Testing…1, 2, 3

Wednesday, November 9, 2011. For most of us that date holds no particular significance.

It’s a different story if you happen to be in the broadcasting industry. See, the first ever Nationwide test of the EAS (Emergency Alert System) will be carried out on November 9, 2011.

We have all seen or heard these tests from time to time. First you hear that obnoxious tone & then the announcement that, “This is only a test.” Maybe it’s an Amber alert or a weather warning. All important & all necessary.

So how is this any different? Well, these alerts are always done on a local or regional level. All broadcasters are required to participate in real & test alerts.

This is unprecedented. The Federal Government will be taking over all forms of broadcast communications for more than 3 minutes.

Only the President has the authority to activate EAS at the national level, and he has delegated that authority to the Director of FEMA. The test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS).

It is curiously being done at 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time. If one wanted to test something on such a massive scale, why not do it at 2:00 A.M. so as not to disrupt things and avoid possibly freaking people out?

That is not a rhetorical question. I honestly don’t know.

Here are some other questions to ponder. Should any president (except for Hugo Chavez), particularly this one, have this much authority? The EAS and it’s predecessor the EBS (Emergency Broadcast System) have been around since 1963. Why are they doing this now? Is this just some weird demonstration of the power of the Government?

The FCC states, “In order to minimize disruption and confusion during the EAS test, it is being conducted on November 9 because this date is near the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season begins. The 2 p.m. EST broadcast will minimize disruption during rush hours while ensuring that the test occurs during working hours across the country.” It doesn’t explain why it has to be during working hours.

They go on to state, “A major disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami could require the use of the system to send life-saving information to the public.” Um… no it wouldn’t. We’ve experienced those before. Since when does an earthquake, hurricane or tidal wave require a nationwide simultaneous warning.

There is turmoil throughout the globe. The Middle East is blowing up. Europe is on the verge of a financial meltdown. The “Occupy” events continue to disrupt things here and abroad. Is there something just beyond our visible horizon?

This really bothers me. There are but a few things that would warrant this type of top down control of the airwaves. A nuclear attack, some sort of rapidly moving plague or Martial Law.

Joke of the Day

Three blondes were taking a walk in the country when they came upon a line of tracks. The first blonde said, “Those must be deer tracks”!

The second blonde said, “No, stupid, anyone can tell those are rabbit tracks”! The third blondie said, “No, you idiots, those are horse tracks!”

They where still arguing 10 minutes later when a train hit them.

Freedom & Promise

Who didn’t see this coming?

Gadhafi is dead and gone. Our President thinks that’s great news. He said, “After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise.”

Freedom & Promise must be the new Hope & Change. It’s the promise there will be no freedom.

The leader of the Libyan transitional government, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, declared Islamic Sharia would be the foundation of the new Libya. He also said that existing laws that contradict Sharia would be nullified.

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil

That sure is good news, especially for women & anyone who is not devout Moslem. And hey, polygamy is back. What, you say? Wasn’t it in place before? Yes, but before, the hubby had to get permission from his first wife. What a drag. Now he won’t have to. He can pretty much do what he wants. The wife, or wives, will have no say at all.

Islamic Polygamy Dating Site

Abdul-Jalil also said new banks would be set up to follow the Islamic banking system, which bans charging interest as a practice deemed usury. For the time being, he said interest would be canceled from any personal loans already taken out and less than 10,000 Libyan dinars (about $7,500).

Wow! The “Occupy” people would love this guy, at least until he had most of them killed for not following Islam, or maybe being homosexual, or something equally as heinous.

Newsmax.com reports, “Neighboring Tunisia, which put the so-called Arab Spring in motion with mass protests nearly a year ago, has taken the biggest step on the path to democracy, voting for a new assembly Sunday in its first truly free elections. Egypt, which has struggled with continued unrest, is next with parliamentary elections slated for November.” Remember, Iranian president, Ahmadinejad is freely elected. So was Hitler.

Truly free elections. Really? Is this bizarro world? I wonder if these reporters actually believe what they write?

Let us do a quick “Freedom” run-down in the region. Tunisia hasn’t declared Islamic Sharia, but soon will. Egypt is adopting Sharia. Iran, well, that’s a given. Turkey has all but rejected the west & is aligning with Iran. Syria also. Soon after we leave Iraq, it will deteriorate & be taken by radical Islam. Now Libya. Caliphate anyone?

Definitely sucks to be Israel & may suck to be us.

Joke of the Day

Two cowboys come upon an Indian lying on his stomach with his ear to the ground. One of the cowboys stops and says to the other, “You see that Indian?”

“Yeah,” says the other cowboy.

“Look,” says the first one, “He’s listening to the ground. He can hear things for miles in any direction.”

Just then the Indian looks up. “Covered wagon,” he says, “about two miles away. Have two horses, one brown, one white. Man, woman, child, household effects in wagon.”

“Incredible!” says the cowboy to his friend. “How does this Indian know how far away they are, how many horses, what color they are, who is in the wagon, and what is in the wagon? Amazing!”

The Indian looks up and says, “Ran me over about a half hour ago.”

Rise Up!

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday warned the leaders of both Syria & Iran, they could be next to fall.

Siting the most recent ousting & killing of Lybian leader Moammar Gadhafi, Rumsfeld warned Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to keep looking over their shoulders. Rumsfeld tweeted, “al-Assad & Ahmadinejad best heed this morning’s news on Gaddafi. Their people may decide they should be next.”

I like Rumsfeld but I differ on the view many still have of this situation. The conventional wisdom is that these events are autonomous, that the people of these countries have all just decided enough is enough. Maybe the conventional wisdom thinkers are right & these do start out as democratic uprisings. Could it be that it is meant to look this way to promote the sympathy & therefore assistance of the west? The saps at Nato & the like do the heavy lifting & voila, we’re left with a power vacuum. What does nature abhor? Yes, a vacuum. In steps the Moslem Brotherhood or some other radical organization to fill it.

Mubarak & Gadhafi

My belief is Iran is behind all of the uprisings. Hosni Mubarak of Egypt was an evil dude but he maintained the peace with Israel for decades. Therefore he was no friend or ally to Iran.

In my opinion, Gadhafi was a loose cannon & couldn’t be counted on to tow the Caliphate line or play second fiddle to the Ayatollah in Iran so off he goes.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei & Ahmadinejad

al-Assad may have a stronger alliance with Iran, so he may be allowed to stay. Time will tell on that one. Ahmadinejad, the leader of Iran, is not the leader of Iran. He is a figurehead. The real chieftains are the so-called spiritual leaders. Old Mahmoud will be allowed to stay on as long as he continues to serve a purpose to supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He & his council control everything.

There is no such thing as a democratic uprising in that region of the world. It wouldn’t be allowed to take hold even if it did start out that way. They were always to be coopted & taken over by radical moslems. We better get our heads around it.

Speaking of democratic uprisings, how about those “Occupy” folks. CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is joining in the fun. They are going to demonstrate alongside their peaceful brethren, the communists, socialists, anarchists, etc. Have no fear though, CAIR is a pacifistic all-American organization. They won’t be any trouble.

By the way, guess who recently came out in support of the “Occupy” movement. That’s right, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. What a coincidence.

The Most Important thing Ever

More importantly, who’s going to be the next winner of Dancing with the American X Factor Idol Star on Survivor Island.

Just move along. There’s nothing to see here.

Joke of the Day

Ok, I thought this funny altough COMPLETELY untrue.

A family went to a hospital, where one of their relatives would be having a brain transplant.

One of the relatives asked, “What will the cost of a new brain be?” The doctor replied, “A female brain costs $25,000 and a male brain costs $50,000.”

The men smirked, but one of the females asked, “Why is that, doctor?” “Well,” the doctor replied,” the female brain is less because it has been used.”

Jobs for Everyone!

“We must pass the American Jobs Act” commands King Barack. “This bill”, he said, will “put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans.

Joe Biden, who may be the dumbest politician to ever hold office, effectively said if we don’t pass the bill more people will be raped, robbed & murdered. Could you imagine if a republican had said that?

Let’s take a look at just one of the points of the so-called Job creating bill. It gives a $4,000 one time credit to an employer for hiring the long-term unemployed. The employer will not be able to discriminate against the currently unemployed. Sounds great. You, as an employer, will hire a person for a lousy 4 thousand one time credit. That makes good business sense. What assurances are there that you won’t be sued for discrimination if you don’t hire one of these long-term unemployed workers. None! Ambulance chasing lawyers will be lining up for that gig.

Anyway, according to Harry Reid, “It’s very clear that private sector jobs are doing just fine.” So I guess it’s just the public sector that’s suffering.

I’m all for hiring more Police, Firefighters & teachers, etc., if we can afford it. The problem is these are jobs that can’t pay for themselves. By hiring them, you’ve created a job but not wealth. Where does their pay come from? Our taxes. You have to confiscate money from the private sector to pay the people working in the public sector. But wait, these people pay taxes too, don’t they? Doesn’t that contribute to the overall tax base? No, it does not. If anything one could look at their tax contribution as a slight discount of our burden. These are all local issues anyway and the Feds have no business involving themselves.

I recall, during the Clinton administration, Bill touted his 100,000 police hiring initiative. It was a great success. First it never got close to 100,000 policeman. Second, it payed for only one year. What do we think happened? You got it. A lot of unemployed policeman the following year when the cities & towns figured out they were stuck with the bill & couldn’t pay for the additional manpower.

This is the kind of thing that happens when people don’t think things through.

I almost forgot a little statistic Harry Reid left out of his speech about the private vs. public sector. Federal government employees now total 2,128 million, up 13.5% the last two years under Obama. Private sector jobs are down 2.5 million under Obama’s rule. Who’s suffering again?

Let’s face facts. This isn’t about jobs. It never was. It’s about maintaining & growing public sector unions & the dues they pay that are in turn funnelled back to the democrat party. That’s what the last stimulus fund was for & that’s what this one is for. Simple as that.

Joke du Jour

It all began with an iPhone…

March was when our son celebrated his 17th birthday, and we got him an iPhone. He just loved it. Who wouldn’t?

I celebrated my birthday in July, and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an iPad.

Our daughter’s birthday was in August so we got her an iPod Touch.

My wife celebrated her birthday in September so I got her an iRon.

It was around then that the fight started…

What my wife failed to recognize is that the iRon can be integrated into the home network with the iWash, iCook and iClean.

This inevitably activates the iNag reminder service.

I should be out of the hospital next week!!

Attribution: Karen

Oh Good, Another Debate

Well, last night, in fabulous Las Vegas, was debate number 9,006, I think.

I thought Romney was not as smooth as he has been. Everyone has a bad game from time to time. Just ask Tom Brady.

Anyway, he stammered more than usual. Repeating, “Are you going to let me talk?”, got a little old. He’ll have to find a better way to handle that, in my opinion.

Perry looked a little bit angry. My guess is, his handlers told him he had to be more aggressive. One can be aggressive without being angry. Newt seems to pull it off. Perry just doesn’t seem prepared. To me, he appears to not know much. He has his prepackaged energy speech & that’s about it. I’m stunned he has been able to raise as much money as he has. He’ll stay in it because of that.

Cain took the arrows early over his 9-9-9 plan. People like it because is bold & unconventional. He will have to learn how to break it down & explain it better or he may begin to fall back again. He definitely has the “likability” factor. He also has the “relatability” factor. People think of him more as the regular guy of the group. That has & should continue to serve him well.

Someone, I think Santorum, finally brought up the Romneycare advisors & Obamacare connection. Romney simply deflected it by saying, once again, that he’ll repeal Obamacare. There was no follow-up. Unfortunate. Santorum, like Perry, seems angry. He’s getting no traction, so that is probably why. I can’t believe he’ll be able to last much longer.

It does appear to be shaping up as a Romney vs. Not Romney fight. We just don’t have the “Not Romney” guy yet. Notice I said guy. Michele Bachmann can’t last too much longer.
I love her ideas, but her debate skills suck. Her plea to Mothers last night was absurd. Talk about identity politics. It may have resonated with some, but I didn’t care for it. Answer the dang question you’re asked or explain why you won’t. Don’t just go off on a tangent.

Speaking of identity politics, I was happy to see none of the candidates got sucked into the, I’m a Latino, what will you do for us, group-think nonsense.

One thing I noticed throughout all these debates. All but 2 of the Candidates on stage had prepared & practiced statements & retorts. The 2 that didn’t were Ron Paul & Newt Gingrich. Herman Cain spoke somewhat extemporaneously, but not nearly as much as Paul or Gingrich. Why is that & why do I even bring it up? I bring it up because it is an important quality, to be able to think on ones feet, particularly in the heat of battle, as it were.

The two of them don’t get flustered. I agree with Ron Paul on a lot of domestic issues, but he loses me too often, like immigration, foreign policy & a host of others. He is who he is and he’s fine with that & it shows.

In these debates, however, Newt is a man amongst boys. He doesn’t have to prepare like the others & it’s obvious. The old (and true) saying, knowledge is power & knowledge breeds confidence, applies to this guy. Thus far he is the only one that has been able to demonstrate an expertise on every topic. I wouldn’t want to debate him.

And the Winner is………….Newt.

Joke of the Day

Cash, check or charge?” the cashier asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase.

As the woman fumbled for her wallet, the cashier noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.

“Do you always carry your TV remote?” the cashier asked.

“No,” she replied. “But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him.”