Don’t know what to think…

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The BLM sending guys to a ranch with guns?

Tasering a guy? Tossing a woman to the ground? Establishing a “Free Speech zone?” REALLY? Are you fucking kidding me?

Supposedly all this over a tortoise?

Additional information being reported that the BLM has shot & killed more of the tortoises than cattle ever trampled?

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The ranchers family has been in the same place, grazing the same land for over a hundred years?

Other stories being reported about the BLM tossing two Shoshone women off their land for having a few horses, goats, and cows. The women in question were supposed to be subsistence level farmers and had nothing other than their home and animals.

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His death followed his wife’s mysterious death in a single car accident on a desert road near their home.

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These are the kinds of stories we’d expect to hear coming out of The old Soviet Union, but these are stories from America.

We have examples like Ruby Ridge, and Waco where all may not be as was reported and our Government may have over stepped constitutional boundaries.

Oh let’s not forget Wounded Knee 

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Native Americans look at the government with considerable suspicion and they’re justified in doing so. How many treaties were broken?

How many times did our Government take back land because the powers in that government wanted what was under the land?

Based on history, I find myself asking what is it the BLM really wants and why do they want it? 

Reports have surfaced implying Senator Harry Reid is somehow involved. I dismissed those reports until Senator Reid made the statement “It’s not over” regarding the Bundy ranch.

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If he’s not involved why make the comment? Surely a Senate Majority Leader has better things to do with his time, unless he had a personal interest in the outcome the the range war between the Bundy’s and the BLM.

As I’ve read the material becoming available online ( and I admit readily that digital data is not reliable ) I’ve come to see that the BLM may in fact have prior claim.

The land in question was aquired via the Treaty of the Guadalupe Hildalgo. However the Bundy family has been grazing on the land in question since the 1880s. 

Who has rights to what is something that the courts have decided or will decide.

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I’m a lot more concerned about the force shown by the government and their apparent willingness to use that force without hesitation.

I’m concerned about the slow response of the media to the escalating confrontation. 

NO! HELL NO!

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I got a call from Express Scripts yesterday.

God, I thought I was done with those fuckers!

It turns out that my new Obamacare sanctioned, lemon scented medical policy apparently has some kind of alliance or affiliation with Express Scripts.

I told the machine “NO! FUCK NO! I Hate you People” and hung up.

I do hope they were recording the user responses. I’d love to be in the room when someone hears that response. I’m equally sure that they hear it all the time, given the number of hits my other Express Scripts posts get on this blog.

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Express Scripts is not to be used, In fact, if my new Obamacare approved insurance policy forces me to deal with Express Scripts, I’ll change insurance carriers.

That is how strongly I feel about Express Scripts.

These people are scum and their service is best thought of as a really, really, bad Indian call center for drugs.

You might get the right information or drug… But odds are better that you’re going to get the wrong shit.

These are the people that sent me a cholesterol drug, which as it turned out I was allergic to and, oh by the way, was recalled because it was contaminated with ground glass.

Would they swap it? NOPE! The bitch on the phone actually said I’d have to put up with hives until I ran out of my 90 day supply.

I didn’t know it at the time but hives can be very dangerous.

However since I’m also not a masochist I simply didn’t take the drug. Then when the recall got announced on TV I called Express Scripts AGAIN and asked why the hell they hadn’t contacted me about the contamination of the drug.

Their answer… oh that’s the patients responsibility.

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No, I will not deal with them, not now and unless I have no other choice, NOT EVER!

I’m contacting my Doc, to find out what it would take for me to get off the few medications I take.

Yes, I know I could simply stop taking them, but I’d like to do this safely and am willing to change my habits enough so that I could stay healthy and off meds hopefully for a decade or so.

Of course, this could mean Obamacare is working…

As I’ve said elsewhere, there wont be any death panels. There will simply be people that don’t get the right meds, or effective treatments.

It will be totally random and take years for the Government to investigate why so many people are dying of “Illneses for which they were taking the correct meds.

The answer will ultimately be; players like Express Scripts and their crappy record keeping, horrible shipping policies, and sloppy fulfillment of prescriptions caused the death of thousands.

Then there’ll be another decade of discussion and voting to improve laws governing big pharmaceutical distributors like Express Scripts during which thousands more will die.

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All the while players like Express Scripts will be driving real pharmacies and real pharmacists out of local neighborhoods and making a fortune doing it.

The inner city poor will be decimated first, when their neighborhood pharmacies close. Then it will spread to the suburbs.


Fight Companies like Express Scripts!

Refuse to cooperate, don’t comply. Raise hell if your HR department even mentions Express Scripts. Tell your insurer that you don’t want to have to deal with Express Scripts

If you’re already stuck with these bastards, check every single prescription. Question everything about them, make them earn their money, tie up phone lines and don’t use their website

Don’t take their word for anything about generics, or drugs they substitute without talking to you.

Make sure they have cleared every substitution with your physician. In my case Express Scripts lied repeatedly!

They’d never contacted my Doctor about any substitutions. I’m not talking just generics, I’m saying Express Scripts changed the drug they sent me entirely.

RESIST!

Save your neighborhood pharmacy. Save your life.

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Yeah, I’m passionate about it.

There’s something to be said for walking into your local pharmacy and actually talking to a real pharmacist who has records of what you’re taking and knows if you’re looking at a drug interaction.

Express Scripts couldn’t keep it straight, and I was using their automated reorder system.

That system was ALWAYS wrong! To make matters worse, the phone people aren’t pharmacists and they have no better access to information about what they’ve sent you than their web site, which as I’ve said was always wrong.

Medications are serious business. Get the wrong combination and you wake up in the hospital. If you wake up at all.

Yet no-one you speak to at Express Scripts has any accountability or training to answer questions other than accounting related stuff.

Worse yet, if you have a problem with a medication, when you call your doctor you’ll  have to read him or her the name of whatever it is you were taking because of the substitution some “Medical Board” made without actually examining or seeing you. Odds are they didn’t bother to send him or her any information about what you’re actually taking instead of what your doctor prescribed.

That of course presumes you can reach your doctor. What if you can’t? What if the drug interaction is severe? Do you wait it out, or do you go to an Emergency Room?

I like being able to talk to my local pharmacist. I like being able to ask questions and appreciate being warned of potential problems to watch out for. I like being forewarned and being told what to do If X, Y, or Z happen.

There are some things that big nameless, faceless, corporations simply shouldn’t be involved in.

Dispensing drugs is one of them.

AT&T is EVIL! I’m talking Right hand of Satan Evil!

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AT&T is like most corporations, in it to make money. I got no problem with that. I’m not calling AT&T evil because they’re a profit making enterprise.

I’m calling them evil because of how they make their money.

Taking advantage of 70+ year old seniors? REALLY? You can’t do better than take advantage of the segment of the population that is least in a position to call “bullshit” on you?

I’m ahead of myself, let me explain…


Proof #1

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I was in FL helping out my folks.

When it bacame known that I was in FL, Some of the family realized they needed a Techie and asked if I’d help them configure this or fix that or clean up a computer before they donated it to their local church.

No big deal and I was happy to help out.

About week 3, I get invited to my Aunts in Ft Meyers. Cool, She’s a great lady and she sounds utterly confused by a mass of conflicting information that she’s been fed by well meaning friends and not so well meaning sales people.

So I head on down from the Tampa Bay area and have a great drive. My Mom went with me and we had a great time.

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When we get to my aunts place we start chatting about the various services she thinks she has.

First and foremost was that she thought she had WiFi in her house but it wasn’t set up. So I start scanning for any WiFi signal but don’t find one. When I ask she walks me over to a little box in her kitchen.

The box has an antenna and is connected to a wireless phone, but neither the device or the wireless phone are connected to the wall by anything other than their wall wart power supplies.

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Humm, I think to myself. I suppose its possible… but the antenna looks all wrong. I pick up the box, flip it over and look at the FCC ID tag. Turns out the little box is a cellular transceiver that provides a dial tone to a standard phone but does not provide WiFi (as my Aunt had been led to believe).

I think ok, lets move on. Then I ask to be taken on a tour of all the electronics in the house. “Sure,” she says and takes me to a small den. there’s a computer, printer, TV, and fire alarm that’s chirping at 1 minute intervals (I hate fire alarms!)

Nowhere in the house is there anything thats remotely like a router, much less a WiFi router. The only other computer tech is her Android phone and her Galaxy Tablet.

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So I’m thinking that she’s got to have a cable, fiber, or dsl modem/router laying around somewhere in a box.

I ask to see her most recent bill, looking for evidence that she’s being billed for some kind of high speed internet service. Thats when I suffered sticker shock.

My 70+ year old aunt handed me her AT&T phone bill. A bill for $200. SAY WHAT?!?!?!

Nowhere on the bill is there any mention of high speed services other than those being billed separately to her phone/tablet accounts. Her tablet has a 10GB plan, Her phone has a 5GB plan. Her actual usage was less than 300MB.

OK, Time to go to the AT&T Store to find out exactly what the hell is going on.

We walk into the store and my aunt addresses the counter worker by name. Not a good sign, I take it to mean that she’s been in the store way too much. She introduces me as her nephew and says, “We’ve got some questions.”

At this point, I ask about the little box connected to her wireless phone and confirm that it’s a cellular device with no WiFi capability.  The guy was a little defensive and even snippy with me just for asking the question.

Something in my head clicks. In my brain a voice says “OH HELL NO!”

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I uncased the demonic wings.

“You sold this retired lady a cellular device to replace her land line phone, when at the same time you were selling her a full on smart cell phone and a tablet? At the same time you configured ALL of these devices on separate sub accounts?”

The dude starts to jabber about how the cellular thing that connects to a normal phone is more reliable than a wired phone. Mind you we’re standing in the middle of hurricane alley!

I asked the guy how the hell a cellular tower is MORE reliable in a hurricane than buried cables? this initiated a whole bunch of stammering.

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Moving on…

So her Cell phone and this cellular thingy are the same tech, and that makes one of them redundant. Unfortunately, she signed on to a two year contract on the cellular to normal phone adapter? Waste  of technology?

She thought that it was a Wifi device that would allow her home computer and tablet internet access, it wasn’t but she was 3 months past the no harm no foul cancellation date.

I figure there’s nothing I can do about that, I don’t have the time to initiate a contract dispute based on misrepresentation since it’s going to be his word against hers.

“OK, lets look at the data plans,” I say.

“Oh she needs the multi gig plans for her devices,” says the guy who is getting snippier and slimier by the moment.

“No she doesn’t,” I say.

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We argue back and forth a few times then I tell him to shut the hell up and look at the usage printed on the damn bill. I slam the bill on the counter to punctuate my command.

Once again, I find myself in the position of commanding a “Servicer”.  I hate having to bare my fangs in front of my aunt. But damn, this AT&T guy is working my freaking nerves.

I decide that in addition to commanding him, I’m also going to punish him. There are people in the store, quite a few in fact. Oh what the hell, time for me to have a bit of fun.

“So let me get this straight, You sold services you knew were redundant to a retiree. Apparently you lied to that retiree about the capabilities of at least one of the devices by saying it had WiFi. Then you set up her account so that she was being billed the maximum you could get away with. All of this to artificially drive her bill above $200 a month when comparable services from T-Mobile would have cost her $45 to $80 a month?”

Several people left the store. Others looked at their smart phones and then left (Looking for the nearest T-Mobile store? Checking the time? Ether way, the store was soon empty again.

Ain’t I a stinker? My aunt realized what I’d done and was doing a pretty fair job of hiding her grin.

Suddenly, the smart phone and tablet accounts were using a common pooled data plan sharing 1GB of data between both devices. The bill dropped for just north of $200 to $80 a month.

Later, I found out that she’d gone into the AT&T store wanting to buy an ipad. She walked out with a Galaxy Tab ‘cause it was “Better”. RIGHT!

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Great in theory, except that she couldn’t print to anything, except a Samsung printer which she didn’t own, without buying a third party piece of software.

One of the primary reasons she wanted the tablet is that she potentially wanted to get rid of her old desktop computer and based on her needs, a tablet could work fine for her.

But ya sometimes need to print shit out. Her existing printer would have allowed direct printing from a iPad.

The Galaxy Tablet however was a completely different story. It’s absolutely criminal that Samsung took a good operating system like Android and then crippled the shit out of it! (Soo based on what I’ve encountered with a couple of Samsung products… I hope Apple kicks their ass in court and I will not be buying any more Samsung computing devices. )

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We stopped at Staples and picked her up a nifty inexpensive little Epson inkjet that worked well has cheap consumables, and included an Epson printer driver for the GalaxyTab. (As an aside, when she goes iPad, and I’m sure she will… The Epson will work just fine for that too.)

Then we went back to her house where I drew pictures and explained the technologies.

In the end she got what she needed but it shouldn’t have taken my sorting through the AT&T bill and intimidating a dumbass in an AT&T store for her to get what she’d asked for. As it stands, she doesn’t have WiFi in her house, but she’s thinking she doesn’t really need it as long as the tablet can surf the internet using cellular.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t get AT&T to let her out of the contract for the stupid ass cellular box connected to her wireless phone.

She hadn’t even used it according to the bill, but she was paying through the nose for it.

I felt bad about that.


Proof #2

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Then there’s my friend in Orange County. He’s another person I recommended T-Mobile to.

I understand why he didn’t just buy the iPhone(s) he wanted from the Apple store then set up with T-Mobile.

It was, in part familiarity, part cash flow, and part the belief that all cell phone companies are a rip off. (That latter part is probably mostly true.)

My friend had called AT&T before I got involved. He was trying to do research and due diligence before he went shopping. In the conversation with the AT&T personnel he specifically asked if he could bring a Verizon iPhone to AT&T’s service. They said yes!

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As I’m chatting with him I question their assurances. This has to do with the differences between American cellular carriers. There were, until very recently several protocols that phones used to communicate with cellular towers. It appears that many of the providers are wising up and switching to similar protocols albeit on different frequencies.

An old Verizon iPhone however is completely incompatible with AT&T or T-Mobile. We verified this during a shopping outing where the Apple guy had already pulled a new iPhone and iPad from the back and we were prepping to set them up for my friend.

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Before we pulled the wrappers off the boxes, I reconfirmed what my friend was wanting to do and ran it by the Apple guy. The Apple guy paused, then looked quizzically at us and said, “a Verizon iPhone 4? And you’ve been told you could take it to AT&Ts network?”

We answered “Yep.”

The Apple guy says “I don’t think that is possible with that model phone, but let me check just to be sure.”

After 10 minutes of searching through Apple’s knowledge bases and the internet the Apple guy confirmed that a Verizon iPhone didn’t have the right kind of radio to make that transition. Probably, it could go to Sprint, but not AT&T.

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That cancelled the deal for the iPhone 5s and iPad.

My friend & I then went to the AT&T store. (A little slice of hell for me.)

After waiting 15 minutes we finally get an AT&T asshat to acknowledge us and my friend asks “Can I move a Verizon iPhone 4 to the AT&T network?”

“Sure you can, you’ll just have to buy a new phone,” says the asshat.

“Uh no, we’re not asking if we can transfer the number to a new phone, we’re asking if we can use the actual Verizon iPhone 4 we already own on the AT&T network,” I ask.

Asshat blinks a couple of times, “Why would you want to do that? We’ll give you a new phone with a two year contract nothing down.”

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Grrrr! Our shopping ended for the day. My friend did comment how impressed he was with the Apple guy being so up front and honest.

I told him my experience with Apple is that in general their people want you to have a good experience and be satisfied with your purchase. I’ve had some problems over the years with Apple but generally I’ve been pleased with our business dealings.

Flash forward a couple of months and my friend gets a “deal” from AT&T. After spending 5 hours in the AT&T store, he gets two phones and some kind of coupons or freebie cases or something and leaves the store.

He then drives to the Apple store and purchases a couple of iPads. As it happened, the same Apple Guy was on duty and remembered my friend, he set up the iPads and was pleased to help. Which left a good impression of Apple with my friend.

I should note that a substantial portion of the smarts of my friends iPhone was not set up when he left the AT&T store. He was able to make and receive calls but had limited functionality on the “Smart” phone portions of the unit.

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When I got called in to do instruction on the phone’s capabilities I spent some time configuring and reconfiguring what little AT&T did configure.

That was bad enough, but now months later my friend is still fighting with AT&T to get certain discounts and rebates.

He’s spent tons of time on the phone spinning his wheels to get these things resolved and apparently keeps getting assured by whoever he talks to that all is well and he’s going to be seeing what he was promised in December. But billing cycle after billing cycle those promises don’t materialize.

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Again, another “less young” person, being taken advantage of, or promised a bunch of stuff so that the AT&T store people can make the sale with no regard for what the long term ramifications on these folks lives.

My friend isn’t retired yet, but he’s also not swimming in cash either. The AT&T folks tried talking him into one of their outrageously priced data plans when all he and his partner need is a GB or two per month max.

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For god sake, I’m a data hog, and I don’t exceed the free 1 GB per month from T-Mobile, that I share with my partner.

Yet AT&T keeps signing people up for 5 and 10 GB per month. I suppose if you were in LTE service all the time you could maybe use that much if you were streaming Netflix or iCloud.

But most of us have access to WiFi MOST of the time. We’d rarely need that amount of data on a cellular network.

At least with T-Mobile, if I were to exceed my allotment, all they’d do is slow me down. Some of the other carriers cut you off completely.


Proof #3

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My friend also ended up embroiled in an AT&T U-verse conflict on behalf of an 80 year old lady in OC.

All she wanted was WiFi in her house. Seems simple enough you’d think. So she calls AT&T and gets SOLD AT&T U-verse.

Ok, you think, she gets rid of her cable bill, has no internet bill, and consolidates her land line service into one single bill.

Yes, that’s the theory. The reality has been a billing nightmare and the service has been spotty as well!

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This poor lady has been run through the wringer. She got charged for all the premium channels that were supposed to be free for 3 months.

When she called to complain she was fed some bullshit line like “You were supposed to call us to discontinue those introductory channels.”

So the outrageous billing was technically valid.

Then her WiFi stopped working and it was an AT&T problem, not a problem in her home. They weren’t supposed to bill her for the service call but they did!

Then her phone stopped working, she calls them back out and they bill her for another service call.

This is all going on within the first few months of her having their service.

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She tries to lower the bill by discontinuing more channels and gets the “Yes ma’am we’ll make that change immediately.”

But the change is never made, when she calls again there’s no record of her request.

On and on, round and round it goes.

All this lady really wants is a working phone, working WiFi, and basic TV. AT&T can’t seem to get that through their heads. Meanwhile they’re milking her for hundreds of dollars each month.

I personally believe that retired people should get Phone, WiFi, Basic TV and possibly Gas & Electric FOR FREE! If not totally free, then retirees should be able to pay 1/2 or just pennies on the dollar for those services.

There should be some perks for living to retirement.


Proof #4

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Another friend, in a moment of weakness is approached at his home by a smoking hot female AT&T employee. She’s selling U-Verse door to door.

He listens politely to her spiel and figures, “Yeah, it’s a good deal even after the introductory rate expires.”

There’s only one thing extra he wants. Not having to pay for HD services or something like that.

(I’m with him, everyone broadcasts in HD. HD comes to the cable, satellite, and fiber providers by default, so why the hell are the providers charging us 5.00 or 10.00 bucks a month to get something we could get over the air with an antenna?)

The little hottie says, “Sure, we can do that!”

My friend schedules the installation.

A couple days before the installation, AT&T calls to confirm the installation date and time, and mentions that they cannot waive the additional HD charges.

My friend tells them “Well then you can’t do the installation in my house. Goodbye!”


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The moral of this long convoluted post?

AT&T is BAD, they shouldn’t be trusted and potentially should be indicted in a nationwide class action lawsuit for breach of contract and misrepresentation.

AT&T employees are immoral minions of a corporation whose greed is legendary.

They prey on the elderly, and think nothing of complicating someones lives so much that eventually, the people just give up and pay whatever obscene prices AT&T wants to saddle them with.

AT&T is like this coast to coast, the misrepresentation and double dealing isn’t a localized phenomena, its indicative of corporate rot that goes to the CORE of the company.

Choose to fight them wherever and whenever you can. Don’t shop at their stores, don’t purchase their services if you can avoid them.

Take your business, in good capitalist fashion to AT&T’s competition vote on their corporate behavior with your wallet.

Eventually, they’ll take notice.

After being chastised for too much techno-drivel I choose current events for $800.

I’m not sure what to write about…

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How about the 160,000 people that will be losing, or have lost their insurance in California due to the implementation of Obamacare? Yes, Yes, I know it’s actually called ACA now that  The President is trying to distance himself from the controversy.

I note that he called it Obamacare in at least one speech…

Of course that was when he was still telling us all that we’d get to keep our current healthcare coverage. That was when he was trying to be a salesman instead of The President.

How about the controversy over the Governments website? Or the fact that there are so many out of work QA people like myself who’d have loved to have jobs testing the code.

Oh, right! The government was so sure that their code was perfect they didn’t bother to test it until the last two weeks before going live.

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I suppose I could comment on the hearings about the website, and that the insanity you’re hearing or reading about is totally normal in almost ANY government contract. 

No one in government has a good idea about what the “Current” technology looks like.

The government tends to write contracts such that even if you have a better idea, or more current technology that is faster, cheaper, and works better, you can’t implement it.

Why???? Oh my dear boy… it’s because the contract can’t be changed without a review and the review will take at least 6 months and have to be voted on by some committee or possibly even Congress.

So this means that HTML ver 2.0 was used instead of the later version that is better, faster, and potentially more secure.

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Or that the CPU used in a particular piece of hardware that used to cost $20 when the contract was finalized, will cost $2020 in runs of 10,000 by the time the contract actually is completed.

The cost increase for the CPU is because the CPU is obsolete and now has to be custom manufactured.

It’s this kind of insanity that causes lots of companies to actively refuse government contracts.

Which inevitably leads to specialized government contractors who will do exactly what the contract says. Even when they know what the government has specified will not work.

After all why shouldn’t they?

There’s no real upside in suggesting changes to the contract.

In fact while the changes are under review the government won’t pay to keep employees assigned to the contract, this is called a stop work situation.

Then when the changes are approved the people that were working on the project are no longer available. Those people have been reassigned to other projects or they’ve been laid off and found employment elsewhere.

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The upside for these government contractors is reworking the project for years and billing the government to do it.

But boys and girls… this is the way things in Washington work and to some extent it’s a direct result of a government that is too big and bloated. For all the hand wringing and yelling in any of these hearings…

Nothing will change.

You have got to be kidding me…

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I saw some video of the person trying to ram the gate at the White house.

It didn’t look to me like she tried to ram anything.

It looked a lot more like she’d made a wrong turn and was trying to figure out what to do next when the DC police and Secret Service responded with shouting and waving a whole lot of guns at her.

That video is not available on the web yet…  And it may never be because it makes the DC police and Secret Service look really bad.

I think she decided to just get the hell away from all these crazy people and their scary guns, who then started shooting.

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This led to a police chase where our “evildoer” hit a cop car practically destroying it, then sped on to her final destination.

Really? Crown Victoria vs. Lexus and the Lexus is drivable? While the Crown Vic is totaled. Really?

I think it’s far more likely that the cop driving the Crown Vic hit something else or was hit because you can see the front of the Lexus in some of the photos.

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This one for example.

The front of the Lexus doesn’t look nearly as screwed up as I’d expect after seeing the Cops car.

The initial news reports were that the Woman had started shooting at the cops.

As it turned out she was completely unarmed and had a 1 year old child in the back seat.

I can easily imagine a Mother getting freaked out because she was lost or made a wrong turn then was suddenly confronted with 20 or 30 men with guns all shouting at her and she decided…

THE HELL WITH THIS!

I’m getting my child and myself away from these crazy people who aren’t listening to what I’m saying.

I’ll grant you it probably wasn’t the smartest move.

Honestly if I was already stressed because I was lost and then turned into an area to consider my options, then looked up and saw a bunch of guys pointing guns at me and screaming at me… I’d be very much inclined to run.

OUT OF FEAR FOR MY LIFE!

These cops in the first video are obviously cranked beyond any reasonable notches. The gate in question is quite some distance from the White House.

That these folks were cranked tighter than a Meth addict coming down hard is something we as a people and a country should really take a good long look at.

A couple of weeks ago NYPD shot innocent bystanders because some nut job was running around in traffic.

The police missed the nut job they were shooting at.

Last year I believe NYPD shot 13 or 14 people in a similar incident where they only grazed the actual criminal but did a lot of harm to innocent bystanders.

Now it looks as if the DC police are just as amped up, stupid and irresponsible as NYPD. 

DC police killed this woman in front of her child. 

This lady was unarmed, obviously afraid, and we will never know what her intention was.

The one thing that we can be sure of and that we need to dial way down is living in fear.

The media, bloggers, Twitter, and god only knows what other media sources seem to thrive on filling us up with fear, of living.

It’s unnecessary and it leads to police over-reaction to common every day events.

What ever happened to an officer approaching the vehicle and saying something civil like “Ma’am you can’t park here you must move along.

How about the civility of “Are you lost Ma’am and can I help you?

Instead because DC is freaking out, the response was probably something like;

GET OUT OF THE CAR MAGGOT, FUCKING BITCH,  DOWN ON YOUR KNEES, NOW, NOW, NOW, I DON’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT YOUR EXCUSE IS, GET OUT OF THE CAR ON THE GROUND, NOW BITCH! 

Then there’s the very real possibility that if you don’t move fast enough or you move too fast you’re going to at minimum get beat to hell and at maximum you’re going to be shot.

Given that choice I’d probably opt to stay in the car and make a run for it. At least I’d have a cocoon of steel around me.

We need to take the fear mongering down several notches. 

Not everyone is planning to do congress or the president harm. If congress and / or the president are that fearful, maybe some introspection on how they are doing their job is in order.

Sometimes people make wrong turns. Sometimes people veer onto side streets trying to avoid an accident, then have to figure out how to get back on course. It happens every day in every city in the US.

They killed an unarmed woman… 

Will she be mourned and venerated like Trayvon Martin?

Surely her life was important and she was worthy of a police officer listening to her.

It’s painful to live in fear


The reports this morning are even more bizarre. This lady suffering from post partum depression loads up her child, drives from Connecticut to Washington DC and tried to ram a barricade at the White House? Was the child the Presidents?

None of it makes any sense and honestly given the spin that the DC police and the media are putting on this event. I am for the first time in my life fearful of the police and my government.

The behavior we saw yesterday and the police now trying to imply, if not outright say this woman was a threat to the security of the White House is ludicrous.

The internal investigation of this incident will be covered up. The police will be found completely blameless. The Secret Service will continue to claim they acted properly. 

Meanwhile the woman’s name will be slandered and her child will be without a parent.

The handling of this incident makes me want to vomit.

The truth of the matter will never come out. If we were able to keep track of the officers quitting the DC police department over the next year I wouldn’t be surprised to see a huge turnover.

I don’t think the officers leaving would be bad cops, rather I suspect they’d be the cops whose morals and ethics wouldn’t let them continue to work for a department that clearly has no moral boundaries.

Ahhh Bliss…

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I turned off Twitter, the TV, and am not reading or looking at any “News” sources.

After watching President Obamas brief speech this morning I simply couldn’t take any more.

The silence has been very nice. The more I’ve heard over the past week the madder I’ve gotten. After a couple of hours of peace & quiet I’m feeling much better.

I have been thinking it’s funny that the tin foil hat wearing crowd may have been vindicated!

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I’ve also been enjoying the thought that the most rabid of the Democrats must be twitching in apoplectic fits that their “Savior” seems to be at the center of a maelstrom of  scandals.

Somehow thinking of those Democrats (including one who told me I was a moron in my own home after accepting my hospitality) drinking themselves into a stupor over all of this, is somewhat satisfying.

Make no mistake. 

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The last Republican administration wasn’t any better. 

But the haughty arrogance that so many of the Democratic representatives have exhibited and that their rabid constituents have leveled directly at people like me, is deserving of a humbling.

More often than not I happen to agree with the Republican stance on issues.

I don’t agree with the Republicans about DOMA, and didn’t agree with them about DADT. I have a serious problem with the ultra fundamentalists injecting God into the government and then being shown as hypocrites when they’re caught with their pants down porking or being porked by some sweet young congressional page. I’d love to tell the hypocritical Republicans that Defense of Marriage starts at home. If they can’t live up to their vows, then how can they possibly be defenders of the institution.

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I most often don’t agree with the Democrats, about anything. I don’t think endless government agencies and intervention is the way. I don’t think that outrageous spending is going to help do much of anything except put our country further into debt.

But I work pretty hard to see both sides of an issue. 

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I can honestly say I’ve never told someone I disagreed with on twitter “Fuck off”, “I hope you get cancer”, “I hope you get shot”, “I’m sure that the natural disaster that has leveled your town is karmic payback for your beliefs.”, “Gee you seem like you want to learn perhaps you should go to a real school and learn the right information.” 

All of these curses/comments have been leveled at me for no other reason than I didn’t agree with the Democratic perspective. Or I committed the horrific affront of asking for facts. Just because I don’t drink the Democratic Kool-Aid doesn’t mean I’ve been smoking the Republican bong.

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What I really want is that simplest most elusive of Human states. Freedom!

I want to be free from religion, interference, hatred, hostility, and rhetoric.

I want to marry who I want to, and be left the hell alone to live my life MY WAY without 10,000 busybodies telling me that I’m wrong or trying to control every moment of my existence.

What I want is to tell Washington, and Sacramento;

You’re not living my life, I am. You don’t have a fucking clue about what’s best for me so let me marry the consenting adult of my choice, get your hands out of my pocket, your regulations out of my face and keep your noses out of my business.

And one more thing Government… 

I look at our relationship as a contract. One that you’ve not delivered on… If I were to have broken a contract as thoroughly and intentionally as you have, I’d be in jail.

Time for you Government, to realize you’re not above the law, you’re as bound by it as I am. 

So Start acting like it!