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08 January 2008

Stick it to 'Em

"The spouting whale gets the harpoon."
- James W. Kinnear, President, Texaco USA

Yeah buddy. Gotta love that one (unless you are the whale of course).

Most criminals know the corollary to this too: 'a catfish that never opens its mouth, never gets caught.'

The instructor at one of my interview and interrogation schools a few years back is fond of saying: "Every liar starts out believing they can handle their lie. In the end they realize their lie has handled them." (Stan B. Walters, "The Lie Guy®") And that lie usually starts when they open their pie hole. When the person doesn't verbally respond, it is more difficult, but certainly not impossible, to detect signs of deception.

But I digress...

Anybody know what Mr. Texaco had in mind with that harpooning the spouting whale statement? Maybe he said it in the spirit of those Enron shysters and he was advocating keeping their obscene profits from those pesky consumer rights groups?

Perhaps it speaks to what should happen to the arrogant, pompous, selfish, blanketity-blanks (insert colorful word of your choice) who 'spout off' too much.

We all know the type, right? They are everywhere and they are obvious in a crowd by their self ingratiating statements, their systematic suppression of those around them, and oh yeah, that big, oozing blow hole. The good news is that they sometimes get pushed on a harpoon when someone finally realizes the destruction they cause to an otherwise functioning group of people.

"True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes."
- Edward Frederick Halifax

...and therefore the less likely a harpoon will be needed....

4 comments:

Two Date Diva said...

As I read your post, I was reminded of a director we had at my office once. She was practically insane and eventually she was harpooned due to her her own unethical behavior. However, before the harpooning took place, we lost a lot of good people in this office because her craziness literally ran them off.

Laurie said...

This reminds me of Craig Blanton, (Former) Operations Manager at overhead door. I had the displeasure of working for this a-hole, but thankfully, I was laid off from the company and released from his torture. I never thought losing a job would feel so good! But as fate would have it, what goes around comes around. A few months later, he was fired and from what I hear, to this day, he still hasn't found a job because of the legacy he left behind. That was about 4 years ago.

Laurie said...

This reminds me of Craig Blanton, (Former) Operations Manager at overhead door. I had the displeasure of working for this a-hole, but thankfully, I was laid off from the company and released from his torture. I never thought losing a job would feel so good! But as fate would have it, what goes around comes around. A few months later, he was fired and from what I hear, to this day, he still hasn't found a job because of the legacy he left behind. That was about 4 years ago.

Michael M. said...

Karma being what it is...when some people are given enough rope...they eventually hang themselves.