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A prince or general can best demonstrate his genius by managing a campaign exactly to suit his objectives and his resources, doing neither too much nor too little.
—Carl von Clausewitz
A fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan.
—T. Boone Pickens
Round up the usual suspects.
—Captain Louis Renault
Wokeness is many things. But increasingly it seems a cover for careerism, profiteering—and utter incompetence.
—Victor Davis Hanson
The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.
For every vision there is an equal but opposite revision.
—Hoge’s Third Law
Free advice is seldom cheap.
—59th Rule of Acquisition
It’s the Simple things that are really effective. Try to remember that.
En toutes compagnies il y a plus de folz que de sages, et la plus grande partie surmonte tousjours la meilleure. In all companies there are more fools than wise men, and the greater part always gets the better of the wiser.
Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare. Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero
Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.
—C. S. Lewis
The Capitol Police have issued a response to an Inspector General’s report on counter-surveillance and threat assessments.
The fact that the response contains the word impactful should tell us all we need to know about the real problem with the leadership of the Capitol Police.
Intellectuals are cynical and cynics have never built a cathedral.
Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely.
—John W. Campbell
Bradley Gayton was hired by Coca-Cola as General Counsel, their top in-house lawyer. He was let go this week after about four months on the job. In late January, Coke sent a letter to all of the outside lawyers doing work for the corporation demanding that they engage in illegal racial discrimination in assigning lawyers to work for Coke.
Outside counsel commit to providing KO [Coca-Cola’s stock ticker symbol] with self-identified diversity data (including American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black, Women, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ+, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and Persons with Disabilities) for KO’s quarterly analysis of the diversity of teams working on KO matters
. . .
For each new KO matter following the revision to the guidelines (“New Matters”), you commit that at least 30% of each of billed associate and partner time will be from diverse attorneys, and of such amounts at least half will be from Black attorneys. Work performed by diverse attorneys is expected to be accretive to their development and advancement at the firm.
Of course, these demands are blatantly illegal.
Gayton is no longer General Counsel at Coke, and will spend the next year as a “Strategic Consultant” for the company. On the way out the door, he reportedly is getting a $4 million one-time bonus and $666,666 a month for a year for being a do-nothing consultant.
Nice “work” if you can get it.
After reviewing the basics of Joe Xiden’s “infrastructure” proposals, it seems to me that the principal deficiency relates to the management of the various schemes. Almost none of the effort is under the government department with related expertise. Clearly, any program based on organic fertilizer should be run by the Department of Agriculture.
Asking the important questions—
Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
It is not good to settle into a set of opinions. It is a mistake to put forth effort and obtain some understanding and then stop at that. At first putting forth great effort to be sure that you have grasped the basics, then practicing so that they may come to fruition is something that will never stop for your whole lifetime. Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, “This is not enough.”
The answer to any question starting, “Why don’t they—” is almost always, “Money”.
There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.