Monday, April 28, 2014

Cruising the Web

While Obama holds triumphant press conferences touting the success of Obamacare, the administration is hoping people won't notice that much of the website is still under construction.
As a result, the system’s “back end” is a tangle of technical workarounds moving billions of taxpayer dollars and consumer-paid premiums between the government and insurers. The parts under construction are essential for key functions such as accurately paying insurers. The longer they lag, experts say, the likelier they’ll trigger accounting problems that could leave the public on the hook for higher premium subsidies or health care costs.

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Dartmouth goes overboard with political correctness as the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity had to cancel a fundraiser because they advertised the theme as "Phiesta" and one student was offended by that. Instead of telling her to just get over herself, the fraternity folded and cancelled.

Sometimes mistakes matter and sometimes they don't.

Does Harry Reid have anything to offer besides blocking bills that some Democratic senators might vote for and slinging mud? Well, there is also the millions that he's fortuitously acquired after a lifetime in public service.

Get ready for the next big bailout we'll be asked to pay - college debt retainment. As the WSJ writes, the Obama administration is "defining delinquency down." And the result of their policies has been to expand student loan debt.
Student loan debt nearly tripled to $966 billion in 2012 from $364 billion in 2004, but not merely because more students are going to school and taking out bigger loans. The Fed report's major finding is that government programs intended to prevent defaults are actually causing many borrowers to rack up more debt. Yet these borrowers aren't included in the government's official default or delinquency rates.

This reduces the political pressure to rein in government student lending, even though on present trend taxpayers will have to absorb tens of billions in default losses. As with ObamaCare, Mr. Obama passes out the loan benefits to young voters now, but everyone pays the price later.

One more example of how California's economic policies are benefiting Texas.

The National Journal helpfully argues that the fact that Hillary Clinton on inauguration day, 2017 would be the same age as Ronald Reagan was when he took at office doesn't matter because she would have a longer life expectancy than he did at the same age.

Now John Kerry is warning that, if Israel doesn't make peace soon, it could become an 'an apartheid state.' Why doesn't Kerry go talk about human rights abuses in Arab states? Israeli Arabs have more political liberty than most citizens of Arab states in the region.

If the Democrats were so confident about how successful Obamacare is, why are they urging everyone to "move on" from talking about it?

California has become a state full of the "Big Lebowskis."

Why voter fraud is a real problem despite the phony statistics that the Democrats have been touting. This sort of story doesn't help their argument that there is no voter fraud.

Matthew Continetti looks at the liberal oligarchs who are funding Democrats and reaping the rewards.

Elizabeth Warren might reap benefits from talking about income inequality, but she is actually a one-percenter.
While U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sleeps in her $5 million mansion in Cambridge, and got paid $350,000 to teach just one class at Harvard, she had the audacity to say in an interview with Jon Stewart this week that “the system is rigged to benefit the rich.”

Yes, Sen. Warren, that would be you. Under a free-market, capitalist system, you became a U.S. senator and multimillionaire whose own net worth hovers around $14.5 million, according to personal financial disclosure reports filed in 2011.

Newsflash for Warren: With that kind of cash, you are a one-percenter! That very demographic you vilified and campaigned against.

Perhaps the best thing going for the leader for the GOP nomination to run for senator against Kay Hagan is that she is running ads against him herself.

Mediate has a helpful guide to how the major pro sports have punished team owners. Baseball has had the harshest penalties and the NBA has relied on fines. I'd like to hear what the full powers are that the NBA has at its command if they decide to suspend or do more to Clippers owner Donald Sterling. And would he be able to appeal based on the fact that the telephone conversation was apparently made without his knowledge which is illegal in California? If the tape couldn't be used in a court proceeding in California, could it be used as evidence in an NBA action? I just don't know. Clearly, everyone wants Sterling out of team ownership and it's past time for him to go. But can they legally force him out? It would be a blessing for everyone if he would just resign and let someone, possibly his son-in-law as has been rumored, take over.

Meanwhile, I've been waiting for all the headline puns such as "Racism tarnishes Sterling-Silver relationship."


Rick Caird said...

Shhhhhhhh. Don't tell Mark. He thinks the ObamaCare web site is fixed. Let's keep the Politico story on the "Down Lo".

LargeBill said...

Age doesn't mean the same thing for everyone. Clinton already seems old and haggard. She was worn down and ineffective as Secretary of State. Reagan appeared younger and more energetic then most men his age.

Regardless, her age is not the reason Clinton is a laughable choice as her parties nominee. Her bigger problem is she will be 69 years and has no personal accomplishments and no integrity. She was elected senator from New York mainly based on sympathy over her husband treated her like crap and has record of lies and deception going back to Watergate hearings. Does anyone expect that suddenly in her 70's she will become competent and trustworthy?

mark said...

Poor Rick, still fighting the same losing battle.
You wrote that the site could not be fixed. Are you now denying that? The front end was fixed and the back end is being fixed. Just how does the politico story prove that the site is unfixable? Actually, it undermines your claim.
Even sillier, you also claimed there was no article about the site being fixed. Despite a link to and references to (below) and a number of other sites, you continue to refuse to admit you were wrong.

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Rick Caird said...

I see Mark deleted his comment about Sterling being a Republican. He finally did some basic research and found he was wrong. Rather than leaving his error and correcting it in a subsequent post, he took the coward's way out and simply deleted it. Great show of intellectual integrity, Mark.

Since the post got sent out in gmail, I will help Mark out by reposting it so he can acknowledge his error:

"It was fun to see conservatives "play the race card" when it came out that Sterling donated a whopping $4,000 to dem candidates 20 years ago. But too bad; he joins deadbeat/liar/coward/racist and Fox "patriot" and "hero" Cliven Bundy as a registered republican.
Or perhaps they're both "agent provocateurs" sent by that "personification of evil" Harry Reid. "

Go ahead, Mark, you can say it. Sterling is a Democrat. Don't worry Bagala made the same error. Actually, though, Sterling's real problem is he has a bad girl friend.

Mark is fond of saying I said something he can attack, but never shows that I actually did so. So, Mark, here is how you present a reference.

I know, I am having too much fun over this one.

Rick Caird said...

Now, onto naive Mark's claim ObamaCare was fixed. Mark has zero knowledge of system design and programming. What I said, and still say, is the site needs to be redesigned and recoded. If you go back to Mark's reference and the Politico story, people that understand computer systems know that patch on top of patch and workaround on top of workaround create an unstable, unmaintainable system. That is what has happened with the ObamaCare system. The second group of contractors rewrote buggy code, fixed basic errors, and developed work around's for bad design. But, that is not fixing the system. The very fact the best they can hope for in getting the back end to work is late summer and maybe not even then is prof they are not just "fixing" the system. Mark, that is a "fix". That is a redesign and a rewrite, exactly as I have claimed.

Look, Mark, I spent 30 years with IBM working directly with customers on hardware and software design and implementation. I have a bit more experience with computer systems than you do. You would be wise to let this one go.

Rick Caird said...

Ooops, miswrote a sentence and left a word out. It should be:

"Mark, that is NOT a "fix". That is a redesign and a rewrite, exactly as I have claimed."

Maybe, Mark, you don't know what a "fix" is. A fix is a correction of an error. When you start changing how much of the code works, that is a redesign and a rewrite or a workaround. It is a function of how much has to change. Clearly, over three months effort on the front end, a lot of code and flow changed. But, it had to be done piecemeal because of time constraints. So, now you are left with a very messy, undocumented system. That all has to be cleaned up and streamlined. Some of the code can be salvaged and some will be abandoned. But, that is a complete design and rewrite.

mark said...

Hmmm. So now having second thoughts about a post and deleting it is a cowardly act? Strange.
As far as I know, Sterling is a registered republican;

I deleted it because I decided I didn't want to go down that road (at least, for now).

Rick Caird said...

Now, it is my turn to apologize to Mark. I just saw that Sterling has been a registered Republican since 1998. The original reports were that he was a Democrat, but that was because he had only donated to Democrats.

My error, Mark.

mark said...

No worries, Rick