My experience with the Social Security Administration was interesting. I spent one week a month there training their team of programmers, back when microcomputers were relatively new.
The team leader had a prominent sign in his cubicle office:
If at first you don’t succeed
Get a government job
Then you don’t have to try anymore
Wayne La Pierre, Executive Vice President and the long-time major force at the National Rifle Association, gave the presentation to the United Nations yesterday. He spoke before a committee that has made pretty nakedly obvious their desire to remove handguns from the possession of all government subjects, so that only governments have guns.
Operation Fast and Furious is now being joined by “Operation Castaway,” a project allegedly run from the Tampa, Florida ATF office and which arranged for large amounts of weapons to be delivered to MS13 gang members in Honduras. This article suggests that this was different from the Phoenix operation, and that “most” or “several” gun shipments were intercepted.
What was the point?
It was late in life when I made her my wife
But the wonderful Lady Anne
Has been all I could need, and I’m happy indeed
And a blessed and lucky man
There’s a tale to tell that we know quite well
Twenty-seven years ago
When a customer that I stole from her
Fixed us up to start the show
They were not discrete, and said we should meet
And were suited very well
Now I must concur with how right they were
And that’s what I’m here to tell
Eight years ago, on a February morn, I was struck by the loss of Columbia on re-entry. We waited for long minutes, and in the sky above my office the high, thin contrail from the ill-fated orbiter dissipated with our hopes. Soon, the reports of debris began.
The loss of the crew was sad enough, and I remembered what had happened years earlier when the Challenger was lost during its ascent. America, for years, seemed to turn away from space. I walked back into my office, and wrote the following bit of poetry:
The Shuttle, the Columbia, is lost
The world is shocked, and frozen now in place
Already timid souls bemoan the cost
And feel we should not once more challenge space
Debris will be discovered, gathered, probed
And theories will spark, then burst in flame
Though causes might not ever be disrobed
Too many will just search for who’s to blame
A few weeks ago, the “Nation’s Report Card” was released. It is embarrassing, and disappointing, and probably would be much more so had the administration not completely changed the methodology so that no comparisons can be made to previous periods.
It’s quite interesting, and has elements you might recognize as being amenities of the Axiom from the science fiction film WALL•E.
===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle