Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Governmental idiocy

My wife's CCW permit is up for renewal. So I go to the Wisconsin DOJ web site to help her do the deed.

They ask a few questions like what is the code on the renewal letter, your CCW number and driver's license number.

And a CAPTCHA picture matrix - "check all the pictures with mountains". etc.

This goes on for a few minutes. Finally, tired of this, I choose the audio CAPTCHA option.

I get a recording from Yahoo telling me that my computer is suspected of automated hacking of the CAPTCHA, or something to that nature.

If I was a violent person, the computer monitor would have half a dozen .357 caliber holes in it. But, as I am peaceful, I reloaded the page and tried yet again.

This time, it let me through, and my wife is now legal to carry a concealed weapon for the next few years.

What I want to know is - just how many "robots" try to renew Wisconsin CCW licenses in the typical day?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Reponse and counter-response

Just recieved this:

 

April 10, 2017
Dear Charles,
We continue to make real progress in our work to repeal and replace Obamacare. The American Health Care Act would bring down costs and increase choices for families. It would reduce the deficit and make the biggest entitlement reform in decades, saving taxpayers $880 billion.    And it would return power from Washington to the states and communities. We want patients and doctors to be making the big decisions—not unelected bureaucrats.  

Visit Speaker.gov for more updates as we continue to work on this critical legislation.  

Sincerely,

Paul D. Ryan
Speaker of the House

My response to him:

Dear Speaker Ryan,

Perhaps you misunderstood my last missive - I want what millions of Americans - many of them Wisconsinites - want. A complete repeal of Obamacare, coupled with federal prosecution of health care organizations that conspire with insurance companies and drug companies to get special treatment under federal law. Any other industry that offered "discounts" based on which insurance company you had a policy with, or refused to give a firm estimate of costs before starting an "operation" would have been before a judge long before today.

Put the health care industry back under the free market. Federal involvement should be limited to ensure that there is no collusion, and actual prices are given to patients in advance of care.

Health care lobbyists have run the show for way too long. We voted in Mr. Trump to change things for the better. What you and CONgress have offered us is still lipstick on a pig if it does not address the root cause of our healthcare "crisis".

Regards,
Chuck Kuecker
Beloit, WI

Update - got this bounce-back:

Your e-mail was sent to a send-only server, and your e-mail has not been received.

If you are a resident of Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District and want to e-mail Congressman Paul Ryan, you may do so by visiting the following web page: http://paulryan.house.gov/Contact/Email.htm.

If you are trying to email Speaker Paul Ryan, you may do so by visiting the following web page: http://www.speaker.gov/.

Thank you

The email address - Speaker@mail.house.gov - was not flagged as "do not reply". Resending via his website.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Teleconference

Just got a call fro (608) 266-1212 - Governor Walker's office. He wants me to give my opinions or ask questions in a  "town hall" teleconference.

It's really nice to have a voice in state government - but there's no way to opt out of this teleconference.

Hitting the hook switch gives you another dial tone, but when you hang up, the teleconference is still tying up the line.

Could I receive another call - one I might desperately need to answer, while the governor is tying up my phone? What if I don't know to tap the hook switch to get another dial tone and need to call 911?


Karl Denninger speaks

Emailed Paul Ryan with this link.



Enough said.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

And some for Paul Ryan

Still pushing that rock...

Please, Mr. Ryan! We do not want Obamacare "fixed" - we want it GONE.
Last year, my wife and I had $16,000,00 stolen from our salary to pay for Obamacare "health insurance" with a $10,000.00 deductible - in other words, $16,000,00 stolen for no benefit.

We elected you to be our representative - I had no choice, since I'm not in your district, and had a Democrat "representing" me. Please listen to us. No "deals" - why not go for the clean one-paragraph repeal law recently proposed?

If it was so easy for Pee-Lousy and minions to pass Obamacare, it should be just as easy to repeal it. We want it GONE, and soon.

If Republicans in Congress will not do the right thing, perhaps in 2020 I will vote for Hillary or whatever other evil critter the Demonrats come up with - better a quick clean death by poison for America than decades more rule by RINOs and Demonrats.

More for Mr. Trump

Perhaps I am Sysyphus, but...

Please, Mr. President - do not force a rebuilt Obamacare on us!

The federal government's involvement in health care should end at enforcing existing laws prohibiting price fixing, abuse of non-profit corporations, and racketeering.

Put the health care industry back into the free market by removing legal protections for organizations that would have been broken up and their management sentenced to lengthy prison terms if they had been in any other industry.

Repeal Obamacare in its' entirety. We elected you to repair the damage eight years of Obama and liberal Democrats inflicted on America - not to propagate the worst of his sins.

If you have any interest in a second term, or being succeed by another conservative President, please listen to us. Better Hillary and a quick death to America in 2020 than continuing RINO capitulation to Democrats.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Another plea to Mr. Trump

Please, Mr. Trump - do NOT 'fix' Obamacare.

This needs to be completely repealed - U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks has a simple fix. Let's just undo what Obama and Pee-lousy saddled us with.

I would make one change - instead of "Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017", let's make it "effective as of date of passage. We do NOT need the IRS fining people for buying this pig in a poke.

Personally, last year, Obamacare stole $16,000.00 from my wife and me, before taxes, so our income was that much lower when we try to get a mortgage refinance - so we could "enjoy" a plan with a $10,000.00 per person deductible. We got absolutely nothing from Obamacare but a close call with bankruptcy.

Get the DOJ and the FBI investigating health care organizations for RICO and anti-trust violations - and then most Americans will not need health insurance except for catastrophic illness and accident, because health care will be affordable again. This is not the "popular" fix, but it's the one that will actually fix the problem.

We elected you because we were sick and tired of business as usual. "Repeal and replace" will do nothing to solve the real problem.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Constitutional Carry!

We have a new bill here in the Dairy State that would make us the 14th Constitutional Carry state.

I have to thank the Wisconsin Anti-Violence people for alerting me to this. I got calls in to all my Senators and Representatives, and Governor Walker. Some of these people have not even had time to read the bill.

Fingers crossed. It took entirely too long for Wisconsin to pass concealed carry - perhaps we can get in at the beginning this time.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Continuing my harping to our "leaders"...

Sent another comment to Mr. Trump:

Please, President Trump - don't insist on fixing that which cannot work, by definition.

The true problem with health care in this country is the US government not enforcing existing anti-trust and racketeering laws flouted by hospitals, insurers, and drug companies. Protectionist laws favoring US drug manufacturers also exacerbate this.

When the CEO of a non-profit health care organization here in the Beloit, Wisconsin area can bring in over eight million dollars in salary and bonuses, something is seriously wrong. I can expect that kind of salary for a CEO in a FOR-profit business - but non=profit? Something stinks to high heaven here.

When a dose of scorpion antivenom is thousands of dollars in Arizona, and about $100.00 in Mexico just a few miles south, someone has profited by custom-made laws protecting their market.

Almost no one would need more than catastrophic and accident insurance coverage if costs were driven by the free market. It is cheaper for an American citizen to fly to Japan and have a walk-in MRI than to have one here. Once the machine is amortized, the only cost is LN2 for the magnet and electricity - not worth thousands per day by any means.

Fix the problem. Lipstick on the Obamacare pig is a waste of lipstick, and will ensure you are a one-term President - if the health industry does not bankrupt America first.

See http://market-ticker.org/ for some good analysis.

Regards,
Chuck Kuecker
Beloit, WI.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

No surprise

Tammy Baldwin Paid Clinton Lawyer $90K For Crisis Control After VA Scandal

No one should be shocked at this. Tammy Gay has done exactly nothing for the people of Wisconsin except ruin lives.

Where does a politician get $90K to pay lawyers, anyway?

Sheriff Clarke is looking better every day. I wish I could buy one of his bobble heads...


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Another message to my rep

I just got woken up by a robocall from (302) 307 1421 about cheap Medicare insurance. I pressed '1' to hear their agent and get a chance to vent at him/her, but it hung up on me. The phone number on Caller ID was spoofed.

15 minutes later, I got a call from (954) 464-6968 - a Robert Weiner, who wanted to ask about that Medicare insurance. I asked him if he had ever heard of the No Call list - he hung up on me.

So, another email to Rep. Pocan:

Dear Rep. Pocan,
Isn't it about time for Congress to address the spate of robocalls and caller ID spoofing? It's 9 PM here and I just got a robocall from 302 307 1421 'Polling Quest' - asking about if I wanted a cheap Medicare policy - just press 1. It got me out of bed. The call hung up on me after I did press 1.

15 minutes later, I got a call from 354 464 6968 'Robert Weiner' - the 'agent for this scam. Asked him if he had ever heard of the 'no call' list. He hung up. I called back - it told me the number was disconnected, but still allowed me to leave a terse message.

How about a law making these calls illegal? How about some prison time for anyone who spoofs a Caller ID signal?

I'm an electrical engineer - and I know it would be trivial for the telcos to make caller ID unspoofable. The only reason they don't is that robocallers pay their phone bills, I expect.
Do something that will have a positive effect on all Americans, instead of just knee-jerk voting' NO on everything.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Letter to Paul Ryan


Mr. Ryan won't take an email from me, since I am in Demonrat Mark Pocan's district. His voice mail box is full, and has been for the last week. 

So, FAX:
_______________________

Rep. Paul Ryan
U. S. Congress
FAX (202) 225-5117

03/14/2017

Dear Speaker Ryan,

I have the misfortune to reside in Rep. Mark Pocan's district, so cannot email you.

I not that your phone mailbox is full. I can only assume that there is an overwhelming volume of calls concerning the promised GOP repeal of Obamacare.

Obamacare must be fully repealed - not 'fixed', not replaced. The federal government has no role in health care beyond enforcing laws prohibiting price fixing and monopolistic practices across state lines. That is what RICO and anti-trust laws are for.

Please. Do not insult our intelligence. Obamacare was an unmitigated disaster, and the proposed 'fix' does nothing to address the root cause of the cost of healthcare.

Look close to home - how can the CEO of a non-profit hospital group get paid over $8,000,000.00 per year, plus bonuses? Something stinks to high heaven here, and it has been rotting for decades.

Make history. Do something to actually FIX America's healthcare, and not just put lipstick on the pig.

President Trump has done many wonderful things in the short time he has been in office - but "replacing" Obamacare without actually doing anything to fix the underlying cause of high costs will go down in history as one of the greatest betrayals of all time, and will cost him a second term.

Do you really want Hillary Clinton - or worse - in 2020?

Regards,

Chuck Kuecker
 ________________________________

At least I would have sent this - if the FAX number was a working number.

Update - got through to one of his staffers at a different phone # - (202) 225-3031. FAX: (202) 225-3393.

His  voice mail box is still full...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shared story

Just got another email from President Trump - he wanted to hear my Jugearscare "horror story".

I obliged:

Jugearscare stole over $16,000.00 from my wife and me last year. I was laid off on December 22rd.

The contract house that was paying me did not allow the "holiday pay" for December 23rd, and paid me on December 26th - a new week - so I lost another $315.00 to Jugearscare.

I applied for Wisconsin unemployment. They asked for the gross amount of the New Years Day holiday pay I got - $370.00. But, after THAT Jugearscare deduction, I netted $15. Since Wisconsin only cares about gross pay, I lost that week's unemployment totally.

The Jugearscare "policy" we paid $315.00 per week for included a $10,000 deductible, so we did very little healthcare during the year, as whatever we did only went toward that deductible.

Also, since the deduction is pre-tax, we did not get $16,000.00 credit toward Social Security.

Repeal this horrible law - do NOT "fix" it. Fix the healthcare / insurance / drug industry that has flouted anti-trust and RICO laws for decades.

The Sunday paper here had a story about the head of a local hospital group who makes over $8,000,000.00 per year - in a non-profit organization. Something is very broken there, and a federal "health care law" won't fix it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Email to Paul Ryan

I could not use his normal email, as I'm in Mark Pocan's district. He's a firm believer in Jugearscare and how we need to be protected from Mr. Trump.

Mr. Ryan is not pushing repeal of Jugearscare - just a polishing of that turd. Here's my comment:

We need to repeal Obamacare, not replace it. The federal government has no place in providing health care to America.

Why not use RICO and anti-trust laws to go after healthcare organizations, insurers, and drug companies that conspire to fix prices and prevent the free market from operating?

Why should scorpion venom antitoxin cost north of $1000.00 per dose in Arizona when it costs around $100.00 in Mexico? Same drug, free market.

Kill Obamacare. That's what we elected Trump to do, among other things - don't obstruct the will of America.

Sent a similar email to Mr. Pocan - got a canned response.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Letter to my senator

Tammy Gay Baldwin is under attack. She's been sending me emails frantically requesting funds to defend her Senate seat from Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County.

Here's my response to her:

Dear Senator Baldwin,

I want to thank you for bringing the candidacy of Sheriff David Clarke to my attention via your solicitations for money. I will definitely be sending whatever I can to support his campaign to unseat you.

I care not what you do in your personal life, or who you have relationships with - it's none of my business, and believe me, most Wisconsinites couldn't care less about your sexuality - but you chose to make an issue of it. So don't get offended when Sheriff Clarke mentions what you have broadcast to all in his campaigning.

You could do some good for Wisconsin in your last months as a Senator. How about a bill to criminalize spoofing or misuse of Caller ID and email? We could put a bunch of the people now actively infringing on our Second Amendment rights in the FBI NICS office and the BAT(F)E to work hunting spammers and con artists rather than harassing gun owners and buyers.

Good luck in your life as a private citizen. I'm sure you can live comfortably on your Senate pension.

Regards,
Chuck Kuecker
Beloit, WI

Sheriff Clarke's web page: http://www.sheriffclarkeforsenate.com/donate/

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Letter to the President

Along with sending notes to my CONgresscritters, I just sent this:

Dear President Trump,

Please follow up on your campaign promises. You have made a fantastic start, but there is much left to do.

We need to finally admit that the Constitution states, in the Second Amendment, that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Several federal laws dating back to 1934 need to be repealed, and the BATFE needs to either be disbanded (preferably!) or lose the 'F', as the federal government has no need for a bureau of 'firearms' in light of that 2nd Amendment.

The several states need to be reminded of this, also. There is no need for country-wide recognition of concealed carry, since every law-abiding American already has that right if he or she cares to exercise it.

If the 1934 National Firearms Act is repealed, the 1968 Gun Control Act and the 1986 extensions to it, as well as the Brady Bill, will have to be repealed, also. This will free up FBI resources that now are charged with checking whether or not Americans should be allowed to buy a firearm, to actually go after real criminals.

Another thing - how about a law making it a federal crime to spoof an email or to spoof a caller ID? Of course, this needs enforcement - perhaps those FBI assets freed up by the repeal of the Brady Bill?

"Gun crime" in New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Chicago would plummet if honest people could easily defend themselves. New York, Maryland, California and Illinois have the strictest - and most Un-Constitutional gun laws in the country. Coincidence?

Build that wall. Any Mexican citizen who wants to truly become an American can do it the same way all my grandparents did it - legally.

Vetting people from Muslim countries that have large incidences of terrorist problems is only common sense. Keep it up.

If you can clean up the gun issues, you definitely have me as a supporter for your second term, if you care to run again.

God bless,

Chuck Kuecker

Monday, January 16, 2017

Letter to my representatives

I have to thank the Wisconsin Against Violence Effort for the opportunity to let my elected officials know I fully support their proposal to allow concealed carry in schools and universities. For far too long, these places have been rendered "free fire zones" for criminal and lunatics by state and federal laws.

Here's what I sent, using their convenient web page:

I applaud the promise, coming from legislative leaders, to listen to the will of the people. In that spirit, I urge you to listen to me about an issue that is critical to our children’s safety.

I fully support proposals to allow private citizens to carry loaded defensive guns in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.  Allowing  any law-abiding person to bring a gun into a school will make our children safer. It will decrease the risks they face because at least there will be the possibility of someone present being able to offer a defense in case of another attempt to use a "gun free" zone as a shooting gallery with helpless victims.

I implore you to put the safety of our children first by supporting this common-sense proposal. Thank you for valuing the voices of Wisconsin citizens.

Sincerely,
Chuck Kuecker
Beloit

Funny thing - after I submitted the above comments, WAVE asked me for a donation. I entered '$0.00" - and got a bunch of errors:



Oops...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Isaac Asimov's prediction coming true

Isaac Asimov wrote numerous stories about robots - the basic premise was that all robots would be governed by the "three laws":

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Now, the European Union is on the verge of enacting legislation to force robot manufacturers to install these laws in all robots: https://www.rt.com/viral/373450-robot-kill-switches-status/

This has been published on Drudge as "Robots get human rights". Nope. They are still our servants.

Left to the manufacturers and programmers is exactly how you make a machine cognizant of "harm to a human"...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New year - new job search

Well, for Christmas, I got a layoff from the 120-mile commute "temp to hire" job I've gone to for the last 14 months. The "hire" part never happened, due to bad management and the fact the company got bought out by a larger competitor effective sometime this year - all engineering is likely going to end up in Iowa. At least it's not going to China.

So, I'm looking again, Got a couple good prospects.

Got a parting gift from the agency that got me the job. They don't pay  holiday pay for the Friday before Christmas - which I billed for, and the client approved. They pay for the Monday after.

So, my last check was one day shy, and today we got a bank transfer for the holiday - $15. $310 was "deducted" for the last Jugearscare "premium" for 2016.

$16,000.00+ stolen from us last year to disappear down the black hole known as Jugearscare,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I'm not going to be bitten twice. Not signing up for that crap if I get a new job and Mr. Trump and CONgress don't come through with their promise to repeal.