Friday, October 31, 2014

Cronyism

This kills me to say, but it is the single greatest problem in government. Nepotism and cronyism are so out of control that it isn't even funny. People are not selected because they can get stuff done, but sheerly on schmozing.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Painful Lesson

In many ways I am not a good father. As I am gentle by nature, I let my daughter get away with diva antics. I reminded my daughter that true friends are rare and you take care of those first. Things have not been going well with the economy. As times get rough people you thought you could count on barely know you. Many are not in a position to help others are fair weather friends.

It is a bitter lesson most of us learn sooner or later. As a kid you think your friends are always there for you. You live for their approval, but in reality they are but passing memories who drift into and out of your life.

Test of Charachter

There are those who talk in grandiose terms about their character. The truth is you don't know until you have been tested. Talk in training is fairly cheap. The topic is if you are asked to do something illegal would you do it. There is a subtext if you don't you run the risk of being fired for insubordination.

My trials were quite famous and I paid a price for my beliefs. In the end I prevailed, but it has made me an expert on suspensions and rights.The topic came up in several ways this week. In many ways I am more a symbol than a person. A coworker claimed she was sick when cases were dumped on her.
She refused to take the cases and now faces insubordination charges.

Sadly, the reputation of the worker is an issue. The bosses know I do as told with minor complaining. I think the worst of it was when a case that was fully prepared was switched with a peer who never prepares. It was a mild, but I invested so much time and I am getting an inferior case. In this case the boss looked at me and said. You are right, but we don't have any other options. The boss saw the preparation and said bear with me.

In the situation where an officer bails, I am usually annoyed at the peer if it is chronic. One of the cases is now a comedy classic. The case was abnormally big and a rookie bailed. The attorney got hit by a car and it had to be rescheduled. We did a mock SVU episode and I was Dt Constantly Munching. Everyone had a good laugh as some of the office played SVU cast jokingly questioning the rookie about where he was at the time of the car crash.

I explained that I would have negotiated downwards. It doesn't work in my case. My boss usually says if you run into trouble call. I never get into trouble and know how to manage a docket with social skills. Lawyers are funny as well. In the case of a switch, I caution that I have to do prep work.
The attorneys grasp this and are usually fine.

It was hard for me to talk to this peer. I explained that the system has checks and balances and if she sticks with the union line  any suspension will be reduced. The more difficult conversation was the next part, especially because I like this peer. Never mistake my example for that of a badass. I always did my job and whatever was ordered if it were legal. My refusal was an illegal order and I stated upfront the order was illegal. The supervisor in question exceeded his authority and illegally directed
me to a certain outcome. It was tough to tell a peer I mentored that she could have handled it better.

A new boss looking at the file shook his head. He asked about the situation and I explained numbers are only meaningful if they are accurate. Making a person fit a numerical goal is unethical. The boss agreed and noted how dysfunctional we were.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here we go again with more Communist Crapola

The death of an American senior citizen in a wheel chair on a cruise ship has nothing to do with Israel except in the minds of racist Marxists and religious thugs. The entire premise was a bigoted lynching of a senior citizen in a wheelchair. The subject is as preposterous as making an opera about Emmet Till and portraying his killers in a positive light, To create such an opera would be an insult
to the intelligence of the audience.

My  parents would donate and go to the opera. There will be no donations and no attendance this year
or any other. Certainly, others will quietly follow suit. Let George Soros start writing checks to make up for those who have turned their back on this organization.

Loser Bill Wilhelm as usual sees only the point on his head. He has been getting booed in public appearances. Even lefties who voted for him have conceded he is going off the deep end. Those who object to something have every right to peacefully protest. Moron Wilhelm apparently thinks those who are offended by typical leftist antisemitic art have less rights than Al Sharpton.

After the election Barak Obama is going to enact sweeping executive action and grant semi legal status to illegal aliens. The response should be swift lawsuits and congressional action. Also the next president will have the biometrics and addresses for deportation purposes. Obama in typical marxist fashion thinks he is above the law.

He is going to discredit the left for gennerations.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Taking my daughter to the Met

One of my criticisms of art museums is they don't spend enough time on the bios of the painters. The back stories add to the art itself. The relationship of the painters to each other is often quite interesting as well.

Reading the biography of Modigliani is quite interesting. Also his work is quite unique in its look in both sculpture and painting. I would like to place a print of his in my office, but at the moment I am
looking for more paintings and prints of Guyana.

Guyana is a shining example of a wonderful people governed by inept Marxist thieves. Rather than develop parties with competing ideas it developed two ethnic parties with the same lousy idea. They took a paradise with plenty of resources and made it into a place where people pretty much have to emigrate to have a decent life.

For the moment I enjoy unknown painters of places I have been or could have been. I don't like well
known landmarks as they are cliches. What I prefer is a landscape with a few structures. When I am in country I will purchase a few for my office.

For a young daughter Modigliani is unique enough to study. She prefers to do rather than observe at this point. However, when I make a trip to a museum she finds a pretext to tag along.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sorry Duck

I am still learning how to use the I phone and accidentally deleted a comment. I have spent the last three months doing work from areas outside NYC. My perspective on the immigration story has changed. Lost in the story about immigration is criminality. Even immigration advocates need to consider tightening this aspect. Removal of green card status for felony level arrests should be mandatory. Pretending that immigrants are largely law abiding is ignoring reality. Three drunk driving arrests should be automatic deportation. Selling drugs should also be deportable. Alien smuggling of any kind should be deportable. These hearing need to be expedited as well. Ultimately, the tax payer pays for this benign neglect of public safety.

Immigration is predicated on good behavior and is not a sacrament.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola follies

I do have sympathy for the dedicated nurses who caught the disease while doing their job. Any attempt to blame them for their illness is wrong. 

Thomas Duncan knew he was sick when he arrived. Most of the misteps were due to inexperience with the disease. Any claim of racism is slander against dedicated professionals including those who are ill from treating Duncan.

Contrary to the claim of his family, there is sufficient reason to believe Duncan knew he was exposed when he arrived in the USA. Unlike the US citizen medical professionals who caught the disease while trying to save lives Duncan had no reason to seek treatment here. Moreover, in the case of the US citizens every step was managed carefully. Duncan is part of a larger problem of illegals and visitors using government services making health care, education and prison care costs soar.

Ebola is an infectious disease and is a public emergency. However Joe Crapola from parts unknown is doing 30 years for misbehavior on the taxpayers dime.

Maybe part of the immigration debate should focus on who pays what.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NY Times still making excuses for treason

In the NYT obituary of David Greenglass the NYT trots out current leftist cliches. The Rosenbergs are portrayed as idealists. In truth they were bug eyed Stalinist lunatics who orphaned their children for the sake of a death cult. The second rationale is the material provided by the Rosenberg spy ring was worthless. That would not excuse treason.

The Rosenbergs chose death for the cause of evil. They were brain impaired death cultist losers who deserved the death penalty.

Marriage rate at all time low

Unless one is going for an immigration benefit fewer people are getting married. The blame is not entirely on the Obama economy, as there are other factors.

My own case is an excellent example of this. I have been dating and supporting a family for almost six years. I have not considered marriage because the financial risks would be prohibitive. Moreover
having experienced what divorce attorneys do first hand I am not going back for round two. Malicious accusations of sexual abuse of children is common ( not my case) and the impact that it has is never discussed. This has happened to at least two coworkers. Actual abuse of children are far more apt with the subsequent romantic interest than the biological father.

Much of the marriage decline belongs squarely on lefties. Liberal divorce laws and vile anti male legal tactics have made marriage prohibitive. Add in absurd Obamacare costs and tax incentives for not marrying and you get the picture.