Campaign Dispatches

Michael Masters - US Economic Development & Innovation Political Advisor

"An Innovative Time for Greatness"

Monday, December 31, 2007

For the Love & Promise of My Son... Nico

Need I say anything more?

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Make You Feel My Love
By Bob Dylan

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love

When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

I know you haven't made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I've known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong

I'd go hungry, I'd go black and blue
I'd go crawling down the avenue
There's nothing that I wouldn't do
To make you feel my love

The storms are raging on the rollin' sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain't seen nothing like me yet

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
To make you feel my love

Copyright © 1997 Special Rider Music

Monday, May 08, 2006

An Recent FDR Moment that Got Caught in my Eye

Last Friday, May 5th 2006... my eye caught this delightful moment while watching Lou Dobbs on CNN,

DOBBS: A new opinion poll shows 73 percent of us believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. In 1933, America was definitely going in the wrong direction, then in the grip of the Great Depression. Yet a new president, Franklin Roosevelt, turned the nation's mood around, and indeed led the nation in a new direction.

Jonathan Alter examines the man and his time in his new book, "The Defining Moment: FDR's 100 Days and the Triumph of Hope." Jonathan Alter joins us now.

I love, first of all, you being here, but I love the word "hope" in a title. That's a wonderful thing we don't hear many people talk about these days.

JONATHAN ALTER, AUTHOR: Well, that's the kind of thing, Lou, that FDR was just a master at: Taking people who had given up all hope -- the country was curled up in the fetal position; 80 percent unemployment in some areas; the banks were all closed; we were on a barter economy; people literally think it's the end of capitalism -- not just a few people, but leaders -- and the end of democracy.

And Roosevelt is told by a visitor in his first week, you will either be one of our greatest presidents if you succeed, or one of our worst presidents if you fail. He said, if I fail, I'll be our last president. That's how grim things were in 1933.

And yet through leadership -- and that's what it is about today, that's what it was about then -- he turned it around.

DOBBS: It's one of the reasons I think that your book is so important, so timely. Because not only examining obviously one of the greatest presidents to ever sit in the White House, but to look at a president who took on so much in the way of challenge, who with fear permeating the nation talked about fear of fear as the first thing to rid ourselves of. And in this day and age, it seems like fear and anxiety, you can call it what you will, is -- the nation is suffused with it, and leadership is one of the things that we are not hearing from this White House, we're not hearing about leadership from this Congress, from either party, in my opinion. And the contrast with the era that you describe and the man you describe is amazing.

ALTER: I have to say, it did strike me a lot, the contrast. Because sometimes today you feel like you're hearing the only thing we have to use is fear itself. And actually, in Roosevelt's time, there was a lot to fear. In some ways, that line was sort of nonsense, but it worked like any theatrical act. It worked to help people snap out of their mental depression, even though the economic depression wasn't cured for many years. And his ability to communicate and then to follow it up with action.

He used that word action five times in that inaugural address. And his view was you had to keep working the problem. You couldn't just say, oh, we've got all these bad problems and blame somebody else. You had to come up with solutions.

DOBBS: Let's show our audience the reference you are making, in which you write -- and quote Roosevelt -- "The country needs, and unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit if frankly and try another. But above all, try something."

The fear of making a mistake, the fear of admitting a mistake on the part of officials in Washington is calcified. The military doesn't -- our generals don't take responsibility for an insurgency that persists despite having been called frozen dead-enders by Secretary Rumsfeld in the initial stages. The fact that we are losing more than 2,400 Americans there, and being told we don't have a silver bullet to deal with IEDs, or being told that we can carry on a huge budget deficit in perpetuity.

Our trade deficits, that amount to trillions of dollars. No one seems willing to say we are taking the wrong tact, despite the fact that everyone watching and listening to you right now is telling every pollster surveilling the country that Americans are frustrated and believe strongly we are headed in the wrong direction.

ALTER: The reason I called this book "The Defining Moment" is this was a moment in American history when a president first really responded to what you are talking about. And before that, it was like the people are in trouble or we've got these problems, it's a local responsibility, or maybe voluntary responsibility.

After that, it was, no, we in this country expect the president to do something about our problems, or at least try to do something. And if it does not work, then make mid-course corrections. It's the failure of those mid-course corrections in this administration and the failure of performance -- because I think too often they put loyalty ahead of performance.

DOBBS: Right.

ALTER: FDR put performance ahead of loyalty. Whether you are leading a business, a non-profit, PTA, you've got to put performance first, as Franklin Roosevelt did.

DOBBS: And as you pointed out, he believed in that in just about every aspect, including his cabinet.

It is, see that great old big picture, Jonathan -- the defining moment. We thank you for being here. Jonathan Alter, terrific book.

ALTER: Thanks so much, Lou.

DOBBS: Thank you.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Night People: Break Away from Social Conditioning


I read this book written by Jack Finney-- he wrote "The Invasions of the Body Snatchers" too-- how ironic when you consider the grip of the the late GOP.

Anyway, I read this very interesting book when I was in my mere 20s, rotting away in a deadend town in East Tennessee that I grew up in during the 1st Recession of the 1980s. There is quite a lot of Refreshing advice in this book for those that have been Oppressed for Too Long... like we have been since 9/11 by Captain Fear.


Two young couples in San Francisco begin taking late night walks, at first enjoying the strangeness and emptiness of the usually crowded city, and then they begin to come up with pranks, harmless at first, but soon becoming more and more serious.
Lew Joliffe is a hip San Francisco lawyer who lives with his girl, Jo. They share parties and ambition with friends Harry and Shirley. Then the four try a new game: late at night they roam the deserted streets playing pranks. Suspense mounts as the consequences of their increasingly bizarre tricks take a decidedly dangerous turn.
"The Night People" is a story of 4 people that are bored with the mundaneness of their lives. They have tried rock climbing, gone sailing and other "extreme" activities but they soon grow weary of them. They discover the eerie emptiness of the suburbs late at night. Together they find themselves going for 3 am walks on weeknights through deserted streets and plazas. The plot thickens from here on in as they get themselves into trouble. This book is great, I live in a similar sounding town and I can relate to the mundanity of the town, and the description of the "pod" type people who inhabit it.
The Night People" was my favorite; I think it can best be described as a story about things a lot of people fantasize about doing, but would not do in reality. The characters in this story do those things, giving the reader the chance to experience them vicariously.
Night People - This book has stumped 5 librarians and the library computer search, but I know I didn't dream it!: The book starts w/ a guy out for a walk at night. He goes down to the expressway near his condo and lays down in the middle of the street because it's so empty. He marvels at the things you can do at night that you can't do during the day. Later in the book, he and his wife join another couple. They take turns planning parties/events in weird places at night. One was in an open-air mall. They meet, formally dressed. It's dark, but music is still playing. They dance and drink champaign. Their activities escalate. They get stopped and/or arrested several times by police for tresspassing. At end of book, they take over the Golden Gate Bridge, stop traffic during morning rush hour and show a slide show in the middle of the street.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Executive Order 12333: The Cold War and the Church Committee

I believe there is amble evidence to suggest that we have in fact entered into another Cold War Era with elements of the Far East; therefore, I believe that the Ban on Assassinations since the Ford Administration needs to be revisited by the US Senate.

The Bottom Line is that we can't continue to bleed our National Treasury Swatting at Flies in this new Cold War Era. Instead, our policy should follow sound Risk Assessments presented before the Senate Intelligence Committee for Congressional Authorization by a 2/3rds majority vote.

There is absolutely no sense in taking a emotional shotgun approach in one's own home to eradicate a single mouse by blasting a 12 gauge shotgun at each potential hiding place where the mouse could be found-- better known as the 800 lbs Gorilla analogy... and the utter stupidity we witnessed during the 2003 Iraq War to track down one Saddam Hussein,

with the Might of an Army of 100s of thousands of men & women-- our youth,... at a current cost of $300 billion plus and 1,000s of cases of loss of Life & Limb-- absolutely beyond the pale of Brilliance.

I believe that we need to use prudent force in a much more cost effective, strategic approach, that is to be...defined as a Trap & Removal policy.

The first time I recall the words, "American Hostages", was during the last years of Carter Administration after President Carter's Executive Order 12306,


' adding the phrase “those acting on behalf of the United States,” to the text and deleting the word “political.” The “acting” language in the new Order was interpreted to correct the lack of guidance on the permissibility of coup plotting. President Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, however, in recent years has publicly stated that this interpretation was not what the President had intended.

President Carter reportedly did not mean to prevent the United States from supporting a coup if the prospect of the leader’s death could not be ruled out, but instead wanted only to remove any requirement that planners should affirmatively know beforehand whether the leader’s death would result.'

BEFORE - American Hostages held in Iran on November 4, 1979.

AFTER? - Then & Now: The Current President of Iran.

AP & others claim the connection such as this blog post does.

Spooky enough for your tastes?

Well, WE Left The Door Open... and they have prorogated like mice in our own house.

Is it time to flip through the Yellow Pages and call an Exterminator?

The Bush Administration already has according to this Article, without Congressional Oversight-- I'm sure.


Friday, April 14, 2006

Forbes Feb 13, 2006 Issue: Riding the New Rail Boom - Pls forward to Goode & Moorman


Congratulations! Now, go for the Brass Ring while there is still time,

Has LTA Logistics come across your radar screen lately?... It's coming on tomorrow's horizon, globally... this is one of my current interests,

Expedite offshore container shipments

Disaster Delivery & Recovery

This 21st Century Innovation can be considered a Threat or an Opportunity for the Railroad industry. Right now, the market is good for the Railroad industry,

Source: Forbes Feb 13, 2006 issue

I would suggest 'Kicking It Up a Notch' by integrating this innovative technology with current operations that would allow your industry to offer for the first time in history --- Overnight & Second Day Delivery for your Customers... by leapfrogging hub-to-hub very much like the port-to-port operations of the Shipping industry for time critical freight. As we are both aware: new container ship fleet vessels are unable to pass through the Panama Canal; therefore, they will be sending these large freighters in droves to the East Coast-- in your front yard... Imagine the Possibilities...

But first, here are some highlights of this Innovation,

We have the technology today to restructure 50% of mass transit, globally utilizing LTA technologies using a fraction of the energy used today to perform the same task. DOD has been working on this concept to transport entire battalions, equipment, & supplies all in one movement since 2000 to the tune of $500M thus far and counting.


(1) 25-50% reduction in fuel demand and greenhouse emissions; thus, collapsing the global price of fuel in 1 year after implementation.

Eliminate up 25% commuting to work of urban & suburban vehicle traffic and 99% of new infrastructure construction. Eliminate up to 50% of coast to coast, region to region, longhaul trucking, not to mention eliminating the US Postal ground fleet between major cities.

(2) Provides a systematic solution to supply rural communities with the delivery of goods and the pickup of manufactured goods while slashing the cost of transportation by utilizing land-to-port-to-land supply chain methodologies. Plus, much, much more.

(3) Cut global air & surface supply chain costs with an improved pickup & delivery schedule. Largest configuration can transport 1,000 tons over 100 kph or 800 mid-sized cars 4-5 times faster than container ships.

(4) Homeland Security: eliminate nuclear, hazmat, & secret military ground transport exposures to terrorist and improve public safety.

I estimate the market value of this transportation innovation to be in the trillions, globally.

Is anybody interested? If so, proceed over to LTA logistics (

Quick Sidenotes:

double sales with JIT capabilities.
Jeff Immelt of GE would be interested... not to mention Warren Buffett too.
It could be the Renaissance catalyst for the Railroad Industry outside of conventional rail--- a rail system without boundaries.
Norfolk Southern stock values would soar beyond your wildest dreams.

Secondly, imagine how a few SkyCat 20s could 'Cherry Pick' selected freight cars from several lines and re-sort them into one to many lines in half the time it takes today in major rail yards,


Imagine the added efficiency & utilization with the same capacity infrastructure you have today... leaner, meaner, & faster.

There is much, much more to discuss... I'm pressed for time at the moment.

Please drop me a line & let me know if this is something you would want to pursue further.


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

2,4,6, & Federal Judicial Appointments

I am not quite sure what the Framers of the US Constitution had in mind when they designed Federal Term Limits and the Federal Appointment Process, but what am sure about is that The House of Representative definitely received the shortest straw... and in this day in age... I believe it is utterly unfair and disruptive to the quality and integrity of the House of Representatives.

Therefore, I would sponsor a Bill in the Senate to adjust their term limit equal to that of Presidents & State Governors and give them more time to adjust, learn, influence, & make better informed decisions regarding the welfare of the Commonwealth.

Today, a freshman Representative spends about (6) months on the Honeymoon-- just like any other Executive... and then at best, one full year on top of the job, and finally... another (6) months campaigning for their next term elections.

It truly makes you wonder how these Ladies & Gentlemen can accomplish anything in a fast paced environment such as The House of Representatives-- let us hand them the proper time they need to best perform their Responsibilities.

Your thoughts, please...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Congressional Mobility: A Fleet of Gulfstreams

In Keeping with the tradition of the United States that each branch of our Federal Govt is Equal-- I propose an Upgrade for The Congress of the United States... The Congressional Mobility Fleet.

If it is good enough for the President of the United States-- it is good enough for our Elected Representatives-- of the House & Senate.

Maybe they will make better arguments & decisions if they spent more time at home... away from Washington, D.C.

More to come later...

The Southern Gentlemen's Circle

Since the Wake of America has come to roost in the Southeast, I do believe the time has come for Southern Gentlemen of The Congress to Congregate in earnest to the betterment of the Southern Commonwealth.

More to come later...

Corporate Hog Farms Displace Rural American Farmers

It's all about Purchasing Power, Consistantancy, Doing it Faster & Cheaper. More on this subject later... My Farmer Friends across America.