Giving It To You Straight *Weekend Open Thread*


I usually do give it to you straight, but you will see why I chose that title in particular for this weekend post.

But first, I have to mention the coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday night that have killed many people, and seriously injured many more. At least six sites have been targeted. As of this time, seven of the eight terrorists died after detonating suicide vests, and one was killed. Another was caught in Germany. My thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of Paris, and to the families of those killed or injured. French President Hollande has declared war against the ISIS terrorists, and we should do likewise. In the meantime, what has happened is just heartbreaking. Today, Je suis Parisien.

As for continuing to give it to you straight, one reason is this good piece in the Boston Globe by Hugh Baver, “Forget What You’ve Heard – Carly Fiorina Was Great At HP.” Baver also worked with Fiorina, and he is setting the record straight:

As former CEO Carly Fiorina runs for Republican presidential nomination, her record continues to come under attack. I worked at Compaq during the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq merger and the transition period was extremely positive and well-conceived. Working closely with Compaq chairman and CEO Michael Capellas, Fiorina was an excellent and effective CEO.

Notwithstanding the tech bubble burst at the time, and problems within the HP board of directors, integrating the internal systems and cultures of two huge companies like HP and Compaq was no easy task. But Fiorina knew what she was up against and was never one to back down from a challenge.

Fiorina and her team worked tirelessly to make sure she kept her promise of a smooth transition. On day one, we integrated the two companies with common e-mail nomenclature. The new HP also sunset the legacy systems and product groups that were not the market leaders in their categories, as in the retirement of HP NetServer in favor of Compaq ProLiant. These were extremely difficult business decisions, which Fiorina and her team engineered gracefully and employed with solid business logic.

Fiorina was instrumental in consolidating and prioritizing hundreds of overlapping and disparate IT projects and applications. She effectively organized and conducted cross-cultural workshops and teams aimed specifically at successfully integrating the two corporate cultures.

She put the two teams into rooms and brought out in the open, through facilitated dialogue, the differences in approach and methodologies from the two companies. This was instrumental in both HP and Compaq’s employees’ understanding of where our new coworkers were coming from and how best to work together.

I was privileged to work under Fiorina’s direction. Now citizens are seeing what we saw in her all those years ago, and I am thrilled we have someone of her caliber running for president. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Baver goes on from there to describe how Fiorina’s business acumen and attributes would serve the nation well in the White House.

As people who worked for her continue to speak out and set the record straight about her tenure at HP, hopefully it will shut up people like Donald Trump in his (often sexist) attacks against her, though going after Carson with wild claims seems to be his thing these days. (Along those lines, Fiorina defended Carson against one of Trump’s more scurrilous claims.) As for Trump holding back, I did say “hopefully.” I am not holding my breath on that one. Still, if nothing else it will enable people to make a more informed and educated decision about her. If she doesn’t get the nomination or the VP slot, I think she would be an outstanding Secretary of State.

There has been a ton more news this past week, and for any of you who are interested, there is a Democratic Debate on Saturday night, 9:00 EST on CBS. Let us know how it goes should you choose to watch it.

Meanwhile, Obama continues to try and figure out how he can violate the Constitution, Congress, and the Law more by closing Gitmo. Once again, hope springs eternal that Congress will stand up against yet another legal overreach by the Man Who Wants Terrorists On US Soil…

But enough of that political hooey for now. One of the things we have planned for this weekend is going to see the a capella group, Straight No Chaser. If you are unfamiliar with them, here are a few tunes to get you going:

And then there is this take on “It’s All About That Bass,” which cracked me right up:

Some of you may have seen this classic video before (and yes, it is a Christmas song even before Thanksgiving):

Needless to say, we are really looking forward to seeing this group on Sunday. They have a bunch of great songs on Youtube, if you want to check out some more of their tunes.

We may also see, “Bond, James Bond” on Saturday, so an action packed weekend is in the works. Our weekends, unless we are out of town or something, include a trip to see our Jordan and the other horses at the barn. That always makes my week.

So how about you? What is on your minds this weekend? Got anything fun to do? Have some tunes you wish to share? Feel free since this is your Weekend Open Thread.


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36 Responses to “Giving It To You Straight *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    I have seen you tubes of Straight no chaser. they are great. enjoy the show

  2. helenk3 Says:

    kobayashi maru

    a good article on just what is happening in Europe today

  3. helenk3 Says:

    while backtrack is spewing his bs about isis being contained the FBI have 1000 active isis probes in the US

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      He sure is a slow learner, isn’t he?? Every time he opens his mouth to downplay ISIS, they do something major. He seriously needs to shut up.

      And yeah – abt those ISIS members here in our country…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Angry White Leftists Target a Black Conservative Woman

    By Daniel Greenfield

    Dr. Carol Swain was born in segregated Virginia. The second of twelve children, she grew up sharing a bed with her sisters in a shack that had no running water. Her family was so poor that she had no shoes and had to stay home from school when the weather was bad. She never did make it to high school.

    And now 1,400 leftist fascists have signed a petition to Vanderbilt University demanding that one of the most respected African-American scholars in this country take diversity training or be “terminated.”

    The petition to force a conservative black woman to undergo diversity training comes from Nick Goldbach, a white hipster student and self-described “urban enthusiast” who claims that working as a waiter at a “sustainable” luxury urban resort in Connecticut taught him about “common humanity.”

    The final two sentences of Greenfield’s post says it all. At least for me. I have no sympathy, no respect and no use for these cretins.

    There are a lot of angry idiots on campus these days. Meanspirited little fascists driven to destroy anyone who reminds them of their own worthlessness, their shallowness and their ignorance.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is unbelievably racist, ageist, patronizing, and sexist for this punk-ass kid to tell these very accomplished black woman that she needs to go to sensitivity training because she doesn’t think the way HE wants her to do. Why anyone gives him any credibility whatsoever is BEYOND me. WTH?!

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    NYT is reporting that a 23 year old student from California was killed in one of the attacks in Paris.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Anyone going to watch the Dem Debate tonight? I read that John Dickerson, debate moderator met with the Dems today. Going to make sure he doesn’t ask anything they don’t want to answer?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Um, no. I have no desire to watch it. And that Dickerson met with them today makes the whole thing a farce from the get-go. Way to prove the media isn’t biased, Mr. Dickerson! Ugh.

    • helenk3 Says:

      no I am going to curl up and watch hulu tonight. pure escapism

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        We are catching up on some dvr’ed shows. Suzy has been traveling so much, we have a few to see!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Me too. I never seem to find time to watch everything I DVR so tonight seems a good time to do it. Wonder what kind of ratings the debate will get. Saturday night doesn’t seem like a good time to schedule it IMO.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I was thinking that, too – Sat. night seems like a stupid night to have a debate.

            But hey – now we can catch up on shows, right?! 🙂

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend of mine had this article at Facebook:

    It is beyond morally bankrupt for these children to think their ginned up complaints abt safe space in any way, shape, or form compares to over a hundred people being assassinated by Islamist terrorists. WOW.

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    From a Facebook friend. This sums it up:

    Big Babies

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here is more abt the terrorist the German police intercepted:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Considering the swarms of “refugees” that have been coming into Europe you can only guess how many cars filled with weapons we not intercepted.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Look, Ma, No Islam — The Stupefying Democratic Debate

    By Roger L. Simon

    Well, we did learn two things from the CBS Democratic debate Saturday night:

    1. Bernie Sanders thinks climate change causes terrorism.

    2. Hillary Clinton wants to raise the 10,000 Syrian refugees Obama intends to admit to 65,000. BUT…and this is important… none are to be allowed within fifty miles of Chappaqua.

    Okay, she didn’t say the latter part, but she might as well have. In fact, she can say just about anything she wants because she’s going to be the Democratic nominee under virtually any circumstances, unless, of course, she’s indicted. (We can hope, can’t we?)

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    An Adult on Campus

    Mitch Daniels offers a lesson to college administrators.

    We’ve been wondering all week what happened to the grown-ups on American university campuses, and it appears we have a sighting. Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University, spoke up Wednesday about the children’s revolt at Yale and Missouri in a letter “to the Purdue community.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Daniels absolutely is one of the few adults around on this issue. Sure would be nice if there were a few more who didn’t capitulate to the demands of whiny babies.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Mitch Daniels was one of the few I could have supported for President. Smart, competent and pragmatic. Which of course made him unelectable. Add to that his lack of “pizzazz” and fools that vote for false gold. I also think more of him because he withdrew because he knew the MSM would savage his wife. Decency is so out of style these days that I felt the need to speak of some things about this decent man.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I agree, Marge – I could have voted for him, too. He did great things for his state, and now he is showing what it is like to have an adult in the room. So yeah – he isn’t Presidential material at all. Ahem.

          Thanks for highlighting this decent man.

          • mcnorman Says:

            POTUS material these last few decades seems to have been a very bad experiment. Particularly this last one.

            Finally called out…

            My worry is that HRC will continue the legacy of limp leadership. She actually showed a bit of her true nature when Bernie brought up how she is tied to Wall Street. She is not a nice person. I have a friend who got to watch her in action firsthand many times. She might be very smart, but she is a bully. I suspect she has to take some happy pills in order to make it through the days having to answer the peons of this country while she campaigns.

            • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

              Excellent, excellent piece from Michael Goodwin, mcnorman. Thanks so much for that. His passion on this topic, his clear thinking, and eloquent language, really make his point well. Thanks.

              And yes, I imagine Clinton WILL be more of the same. No doubt she is a bully. That seems to be the Dem way these days, sad to say…

              Thank you!

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Destroy the ISIS Caliphate

    We can either fight ISIS in our cities or in their cities.

    By Daniel Greenfield

    On Friday morning, Obama claimed that ISIS had been contained. By Friday evening, ISIS had carried out one of the deadliest acts of Islamic terrorism in the West. 129 are dead. 352 are wounded.

    The Jihadists massacred helpless people, shooting them down as they begged for mercy in restaurants and music halls, blowing themselves up for Allah outside soccer stadiums. Shouting, “Allahu Akbar”, they brought the terror and horror of the Islamic State from grim Raqqa to prosperous Paris.

    Obama had claimed that the Islamic State was contained in Iraq and Syria, but the Caliphate was never going to be contained by his tactics of “low-intensity, occasional strikes” in which 75 percent of pilots return without bombing ISIS even when they have the terror group right in their sights.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I could not agree more. This lunacy of Obama’s toward ISIS has gone on long enough. It is crystal clear that whatever he says, the exact opposite is true.

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Branco sums up this whole campus thing perfectly:

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