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  1. about 6 hours ago on Moderately Confused

    It’s kind of like people say, “I love my neighbor. It’s those other people I can’t stand.”

  2. about 6 hours ago on Francis

    There is an old baseball saying, “Hit them where they ain’t.”

    This also works in the military. You do not attack your enemy everywhere all at once. You attack him where he is weakest.

    Some people don’t get this concept. They feel like they need to control everything.

    In Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, habit number one is Be Proactive. Basically, this is “pick your fights wisely.” For example, I cannot control what Exxon / Mobile decides it wants to charge me for gasoline. However, I can control how much I pay for gas by what I drive and how I drive it. In the longer term, I can elect people who will limit profiteering and support alternative energy measures.

    If you concentrate on what you can’t do, then you feel like a victim and you look for a savior. You must find a reason for your discomfort (not yourself) and will side with whomever can convince you that he, and he alone, can defeat the hidden forces or imaginary evils that cause that discomfort.

    I am going back to a military analogy. The reason George Washington was so successful against the strongest empire in the world at the time was because he realized that he did not have to win the Revolutionary War; he just had to keep us from losing it. It is a concept that Sun Tzu (The Art of War) would have applauded.

    I do not need to rule the world; I just need to keep it from ruling me.


    I cited two of the reference books in my managerial library. The other two are “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl (I highly recommend this book to everyone) and the Bible by … God? Taken as a religious text the Bible is inspiring, however there are some good leadership examples in there too.

  3. about 8 hours ago on Moderately Confused

    OT: What a crybaby performance in Pennsylvania. “Nobody loves me. Everybody hates me. I’m going to eat some worrrrrms.” That’s the GOP’s finest offering.

  4. about 8 hours ago on Moderately Confused

    Louie Louie, oh no, me gotta go

  5. about 8 hours ago on Moderately Confused

    His Royal Majesty’s Colonies: Love them or leave them.

    Some folks did neither; they stayed, they stood and they fought. We have a name for these troublemakers. We call them Patriots.

  6. about 10 hours ago on Francis

    We human beings are uncomfortable with the fact that we do not control everything.

    If something bad is happening to us, it must be someone else’s fault. Therefore: conspiracy theories.

  7. about 10 hours ago on Moderately Confused

    OT: A Patriot is not a person who loves his country. A Patriot is a person who loves his country’s people.

  8. about 10 hours ago on Moderately Confused

    Actually it’s extraterrestrial aliens who are stealing the ballots. They use them as part of a Satanic ritual.

    Hey, that makes more sense than a lot of other things people believe in. All I have to do is tweet it and it becomes the truth.

  9. 1 day ago on Strange Brew

    One one the boasts I made when I was in the Air Force was that I could always put my bombs or rockets within 10 meters of the target. Unfortunately, I can make the same claim when shooting a rifle.

  10. 1 day ago on Strange Brew

    I don’t fish and I don’t golf – so there is no point in retiring.

    Actually, my wife and I did very well on vacation last week at the beach. We did nothing and enjoyed every moment of it.