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How many times have you seen someone apologize and knew their heart wasn't in it? They weren't the least bit sincere? Or, they qualified their apology? Or. somehow in their apology, they manage to say it wasn't their fault, it was someone or everyone else's fault?

Brainwrap gave us an example of how to sincerely apologize.  He laid out what he felt he had done that wronged an individual. He took responsibility for His errors. He granted that others had made errors, but didn't allow that to let himself off the hook.

Are you able to be that honest? Or do you qualify every apology? We've all commented about those apologies from politicians or celebrities where the first thing they do is qualify with the statement; "If I've offended anyone...". Jackass! Of course you offended someone. Why do you think your handlers said you need to offer an apology? But your ego just won't let you simply say; "I'm sorry." You have to qualify it or lay the blame on someone else, the proverbial "throwing someone under the bus" excuse. Chickenshit. Coward. Asshole!

If you're going to apologize OWN IT! Or don't bother to apologize.

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Reposted from TexDem by TexDem
Even though Summer doesn't start by the calender for almost another month for tourism, and commerce it starts this weekend. Yep, it's time to fire up all those engines and start belching even more fumes into the air.

I happen to live by a large lake that has become a larger and larger attraction, which means more boats on the lake. I also happen to live close to a facility that celebrates cars flying around an asphalt track at speeds ranging from 150 - 180 MPH. I find it ironic that we celebrate the outdoors with events that pollute the very environment we're hoping to enjoy.

There are two races occurring this weekend. One in Charlotte and one in Indianapolis, both have smaller events occurring around them, and all these events revolve around the internal combustion engine. A technology that is well over 100 years old now, and we've barely made a dent in improving how it works and how that effects the our environment.

Have a great Summer and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Welcome to the May 15, 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

So TexDem laments the loss of public shaming.  Oh, for the days of stocks and scarlet letters!  Wouldn't that be fun? !!!  But alas, the good old days are gone.  

But, are they?

Why can't we throw cow-patties?  I mean, politicians do.  Both real ones and virtually.  Some states actually celebrate it.  You can even buy a cow patty toss game to play in your own backyard.  Better, yet, play it right on your computer! You could do that with real cow patties, but your significant other might get rather annoyed with you. Just sayin'

Wouldn't it be fun to set up one of those in Iowa, at a county fair, during the republican primary?  Have the candidates be the targets. Man, I'll bet you couldn't keep the people away, no matter their political preferences!

And now for the rest of the fun!

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - Nostalgic For Political Shaming - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

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We just don't shame the way we used to. Or rather some people are incapable of feeling shame. Today's Republican Party is a collection of a mass inability to experience shame. Or feeling guilt, not really feel it. Sometimes they have a sense they're supposed to feel something, but then... nada. The vote on cutting funding for Amtrak the day after a tragic accident is just one recent example. Granted they tried to defend it publicly, but if they really felt guilt or shame they would have at least postponed the vote for a week or two.

I long for the days when you could publicly pelt people with rotten food items to show your disgust. There are several reasons we don't do that today; 1) Better refrigeration. 2) You'd be charged with assault if you threw something at someone and hit them with it, even if it was a rotten tomato.

Auguste Rodin 1840 Paris-Meudon 1917 Eve after the Fall, 1881 Plaster Donation: J. Hudig 1899 BEK1330 (MK) Shortly after the Fall, Eva bends her head with shame and covers her breasts. This life-size, cast in plaster 'Eve' was given to the museum in 1899 after the Rodin exhibition. It was the first Rodin in a Dutch collection. Following the gift itself, Rodin paid Museum Boijmans a visit.
But then, if we were allowed to publicly throw rotten food at our politicians the GOP would astroturf throwing parties against every Democratic office holder all the way down to the Dog Catcher.
   
A "sense of shame"is the consciousness or awareness of shame as a state or condition. Such shame cognition may occur as a result of the experience of shame affect or, more generally, in any situation of embarrassment, dishonor, disgrace, inadequacy, humiliation, or chagrin.[4]

A condition or state of shame may also be assigned externally, by others, regardless of one's own experience or awareness. "To shame" generally means to actively assign or communicate a state of shame to another. Behaviors designed to "uncover" or "expose" others are sometimes used for this purpose, as are utterances like "Shame!" or "Shame on you!" Finally, to "have shame" means to maintain a sense of restraint against offending others (as with modesty, humility, and deference) while to "have no shame" is to behave without such restraint (as with excessive pride or hubris).

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Or Would You Really Prefer to Have Another Slice of Bacon?

Let's all think about it. Do these many "people" out there who are pushing for us to "remain" (as opposed to becoming) a Christian Nation really thought this through? Are they ready to give up their bacon? How about those pork chops? No more bacon and eggs. No more BLTs. No more Bacon Jam. No more bacon cheese burgers. And on and on we could go.
   

 
   
Leviticus 11:7-8    

And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

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Welcome to the May 1, 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

Today, TexDem asks if you are a Leader or a Manager?  Ask that question of our politicians ... at the local, state and national level.  They're not managers.  The vast majority of them clearly aren't leaders.

What's that phrase from my Texas colleagues, "S/He couldn't pour shit out of a boot if if the directions were on the heel"?

Most of them are followers. Not inspired by something else, but pulled by the nose by the people and funders they pander too.  If you removed their ring, could they lead? could they manage? I think most of them would drop in place until someone came by with a replacement ring.  

While TexDem spoke about Leading vs. Managing, I think there is a leader variant worth calling out. That is Stewardship.  Stewardship recognizes that what you are responsible and accountable for isn't yours.  It belongs to a larger group.  Stewardship leadership means that you need to understand what the needs of that larger group are, and lead and manage in that context.  It isn't yours to do, willy nilly, whatever you'd like.  And that, too, is where most of our politicians fail.

Because, in the end, most of them seem to think it's there for them ("grab the brass ring") and then to hell with anyone else ("full steam ahead, damn the torpedos!"). Good political leadership is good stewardship.  And we so rarely, rarely see it. We deserve better.

Why don't we use our voting power to get better?

And now for the fun.

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - Are You a Leader or a Manager? - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

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I love finding new quotes that capture the essence of a good leader. I've run across many over the years and they repeat a theme. It's not about them, it's about you. Let me hear from you guys as to who you look to for leadership inspiration.

Several months ago when Dean Smith passed, I ran across one of his;
   

A leader's job is to develop committed followers.

A bad leader destroys their followers sense of commitment.

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Welcome to the April 24, 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

There is no doubt in my mind that President Obama is the most personal president we've had, in decades.  Especially with kids!  Kennedy might come close I think.  But the way he engages with people, with children, in all kinds of settings is so striking and especially wonderful I think.  Learning that he personally reads at least 10 letters a day from the people (it's easy to let staff take care of that!), shows how much he tries to stay in touch with the real world. His passion for his wife and children is wonderful to see in a family.  Especially in the First family.

Thank you, bsegel, for sharing some of those videos with us!  And thank you, President Obama, for reminding us that a President can be a loving spouse and parent, can love other people, and can have fun in the job.  Keep it up!

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - White House Video Series - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

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As many of you know my regular gig here at DKos, when I'm not filling in for TexDem, is a monthly diary showcasing the photographs taken by they White House Photography staff.

For this weeks Mojo Diary I thought I'd feature some of the videos that the White House staff put together. If you go to WhiteHouse.gov and click on the 1600 Penn tab you land on their page dedicated to the White House and how things function. There are interactive tours, floor plans, information about the art that is displayed and information about the history of the White House and other buildings on the grounds.

The other thing that is featured in the 1600 Penn section are videos of behind the scenes day to day operations.

©BobSegel - iPhone 6
Go behind the scenes at the White House and find such videos as exclusive interviews, a look at the ten letters President Obama reads each day, and see the process of creating the President's State of the Union address.
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Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:30 AM PDT

Mojo Friday - Ha Ha Redux - Edition

by TexDem

The content below has been previously posted.

   

To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day.

― Jim Valvano

   

We've done lots of thinking and crying recently over tons and tons of issues and world and local events. Time for the third leg of Jimmy V's stool of a full life(day). Humor!

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Welcome to the April 10 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

texDem expresses a little, ahem, cynicism, about what next?, as we put cameras everyone on the police.  Frankly, the answer is transparency.  The entire purpose of these things is to create a transparent process, to highlight what happened.  It means that the person wearing a camera should not have the option to turn it off.  The camera in the car should always be on.  All video is saved (storage is cheap, I say, CHEAP!, these days!  It should not be deletable or editable in that saved form.  Download a copy and edit to your hearts content, I say.  But the original footage (yes, I know it's digital video) never gets touched.

Otherwise, well, all of those things (turning it off, not saving everything, editing original footage) means that people who have done wrong can cover their tracks.  And the ones mostly likely to try doing it, are just those who shouldn't.

Put it in the Google cloud for all I care. But keep it all!

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Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - You Got Your Cameras, Now What? - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

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Let's say we get a body camera on every police officer, state trooper, sheriff's deputy and Federal LEO(Law Enforcement Officer, pretty much everyone who wears a badge), NOW what?

Where is all that video going to be stored? How are we going to protect it's integrity? It's like any other evidence that the police gather, but this has the potential to clear someone involved with a LEO. It also has the potential to clear a LEO from charges of excessive force etc. So, how do we keep it from being manipulated? If it's stored by the LEO's agency, how is it protected from editing and other manipulation? Civilian oversight? Who appoints the civilians or how are they assigned?

If the storage of the videos is by a third party, how would they be selected? Bids? Not sure I'd trust that process very long.

We want to make sure the public and the media have access to the stored video and that the LEO agencies and prosecutors don't shield them under the guise of "an ongoing investigation".

What are the Police Departments and other LEO agencies that are currently using "body cams" doing? Is it working? What lessons can they impart?

Questions. I have questions. I'm cynical and a bit of a skeptic when it comes to trusting every PD out there. I'm sure there are some great PDs, but far too many have shown they're not entirely trust worthy when it comes to policing themselves. That statement also includes the FBI who if memory serves me correctly has never found one of their agents guilty of any wrong doing in the shooting death if a suspect.

Comments! Suggestions! Discussion!

Let's talk!

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