It always begins with desire… and you know how it will end.
Walking, still walking. You’re trapped in your thoughts. The never-ending droning of screams, the seemingly endless ringing in your ears. Is it real or is it some twisted memory that you refuse to let go of. How did you get here. There’s no light at the end of this infinitely deep and pitch black tunnel. Only Insanity. A fleeting flash of a warmth and happiness. It’s gone.
The smell, the ungodly stench grabs you and snatches you back to reality. Gasoline, burning flesh, and the smoke! You’d puke but there’s nothing left in you.
As the sun begins to rise you realize, by some miracle, you survived the night. The bodies of the young and the old, of men and women. The aftermath of mass fear and panic. Sisters forsaken by brothers. Fathers by sons. And yet here you stand.
The quiet is suddenly disconcerting. Other than the crack of the fires, you don’t hear a single sound. No dogs barking, no birds signing, not a single voice crying out. The wind rustles the tops of the old pine trees as if it were any other spring morning in south Georgia. A strange calmness belies the truth of the moment.
You’ve lost track of were you are. There’s a street sign – Bemiss Knights Academy Road. You spend a moment to get your bearings and you have a thought. Maybe there more survivors at the Air Force Base. It isn’t too far, even on foot.
Deception may the most important skill for for someone in public office today.
The recently indicted California State Senator Leland Yee is a perfect example. Yee was gun control crusader with with a history of introducing and voting for some the most restrictive gun laws in the history of the state of California. At the same time he was involved arms trafficking and corruption.
If you think Yee is some rare exception to the rule, I would suggest that you dig a bit deeper. If the on going hypocrisy of public stance vs. private actions isn’t bad enough we have a US Senator, Marco Rubio, calling out the Russian government as a “Government of Liars”. Well, in this case perhaps… “it takes one to know one” or maybe… “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.
As the voting public, we must not abide any lack of transparency or basic morality from our elected officials. If they betray our confidence, we must vote them out! Even for the most insignificant indiscretion.
The apathetic and entitled masses in this country have allowed the government to be corrupted by the elitists that pander to poor while stealing from the middle class and giving to the wealthy. We deserve what we get for letting these looters into Congress and the White House. The time has come for voters to educate themselves and vote with an informed conscious and determined mind. The path that we are on can only lead to a world that is both morally and financially bankrupt! Don’t be confused, if you are a contributing member of society, both the right and the left want to take your money and redistribute it. On this point the only difference between them is who they want to redistribute it to.
I’ve been a Republican my entire adult life but increasingly I find difficult to align myself with a party who’s values are further and further from my own. Especially, when it comes to the far right wing and Tea Party Republicans. So, here I am on the verge of changing my party affiliation, but to which party? Who will represent the center, the rational, the humanist, the nones, the free thinkers with an intellectual and minimalist government focused on individual freedom? Who will lead us to a future governed not by greed and dogma, but by pragmatism and natural order?
This post is in response to the recent article by Congressman Jack Kingston.
Mr. Kingston presents a great concept here with six excellent points. I doubt, however, that his fellow congressmen have the intestinal fortitude to stand behind such rational measures. Ultimately, we have to reduce the size and weight of government. I understand that when the game involves playing with millions, billions, and trillions of dollars it is hard for anyone to give up even the smallest amount of money for this cause or that, but that is what I have to do in my own household budget for a family of four. There’s always some give and take to ensure that we live within our means.
For example, I recently needed to purchased a car for my soon to be 16 year old daughter. The only way I could do it was by giving up my very nice two year old Ford F150. By trading down to a used Ford Escape, I was able to make room in my budget for a nice used car and the associated additional expenses for her. It is past time that those in power in this country start making similar concessions. Cut the crap and the waste and balance the federal budget. The American dream needs a bit of updating… it isn’t fiscally possible for everyone to have everything.
I’m afraid that unless there are significant changes soon, we are headed towards a second civil war in this country. We are quite possibly teetering on the edge today. All it will take is for gas prices to double, or worse for food prices to escalate another 50%. The rate that the federal reserve is dumping cash into the economy is terrifying. I currently make a good living, our total household income is greater than ever before, but my purchasing power continues to weaken. I can feel the poverty line creeping up towards me. Very soon, I’m afraid that the poverty line will reach a level above the earning potential of recent college graduates. That makes no sense to me.
Very scary days indeed, and don’t even get me started about the Theocratic, Marxist, Communist, and Socialist idealist that continue to gradually siphon away our rights!
“The report of my death was an exaggeration” – Mark Twain
Much like the Mark Twain quotation from June 2, 1897 the death of the Information Technology (IT) department is a huge exaggeration today.
Yes, the environment in which we ply our trade is evolving very quickly, but it isn’t evolving towards the end. The days of hugh racks of servers in your own IT fortress is passing as we adopt more and more hosted solutions. Platform As A Service, Software As A Service, and yet unrealized services will radically change the work that the IT department does on a daily basis.
The IT department isn’t the racks of servers or the shelves full of spinning disks. The department really is the service provided by the men and women that keep all of the associated business processes running. The future of any IT team is that of a service organization. Sure, some services can and will be outsourced, but smart IT leaders will only outsource non-core services that have peripheral impact on end users. The “Utility” nature of enduser expectations will drive the way we design and deliver services. Also, for many of us, the enduser is quickly becoming the customer as well as the employee. As the shift towards supporting customers becomes as important as supporting fellow employees, the way that we approach service will also need to shift. It will also open many doors and provide opportunities for the IT team to have a greater connection to and impact on the organization as a whole.
The world is changing but there will always a need for IT just as there will always be a need for the other common and essential departments within any enterprise.
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