How strange and awful it would be to have Donald Trump as a father :(

On Father’s Day, so many people post tributes to their dad on Father’s Day.  How awful it would be to have to do that for Donald Trump.  It might look something like this:

I am very proud of my dad.  He was born to a wealthy father, then took that money and nearly lost it all, but was able to declare bankruptcy and screw a lot of small business owners to salvage the family fortune.  He was able to join a fledgling and exciting football league known as the USFL, and basically ran it into the ground by insisting it compete directly with the NFL – his fellow owners still resent him over the league disintegration.  He is mocked relentlessly for his hairstyle, frumpy suits and small hands.  Recently, he ran a successful presidential campaign where he called some women ugly, talked about grabbing women’s vaginas, made fun of the press that is so important in democracy that it is the very first amendment, then when was elected people were so distraught they protested in the streets.  He is an inspiration to white supremists and extremists, has historically low approval ratings just a few months into office, and will all likelihood go down as one of the 4 worst presidents in US history, provided the US is still around in 2020 given China, North Korea and Russia’s ambitions.  Needless to say, I am very proud of my dad, a very honorable and successful man.  Sincerely: Donnie.

Ugh.  How awful that would be :(.  And this is not even remotely meant to be a humorous post…

How strange and awful it would be to have Donald Trump as a father :(

Read a little about Uncle Tom’s Cabin

With the world in general and the US in particular going somewhat crazy (something that started gradually decades ago and is accelerating now), I was curious about Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was written during troubled and racist times like these…

The seeds for the novel were planted during the 1830s and 1840s when she heard tales about slavery, then blossomed after the fugitive slave acts were passed in 1850.  She based the novel on tales and a few writings by runaway slaves, and sold it as a serialized novel for $600 (not a tiny sum in 1850).  It was a success, and published as a novel that was also a phenomenal and immediate success – in the North, the average person could picture slavery beyond the speeches, and in the South Stowe was called slanderous and a liar, but both northerners and southerners read her book, and it was published in virtually every language across the world.  Like Common Sense in 1776, Uncle Tom’s Cabin’s influence in the right time and right place is hard to overstate.  Stowe became a celebrity, and moved after The Civil War to Florida, where in her old age she likely suffered from Alzheimer’s before dying in 1895(?).

I’m very interested in reading this book!  I’ve reserved the audiobook from the library.  There are several people who’ve reserved the book before me (i.e. there is a wait list), which is wonderful!

Read a little about Uncle Tom’s Cabin

What a sad state of affairs when F500 CEOs show a better moral compass than POTUS

After last weekends racist riots and Trump failing to condemn the racists, yesterday several F500 CEOs resigned from Trump’s administration in protest and lashed out at him.  What a sad state the US is in, when F500 CEOs show stronger moral fortitude than the President of the US.  Trmp was recently described as a “vile man,” and to date that is truly the best description for him.  Vile. What is sad is that the racists are misguided – they blame minorities for their problems when really it is our Decision Makers of the past 40 years who put us where we are in terms of disparity, including decisions made by the very same/wealthy F500 CEOs who are speaking out against Trump.  

The riots last weekend really aroused people of all kinds and beliefs on all sides, even before a racists drove through a crowd of protestors.

What a sad state of affairs when F500 CEOs show a better moral compass than POTUS

Deeply offended that Democratic National Party mocked Bernie, rigged the election and made racist (jewish) comments.

Who are these people?  Where do they come from?  Why do — no matter how many generations we see — they keep coming?  How can you possibly be so ignorant and — pardon me — stupid in 2016 USA, after decades of civil rights and every attempt to educate/coach the human spirt?

Why do they keep appearing to mock the process?  To make racist comments?  To put inappropriate comments in email (which is absolute stupidity).  Then to blame the Russians (whether it is true they hacked the server or not is actually complete;y irrelevant – if the DNC didn’t do those things it wouldn’t have mattered).  

Today was the straw that broke the camel’s back…  Bill Clinton schmoozing the Attorney General during Hilary Clinton’s investigation (then turning his back when her staffers were sacrificed) pushed me to the edge, and then the DNC corrupting the process pushed me over it.  

People have literally died so I can have the right to vote — there is no way that I am going to waste that vote on corrupt people, whether it is Chump/Trump or Clinton.  I was already decided yesterday to write in Bernie Sanders, now it is cemented.  No matter what, I can’t vote for someone who is so blatantly corrupt — too many people have given too much over the years for me to endorse corruption by voting for someone who is corrupt.  Bernie for President.  Clinton and Chump/Trump – I hope 2016 is the last we ever see of them.  Of course, the names change, but the people are the same, but that’s okay – my vote is still mine and all I can control is today….

Deeply offended that Democratic National Party mocked Bernie, rigged the election and made racist (jewish) comments.

Personal commentary on 2016 Presidential Election

I honestly did not think there could be a worse candidate for President than Mitt Romney in 2012.  Romney was the worst kind of elitist – an elitist (and a literal schoolyard bully) who saw himself as self-made despite having a rich/powerful father and who made his own personal fortune by exploiting the system at the expense of average Americans.  Now, we have Trump, who is essentially a clone of Romney except worse, and a blatant racist to boot, which is empowering other blatant racists in America.  Essentially, Trump is yet another reminder in the world to appreciate the what we have at the moment, because it can always get worse.

The trouble this year is Clinton.  Unlike Obama, Clinton leaves us no way out.  The world has been a slow destructive spiral since 9/11, when we fell into a recession and when we started to emerge from it the money pooled at the top instead of making any effort to redisribute it to the masses, and when we went in and basically kicked a bee’s hive in the Middle East while enriching a frenemy in China for the benefit of rich American Corporations.  The result of this are growing seeds of hate in the world, that are continuing to percolate and simmer and are manifesting as shootings and bombings that are increasingly more frequent and disturbing, and in new extremist organizations like ISIS — and Donald Trump.  Clinton has been part of the 1% elitists who have not only enriched themselves at the world’s expense, but as Secretary of State showed herself to be untruthful and a war monger.  So by voting for Clinton, I’m basically ensuring the world continues on its slow and increasingly destructive spiral down.

So, in 2016, we are left with a very strange and can’t win choice where for the first time in my lifetime I do not believe there is a “safe” or “less destructive” choice.  In a way, I feel like it is a combination of 1860 and 1930, but instead of Abraham Lincoln or Roosevelt as a candidate, we have a choice of Hitler’s little brother or a Robber Baron for President.  To vote for Trump is to support a blatant, elitist, ignorant, lying buffoon who will probably be harmless in many ways (who will listen to a buffoon?) but will plant divisive seeds of hate in the domestic US while allowing powerful enemies to run unchecked in the world, probably resulting in a horrific world blow up and race divisions in America.  And on the other hand, if I vote for Clinton we are sure to continue growing the seeds of hate and discrepancy in the world while the 1% continue to enrich themselves, essentially ensure things will be worse and more violent in 4 more years but with less likelihood of an immediate world wide catastrophe.

So, it is like the world is giving me The Lady or the Tiger choice.  It is a true dilemma.  Do I vote for cointuined pain to ensure the world does not blow itself up (Clinton), or do I burn the house down in the hopes of re-building a better house (Trump)?

Honestly, I am going to write in Bernie Sanders. I am not wise enough to vote see the smart decision for Trump or Clinton, if it is better to vote for revolution or a continued unhealthy world order.  So I am going to go with my ethics, and write in Bernie Sanders.  It is the only time in my life I’ve written in a candidate.

Personal commentary on 2016 Presidential Election

After years of regional losses, my team turned a profit in Q4 and were the #2 office out of 20 for growth in Q1 – yet nearly all that team was fired

I was hired because the office — in a good market — was continously losing money.  I took over the 6 person sales team in October and in Q4 we showed an unexpected profit.  Then, in Q1, we hit the ground running and showed 60% revenue growth, a second quarterly profit in a row, and were the #2 office — out of 20 — for revenue growth, both as a percentage and hard dollars.  In fact, we were one of only 5 offices to show actual growth that quarter.  Our reward?  

They let go my VP and merged our office with my peer office, and it was very obvious from the start that the new VP favored my peer (who lost money), who was frankly less experienced/proven than I but really was a better personality match for my company.  So I was out by May.  Then they put my top performing AE on warning (Performance Plan), and I’d like to think it wasn’t because she was female and black in an all-white male led company, but I’ll never know.  So she quit rather than risk termination. Then my newest hire quit, calling the company a mess.  Finally, two weeks ago they fired a much loved performer who was at quota for not seeing eye-to-eye with the new manager (my former peer), and yesterday fired as hard working and loyal member of my team as there is/was.  The last remaining member of my team is going to put in notice today…

So in the period of just a few months, the new VP and SVP took a team that was the second best performing in a 1 Billion dollar company and literally fired or chased out every single member.  Gee, I wonder why the company’s numbers are shriveling… 🙂  

It isn’t surprising.  All the VPs and SVPs have been with the company over 10 years, and for many of them,  it is the only company they worked for (a few others worked at our largest competitor in the early 2000s).  They were promoted by attrition over the years, and really don’t have a lot of practical experience beyond their current place.  So they really truly don’t know what they are doing and are in over their heads, and as many Old Boys Clubs are they don’t trust what is slightly different and my team was different (lots of races, ages, varied backgrounds, personalities, etc.).  

After years of regional losses, my team turned a profit in Q4 and were the #2 office out of 20 for growth in Q1 – yet nearly all that team was fired

Loved “Iverson” documentary

It was wonderful to watch this documentary. Allen Iverson was fun to watch and frankly heroic – if racist hillbillies put me in prison when I was a teen for being black and famous, and if educated talking heads were always judging me after I’d survived the projects, I’d be resentful and pissed with a huge chip on my shoulder. But I’ve always thought he seemed pretty loyal, fair, scrappy and wise when I listen to the message he is actually delivering. So it was a great video to watch in my opinion, although I’m sure the people who need the themes the most will miss the point 🙂

Loved “Iverson” documentary