Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Relaxing Rule-sets

The Senate will be releasing a 200 page summary of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation techniques used in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the American mainland.

The feedback from the experts who have reviewed the material is that releasing the summary to the public serves no strategic or "justice" objective and will incite violence.  It will also prove a fertile recruiting tool for the folks holding the gun in the picture shown above.


At some point it becomes necessary to decide between "Process" and "Results".

I  was a production supervisor at one point in my career.  I was working in an extremely militant union environment.  Most people no longer work in a manufacturing environment so they do not understand that factory environments vary in hostility based on "the Local".  This factory has since been closed down due, in large part, to the recalcitrance of "the Local".

We had an equipment failure and I was installing welds by hand with a portable MIG welder.  I had to sit inside the work piece and make four welds on a vertical surface.  The sparks rolled down the vertical...then diagonal surface and lodged against my thigh.

Picture from HERE.  No, this is not a picture of me.
I was wearing a welding hood.  The committeeman was interviewing one of my workers at the base of the platform.  I kept my back to him when I did not have the hood down.  I was performing the repair for three hours (about a hundred jobs).  The committeeman was back at the base of the platform when the last job was repaired (no surprise there) and the fellow he had been interviewing was also in earshot.

The committeeman greeted me, "AND JUST WHAT THE F_CK WERE YOU DOING!!!"  Factories are loud environments and it is necessary to speak loudly, but this committee man was a bit louder than necessary.  I had been doing "hourly" work.  I had done it for three hours, even after I had seen him talking to one of my hourly guys.  I guess he felt disrespected.

I lifted my nose up in the air.  I sniffed several times as loudly as I could.  "Do you smell that?"

"WHAT THE F_CK?" the committeeman responded.

"Burning meat."  I pointed at the thigh of my jeans which were shredded by sparks from my right buttock to my knee.  "I can't ask my hourly guys to do that kind of work."

The committeeman shook his head disgustedly.  He walked away and I never got any grief for repairing welds after that.

That committeeman has more class than the current US Senate

Life is not theory.  Sometimes things happen that demand a relaxing of rules.  Results become important than theory.  People may do things that may unsettle your stomach to achieve those results.

But at least have the class to know when to keep your mouth shut.


  1. Sorry, ERJ, but you are wrong on this one. The U.S.Senate being transparent in this case is a GOOD thing. What those CIA guys did is wrong. Criminal. The end DOES NOT justify the means. They crossed over to the dark side, and should each, individually, get a jury trial for their crimes.

    We (humans) do not have the right to treat other humans like the CIA agents did. We cannot delegate that authority to the government. Their behavior is un-American, un-Christian, and unacceptable.

    We should both pray to God and ask what He thinks about this.


    1. Milton:

      Thank-you for reading, especially since we seem to be coming from different places on some issues. And thank -you for posting clearly thought out and clearly written comments.

      I will think about, and yes, pray, about what you have written.


    2. Milton: Apparently Obama is doing quite a few terrorists a favor by splattering them with Hellfire missiles: saves them from possible loud music and waterboarding. Let's hope these senators don't remember the German cities we leveled in the late 1940s and the 200,000+ civilians vaporized in Japan. War is hell, isn't it?


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