Friday, March 30, 2012

Who do I choose to believe, Obama or Bolton?

Apparently the Israeli agreement with Azerbaijan was a military secret. This secret was leaked to the press by the Obama staff. 

So, as I understand it, we gave information to an enemy state - Iran - which can hurt an ally - Israel - ?

Or am I missing something

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pure conjecture with no proof whatsoever!

If the inevitable happens and President Obama becomes a one term President I fear that that  the radical African-American faction will riot in the streets.

I have no proof, no evidence - as I say in the headline, this is pure conjecture. However look at the garbage being spouted over the unfortunate recent incident. We have seen rewards being offered, wanted dead or alive posters, all without any real evidence.

I think (again opinion) there is a faction in this country that is looking for a reason to riot. The defeat of the President just might be all it takes.

Damn I pray that I am wrong

Saturday, March 24, 2012

On Pamela Geller

How many of you read the title of this post and started seething? Good. I enjoy reading her blog Atlas Shrugs. Just that name makes more of you seethe.  I admire the lady. She stands up for what she believes in and "damn the consequences."  I don't always agree with her - but that is a good thing.  She makes me think!

Her last set of columns made me angry, though. She is described as being ...
Tanned, sporting plenty of makeup and speaking with a pronounced New York accent
May I note that none of the men speaking were complimented on their choice of neckties. Comments like that detract from her message. Either she is taken lightly because she is a woman, or the writer, cannot deal with her message.

Haven't we outgrown this?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ethical Pragmatism

I guess it's time to get the mind working, good morning all.

First of all I need to thank the wonderful folks at AITP (nee DPMA). I did a Keynote address the other night. The discussion was delightful. The pre-dinn,er address Roberta Gamza got the minds going and was great. While the crowd was small - the level of discussion was high. I'd like to thank the chapter president - Randall Storm. Randy is an old and dear friend.

I was asked,?"What do I do?" I've been thinking about that and I finally had the nerve to say it out loud. I am a Management Philosopher. I do hope that doesn't sound too pompous.

Most of us look at the industry and ask how. How did we get here? How did we wind up in the situation that we are in. How do we fix it. I think that how is the wrong question. We need to ask Why. By asking "Why" we can deduce the problem. Once the problem is identified then a valid solution.

I have been asked frequently asked what my next book will be.  I am starting to work on, Management, American Style - the Macro Version. In other words a top down look at the American Industrial system. A Meta-Management book so to speak. I will be using this blog to experiment with is and get the words down. So without further ado...

Pragmatism - we are a pragmatic people. We concentrate on "What works." as a nation we have quite thoroughly dropped the "Well it has always worked before" approach to management.  When working for Perot our working phrase was - whatever it takes to get the job done. This phrase takes its roots  in Niccolo Machiavelli's book "The Prince." It implies that the morality of an action is justified by the results. 

Ethical - Ethical actions pertain  to or deal with the morals or principles of morality. An action is itself either moral or immoral. 

We are then forced to look at Pragmatism and Ethics. How do they relate? I coined the phrase Ethical Pragmatism to answer that question.  I define the phrase, briefly, as "Doing what works, mindful of our obligation to society." Ok, that phrase leads to asking many question. read this blog, dear reader. Ask any questions you might have - I thrive on having people disagree with me. Hopefully by discussing points we both learn.


Thursday, March 15, 2012


As I understand it, one way that the President intends to pay for his new single payer-healthcare system is by taking money from Medicare. That will force a lot of us old veterans onto the VA system, just as it is being overwhelmed by our young GI's returning from the Middle East. This sounds like a major domino effect to me.

Why do I care? I have End Stage Renal Disease. I lost a kidney due to an auto-pedestrian accident - I was hit by a man driving a truck. I am on Dialysis. I am expensive to keep alive. Medicare pays this bill. I have medical insurance to pick up the slack.

A bit about me.  I am  on Social Security-Disability.  I am a Vietnam Veteran, I spent over 20 years as a Boy Scout leader. I taught at a local college evenings and weekends. I have been paying into Social Security for about 50 years. I have been paying into Medicare since day 1 of the program.

I have never taken a nickel that I didn't earn. I feel that I have earned the support that I get.  You are welcome to disagree.

Please elect a President, Senators and Representatives who will straighten out the fiscal mess that we are in without weakening our nation.

G-d Bless These United States of America

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Religion of Peace at it again

90 teenagers were stoned to death for dressinglike - err - umm - teenagers. This cookie-cutter mentality is disgusting!

Walk down the hallway at any High SChool or College - Kids want to express their personalities. Some are unfortunately poor at it, but for crying out loud, when do they get a chance to be kids?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Is peace possible?

Some years ago I had an obviously Muslim student in my evening class. He came up to me one day and told me that due to his schedule he had to switch to another section of the class. I was genuinely disappointed - he was a good student. I said "lets go to lunch one day" his remark was "You would have lunch with me?".

We were never able to put it together, but this is an example of why we cannot get together. We need to start on the individual level.

It's up to each one of us.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Passion, I though I had lost it, but I found it again

This is from my post today:

I must admit that I had lost my passion for writing. I was burried deeply in the logistics of project management. Essentially I really didn't care that deeply and my writing showed it. However ...
Andrew Breitbart died this morning at the age of 43. This one totally changed me.  I never met Mr. Breitbart but I read his words constantly. He fought for small government. He fought against hypocracy. He challenged the Conservative movement to champion the disenfranchised, including the GLBT community.
Go read the entire post!