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9.11.01 to 9.11.09: George Bush, Thanks for Nothing

September 11, 2009 | By | No Comments

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Dad & The Dude

preparing for war

September 11, 2001

“I didn’t turn my saber

into no plowshare,”

John Wayne, The Searchers

photo credit:

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.We have not been attacked since 9.11.01. It is nearly impossible, in war, in politics, to make nothing happen.

So the liberals are right when they say to George Bush,

“Thanks for nothing…”

Here is a review of Reasoned Audacity’s 9.11 posts over the years.

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Following is background from Your Business Blogger(R) in an article published just after 9.11. Things have changed since then. A little.

Booby traps at the Pentagon: Charmaine and Jack Yoest introduce you to the Pentagon’s babes in arms. What do they want? An “open dialogue” on breastfeeding. (Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services)

Originally published in The Women’s Quarterly; January 01, 2002;

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Pentagon attack

ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, [2001] the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, the group most responsible for promoting women in combat, gathered in Pentagon Conference Room 5C1042. This civilian advisory committee, whose members have the protocol status of three-star generals, monitors the concerns of women in uniform. And what was the topic on the eve of the worst attack in U.S. history?

After briefings from representatives of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, DACOWITS, as the committee is known, issued a formal request for more information on what they deemed a matter of paramount military significance:

breast-feeding.

As the terrorists prepared to hit the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon itself, our military leaders were directed “to engage in open dialogue” on lactation tactics.

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last April. At the birthday party, President Bush’s deputy secretary of defense, Paul Wolfowitz, a man well regarded for his level-headed and conservative approach to military issues, lauded DACOWITS in his address as an outstanding organization” and told the assembly of earnest women that he “looked forward to [their] advice.”

Read the article.

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Just after 9am on 9.11, Your Business Blogger(R) was doing what all business owners were doing: selling something. I was on the phone with a client. Making a pitch to attend a series of seminars, with CNN on in the background. I was a bit distracted by the live feed of a burning building.

While making ‘the ask,’ it was clear that my customer was not aware that we had just been attacked. I wanted to say something, like, Turn on your TV and stare at real pain. It just didn’t look real. I continued instead with the conversation. Your Business Blogger is not normally so focused. In denial, perhaps. Disasters are not normally good for business.

There was work to be done. My next class was on September 19 [and another in Oct].

And I didn’t want the customer on the other end of the phone distracted until the sale was closed. Then we could go to war.

The deal done, I noticed my boy, The Dude, was concerned that the attacks would continue down to us in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“We got to get ready!” he shouts and scampers around digging up my old uniform, boots, saber and his grandfather’s bayonet.

(Old soldiers never die, they just file away. Apologies to MacArthur.)

The Dude spent the rest of the morning marching outside our front door. Looking out for terrorists. It must have worked.

Charlottesville was not attacked.

But we were affected. Everyone was. But I wasn’t sure that the bank was going to delay getting their money over a pesky act of war. I still had to earn a living.

How would the war affect business? Not the macro, but mine? I had a seminar and clients coming into town in little over a week and the world was on fire. Would anyone show up? Would anyone care?

We North Americans do business like we do war. We win. Donald Trump becomes Victor Davis Hanson. At 8 am on 19 September 2001, 86 professionals showed up for my class and got down to business. A packed room.

The free lunch helped.

Even my business partner, Faisal Alam, came down from New York City to join us. He is Muslim.

The country was mourning, but on the move.

I started with a minute of silence in remembrance of those lost in the World Trade Towers.

Then we all got back to work. Each making the world a better place. Even with a war on.

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King Kong in New York CityFrom time to time, Your Business Blogger works out of a client’s offices at the edifice at 350 Fifth Avenue in NYC.

Also known as The Empire State Building.

It is still standing.

So what didn’t happen on New Year’s Eve?

Nothing.

Enemy Jihadists didn’t blow anything up. And they didn’t touch Times Square packed with people at midnight 31 December.

President George Bush has been keeping us all safe since 9.11.

Even Michael Moore.

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In war every soldier’s death is a public event.

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The Falling Man

credit: Richard Drew, AP

Because of 9.11, we are all soldiers now.

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The Pentagon circa 9.11.06. Lit by 184 lights to commemorate each life lost there on 9.11.01

Credit: Unknown

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Caution, sales pitch follows, On this 9.11.08 Your Business Blogger(R) continues his business at Management Training of DC, LLC.

A Thank you note to Michelle Malkin on 9.11 for Tom Junod’s The Falling Man in Esquire.

Basil’s Blog has open trackbacks.

Follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @CharmaineYoest and @JackYoest

USS Scorpion Lost: A Remembrance 2009

May 16, 2009 | By | No Comments

Each year in May Your Business Blogger(R) remembers the Cold War loss of submarine Scorpion. We are so lucky to have such brave men. And their families.

Our prayer is that our current Commander-in-Chief would know the culture of our warriors.

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In Remembrance of

those in the

Submarine Service Some 40 Years ago the USS Scorpion was due in my hometown, Norfolk, VA. She never returned.

She is, as the veterans say, on Eternal Patrol.

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Your Business Blogger(R) wrote an article for National Review Online about those left behind from the loss of the USS Scorpion.

Five Days in May: The loss of the USS Scorpion.

By Jack Yoest

Yolanda Mazzuchi was about the prettiest girl in our school class. Our dads were in the Navy, often gone for months at a time. And they would be welcomed home at dockside with cheers and homemade signs. These gatherings at the D&S Piers at the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, were a regular part of our lives growing up. Families often took children out of school to celebrate a ship’s homecoming.

At 1 in the afternoon on Monday, May 27, 1968, at the height of the Cold War the USS Scorpion was due in port.

Yolanda didn’t know it then, but her dad was already dead….

Continue reading here.

John Howland at USNA-AT-LARGE has set up a group for the boat,

Dedicated to and in honor of the 99 U.S. Navy submariners who perished in the loss of SCORPION in May 1968. The 40th Anniversary of that tragedy …[is] (May 2008), yet the cause(s) of the loss remain a complete mystery.

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USS Scorpion

40 Years on Eternal Patrol

This lack of clarity and closure has created a void into which charlatans now have full play in creating bogus theories for profit.

This unsatisfactory situation may result in the SCORPION 99 going into history forever at the mercy of the unscrupulous.

The solution that this group will work toward will be to encourage the U.S. Navy to, at the very least, put to rest the loss scenarios which have MINIMAL TO NO PROBABILITY of having actually occurred.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Follow Jack and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

More from BubbleHead.

And read about the Loss of the Bonefish.

Your Business Blogger(R) of Management Training of DC, LLC, is a licensed agent for the William Oncken Corporation, presenters of Managing Management Time(TM) fondly known as Monkey Management.

Remember Me at the jump.

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The Death of Private First Class Chance Phelps

February 24, 2009 | By | 6 Comments

Updated 28 June 2012, I finally Netflexed the Movie Taking Chance. I watched it alone–with out Charmaine or our three girls or our two sons.

There is an ancient Jewish admonition that tells us to “imagine no evil.”

I didn’t want Charmaine to see the movie as our boy John applies to the various military academies or an ROTC program as I did. Losing a son would be unimaginable. But it is a necessary risk for the uniformed services.

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Obama is speaking to a joint session of congress. The War is not a priority for Obama and liberals.

Every soldier’s death is a public event.

Back in the day of the horse cavalry, Your Business Blogger(R) was privileged to be a Survival Assistance Officer helping families who lost a service member. As a young Cavalry Officer, I commanded a number of burial details. The part that hurt and still moves in slow motion in my mind’s eye, is handing the tri-folded American flag to the widow.

I never cried at these funerals. I was too young. It was a task, a detail that had to be done.

Charmaine and I have two sons who we expect will serve our country in uniform. And they may serve a commander-in-chief who does not demand victory over our enemies.

Americans want Victory over — not justice for — terrorists.

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The following article was written a few years ago and deserves a wide audience, courtesy of John Howland of USNA-At-Large.

chance_phelps_marine.jpgTAKING CHANCE, 23 Apr 04 – The enclosed article was written by LtCol M.R. Strobl USMC who is assigned to MCCDC Quantico, VA and served as the officer who escorted the remains of PFC C. Phelps USMC from Dover AFB, DE to his home. PFC Phelps was assigned to 3d Bn, 11th Marines – an artillery unit functioning as a provisional infantry battalion during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 2. PFC Phelps was killed in action from a gunshot wound received on 9 Apr 04 during combat operations west of Baghdad. He was buried in Dubois, WY on 17 Apr 04.

 

PFC Chance Phelps

Chance Phelps was wearing his Saint Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother. I didn’t know Chance before he died.

Today, I miss him…

Read at the jump.

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Our Visit With President Bush

January 14, 2009 | By | 3 Comments

President Bush is leaving office and has kept our country safe as the commander-in-chief for eight years. We have not been attacked on USA soil since 9.11.01.

I’m not sure anyone has thanked George Bush.

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Charmaine thanked Bush saying that we hoped history would remember him well.

“Thank you,” he said smiling, “But I really don’t care who gets the credit.” He actually meant it.

Bush Hoax Resignation Speech

June 25, 2008 | By | 4 Comments

The following has been circulating on the web and deserves a wide audience. Please comment if the author is known. The writer should be acknowledged and acclaimed.

BUSH’S RESIGNATION SPEECH

The following ‘speech’ was written recently by an ordinary Maineiac [a resident of the People's Republic of Maine ]. While satirical in nature, all satire must have a basis in fact to be effective. This is an excellent piece by a person who does not write for a living.

The speech George W. Bush might give:

Normally, I start these things out by saying ‘My Fellow Americans.’

Not doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don’t know who more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has happened, and that many of you are really not fellow Americans any longer.

I’ll cut right to the chase here: I quit. Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: There’s been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office.

The reason I’m quitting is simple. I’m fed up with you people. I’m fed up because you have no understanding of what’s really going on in the world. Or of what’s going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the majority of you are too d@mned lazy to do your homework and figure it out.

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MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on Martha McCallum at FOX News

May 27, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Martha McCallum on FOX Charmaine will be appearing on the FOX News Live Desk with Martha McCallum to discuss today’s hot topics:

Clinton’s undisciplined messaging; McCain invites Obama to Iraq; Allergic to WiFi under ADA?

Alert Readers might be interested in our recent article in National Review Online by Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Hillary Clinton’s management style: The woman can’t manage. “Bad Management

Hit time is 1pm eastern on FOX News.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Please email us your comments.

See Does Wi-Fi Violate the ADA?

I’m dubious that this is a violation of the ADA. If the plaintiffs feel the effects of Wi-Fi signals even inside their specially protected homes, it’s hard to see how the city (which has got to be an awfully minor contributor to the aggregate Wi-Fi signals within its boundaries) could reasonably modify its policies and practices to avoid the problems these plaintiffs are facing.

USAToday, Allergic to WiFi? Group fights Internet hotspots in Santa Fe,

[t]he World Health Organization says there’s little to suggest that electromagnetic fields are responsible for the “range of non-specific symptoms” that such sufferers have described.

“A number of studies have been conducted where [electromagnetic hypersensitivity] individuals were exposed to [electromagnetic fields] similar to those that they attributed to the cause of their symptoms. The aim was to elicit symptoms under controlled laboratory conditions,” the organization says. “The majority of studies indicate that EHS individuals cannot detect EMF exposure any more accurately than non-EHS individuals. Well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure.”

The World Health Organization reports on This reputed sensitivity to EMF has been generally termed “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” or EHS,

A number of studies have been conducted where EHS individuals were exposed to EMF similar to those that they attributed to the cause of their symptoms. The aim was to elicit symptoms under controlled laboratory conditions.

The majority of studies indicate that EHS individuals cannot detect EMF exposure any more accurately than non-EHS individuals. Well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure.

It has been suggested that symptoms experienced by some EHS individuals might arise from environmental factors unrelated to EMF. Examples may include “flicker” from fluorescent lights, glare and other visual problems with VDUs, and poor ergonomic design of computer workstations. Other factors that may play a role include poor indoor air quality or stress in the workplace or living environment.

There are also some indications that these symptoms may be due to pre-existing psychiatric conditions as well as stress reactions as a result of worrying about EMF health effects, rather than the EMF exposure itself.

From TechDirt, If You’re Going To Claim That WiFi Violates The ADA, Shouldn’t You Need To Prove It Actually Hurts People?

The Mike Huckabee Presidential Campaign Ends

March 5, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Governor Huckabee and Charmaine

In the background, Princella Smith and our Diva-girl Watching the Huckabee concession speech and leaving the race Tuesday night made for an emotional evening in the Yoest household.

Charmaine sent short emails to the Huckabee team — their responses were each measured and even-tempered, almost upbeat, having fought the good fight.

Today’s Washington Update, from FRCAction notes:

Despite his exit, no one can deny how influential Mike Huckabee was in championing values issues in this crucial race. While yesterday was clearly a victory for McCain, the Arizona senator acknowledged that his work is just beginning.

To succeed in his bid for the White House, McCain must consolidate his support among conservatives, including social conservatives, which will not happen just because he is the Republican nominee.

In the wake of the Republican scandals that began to surface in 2006 and the failure to advance most of the social conservative agenda, unqualified support for the GOP has diminished.

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David Huckabee and Charmaine

A poll released last month by George Barna revealed that if the election were held then, only 45 percent of Evangelicals would vote for a Republican candidate.

That number is down from 85 percent of Evangelicals who voted for George W. Bush in 2004.

John McCain will have to convince social conservatives that their issues matter and that he can talk about them as a candidate and act upon them as president.

Conservatives/evangelicals still have questions about McCain’s stand on the major issues of family values, immigration, campaign finance and women in combat. But McCain is our guy.

Obama-Clinton is not.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Read Mike and Janet Huckabee’s email at the jump.

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FDR’s D-Day Prayer

June 6, 2007 | By | No Comments

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Landing craft at NormandyJune 6, D-Day 1944.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the nation in a six minute prayer. Excerpts follow.

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

…They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas,…help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

…And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade.

…Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.

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Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill

See Would You Sell Out D-Day . . . for a Pulitzer?

Customs Observed During Honors, or what do I do with my hands when singing the Star Spangled Banner?

May 14, 2007 | By | No Comments

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White House admission ticket The Penta-Posse recently attended the Queen’s visit to The White House on the South Lawn.

It was a pageantry of international etiquette and planning.

The designers of the welcoming program were astute enough to include a lesson on what to do during the National Anthem and when to leave.

Your Business Blogger, like Miss Manners is somewhat saddened that the adults these days have to be taught proper behavior.

Or perhaps we all need only to be reminded…

Customs Observed During Honors

During the National Anthem of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Americans not in uniform stand at attention.

During the National Anthem of the United States, Americans not in uniform stand at attention and place their right hands over their hearts.

Hats worn by gentlemen are removed and held over their hearts.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, all guests remain in place on the South Lawn until The President and Mrs. Bush, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, The Official Delegation, the Welcoming Committee, and the Military Honor Guard have departed.

The next time you are at the beginning of a baseball game, please let me know how many gentlemen were in the crowd.

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Hand or hat placement during

the National Anthem

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Thank you (foot)notes:

If you are in the military, you will know exactly what to do. As usual.

“Whenever and wherever the United States National Anthem, “To the Color,” “Reveille,” or “Hail to the Chief’ is played, at the first note, all dismounted personnel in uniform and not in formation face the flag (or the music, if the flag is not in view), stand at Attention, and render the prescribed Salute. The position of Salute is held until the last note of the music is sounded. Military personnel not in uniform will stand at Attention (remove headdress, if any, with the right hand), and place the right hand over the heart. Vehicles in motion are brought to a Halt.”

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The Queen’s Previous Visit: A lesson in attention to detail

May 9, 2007 | By | No Comments

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41st President Attention to detail. The White House got it right this time with the Queen’s visit.

But perhaps not on her last visit here with George H. W. Bush. Your Business Blogger received the following from Alert Reader Bob Morrison,

“When George H.W. Bush [the first Bush -- 41] welcomed the Queen to Washington, a bunch of us FRC staffers were invited to be part of the crowd of happy natives on the White House South Lawn. I was 30 yards away from the President, but could clearly see that the microphone had been left at the high position for the 6’2″ Bush.

I could also see the red carpeted box inside the podium that was there, presumably, for the shorter Queen. Joseph Reed, the U.S. Chief of Protocol, was chattering away with Barbara Bush. I couldn’t yell “HEY JOE, THE BOX, JOE!” When the Queen came to the podium, the only thing visible was her hat.

The Washington Post had a field day. When she later spoke to Congress, she drily commented: I hope you can all see me now.

Two weeks later, in a little notice in the Post, Joe Reed was made ambassador to one of those troubled little countries where you wouldn’t want to vacation.”

If the White House has trouble with getting the basics right, goodness, do mere mortal middle managers have a chance?

Alert Reader Bob Morrison was able to anticipate, adapt and learn because he had almost made the mistake that Joe Reed had committed,

I saw the crash coming because I had been a junior protocol officer in the Coast Guard. I was talking to the Commanding Officer’s wife one time and almost missed standing for the American flag passing in review. When I saw it out of the corner of my eye, I shot up like a rocket. It was my duty to give the cue to the entire reviewing stands so I’d better not miss my moment. I got teased unmercifully by my buddies about being a super patriot then–and I still do!

Management challenges are not confined to government. This protocal reminder is a lesson for continuing education. According to a recent study released by Accenture and reported in Training and Development, 30 percent of middle managers worldwide from North America, Europe and Asia believe that their companies are “mismanaged.”

Which is why the American Society for Training and Development reports that 2006 saw over $109 billion in the United States invested on “employee learning and development.” Even board level leaders are continuing their continuing education tripling high-end executive seminar attendence.

Management training and the Management of Management Time is critical.

The manager can improve his attention to detail and reduce screw-ups with a three P process:

Plan, Practice, Praise, (or Punish)

The White House had all of the resources and equipment and the logistics ready for the Queen. But Plans are nothing; planning is everything. said Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the act of planning, staff will study and generate options and make recommendations — learning what might go right or, more important, wrong. Because something will always go wrong. The Planning looked good for the Queen’s speech.

But it is not known what rehearsing was done. Charmaine tells me from her White House days that the pace is so fast and brutal that a detailed dress rehersal was probably not done — time wouldn’t allow. And security would also complicate — the guys with ear pieces don’t like too many staff as stand-in actors moving about the stage before hand. A dry run is always needed for your business performance. Practice.

Praise in the after action report or evaluation is the most critical part of the learning process. The professional manager anticipates, adapts and learns — with his staff.

Pay Attention to Detail. Or you, too, will suffer the final, alternative P: Punishment — and be reassigned to some God-forsaken outreach of the org chart.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

One of the first lessons I learned in the Army was to Praise in public and reprimand in private. See the Chief Happiness Officer for more on 4 kinds of Motivation.

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger is in league with the William Oncken Corporation presenting Managing Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?