Archive | August, 2013

President Obama, leave Syria alone!

31 Aug

middle east mapI’m going to get right to the point here. I feel that the U.S.A. should not take any military action against Syria. Yes it does appear that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons against its own people, but the U.S.A. cannot be the judge, jury and executioner for the world. Also, there is an old saying: “He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.”

It is a Civil War

Syrians are fighting Syrians so we should stay out of it. When kinfolk are fighting, it is very unwise for outsiders to intervene because both sides will turn on the outsider. This is what the Afghans did to to Soviets. The U.S.A. certainly did not want the British, the French or anyone else to side with the Confederates in the U.S. Civil War (even though their were some French advisors that helped the Union Army).

Syria is Middle East Problem

According the the New York Times, the Arab League blamed the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people it does not back military action against the Syrian government. There are cultural, religious, and tribal issues in that area that Americans may never understand so it is best for the United States to stay out of it. Plus there are some of the richest countries (per capita) in the world in that region like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait so let them finance and provide the soldiers for any military campaigns. The reason they probably don’t want to put that much “skin” in the game is because they know it could cost them their hides. They are ancient cultural, religious and tribal issues in the reason so we need to stay out of it.

Blowback Against the United States

Look, things are already tense with Russia and Iran. Plus, it has been reported that Syria may have links to Hezbollah. The American homeland is already on-guard against Al Qaeda so why add yet another enemy? It is not about being afraid of terrorist organizations, but an attack against Syria would most certainly help with the recruiting efforts for extremist groups and self-radicalized individuals (like the Boston Marathon bombers). Do we really need that? I think not.

Charity Begins at Home

Before we go bombing another country then sending billions of dollars to rebuild them, how about rebuilding the infrastructure of our urban areas? How about bailing-out Detroit? How about handling beach erosion and constructing sea walls along the east coast to help people who are at risk of being flooded out again like what happened with Superstorm Sandy? The U.S. has a history of bombing countries into the stone age then rebuilding them with some sort of a Marshall Plan type of solution while citizens on the homeland suffer. That is not intelligent.

Arrogance of Democracy and Capitalism

Not every country is ripe for a democratic, republican-styled government. A nation’s history and culture has to be taken into account. The United States grew out of the United Kingdom that is based on common law. Common law is comprised of societal customs. If a society doesn’t have certain customs in its culture, you can impose common law on them and expect it to work perfectly. Also, it is extremely arrogant to think that our style of government is the best in the world. It works for us because it is part of the natural evolution of our society but will not and should not be expected to work for other societies with very different customs and histories.

Perhaps some countries are better with a monarchy, an aristocracy, or a dictator. Perhaps some should be governed by a religious leader. It depends on their history and we should respect that and stop trying to assimilate everyone into living like us. What are we? The Borg from Star Trek or something?Assimilation-by-the-Borg-in-Star-TrekI’m kind of paraphrasing Muhammad Ali on this thoughts about fighting in Vietnam, but I have to say it: No Syrian has called me the ‘N Word’ nor has any Syrian attacked me or any of my loved ones. That is to say they are NOT a threat to the U.S. homeland so leave them alone. Let the Arab league and regional powers like Turkey figure sort this out.

Assad is the Devil We Know

If U.S. military intervention helps topple the Assad regime, who is going to the new leaders? It could be another dictator or a religious zealot. As far as I know, the U.S. don’t know the players therefore we should not get involved. We could be jumping out of the frying pan right into the fire.

Yankees, we need to stay home.

That’s all I have to say on this matter.

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Always In Our Hearts

26 Aug

This 5-part triple rhyme poem is about death. Remember, when you do good works you never truly die. You will live on in the hearts of your loved ones, admirers, and your tangible works (books, poems, art, etc.). This poem is appropriate to be read at funerals. As is my custom, audio files to songs on GrooveShark.com linked where song titles appear.

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“Always In Our Hearts”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

The day you were born changed the course of history.
Now you have left us and you’re on that path shrouded in mystery.
Beloved, We Are Family and One Blood and you’re Another Part of Me.

We will always remember your smile and the melody of your laugh.
The way you taught us to hold up our heads even after we made a gaffe
and that life isn’t always predictable and at times things don’t add up like math.

A giant among ants and a bright Shining Star in the dark night sky.
This is more like a see you later because as believers, we know to Never Say Goodbye.
Your Love Will Always Be There and memories of you will never die.

We will share stories about you with the children and celebrate your life as you would want us to do.
You wouldn’t want us to be sad and stop living life to the fullest by crying all the time because Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.
Like the P. Diddy and Faith sang about Biggie, I’ll Be Missing You.

Death is not about endings but rather it is about new starts.
Fallen but never forgotten as from among the world of the living your body departs.
We will remember and honor you because you’re with us in our memories and always in our hearts.

“30 Minutes in Hell” Workout

24 Aug

I did my “30 Minutes in Hell” today. Equipment used was one 35 lbs. dumbbell, one LifeLine USA yellow/heavy rubber resistance cable with stirrups and door anchor, and a towel. I’m going to do this routine twice per week using the ‘Escalating Density Principle’ where I will endeavor to do more work in the same 30 minutes each time out.

This took me 27 minutes to complete two sets of the below circuit. I took 20-second breaks when I needed to. That totals 100 reps of lifts/presses, 40 reps of ab exercises and 42 burpees. The burpees are a killer.

Here is what I did:

* One-arm (each arm) dumbbell swings

* 3 burpees

* One-arm (each arm) dumbbell snatches

* 3 burpees

* One-arm (each arm) dumbbell clean & jerks

* 3 burpees

* One-arm (each arm) cable press

* 3 burpees

* One-arm (each arm) tricep kickback

* 3 burpees

* Crunches

* 3 burpees

* Supine leg raise and scissors

* 3 burpees

I’m 43-years-old, I have arthritis and asthma but I refuse to make excuses.

How about you?

Practice What You Preach

23 Aug

This poem was inspired by recent conversations I’ve had with a few of my close friends.
It is not about religion-bashing. It is about people doing the right thing regardless of religious affiliation or no religious affiliation at all.

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“Practice What You Preach

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

This poem is not
about religion, but its
about behavior.

Believe what you will.
The U.S.A. allows for
religious freedom.

As long as what you
believe promotes peace, love and
justice, go for it.

It is funny how
those that don’t claim religion
are often pious.

Pious in the sense
that they “do the right thing” no
matter what happens.

Inconvenience
matters not. Integrity
and peace of mind do.

Dishonest people
never rest. They must keep one
eye open at night.

Talking the talk is
easy. Walking the walk is
not. Be about it!

Yes, pray for people.
But doing something is what
is preferable.

What do people pray
for? For something to happen!
So, please do something!

While you are praying
for something to help oppressed
people, you do it!

Are you going to
be like Pilate and wash your
hands of your duty?

Will you be like that
man Judas and sell-out those
you know to be pure?

Take your religion
outside of the church, temple
and the masjid, please.

Are you a Christian?
Perhaps a Jew or Muslim?
Represent the faith.

You must stand on truth.
Rebuke lies and fight against
injustice and hate.

Faith is not enough.
Actions speak louder than words
or whispered prayers.

What would Jesus do?
So, if you’re his follower
what will you do, friend?

Moses left the glory
of Pharaoh’s court because he
refused to live lies.

Muhammad, like his
ancestor, Abraham, fought
the idolators.

What are you to do?
Well, it’s like Barry White said,
“Practice What You Preach.”

It’s all about F.A.M.I.L.Y.

8 Aug

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This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The 52 Corporate Caveats.

It will be a digital download and will be released this coming fall.

This book is an outgrowth of a poem I wrote and posted on this blog entitled “Love Your Enemies”.

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Okay, I talked about how things can suck so it is only fair that I offer a solution. You know, it always killed me on some folks criticize things but never offer alternatives. I remember when I was at a seminar a few years back and the author of The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson, said, “Have you noticed that there are no statues erected in the honor of critics?” That is so true! I committed at that moment to not criticize anything unless I was willing to work on finding a better way.

So, what with this proposed workplace code I’m not talking about bringing the kids and your spouse to work. I’m talking about a new doctrine that could be used in the workplace that could yield better results; more revenue, more happiness and more hope for advancement. F.A.M.I.L.Y. is an acronym. I would be remiss if I did not admit that this was inspired by my experience working in the direct selling industry where cooperation is encouraged over competition. A good leader should work to encourage these things in her little fiefdom in order to create the “perfect workplace.” Now, people are not perfect, but if we adopt this as our code we will get better.

Here is what F.A.M.I.L.Y. is all about:

Fairness

Everyone is to be treated with appreciation and respect, and any progress or special dates (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries with the company, promotions, etc.) should be celebrated. Your skin color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, political views, handicaps, health nor any other legally protected class should be a factor. Whether you average-looking, ugly, drop-dead gorgeous matters not. It is all about giving everyone equal access to opportunities and to due process.

Accountability

Everyone is to be held accountable for their actions and/or the lack thereof. No more “throwing others under the bus” to save one’s own hide. How can you have true success at work when everyone is suspicious of each other? Let’s all be adults and like President Harry Truman used to say, “The buck stops here.” That is the mindset that needs to be instilled in today’s workers.

Merit-based Promotions

Ideally, promotions will be based on merit. Let’ start picking the right man for the job. By the way, oftentimes, the right man for the job is a woman. Organizations can’t achieve greatness with “hooking-up” their cronies. Put the right people in right positions and beautiful things can happen.

Intrapreneurship

The best ideas come from the field. I heard that Post-It® Notes was created by a 3M employee. Companies should start paying attention that their employees have a wealth of ideas. As a matter of fact, companies oftentimes steal employee-generated ideas and claim them as their own intellectual property as per the employee handbook. Dang. At least give the employees some sort of incentives and recognition. Well, they don’t know about the F.A.M.I.L.Y. code yet so maybe they’ll do better once we school them. Nurture employees and encourage them to come up with new ways to do things or to submit product ideas. Have them take entrepreneurial-like initiatives while working for the company.
Intrapreneurship is the new cool.

Leadership

I believe that leaders are made, not born. Skills can be taught. If you want your employees to be better, Corporate America has to do better with giving them educational opportunities. This can be classroom instruction, tuition reimbursement, mentorship or cross-training. Also, leaders need to understand that you must be a servant to your employees first. Being the boss doesn’t mean that you have to be a “double S.O.B.” spelled backwards!

Yeoman Work Ethic

Projects should be handled with enthusiasm and a sense of urgency from beginning to end. Revenue is lost because of lethargic work habits. Work hard so you can play hard. Like the great rapper, Big Daddy Kane said in his song, RAW, “I worked like a slave so I can become a master.” Ideally, this is how one gets promoted.

All six parts of F.A.M.I.L.Y. are interdependent on each other. You have to have all of them firing on all cylinders to create the perfect workplace. Will there ever be the perfect workplace? No. Nonetheless, it is an ideal to strive for because most current options stink.