Month: May 2009

Political ‘correctness’ run amuk — again

A woman thinks enough of America to immigrate here, is offended by the flying of the American flag, so the employer chooses to instead offend the patriotic employee by ordering the flag down. Huh? McLucas, a supervisor at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield, Texas, had displayed the 3-by-5-foot flag in the office she shares with the hospital’s three other supervisors. McLucas said one of her colleagues, a woman who immigrated to the United States from Africa 14 years ago, complained about the flag to upper management, and the hospital decided to take down the flag. “I was told that as long as my flag offended one person, it would be taken down,” McLucas said. via Texan Woman Told to Remove ‘Offensive’ American Flag From Office – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News – FOXNews.com. That is political correctness gone totally crazy, as so often it does any more. The woman from African needs to either do as the Americans do when in America, or go back home to Africa. And the supervisor who initially ordered the flag down should book a ticket with her. This is just plain silly. This is America. This is where we used to honor the flag on almost any occasion by flying or otherwise displaying it. I think it started with the silliness of such molly-coddling as giving all the...

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Grandma still drives

This is far too cute not to preserve. Grandma is eighty-eight years old and still drives her own car. She writes: Dear Grand-daughter, The other day I went up to our local Chris tian book store and saw a  ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ bumper sticker .. I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting. So, I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Boy, am I glad I did; what an uplifting experience that followed. I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is, and I didn’t notice that the light had changed. It  is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn’t honked,  I’d never have noticed. I found that lots of people love Jesus! While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like  crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, ‘For the love of God!’ ‘Go! Go! Go! Jesus Christ, GO!’ What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus! Everyone started honking! I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love! There must have been a...

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Good news from science: Mars Phoenix anniversary

In the midst of news about a flailing economy, war continuing against terrorists around the world, and now new threats from N. Korea we need now more than ever to celebrate the many successes of this great country. We just celebrated another Memorial Day and one of the things that our country — defended by the brave — does well is science. The one year anniversay of the Mars Phoenix landed just passed. There is a Twitter page with lots of info, including repeat tweets of the events of a year ago. Take a look at this photo — actual photo of Phoenix with its chute deployed during landing. Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona  Via http://www.uahirise.org/phoenix-descent.php (accessed 5/26/09) — High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment. Watch the landing video from JPL Mission Control during Phoenix landing on Mars, inter-cut with landing animation. Yes, I too wonder about the massive dollars we spend on space science but it’s not something you can turn off and on at will when the economy tanks. Like this:Like...

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Tom Cruise doesn’t know our National Anthem!

Oh my gosh. I’m watching the PBS.org National Memorial Day Concert (fantastic show, as always) and right there is Tom Cruise standing next to — would you believe — Gen. Colin Powell.  The anthem is being sung and as the camera pans across Cruise, you can clearly, plainly, undeniably, see that he can’t even mouth the words! Disgusting is too simple a word. This episode says a lot about the current state of our society. Like this:Like...

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What Does Your Facebook Profile Say About You? – The Big Shift – HarvardBusiness.org

Professionals on Facebook … huh? Of course!  And should the professional have a mix of personal and professional info? Perhaps (says this article) and “of course” (I say). The following piece supports this proposition. Why does it make sense to reveal our personal selves to social media sites? It may be that boundary breakers posting a mix of personal and professional information online are making a connection between what they share of themselves and their effectiveness as managers. Sharing personal information further humanizes people whose roles may otherwise make them seem remote or inaccessible. This effect extends beyond senior managers to peer relationships deeper in the organization. Seeing a more rounded person can’t help but extend and develop professional relationships, furthering the trust that’s crucial to collaborative knowledge creation–the lifeblood of innovation. via What Does Your Facebook Profile Say About You? – The Big Shift – HarvardBusiness.org. Like this:Like...

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