An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 19 April 2009
‘Hello, is this the Sheriff’s Office?’
‘Yes. What can I do for you?’
‘I’m calling to report ’bout my neighbor Virgil Smith …He’s hidin’ marijuana inside his firewood! Don’t quite know how he gets it inside them logs, but he’s hidin’ it there.’
‘Thank you very much for the call, sir.’
The next day, the Sheriff’s Deputies descend on Virgil’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They sneer at Virgil and leave.
Shortly, the phone rings at Virgil’s house.
‘Hey Virgil! This here’s Floyd….Did the Sheriff come?’
‘Did they chop your firewood?’
‘Happy Birthday, buddy!’
Courtesy of brother in law Tom.
Memphis City Schools has rung up problems with cells
Poor oversight of phones hits taxpayers in wallets
Memphis City Schools provides many employees with cell phones to handle district business, but taxpayers picked up the tab for plenty more than monthly service charges.
They paid for ring tones and screen savers, psychic alerts, directory assistance, sex chats and, conversely, phones that went unused for months.
MCS spent $622,733 in the 2007-08 school year for 1,255 cell phones and other electronic devices (pagers, BlackBerrys, etc.) — the majority of the cost covered by a federal program funded through a surcharge on telephone users.
Uh huh. Sounds like an awful lot of money, doesn’t it. When you start breaking it down, it comes out to a few bucks short of $52,000 a month for the year. Dang. Still sounds like a lot of money. Once to you break it down per phone, it’s only about $41 per phone. Not so bad, eh?
A sample of records reviewed by The Commercial Appeal found significant abuse of taxpayer-provided cell phones, enabled by poor oversight and a lack of internal controls.
Employees were allowed to use their phones with impunity, running up bills borne by the school district, despite a board policy requiring phones to be issued to a limited number of employees needing them for essential business.
Why do 1,255 employees need taxpayer funded phones? That doesn’t sound very limited to me. And why would ANY employee who was issued a phone, believe that psychic updates are essential business?
I would suggest that the schools take away the employees toys. I would further suggest that if they believe an employee absolutely needs a phone for essential school business, they have said employee go get themselves a Tracfone, or some similar prepaid basic phone. IF the school system’s accountant, or whoever is in charge of this kind of thing, deems the phone has been used for strickly school business, reimburse the employee for the fees. If it is found that said employee has been using the phone for something other than school business, like sex chats, put that employee on suspension for a certain amount of time. If the system finds contiued abuse of the tax payer money, fire their sorry hind ends!
There’s a possibility that I could be way offbase, and Memphis school system’s employees really do need their daily psychic updates. Perhaps the need for sex chats make them better employees? But seriously, I don’t think so.
While Barack Obama is basking in praise for his “decisive” handling of the Somali pirate attack on a merchant ship in the India Ocean, reliable military sources close to the scene are painting a much different picture of the incident – accusing the president of employing restrictive rules of engagement that actually hampered the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and extended the drama at sea for days.
They say the response duty office at the Pentagon was initially unwilling to grant an order to use lethal force to rescue Phillips. They also report the White House refused to authorize deployment of a Navy SEAL team to the location for 36 hours, despite the recommendation of the on-scene commander.
The White House also turned down two rescue plans offered up by the Seal commander on the scene and the captain of the USS Bainbridge.
The last thing this country needs is a waffling, incompetent Commander in Chief. Some will say that decisive moves will cause deaths. In my opinion, indecision will cause MORE deaths.
In fact, when the USS Bainbridge dispatched a rigid-hull inflatable boat to bring supplies to the Maersk Alabama, it came under fire that could not be returned even though the SEAL team had the pirates in their sights.
Many hours before the fatal shots were fired, taking out the three young pirates, Phillips jumped into the Indian Ocean with the idea of giving the snipers a clear target. However, the SEAL team was still under orders not to shoot.
As much as I would like to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, on a few issues, I just can’t. His recent appointees, his action, or in this case, lack of action, gives more and more credence to the idea that this man is NOT what this country needed for a comprehensive change.
What will happen if, and more likely when, our country is attacked again? Will he be able to make snap decisions? Or, will he consult with advisors, while Americans die?
Update: Looks like the folks at Stop the ACLU has a lot more details.