Monday, January 15, 2018

Prejudice Flows in Many Directions

For John, BLUFWe are still a polarized nation.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from a year ago, but I don't think this kind of prejudiced thinking has much changed.

This is from The Daily Caller, by Mr Robert Donachie, 8 January 2017.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Playing Fair At Work

For John, BLUFI think there is a new book out on this, Treating People Well:  The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Atlantic, and Ms Olga Khazan, the September 2017 Issue.

Yes, this is a couple of months old, but it raises issues about how the workplace really works.  The very bad part is that bosses are supposed to be mentoring their subordinates, so those subordinates are (1) prepared to move up and (2) very productive workers, helping the organization grow and prosper.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

For John, BLUFPrejudice gets in the way of progress, and of our humanity.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I had thought we were making progress on race relations, at least compared to my youth, when there were sundown towns and restrictive covenant.  It seems the Reverend King was a sort of high water mark in our progress.  Sadly.

I still hope that we can achieve Reverent King's vision:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
We need to all be working in that direction.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Threat From North Korea

For John, BLUFWishing won't make North Korea's nuclear capability go away, and neither will blaming President Trump.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is a Tweet by Ms Jamie Lee Curtis, yesterday, 13 January 2018.
This Hawaii missle scare is on YOU Mr. Trump.  The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU.  It is on YOUR ARROGANCE.  HUBRIS.  NARCISSISM.  RAGE.  EGO.  IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY.  Shame on your hate filled self.  YOU DID THIS!
Well, thanks to Ms Curtis we now know who was responsible for the Hawaii false alarm.

Here is the other bit of news.  The North Korean nuclear capability, such as it is, is not going away.  It is there to provide protection for North Korea from an American response to North Korean incited incidents and acts of aggression.

The other thing to think about is that the North Korean nuclear capability is not sufficient for a disarming first strike against the United States.  Rather, it is a capability held in reserve, to deter the United States.  Striking first means, for North Korea, giving up the deterrence and going straight to the elimination of the Kim Family Criminal Regime in response.

To make the North Korean nuclear capability go away there must be motivation for China to pay attention.  The only thing I can think of that could do the trick would be for South Korea or Japan to start to obtain their own nuclear weapons capability.  Of course, it could turn out that we end up with three nuclear armed nations, not just one.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Questioning Those Who Question Trump

For John, BLUFPresident Trump's problem is that he actually blurts out what he is thinking.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is disappointing.

My headline modification.

From The Washington Examiner, Opinion Writer Mr Eddie Scarry, 13 January 2018.

From the article:

Among the celebrities who said they would move if Trump won the election were: Chelsea Handler to Spain; Lena Dunham to Vancouver; Barbara Streisand to Australia or Canada; and Snoop Dogg to Canada.

Notice that none of them identified their final destinations as the slums of El Salvador.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Cleaning Up Veterans' Health Care

For John, BLUFThere was a joke, when I was young, that the Vanguard Project should be renamed Civil Service.  The argument was that the rocket couldn't be fired or made to work.  Today that seems a little odd in construction, but it made sense at the time.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Military Times, Reporter Leo Shane III, 8 January 2018.

Here is the lede plus four:

Employee firings at the Department of Veterans Affairs jumped in the second half of 2017 after new accountability legislation was signed into law last summer, results that administration officials insist show a renewed commitment to cleaning up the agency.

But critics say more firings don’t mean better results for veterans, and the rising rate of dismissals may not be significantly different than past years for the massive government bureaucracy.

“I don’t think this has accomplished what they want it to accomplish,” said Marilyn Park, legislative representative for the American Federation of Government Employees.

In June, President Donald Trump signed into law the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, legislation he has subsequently touted as one of his biggest accomplishments during his first year in office.

Among other provisions, the legislation shortened the appeal time for VA employees protesting their dismissals and expanded VA leadership’s ability to remove most workers, including senior executives, for misconduct or poor performance.

It will take more than a year to tell the full results.  Part of the issue is that there is also Balkanization in the VA, with each Hospital its own fiefdom.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Italian Elections In Less Than Two Months

For John, BLUFSure, we can see it as comic opera, but it could be very important for the future of Europe.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from the Canadian paper The Globe and Mail, by Reporter Eric Reguly, 12 January 2018.

Here is the lede:

Fans of wild and nasty election campaigns will enjoy the spectacle of Italians going to the polls on March 4.  The wide-open election could see the comeback of Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister whose outlandish mix of politics and "bunga bunga" partying almost landed him in prison.  The other outcome is the election of the populist, anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), led by firebrand comedian Beppe Grillo.  This week, with voters in mind, each party has been fine-tuning its position on Italy's place in the European Union and whether to use the euro.  Mr. Grillo is dialling down his euro skepticism and Mr. Berlusconi is embracing the EU, the opposite of their previous stances.  Entertainment value aside, all European eyes are on the Italian election, the continent's biggie for 2018.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff