Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lost Generation

This is an incredible ... and incredibly creative video I came across last week. Watch the whole thing, and enjoy!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Why the Mainstream Media lose trust, viewers and readers

I don't know who hasn't heard by now about the recent back-and-forth between Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" and Jim Cramer of CNBC. Mr. Cramer has a show entitled "Mad Money with Jim Cramer"

Here's how the media covered the spat between the two gentlemen.

Mr. Cramer put his head in the proverbial lion's mouth by being a guest on "The Daily Show". He apparently didn't catch on when Mr. Stewart had the entire episode set aside for this one guest, and I guess he thought that he had already seen every video clip of himself that Jon Stewart had.

He was wrong... comically, pathetically, sadly, wrong.

But the greater sadness is having to ask the question, "why does it take a comedy show to ask the tough questions about the financial mess?" Why is Jon Stewart the only guy who will say to someone like Jim Cramer, "It's like this is a big joke to you ... and it's not f#$%-ing funny".

Worst of all, why does the mainstream media, whose supposedly has the mission to "comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable" choose to cover the fight between these two, and not the reason for the fight in the first place?

Here's how the Jim Cramer Hindenburg crashed on The Daily Show....

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Good staff work?

Recently, I have given a lot of thought to this blog as well as other forms of communication such as Facebook (I’m the Mike Lawhorn in the yellow jacket on the Great Wall of China) etc.

I have decided I am going to keep this blog, but will commit to updating it on a regular basis – for me, this means Sunday Korean time.

This will help me organize and commit my time as well as ensuring anyone who’s actually still reading this knows when to expect something new.

I really appreciate anyone who’s out there taking the time to check this blog… thanks for your support!

GOOD STAFF WORK: should Mrs. Clinton and President Obama expect more?

Recently Secretary Clinton gave the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, a button that says “overcharge” as opposed to “recharge” (in Russian) and The Guardian ran a story saying the President gave the British Prime Minister a box of 25 movie DVDs.

See the Clinton video here.

As a commander, I understand and fully embrace that I am responsible for everything my unit does or fails to do. But politics aside, doesn’t Sec. Clinton have a reasonable expectation that her staff has been over this translation time and time again?

And for the president, doesn’t his staff say, “let’s do something more than run to Best Buy for a gift”?

What’s next, the staff recommends the Spanish Ambassador gets a $50 gift card to Red Lobster?

Monday, March 02, 2009

UN and North Korean Generals open talks...

You can get more from the USFK web site.

(UNC) March 2, 2009 – General officers from the United Nations Command and the North Korean People’s Army (KPA) met today to discuss issues of mutual trust and tension reduction. These are the first such talks after almost a seven-year hiatus.

Representing the UNC were Maj. Gen. Johnny Weida, U.S. Air Force; Brigadier Gen. Lee Chang-hyun, Republic of Korea Air Force; Brigadier Matthew O’Hanlon, Commonwealth Member of the Military Armistice Commission from the United Kingdom; and Colonel Harold Cockburn, rotating member from New Zealand.

The KPA were represented by Maj. Gen. Kwak,Chul-hui.
During the 32-minute meeting, which began at 10 a.m. in Panmunjom, both sides discussed measures to reduce tensions and introduce transparency.

The UNC and KPA representatives agreed to further discussions. “The UNC welcomed this discussion with North Korea which holds the prospect for building trust and preventing misunderstandings between both sides,” said Maj. Gen. Johnny Weida, head of delegation for the UNC.