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WHY DOES THE GOP CONTINUE TO SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT?

Update: 10/30/13 -- It was suggested to me that the GOP's first duty is to work for the incumbent as the idea of an incumbent's party working against them is abhorrent to current office holders.

While this makes sense on some level, it would appear that this strategy is extremely flawed when it comes to access to resources like mailing lists that should be available to all sanctioned party members.

Otherwise, there would be no significant primary challenges to replace a RINO or out-of-touch legislator.

Original Post ...

I have strongly objected to the growing gulf between what the GOP says in their fundraising pitches and what the GOP apparently does in the party’s back rooms. If you are not a Northeastern Liberal Elite from the Rockefeller “Cronyism, Spend, and Spend” wing of the party, like George Bush, or a dyed-in-the-wool democrat like RINO John McCain, you are regarded as a second-class republican. All this talk of inclusiveness and diversity is just that – talk.

I put forth the suggestion that nothing has changed with the old farts in the GOP and the back-room boys like Karl Rove are pushing the idea of Jeb Bush as their idea of diversity and inclusiveness.

With the permission of Doug, I am reposting his article as proof that there seems to be a wide gulf between what the party hacks say and what they do.

RNC refuses to stand-up for black woman running for Congress

When the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) needed to demonstrate some diversity on-stage at the 2004 Republican National Convention, Erika Harold was happy to help. But now when Erika Harold needs a little help, the RNC apparently can’t be bothered.

Yesterday we told you about the Illinois Republican Party denying multiple requests by Erika Harold’s campaign for access to the GOP Data Center.

Keep in mind, Erika Harold’s campaign has never asked for special treatment. Not even close. Instead she’s simply calling on the Illinois Republican Party to perform one of its most basic jobs, and to help ensure a level playing field in a Republican Primary. There is absolutely no legitimate reason to deny Ms. Harold access to a valuable campaign resource which is supposed to be available to all Republican candidates.

Yesterday Republican News Watch contacted the RNC for comment on our story since the GOP Data Center is in fact its property. The RNC merely relies on the 50 state parties to put the tool into use in the field.

We received the following official response back from the RNC via Raffi Williams, Deputy Press Secretary: “State parties determine access to Data Center.”

So in other words, not only is the RNC abandoning an outstanding Republican woman, it is in fact abandoning its own rules which dictate the national party staying neutral in all contested primaries. By washing its hands of responsibility over what happens with its own property, the RNC is clearly taking a position on the side of first term incumbent Rodney Davis. It’s also worth remembering that Davis has never been chosen by Republican voters in a Primary Election. Instead he was slated for the November ballot in May of 2012 by a committee composed of 14 mid-level party officials after long time Congressman Tim Johnson announced his retirement shortly after last year’s March Primary.

One might assume the RNC would be a little smarter on this matter, especially since even RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was forced to weigh-in back in June after a local party official leveled an incredibly nasty racist/sexist attack on Ms. Harold.

Priebus also surely doesn’t agree with some Illinois GOP bosses who say that Erika Harold should be shunned for challenging an incumbent Republican. Priebus after all is only RNC Chair today because he challenged and prevailed against incumbent RNC Chair Micheal Steele back in January 2011. And unlike Ms. Harold who is running nothing but a highly professional, above-board campaign, Priebus aggressively undermined Steele from within. At the time, Priebus was not only a member of the RNC – he also served as Steele’s General Counsel.

If you didn’t know better, you might easily get the impression the RNC is deliberately trying to sink our party’s favorability rating below its current record low level.

It’s disappointing the RNC won’t lift a finger for a phenomenal candidate who if elected next year would become the first black female Republican Congressman in American history. (There have been black male Republicans in Congress, but never a black woman on the GOP side.)

The good news is that at least everyone now knows there’s no reason to waste time taking the RNC’s pretend game of “minority outreach” seriously in the future.

It’s clear that Reince Priebus and the RNC desperately want minority candidates like Erika Harold on the GOP bus. They’re just supposed to stay in the back of the bus until the bosses say otherwise.

Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.  Source: RNC refuses to stand-up for black woman running for Congress | Republican News Watch

Bottom line …

With the track record of the GOP in picking winners and losers, they have a piss-poor record with their backroom machinations and questionable ethics that often results in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with great regularity.

If the GOP really wants diversity, let them walk the walk.

Unlike here in California where the GOP actively conspires with the progressive socialist democrats to impose higher taxes and increased spending, I used to think better of middle America. Now I am not so sure that the political corruption that is destroying our nation has not become an epidemic.

The GOP dickwads gave us George Bush who is the proximate cause of King Obama I – and who, to this very day, refused to take a hard stand against the man who is slowly destroying America. These are the same dickwads that gave us a RINO like John McCain, a man who like George Bush refused to engage the enemy and bring the fight to the democrats. Ditto for Romney, another gentlemen who couldn’t fight for America in the face of blatant democrat lies. 

The party who believes in a fair political and economic marketplace certainly doesn’t act like they believe their own brand of bullshit.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ALAN GREENSPAN: FALL GUY FOR GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN THE HOUSING AND FINANCE MARKETS?

How the story is being reported …

How Alan Greenspan Destroyed America

Alan Greenspan will go down in history as the person most responsible for the enormous economic damage caused by the housing bubble and the subsequent collapse of the market. The United States is still down almost 9m jobs from its trend path. We are losing close to $1tn a year in potential output, with cumulative losses to date approaching $5tn.

These numbers correspond to millions of dreams ruined. Families who struggled to save enough to buy a home lost it when house prices plunged or they lost their jobs. Many older workers lose their job with little hope of ever finding another one, even though they are ill-prepared for retirement; young people getting out of school are facing the worst job market since the Great Depression, while buried in student loan debt.

The horror story could have easily been prevented had there been intelligent life at the Federal Reserve Board in the years when the housing bubble was growing to ever more dangerous proportions (2002-2006). But the Fed did nothing to curb the bubble. Arguably, it even acted to foster its growth with Greenspan cheering the development of exotic mortgages and completely ignoring its regulatory responsibilities.

Most people who had this incredible infamy attached to their name would have the decency to find a large rock to hide behind; but not Alan Greenspan. He apparently believes that he has not punished us enough. Greenspan has a new book which he is now hawking on radio and television shows everywhere.

The author is not only short-sighted he is dead wrong. Action need to be taken prior to the Savings and Loan debacle in the 1980s, certainly taken before the dot com debacle in the late 90s. and 2000. The problem with the government and the Fed is they attempted to privatize the profits while socializing the losses. Banks should have been allowed to fail before they become behemoths that were determined to be too politically or financially important to fail. But, the corrupt politicians promoted even more regulation (Dodd-Frank) to fix the problem of Too Big To Fail banks – leading to bigger banks with more systemic impact should they fail today.

The rest of the story …

The proximate causes of the mortgage meltdown and the spread of the contagion into the broader economy can be traced back to corrupt politicians acting in concert with industry lobbyists.

  • The repeal of Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 by the democrats (President Bill Clinton) and republicans (Senator Phil Gramm) removed the restrictions on separating commercial banking, investment banking and brokerages to create situations that were inherently a conflict of interest as they corruptly created and sold defective financial products to their own customers and to each other.
  • The Commodities Futures Modernization Act signed into law by President Bill Clinton deregulated derivative and preempted state laws that treated derrivatives in the same way the states treated gaming (gambling).
  • The corrupt progressive socialist democrats, such as Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) and Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), fought for legislation to make the regulation and enforcement of lending laws instruments of public policy. Demanding that financial institutions progressively lower their lending standards to the point of so-called “liar loans” where the financial institutions were not required to verify income, employment, or assets.
  • The corrupt accounting practices boards legalized the methodology for hiding huge asset losses in so-called off-balance-sheet accounts, thus hiding the true conditions of some of the largest financial institutions from the auditors, the public, and most importantly, the regulators. Enron-style accounting was alive and well among the professional accountants and financial consultants.
  • The corrupt politicians in both parties, as well as the Federal Reserve, shirked their regulatory responsibilities lest it be found that some of America’s largest financial institutions were so over-leveraged, that they were rendered technically insolvent and unsound when the market started declining. They simply refused to detect and deter rampant fraud.

Greenspan’s responsibility for the pending debacle occurred when the Federal Reserve (a private non-government corporation ostensibly owned by its member banks) tried to re-capitalize the largest financial institutions after they were rendered technically insolvent due to large losses during the bursting of the dot com bubble – a bubble that saw companies that were deeply in the red being valued for hundreds of millions of dollars. By promoting cheap money at 1%, Greenspan forced the global capital pool to turn elsewhere to get a decent return on their capital.

The global pool of capital turned to the mortgage markets for a historically safe, and relatively predictable, return. Unfortunately, the large banks and brokerages ran out of qualified mortgage buyers and needed the government to relax the lending requirements so they could create more product to sell to investors.

In the end, we saw the financial institutions creating synthetic products that only behaved like mortgage-backed securities and complicitly trading paper between themselves to assure paper profits leading to hundreds of millions in personal bonuses. Because nobody knew how to correctly value derivatives without computers and consultants, many derivative products were only worth what some greater fool would pay for them.

As long as real estate prices continued to climb, the shell game was a roaring success – until the day that someone noticed that the default rate for mortgages was increasing beyond theoretical limits. How could this be they asked? Of course, there was a simple answer. Monetary policy was so loose that an underwater borrower could refinance the loan they could not afford using the increased equity in their property as collateral. Speculation was rife and property values skyrocketed.

What nobody noticed, least of all Fair Isaacs, the FICO people, and the ratings agencies that rated derrivatives was that people who could not afford exponentially-growing debt were hiding their true financial condition. The FICO scoring algorithm was inadequate to the task because it was based on historic conditions prior to significant rule changes in the financial industry. Technically, a borrower who was insolvent with substantial credit card debt should have never been able to get a loan because their FICO scores were low as their credit debt level increased. Because FICO did not take income into account, the system did not see that an out-of-work borrower could erase all of their credit card debt simply by refinancing the property and paying off their credit cards. Thus, they looked like good borrowers once again. Since there was no limit on refinancing, it was a convenient way to hide your true condition.

Enter the greedy banks who looked at all of this refinancing activity and lusted for a bigger piece of the pie. So the HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) was born. In some cases banks allowed loans up to 125% of the appraised value in return for higher interest rates. However, due to unintended consequences, some borrowers used their HELOC loans to pay their primary mortgage, thus kicking the can further down the road and further infecting the financial institutions deep into HELOCs.

Then comes the collapse – mortgage defaults were skyrocketing and when no large financial institution will do business with anyone else because they cannot verify the true financial condition of their counterparty due to leverage and dodgy derivatives that became worthless when there were no borrowers. BOOM!

Enter the government again – more subsidies to the financial institutions (TARP – Troubled Asset Relief Program). Enter the Federal Reserve – another attempt at recapitalization of the technically insolvent banks using an even lower interest rate – ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Policy) which allowed financial institutions to use their dodgy paper to collateralize loans and obtain “good” money in the process. Then using a loan at one-quarter of one-percent to capitalize a loan returning six percent, profits were guaranteed to recapitalize the financial institution. Screwing over depositors and investors worldwide.

Unfortunately, more people lost their jobs, more real estate went south, and we find ourselves with corrupt politicians once again serving the special interests A repeat of the cycle of government corruption.

SO HERE WE ARE – MOST AMERICANS SUFFERING – WHILE THE EXECUTIVES COUNT THEIR MONEY AND BUY ENOUGH POLITICAL POWER TO AVOID JAIL! GREENSPAN, IS THE DESIGNATED FALL GUY, BUT EVEN HE IS SELLING CONSULTING SERVICES AND HAWKING HIS NEW BOOK.

WE ARE SO SCREWED. Our economy will not recover until we have a stable, relatively honest government – something that may well be impossible under the progressive socialist democrats and their RINO counterparts in the republican party.

Bottom line …

One solution is to clean up government. The other is unthinkable. See you at the 2014 congressional election cycle voting booth.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



GUN CONTROL: PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS SPINNING THE STATISTICS?

It looks like science, but is it really the entire story?

Arin L. Madenci, MD, MPH, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI and Christopher B. Weldon, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Purpose: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of household gun ownership and childhood gun-violence across the 50 United States to identify potential areas for policy intervention. We hypothesized that increasing household gun ownership is significantly associated with increasing proportion of childhood gunshot wounds (GSWs) occurring in the home.

Methods: From> 36 million pediatric hospitalizations in the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID; 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009), we evaluated temporal trends using variance-weighted least squares (vWLS) regression. We estimated state gun ownership using the most recent data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS; 2004). vWLS regression assessed the relationship between %-households containing guns (BRFSS2004) and %-childhood GSWs occurring in the home (vs. other locations; KID2009). The β regression coefficient represents an increase (β>0) or decrease (β<0) in %-childhood home GSWs that can be expected for a 1% change in household gun ownership.

Results: Between 1997 and 2009, hospitalizations and in-hospital deaths for GSWs increased from 4270±591 to 7730±498 (P=0.04) and 317±48 to 503±42 (P=0.04), respectively. Over that time, proportion of assaults increased (68.0±3.0% to 78.6±1.0%, P=0.05) and proportion of accidents decreased (15.5±1.9% to 10.8±0.7%, P=0.03). The majority of GSWs occurred on the street (21.3±1.6%) or in a home (19.1±1.4%). Handguns inflicted the majority of GSWs (77.2±1.5%), followed by shotguns (18.5±1.4%) and hunting rifles (3.9±0.5%).

Compared to other emergent hospitalizations in 2009, GSWs incurred higher mortality (6.5±0.3% vs. 0.4±0.0%, P<0.01) and higher mean hospital charges per hospitalization ($70,508±2,835 vs. $23,027±705, P<0.01). Among homes with children, rates of any gun possession, loaded gun possession, and unlocked loaded gun possession ranged from 10-62% (New Jersey-Montana), 1-14% (Massachusetts-Arkansas), and <1%-7% (Massachusetts-Arkansas), respectively. There was a significant association between %-GSWs occurring in the home and %-households containing any firearm (β=0.7, 95% confidence interval [CI]=0.3–1.1, P<0.01), loaded firearms (β =1.7, 95% CI=0.3–3.2, P=0.02), and unlocked loaded firearms (β=2.9, 95% CI=0.6–5.2, P=0.01). Likewise, there was a significant association between %-GSWs occurring in the home and %-households with children containing any firearm (β=0.7, 95% CI=0.3–1.1, P<0.01), loaded firearms (β=2.1, 95% CI=0.1–4.0 P=0.04), and unlocked loaded firearms (β=4.8, 95% CI=1.1–8.5, P=0.01).

Conclusion: Hospitalizations and in-hospital deaths for children with GSWs are increasing. Currently, over 7,500 children are annually hospitalized for GSWs, including over 500 in-hospital deaths. While recent policy proposals to limit military-style semi-automatic assault weapons are important, handguns remain the leading injurious agent and may be a more efficacious target. Household gun ownership and safety practices vary widely by state. There was a significant relationship between %-household gun ownership and %-GSWs occurring in the home. The relationship was dose-dependent with safety measures (any<loaded<unlocked loaded firearm). Policies designed to reduce the number of household firearms, especially handguns, may reduce childhood GSWs.

Source: Abstract: United States Childhood Gun-Violence – Disturbing Trends (2013 AAP National Conference and Exhibition)

How the story is being spun by the liberals …

500 Children Die In Hospitals From Gunshot Wounds Every Year -- 8 of 10 of those gunshot wounds were caused by handguns.

Every year, 500 children and teenagers are killed from gunfire and another 7,500 kids are hospitalized from gun injuries, according to a new study from doctors who reviewed a decade’s worth of hospital pediatric records.

Highlighting how gun violence takes a large but invisible toll, the doctors found eight of 10 of those gunshot wounds were caused  by handguns. They found a “significant relationship” between a state’s household gun ownership rate and childhood gunshot wounds, suggesting that it has something to do with  the frequency of accidental shootings in the home. Arkansas leads the country with the highest rate of unlocked and loaded guns in households with children (7 percent).  Read more at www.alternet.com.

About the author: Rebecca Leber is a research assistant for the ThinkProgress war room. She graduated from the University of Rochester and holds a B.A. in political science and English with a minor in economics.

Excuse me, I call bullshit!

It appears that the researchers could have done us all a big favor and extended their analysis to highlight the number of children who were victims of assault by minority gang members or minorities reveling in the gangsta’/hip-hop/macho culture. Along with cross-tabulating the results with inner cities government by progressive socialist democrats with their strict gun control policies. How many people realize that gang membership and criminality is a problem of youth – and those who exploit youth to avoid heavy penalties when criminals are tried as adults?

The real conclusion that can often be drawn is that the progressive socialist democrats are looking to blame law-abiding citizens and the guns they own for the mayhem and death caused primarily by inner city gangs and criminals. Perhaps to avoid disturbing their core constituency in democrat-controlled areas. Look at Chicago, Detroit, and New York with their strict gun control laws – and tell me it makes sense to disarm law-abiding citizens to create an even larger pool of victims for criminals and crazies?

Bottom line …

The politicians want to criminalize the gun because they certainly don’t want to appear racist and criminalize the criminal, especially the minorities whose representation in criminality is far greater than their representation in the general population.

Corrupt politicians = corrupt thinking = more corruption.

-- steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



When will President Obama be held accountable for the actions of his Administration, his Senate, and his party?

Bottom line: Can America trust a President who appears inept, incompetent, and corrupt; and one that appears clueless about what his administration is doing under his nose?

Like the Navy Captain who was relieved of command for a serious fire aboard his ship – a fire that occurred on his watch and caused by conditions that he may not have known about – President Barack Hussein Obama must be held accountable for the pain and suffering his Administration prolonged with their incompetent handling of the financial recovery and that pain and suffering caused by Obamacare.

I am not saying that we should impeach President Obama, just that his entire cadre of progressive socialist democrats should be turned out of their House and Senate positions as punishment for the actions of the progressive democrat party in sowing the seeds of dysfunction in our nation.

The fact that the President of the United States seems to know little or nothing about major events that are beginning to be traced back to the White House is not a sufficient reason for sparing the progressive socialist democrats who were the proximate cause of the mortgage meltdown, the spread of the contagion into the broader economy, a botched recovery and the Obamination known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which is a manifest lie when it comes to truth in advertising.

The Sergeant Schultz defense: I know nothing …

Report: White House stopped phone tapping of foreign leaders this summer -- NSA denies it told Obama about spying  

The release of further allegations of National Security Agency surveillance efforts caused the Spanish government to summon the U.S. ambassador Monday, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House ordered a halt to some eavesdropping on foreign leaders after learning of it this summer.

Quoting unidentified U.S. officials, the newspaper's website said the wiretapping of about 35 foreign leaders was disclosed to the White House as part of a review of surveillance programs ordered by President Barack Obama after NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the NSA's phone monitoring systems.

The White House ordered a halt to the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and unspecified other leaders, the newspaper reported. The Journal report did not specify who gave the shutdown order or the date it was issued.

Should the president know wiretap details?

The officials quoted by The Wall Street Journal said it was understandable that Obama did not know about the phone tapping of Merkel and other leaders for nearly five years of his presidency. Because the NSA has so many eavesdropping programs, it would not have listed all of them for the president, according to the officials.

"The president doesn't sign off on this stuff," one official was quoted as saying. But the official said that policy was under review, the Journal reported.

NSA denies chief told Obama about Merkel tap

Separately, the NSA on Sunday denied a report by the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that NSA Director Keith Alexander told Obama about the surveillance of Merkel in 2010.

"Gen. Alexander did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel," NSA spokeswoman Vanee' Vines told CNN.

Read more at: Report: White House stopped phone tapping of German Chancellor Merkel - CNN.com 

He did not realize what he was lying?

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.” 

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date -- the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example -- the policy would not be grandfathered.

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”  

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said  Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

The White House does not dispute that many in the individual market will lose their current coverage, but argues they will be offered better coverage in its place, and that many will get tax subsidies that would offset any increased costs.

Read more at: Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance – Investigations 

I lied and you died?

WH: 'It's True' Some Americans Won't Be Able to Keep Their Health Care Plan Under Obamacare 

White House spokesman Jay Carney explained at today's briefing that "it's true" some Americans will not be able to keep their health care plan under Obamacare:

The journalist Ed Henry asked, "The president, when he was trying to get the law passed, repeatedly said, if you currently have health insurance you will be able to keep your plan. This morning David Axelrod was pressed on that point and said, the majority -- the vast majority -- will be able to keep their plans. He no longer works at the White House. From the podium, will you admit that when president said, if you have a plan, you'll get to keep it, that that was not true?"

After some throat clearing, Carney said, "So it's true there are existing health care plans on the individual market that do not meet those minimum standards and therefore do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act."

Read more at: WH: 'It's True' Some Americans Won't Be Able to Keep Their Health Care Plan Under Obamacare | The Weekly Standard 

And then there is lying to the public about the transfer of weapons to Islamic terrorists in Benghazi, Libya; falsely claiming “executive privilege” to cover-up the Fast and Furious transfer of weapons to Mexican drug cartels; the IRS scandal that may have subverted a presidential election … and other lesser scandals.

SO WHEN WILL OBAMA, HIS CONGRESS, AND HIS PARTY BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE INCOMPETENCE, CORRUPTION, AND THE PAIN AND SUFFERING INFLICTED UPON AMERICA AND AMERICANS?

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



FUTILITY: MARCHING AGAINST SPYING AND TOWARD PROGRESSIVE SOCIALISM

I couldn’t stop laughing as al Jazeera America reported yet another stupid march …

US protesters call for end to spying

Thousands of protesters marched Saturday on Capitol Hill in Washington to protest against the National Security Agency's spying programs.

Saturday’s protest comes amid a widening scandal revealing sweeping U.S. surveillance on the communications of ordinary citizens and global leaders that has sparked outrage worldwide. German spy chiefs will travel to the U.S. next week to demand answers following allegations that the NSA has been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone. The U.S. may have bugged Merkel's phone for more than 10 years, according to a report in German magazine Der Spiegel.

People carried signs reading: "Stop Mass Spying," "Thank you, Edward Snowden" and "Unplug Big Brother" as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance.

Transparency in surveillance

The Obama administration and many lawmakers have defended the NSA programs as crucial in protecting U.S. national security and helping thwart past attack plots. They have also said the programs are carefully overseen by Congress and the courts. Read more at: US protesters call for end to spying | Al Jazeera America

Time for the protesting weenies to grow up and accept reality …

Are you effin’ kidding me? Spying is good because it prevents governments from doing bad things to innocent people. Spying is a check against sneak attacks and, in the case of the French, Chinese, and others the type of industrial espionage that is crippling our industries and subverting our trade – not to mention costing Americans their jobs as knock-off goods are re-imported into America.

As for the marching weenies who want to feel good about themselves while demonstrating to their friends and others that “they care” and are wonderful persons, these marches are effective as howling at the moon while being observed by the mainstream media. Marches do not cure poverty, racism, aggression – or anything else – or we would not have evil in our world.

About those Germans …

To place the German outrage about spying, let us revisit one of my favorite movies, Casablanca. (Ironically, translated as White House in Spanish).

Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]

Croupier: Your winnings, sir.

Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.

[aloud]

Captain Renault: Everybody out at once!

As for the Germans or any other country protesting about our spying, they are doing it because they know full well that it pays well with the progressive socialist democrats and the progressive mainstream media. And, of course, it plays very, very well at home with those who believe America is too successful, too large, and its citizens are living too well.

Like the Claude Raines quote in the movie, the Germans are suddenly shocked to find out that governments spy on each others. Considering that the German spy apparatus, including the Federal Intelligence Service (BND - Bundesnachrichtendienst ), the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD - Militärischer Abschirmdienst), the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV - Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz) and a host of other agencies are spying on other governments, as well as each other.

Transparency in surveillance?

Can you say idiotic oxymoron? If there was governmental transparency, there would be no need for surveillance. And, if we made our surveillance activities known to our enemies, both foreign and domestic, it would negate the time, money, and effort spent to protect our nation, its citizens, and its national interests.

Bottom line …

America spies on other nations, even our friends, it is because it is prudent and we can. About that friends-spying-on-friends thing, you may wish to consider the case of Jonathan Pollard who was an American intelligence analyst caught spying for Israel and who is now serving a life sentence. For those other countries that lack the prodigious capabilities of our National Security Agency, too effin bad – we are a superpower and have done more to make the world a safer place and bring freedom and human rights to more people than any other nation in the history of the world. This is a good thing, that is unless you are a progressive socialist democrat trying to destroy America from within to advance a socialist/communist agenda, one of those Islamic nations that believes that Islam should rule the world, or are the despotic leader of a kleptocracy in somewhere in crapistan.

Time for Americans to grow up and realize that evil exists in our world, and that the evildoers, both foreign and domestic, are trying to enslave us, kill us, or make us self-destruct. While I do not doubt the sincerity of some of the useful idiots marching to and fro, it is time that they understand that systemic change comes from voting for honest politicians. Unfortunately, honest politicians – at least the ones who are patriotic – will recognize that spying keeps us safe as does the nuclear genie. A side note, ask yourself how many of our enemies have built propaganda campaigns and held marches and rallies to destroy our nuclear capabilities?

American needs to protect itself from her enemies, both foreign and domestic. And, that is the true bottom line.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



EMERGENCY NOTICE: DIGITAL TERRORISM -- NEW CLASS OF VIRUS HOLDS YOUR COMPUTER FILES HOSTAGE -- CRYPTOVIRAL EXTORTION

We have seen numerous examples of so-called “ransomware” that lock your computer-up in return for a cash payment. There were always professional methods to get around this problem and restore your system.

Ransomware comprises a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the system's hard drive (cryptoviral extortion), while some may simply lock the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying. <Source>

The latest cryptoviral extortion problem … 

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CryptoLocker is a computer worm which surfaced in late 2013. A form of ransomware targeting Microsoft Windows-based computers, the Trojan encrypts files stored on local hard drives and mounted network drives using public-key cryptography, and then displays a message saying that the files will be decrypted if a fee is paid through an anonymous payment service by a specified deadline, beyond which decryption is no longer possible.

CryptoLocker typically propagates as an attachment to a seemingly innocuous e-mail (usually taking the appearance of a legitimate company e-mail), or from a botnet. The attached ZIP file contains an executable file with filename and icon disguised as a PDF file, taking advantage of Windows' default behaviour of hiding the extension from file names to disguise the real .EXE extension. Some instances may actually contain the Zeus Trojan instead, which in turn installs CryptoLocker. When first run, the payload installs itself in the Documents and Settings folder with a random name, and adds a key to the registry that causes it to run on startup. It then attempts to contact one of several designated command and control servers; once connected, the server then generates a 2048-bit RSA key pair, and sends the public key back to the infected computer. The server may be a local proxy and go through others, frequently relocated in different countries to make tracing difficult.

Security software might not detect CryptoLocker, or detect it only after encryption is underway or complete. Although CryptoLocker itself can be trivially removed, this does not decrypt files, and may make it impossible to recover them by paying the ransom. <Source

Listen up!

CONVENTIONAL ANTI-VIRUS & MALWARE PROGRAMS DO NOT PROTECT YOU!

DO NOT OPEN ANY UNSOLICITED E-MAIL LINK  OR PDF– EVEN IF THEY APPEAR TO COME FROM FRIENDS!

MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CRITICAL FILES ARE BACKED UP ON DEVICES THAT IS NOT CONNECTED TO A NETWORK OR LOCATED IN THE CLOUD

Your family and your friends are threat vectors …

The sad fact is that you cannot teach others to avoid their bad practices which can affect your system. Especially young children and wives. We have seen many e-mails that seem to come from our family and friends, only to find that their systems were compromised by malware or their e-mail addressed were spoofed.

Best practices …

  1. Always back up critical files on hard media such as DVD and/or removable hard drives. Critical files include any files, if lost, would have financial repercussions or cause pain.You cannot trust “synchronized” cloud backups because if files in the local folder are encrypted by an evildoer, these encrypted files will overwrite the files in the cloud and may be transmitted to other devices synchronized with the cloud folder.
  2. Consider using separate computers for personal, professional, and family use. Isolating those who could accidently compromise your system from your mission-critical systems.
  3. Be careful when multi-tasking, do not answer your e-mail before you have backed-up your “important” data files.
  4. Never click on any link that you did not generate yourself. – You cannot trust that your friend’s email address has not be used by evildoers to send out mail that will infect your system. a
  5. Make data protection a habit like brushing your teeth.
  6. See item 1.

Bottom line …

Think before you act – something easier said that done.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



SENIOR CITIZENS ARE BEING SCREWED: Obamacare Conspiracy: Defective by Design or Operating as Planned?

Obamacare is a clear and present danger to America …

However you feel about the Obama Administration and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), you must realize that this is a clear and present danger to America on three fronts. One, the government is expanding its size and scope to administer this new entitlement system. Two, the government is de facto nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy using unconstitutional and political tricks rather than a fair bipartisan political process. And three, the single-payer component of Obamacare appears to be working extremely well in comparison with the government's core insurance exchange process.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the portion of the Obamacare system designed for Medicaid is working well as evidenced by the gross numbers of Medicaid applicants signing up. For those who do not know, Medicaid is a single-payer system designed to deliver healthcare to the poor and those likely to lack insurance. By expanding Medicaid and retarding the funding that would come from a younger cohort signing up for mandated Obamacare-style insurance, the Obamacare system will devolve to the point where everyone may be placed in this single-payer Medicaid system -- thus realizing the decades-long goal of the progressive socialist democrats.

As for proof, one needs only to turn to Obamacare's funding mechanism to note that the law is designed to vastly expand and fund the Medicaid portion of the law by taking money, at least $700 billion,  out of the Medicare pool; thus disadvantaging senior citizens who have the right to expect their bargain with the federal government be upheld by the Obama Administration. Another reason why I am absolutely furious with AARP who appears to protect their senior citizen constituency while simultaneously advocating for Obamacare.

Single-payer health care is a system in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays for all health care costs. Single-payer systems may contract for healthcare services from private organizations (as is the case in Canada) or may own and employ healthcare resources and personnel (as is the case in the United Kingdom). The term "single-payer" thus only describes the funding mechanism—referring to health care financed by a single public body from a single fund—and does not specify the type of delivery, or for whom doctors work. Although the fund holder is usually the state, some forms of single-payer use a mixed public-private system. <Source>  

States are cutting back on their Medicaid delivery systems to facilitate the federal government's power grab ...

How many people remember the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act?

“The Supreme Court’s decision on National Federation of Independent Business et al v. Sebelius upheld all provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including the individual responsibility requirement, health insurance exchanges and subsidies, and the Medicaid expansion. However, the Court restricted the federal government’s ability to withhold federal Medicaid funds if a state elects not to institute the expansion, effectively giving states a choice whether to expand coverage. Even though the federal government will pick up nearly all of the costs of the expansion (100 percent for the first three years, phasing down to 90 percent in 2020 and all subsequent years), some governors and state legislative leaders have expressed initial hesitation — or outright opposition — to expanding Medicaid.”  <Source>

“Now, a year later, almost half the states have indicated they will opt out of the expansion, canceling coverage for millions of low-income people who had been expected to join Medicaid rolls on January 1, 2014.” <Source>

Bleeding seniors ...

If you are a senior, would you have any faith in a system that awards incentive bonus points for hospitals that spend the least per senior citizen on Medicare?

TITLE III—IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY OF HEALTH CARE
Subtitle A—Transforming the Health Care Delivery System
PART I—LINKING PAYMENT TO QUALITY OUTCOMES UNDER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM
Sec. 3001. Hospital Value-Based purchasing program.

‘‘(o) HOSPITAL VALUE-BASED PURCHASING PROGRAM.—
‘‘(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—
‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to the succeeding provisions of this subsection, the Secretary shall establish a hospital value-based purchasing program (in this subsection referred to as the ‘Program’) under which value-based incentive payments are made in a fiscal year to hospitals that meet the performance standards under paragraph (3) for the performance period for such fiscal year (as established under paragraph (4)).

‘‘(ii) INCLUSION OF EFFICIENCY MEASURES.—For value-based incentive payments made with respect to discharges occurring during fiscal year 2014 or a subsequent fiscal year, the Secretary shall ensure that measures selected under subparagraph (A) include efficiency measures, including measures of ‘Medicare spending per beneficiary’. Such measures shall be adjusted for factors such as age, sex, race, severity of illness, and other factors that the Secretary determines appropriate. <Source: Enrolled ACA Legislation>

The word of the Secretary is final, with no provisions for judicial review ...

‘‘(B) LIMITATION ON REVIEW.—Except as provided in subparagraph (A), there shall be no administrative or judicial review under section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise of the following:
‘‘(i) The methodology used to determine the amount of the value-based incentive payment under paragraph (6) and the determination of such amount.
‘‘(ii) The determination of the amount of funding available for such value-based incentive payments under paragraph (7)(A) and the payment reduction under paragraph (7)(B)(i).
‘‘(iii) The establishment of the performance standards under paragraph (3) and the performance period under paragraph (4).
‘‘(iv) The measures specified under subsection (b)(3)(B)(viii) and the measures selected under paragraph (2).
‘‘(v) The methodology developed under paragraph (5) that is used to calculate hospital performance scores and the calculation of such scores.
‘‘(vi) The validation methodology specified in subsection (b)(3)(B)(viii)(XI). <Source: Enrolled ACA Legislation>

There is no way any member of Congress could have read and understood the above technical provisions given the time constraints before a vote was required -- let alone have the intelligence and training to absorb what they are reading.

Bottom line ...

It is now becoming apparent that President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats flat out LIED -- there is no other word or charitable interpretation possible -- when he claims that patients could keep their existing medical insurance plans and their current doctor. It is also apparent that the Obama Administration claim for transparency and accountability is another LIE!

Obamacare is a progressive socialist democrat scheme involving the massive shift of revenues and resources from one portion of our populace to another portion of our populace. In other words, socialist/communist wealth redistribution is occurring in plain sight of American citizens and is being ignored by the progressive socialist-biased mainstream media who appears to be invested in Obama's socialist political ideology.

This is an unprecedented attack on senior citizens who are going to face a reduction of their current level of medical care as they are forced to accept the single-payer Medicaid system as a Hobson's "take it or leave it" choice. Knowing full well that President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats is gambling with their lives to pursue a socialist/communist agenda.

Hopefully the apathetic public will remember in 2014 and clean the progressive socialist democrats from Congress.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



IS THIS ANOTHER CASE WHERE "BLACK POLITICS" TRUMPED "COMPETENCE" IN A NO-BID GOVERNMENT CONTRACT? (Updated)

UPDATE 01: 10-28-2013 ANOTHER VALERIE JARRETT CONNECTION?

Why pick a Canadian firm with a French name to help develop the official ObamaCare website? It certainly wasn't based on the track record in developing health care software of CGI Federal, the IT contractor that orchestrated most of the Healthcare.gov website. CGI Federal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada's CGI Group (CGI stands for "Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique" in French, which roughly translates to "Information Systems and Management Consultants").

Its performance on Ontario, Canada's health care medical registry for diabetes sufferers was so poor that officials ditched the $46.2 million contract after three years of missed deadlines, the Washington Examiner has reported.

CGI is also the company behind the $2.7 billion failed, Liberal-launched Canadian Gun Registry that was so plagued with corruption and mismanagement it brought on an investigation by Canadian Auditor General Sheila Fraser.

The company is deeply embedded in Canada's single-payer system, which is the direction President Obama's health care policies are driving us. CGI has provided IT services to the Canadian Ministries of Health in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan, as well as to the national health provider, Health Canada, according to CGI's website.

George Schindler, CGI Group president for U.S. and Canada, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company won the ObamaCare contract, a pattern we've seen in green-energy stimulus money going to companies like Solyndra.

As it happens, the Daily Caller reports that Michelle Obama's college roomie Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of '85, is a senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million ObamaCare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov.

There may be another Canadian connection as well.

Valerie Jarrett's daughter, Laura, is married to Tony Balkissoon. He is the son of Bas Balkissoon, a member of the Ontario legislature whose jobs have included, among other things, a stint as parliamentary assistant to the minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2007-10. It's all in the family.

A major decision such as choosing Healthcare.gov's prime developer certainly would not be made without Jarrett's approval. Her influence is so great, as we have pointed out, she called off raids to get Osama bin Laden three times for political reasons.  Source: Did Valerie Jarrett And Michelle Obama Pick ObamaCare Website Developer? - Investors.com

UPDATE 01: 10-26-2013 SAME COMPANY IN CHARGE OF DISTRIBUTING $1.7 BILLION IN SANDY HOOK RECOVERY EFFORT

CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7  billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy.

In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th  meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9,  2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster  Housing Assistance Program. Additionally, they are asked to aid in the  implementation of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery  Program, an assistance program that had recently obtained $1.7 billion.

Read more:  http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/26/company-behind-obamacare-website-in-charge-of-nearly-2-billion-in-sandy-relief/

Why is a Canadian company being used by the American government when American companies and American employees are hurting for work?

Once again, the answer looks more like politics than prudence.

Original Blog Post ...

I cannot help but think that Valerie Jarrett and the rest of the Chicago gang is all about crony socialism and a tendency to select progressive black political choices over competent choices …

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.

Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. Read more at: Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate was Obamacare website builder | The Daily Caller

Where is the transparency, accountability, and honesty that is much-touted, but often ignored in the Obama Administration?

  • Why was there a no-bid contract?
  • Why was a Canadian company favored over an American company such as IBM, Computer Sciences, or any one of the large contractors.
  • Who will be held accountable for the political debacle?

Was this the best company for the job?

Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.

CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was ever a public solicitation for building Healthcare.gov, the backbone of Obamacare’s problem-plagued web portal.

Instead, it appears they used what amounts to a federal procurement system loophole to award the work to the Canadian firm.

CGI was one of 16 companies that had been qualified by HHS during President George W. Bush's second term to deliver, without public competition, a variety of hardware, software and communication products and services. CGI was a much smaller vendor when it was approved by HHS in 2007. With the approval, CGI became eligible for multiple awards without public notice and in circumvention of the normal competitive bidding procurement process.

There is no evidence CMS issued any public solicitation for the Obamacare website contract. The Examiner asked both CMS and CGI for copies of any public solicitation notice for the Healthcare.gov task orders. Neither CMS nor CGI furnished any such public notice. <Source: Washington Examiner>

Did nobody check another large CGI project for their competency to deliver large-scale IT projects?

Canadian officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare website

Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned.

CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry. The online registry was supposed to be up and running by June 2011.

Officials at the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded six technology contracts worth $87 million to CGI Federal for Obamacare website work, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The CMS officials refused to say if federal officials knew of its parent company’s IT failure in Canada when awarding the six contracts. <Source>

Bottom line …

Something stinks! I cannot help but wonder if the grotesquely misleading misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was designed to fail – to inflict so much pain on the American public that they would demand a socialist one-payer system which would complete the government’s nationalization of one-sixth of the American economy and provide a vehicle for the monitoring and control of every American citizen in the guise of delivering cost-effective, efficient, and effective healthcare. Even though the words cost-effective, efficient, and effective are very rarely applied to any government project where political and financial considerations trump competency and performance.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THINKING ABOUT REMOVING BILL O'REILLY FROM MY TiVo SEASON PASS LINEUP

Bill O’Reilly is, in all likelihood, one of the best, most prolific, and self-contained host/writer/producer/directors in the business. That being said, I am finding the repetitiveness of his presentations, and his feigned humbleness as a “simple man” looking out for “the folks” wearing thin. As is his rotating crop of regular talking heads. Not to mention the constant self-promotion of himself, his tschokes, his concert engagements, and his books. His social commentary segments with Greg Gutfeld, Bernard McGuirk, Dennis Miller, and Adam Carolla are amusing, but inane (the word of the day).

I find myself comparing O’Reilly’s program with that of newcomer Megyn Kelly who was given Sean Hannity’s timeslot. I find her smart, engaging, and willing to fight as hard to get a truthful answer as Bill O’Reilly. But the quality of her guests, questions, and the follow-up questions surpasses what I am currently seeing on the O’Reilly program. Especially in the Catholic-related rants involving Christmas and Christians.

Therefore, I am thinking of eliminating O’Reilly from my TiVo Season Pass.

-- steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Progressive Socialist Democrat Frank Pallone tells Obamacare hearing: It's a monkey court

If you ever wanted to see a dysfunctional government in action, look no further than the hearing chamber of any congressional committee. Not only are stupid and incompetent members of congress speechifying for the cameras, they are asking nonsensical questions that they themselves do not even understand. And, when they receive a coherent, cogent answer, they rarely follow-up and reply with more speechifying and another inane question.

Remember this is not a court of law – although you can be held in contempt, if such a thing is even possible in this circus, or prosecuted for perjury – so do not expect any rules of evidence or even any semblance of order or sanity.

See progressive socialist democrat Frank Pallone make a mockery out of partisan proceedings that will never arrive at the truth – even by accident …

What is the truth …

As he former Chief Technologist of Interactive Computer Corporation, I can tell you that the reason for the system failure stems from the selection of vendors on political grounds, a design influenced by stakeholders that have little comprehension of their own jobs, let alone a digital system – in many cases simply trying to automate a paperwork model, specifications and change orders that change hour-by-hour, inadequate time for the development, phasing, integration, and testing of key code components, a reliance on integration partners might not be able to deliver on their portion of the project, and a management that wants to hide the truth from their superiors. Short answer: a clusterfuck not managed by a competent manager with the overall authority and decision-making power to say “no” to the political hacks and asshats who are trying to gain recognition by claiming membership in the design team.

Can it be fixed?

Most certainly. If these asswipes simply went to Amazon.com and asked them to build-out an existing shopping cart mechanism that would allow the purchase of insurance products based on a front-end selection module, all would be well with the world. All of the security and other backend infrastructure would exist and the integration using APIs (application programming interfaces) would be relatively easy. After all – a procedural call to a credit card company for verification is similar to a call to the social security administration for verification of a social security number, or a procedure call to the IRS to verify tax return data.

The biggest design flaw was an overly ambitious shopping experience that demanded the user first create an account and provide personal information to simply look at sample plans. Not exactly a wise decision considering that all of the complexity could have been integrated into the back-end when the user decided to purchase insurance. In the case that the verifications were done “after the fact,” the transaction could have been placed in “suspended” mode and correct information solicited from the user before retrying the transaction.

Bottom line …

Hundreds of millions of dollars siphoned off into the ether with little or nothing to show for the expenditure seems to be the signature move of most large government projects. Especially under the incompetent and inept leadership of the Obama Administration.

-- steve

Reference Links …

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS