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Life Hacks: Get the Police to Respond Faster

You know when you have one of those little fender benders, no one is hurt, and no one’s really upset; and it takes forever for the police to show up to do the paperwork?

You want the police to show up faster? When you ring the dispatcher, tell them there’s a car parked illegally. Revenue generation is the one of two non-food-related motivations the police respond to.

When they show up to ticket the illegally parked car, you can say it took off. “Oh, but since you’re here…”


Labor Day

So in the US, today is Labor Day, a supposed celebration of the contribution to society that laborers have made. Of course, in that American tradition of not being honest, Labor Day is in reality a celebration of unions. You know, those organizations rife with corruption (police, teacher) with ranks full of lazy or incompetent members (police, postal services).

So you can tell I’m not a fan of unions in this country. But I had an interesting thought this morning. My wife and I were in Safeway to pick up some things we needed for dinner. Both Safeway and King Soopers (a Kroger brand) are union shops. And those employees were at work on Labor Day. They weren’t able to celebrate the made-up holiday dedicated to them. I’m non-union and I get the day off.

Now, I’m not opposed to having an extra day off; I welcome any opportunity to not have to make the drive to Denver. But like most things the government decrees, the day doesn’t seem to help the people it’s supposedly celebrating. How typical is that?

Just a thought. For the record, I’m all for government taking days off. It’s one fewer opportunity they have to screw us out of our money.

Well… Duh

It’s hard not to comment on this one. Apparently, some members of the US Congress have their panties in a wad over Amazon’s facial recognition software.

The Congressmen were angry at the results of a report which showed that Amazon’s facial recognition software, Rekognition, had identified 28 legislators as potential criminals.

My only response is: Well, aren’t they?

I mean, they’re members of congress — of course they’re criminals.

So-Called Professionals

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife employee that parked this truck was carrying a sidearm. Never mind the fact that the only reason a parks and wildlife employee should be armed is as a representative of an oppressive, authoritarian, fascist government, let’s ask an even more fundamental question:

If he couldn’t hit a target as large as a parking space with his truck, why should I have any confidence in his ability to properly use his sidearm?


Wahl 2016: der Skorpion und der Frosch

Diese Geschichte fasst unsere Optionen als Wähler…

Ein Skorpion fragte einen Frosch, “Herr Frosch, darf ich an Ihren Rücken rüber diesen Fluss reiten? Sie können schwimmen sehr gut, aber ich kann nicht.”

Der Frosch war nicht dumm. Er sagte, “Es tut mir leid, Herr Skorpion, nein. Sie sind ein Skorpion. Sie würden mich stechen, und ich würde sterben.”

“Nein, nein, Herr Frosch,” erwiderte der Skorpion. “Warum würde ich das tut? Ich würde im Fluss ertrinken. Als ich schon gesagt, ich kann schwimmen nicht gut.”

“Wahr,” antwortete der Frosch widerwillig, “das ist so.” Er dachte einen Moment, dann sagte, “Versprochen mir, Sie mich stechen werden nicht?”

“Ich verspreche,” sagte der Skorpion.

Der Frosch erlaubte den Skorpion auf sein Rücken zu klettern. Dann begann er rüber dem Fluss zu schwimmen. Wann die Paar nahe zu die Mitte dem Fluss war, fühlte der Frosch der Giftstachel des Skorpion in sein Rücken. Er sagte mit sein letzte Atemzüge, “Warum würden Sie das tun? Jetzt werden wir beide sterben! Wie können Sie mir so etwas antun?”

“Doch Herr Frosch, wie können Sie nur so arglos sein?” Der Skorpion antwartete. “Warum sind Sie überrascht? Sie kennten, dass ich ein Skorpion war, wann Sie mich zu nehmen zu stimmten, vor wir abgefahren. Sicher kennten Sie, dass zu stechen meine Natur ist.”

Election 2016: the Scorpion and the Frog

This story sums up our options as voters:

A scorpion asked a frog, “Mr. Frog, can I ride on your back across this river? You can swim very well, but I can not.”

The frog was not stupid. He said, “I’m sorry, Mr. Scorpion, no. You’re a scorpion. You would sting me, and I would die.”

“No, no, Mr. Frog,” replied the scorpion. “Why would I do that? I would drown in the river. As I already said, I can not swim well.”

“True,” answered the frog reluctantly, “that is so.” He thought a moment, then said, “Promise me you will not sting me?”

“I promise,” said the scorpion.

The frog allowed the scorpion to climb on his back. Then he began to swim across the river. When the pair was near middle of the river, the frog felt the sting of the scorpion in his back. He said with his last breaths, “Why would you do that? Now we will both die! How can you do this to me?”

“But, Mr. Frog, how can you be so naive?” the scorpion replies. “Why are you surprised? You knew I was a scorpion when you agreed to take me, before we set out. Surely, you knew that to sting is my nature.”

Apple versus die Schutzstaffel

More than half of Americans are utter and complete idiots. Of course, we knew this already because Obama is president (elected twice, even!). Now, the FBI has squared off against Apple in a Public Relations war so as not to appear as the Evil Big Government’s Schutzstaffel they clearly are. And Americans, mostly democrats (of course), are willing to surrender their protection against search and seizure to the Feds.

I, personally, don’t like Apple as a company, and I don’t like their products. And (I’m aware of the sacrilegious nature of this statement) I’m not even a fan of or enamored by Steve Jobs — if his products were really that good, they wouldn’t need a Fort Knox-like protective barrier around their sleek, slim designs. So, yes, I think Apple is ridiculous. But the stance they’ve made on this issue is the right one. It’s not surprising the Federal Government has made a policy of overstepping its constitutional authority. That’s not news, but it doesn’t make it illegal for them to do so.

The articles linked to above are about the public’s perception, and it doesn’t say exactly what was asked. I’m curious what the same people would say if the question were phrased: Do you think Apple should hand over your personal data to the FBI?

Now, I understand, that may not change the percentages very much. I’ve already pointed out (with supporting evidence) that many Americans are scheißdumm. But that personalizes the issue, and here’s how: What’s to keep the FBI from labeling you a terrorist and ransacking your personal life? Granted, they can do this now, I get it; but they at least have to pretend to have cause.

The Federal Government and it’s various Schutzstaffeln have the means to brute force the technology currently; they want Apple’s help to make it easier, because the gimme-gimme-gimme mentality is pervasive in this country. But if Apple were to give in to this, they would be sending a clear message to the public that they don’t value the privacy of their customers. Plain and simple. For that reason alone, they should stay the course. We already know we can’t trust the Federal Government with technology. Once they have the ability to side load invasive software on one phone, they’ll do it where ever they please (fourth amendment be damned), and you’d be a fool to think otherwise.

Die Gedankenpolizei are here. Political Correctness and the Left’s war on freedom is but one front the Thought Police wage against the America they hate. Perversely, it’s the elitist media, those useful idiots of die Schutzstaffel, that are the biggest pushers of this crap. And the public has bought the lie wholesale. 1984 isn’t fiction; it’s here, it’s now. The last tie I read this, I wasn’t thinking of Soviet Russia — I was comparing it to our current Soviet America. It’s as if the Liberal Left looked at it, not as the warning against totalitarianism that it is, but as a How-To guide to implementing the Fascist State in which we currently live.

Random Political Musings

Hillary Clinton: “I don’t have horns
Well, then what’s your excuse? At least demons and devils are born as evil, conniving, despicable, traitorous liars. If you don’t have horns, that means you made the conscious decision to be an evil, conniving, despicable traitorous liar.

It’s The Economy, Stupid
When will government stooges quit messing with the economy. The economy will take care of itself if morons like Tom Wheeler would leave it alone. The blatant overreach and abuse of authority from any government bureaucrat is apparent in some stuffed suit with a vacancy sign between his ears asking private companies to explain themselves when they’re simply offering a service to their customers. These are economic incentives for people to use one service over another. To counter that, the industry doesn’t need oversight. Companies wishing to compete have to offer similar incentives that draw customers. Ignorant politicians and bureaucrats need to keep their meddling fingers out of… well, everything.

Can’t Trust Politicians?
I know that sounds like it comes straight out of the No Shit Sherlock file, and it really does. Apparently, the Sanders Campaign was caging Clinton voter data. It doesn’t really change my opinion of Sanders as a candidate though: I wouldn’t have voted for him before I found this out either.

For all their finger pointing, rhetoric, and buck passing, politicians sure seem united in their efforts to destroy our country.
I don’t rant much about politics anymore; it’s too exhausting. But since I’ve once again quit Facebook, I don’t really have anywhere else to vent.