APRIL 20, 2017
IN THE BEGINNING
Welcome to my world and I hope you enjoy your stay. I write in my own patois which is a mixture of the sometimes obnoxious run-on-sentences of Brooklyn Street language (being born and raised in NY). Adding to and moving along I picked up some “ Jerk Chicken” lingo from a couple years in Montego Bay, Jamaica and finally moving to the Gulf Coast of Tampa Bay, FL.
After a few side trips overseas courtesy of .MIL.GOV to both poles, I needed a break for the balance of my life preferring equatorial climates. Truly, I will admit to having a world wide lexiconic level of the understanding of “Gibberish” regardless of where I was.
It is the true worldwide language. Gibberish? It’s when someone is not exactly telling the truth and the words are unintelligible or meaningless speech or writing; or nonsense. In a political sense Gibberish is anytime a politician speaks, which is when the lips are moving. In Washington it’s called “double speak” in Brooklyn we called it Bullshit.
The last chapter moving to the South was a slight cultural change for me, assimilation was not that difficult. At times over the past four decades I felt encased, thrown back in time to the great Civil war of the land and it seems some in the South haven’t accepted the fact the North had somewhat of a victory.
Wars, many wars eventually end, only prejudice and hate remains, sad to say still alive and well. But wars are costly. No one ever wins a war when you make the deductions for death, wounded, destruction, all that is lost.
They talk about reconciliation but no one is sitting around the campfire, toasting marshmallows singing KumBaYa. Had the jerk-offs in the white sheets toasted marshmallows instead of houses and people, this would be a better world.
Even today some of their kind show up and supporters like a prominent woman in Dahlonega, Georgia posted a sign on her building. The loving and kind folks of Dahlonega, (I did some Ranger training there) are shown taking the sign down. The town had a massive for their size (hundreds) rally against the sign and it’s provocateur.
I write fairly about people, both the good with the bad. Some are really good, some really bad. It includes topics on politics, race, religion, and a few references toward sex, which usually seem to be combined with the other topics. You won’t see an article on the Kardashians latest trend in pedicures, but a Congressman or Cleric fooling with children or cheating will get my attention in depth in seconds.
UNITED IN FRIGHT
UNITED AIRLINES GOES BONKERS
Not quite a full month ago, before United incident with the leggings and the accompanying public scorn, United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz put on a bow tie and ascended a stage in New York for the self-styled “Oscars of the PR world.”
Munoz had just been named Public Relations Week’s “Communicator of the Year” — an honor he shared with gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor and Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani activist who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for championing women's rights.
He had been rewarded after rehabilitated the image of an airline once tangled in image crises — unpopular with employees and customers alike. It seems after he untangled the hair and used conditioner, the hair simply fell out in one 250 million dollar swoop. All over floor one a heinous act of belligerence and stupidity by the airline, the crew, a pilot who should have stopped it, the rent a cops and I would have loved to see some of the passengers taking on the gestapo.
“Communication and communication strategy is not just part of the game; it is the game,” Munoz said as he accepted PRWeek's award, according to his company's news release. Maybe he should practice his own words. His mouth added more damage to the incident which led to ask accident and serve facial injuries, loss of two front teeth, a broken nose, reconstructive surgery and a concussion on a seventy-nine year old Chinese Doctor of Medicine.
This is frickin insanity.
THE STORY BELONGS IN RIPLEY’S
On Tuesday — just before Munoz issued United’s fourth attempt at a response to an incident in which a passenger was violently dragged off a plane so a crew member could take his seat — Public Relations Week's editor in chief wrote a scathing assessment of the honoree's subsequent performance.
“If PRWeek was choosing its Communicator of the Year now, we would not be awarding it to Oscar Munoz,” Steve Barrett wrote. “In time, the episode and subsequent response will be quoted in textbooks as an example of how not to respond in a crisis.”
Recruited from a railroad company, Munoz's challenges were huge, by all accounts. United's previous chief executive and other senior executives had just resigned amid a federal corruption probe.
A month into the job, Munoz had a heart attack. He better be careful after this latest dumbo move, he might get another. He has a transplant and doesn't need this kind of turmoil for a heart patient, transplant or none, it isn't worth it.
And yet, before and after an extended hospital stay, he built a reputation as an open, communicative chief executive.
• “Oscar Munoz has started his tenure with an apology,” Fortune wrote, citing an email he sent to frequent flyers promising “we can do better.” Munoz was a bit vague in the email about how, exactly, he'd do better, Fortune noted. this incident was not better.
• Munoz had signed new contracts with once-intractable employee unions.
• He had hired United's “first chief storyteller.”
• He invited Fortune to follow him around, resulting in a profile in which he sounded nothing like the stereotypical corporate CEO.
• “We didn’t have nine brands of cereal at home,” “We’d line up to fill our bowls from a giant vat of oatmeal.”
• His “blue-collar” roots, PRWeek wrote, had helped Munoz win over “disgruntled staff” among United's tens of thousands of employees.
• He helped diminish customer service complaints that had dogged the airline's previous leader. That, in turn, raised the stock price.
• “His staff clearly love him,” Barrett, PRWeek's editor, said in a podcast the morning after Munoz accepted the award. “Its great to see a CEO actually believing in communications and saying it leads his whole company.”
LEGGINGS BRING A PROBLEM
• Nine days later, a United Airlines gate agent stopped two girls in leggings from boarding a plane — initiating a public relations crisis when a passenger tweeted about it and United quickly responded that it had the “right to refuse passengers who are not properly clothed.” Hours later, after thousands had joined in the outrage, the company clarified that the girls had been traveling on a company pass.
• “To our regular customer, your leggings are welcome,” United wrote. But the communication experts at PRWeek were concerned that United's “initial reaction caused the situation to blow up into an international news story.” The magazine’s write-up didn’t call out Munoz, but it did get a United executive to admit that the airline “made a mistake.” FUBAR
BEING A PASSENGER POSES A PROBLEM
• In Tuesday's article, Barrett lambasted United's “tone-deaf communications response” to viral videos of a man being yanked from his seat by security, battered against an arm rest and dragged off the plane after he refused to give up his seat to an off-duty United employee.
• After a short statement from the airline, including the much-derided defense that the bloodied passenger had “refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily” — United tweeted an apology from Munoz, of sorts.**
“The term 're-accommodate' smacked of legalese aimed at avoiding future litigation,” Barrett wrote, as the term inspired a storm of memes online, “rather than responding to what was a horrific video of a disturbing incident.”
After that semi-apology, news spread of a letter to United staff in which Munoz defended the plane crew and the policies that led to the passenger’s eviction.
“Munoz’s note to staff doubled down on the unapologetic tone,” Barrett wrote, “and was in stark contrast to the approach adopted by the Chicago aviation department,” which had condemned the behavior of the security officer involved and placed him on leave.
Barrett was hardly the only expert to think so. The Los Angeles Times — among many outlets — collected dire assessments from communications experts across the industry. One said United had “destroyed the connection and trust they’ve built up over the years.”
After adding an enormous asterisk to Munoz's award, the editor concluded his article with one thing the CEO had not yet done. Barrett offered sympathy to “the victim in this case, who was clearly — and understandably — extremely shaken up by his forcible removal from the plane.”
A few hours later, Munoz released a mea culpa doing just that — even echoing Barrett's words in apologizing to the passenger for “the truly horrific event.”
He said much the same thing on “Good Morning America” the next day.
But by then it had taken the Communicator of the Year — who began his leadership of United with a public apology and praise — nearly two days to say sorry for what communications experts across the country are calling one of the worst PR catastrophes in recent memory.
MY SOLUTION IS NOT PRETTY
- My first effort would be to fire the three goons who treated a 79 year old man in the manner in which he was physically handled. Even if that level of attack was warranted it did not have to be initiated. I could not live with myself for striking the elderly, a man of position (a doctor) and a frickin paying customer.
- Fire, release, transfer the head or the entire crew for the handling of the incident. All the crew, especially the Captain who should have intervened and stopped this action, demanded a supervisor of the highest ranking address the issue. I don’t care what the rules are. On my airplane I am the ultimate boss and person responsible thus when I say stop, it means stop if you are on or in the aircraft period. And I don’t care what your title is. He is the Captain of the ship and solely in command.
- Fire the scheduling idiot who sacrificed passengers so a crew who didn’t have to fly till the next day or didn’t displace a customer regardless of scheduling unless the seats were freely available. With a 250 million dollar stock loss and corporations starting to drop tickets, many cancellations, it would of been easier to:
a) Take a freebie on another airline, they swap crews freely on deadheads.
b) Hire us to take them on a Lear or Citation or a Baron for that matter for the 55 minute flight.
c) Get a rent a car and drive the 6 hours to Louisville.
d) Hire a Limo service.
THE ANGEL OF DEATH IS ALIVE
HATRED - מאַלעכ-אַמאָוועס
A follow up, we have seen enough death, the Jewish name for the angel is Malekh-amo-ves is the Angel Of Death from the old testament. And with the horrific images and stories of Orlando, and other atrocities fresh in our minds, this is more than just the second amendment, magazines, semi-autos, this is more than radicalism, this is about a global situation totally out of control called hate.
And our politicians are apparently powerless because in the corporate-government coalition (sometimes called Fascism) Our elected officials can vote against hate, meaningless, they don’t, nor do they challenge the tools used. They have been bought and sold.
Orlando, Paris, Nice, Turkey and Belgium, and the people did what people do when it comes to tragedy. Prayer, for the dead, prayer for the wounded survivors and prayer for those living, we pray looking for the good side, hoping the angel will come down or astride a white horse and make things better.
But with the reoccurrence of these attacks here and abroad by convoluted individuals following a false GOD, who are we praying to. Words today are meaningless. It will not stop the next attack. We are at the point of having to do something, you see the Angel of Death, I used the Hebrew spelling and enunciation is “Malek amo-ves" and he doesn’t pay attention to your prayers. He works for the other team. To stop him takes action, words don’t work.
Does it mean don’t pray or think good thoughts? No, prayer and good thoughts are for our salvation, but rarely change things. We have to make things better. The real answer is taking action. We have to do something. This kind of hatred must stop. Lip service doesn’t count. And we are fighting a war on two fronts, the radicalism or the distortion of a religion, not the true beliefs of the more than one something billion believers, these are thugs, dissidents, maniacal losers having no merit in a civilized world.
The real question is the catalyst, what really brings this on. It is HATE, and it exists all throughout the world. We love but we also hate. The coin has two sides. It became front page, a hatred of Muslims, currently and nicely enhanced by a really sick bigoted individual running for the highest office in the land on the GOP ticket, the Presidency, and it is embarrassing for this country to allow that bigot the press time to promote that hatred.
Ask yourself, are you one of the haters? Are your actions and words creating violence. If it bothers you the way others lead their lives by custom or fear, what have you done about it. If it’s their customs and not harmful, learn about them. If they live in fear, find a way to help.
Day after day I am affronted with statements or branding of people, their beliefs, and their physical or spiritual makeup, simply put, Its nothing but PREJUDICE and HATRED being used to cement some really stupid brain cells provided by today’s TV twenty-four seven media repeating the lies, corruption, cheating and scamming, basically or categorically, of the spinning in todays politics.
THE JACOBS LADDER IS A
NO BULLSHIT/NO SMOKE ZONE
I may see things differently than you, and this site is all about viewpoint, my viewpoint, I hold nothing back and owe no one. I welcome discussion, I am involved every day in think tanks with intelligent people who seek solutions. But you better have a sense of humor, as our politicians do. The problem is they think everything is a joke.
This site is all about those in Politics and Religion, and the twisted lives some of them, thinking they are above the law, they bring forth, the sex part I might mention of them is their own cause, is not to titilate the reader but to expose the deviate quality of some of those in respected office.
I don’t argue with idiotic slogans, immoral rhetoric, not the BS taught on Fox Media by former druggie, 1/2 term college dropouts, hyped with a morose sense of values with no credentials, like Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others who never made it through first years of college but earned a degree in trash radio. And I am not a fan of FOX “Faux” News as the media it represents is contrived. And I never liked Roger Ailes who turns out to be a creep of low moral standards.
I like to draw comparisons. I once explained Washington as a Poker Tournament. Lots of bluffs, eye contact, playing with someone else's money and losers. Thats till you get to the final table, the cards are on the line and then you show your real hand. Yup, in Washington, in the sleeve, thats where the two aces were hidden. There are six in a deck, aren't there?
My unique logo represents No Bullsh*t/No Smoke “ Emblification". Go chase that word in your Funk and Wagnalls. So lets get a few things out of the way because it may take a while to get used to my sense of humor. I have no problem with communication, I speak in a very "sardastic", language. If you grew up in Brooklyn, you are both sarcastic and slightly sadistic. It’s a new word, “sardastic". See the Jacobs Dictionary.
SNOPES, POLITIFACT, WIKIPEDIA
I rely heavily on some websites that uncover the distortions and lies, half-truths semi-truths, partial truths, and creative writing by those lightly equipped underachievers with white powdered brains and sensitivities. Yes, I repeat a few lines from articles and information after I have sourced them out. Truth is truth. And I’m making a point probably shared by others.
Adding to this collection are the quotes and sometimes “ sick" thoughts of brain-farters, aka "entertainers", false assumptions, and conspiracists, those who come up with things lending comfort to other mentally deprived thinkers, truth or not. I call them gas hacks, always throwing fuel on the fire. Those requiring a checkout, my three favorites check out sites are Snopes.com, PolitiFact’s and for General Information, I reference WIKIPEDIA, the online encyclopedia cross checked with multiple sources. after compiling from those three, I start my own searching. Then I compile.