Monthly Archives: November 2011

PUSH BACK

NEW BOOK ON THE WAY!

I am excited to announce the upcoming release of a new book!

It is called Push Back and will be available in all formats soon.  The book is a thriller, exposing the realities of present day China.

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Occupy Wall Street and Class Warfare

Just a few quick points on the growing divide and debate over our nations finances.

(P.S. – I am not nor ever have been a part of Wall Street, Finance or Banking)

1. The 99% Versus 1% – If you took all the money that everyone in America made over $100,000.-, capping the incomes of everyone at maximum of 100K per year (even for Brad Pitt, NFL quaterbacks, Google execs etc.) It would only be enough money to fund the US Government for two (2) months.

2. If you took all the money everyone in the country (taxing it at 100 percent) the US Government would still have to borrow money to pay its bills!

3. The Great Divider in Chief, Barack Obama, made a lot of noise, protesting the crazy bonues Wall St executives got.  It was out of whack, HOWEVER, where is he now when the Government Agencies, Fannie & Freddie Mac, are paying 100 million dollars in bonuses!?!  These two agencies have LOST 142 Billion dollars of our money.

4. Could it be the rancourous rhetoric being thrown around have helped to harden positions and contributed to the failure of all politicians to agree on a deal to cut our debt?

5. The debt owed by America is now over 15 TRILLION Dollars (not counting trillions of debt off the balance sheet)

6. Anyone reasonable has got to agree we have to cut spending now!

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The Left and the Right Get Their Own Nations

The country is deeply divided.  The split seems irreconcilable; the two sides are just too far apart on an ideological basis.  The rhetoric is loud, increasing and hardening positions.

Barack, Divider in Chief, is fanning the flames, deepening the divide, pitting Democrats and against Republicans, the successful hard working class against the entitlement class, the young against the aging.

What can we do about the stalemate?  Is it inevitable that we turn into Europe? Albeit without the charm!  Are we doomed to loath and fear nearly half of our fellow countrymen?

Two Americas

Why not split the country into two?  It may sound radical but why not explore the possibility of dividing the country into two distinct nations where each could manage their economic and social matters according to their beliefs.

The tensions would evaporate and the race to see what ‘model’ works would be on.

The liberals can have states like New York, New Jersey and California while the conservatives can claim Texas, Florida and Virginia.  We could give each ‘new’ nation a share of sun-belt and rust belt states and split those states with unclear majorities.

Doing this would discount the growing authority of Washington and leave it to the new nations to decide whether they want more control at the local level or a growing central authority.

Conservatives trapped in liberal states and left wingers in right wing states would have a type of ‘passport’ for citizenship in the nation where their hearts lie but not be forced to move.

Trade and commerce between the new nations would not change and future barriers prohibited.  Matters of national defense for example or other former federal responsibilities that could not be reasonably handled alone would be funded by the two new nations based upon the population count.  No more unfair subsidies.  Easements and rights of way would remain as they are but States within the new nations would be given back the responsibility for education, welfare, health etc.

I realize it is a delicate subject but I am stunned no one is talking about an option like this.  It’s revolutionary but I believe we need to look at it.  It would cause a lot of dislocation and take a long period of time to assimilate but does anyone really believe the current environment we find ourselves in will resolve itself fairly and peacefully?

I would love to hear your ideas to move this debate forward.

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Fear

Fear is a part of our existence.  Our DNA is hard wired and our physical responses to real danger are instinctive.   But fear is not danger but a mental perception of a possible danger.  This is a key distinction that almost everyone misses.

Fear lives in the unknown. We are afraid of what we don’t know. We feel fear when we are unsure of the outcome of a situation and it cripples us.  We need to learn how to tame fear.

Permitting fear to guide your existence allows your mind to create a negative response to the unknown. You hear a sound in the middle of the night and immediately feel threatened. You lie still in the bed hoping nothing else will happen as your mind bubbles up all kinds of negative scenarios.  It is simply illogical!

Why not get up and see what the sound may be?  If it is a real danger you are not helping yourself lying in bed!  Check it out if it bothers you and get back to sleep.

We have fear of looking foolish, heightened by the media’s projection of their image of perfection.  This fear prevents us from becoming who we really are.  It keeps us from pursuing our dreams, living small, stagnate and full of regrets.

What’s the downside?

If for example, you have to speak in front of a group what is the worst thing that can happen? You flub it, or do just an okay job? So what!  You are not the focus of the audience’s day, it is forgotten so fast.  Ever been to a boring speech or bad concert? How long did you hang onto it?

It’s a good thing to feel nervous and desire to do a good job. However, we need to channel the nervous energy we feel into positive action.  Acknowledge the presence of your nervousness, it happens to everyone, even seasoned pros, athletes and performers.   If you don’t feel nerves at all, you don’t care and that’s worse!  You just need to put it into proper perspective.

If you cannot convince yourself that your presentation is not going to cure cancer and feel undue pressure, then get better prepared.  Practice and prepare if it’s a presentation, performance etc.  If it’s a social thing, ‘practice’ in smaller, less intimidating situations.  Preparation is the antidote but will not completely cancel your nerves.  It is also important to know that your audience wants to like you and that you know your stuff better than 90 percent of them.  Prepare, do and move on.

Make a Real Effort, Its All That Counts

We all have different interests and goals; it’s what makes life and people so interesting!  I love meeting people with unusual passions; it’s refreshing to see them pursue them vigorously.  Don’t be shy, whether you want to learn to dance, swim, read tarot cards, learn to ride a bike, paint etc. block out your fear and start participating.  Stop being self conscious, the world does not revolve around you.  When and if criticism comes your way, use it constructively even if it came mean spiritedly.  Learn from it and strengthen your resolve to grow.

This quote by Teddy Roosevelt says it all, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; who strives valiantly; who errs, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Get Going

There is a substantive difference between fear and danger.  Our need to control and insulate ourselves imprisons us in a small, supposedly safe existence.  Say yes to life now, stop saying no due to unfounded and unrealistic feelings of fear.

If you do not do well in your endeavor don’t allow it define who you are and don’t let it get to your heart. Just as importantly, if you do well don’t let it get to your head!

For a memorable example of dealing with fear in a life threatening situation check out Marble Mountain – a memoir of a Vietnam helicopter pilot. It’s a gripping insight at the incredible challenges the brave men and women who served faced.  Marble Mountain Link Check it out!

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Occupy, Smoccupy, Its Not Protesting

The disorganized mob known as Occupy Wall Street and its offshoots are another media creation.  The media coverage is lending credibility to the nonsensical gatherings.

They get favorable media coverage and when things get violent as they often do, they are quick to point out that it is only a few of the many protesters.

The mob has had ample time to formulate a message or purpose for their disruptive ‘occupations’.  A protest, by its definition, is an objection to specific policy or actions. It must must have a goal.  Overthrowing capitalism is not a goal.

There are many effective means of protesting and with the advent of social media its been easy to get thousands of people to be involved.   The so-called Tea Party had definable goals and coalesced around them to become a formidable political force.  They have sucessfully converted their displeasure into action, what polar opposites the occupy gang is.

Closing businesses or a major port as the Oakland mob did, does not accomplish anything but make economic matters and quality of life worse.

This looking like a third world protest, with property being damaged, people injured and general chaos.  If the folks who grumble are unwilling to offer anything other than they dont like our systems they are fee to leave for say Cuba or Venezuela.

Occupy Oakland Movement

The Occupy Wall Street nonsense has reached a new low as a mayor, Jean Quan, of  Oakland lent her full support to the movement. This unbelievable support was reinforced even after the mobs violent activities last week.  This deranged mayor even allowed city workers to take the day off to participate.  Who the heck is paying the city workers salaries?

It’s gone way too far, police and city officials where these mobs camp out must stop accommodating them and force them off private property.

Capitalism may not be the perfect system but it clearly is the best one, providing a living standard far higher than those outside the United States. There are surely inequities, some people make way too much, but do we want the government dictating what people can make?  How did that work out for the Soviet Union?

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