Op-Ed: On Corporate Wokeness

IMO:

The nation continues to be extremely divided, and a lot of folks are walking on eggshells these days worried about saying the wrong thing, offending someone, or holding their head down in fear of losing their jobs for having what is an all-American opinion.

The fundamental issues with wokeness are based on misguided foreign ideology, a lack of critical thinking, and a distortion of American history.

American corporations should not be driving wokeness within their organizations or trying to mold employees into thinking a certain way, adding to the nation’s division. Our nation does have Constitutional speech protections on the Federal and State level, and while they may not apply to public or private corporations, within reason of professional standards, companies should not be policing thought or speech outside their business.

I’m 100% pro-business, and a Reagan free enterpriser, but big corporations who’ve built woke business cultures with employee tribes who suddenly oppose the nation that invented human rights is wrong, ignorant, and un-American. Every good business has a mission, but trying to drive boardroom wokeness at the expense of attacking America’s history and founding principles is a bridge too far.

We have to remind people what America has done, since the dawn of the New World:

  • Began abolishing slavery soon after July 4, 1776. Completely abolished in 1865
  • In 1898, America liberated Guam, Puerto Rico, Philippines from brutal colonialist Spanish Empire
  • America secured Women’s Rights
  • USA Liberated Europe (2x) in both World War l and World War ll
  • Helped Establish Israel in 1948.
  • Transformed Japan, a militant feudalist nation who attacked USA in 1941 into a modern nation
  • Landed on the Moon in 1969

Let me conclude with a jab at woke Journalism. Reporting should be honest, objective, and should not reward a false interpretation of American history. Pulitzer Prize awards should NOT be given out for dishonest activism.

Our nation needs an honest, and mature discussion on race, and American history.

The pushback on wokeness has begun.

New Amazon Fresh Supermarket in Alexandria,VA

In the world of brick and mortar supermarket retail, cutting edge innovation is a destination.

In 2021, the parent company of Whole Foods (Amazon) is introducing potentially game changing technology in their new supermarket brand Amazon Fresh.

Last week Amazon Fresh opened a new supermarket near Alexandria, VA, with their new checkout-free shopping tech, which is as cutting edge as one can get, maybe just short of flying cars.

Below is a video from Miyo Koszeghy, giving a tour of the new Amazon Fresh.

I expect to visit this store in coming weeks, so more to come.

About The Daily NewsBeat

“All we are is writers and what we should do is write.” -Ernest Hemingway

There will always be a demand for trusted news sources, and The Daily Newsbeat aims to fill that need.

Speaking for myself, based on thirteen years of Twitter era experience and observation, when you are an independent reporter focused on the bright lights of news industry, exciting national narratives that shape the world we live in, way too easy to spend your writing time tweeting 280 characters or less on Twitter, and neglect one’s website/blog, which has been a constant theme, and not just for this writer.

To this day, with all it’s Silicon Valley bias baggage, Twitter is still a fantastic platform, where the news lives and thrives, and is truly an indispensable vehicle for the news enthusiast. Substack is up and coming for journalist types who often want to establish their voice independent from big news orgs, but managing, writing, and editing a website is still the best way to go, in my opinion.

Over the years while I pumped out hundreds of thousands of tweets on Twitter riding the zeitgeist of the times on some of the biggest news stories of the last century, and readers wondered what the heck I was doing, can say a lot of it was learning, experimenting, gaining real world experience, and developing my reporting niche.

At the expense of this website which often languished, the intent was always there to eventually turn it into a daily news site, but the Twitter experience dominated. I admit, over the years this website has seen thousands of page views, and it often lacked focus, sometimes poor editing (to be honest), and direction.

Eventually the writer evolves, or not.

The Daily NewsBeat is business oriented endeavor, intently focused on the news that matters, media narratives, making $$$, and more; of which the more can be seen in the topics on the category archive (to the right). But this Newsbeat won’t be a dull read, or constructed in standard newsroom style. It has to be genuine, compelling, provocative, and honest. That’s my niche.

Legendary reporter Walter Cronkite once wrote: “The first criteria of a responsible newspaper such as The New York Times is going to be that which their readers need to know about their world that day — those developments that in one way or another might affect their health, their pocketbooks, the future of themselves and their children. The first criterion of the tabloid is that which “interests” its readers — gossip, sex, scandal.”

And I laugh, because the ‘niche’ here will often be focused on the news of the day on any numbers of newsbeats, maybe with a dash of tabloid scandal (not so much gossip, or sex) from time to time.

On Better Managing Inventory at Retail

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on efforts by CFOs of apparel retailers to reduce inventory, rent, close stores as needed, and have fewer promotions to drive up profitability .

From WSJ: “Clothing chains including American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. , which primarily target teenagers and young adults, are adjusting their business models after a year in which many of their stores were temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Online sales as a proportion of revenue continue to grow, which reduces the need to hold as much inventory and operate as many stores as before the pandemic.”

More from WSJ: “General and specialty retailers on average held 69 days of inventory outstanding in 2020, down from 72 in 2019, according to Hackett Group Inc., a consulting firm which reviewed the 1,000 biggest nonfinancial U.S. companies by revenue. Internet and catalog retailers last year on average had 39 days of inventory outstanding, compared with 48 in 2019.”

Quick Take: Wanted to reference inventory levels, comparing brick and mortar and internet selling. As the article states, and I can concur, we’re in an era of less is more at retail. Between supply chain bottlenecks, inflation, freight costs, and COVID era consumer demand, retailers are challenged to better manage inventory, and see a window for margin and profit gains, while focusing on impulse sales, with products at higher prices.

On American Freedom

Largest free-flying America flag in the world displayed on the George Washington Bridge for Memorial Day (2019). Photo Credit: ScottI

Memorial Day reminds us what it means to be an American, as the nation pauses to pay deep tribute to America’s Fallen who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice to secure freedom, maintain our nation’s way of life, and ensure future generations would know what freedom is.

  • Self-Government
  • First/Second Amendment
  • Abolish Slavery (Civil War)
  • Fight Socialism (World War l)
  • Defeat Nazism (World War ll)
  • Fight Communism (Vietnam/Korea)

If folks don’t understand what freedom is, or what it means to be an American, you can’t much appreciate American freedom.

This Memorial Day weekend, a crash course on American freedom begins with the First Amendment.

“If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a State has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.”

-Justice Thurgood Marshall, Stanley v. Georgia (1969)

Wegmans gets it.

At Wegmans this Memorial Day Weekend

The Deeper Meaning of Memorial Day

Waterloo, NY (Photo Credit: Scott Iseman)

“Gettysburg was fought to insure that self-government might not disappear from the earth” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Memorial Day was born of the Civil War.

While Veteran’s Day is a day to celebrate the service of all of America’s military veterans, Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is about honoring and remembering America’s patriotic dead. Those who have served, fought and died for America, in all wars since the Civil War (1861-1865).

In May 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a Proclamation declaring Waterloo, NY the birthplace of Memorial Day. Memorial Day would become a Federal Holiday in 1971.

So what is the main principle America’s patriots have fought and died for?

On November 19, 1963, post Presidency, now a resident of Gettysburg, PA, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a speech honoring the Centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Not many know this, but President John F. Kennedy was asked to give the 100 year Centennial speech at Gettysburg. JFK declined. He had to travel to Dallas, as history had other plans. So Eisenhower stepped in.

Eisenhower’s credentials and legacy are monumental in American history. Not only did Eisenhower lead the D-Day invasion in 1944 during World War ll, but would later become President of the United States. Born in America’s heartland, Eisenhower had a deep understanding of America, American history, and American values.

In a short address on November 19, 1963, Eisenhower spoke of Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech a hundred years earlier, where he said of Lincoln, who “foresaw a new birth of freedom, a freedom and equality for all which, under God, would restore the purpose and meaning of America”.

Here’s President Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Gettysburg Address’ — November 19, 1863

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The purpose of this post is not to suggest Waterloo’s Memorial Day (1866) and the Gettysburg Address (1863) are connected, because I don’t believe they purposely are. But the true meaning of Memorial Day is, as Eisenhower best sums this up his tribute to Lincoln.

And that’s what (on paper) America’s patriots (fallen) have served, fought and died for.

On Memorial Day weekend as the nation pauses to to pay tribute, the tone is celebratory, respectful, patriotic, and educational (Veterans telling war stories) until Memorial Day, which is a solemn day for our nation.

Happy Memorial Day!

On Biden’s Speech to Congress

Photo Credit: Getty

Last night President Joe Biden delivered his first speech to Congress saying “America is on the move again’, while noting the nation is at an ‘inflection point’ too.

The moment calls for more spending the President argues.

Massive spending actually.

In the amount of another proposed $2.25 trillion in infrastructure spending, and another $1.8 trillion in a family safety net, and that’s in addition to the recent $1.9 trillion stimulus.

Republicans quickly jumped to attack Biden’s ambition plans of driving up America’s debt by $6 trillion.

This blog comes at policy from a fiscally conservative, business minded standpoint. The notion that America needs to spend trillions on unnecessary big government programs and drive up our national debt to compete in the 21st Century, while China is trapped in 300% debt to GDP ratio is to be nice, at best impractical.

Saddling down future generations with high debt interest payments will make USA unflexible, stagnant, and bloated.

While I’m not opposed to government spending on legit infrastructure to rebuild roads, airports, bridges to best compete in the 21st Century, I’d want to make sure we only spend what we need out of that projected $300 to $600 billion that actually makes sense. If we can do infrastructure for $200 billion, even better.

Most of what President Biden proposed last night will be DOA in the Senate.

Politicians should stop overpromising what they can’t deliver, and focus on what taxpayers (We The People) want to spend taxpayer $$$ on to improve the nation.

New Second Amendment Case Granted Cert by Supreme Court

New 2021
SCOTUS Justice Group Photo

When it comes to gun rights/gun control narratives, the media and opposing political establishment has it out for the Second Amendment.

Here’s the key talking points of what just happened yesterday:

Issue as SCOTUS defines it: “Whether the state of New York’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.”

In non legal terms, can a state restrict a person’s right to get licensed to carry a firearm outside the home, based on the requirement of demonstrating “proper cause” for self-defense?

Even through the balance of power for the Second Amendment far outweighs political opposition, with the news that SCOTUS has accepted NYS Rifle & Pistol v. Corlett, this is seen as a case that could potentially be a landmark ruling, advancing gun rights in a major way, nationwide.

Not since District of Columbia v. Heller has the Supreme Court weighed in on a major Second Amendment case, and with this new case, SCOTUS has the potential to do four things:

1. Strike down the NYS restrictive concealed carry law that requires a person to demonstrate ‘proper cause’ for self defense.

2. Clarify the court’s stance on 2A, and concealed carry.

3. Set precedent on gun rights for American citizens, both in and outside their homes.

4. Establish new standards for review on gun rights cases.

The case will likely be argued later this Fall, with a ruling expected by or before June 2022.

In coming media segments on this SCOTUS case over the next year, credible gun right’s experts have an opportunity to educate and drive clarity on 2A realities.

Some Earth Day 101 History

The environmental issues leading up to the first Earth Day in 1970 were:

– Growing use of pesticides

– Santa Barbara Oil Spill

– Factory Pollution

– Water Pollution

– Environmental Deterioration

Forty years before Climate Change went mainstream, the modern American environmental movement begins with Rachel Carson’s book ‘Silent Spring’, which struck a chord in 1962 sparking a national conversation on the use of pesticides, DDT, and for humans to become responsible stewards of the Earth.

Seven years later, in January 1969, the Santa Barbara oil spill disaster became the worst oil spill the nation had seen, up to that time.

In the same year, the ‘tipping point’ event that led to the modern environmental movement, happened on June 22, 1969, when the Cuyahoga river caught on fire near downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Not everyone in the nation knew about this, but in August 1969 TIME Magazine broke open the Cayahoga River fire hazard story Link Here which created the urgency that led to Earth Day.

How could a river catch on fire Americans asked?

And that’s some of the critical behind the scenes history of how Earth Day came to be.