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Showing posts with label HATERAGE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HATERAGE. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What's The Word I'm Looking For?

What's the word that describes being torn between laughing hysterically and being so angry you cannot see straight? That's how I feel about this story:

U.S. government, Sprint to fight in court over wiretap expenses
Sprint Corp and the U.S. government said on Monday they will face off in court over how much money law enforcement agencies owe the wireless provider for help the company was required to give investigators who wanted to tap phone calls.

The Obama administration filed a suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Monday, alleging that Sprint overcharged the government $21 million for expenses it incurred while complying with court-ordered wiretaps and other surveillance help.

So, on the one hand, good on Sprint for making the government pay. I guess I assumed that when the government asked for the information, companies just handed it over, no questions asked. I mean, who wants to piss off the guys that can run IRS audits at will or revoke FCC permits if they desire?

On the other hand, the feds are alleging that Sprint overcharged by $21 million. How the hell much were they paying to begin with if $21 million is extra? Millions of our tax dollars are going to phone service providers to help the federal government spy on us? Really? I guess I can't really blame Sprint for getting reimbursed if that's allowable, but by the same token it's a little infuriating that this is costing well into the millions.

I mean, it's not like the fed has ever been dissuaded by a price tag, right?

That is all.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Help A Brother Out...

MSgt B needs our help.

Damn, but if that doesn't hit you right in the gut. 19 years old, and taken far too soon. And for what? Some wannabe proving how tough they are by shooting an unarmed teenager?

If there's anything I know, it's this: Those bastards had better pray that the police find them before MSgt B does. The police are bound by rules and procedures. MSgt B, not so much.

The young man's family has started a scholarship in their son's name at Vincennes University, where Kyle was attending. Per MSgt B:
Here's the LINK to donate to Vincennes University. When you go to that page, just click on the yellow button at the top and it will take you to the donation page. You can select your donation to go towards the Kyle Jobin Scholarship.

I don't know what we can do, other than lend our support to the Jobin family and their friends. I cannot imagine what they are going through, except that I know it's something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. My son's only a few years younger than Kyle. My closest friend's son is closer still.

And make sure that the bastards who did this are caught and punished.

That is all.

Monday, December 30, 2013

(Best) Buyer Beware

Congratulations, Best Buy. You have managed to do something I didn't think was possible: Displace Comcast from the No. 1 spot on my "Lousy customer service" list.

A week ago we moved into our new house in Virginia. The previous owners had taken the washer and dryer with them, so we shuffled off to Best Buy to buy replacements. We found a pair that were on sale, with all the features we needed, and made arrangements to have them delivered and installed. We even opted for the braided line upgrade, figuring that it was most likely unnecessary but, given our recent luck, we figured we were better safe than sorry.

Friday afternoon they came and installed the washer and dryer. I took a quick look at the setup, everything looked okay, and figured I'd get a few loads of laundry done on Saturday to break them in. Except that when I left the house Saturday morning, I heard water running when I went out in the garage (the washer and dryer are in the mudroom between the house and garage).

What happened, you ask? This:


Yeah. That's the cold water connection from the water valve to the washer. Now, I'm not a plumber, but I could tell right away that didn't look right. Mostly because of the water all over the floor, but also because it's off an entire thread. Somehow the installation experts sent out to complete this simple task were unable to screw on a damn fitting properly. They missed the water liberally dripping out of the connection, and pronounced themselves done.

Oh, but wait - it gets better.

I was at the DMV getting my license and truck registration changed over to VA Saturday morning, so I called the Mrs. and asked her to contact Best Buy about the problem. Even though it was their contractor that messed things up, the best they could do was "sometime Monday" to fix THEIR error. 48 hours - or more - with no washer and water leaking all over my floor because THEIR person screwed up and did a job VERY poorly.

Unacceptable.

Had I any inclination that this was the level of "service" they offered, I would have bought a washer/dryer from Lowe's, which was right across the street from them and also offered free installation. I would urge anyone reading this to consider other options than Best Buy if purchasing any item that requires installation more complex than plugging in an electrical supply. Because when they screw it up - and they almost certainly will - you can expect a response measured in days, not hours.

Even if water is leaking all over the floor of your new house because of a mistake THEY made.

Stay away from Best Buy, that's my advice.

That is all.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This Is Justice?

Les sent this in, figuring it would peg the Rage-o-meter. Sadly, this sort of thing is hardly surprising any more.

Sandusky police prepare murder charges; suspect in custody
Police have arrested Curtis Clinton, 41, of Sandusky, on charges of aggravated murder in relation to the death of Heather Jackson, 23, and her two young children.

Clinton got out of prison in February after serving 13 years for involuntary manslaughter. According to records, Clinton pleaded guilty to the charges related to the death Misty Keckler, 18, in April 1997. She was strangled to death in a Fostoria mobile home.
How the bloody hell do you involuntarily strangle someone to death? Why did he only serve 13 years? Another story pointed out that this was the maximum sentence he could receive for involuntary - but why the bloody hell was that the best charge? Granted, some of this is after the fact - he wasted no time in returning to a life of depravity and violence - but if he'd been put away on a second degree murder conviction he might still be in jail.

Now, Les or Breda might know better, but does OH have the death penalty? More importantly, do they *use* it? Here's a case where - if he's found guilty - he should swing - this is someone that, *WHEN* he is released again, and he will be, he will kill again - he's already proven that. Why leave it to chance that the justice system will fail us AGAIN?

Carry your guns, people. Monsters exist outside of Larry Correia's universe. They just take more mundane forms. Fortunately, regular ol' hollow points work just fine; no need for silver when dealing with common monsters.

I just wish her brother had gotten to him first - I'd contribute to his legal defense fund in a heartbeat.

That is all.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dear Photobucket...

When I buy something over the internet, I expect to receive said item. Similarly, when I pay for a service, I expect to receive said service.

Having the pictures that I PAY to have hosted on your website show up as a white box with a red "X" in the corner isn't receiving a service. It's receiving nothing (unless you count raised blood pressure) in exhange for the money I've paid you. When I pay for a service and don't receive said service, I stop paying. Plain and simple.

It was bad enough that from time to time the download times could be measured with a sundial. But when I upload pictures - pictures that are integral to my fundraising efforts - and the next day see a big blank spot, well... Suffice to say, this is not the service I paid for. Especially when I go to log into my account and see an error message, so I can't access my account at all.

So, what other photo hosting sites do folks use to host pictures?

That is all.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Why Is This Not ALWAYS the Case?

Reader Gerry sends in a story that immediately caught my attention:

US forces in Afghanistan ordered to keep weapons loaded at all times
Updated at 2 p.m. ET: WASHINGTON – All U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan are to be required to have a fully loaded magazine in their weapons at all times in response to a spike in attacks by rogue members of the Afghan government’s forces.

A senior military official told NBC News that the order "could save precious seconds" in responding to a so-called "green-on-blue" attack and hopefully save lives.

Why in blue blazes weren't our soldiers in combat zones already carrying hot weapons? They're in a place where folks are actively trying to kill them, and the official policy up until now was to walk around with unloaded weapons? Sure, a professional shooter might be able to load a magazine and chamber a round in a second or less, but often the soldiers on duty don't have the experience for that nor the time to practice (my wife's nephew, who did a tour in Afghanistan, confirmed that he had minimal time with the M16 he was issued).

And it gets even better:
U.S. military officials told NBC News that the new order did not mean personnel were required to keep a round in the chamber.

So in a crucial moment when every second counts, when some traitorous bastard that you trusted to take over security for you turns on you and start shooting your friends, you've got to work the weapon to chamber a round rather than flip the safety off? It's obvious that the rules aren't being written by folks that have been on the ground but pencil-pushing appeaseniks who would rather our boys die than offend someone.

Gah. I need to get to the range...

That is all.