March 24, 2014

The Second Hander

The Second Hander

Seriously, I love the debate and engage both friend and foe alike and am always amazed at how many people have made up their minds on one issue or another based on their feelings alone?  And rarely does any person want to be shown they are wrong, uniformed, or holds onto a flawed philosophy if they have one at all.  So let me stop you here…  If you are unwilling to think logically, go away now. There are plenty of other spots on the intenetz that have naked girls, egg , milk and granny panties, monkeys with machine guns and cats playing with yarn. 

Still here? Kool!  Let's pop some tags in the thrift store of ideas bitch!

The two thing of most importance that I feel are lacking in our society today are peoples ability to have a philosophy and think logically, and defiantly not in that order.  You see in my humble yet seemingly arrogant opinion, one must first be logical before developing ones philosophy, otherwise the philosophy becomes an excuse for illogical thinking and beliefs.  For example, just take any one of the popular “-isims” of today and bring it to its natural and logical conclusion and define its outcome.  Do we wind up with a free people or a police state?  Does it become a theocracy, oligarchy, anarchy, or a stable and free civilization? 

So in my thinking, and hopefully somewhat logically, I have determined that there are two types of people, and therefore two types of societies.  I will define them for the purpose of discussion, Prime and Secondhand.  The Prime as it pertains to the individual is the Doer, The Producer, The Thinker/Creator.  He does not rely on others for satisfaction or affirmation.  He does because he wants to, be it write a song, build a Hot Rod, invent a new device or process, or code a program.  His work is his, to be traded for what he/she agrees by his own free will.   The same can be said for businesses.  A business may also be considered a Prime, such as the steel producer, car manufacture, or software firm.  A Prime business competes not only with its direct competition but also with itself much in the same way a professional golfer does.  A true Prime welcomes the competition as he knows it only makes him better.

So what is a “Second hander”?  The second hander lives off others work as a parasite.  The second hander is like the boss that takes all the credit when things go right and lays blame for when things go wrong. (I bet we have all seen that) It is the consultant that works harder to keep his client dependant rather than serve his clients best interest.  It is the corporation that lobbies for special consideration from the government to keep competition at bay.  It’s the songwriter that steals a line or a lick while giving no credit.  The second hander feeds off the Prime offering little in return, and certainly not by mutual agreement. The pinnacle example of the Second Hander is the welfare broodmare that has no intention of self betterment. (Yep I said it)  It is the person that shouts racism because his argument has failed, using the real pain and struggle of others as cover for his failed argument. (Go to hell race baiter.. feeding off of real hero's of the past..)  It is the person that lies about his military service, pretends to be a NYC 9-11 firefighter or cop. It is another shitty energy drink that is stuffed in a convenience store cooler thinking it will become the next Red Bull or monster without real work and vision.  Its the person or corporation that rides on another's success.

That said, I will go out on a limb and conclusively decree it is much better to be a Prime than a second hander.  (Don’t agree?  Make a logical argument that recognizes normal human behavior!)

With the above ideas in mind we can look at people, business, religions, philosophies, monetary systems and governments with a more critical eye and decide if they hurt, help, or are simply benign to the betterment of man. We can ask ourselves just what is our government promoting, being a Prime or a Second Hander?  Is a particular politician a Prime(leader) or a Second Hander(mindless poll whore).  Does a particular union serve its members or simply itself.  Is that new law serving a legitimate need or regulating an advantage of one business over another. 
......and dare I say Capitalism is the only social economic system that promotes the Primes rather than just outright stealing from them.

January 23, 2014

Link-O-Rama Some Random stuff that explains things about me.......

Nothing deep today, just some randomness.

Below is the most influential (to me that is) TV commercial and toy from my childhood. Smashing up cars, twangy country inbred hillbilly music, Ford vs. Chevy,  '57 Nomad, 57 Ford.   I begged and pleaded for the set as a youngster, (and quiet frankly I think it was an easy sell to the old man at the time), and received it for Christmas one year.   My brother and I would send them down the hallway head on at each other, black streaks from single flywheel/tire on the oak floor, chunks of wood torn from the baseboard.  Speed , destruction, ramps, wheels doors and prts flying off on impact.  Good times!  Hell Yeah!  The Evel Knievel stunt cycle was a close second, but Smash up Derby was the bomb.  I even went to the real deal spending lots of time in the '70's and early '80's at Islip Speedway (Click for documentary) not even knowing that I was at the center of the Demolition Derby universe at the time.

Most influential movie....Dr. Strangelove.  With a small caveat, for me it was tie with Full Metal Jacket and full Metal lost.  And why does FMJ loose?  Well that's because of a glaring flaw in the script in one of the most famous and most often quoted scenes.  (click to watch)  I hate big flaws.... and in this case, when firing from a moving platform (you are going faster than the target) you trail the target or otherwise shoot behind the slow moving target. Duh! (Click for an example)  And by the way, if you know any glairing movie/tv mistakes that have made it deep into pop culture feel free to comment. Not stuff that is simple mistakes of props, or use of stock footage, but stuff that makes you cringe. (Like the Irish Catholic fireman drinking the wrong whisky.  Has anyone out there caught that yet? That's like wearing a Boston hat in Yankee Stadium for gods sake!!! )  Just comment below, I would love to develop a list.
Watch The full movie if you have a spare 90 min: 

Stay on the bomb run, boys. I'm going to get them doors open if it harelips everybody on Bear
Creek.---Major T. J. King Kong 

More to come----


November 20, 2013

Are we witnessing the Left turning on The Obama Administration?

In my ponderings  have come to the conclusion that the progressives never ever blame anything on their own failed ideas.  It is always we need more money, more time, a more regulation a new program, a new law, or a new leader.  The "idea" in their mind is never faulty, it is always something else...  You see, the progressive ideology is a religion of sorts, being that it is not based on rational thought on the surface anyway. It's more like Blind Faith and shallow thinking.  Kind of like... "Feeding fish in my tank is good and food is good for fish.   So if the fish are dying they must be fed more!  And you say they need less food? You must be racist against fish!!"
One could make the argument it may be rational to destroy our constitutional republic and replace it
with a "Progressive Utopia" with themselves in charge, but they don't do that..... That would be intellectually honest.  And when a progressive dares become intellectually honest he must realize that he/she is either misinformed or Evil.  Take the misinformed "Progressive" for example, he does not view himself as evil and  quite frankly the view is just the opposite.  The self view is one of an altruistic nature that values "helping others".  Being viewed as good especially by others, is a desired status that is held at the highest premium. 
So what is the happens in the mind of a progressive that becomes intellectually honest?  Lets start with what I believe to be the minority of the set.  This is the person that "Just wants the power" and at any cost. He just cant say it  out loud, at least until he has full control, otherwise way to much opposition. I'll use the term "Inherently Evil Progressive".  If he speaks honestly it is only within his trusted circles.
So then we are left with the second type I will call "The Altruistic Progressive", and if this type of Progressive is challenged they have a few choices. They can be intellectually honest and openly debate,(and learn) or shut down and act as if their ideas are infallible and that any challenge is irrelevant.
I dare say that the latter is the primary choice, and for good reason.  It is difficult to have closely held ideas to be proven wrong.  The "Progressive Religion"  can not be wrong.......Because, well,  Brondo has electrolytes.
Rationally speaking though, I understand, It is very difficult to have true empathy for all of mankind. It is hard to truly believe and act as if all men are created equal. It is gut wrenching to see pain and suffering.  It is way too humbling to say "I was wrong".  Much easier to blame not enough  money, time, yell for regulation or a new program, pen a new law, or blame the leader. 
So are we witnessing this now?  Has the Altruistic Progressives started to turn on their dear leader?  When John Stewart, SNL, and Bill Clinton toss him under the bus my magic 8 ball says "Signs point to yes".

November 14, 2013

Affordable (my ass) Care or Obama (don't) Care---- A Rant

Ok I  getting just a bit fed up....  Lets call this what it is and stop fooling ourselves.
This healthcare kluster F*** has little to nothing to do with healthcare.  In my opinion BarryCare was never intended to work. It is simply another piece in the effort to overwhelm the American system with costs, inefficiency and debt. Why do this? Simple……What is left of our Capitalist Constitutional Republic must be destroyed and subsequently declared a failure, by the Progressives so they can build their “utopian empire”. Time to call it what it is…. it’s a con. Like "The War on Poverty", Fail!(con) War on Drugs, a con, Failure! War on freedom and self determination,....ummm, well they are doing a pretty good job on that, they just call it something else like The affordable Care Act, Brady Bill or Directive 10-289

Hell look at what I wrote on March 23, 2010 and the comments!!
So lets see, the government has over regulated the insurance industry thus causing costs to go up. It then turns around and says people can't afford heath care so we are going to make it cheaper, but they actually make it more expensive and get more people dropped.  And never ever  do they blame themselves when things go poorly?  NO!  I even hear people that are normally quite reasonable say that ACA needs to be replaced with something. Hell! If your house is on fire you don’t need to REPLACE the fire with something else! You put out the fire. It needs to go away forever! 

Want to fix healthcare? Allow insurance to be sold across state lines! (if there ever was a proper use of the interstate commerce clause this would be one!!) 50 states with a dozen or so Insurers, each with about a dozen plans, and you have over 7000 choices! Bet you can find a good one that fits just right!
Does a single 50 year old man with a vasectomy need coverage for child birth? Do a lesbian couple
need or want coverage for prostate cancer screening?….. With 7000 choices I bet there’s a plan for that……
But nooooo! Gubberment must be up the ass of every frigging thing and every time it “Fixes something" we loose……and get one step closer to a totalitarian hell, steeped in inefficiency and lies.
BTW: Heath insurance came to be as a byproduct (unintended consequence) of governmental regulation. Durring WWII wages were frozen and business need skilled employees. Competition was fierce and employees could not be attracted with higher wages. What could be done is to offer “Benefits” such as stock, paid vacation, paid sick days, and yes…Pay your Dr. bills or health insurance! Now I know this is all commonplace today but before this you worked, and then got paid…. That was it. (But man is innovative,  we figure out how to get what we want/need despite the rules and regulation, be it a benefit program, the black market or whatever.  The law of unintended consequences always will rear its ugly head in one form or another.  Can't wait to see what happens in this case....just out of perverse curiosity)
Well damn it!...Wish I could run off to the Gulch or ship out to  The off world colonies……but…….. oh well, Guess I'll see you at the district lottery, in the Silo, at carrousel, or whatever the Social Utopian outcome is to be…. O brave new world!!!!

End Rant........sigh.

November 8, 2013

Space Marines, Johnny Cash, Pancakes and Death by Black hole.

Space Marines, Johnny Cash, Pancakes and Death by Black hole; how much better can it get for cheesy sci-fi?  This YouTube gem is a must see if you are a fan of any of the above.
Space: Above and Beyond if anyone remembers was a very short lived Sci-fi series that lasted only one season on the Fox network.  It featured poor acting, semi bad special effects, and semi cheesy plots..... but it had something.....  It had a certain familiarity that could be recognized, probably because of the equipment and well... just the idea of  space marines is cool.  The Marine pilots fly the SA-43 Endo/Exo-Atmospheric Attack Jet, "Hammerhead" from Space Carrier USS Saratoga and battle the really nasty  alien race of "Chigs". .... And all this five years before Halo appeared on the market, not to mention the film adaptation of Starship Troopers* two years later.  I dare say S: AAB might have just influenced a few writers, directors and programmers.  Happy geeking out!
* BruHa's Note:  Read the book!  Read the Book!

November 6, 2013

Fixing the military----


Yesterday I posted The down side of Totalitarian Rule of the military , and I may have just found some supporting evidence over at Danger Room:  How to Fix the Army: Sack All the Generals.
Tasty snippets: 
"Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis doesn’t have faith in Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.
Or the rest of the U.S. Army’s generals, for that matter.
Writing in the August issues of The Armed Forces Journal (“Purge the generals“), Davis argues that it’s high time to sack the Army’s senior leaders for what he sees as an institutionalized epidemic of astonishing failures that not only go unreported, but are typically rewarded. All of it, he says, is creating a self-perpetuating culture of abysmal performance that won’t go away until the generals do." 
"And Thomas Ricks wrote in The Atlantic in November 2012 (“General Failure”) that, “To a shocking degree, the Army’s leadership ranks have become populated by mediocre officers, placed in positions where they are likely to fail. Success goes unrewarded, and everything but the most extreme failure goes unpunished, creating a perverse incentive system that drives leaders toward a risk-averse middle where they are more likely to find a stalemate than a victory.”" 
"He added: “Ironically, our generals have grown worse as they have been lionized more and more by a society now reflexively deferential to the military… No one is pushing those leaders to step back and examine the shortcomings of their institution. These are dangerous developments. Unaddressed, they could lead to further failures in future wars.”" 
But how to fix such an ingrained, systemic problem?
Whereas Yingling wanted Congress to intervene, Davis is looking for top ranking Pentagon officials of the civilian class to make a number of changes, including shrinking the group of 900 generals and admirals to a more reasonable number and change the promotion system to be more aligned with performance and success that would encourage “prudent risk-taking and nonconformist thinking.”
But more than anything, Davis argues that it’s time to replace “a substantial chunk” of today’s generals, starting with the three- and four-star ranks. Without this move, today’s leaders, who are products and benefactors of the existing system, don’t have the motivation to invoke substantive change.
These are the symptoms of a leadership that  values conformity over innovation, motivation and
thinking.  Simply stated these general's that "need to be sacked" are not in the positions they are in because they are failures, lazy , or unmotivated, but because these actions are expected, or more correctly the inverse is punished by the totalitarian rule.  Why stick your neck out if it is only going to result in your head getting whacked?  Just go with the flow.  Self preservation is paramount, right? 
That is unless one is a moral and free thinker...... A free and moral man. 
Butter Bar LT. and his men are pined down by heavy enemy fire.  His men are dying.  His orders are to call in air support if heavy resistance is encountered.  What does he do?  He has called for help, he has been told to wait....  His men are dying. 
The obedient servant waits and hopes.
The moral free thinker does something....  Anything!  He leads!  The command may be "Retreat!" or could be just as well  "Fix Bayonets and CHARGE!, but he will not sit and let him and his men die.
Just as the business man, inventor, engineer, playwright or poet must be free to create, so must the military commander be free to lead.  Free to be innovative.  Free to call bullshit when he or she sees it.  Free to carry out the moral mission assigned, without reprisal or political pressures......And this is why we have had the greatest military on the face of the earth.....and why today it is something, well a bit different. 

November 5, 2013

The down side of Totalitarian Rule in the military.

The down side of Totalitarian Rule of the military ----and what has made US Solders, Sailors and Airmen so effective in the past.
Originally.......This thought was originally sparked  at cblaake6's place linking to this article on Free Patriot. The article lists military officers relived of their commands and simply asks the question is this a purge or not.  I will let others decide if the ever growing list of Command firings is insidious, but my gut tells me the numbers are high...... for whatever reason. I have no idea myself, and can't speak to the if the numbers are high, low or average.  

One take on things is well stated at  In From the Cold who right now has a fine write-up on  The Air Force's nuclear troubles.  This article cites recent problems within The Air Forces "Bucket of Sunshine" Missile community and, I think rightfully so, blame poor leadership. 

What the real causes are, and if someone is in a place that knows, he probably not be able to reveal it.  (Need to find some real reporting on this)
  But back to Totalitarian Leaderships effect in a military.
Hypothetically,  what if we are seeing a purge of the leadership ranks for the purpose of totalitarian/ dictatorial rule?  What would we end up with? We have seen it in the past and Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot come to the top of my mind.  This leadership, first and foremost requires absolute loyalty to the dictator at all costs.  All other attributes are sacrificed at the expense of following orders, doctrine, and the chain of command.  Additionally one can not be "Too Smart", "See the big picture" or be innovative.  These traits do not play well with the totalitarian leadership.  Thinking for yourself is definitely a no-no. (Just Ask Erwin Rommel how being smart etc. worked out.)
The results, from a military leadership stand point, is ineffectiveness. A good illustration is the 12th and 21st SS Panzer Divisions  action  inaction, during the Normandy invasion. Though highly motivated,  loyal troops, with the best equipment, and closest to the invasion, they failed their basic mission because they waited for orders from Hitler to act.  Fear of the Command was greater than anything else.  The Totalitarian rule destroyed initiative. It destroyed innovation.  It destroyed thinking.
Contrast this with the opposite, Admiral Spruance ordering immediate launching of aircraft to attack the Japanese fleet at the start of the Battle of Midway.  He made a judgment call, based on his own intellect and initiative, with out fear of reprisal.  Days prior Nimitz broke regulation and procedure also to get the crippled Yorktown out of dry-dock and into the fight ASAP. Other innovations during this fight such as night launch and recovery of US aircraft from the Enterprise,  and the  launching Fighter and Attack aircraft near or beyond their range limits took place. (All risky never done before)  Result, the tide of the war was turned.   Our military leaders were trusted to and able (allowed) to think!

Fast forward to today.....  Is our military trusted to do its job?  Why are their lawyers on the battlefield?  Are our military leaders allowed to think and be innovative without fear?  Is anyone allowed to act quickly without orders?  I wonder who has the balls anymore to say "Nutz!" be to the enemy or ......, whatever.  Long story short, free men of free will, be it in the military, business, or otherwise are innovative, creative, and dare I say can be heroic, and the subjugated can never be any of these. 
(BTW: I doubt Lemay gave a shit about political correctness back in the day!)