10 Life Lessons to Change the World

Ten life lessons to change the world, from Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, University of Texas (Austin) 2014 Commencement Address.

  1. Make your bed. You will have accomplished something as your first act of the day.
  2. Find someone to help you accomplish your goals.
  3. Measure people by the size of their heart and skill.
  4. Get over trying to be perfect. No one is.
  5. You will fail. It will make you stronger.
  6. Be fearless and innovative.
  7. Don’t back down from danger, stand your ground.
  8. Be your very best in the darkest moments.
  9. Never give up hope. Inspire others with your hope.
  10. Don’t ever give up.

Obama Gets His Briefings from News

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Barack Obama only read about (insert scandal here) in the newspaper.” This incompetence is what we get for elevating a mediocre community organizer and hack lawyer to the office of President.

Listen to Obama, ‎Jay Carney and others explain that they are getting their information from the news:


Maybe President Obama should stay off the golf course once and a while and go to briefings.

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“GM has been firmly anti-woman”

More to come on this idiocy. I heard some childish spokesperson on Mitch Albom’s show own WJR claiming that Angela Davis would be a more appropriate commencement speaker than CEO Marry Barra. We’re no fan of General Motors, especially the illegal takeover and bankruptcy of the company by the Obama administration, but this child-spokesperson had nothing good to say about GM nor Marry Barra, and what she did say was incoherent.

Audio to come. In the interim, here is the infantile manifesto of this organization.

GM’s CEO Should Not Be Honored at Commencement

Resolution issued by the Graduate Employees Organization (AFT Local 3550, AFL-CIO) and approved by the Student Union of Michigan, April 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will give the UM commencement address on May 3 and will also be awarded an honorary doctorate by the university. According to the University Record, “Barra has established an exemplary career in the predominantly male world of the auto industry.” The same article praises her “vision,” “business acumen,” and “leadership.”

The results of GM’s business acumen are nothing to applaud, though. Barra and her company have done enormous harm to people and the environment. Although Barra is now being depicted as some sort of feminist, it is in fact women who have been the most negatively affected by her and her company—after all, it is women who tend to bear the heaviest burdens when family members lose their jobs, when the banks foreclose on struggling households, when the environment is poisoned, and when people are killed in preventable car accidents.

The most visible evidence of GM’s crimes is the ongoing scandal over its belated vehicle recalls. So far, defective ignition switches in the Chevy Cobalt and other models have been linked to at least 13 deaths, and possibly hundreds more. Each replacement ignition switch would have cost only 57 cents. But 57 cents was too much. Instead, GM lied to the victims’ families and even threatened them. Barra’s precise level of knowledge about the defects is still unclear, but recent evidence confirms that she had been aware of certain problems in the Cobalt and other vehicles several years ago (she served in several senior VP positions for GM prior to becoming CEO in January).

The recall scandal is just the tip of the GM iceberg. A less publicized scandal is GM’s illegal firing of injured workers from its Chevrolet plant in Colombia. GM cut corners on plant safety and, when workers were injured, it fired them and got corrupt Colombian officials to cover it up. Again, the effect on women has been disastrous. While the injured male workers have waged a public campaign for justice, their wives, daughters, and mothers have shouldered the private burdens of sustaining their hungry families. Jhessica Ospina, whose disabled father Manuel was fired by GM, has been forced to work 60 or more hours a week to help keep her family in their home. Jennifer Bohórquez, the wife of injured worker Carlos Trujillo, has borne the primary responsibility of caring for the family’s four small children.
Many more examples could be cited: GM’s abuse of assembly line workers here in the United States, its role in creating Michigan’s foreclosure crisis, its major contribution to global warming, and its dumping of toxic chemicals in the United States, Colombia, and elsewhere. GM is also linked to the U.S. military-industrial complex that has profited off human suffering in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, where women have been disproportionately impacted by the sexual violence and multitude of hardships that accompany war; Mary Barra herself sits on the board of General Dynamics, the sixth-biggest Pentagon contractor. All of these issues are women’s rights issues, and in each case GM has been firmly anti-woman.

The Graduate Employees Organization at the University of Michigan calls upon the administration to rescind Mary Barra’s speaking invitation and honorary doctorate, and to replace Barra with someone who has instead made a positive contribution to women’s rights and human welfare.

Dr. Carson: Be Part of the Conversation

I truly hope Dr. Benjamin Carson continues to be an important player in our political conversation. Perhaps he will grace us by running for office.

So thankful.

The good Lord has kept us and given us another day to do his will.

After reading the many posts recently, I was left pondering and reflecting upon my life and how valuable we all are to God’s greater plan. There was a sad revelation that race and its many isms continue to divide and separate us from our divine purpose. Everyone has a perspective and many feel they have a monopoly on the truth and fairness. Why does the issue of racism and those that espouse it divides us and causes us to say some of the most hurtful and divisive things to one another. Humility reminds us all that we can never fully serve the greater good if we are incapable of hearing different perspectives, which may lead to an even higher truth. Can we not express ourselves to each other without being malign and reduced to ad Hominem attacks ? All of you that contribute to this space, are irreplaceable and precious gifts given to this planet by God alone. When posting your ideas and feelings, always consider whether they uplift and reflect the God within all of us. This is absolutely possible, whether we vehemently agree or disagree with our sisters and brothers.

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Facebook

I am not as eloquent or gracious as the dear doctor.

Sterling Outrage Misguided

81-year old Donald Sterling and his "girlfriend" (aka, paid escort, prostitute, hoe) María Vanessa Perez. (aka, V. Stiviano)

81-year old Donald Sterling and his “girlfriend” (aka, paid escort, prostitute, hoe) María Vanessa Perez. (aka, V. Stiviano)

Donald Tokowitz Sterling is a very shrewd businessman and obviously a fool. He not only has a history of racist remarks, he also has a legacy of cheating on his wife, Rochelle (“Shelly”) Stein, with prostitutes, which is a category V. Stiviano may belong. Most “business relationships” do not have the owner of a corporate empire lavishing a female employee of questionable talent with a Ferrari, two Bentleys, a Range Rover, and a $1.8 million duplex, not to mention more than $250,000 cash (as reported by NYMag.com)

Most in the media are focused on Sterling’s “racist” remarks, where he pleads with his “girlfriend” not to bring “blacks” to the L.A. Clippers games (the team Sterling owns) because he is “embarrassed” by the “phone calls” and “questions” from his friends. His friends are probably calling him with advice and questions about his judgement to be with a woman fifty years his junior that is making a fool of him.

My question: Why are people outraged at his comments and not his infidelity?

According to several reports, Sterling has a well-known reputation for paying for sex. Which, I would imagine, is painful to his wife. Where is the outrage for this behavior?

Where is the outrage that a “girlfriend” would record conversations and release them to the media?

My guess is that Magic Johnson will end up owning the L.A. Clippers.

The Instagram of Magic Johnson and Stiviano

The Instagram of Magic Johnson and Stiviano

 

Here’s the audio of Sterling pleading with Stiviano not to embarrass him (via TMZ)

We must eliminate the cross…the bearer of the cross is America

In a video posted by Tracking Terrorism and other news outlets, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen, proclaims “We must eliminate the cross … the bearer of the cross is America.”

Let’s see how America reacts to this statement. Is this country the “bearer of the cross” or will denounce that assertion in a futile attempt to appease the misguided souls of al-Qaeda?

U.S. intelligence sources say the 15-minute video appears to be recent and authentic, and added that they are surprised by the video. No doubt the video caught them by surprise, as Mr. Obama claimed some time ago that “al-Qaeda has been decimated.”

If Barack says it is so – lots of times – it must be true, right?




Of course, that crazy partisan channel, Fox News, questioned the President’s assertions of having al-Qaeda on the run:

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Get in Shape or Get Fired

Overweight government employees, including teachers, lawmakers and judges would have 180 days to get WPTH or be terminated without benefits.

Overweight government employees, including teachers and contractors, would have 180 days to get WPTH or be terminated without benefits.


As the government continues to spew “dietary guidelines” and reprimands for tobacco use for us common folk, here’s a suggestion: Let’s make it mandatory that ALL government employees — local, state and federal — have 180 days to 1) get their weight proportional to height, and 2) cease tobacco use. Any government failing to meet federal weight/height recommendations or fail tobacco use tests after 180 days will be terminated immediately and lose all benefits except for those benefits to which the individuals have personally contributed.

Fantasy, for certain. But WE the citizens pay the salary, health insurance and other benefits for these people, the folks that legislate, educate and determine the validity of laws that control our foods.

Sorry, Governor Chris Christie, you’re out.

Is you weight/height ratio "normal?"

Is you weight/height ratio “normal?”

The “Gender Pay Gap” Myth

The Democrats, and Barack Obama, are pathological liars that want women to believe they are victims.

The Democrats, and Barack Obama, are pathological liars that want women to believe they are victims.

Our beloved President, the uniter, Barack Obama, and his Democrat minions are back at again. Today’s division: pay inequality based on gender.

“Today,” he said, “women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.”

The President knows the 23-cent gender pay gap mostly the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. The faulty statistic does not account for differences in occupations, job tenure, hours worked per week, or a host of other factors. When all relevant factors are taken into consideration, when one actually compares apples to apples, the wage gap narrows: female employees earn about 5% less than their male counterparts.

Even Council of Economic Advisers member Betsey Stevenson was backpedaling from the 77-cents-on-the dollar lie:

As reported by the Washington Examiner:

“If I said 77 cents was equal pay for equal work, then I completely misspoke,” Stevenson said. “So let me just apologize and say that I certainly wouldn’t have meant to say that.”

Oh, I’m sorry, I guess when Stevenson said “we see it when men and women are working side by side doing identical work” — that was an accident?

“Seventy-seven cents captures the annual earnings of full-time, full-year women divided by the annual earnings of full-time, full-year men,” Stevenson clarified. “There are a lot of things that go into that 77-cents figure, there are a lot of things that contribute and no one’s trying to say that it’s all about discrimination, but I don’t think there’s a better figure.”

No one’s trying to blame discrimination? Isn’t that what the entire Paycheck Fairness Act and Equal Pay Day are based on?

I can attest that women are partly to blame for this pay disparity.

For example, there was a position open in my company and I had budgeted $60,000 for this position. Two candidates with equal credentials, one male, one female, were finalists. They both have a good idea that the position should pay in the $55-$65K range. When asked what salary they expect, the woman indicated she is expecting $55K; the man said he’d like to make $63K. That’s better than a 12% difference in pay.

Of course, I offered the position to the female candidate. She was pleasantly surprised she was going to make $2,000 more than for what she asked.

Not only am I saving $3,000 per year, I have an incredibly happy new team member that is willing to give extra effort to “earn” her good fortune. My guess is that she’ll be with the team for a long time.

Had I hired the male candidate for $60,000, he might have taken the job, been displeased that he did not get what he desired, and probably would have been on the lookout for a better paying job the day he started.
This is not an infrequent scenario. Generally speaking, women ask for less money that men. This is true even when the female candidate is more qualified than her male competition.

The Democrats are using the wrongly-sourced 23-cent gender pay gap to engrain even more victimhood status upon women. Without the Democrat paternalistic oversight, these hapless creatures will surely be ravaged by the GOPs imaginary war on women. Compounding the issue is a press that is all-to-willing to amplify the falsehood to an electorate that is too distracted to learn the truth.

In an attempt not to be portrayed as cruel, heartless and misogynistic, the spineless wonders of the GOP will do some sort of compromise pandering in a futile attempt to gain a few female votes.

Holder, Obama Decry Use of Pigeons

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Are Barack Hussein Obama II and Eric Himpton Holder terrified of pigeons?

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promised Congress a thorough investigation into whether high-frequency trading violates laws against insider trading. Holder said he is responding to concerns being raised about whether the practice creates an uneven playing field for investors.

Of course using high-speed communications creates an “uneven playing field.” That’s the point.

Speed has always been an advantage in trading. Runners, telegraphs, fiber-optics, microwaves and lasers — anything to gain an advantage has been utilized. (Read Christopher Steiner’s excellent book Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule the World).

For example: in 1815, the combined forces of Britain and Prussia defeated Napoleon’s army at the Battle of Waterloo. But even before the dust had settled on the battlefield, a carrier pigeon belonging to the House of Rothschild was on its way across the Channel to London. Nathan Rothschild, informed ahead of other traders that the country was not to be over-run by the French, consequently made a killing by buying British government bonds.

Financial markets have moved beyond carrier pigeons. Even though New York and Chicago are 700 miles apart, fiber-optic cables transmit data between the two cities in about seven milliseconds. In high-speed trading, that is a long time.

Between March and July 2009, a couple of entrepreneurs spent $300 million building a straighter, shorter fiber-optic link connecting the two financial centers, reducing the time taken to send data by about three milliseconds.

That ultra-fast connection was built by Jim Barksdale, the founder of the company that would later become Netscape, and Dan Spivey. This nearly straight fiber-optic link between Chicago and New York City shaves three milliseconds off the previously fastest connection between these two cities… and cost $300,000,000. Barksdale financed the line almost entirely with his personal funds. It is said that his company, Spread Network, now charges 8 to 10 times more for use of his cable than competitors, about $3 million per year, per user.

There are more players in the high-speed, high-frequency trading spaces than Spread Networks. But all of these types of companies are run by individuals that put a great deal of wealth at risk to make more wealth. Class envy, class warfare are the mainstay of the modern Democrat party.

Make no mistake, this Holder is not investigating “unfair advantages.” This is about the Democrats and Barack Obama using the Justice Department to once again create the impression that the GOP is protecting the wealthy while hurting the “little guy.”

As Bloomberg reports:

“…Democrats in Congress are renewing a push to levy fees on high-frequency trading in an effort to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue, or tax the practice out of existence. he measure isn’t likely to move forward in the House, where no member of the Republican majority has signed on as a co-sponsor.”

It is pure political posturing.

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