Tweet of the Day, #Obamacare testing train wreck edition

October 19, 2013
"Train wreck"

“I didn’t test the site. I thought you did!”

National Review’s Jim Geraghty catches HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitting in the pages of The Wall Street Journal something she should have known years ago:

This is going to sit well with her boss, don’t you think? After all, the fourth-greatest president ever is always willing to humbly own up to mistakes. He might even recognize the mistake he made in hiring the former Kansas governor and fire her in the spirit of accountability.

Oh, stop laughing.

Besides, as Jim argues elsewhere, why should we want her fired?

If you think Sebelius is a blitheringly incompetent leader and manager, who ignores red flags and who is now requiring underlings to attempt increasingly implausible, desperate spin, and you want to see Obamacare go away . . . why would you want to get rid of her? The next HHS secretary might be better at the job.

As Napoleon once said, “Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.”

Speaking of that “testing issue” Sebelius isn’t the only one to acknowledge a mistake total, catastrophic screw up. Writing in the Washington Examiner, Richard Pollock reports that Sebelius was indeed right when she said they had only a brief time to test the site and its systems. “Brief,” as in 4-6 days before launch:

Federal officials did not permit testing of the Obamacare website or issue final system requirements until four to six days before its Oct. 1 launch, according to an individual with direct knowledge of the project.

The individual, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the troubled Obamacare website project as suffering from top-level management disarray, changing systems requirements and recurring delays.

The root cause of the problems was a pivotal decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials to act as systems integrator, the central coordinator for the entire program. Usually this role is reserved for the prime information technology contractor.

As a result, full testing of the site was delayed until four to six days before the fateful Oct. 1 launch of the health care exchanges, the individual said.

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Federal officials were “freezing requirements in time to permit full testing at all levels of the site — integration testing, user testing, performance testing and tuning,” the individual said.

“Normally a system this size would need 4-6 months of testing and performance tuning, not 4-6 days,” the individual said.

No, really? When you’re only taking over 16% of the entire US economy?? Surely you jest.

Read the whole article. This is how our $634 million was spent. Obamacare, and all the revelations like this coming out every day, is the greatest selling point for small-government conservatism America has ever seen.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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Embarrassing? It should be.

June 9, 2008

If I see one more Internet pundit or respected academic write “Columbia” when they mean “Colombia,” I think I’ll scream.

Unless, of course, we’re negotiating a free trade agreement with a famed New York university that happens to be suffering from a communist rebellion….


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March 22, 2008

That’s the number of pro-al Qaeda web sites there are on the Web, as cited in a Reuters report on US efforts to cut off pro-jihadi propaganda videos.

The U.S. military said on Saturday it had hampered al Qaeda’s ability to recruit new members in Iraq by capturing or killing many of the people who make slick videos used to attract disaffected young Muslims.

U.S. military spokesman Rear Admiral Greg Smith said that in the past year, 39 al Qaeda members in Iraq responsible for producing and disseminating videos and other material to thousands of Internet Web sites had been captured or killed.

"The power of this information is obvious. These guys are using material that is used on Web sites to recruit and raise money," Smith told Reuters in an interview.

"We think the vast majority of this media network has been degraded at this point," he said, adding that the arrests had led to fewer Internet postings of al Qaeda beheadings, kidnappings and other attacks in Iraq.

So, there are more than five thousand web sites around the world that host al Qaeda-produced videos of beheadings and other jihadi porn?

Just amazing. They might just give even the Kennedy assassination conspiracy nuts a run for their money.

(hat tip: Campaign Standard)

How childish

August 9, 2007

It seems some "Progressive" in nearby Santa Monica thought he’d help The Cause (Which "cause?" -ed. The flavor of the week?) by setting up a fake web site to smear Fred Thompson as a racist: Well, that’s interesting, even as I write this the site has been redirected: it did contain links to various white supremacist sites and gave the impression it was affiliated with the KKK. Now, however, the link seems to redirect to John Edwards site, even though the URL still reads "imwithfred2008."

Apparently the attention this moron got when Captain’s Quarters first exposed his antics have lead him to try to hide his tracks. Nice try, chucklehead.

It seems fitting that this kind of ham-handed disinformation campaign came out of what we in Southern California call The People’s Republic of Soviet Monica.

LINKS: More at Hot Air and Blue Crab Boulevard.

UPDATE: Oh, this is getting funny! Now the moron has redirected the site again, this time to a Wikipedia entry about a Marxist literary critic. What’s next? Girl Genius?

The great leveler?

January 14, 2007

I’ve often said the Internet is the great leveler or democratizer between the elite and the common man, the powerful and the weak. The ease of access of information has broken a lot of traditional social relationships, enabling people to make decisions for themselves, rather than waiting for the high and mighty to tell them what to think.

Take investing, for example. With easy online access to SEC filings alone, individual investors can make decisions for themselves without relying on the advice of brokers, who often have conflicting interests. The Internet also lead to the rise of discount online brokers, because the money they save from lowered expenses allows them to lower their fees to clients, making the market affordable to the little guy. The overall result has been a revolution in the American marketplace, as millions of people have become investors.

Or take news delivery. Before the Internet, we got our news from newspapers, the Big Three networks, and cable sources like CNN. Most had a common slant, a common bias toward American Left-Liberalism. The networks and other major national papers, as documented by Bernard Goldberg in his book, Bias, usually take their cue from the New York Times. With the rise of the Internet and, in particular, the explosive growth of blogs of a Center or Right-Liberal orientation, the monopoly of the mainstream media over the information we receive has been broken. We’ve seen this time and again in recent years, perhaps most famously in the case of CBS’s use of forged documents in 2004 to try to damage the reelection campaign of George W. Bush, which was exposed by individual citizens posting to their blogs and lead to the resignation of anchor Dan Rather.

It’s even affected the military sphere, as the Daily Telegraph reports that rebels in Iraq have used Google Earth to plan their attacks on British bases in southern Iraq. Here we have rag-tag guerilla bands using 21st century technology to do what used to be the sole province of governments: use satellite imagery to plot military operations. The Internet as the Great Leveler, again. In this case, it works in favor of the bad guys.

I wonder how long it will be before governments put pressure on Google to withhold data about sensitive areas, such as war zones, or even find ways to hack Google to provide the enemy with false data?

(hat tip: It Shines For All)