Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Pants on Fire

I sat in on a course for crane operator safety once. (There is so much you do not know about me...). While not the most riveting class, I did learn one crucial detail: You are only as strong as your weakest link.

This was a dandy bit of information, and I apply it frequently as a litmus test. Life is unpredictable. Car trips on new tires with dirty oil may not realize the gas savings you envisioned. Letting a kid sink or swim could result in your getting wet. Cobbling something together just to get by might not get you by.

Kind of reminds me of the train of thought that got Iraq on deck.

"(Iraq) could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes after the order is given." George W. Bush,Septemberr, 2002

" can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam." George W. Bush, September, 2002.

"Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program." George W. Bush, October, 2002.

"(Iraq) possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons." George W. Bush, October, 2002 (two days before an important U.N. vote).

"(Iraq) has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production." George W. Bush, January, 2003

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." George W. Bush, January, 2003

"Iraqi operatives continue to hide biological and chemical agents." George W. Bush, March, 2003

Ultimately, the lies are the weakest link.

When an operator tips a crane, sometimes he gets hurt. Often, he'll lose his job. The ones in real danger of being crushed are the Regular Joes on the ground. The weight of lies, the shifting of blame, the "hard work" of cleaning up the jobsite falls on their shoulders.

The crushing costs are not a year or two type burden, but an obligation spanning generations.

I understand the difference between who is responsible and what has to be done to fix it. Sometimes, people get fired. That doesn't mean the cost of cleaning the jobsite doesn't have to be borne, just that the employer will no longer tolerate shoddy work.

Georgie, here's your pink slip.


At July 06, 2005 1:26 PM, Blogger Pia Talks said...

God willing. Sooner the better.

Love how you incorporated your crane operator lessons

At July 06, 2005 7:37 PM, Blogger windspike said...

I have a good idea. Lets get Donny Trump to fire up the corporate 'copter and deliver the news on national telivision.

Blog on Jet, Blog on.

At July 06, 2005 7:43 PM, Blogger TrueJerseyGirl said...

Its just amazing how many lies he has told and yet there are so many people still blindly following. WHY? Is it just the religious thing? I truly don't get it.

At July 06, 2005 8:19 PM, Blogger Matthew61 said...

Yeah I wish it was only easy. I agree with you, but man I wish it was that easy.

At July 06, 2005 9:52 PM, Blogger Ken Grandlund said...

This president will get his pink slip on the same day he retires, at least 4 years too late if you ask me.

But again, if we had decent, honest people running for public offices AND concerned, informed, attentive citizens to support them, we'd never be in such a mess.

As you say, they make the mess, we clean it up. It's like living in a house with the world's largest toddlers sometimes!

At July 06, 2005 10:06 PM, Blogger Brother Kenya said...

Great post, Jet. I love the crane metaphor. Our problem is, we've got a lying klutz operating our crane! (He fell off his bike today too.)

At July 07, 2005 5:36 AM, Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

I ask you to send your prayers to the victims of the London terrorist attacks today. Pray for a better tommorrow my friend. God bless.

At July 07, 2005 12:57 PM, Blogger Jet said...

I wish our operator had picked up all the garbage in Afghanistan when mood, money and momentum were with us.

God, please watch over London and speed her healing. Amen.


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