Grading Lawmakers?

I keep seeing laws passed as a way to grade schools on the effectiveness of it teachings.  There have been a number of arguments about this range from : the teachers will only teach for the test, and the students won’t learn anything, to how students who enroll during the year, transfers from other schools, will effect the score..  So it is really plain to see, at least in my view, that there are legit questions about the usefulness of this idea..

We like to score things.  Students by their scores, teachers by the students scores, schools by the teacher’s scores, large corporation by their Profit/Expense score, and stock prices..

For each of these groups there is a penalty for failure..  Students might not graduate, teachers might not get renewed, schools might lose funding, and CEO might be given a “Golden Parachute”.

One area we might extend this idea to is the people who write our laws, set the budgets, and generally seem to see their job not as representing the people but, thwarting the other party.

How could we do this, and to what end..

Not long ago the Florida State senate decided the play the closure game with the state budget..

A couple of years ago the U.S. Congress was wrestling with the idea of increasing the debt ceiling.  To this end they got together a group, made up of Republicans and Democrats, that was to work in unison with the President of the U.S.  The did work something out.  It passed the house, and the then Senate leader, Harry Reid, would not even put it before the Senate…  He said his not putting the bill before the full Senate was the Republicans fault..  He He..

Now, since doing these things is part of the job they got elected for would not the failure to pass budgets be considered a failure?  Like a student who does not pass his test, shouldn’t there be some kind of penalty associated with not doing their job?

Just look at how the politicians have spent so much time yammering about people’s “party loyalty”.  What was this thing about a Republican Loyalty Oath?  It was an oath of loyalty to the “party” not the   people they represent which would be all of the people in their district..  NOT JUST THE PEOPLE IN THEIR PARTY.

Just to give you an idea of what kind of thing I am ranting about, consider this..  When President Obama was running for his current job he had a seat in the Senate..  though he was out campaigning most of the time, rather then representing the people in his state..  Was it Marco Rubio who got on one of the Intelligence committees and then missed half the briefings?

When was the last time thy passed a budget, the full one and not just a budget to keep the wheels turning because they could not get a full budget worked out?

I understand they are supposed to log in for votes, though I also understand that some of their aides vote for them..  So I have an idea.

Lets help them understand what the average worker, those little people who pay their salary, has to do.  Lets give them time cards, maybe digital, that they can use to clock in on the floor..  If they miss a portion of the business day, the times the House, or Senate, is in session then, they get docked for the proportionate amount of time they missed.. and if the things such as the budget don’t pass then they can give that money back..  as they did not do their jobs..

Oh, and it should be a felony for any of their aides to cast their vote for them, if they can’t do it themselves they should get a real job.

Of course, if they ever did anything like this, they would just put an extra clause that exempted them from the law..

Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, or even a Libertarian, if those people, in whatever district, are more interested in Party Politics then they are not representing YOU.


That Joe Guy.

Hello, is there anyone out there?

I may not be making any money on this blog but, I sometimes wish I would get comments from someone other than spammers..

I could use a few suggestions here… other than the people trying to sell the ceiling fans..


Can Hillary be trusted? NO.

I spent the years, from 74 to 84 as a Security Specialist for Air Force Security Police..  One of the things I learned there was that often times what people said about the need for security was different than what they practiced..  You would hear about Physical Security, Communications Security, and Operational Security.  (PhysSec, ComSec, OpSec)

Take one site I was assigned to in Korea, 77-78, the 6903rd SS *part of what was then know as the Air Force Security Service, or USAFSS, when dealt with Electronic Security..  The motto was “In God We Trust, All Others We Monitor”.  Sometime you would see an addendum placed behind that “only because we don’t have his frequency”.  Our site was located atop a hill on Osan AB.  There were huge antennas pointed at North Korea that picked up their communications signal..  What we were told was that “it is not what we do that is classified, it is how well we do it that is classified”.   Even they guy from base Civil Engineers, who fixed the A/C at the site, had to have a TS clearance.

Here is where I will tell you about how requirement are often different than reality..  All of the doors of the builder were to be secured, which an electronic lock on the front door..  Anytime a door was opened the Security Detail was supposed to be notified of its opening, and closing.  If the roving patrol, on foot, found a door open he would check with the gate, who is the one the people opening the door were supposed to notify so that he could tell the patrol..  Sometimes the Civilian contractors would want to take a break, or just step outside for a few minutes, and so would call the gate…  sometime they would forget to lock up when they went back in.. and the patrol would do it..  If it was a case where the gate had not been notified the gate guard would put it in the blotter report, call up the base security patrol and let them know there was an unauthorized door opening.  Since the site was considered to be a Priority A security site they would have to up channel  a “Helping Hand” report to indicate a possible hostile action..  In this case both Pacific Air Force Command, PacAF, and Air Force Security Service USAFSS at Kelly AFB in Texas would be notified…  they had something like 5 minutes from the time of the report to make notifications, then we would have 30 minutes to determine if it was hostile..  So we had 30 minutes to declare the security status..  if it was not hostile we would downgrade to normal, if it was undetermined after that time it was an automatic upgrade to “Covered Wagon”, or possible or actual hostile actions, at which time there would be a base wide alert as security responded to get a better look.

The Reality was that our biggest problem was with the Civilian contractors who ignored our requirement for security, and a Squadron Commander who did not want to make trouble for the contractors..  so we had orders to just put a note in the blotter, and NOT NOTIFY base security control..  This was because there had been a number of time that the base had been up on alert due to some contractor who could not be bothered to let use know when they opened a door, or even lock it up after themselves..  This was only fixed a couple of months before I left when a new squadron commander decided to take this seriously, and I went from one group of contractors to another and pointed out that we would be doing paperwork on these events, and pressing charges..  I also reminded the that the sign on the fence said they could be there “only by permission of installation commander”, which in this case was the Squadron Commander.  So, if he declared they were security risk he could bar them from the site, which meant they were of no use to whichever organization had hired them.

When I was stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa there was a report of a brush fire near the Rapid Deployment Task Force HQ building..  When some of our people got there, along with the Fire Department, they found a 55 gallon oil drum that was on fire.  While looking at it the patrols found that it was full of documents, and that some of the burning papers had scattered in the brush, which started the fire.  What they found was that many of the papers had.  It seems that the shredders at RDJTF had broken down, as well as their furnace, so the had dispatched a crew out to burn said document in the barrel.  They had just started the burn and left.

Yes, even in security environments there are lapses, though most of them are unintentional, such as forgetting to lock up a safe for the night, or even forgetting to check a desk drawer when the desk is replaced..  These thing happen.

In the time when Bill Clinton was president there were reports of White House staffers getting waivers for drug testing, something that was required due to their access to classified material..

I am not surprised that Hillary Clinton was one of those people who could not grasp the idea that security has to be taken seriously, or it is worthless..  If you wanted to ever see what class of people the Clintons are just consider the amount of damage, and theft, that was traced back to the staffers as they left the White House..

It is easy to see how, given their backgrounds in shady dealings, that they might not believe that security was that important..  after all look at how she failed to protect the four people who were killed in Libya.  As Secretary of State she was their boss and had a responsibility to them, which she failed to fulfill.

There might not have been a law saying that she had to use the State Department servers for her email but, they had trained IT people who would have been able, at the least, to increase the level of  the servers security to a level not normally found in a bathroom…

This makes me wonder..  who did her IT security?  The plumber?

No… I don’t trust her, and given her history I fail to understand how anyone could.


That Joe Guy.

Spammers are not welcome here…

I used to use the Usenet for looking up things in the alt. subjects.  In those days I had a program that would connect with them via my dial up modem, download the names of the Usnet groups, disconnect, pick the ones I was interested in, reconnect to get a list of articles from each group, disconnect so that I could pick which articles I wanted, and then reconnect just long enough to get the articles downloaded for off-line reading..  That was back when I was allowed a certain amount of connection time a month.  Later, when I got my first DSL connection I did not have to worry about it, and could stay connected for long periods of time..  That was when I learned about spammers.

I did not have that problem when I had my three line Major BBS system as it used the caller ID to verify who connected, though they still had to log-in…  There were few problem about spamming as only registered user could post, and it was easy for me to moderate new post.

With Usenets there were people who would post to more than one group at a time, and put stuff in there that had nothing to do with the group.  When most of the ISP stopped carrying the alt groups I had to go elsewhere, which lead me to the ATT Worldgroups, until they dropped that, or the Yahoo groups and Google.

These days some of the groups I try to follow have so much spam in them it is almost impossible to find what I am looking for, so I am dropping them little by little.

So where is he going, you ask?

Simple.  Last night I was planning to finish a post that I had been working on, off and on, for several days.  One of the first things I did was check out the comments section to see if there were worth keeping.  I now know my blog is getting out to someone as there were over 50 messages, relating to an article I had called “The Enemy of my Enemy is…”  Over 50 comments were made about that page, all without even indicating they had read the article..  Most of them were some kind of cut and paste comments trying to sell some kind of service.  Now I have no idea how that article inspired people to try to sell shoes, fans, or even SEO services.  Some of them stated that they had looked for a way to communicate with me though non of them was smart enough to look at the menu where it say “Feedback”.  That would have been a good place.

I would love to hear legitimate comments, and suggestion but, for those people who did like the 58 I saw last night : they get deleted.

For those of you who are kind enough to make comments I would only ask that you write enough about the article so that I can tell that you really read it..  I have even gotten comments, about the “About Me” page saying that this we really good information and they had never thought of it that way…  Huh?  What way is that.


That Joe Guy.