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"There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress." Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.” -Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it." -James Madison (1751-1836)

"Liberty must at all hazards be supported." -John Adams (1735-1826)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Paris Attacks - Highly Sophisticated and Coordinated Attacks

I keep listening to the Media and, in particular, the government officials, both current and previous (acting as consultants) telling us that the attacks that took place in Paris Friday evening were “highly sophisticated and coordinated attacks.

Who are they trying to fool?

These were no sophisticated attacks. Word was sent (most likely via encrypted apps as we are told by the same guys I mention above) to make some vests, buy some weapons, sneak into Paris and pull off the 5, 6, or 7 events (depending on who you are listening to at the time) at approximately, let’s say, maybe 9 PM Paris time.

Driving a car by a restaurant and spraying the area with bullets, is not sophisticated. This happens multiple times every night (and double those times on the weekend) in Chicago by your everyday gang banger, probably on a whim or spur of the moment.

Arriving late to the soccer stadium and blowing one’s self outside the venue while every target is inside is not coordinated. In fact, the lack of sophistication in this part of the plot is moronic.

The theatre attack does exhibit some degree of planning, but this tactic has been demonstrated multiple times over the last few years by less than talented people with a degree of schizophrenia and other various afflictions.

I am not in the least trying to downplay the cowardly actions of ISIS here at all. I deplore them. But, let’s not fool ourselves nor be lead astray by the multiple talking heads that have been round-the-clock feeding us every little tidbit of “news” they can dig up.

I want these guys caught and punished just as much as the next guy, but let’s be real with ourselves. These guys are just thugs feeding off a degree of dissatisfaction that makes it easy to convert followers to their cause. Calling these attacks just adds to the claim of these cowards and misfits. Let’s call them what they are and get them put away, above or below ground.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Book Release Announcement - There's a Moose in the Guard Shack

I am proud to announce the release of my (long awaited, at least by me) book: “There’s a Moose in the Guard Shack.”

Inside you will find some interesting and quirky characters, some anecdotes of situations that took place to and around me during my career in Leadership and Management which spanned some forty plus years. Following each anecdote, I expand the discussion with “what I took away” from the often hard to believe situations.

From the back cover:
“Didja ever hear ‘bout…, or ya ain’t gonna believe this s*#t, but…
I searched for years for guidance that represented a better approach to solving the day-to-day problems consuming a leader’s time. Eventually, I realized I possessed the answer.
During a staff meeting the light came on; I had experienced situations like the one being discussed—plus many we had previously encountered. I began to use my experience to solve new, but similar problems. Throughout my career in the military and manufacturing, when presented with a troublesome situation, I gathered my staff and direct reports and said: “Guys let me tell you a story.” I would then relate the facts, details and circumstances from one of my experiences. Then we, as a group, would discuss it and our approach to solving our problem.
“There’s a Moose” is exactly that—stuff happens and stuff gets solved—a common sense approach from my experiences over a career in leadership.
The adventures inside are all true. I know because I was there when they took place and often was the one to whom they took place.
These are just some of those stories, what I learned and what I took away from them.”

I hope you enjoy the tales, the remembrances and what I took away from them.

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, InfinityPublishing.Com, BookPeople plus others. Here’s the web addresses for the above.

Barnes & Noble
Infinity Publishing