Mann to Man

The American Condition Politically, Culturally, Economically

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Location: Williamsburg, VA, United States

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, January 23, 2017


Trump's cabinet appointees' hearings show distinctly how the least among us control, or try to, the best among us.

As I watched the confirmation hearing a few days ago, I could not dispel the thought that I was watching validation of my opinion that we are governed by too many of the least among us, surely not the best. To see Senators such as Patty Murray, Patrick Leahy, Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio, Ben Cardin and more interrogating accomplished people, the kind of high achievers our founders envisaged governing America, was telling of who, and what kind of intellects, we have elected to office.

Rubio even had the audacity to try to force Sec. of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, to declare Vladimir Putin a "war criminal." Rubio is now said to be holding up Tillerson's confirmation as he ponders. Rubio is totally ignoring the fact that declaration of "a war criminal" requires charges and adjudication. Na├»ve or ignorant? Doesn't matter. Wrong! While all questioners were unimpressive, Ben Cardin and Patrick Leahy seemed to be competing for least intellectual, most simple-minded of the lot. I have my own personal disgust with Leahy but will save it for another time. Extreme arrogance.


President Trumps cabinet will be the most accomplished in modern times, as the founders envisaged our leaders to be.

Trump's cabinet appointees are the most accomplished people, as was the founders' vision, that we have seen for several administrations. Compared to Obama's appointees, the least experienced and worst ever,  Trump's nominees are leagues ahead in experience and other attributes, Sen. Schumer's idiotic comments notwithstanding. Wise up Schumer!

Trump is doing exactly what a CEO is expected to do -- hire and appoint qualified people who are as capable as he/she or more so. I supported Trump hoping for just such executive action. A good start, President Trump.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


As I read, and listen to interviewees mobbing the streets of our nation's capital, bemoaning the anticipated "Nazism" of the nascent Trump administration all I see is a bunch of fascist goons and brats doing their utmost to emulate Hitler's Brown Shirts. The Metropolitan PD is not taking adequate steps to put an end to the rock throwing, burning, and riot and mayhem marring what has always been an example to the world of peaceful and lawful transfer of power.

Lock these thugs and goons up. Clear the streets of this dangerous riffraff. If they are not from DC or environs, find out who organized and financed their journeys, and arrest them for inciting to riot. Last night I saw the disgusting spectacle of a young boy, I suppose 11 or 12 years old, bragging to a TV news interviewer about his starting fires in the streets. He should have been taken into custody and his parents arrested for child endangerment. They would run the danger of having their child taken from them if they let him walk to school on his own, or ride his bike without a helmet and knee and elbow pads. Allowing him to engage in arson, while participating in a leftist inspired and organized riot, is apparently alright in our politically correct Alice in Wonderland nation's capital, however!

For my deluded or attempting to delude, friends and kin on the left, I will remind you that there have been no riots or organized thug activity by me or fellow conservative thinkers. We did not fill the streets of DC when we were subjected to a second Obama term, no matter how it distressed us. We subscribe to the proposition that the United States of America has been, and should always be, a nation of laws. We should not and will not be ruled by mobs and goons.

If the Trump administration will not take action to put an end to lawlessness and threats to public safety and freedom, he will not see a second term. It will not be fascism to put and end to this mob behavior, as the fascism is what we are witnessing today in the streets of Washington, and have witnessed throughout this campaign. It will also be time to put an end to the criminal abuse of our law enforcement officers and other public safety officials. It is time to return to the system in which the police enjoy the right of presumption of innocence, just as their fellow citizens and the criminals they apprehend do. It is time to remember that we do have domestic enemies, as well as foreign enemies, who wish ill for us and our way of life. It is time to remember that the system should favor the law abiding and the productive Americans, not the parasitic, seditious and criminals.

So wipe the spittle off your chins, slap yourselves upside the head until you give over your fantasies and wishful thinking, and try to muster enough intellectual honesty to admit that your candidate lost. And why! You and your elitist friends do not represent American thought and belief.  Our America will be run from her capital, and from state capitals, by elected officials. It cannot, in a free nation of laws, be run from the east and west coast urban centers or faculty lounges. Neither will it nor should it, reflect the beliefs of just the inhabitants of these centers.

America's founders were very wise in forming the Electoral College to prevent such dominance by a few.