Obama doesn’t defend innocent students if their name isn’t Mohamed

Liberals have their panties in a bunch over Ahmed’s clock. I agree it was dumb to call the police, but a printed circuit board in a case could be considered a little more ominous than a pop tart. Liberals are falling all over themselves, so eager to be politically correct. Their memories are short. Three Americans just foiled a lone wolf terrorist attack on a French train. Did we already forget the Boston Marathon bombings? There’s good reason to be cautious and aware of your surroundings. I’d rather face the ridicule from the PC police than be facing the next terrorist attack.

Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog

On the one hand, I think it’s good that Obama defended Ahmed Mohamed (the innocent clock making teen in Irving, Texas who was wrongly arrested) and invited him to the White House.

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Officer Down

ODMPI was reading all the vitriol regarding police officer shootings on websites like this one Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year.

This site reported an FBI estimate the number of police homicides per year at around 400. This site is hoping to get the public’s help We’re Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us. A potentially more reliable site just reports police officer shootings, whether or not deemed justifiable, Killed by Police.

There are plenty of these sites looking for bad cops.  Not so many, expounding the virtues of good cops.

I am more interested in determining how many police officers actually have lost their lives in the line of duty.  I found this site to be an excellent and reliable source with great detail and presented in a caring, highly professional manner Officer Down Memorial Page.  What it didn’t have was a quick snapshot of officer and K9 deaths summarized by year.  I listed some of the more violent categories and lumped the rest, like heart attacks, not to be taken lightly, under Other.  You can draw your own conclusions but serving your community as a police office is a dangerous profession.  God bless the men in Blue!

Fallen Police Officers in the Line of Duty Source: Officer Down Memorial Page
 USA
Year(s) 2001 – 2014 2011 2012 2013 2014
9/11 related deaths 62 7 4 1 0
Assault 28 5 1 0 2
Bomb 12 0 0 1 0
Drowned 26 4 0 2 1
Explosion 2 1 0 0 0
Exposure to toxins 4 0 0 0 0
Fire 25 0 0 1 1
Gunfire 736 68 48 30 47
Stabbed 23 2 5 2 0
Terrorist Attack 72 0 0 0 0
Vehicle Pursuit 72 4 5 4 5
Vehicle Assault 170 12 11 5 10
Weather/Natural Disaster 4 1 0 0 0
Other              1,077 75 31 59 52
Total              2,313 179 105 105 118
K9s 142 14 18 17 20

 

Stop Commercial flights to the United States from West Africa

Sent via email Sunday, October 19, 2014

Senator Marco Rubio
U.S. Senate
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 205100001

Reference: Stop Commercial flights to the United States from West Africa

Dear Senator Rubio,

I read your comments on CNN Opinion on Wednesday and as much as I agree with you, temporarily denying visas is not enough.   I am imploring you to take action in Congress to stop commercial flights to the United States from West Africa. Seventy percent (70%) of the people who contract Ebola die! There’s really no “silver bullet”, antidote or vaccine. Congress needs to demand the Obama administration ban air travel to this country from West Africa.

We really don’t know if Ebola is transmitted only by direct contact. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy published an article arguing that the current Ebola has “unclear modes of transmission”

Transmission rates in West Africa have risen, not diminished which is proof we do not have this disease under control, increasing the chances we will have travelers from West Africa, arriving in the US desperate for a cure. By January alone. By CDC estimates, Liberia will have 11,000 to 27,000 cases of Ebola.   Why wouldn’t West Africans want to run from Ebola, or if infected come to the U.S. looking for a cure?

There are not enough “boots on the ground” to effectively fight Ebola in West Africa. Military or otherwise, we should offer volunteers significant hazardous pay duty to go to West Africa and put our best resources available there, like small transit care centers, construction of additional treatments centers supplies and training towards defeating Ebola.

Finally, what’s to stop jihadists from getting infected, flying to the U.S. before symptoms are apparent and exposing themselves to as many unsuspecting American citizens as possible? No security checkpoint is going to detect terrorist carrying Ebola, while dormant.

I greatly appreciate your time and prompt attention to this important matter. Thank you for serving Florida.

Sincerely,

Concerned husband, father and employer

To email Senator Marco Rubio: http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

 

Healthcare.gov is 500M lines of Code!? Geeks Weigh In.

ACA LINES OF CODE

Lines of Code

The claim is the Healthcare.gov website is 500M lines of code!  At a cost of $600M plus, that’s around 80 cents per line of code.  Rule of thumb for quality code,  the cost for code is in the $20 – $50 per line, the high cost of $50 per line is for the more robust and professional architected applications, where you can get as low as $10 for the hack stuff.

Anecdotal evidence, crudely adjusted for reality, suggests that if you figure your code costs $5 a line you’re lying—or the code is junk.

At $100/line you’re writing software documented almost to DOD standards (HHS and CMS apparently missed that memo).   Most embedded projects wind up somewhere in-between, in the $20-40/line range.

From a Slate article, Getting disciplined about embedded software development,  “If the site really contains 500 million lines of code, they say, that’s a strong hint that the programmers involved are doing something wrong. (Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system, by the way, contained some 50 million lines of code, and was criticized for being slow and bloated at that.)  And if they’re using the number of lines of code as a metric for progress and project scope, that may be indicative of serious dysfunction in the process.”

From my perspective, running a software development company, the problems HHS and CMS have with their website after 3 plus years is unconscionable.  It smacks of crony capitalism.  First let me say, we do not develop websites.

We develop web applications.  Sophisticated applications for the banking and financial services industry.  One of our customers, does millions of transactions each year.  We capture, image, eSign and store all their  documents in over thousands of locations nationwide.  Imagine if we were down for 5 minutes.  Imagine if there was a security breach to our software or archive.  We would be out of business.

Let me be clear, I’m just speculating, but the Healthcare.gov website code that they say has to be partially rewritten is probably largely undocumented, poorly written (possibly using contractors from 3rd world countries), without  the proper testing and quality assurance every step of the day.

During a recent crunch time, we used 3 programmers from India on one miniscule project which took them 6 months.  We had to manage them very closely, and their work was still subpar.  We will never do it again.   It’s going to be a nightmare to patch and fix Healthcare.gov.  It should probably be completely rewritten.

Until hundreds of thousands of people have been successfully enrolled, applications processed, insurance plan in effect…with no horror stories regarding security breaches, I personally would not go on their website or even give a phone operator or navigator my personal information, especially a SSN or debit card.  Just my two-cents.

So Now… If You’re Opposed to Obamacare, You’re a Racist…

your a racist charlie brownDuring a monologue, if Jay Leno were to say something that could be interpreted as off-color, and the crowd reacted unfavorably, Leno would respond, “Oh yeah, like you’ve never… Ooh, ooh.” and the crowd would laugh sheepishly. Still they would laugh.

So what if you laugh at an off-color joke? Does that make you a bad person?

Maybe you have harbored some racial prejudice based on some bad experiences you have had in life with someone not your skin color. Is that racism?

We have addressed racism in America with effective laws and federal, state and local programs that were put in place to be equalizers, so race issues really come down to a personal level.

When it gets personal we have to add lawyers, plumbers, and car salesmen to a long list. How about Catholics, Jews, Poles, and the Irish? I’m sure you all have you have heard off-color jokes about these people, their ethnicity, their religion and their professions.

My favorite lawyer joke goes like this. A man walks into a bar, he declares loudly and drunkenly to the entire bar populace, All lawyers are assholes!” There’s this guy down at the end of the bar replies right back, “I resent that remark!” So the drunk asks, “Why are you a lawyer?” The guy from the other end of the bar replies, “No. I’m an asshole!”

My point is we can label people all day long, people we don’t like, but to call someone  “a racist” is a now a major issue in the face of all the other challenges Americans face is ridiculous.

It is getting more and more ridiculous every day. The Obama administration is wasting no time exploiting it. Now, if you don’t like Obamacare, according to Sibelius, you are racist! This is patently false and the race baiters need to look in the mirror.

The real problem in America on the issue of race is too many of you let someone else decide for you. Therein lies the problem. The mainstream media, the race baiters who make a living stirring the pot, appearing anywhere there is a racially charged incident and pundits, will decide for you.

We could use more leaders like Martin Luther King to address our nation on race issues. Take Robert F. Kennedy’s speech given on on the day of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Racism as a major political issue would be dead if we didn’t let the media, race baiters and politicians reinvent it. Does racism exist? Yes, but like President Obama said, “Things are getting better.”

I’m not defending George Zimmerman. Maybe he is racist. I wouldn’t let him patrol my neighborhood, would you? I think he should have backed off when he was told to back off. That’s my personal opinion. I’m not qualified to judge Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s certainly a dumbass. Sue his fat ass to kingdom come, but we don’t have a national epidemic of racism in America.

Race baiters persist because you want the media or your favorite celebrities to decide on racism for you. You can’t be bothered. Then you follow the herd.

page_2012_200_sowell_squareI don’t like it, when someone with an axe to grind on race, uses Thomas Sewell or other black leaders, left or right, as a tool to further their agenda, but the National Review’s Online’s article Who Is Racist? by Thomas Sowell is the most racially centrist message I have read.

The advice I give, I give to my kids. My opinions are my own. They are based on the broad stroke of life’s experiences over 60 years. I’m no expert on race relations. I don’t want to be, but I believe much of this media circus would go away, if you would stop letting the pundits decide whether you’re a racist, or not?

Which brings me to another one of my favorite off-color jokes, ending a sentence in a preposition.

A Texan visiting Harvard turns to a Harvard graduate and asks, “Excuse me can ya’ll tell me where the library’s at?” The graduate snaps, “Where I come from we don’t end sentences with a preposition!” The Texan replies “OK – can ya’ll tell me where the library’s at asshole?”

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