Quote of the Day

“The only thing that counts is performance. You can’t perform if you don’t get your education. You can’t perform if you don’t speak the English language well. You can’t perform if you’re not respectful. You can’t perform and you won’t get the opportunity to perform if you walk around with your pants dragging around your ankles and you’re not behaving in a proper manner.”

General Colin Powell

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4 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Niall says:

    You know, in my heart I want to agree with Powell on this one. But I wonder if our culture is not proving him wrong? Every day I deal with people who treat others like dirt, can barely speak English, and dress like ex-convicts. And yet these same people make tons of money, are deferred to like little gods, and suffer no negative consequences for their actions.

    No, I’m not talking about Lindsay Lohan. Nor about illegal immigrants. I’m talking about the software engineers I work with every day.

    I think the way America works now is this: Make yourself indispensable to some key aspect of the money-making process. Once you’ve done that, treat people however you like, and do pretty much whatever you want. Success will be yours.

  2. Grandpa Bluewater says:

    Yes, Niall…indispensable means to a degree invulnerable.

    Unless you are a Kulak. Then the Commissars kill you off anyway and EVERYBODY starves.

    Fortunately most of us are not indispensable, or at least not convinced that we are, and therefore mind our manners.

    Do I detect a note of envy in your post?


    • Marco says:

      Suh-weet! Another person on the list. Just need a few more now on the east coast or in Europe to be open in the late-night hours. All out mods are on the west coast and Montreal. We need some in Europe.

  3. Niall says:

    My comments about the Catholics in Vietnam are amply supported by history. And I note you don’t disagree that under Taleban rule they would have been destroyed.

    So the ocmparison between the two remains pointless.

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