Springtime in Colorado

April 17, 2015 by

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Hey, where are the budding flowers and butterflies?

Can’t fire Government workers

April 15, 2015 by

DEA Chief Michelle Leonhart says she can’t fire DEA agents caught in sex parties with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels.

I swear some days it’s like living in Bazzaro world. Testifying at the House Select Oversight Committee hearings, DEA Chief Michelle Leonhart essentially said we can’t fire our own people no matter what they do, so we give them some time off and retraining. I really picked the wrong career field.

But I don’t doubt she is telling the truth. After all the Civil Service scandals of the last few years my question is why hasn’t congress changed the rules for Civil Service? Hold all the hearing you want but if nothing changes, well nothing changes. FFS.

– Leonhart repeatedly explained that a maze of civil service system protections for government workers prevents her from firing federal employees.

May I kiss you? Pentagon waste

April 13, 2015 by

The pentagon in all its wisdom (read very little) according to a report by Elizabeth Harrington at the Washington Free Beacon is paying a Mike Domitrz to conduct his “May I kiss you,” training to US Forces. Ok so what you ask. Maybe our troops need a little training in continual approval. It’s not so much the subject that is interesting but how much he’s getting.

For three training session that are roughly 60 to 90 minutes the Air Forces awarded Mr. Domitrz $10,000. Nice huh? Wait there’s more. He’s doing about 50 military bases a year. According to the report his normal rate per visit is $6500. The report estimates that Mr. Domitrz is raking in about $325,000 a year doing this. Damn, I’m in the wrong line of work.

But this guy is probably a real expert right? Well this is what the report says.

It took a while for Domitrz’s speaking career to take off. He worked as a DJ and high school coach for a decade, honing his skills in “interactive education, educating teenagers, working with college students, and performing in front of big and small audiences.”


In 2002 Domitrz, then a stay-at-home dad, attracted notice from “educational experts” while delivering his “Can I Kiss You?” talk at a national conference. Advocacy groups, college campuses, and eventually the U.S. military began calling.

You see folks the military is so paranoid about perception that they will hire and pay anything to prove how hard their working on the sexual assault/harassment issue that they will pay for sh.. ummm excellent training like this.

Oh did I also mention he sells his “May I kiss you,” books at these events also?

I don’t blame him at all. The government knows what they are buying so good on him, but it’s kind of screw the taxpayer

Almost a record at the Masters

April 12, 2015 by

jordan spiethJordan Spieth ran circles around the competition at this years Masters.  From day one, Spieth took the lead and never let up.  The kid was on fire. 

He finished with a –18 which tied Tiger woods 1997 Masters.

It was impressive.  Frankly I hadn’t heard to the guy, but then I haven’t been following golf a lot the last few years. So, it’s great to see some new names.

Tiger’s comeback wasn’t quite there.  While he finished well behind the leaders he played a pretty decent game. 5 under par may not seem like much but it was pretty consistent all week. So I’m not writing him off yet.

Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose also played a great tournament with –14 under for the tournament.

Iranian nuke humor

April 9, 2015 by

I think I understand our Iranian nuke deal. It’s just a joke, a funny. It’s not serious nor was it ever meant to be. Nope, just a little light hearted fun. Let’s face it President Barack Obama and John Kerry are pretty witty guys. They just didn’t figure so many people would take them serious in this. They tried to let the cat out of the bag by having the Iranians say one thing and then they said another. But their loyal supports, bless their hearts just didn’t get the joke.

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Whew, for a second there I thought we really did this thing.

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Is Tiger back?

April 7, 2015 by

Tiger Woods will start this Thursday in the Masters. The Masters is without a doubt the most prestigious of all golf tournaments. But Tiger has not won a major tournament since 2008. Who would have believed that possible? Once, Tiger was just weeks away from reaching Jack Nicholas’ record of 18 Major Golf tournaments. At 14 he’s still in the running but his game hasn’t been there since his disastrous marriage scandal.

I’ve always believed golf is a mental game. Perhaps that’s why it’s such a difficult game. There are lots of physically tough people out there but not as many can hold focus for four hours. Tiger’s life went into a tailspin that he has yet to pull from. This weekend may be that turning point back on track.

He says he’s been working his ass off, well we’ll see if it pays off starting Thursday.

I wish him the best. Golf hasn’t quite been the same without him.

Germanwings Crash

March 30, 2015 by

Well it took longer than expected to post again. But I am back. So what’s new?

At this point it looks like the Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz decided to take 150 other innocent people with him to his death. It’s and act that leaves one speechless. There is of course no justification for such an act. The problem is there really isn’t much we can do in society to completely protect ourselves against such people. While I do believe the rule to have at least two crew members in the cockpit at all time is the right way to go, one simply doesn’t expect this kind of act from a pilot.

At first I think we all hoped that this happened so fast the passengers didn’t have any idea what was coming but it appears they did know. The reported screaming from the Block box indicates they were well aware long before the place crashed.

It’s interesting the modern airline don’t have a mandatory flight surgeon and company run physicals. This seems like a rational concept. Company mandated physicals by their own flight surgeons may have saved 150 lives.

It’s been a tough time for aviation with multiple planes being lost and one shot down over the Ukraine.

One of my previous jobs had me flying every week and I can say it wasn’t fun. It’s not that I was overly worried about crashing but it does cross your mind and there is nothing like the completely helpless feeling you have as an airline passenger.

Unfortunately I live in middle America and everyplace of interest is a long drive or a plane ride.

State Department didn’t archive emails?

March 15, 2015 by

So the strange case of Hillary and the emails get more interesting by the minute. This time the strange part isn’t from Hillary though. The State Department says that they didn’t archive emails automatically until February 2015. Now isn’t that interesting? They seem to be saying that it’s the responsibility of the individual email client to have saved their own emails.

Dept. of State*I’ve never worked in the State Department but I have worked within the DOD and this doesn’t sound correct. Are we to believe in the day and age of documentation, of requests for civilian emails from civilian providers that our own State Department which regularly deals with foreign governments and would be susceptible to information gathering by our enemies doesn’t save emails and to record historical documentation? No wonder this administration appears to have little fear over congressional investigation since they don’t keep anything.

So in fact Hillary Clinton may have been more conscientious than the government itself. I guess keeping your own server is a good idea. (Sarc)

If the State Department hasn’t been archiving emails as other agencies have been (I worked IT on archiving issues within DoD) than many people at very high levels need to be fired.

If we are to believe these assertions than what would possess anyone to want bigger government? Apparently there are no rules, just suggestions. Of course let one of the little people break policy.

Gen Mattis understands one of the problems

March 6, 2015 by

General Jim Mattis has some thoughts on war and ISIS.  But mostly he says what I’ve been saying for a while now.  Be sure to read the whole thing.  Also the comments are interesting.  I’m with the one that agrees but will find it hard to support and military action while this administration is in place.

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A strong “Authorization to Use Military Force” (AUMF), supported by a majority of both parties in both houses of Congress, will send an essential message of American steadfastness to our people and to the global audience. Its passage will demonstrate our country’s fundamental unity and enable a broader commitment to deal firmly with a real and growing menace.

Following more than a decade of fighting for poorly articulated political goals, the Congress needs to restore clarity to our policy if we are to gain the American people’s confidence and enlist the assistance of potential allies, while sending a chilling note that we mean business to our enemies. With enemy influence expanding rapidly, patience or half-measures cannot replace a coherent strategy for taking measured steps, aligned with allies, to counter the mutating Islamist threat in the Middle East. The AUMF that Congress passes should be constructed as one building block in a coherent, integrated strategy for dealing with a region erupting in crises. Thus the AUMF needs to serve an enabling role for defeating this enemy, and not a restrictive function. Congress’ voice in the AUMF must not reassure our adversary in advance about what we will not do:

Benefits and downside of Hillary’s choice

March 5, 2015 by

Why would someone conduct official business on personal account that is maintained from home?

– Benefits

  •  Can circumvent government monitoring of emails
  •  Can pick and choose what emails you consider relevant to give to the government or select congressional committees.
  •  Can deflect FOIA requests
  •  Can be destroyed quickly and completely

– Downside

  •  Must maintain the server and backups – time consuming
  •  Must pay for skilled personnel to operate if not technically inclined or available 24X7
  •  Must pay for equipment and software personally
  •  Security – must maintain certificate issues or leave email and other information vulnerable

Reasons to use government email

– Benefits

  •  It’s no cost to the user
  •  Backups are made constantly to ensure users have access to older files and hard drive failures
  •  Full time IT departments that maintain the server software and hardware
  •  Full time IT support for assistance when something fails
  •  Records can be pulled by IT techs when investigations warrant
  •  Historical records maintained
  •  Built in security and encryption

– Downside

  •  Must submit to governmental processes (Service Request) to retrieve older data which may require justification
  •  Emails can be subpoenaed
  •  Must have access to network
  •  Emails can be monitored

It’s not inconceivable that at times a personal account might be used however, per USG guidance those emails should be forwarded to the government account or printed and sent to controlling authorities. these would be exceptions to the rule, not normal business.

So, why would someone have their own server at their home?  Hummm I wonder….(SARC)


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