Ross Mackenzie

Wit, wisdom, information and idiocy on various topics - by others...

Washington Post financial columnist Steven Pearlstein, on excesses in corporate compensation: "Executive pay is set in a market that suffers from just about every imperfection known to economists: limited numbers of buyers and sellers, imperfect and asymmetric information, collective action failures, and disconnect between the interest of principals (shareholders) and their agents (directors). In other words, the market is rigged. ... Executive compensation has become a racket and a con game - one that is economically distortive, morally bankrupt, and socially divisive. It tops the list of the corporate reform agenda. And until it is fixed, faith in American capitalism cannot be restored."

Isaiah 6:8, engraved on the Night Stalker Memorial Wall commemorating those killed in action from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky.: "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send?' and 'Who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"

Radical novelist Norman Mailer: "With their dominance in sport, at work, and at home eroded, Bush thought white American men needed to know they were still good at something. That's where Iraq came in. ... The great white stars of yesteryear were for the most part gone, gone in football, in basketball, in boxing, and half-gone in baseball. ... On the other hand, the good white American male still had the armed forces."

Marguerite Kelly, mother of the late columnist Michael Kelly, regarding his April 3 death in a Humvee accident following a Saddamite ambush: "(Mike was) not perfect, of course, but he was mine and he suited us so well. (His) political column could be fierce and it infuriated some readers, but he was a sunny, funny fellow who made fun of himself, easily and often. That boy could make a dog laugh. A humble man, an honest man - a moralist, really - he was always true to himself. Although sometimes given to hyperbole, he said what he meant, whether anyone liked it or not, and he never ran away from a bully, either on the playground as a child or on the battlefield as a man.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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