Herding Cats: Texas Independence Faces Challenges From Within

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

reinkefj:

In an interesting post, Longcore points out that we need to focus all our attention — laser like — on liberty and property rights. I’d have said “life, liberty, and property” cribbing from the Founding Fathers. But , if you just have to focus on one, to me it’s “liberty”. Hope others among “We, The Sheeple” listen. Especially when the Oligarchy reprised it’s favorite mantra “We have pass these internet regulations for net neutrality, so you mundanes can see what’s in them” yesterday. Argh!

Originally posted on DumpDC:

by Russell D. Longcore

Herding Cats Herding Cats

Have you ever thought about herding cats?

Cats are known for their aloof independence. Sure, your cat will curl up in your lap and purr while you pet him, but how often do you see cats sit…or speak…or fetch on demand? Nobody trains guard CATS. There are no Feline Units in your local police department. So the visual image above of cowboys herding cats is meant to be absurd, showing that corralling a bunch of snooty independent cats is a tough job.

“Herding Cats” also accurately describes efforts to get independence-minded patriots to work together. Let me tell you a story that illustrates this phrase well.

Back in the decade of the 2000s, I shifted from being an activist, conservative, Marine Corps-loving, pro-war, pro-gun, rock-ribbed Republican to being a Libertarian. I had read book after book about liberty, and it became quite clear in…

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Change is the only Universal constant

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015-Jan-19

Looks like I’ll be “unemployed” at the end of February.

That’s why last week and this week’s issue is and will be a little thin this week.

Working on my future plans.

Rest assured, my Jasper Jottings addiction will continue.

Laugh!

“Change is …”

“Change is NEVER good.”

“The only universal constant isn’t Pi π, or Euler’s number e, or even Pythagoras’ constant √2 — it’s change!”

(That’s a “Ferd-ism” as captured and collect by one of two my summer interns in 2012. A “disrespectful” lad with a good sense of humor. He survived my “supervision” and went on to gainful employment despite my warped advice.)

Argh!

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RANT: The spin turns to whirlwind

Sunday, June 8, 2014

http://nypost.com/2014/06/07/obamas-well-honed-media-strategy-unraveled-with-pow/

How Obama’s media strategy unraveled with recovered POW
By John Podhoretz
June 7, 2014 | 11:41am

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The bottom line is that the president settled on a controversial, high- risk strategy here in a difficult and problematic manner — and then sought to use his mastery of pop culture to change the story to a more palatable one. But some stories just can’t be gussied up.

More important for the president’s future fortunes is this lesson: You can only spin for so long before you start spinning yourself. Spin and spin and spin and soon you have a whirlwind to reap.

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1. We negotiated with terrorists putting Americans further at risk.

2. We released dangerous men back into the wild.

3. Why do we have Gitmo? Shouldn’t we be killing those that attack up?

4. This President is inept at best.

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RANT: Taxpayer cost?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

And I wonder what this cost the taxpayers?

Donald Sterling Agrees to Sell L.A. Clippers, Drop Lawsuit

Donald Sterling, the L.A. Clipper’s embattled owner, has agreed to sell the basketball team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and is dropping a lawsuit against the NBA, his lawyer said.

Mr. Sterling initially vowed to fight a deal struck last week by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team to Mr. Ballmer for $2 billion. The NBA in April set out to force him from the league after racist comments he made became public in a recording.

The league’s board of governors must approve any sale.

 

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JOBFINDING: Enterprise Applications Manager Colmar, WA

Friday, March 28, 2014

Please take a look at the enclosed Enterprise Applications Manager (permanent) role I’m recruiting for, and share with qualified candidates along with my contact information. We are paying a referral fee for successful placement of your referrals!

Job Description

Job Title: Enterprise Applications Manager

Location: Colmar, WA

Employment Status: Direct Hire

The Business Systems Manager’s role is to manage and maintain the organization’s repository of software applications through best practices and the appropriate staffing and management of the Applications team. The Business Systems Manager is also responsible for planning and coordinating the processes required for the provision of user applications and systems necessary for business operations. This individual will apply proven communication and problem-solving skills to guide and assist the user groups on issues related to the design, development, and deployment of mission-critical information software systems and process changes.

Responsibilities:

• Manage those involved in Business Systems development and support across The Client’s to ensure the best use of available resources as determined by IT Steering Committee and departmental priorities

• Oversee applications support operations and implement new operational processes to improve availability and functionality

• Manage incidents, work requests, problem resolution, and change control workflow

• Manage customers’ SLA expectations and ensure delivery against committed SLAs

• Provide a high level of customer service and develop solid partnerships with internal and external customers to attain excellence in customer service

• Manage a team of employee, contract and consulting resources to ensure adequate support for all assigned IT applications – including mission-critical applications – for both day-to-day operations and on-call support

• Assign projects, tasks, and support responsibilities to team members

• Ensure the staff is given appropriate training so that depth of support for individual application systems is provided

• Guide and coach team members to optimum performance and achievement of goals; conduct annual reviews and provide career growth counseling to Business Systems staff

• Evaluate, install, configure, and deploy new applications, systems software, products, and/or enhancements to existing applications throughout the organization

• Ensure that applications meet business requirements and systems goals, fulfill end-user requirements, and identify and resolve business issues

• Collaborate with analysts, designers, and system owners in the testing of new software programs and applications to ensure they meet specified goals

• Provide guidance to Business Systems personnel in the use of standard technologies and best practices for the support and development of software applications

• Ensure that new software integrates into company systems, meets functional requirements, system compliance, and interface specifications

• Work with department management to ensure applications conform to standards needed to deliver them efficiently over the The Client’s network.

• Liaise with company’s software suppliers for prompt rectification of any problems or emergencies

• Coordinate feasibility studies for software and system products under consideration for purchase, and provide advice based on findings

• Evaluate proposals in order to identify potential problem areas, and make the appropriate recommendations

• Liaise with network administrators and software engineers to assist with quality assurance

• Compile and maintain inventory of company software and systems assets and their corresponding contracts/agreements

• Review and analyze existing applications’ effectiveness and efficiency, and develop strategies for improving or leveraging these systems

• Develop and communicate application training and documentation for end users as necessary

• Develop, distribute, and coordinate end-user reviews for modified and new systems or applications

• Research and make recommendations on software products and services in support of procurement and development efforts

Qualifications:

• 5+ years of IT management experience, leading support teams of 4-6 direct reports

• Strong knowledge of ITIL® and PRINCE2® /PMP best practices and methodologies is preferred

• Working knowledge of application development technologies

• Strong customer-service orientation

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Excellent listening and interpersonal skills

• Ability to conduct research into application issues and products

• Highly self-motivated and directed

• Awareness of applicable data privacy practices and laws

• Four-year college diploma or university degree in computer science or a related field and/or 10 years equivalent work experience

• Proven experience in overseeing the direction, development, and implementation of software strategy and solutions

• Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

• Occasional evening and weekend work to meet deadlines

• Light travel required (+/- 10%) for the purpose of Managing and coordinating off-site software and system applications personnel.

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INSPIRATIONAL: A crow solve 8 complex puzzles?

Friday, February 14, 2014

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/watch-a-genius-crow-solve-8-complex-puzzles-in-perfect-1520343494/@caseychan?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29

Watch a genius crow solve 8 complex puzzles in perfect order!

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Crow is “smarter” than most humans?

My question is was this a “trained” bird. Or had it just done it several times?

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POLITICAL: OBAMACARE nukes incentives

Monday, February 10, 2014

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579367143880532248

The Economist Who Exposed ObamaCare
The Chicago professor examined the law’s incentives for the poor not to get a job or work harder, and this week Beltway budgeteers agreed.
By JOSEPH RAGO CONNECT
Feb. 7, 2014 6:30 p.m. ET

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Another way of putting it is that taking away benefits has the same effect as a direct tax, so lower-income workers are discouraged from climbing the income ladder by working harder, logging extra hours, taking a promotion or investing in their future earnings through job training or education.

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The bad news just keeps rolling in.

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