Quotable and Notable

The monopoly that Russia has in taking Astronauts to the Space Station — one they have both used to extort money, and get bragging rights — is about to end.

Elon Musk, he of PayPal and Tesla, has unveiled Dragon V2, a reusable space taxi to carry as many as seven Astronauts at a time, and land on land or water. It can then be refueled and reused as many as 10 times before servicing.

No one should doubt that Space X is the real deal, and it faces strong competition from other private companies not to mention that it has not been tested either with or without actual people on-board.

Nevertheless, it is the beginning of a plug in the dike that was breached by the US when our government prematurely either stopped the use of our Space Shuttle or else the government did not ramp up private initiatives quickly enough. Whichever, the hoe existed too long to the detriment of America in space.

I am not saying that Fox dominates cable, but the top 14 shows are all FOX!

Yes, O’Reilly is still Number one, but his demographics are troublesome. His audience is primarily over 55, and that demographic is is the distribution phase of life not the consumption phase that buys things that advertisers like.


In Baltimore, a new program called Bikemore placed about half a hundred bikes in stands to encourage people to exercise around a reservoir.

Something approaching 50 youth broke in and stole them. The guy who ran the program called the theft, “Shocking.”

I call the man who ran the program, “Naive.”

The Shenseki removal or resignation reminds me that management is not a simple process.

I had the opportunity to command men in the Navy, and although managers I saw were good, and bad, the work got done by relatively happy or relatively unhappy individuals.

I then had the “opportunity” to manage a bifurcated group, about evenly divided between Sailors and Civil Servants who were protected by Civilian Service union rules — and that was a nightmare…a fully constrained management atmosphere.

Still a third management style was my management of two volunteer organizations. This is management by pleading.

Consequently, I have started two 501c(3) organizations, and promptly resigned on the spot! My management style simply does not mesh well with volunteer organizations — nor did it mesh well with Civil Service organizations.

I know nothing about Shinseki’s management style, but what I do know is that rank does not define management styles, and neither does war wounds.

Hemphill’s First Law of Management is, “Anyone can manage any project that has an unlimited budget.” That apparently is not true if a manager is constrained by a union like Civil Service or a teachers union. The VA budget has increased faster than its patient load, so funding alone is not the problem.

It may have just been a mis-match between a military management style and the organization below him.

Military men simply cannot comprehend that pure, criminal activity could occur in their organization.


Wow! I never would have expected big liberal and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to go into the Belly of the Beast and let liberal academia have it right between the eyes!

Just read and try to digest this: “ Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas. Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species. And that is probably nowhere more true than it is here in the Ivy League. In the 2012 presidential race, according to Federal Election Commission data, 96% of all campaign contributions from Ivy League faculty and employees went to Barack Obama. 96%. There was more disagreement among the old Soviet politburo than there is among Ivy League donors. And that statistic should give us some pause. I say it as someone who endorsed President Obama for reelection. Let me tell you something, neither party has a monopoly of truth or God on its side. When 96% of Ivy League donors prefer one candidate to another, you really have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer. Diversity of gender, ethnicity, and orientation is important, but a university cannot be great if its faculty is politically homogenous.
Great universities should not become predictably partisan. And a Liberal Arts education must not be an education in the art of liberalism. The role of universities is not to promote an ideology. It is to provide scholars and students with a neutral forum for researching and debating our issues without tipping the scale in one direction or repressing unpopular views.”


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