Modern society cannot afford the costs of giving them the power and prestige they demand
An old adage says we should “gladly suffer fools.” The opposing view is that we should “stop doing stupid.” Either way, the key concern is the direct impact that not confronting stupid or shortsighted actions has on morale and the long-term effectiveness of any decision-making/leadership process.
Whether it is managing people, business processes, visionary leadership or important innovation efforts, the need to mitigate stupid, wasteful directives, interjections and interruptions has become an essential requirement if we are to grow socially and economically. Continue reading
African Development Bank breaks with anti-fossil fuel banks to fund coal power, prosperity
We recently explained how Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) use manmade climate change alarmism to justify lending policies that reject funding for fossil fuel electricity generation, promote expensive and unreliable renewable sources, and thereby help keep impoverished nations poor. Continue reading
In the Fall of 1970 I fell in love for the first time. As I tuned into one of the most popular television shows in the world! My first love was David Cassidy, star of “The Partridge Family.” The show only lasted four years, but David continued to live on with millions of young women internationally! I still own all of the Partridge Family albums and David’s solo records. You “ain’t heard nothin’” if you haven’t listened to PF’s Christmas and David’s “Cherish” albums! For days when the show didn’t air I had the posters that adorned my bedroom walls……Sigh.
Let’s fast forward to 2001. I was a radio talk show co-host in Phoenix, Arizona, and I’d just booked TV star Vicki Lawrence, 70’s pop artist, and actress who was touring to educate listeners about the American Heart Association. Continue reading
Editor NWC: The following information has been provided to Northwest Connection by Thomas Maguire who worked as a contractor for the Arizona Border Patrol during the Obama presidency years.
Mr. Maguire, thank you for allowing me to question you about your experience while contracted to the Border Patrol on the Arizona-Mexico border. Such first-hand evidence is difficult to find.
Thomas Maguire: I was posted at the INS/Border Patrol/ICE Center in Nogales Az. Continue reading
Fortitude: meaning courage or bravery, is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation.
This tale of FORTITUDE is about a very special, very beautiful young woman. Her name is Taylor McQuillin who has become a shining star in the sport of softball. Continue reading
On July 14, 1789 Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops stormed and dismantled the Bastille, a royal fortress and prison that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution.
At the time, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed: that France had “been awakened by our [American] Revolution.” However, for President John Adams the news from France had signaled a warning bell. “The French Revolution,” he wrote, “will, I hope, produce effects in favor of liberty, equity, and humanity as extensive as this whole globe and as lasting as all time.” Yet he could not help foreseeing a tragic outcome, in that a single legislative assembly, as chosen by the French, could only mean “great and lasting calamities.” Continue reading
It is generally agreed we have strayed from the intensions of the 1787 U. S. Constitution. For the issue of foreign relations we have the council of George Washington’s Farwell Address, “Interweaving our destiny with others would entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice.” Continue reading
When Nobel Laureate in literature Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn uttered the words “Live not by lies” in his native Russia under the Soviets, it was considered fair enough. After all he was a fervent anti-Communist who was long persecuted by the Soviet government and spent time in their Gulag labor camps. Even when he uttered the same words in a Harvard University commencement speech in 1978, he was well received:
“I was also amazed at how often and how vigorously people applauded, something I had not expected.“
But then a day later, they began to realize that he had actually been very critical of the weakening moral fiber of the West and especially of the Western press. Here are some of his observations that provoked months of agitated responses from the press.
“In these last years I had also seen in the West much that was alarmingly dangerous.” Continue reading
When’s the last time you went to a store, and the store forced you to buy something you didn’t want? That’s ridiculous, you might think. Sure, someone else might want it, but they can’t spend my money for me on something I’m not looking to buy.
For the past 40 years, this is how public sector unions had been operating, having the legal right to collect what are called “agency fees” (or union dues) for any employees they wish to bargain for, even if that person didn’t want to join the union. Continue reading
Are we waiting for Superman? In 2010, a documentary by that name chronicled the struggles of five kids trying to get a quality education in the American public school system. Despite the $634 billion dollars Americans funnel into public education, these kids’ choices were between enrollment in an ill-fitting public school or winning the charter school lottery. Kids’ talents aren’t determined by their ZIP codes; and their educations shouldn’t be, either. Oregonians should take up Superman’s mantle ourselves and expand students’ horizons via school choice. Continue reading