Hate breeds hate

I posted a comment regarding immigration in response to a recent LinkedIn article, the meat of which is this: I’m willing to bet that most people would agree that well-integrated migrants can be a boon. Unfortunately, we now have to overcome a justifiable anger resulting from the long years of contempt our elites have shown […]

Who knew Tom Landry flew B-17s?

I was double-checking myself on the details of John Browning’s M2 machine gun, which got me thinking about the armament of the Flying Fortress (13 M2s, in case you’re wondering), which led me to the Wikipedia entry about the plane, which informed me that late Cowboys coach Tom Landry flew 30 missions piloting those birds […]

“Enlightened” bosses — making folks miserable in the manufacturing world and the military alike

I found this blog post at chrishernandezauthor.com causing me some serious deja vu as I read it. His description of the top-down safety stupidity he saw practiced in the National Guard and the active-duty Army sounded a lot like many Continuous Improvement tools/activities/practices I’ve witnessed in the manufacturing world. They share a few characteristics.  Despite being […]

A couple of good links from “Smartbrief on Leadership”

The first one tells how Newegg led by example by winning in court against a patent troll trying to steal their profits with bogus patent infringement claims. The second one has some excellent guidance from a Navy SEAL on using lessons from their world for effective business leadership.

Alan Greenspan: an icon of hubris

I’m about to finish Alan Greenspan’s book, The Age of Turbulence. The pivotal moment in the book is about halfway through when he declares that he had decided to add economic growth to the Fed’s responsibilities. It was at that point that he jettisoned once and for all whatever tenuous threads that remained of his free-market […]

Fran Tarkenton’s defense of David and Charles Koch

Here is a spirited defense of the much-maligned Koch brothers and Koch Industries by Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Tarkenton correctly points out the destructive, poisonous political source of the attacks on the Kochs.  Because the Kochs stand in the way of the left’s demolishing of America’s free enterprise system in favor of […]

Teddy Roosevelt, my newest hero, and his creation of a monster

I got into a stretch this summer of reading about African big game hunting from back in the days of the colonial safari.  One of the several books I read was President Theodore Roosevelt’s African Game Trails. For the longest time I’ve had a dislike of our 26th president, since I’d read amply about his role […]

Great advice

File this one in the drawer for “excellent ideas — but much easier said than done (not that that’s any excuse).”

The colossal failure of our elite… and others

I just yesterday came across an article that represents sweet vindication.  I’ve long felt that we’re saddled with a generation of “leaders” who are horrendously entitled and overconfident, who have no track record of actual accomplishment or success, yet who expect ever greater power and reward.  Where it comes to the products of our elite […]

Anti-Leadership: The General Motors Saga

Here’s an article chronicling the failures of leadership by Barack Obama and Dan Akerson, GM’s CEO, in their “success” in turning the former automotive powerhouse around. http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2012/08/15/general-motors-is-headed-for-bankruptcy-again/ Their lesson is one that far too many “leaders” today need to learn:  being smug, all-knowing, ridiculously entitled, arrogant, condescending, and out of touch while consistently delivering nothing […]