May 2005

19 May 2005 03:30 pm

The President and CFO of Pepsico gave a speech at Columbia Business School’s commencement. In the speech, Indra Nooyi compared the fingers of the hand to different parts of the world. The United States got the middle finger.

Here is what she said:

This analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents leaves the long, middle finger for North America, and, in particular, The United States. As the longest of the fingers, it really stands out. The middle finger anchors every function that the hand performs and is the key to all of the fingers working together efficiently and effectively. This is a really good thing, and has given the U.S. a leg-up in global business since the end of World War I.
However, if used inappropriately – just like the U.S. itself - the middle finger can convey a negative message and get us in trouble. You know what I’m talking about. In fact, I suspect you’re hoping that I’ll demonstrate what I mean. And trust me, I’m not looking for volunteers to model.
Discretion being the better part of valor…I think I’ll pass.
What is most crucial to my analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents, is that each of us in the U.S. – the long middle finger – must be careful that when we extend our arm in either a business or political sense, we take pains to assure we are giving a hand…not the finger. Sometimes this is very difficult. Because the U.S. – the middle finger – sticks out so much, we can send the wrong message unintentionally.
Unfortunately, I think this is how the rest of the world looks at the U.S. right now. Not as part of the hand – giving strength and purpose to the rest of the fingers – but, instead, scratching our nose and sending a far different signal.”

How is it that Indra Nooyi is the CFO of Pepsico when she obviously has no business sense? I will not buy any Pepsi products until the woman is gone and she needs to go.

I remember Marge Schott, former owner of the Cincinatti Reds. She said some really stupid things and had to account for them. Marge Schott made insensitive racial comments but Indra Nooyi’s insulted our entire country.

I might remind Ms. Nooyi that our country, the United States of America just liberated 25 million people and eight million Iraqis recently dared to stain their index fingers with purple ink by voting for a new government.

The contemptuous dismissal of the great deeds done by the American military by this sophomoric woman is disgusting. Two thumbs down to Pepsico and Indra Nooyi.

17 May 2005 04:26 am

That Newsweek Magazine published in its Periscope section an unsourced accusation that the military flushed a Koran down the toilet is not surprising to me because the magazine has always seemed willing to believe the worst about the Bush administration and the U.S. military.

What is unbelievable to me is that Newsweek is so clueless about the U.S. Military that they would find any possible truth in such an accusation. Or that publishing such an incendiary allegation would not cause a deadly erruption in the Muslim world. Reporters with an agenda to smear instead of report tend to be quite myopic.

What is to be done with Newsweek? The editors have apologized and retracted the story but that’s not enough. The mouthpieces for Newsweek are on an apology tour on television news shows, making excuses and claiming that mistakes were made. Hmm. Very Nixonian.

John Podhoretz observes that whether true or not, in a time of war Newsweek was wrong to publish the allegations at all.

Bill Murchison writes, “Factor all that into the equation and still excuses aren’t possible for a media establishment that displays, through what it tells and what it omits to tell, its dark suspicions of the policy to which its country has committed itself.”

15 May 2005 06:59 pm

My grandson actually liked the fireworks!

15 May 2005 06:36 pm

More fireworks!

15 May 2005 06:33 pm

My daughter being “hooded.”

15 May 2005 06:29 pm

The Wild Red Fireworks and Light Show at the University of Oklahoma Commencement Ceremony last Friday night.

13 May 2005 06:17 am

Hugh Hewitt writes…

“Pressure is building on Senator Frist to move to the conclusion of the debate over judges. Here’s an account of a conference call Tuesday which featured senior Frist staff and dozens of conservative leaders. On the floor, Frist indicated that a vote of Justice Owen would come “next week or the week thereafter.” The “week thereafter” is a very bad idea, and indeed even late next week is a bad idea. The issue is talked out, and it is clear that Dems have no intention of returning to the traditions that have governed judicial nominations for decades and decades.”

Frist has been putting this thing off for months now. What is he waiting for? Just do it dude!

Frist reminds me of Wimpy who would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

Tuesday most of a certainty.

09 May 2005 08:13 pm

Another man is going on trial for essentially raising funds for Hillary Clinton’s senatorial campaign. For some reason there was a problem. It seems to happen that way a lot with her. Lots of juicy stuff in the article.

I know that most Republicans are tired of dealing with the Clintons and their scandals. But they just seem to pop up around the Clintons so what can I say?

Surely Democrats are getting tired of the scandal prone Clintons too.

07 May 2005 08:03 am

I aways check out the Anchoress and am glad that I did this morning. It’s like learning that the White Witch is dead and Narnia is free from forever winter.

07 May 2005 07:46 am

Cough…cough…cough……..oh, my throat hurts. Last night was awful.

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