They are misunderstood to many.  Not to me…they are perverse evil incarnate.

132 children shot dead as Taliban gunmen storm military-run school in Peshawar in Pakistan.

There is something great about the camera in the phone.


If there is one company that makes my skin crawl, it’s Crapna.   (Sony, how could you screw your employees this way?)  I’m sure that they have a better plan than I do, but in general Crapna is exactly what I said…crapna.   You have to take my word on this.  Anyone on the other side of the fence sees lots and lots of really gross stuff.  Oh, and I can’t tell you what I see.

In all fairness, the plan is the company plan and that it is whatever the big cheese has decided it should be.  They usually say that this is the plan that was recommended so that they don’t have to know theose very important minor details.  Never let anyone tell you the lie that they didn’t know that they had deleted this or that off the plan.  The big cheese always knows.  Take for instance my neck of the woods, one company that hires predominantly female staff refuses to pay for a particular female surgery even under medical necessity.  (I suppose that all the antidepressants and little blue pill that everyone uses in their company is of greater priority.)  IMHO, if that middleman insurance extortion thingy was removed, we could all enjoy basic healthcare the 1950s style when everyone could afford care at cash pay prices.

I know that there are humongous fines for anyone in the medical area leaking stuff like this, but what do you do about your own company not having the proper security to keep your information out of the internet’s looksee?

Carol Olsby, who has worked in human resources at large technology companies, said it wasn’t uncommon at her former employers for workers’ names and medical conditions to be shared in e-mails or for the companies to have a file of the most expensive medical claims.

Because that is how decisions are made about what to cap or cut.  I mean it isn’t because the company wants to send you a fruit basket during your recovery.

Employers would sometimes get a list of the costliest claims from an insurer to justify a rate increase, she said. For example, if a company had employees who’d developed costly chronic conditions, like a type of cancer or kidney failure, or had a premature baby, the insurer could argue that rates should rise.

The justification always sounds so good.  How about the insurer step away from the care and let the doc do their thing?  Oh yeah, if they don’t do a million tests for that bump on your head the lawyers are up next in line for their cut.

Olsby, who now runs consulting firm Carol Olsby & Associates Inc., also said it wasn’t uncommon for employees to e-mail human resources with medical information related to a denied claim. In all cases, she said the companies would try to keep the information on a “need-to-know basis.”

Need to know?  Ulterior motives or am I being too cynical?  Note to Sony, fasten your seatbelts because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


h/t IOTWReport.com

And that includes this cop.

Okay, then there are the creeps that never seem to give humanity a break.

UPDATE:  Don’t mess with the parents who thought that they were going to leave their children with a better place in the world.   I love it.  If there is any justice in this world, that asshat Gruber should have his office inundated with copies of this father’s reaction.  I think that MIT should be overloaded with these papers.

I would have pulled Gruber the asshat’s chair out from under him.  He’s such a putz.

Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings tore into MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber on Tuesday for his remarks on American voters and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee made GOP chairman Darrell Issa’s opening statement sound tame by comparison.

“As far as I can tell, we are here today to beat up on Jonathan Gruber for stupid — I mean absolutely stupid — comments he made over the last few years,” he began, staring angrily at the hapless professor.

“Let me be clear, I am extremely frustrated with Dr. Gruber’s statements,” Cummings continued. “They were irresponsibly, incredibly disrespectful, and did not reflect reality. And they were indeed insulting.”

“I was in Congress when this law was debated, and Dr. Gruber does not speak for me, or the chairman of the other committees who worked tirelessly on this bill,” he said. “We debated this legislation for nearly a year before it was finally passed and signed by the president! Never once did I believe or did anyone suggest that we were somehow hiding our goals from the American people.”

“But worst of all,” the ranking member concluded, “Dr. Gruber’s statements gave Republicans a public relations gift in their relentless political campaign to tear down the ACA and eliminate health care for millions of Americans!”

via Elijah Cummings Savages Gruber: ‘Absolutely Stupid,’ ‘Incredibly Disrespectful’

I was surprised…in a good way.

When newlyweds Tyrel and Joana Wolfe dropped off Christmas shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child at Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in mid-November, staff were surprised that the couple had driven the boxes all the way from Idaho to North Carolina to donate them.

The organiztion has donation sites in Idaho, so why make the long journey?

It turns out that the couple was brought together by an Operation Christmas Child box.

Back in 2000, Joana received a Christmas box at a bible school in suburban Manila, Philippines. Inside was a photo of the boy who packed it for her – 7-year-old Tyrel Wolfe – along with his name and address in Idaho. Joana sent him a letter thanking him for the box, but Tyrel never received it.

Eleven years later, Joana decided to use Facebook to try to track Tyrel down. After finding a Tyrel Wolfe in Idaho, she sent a friend request and a message. Tyrel was intrigued by the message from a “random girl in the Philippines,” and the two started corresponding daily.

The more they corresponded, the more Tyrel and Joana found they had in common. They were both passionate about music—albeit different styles—and both sing and play at least one musical instrument. And Joana had always dreamed of a quiet life in the country.

Tyrel saved his money for a plane ticket to meet Joana in person and ask her father’s permission to date her.

“Once I saw his face, an amazing feeling came over me,” Joana said. “I was so happy I cried.”

After 10 days together, the pair knew they wanted to be together for good. Back home, Tyrel took on extra work so he could return to the Philippines and propose marriage.

The couple started the process of obtaining a fiancee visa, and finally Joana arrived in Idaho in September 2014. They were married October 5, and asked guests to bring Christmas shoeboxes as wedding gifts.

Are your eyes teary yet?

So the Wolfes’ journey came full circle when they dropped off the Christmas shoeboxes at Samaritan’s Purse headquarters.

Tyrel says he knew the box he packed all those years ago would bring a little girl joy, but he “just didn’t know the joy it would bring [him] one day.”

This Boy Didn’t Realize He Was Packing a Christmas Box For the Girl He’d Marry 14 Years Later.

Via Obama to hold White House meetings on Ferguson News.  There will be a gathering.  We all know that this is so that the race baiting is kept in the news and distracts from everything else that it and pal ValJar are doing.

Note to dear faux leader teh won:

The illusion is over.  If you read it, you will know what’s in it from the grand jury.  Time to stop.  Brown family…stop it.  Nothing that you do will bring your son back.  Own his behavior.  If you truly want to make a difference in the world, change your actions.  Actions speak far louder than words.  You want respect, earn it.  And that goes for that asshat family attorney that excuses their behavior.
“Burn this b*tch down” does not evoke peace.    What it says it that you are hateful people.  This is how you really feel.  Your pain supercedes everyone elses and you have no problem ruining other people’s lives.

People who have selectively acquired victim skills learn little else.  Very sad.  What is worse is teh won in the big white house who continuously plays that race card.  Well, a community organizer is just that…a loud mouthed victim baiting creep.  Look no further than palls JJ and his Al.

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