50 Shades of Patriotism

So if you’re looking for some steamy story in this blog, you will be disappointed. The inspiration for this blog was the following observaton: An oversized pick up (mint condition without a speck of dust having never done a day of gritty manual labor) came roaring by (wasting gas using up what remains of ourContinue reading “50 Shades of Patriotism”

Give credit where credit is due

When it comes to what Democrats and Progressives do and what they get credit for, there appears to be a disconnect that hurts them at the voting booth. Got me to thinking there should be a 3 column litmus test to match up the following: What they accomplish What they get credit for Who theyContinue reading “Give credit where credit is due”

Anything can be accomplished with ENOUGH !!!

It’s an odd title for a blog so here’s my explanation: ENOUGH as used here means bringing to bear sufficient resources (i.e, money, manpower, equipment, whatever it takes) to accomplish the task at hand, usually this pertains to a challenge previously considered unsolvable or overwhelming. Why am I thinking about this? Several reasons: During ThanksgivingContinue reading “Anything can be accomplished with ENOUGH !!!”

Talking points for liberals and conservatives

What NOT to say and how to start a speech has become as important as the speech itself if you want to maintain open dialogue. So here’s my advice to liberals: Don’t get painted into the “weak on crime, big spender” corner. Start every conversation (to greatest extent possible) making it clear that you areContinue reading “Talking points for liberals and conservatives”

Beware the UNDERTOW

As an avid swimmer and swim instructor, I have a healthy appreciation for the danger of undertow. But we need to beware of the other types of undertows: In the office…. The boss and upper management announce policies and procedures expecting enthusiastic implementation. Beware the undertow of staff who are not on board. The newContinue reading “Beware the UNDERTOW”

Cashing Out

I was thinking of the following riddle the other day: Question: What do you call it when you die pennyless? Answer: Good timing This also remined me of the February anniversary of my fathers death some years ago when he died basically of old age at 93. He had a good life, survived WW2, workedContinue reading “Cashing Out”

Write a biography for those we do not understand or do not like

While listening to a fascinating interview of author and biographer Richard Norton Smith describe how he discovered what really “made some famous persons tick”, it occurred to me that the act of writing a biography could go a long way to understanding someone else’s essence. Only when we know all the intimate details of theContinue reading “Write a biography for those we do not understand or do not like”

Why do we hate each other so?

We connect on so may levels, enjoying laughs, sharing stories. I tell my mall stories based on 15 years as a mall cop Neighborhood pals, high school and college buddies share hilarious tales and hijinks. Every conversation starts with the phrase “remember the time when”. We end up toasting to good times and pledging toContinue reading “Why do we hate each other so?”

Cops in the future

What shall be the role of cops in the future? Who will want to be a cop in the future? Who would we want to be a cop in the future Full disclosure: Being Irish-American, I come from a long line of cops including my father and numerous uncles and great-uncles. Growing up I plannedContinue reading “Cops in the future”

How “tough-love” Democrats can recapture voters

I describe myself as a tough-love Democrat. Tough because I seek fiscal austerity, consequences for wrong doing (do the crime, do the time), and efficiency in program implementation (cut out the waste) Love because I want everybody to be fed so they don’t starve, clothed so they don’t freeze, patched up when they get sickContinue reading “How “tough-love” Democrats can recapture voters”