Friday, January 30, 2004
I finally found someone who can truly tell the horrible effects of W's presidency:
Kudos to e-thepeople.org
Bush cost me my job, my kids and my houses
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak my mind. I lost my job this past year. When Clinton was president I was secure and prosperous, but in the last year, we had to close our operations. We simply could not compete with foreign labor. This foreign labor worked for low pay under very bad conditions.
They worked very long shifts, and many even died on the job.
This competition could hardly be called "fair." I was forced out of the place where I had worked for 34 years.
Not a single government program was there to help me.
How can Bush call himself "compassionate?" Far worse, I lost two of my sons in Bush's evil war in Iraq. They gave their lives for their country, and for what? So that Bush's oil buddies can get rich. My pain of losing my sons is indescribable.
While it is trivial next to the loss of my sons, I regret to say that I also lost my home. I simply have nothing left. How can Bush call himself a Christian when he neglects people like me? I am a senior citizen with various medical problems. I'm not in a position where I can begin a new career. I was reduced to the point where I had to live in a hole in a ground, all because of President Bush.
And when the authorities found me there, did they have any compassion for my misfortune and ailments? No, I was arrested. Mr. Bush, I dare you to look me in the face and tell me you are a compassionate man! I dare you to look me in the face and tell me you are a Christian. If I had any money left, I would donate it to the Democrat Party.
If Al Gore had been elected in 2000 I would still have a job, a home, and most importantly, my dear sons!
On John Kerry’s use of face and mind altering substances:
Various reports over the past few days have accused John ‘Lurch’ Kerry of indulging in muscle paralyzing ‘botox’ treatments in order to smooth out his face. I’ve seen the photos, and either Lurch has ironed out his face, or he’s gone under the needle. After all, one can only do so much with foundation and lighting.
My concern is about the possible mind altering effects of botox. You see, Lurch has evidently lost his mind. To him, the threat of terrorism is overblown. I quote the following from Lurch’s most recent rant:
"I think there has been an exaggeration. They are misleading all Americans in a profound way."
Lurch has also evidently lost his memory. Perhaps the botox has erased from his recollection the smoldering mound of concrete and steel which has now become a gaping hole in the heart of New York City. Maybe the reconstructed Pentagon looks so good he doesn’t remember the flag draped, scorched ruin of the eastern wall. I remember, Lurch. And I am not alone.
It really pains me when I have to agree with John ‘The Breck Girl’ Edwards, but shortly after Lurch’s rant, Edwards had this to say:
"It's just hard for me to see how you can say there's an exaggeration when thousands of people lost their lives on September 11th.” He went on to put his foot in his mouth after that, but I’ll let The Breck Girl slide – for today.
Lurch would do well to listen to his rival. Not likely, as the botox may have paralyzed not only his higher memory functions, but also his auditory processing center. Keep talking, Lurch. You obviously learned nothing from Howie.
Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
On Little Al Franken:
Seems that Little Al has adopted a new tactic in dealing with people who disagree with his over the edge leftist view of the world. Evidently, he tackled a Dean protestor at a campaign event. Didn't yell back at him, didn't challenge the points of the protestor's arguement. Little Al came from behind a line of people and tackled the guy - from behind no less.
Read the account here.
Little Al claims that as a former wrestler, he used a wrestling move to take the guy down. Very unapologetically so. Some trial lawyer is gonna have a field day with this.
Oh, and Al, where I come from, we tackle people head on. We don't cheap shot them from behind. That wasn't a wresting move, it was a clip. And if you would've done it to me, I'd have broken a lot more than those stupid looking, thick rimmed glasses of yours.
Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, January 23, 2004
1. Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
2. The day people stop bringing you their problems is the day you stop leading. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care.
3. Don’t be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked in the real world.
4. Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own back yard. If you have a yes-man working for you, one of you is redundant.
5. Never neglect details. Don’t be dulled or distracted, be vigilant.
6. You don’t know what you can get away with until you try. Be prudent, not reckless.
7. Keep looking below surface appearances. Don’t shrink from doing so (just) because you might not like what you will find.
8. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved.
9. Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
10. Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.
11. Fit no stereotypes.
12. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
13. Picking people: Look for intelligence and judgment, and most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego, and the drive to get things done.
14. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers. KISS. Clarity of purpose, credibility of leadership and integrity in organization.
15. Use formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probability of success and the number indicate the percentage of information acquired. ONCE the percentage of information is in the 40 to 70 range, GO WITH YOUR GUT.
16. The leader in the field is always right and rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
17. Have fun in your job. Don’t always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you’ve earned it: Spend time with your family. Corrollary: Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
18. Leadership is lonely.
19. LEADERSHIP IS THE ART OF ACCOMPLISHING MORE THAN THE SCIENCE OF MANAGEMENT SAYS IS POSSIBLE.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
On the State of the Union Show:
I don’t really have all that much to add to W’s speech last night. It was a good one, well crafted and well delivered. This constitutionally mandated report to congress regarding the state of the union has become more about politics, pomp, and circumstance than an actual report, and I guess in the modern world this is as it should be.
What I do want to comment on is the reaction to the speech, both during, and after its delivery.
Hillary ‘Look at me! I’m relevant, I really am!!’ Clinton: She looks longingly at two places in the chamber – the First Lady’s box, and the podium. The former is where she used to sit and look down upon her subjects with feigned royalty. The latter is a place she hopes to stand one day as the focus of the world’s attention. Get used to the spectator’s gallery, Hil.
Teddy ‘Dude, where’s my Scotch?’ Kennedy: Somebody made Teddy give up the sauce for the evening. That’s the only viable explanation for the permanent scowl engraved on his face. W should have praised him again for his work on the education bill just to see the man seethe with rage. Now that would’ve been worth the price of admission.
Nancy “San Francisco Treat’ Pelosi: This woman is scary. If she has one more face lift, her ears will meet behind her head. Add that to the incoherent statements flowing from her oral cavity and you have a portrait of why the Democratic party is circling the drain in an election year.
Tom ‘I’m not a Leader, but I play one in Washington DC’ Daschle: This guy should send in an audition tape for HBO’s Six Feet Under. He looks and talks like a mortician. Beware those heavy footsteps catching up to you Tommy. Your performance last night gave plenty of ammunition to John Thune for use against you in November.
Speaking of the Nancy and Tom show after the speech, why is it the Dems felt the need to double their numbers in the rebuttal? I’ve been watching these shows for years and can’t remember when the last time was I saw two members of the opposition party give a joint rebuttal. Rebuttals are seldom watched anyway. That being said, J.C. Watts said more in his 15 minute rebuttal than Clinton did in his entire 90 minute State of the Union Show.
Just proves that what you say means much more than how much you say it.
Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
On a good old fashioned Iowa Ass Whuppin’:
I’m not from Iowa. I have been there once, to pay respects to long dead ancestors. My grandfather’s family worked that land for many generations, so I guess you can say my ancestral root go deep in the Iowa cornfields. The Hawkeyes are a very unique bunch. Even two years of Dean foolery couldn’t win them over.
Howie got his ass handed to him yesterday. It shocked him, as I’m sure it shocked most people who follow this stuff. Howie didn’t take it very well. As a matter of fact, he about had an apoplectic aneurism in what was supposed to be a concession speech. Drudge links to the audio here.
How a man handles defeat tells volumes about what he’s made of. Dean’s temper and his inability to cope with the political barbs that will only get worse as the campaign drags on through November have told more than volumes about what he’s made of. Not that John Kerry is a better candidate than Howie. Until last week, Kerry couldn’t even identify Iowa on a map. Kerry won Iowa because there was no box for ‘none of the above’. That goes for John “Loreal – Because I’m worth it” Edwards as well.
Howie has the money, but unless he completes a Hail Mary in New Hampshire he’s toast. Clark doesn’t have the money, and even if he did, he’d have to take both feet out of his mouth to say something intelligible. Kerry doesn’t have the money, and looks too old and French anyway. Edwards – hell, he can’t even hold his home state’s support for long. Never mind mentioning the fact he’s a blood sucking trial lawyer.
My sophomore year in high school, the basketball team took the state championship with a perfect 24-0 record. The team was good. As the season wore on, it became evident none of our opponents had what it took to beat us. We, those in the crowd and band, would pretend to read newspapers while the other team was being introduced. In the fourth quarter, when the game was sufficiently on ice, a chant would begin in a corner of the bleachers and grow until it reached a deafening pitch.
It just doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t matter.
Yes, we were arrogant. We were bragging. We were insulting the opposing team and crowd. In the end it really didn’t matter. We won.
That, I believe, is the fate of whatever democratic candidate manages to emerge from this bloody, vicious, and hate-filled primary contest. None of them have the stature to challenge W. They offer no real alternative except a return to high taxes, inept foreign policy, and paper tiger security at home and abroad.
That, friends and lovers, is the truth. Sorry if it offends you – it was meant to do just that.
So, in the end, no matter who emerges from the primary system –
It just doesn’t matter.
Here endeth the lesson.
PS - Note to Dick Gephardt - How's Iowa for a bad roll of "Life's Lottery" ?
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
On Pickle Suckers:
I can’t take shots at Howie today. I need a challenge and he’s making it far too easy. Keep talking, Howie. Stop chewing before you reach your knee-cap.
On to more pressing issues. Who the hell is Patti Davis? And why, pray tell, does she get published in Newsweek?
According to the most recent scuttlebutt, W will announce a bold new direction for the space program – headed toward Mars. My response?
It’s about damn time.
Human history is made by those who push the boundaries of what is perceived as possible. Manned space flight is possible. Has been for nearly 60 years now. Brave men and women have risked, and sometimes lost, their lives in an effort to stretch the limits of possibility and make them reality.
Patti Davis would have us stop the fulfillment of human destiny to focus on problems here on earth. Global Warming, Species extinction, starvation, poverty. The list goes on and on and on. If you read her piece here, you can almost hear her whine.
If she had her way, Sir Edmund Hillary never would have scaled Mt. Everest. Sir Francis Drake never would have circumnavigated the globe. And, in the turbulent, problem filled decade that was the 1960’s, Neil Armstrong never would’ve set foot on the moon. Davis would rather the human and fiscal capital invested in those ventures be spent on welfare and whale preservation programs.
Fortunately, not everyone thinks as does Ms. Davis. There are those of us who look to the stars and see a bright future of exploration and discovery. We do concern ourselves with earthly problems. Some of those problems have been and will be solved by reaching for the stars. The need and desire for exploration is part of what makes us human. Stifle that need and we are all lessened.
Space is the final frontier. Man has not visited the moon since 1972. That is far too long. It is time to once again take our place among the heavens. Don’t just go to Mars.
Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, January 05, 2004
On Eric Alterman:
Eric Alterman has a skull so thick he should consider donating it to the US Army in hopes the material might better be used as armor plating for M-1’s and Humvees. His latest blog takes aim at “the selfish rich” and continues with cheap shots about how much they give to charity. By his definition, obviously they have too much and give too little. By his own definition, personal wealth should be limited to not more than $20 million above which value should be given (or in other words forcibly taken) to those with less.
Mr. Alterman has the same understanding of basic economic principles and concepts as does my six-year-old son. Actually, my son has a far better understanding of the laws of supply and demand than Mr. Alterman ever will.
First point of rebuttal: It’s not your money.
If someone, by whatever legal means, manages to put together a net worth of $20 million or more, especially with today’s confiscatory tax structure, more power to them. They earned it. The nature of a free society dictates that if they want to give a chunk to charity, that is their right. However, if they want to go and blow $150,000 on a gold-plated Humvee, that too is their right. It doesn’t matter what Mr. Alterman thinks, or desires that people do with their own money. I’m sure to him that is a travesty.
Second point of rebuttal: Wage caps stifle the economy.
One of the reasons the US economy is fundamentally strong is the fact anyone can succeed. There is no limit to the amount of money you can earn, the wealth you can acquire, or the material possessions you can buy. There are people for whom $20 million is not enough. In some incarnation of myself, I’m sure there is that person. The point is, if a magical $20 million is all you’re allowed to acquire, that’s all you’ll work to do. You’ll never have the incentive to work any harder or create anything else. That is a proven fact of economics. Facts, Mr. Alterman, are stubborn things.
I believe Mr. Alterman’s problem stems from a deep seated jealousy. You see, despite the fact he somehow managed to squeeze himself on to MSNBC.com with a column that is at best laughable and most times full of down right hysterical rants, he doesn’t have a net worth of $20 million +. (For the record, neither do I , but I don’t take unwarranted pot shots at those who do.) And, despite his best efforts, he never will have that net worth. The laws of supply and demand are very tough customers. There is an oversupply of left wing liberal loony columnists, and a limited demand for their drivel.
Of all the “unreadable” media people mentioned in Alterman’s sorry excuse for a column, he fails to mention the most obvious, himself.
Here endeth the lesson.