I work for a small business that provides software, services and system integration for the federal government. I have taken part in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and the delivery of services and software. Our company has performed work for many government agencies, but the money is better concentrated in the Intelligence Community (IC). The IC is a term that applies to all of the major players, Department of Defense entities like the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) the National Ground Intelligence Agency (NGIC) or the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). Of course there is the NSA and the CIA and a slew of other smaller entities like the National Reconnaissance Office (NCO). I am not an apologist for the large system integrators like SAIC, Lockheed, CACI, or BAE, but they have been facing loads of consolidation due to budget cuts. This does not affect the fat cats on top so much, they make less than the boom years, but it does affect many of the grunts like myself who actually do the work. Our job security is not so good right now. That's not what I want to write about. I want to convey a couple points about what I have observed over the last few years and the work I do. Point 1: The Federal Government should be buying stuff, not staff. Point 2:The System as it currently functions is corrupt. It is corrupt in way very similar to the way former Congressional staff become lobbyists. The system is about access and access translates into money. I will convey this through some general references to the work I have been involved with which I suspect is far from unique.
Reading over on the old HuffPo, I see that Adolphus Busch IV has resigned from the NRA. I'm sure I don't agree with him on much, but he had the decency to tell them exactly why he was done with them. It was the Senate Vote in particular, and
"It disturbs me greatly to see this rigid new direction of the NRA."
"I am simply unable to comprehend how assault weapons and large capacity magazines have a role in your vision,"See the HuffPo piece HERE
November 6, 2012
The United States of America
Dear Mr. Romney,
After months, years actually, of seeing and hearing you on the national political stage we regret to inform you that we found a far more qualified candidate for the job of President of the United States--Barack Obama.
The last few days of polls certainly have made me feel better. Four years ago I compared Obama's campaign to the 1938 Match Race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. I think this years' campaign mirrors the race even more closely. After grabbing an early lead, it looks as though War Admiral is overtaking a tiring Seabiscuit--well the story ends differently.
Check it out below--the actual race footage:
Disclaimer: This is an analogy, I am in no way implying that I think Romney should be subjected to a conspiratorial murder plot. Here's the analogy: Treat Romney's 2012 Presidential Campaign like Rasputin's Death. Just becasue he looks like he's dead, or should be dead, don't assume that he is.
As much as I appreciate the recent positive polling news and the golden Romney screw-up of Libya et. al, and as much as I understand this is starting to look good--we still have two months and things can change.
This will be a short one, and I'm sure we will see much more of this garbage as the election year continues. As I stopped at the hardware store today to pick up some energy saving light bulbs, I saw the bumper sticker in the title displayed in both passenger windows of a Chevy SUV. My BP immediately went up, and I could not believe what I was seeing.
There certainly is a great deal in the news these days to make us feel that 2012 may turn out OK. The gender gap, early polling etc. Maybe it will. However, I fear complacency. A few shifts here and there, and a sure thing might become less sure, and the only thing we'll be sure of is one hell of an ugly campaign.
Do not underestimate to combined effect of Money and Hate.
Today in the NY Times Nicolas Kristof has published an excellent piece that pretty much skewers the idea that Israel bombing Iran is anywhere near a rational idea. Furthermore, this is not about a difference of opinion, this is the consensus of every qualified expert on the subject.
You can view the article HERE--Kristof--NY Times.
I received this video in email. It's pretty good, and these five young men can't even vote. Their message is simple--and that's just as well.
Sure, there's much in the last three years to complain about--but there's a long way to go; even though the Republicans don't have a good candidate and seem bent on self-destruction, remember that 48% of the population voted for McCain with Palin--don't ever forget that.
Elect Barack Obama--Let's Do It Again!!
The fundamental problem between the US and Iran right now is that there are NO good options. It does not matter whether you are talking about nukes, regime change, or whatever silly thing lame duck president Ahmadinejad uttered this week. This is the reality of the situation. So, no matter how much the Likudniks want to push the "imminent" Iran threat and float the idea of an airstrike, an attack on Iran would be a disaster for the US, a disaster for Israel and create a mess in the region that would make the last ten years look like a quaint little conflict.
I have not posted around here much lately, but the insanity of this new policy push just drops my jaw. I don't think much of Brzezinski's advice to Carter when he headed NSC, but even he pretty succinctly can put forth the counter-rationale to the most recent neo-con/Likud blitz to gain support for insane action. Check out the link below:
We the Plutocrats of the United States,
I never intended to weigh in on the Weinergate controversy, but...
If Huma Abedin was my daughter and her husband of one year was texting pictures of his junk to a coed, I would tell her to RUN, not walk, to the nearest exit.
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