Mann to Man

The American Condition Politically, Culturally, Economically

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Location: Williamsburg, VA, United States

Raised in rural Greenbrier Co. WV, BS Chemistry WVU, PhD Chemistry, GA Tech,Chemistry Faculty, GA Tech, 1965-1969, Dir R&D BASF Fibers 1969-1982,Sr.Exec. R&D, Burlington Industries, 1982-1986,Owner/CEO Mann Industries (formerly BASF fibers)1988-1995, CEO/Owner The Mann Group Consultants, 1987-2009, wife Carol, daughters Leigh, Susan

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Obama's declaration that he'll ignore Congress and govern by executive order is not surprising, but it should incite every American to reject him and vote him out. BUT IT WON'T! His announcement that he will campaign full time confirms what I wrote in a blog some time ago. THE US TREASURY WILL BE HIS CAMPAIGN PIGGY BANK -- additive to the $1B+ that will be reported. 

This is nothing more or less than Obama's Imperialistic Presidency being made public. His acolytes and sycophants in the media have been setting us up for this for at least the last year. 

Obama's conference with a host of his media shills, press, pundits and TV media anchors, a few weeks ago was to set up talking points for his "strategy" of governing without Congress. The mantra of Republicans being the party of ''NO" and the constant chant of their being "no compromise" was/is also part of the "strategy."  Compromise is only expected from the Republicans. Where is Obama's. 

THIS SHOULD BE VIEWED AS OBAMA'S COMING OUT IN THE OPEN WITH HIS INTENTION TO BE A DICTATOR. I do not like to think this way, but I dislike ignorance even more. To ignore his imperialistic approach to governing is to be abjectly foolish and/or just plainly ignorant. 
Unfortunately, a large enough percentage of the electorate is so ignorant as to buy into his plans and an even larger percentage doesn't care so long as he has the "D" behind his name. The "D" surely does not represent the honorable Democrat that most of my forebearers called themselves.

Reelection of Obama in 2012 will sound the death knell to "traditional America." Her soul will be stripped out. Yes, I've written this before........ and will do so again. Maybe one or two will take heed. Maybe.

I just heard Mitt Romney use the same words yesterday. About time the Republicans started to inform the nation of the hazards of continuing the Obama regime. Until now they are part of the problem in that they are destroying the chance to remove Obama by destroying each other. Obama loves their self-destruction.

Now, get ready for the ugliest, dirtiest, most dishonest, most corrupt presidential election campaign in history. If the media promoted Obama in 2008, and any person of integrity knows they did, they will double down on him in 2012. It has been on-going, but accelerated with the Obama-media acolyte conference recently.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Those who still insist there is no left bias in the media and print press or no favoritism on the part of Obama, the first item in this link might make you think a bit. Note an error-- Chris Matthews is called Chris Hayes in the article. Even if one is biased to the left and gets news from MSNBC, it's difficult to think anyone would tolerate the 3 MSNBC anchors in Obama's party. Ed Schultz defines dumbest.

Oh, but I remember a neighbor asking me at election headquarters, "Don't you think Rachel Maddow is brilliant (that word again!!)? Of course, I said  "NO." I said, "she talks so fast to cover up saying 
Didn't make him happy. So, he asked, "Don't you think we're fortunate to have Ben Bernanke at The Fed?"

"NO." But "he's 'brilliant'" he said. I gave him a few reasons why Bernanke neither showed brilliance nor any evidence that QE1, QE2....or QE? ? did any good for the economy. That's when I learned the secret to his vast understanding of The Fed action and Bernanke. He said, "I'll believe my daughter-in-law," she has a recent PhD from Harvard..... pause....... and speaks fluent Japanese." "She lived in Japan for xx years." Turns out she's native Japanese. No way could I compete with those credentials (or the logic) and I acknowledged same. 

I said, "Jack, I wasn't pleased with Greenspan either and got criticism from my bankers when I said so. He said, "Oh, but Greenspan is a Republican." Of course I reminded him that The Fed is supposed to be apolitical.... but isn't. He decided he'd talk with his son who works for Fannie Mae to get real information on THE issue I was about to address. 

There's no way to have a normal debate as we once had with traditional Liberals and Conservatives. The 60's radicals control the discourse now. But, I now understand a bit more about brilliance.....don't count on an IQ of 170-180 or wisdom or  or ???. Go to Harvard where everyone graduates with some degree of A....or speaking Japanese helps.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Truly disgusting video of Obama and Biden praising Jon Corzine. Hope you'll view it.

I haven't been able to allocate much time to writing for a few days. I did write a piece rebutting a very shallow, newspaper editorial trivializing America's "Broken" status. According to the writer, a one-time college professor, "we're broken" as indicated by stupid gaffs by candidates by Republican primary candidates. Decline in eduction is also a contributor because of the "testing mania" across the country. That's the best thinking and analysis a person with a lifetime career in higher academia can muster??

Reasons are many for our critical national condition and must not be handled trivially. The issue must be dealt with analytically and profoundly. In the meantime I've seen the video of Obama and Biden praising Corzine (in his presence) and find it repulsive. The poor judgement of Obama and Biden is disgusting beyond comprehension!! 
However, equally disgusting is the way they are selling Corzine to their audience. They're like hawkers, carnival barkers and worse if that's possible. For two "top" people to represent our America in such a way is incomprehensible. No way do they command respect. No statesmen these two!! However, as I write this a thought that is often on my mind about why our nation is in such critical state surfaces again.

In large part, we are in the state we're in because of us (we the people). We elect as "leaders" people with no qualifications to lead, no proven track record of accomplishments, no character, no statesmanship, radical associates and more. Fact is,  50+% of the electorate who will vote for anyone who pleases them and promises them enough of the nation's bounty. "Traditional America" is all but gone because of this attitude. President Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for me, ask what can I do for my country." It's just the opposite with the 50+% who elect "non-leader," non-statesmen and those who divide rather than unite us. Yes, of course, I'm talking about Obama, but there are many more in leadership positions who don't lead.

Until now, the decline in America has been insidious. The 2008 election gave the transformation enthusiasts hope for a permanent leader to accelerate the transformation of America aggressively into the image they want. Obama is not the leader to solve America's problems, but he is the person most in tune with these people,  counter- and sub-culturalists  who want to destroy "traditional America." And, are doing it!

The 2012 election will decide if the transformation is permanent. A large percentage of the electorate will vote for the "D" without a thought of the consequences to the heart and soul of America. Others will vote for these "consequences," the "new America" they envisage. If the 2008 election is made permanent in 2012, America's heart will still beat, but as another entity.Her soul will be gone. "Traditional America" will be no more. 

Their model has failed around the world, but their ideas are all they need, all they respect....results and data be damned.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Another reason the debt ceiling had to be and campaigning 24/7 take a lot of money. Has anyone counted the days Obama has spent governing in 3 years? Oh yes, he governs with his Blackberry always in the quick-draw holster. I forgot it. If you haven't seen his comparison of himself to Presidents Lincoln, Johnson and FDR making himself the "fourth best" president, look it up on Delusional narcissism at its worst. 

Friday, December 16, 2011


There's much to write about but have had some problem getting to it...some problems to deal with. Will try to catch up. I'm preparing a piece on "America at the Breaking Point" to, in part, rebut a very weak and meaningless newspaper editorial .... tomorrow. In the meantime, I want to give a few thoughts that always arise when I write about our national condition.

1. The best people among us do not present themselves for elective office, or even for appointed positions. This is now the norm for presidential elections. We are electing mediocre, and even inferior, unqualified people to lead us. And, they don't lead! Voters can look in the mirror and see who's responsible. Obama is the best example of this to-date. McCain was surely not the best among Republicans, but he would have been better for America.

2. Where have all the statesmen gone? There are few, if any, among the older elected officials. Some of the younger ones have it in them to be statesmen, but will they rise in the polluted environment? Over a few decades, we have replaced statesmen such as Richard Russell, Walter George, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Everette Dirksen, Scoop Jackson, Ronald Reagan, even Tip O'Neil, Howard Baker, and more with Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, Biden, Maxine Waters, Waxman, Wasserman-Shultz and now Obama plus more who just don't measure up. I mentioned this to an "independent" relative who named Robert Byrd as the greatest statesman of all times. When challenged he nominated Ted Kennedy. That's what we have come to!!

3. We read opinions that America has gotten to complex to manage. WRONG! The people we elect just aren't up to the job. No leadership or managerial qualities! Obama epitomizes these deficits, yet he has a higher probability of being re-elected than most want to believe. He had no qualifying experience when elected, and he has little now since he isn't leading or managing. The nation is in critical condition and he isn't even treating the symptom, much less the diseases and hasn't been for 3 years. Now, he is simply campaigning for 4 more years. What are his goals? More on the goals later, but for sure it will be more control of all we do. He will attempt to unionize every worker as one. Start with the southern auto workers. Card Check!

4. For those who have managed a few to thousands of people in your life, who among you would hire a person to be CEO of a major enterprise, much less the USA, who never had an accountable job, never led anything but a unionization effort among dependent classes. Who would have hired a person for any job if he refused to let you know his background......sealed all of his records?? You wouldn't even hire a person to mow your lawn if he'd never mowed grass before. What's that say about the wisdom and judgement of voters? And, our former governor, Doug Wilder, was foolish enough to write an op-ed saying that Virginia voters were "discerning" in electing Obama.

5. While the political left self-proclaims "brilliance," it's hogwash. Furthermore, intellect doesn't automatically equate with wisdom and judgement. Our current "leaders" have a deficit of all three.
OK, I'll stop for now and get back to a meaningful report of our being at the breaking part because of these 5 points.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Let's try to understand the Keystone XL pipeline delay imposed by Obama.

It goes like this: We have an oil based economy and will have for decades to some degree forever. Yes, even if we develop alternatives where they are applicable, we will use oil forever.

Our economy is suffering. We have fourteen million people who need jobs! OIL PRODUCTION CREATES JOBS!

The president talks and talks and then talks some more about jobs.....uses huge amounts of tax dollars traipsing around the country allegedly promoting his "jobs bill" that isn't about jobs at all. It's more palaver...more campaign rhetoric to the impressionable people who vote reflexively for him.

The president (a non-leader) promotes so-called green energy as the savior of the country and the ultimate job creator. TWO BIG PROBLEMS: 1) green energy doesn't create jobs as Spain has shown cuts employment, 2) Every person who has managed any significant enterprise knows that the time to "reinvent" ones self, an enterprise, is when the enterprise is booming at it's peak, absolutely not when the enterprise is in stress or in a depression. THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR A PRESIDENT, WHO KNOWS NONE OF THE BASICS OF MANAGEMENT, TO IMPOSE A REINVENTION OF OUR ECONOMIC BASE. It is unmitigated stupidity!!

So, this same misguided president, devoid of understanding and knowledge but high on hype, prejudices and false choices decides to "delay" the XL pipeline to cater to the environmental extremist base EVEN THOUGH 20,000 JOBS ARE IMMEDIATELY CREATED WITH 100,000 MORE TO COME.

In spite of his ineptitude, he is likely to be reelected. Too many voters don't know and too many don't care what they vote for so long as it has a D behind the name.


Can anyone comprehend (believe) that Jon Corzine takes over MF Global, institutes previously taboo trading in extremely high risk sovereign debt, is said to have personally directed the trades, even against advice of colleagues, and now doesn't know that the firm was insolvent and that $1.2 Billion of off-limits client funds are misused and now unaccounted for??? It doesn't pass the smell test and requires suspension of common sense to believe him.

Oh yes....remember he is the person highly praised by Obama and Biden as a "genius on the economy" and was on the short list (of one) to be Treasury Secretary. Now the question!

Was the fraud (yes, that's what it is) known when Geithner was planning to resign by year-end? Is this the reason old Timothy decided to stay "for the benefit of his country?" Just asking. Does anyone have an opinion?

 Having played in the Wall Street arena a bit, I was interested when Corzine went into the US Senate. I knew he was a left-winger. So, I asked a friend, who is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs and a former associate of Corzine, just how left-wing he was. Friend said, "Oh, Jon is just an Illinois farm boy who wants to do good." I can only say he didn't prove my friend right either in the senate of as Governor of New Jersey. But, he has done "good" for the left wing while bankrupting New Jersey. And, now the huge firm, MF Global. Jon, you should show us the money.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I can't but wonder how many people know who is running The White House and the whole Executive  Branch while Obama campaigns 24/7/365. Who do you think is in charge? Are you comfortable with Valerie Jarrette? For quite a while I have believed she runs the affairs and recently I am more convinced.

It's OK though because the "president" always has his blackberry with him on his vacations. I wonder how many successful CEOs manage in absentia using only smart phones.

But, 50% of the electorate couldn't care less, it would seem.


I don't know, yet, if Chris Christie is presidential timber. But, compared to most participants, including the current "president" (who isn't), he stands tall. It's refreshing to see a public servant, a politician, with straight forward honesty in dealing with people. One must admire the way he handles hecklers.

It's only a matter of time, and that time will come when he is considered for national position, that the media will try to destroy him. As typically happens, the non-thinking electorate will follow the media lead like lemmings off the cliff  and will buy in to their disparaging attacks. They're coming, as surely as is the fawning over Obama to continue at a feverish level when his 2012 opponent is defined. Of course, Obama is campaigning 24/7 now, with taxpayer funding. Anyone who thinks he's governing must have been living in a cave without communication.

It is what it is! Truth!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Today the Wall Street Journal published an article, "Iran Tries to Gain Sway in Latin America" mentioning the relationships that Ahmadinejad is building in Bolivia, Venezuelza, Nicaragua and Brazil. Not a mention of Hezbollah's base in the "Triple Frontier" of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. I learned of this on 9/11/2001, reported it, and didn't see anything published until 2007.

On August 21, 2011, I wrote of it in rebuttal to a foolish article on immigration by a local writer. My write was rebutted by a community leftist who accused me of stretching fact. It just couldn't be true. It was! It is! At that time, there were 10,000 Google references and today those have grown to 68,000. Even after my seering counter to his foolish assertion and ignoring of the references, he buried a reference to me as a John Bircher in another foolish piece later. I mention this leading to the write below to indicate a huge problem we have with the misguided Progressives of today. I have long enjoyed a good conservative-liberal debate, in the past the essence of politics and governance. No more!
I think you may get some sense of what really is happening south of the border. While Republicans and Democrats think of immigration as a problem of Hispanics coming across the border, the innocent Hispanic looking for a better life is not the problem. Think about it. Politicians don't.

From the Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg, VA
by J. A. Mann
Lew Leadbeater may have reached a new low in his column, “Immigration Paranoia”, The Virginia Gazette, Aug. 14, 2010. He absurdly trivializes the immigration issue and such trivia only solidifies the incredibility of his opinions.

Immigration has become one of the most critical issues for America and can no longer be divorced fromTerrorism. To be 

concerned for the huge and growing problems of immigration is not a to be paranoid as Leadbeater asserts. And, no longer is

the immigration issue just about the innocent Hispanic coming here for a better life and a job. Our dysfunctional government 

abdicated responsibility to deal with it when immigration was such a relatively “simple” issue. Now the problems are much 

more complex and more threatening to America than most admit. The federal government is still dysfunctional. The political

left courts the voter bloc, wants amnesty for all comers, and the far right foolishly thinks only of walls and deportation. Both

are wrong.

Illegal immigration, statutorily a misdemeanor, has become a major criminal issue because of drug and human trafficking. It must be dealt with as such. Now, there is a terrorist component that elevates it to a national security problem. To use Leadbeater's term, it is “embarrassingly shameful,” but worse, for him not to know this. He trivializes gangs! Has he no knowledge of the El Salvadoran Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) or the Mexican Mafia (“M”)? He only has to trek to Northern Virginia to see them.

TERRORISM? Yes! Middle Easterners pay huge amounts of money to Mexican groups to make them over into “Mexicans,” teach them Spanish, acquire US visas for them and they pass through the border gates unmolested. I learned this from people I met while stranded in Mexico during the 9/11/2001 tragedy. Friends in Latin America confirmed it later. I reported it to government agencies immediately. I also learned that HEZBOLLAH has a base in the South American “Triple Frontier,” the tri-border intersection of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.. This was finally reported by Telemundo and their parent, NBC News, in May 2007. Hezbollah states openly that their strategy is to attack the USA from this base if “anything happens to Iran.” But, they are not waiting. They are proactive. It's now reported that radicals from this base flow freely through Brazil into Mexico and illegally cross the border into the United States. Their identifying materials are found abandoned at the border. What responsible person can downplay this? Who can doubt their intent?

Over a few years, I researched the immigration issue and in 2008 published a treatise entitled “Immigration and Terrorism --  Beyond Walls.” It included a 24-point proposal for reform and was presented to President Bush. It included proposals to deal with the 12 to 20 million illegals already here. I've neither seen nor heard better.

Six million of those are reported to be here on expired visas! Names are on record, but who, in fact, are they? Where are they, what are their intentions? How many came here disguised as innocent Hispanics. How many have found their way from the South American Triple Frontier to cross the borders of Arizona and other states? Surely, there must be sufficient numbers to infiltrate every significant population area of the USA. What happens next? When?

Irrespective of what the President, Secretary of Homeland Security and others declare, we are at war with terrorists. It's not too much of a stretch to think we will be at war, on the borders at least, with drug cartels that are rapidly taking over Mexico. I'll go so far as to say that any person in position of authority who abdicates his or her responsibility to deal with this issue is participating in the endangerment of every, American and is threatening national security and even sovereignty.
Finally, for anyone, including the president, to brand those who recognize the seriousness of the immigration/terrorism issue as "racists" and those who deal with the problems forthrightly with “racial profiling” is wrong and utterly irresponsible. Moreover, it is equally wrong to compare the current immigration issue to immigrants of the past. Some immigrants are similar, especially the innocent Hispanic (or other) coming for a job and a better life, but many are not. Many undoubtedly are here to do harm. They actually tell us as much.

The fact is, we are in a fight for the heart and soul of the America that we have known and loved, the America that became the greatest nation on earth. Will she maintain her greatness? Not without major changes in policy and a purge of irresponsible policy makers. Radical? Think about it....objectively.

Joe Mann


My dear wife, Carol, suggested that Newt probably knows about the election of 1860 and how the essence of that one relates to that of 2012. She may be correct, usually is, but why is he using it now, not earlier?  Still considering a claim of plagiarism. It's just one more piece of baggage he'll have to carry.

Seriously now, the 2012 election will be the dirtiest, most corrupt and most expensive in history. As Nancy Pelosi has telegraphed, nothing will be off limits. More on this later, but for now, think that those in power now will do whatever necessary to protect their entrenchment in corruption and their goals of "transforming America" into the model they want, a model that has failed before and is failing rampantly in Europe now.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"SOWELL-ATTRIBUTED PIECE ON OWS -- clarification..maybe

Apparently my post on the write attributed incorrectly to Thomas Sowell can use some clarification. I had received the piece earlier, attributed to Sowell, but doubted he was the writer -- not his style and not column length. It wasn't his. It was written by another person as a letter and the Knoxville paper used the wrong by-line. Mistakes do happen. Recently, my wife, Carol wrote an endorsement of her candidate for the VA General Assembly. The letter and attribution were fine.....but the headline was for the wrong candidate, just a legitimate mistake. It was corrected next edition.

This week, I received the Sowell-attributed piece again -- this time from a friend, who fled Cuba during the revolution. He wrote of how the "Sowell" pieced described what he had experienced under Castro and Che during the revolutionary. This friend, who wants to not be attributed for obvious reasons, had come to me during the 2008 election to help my group defeat Obama. The concerns he had then were played out in the recent "Sowell" piece. This person is a very credible professional person who has been in America since 1960, is fiercely loyal to the country and is very concerned about the Obama administration and the direction our nation is going.

Frankly, his observations and experiences lend far more credibility to the piece than anything I, or anyone who hasn't had his experiences, could write. In fact, while I have written a post analyzing the OWS crowd about as the "Sowell" piece does --- anarchists, socialists/Marxists -- my friend's comments are far more meaningful. Hence, my reason for posting and encouraging all to take heed.

An additional note: I have associates in Latin America, as well as Latin Americans here, who report that many in Latin America equate Obama with Castro, Evo Morales, Carrea, Chavez and others of their persuasion. You won't hear this from news sources!!
One more note: I do the blog not just to pass stuff from the internet that anyone can do, rather I try to confirm or provide authenticity, and analyze the situations from my own experience base and my associates in the world, which fortunately have been rather numerous, educational and rewarding. I hope to inform and to be informed. Thanks to all who read. I solicit your comments.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

NEWT USED MY QUOTE!! Please get active

WELL, maybe Newt is reading my blog after all. He just made the statement, "the 2012 election will be the most critically important since 1860." Been saying that for couple of years.....said same in 2008...more important now.
I am refining my immigration proposals of 2007-8 to send to the candidates next week. Let's see how they deal with it. It is far more comprehensive than Newt's and any other I've heard or read.
To be effective in political activism always is a long shot, but the only way to be sure of total ineffectiveness is to do nothing.
I encourage everyone who wants to protect traditional American principles and our culture to get active and defeat Obama and his vast cadre of czars and operatives in 2012.

OBAMA, OWS, SOCIALISM/MARXISM, with testimony from one who fled the Cuban Revolution

Immediately below is commentary from a friend that I urge all to read. We met in 2008 as I was organizing activities to defeat presidential candidate Obama. It wasn't that I was enamored by McCain, rather I was very concerned about Obama. As written before, he had nothing to define him as qualified to be president, his associations were troubling and defined him to a large degree and his political leanings were socialist/Marxist. I think I was the first to be quoted on the socialism issue locally in our paper. The friend writing below introduced himself, and his wife, to me as "Americans" with origin in Cuba...."not Cuban-Americans but Americans." They, as others I've written about, were concerned about Obama because he and his associates were so like what they experienced living in the Cuba during the Revolution. It is a poignant story and one that I hope all will take seriously. Of course, media and the print press as well as many others will assert it is radical to think this way. It's absolutely not radical, truth is what it is.
The article that my friend is writing about is below his comments. It has been circulated with attribution to Dr. Thomas Sowell, a writer for whom I have great respect. However, the article was actually published in the Knoxville, TN newspaper where Dr. Sowell writes a column. He was incorrectly attributed as the writer. Irrespective of who wrote it, the message is one to which we should take heed. I thank my friend for his input to this. I was inclined to not write about it, but the friend's story is so poignant, and so real, as to be compelling to present to others. His words are below.
The author (of the article below) is right on target. When the Cuban revolution came into power in 1959, the mobs were empowered to do what the Occupy Wall Street mob has been doing. I remember when the Castro rebels came down from the hills and took possession of my naval base. The first thing they did was to cut the linen into small squares to use as toilet paper. They next would shred blankets so they would burn better (indoors) as mosquito repellents. Soon, they stopped using the toilets and began to defecate and urinate outdoors on the beautiful and well manicured grass that surrounded our buildings. That was how the Castro people destroyed all vestiges of civilized behavior (to replace it with something "new") just as the Obama people have incited class warfare to drive the Occupy Wall Street to behave as they have. At the time, I was a newly commissioned Naval officer and aviator. Needless to say, that coming from the military discipline of my naval training and reinforced by my training with the U.S. Navy, I was completely horrified. It did not take long for me (and many of my squadron's colleagues) to vote with our feet and leave Cuba. The real clincher came when Ernesto "Che" Guevara was named president of the Cuban central bank (a position similar to that of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve) and he has such a disdain for established societal norms that he signed the Cuban paper currency simply as “Che.”      Written by an "American" from Cuba.
Occupy Wall street
The current Occupy Wall Street movement is the best illustration to date of what President Barack Obama's America looks like. It is an America where the lawless, unaccomplished, ignorant and incompetent rule. It is an America where those who have sacrificed nothing pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed greatly.
It is an America where history is rewritten to honor dictators, murderers and thieves. It is an America where violence, racism, hatred, class warfare and murder are all promoted as acceptable means of overturning the American civil society.
It is an America where humans have been degraded to the level of animals: defecating in public, having sex in public, devoid of basic hygiene. It is an America where the basic tenets of a civil society, including faith, family, a free press and individual rights, have been rejected. It is an America where our founding documents have been shredded and, with them, every person's guaranteed liberties.
It is an America where, ultimately, great suffering will come to the American people, but the rulers like Obama, Michelle Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, liberal college professors, union bosses and other loyal liberal/Communist Party members will live in opulent splendor.
It is the America that Obama and the Democratic Party have created with the willing assistance of the American media, Hollywood , unions, universities, the Communist Party of America, the Black Panthers and numerous anti-American foreign entities.
Barack Obama has brought more destruction upon this country in three years than any other event in the history of our nation, but it is just the beginning of what he and his comrades are capable of.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is just another step in their plan for the annihilation of America .
"Socialism, in general, has a record of failure so blatant that only a phony intellectual could ignore or evade it."

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I apologize for the structure of the post below, with no segmentation, but the system refuses to do it my way. To my post yesterday re AMR's chapter 11 filing relating my experiences over many years flying with AA, an AA pilot wrote a thoughtful comment that caused me to think a bit more about the precursors to conditions of their bankruptcy. Frankly, I have what is perhaps too much experience with trade unions and their excesses, but know less about others such as the airlines. After learning more about the negotiations of AA with their unions, I now think it's justifiable to post the comments below. I've seen too many industries destroyed by union excesses coupled with management incompetence in caving to excess demands. Start with coal (dead for many years), steel, textiles, shoes, electronics manufacturing, and more.  The Detroit 3 (once the big 3) deserves special mention. As their costs rose to $72/hour (fully loaded) and costs in the southern industry were 1/3 rd of that, Detroit lost 50% market share and ultimately required a bailout by Obama to protect the UAW voter base. Didn't save the industry as claimed. The industry was functioning in the south and even in the North with Ford.
To AA pilot: With all due respect I feel less apologetic for telling my story of AA and relaying the comment about pilots' and the delayed flights. After learning more about the Chapter 11 filing of AMR and the negotiations with unions that broke down prior to the filing, it seems that the pilots' union gave AMR a deal the could (and had to) refuse. If reports are true, and must be assumed to be, a demand of 10% increase upfront and 7%/year continuing is a non-starter in the market today, and in the economic conditions of the industry. To me, one who has observed unions for many years, this was very misguided and it ignored reality. Surely, the pilot union leadership should have more information from which to make their demands than we laymen have, but this smacks of the same misguided excesses that caused the auto industry to move south to escape the UAW. It must be expected that the airline industry is about to rationalize with one of the bigs going into Chapter 7 --- AMR? That would be a sad event. Sorry, but this is reality. 01 December, 2011