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Herman Cain

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

I didn’t know a lot about Herman Cain.  But my friend, Sol Shalit did, and he sent me this info about Mr. Cain. He might be the most “experienced” candidate to run in the last half century, just not the most experienced politician. His resume looks quite good and likely better than some of his competitors. He is very lacking in foreign affairs. Nevertheless, his past accomplishments suggest he is probably a fast learner.

•Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

•Master’s degree in Computer Science.

•Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics (making him a rocket scientist).

•Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola.

•VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of information systems for a major corporation).

•All achieved before reaching the age of 35.

Since he reached the top of the information systems world, he changed careers!

•Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury’s 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company’s poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes, cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the company’s best performers.

•Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge of their Godfather’s Pizza chain(which was on the verge of bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months.

•In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather’s Pizza chain from Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he reached the top of the ladder of another industry.

•He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political experience from the non-politician side.

Having reached the top of a second industry, he changed careers again!

•Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how monetary policy changes would affect American businesses.

•Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank. This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary system.

After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time!

•Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak on leadership. His books include Speak as a Leader, CEO of Self, Leadership is Common Sense, and They Think You’re Stupid.

•Radio Host. Around 2007—after a remarkable 40 year career—he started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk radio station in the country).

He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid). When you add up his accomplishments in his life—including reaching the top of three unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and banking—Herman Cain may have the most impressive resume of anyone that has run for the presidency in the last half century.
Pretty good for “just a pizza guy.”

An Ironic and Sad Story

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Let us never forget!

The world hasn’t just become wicked…it’ s always been wicked. The prize doesn’t always go to the most deserving. For example: Irena Sendler

There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena Sendler.

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

She had an ‘ulterior motive’.

She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews (being German).

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants..

She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family.

Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.
President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN
Al Gore won also — for a slide show on Global Warming.

Our New Cold War

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

This  is a wonderful article by Victor Davis Hanson on National Review Online. Lots of “ food for thought ” about one of our major domestic-foreign policy problems, especially pertinent in the shadow of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attack.
Our New Cold War
September 12, 2011 1:23 A.M.
By Victor Davis Hanson

One unfortunate current in the commemorations of the tenth year after 9/11 has been a widely promoted narrative that we lashed out, overreacted, and — through Afghanistan, Iraq, and the war on terror — not only lost our post-9/11 unity and “civility,” but supposedly alienated most of the world while playing into the hands of al-Qaeda.

In this regard, most unfortunate was the blog posting (replete with all the tired formulaic slurs about “fake heroes,” “hijacking of the atrocity,” “neocons,” etc.) by Paul Krugman today that reprehensibly scoffed, “The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame.” It most surely has not. Such an unhinged view would imply that we would have escaped comparable serial attacks without the provisions we took, and that Krugman’s view was widely shared by liberal politicians who at least since 2009 were invested with the ultimate responsibility of governance. Untrue on both accounts, as we just saw in Vice President Biden’s moving speeches about the act of war once declared on us by these “stateless actors” and his thanks to a previous administration for crafting a successful response.

So we forget both that we now have the luxury of such second-guessing only because some thirty major terrorist plots aimed at strategic U.S. targets were subsequently foiled through our new anti-terrorism protocols, and that the most prominent critique of the Bush administration’s national-security effort — mostly strongly voiced during Barack Obama’s long 2007–08 presidential campaign — quickly transmogrified into an official embrace of the Bush-Cheney policies during the Obama presidency between 2009 and 2011. Apparently the responsibilities of the presidency are not those of writing a blog.

In truth, the first ten years of the war on terror in eerie fashion resemble the first decade of the Cold War, with all the familiar actors making a return. Then too the Henry Wallace/Adlai Stevenson liberal wing of the Democratic party insisted that we had overreacted to the fear of Communism, clumsily demonized our long-suffering WWII ally Russia, missed out in reaching out to a naturally receptive, but unfortunately alienated Mao’s new China, and in general had thrown away the good feeling and national unity following the end of World War II by committing Americans to a costly, endless, mindless and amorphous war against global Communism while fostering a witch hunt at home. To suggest that Chinese and Russian Communism had slaughtered millions of their own, and might easily do so again beyond their borders, was as blasphemous then as is now the warning about the innate evil of radical Islamism and the dangers of a 21st-century existential enemy that does not require conventional bombers, guided missiles, tanks, and huge armies to kill tens of thousands.

How familiar all that sounds in the current context of decrying our war on radical Islamic terrorism, and how instructive in our present difficulties to marshal the will and sustained sense of purpose are those early Cold War years. And, as in the case of the final implosion of the Soviet-led Communist world, so too the effort to neutralize radical Islamists will take a long time and be constantly caricatured—until the personas of a ranting bin Laden and Dr. Zawahiri are rendered as ridiculous to history as are today the old Communist apparatchiks of yesteryear.

My Thoughts and Prayers on the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

As each September 11th anniversary arrives, I feel terrible pain and anger. And also intense grief for those who died, and for the fading away of the United States as I once knew it. So, on this tenth anniversary, I dedicate this poem to all who died on that awful day and who live on in the thoughts and prayers of their loved ones;  and to the United States that I deeply love with my prayer for its restoration.

Death Be Not Proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

–––––––John Donne

Cimate Change and Cosmic Rays. WOW!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

New research from CERN ( see below ), a prestigious scientific organization suggests that cosmic rays and the sun — much more than carbon emissions — are major, even dominant, factors influencing global climate.

The findings, published in the journal Nature ( 25 August/ Vol 476/ p 429-433), came from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centers for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. It was there that a stainless steel chamber was built that precisely re-created the Earth’s atmosphere. In this chamber, 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have demonstrated that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, and the cloudier it is, the cooler it is. The sun’s magnetic field controls the amount of cosmic rays that reach Earth’s atmosphere. Thus, the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays and therefore the temperature on Earth. When the sun’s magnetic field is strongest, less cosmic rays strike the Earth leading to reduced cloud formation and warmer temperatures.

This link between cosmic rays and global warming was first proposed by two Danish scientists in 1996 and was dismissed by the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change). But a CERN scientist, British physicist Jasper Kirkby ( first author on this paper ), agreed with the Danish theory. In 1998, he was quoted as saying [their theory] “will probably be able to account for somewhere between half and the whole of the increase in the Earth’s temperature that we have seen in the last century.” It took Kirkby almost ten years to convince CERN to go ahead with his plan to develop the chamber that replicates the Earth’s atmosphere and has come up with these cosmic ray findings.

Thus, “man-made” global warming might play an insignificant role in climate change. This will cause consternation in a research field (members of the IPCC ) in which millions (maybe billions) of dollars are devoted to mitigating climate change due to “global warming.”

Stay tuned.

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