September 2, 2017

Our Self Indulgent Nation

Back in 2008 when the Army was recruiting our daughter, the wife and I had several conversations with the recruiters. This subject came up even then.  Military recruitment is vital to our national interests; if new war fighters can't be found we are in deep kimchi.
Americans continue to get fatter and it's delivering a huge blow to the country, both in higher health care costs and undercutting military recruiting, according to a huge new study.

The 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation bluntly reported that 70 percent of the nation is obese or overweight.

And while the rate of obesity growth is leveling off, the costs aren't. The report, for example, said additional health care for obese adults and children is $150 billion a year and billions of dollars more in lost worker productivity.

It is also costly to the military, said the report. Nearly one-quarter of military recruits are rejected because they are obese and it costs the Pentagon $1 billion a year in added health care costs for obese troops and their families.
more here.

August 31, 2017

Another Media Shill Speaks Out

The media once again screams about the mote in Trump's eye while ignoring the telephone pole rammed in it's own eyes. Today's mote? Trump was criticizing our southern neighbor and now T-Rex is thanking Mec-he-co for sending aid to flood ravaged Houston.

From Mediaite (why do I bother?)

This afternoon, during a photo-op with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the opportunity to thank the Mexican government for its offer of disaster assistance to areas struck by Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s very generous for Mexico to offer to help in this very, very challenging time,” the Secretary of State said.

And in a press conference today speaking about the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) was asked about Mexico’s offer of help. The conservative governor, who has previously (and falsely) claimed ISIS was running through the US-Mexican border, announced that he would accept the assistance.

“I have and we are,” Abbott told the reporter. “And we have, I don’t have with me here, we have a list of aid and assistance that they have offered to provide that we are accepting. I don’t have the list, but I can tell you loosely, it involves things like vehicles and boats and supplies and food.”

Meanwhile, just a few days ago, President Donald Trump sent this tweet out about Mexico, while Harvey was battering Texas:
With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.

Furthermore, with Mexico’s offer of assistance on the table, Trump went to Missouri to deliver a speech on tax reform and took the opportunity to take a swipe at America’s neighbor, stating that “Mexico is not happy” that he’s looking to renegotiate NAFTA.
So sorry Mediaite and the rest of you losers out there, you're all full of crap.

One "attaboy" does not make up for 11,000,000 "awshits" that you have thrown across the border.

One third of California's penal system is devoted to housing Mexican awshits and almost 25% of the US federal penal system houses more and awshit anchor babies are bleeding the US Treasury dry.

Tens of billions are spent housing, feeding and healing awshits from other countries and we're getting sick of the expense and the crime.

August 28, 2017

How To Piss Away $160 Million

This person needs to be tarred and feathered, then paraded out the lobby of One Police Plaza, followed by the people who hired the idiot. Truly, there needs to be an investigation because this stinks.
The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, The Post has learned.

The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor de Blasio touted as “a huge step into the 21st century.”

But just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, sources said.
The NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Technology, Jessica Tisch, comes from a very influential family - her billionaire father is James S. Tisch, CEO of the Loews Corporation. But James Tisch is a Republican and was the campaign financial director manager for Mayor de Blasio's mayoral opponent, Joseph Lhota. Tisch was promoted to this position by Commissioner Bratton, who apparently has lost his mind.
Law-enforcement sources blamed the boondoggle on NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch, with one saying, “She drove the whole process.”

“Nobody purchases 36,000 phones based on the judgment of one person,” a source said.

“I don’t care if you’re Jesus f- -king Christ; You get a panel of experts.”

Technology experts had long questioned the NYPD’s decision to choose Microsoft-based phones over those that run on Google’s Android software or Apple’s iOS.
Microsoft announced that as of July 11, it was no longer supporting the Windows mobile operating system that powered the NYPD phones.

For the law twenty years of my career I have participated in committees, researched, and made recommendations for the purchase of high tech law enforcement equipment - including computer systems. I was the system administrator for several of them.