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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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Participation-est: bjedward, VClib, Yasuragi
Chattiest: TexDem
Generous-est: Yasuragi
Snecksiest (1):    Captain C, Texnance

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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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Participation-est: bsegel, bjedward, barefoot coyote, chimene
Chattiest: chimene
Generous-est: barefoot coyote
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Reposted from Bob's Blog by bsegel

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!

and now for the fun!

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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Chattiest: TexDem
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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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Welcome to the April 3, 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

I have to admit, when I read the 1st part of the title for today's Mojo Friday diary, I thought TexDem was talking about republicans.  

Oops, they did it again!

In their little protective wombs of republican culture, isolated (intentionally) from the rest of the world, and from the real world for the most part, they passed a law.  One more.  Designed to control the rest of the world.  Kind of like Dr. Evil, you know.  But they're not comedic ... although it is funny watching them scurry around like bugs when the rock they hide under is lifted up and the light of day shines (I avoided calling them cockroaches, as that seemed to offend another diarist earlier this week).  The latest is declaring that their religious freedom means they control ours.  They define religious prosecution and persecution (and there are far too many examples of that, around the world today and throughout history) as being offended at having to be citizens in a diverse community.  It's not freedom they want, its power.  It's not religion that motivates them, it's fear (at best) and greed.

Aaaaarrrggghhh!

Anyways, let's have some fun.

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - Ooops, They Did It Again - Edition. And by they, I mean German immigrants.

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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Chattiest: TexDem
Generous-est: barefoot coyote
Snecksiest (1): Texnance, kenwards    

Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!

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So what did they do again? The Easter Bunny and the Easter Basket. Yep, the same guys who brought us the Christmas tree gave us the bunny and the basket for Easter. Even the name Easter isn't Christian in origin but started life as a celebration of Spring by pagans. So, oops, they did it again.
Easter celebrations, long favored by pagans, were incorporated into Christianity by early Christians who celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the same time pagan worshipers were celebrating the bounty of spring and fertility in general. The pagan traditions became intermingled with Christian beliefs from that point, and various additions to the holiday were made through the centuries--including that of the familiar and calorie-laden Easter basket.
   

Now if you want to read more from a guy who's trying to unravel myth, mythology and religion around Easter and Spring celebration click on this link. You'll have to read it several times, I think he confuses himself at times, but he does admit that many Christian celebration dates are made up or fused with pagan celebrations.

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Welcome to the March 27. 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

Poor TexDem, he's sad about March Madness, as his beloved Tar Heels didn't make the sweet 16.  Me, well, I don't really care!  My alma mater played Division 3 sports (except for Hockey) ... so I never became a fan of big-time college sports. Which makes the annual rush around a football championship humorous, and march madness, well, march silliness.

Actually it's march annoying as well, as restaurants and bars get overpacked and aren't a place to have a pleasant meal while those silly games are going on.  We end up at slightly upscale places when we each out (or really down scale!) ... but we survive.

How 'bout you? What's your take on March Madness. Take our poll below and let us know.

Meanwhile, for fun ...

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - March Sadness - 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.

Congratulations to:


Participation-est: bjedward
Chattiest: chimene
Generous-est: bjedward
Snecksiest (1):   chimene, kenwards

Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!

Stats will be updated Sunday afternoon. Final stats will be published a week later.

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Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 07:30 AM PDT

Mojo Friday - March Sadness - Edition

by TexDem

Well it is a more appropriate name for it isn't it? I mean ultimately there's only one team that ends up happy. Out of 68 teams that enter the tournament only one ends on a winning note the rest of go home with a loss. My Heels were sent home and of course I think the game was called close on Carolina and only the most obvious of fouls were called on Wisconsin and even then they got away with a bunch.

Of course unless your team is loaded with a bunch of seniors or high draft pick you're thinking;

OH MY GOD! Wait til next year! Everybody's coming back! We're gonna kick everyone's ass.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 07:30 AM PDT

Mojo Friday - Morning Bloom - Edition

by TexDem

How many of you would prefer to see Lisa Bloom's face in the Morning in place of Joe Scaborough? Me too.

Back in December The Daily Caller was attempting to give Ms Bloom a hard time for ripping into Scarborough overnight (because it was assumed Joe was fast asleep in preparation for his "Morning Blow(hard)" show. I must have responded somewhere (maybe here) that MSNBC should replace Joe and his lap buddies with Lisa Bloom because the morning audience would be better informed. Well somebody( @flitedocnm) loved it. He enjoyed it so much he tweeted the idea to Joe, MSNBC and Lisa. Obviously nothing came of it but I thought I'd give it another airing just for fun.

We can talk about it seriously or just for fun. Either way we can create just a little internet buzz. Even if it's just a tiny buzz. Just for the annoyance factor for Scaborough if nothing else.

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