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Being a business theatre producer has allowed Brian the opportunity to meet and work with some very fascinating people from a variety of backgrounds which, in turn, has helped shape his knowledge and his opinions. His blog will not always be political, it will be about a lifetime of subjects, and nothing is off limits. “Few people have original thoughts, we are shaped by the people we know and meet” he says.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hypocritic Oath

Where will it end? When one gets elected to public office, there must be a secret oath that they pledge to be hypocrites whenever and wherever possible. And I also think the media takes the pledge as well.

Head hypocrite Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff, leads the way along with most of the Obama administration, including the President and Vice-President.

Just because Tony Hayward decides to take a weekend break and try to relieve some stress, the media is all over it almost declaring that work in the gulf has come to a complete stop. It is OK for the President to take a day off and play golf but not OK for anyone else. What hypocrites!

Rahm Emanuel is going to be on This Week with whomever is the host this week and declare that Tony Hayward shouldn't be taking a day off. He is probably going to criticise BP and Tony Hayward for taking a day off while his boss, President Obama and Vice-President Biden play golf. It is not like he is personally working in the gulf. What hypocrites!

Should the President of ABC take a day off or will the news world come to a screeching halt? What happens when the President of Macy's takes a day off, do all sales stop? What hypocrites!

Everyone needs to have some stress relief from their jobs and Tony Hayward is no different and this is just another example of the ugliness, stupidity and hypocrisy of Chicago-Style politics. If I didn't know better, I would say that Al Capone was their mentor.

Every lead story on the news is about Tony Hayward boating for the weekend but you don't hear about the President's golf game or his mini vacations that he takes about every 6 to 8 weeks. What hypocrites!

I am sure BP is working around the clock trying to stop the leak, not Tony Hayward personally. If anything, it is the government that is putting road blocks in BP's way.

The government denied help from the Danish government that would have taken 20,000 barrels of oil out of the gulf a day per ship but the Obama administration, with its false pride, said no thanks, we don't need your help. Many foreign governments have offered assistance only to be rejected because our government is so egotistical that they think they know better than everyone else. They don't want anyone to take credit for stopping the oil leak. They would rather have it gush for another month than stop it and give credit to someone else. What hypocrites!

It is time to remember this in November when you go to the polls.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

When did common sense leave?

One of the things that really attracted me to my wife when we first met, beside the fact that she was pretty, smart with a great sense of humor, was that she had a boat load of common sense. More than most women I had met. Now I am not saying that most women lack common sense but they do dance to a different drum.

Common sense is probably one of the most important traits for survival in the world in which we live. Yet, it is probably the most lacking of traits in business, education and government. It is probably the most lacking in government with all the PC crap that they do.

Common sense says that when there is a tragedy, you do something. That you act upon your instincts. You don't just sit there and wait for someone else to do something.

The gulf oil spill is one of the most recent events that has shown a total departure from common sense. Everyone waited for the government to do something. BP requested permission to act accordingly but was denied any action by the government hell bent on trying to evaluate the situation. "Let's wait and see how bad it will be" before we react is not common sense. Let's turn it into a real disaster before we act on it. A total lack of common sense. BP missed the boat as well trying to be PC. They should have done everything themselves and ask the government for forgiveness later rather than ask for permission. Governor Jindal of Louisiana requested permission to build berms to protect the shoreline but after 6 weeks of studying it on the federal level, the government decided it was too late to build them. It wasn't "too late" when he first asked for help. Where is the common sense?

Another example of common sense gone wrong is from Providence, R.I. where a young man, David Morales, age 8, wore a hat to school on "Hat Day" and it had tiny soldiers glued to the hat with tiny guns. It was a salute to our men and women serving our country in the armed services. You would think this young man was a terrorist from the reaction of the school officials. "Weapons are not appropriate in school". HUH! Get real!

Another great example of common sense missing is in San Joaquin Valley in California where they have been experiencing a drought because the government, make that environmental wackos, has decided that the extinction of the silver fish is more important than the extinction of farmers and has turned off their water supply.

The result has already been devastating for the state's farm economy. In the inland areas affected by the court-ordered water restrictions, the jobless rate has hit 14.3%, with some farming towns like Mendota seeing unemployment numbers near 40%. Statewide, the rate reached 11.6% in July, higher than it has been in 30 years. All because of a complete lack of common sense and a silver fish.

Let's bring common sense back to society.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A True Teaching Moment

If you were fortunate enough to watch Tom Izzo this evening telling Michigan State fans and the country that he is staying at MSU for life, you were treated to one of the classiest moments in sports history. No, he didn't win anything and he didn't lose anything either. Well, he might have lost a few million dollars but what he gained is priceless.

Tom Izzo was being Tom Izzo. He explained his and his family's last couple of weeks, the ups and downs, his meeting with the Cavaliers owner, a former MSU Alum, the MSU fans and student's appreciation of his efforts.

He talked about former players calling him to encourage him to at least listen to the offer. His current players were all there to support him. Wow, MSU sure is fortunate to have Tom Izzo on their staff.

Every professor, every college sport fan, every high school coach should sit their teams down and have them watch Tom Izzo's press conference. Every parent of a student athlete should make their kid watch the press conference and then explain how fortunate to be living in the same state as Tom Izzo. I know I felt fortunate to watch it.

The last three months has left us with some incredible teaching moments from the sports world that I will remember forever and that should be models of how to act. There was Brian Davis at the Heritage Golf Tournament calling a $400,000 plus penalty on himself without hesitation. Truly inspirational. Then there was Armando Galarraga pitching a perfect game only to lose it to a Jim Joyce error. Even more inspiring was his reaction. Then Jim Leyland jumps in with his two cents and more inspiration. Next General Motors shows how classy they are with a gift to Armando Galarraga.

Now you have Tom Izzo, turning down a 100% raise to stay at MSU. Turning down what is arguably the opportunity to coach one of basketball's premier athletes. Turning down an offer to coach in the NBA.

Say what you want about Michigan but God is looking down on us and he is liking what he is seeing. Thank you, Tom.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Blame Israel, Again...

Lately the main stream media and many nations have been spewing their hatred for Israel because Israel has the audacity to defend herself from possible terrorists attacks.

I will be the first to admit that I don't completely understand Middle East politics but I do know that Israel is a peace desiring nation with a democratically elected government. Israelis don't want to be at war. They don't want to be on high alert all the time. They don't want to harm anyone. They just want to live in peace with the freedom to do as they wish.

They boarded a rogue ship last week in an effort to defend herself, plain an simple. They boarded 5 other ships to verify the humanitarian supplies without incident but the sixth ship resisted and refused to allow them to board. Their blockade is not something new. It has been in effect for quite some time without incident.

But don't take my word for it. Check out the link to PJTV and listen to more knowledgeable people discuss how the Middle East and nut cases like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Wack-mo-deen-a-job) and his fellow Iranian radical Islamists will effect your future if something is not done about it soon. Copy the below link and paste it in your address to learn more.

And don't count on Obama to do anything substantive. It is not is his best personal interest and he doesn't do anything unless he gains personally.

That is my opinion and stand. Let the hatred roll.