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Jocks At Top Universities

Friday, January 8th, 2016

I love sports.  Pro football, basketball and baseball. The breeding ground for basketball and football is the college campus, and while there have been many discussions regarding what exactly defines a college athlete, and should they be compensated beyond room, board and tuition, that remains a work-in-progress.

A recent quote from Washington Redskins wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, almost made me lose my lunch.  Now keep in mind, Jackson attended the University of California at Berkeley. Cal as it is better known, has been touted as the finest public institution in the world.  Yes they have a football team, and apparently they look the other way when it comes to admissions for these players.

“I don’t feel no pressure, man. I been feeling pressure since I was a little kid walking down the street in Crenshaw.”

Really? Berkeley? 3 years at Berkeley?

I really have no problem with schools letting in premier athletes at a lower standard than the average student, but if a school does adopt this practice, make the kid attend school and help the poor guy or gal speak properly as to not embarrass themselves and the school.  Most of these kids will never turn pro, let along get quoted by ESPN.

DeSean Jackson, Cal. There are 1000’s more just like Jackson who got screwed by their respective colleges because they lost their NCAA eligibility to suit up.

Make a scholarship just that. Put the kids on a path to graduate – regardless of eligibility. Yes, they received tuition, but they also tore knee ligaments, broke fibulas and  got concussions – all to get the school’s name and mascot across the bottom of the screen on ESPN, Fox and Comcast.

It takes one college to step up and start this….Cal?  Stanford? Iowa State?

 

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Meg Whitman Fights Claims of Racism and Job Outsourcing

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay is running for governor of California, we all know this.  We also know that eBay grew leaps and bounds under her watch, and made her and many eBay employees and investors phenomenally wealthy.

The fact that people from around the world, from all walks of life and all political slants utilize the eBay platform to earn a living, seems be lost on Democrats who would elect a French poodle over any Republican, regardless of their pedigree.

When opponents cannot come up with any real beef against a candidate they grasp for straws, so let’s toss the racism card at Meg, since after all, she wants to control illegal immigration from Mexico.  A perennial candidate for office, Stewart Alexander, makes these “Meg Whitman is a racist” claims for no other reason than because he can.  He claims, and I quote, “Whitman’s position is racist and discriminates against Mexican-Americans.”

Immigration Control Benefits Mexican-Americans

Huh? If anything, it helps Mexican-Americans in the view of non Mexican-Americans in that there won’t be a question if they are here “legally” or if they are undocumented.

There is a huge difference between immigrating legally and going through the proper procedures versus hopping a fence and avoiding border patrols.

This leads me to a man named Osama Bedier.  Osama, who?!  Osama Bedier is the Vice President of New Ventures at the eBay subsidiary, PayPal.com.

osama-bedier-paypal-ebay

Osama-Bedier-VP of PayPal-eBay

Would a woman hire a man named Osama if she were a xenophobe? Or did she hire Mr. Bedier because he was the best candidate?  That is something few democrats grasp, Silicon Valley and start-up companies work on merit – if you are great, you are greatly rewarded.  If you are mediocre or lazy, you’re gone.  There are no unions here.

Another jab at Whitman has been that since she is pro-business, she will outsource all jobs to a far-away land, like India, and all the “real” jobs will vanish.  Something to chomp on here – ex-eBay and PayPal employees have spawned companies such as YouTube.com. LinkedIn.com, Yelp.com, and Slide.com to name just a portion of the long list.  In other words, she hired really smart people who left to start new companies that also hire really smart people and create more jobs.

Meg Whitman will likely become California’s next governor, despite taunts and jabs from democrats that have no muscle behind them.

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MBE MWBE Minority And Women Owned Business Scams

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Are you a white guy or maybe you know a white guy who owns a business or company that bids on government business and keeps losing out on work to minority and/or women-owned businesses because they get preference on certain contracts?

Yes, we all know how ridiculous these programs are – where a wealthy kid from let’s say, Singapore, comes to America to get his MBA on daddy’s dime.  He then gets a gig at Company X who agrees to sponsor his H-1 Visa so he can get a Green Card.

Packing his Green Card and on his way to citizenship, he ventures out on his own and opens up Singapore Sling, the latest in military weaponry – laser-directional stealth slingshots, and your direct competition.

Now with citizenship paperwork in hand, our newly-minted American is bidding on government contracts, and since he is now a certified MBE, the acronym for a minority-owned business, his operation now gets bidding preference over your true-blue American company on certain set-aside contracts.

Let’s review and get this straight: He comes from a country where he is of the majority, not disadvantaged or poor, but comes to the land of milk and honey and low-and-behold, he’s now a disadvantaged minority!  All he has to do is make sure all his family money is off-shore in his family’s name and he’s set.

What to do now, Mr. Non-Person-Of-Color?  Guess what…you, too, can own one of these Minority-Owned companies, Mr. White Man!

I am assuming you are single and straight.

Go to a mail-order-bride website and choose a girl from a country where the people are yellow, brown or black hued and get hitched.  Of course not all brown people, Africans or Asians are considered minorities, so choose wisely.

Next, jump through the ICE hoops and bring her home.  Soon thereafter she will get her Green Card and a few years after that she can be a full-fledged US Citizen, although in New York and some other states, she doesn’t even need to be a citizen for MWBE certification.

New York MWBE Program Certifies Non-Citizens

New York MWBE Program Certifies Non-Citizens

Teach her the ropes so she understands the business model, print up some cards saying she is the President and CEO, give her 51% of the stock, and you are now in a winning position.  Your slingshots are now getting even more of a preference over Singapore Sling’s because your wife is not only a minority; she’s a woman, too!  The only thing that would make it better was if she happened to be disabled.  Hmmm!

Yes, folks, this is how absurd our government’s programs are – a rich SOB from another country can come here for school and just because he happens to be the correct shade on the color bar, he is now a disadvantaged minority – even though he never experienced discrimination, never heard of Rosa Parks and only is familiar with Martin Luther King because of the holiday.

Pathetic.

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English As A Second Language in Corporate America

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and that 2010 is everything 2009 was and 500% better!  I am looking toward the new year and new decade as a new beginning where abundance will be filling my lifestyle rather than a semi-cloudy day.  I am a firm believer in what Tony Robbins said in one of his programs, “Every day above ground is a great day!”

Tony Robbins in Shallow Hal

Tony Robbins in Shallow Hal

Now onto today’s subject.  My day job is working for a Silicon Valley technology company, and because of the potential rewards, we attract the world’s best and brightest.  That said, this was the out-of-office notice for someone I deal with:

Dear Sender ,
I will be out off corporate office on this afternoon.  Pleae feel free call my cell phone at +1 408-xxx-xxxx  or send me email.  For immediatly assistant, please contact Yijen at X 6323 or James at +1 408 ……..  I will return to office on…
Thanks for your email & You have a nice day!

Now, this person is originally from Taiwan, but was educated here and works for an American company.  I don’t think I am being overly harsh by thinking twice if I want to do business with a company that presents itself without spell-checked email and in broken English.  Not everyone speaks perfect English, obviously, so please tell me if I am off-base here in wondering if their email messages are this sloppy, maybe something else is not as clean either?

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Hiring Workers With Disabilities

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

In a perfect world there would be no discrimination in society, the work environment, within companies, or in the actual hiring process.  We have laws in place to protect such instances from occurring, as federal law prohibits any form of discrimination against workers for race, color, religion or disability – but do they really protect?

A number of years ago I recall interviewing a candidate for a management position at our San Francisco Financial District location.  His resume warranted a call and a phone interview, which he passed.

Accepting the invitation for an in-person interview, he arrived in a wheelchair.  It wasn’t the type of wheelchair one uses when you’ve broken or lost a leg; it was an all-in-one motorized job and the man sitting in the seat was rather tiny and truly handicapped, likely from various birth defects.  He was legally protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, at least in a perfect world.

This put me in an awkward position knowing that the job consisted of not only navigating around an office and showroom floor, it also included demonstrating computer hardware and some lifting.  I had to be very careful in what I said and how it was said, and to be honest, from a technical standpoint, he was qualified for the job.  The company, which no longer exists, failed to fully detail the job requirements to include lifting and moving boxes containing computers and related products and taking physical inventory of these products.

This gets to the study that some MIT economists conducted that show the employment numbers for disabled Americans is declining because, in part, companies appear to be wary of potential lawsuits. How much does a company need to alter its workspace and environment for a person with a disability? What if that person cannot complete all the tasks?  Does the company release the individual and risk a lawsuit, or simply live with the mistake and hope he or she finds another job?

In my case I was fortunate to have a large pool of qualified applicants from which to choose. Unfortunately, this brings up a huge issue – does a company do the right thing and hire the best qualified individual regardless of physical attributes, or do they play it safe?

Companies I’ve worked for have been victims of frivolous lawsuits from a woman who was fired because she was consistently late to work and got into regular shouting matches with her soon-to-be ex-husband over the phone on company time in the office.  She sued for sexual harassment.  Her lawyer eventually dropped her due to lack of any evidence.

Another suit was filed by a salesman who was habitually late due to a self-diagnosed sleeping disorder.  He sued claiming racial discrimination.  He was Chinese-American and the company was Taiwanese-owned, so that didn’t work out too well for him.

A Human Resource professional, who is also a friend, told me the way to weed out potential headaches is done in the resume review process.  They look for anything that may go against the culture of their company: the mention of any religious, ethnic or racial fraternities or clubs in school are a red flag, as are listed political or environmental affiliations.  Some companies, from what I understand, also go so far as to eliminate “older” people from consideration because they may not fit the company’s youthful culture, may be unwilling or unable to work long hours, or put a burden on the healthcare plan.  Too many lines on a resume and dates on college degrees are dead giveaways in getting a rough estimate as to an applicant’s age, as youth equals less expensive in many cases.

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Do Muslims Celebrate Halloween?

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Today is Halloween, and there are a lot of Muslim-American kids who are not trick-or-treating tonight – because they are Muslim.

Poor kids.

My daughter’s first-grade class has two Muslim, Arabic-named kids; both very nice children that are well-behaved and friendly.  Yesterday her school had a Halloween Parade where the kids could wear their costumes, and 18 of the 20 students participated.

I came to see the kids have all the fun every six year-old should have on day made for fun, and when I asked my daughter’s friend why she wasn’t all dressed up, she said, “cuz my parents don’t believe in Halloween.”

Poor kid.

Muslims Believe Celebrating Halloween is Sinful

Apparently, many Muslims believe celebrating Halloween would be sinful and haram, or prohibited.

I’ve never understood immigrants that move here and don’t embrace American customs and culture.  I am not saying abandon your culture, but embrace the culture your children are growing up in. Sure, I can understand if you are an ex-pat and here for a few years, you can stay in your cocoon, but if you don’t want to handicap your kids, let them join the fun and blend in.

When a parent excludes their children from the fun the other kids experience it makes them stand out and get attention that you will likely complain about as they get older – such as, he was teased because of his name, or she was called names because of her clothes.

Poor kids.

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San Francisco Illegal Aliens OK To Drive Without A License

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Illegal immigrants in San Francisco can now drive cars without a driver’s license, thanks to new Police Chief George Gascon, who states the city is just “trying to be sensitive to all the communities we serve,” according to a Matier and Ross column on SfGate.com.

Joe Illegal, (I cannot refer to him as Jose Illegal, because I’d be stereotyping) gets pulled over for running a stop sign.  Pete Traffic Cop finds he doesn’t have a driver’s license, so he lends him a cell phone to call his neighbor who has a license and insurance to come and get the car.  Everywhere else, even places like Berkeley and Davis, havens for wacko radicals, the car winds up in a towing company’s lot.

How many laws are potentially being broken here?  Driving without a valid license; driving without insurance; possibly driving an un-registered car; and, oh…being an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT!

Illegal Aliens Run Free in San Francisco

Remember, San Francisco is a so-called Sanctuary City that refuses to cooperate with the Feds when it comes to rounding up undocumented residents.  The city also lets illegal immigrants who are criminals back into the community to commit more crimes.

District Attorney Kamala Harris should have blood on her hands after an “alleged” MS-13 gang member, Edwin Ramos, gunned down San Franciscan Tony Bologna and two of his sons, Matthew and Michael, and wounded his youngest son.

Illegal Immigrant and MS-13 Member killed Bologna family

Illegal Immigrant and MS-13 Member killed Bologna family

You see, Edwin came here illegally and joined MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha), a murderous street gang.  He was previously arrested by SFPD and convicted of two felonies, one when he tried to rob a pregnant woman on the bus, but San Francisco’s Probation Department chooses to ignore the immigration status of their criminals.

Soft On Crime Kamala Harris Running for Attorney General

Kamala Harris, who is also running to be California’s next Attorney General, has decided not to pursue the death penalty against Mr. Ramos.  Remember this on election day, folks.

I am not saying Joe Illegal, mentioned above, is a bad person or will gun down an innocent family.  I am saying he has no driver’s license and he has no insurance, and if he hits you, you are screwed.  He hasn’t had the pleasure of taking a driving test and without insurance, he is a literal ghost that will likely run and hide if he hits something or someone.

Scary stuff if you are driver or pedestrian in San Francisco.

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Osama Bin-Laden is a White Man

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Osama Bin-Laden is a white man. Yes, I know he has a ruddy brown complexion and is darker than many black people, but according to none other than the United States Government, he is a white man.

We can even do a color test between Barack Obama and Bin-Laden to see who has darker pigmentation, but that doesn’t matter, it’s Bin-Laden who is classified as being melanin-challenged.

President Obama is a half-Black Man

President Obama is a half-Black Man

Osama Bin Laden is a White Guy

Osama Bin Laden is a White Guy

How is this possible? How can Bin-Laden be a white man, you ask? He is from Saudi Arabia, which is in the Middle East, and what we consider the Middle East is really, for the most part in Western Asia. This makes him Asian and Arab and brown. Ah, but he is the wrong kind of Asian, and the wrong kind of brown, and since Arabs (like Indians and Pakistanis) are biologically Caucasian, he’s now a white guy.

But wait, our color-blind, let a man be judged by his character rather than the color of his skin government has a different idea. This is pulled directly off the United States Government Census website:

White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as “White” or report entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Near Easterner, Arab, or Polish.

Right, a Swedish-American has many of the same traits as, let’s say a Libyan.

Wait…that means Colonel Moammar Khadafy is also a white guy! Conan O’Brien, Bin-Laden and Khadafy – all white guys!

Conan O'Brien - Super White Guy

Conan O'Brien - Super White Guy

The more we classify and separate each other, the farther we grow apart. The more we mention race and ethnicity it doesn’t heal, it separates. I am refusing to answer the “Race” section on next year’s census. I am an American, I don’t need a hyphen.

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