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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Unless You've Walked In Their Shoes ...

Abu Ghraib II 

Thought I'd post that headline since I know we won't see it anywhere in the mainstream press.

Why?

Because George Bush isn't involved.

And "journalists'" best bud is.

Should we ask for him to resign?

Odd how that works.

As for my take on the peeing incident, I'll simply pass on the words spoken by Army Lieutenant Allen West, as I am not worthy to make this pronouncement myself:

“The Marines were wrong… As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

And yes, he's one who would know.

Gotta Love Them Muslims

Suicide bomber kills 30 Shiite pilgrims near Basra

* Meanwhile, everyone in the White House and in the press is horrified by a handful of Marines peeing on dead Taliban terrorists. The bastards. How dare they?

Promise? What Promise?

So now the president who told us his Number One priority was J-O-B-S (just before cutting the deficit became - briefly - his Number One priority) has pushed government reorganization to the top of his list of priorities.

Huh?

From this morning's New York Times:

Obama Bid to Cut the Government Tests Congress

Just as freaky is the fact that the New York Times buys into Obama's game.

Both, it has become painfully obvious over time, are completely lost in the wilderness.

As I Once Explained To The CEO ...

... "Look, I kept it simple so that everyone can understand it.  But we can make this plan complicated if you really want to ..."

And he did.

Yet, sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best solutions:
A toothpaste factory had a problem: they sometimes shipped empty boxes, without the tube inside. This was due to the way the production line was set up, and people with experience in designing production lines will tell you how difficult it is to have everything happen with timings so precise that every single unit coming out of it is perfect 100% of the time. Small variations in the environment (which can’t be controlled in a cost-effective fashion) mean you must have quality assurance checks smartly distributed across the line so that customers all the way down to the supermarket don’t get upset and buy another product instead.

Understanding how important that was, the CEO of the toothpaste factory got the top people in the company together and they decided to start a new project, in which they would hire an external engineering company to solve their empty boxes problem, as their engineering department was already too stretched to take on any extra effort.

The project followed the usual process: budget and project sponsor allocated, RFP, third-parties selected, and six months (and $8 million) later they had a fantastic solution — on time, on budget, high quality and everyone in the project had a great time. They solved the problem by using high-tech precision scales that would sound a bell and flash lights whenever a toothpaste box would weigh less than it should. The line would stop, and someone had to walk over and yank the defective box out of it, pressing another button when done to re-start the line.

A while later, the CEO decides to have a look at the ROI of the project: amazing results! No empty boxes ever shipped out of the factory after the scales were put in place. Very few customer complaints, and they were gaining market share. “That’s some money well spent!” – he says, before looking closely at the other statistics in the report.

It turns out, the number of defects picked up by the scales was 0 after three weeks of production use. It should’ve been picking up at least a dozen a day, so maybe there was something wrong with the report. He filed a bug against it, and after some investigation, the engineers come back saying the report was actually correct. The scales really weren't picking up any defects, because all boxes that got to that point in the conveyor belt were good.

Puzzled, the CEO travels down to the factory, and walks up to the part of the line where the precision scales were installed.

A few feet before the scale, there was a $20 desk fan, blowing the empty boxes off of the belt and into a bin.

“Oh, that,” says one of the workers — “one of the guys put it there ’cause he was tired of walking over every time the bell rang.”
Been there. Done that.

* Fortunately for me and everyone else in the company, that CEO that I referenced above was sent packing within the year.

Hilarious

Is it possible that liberals are completely oblivious to the fact that their views are about as twisted as they can be?

The Daily Show - yes, The Daily Show - points out that which these morons should be able to understand without the help.

They're completely clueless.




It's almost troubling.

Food For Thought

Steven Malanga, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute:
In the Empire State, the official version of Buffalo's decline is that the city lost its manufacturing jobs to cheap overseas competitors. But the flight of blue-collar jobs from upstate New York began in the late 1950s when businesses and investment bolted to more competitive American states, not to foreign countries. Today, business executives consistently rank New York one of the least desirable states in which to open or expand a business.

Another billion dollars in government subsidies for Buffalo won't change that.
Yet Buffalo will get its "stimulus" subsidy.

And will continue its decline.

Which will prompt more "stimulus."

Which will prompt more decline.

America in microcosm.

We're doomed.

Why Do They Hate Tim Tebow?

According to Michael Medved, it's because the man who wears his religious faith on his sleeve is perceived as having no physical or emotional flaws.  And that drives some people - people with a whole lot of baggage of their own to carry around - nuts.

Me?  I've always been fascinated by those individuals out there who reject the notion that God exists and walks among us.  The atheists simply know better.  The "reality-based" segment of society.  Those who hold themselves up as being a whole lot smarter than the rest of us.  But are they smarter?

I can understand how they might be skeptical of the existence of a higher being.  Faith in God is something that is either within us or ... isn't.

But lacking faith is a far cry from outright rejection of the possibility that God exists.  I often want to ask these really smart people, how do you know there is no God?  How do you know?  What makes you certain?

Agnosticism I can grasp.  Atheism is in a whole 'nuther universe.

Maybe those who hate Tim Tebow aren't as sure about that non-existent God as they profess?

The Kleptocracy

I received this via email. Thought it was worth passing on:
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Here's a quick look into the three former Fannie Mae executives who nearly brought down Wall Street.

Franklin Raines was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie Mae. Raines was forced to retire from his position with Fannie Mae when auditing discovered severe irregularities in Fannie Mae's accounting activities. Raines left with a "golden parachute" valued at $240 Million in benefits. The Government filed suit against Raines when the depth of the accounting scandal became clear.

Tim Howard was the Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae. Howard was a strong internal proponent of using accounting strategies that would ensure a "stable pattern of earnings" at Fannie. Investigations by federal regulators and the company's board of directors since concluded that management did manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger bonuses. Raines and Howard resigned under pressure in late 2004. Howard's golden parachute was estimated at $20 Million.

Jim Johnson - A former executive at Lehman Brothers and who was later forced from his position as Fannie Mae CEO. Investigators found that Fannie Mae had hidden a substantial amount of Johnson's 1998 compensation from the public, reporting that it was between $6 million and $7 million when it fact it was $21 million. Johnson is currently under investigation for taking illegal loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of Fannie Mae. Johnson's golden parachute was estimated at $28 Million.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

FRANKLIN RAINES? Raines works for the Obama Campaign as his Chief Economic Advisor.

TIM HOWARD? Howard is a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama under Franklin Raines.

JIM JOHNSON? Johnson was hired as a Senior Obama Finance Advisor and was selected to run Obama's Vice Presidential Search Committee.

Are we stupid or what? Vote in 2012.  It is the most important election of our lives.
Yes, we are.  Yes, it is.