Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday Song Share: Soul Coughing - Super Bon Bon

Move aside
and let the man go through

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another School Shooting

Yesterday we experienced yet another horrific school shooting.  Our hearts ache, and we search for solutions and meanings.  Unfortunately, there are few of either.

The knee-jerk reaction is to simply ban guns; as if those hundreds of millions in circulation would just up and disappear, and as if the evil that truly causes these events would just shrug its shoulders and not seek another method of meeting out mayhem and death.  

A sober and unemotional view of the situation knows that a ban is folly.  It'd be nice if it were that easy.  It's not.

So what then?  Certainly, this case will teach us something as the shooter was taken alive.  I can't ever remember a shooting where that was the case, and the perp will be studied endlessly to see what we can glean.  

More than that, the stories are being told about the shooter are that people EXPECTED him to do something like this.  What do we do with information like that?

We can't talk civilly to each other anymore (don't believe me - just watch the gun arguments by the talking heads this week).  We don't go to church anymore.  Our fathers aren't involved in raising their kids anymore.  We attribute the absolute worst to people that oppose us; easily dropping terms like Nazi and racist to fan our hate.

We don't care about each other anymore.  We look for slights and when we perceive them we lash out in hatred.  Most times it's done via a social media screed.

But sometimes it's done with an AR-15 in a school.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Ash Wednesday

Some Van the Man to get us started on our journey.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Good Time for Lent

With Ash Wednesday tomorrow, Lent begins.

It couldn't come at a better time.  It has been a really, really hard winter.  The weather has been so cold for so long that it has been a struggle to do much else other than go to work and come back.  

Sure, heartier souls are doing things like ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing, but not this guy.  It literally has been painful to get out.  

We're finally getting a rare break today.  It is already 10 above (a rarity) and on its way to 37 tomorrow.  If that occurs, it will be our highest temp since early December.  Unfortunately, after that we head back down and we'll be well below freezing the next ten days.  Hence, the sooner we can get Lent started and the sooner we get to Easter, maybe the sooner we get to Spring.

Stay warm.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday Song Share: Mandolin Orange - Never Die

I'm not much of a folk guy, but this song is so damn good.  The harmonies at the bridge are chilling.  

Such a pretty song...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I Love Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Smart.  Intense.  Intolerant of fools.  Tough.

It has been a long time since we've seen a Press Secretary of this stature.  Here's a recent example of how she rolls:

How big of an ass-kicker is she?  Big enough to inspire a meme like this:

Man, I do dig tough women.  Hat's off, Sarah.  You rock.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Little Perspective on Life

Important words, delivered in virtuoso fashion.  


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Audacious Audi Commercial

Audi won the preachy prize for this year's Super Bowl commercial cavalcade.  According to Audi, women are worth less than men.

I'm tired of suffering this lie.  I've been responsible for a payroll of over 40, and in no circumstances did I see any examples where women were paid less than men for comparable work.  In 2018 talent is too scarce, business too cutthroat, stakes too high, that if a company did indeed pay qualified people less than others with the same skill, they'd be out of business in no time.  

Has it always been easy for women in the workplace?  Hell no, and even in what should be "enlightened" environs like the media and entertainment, some women are still treated like meat.  But in business, where folks have to build teams to compete and win or die?  I'm sorry, the lie just doesn't apply anymore.

In the meantime, Audi preaches in hopes that it drives sales, but here's the dirt: they only have 2 women on their 14-person US senior leadership team, and have ZERO women on their board.  Kind of hard to pay women the same as men, when they don't even get a seat at the table.  Perhaps that's why they produced this ad for the game, went to the expense of producing it and getting George Clooney to voice it, but decided not to air it.  

That pretty much tells you everything you need to know.