A letter to the Chairwoman, Republican National Committee

Just received a Republican Congressional District Questionnaire. It was so biased, unbalanced, and pathetic, I had to send it to the Republican National Committee Chairwoman with the following letter.

Chairwoman, Republican National Committee        August 16, 2022

Ronna R. McDaniel. Chairwoman

310 First Street, SE. 

Washington, DC 20003. 

Re: August 2202 Republican Party Congressional District Canvas

Dear Chairwoman

The canvas cover letter starts with “Stopping Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Radical Democrats…”  Well, that statement plainly speaks to its all about the party not the country.  The two parties are so divided it’s now just all about “stopping” the other.  And you wonder why the country is divided.

And the cover letter asks me for money to help ensure fair elections.  We’ll, prior to the Trump Administration, the country never heard about unfair elections.  So what happened Republicans?  Maybe bad leadership?  Leadership that led to January 6th?  Leadership that divided the country like it has not been divided in decades?

And the cover letter also includes a questionnaire that asks me questions like:

  • Is the country going in the right direction
  • Concern about Biden and the Democrats
  • Media related questions: Oligarchs, media suppression
  • Immigration, abortion, military spending, policy funding
  • Top issues and you want me to pick top five of a list of 20
  • Many questions you ask about Biden hoping us “good” Republicans will condemn him on most

If you were connected to the country’s citizenry, you would know the answers to these questions. Most of the citizenry is boiling with disgust with “DC”. I’m not listing all 44 questions. The country is a mess and it is that way as you guys on both sides of the isle can’t manage the country and the special interests that drive it. 

About you Republicans and Trump:  He’s not a leader, he can’t pick talent, he fired most of his hires, he’s a micro manager, he lies, he’s dishonest, it is all about him … plainly one ugly human being.  And the majority of you guys don’t have the courage to stand as leaders and tell him to stick it. If you owned a business in the private sector would you hire Trump as one of your reporting executives, based on his record to date?  The only reason he’s not in prison is he has teams of attorneys holding authorities at bay.  If a private citizen did what Trump did the private citizen would be serving many consecutive life sentences.

I’m changing my voter registration to Independent as I no longer want to receive these self-serving, biased, unbalanced communications from the party, nor do I want to be associated with it.

For the record, I don’t vote for a party, I research candidates and vote for the best qualified that has the judgment and balance to address the critical issues in the country.  Unfortunately, most candidates are consumed by the party.

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Saying goodbye to Shelby

After 15 years we had to put our dog, Shelby, down due to hind quarter hip failure… common on big dogs. She had the best of care over the years, was loved by friends and family. The vets staff was so kind when we put her down (December 16, 2022) . Even the vets boarding staff came to see her as the final injections ended our Labradoodle’s life.

It was time for her as her arthritis had gotten the best of her and the quality of her life was at the point where there was no other decision to make.

She could catch a tennis ball at 20 yards, like most was a beggar when food was around, enjoyed peanuts and snacks and a little beer (all in moderation) in the man cave, and like most well cared for dogs, gave back more then anyone ever gave her.

Much to my wife’s dismay, I always said the beer and peanuts were the key to her very long life.

The grief associated with this is awful, losing a “family member” for after 15 years… I’m 75 and the time with her amounted to 20% of my life.

I read that writing about this helped with the grieving process so I did this log entry.

…just working through it…

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Two Wolves…who wins?

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is fear, anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, competition, and ego.”

“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, sharing, kindness, respect, compassion, and faith.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

–Author unknown–

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A Chance to be famous…

Scientists are asking the public to name 20 exoplanetary systems observed by the Webb telescope. Here’s how to submit your idea.

Know that you will need a team to participate. The website below explains the rules and guidelines.


https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/18/world/webb-telescope-exoplanet-name-contest-scn/index.html?utm_term=1660905882232402a1077a60b&utm_source=cnn_Five+Things+for+Friday%2C+August+19%2C+2022&utm_medium=email&bt_ee=aaEFD%2FuR2AZW1OusdrJx7NUU%2FyhYK15K555dfHyliIEqiLYxxNwVN15mzVM4pBtb&bt_ts=1660905882235

The International Astronomical Union, the organization in charge of naming celestial objects, is launching the NameExoWorlds 2022 Competition to give the public a chance to christen some of the first exoplanetary systems to be seen by the telescope.

Know that the IAU wants this to be a collaborative affair, so participants must create a team composed of teachers, students, astronomy enthusiasts, or professional or amateur astronomists.

A chance to be famous forever….

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Gen Z isn’t looking for a dream job. This from a CEO’s experience, Paul Hudson is the CEO of Sanofi.

Summarized from https://www.fastcompany.com/90772850/gen-z-isnt-looking-for-a-dream-job-heres-what-they-want-instead?partner=feedburner&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feedburner+fastcompany&utm_content=feedburner&utm=newsletters

Born as digital natives with personal agency and facing a labor shortage, record class stratification, and untenable living costs, Gen Z has significantly shifted their concept of a career.

Top-tier talent is saying: “I’ll bring from day one my experiences, and I’ll help you be a better company. But I will leave at some point, and you should not be concerned by that. I will leave it better than I found it, but I will also leave better than I arrived.”

Employees want to feel like they are working for a company that aligns with their values and brings real breakthroughs to the populations it serves. Gen Z ethos of values, work-life balance, questioning the status quo, and seeking fulfillment and worth.

Gen Z, millennials, and others are demanding more from their employers: They want transparency, respect, empathy, sustainability, and support for continued growth and development.* They also expect real action from leadership on diversity and inclusion. This is the most diverse generation thus far in the United States, with only 52% identifying as white non-Hispanic, and 99% of those surveyed by Tallo rating workplace DEI as important.

There are four things business leaders at all levels need to keep in focus when encouraging their Gen Z employees:

Communicate early and often

Provide stretch assignments

Use automation and AI to support growth**

Create a listening culture

From this blogger’s experience, communications, stretch assignments, and listening are foundation blocks of great leadership, not new to the conversation; not to say those things are in the majority of many leader’s methodology. And automation and meaningful use of AI certainly can enhance challenging assignments, and professional experience and contribution.

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* Describes a work environment sought after by those with ambition, talent, and runway. Not so new.

** Instead of having someone crunch numbers in an Excel grid, it’s better to designate that task for AI so the employee can spend more drawing insights from the data and creating solutions instead of handling menial, repetitive tasks.

Change

If you visit the “About” page of this site you will find its primary purpose is to help readers improve their performance and the performance of others.

I have found that I have strayed away from that “mission” and find myself posting more about the horrendous political, environmental, divisive, and corruption issues in the USA and around the globe.

I am tired of it. I feel that the negative “force” of these issues has caused the blog to stray from its original charter . And, there is sufficient, negative news out there without this blog republishing and commenting on it!

There IS content in this blog’s past postings over the years that addressed personal and work-related performance topics to assist with personal improvement.

I’m moving on to more enjoyable posting. I will not abandon the topic of “leadership” as I find it so elementary to everything.

7/26/2022

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RECESSION VIBES

…just keep telling your friends there is no recession… and, there won’t be one !
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From CNN Night Cap. 7.25.22
Here’s the deal: Even the world’s foremost economists are scratching their heads right now. Why are consumers spending so much money but saying they’re pessimistic? How can the labor market be so strong while output is dropping? Are we in a recession, or headed for one, and honestly how are we even defining “recession” these days? “If you’re not a little confused about the economy, you’re not paying attention,” tweeted Jason Furman, a former White House economic adviser. 

In short: No one knows what’s going on, primarily because the pandemic took a wrecking ball not only to the economy itself but to the models that economists have spent decades developing to try to measure and report on, well, everything.  In the absence of certainty, speculation is running wild. That has some experts worried we’ll actually end up talking ourselves into a recession. 

Hear me out: There’s a pretty sound theory that the more we talk about the R-word, the more likely it is we’ll end up in one. It’s kinda like skiing down a mountain — the more you worry about running into a tree the more likely you are to bonk into one.  Even a casual reader of news — or Twitter or Instagram or TikTok — is, consciously or not, soaking up concerns about inflation and a looming recession. When that unease takes root, it changes the way we spend.  

If we believe rampant inflation is here to stay, we’ll lock in purchases sooner than later, which translates to higher demand and therefore higher prices … and so on. If we believe a recession is inevitable, then it hardly matters whether it’s technically a recession or not. When the vibe is off, the vibe is off. The White House is already trying to get ahead of potential bad news on the economic front this week, when the Commerce Department releases its initial report on second-quarter growth. In a blog post last week, officials sought to reinforce the idea that the definition of a recession isn’t as clear cut as you might think.  “While some maintain that two consecutive quarters of falling real GDP constitute a recession, that is neither the official definition nor the way economists evaluate the state of the business cycle,” the White House wrote. “Instead, both official determinations of recessions and economists’ assessment of economic activity are based on a holistic look at the data — including the labor market, consumer and business spending, industrial production, and incomes.”  

Translation: Even if the second-quarter data shows another contraction, that doesn’t automatically make it a recession. This is more than just a politically convenient fact for the Biden administration. In the United States, there’s an obscure cadre of eight economists who are in charge of declaring when we’re in a recession. And as my colleague Nicole Goodkind wrote recently, that group of eight known as the Business Cycle Dating Committee — which sounds like the worst matchmaking app of all time — abides by a relatively vague definition that allows for wiggle room: A recession, they write, “involves a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and lasts more than a few months.”  It’s the economist’s version of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famed “I know it when I see it” test.

It is like, build it and they will come. In this case, talk about it enough and it will happen, either way!

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Like Watching Grass Grow

If your house or apartment or, if your homeless your tent was on fire, and the Congress was “manning” the firehouse, your home would burn to the ground.

All the murders, all the dead people, all the dead children and we have this. This is past horrendous!

The Senate on Tuesday (6/21/22) cast a key vote to advance newly released bipartisan gun safety legislation, a major step moving the bill forward as lawmakers face pressure to respond to the the recent string of mass shootings. The bill still has a number of hurdles to clear, however. In the Senate, it will face two more major votes — first to break a filibuster and then on final passage. The vote to break a filibuster will be a critical, high-stakes moment for the legislation since it will require 60 votes to advance, which means at least 10 Republicans will need to join Democrats in support. This latest move to advance the bill is the clearest sign yet that it will likely overcome that filibuster. If so, the bill will go on to a final passage vote. The House would then need to take up the measure.

Least we forget…

The pace of mass shootings in 2022 is part of the three-year uptick that began in 2020. Between 2019 and 2020, the total number of mass shootings all year jumped from 417 to 610. The number jumped again in 2021 to 692. In 2022 so far, mass shootings have resulted in 1,357 people shot, resulting in 278 deaths. Through the same period in 2021, there were 1,293 people shot, resulting in 280 deaths, while in 2020 the numbers show 802 people shot with 152 deaths.

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