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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Leadership

So making the blog rounds, there's evidence and proof that Obama is a massive, complete and utter failure, especially when it comes to leadership.  To put it bluntly, Obama couldn't lead his way out of a paper bag.  The people that he has in place are there for political reasons, not for anything that could remotely be considered as actual talent.

Folks, the essence of leadership is this - find what talents your people have, and then use those people to get the greatest effect.

Here is what leadership is NOT - it is not claiming credit.  It is not telling people how awesome you are.  It is not telling people "I'M IN CHARGE".  It is not dictating every action of your subordinates.  It is not controlling every facet of your subordinate's work.

If you are an effective leader, you should spend the majority of your time on YOUR problems handed down by YOUR superiors, not micromanaging the hell out of the people who work for you.  The only time I get down in the weeds with my troops is when one of three situations crop up:

1)  My troops are tasked with a job they're unfamiliar with.
2)  My troops have screwed up the job that they're familiar with and need some guidance.
3)  My supervisors are demanding that I be "hands-on".

Other than that, I lay out the mission, make sure they understand the mission, make sure they're confident about how to do it, and then all I want are status reports.  I ask how they're doing.  I ask how their family is doing.  How's the wife and kids?  You doing OK?  Is there anything I need to do to make your job go smooth?  You need any support that I can call in?  Yes?  No?

And I make damn sure that every now and then, my senior guy comes up and sees what I do, so that in the event I leave, he can do my job.  99% of the time, they look at my inbox and say "Nah Dave, you keep that pile of crap.  I'll be over here doing my job."  But they can DO my job if they need to.

If you have a problem person, you find out what the problem is and fix it.  Sometimes that means you get rid of that person, if no other solution is working.  But most times it's a matter of retraining, or tweaking the responsibilities that person has.  But in all things, you need a clear-eyed view of what the problem is before you and begin to fix anything.

Folks, the first thing Obama does not have is that clear-eyed view.  It's too tainted by his ideology.  I don't think he can have a clear-eyed view if Hayek gave it to him personally.  The second thing he is missing is the ability to put the right people in the right jobs.  That stems from his narcissistic personality. He wants to get credit for everything, and so he's not about to let some competent person hog all that glory!

Obama is nothing more than a glorified rabble-rouser who demanded to be put into the greatest leadership position in the world, and now that he's been proven completely incapable of doing the job, wants to whine and snivel and shift the blame.

That gutless fucking pussy isn't fit to clean the boots of the lowest private in the US Army.  And that's the honest truth.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Yay! Remodeling!

Shower enclosure?  Up.  Glass block window?  Installed.  Scotch?  In me.

I need a vacation from my vacation.  And after all of my snarling and growling, my wife needs me to take a vacation from my vacation.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

When planning to remodel your bathroom

Especially in a house built with plaster and lathe, always be prepared to rip out at least half of what you were planning on remodeling.

Especially when some brain-dead numbnuts used FRIGGIN' DRYWALL in the shower enclosure and then covered it with FRIGGIN' MASONITE!

We've already made the trip to the Home Depot to buy greenboard and various other accoutrements that I hadn't planned on buying.  But at least it'll be done right this time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Body hurts

Three to four more loads of gravel and the driveway will be mostly complete.  And I'll be in need of more alcohol to keep the pain levels down.  I'm not as young as I used to be, dammit.  I can remember working like this all damn day when I was just out of high school, and all I would do is laugh, drink a Mountain Dew, and go party all night.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I know why Trump is popular and gaining support

Oh, I don't like him.  I don't like him at all.  To quote The Mistress of Snark:

Basically it's a Buchanan-esque populist conservatism with most of the Jesus trimmed off. In other words, Trump is aiming at what he thinks is the bullseye of the Tea Party: Flag-waving xenophobicNational Enquirer subscribers who like the F-15 flyovers before football games and want lots of free stuff from the government but hate them some taxes.

And Michelle Malkin:


Like most statist promises of bountiful job creation, government-engineered redevelopment math rarely adds up. Trump’s corporations have backed casino industry bailouts and wealth-redistributing “tax-increment financing” schemes — the very kind of taxpayer-subsidized interventions we’ve seen on a grand scale under the Obama administration.
Championing liberty begins at the local level. There is nothing more fundamental than the principle that a man’s home is his castle. Donald Trump’s career-long willingness to trample this right tells you everything you need to know about his bogus tea party sideshow.


Trump is a liberal dressed in conservative wool, but he's still a liberal at heart.  So why is he gaining so much support and momentum?  Because he's going after Obama.

The only person I've seen take well-aimed shots at Obama from the Republicans is Paul Ryan.  Everyone else from the Republican Stupid Party still mouths the nice, safe political platitudes while Obama hurls insult after insult after insult and finishes it off by wiping his ass on the Constitution.  So Trump is capturing what Americans are feeling right now, and getting results.  The folks who only get their news from network TV are finally seeing someone who expresses out loud what they've expressed to themselves for the past two years.  And it's working, isn't it?

Too bad that the majority of the GOP leadership are the same gutless, yellow-bellied pieces of crap who foisted John McCain on us two years ago.  Maybe if we had more people willing to stand up and actually show support for the principals they claim to stand for, we wouldn't be in the situation we find ourselves in now.

Obama begins Chavez-like attacks on Oil Companies

Well, friggin DUH!  Commie is as commie does, and Obama is nothing but a true-red Marxist.  So he's following his buddy Chavez in attacks on the people who produce energy.  And there are hoards of ignorant Americans who will follow his lead and believe every word he speaks.

This is hard-core communism, folks.  And when communists fail, they blame capitalism, or anyone who produces jobs, money, energy, and all that other stuff that a country needs to survive.  Communists are parasites, they can only exist by feeding off something else, and they'll blame anyone but themselves for the failure and misery they bring about.

As an aside, does anyone with half a brain need any more proof that Obama is nothing more than a third-world dictator with delusions of grandeur?  I didn't think so.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Housework

I actually took leave to get work done on the house.  Gonna be busy the next few days.  Enjoy the blogroll!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday

When our savior actually saved us.  Without his resurrection, all the other stuff probably wouldn't matter all that much.  THIS is the day the Lord has made!  Let us rejoice, and be glad.

I'm up early, firing up the smoker and getting ready to plop an Easter Ham onto it.  Enjoy your Easter, folks.