Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I never went to college for Business… but I have several questions.

I have been thinking about this for several years.

I am still not sure I am going to say this correctly.

But still… Here goes…

There is a trend that has been going on for several years where companies have put a great deal of importance in cutting “costs” to improve the bottom line.

In order to cut these “costs” several companies have chosen to lay off employees and freeze raises for the employees who actually do the work, and provide the services, labor, and products that the company is supposed to be in the business of supplying to their customers.

These companies often get rid of the longest standing employees that have the most experience and highest skills in the company’s product.

This is hindering the capabilities of the company, leading to customer dissatisfaction, and customers going to other suppliers, thus leading to the company seeing their bottom line going further down.

To fix this issue they decide to cut more people from their workforce and continue to hold employee raises at 0%.

What I do not understand is how corporations can look at this self destructive behavior and say “Hey Mr. “Chief-whatever” You did a great job”, then pay obscenely large bonuses to these people with a “C” at the front of their title. Sure they cut costs to make the bottom line look good at the end of the year. However, continuing to shrink the workforce leads to a loss of client satisfaction.

That will lead directly to a further degradation of the company’s bottom line the next year, ruins the companies reputation, eventually leading to potential clients not considering that company for business as the reputation has gone down as they lose quality employees.

Why would you consider giving a bonus to any CEO, CFO, CTO, anyone with a “C” at the front of their title, if they ran the business so poorly that in order to salvage the bottom line, they have to freeze raises, or lay off employees? Isn’t that an abject failure of the “Chiefs” that they have to butcher the company to save the bottom line?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April Showers 2013

4/18/2013 7:47 AM - Naperville has reported over 9 inches already today.

Radio weather said we are getting an overall average of 1” per hour. ..They also said the worst of the storm is on the way. ON THE WAY? My house is going to float away!

Front of our house. Street is becoming a waterway

Upstream from us.. (corner one house south of us)

Catalpa and Ravinia Can’t get to the drains, water is knee deep.

So there you have it… This is what Woodridge looks like when we are getting 1” an hour…

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What? You want to impeach who? For what?

I keep seeing posts asking for people to sign a petition, or forward along an email, or share a post, that requests we impeach Barack Obama.
I say that we cannot do that yet.
We cannot begin impeachment proceedings against Obama before we bring George W. Bush up on the following charges.
1) Seizing power to wage wars of aggression in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, the U.N. Charter and the rule of law; carrying out a massive assault on and occupation of Iraq, a country that was not threatening the United States, resulting in the death and maiming of over one hundred thousand Iraqis, and thousands of U.S. G.I.s.
2) Lying to the people of the U.S., to Congress, and to the U.N., providing false and deceptive rationales for war.
3) Authorizing, ordering and condoning direct attacks on civilians, civilian facilities and locations where civilian casualties were unavoidable.
4) Instituting a secret and illegal wiretapping and spying operation against the people of the United States through the National Security Agency.
5) Threatening the independence and sovereignty of Iraq by belligerently changing its government by force and assaulting Iraq in a war of aggression.
6) Authorizing, ordering and condoning assassinations, summary executions, kidnappings, secret and other illegal detentions of individuals, torture and physical and psychological coercion of prisoners to obtain false statements concerning acts and intentions of governments and individuals and violating within the United States, and by authorizing U.S. forces and agents elsewhere, the rights of individuals under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
7) Making, ordering and condoning false statements and propaganda about the conduct of foreign governments and individuals and acts by U.S. government personnel; manipulating the media and foreign governments with false information; concealing information vital to public discussion and informed judgment concerning acts, intentions and possession, or efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction in order to falsely create a climate of fear and destroy opposition to U.S. wars of aggression and first strike attacks.
8) Violations and subversions of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, both a part of the "Supreme Law of the land" under Article VI, paragraph 2, of the Constitution, in an attempt to commit with impunity crimes against peace and humanity and war crimes in wars and threats of aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq and others and usurping powers of the United Nations and the peoples of its nations by bribery, coercion and other corrupt acts and by rejecting treaties, committing treaty violations, and frustrating compliance with treaties in order to destroy any means by which international law and institutions can prevent, affect, or adjudicate the exercise of U.S. military and economic power against the international community.
9) Acting to strip United States citizens of their constitutional and human rights, ordering indefinite detention of citizens, without access to counsel, without charge, and without opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the Executive of a citizen as an "enemy combatant."
10) Ordering indefinite detention of non-citizens in the United States and elsewhere, and without charge, at the discretionary designation of the Attorney General or the Secretary of Defense.
11) Ordering and authorizing the Attorney General to override judicial orders of release of detainees under INS jurisdiction, even where the judicial officer after full hearing determines a detainee is wrongfully held by the government.
12) Authorizing secret military tribunals and summary execution of persons who are not citizens who are designated solely at the discretion of the Executive who acts as indicting official, prosecutor and as the only avenue of appellate relief.
13) Refusing to provide public disclosure of the identities and locations of persons who have been arrested, detained and imprisoned by the U.S. government in the United States, including in response to Congressional inquiry.
14) Use of secret arrests of persons within the United States and elsewhere and denial of the right to public trials.
15) Authorizing the monitoring of confidential attorney-client privileged communications by the government, even in the absence of a court order and even where an incarcerated person has not been charged with a crime.
16) Ordering and authorizing the seizure of assets of persons in the United States, prior to hearing or trial, for lawful or innocent association with any entity that at the discretionary designation of the Executive has been deemed "terrorist."
17) Engaging in criminal neglect in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, depriving thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and other Gulf States of urgently needed support, causing mass suffering and unnecessary loss of life.
18) Institutionalization of racial and religious profiling and authorization of domestic spying by federal law enforcement on persons based on their engagement in noncriminal religious and political activity.
19) Refusal to provide information and records necessary and appropriate for the constitutional right of legislative oversight of executive functions.
20) Rejecting treaties protective of peace and human rights and abrogation of the obligations of the United States under, and withdrawal from, international treaties and obligations without consent of the legislative branch, and including termination of the ABM treaty between the United States and Russia, and rescission of the authorizing signature from the Treaty of Rome which served as the basis for the International Criminal Court.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A little reminder of why I can’t wait for Springtime!

Riding the Sporty down Bluff Road from Lemont to Bolingbrook Then back to Woodridge

Please excuse the bumpy camera work… I don’t have a steady-cam mount for this camera yet.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Singing with my Dad Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy

I love singing with my dad.

Here we are at the Polte Family Christmas Celebration. We didn’t get to practice much together due to schedule conflicts but we do enjoy the time we have singing. You can tell by us laughing at the end.

Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy sung by Marvin and Todd originally performed by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

Hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed singing it.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My thoughts on Amanda Todd and the cyber bullies who murdered her.

Anyone who knows, meets, or is currently "friends" with one of the cyber bullies of Amanda Todd, should say to that bully  that you hope they can forgive themselves for the pain and death they caused."

That should be posted on each of their social media pages every day.

It should be the first thing said to them every morning when they wake up.

It should be the first thing said to them every time they are met in public.

Every day right before they go to sleep it should be the last thing they hear.

This statement should follow them wherever they go.

They should have no escape from this statement.

This should continue until they understand and acknowledge what they have done.

Acknowledge it just as publicly and as many times as they posted their bullying statements to Amanda.

This is what they deserve... but to do so, would be considered to be bullying them.

Deserving or not, bullying is wrong.

So these bullies will not get what they deserve and they will get away with this "murder".

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Published!

Well it has happened. George’s Christmas Wish is being published.


Ethan had an idea for a story when he was around 9 years old. He asked me to help him write it, so I helped him put his ideas down and then helped him arrange his story ideas into a full story. We thought it was a very cute story and were hoping to have someone draw the pictures for it. 12 years later we still had no drawings.
I figured when he went to college for animation and was taking all the drawing classes that he would start, but between work and school assignments it never came to be.

Then Jordan surprised me with a manila envelope addressed simply “For that home worker (that means Dad)” 

I opened it up to find several sketches that Jordan had drawn just from memory of having Ethan and I talk about the story. I fit the pictures into the story and had him draw a few more. We liked it and we scanned the pictures into the computer and he colored them in and Ethan put some finishing touches on them. We had a nice Word Document that looked like it would be a fun thing to hand out.

Then I looked online for information on how to get this printed out in book format. On one site I put my email address and phone number to get information… that led to an amazing process and quite by accident initially, we ended up with a published work.

George's Christmas Wish

Paperback will be available soon for order online and an eBook format is also going to be available for direct purchase from the publisher, from Amazon, and other online bookstores. I will post the complete list of locations when I receive them.

So Ethan is a published author, I am co-author, and Jordan has his first published illustration work.

AMAZING!

OK I am not a salesman and I am not saying you have to buy, but I and my publishing company would like to let you know that 
Preorders of the paperback are available at xLibris.com
http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0116366017/Georges-Christmas-Wish.aspx