This is why all your friends that work in IT have been having random fits of the giggles the last couple of weeks…

By now everyone, even the gremlins on Mars, has heard that the rollout of the (Un)ACA website, healthcare.gov, has been an abysmal failure. So much so, IT types like myself can’t help but laugh. And laugh. And laugh. It is a classic example of non-Tech-types dreaming up a system concept, skipping most of the major life cycle development checks, then not testing what the code monkeys came up with from the cocktail napkins design specs.

Except in this case, instead of having to pull the Scarecrow dance routine for cranky stakeholders for their lack of deliverables, these folks get to testify in a Congressional hearing. For a bunch of hyper-partisan political cranks.

Pass the popcorn.

“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.”

Oh, and this.

Code Testing

UPDATE: Kathleen Sebelius has a track record of big stinkers. Who better to take over the reins of Queen Project Manager?

Call His Bluff

Spengler has the right idea about all this posturing over the debt ceiling!

That is political overreaching of the worst kind. If Obama refuses to postpone the implementation of his health care plan in return for an extension of the debt ceiling, Republicans should stand their ground, and force the president to tear up the Constitution and assume dictatorial powers. Americans don’t like that, and they will dislike it doubly if Obama does so to protect a hated piece of legislation. It would clarify the choices before the electorate and give conservative Republicans something to run against. That isn’t enough: they have to present a credible program to restore economic growth and opportunity. But that will be then: this is now.

Read the whole thing to really understand what THAT is. I say CALL HIS BLUFF. Force a Constitutional crisis (hey – remember early on when he was touted as a Constitutional Scholar? Hahahaha) and make him show his true nature.

Told Ya

For the first time in American history, a president confessed to deliberately hurting his country to score points against his enemies.

Plus this. There’s not enough money for blah, blah, blah, but there’s enough money to do this. Sick.

Arlington

Fundamental Economic Illiteracy

Moe Lane. Really Charles C.W. Cooke, but then again, Moe has a point.

Two things:
1. Apparently, math is hard for Democratic politicians.
2. There is absolutely nothing stopping Barack Obama from being both an economic illiterate and somebody happy to readily mislead the American people. Nothing at all.

Yes, #BeMiserable, I Decree!

‘“To make life as difficult for people as we can”​—​that would be an apt motto for the Obama worldview. ‘

The Weekly Standard calls a National Park Service goon a goon. Read the whole thing.

This is how deep the politicization of Barack Obama’s administration goes. The Park Service falls under the Department of the Interior, and its director is a political appointee. Historically, the directorship has been nonpartisan and the service has functioned as a civil, not a political, unit. Before the current director, Jonathan Jarvis, was nominated by President Obama, he’d spent 30 years as a civil servant. But he has taken to his political duties with all the fervor of a third-tier hack from the DNC, marrying the disinterested contempt of a meter maid with the zeal of an ambitious party apparatchik.

If you don’t think these shutdowns aren’t instigated out of pure spite, perhaps you’ll believe they are planned distractions to yet another Obama disaster.

Regardless, even the ‘low-information’ sorts are beginning to realize the President believes he’s a King.

[...]the federal government wasn’t so much regretfully informing the public that the money had run dry as it was attempting to remove its Royal blessing from a local Lord who does not rely on it. Nobody who genuinely recognizes government as the deferential servant of a naturally free people would view the state this way. Peeved Kings, convinced of their divine right and keen to demonstrate the folly of recalcitrant subjects, on the other hand, most certainly would. “It’s my party, and you’ll cry if I want you to,” our mandarins in D.C. appeared to say.

If you attended high school before 1976, you’ll know we fought a war to get rid of the last King. For those who didn’t, and therefore didn’t get their American history the way it should be taught, this link will get you started.

navy_jack

Georgia Gets Almost $4 Million for Obamacare “Enrollment and Education”

From the Augusta Chronicle:

[...] HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $67 million in grants to 105 groups across the country to help serve as navigators for consumers under the act, also known as “Obamacare.” The groups would provide outreach and education about new options for insurance under the law and provide in-person support to those who need help enrolling, Sebelius said.

In Georgia, that will be done under two groups – the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Cooperative Extension Service and the Structured Employment Economic Development Corp., also known as Seedco.

[...] Everyone working as a navigator must complete 20 hours of training that include an emphasis on data security and privacy laws, and then pass a test to get certified initially, said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the deputy director of policy and regulation at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at HHS.

In Georgia, however, a recently imposed law requires 35 hours of training and a criminal-background check, among other provisions, in order for navigators to be certified by the state. Zeldin said the additional hours of training would need to be completed by state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office and would need to be outlined soon.

UPDATE: It gets better. The navigators and any assisting staff won’t have to submit to a background check or even be fingerprinted. (End UPDATE)

Navigator… navigator… where… hmmm… it niggles my memory. Something about… darkness… and mist. Merlin? No… spice, maybe?

Oh, I remember now. (below the fold) Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Exchanges Turning into Disasters? Who Would’ve Thunk It?

(h/t The Daily Gator)

IBD:

The feds may not have provided an estimate of the cost of operating an exchange, but several other experts have. The results are eye-popping. According to Maryland’s Joint Committee on Health Benefit Exchange Financing, administrative costs alone will run the state an astounding $201 per person in 2015.

The auditing firm KPMG recently found that Ohio can expect to spend $63 million to set up its exchange and another $43 million each year to run it.

That’s not to mention the many logistical challenges inherent in serving the 9 million Americans expected to take part in the exchanges in 2014. States will need to provide customer service call centers, “navigators” to encourage enrollment, and elaborate information technology systems to coordinate data among the state, federal, and private groups involved in selling coverage.

Even if the feds and the states manage to surpass these hurdles, the new marketplaces are unlikely to fulfill one of their top promises — lowering premiums.

Read the whole thing. Thank Heaven that Georgia passed on this monstrosity.

UPDATE: Some families will be priced out of the market due to the government’s definition of “afforability.” Honestly, folks, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!

UPDATE II: It gets worse. Crippling. Don’t even get me started on this illegal angle.

Don’t Blame Me

Quote of the Day

As usual, it’s Smitty at The Other McCain, on the administration’s trustworthiness during the fiscal cliff shenanigans “negotiations”…

Trusting Obama to do anything other than throw you under the bus is like dropping off your children at the Jeffrey Dahmer Day Care Center.

Breaking: The Election may be over before it even starts….

Orignally, I was going to post something about the impending contempt vote against Holder along the line of “The Giant Game of Chicken,” or something. Then Twitter blew up this morning when Crook1 Eric Holder asked Crook2 President Obama to exercise Executive Privilege over #FastandFurious.

Bam.

Ask and ye shall receive.

Oh my, it will be a busy day. Ace has more…

UPDATE: Point of order – Why would Obama use Executive Privilege if he supposedly, according to Holder’s testimony, never saw any documents related to #FastandFurious? Hmmm… Either Obama lied or Holder perjured himself. Per Issa: The contempt motion will be moving forward…

UPDATE II: Twitchy has a long and entertaining feed on #FastandFurious.

UPDATE III: Shades of Richard Nixon. More from Michelle Malkin, Ben Howe, Moe Lane, William Jacobson.

UPDATE IV: Boom. Full vote next week….

What happens to the checks and balances…

…when there is no due diligence or foundational integrity in the process?

From Barbara at American Thinker:

How did this happen without any media coverage? Where’s Congress? Who is looking out for the American Election Process? Which bureaucratic agencies allowed our election process to sold to a foreign country? National Voter ID needed now more than ever, since there is a foreign company counting Americans votes.

Indeed. SCTYL acquires SOE Software, becoming the leading election software provider. SCTYL is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

No wonder Obama whispered to President Dmitri Medvedev that the election was in the bag and his DOJ seems so unconcerned about rampant voter fraud. Covert cheating worked so well last time, that he’s not even trying to hide the deception this time around.

When will America wake up and realize that not only is the fox wreaked havoc in the hen house, but he’s in the big house as well?

An Apology, Fish or Cut Bait, Smoke and Mirrors, and Hands Off My Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger!

First off, if you received a spam email from me, mucho apologios. My account was hacked, and the entire planet was notified in the wee hours of Saturday. Again, my humblest apologies for my inability to keep the weaseally trolls at bay.

Secondly, this post was saved as draft last night, when I left for Thai Food Tuesday with Princess Hornist. When I returned home, the power was out on the entire street. An obvious conspiracy by SkyNet to keep you from all my bloggy goodness!

Now, to the dilemma before me. Next Tuesday is the Georgia Presidential Primary. I have narrowed my choices to two candidates: stinky Gingrich and equally stinky Santorum. While Buzz Brockway (a fellow contributor at Peach Pundit) supports Rick Santorum and Buzz’s opinion is greatly respected here at the praxuem, I still get a queasy feeling in my gut about the guy. Of course, any consideration of Newt requires an extra-large clothespin and a healthy dose of Lysol spray. I could yammer on about issue-this and issue-that all day long, but the matter festers to a point past who is electable – to who can beat the Romney machine and ultimately the Obama Death Star. (Or is it whom? I’m sure Divine Empress Editor Joy will get me on this one.) Politics certainly make for strange bedfellows. Getting past the Romney machine may be the kicker, but once accomplished – of the two (and PAY ATTENTION HERE) which candidate would cave and hand over their delegates to Romney in the face of defeat? Santorum would definitely wither away under the gaze of The Victor, obediently transferring his delegates all the while groveling for a Cabinet post. Newt, I’m not so sure. At least he would make it all the way to Mount Doom, if only to have Gollum bite his finger off. Decisions. Decisions.

(And yes, I know I mixed my fantasy metaphors there. Longtime readers know I do that all the time. Put your light saber away or I will win this argument handily with a Vulcan nerve pinch.)

Obama’s smoke and mirrors on energy policy. It is all in the pretty picture.

And That Albany Woman, Paula Deen, appears to be caving to MO’s food police. Darlin’ say it ain’t so!

Paula Deen says she’s going to start making lighter versions of her dishes. That’s a little like Ron Paul saying he’s going to start putting tax increases in his bills. It’s a little suspect.

Paula Deen has made a fortune off her rich recipes, as has the Food Network. So, what’s really at play here?

Deen, of course, has been under fire ever since revealing last month she has Type 2 diabetes.

Food activists decried the revelation. After all, how dare she keep mum about it for three years and continue making fattening foods!

What she cooks, eats, and what medical problems she has are no one else’s business. But, try telling that to the food police who think others’ food choices are their business.

Neither Deen nor the Food Network should bow to outside pressure for healthier fare. It’s a slippery slope toward food tyranny. What’s next, government regulation of the Food Network? Big Brother is already trying to tell us what we can and can’t eat, why not tell the Food Network what to do?

Now pass me that Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger, or I’ll Vulcan nerve pinch you again.

Here’s Your Change

First time home buyers or those who refinance with a Freddie/Fannie loan – whether or not you voted for HopeNChange, you get to pay for it. That paltry little refund in your payroll check is being funded by a new mortgage fee.

Home buyers are burdened with financing the government’s latest financial albatross.

…they’re paying for the two-month tax cut with what has turned into a brand new fee on home buyers.

The new fee is a minimum of one-tenth of 1 percent on Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed loans, and is likely to go much higher.

It will be imposed for the next 10 years on most mortgages and refinancings and it lasts for the life of the loan.

For every $200,000, it amounts to an extra $15 dollars a month.

It’s bad news for Patty Anderson, who’s buying a home in Virginia.

Anderson will save a couple hundred dollars from having her payroll tax cut extended but her mortgage broker told her the new fee would cost her almost $9,500.

“I was absolutely startled that it would add up to that much,” she said.

The $35.7 billion collected in fees won’t go into the Social Security fund to replace the lost payroll tax. It goes to the general treasury where Congress can spend it however they please.

Bill Burnett, Anderson’s broker and president of the Virginia Association of Mortgage Brokers, said you won’t see Congress’ new charge in the paperwork, but it’s there.

“It’s actually built into this [interest] rate. You would never see the fee as a cost to you,” he said.

Burnett said the fee will affect a “very large number” of homeowners.

“Your pocketbook is being raided in order to pay for a tax policy issue decided at the last minute by probably people who didn’t understand fully what they were legislating on.”

Yet another gimmick that will stifle economic recovery. But wait, who says Obama and his cronies want the American economy to recover? A true recovery would make it harder to implement the change they all long for…

Our Government At Work

…busily scrubbing any mention of God from the public square. This is a very interesting bit of information about the MLK Memorial in DC:

The words “God,” “Jesus” and “Lord” — ever-present in King’s speeches and sermons — are carved nowhere in the stones of the memorial dedicated in his name.

Read the whole thing. I am at a loss for words.

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