Has Hell Frozen Over?

The most leftest newspaper in the country, the Boston Globe has endorsed Republican Charlie Baker over the Democrat party favorite Martha, Coakley?

Effective activist government isn’t built on good intentions. To provide consistently good results, especially for the state’s most vulnerable and troubled residents, agencies need to focus on outcomes, learn from their errors, and preserve and replicate approaches that succeed. Baker, a former health care executive, has made a career of doing just that. During this campaign, he has focused principally on making state government work better. The emphasis is warranted. And in that spirit, the Globe endorses Charlie Baker for governor.

Interestingly the endorsement isn’t about political philosophy, but about leadership and experience skills. We haven’t been following the race all that closely, but this has come as somewhat of a surprise to us.

 

Hamming things Up

I’ve been playing with my radios this weekend, tweeking some settings, adding frequencies and deleting others.  All the while trying to keep some consistency between the three different radios.  I also set the FT-8800 to work as a cross band repeater.  This will allow me to walk around freely with a handheld, and  still use the power of a more powerful radio. Pretty kewl !!

I made some changes to my ham page I included a list of local repeaters with the settings. This might prove useful to a new ham or someone new or visiting the area.

 

Frack the Middle East

Gas at $2.999
Bacliff Valaro Gas Prices

I saw this on the way into work this morning. $2.999  for a gallon of gas.

Despite the uncertainty of wars and revolution in the Middle East , Gas prices continue to drop. We just started to shift away from the summer fuel blends , and if winter doesn’t turn out to be to harsh maybe we will continue to get a break in the prices.

With all the uncertainty in the Middle East could it be that we are benefiting from fracking?

BTW: This is the same place that had the Siracha flavored Whoopie pies.

A Little bit of Remodeling Around the Joint

Its been a while since I’ve changed the basic look of the Blog. I upgraded the old Twenty-Eleven Word Press Theme to the new Twenty-Fourteen theme.  For the first time I am using a three column format.  Long time readers with good memories might find the banner image familiar. I had used a similar photograph several years ago from a slightly different angle that didn’t show the signed barriers.  This picture was taken at the end of Seawall Blvd. and is a favorite spot of ours to bird watch or see the occasional dolphin.

I might change the banner image in a couple of weeks, I’m not thrilled with the green link text, and I might do something about the visibility of the text in BlockQuotes.

Last week the website actually went offline for a few days. The Credit Card I declared for the hosting auto renewal had been canceled because it had been compromised during the Target Thanksgiving POS hack. I didn’t catch the emails warning me I was about to be charged.  Oh well, I caught it within a couple of days and the hosting is paid for another 2 years.

I’ve been blogging for a long time now.  I started with the Independent Blogger and stayed with Blogger when it got bought out by Google, I bailed out on Blogger when they dropped out the self hosting option.  It’s been WordPress ever since.  The package is free, powerful, flexible, and easy to use.

Let me know what you think.

Justice New Jersey Style

The video of Ray Rice beating the snot out of his girlfriend was shocking, even more shocking is the light punishment he got with the approval of  Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain and Superior Court Judge Michael Donio.

Following the release of new footage that seems to show now former-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in the face, it’s important to remember that the prosecutor who let Rice off with a slap on the wrist is now trying to throw the book at a young mother of two who tried to protect herself and her family from violence.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain approved an application for admitting Rice into New Jersey’s Pre-Trial Intervention program that allowed the NFL star to avoid jail time. Instead, Rice has to undergo counseling and will be immediately incarcerated if he does something else wrong.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio issued the final sentencing, accepting Rice into the program.

In another case 27-year-old mother of two Shaneen Allen is being prosecuted for taking a legally owned and legally carried handgun across the bridge into New Jersey. She should have known better, but at worst case she made an honest mistake.

Meanwhile, McClain is working to put 27-year-old mother of two Shaneen Allen — herself a first-time offender — into jail for at least three years, maybe even a decade.

Allen didn’t punch anyone out in an elevator. She simply didn’t know that her Pennsylvania concealed-carry permit was not valid in New Jersey.

In October 2013, Allen was pulled over for a minor traffic offense. She dutifully informed the officer of her gun and presented her concealed-carry permit. She was arrested.

Allen had a gun because she had been robbed twice in 2013 and feared for her children. Following her arrest, and McClain’s insistence that she face the maximum possible penalty for her oversight, Allen reportedly lost her job.

Judge Donio is also tied to the Allen case. He accepted McClain’s decision to deny Allen entry into the same pre-trial program Rice was allowed to enter.

Yeah the same Donio and McClain that let Ray Rice off so easy refuses to give Shaneen Allen a break and are working hard to get a 3 to 10 year sentence. This is called Justice Jersey style, where the rich and famous get the breaks and the single mom who  who didn’t realize that New Jersey wasn’t one of the 30 states that would be legal for this CHL holder to carry in, she gets the full prosecution

Eighth wonder of the World

SeaWeed the eighth wonder of the world
Seaeeed the eighth wonder of the world

I guess the Galveston Parks Department is Just trying to make the best of things. after all there isn’t an easy answer or solution, but j think that the most of us agree that its a pretty stinky ugly mess.  I didn’t notice anyone on a seaweed scavenger hunt.

It does look to me that instead of piling into huge seaweed mountains, they have decided to attempt to clean some of the beaches and spread it out on some of the others and hope to gain some beach reclamation. I don’t know how successful it will be but its not pretty

acres and acres of seaweed
Acres and acres of seaweed

and its got to be raising hell with the tourist industry.  While some of the beaches aren’t this bad, there is seaweed to be found at all the beaches. Personally I’m not tempted to go scavenger hunting on this particular beach. happy hunting to those who choose otherwise.

Memo to IRS management

Maybe the IRS should consider moving to Gmail.   They never seem to crash, its constantly backed up  and its free.

The Great Fisking!

In a great fisking Walmart takes on the New York Times.  It becomes obvious that Timothy Egan of the Times didn’t have a clue about what he was writing about. There are certain Institutions and Corporations the the leftist rally against.  It seems as if there is something they don’y like about the entity, every thing about them must be under attack.

The Great Fisking

Walmart didn’t address the comparison of Walmart with Costco.

What could change Walmart is growing public disdain for the company. A new poll by Lake Research Partners found that 28 percent of consumers surveyed have an unfavorable view of Walmart — almost five times the negative sentiment felt for Costco. Poor treatment of workers was cited most often as the reason not to shop there.

I seems as though It would have been fairer to compare Walmart’s Sam’s opertion to Costco rather than the whole of Walmart. But the New York times isn’t about being fair is it?

The same types of attacks are made against the Koch brothers .  Most are completely off the wall because:

  • They aren’t right wing extremist. They are Libertarians.
  • They have no more influence on elections than George Soros , the Kenedys or George Clooney.
  • They give money to organizations such as PBS’ NOVA and United Negro College Fund

Scrambling the email pathways.

Email providers are now locking down and securing our emails from prying eyes.  Google’s Gmail is taking the lead, Today much of the email mail traffic is sent using secure encryption between servers. The problem is that the emails stored on the servers and on the end users computers themselves is not encrypted.

In an analysis released this week, Google said 65 percent of the messages sent by Gmail users are encrypted when delivered, meaning the recipient’s provider also supports the encryption needed to establish a secure connection for transmission of the message. (Establishing a secure communication channel requires both e-mail providers to exchange encryption keys beforehand. Even if an e-mail provider tries to encrypt messages by default, messages will be sent in the clear to providers that do not support encryption.) Gmail has more than 425 million accounts worldwide and was an early adopter of e-mail encryption.

Only 50 percent of incoming messages are encrypted, Google says, but that’s up from 27 percent on December 11, 2013. And the numbers could get even better as more providers offer encryption by default to their customers. Charlie Davis, a Comcast spokesman, says the Internet service provider is working on it and plans to “gradually ramp up encryption with Gmail in the coming weeks.”

The question one might ask is who are the providers encrypting from? These transfers could not be observed by the typical hacker, The data on the transmitting or receiving servers themselves isn’t encrypted (yet ), and would make an easier target.  The only reason for intercepting these communication is for a very broad sweep of information such as in the NSA/Snowden exposé, and the only people that they are hiding the info from is the US government.

Google is moving ahead with its end-to-end program which will support encryption GPG type services as  a Chrome extension  from the browser.I suppose its better than nothing, but using Javvascript and storing keyes in memory won’t make thisthe most secure system.  I use Thunderbird and open GPG tools.

This is my public key.if anyone is interested.

 

On my Commute

Sign At Pop's Bar
Sign At Pop’s Bar

On the way into work work I’ve noticed this sign at a small bar in Texas City. It looks to me like somebody didn’t pay there bar bill.

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