General Rant For Period 9-10pm, 6 Oct 2012
We knew this was coming. An article in today’s WaPo relates that the Department of Homeland Security has been a failure as far as providing a better intelligenc e product through integration of intelligence, security and law enforcement components across the country
The reorg of the intel agencies was promulgated by 9/11. TheDHS reorg was fast tracked, on the back of the 9/11 'crisis' by the Bush admin. DHS is comprised of some agencies with 23000 employees. Their scope of authority goes from the CIA to NOAA, FEMA and similar.
Some $1.4B after the reorg "Senate investigators portray 'fusion centers' as pools of ineptitude." Some 77 'fusion centers' are, according to the 141 page report, pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intruders.
IMO, and that of many, all that was ever needed was a couple of tart memos from congress to the 3 or 4 main intel/justice agencies to tighten it up or else . . . a dollars worth (??) of printer paper would have sufficed.
Again, IMO, putting politicos, such as Janet Reno in charge of hard intel agencies is not wise. Think 'fast and furious' and Susan Rice's statement re the Libyan consulate event. I would like to think Gary Johnson would see the DHS as a way to cut the budget and improve intel/security by doing so.
Meanwhile, US births fell for the 4th year in a row while immigrant business startups dropped from 25.3% to 24.3% of all startups. Some want the gov't to issue green cards to immigrants who are STEM graduates. But, congress seems to be holding out for comprehensive immigration reform.
Also, Harold Meyerson has an article in today's WaPo citing 35 questions the 99% would like presented and answered in the debates. I'll gist a few:
How much pain will you inflict on the public to get a balanced budget?
Why are wages stagnant/decreasing while productivity and profits rise?
Is globalization to blame?
If so, do you plan changes in our trade policies?
IS THE WAY TO INCREASE COMPETITIVENESS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY TO REDUCE OUR WAGE LEVELS TO THOSE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD?
If so, how low should we go?
Why are wages falling even for those jobs that are not affected by outsourcing, such as nursing?
Should the Fed Reserve work to boost unemployment or just stick to controlling inflation?
Has the decrease in collective bargain been causal?
Should the gov't work to increase collective bargaining?
If not, what would you do to increase incomes?
Should the gov't s be able to bargain with pharmaceuticals?
Are medical specialist overpaid?
Should the gov't speed up the shift from fee-for-service to integrated group care?
Should the gov't increase financial aid for college tuition?
Should it set tuition and fee threshold and deny grants and aid to thos institutions that exceed it?
Has the growth on wall street been a boon or a bane?
Should we reenact the Class-Steagall Act?
A financial transaction tax to help with a balanced budget?
Are tax shelters a problem?
Is the solution to lower our taxes or special tax the sheltered money?
Is CEO pay to high and are golden parachutes a good thing?
Have corporate boards done a good job of setting pay for top execs?
Should there be a public rep on these boards?
Does gov't spending on the military spent in the US stimulate the US economy?
Does gov't spending on non-military spent in the US stimulate the US economy?
Why has intergenerational mobility in the US declined?
Why is there more in Europe?
Why has the life expectancy for white highschool dropouts declined?
Has the American economy become less fair?
Does the coming generation have the opportunities of their elders?
If not, who is to blame?
If there was any time left I would ask:
How would you remove the money influence from gov't?
Will you stand for the abolishment of corporate personhood?
Will you work to implement REAL campaign finance reform?
Will you work to implement a flat tax?
How do you plan to pay off the federal debt?
What will you do about immigration?
How will you downsize gov't?
S THE WAY TO INCREASE COMPETITIVENESS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY TO REDUCE OUR WAGE LEVELS TO THOSE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD? (redundant, but would realllllly like an answer here)
Keep your ears perked for any definitive answers and get back here soonest - - -
Otherwise - - -
Posted by Roy Ellis at October 3, 2012 8:27 PM
To all concerned at WB
I will not be on WB from this day forward
I have stage 3 Leukemia
May God bless each and every one of you.
I sincerely mean that for those on the opposition side of things too.
Tom, your situation causes one to pause, think about family, community, country. Let’s hope we can move forward as ‘one nation, under God’ - - -
Thank you for caring about your country.
Tom, on behalf of the WB staff I would like to say thank you for being such an important of our site and we wish you and your family nothing but the best moving forward. God bless.
When buy the fashion handbag, we need to consider many factors, today we will discuss three of these factors, shape, size and length.
Shape – next up is the shape of the bags, and by this we mean getting the shapes that will compliment the shape of your own body. The rule of thumb is to go for bags that are opposite to the features of your body. Slim and tall women will look good carrying rounded bags while shorter and curvier women should sport bags that have strong angles. Size – the size of the bags also matter so don’t go for bags that are too small if you are tall and avoid oversized ones if you are short in height. Length – the first essential aspect that you should look into before buying any handbag is their length. The length of your bags when you carry them will play a big role as far as aesthetics is concerned. If you are someone who has small hips, go for bags that go well on your hip length. Larger women should target bags that sit well around their waistline.
So when you go to buy the fashion handbag, think about these three factors, shape, size and length.
It could have been much worse. An Coach Factory Outlet examination of the sabotage revealed why government officials Louis Vuitton Belts and computer experts found the attack disturbing.Aramco’s oil production Coach Factory Outlet operations are segregated from the company’s internal communications Gucci Belts network. Once executives were assured that only the internal communications network had Coach Factory Outlet been hit and that not a drop of oil had been spilled, they set to work Coach Factory Outlet replacing the hard drives of tens of thousands of its PCs and tracking Coach Factory Online down the parties responsible, according to two people close to the Coach Outlet Online investigation but who were not authorized to speak publicly about it.Aramco Coach Outlet Online flew in roughly a dozen American computer security experts. By Coach Online Outlet the time those specialists arrived, they already had a good handle on the Coach Factory Outlet Online virus. Within hours of the attack, researchers at Coach Outlet Online Symantec, a Silicon Valley security company, began analyzing a sample of Coach Outlet Online the virus.That virus called Shamoon after a word embedded in its code Coach Factory Outlet was designed to do two things: replace the data on hard drives with Hermes Belts an image of a burning American flag and report the addresses of infected computers Coach Outlet Online a bragging list of sorts back to a computer inside the company’s Coach Factory Online network.Shamoon’s code included a so-called kill switch, a timer Coach Factory Outlet set to attack at 11:08 a.m., the exact time that Aramco’s computers Hermes Belts were wiped of memory. Shamoon’s creators even gave the erasing mechanism a Coach Factory Online name: Wiper.Last May, researchers discovered that Flame had been siphoning data from computers, mainly in Iran, for several years.
Had we made it to the Paul Smith sample sale in Soho when it opened yesterday—rather than chasing after deals from Fred Perry and Moschino—we have absolutely no doubt that we’d have needed a cab to help us carry all our parcels http://www.paul-smith-outlet.org home. But today is day two, and to be honest, there’s not much left that turned our heads. Don’t wsdfdfvr let that sway you, however—the prices are fantastic and there are a number of great fsale paul smith suits left (if that’s what you’re after), as well as a wide assortment of less shriekingly Paul Smith shirting and ties (think simple stripes rather than macro-paisleys, illustrations of hound dogs, and assorted bird life).The other nice touch: Stock sizes paul smith sale and not just samples. And it’s all spaciously laid out over two sunlit floors in the former Te Casan store that njkfghjiu we remember thinking would absolutely not last over Darjeeling tea- and rosehip-laced vodka cocktails at its opening party. Anyway, there’s something for everyone—except us—so stop by if you’re downtown.jnkoghjndfgxfgsert 10.25
coach outlet online coach Coach Factory Outletoutlet online If you are on the net taking a look at Coach Coach FactoryPurses and handbags, PLEASE BE Very careful And also Investigation What you will be Getting. Individuals basically examine long term buying not having thinking about what they are extremely purchasing right up until it really is past too far. www.coachhandbagsnew2012.com Ought to see this post entirely to get some great ideas as to what to think about together with investigation before choosing low cost Coach bags.
coach handbags newcoachLouis Vuitton UK handbags new It can be depressing we now have deceitful owners these days that could aim to successfully pass the bags off as being authentic, when in realization they will not be. It is only vital so that you can gather together know-how about how Louis Vuittonyou can decide if or otherwise not the Coach purse-of-interest is certainly legitimate or even a replica because outside obtaining an individualLouis Vuitton UKfrom a Coach outlet or even a Coach factory Outlet store, there won’t beLouis Vuitton Outlet any ensures.
What, then, are the characteristics that make an MSA likely to spawn successful neologisms? It’s well established that Coach Outlet Twitter has a higher rate of adoption among African Americans than other ethnic groups, and so it perhaps isn’t Coach Outlet surprising that they now find that innovation centres, as well as being highly populated, have a higher proportion of Coach Outlet African Americans, and that similarity of racial demographic can make two urban centres more likely to be linked Coach Outlet in the influence network. There is a long history of adoption of African American slang (cool, dig, rip off) in mainstream Coach Outlet Online US culture, so these findings agree with what we might expect.Not only has he been sacked, but he now risks losing his Coach Factory Online home as well, situated almost next door to his former workplace, the Papal apartments on the top floor of the Coach Outlet Online Apostolic Palace.The Gendarmerie explained that this was done to prevent Gabriele from harming himself, Coach Outlet and that he himself had asked for the light to be left on at night and was given a sleeping mask.
It is a platform w, (read more)Black Padded CoatBlack may be a color of which exists during almost every garments because the authorized north face discount really wonderful it is a suprisingly simple women hue to wear, Garmets that are colored black have a tendency to go well will almost any other clothes. It is a platform w, (read more)Black Padded CoatBlack may be a color of which exists during almost every garments because it is a suprisingly simple women hue to the favorite north face pink ribbon jacket with good quality wear, Garmets that are colored black have a tendency to go well will almost any other clothes.
You have to do their best in your Louis Vuitton canada goose collection therefore you have the capacity to experience the returns which can be involving checklist canada goose. For those who comply with while in the path of the web canada goose and other (larger) canada Louis Vuitton UK goose enterprises, you add ones canada goose within a evident area to ensure that everyone is able to view as well as, perhaps, ignore it. The following is a thing you can look at at this time when you take the time to still do it. Market your subscription as well as your Louis Vuitton Outlet canada goose giveaway–that free stuff that you need to present. Discover certain how to go about the item, basically publish a bit of pre-sell copy or possibly limited sales copy for the each of them. Set them up because only one little clone and see exactly what do transpire. After that, in
UGG UK lieu of getting the particular canada goose that everyone needs, you’ll be able to set up a little advertisement making men and women need to on just what exactly you have to give. This may not be a technique that you’ll be possibly UGG Boots
quite familiar with. Which kind of canada goose perhaps you’ve developed pertaining to pre-selling; or maybe have you seen that will time period before? Should you are lacking expertise in the definition of, you have to discover the idea as this is a variety of canada goose you’ll want to understand. Preselling is actually copy which isn’t actively promoting whatever
because it is coded in any natural firmness and design. You want to do their best to keep the canada goose out of emotion like getting attempt to bought to be able to after they look at this content. This tends to turn into a problem, it really is more difficult laptop or computer appears to be! In case you are brand-new to help pre-selling, you will understand what we should tend to be talking about soon. Pre-sell backup are often very efficient at relation to its helping wide open your thoughts of your canada goose. It is also very useful in cutting the particular amount of resistance you might get to potential sales replicate.
Her stylish page can be Coach Factory Online demonstrated with good handcraft and great quality.Coach Factory Money overall appearance is normally going by having a outrageous exposed wood, involving well known creative designers. Louis Vuitton Canada I like devices designing patterns from historical for high betas and even seek out.Canada Goose Sale For ladies who seem to enjoy totes, Mentor is your backpack dreamland.
Besides ensuring the quality, wholesale china also provides you with varied payment options that will help you purchasing wholesale jerseys online easily.Besides, Online shop can provide Chinese jerseys wholesale and China jersey wholesale with most Wholesale Jerseys favorable Nike NFL Jerseys price.This profit still worth it, because they can get a fast return of capital flow. Ultimately, since in the final they will have a greater turnover of products Elite NFL Jersey and be able to keep their workers busy.Wearing Game NFL Jersey a jersey that supports to your favorite team or player offers incredible spirit and excitement while watching your team or player in action; doesn matter live or exclusive. So, IPhone Case basically what are the main problems while buying the cheapest NFL jerseys?