Mann to Man

The American Condition Politically, Culturally, Economically

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Raised in rural Greenbrier Co. WV, BS Chemistry WVU, PhD Chemistry, GA Tech,Chemistry Faculty, GA Tech, 1965-1969, Dir R&D BASF Fibers 1969-1982,Sr.Exec. R&D, Burlington Industries, 1982-1986,Owner/CEO Mann Industries (formerly BASF fibers)1988-1995, CEO/Owner The Mann Group Consultants, 1987-2009, wife Carol, daughters Leigh, Susan

Monday, December 21, 2015


By Michael Wilson· 
I watched the last two hours of the DP debate. A penance for some sin of omission or commission, don'tcha know? I came away depressed (in addition to being bored to tears.) I can accept, and publicly state for the record, that Trump's proposed solutions to our nation's woes and travails are fantasies that have no chance of being implemented in the real world. I also accept that a certain percentage of my colleagues accept that Trump can somehow, on the strength of his really fantastic and incredible personality, persuade the Mexican government to pay for an expensive wall that they cannot in any way afford, to reduce what revenues they have, for instance. What amazes me is that anyone could listen to Bernie Sanders' fatuous solutions and think that they have even as much chance as Trump's fantasies.
How does anyone, even the most dedicated supporter of the DP, who has followed Hillary Clinton's career of mendacity, deception, and use of any tactics, no matter how dishonest, despicable and harmful to others (suppression of the "bimbo eruptions, e.g.) right up to her lies to the faces of of the families of those killed in Benghazi as to the circumstances of their deaths, continue to support or even accept her candidacy? Are you so politically jaded as to think that she is not utterly corrupt? Have you forgotten the cattle futures fiasco, in which intelligent people were asked to accept that a tyro in the field of futures dealing was just blessedly fortunate in making $70,000 almost overnight without illegally "straddling," for instance? Do you just ignore the use of foreign front organizations to funnel foreign "donations" in to the Clinton coffers?
I will submit once again that she combines all her husband's flaws without his intelligence, charm and skill. Absent her fortuitous marriage to Bill Clinton, I believe she would now be a discredited, low level lawyer whose inherent dishonesty would probably have seen her disbarred by now. She is certainly no latter day Joan of Arc, fit to lead the nation. She has no place at the table with Golda Meier, Margaret Thatcher, or even Angela Merkel. One may admire these women's abilities and characters, even if one may disagree with their policies or politics. Hillary Clinton has not earned such respect and consideration.
Martin O'Malley ran the once prosperous Baltimore into the dirt, laying the groundwork for the recent riots in that unhappy city. He went on, as governor, to drive half the business in the state out with the same asinine, PC, "progressive" policies that he would bring to a nation already reeling from 7 years of Obama. Even the "blue" citizens of Maryland, a solid DP bastion, became fed up with his destructive incompetence and tossed him out on his ass. And now he has the hubris to think that he should be considered for the office of POTUS?
Only this aggregation of ineptitude, dishonesty, doltishness and political careerism could have any chance of getting me to vote for Donald Trump. If the DP were to run one of their few remaining decent, reasonable, and demonstrably competent members such as Jim Webb or Joe Manchin, I would be very tempted to cross over the line in 2016, but there is no danger of this happening with any of this sorry lot heading your ticket.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Our youth may be up to the task of correcting our societal ills:
 By Michael Wilson

Owner/editor note: Many of us, seemingly most at times, view our youth, so victimized by the cultural changes that the older among us have witnessed for decades, as having "lost" the attitudes and values that we've considered essential to maintaining the America that became the greatest nation of all times. I am one who has become pessimistic that America can recover from decadence, and avoid further decline, brought on by the cultural revolution originating in the '60s. The burden of correcting the condition falls on our youth. What we see on public display gives little to no encouragement that they will meet the requirements. In this post Michael Wilson presents a positive personal experience with youth that suggests there is more justification to be optimistic than some of us believe. Mr. Wilson is a thoughtful person who is one who is more optimistic than some of us and this story supports his optimism.
Michael Wilson's Experience with youth: 
December 15, 2015
I see the same depressing news stories about today's youth that we all do, and I am as troubled as most are by them. Materialism, fascination with celebrities whose only claim to fame is the celebrity status itself, and an attachment to their electronic devices that seems to bid fair to put an end to real personal discourse. It all seems very troubling.
Well, I am hear to tell you that all is not lost. Last week I was privileged to spend two spiritually rejuvenating days at Clarke Co., VA High School. I was asked to demonstrate the blacksmith craft to the Voag, Votech, and art students. I had anticipated, at most, a few dozen participants, but I soon lost track of the count. All were pleasant, well behaved, respectful, and most were very interested. More were interested, both in numbers and percentages of those present, than I would have expected, but more importantly those who did not see my presentation as an epiphany were quiet and respectful. Most gratifying to me were the young people who juggled their classes to return, or who came back on their lunch breaks.
There is no group in the western world to whom ''face'' is more important than teenagers, and for whom public failure or embarrassment is more troubling. Despite this, many came forward to try their hands at something totally new, different, and challenging. They did this in front of their contemporaries. Their peers, rather than looking for opportunities to sharp shoot or humiliate, were supportive and encouraging. Everyone who tried succeeded in making an entry level item at the anvil, and I am not one who believes in trophies for participation. They listened, they worked hard and, because of this behavior, they succeeded. Their fellow students who watched also learned.
What I had anticipated as an opportunity to perhaps generate a bit of interest, and possibly an opportunity to find a young person or two who might want to help me in my shop in return for some training and a stipend, turned out to be a spiritually rejuvenating demonstration to me that all is far from lost in America's young. These were nice kids, and hard workers. They were not afraid to risk screwing up in front of their peers. They were smart, They were pleasant. They were respectful. So, a sincere "well done" to the administration and faculty of CCHS and their parents. These things do not happen in vacuums of sound adult involvement, after all. But most of all, a "well done and thank you" to the students who attended and participated. You made the experience a wonderful two days for this grumpy old man!

Friday, December 4, 2015


San Bernardino terrorism: Questioning Christian Church Liberalism
By Dr. Robert Warren 

 After what just happened in California, and watching the “walking on hot coals dance” of the authorities, I was struck by the need to say something about the oppressive acts against Christians around the nation and the world - and that maybe we need to rethink the liberalism that has infected so many of today’s Christian churches.  Bob Warren
Onward, Christian Soldiers:

Within the past few months, we have seen the Umpqua Community College shooting by a gunman who selected Christians for slaughter and now the San Bernardino attack on a “Christmas” Party by an Islamic husband and wife team. In both instances, there is evidence of jihadist radicalization and Muslim terrorism - although the media and the authorities have been more than careful to withhold final judgment.

We have an administration that has, or intends to, let in tens of thousands of refugees from Islamic countries with the most recent being Syria. Significantly, President Obama’s has said that America does not have a religious test when it comes to admitting refugees. The facts do not support his claim – so far, about 50 Syrian Christian refugees have been allowed into America versus over 2,000 Syrian Muslims. (This in the face of a Christian genocide throughout the mid-East and North Africa. This in the face of ISIS infiltration throughout the USA.)

As a child, I remember the Christian churches throughout America. These were churches where preachers “thundered from the pulpit” against sin and oppression. These were not the churches of today, far too many of which have succumbed to the free love movement of the 1960s.

Suddenly, a hymn that I haven’t heard in a Christian church in probably half a century popped into my mind. It was a hymn that was deemed too aggressive and bellicose for modern Christianity. Well, maybe it is time to brush off the old hymnbook and start singing something that enlivens and emboldens the fighting spirit of the Christian Church. Below are the words to “Onward, Christian Soldiers”:

1. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
forward into battle see his banners go!
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.

2. At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never against that church prevail;
we have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.

5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
this through countless ages men and angels sing.