Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gantt Chart

Huh? Who? How - I start defining the tool.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

On Washington's (and Lincoln's) Birthday

When I was in grade school - back in the primeval days - February was my favorite month. February 12th was (is?) Lincolns Birthday. We spent the first party of the month studying President Lincoln. We learned patriotic songs and made Lincoln face masks. We also learned about Lincoln and the Civil War.

After Lincolns birthday we prepared for Washington's birthday on February 22nd. We discussed the American Revolution. We learned more patriotic songs and made paper hatchets to chop down paper cherry trees's. Of course got both days off.

On January 1st, 1971 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect - Supposedly to increase the number of three day weekends for federal employees. Lincoln, Washington, Andrew Jackson* and Andrew Johnson are all celebrated on the same day. Teachers are freed from changing their lesson plans to account for the vagaries of the calendar. Students are freed from learning a bit more history.  Today children  think that James Tiberius Kirk was the first president of the United States.

In a Quixotic urge to salvage some relevance to this mess, Mr. Jason Bezis of Rockville, Md,  is trying to restore meaning to Washington's Birthday as indicated in the Christian Science Monitor. Note, The Christian Science Monotor and the Wall Street Journal are, IMHO, the only two newspapers of note left in these United States.

* For those of you who care - Andrew Jackson is responsible for "The Indian Removal Act" otherwise known as "The Trail of Tears."

Friday, February 10, 2012

I am a FISCAL conservative - now what do I mean by that?

The United States of America was built on Blood, Sweat and Tears, with apologies to the late Sir Winston Churchill. I am the grandson of penniless European immigrants. I live a good, comfortable middle-class life.   My grandfather worked in a sweatshop. My father sold shirts. I served in the US Air Force, and using my educational benefits finished college and grad-school. Here we have the American dream.

Why do I mention that? As a Fiscal  Conservative I believe that people can rise on their own merits. People will provide their own incentive if they are allowed to. The Constitution is there to provide a small, efficient government which will allow this to happen.

As a Fiscal Conservative I do not understand how people who believe as I do somehow are identified as wanting the government to insert itself in our private life. Nowhere in the Constitution do I read anything about who can marry whom. A person's individual sexual identity is their concern. We do not have the right to legislate about it.

I personally have grave doubts about abortion, however forcing a young girl to carry to term after a rape. is wrong. If I have a choice between the life of my wife or an unborn child, I will always choose my wife.  These are personal decisions that must be made by the family and doctor.

If my church decides not to provide instruction on family planning and I disagree - my choice is to stay or find a Church that is more closely aligned to my personal opinion. The government has no right to interfere in any of these decisions. People will make the correct life-decisions based on their situation. The government does not have the right to interfere.

I am a Fiscal Conservative - I am NOT a Social Conservative. This philosophy will guide me when I vote.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Life constantly changes, don't it?

I have returned to writing for "" I'll be putting up articles on Management - hopefully two or three per week.

I'll reserve this blog for opinions and ideas.