Sunday, April 20, 2008

Common Man's Wisdom

As a firm believer in the ability of the common man to make decisions that are far wiser than our elected officials are capable of I felt vindicated by the longshoreman in South Africa standing up to tyrants both in their own government and that of a neighboring country.

The longshoremen refused to unload weapons bound for Zimbabwe where Comrade Bob Mugabe the marxist dictator has managed to destroy that country's economy and turn it from the breadbasket of Africa into a nation of starving millions. Currently Comrade Bob is in the midst of stealing himself another election. Widely acknowledged to have lost by a margin so great not even all the dead voters of Chicago and St. Louis could help him, he is stonewalling the face of the Zimbabwean people's rejection of him and his cronies.

Part of his resistance are the weapons ordered from China that would help him subjugate the Zimbabweans.

Unfortunately the kleptocracy in charge of South Africa decided to allow the shipment of weapons to be moved provided the paperwork was in order. By paperwork I assume he greased the right palms.

Bravo the longshoremen for taking a stand against the corrupt despots in their own country and that of their neighbor to the North.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A New Sherrif In Town

Speculation of a turn around in French interaction with the world changing with the election of President Sarkozy appears to be correct.

Galrahn has the information on how the French tracked a vessel seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a haven for piracy.

The story goes on to include vertical envelopment and capture of the pirates on their own turf whilst they were making the getaway.

I would think this would make the remaining pirates less likely to target any ships flying le tricolore.

Bravo to all those involved in this great feat of anti-piracy operations.

Obama Without Teleprompter Alert

Or at least I certainly hope no one was fool enough to write this into a speech:

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Maybe Obama hired speech writers who recently worked for Absolut?

A poignant response can be found here.

The money quote from said veritable thermonuclear snark:
As far as I am concerned, guns and God are a feature, not a bug.

I Hate Bad Salesmanship

One of the little, or not so little things, that drives me up the wall is bad salesmanship.

Whether you are shilling away for your own business, your employer's business that you provide sales/marketing talent for or that special cause you believe in, good salesmanship is a must.

A sales person is essence runs their own business. They can make their own hours and within reason dictate how much money they will make.

Similarly marketing campaigns are salesmanship in the form of your companies public face to the world. A world that I might add which has gotten effectively smaller with communications across the globe in the time of thousandth of a second.

When Absolut Vodka's ad in a Mexican magazine showed the borders of Mexico prior to 1836 stating "In An Absolut World" I wonder how could they not have thought about the implications of it getting out to a larger audience. Indeed if they did not intend it to get out to a non Mexican audience why was the advertisement in English?

This Ad is guaranteed to lose Absolut more business in the U.S.A. than they ever may have wished for in Mexico.

Now the opposite of this horrendous case of bad marketing and poor salesmanship is this announcement from a competitor, SKYY vodka.

SKYY® Vodka, Made in the USA, Proudly Supports Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Americas Most-Popular Domestic Vodka Decries Absolut® Vodkas Suggestion to Redraw North American Map

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ended the Mexican-America War (1846-1848). With the signing of this treaty, the United States gained control of what was to become the Golden West, including California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. Today, SKYY® Vodka, the number-one vodka produced in the United States, spoke out against suggestions by Absolut® Vodka to disregard that treaty, as well as the joining of Texas to the Union in 1845, as depicted in Absoluts recent advertising.

Like SKYY Vodka, the residents of states like California, Texas and Arizona are exceptionally proud of the fact that they are from the United States of America,To imply that they might be interested in changing their mailing addresses, as our competitor seems to be suggesting in their advertising, is a bit presumptuous. said Dave Karraker, SKYY Vodka.

In the ad, an Absolut World is depicted where the map of North America is re-drawn with Mexico claiming much of the Western United States, negating the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, as well as the Gadsden Purchase (1853), and the independence of Texas (1836).

Dont get me started on the Gadsden Purchase, continues Karraker. I think the folks in Tucson and Yuma would be rubbed the wrong way if they hear this landmark deal was somehow nullified as suggested by Absolut, a Swedish-owned brand.

SKYY Vodka was founded in San Francisco in 1992 and continues to be produced in the United States. Premium SKYY Vodka is made from American grain carefully selected from the Midwest and 100% pure filtered water. SKYYs proprietary four-column distillation and three-step filtration process consistently ensures exceptional quality. SKYY Vodka products include luxury SKYY90® and new SKYY Infusions, a unique, all-natural infused experience made with premium SKYY Vodka and succulent real fruit.

Now that is good salesmanship. In fact I see a SKYY vodka martini in my very near future.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Goodbye Comrade Bob

And hello to Comrade Kirchner.

Zimbabwe's MDC party ousted Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's dictator for nearly thirty years, in recent elections.

While Comrade Bob has not vacated the presidential palace at this point the writing is on the wall. No doubt he will get a sweetheart deal from the EU to vacate since bribing him out would be cheaper than military intervention by the United States and our allies in Europe.

Just as soon as one dictator is sent to the ash heap of history a new one is starting to emerge from under his her rock.

Go read the whole thing.

Argentine which has had a history of leftist and military coups, counter-coups and counter-counter-coups has entrenched themselves firmly upon the recently vacated path worn through the hungry bellies of Zimbabwe’s children; meddling with the free market and the production of food.

To add icing the icing to the cake the neo-marxists in charges of Argentina is now bringing out the same canard used by a military junta in 1982; Las Malvinas the Falkland Islands are now and will ever be part of Argentina. Of course this is on the heels of the recent discovery of oil in the ocean floor off of the Falkland Islands.

I will say this for Argentina they just may have a better shot at winning should there be a conflict over the Falkland Islands than last time considering the way the United Kingdom’s Labour government has continuously worked to eliminate through starvation the once proud Royal Navy.

This is a good reminder that despite defeating tyranny in one battle the war continues with new battlefields constantly emerging where the forces of the free market and individual freedom square off against the despots and the suppression of freedom around the world.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Who Would Trust Them With Their Health

While vacationing this weekend I was privileged, if that is the correct word, to experience a beautiful demonstration of why the government should not be trusted with managing health care.

While traveling to Southern Arizona from Phoenix I went through Tucson. In their infinite wisdom those in charge of planning the expansion of I-10, which runs along the downtown area of Tucson, every exit East and West bound was closed. Literally there was no available exit for ten miles. Notably lacking what would normally be the heaviest used exits with access to main thoroughfares.

Imagine you want to go Tucson for business, you either have to exit at the far North or far Southern ends of the city to enter it. This would add thirty minutes to nearly any trip outside of Tucson to a destination near the city center.

Add to this they scheduled the closures to occur during their busiest week of the year when the Gemological show is in town.

Now think of what that would mean to you if the same mentality of "public service" was used to provide your health care services. The delays in this case would not be measured in minutes of travel but in mortality.

This matches only one city I have seen for civic planning ineptitude; St. Louis and St. Louis County. These geniuses would close down all but one lane of the bridge across I-70 from St. Charles to St. Louis over the Missouri river during rush hour (both morning and night). A stunning display of ineptitude and disregard for the tax payer I assure you.

Update: No, this is not an April Fools joke.