One of the last remaining Doolittle Raiders has died:

World War II hero David “Davey” M. Jones — one of the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders — died Tuesday in Tucson at the age of 94.
Jones, a University of Arizona alumnus, retired from the Air Force as a two-star general in 1973 after a long and decorated military career. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and numerous other honors.
He was one of the raiders who used B-25 bombers to hit targets in Japan in April 1942, a few months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

However his spirit lives on in guys like this.

People who think that US combat soldiers are a bunch of barbarians likely know very few of them.

One of the problems when a company closes down without warning is the fear it produces.

Yesterday in the still active chat room where company members sit it was mentioned that one of our co-workers paychecks bounced.

This produced a bunch of worry since that meant that some bills would have to wait a while as Massachusetts has you wait three weeks before you can start to collect, (my first collection won’t be till 12/19).

Lucky for us there is a thing called e-mail and the person in question replied that the check in question was an old one that is even now resolved for deposit on Monday.

I have yet to hear of anyone getting a new job yet. It has only been 10 days as of this morning but it would be really nice to hear that somebody found something of comparable pay.

Anyway later this morning is the first “call in the claim” day. Sometime after mass I’ll call in to let them know I don’t have anything yet. Last time I was laid off (also when a location totally closed) it was nearly 6 months before I found something permanent, I sure hope it doesn’t take that long this time.

Well I promised some politics so here is some:

I was thinking of the attacks on Mormons in California after Proposition 8 won by about the same margin that the President Elect won. There is an awful lot of self justification on the left for their actions and a lot of outrage on the right over the treatment of people. Why gets me is why anyone is surprised by any of it.

First of all consider before the election we were given the mantra that if (then) Sen Obama lost the election there would be rioting. Thus the legions of the left telegraphed that they would not be good losers.

Second of all the lack of attacks on Black Churches and too some degree Catholic Churches are due to the political ally rule. As the Black church is part of the democratic coalition it can’t be attacked or protested, the Catholic Church particularly in LA is left leaning and also highly Hispanic. The left’s history shows that any behavior of a person or group can be excused if it is a political ally. See Congressman William Jefferson D-LA and President William Jefferson Clinton misogyny of.

Third of all the lack of attacks on Islamic Mosques are simple cowardice. See the Mohammad Cartoon of South Park where the network had no problem going after Jesus in the episode but were afraid of having their throats cut if an image of Mohammad was shown being handed a helmet with a fish on it by Peter Griffin. Cowards never attack those who will fight back.

Finally although my fellow Catholics in general and Christians in particular may dispute the definition of Mormons as Christians, no believing Christian should be surprised at the attacks on Christians in general and/or Mormons in particular and the tact support of the media on said attacks. This is part of the job description of Christianity see John 13:16 and John 15 18-22. Any Christian who doesn’t understand this doesn’t understand what Christianity is.

This doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t opposed this behavior. One of my rules of life is the right thing is generally the smart thing too. Our friends on the left should refrain and condemn this behavior because it is wrong but if they won’t for that reason they should oppose it because if it smart to do so. They only need a swing of 4 percent in a future election and they have the media and most of the culture on their side. They are forgetting the lessons of history and will only turn people against them particularly in the privacy of the ballot box. People who feel repressed concerning their opinions tend to get their release in their voting booth. The left’s “fairness” argument is their strongest argument that should be their primary one.

Job description or no we on the right who supported prop 8 should take every opportunity to take the over the top behavior and intimidation of the left and hold it up in the light for all to see. The justifications of such behavior out there would make those at any Nazi, KKK, National Party of South Africa pre 1990, Know Nothing or Al-Qaeda member proud. Fair mined people will see that.

I’ve often said on the old blog that the Internet never forgets. At the New Scientist site they remind us today that there is money in that information of yours.

Databases know more about you than you realise. A Carnegie Mellon University study recently showed that simply by knowing gender, birth date and postal zip code, 87% of people in the United States could be pinpointed by name.

Websites can collect huge amounts of data from users. Retailers, for example, can track our every click, what we buy, how much we spend, which advertisements we see – even which ones we linger over with our mouse.

Sites can easily access your entire web browser history.

Just remember when you see the Internet the Internet sees you.

Btw can someone explain to me how the word “blog” shows up as a misspelled word in the spell checker?

Well There are likely a few people who are wondering what the h*** actually happened to HiWired, Control Center (Ctrl-Center), Windstream Tech Support, Comcast Tech support etc… and all the other supports that we did over at HiWired.

Being a lowly tech I don’t have all the story but I’ll give you what I can.

In terms of what our main problem is I think it was tactical. I think we tried to grow staff first in anticipation of growth rather than increase staff as needs allowed, I think our own success gave us hubris.

In terms of the end A lot of things seemed to happen while I was gone:

Our first round of layoffs took place while my wife and I were in Bermuda it cost us managers mostly.

The second round of layoffs took play on my day off that cut a fair amount of techs and staff including some really solid ones and some dear friends.

A new CEO was put over the founders and presumably he was attempting to manage us into survivability. We had solid contracts. Office Max’s Ctrl-Center being the largest, but if you had tech support through Windstream, Bj’s, and some parts of Comcast and others you were dealing with us in Boston.

It was our impression that we were good until after Christmas, personally I presumed that since our service was good, (a PC Magazine’s Editor’s choice) that they might choose to take us over directly, however last Friday in the middle of the shift we were abruptly told that the company was over and that we were all discharged, top to bottom.

I actually missed it as I was deep into a customer problem, I got an IM from a co-worker saying it was nice to have worked with me, when I asked her if she found a new job she forwarded the into to me.

To the best of my knowledge the bank owns the name now, I don’t know if they will sell it to some other company or what but since the local Bj’s and Office Max pulled the named products off I’m figuring the name’s values isn’t what it would have been a week ago, and in the end we the techs were the product sold.

Whats up for us now? Who knows? We will see.

Well after 3 years blogging at the HiWired blog and nearly 4 years doing tech support at HiWired my circumstances have changed. I along with the entire staff of HiWired (except for Deb who is doing the final tax paperwork) are kaput. I am now blogging here. What does this mean?

It means that you will see more political stuff since I’m into politics.

It means that you will see less tech stuff since that that what I do for a living but not really for fun.

It means baseball posts, gaming posts, doctor who posts, family posts, various rants etc.

It means that since I am writing for myself rather than a company I will be more opinionated than on the company blog.

It means I will be considerably more irreverent than I was on the company blog.

It means I will be totally uncensored, but in fairness In thousands of posts I believe I was censored 3 times. twice over accidentally giving out some inside baseball and once over content, but I don’t write much that would need censoring anyways.

It means that I won’t feel obliged to post daily unless this blog becomes the launchpad for new employment.

It means that I won’t have to fight a losing battle to get other people in the company to post on the blog anymore. To Quote Glenn Close in The Paper: “Get your own!” (or was it buy your own?).

It means that I can point to my new Amazon reviews here (I’m a top 1000 reviewer under the old system) but have to be in the mood to post one.

It also means that comments may or may not be open over here, I remember the comment spam on the company blog and it was a pain in the neck.

Either way this blog will be both to vent and to aid my quest for a new job to replace the one I lost rather abruptly.

But either way I will try to keep the theme of the last blog post I made over at HiWired, (or control center, or ctrl-center or whatever)