Archive for August, 2010

TRACKING AND FILING

August 28, 2010

California students get tracking devices

The Associated Press

Posted: 08/18/2010 08:42:13 AM PDT

RICHMOND, Calif.—California officials are outfitting preschoolers in Contra Costa County with tracking devices they say will save staff time and money.

The system was introduced Tuesday.  When at the school, students will wear a jersey that has a small radio frequency tag.  The tag will send signals to sensors that help track children’s whereabouts, attendance and even whether they’ve eaten or not.

School officials say it will free up teachers and administrators who previously had to note on paper files when a child was absent or had eaten.

Sung Kim of the county’s employment and human services department said the system could save thousands of hours of staff time and pay for itself within a year.

It cost $50,000 and was paid by a federal grant.

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There is so much wrong with this short article that my head is spinning and my ears spewing blood.  Questions abound.

Okay, so the tracking devices will save the school thousands of hours of staff time.  Why does the staff have to monitor when a child eats?  Why is it costing the staff time and money for the problem they created?  Why does it cost taxpayers more to correct a problem created by the school system in the first place?  Is the information gathered being stored for future reference?  Who can access information about when Susie went to the restroom and how long she was there or when Jason chose not to play in a game of baseball at lunchtime?

Are we sending our children to government schools to be monitored or educated?  Shouldn’t they be learning about the freedoms granted by the Bill of Rights rather than being harnessed by the very entity that grants their freedom?

If the school system wasn’t interfering with the lives of the children that are mandated by law to be its charge in the first place, they wouldn’t need to spend money to save the money they’re needlessly spending.

We were once personally responsible and dependent on ourselves, with occasional help from relatives, friends and neighbors.  Complacency has allowed the government to usurp our personal pride replacing it with dependency.  Only we are to blame!

Jerseys on school children today, mandated microchip GPS implants for everybody tomorrow, mind and thought control soon after.  It was science fiction yesterday but viable today.  If “We the People” don’t regain control of the government quickly, future generations will not be people, they’ll be government robots.

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JOE BIDEN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH AMERICA

August 26, 2010

Joe Biden says that Republicans are out of touch with America.  America seems to be out of touch with sanity.  Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Green Party members, or even no “party” affiliation – America has undergone a rapid transition from independence to dependence.  We are collectively dependent upon China to continue holding and forwarding money so that our government can continue spending.  We are individually dependent upon our government to continue feeding us stipends on which to live.

Jobs have been chased away by the fiscal and social policies foisted upon us in the past two years.  While Obama cries for wealth redistribution, he enables the rich to remain and gain wealth while the rest scurry for scraps.  His bailouts have done little other than revive the companies that fell to greed and corruption.  The executives that failed the companies received tax dollars to bank in the name of bonuses.  The companies and individuals then make contributions to the dominant political party with the thought in mind that the cycle will continue.

The poorest among us are dependent on either Welfare or unemployment checks.  As the economy continues to falter, they only become more dependent on the government handouts.  It’s by design and this administration will have it no other way.

Joe’s boss, our current figurehead, is out of touch with America and very possibly also with reality.  While I begrudge no man the opportunity to separate himself from stress and relax, Obama’s unconscionable spending of OPM (Other People’s Money) in time of recession shows just how much disdain he has for America.  Obama is enhancing or creating stressors for the citizens, yet he is the one who affords himself the opportunity to relax.

Biden and the rest of the administration continue to tell the American people that their plan is on course and is working well.  It may well be, but it is not what “We the People” want or need.  The plan is destroying the economy, private industry and the Constitution of the United States of America.  If the plan is to eliminate the hopes of the unemployed and barely employed, it is right on track.  It is taking away the future of the next and perhaps many future generations.  If the plan is to make the citizens subservient and entirely dependent on the elite, then it is working and working well.  From all appearances, this is exactly the plan.

THE ECONOMY IS IN RECOVERY, STUPID!

August 25, 2010

Barack and Joe keep saying that the economy is in recovery and that it’s due to the taxation of only the rich.  Film makers such as Woody Allen refuse to shoot movies in New York because of the high cost of production.  Instead, he is tailoring his scripts and adapting them to a European background where the costs are viable.  Consumers are dropping services such as pay-per-view, cable and satellite TV services, cell phone add-ons, newspaper delivery services, and many other “luxuries” that once were normal fare.

People are not going to the movies, dining out, buying cars or homes as would be expected in a recovering economy.  The DOW, with its highs and lows, has not shown the spark of enthused investing.  Of recent, the questionable economic picture is causing caution with investors.  They’re choosing not to invest because they are not sufficiently assured that the rewards for their risks will be adequate or even materialize moderately.

The reality of a bleak overall picture negates the words of our leaders who keep shouting to move forward and spend freely.  They keep doing it, but that is exacerbating the problem, not helping overcome it.  The leaders continue to take lavish vacations to foreign lands.  The rest of us feel fortunate to take a dip in the city pool (if it is still open) or head for the overcrowded beaches, jamming as many neighbors and relatives into the car as legally possible to take advantage of the parking fees.

Companies large and small continue downsizing to keep from declaring bankruptcy.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it’s just not enough.  One way or the other, jobless numbers continue to rise as if we are in recession in spite of the recovery claims.

The heat of summer makes it hard to keep the wool over one’s eyes.  Some people can shut their eyes tightly, wait for the next government stipend check to arrive and praise the almighty lords of D.C., but some of us want the personal prosperity we once had.  We want the opportunity to receive rewards for our efforts, not just our existence.

Welcome to Recovery Summer.  By-the-way, the DOW dropped another 53 points (over .5%) while I was writing this short rant.

RECALL THIS!

August 24, 2010

Of late, we have had far too many food product recalls for my appetite.  How is it there are more government employees today than Carter had Little Liver Pills and yet inspectors cannot find a problem until ten or more people die?  Could it be that the agricultural inspectors are playing golf rather than auditing health standards among our food producers?  Could it possibly be that we have lazy government employees doing just enough work to continue collecting pay checks?  NAH!

Eggs, deli meats, pork products, beef products, poultry products, canned vegetables, fresh vegetables, lettuce, fresh fruits, it doesn’t seem to matter.  They all get to the grocer and are sold in mass quantities before a problem is discovered.  Then the recalls begin.

The latest that I’ve heard about is the recall of deli meats from Zemco Industries out of Buffalo, N.Y. but that should not necessarily give Zemco a bad reputation.  It could have been any company, in any location.  The standards are not dissimilar.  The health inspections are the same for anyone in the industry.  Some of the Zemco products purchased from retailers were noted to be tainted with listeriosis.

The list of potential symptoms reads like the MSDS in your recent pharmaceutical purchase.  Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.  “Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy,” the USDA said.  Check with your doctor to be sure this product is right for you.

Last week, and continuing is the recall of eggs.  Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps, nausea, chills, headache, muscle pains and blood in the stool.  It sounds like a Pfizer TV commercial promoting a popular synthetic remedy for a non-existent ailment.

Below is a partial list of recalls for the one week of the current month alone.  This list was taken directly from the FDA website.  I have to question how all these ingestibles made it into consumers’ hands.  You don’t recall something that never left the plant!  I will grant that some of the recalls are duplicates for products with a single origination point.

The FDA has a budget in excess of $5 billion for the current year and is requesting a 14.4% increase for FY 2011.  Could it possibly be that too much of that budget is going to salaries for idle employees and not enough into actual inspection of farms, packing plants, distributors and canners?  Is the FDA collecting their fees (not taxes, mind you) for inspection certificates and then never again or too infrequently inspecting the facilities?

HE GETS IT WRONG AGAIN

August 22, 2010

Yes, every public figure is caught at some time or another doing something that causes people to question their intelligence.  As presidents go, we had Gerald Ford, who was never elected but won the presidency by default when President Nixon resigned after he’d been appointed to replace Spiro T. Agnew.  President Ford was probably best known for tripping, falling and bumping his head on airplane portals.  When he wasn’t hurting himself he could be seen bouncing a golf ball off the head of an unsuspecting and inattentive fan with an errant drive.

George H.W. Bush of course is famous for his “Read my lips, no new taxes”.  Shortly after being sworn into office he began raising taxes on Medicare, income, capital gains and gasoline.  He claimed the new taxes and tax increases were necessary to balance the budget.  In spite of his renown for use of the “veto pen” the national debt rose by 41.5% and per capita obligation increased by 37% due to deficit spending.

President Clinton, who succeeded Bush will always be known for lying to a Grand Jury and his ever famous “Now I want to say one thing to the American people.  I want you to listen to me.  I’m going to say this again, I…did…not…have…sexual…relations with that woman…Ms Lewinski.  I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, never.  These allegations are false, and I need to go back to work for the American people.”  His supporters found this to be undeniable truth from the President.  Well, until the semen stained blue dress turned up.

George W. Bush had his stumbling and bumbling with words like “nuculer” which in eight years he never got right.  He is also quoted for saying:

“Natural gas is hemispheric.  I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.”  and, “I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute them.”

Unless there is a well scripted Teleprompter in front of him, Obama seems to say the wrong things more often than not.  The most recent happened last Thursday Aug. 19, 2010.

“What we’ve been trying to do is to build infrastructure that puts people back to work but also improves the quality of life in communities like Columbus,” Obama said in his remarks.  “So Joe is an architect, and he’s now working on a new police station that was funded in part with Recovery Act funds.”  The problems here are that federal money was used, but not Stimulus (or Recovery Act) funds and that the project is not a new police station; it is the renovation of a warehouse that will become the city’s police crime lab and property room.  This was a blatant attempt to take credit for something in which he had no hand.

That was the most recent but I have pulled some others from the archives to share in case some might have been forgotten.

I’m sure everybody remembers the Gates / Crowley incident where the police “acted stupidly”.  “I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home,” Obama said in response to a question from the Chicago Sun-Times’s Lynn Sweet.  Obama admits that he doesn’t have enough information to make a judgment call, yet he does.  Why?  It could possibly be that Prof. Gates is black and an acquaintance of the President and officer Crowley is white.

Then, when he had all the facts about the Fort Hood massacre he advised, “We don’t know all the answers yet.  And I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts”, said the President in a statement he delivered from the Rose Garden.

Yet the facts were in.  A Muslim shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he is killing and wounding unarmed American soldiers on a military base in the U.S. is enough fact for anybody other than someone trying to protect blacks and Muslims.

Regarding health care he said, “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system”.  Of course, this is true.  He just shouldn’t have blown his cover.

“Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee — which is my committee — a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon.” July 23, 2008.  The problem here is that Obama was not on the Senate Banking Committee.  Again attempting to take credit where no credit is due.

“What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith…”  George Stephanopoulos corrected his wording to “Christian faith” during the interview.

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas.  Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” 2007 campaign speech on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people.

He really wanted to be president of all the states and then some.  “I’ve now been in 57 states…I think one left to go.  One left to go, Alaska and Hawaii I really wanted to go to but my staff would not justify it.” Obama 2008 campaign event, Beaverton, OR

Protocol isn’t his strong suit either.  He bows to world leaders who once respected, perhaps not liked but respected, the United States.  Going one step beyond, he acquiesced to New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.  Not wanting to leave any body in the food chain out in the cold, he then showed his humble respect to Pam Iorio, the Mayor of Tampa, FL.

On the campaign trail and only 18 months in office and Obama has, with his gaffes and oopsies, made even George W. Bush (the former laughing stock) look brilliant.