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Monday, August 27, 2012

Issac targets New Orleans!


That durn Bush. He just won't leave New Orleans alone.



"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

“It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Insults deluxe




These insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.
· A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
· "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."
· "He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr
· "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill
· "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow
· "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
· "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas
· "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain
· "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde
· "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
· "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second .... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.
· "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop
· "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright
· "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb
· "He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson
· "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating
· "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand
· "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker
· "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain
· "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West
· "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde
· "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
· "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder
· "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx
And the one I like: A preacher said to the trouble maker, “Next time I see your parents, I’ll insist they get married. – Unknown

Hat tip to Mike L!



"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper


 “It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Arguing with a Liberal


Actually, it should read, "Arguing with a Leftie" because liberals are liberal. It is the Lefties that are not. But the Left stole the term years ago when people started catching on that Progressive was just another word for Socialist.



"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

 “It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine

Monday, August 6, 2012

Carbonite got Rushed

This one is for all the people on the Left who had Carbonite in their investment accounts.




Now, as William Jacobson of the “Legal Insurrection” blog noted, Carbonite’s CEO David Friend conceded on a conference call that dropping Limbaugh deeply hurt the company’s earnings. “It turned out to be a bigger hole in our revenue than we had thought when we initially did this,” Friend said on a conference call on August 1. In fact, as Jacobson wrote, Carbonite’s 2nd Quarter 2012 results shocked analysts, causing the company's stock price to plummet by 15% in one day. 

Link

They got what they wanted. I just wonder if they wanted what they got?

You would think that astute business leaders would have taken a look at the fact there are no national Left wing talk shows and very few local Left wing shows and remembered the demise of Air America and not jumped in the pot with the Left.

But some did. This one has suffered. May the others join him.

And may everyone decide to keep politics out of business.


"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

 “It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Chicago and Sales Meetings



Nope, it isn't Chicago but it is a Sheraton. A very nice Sheraton at LAX.

Before GSA taught us how to waste money we use to have Sales Meetings.

The purpose was to make as much money as possible playing poker and prove that you could drink and remain fairly coherent.

The secondary mission was to train us in all the latest sales technique and let the engineers lie to us about when a new product or feature would be available. I mean those engineers had no shame.  “Keep those R&D dollars coming folks and the Widget will have self wiping paper dispensed on wrinkle free rolls.”

I think that is how I knew immediately that man made global warming was a lie.

If the economy was good we’d have’em in Chicago in January at a Sheraton. There was one  near the airport that was across from Stromberg Carlson’s regional office. Bad news and an undoable quota?? Just stroll on over and see what the boys from Syracuse had available. If the economy was bad we’d have’em at a Day’s Inn in Nashville. Trust me. The Sheraton was nicer.

At one meeting we had A Professional Sales Trainer train us on how to get a customer interested in your sales brochure.

The guy spoke fairly well but he had a cross between a nose suck and a snort that appeared often but irregular.

This was fairly distracting and may have been a technique to keep us awake and listening as there were continual bets on the number of Sucksnorts with the attendant discussions, claims and disputes.

“Damn it Ray! I had the over and I counted 14, not 13.”

“Naw, Bill. That last one was a throat clearing and hacking up a booger, not a Sucksnort.”

You can see there were many areas where a dispute could occur. We often made Congress look good.

Anyway, the Professional Sales Trainer’s theory was that you never handed the customer the brochure, you just extended it and then pulled it back.  He called it the tease technique to build interest and create positive tension.

Now laying aside the fact that our customers never paid any attention to brochures… I mean if they were thinking about dropping a few million on a new switching system it took a bit more to get and hold their attention.. Anyway, at some point one of the old guys who had had a knock dead great year and thus could whip out his dick and piss on the floor and management would pretend he was just  pre wetting the carpet for the cleaners opined, “If a salesman did that to me I’d kick his ass out of my office.”

The Professional Sales Trainee couldn’t ignore that so a back and forth quickly developed.

Somewhere in there I couldn’t help but ask, “Have you ever sold anything?”

“Well,” he said, “I sold this course to your corporate.”

Ray chipped in, “That only proves they are stupid.”

We were a grumpy bunch proud of our success and we didn’t suffer fools gladly.

An early cocktail hour was announced as it was obvious the training was over.

It was at lunch on day at the Sheraton that we discovered the sensitivity of some waitresses.

There were three of us and one was Dave. Now Dave was basically a good guy but he made micro management an art form. Give him a wine list and thirty minutes later he would be discussing the summer temperature and rain fall on the slopes of the vineyard. Knowing this I’d just say, “Bring me a Bud.” Plus, he called all the girls Honey, Sugar  or Sweetie.


Now we know that Obama can do that and the Lefties swoon. But this was Chicago’s northwestern burbs and Obama  was being schooled in a Muslim school in Indonesia.

Anyway, Dave read the wine list, commented on menu, dispatched our waitresses for fresh bread wondered if the butter was real butter, all to the tune of “Honey, will you….” Finally the young lady had had enough. Fixing him with a laser beam gaze that would have killed a mere mortal she intoned, “It’s honey this and honey that and honey could you…. Well honey, kiss my ass, I ain’t waiting on you.” And stalked away in high dungeon.

The manager took her place. Dave was embarrassed and couldn’t understand the problem. We didn't try to explain.




"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

 “It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine