Wednesday, November 30, 2005

My Email To Governor Arnold Shwarzenegger: Tookie Needs To Die

On December 13th, 2005, if Governor Shwarzenegger doesn't intervene, Stanley "Tookie" Williams will be executed for killing four people in cold blood. He has been convicted in court (and yes, the jury did have minorities: a black man and a Filipino). But to this day, he still declares his innocence, despite the fact that the weapon belonged to him. Additionally, the murders were planned. He stated that he wanted no witnesses.

Should the governor forgive him? We have someone in jail, convicted by good evidence, yet he still does not accept his responsibility for the murders. His supporters: criminals, gangsters, and Hollywood, want to remove his death penalty punishment because he has done good works through books, and sharing his testimony about gangs.

My position? We should forgive him as a person but let the consequence follow through. If you broke the law, the consequence must be paid. On a Christian stand point, Adam and Eve sinned and were forgiven; however, they were not restored. They suffered death for the transgression of the law.

Let's not concentrate on the murder, but the victims. They are dead now. What legacy do we remember them by, that their untimely deaths had no consequence? That the consequences of murders can be repaid through writing books and giving interviews?

Forgive the person but execute the consequence.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Let your belly be full and let your turkeys be eaten in joy. (And try not to spend too much on Thanksgiving sales on Friday...).

In The News: Don Sausa in NewsPress

Firm aims to hire 300 people. Yes, we're hiring at my workplace. Positions to fill, things to do, and not enough people. If you have someone that needs a job that has good computer skills, have them contact me.

Getting free advertisements. If you are in need of employees, try to send a press release to get free advertising on the newspaper. We're in the NewsPress because of our public press release. By giving a good story in your press release, you help reporters out! They need news to make news.

Finding a bunch of people in a good economy. October's unemployment numbers came in recently for our area! Our unemployment rate is at 2.5%. This is the best in the ENTIRE state, if not the nation! So how do you find qualified people (by the hundreds) in this type of economy? First, understand that basic media advertising can only go so far. Push for radio, newspaper, and TV advertisements in your organization as the beginning step. That will help spread the word out. Second, utilize recruiters and word of mouth to distribute the news you are hiring.

Keep the employees that you already have. Attrition should be your number one enemy. Keep your employees happy by showing them that you respect them and care for them. This is often the most difficult aspect of the job. When managers are tasked with so many different work orders, they often forget the very basic necessity of an employee -- to feel respected. In the end, that's what makes people happy.

In The News: Don Sausa in MSNBC

Productivity in the workplace. A reporter from NBC asked me the other day if doing non-related work at work hurts productivity. I said yes. It's like someone asking me -- "By not doing your job, does that hurt your work?" Duh. I'm all for fun and games, but everything has its time and place. If you have work to do, don't play until your work is done.

Bad work ethic is a personal choice. Many people will blame other things why they are unproductive. I personally hold the work ethic problems with that individual person. There are other factors in place that hurt productivity, but in the end, what pushes us to either be lazy or productive is a personal choice. The responsibility is on that individual to wake up and do his responsibilities properly.

"It's only 10 minutes a day..." Don't waste time when you're on the clock. If we're trying to deliver a product or drive a specific goal -- please avoid killing time. It is fine to have jokes, have greetings when you come into work -- but those are mere "chats" and not full length conversations. They are the customary greetings not full time engagements. Some will ask, what about team building? A good manager creates good team building through setting goals, coaching, praising, and performing.

Where I got my values regarding work ethic. I've had two primary influences in my life regarding work ethic: my father and the Bible. Since I was a child, I've always had chores except on Saturdays. Aside from homework, and extracurricular activities, I was still required to do chores at home. It annoyed me sometimes, but he kept me in line when I complained. He taught me a valuable lesson: you need to love work because that's the real life.

The Bible also taught me something about work -- it's part of the Ten Commandments. Not many people understand this. The Bible teaches us that Saturday (Sabbath) is the rest day to celebrate His Creation and that it is a sign/mark between His people. But the Bible also commands us to work the rest of the six days! Read this carefully:

"Ex.20:8-11. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy; Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work". Do you see it? God says "Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work." It doesn't say, maybe you can work. It says you shall work. It is a command.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Sony, the new Big Brother

For the past few weeks, Sony has been bombarded with complaints and recently, lawsuits against their practices of infusing spyware/root kits on their music CDs. On a handful of albums, Sony installed these "root kits" to allegedly protect legitimate users from copying their songs. At least, this is what the company keeps using as an excuse.

Let's travel through the world of logic for one moment and let's try to understand what Sony is saying:

Question: By putting in spyware on music CDs, this punishes people that pirate music.
Logic: NO. People that buy the CDs are the people you want to reward not punish!

Question: So why put spyware on the legit customers?
Logic: Simple. By putting in "undetectable" software, they can track your habits, and your choices; hence, in the end it allows them to have a profile of you. If you get enough consumer profile data, you can make some serious money selling customer habits through research firms and/or have a great marketing advantage.

But fear not, Sony will not get the last laugh. All of this bad press is already leaving a bad taste with computer geeks online, who strikingly have similar characteristics to the demographics that utilize Sony PlayStations. Big woops.

Sony, next time when you make a product, make sure it isn't inherently evil.

Medicare Cuts Killing Patients

My family has been in health care for 40+ years. And I fear there are looming problems that is coming to patients who use Medicare. If Congress has its way, Medicare cuts will put a cap on patient health care. What this means is, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and other physicians will NOT be paid if they treat a patient after so many occurences. Though the exact details are still in debate, the main purpose at Capitol Hill is to "cut" patient health care.

This is an example of stupid politics, where politicians decide what's good for the nation without considering the future costs. If a patient is no longer able to go to his physician or any preventive care, there are additional complications that may occur; hence, the patient takes on other sickness or illnesses and in the end, dies.

Here's a layman's example of what potentially could occur if Congress continues to put cuts on patients: once a patient reaches a certain amount of visits, regardless of whether they are healed from their problems, they will no longer be able to come back for additional treatments. Additionally, they will be restricted on preventive care such as physical therapy. Instead of allowing physicians to prevent the problem, they are letting patients slowly develop diseases and die.

Great job Congress...for the people and by the people?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Homepage re-designed! The Blog has arrived.

homepage re-designed

The web site has been totally re-designed!

Due to a surge of church and business projects this year, I have not been able to update my web site as much as I wanted. Hence, to make it easier, I have changed this web site from a normal HTML/Flash site to a blog.

what is a blog?

Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated for the general public. Using online tools like (owned by Google), one can create blogs with ease!

what's your blog going to be about?

Like the previous web site design, it will definitely be an expression of me.