Fined For Running in Valley Forge Park!

A marathoner says he was fined $100 for running in Valley Forge National Historical Park during the government shutdown.

John Bell, a 56-year-old realtor, said he parked his car on Sunday in a remote parking lot, not one blocked by a barrier.

Bell, of Chadds Ford, has competed in a marathon on every continent of the world, but one of his favorite places to run is Valley Forge.

“From a safety standpoint, I like running down there, along with the scenery,” he says.

But on Sunday, Bells says there were two rangers waiting with their car lights flashing when he returned. They slapped him with the $100 citation.

While Bell says he knew that national landmarks were closed, he didn’t realize Valley Forge would be affected.


This came from CBS News Philadelphia


Public Health Surveillance and HealthCare.gov

If you were buying a system that enabled you to see  what everyone without insurance in the US was purchasing, or was interested in having insurance for?  Would you want to use that information in the future?  I guess if you were smart you would want to be able to analyze it all.

The more I find out about this health care “solution” that the US government purchased from a company that is largely operating out of Canada with clients in the UK, I’m a little surprised.

When you hear how much money was invested in this company because of their vast experience in “federal contracts”…Which doesn’t mean the United States Federal Government!  It’s pretty shocking, especially because I’m hearing from programmers who are saying the costs are outrageous.

These contracts have no limit on costs.  There apparently wasn’t much in the way of bidding.

And worst of all, I now see why people on the far right were complaining about death panels. If the Government can decide where and what health requirements people need to access- then what is to stop them from getting themselves more involved in areas that at this point seem outside of their purview.

Why would they want a “cloud with  surveillance”?




HealthCare.gov by CGI

Here is how CGI, the company that has created part of the new Healthcare.gov site sees it’s work-

  • Provider based services  Helping both the Medicare provider community and large-scale, private-sector payers design, code, implement and support national enrollment, enumeration, financial and case management, and identity and access management systems.
  • Public health surveillance  Linking office, clinic and hospital-based medical data sources to provide continuous, centralized analysis and reporting.
  • Portal integration  Providing timely, accurate, secure and personalized information through a consistent, easy-to-navigate interface.
  • Security  CGI’s Security Management Life Cycle (SMLC) complements agencies’ system development life cycle to adhere to their security Certification and Accreditation (C&A) methodologies and to provide a framework that embeds appropriate security activities into every phase of a system’s development.
  • Enterprise architecture/service oriented architecture  Our EA and SOA approach maps closely to Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) reference models and integrates processes across strategic planning, SOA, project and program management, Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC), performance management and business operation.
  • Business intelligence  Through data warehousing, business analytic tools and content/knowledge management services, CGI’s BI practice helps federal agencies develop the processes, technologies and end-user tools needed to turn data into information and information into knowledge.
  • Applications development  Using our CMMI Level 3-certified methodologies, reference architectures and reusable 3-tier development frameworks, CGI offers a portfolio of custom development, legacy improvement, migration, application conversion and platform consolidation services.

Peanut Butter Scent Could Help Diagnose Alzheimers

What an odd story this is, but a grad student in Florida found that since some nerves in the brain are the first to die, that if she tested patients with something that would use those nerves, then she might be able to diagnose Alzheimers early and inexpensively.  Well, read for yourself-

A plop of peanut butter on the end of a ruler could be the key to an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis, claims new research coming out of the University of Florida. 

Graduate student Jennifer Stamps reported her group’s findings from a small study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

The university reported that she came up with the idea of using peanut butter to test the smell sensitivity after noticing that patients were not tested for sense of smell.  The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve, often one of the first nerves affected in cognitive decline. 

But why peanut butter?  Stamps said it’s a “pure odorant” that is only detected by the olfactory nerve, and peanut butter is easy to get. 


So?  Can you smell peanut butter?




Who Shot a BB Gun At A School Bus?!!!

Over at Philly.com there is this-

Authorities in southeastern Pennsylvania are looking for the person who fired a BB gun at a school bus filled with middle-school children.

Police in Upper Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, said no one was hurt Tuesday afternoon when an occupant of a passing car leaned out the passenger-side window of a sedan and fired at the bus. The safety glass on the bus door shattered but remained in place.

Authorities said a camera on the bus captured the sounds of a gun but did not get any footage of the vehicle or the suspect.

Police are seeking public’s help to find the suspect who shot at the bus.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20131009_ap_d4b52c88819a43e797caa7f141aa5f30.html#rdst3BbTxJhw4xZK.99

If anyone has seen this kind of dangerous nonsense, or you know someone who saw it, or you are someone who did it!  Please make the right decision and do the responsible thing.  No hurting children or vehicles that carry children!




Remember “This Land Is Your Land, This Land is My Land”…

The Christian Science Monitor has an article this evening about people ignoring the shutdown laws and trespassing on closed properties.  I found this comment by law professor Glenn Reynolds to be a little sad-

“We’ve gone from ‘this land is your land, this land is my land,’ to the government saying this land is its land,” writes University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds in an e-mail. “President Obama said that government is just a word for the things we do together. Apparently that includes kicking WWII veterans off their memorial.”

I sort of liked that song…

This land is your land,

this land is my land,

from California, to the New York Island,

from the Redwood Forrests,

to the gulf stream waters,

this land was made for you and me!





Practicing Free Speech Gets You Into Shut Down Venues

I’m not upset about an immigration rally that took place but I also wouldn’t arrest visitors to National sites around the country…but some people are upset that there was a rally for immigration rights and they are upset that veterans were arrested for checking out a memorial in NY city.  Officials apparently have said that if a rally is a First Amendment rights kind of thing- then it must be allowed to occur.

National Parks Service spokesman Mike Litterst said Tuesday’s immigration rally is being allowed because it is considered a First Amendment demonstrations. He also said the park service is now allowing veterans to visit the memorial for the same reason.

However, non-veterans not practicing free speech are still barred from the memorials and mall.

So, don’t be knocking down barriers, or charging into areas that are shut down, unless you are engaging in “Free Speech”.

In other news in DC, the House Gym has not been shut down, it was said to be on the list of things that were closed during the shut down, but it isn’t.  And do you know how the news station found out?  The
Congressional staffers gym HAS been closed, so workers and staff aren’t allowed to use their gyms, but House members are showering and working out in theirs!

Is this odd news or what?  I told you, it’s getting a little weird around here.

Move On.org just called me about  my opinions on the government shut down.  If you want to talk to them and give them your opinions you can call them at  1-877-281-1957.

Oh, and over at the Morning Call in Allentown, they have an article about shutdown employees being able to sign up daily for a free “Adult toy”.  The toy begins with a “v”.







Prepare Just in Case!

I have absolutely no inside information about anything! So don’t ask me, but as I’ve told you before I like reading the crazy pages online, I figure if they start shouting about something I figure it behooves me to pay a little attention.

They are now bellyaching about the government shutdown and default.

So I bet you are wondering why I’m mentioning that here, I mean, don’t most people in the US care about the antics on display in Washington?  What could crazy folks be saying that has any importance for the rest of us who are busy just hanging in there and taking care of what we have to in our regular lives?

Well, the crazy people like doom. They are like howler monkeys who get all excited when something bad happens.  And they are suggesting things like anarchy, which makes me a little uncomfy.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think America is run by the crazies…at least not yet, but I do think that their excitement in this situation might be worth listening to because they think things are going to get worse in the next few days, hell, some of them think Earth is going to be annihilated on or around the third week in October, but let’s ignore that and think about what will  happen if their insanity begins spreading like a viral meme?

For example, some of them are talking about an article from a reputable news site ( US News and World Report) that talks about truckers shutting down DC this weekend.  Apparently if you don’t have T2SDA scrawled on your vehicle you aren’t making it through their wacko convoy.

To me, that seems outlandish, but I’m not the kind of person that does radical things in an emergency.  I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like being in emergencies.  Which is why I keep an ear out for craziness!

So, absolutely nothing might happen, Congress very well may decide to be adults about this whole mess and they’ll come together to fix things so that America can show the world how a fine Democracy runs …or, the gridlock will cause things to continue to sour..in which case it seems that some people spurred by this new information age thing…are  going to start getting involved in doing things they might not otherwise care about getting involved in.

No matter what happens I’ll be safe at home, with my canned goods and some water in case my electricity gets turned off.  I’ll have a couple of books to read and I’ll be sitting near my battery operated shortwave radio in case I need a dash of world news.

The world isn’t going to end!  The default won’t really mean the US is penniless, it will just cause our credit rating to suffer.  There aren’t going to be any zombies running around!

Just make sure you are ready… get a little cash.  Make sure your medication is current.

BE responsible!




Government Shutdowns in the Past

This is the first shutdown in 17 years, however the government has shut down in the past, sometimes these were partial shutdowns.

You can find a list since 1976, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush and now Obama have all been at the helm during shutdowns.  And sometimes these shutdowns have been about ideology.  Basically, if the President vetoes a spending bill, or a CR which is a continuing resolution, then the Government shuts down.

It doesn’t happen in other countries as far as I know, but it’s happening more and more in this one.

I hope that this problem is addressed, and I think that the buzz that is taking place among people is certainly going to create some kind of change.  In the past when there was a shutdown, we didn’t have any options but send letters or call our representatives.  These days we have those options, but we can also make a lot of noise in social media.  Representatives can hear first hand how American’s feel about the shutdowns.

Today I watched a segment with Rand Paul where he says that this “We will  not negotiate” hasn’t been poll tested, so he wishes people wouldn’t say that, but he thinks that the Republican party will win nonetheless.

I wonder if he’s right?





Sheesh,  has anyone heard about the number that the Government has as it’s link to the Healthcare Exchanges?  If you want information on the new Affordable Care Act and you  want to talk to someone rather than going online to Healthcare.gov, or Health.gov. , then you can call


Some people in looking at their phone pads have realized that those numbers can be exchanged for letters that spell out something that is sort of disrespectful.  Check it out  yourself!

In case you don’t have a phone keypad handy, I’ll give you a hint


Notice the 1 has no corresponding letters on the keypad.

Okay, so If you add the extra 8 at the end, as I did in my title then you have a more complete insult.  Expect to see that number on T-shirts real soon.



Someone sold the government a nice number didn’t they? hehehehe