I try not to get too much into the woo-woo side of things around here, other the my occasional mentions of prophetic dreams when I feel like sharing them and sometimes my “dream work.”
Yet my interest in Woo has never waned. There IS something – a force, principle, or perhaps a personality – bigger than humans. But whether it stops with the Universal Subconscious Mind and Jungian concepts is open to endless debate.
Rather than waste time on the debate part, my preference is to stick to the data, especially dreams that seem to have meaning. And its here we get to my first Omen about the election, a dream.
I wasn’t too clear on what was going on in the dream except that a bunch of us were on horseback and we were trying to catch a wild woman who was wanted for a number of serious crimes. She was on foot.
But at the dream continued, the group I was with eventually rounded her up and put her on a horse that had an over-sized green blanket on it and no saddle.
The woman’s hands were bound in front of her and as we were starting to work our way back to the “destination” where she was wanted to face charges of the crimes, she suddenly leaned forward and took the reins of the horse just so, and made an escape running ahead and to the left of me.
So that’s Omen #1.
Not happy about it, but Omens don’t ask, they just are. As to where they come from, there’s no telling. Maybe it is just what professionals, like Chris McCleary who runs the www.nationaldreamcenter.com site, study. On the other hand, when there is something like a color – in this case a kind of warm grayish-green, then I start thinking whether this means there’s some involvement the mainstream has missed, as in the importance of environmental concerns as a forward/left movement? Again, I’m no expert at this, but the role of “greens” in this election seemed to be a key part of the dream. And yes, the woman on the horse had blonde hair, but curiously, it was long, not short.
A head-scratcher, for sure.
OK, Omen #2…
This one is laughably obvious.
Zeus the Cat came in for breakfast – usual time. After stuffing himself well past sufficiency, he headed back outside. We water him outside so he has an incentive to get up and walk around after meals and not sit on furniture.
As I opened the door, whose scent do you think surprised me, having not smelled it for almost 5-months now?
If the skunk had been around recently, it would not have been an Omen.
But this is the first time I caught his scent in six months – and that wasn’t hard because it is a great-big-powerful scent – like he was close> First time since late last spring, yes sir. I didn’t know skunks migrated, or maybe they just have a different food foraging route in the summertime…just never studied that.
But the fact that The Skunk chose this – Election Day – to make his rounds and scent up the Ure household is a Second Omen in my estimation.
Thought you’d find those two observations interesting in the first case, and pretty damn coincidental in the second.
My personal take away is that my subconscious sees Hillary winning and the outer world sign is the skunks will be around for a long time to come.
BPR: Business Process Re-Engineering Elections
As you know, I am a huge fan of methodical thinking approaches. In business process re-engineering (which I’ve done a fair bit of) we look at the current configuration of a business and ask: “In a perfect world, what would be the most efficient and customer-centric way to get this done?”
Amazing as it sounds, in most businesses there is little emphasis on customer experience and a tremendous focus – often quite maniacal – on “The Way WE do things around here…”
I can’t tell you how many times in software implementations – where we would go in and install “the electric railroad” (a business process software system customized for best possible efficiencies) how many times we would have to fight with people who kept their own offline journals, often in Excel spreadsheets or Access (or FileMaker Pro) databases.
Over time, we ensured that everyone got all their cars from the same railroad and, as a result, duplication of data input disappeared, customer contact and satisfaction improved dramatically, and profits went up much more than the modest cost of installing a software backbone in a business.
“Which has what to do with Election Day, pray tell?”
To the point.
Electing people to office is your one and only chance for 1,460 days (+/-) to find vote for people who reflect your core values. 730 days for Copngressoids and almost 2,200 days for Sinators.
First step in the BPR process is sometimes referred to the Needs Analysis, but even before that we always encouraged companies to have clear missions that were short and simple enough for everyone in an organization to articulate.
A nickel gentleman’s bet on the side says if someone came in right now and asked you to explain your core values in 30-words of less, you couldn’t do it.
I can…but only because Monday I looked at the voting problem (as in who) and figured I needed to articulate my absolute core values so that I could make a meaningful decision about the candidates.
My core values are simple:
1. Truth at all times. No half-truths. No lying by omission. No shading and weasel-wording. Just the truth.
This first core value usually cuts a good portion of the wannabe candidates out.
2 . Absolute adherence to the primacy of the Constitution and Rule of Law.
a. Passing laws unread by elected officials.
b. Anti-constitutional/judicial activists.
c. Proponents of excessive Administrative L:aw.
This second core value allows me to quickly decide a lot of positions because – as I see it – America is operating in three dangerous gray zones of Law.
The first is we have allowed the country to enact laws which are not only hopelessly complicated, but simply don’t work. In order to cover this up, things like Affordable (which it ain’t) Care Act rate hikes will not be revealed until the cretins who passed and signed have taken another bite out of the wallet.
They are guilty of violating Core Value 1 (liars) and Core Value 2-a (passing laws unread). When comes to national office, an incumbent mark is all I need to see to fire them even if it means voting for the other party. See how process narrows down my choices?
2-b. tells me that if a judge is up for election, are they trying to Rule from the Bench or are they strictly holding America to the word and intent of the Founders?
The Socialist insurgency, which began after the McCarthy era ended in the 1950’s and when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC) hung up its work, has now partnered with a religious insurgency. Therefore, people who claim special dispensations and insights into “What the Constitution really said” hav e just lost my vote.
2-c tells us that anything having to do with “administrative government” might as well say “Long March” for the Maoists and Soviet Collectives for the campus liberalistas.
Go back to South America is Che was such a good fellow and don’t let the door slap you on the butt on the way out.
A couple of facts: The John Birch Society was seen as “dangerously right-wing” when I was growing up. A grandfather-in-law who was a prosperous businessman and had a fine piece of property on Puget Sound and a nice boat in his front yard explained that the John Birch views might sound extreme at the time, but they would be right in the end.
And boy, were there.
Same thing with the expressions of the Tea Party, demonized and all that frou-frou about taxpayer-funded Fusion Centers trying to make up a “domestic terror element” for the right because the left and recent immigrants own that space.
I’m still waiting for the missing government witness never called in the OK City bombing, too, come to think of it.
This matter of “administrative law” really means nothing more, or less, than runaway government.
Here in Texas we have elective cities, we have elective counties, and then we have this form of half-ass bureaucratic afterbirth called Municipal Utility Districts. Never, ever, under any condition move to one of those without a ton of research ahead of time. It’s an administrative-zombie crook-fest with a triple-doze of lawyering.
My buddy Oilman2 lives in such a place. Home valued at $265,000 in The Woodlands, a municipal utility disaster area. His property taxes will be north of $7,000 per year. And things any competent homeowner should be able to do themselves is verboten. Permit to change out the water heater in my own house? How do you spell “Bite me…”?
Back to voting as a process…
3.Under the Constitution, what does America stand for and do I agree or disagree?
This one is woefully complex. But a country isn’t a country unless it has solid and defensible borders. Another “impeachable offense” may be the ordering of the fine officers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stand down and not kick out lots and lots of crooks and gangsters from all over hell’s half-acre. Which looks a lot like Central and northern South America, now that I think about it.
4.Are the Laws being evenly and equally enforced?
The peace officer a few houses up (Texas Highway Patrol) has a sign up front of his place with one Sheriff Candidate’s name. Knowing, vaguely, this local lawe enforcement expert, I figure the candidate he supports is not doing anti-constitutional things like Sanctuary Cities or running a “catch and release” program for the local meth labs.
So I value what police, fire, health, and experts in things like substance abuse have to say.
His sign, by the way, is out front of a small town police chief from a nearby municipality, too. So 100% of the local cops I know or speak with have informed my vote for a slew of candidates.
I don’t care in you like Sheriff Joe Arpaio out in Phoenix (Maricopa County) but he has been very clear about some of the liberal BS running amuck in America today..
Profiling, for example.
If one race or religious, or obvious social group is actually responsible for terrorism or a type of crime, what is wrong with focusing on and utilizing that information? Profile them! Liberals be damned. Fix the crime problem and don’t get sucked into a left-hand spin.
Next thing you know, the left will be standing up to protect the rights of meth-heads. “Hey! Don’t look for bad teeth and moving big screens!” Jeez, I can hear it now.
If South American illegals are committing a lot of crime in Phoenix, why not profile them? Illegals account for something like 13.6% of sentencings nationally, higher nearer the loose border. Lemme see: Four percent of population, 13.6% of sentencings. Naw…no statistical importance to that, right?
Here’s the Business Process point which Mr. T did not do very well at explaining:
We hire government to take care of our problems (like crime and fire fighting and community medical response, and basic welfare and Social Security and roads and…).
Thing about this for a moment. In HR terms, we look at resumes of lots of good people. I still like Dr. Ben Carson…great guy! But did I/we have a c hance to vote for the smartest guy in the room? Nope. High school petty FB and Twits. So no real point to the resume review if we get down to a freak clown show, is there?
But at some point we have to step back and ask the last hard question in our National Needs Analysis on this Election Day.
5. Can the Community and I really afford this measure or the grandiose dreams of this candidate or group of promoters?
That one’s easy because as we preach daily Everything’s a Business Model.
Obamacare? Unaffordable. Hillarycare? Worse. More immigrants without marvelously thorough background checks? Hell no. Solid borders? Hell yes.
Including vote counting, another business model, we should see tomorrow about the “runaway woman” and the retinue of skunks.
Have a great time at the polls and let’s not get this one wrong. Not that we can do anything about it.
If you don’t vote today, it’s too late.
Write when you get rich,