Tech at Night: I hope your Thanksgiving went well. Defense Department engages in large scale copyright infringement.
Seems like I’m always coming up with excuses not to post, but I knew nobody would read if I posted over Thanksgiving, so I just ate ham instead. I’m now at risk of turning into bacon, I’ve had so much.
Oops. The Department of Defense signed a deal with Apprticity to buy 500 user licenses and a number of server licenses of its software. But after the Army let slip during a presentation that “thousands” of users were in the system, the government’s large-scale copyright infringement exposed. Apptricity and the Obama administration settled for $50 million.
This is your periodic reminder that kids don’t belong on the Internet. The Internet is every sex predator on Earth, all hiding in your kid’s computer or phone. Be careful out there.
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, Lamar Alexander
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No, @barackobama will not fire anybody over #obamacare. Or anything else.
I understand Ed Morrissey’s point, here… A competent executive would have made examples of a few people long ago as a message to the rest to improve their work. The problem is that we don’t have competent executives in this administration, starting at the top. Obama won legislative achievements in his first term without any operational success, which went unnoticed because either the metrics for | Read More »
Hunger Games: White House Does Photo Op Of @FLOTUS’ & @BarackObama’s Visit With Pro-Amnesty Activist & Ex-@SEIU Boss
On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving–using @LaCasaBlanca, the Spanish twitter handle for the White House–Barack and Michelle Obama tweeted a picture of themselves posing with immigration reform activists who are on a hunger strike. RT @fast4families President Obama, @FLOTUS & the fasters today: "it's not a matter of if, but of when" #Fast4Families pic.twitter.com/lOQW2VIQVQ — La Casa Blanca (@lacasablanca) November 29, 2013 Interestingly, the person | Read More »
Eugene McCarthy Erotic Fan Fiction
This deal with Iran is fascinating in that it appears to not really be a deal at all. “The final details of a nuclear agreement signed over the weekend between Iran and Western nations will not actually go into effect until further negotiations take place at a later date, according to a senior administration official and sources on Capitol Hill.” If the deal happens, it | Read More »
Much like the frog our water is boiling!
I am reminded of a fable about a frog and a boiling pot of water. I look around these days and can barely recognize the country we have become. According to our own President American exceptionalism is dead. We are inherently no better than the Greeks or the Iranians because after all everyone is special right? How did we get here? Some people will look | Read More »
A majority of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy
A new CNN/ORC poll finds that 53% of Americans now believe that President Obama is “not honest and trustworthy.” This is the first time that CNN polling has found that a clear majority feels that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. The CNN poll confirms what we reported last week. Now that it is obvious that Obama lied when he promised over and over again | Read More »
Obama’s Legacy – One Thing
In the 1991 film “City Slickers,” hard-as-nails trail boss Curly Washburn (Jack Palance) shared with rookie cowpoke Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) that a person’s life comes down to just “one thing.” For those who seek the limelight and benefits of elected public service, one thing is all that many will be known for – good or bad. George Washington, who certainly accomplished a lot in | Read More »
“Failure is ALWAYS an option*.” #obamacare
A free hint to my fellow liberal arts majors: outside of our own, rather narrow, academic disciplines, it really doesn’t matter how hard you wish for something. You’re not gonna get it that way: The idea that “failure is not an option” is a fantasy version of how non-engineers should motivate engineers. That sentiment was invented by a screenwriter, riffing on an after-the-fact observation about | Read More »
ObamaCare loses support among Women and Democrats as Obama approvals tank
It was a very bad polling week for President Obama and ObamaCare, his signature legislative achievement. First, the new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that, if they had the opportunity to do it over, registered voters would choose Mitt Romney over President Obama by a margin of 49% to 45%. Obama’s approvals also hit a new all-time low in the poll with a 42% approval | Read More »
50-100 Million Americans Could Lose Their Health Insurance
The 2014 midterm elections are right around the corner and the president is sure making things ripe for Democratic defeat next year. A new analysis conducted by the American Enterprise Institute stated that 50-100 million Americans could lose their health insurance by next fall. [T]he administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They | Read More »
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, Constitutional Law
, healthcare reform
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A History Of Democratic Opposition To The Nuclear Option
In light of the irresponsible power grab made on behalf of Senate Democrats, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Ben Howe also has a good post detailing Harry Reid’s hypocrisy on nuking the filibuster from last July. In 2005, Then-Sen. Barack Obama Called For His Colleagues Considering The Nuclear Option To Think About “Protecting Free And Democratic Debate.” SEN. BARACK OBAMA: “Mr. President, I rise | Read More »
The Democrat’s Double-Edged Nuke
By now, everyone’s heard that the Democrats, led by Harry Reid (who as noted was against this just eight years ago), have pulled the trigger on the so-called “nuclear option,” which is a re-write of Senate rules that allows for judicial (non-SCOTUS) nominees to be passed through the Senate by a simple majority. Republican (and even some Democrats) are outraged, but I see it as | Read More »
Senate Democrats have done what Harry Reid said would be the end of the Senate
Under the leadership of Harry Reid, and with the blessing of President Obama, Senate Democrats actually nuked the filibuster.
According to Chris Cillizza, Sean Sullivan, the issue that Reid saw as important enough to do something he said would change the U.S. Senate forever is the confirmation of three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit:
This time around, Democrats have pushed three nominees to the crucial D.C. circuit court, which handles most of the critical cases on interpreting federal law. The Rs say the court — which tilts toward GOP-appointed judges at the moment — doesn’t need any more judges. And McCain’s gang of GOP senators agreed, blocking all 3 of Obama’s nominees.
Some see these nominees as an effort to pack the court after a series of decisions Obama did not like.
The issue was similar last July when Reid and company convinced the Republicans to capitulate on President Obama’s terrible nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. In tricking the Republicans into approving numerous nominees the Democrats promised they were “not touching judges.”
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, Dianne Feinstein
, Harry Reid
, Hillary Clinton
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, Max Baucus
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, Tom Daschle
New lows for Obama and ObamaCare
A new CBS News poll finds that approvals for both President Obama and his signature legislation, ObamaCare, have “plunged” to record lows.
Obama’s disapproval rating is now 57 percent. That is the highest disapproval CBS News Polls has ever found for Obama. Worse, only 37% now approve of Obama’s performance as president. That is the lowest approval rating of his presidency, and down from 46% in October — a nine-point drop in just one month.
Obama’s approval rating dropped by 9% among men, 10% among women and by 11% among Independents.
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@barackobama ripping off Newt Gingrich’s new book Breakout.
ou know, doing that sort of thing isn’t actually a bad plan: Newt Gingrich is a pretty good idea man. But you think that the President could have attributed his sources: President Obama lifted the theme of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s new book “Breakout” during a video interview with the Wall Street Journal. In the session, he said that the nation is “poised for | Read More »