In his book Cowboy Ethics James P. Owen points out how in these tough financial times the financial institutions could learn a lot from the ethical standard of the American Cowboy, not as a corporate body but for each individual working together to make honest and straight forward choices, and maybe most of all to do good.
It goes like this:
Live Each Day with Courage
Take Pride in Your Work
Always Finish What You Start
Do What Has to Be Done
Be Tough, But Fair
When You make A Promise, Keep It
Ride For the Brand
Talk Less and Say More
Remember that Somethings Aren't For Sale
Know Where to Draw the Line
In truth we all could apply this to our individual lives and get a more harmonious outcome despite the money or lack of it that comes along with it.
This bumper sticker continually pisses me off. For one central reason. The Crecent moon and star are representive of Islam and the Muslim religion. So lets see how it breaks down.
next is the peace symbol...the religion of Islam is not one of peace as their religious leaders often issue jihads against well lets see the following symbols.
Women. Jews Buddhist Taoist Christians
Therefore you can not peaceable coexist with when one is trying to literally kill everyone else.
But then they try to repeadetly kill each other as happened when the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan. Tribes that had been united against the Reds and supplied with U.S. purchased weaponry began killing each other.
You can also see it on the the nightly news when suicide bombers light themselves off in those little bitty disputes over doctrine between Shia and Sunni.
Something you don't see between the Orthodox Jews and Liberal Jews or Methodist and Presbyterians.
Yet what really amazes me is who sticks the things on their…
It all started with morning serenades outside our bedroom window. After a long winter that just wouldn't go away it finally left, and not only did the sun return but someone in particular was there to see that life be celebrated every morning with a song and to him I am thankful.
You would other wise miss him or really take him for granted and ignore him but for the last couple of months a passerine Northern Cardinal has been my guide back into the life of sounds. And he has reminded me that here are no better sounds than those sounds that occur in summer.
His singing has made me take to looking to the air of an evening to see what birds soar the heavens above our abode, and as your eyes scan the heavens looking for the sparrows that are feeding or the unidentified way hi-flyers your ears open as well. And they hear good things and they notice the gaps that once were of long ago.
I can shut down and listen to the cicadas talk all night, or hear the bat as he hunts the sky at night an…
While most of you won't know who they are three of our own are headed home as of this writing after being the longest held American Hostages. On 2/13/2003 Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell where kidnapped by FARC leftist rebels when there single engine plane crashed in the jungle when they were on a drug surveillance mission. All three were employed as contractors of sorts for Northrop Grumman Corp. They were freed along with Ingrid Bentacourt who was kidnapped when she was on the campaign trail SIX years ago along with eleven Colombian police officers and soldiers who had been hostages of these Commie Bastards. The daring ploy was pulled off by those identified only as "Colombian Spies" and they did it without firing a shot.
From working in various situations and a few kidnapping to boot I can tell you that things like this never never never go this perfect and it is a credit to numerous men and women who will never be known of several nationalities. And w…
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration indicated Tuesday that it had no plans to interfere with negotiations between Iraq and several Western oil giants to boost crude production in that country, despite concerns by some Democrats that the deal could inflame anti-U.S. sentiments. "Iraq is a sovereign country, and it can make decisions based on how it feels that it wants to move forward in its development of its oil resources," said White House spokeswomanDana Perino. "And if that means that our companies here in the United States can compete and win business, then that's for them and the Iraqis to decide," Perino added. "But I don't think the federal government of the United States needs to get involved."The administration's position puts it at odds with Democratic Sens. Chuck(I'm a pussy) Schumer of New York, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who warn that the deals could fan the perception that U.S. involvement …
I was standing some where in the vicinity of a corner if I remember vaguely enough, drinking a cup of coffee as I watched from about fifteen feet away as a guy and a bleach blond chic snorted cocaine off the stomach of another completely naked chic's body. Contrary to what Hugh Hefner claims about there being no drugs allowed at the Playboy Mansion I can tell you the same is not true at parties off sight. This particular occurrence happened right after the turn of this century in Miami. I was there as the bodyguard for a then client of mine, which basically afforded me as a then twenty something year old guy the opportunity to see more naked women than most National Geographic photographers ever will. Ironically enough I was not the least bit turned on, two hours earlier into the night I was...no sense in lying, but after a while viewing human depravity just took its toll.
The ironic thought that went through my head as I watched the coke being sniffed off the girl's body was…
With arrows poised ready to thwart an aerial attack an undiscovered tribe of Amazon Indians were photographed near the border of Peru and Brazil. My heart jumped at the mere thought of the truly last of the wild people. But it also sinks, and you know why.
Think for a moment what they as a people have never seen, forget your laptop, internet, car, highways and pop culture mentality for a moment. Brazil is one of the ten largest economies in the world and yet they had undiscovered people living in their woods. It would be akin to finding an unknown tribe of Cheyenne or flathead Indians living in Montana or Idaho. Not only does this tribe know nothing of the moon landing 39 years ago they have no concept that Vasco De Gama and the Portuguese arrived in Brazil in early 1500. So the concept of a muzzle-loading rifle and a steel helmet and oil lamp and paper and pen are just as foreign to them as a car.
Anthropologist believe that there maybe some sixty-seven tribes left in the Amazon that w…
Woke up this morning at 4:4? to the rattling of the bed, and not in a good way. Now I get that the earth shakes and quivers all the time (as the wife reminded me) but it ain't something that I dig. At all.
The earth doing its thing is a great reminder that we as the inhabitants of this blue marble sitting amidst otherwise nothingness are in charge of exactly dick, despite what your boss, mortgage company, and the I.R.S. seemingly like to make you think.
Yet there is this reminder from Christ Himself when He did his tour in the mid-east 2 thousand years ago.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? And why do y…
You might not know this but in the Missouri State Senate they are debating a bill on encoding ammunition by 2009. Encoded ammo would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date it was sold, the purchaser's name, date of birth, drivers license number and serial number of ammunition. I was all set to do my usual ramble about tyranny of government of this when I got a copy of my good friend Dave's e-mail he sent out to our state senators. His words do far more justice than anything I could write. I encourage you to read it.
"I am writing to express my opposition to Senate Bill No. 1200 introduced by Senator Bray.I believe this to be yet another thinly veiled attempt at criminalizing law abiding citizens rather than actually reducing crime. Many law abiding citizens will purchase firearms and ammunition for protection of their homes, persons and property. Sadly, many of these citizens will rarely, if ever, practice with their firearm. Ammunition tha…
So its the morning after the New Hampshire Primaries and I choose not to debase myself with name calling, but New Hampshire come on!
All great nations, empires, and the like fall at some point, and while I hate to say it I think our reign is almost over. It wouldn't have to be mind you, but frankly when a nation sticks diodes in its ears to listen the personal choice of music and misses the hum of a nation we lose ground every day. When the top stories of the week on yahoo are whether Britney wore panties, or which celebs top the worst dressed list it proves our heads are willfully stuck up our asses. And it heavies and hardens my heart.
In the fall of 2010 I will turn 35 and by 2012 I will be 37 making me old enough to make a run for President.
No name calling...none. I won't even talk about the other candidates. Rather I will talk about what I will and won't do. If I get asked a question and I don't have a plan for it I'll say exactly that.What I do want is to get …