTube streams.  No, it’s not Kobe Bryant looking spectacularly ill-suited firing his converted AR-15 with the large mag.

The uber-irony is in the choice of “Gimme Shelter” as the background music.  Forty years ago, this song was the 1960s definitive anti-war anthem.  As Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone in 1995, “That’s a kind of end-of-the-world song, really. It’s apocalypse; the whole record’s like that.”  But that was more than a generation ago and (irony alert) fortunately America is no longer committing tens of thousands of troops to a land war halfway around the world.

Twenty years ago, the Beatles’ “Revolution” became a self-parody when EMI and Michael Jackson licensed it to Nike for the company’s TV ads.  Now it looks like another defining theme of the 1960’s has gone down that path, inspiring legions of home-bound Americans to harness their inner David Hackworth and take arms against a sea of troubles.

As a once-great rock group once sang, “Sad, sad, sad.”