republicans finding their spines?

Maybe?  I read this last night about those caring public servants in Washington wanting to exempt themselves from obamacare, and it struck me as another opportunity for a republican not afraid to lose his invitations to the beltway cocktail parties to take a stand that might give the base a little hope and maybe start to unwind the Mr. Monopoly caricature they’ve been saddled with.

Then this morning I find this, and it looks like maybe somebody did take a stand … but reading further into the article, there’s this:

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson flatly denied a report that the majority leader had sought an exemption for lawmakers and their staffers.

“There are not now, have never been, nor will there ever be any discussions about exempting members of Congress or Congressional staff from Affordable Care Act provisions that apply to any employees of any other public or private employer offering health care,” Jentleson said.

Forgive me if I don’t trust anything coming out of Harry Reid’s team.  So now I’m back to hoping somebody (Senator Cruz?) will turn this into something that garners a little public attention.



two words – pro-rated salary

Just read this on instapundit.  A senator earns $174,000 per year, plus benefits that they will, unlike those of us smothered under the caring blanket of obamacare, actually get to keep, and they don’t even show up for work?!?  I say for every day that the senate “conducts business” without a quorum, all members should be docked an amount equivalent to 1/[days the senate is in session for year] multiplied by $174,000.  The schedule shows the senate being in session 4 out of 5 weeks with a 5 week recess in August/September, so we’ve got … (52-5)*(4/5) = ~38 weeks, or 190 days, so the penalty for skipping would be about $916.  Chump change to these faithful stewards of our nation, but if we can get Professor Reynolds’ revolving door surtax passed, they might start to care, and actually do the job they were elected to do.

Or simply elect a better class of senator – you know, the kind who actually considers himself a public servant and understands what the founding fathers intended.  You don’t need a senate vote for that.


iowahawk’s earth week 2013!

Finally going to try to join the club – my humble submission for the celebration of the miracle of combustible hydrocarbons.

First pic – two ends of the car spectrum (soul-sucking mediocrity on one end, and just dang fun on the other)


Second – more just dang fun.


And yes, it’s a pretend wanna-be, but it’s my pretend wanna-be, and the motor was built, plasti-gaged, and torqued-to-spec by me with the help of a couple of good friends and a surprisingly little loss of knuckle skin, and it’ll burn extra hydrocarbons (in the form of melted rubber) all the way through 2nd gear.

For your consideration, Mr. Burge – best regards.


malarky joe and the iraq and afghanistan withdrawals

So old Malarky Joe brought up a point I hadn’t heard before about having hard and well-publicized dates for withdrawal of forces from Iraq and Afghanistan. My previous cynical view was that the administration simply wanted to get out as a sop to its base, and because dear leader simply didn’t want to be bothered with the decisions that come with dealing with bad guys who weren’t either the tea party or republican.

Joe’s justification for the date-certain withdrawal is to let the Iraq and Afghanistan governments that “[i]t’s their responsibility to take over their own security”, which sounded reasonable, as most sophisms do. The huge flaw in that premise finally struck me today – it’s the foreign relations equivalent of social promotion in schools where kids are moved from grade to grade whether they’ve mastered the material or not.

Given the current trajectory of the conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention the middle east in general), does anybody honestly see this turning out well?

Interestingly, as Biden laid out the case for Obama and his foreign policy, the points he made in favor of it – the date-certain withdrawals instead of withdrawals based on conditions on the ground, focusing on Bin Laden instead of the larger al qaida threat – all seemed like the case for Romney to me. Logic and recent history argue that the parties in the region that regard us as the great satan (yet happily accept our “tainted” billions in aid) are more than happy to wait for 2014, and that dear leader’s “Gutsy Call” ™ to take out bin laden had no effect on al qaida, which is becoming a greater threat every day.

Guess I just don’t understand the “reality-based” party’s logic.


PBS & NPR redux

In light of last night’s debate, I’m going to shamelessly re-link to a post I wrote in May of 2011 when the big scare was that those mean old republicans in congress were going to take away funding for NPR:

NPR Math


adventures in dev – part III

Today’s episode – down the rabbit hole.

Following some links that turned up in yesterday’s search for requirement guidelines, I came across yourdon.com, Ed Yourdon’s “structured analysis wiki”, and specifically chapter nine, which covers data flow diagrams.

That led me today to play around with how to handle messages inside the app. One of the app’s elements is a number pad, and while I want to centralize message/event handling, I don’t want each key in the number pad to be propagated through. I’m still working in SWT, so my approach is to make the number pad composite the listener for key elements, and then define an action event that the number pad will pass on to the main message bus.

The upshot of all this is that I didn’t get any further through “Code Complete”, and illustrates the typical developer’s workflow where goals are easily derailed by a bright shiny “ooh, I need to see how this works” sidebar.


Adventures in dev – part II

Today counted as either a reasonable detour into game development fundamentals and generating good requirements, or a lost day of link following.

The pursuit of a good requirements approach was triggered by “Code Complete” being very upfront about needing requirements, but not going into depth about how to create workable requirements, instead focusing on “construction” fundamentals.

Reading up on game development was prompted by my realizing I didn’t want to approach user input and other events in an ad-hoc way.

Coming tomorrow – maybe some code spikes (fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, coders gotta code).

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