Monthly Archives: July 2009

Teenagers and success

A national survey of 1,817 teens, conducted by Search Institute – Teen Voice 2009: The Untapped
Strengths of 15-Year-Olds – finds that a majority of 15-year-olds lack high levels of each of the
concepts: “sparks,” “teen voice” and “relationships and opportunities.” These three factors, when
experienced at high levels and combined, provide young people the support they need to set and keep
a positive course in the midst of a critical time in their lives. More…

Mississippi one of 10 states to add to employment in June.

The Bureau of Laabor Statistices reported that the largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in North Carolina (4,700), Mississippi (4,500), Arkansas (3,400), and Montana (2,700). Montana (+0.6 percent) experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment, followed by North Dakota (+0.5 percent) and Mississippi (+0.4 percent). More…

What did we do without air conditioning?

What did we do before air conditioning? Some say the South would have not developed without the cool stuff. Here’s a link to an interesting article on the subject of air conditioning. By the way, why do men still wear neckties?

For new leaders, a missed deadline is more than a missed opportunity.

President O’Bama, like many who run for and get elected to an executive public office, is discovering that managing and leading skills are interwoven and yet separate.  A leader has a vision, communicates it and gets followers on board, while a manager implements the vision and related goals.  When the managers miss deadlines set by the leader, it is the leader who has to explain.  Take the case of the missed deadlines.


At his first cabinet meeting, held on April 20, 2009, the President imposed a 90-day deadline to his cabinet members and said, “I’m asking for all of them to identify at least $100 million in additional cuts to their administrative budgets, separate and apart from the work that [Office of Management and Budget Director] Peter Orszag and the rest of our team are doing, to go line by line with the budget and identify programmatic cuts that need to be made.”  That deadline has passed.  Read more in the Fox Business story….


President Obama also acknowledged the administration will miss its own Tuesday deadline to submit a report detailing its policy on detaining terror suspects.  Read more in this CNN story…

SEC Schools Athletic Budgets & Success

When it comes to success in athletics there is a strong correlation between total budget and championships as this article in the Huntsville Times points out.  From the article:

It can’t be considered a coincidence that the two SEC programs that have never won a national championship in any sport also are the lowest in overall revenue. Just below in-state rival Ole Miss, Mississippi State ranks last of the 12 schools, saddled with an athletic budget hovering near $30 million.

On the other end of the scale is Florida, which has a budget more than three times that of MSU. The Gators own national titles in nine sports, the most of any SEC school.
And more:

Southeastern Conference schools routinely toss hundreds of thousands of dollars into football recruiting each year, but only one program is burning more than $1 million a year. Continue…

And even more:

With rare exceptions, most major- college athletic budgets resemble that of Alabama’s, which for the 2007-08 fiscal year, had only one sport budgeted to make a profit – football. It was slated to earn in excess of $11 million.

Other sports ranged from a break-even margin for men’s basketball to a loss of more than $2 million for women’s basketball. Crimson Tide baseball had an expected deficit of about $1.5 million. Continue..

Over 100 New Mayors

The recent municipal elections in Mississippi held quite a few surprises, the biggest of which for me was the number of incumbent mayors not reelected.  Although I’m still attempting to determine the exact number in that category I can tell you that there are over 100 “new” mayors.  I say “new” because there were a couple of instances where a former mayor ran again and was elected, Harvey Johnson of Jackson being the most well-known of these.  There are approximately 327 municipalities in Mississippi, which means that almost a third of them have new mayors.  That’s quite a percentage.

America’s Meanest Cities

This week has seen the release of two more lists of places.  Usually, these “places” are of the “Best” type, as in Best Place to Lve, Best Place to Retire, etc.  For example, Money Magazine’s Annual Best Places to Live 2009 was about America’s best small towns.  But this week also saw release of another list, which was dubbed America’s 10 Meanest Cities.  It was released by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.  It ranked cities based on their criminalization of laws relative to the homeless.  Below are the two lists.  First, guess which list goes with which ranking, and then click on the links about to find out whether you guessed correctly.

1. Los Angeles, CA

2. St. Petersburg. FL

3. Orlando, FL

4. Atlanta, GA

5. Gainesville, FL

6. Kalamazoo, MI

7. San Francisco, CA

8. Honolulu, HI

9. Bradenton, FL

10. Berkeley, CA

5. Milton, MA
Warren, NJ
7. Keller, TX
8. Peachtree City, GA
9.  Lake St. Louis, MO
10. Mukilteo, WA