RANT: “Leave room for the Holy Ghost!”

Sunday, February 1, 2015

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/01/28/can-you-see-why-school-administrators-in-utah-had-a-problem-with-15-year-olds-dress/

Can You See Why School Administrators in Utah Had a Problem With 15-Year-Old’s Dress?
Jan. 28, 2015 1:28am Oliver Darcy

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Those rules include this section:

Formals, backless dresses and/or tops may not extend beyond the bottom of the shoulder blades. Girls’ dresses and tops must have a 2″ minimum strap on each shoulder. Shawls, boleros and other shrugs are acceptable if worn over the dress at all times. Cleavage covered.

Finlayson still argued that her dress, which was purchased in Paris, was modest in comparison to what other girls were wearing.

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What was the dress code for the “boys” blindfolds and mittens?

When I was young, the good Nuns and Brothers could chill the ardor of any boy with a mere glance. No codes required. 

“Leave room for the Holy Ghost!” was heard frequently.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: The Ron Paul Curriculum and Gooferment Skrules

Saturday, January 31, 2015

http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/public/3346.cfm?affID=rphomesch

26 Reasons to Adopt the Ron Paul Curriculum Today (Not Next Term) . . . and 4 Not To

Ron Paul
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There are 26 reasons why this curriculum is what your teenage children (or grandchildren) need . . . starting today.

 

Reason #1: This curriculum helps you pass on your most important inheritance: your worldview. It is the only video-based, self-taught, reading-intensive, writing-intensive, online homeschool program that provides a systematic defense of limited government and the free market economy. I call this the freedom philosophy.



All of the other reasons are secondary to this one . . . even my 100% money-back guarantee. The war for your children’s minds begins early, but it becomes a high-stakes battle in middle school: sixth grade. Here, the textbooks begin the process of defending the modern state — the state which provides “free” education. Here is where millions of parents lose the battle. College is merely the “mopping up” operation. Before I get to the other reasons why your children need this curriculum, I want to go over the basics.

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As you all know, I hate the Gooferment Skrules. Not just paying for them, but the “model” or meme of them. 

The “American Gooferment Skrule” System is a direct lift of the Prussian (German) system to create cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite. 

Question: Where do politicians and bureaucrats send there children?

Answer: Not to a Gooferment Skrule! Jimmie Carter, for all his flaws, sent Amy to “public school”. Ever hear of her again. But, I’m sure you’ve heard of the other President’s children!

So here’s a resource. Even if you don’t do the whole home school thing, then maybe you do it “after skrule”.

When I was in Good Shepherd, the Jewish kids — a few in the Catholic School with me and the ones who went to public school — would go to “Jewish School” from 3PM until 7PM during the school year and all day during the summer. Any wonder why they excelled?

YMMV and that’s why I have zero children.

Laugh!

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SECURITY: A “stuck backspace key”? You’re joking!

Friday, January 30, 2015

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2015/01/29/justice-departments-ig-report-disputes-attkissons-computer-intrusion-allegations/

Justice Department’s IG report disputes Attkisson’s computer-intrusion allegations
By Erik Wemple January 29 at 2:30 PM

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Lastly, Attkisson reported to the OIG that a “suspicious” cable was attached to her Internet Service Provider’s connection box installed on her house. She opined to the OIG that perhaps this cable was being used to “tap” her house. Further investigation by the OIG revealed that the cable was a common cable used by the provider and could not be used to monitor or otherwise affect the phone or internet service at her residence.

And in response to Attkisson’s videotape of an alleged hacker deleting content from her computer screen, the report says that the activity was caused by “the back space key being stuck.”

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Pardon my French, but are you <synonym for the act of procreation in real time> kidding me.

I bought and read her book.

How can they comment on the “suspicious cable” when it was removed by person or persons unknown?

Unless they have the cable.

Then the question is HOW did it come into their possession.

And, really, a “stuck backspace key”, seriously. That’s the story they are going with?

Argh!

Someone should be in jail. 

Correction, lots of someones!

Argh!

Maybe that’s what caused the Target breech, the SONY leak, and global cooling / warming?

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Civil Forfeiture is Fourth Amendment violation

Friday, January 30, 2015

http://blog.motorists.org/the-business-of-civil-forfeiture/

The Business of Civil Forfeiture
Posted on January 6th, 2015

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Black Asphalt lets its 25,000 users compile and share detailed data on private motorists—whether they’ve done anything wrong or not—including addresses, social security numbers, information from traffic stops or interrogations, searches, etc. Information is shared informally without official oversight, and many of the reports end up in federal fusion centers where they can be shared with law enforcement agencies at all levels.

Desert Snow encourages users to provide data about their traffic stops by offering rewards and incentives. The more data an officer enters, the more rewards he earns. Desert Snow also holds an annual competition to recognize officers who have seized the most contraband. Top earners (to borrow a term from The Sopranos) are honored at Desert Snow’s annual conference.

The system appears to work. According to The Washington Post, police officers affiliated with Desert Snow reported seizing $427 million from traffic stops over a five-year period. In fact, Desert Snow’s methods are so lucrative, company personnel have even gotten in on the act. Last year, the Caddo County, Oklahoma, district attorney’s office contracted with Desert Snow employees to conduct interdiction operations on state highways. Working with local police officers, Desert Snow employees seized more than $1 million over six months. The firm retained 25 percent of the haul under the contract terms. Fortunately, the scheme was shut down after a local judge got wind of it and threatened to jail the Desert Snow employees who were involved.

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So how do “We, The Sheeple” stop it?

Change the channel to sports, miss universe, or some other “circus”!

Argh!

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RANT: When did “corporate america” change?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When did “corporate america” change into the uncaring ruthless quarterly profit beast it’s become?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_the_United_States_Fighting_Force

Code of Conduct for the U.S. Fighting Force

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Article IVa. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

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This seemed so natural from my early days at AT&T.

When I was being managed, my supervisors were evaluated on how well they “developed” me.

When I was promoted to “management”, a full 50% of my evaluation was on how “my” people were progressing towards THEIR stated goals. Note: Not my goals for them or even the company’s goals for them.

Then came Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA!

http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/erisa.htm

As a young “fat old white guy injurer”, I was aware of the changing landscape when I was in ingineering skrule.

Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta Corporation were big Engineering firms. But, we were warned against going to work for them because they were rumored (later sued) for dumping engineers out the door every five years to hire younger and cheaper engineers.

Out of this came the ERISA and the “five year pension vesting” rule.

This set off the “turnstile effect”. Every five years, people would move on to better jobs regardless if they wanted to or not. Collect those pensions.

At the same time, corporations began to shift from “Personnel Departments” to “Human Resources”.

And people became as expendable as pencils and screw drivers.

Argh!

Didn’t take very long for the “humans” being resourced to adopt an adversarial attitude towards their employers.

Took me a while to lose my AT&T trained behavior that I trusted my “leadership” to be my advocate. 

That happened the first time I was “downsized” out of a job. 

Luckily, I had the experience of taking a “golden handshake” from AT&T. So I dove right into the process. It didn’t hurt that they had to keep me on for six months to “transition” and “knowledge transfer”. (I learned from my exposure to the IEBW Union workers in NYC that one NEVER EVER tells anyone EVERYTHING that you know.)

After that experience, I never truly trusted a manager or a leader. Many of who were “good guys”, but one has to recognize that there are factors beyond their control. (Like the one job where the day I started, my new boss, his boss, and his boss’ boss were all nuked. For six weeks I was reporting to the CEO’s secretary with absolutely NOTHING to do.)

So, in my working career, “Corporate America” has morphed into “Crony Capitalism”, where politics, image, and political correctness have replaced results, honesty, and integrity.

It’s very sad,

I weep for the youngsters coming up behind us for the environment they are getting into.

Hence my constant preaching — save your money, don’t accumulate bad debt, be in your own business — which you are anyway — even if you’re a full time employee, and try to find 10 part-time jobs or 10 distinct income streams where the loss of any one doesn’t put you at risk of having to live in cardboard box.

ARGH!

Dona Nobis Pacem and “Bon courage a vous tous”

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MEME: The Concorde Fallacy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2015/01/23/what-target-did-right-in-canada/?intcmp=HPBucket

What Target Did Right in Canada
By Jim BlasingameGrowing Your BusinessPublished January 23, 2015FOXBusiness

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This story isn’t to call attention to the many things Target did wrong, but rather to highlight the one thing they did right: They did not become victims of the Concorde Fallacy.

In 1956, the British and French governments, along with aircraft and engine manufacturers, began the process of building a supersonic airliner. From the start the Concorde was plagued by prohibitive budget overruns. In fact, long before the wheels came up on the first commercial flight in 1976, the partnership knew the venture would never sustain itself financially. And yet they couldn’t bring themselves to shut it down.

By the last Concorde flight in 2003, the Anglo/French misadventure had become so legendary that evolutionary biologists coined the term, “Concorde Fallacy,” as a metaphor for when sticking with a troubled project costs more than starting over with a new alternative.

Ego and sovereign pride by the Concorde partnership caused the willing suspension of economic reason. Plus they failed to apply the lesson of sunk costs, which is that, “Any decision to continue a financially unviable project shouldn’t be based on what has already been spent.” In a small business, it might sound like this, “We’ve got too much invested to stop,” or “We just need to work harder.”

Pride can be productive or it can be a problem. Consider this handy admonition a mentor once gave me that I have named the Concorde Question: “Do you have a fighting chance or just a chance to fight?”

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This is the best formulation of the problem of “sunken costs”.

Unfortunately, everyone, EVERYONE, thinks about the sunken cost, the lost opportunity, and looking bad.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on ‘529’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on ‘529’ College Savings Accounts

The Obama administration said it would drop a controversial plan to raise taxes on so-called 529 college-savings accounts, after the proposal sparked widespread criticism over its potential impact on the middle class.

House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday called publicly on the White House to withdraw its plan. Calls also were coming privately from leaders of the president’s own party.

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