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Life and Death

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 26, 2013

Thousands of books and sermons have addressed the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It is an impossible question to answer. Atheists say the very question disproves the existence of God while some religious answers blame evil resulting from mankind’s choice in the Garden of Eden (actually or metaphorically). Perhaps we are asking the wrong question. It is not “why” but what we do about it when life’s challenges come.

If you have about 25 minutes to explore this alternate question:

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“An Impossible Challenge”
February 24/ George Hinman

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Felix & Howard Get Paid

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 15, 2013

“One happy King.” So reads the St. Valentine’s Day headline in a Seattle Times’ sports page article on Felix Hernandez’s new seven-year $175 million contract. Twenty-five million per year for pitching in maybe 40 games a season before a million plus fans, being the lynch pin of Mariner success and boosting Seattle’s bragging rights. Not bad compensation in any occupation except perhaps CEO of a corporation. Compare the reaction to Felix’s paycheck to that of Starbuck’s CEO, Howard Schultz’s $16 million per year (plus about $52 million of other at risk compensation, like stock options). Howard is on the job 24/7. He’s responsible for managing worldwide over 18,000 stores and over 150,000 employees as well as increasing the value of Starbuck’s stock held by millions of people personally or in retirement accounts and ensuring customer satisfaction and loyalty from more millions of coffee aficionados.

One is a greedy rich guy who “didn’t do a damn thing” to earn his pay while the other “restored faith” and teared up at his good fortune.

Read the “comments” on one blog to get a sense of the reaction to Mr. Schultz’s compensation: Click HERE

For Mr. Hernandez, read Seattle Times sports writer, Jerry Brewer:’s article: Click HERE

While I don’t think the super rich need my sympathy, I do wonder if sports and other entertainment stars get a pass on criticism of their high incomes because they require constant media exposure to stay on top; Entertainment Weekly, MTV, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated to name a few. We know far more about their glamours lives than any boring corporate manager. Corporate CEOs mainly hit the news if they are being pilloried for bad decisions or the money they make. Is it jealously or failure to understand the market for talent? Would you rather have the market or some government agency set the compensation packages? Careful liberals how you answer this, Schultz is one of you.

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The New Military

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 11, 2013

Cartoonist Chip Bok managed to weave women and gays in the military into one cartoon. Some will laugh and some will just shake their heads but Mr Bok has nailed it. It’s a new military now.

To view the cartoon, click HERE

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You Tube Video About the Debt

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 7, 2013

Romney made the debt a major theme of his campaign and he lost. President Obama and members of Congress both R and D (with few exceptions) refuse to really face the issue. Apparently voters aren’t concerned either. What Rush Limbaugh calls the “low information voter” is more in tune with social media than the looming threat of national bankruptcy. It scares me more than guns, terrorism or the wacko Left or Right. Maybe if the following You Tube video went viral enough people would understand the problem, demand action and be willing to accept the pain. Maybe, but to paraphrase Joe Biden, “Hey what am I smoking.”

Click HERE to watch the video.

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