Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What, Pray Tell, Will They Do To You?

English: SEALs in from the water.

These people of letters and words; of legalese and crafty language.  They will go home to the comfort of their abodes, secure in their knowledge that all is well.  They will be present during the celebrations, the exchange of gifts, the clinking of glasses as they toast to their health during these holy days.

And meanwhile, crouching behind rocks or walls of sand for cover, braving the menace that wants to kill them, they dodge the bullets, the bombs.  Not all of them will escape unharmed, but they are all there to protect those that revel "at home."

Far and away from their loved ones with their faces in the dirt, wind blowing the sand in their faces, downwind from a herd of goats, the rattle of gunfire in the distance, they know nothing this moment of how the very people that are supposed to have their backs in Washington have plunged the steely knives of betrayal between their shoulder blades.

Their pensions have been cut.  That small slice of security they were promised has been reduced, a casualty of "bi-partisan compromise" to hammer out a "budget deal."

It reads like this:  When you want to save some money, do it at the expense of those who risk their lives; sacrifice them and the well being of their families, to ensure your safety.

You saved some money and you did it at the expense of those that defend you from a horrible fate.  Are you happy now?  Will you sleep well now?

These perfumed pansies have targeted men that know their weapons well.  They have aimed their scissors at men and women who are trained well to do harm, who are experienced in battle, who know how to best their enemy and have done so many times and will do so again.

What, pray tell, will these empty suits in Washington, who live at the expense of those who defend them, do to you?


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

"People Don't Really Care How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care..."

"People Don't Really Care How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care..."

Interview with Mr. Bob Ravener, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer at Dollar General. Mr. Ravener is a 1981 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served six years in the Navy as a Submarine officer as well as time in the Reserves after coming off active duty.

From the U.S. Navy Profile:
"...After leaving the Navy, Mr. Ravener earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and served in key leadership positions at several top companies including PepsiCo, Footstar, Home Depot, and Starbucks before joining Dollar General where he currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. 
His current job responsibilities include attracting, motivating and retaining a diverse population through innovative and creative initiatives in the areas of staffing, compensation, benefits, employee relations, training and organizational development. 
Mr. Ravener and colleagues at Dollar General created the Paychecks for Patriots initiative, which started as a partnership with the Tennessee government, military, and many employers. 
The concept is now expanding to other states with an objective to work closely with the public and private sectors to address unemployment challenges facing Guardsmen, Reservists, veterans, and their spouses. 
He is the 2011 recipient of the Evanta HR Top 10 Breakaway Leaders Award, which honors top leaders who are changing the face of HR and inspiring a legacy of excellence. 
His memoir, "Up: The Difference Between Today and Tomorrow is.YOU!", will be published this summer by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas..."

Summer Training ...

U.S. Naval Academy Summer Training:

Monday, July 22, 2013

1st Batallion 6th Marines: Marjah, Afghanistan. Deal with it!

"...People Sleep Peacefully In Their Beds At Night Only Because Rough Men And Women Stand Ready To Do Violence On Their Behalf..."