Monday, August 03, 2015

Declaration of Freedom!

The federal government of the United States of America (two very different things) is bleeding the people of this country dry.  For years it has stolen trillions of dollars out of middle class American families and spent it on pure crap, 80%-90% of which it has absolutely no constitutional authority to spend.  Beyond the clear question of constitutional permission, common sense would dictate that other people's money not be spent to foolishly.  Families need that money for food and education for their children.  This is more than a crime, it's a sin against Almighty God!  And some day these people will have to answer for their sins.  I have no respect or use for these people in D.C. I don't care a flying flip for them.  As far as I am concerned they are demons from the pits of hell and the sooner they go straight back there the better!  Like Mark Levin has been saying for weeks on his radio show it is time for the States and the People and businesses to simply disobey.  No more.  Just say no.  We are not approaching, we are at a pivotal point in history much like 1789 France or 1776 America.  The rest of the sins of this government against the people are too numerous to list.  I declare my independence from this monstrous abomination and plant my allegiance firmly on the actual Declaration of Independence and the actual Constitution of the United States of America! Liberty & Freedom!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Inside the Mind of Barack Hussein Obama

There has been much discussion, particularly in conservative circles these past few years about what motivates Barack Obama to do what he has done and continues to do. One camp believes that he is diabolically intentional about destroying the country.  Another postulates that he is simply dumb as a box of rocks.  I don't really think that either explanation is a true reflection of what is driving Obama to drive the country over a cliff.  Rather, I believe that he was raised and educated, perhaps indoctrinated in and by a steady stream of radical, liberal progressive ideology from a very early age and to the exclusion of any other philosophies.  This is the prism through which he views history and current events.  I don't believe that he can even fathom that there truly is any other valid point of view.  Facts and logic cannot overcome this lifelong immersion in liberal philosophy.  He is effectively hard-wired to view events, think and act according to this imprinting.  Nothing will sway him.  In his mind he probably cannot understand why everyone doesn't think the way he does.  He is undoubtedly honestly flummoxed at why so many vehemently oppose his efforts to make the world a much better place. I have no doubt that to the core of his being he truly believes that if he could just exert his will unfettered  he could bring about peace in the Middle East and throughout the world, economic prosperity for all, eliminate poverty, hunger and disease as well as make the Earth a beautiful garden of Eden.  Why wouldn't everyone want that? Now, one could classify that as a mental illness, megalomania or schizophrenic delusions of grandeur; and that might be accurate, but where does that leave us?  Impeachment, incarceration in an asylum, mandatory medication and counseling?  No, I think the lesson to be learned here is to not put people like this in positions of power (including the education system).  As to what can be done to undo the damage already wrecked upon the nation and that which is probably still to come, I will leave that to another time and perhaps other people.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Democrat In Republican Clothing #DIRC

You've heard about RINO's, Republican In Name Only.  Well, now I think it's time to take it a step further with DIRC, Democrat In Republican Clothing.  I would nominate Governor Chris Christie and Jeb Bush to start with.  There are many more.  Join me on Twitter and nominate your favorite #DIRC!
Senator Lindsey Graham-SC
Senator Orrin Hatch-UT
Senator Jeff Flake-AZ

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

You Can Lead a Horse to Water...but That Doesn't Make it a Leader

Egads, companies all across America are obsessed with "Leadership Training."  Every employee from the bathroom janitor to the CEO are spending hours and days in classes hearing canned PowerPoint presentations from perky presenters touting the latest 12-step program that will transform anyone and everyone into the next Steve Jobs.  Over my nearly 60 decades I have read dozens of books on leadership and sat through lectures, presentations and training on finding and developing the leader within me.  Well, guess what?  There ain't one in there.  So let me give you my curbside consultation on what I have learned and believe about all of this.
I postulate that within the corporate hierarchy there are basically four categories.  You can call them by different names, but essentially most companies are comprised of one or two (if they are lucky enough to still have one) Leaders, a small batch of Managers, Supervisors and then Workers. It is my belief that people are born with, or without the tendency to fall into one of those categories.  It is pretty much genetically dictated.  My uncle was born with musical talent.  He took violin lessons when he was very young and quickly mastered that instrument.  One day he sat down and started playing the piano.  He didn't need sheet music, he would just hear something on the radio and start playing it and would transpose it into another key on the fly.  I wanted to play the piano but was not born with the innate talent.  I took lessons for years, fighting and struggling.  I can pick out the notes off of the page, but I don't make music.  My uncle made music.  He was a musician.  I, with all my years of lessons still could not claim to be a musician. While you can tweak and develop and improve the skills within your particular category I don't believe that there is much movement of an individual from one category to another.  Wanting to become a Leader and attending all of these myriad leadership classes does not make you a Leader any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.  If you're not born to be a Leader, you're probably not going to be one.  Or a Manager or Supervisor either for that matter.  And just because your company anoints you as a Leader or Manager or Supervisor and sends you to class doesn't make it so either.  They may just be setting you up to fail.  Leadership training companies rake in billions every year telling rooms full of chickens to 'fly, you're an eagle!'  Well, chickens are not eagles and they're not going to become eagles.  There are very few eagles.  And we needs chickens, there's nothing wrong with being a chicken.  But the allure to be a Leader is very intoxicating.  In my opinion, there are very few leaders in government or business, but a lot of wannabes.
Leaders cast the vision for the product, service and company.  They were probably the founder(s) of that particular enterprise.  The original Leader many not even be around any more.  Sadly, after the founding Leader is gone, many companies never really have another Leader and wallow around until they go bust.  They try to hire another Leader or promote a Manager into leadership, but usually with disastrous results.  Leaders are big idea people, not detail.  They think outside of the box, come up with new, novel ideas and sometimes come off as a bit quirky, eccentric and impractical.  The words 'no' and 'impossible' are not in their vocabulary.  The fact that something has never been done before excites them while it scares Managers.  The are oriented to the future.  Once they have put an idea for a product or service in motion and handed it off to the Managers, they are pretty much done with that one and off dreaming up the next big deal.
Managers may go by many names:  CEO, President, Vice-President, COO, CFO, Manager, General Manager, Superintendent.  These people are responsible for taking the Leader's visions, manifested as a product, service or company and make it happen. They break the vision down into its component projects and steps and then manage the necessary resources, budgets, personnel, policies, legal and regulatory demands and timetables and deadlines. They hire the Supervisors who will oversee the workers who will ultimately do the work of the vision.  Managers are more oriented to the details of the vision, relieving the Leader of that burden.
Supervisors oversee the Workers who are doing the day-to-day grunt work of bringing the Leader's vision to fruition.  They hire and fire them, make sure they have the necessary tools and training, make sure the work is done safely and strive to meet the deadlines and budgets given them by their Manager for their particular project. 
Workers have very specific skills for very specific jobs.  These are comprised of the industrial trades, skilled and unskilled workers.  They perform the daily heavy lifting (many times literally) of accomplishing the vision.  They perform repetitive tasks on a very specific part of a step or aspect of a project making up the vision. Without them, nothing much would happen.
It is my premise that Workers rarely if ever make good Supervisors, Supervisors rarely if ever make good Managers, and Managers rarely if ever make good Leaders.  Thus the problem with promoting up the chain from within an organization.  People really do tend to rise to their level of incompetency, unfortunately that is usually the point where they are promoted from one of these categories up to the next one.  They were doing a great job in the position for which they are best suited, and this is probably why there were singled out for promotion.  That, and the fact that someone has been around for a long time and now it's their turn.  Eeeek!  Formula for epic fail.  Rather than leaving that successful person in their best-suited job and trying to help them be the best they can be there, the company out of the goodness of their heart promotes them up to the next category where they flounder and founder for years, while attending multiple seminars on how to be a success in that job, but secretly knowing they never will.  Surprise, I am not a big proponent of promoting from within.  If a company needs a Leader (or Manager or Supervisor or Worker) they should look everywhere for the best person with those particular skills, inside and outside the company and hire the best person for job.  It is more important that the candidate have the requisite skill set for the particular category of job rather than know the product, service or company inside out.  Someone from outside with the right skills can learn the company, product and service quickly.  But remember, it's the skills you are really after, not company knowledge.  Someone with all of the company knowledge and experience in the world will still fail if promoted beyond their God-given skill set. 
I believe that companies should stop sending everyone to leadership training classes and spend their money and resources identifying employees' innate skills, matching that to the right job and then investing in helping them improve those preexisting skills to the highest level within the job and category that best suits them.  If a position needs to be filled, fill it with someone from inside or outside the company that already has the right skills for that category, then train them in that position. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

God and Government

Let's clear up this church and state thing once and for all.  It's really quite simple, not complicated in the least.  The people who founded this nation were fleeing religious persecution under a state-mandated religion.  They set up a nation based upon the concept of religious freedom.  A nation where religion of all kinds, or none at all could flourish unimpeded by the heavy hand of the government.  People would be free to worship when and where and what they pleased, or not at all.  They did not distinguish between private and public religious practice.  They were not concerned about people expressing and practicing their religion in the public square and in the halls of government.  Just look at how many of our early politicians held strong religious beliefs, talked openly about them in the chambers of government and how many mentioned their faith in speeches on the floor of the House and Senate.  Look at how many Presidents prayed openly and encouraged prayer for our nation. The sessions of Congress are opened in prayer and Presidents are sworn in on Bibles (or other religious books) and swear their oath, so help them God.  Our founders did not intend for religion to be hidden away to only be practiced in the home or Sundays in church.  No, what they intended was a vibrant religious fervor throughout the land, in homes and churches and schools and businesses and the halls of government, unchecked by intrusion from the rulers.  The thing they did proscribed was any establishment of a state religion or policies setting one religion above another, or giving one special treatment over another, or prohibiting some altogether.  This is not to be construed to an interpretation which keeps religion out of the public and government realms, but rather keeps government out of the religious realms.  The separation of church and state is to keep the state out of the church, but not the church out of the state.  We have come a full 180 degrees since George Washington said in his farewell address of 1796, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."  Atheists and agnostics are now everywhere lobbying for the removal of anything religious from our schools, public squares and halls of government.  What gives them the right to do so anymore than those of us with religious affiliation the right to remove them and their beliefs from these same places.  One could argue that atheism and agnosticism are simply religions of faith in things other than a supreme being.  In the world of the First Amendment they have no more right to demand religious cleansing than the religious to demand their cleansing.  No, we must all co-exist and blossom together in all aspects of life.  The First Amendment guarantees the right of freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.  I would recommend that those who seek to remove anything religious from the public square grow thicker skin.  What religious people do doesn't harm them, and what they do doesn't harm the religious.  Live and let live.  The industry of being offended has become too much a growth industry.  A lot of what they do and what happens in our country and the world offends me, but I choose to let it roll off of me like water from a duck's back.  I do what I can to make a difference in the world from my perspective, they would be advised to do the same.  By the way, the Constitution and Bill of Rights nowhere guarantees a right to not be offended.  It's part of life.  Amen.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Article V--Let's Go!!

Now that we have read Mark Levin’s latest book, The Liberty Amendments and realize that this really IS the only path forward; we must confront the questions of how we move this idea forward to fruition and what can and must each of us do in that endeavor.  
It seems to me that before we can start the process we need to know exactly where we are now and we must be able to track our progress and make necessary adjustments along the way.  To that end here is my outline:

  • We need a central, searchable electronic database to collect and track data on all state legislators.  This should include the state, the individual’s name, party affiliation, mailing address, telephone numbers, fax numbers and social media contact information and when they will next face re-election.  We need to track changes with elections and vacancies.  Should this database be owned by Tea Party Patriot’s, some other group or should some new entity be formed for this specific task?
  • Each legislator needs to then be contacted to find out if they have read Mark’s book or if they are familiar with it and/or the proposal.  If not, the book and other supporting information needs to be made available to them and then follow up with them after having a chance to read it.  For those already familiar with the idea we should document if they favor or oppose the concept or if they are leaning in favor or opposition, or if they are completely undecided.  Depending upon their position they made to be provided with further information or have someone contact them directly to discuss the idea and answer questions and provide more information.  This, I think should ideally be done by constituents in their respective districts if possible.   We should continually follow up to find out if their position on the idea has changed, and hopefully moved in a positive direction.
  • We should identify sympathetic state legislators who would be willing to carry the proposal forward in their respective state legislatures and become champions and persuaders amongst their colleagues and points of contact for our movement.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Patient's Statement of Rights

Please review and attach to my chart.

            In this era of health care reform and rapidly changing paradigms many patients feel as though they are on the losing end of a quickly shortening stick.  Every time you go to a physician’s office or hospital you are bombarded with all sorts of forms to sign with all sorts of rules and regulations.  Who on earth can know what it all means?  It seems that everyone is telling patients what they can and cannot do; their physician’s office, hospitals, pharmacies, insurance companies and then government is telling everyone what can and cannot be done.  Is anyone actually looking after the patient?  Sadly, it seems no.  In light of these realities, here are some patient responses to all of this.  These are the things that I the patient, will and will not do or permit:

  • When I call to make an appointment with my doctor, I want to see my doctor.  Not some other doctor or physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner; unless I specifically request or agree to that.
  •  I will not be financially responsible for any charges or fees not covered by my insurance for any tests, procedures, consultations or lab unless those charges are specifically discussed with me prior to any of them actually being incurred.  After the charges are discussed, I will then decide whether to proceed or not and will inquire as to alternatives or if they can be done cheaper elsewhere.  Of course, this applies to routine situations, not dire emergencies.  It would be wise and helpful for you to post your routine fees and charges on your website and on a large sign in your waiting room.
  •  I will not answer any questions about or provide any social or behavioral information, except things I may relate to my physician in private and confidence directly.  I do not give permission for any such information to be transmitted in any form to anyone or any private or governmental agency (local, state or federal) other than my physician.
  •  I do not give my permission for any information of any sort to be transmitted to any private or governmental agency (local, state or federal) other than my insurance company.
  •  I do not give my permission for any information to be stored off-site of my physician’s physical office.
  •  I do not use my social security number as a personal medical identification number.  Please use an alternative number such as my employee ID number from my employer who provides my health insurance.  I will not provide my social security to anyone and do not give my permission for you to obtain it by any means or from any source and do not give my permission for you to retain and/or store it.

Thank you!

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