Friday, March 14, 2014

Open Blog Friday...

Well guy, here we are again.

It's Friday so it's your day to pick the topic.

So you might just as well get started.

Stay safe and be well...

Kevin McGinty


  1. Where oh where should we start? Well the weather is going to be in the 70's, Thats good, and the stock Market dropped every day this week thats bad, wonder what it will do today. But what ever happens all enjoy the day and weekend.


  2. Dave1001 03/14/14 - 09:35 am

    Where here is something the Libs can try to defend!!
    A Department of Health and Human Services official resigned from his post in a scathing letter that ripped the agency for profound dysfunction.

    David Wright headed the Office of Research Integrity at the Department of Health and Human Services. (Image source: ORI)
    David Wright headed the Office of Research Integrity for two years and wrote in his letter dated Feb. 25 that his time with the agency left him “offended as an American taxpayer.”

    The job was apparently not only unsatisfying, it was downright offensive, Wright said in the letter, which was first obtained by ScienceInsider.

    It was “the very worst job I have ever had,” he said.

    The Office of Research Integrity is responsible for reviewing possible misconduct in agency research projects.

    The letter details frustrating experiences Wright had to deal with, including the agency’s refusal to give him $35 to convert cassette tapes to CD and the agency’s refusal to let him fill a vacancy in the office (he was informed by his secretary that there was a secret priority list of candidates).

    The letter, which was addressed to Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, goes on to accuse top agency officials of caring more about their personal advancement than about doing their jobs well.

    “Since I’ve been here I’ve been advised by my superiors that I had ‘to make my bosses look good.’ I’ve been admonished: ‘Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players,’” the letter reads. “Recently, I was advised that if I wanted to be happy in government service, I had to ‘lower my expectations.’ The one thing no one in OASH [Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health] leadership has said to me in two years is ‘how can we help ORI better serve the research community?’ Not once.”

    Part 2 coming up!!~

  3. Part 2 from Dave1001

    Wright went on to note that Koh himself once described the office as operating in an “intensely political environment.” Here is the letter.

    2/25 Dr. Howard Koh, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health Dear Howard: I am writing to resign my position as Director, Office of Research Integrity, ORI/OASH/DHHS
    This has been at once the best and worst job I’ve ever had.
    The best part of it has been the opportunity to lead ORI intellectually and professionally in helping research institutions better handle allegations of research misconduct, provide in-service training for institutional Research Integrity Officers (RIOs), and develop programming to promote the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Working with members of the research community, particularly RIOs, and the brilliant scientist-investigators in ORI has been one of the great pleasures of my long career. Unfortunately, and to my great surprise, it turned out to be only about 35% of the job. The rest of my role as ORI Director has been the very worst job I have ever had and it occupies up to 65% of my time. That part of the job is spent navigating the remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy to secure resources and, yes, get permission for ORI to serve the research community. I knew coming into this job about the bureaucratic limitations of the federal government, but I had no idea how stifling it would be. What I was able to do in a day or two as an academic administrator takes weeks or months in the federal government, our precinct of which is OASH. I believe there are a number of reasons for this. First, whereas in most organizations the front-line agencies that do the actual work, in our case protecting the integrity of millions of dollars of PHS-funded research, command the administrative support services to get the job done.

    In OASH it’s the exact opposite.
    The Op-Divs, as the front-line offices are called, get our budgets and then have to go hat-in-hand to the
    administrative support people in the “immediate office” of OASH to spend it, almost
    item by item. These people who are generally poorly informed about what ORI is and
    does decide whether our requests are “mission critical.”

    On one occasion, I was invited to give a talk on research integrity and misconduct to a large group of AAAS fellows. I needed to spend $35 to convert some old cassette tapes to CDs for use in the presentation. The immediate office denied my request after a couple of days of noodling. A university did the conversion for me in twenty minutes, and refused payment when I told them it was for an educational purpose.

  4. Well Dave1001 Thanks for that it is nice to fined a few in this administration that isn't going to sell out his Country for a paycheck. It will all come crumbing down around them sooner or later, I just want to be alive to rubber it in their shit faces. Nothing but a bunch of Commie Traitors in this administration. And to boot half the Country is becoming that way also, they must be stopped.

  5. Finally got control of the computer from the wife. Someone got her going on cj.

    Thanks for the article Dave 1001, it does give me a little hope that not all in this administration are total piles. capoi

  6. The FBI and Utah state prosecutors working on a corruption investigation say they have uncovered accusations of financial wrongdoing by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Sen. Mike Lee, but the Justice Department has so far declined to act on their recommendation for a full federal investigation.

    Two district attorneys, one Democrat and one Republican, told The Washington Times, ABC News, and The Salt Lake Tribune this week that they have found evidence of possible financial wrongdoing by the lawmakers relating to suspect campaign contributions and other financial transactions.

    "There are allegations, but they are very serious allegations and they need to be looked at by somebody," Sim Gill, a Democrat and chief prosecutor in Salt Lake County, told The Washington Times. "If true, or even if asserted, they truly should be investigated and put to rest, or be confirmed."

    To quote the great KEVIN; "Shocked, shocked is what I am!"


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  7. And this from a CINO

    On March 6th Pastor Alan Rudnick cited the Apostle Paul and the Daily Kos to show his opposition to church gun giveaways.

    He was specifically reacting to the AR-15 giveaway at Grace Baptist Church, Troy, NY, and gun giveaways at churches in Texas and Kentucky.

    According to Rudnick, the Apostle Paul's admonition that "all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable" applies to gun giveways: "It may be lawful for a church to have [an] AR-15 gun giveway, but it is not profitable to Christianity."

    He did not address why using an AR-15 to defend one's life and family is unprofitable to Christianity.

    However, Rudnick did indicate that "studies show no strong empirical evidence to support... more guns means more safety." He substantiated this by citing a Daily Kos article which compares owning a firearm "to cigarette smoke" and references a 1998 study showing "no empiric evidence that owning a gun confers some protection on a household from homicide."

    On December 4th Breitbart News reported on a Congressional Study which used pages of empirical data to show that as the number of guns in the U.S. increased from 192 million in 1994 to 310 million in 2009, the "firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide" rate plummeted. By 2011 the rate had fallen to less than half of what it was in 1993, although gun ownership continued to rise.

  8. update on the Lee story at the blaze...seems newly elected Utah attorney general John Swallow, charged with some 86 counts of internet fraud, is leveling the charges...connected with reimbursing straw donors' illegal campaign contributions via a poker account in a St George Utah bank...Lee's office says nobody from fbi or doj has contacted their Lee hasn't done anything; time will tell...but old dingy Harry, would not shock me one bit...

  9. and anyone wanting to see that priceless Trey Gowdy video in which he threw Obama's campaign quotes while still a senator right back in his face as regards the Constitution can find them at Tgowdysc for youtube, and the one I mentioned is at the blaze. this one was made at his Enforce-the-law speech on that bill. even though the bill is doomed in the senate courtesy the ever-dingy Reid, Gowdy's speeches do a masterful job of pointing out the hypocrisy that is the regime and pounding away at them over and over again gets the truth out there...I shared it on my facebook...

  10. Well My Wife just got an E-mail from her former Boss

    that his company Distribution center here in Cape coral, MERITS MEDICAL SUPPLY based in Taiwan is going to Close.
    They went from 900 Million to 300 million in sales in ONE YEAR!

    Poor Guy thinks he is going to loose his house now..

    Nice Guy too,
    Good Republican who saw this coming four years ago.