Interview with Obama’s facilitator

He’s the one:

President Obama owes Mikey Dickerson two debts of gratitude. Mr. Dickerson was a crucial member of the team that, in just six weeks, fixed the HealthCare.gov website when the two-year, $400 million health insurance project failed almost as soon as it opened to the public in October.

Mr. Dickerson, 35, also oversaw the computers and wrote software for Mr. Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, including crucial last-minute programs to figure out ad placement and plan “get out the vote” campaigns in critical areas. It was a good fit for him; since 2006, Mr. Dickerson had worked for Google on its computer systems, which have grown rapidly and are now among the world’s largest.

But last week Mr. Obama lured Mr. Dickerson away from Google. His new job at the White House will be to identify and fix other troubled government computer systems and websites. The engineer says he wants to change how citizens interact with the government as well as prevent catastrophes.

Asker’s Syndrome

i can't ask

Oh woe is me – I simply can’t ask, whatever will I do?

Sometimes I get sucked into reading women’s pages in the MSM, lured by the pic of the pretty lady on the front.

And when you get in – what an utter load of tosh!

The latest is the newest Kafkatrapping, called Asker’s Syndrome.

Label it a syndrome, get learned articles published in journals and there you are – a bona fide Kafatrap to throw later at those who oppose such c*** being dumped on women, as if the ladies didn’t have enough neuroses as it is.

It’s a little understood, but surprisingly common condition that afflicts women from all walks of life. The main symptom of Asker’s Syndrome is that you’re incapable of asking for what you want.

I was alerted to Asker’s Syndrome during a recent visit from my mother and mother-in-law. Both of them are incapable of articulating something as simple as what they would like for dinner.

Of wine and shattered downlighters

Champagne CorkBeen having a strange and rather stressful time of late on several fronts, but that is the nature of things.

The wedding anniversary was at the weekend, and because of the dreaded foot problem, our trip away for a couple of days was cancelled as the thought of doing Long John Silver impressions in a strange land was not to be contemplated.

So we stayed at home, could not get into the only decent restaurant in the vicinity because of leaving the booking too late, well we could have got in but 10 o/c, too old for that, would have fallen asleep in my soup !

So we stayed at home, No 1 cooked an excellent meal, with a little help and I took a bottlee of Champagne out for the occasion.

There had to be a catch, I’m not a great lover of the drink, it has to be very good for me to get excited, but I did have a decent bottle that was overdue to be opened so I fetched from cellar (actually an inspection pit in the garage I converted, clever me).…

Kafkatrapping

Amfortas is many things and one of those is sharp and to the point:

We live in an age when some people seek to overturn reality and substitute their own neuroses and psychotic demands. The social fabric falls apart, worn down from being rubbed the wrong way.

Precisely as has happened. It’s a sorry round of the news media today, to be sure. He mentions a Canadian “feminist”, Wendy McElroy, who wrote on “Kafkatrapping”:

The term “kafkatrapping” describes a logical fallacy that is popular within gender feminism, racial politics and other ideologies of victimhood.

It occurs when you are accused of a thought crime such as sexism, racism or homophobia.

You respond with an honest denial, which is then used as further confirmation of your guilt. You are now trapped in a circular and unfalsifiable argument; no one who is accused can be innocent because the structure of kafkatrapping precludes that possibility.

YouGov poll on immigration coming

Don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but I occasionally do these YouGov thingies and apparently they’ve revamped the homepage now and reset ratings and opinions back to zero, but left our redeemable points alone.  Ho hum:

yougov

Anyway, that’s not what this post is about.  The latest poll, which no doubt will be released to the MSM by and by, was about two things – God and immigration.

The first one, on God, led in with some pretty innocuous questions about fossils and the age of the earth etc.  It was only by the third page that I realized it had turned into an “if I believe in God or evolution” questionnaire – apparently you can’t have both.

That’s not the topic of this post either.

The biggy was the immigration question and though they were very careful in their questioning, they couldn’t help but give away their bias.  For example, the question – is it acceptable to call people these names – followed by Spic, Yid and all that.…